Grants and Funding Opportunities

Greenwall Foundation: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas
Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Greenwall Foundation will fund a bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas to support research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy. We hope these grants will have a real-world, practical impact.

Under this RFP, we will fund five types of bioethics research grants:

  1. Mentored projects
  2. Senior collaborations,
  3. Normative analyses of implications of empirical research conducted with other funding,
  4. Empirical projects.
  5. Empirical studies of attitudes of clinical trials participants to sharing clinical trials data, which is described in greater depth below.

The first three types of proposals generally will receive priority if the requested time frame is one-year or less, and the annual budget is below $60,000. Because of the nature of empirical projects, the fourth and fifth types of proposals may have longer timelines and larger annual budgets.

Letters of intent for this cycle must be submitted online by August 1 at 4:00pm ET.  However we strongly encourage applicants to submit letters of intent earlier, so that they have more time to respond to feedback from reviewers, if invited to submit a full application.  Selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications online by Monday, September 15, with funding to start in early 2015.

For more information, please visit their website.

RFI on the National Longitudinal Study on the Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Substance Use
Response date: August 31, 2014

As part of the initiative on Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN), NIH recently issued a Request for Information seeking input from the extramural community.  Substance-use policy in the United States continues to evolve and there is growing concern about increased access to and permissiveness around substance use, particularly marijuana and emerging tobacco products among youth. Therefore, the need to understand the effects of substance use on the human brain becomes more urgent than ever before.  Fortunately, advances in neuroimaging provide an enormous capacity to better understand normal and atypical human brain development.

The NIH is exploring optimal ways to configure a large longitudinal cohort study to prospectively examine the effects of substance use on the human brain during early adolescence into young adulthood. I hope that you will consider responding to this Request for Information.

Please see the full announcement for more details. 

NIH Funding Opportunity: Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social, and Behavioral Research (R21)

A new grant pertaining to your area of interest has just been added to the egrants.net database:

Grant Title: Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social, and Behavioral Research (R21)

Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline Date:
Application Submission/Receipt Dates: February 16, June 16, October 16. AIDS Application Submission/Receipt Dates: May 7,September 7January 7. Expiration/Closing Date: May 8, 2015.

For details, please visit the egrants website. 

AVAC Launches Call for 2015 Advocacy Fellows
Deadline: Monday, 4 August 2014

AVAC is pleased to announce the call for 2015 Advocacy Fellowship applications for the sixth year of the Advocacy Fellowship Program.

This update provides information on the Advocacy Fellowship program, the application process, a short informational video and details on an upcoming informational call to be held on Tuesday, 1 July 2014.

The goal of AVAC’s Advocacy Fellowship is to expand the capacity of advocates and organizations to monitor, support and help shape biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation of proven interventions worldwide. The Advocacy Fellowship is guided by AVAC’s conviction that effective and sustainable advocacy grows out of work that reflects organizational and individual interests, priorities and partnerships.

The Advocacy Fellowship provides support to emerging and mid-career advocates to design and implement advocacy projects focused on biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and communities. These projects are designed to addresses locally identified gaps and priorities. Fellows receive training, full-time financial support and technical assistance to plan and implement a targeted one-year project within host organizations working in HIV/AIDS and/or advocacy. Host organizations are critical partners in the Fellowship and hosting Fellowship projects can be an opportunity for an organization to further develop its own work in this field.

The Fellowship program focuses on low- and middle-income countries where clinical research on HIV vaccines, microbicides, multi-purpose prevention technologies and PrEP is planned or ongoing and/or where there are plans for or current work on implementation of voluntary medical male circumcision, PrEP, treatment as prevention, “combination prevention” packages that combine biomedical strategies for population impact, and where the links between reproductive health and HIV risk for women are being studied.

Please visit the AVAC website for more information.

Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunity in Public Health
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year for Fulbright Scholar opportunities in Europe/Eurasia and Middle East/North Africa in the field of public health. Applicants from all levels of faculty and professionals are invited to apply for awards in a broad range of public health topics. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1 and applicants should be U.S. citizens and hold a PhD or appropriate professional/terminal degree at the time of application. For more information about the application and process visit the program online. Register for a webinar to get more information.

Funding Opportunities—these are NIAID announcements, but NIDA also has joined
Deadline: September 7, 2014

•             PAR-14-255, Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Coinfection (R01)
•             PAR-14-254, Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Coinfection (R21)

The next submission date for these is September 7th. There are no set aside funds for these PARs, so the normal funding processes for the participating NIH institutes will be applicable.  PAR = a special emphasis panel will  review the applications.

