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Newsletter No. 84 -- January 2006

NIH - New Funding Initiatives

1. IMAGE-GUIDED CANCER INTERVENTIONS(NCI) (SBIR/STTR)
Standard dates apply.
The goals of this program are to provide support for: the development and optimization of fully integrated cancer imaging, monitoring, and therapy systems; the validation of integrated IGI systems through clinical evaluations; the development of multiple prototype integrated IGI systems as required for multi-site clinical evaluations; and partnerships among small business, large business, and academic clinical centers, as well as small business joint ventures, in order to reach the research goals
SBIR (R43/R44) (PA-06-032) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-032.html
STTR (R41/R42) (PA-06-031) URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-031.html

2. TRAINING FOR A NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH WORKFORCE (T90) (RFA-RM-06-006) (ROADMAP INITIATIVE)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: February 14, 2006
Application Receipt Date: April 7, 2006
This funding opportunity will support programs that will enable the development of novel research training and education programs that provide integrated interdisciplinary training for undergraduates, predoctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees, or independent faculty-level investigators. This funding opportunity supports basic and clinical research to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base for care across the life span, across disciplines, across settings during states of illness and health. This funding opportunity will use the T90 mechanism that includes linked research training and education programs. Applicants will submit a single unified grant application and, if selected for funding, two separate awards may be issued, an R90 (Research Education award) and a T90 (Research Training award), based on distinct research training- and education- related funding authorities.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-06-006.html

3. MENTORED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AWARD (K25)(PA-06-087)
The purpose of the Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25) is to attract to NIH-relevant research those investigators whose quantitative science and engineering research has thus far not been focused primarily on questions of health and disease. The K25 award will provide support and "protected time" for a period of supervised study and research for productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-087.html

4. INNOVATIONS IN BIOMEDICAL COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
INITIATIVE (SBIR/STTR)
Application Receipt Date(s): February 26, 2006
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose innovative research in biomedical computational science and technology to promote the progress of biomedical research.
SBIR (R43/R44) (PAR-06-089): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-089.html
STTR (R41/R42) (PAR-06-088): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-088.html

5. SHARED INSTRUMENTATION GRANT PROGRAM (NCRR) (S10) (PAR-06-093)
Application Receipt Date: March 22, 2006
The NCRR Shared Instrument 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. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-093.html

6. TOWARD IMAGING THE PANCREATIC BETA CELL IN PEOPLE (R01) (RFA-DK-06-003)
Application Receipt Date(s): April 12, 2006
This RFA is intended to facilitate progress in imaging the pancreatic beta cell by soliciting new and competing continuation applications focused on in vivo detection of beta cell mass, function, inflammation or transplanted islet engraftment, especially using imaging technologies. This RFA is also intended to support the development of novel imaging technologies that will provide new opportunities for evaluating and quantifying beta cell mass and function. To be considered responsive, proposed approaches must have potential to lead to the development of a clinically useful exam. It is not, however, required that applications propose studies using human subjects. This RFA will use the R01 mechanism. The participating institutions plan to contribute $2,250,000 to fund 3-6 new awards. Applicants can request a project period of up to 3 years.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-06-003.html

7. TRAINING IN NEUROIMAGING: INTEGRATING FIRST PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS (T90) (RFA-DA-06-011)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date; February 13, 2006
Application Receipt Date(s): March 13, 2006
This funding opportunity will enable the development of novel, interdisciplinary training programs that integrate comprehensive training in basic neuroscience, the physical and biological bases of neuroimaging, the technologies and analytic methods of in vivo neuroimaging, and the application of these technologies to understanding questions in neuroscience across the life span. Each training program must have two components: a] pre-doctoral and b] a short-term research education program in neuroimaging. Applicants will submit a single, unified grant application; two separate awards may be issued, an R90 research education award and a T90 research training award.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-06-011.html

Other Agencies
8. AAPM 2006 SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
URL: http://www.aapm.org/announcements/summer_undergrad_fellow/

9. CHARLOTTE GEYER FOUNDATION
The Charlotte Geyer Foundation will again be accepting requests for bridge funding until the upcoming deadline of February 1, 2006.
URL: http://www.charlottegeyer.org

Announcements

PRE-APPLICATION TELECONFERENCE FOR NLM INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS (NOT-LM-05-017)
Conference call is to be held January 26, 2006. Register in advance to participate.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-LM-05-017.html

PILOT STUDY TO SHORTEN THE REVIEW CYCLE FOR NEW INVESTIGATOR R01 APPLICATIONS (NOT-OD-06-013)
The pilot described in this notice is designed to shorten the time to the next review for some new investigators who are not successful in a R01 grant submission and are readily able to address the concerns raised and issues identified in the Summary Statement. Under carefully defined circumstances for this pilot, new investigators will be able to resubmit amended applications for the next review meeting, rather than waiting a cycle. This will shorten the time for the next consideration of the resubmission application by four months. BMIT and MEDI are among the participating study sections.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-013.html

CHANGE OF PROGRAM CONTACT FOR: PAR-04-023 - BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS (NOT-EB-06-002)
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-EB-06-002.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

Interagency Council on Biomedical Iimaging in Oncology Meeting
The next ICBIO meeting is Tuesday, March 14, 2006, from 8:30 AM in EPN, at 6130 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2006. See http://imaging.cancer.gov/programsandresources/specializedinitiatives/ICBIO for details; disregard dates if not updated.

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

STANFORD'S FIRST ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON PET/CT AND MOLECULAR IMAGING
Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, February 9 - 10, 2006.
URL: http://radiologycme.stanford.edu/dest/courseDetails1.asp?59

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

BIROW IV - BIOMEDICAL IMAGING RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES WORKSHOP
February 24-25, 2006, Bethesda North Marriott, North Bethesda, MD
URL: http://www.birow.org

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

ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY RADIOLOGISTS
April 5-8, 2006, Hilton Austin, Austin, Texas
URL: http://www.aur.org/

NIH/JDRFI IMAGING THE PANCREATIC BETA CELL IN HEALTH & DISEASE, 3RD WORKSHOP
April 24-25, 2006, Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC
URL: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/
Abstract submission to Lisa Berman at lberman@scgcorp.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

WORLD CONFERENCE ON INTERVENTIONAL ONCOLOGY
June 12-16, 2006, Cernobbio, Italy
URL: http://www.wcio2006.com/committees-chairs.htm

CARS 2006 COMPUTER ASSISTED RADIOLOGY AND SURGERY - 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION
June 28 - July 1, 2006, Osaka Japan
URL: http://www.cars-int.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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