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Newsletter No. 83 -- November 2005

NIH - New Funding Initiatives

1. NOTICE OF EXTENSIONS FOR FOURTEEN PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NOT-CA-05-026)
The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants that the expiration dates for the following fourteen program announcement s (PAs) have been extended to November 2, 2006:

(1) PA-04-012, "Cancer Surveillance Using Health Claims-Based Data System";
(2)PA-04-017, "Studies of the Economics of Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Care";
(3) PA-04-034, "Exploratory Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control";
(4) PA-04-035, "Circulating Cells in Cancer Detection";
(5) PA-04-045, "In Vivo Cancer Imaging Exploratory/Developmental Grants";
(6) PA-04-046, "Clinical Cancer Therapy and Prevention Research";
(7) PA-04-053, "Complementary Approaches to Cancer Care";
(8) PA-04-063, "An SBIR/STTR Initiative for Image-Guided Cancer Interventions";
(9) PA-04-094, "Novel Technologies for In Vivo Imaging (SBIR/STTR)"; (see below)
(10) PA-04-095, "Novel Technologies for In Vivo Imaging (R21/R33)";
(11) PA-04-099, "Diet, Epigenetic Events, and Cancer Prevention";
(12) PA-04-102, "Phased Application Awards in Cancer Prognosis and Prediction";
(13) PA-04-103, "Testing Tobacco Products Promoted to Reduce Harm"; and
(14) PA-04-124, "Studies of Energy Balance and Cancer in Humans"
The application receipt dates for the extended period are, as in each of the original PAs referred to above, the standard receipt dates for the type of application. URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-05-026.html

2. NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES FOR IN VIVO IMAGING (SBIR/STTR)
Standard dates apply.
The NCI, the NIEHS , the NIDDK, and the NINDS invite applications for the development and delivery of novel in vivo image acquisition or enhancement technologies and methods for biomedical imaging and image-guided interventions and therapy.
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-046) URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-046.html
STTR (R41/R42) (PA-06-045) URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-045.html

3. SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE (SPORES) IN HUMAN CANCER FOR YEAR 2006 (NCI) (PAR-05-156)
Application Receipt Date(s): Breast Cancer SPORE: February 1, 2006
Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer, Brain Cancer, and Lymphoma SPOREs: June 1, 2006
Head & Neck Cancer and Prostate Cancer SPOREs: October 1, 2006
The Organ Systems Branch of the Office of Centers, Training, and Resources of the NCI invites grant applications for Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in organ-specific cancers. Applicant institutions are to demonstrate their ability to conduct translational research in the prevention, etiology, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of lymphomas and breast, gastrointestinal (GI), brain, head & neck, and prostate cancers. Translational research, as defined by the Program, uses knowledge of human biology to develop and test the feasibility of cancer-relevant interventions in humans and/or determines the biological basis for observations made in individuals with cancer or in populations at risk for cancer.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-156.html

4. MENTORED RESEARCH SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT AWARD (K01) (PA-06-001)
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
The Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) provides support for a sustained period of "protected time" for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor, in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-001.html

5. NCI PHASE II SBIR AND STTR RENEWAL AWARD FOR CANCER DIAGNOSIS, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
Standard dates apply.
Reissue of PA-04-047. These funding opportunity announcements (FOA) solicit SBIR and STTR grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose additional funding for the competing renewal (formerly "competing continuation") of previously funded Phase II grants to continue the process of developing products for commercialization that ultimately require approval of a Federal regulatory agency and clinical evaluation up to "proof-of-principle" demonstration, generally only through a Phase II clinical trial.
STTR (R41/R420 (PA-06-052) URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-052.html
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-051) URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-051.html

