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Newsletter No. 77 -- January, 2005

FROM: Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, January 2005. Electronic Newsletter, No. 77

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

NIH - New Funding Initiatives

  1. ADDITIONAL RECEIPT DATES FOR BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS (PAR-04-023) (NOT-EB-04-005)
    This notice is to inform potential applicants of a change in receipt dates for applications in response to PAR-04-023, "Bioengineering Research Partnerships." Beginning with the January 20, 2005, application receipt date, there will be three application receipt dates per year instead of the two specified in the original program announcement. The reasons for this change are to (1) reduce delays between application receipt and advisory council consideration and (2) provide more timely opportunities to revise and resubmit reviewed applications. Receipt dates for letters of intent are two months prior to the application deadlines. New receipt dates for BRP applications and letters of intent are:
    LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATES: March 20, 2005; July 20, 2005; November 20, 2005; and March 20, 2006.
    APPLICATION RECEIPT DATES: May 20, 2005; September 20, 2005; January 20, 2006; and May 22, 2006.
    URL: Notice: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-EB-04-005.html
    PAR-04-023: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-023.html
  2. PREDOCTORAL CLINICAL RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAMS (RFA-RM-05-015)
    This RFA invites applications for developing and implementing novel, flexible institutional Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Programs that will promote clinical research training among predoctoral medical, dental, nursing, and other allied health students and provide efficient entry of interested students into clinical research careers.
    The T32 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Institutional Training Award mechanism will be used. Individuals with the skills, knowledge , and resources necessary to plan, organize, lead, and administer a training program are eligible Program Directors. An eligible institution (e.g., university) may submit only a single application in response to this RFA.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-05-015.html
  3. MULTIDISCIPLINARY CLINICAL RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS (RFA-RM-05-016)
    The purpose of this RFA is to support the early career development of clinical researchers who would be expected to achieve excellence in their ability to design and oversee research in multidisciplinary team settings, and have a high potential to become leaders of various fields of clinical research critical to the overall mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award (K12) mechanism is being used. Eligible Principal Investigators should have a strong and active track record in clinical research, clinical research training, and administration that demonstrates the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to develop and manage the proposed Career Development Program. Each eligible institution may submit one application.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-05-016.html
  4. SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR) AND SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (STTR) GRANT PROGRAMS (NOT-OD-05-027)
    The NIH, CDC, and FDA announce the 2005 SBIR/STTR grant solicitations.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-027.html
  5. SHARED INSTRUMENTATION GRANT PROGRAM (NCRR) (PAR-05-028)
    The NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) program solicits applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade commercially available instruments that cost at least $100,000. The maximum award is $500,000. Awards are for one year, for direct costs only. Cost sharing is not required. Since the cost of the various instruments will vary, it is anticipated that the size of the award also will vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend on the funds available for the SIG Program. This Program Announcement will use the NIH S10 mechanism.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-028.html
  6. 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/

Other Funding Opportunities

  1. HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE - NIBIB INTERFACES INITIATIVE
    Letter of intent registration: January 20, 2005
    Application deadline: June 15, 2005
    HHMI and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering have formed a new partnership to support biomedical research institutions in developing graduate-level research training programs in emerging interdisciplinary fields.
    URL: http://www.hhmi.org/grants/institutions/nibib.html
  2. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROSTATE CANCER PROGRAM
    The Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program has $85 million in FY 2005 to support research. The program has 12 different award mechanisms. Application due dates for six of the programs are Feb. 8 and four have a deadline of June 7.
    URL: http://cdmrp.army.mil
  3. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BREAST CANCER PROGRAM
    The United States Department of Defense announces two new FY04 Breast Cancer Research Program funding opportunities.
    Concept Awards: Concept Awards are intended to fund an initial concept or theory that could give rise to a testable hypothesis within breast cancer research. The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) is soliciting electronic submissions for short (one-page) Concept Award proposals. These awards can be requested for $75,000 in direct costs over a 12-month performance period, plus indirect costs as appropriate. The receipt deadline is February 1, 2005, 5:00 p.m., Eastern time. Projects involving human subjects or human anatomical substances will not be supported unless they are exempt under 32 CFR 219.101(b)(4).
    Era of Hope Scholar Awards: Era of Hope Scholar Awards are intended for exceptionally talented, early-career scientists who have demonstrated that they are the best and the brightest in their field(s) through extraordinary creativity, vision, and productivity, and who have shown a strong potential for leadership in the breast cancer research community as well as a vision for the eradication of breast cancer. The receipt deadline is planned for February 10, 2005, 5:00 p.m., Eastern time.
    URL: http://cdmrp.army.mil
  4. Charlotte Geyer Foundation Grants
    The Charlotte Geyer Foundation provides interim funding to researchers whose proposals have been reviewed by the National Cancer Institute and were ranked within ten percentage points of the NCI payline.
    URL: http://www.charlottegeyer.org
  5. AAPM RESEARCH SEED FUNDING
    The AAPM Research Committee is pleased to announce the creation of a Research Seed Funding Initiative to provide start-up funds for a research-orientated medical physicist. A $25,000 one-year award is intended to provide funds to develop an exciting investigator-initiated concept.
    URL: http://www.aapm.org/announcements/ResearchSeed.asp

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

NIH ESTABLISHES WEBSITE FOR NEW INVESTIGATORS (NOT-OD-05-014)
Website for new investigators is located at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm
URL http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-014.html

SALARY LIMITATION ON GRANTS, COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS, AND CONTRACTS (NOT-OD-05-024)
This notice provides updated information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-024.html

IMPROVED NIH GUIDE FOR GRANTS AND CONTRACTS LISTINGS NOW AVAILABLE (NOT-OD-05-025)
This is to announce that previous static listings for browsing published NIH Guide announcements have been replaced with real-time database query listings that retrieve only active Requests for Applications ( RFAs ) and Program Announcements ( PAs ), based on the expiration dates stated in those announcements. The new listing for NIH Guide Notices displays Notices published over the last two years, by default, since expiration dates are not currently assigned to these announcements. Links to these new resources are available from the main NIH Guide Funding Opportunities and Notices page, at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-025.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

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

NIH REGIONAL SEMINAR IN PROGRAM FUNDING AND GRANTS ADMINISTRATION ( NOT-OD-05-019)
April 7-8, 2005 hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.
NIH electronic research administration labs will be offered on Wednesday, April 6.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/seminars.htm

ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY RADIOLOGISTS
Includes 1-day course on Molecular Biology for Imagers
May 3-7, 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/

NIH REGIONAL SEMINAR IN PROGRAM FUNDING AND GRANTS ADMINISTRATION ( NOT-OD-05-019)
June 23-24, 2005 hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. NIH electronic research administration labs will be offered on Wednesday, June 22.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/seminars.htm

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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