APHA and AcademyHealth Delegation to South Africa
Join AcademyHealth and APHA for the Joint AcademyHealth-APHA Delegation to South Africa! This delegation has been developed to foster one-on-one dialogue with overseas counterparts focusing on Patient Centered Care and will convene in South Africa on Oct. 3, immediately following the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Each delegate will be asked to complete a profile identifying their background and areas of interest to ensure the final schedule of activities reflects the professional goals and specific topics of discussion of the enrolled delegates. The estimated cost per delegation member is $3,495 and includes group ground transportation within South Africa, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, the service of a national guide and most meals.

preliminary itinerary for this delegation is available online. Attendance will be limited, so potential participants should respond quickly. RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or online at www.professionalsabroad.org. A deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.

SRA Small Grants for Emerging Scholars
U.S. Secondary Analyses

SRA is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for small grants for emerging scholars to analyze data from the United States Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). Two awards of $1,750 will be made. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2014. For more information, please visit this link.

NAHDAP Summer Workshops in Ann Arbor

The National Addiction and HIV Data Archive (funded by NIDA) is offering two 3-day summer workshops this year in Ann Arbor, MI.

The “Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science” workshop will be held June 30 to July 2, 2014. Dr. David Kaplan from the University of Wisconsin at Madison will be the instructor. More information about the Bayesian workshop.

“The Pathways to Desistance Study: Analyzing the Life Event Calendar Data for Substance Abuse Research” workshop will be held from July 28 to July 30, 2014. The instructors, Drs. Edward Mulvey and Carol Schubert from the University of Pittsburgh are the Principal Investigator and Project Manager of the Pathways to Desistance Study. More information about the Pathways workshop.

Registration for both courses is 8:30 am Monday morning. Classes are 9 am to 5 pm Monday and Tuesday, 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday. No tuition fee. Admission is competitive.

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2014.

Upcoming NIDA Deadlines

Empirical Research on Ethical Issues Related to Central IRBs and Consent for Research Using Clinical Records and Data
A
pplication due April 18, 2014

Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS
Application due November 14, 2014

Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Abuse
Application due August 18, 2014

Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse
Letter of intent receipt due June 30, 2014; Application due July 31, 2014

NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research
Application due July 29, 2014

 

Early Career Stage Mentoring Program for NIDA Research
Request for Applications
Key Dates
Release/Posted Date: March 13, 2014
Opening Date: March 12, 2014 (Earliest date an application may be submitted)
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 5pm EST
Committee Review of Proposals: Late April 2014
Fellowship Appointments: May 2014
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): September 2014

Early Career Stage Mentoring Program for NIDA Research (ECSM)
This program links NHSN with Michigan State University and its partners at University of Texas El Paso and University of Miami in an initiative designed to fill a science education chasm.  The initiative involves two basic aims: (1) the training of early career research investigators on topics relevant to the mission and active program announcements of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and (2) mentorship and support for the development of a competitive NIH research application: possibly a NIDA entry-level K award, and/or either the R01 research application or the R15 research application. (Potential applicants who intend to launch their NIDA research careers via the R21 or R03 mechanisms should pursue the minority research supplement approach rather than apply for ECSM program support.)  Through this program, NHSN and its partner institutions aim to expand/enhance research training opportunities for early to mid-level faculty investigators already committed to NIDA careers, but who have not yet had success in competition for NIDA K-type, R01 or R15-type research awards. Moreover, the program aims to refine an exciting, innovative science education model that may help NIH diversify its research career development of early stage investigators who have advanced beyond earliest faculty years, but who have not yet achieved success as NIH Principal Investigators beyond the R03 or R21 stage.

Eligible Applicants
As elaborated below, elements of this fellowship submission include each of the following: (a) a fellow’s track record of at least 3 years of demonstrated success, with re-appointment, at a ‘home institution’ qualified to serve as a sponsoring institution for NIH awards; (b) the presentation of a draft plan for research career development; (c) a written commitment from the applicant’s home institution of support for  fellow’s research career development (analogous to written commitments required for NIDA K awards); (d) a written agreement from the home institution that grants the applicant support in the form of  at least 75 days (‘one day per week’ effort) of ‘NIDA research release time’ during each of roughly 18 months of program effort, plus equivalent release time during one additional year after fellowship support (analogous to the NIDA K-award 75% requirement); and (e) a commitment from the home institution to provide the applicant with modest financial support for program activities. (For example, in the past, the home institutions have waived overhead fees or have cost-shared those fees. Another example involves the home institution providing travel monies to help defray cost of travel to attend two required scientific meetings each year, as when the program provides ½ the ‘double occupancy’ lodging expense for a shared room, and the R25 fellow prefers not to share a room.)