6. BIOENGINEERING NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued as an initiative of the trans-NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) on behalf of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers, invites grant applications for SBIR and STTR projects on nanotechnologies useful to biomedicine. Nanotechnology is defined as the creation of functional materials, devices and systems through control of matter at the scale of 1 to 100 nanometers, and the exploitation of novel properties and phenomena at the same scale.
STTR (R41/R420 (PA-06-008) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-008.html
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-009) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-009.html

7. PLANNING GRANTS FOR INSTITUTIONAL CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARDS (RFA-RM-06-001)
Letter of Intent Due: February 27, 2006; Application Receipt Date: March 27, 2006
This RFA invites applications to support planning activities to design Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award programs. The goal of the institutional CTSA program (which is described in the CTSA RFA below) is to give the flexibility and stimulus for institutions to increase the synergy of their existing resources and talent and to propose ways to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-06-001.html

8. INSTITUTIONAL CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (RFA-RM-06-002)
Letter of Intent Due: February 27, 2006; Application Receipt Date: March 27, 2006
The goal of this RFA is to enable the development of the disciplines of clinical and translational science by providing the resources to create an academic home and to benefit translational research. The academic home may be a center/ department/institute, as determined by institutional circumstances that supports the discipline of clinical and translational research. Each individual C/D/I will:

  • provide opportunities and resources for original research on novel methods and approaches to translational and clinical science
  • provide the translational technologies and knowledge base for the spectrum of clinical and translational science, including all types and sizes of studies and specialties
  • integrate translational and clinical science by fostering collaboration between departments and schools of an institution and between institutions and industry
  • provide a point of contact for partnerships with industry, foundations and community physicians as appropriate
  • provide research education, training and career development leading to an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) for the next generation of clinical and translational researchers (including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals)
  • conduct self-evaluation activities and participate in a national evaluation of the CTSA program
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-06-002.html

9. DEVELOPMENT OF BIOMARKERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH AND CLINICAL UTILITIES (NIMH) (SBIR,STTR)
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
The goal of this initiative is to support small businesses to develop innovative biomarker technologies, with commercial potential, for clinical and/or basic research utility, with the long term, but clear, objective of their being used in humans to assess mental function and dysfunction as related to mental illness.
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-016) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-016.html
STTR (R41/R42) (PA-06-015) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-015.html

10. DEVELOPMENT OF PET AND SPECT LIGANDS FOR BRAIN IMAGING (NIMH, NIA, NIDA, NIDCD, NINDS) (SBIR,STTR)
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
This initiative is intended to stimulate the commercial development of novel radioligands for positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in human brain, and to incorporate pilot or clinical feasibility evaluation in pre-clinical studies, model development, or clinical studies.
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-017) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-017.html
STTR (R41/R42) (PA-06-018) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-018.html

11. MOLECULAR LIBRARIES SCREENING INSTRUMENTATION (NHGRI, NIMH) (SBIR,STTR)
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
The Molecular Libraries and Imaging Initiative (MLII), is one of the components comprising the NIH Roadmap theme of 'New Pathways to Discovery'. Its goal is to build a better "toolbox" to advance our understanding of the interconnected networks of molecules that comprise cells and tissues, their interactions, regulation, and the combination of molecular events that lead to disease.
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-019) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-019.html
STTR (R41/R42) (PA-06-020) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-020.html

12. NEUROSCIENCE BLUEPRINT INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER CORE GRANTS (RFA-NS-06-003)
NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research
Through this RFA the Neuroscience Blueprint invites applications for Center Core Grants to support neuroscience research. The purpose of this program is to provide core research facilities that are not otherwise available in order to advance the Blueprint institutes missions to further the understanding of the functions and disorders of the nervous system. This support, by providing more accessible resources, is expected to assure a greater productivity than would be possible from the separate projects alone. An applicant organization is eligible for a maximum of one Neuroscience Blueprint Interdisciplinary Center Core Grant.
Application Receipt Date(s): January 19, 2006
URL for Neuroscience Blueprint: http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-06-003.html

13. SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM PARENT ANNOUNCEMENT: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS THROUGH Grants.gov
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-006) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-006.html
STTR (R41/R42) (PA-06-007) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-007.html

14. MANUFACTURING PROCESSES OF MEDICAL, DENTAL, AND BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGIES
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
The NIH encourages research related to advanced processing in the manufacture of biomedical products and the implementation of new technologies in medical care. New methods, procedures, measures, and controls are needed for manufacturing a broad range of technologies and products with unsurpassed quality and to lower manufacturing costs for existing and/or new processes. Examples of research topics included in the scope are technology for the manufacture of clinical diagnostic devices and reagents and technology for the manufacture of novel diagnostic imaging devices for both invasive and non-invasive techniques.
STTR R41/R42 (PA-06-012) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-012.html
SBIR (R43/R44)(PA-06-013) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-013.html

15. NIH SUPPORT OF CONFERENCES AND SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS (R13/U13) (PAR-06-041)
A conference grant applicant is required to obtain a letter from the appropriate NIH staff (see Contacts List in the announcement) documenting advance permission for making the application. Investigators are urged to initiate contact well in advance of the application receipt date. Please note that agreement to accept an application does not guarantee funding.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-041.html

Funding Opportunities - Other Agencies
CASSEN POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Application Deadline: November 15, 2005
The Education and Research Foundation for the Society of Nuclear Medicine has established the Benedict Cassen Postdoctoral Fellowship award. The fellowship will be awarded to a recent doctoral degree (PhD or PhD plus MD) recipient demonstrating an excellent academic record and exceptional research ability. Its purpose is to broaden recipient's basic exposure to nuclear medicine research at an institution different from that conferring the doctoral degree.
URL: http://www.snmerf.org

Announcements

Changes in Submission and Review of NIH SBIR and STTR Fast-Track Grant Applications (NOT-OD-06-004)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-004.html

NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10): Transition to the SF424 (R&R) Form and Electronic Submission through Grants.gov
URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RR-06-002.html

Security and Privacy Issues for Reviewer Registration with CCR (NOT-OD-05-065)
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-065.html

NIH Announces Initial Plans to Transition to the SF424(R&R) Application and Electronic Submission through Grants.gov (NOT-OD-05-067)
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-067.html

Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Research Program Electronic Registration (NOT-OD-05-068)
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-068.html

NIH Funding Opportunities now available in RSS (Really Simple News Syndication) format -
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rss_info.htm

NIH Announces Plans to Eliminate Mailing of Paper Notifications: Summary Statements & Peer Review Outcome Letters (NOT-OD-05-075)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-075.html

Guidelines for Inclusion of Clinical Practice Compensation in Institutional Base Salary Charged to NIH Grants and Contracts (NOT-OD-05-061)
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-061.html

New Process for Reimbursement of NIH Peer Reviewers (NOT-OD-05-062)
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-062.html

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:

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: 703.288.4679
Mail: Computercraft, Attn: HR, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 720, McLean, VA 22102

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://imaging.cancer.gov/programsandresources/specializedinitiatives/dcide

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

RSNA 2005
November 27-December 2, 2005, Chicago, IL
URL: http://rsna2005.rsna.org/rsna2005/V2005/index.cvn

SPIE MEDICAL IMAGING 2006
February 11-16, 2006, San Diego, CA. Abstracts due August 1, 2005
URL: http://spie.org/app/conferences/index.cfm

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ACADEMY OF MOLECULAR IMAGING
March 25-29, 2006, Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Fl
URL: http://www.ami-imaging.org/

SCAR 2006 ANNUAL MEETING
Austin, Texas, April 27-30, 2006
URL: http://www.scarnet.org/

SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE 53RD ANNUAL MEETING
San Diego, California, June 3-7, 2006
URL: http://www.snm.org

Society of Molecular Imaging
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, Hawaii, August 30-September 2, 2006
URL: http://www.molecularimaging.org/2006meeting.php

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