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Newsletter No. 76 -- November, 2004

FROM: Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, November, 2004. Electronic Newsletter, No. 76

CIP Web Site: http://imaging.cancer.gov/ This is a NEW Web Address for a redesigned CIP Web Site.

NIH - New Funding Initiatives

  1. CANCER NANOTECHNOLOGY PLATFORM PARTNERSHIPS (RFA-CA-05-026)
    Letter of Intent Receipt date: February 25, 2005
    Application Receipt Date(s): March 25, 2005
    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for research project grants (RPGs) to support development of nanotechnology platforms for basic, applied, and translational multi-disciplinary research that uses nanotechnology (e.g., nanoscale devices or nanomaterials less than 1000 nm in size, although the assembly, synthesis, and/or fabrication of components at dimensions less than 300 nm should be demonstrated ) in cancer research. Proposed projects will be eligible for consideration if they address one or more of the following thematic/programmatic areas of focus: molecular imaging and early detection, in vivo imaging, reporters of therapeutic efficacy, multifunctional therapeutics, prevention and control of cancer, and research enablers.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-05-026.html
  2. QUICK-TRIALS FOR NOVEL CANCER THERAPIES: EXPLORATORY GRANTS (R21) (NCI) (PAR-04-155)
    Application Receipt Date(s): 2004-2007: August 9, December 9
    This PA supports scientific, technological, clinical and logistical needs in novel cancer therapy development. In addition, this PA complements the Rapid Access to Intervention Development (RAID) program http://dtp.nci.nih.gov/docs/raid/raid_index.html by providing an initiative with accelerated peer review and funding to support the clinical and laboratory costs of early clinical testing to ensure the timely development of new therapeutic approaches.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-155.html
  3. ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS (NOT-CA-05-005)
    Receipt date: February 15, 2005
    The Division of Cancer Biology (DCB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announces its intent to provide funds to supplement existing DCB-supported research projects in FY05 to support and encourage scientific collaboration among DCB grantees, as well as with other members of the scientific community. This initiative, known as the Activities to Promote Research Collaborations (APRC) program, can support collaborative activities that bring together ideas and approaches from disparate scientific disciplines, including those not currently supported by DCB. Examples of collaborative activities include, but are not limited to, initiating new collaborative research projects, sharing resources and reagents, developing novel technologies, and organizing cross-disciplinary meetings/workshops. It is essential, however, that proposed APRC activities be within the overall scope of the active parent award and that the collaborative activity is new.
    URL: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-05-005.html
  4. CENTERS FOR MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES AGAINST RADIATION (NIAAD) (RFA-AI-04-045)
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 22, 2005
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-04-045.html
    Public Briefing: RFA-AI-04-045 - Centers for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation
    (NOT-AI-05-011) December 15, 2004, 1-5PM, 2C-13, 10401 Fernwood Drive, Bethesda, MD
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AI-05-011.html
  5. PRE-APPLICATION MEETING FOR NCI ALLIANCE FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY IN CANCER
    (NOT-CA-05-006)
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-05-006.html
  6. CENTERS OF CANCER NANOTECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE (NCI)(RFA-CA-05-024)
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: February 25, 2005
    Application Receipt Date: March 25, 2005
    The NCI invites applications from investigators interested in participating in an initiative to establish up to five Centers for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs). The CCNEs will be a national resource that will integrate the basic and clinical sciences with engineering to develop and apply nanotechnology to cancer research to accelerate the application of this science to the clinic.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-05-024.html
  7. MULTIDISCIPLINARY CAREER DEVELOPMENT IN CANCER NANOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH (RFA-CA-05-025)
    Application Receipt Date: March 25, 2005
    This RFA supports the career development of individuals from the basic, biomedical, clinical, and information sciences and engineering who are pursuing research that applies nanotechnology development and application for the prevention, detection, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer. This funding opportunity will use Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (Kirschstein-NRSA) to support individual postdoctoral fellowships (F32) and senior fellowships (F33).
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-05-025.html
  8. NATIONAL CENTERS FOR BIOMEDICAL COMPUTING (Roadmap) (RFA-RM-04-022)
    Letters of intent due: December 20, 2004; Application receipt date: January 24, 2005
    Participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health under the Roadmap Initiative invite applications for specialized Centers in the area of biomedical computing. The U54 cooperative agreement mechanism will be used to create the NIH National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC). These Centers, in conjunction with individual investigator awards, will create a networked national effort to build the computational infrastructure for biomedical computing in the nation, the National Program of Excellence in Biomedical Computing (NPEBC).
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-022.html
  9. REGIONAL TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER PLANNING GRANTS (Roadmap) (RFA-RM-05-008)
    Letters of intent due: December 1, 2004; Application receipt date: January 19, 2005
    This RFA invites applications for planning grants submitted by self-assembled groups of institutions to conceptualize and design Regional Translational Research Centers (RTRCs) to foster more efficient and robust translational research. Once operational, RTRCs will provide a broad menu of clinical research expertise, services, and core technologies to multiple institutions within a region. The goal: to enhance the bi-directional--bench to bedside and bedside to bench--communication that characterizes translational research.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-05-008.html
  10. NIH ROADMAP (abbreviation RM)
    The NIH Roadmap is an integrated vision to deepen our understanding of biology, stimulate interdisciplinary research teams, and reshape clinical research to accelerate medical discovery and improve people's health. Most of the initiatives will begin in FY 2004. Other initiatives will start in FY 2005 and beyond, depending upon the budget and other emerging needs. The three NIH Roadmap themes are as follows: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the clinical research Enterprise.
    URL: http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/
  11. NOVEL PRECLINICAL TOOLS FOR PREDICTIVE ADME-TOXICOLOGY (RFA-RM-04-023) (see addendum NOT-RM-05-002)
    Letters Of Intent Receipt Date: December 28, 2004
    Application Receipt Date: January 25, 2005
    The NIH invites grant applications to support the development, standardization, and validation of novel approaches to obtain comprehensive absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion (ADME) and toxicological (TOX) profiles that could better predict how new molecular entities will perform in humans to reduce the failure rate in clinical testing. This is an NIH Roadmap initiative. This funding opportunity will use the R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grants award mechanism. This RFA solicits applications that explore novel, "high-risk," and "high-impact" approaches to achieve this goal, rather than incremental technology development that is already supported by current NIH programs.
    URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-023.html
  12. MOLECULAR LIBRARIES SCREENING INSTRUMENTATION - SBIR/STTR (NHGRI, NIMH) (PA-05-014 )
    Release Date: November 18, 2004
    Application Receipt Dates(s): Applications submitted in response to this program announcement will be accepted at the standard application deadlines: April 1, August 1, December 1
    This PA invites research applications to develop innovative instrumentation to maximize the efficiency and augment the capabilities of molecular library high throughput screening systems. Applications in response to this PA should propose development of instrumentation suitable for integration into large high throughput screening operations and compatible with scalable approaches to chemical genomics research. This announcement is a NIH Roadmap-related activity and was developed by the Roadmap Molecular Libraries and Imaging Implementation Group.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-014.html
  13. SMALL GRANTS IN BREAST CANCER DETECTION SCREENING
    Announced by Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test
    Application Deadline: December 15, 2004
    Applications for pilot projects that focus on new methods to improve detection of early breast cancer are requested, especially for the development of new techniques in the areas of biological or immunologic methods to detect early stage breast cancer. Pilot projects are expected to provide preliminary data, leading to applications for more substantial peer-reviewed funding. The application should represent a new approach with the area of interest. Extensive preliminary/pilot data are not necessary. Funds will not be given to enhance ongoing research unless it is clear that a new line of inquiry is being explored.
    URL: http://www.earlier.org/researchers.cfm

Announcements

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: IMAGING SCIENTIFIC EDITOR - NIH IMAGING AGENT DATABASE
ComputerCraft Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland, posted May 26, 2004
Computercraft seeks an experienced imaging scientist / editor to provide scientific leadership in the development and maintenance of a new imaging database project at the National Institutes of Health. The individual will work with NIH staff scientists and extramural advisors onsite at the NIH campus. This diversified and challenging position requires a Ph.D. (strongly preferred) or M.S. degree in imaging sciences or highly related field; additional post-Doctoral or post-Master laboratory experience is desired. For consideration please submit cover letter, resume/CV, salary history, salary requirements, and U.S. employment eligibility (you must currently reside in the U.S. and be eligible to work). Contact Computercraft for details.
Email: hr@computercraft-usa.com; Fax: 301-493-1288
Mail: Computercraft, Attn: HR, 6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 401, Bethesda, Maryland 20817

SCIENTIFIC CURATOR - NIH IMAGING AGENT DATABASE
Computercraft seeks an experienced imaging scientist to provide curatorial responsibilities for implementing and maintaining the NIH imaging agent database. The individual will work with NIH staff scientists and extramural advisors onsite at the NIH campus. Join our team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals as we participate in the development of a new centralized database of in vivo imaging agents. This innovative database will include agents developed for position-emission tomography (PET), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and optical imaging. The database will be located within the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This diversified and challenging position requires a Ph.D. (strongly preferred) or M.S. degree in imaging sciences or highly related field. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable knowledge of the chemistry and developmental process of in vivo imaging agents, experience with current analytical tools in both chemistry and biology, and a working knowledge of the issues associated with the information technology and cheminformatics required to successfully implement this database. The ability to extract and summarize scientific information in a textual format is essential. Contact Computercraft for details.
Email: hr@computercraft-usa.com
Fax: (301) 493-1288
Mail: Computercraft, Attn: HR, 6701 Democracy Blvd.,Suite 401, Bethesda, MD 20817

STAFF SCIENTIST, MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING, WARREN G. MAGNUSON CLINICAL CENTER, NIH
The Department of Radiology is seeking a Staff Scientist to support our research efforts in medical image processing (virtual endoscopy, volumetric visualization, segmentation, registration and algorithm development) and computer-aided diagnosis (feature extraction, classification, database development). In particular, advanced skills in image segmentation (level sets, active shape/appearance models, etc.) are sought.
Address applications to:
Ronald Summers, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Clinical Image Processing Service
and Virtual Endoscopy and Computer-Aided Diagnosis Laboratory Department of Radiology National Institutes of Health Building 10 Room 1C660 Bethesda, MD 20892-1182
E-mail: RobertsonS@cc.nih.gov
Web site: http://www.cc.nih.gov/drd/summers.html

NIH ANNOUNCES REVISED POLICY: APPLICATIONS THAT INCLUDE CONSORTIUM/CONTRACTUAL FACILITIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS (NOT-OD-05-004)
This Notice supersedes Notice NOT-OD-04-040 "Change in Direct Cost Limitations on Solicited Applications," and broadens the scope of the policy change to apply to all applications involving consortium/contractual facilities and administrative (F&A) costs, regardless of amount of budget or budget format (e.g., modular and non-modular). This change is effective for applications that have submission/receipt dates on or after December 1, 2004.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-004.html
REVISED PHS 398 (DHHS PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE GRANT APPLICATION) NOW AVAILABLE (NOT-OD-05-006)
The forms available on the website continue to be provided in 2 formats - MS Word and PDF-fillable using Adobe Acrobat Reader Software.
Forms URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-006.html

REVISED PHS 2590 (NON-COMPETING GRANT PROGRESS REPORT) NOW AVAILABLE
(NOT-OD-05-007)
Progress Reports using the newly revised U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Non-Competing Grant Progress Report (PHS 2590, rev. 9/04) instructions and forms will be accepted immediately. All progress reports received on or after May 1, 2005 must use the new version.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-007.html

CSR REVIEW PANELS REORGANIZED
The NIH Center for Scientific Review has reorganized the review panels to which the investigator-initiated imaging applications are sent. BMIT is the former DMG; MEDI is the former RNM
Look at the web site to see the Surgical Sciences, Biomedical Imaging, and Bioengineering IRB (SBIB) information with links to the Study Sections. Call program about grants first reviewed by DMG and RNM now being resubmitted as amended applications.
URL: http://www.csr.nih.gov/review/SBIBIRG.HTM

CIP DCIDE PROGRAM
The Cancer Imaging Program of the NCI requests submissions for its Development of Clinical Imaging Drugs and Enhancers (DCIDE) initiative. The goal is the rapid movement of promising, novel cancer imaging enhancers or molecular probes from the laboratory to proof of principle clinical trials. See the web site for details.
URL: http://www3.cancer.gov/bip/dcide.htm

NIH COMMONS
The NIH Commons web site allows all NIH grantee organizations to interact with grants data, to check the status of grant applications, including viewing scores and summary statements when they are ready, and to submit progress reports on line, among a number of functions. Applicants and grants administrators should become familiar with the Commons.
URL: https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp

2005 AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY NUCLEAR SUMMER SCHOOL
Deadline for application: February 1, 2005
The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society sponsors summer schools in nuclear and radiochemistry funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. These six week summer schools in 2005 will be held from June 19 to July 30 at: San Jose State University, San Jose, CA and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
URL: http://www.cofc.edu/~nuclear/nukess.html

Meetings
SPIE MEDICAL IMAGING 2005
February 12-17, 2005; San Diego
Look for special meetings on Image Database and NIH Funding, as well as a track on Virtual Colonoscopy.
URL: http://spie.org/conferences/calls/05/mi/

BIROW 3 - BIOMEDICAL IMAGING RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES WORKSHOP
March 11 - 12, 2005, Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, MD
URL: http://www.birow.org

ACADEMY OF MOLECULAR IMAGING
March 19-23, 2005, Orlando, FL
URL: http://www.ami-imaging.org/conference2005/index.htm

SIXTH NATIONAL FORUM ON BIOMEDICAL IMAGING IN ONCOLOGY
April 7-8, 2005, Bethesda Hyatt, Bethesda, MD
URL: Check http://www3.cancer.gov/bip/ncisponsored.htm

ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY RADIOLOGISTS
May 4-7, 2005, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
URL: http://www.aur.org

SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE
June 18-22, 2005, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
URL: http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm?PageID=264&RPID=10

CARS 2005 Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
19th International Congress and Exhibition
June 22-25, 2005
International Congress Centre Berlin, Germany
URL: http://www.cars-int.org/

IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER-BASED MEDICAL SYSTEMS (CBMS 2005)
June 23-24, 2005, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
URL: http://conferences.computer.org/CBMS2005/index.html

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY
24th-28th of June 2005, Iowa City, Iowa.
URL: http://www.radiology.uiowa.edu/ISRC2005

CITSA´05/ISAS´05
11th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis: ISAS´05 and 2nd International Conference on Cybernetics and Information Technologies, Systems and
Applications: Orlando, FL, July 14-17, 2005.
URL: http://www.infocybernetics.org/citsa2005/

SOCIETY FOR MOLECULAR IMAGING
September 7-10, 2005, Cologne, Germany
URL: http://www.molecularimaging.org/

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