Note on eligibility of postdoctoral fellows without a current faculty appointment: PDFs must document the home institution’s agreement to allow her/him to serve as PI on the NIDA entry-level K-type or R01/R15-type RPG application, and already must be working with a clearly committed NHSN mentor with one or more current or past NIDA R01 awards to substantiate the mentor’s experience.

In Cycle III, priority will be given to Hispanic/Latino heritage applicants committed to NIDA’s pre-clinical research program announcements, and to those whose proposed applications are responsive to NIDA’s participation in the NIH-wide brain research initiatives or to NIDA-specific program announcements for field-driving innovative neuroscience and CNS-focused research projects and career development awards.

Content and Form of Application Submission
All proposals must include the following seven items:
1.  An NIH Biosketch (disclose active/pending awards)
2.  A Personal Statement
3.   A draft of a 3-page Pilot Study Research Plan (including specific aims, significance, innovation and methods)
4.   A 2-page Draft Research Career Development Plan
a.    Describe a systematic career development plan: (1) that shows a logical progression from prior research and training experiences to the research and career development experiences that will occur during the pilot study and then to independent investigator status; (2) that justifies the need for further career development to become an independent investigator; and (3) that utilizes the relevant research and educational resources of the institution.
 5.   A Letter of Support
a.    The one letter of support should be from advisor/mentor/department chair. The letter of support should:
o   Describe the candidate’s commitment to a research career in the field of drug abuse. Include a description of all the candidate’s professional responsibilities in the grantee institution and elsewhere and show their relation to the proposed activities in the fellowship application.
o   Describe prior training and how it relates to the objectives and long-term career plans of the candidate.
o   Describe the candidate’s program of research  to this point in his/her research career, including any publications, prior research interests and experience.
o    Provide evidence of the candidate’s potential to develop into an independent research investigator.
6.    An NIH Principal Investigator Mentor
o   The candidate must name a primary mentor who, together with the candidate, is responsible for the planning, directing, monitoring, and executing the proposed activities in the fellowship application.
o   Candidates may use the NHSN website to identify a senior investigator who will complement their skills and research interests. The mentor should be recognized as an accomplished investigator in the proposed research area and have a track record of success in training and placing independent investigators.
o   The application must include a statement from the mentor providing:  1) a plan that describes the nature of the supervision and mentoring that will occur during the fellowship; 2) a plan for career progression for the candidate to move from the mentored stage of his/her career to independent research investigator status during the fellowship; and 3) a plan for monitoring the candidate’s research, publications, and progression towards independence.
7.    A Statement of Institutional Support
o   Home institution must file a written commitment to research career development of the fellow (analogous to written commitments required for NIDA K awards).
o   Institution must be pre-registered in grants.gov and have eCommons user I.D. as sponsoring institution. Applicant must provide this information in the application.
o   Home institutions also must file a written agreement to support fellows for dedication of at least 75 days (‘one day per week’ effort) of ‘NIDA research release time’ during each of up to 18 months of fellowship support, plus equivalent release time during 1 additional year after fellowship support (analogous to NIDA K-award 75% requirement).
o   Home institutions must make an advance commitment to ‘cost sharing’ or ‘match’ as described above.

Submission and Award Dates
To be considered, proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted. An entire application package that contains all seven sections as described above in PDF format must be submitted electronically to:
Nicole Cano, MPH, National Manager, National Hispanic Science Network
Email: ncano@med.miami.edu
Tel: 305-243-441
For information on this program, contact r25@epi.msu.edu

New NIAD Funding Opportunities

See other announcements at NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

Send suggestions or comments to deaweb@niaid.nih.gov .

Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-morbidities (R01 and R21)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications addressing ethical issues in research relevant to populations with HIV and associated co-morbidities, and populations at high risk of HIV acquisition.  The bioethics projects supported through this program announcement will focus on at least one of the following three goals:

1) Development of  the empirical knowledge base for human subjects protection and ethics standards in HIV/AIDS research;

2) Development of  conceptual bioethics approaches to advance scholarship on difficult ethical challenges in HIV/AIDS research;

3) Supporting the integration of bioethics work with ongoing research in HIV/AIDS.

Please click here for more details on the R01 grant and click here for more details on the R21 grant.

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01)

R01: PA-13-292  and R21: PA-13-288 

Application due dates: standard due dates apply. Expiration date: September 8, 2016. Please note this FOA is a reissue of PAR-10-136  and PAR-10-137.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to encourage research project grant applications (R01, R21) employing behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods (1) to improve understanding of the causes of disparities in health and disability among the various populations of the United States and (2) to develop and test interventions for reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities. The purpose of this FOA is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population.

Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing “health gaps” among groups. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged.

For full announcements see:
R01: PA-13-292 and R21: PA-13-288 

NIAID & NIMH Methods for Prevention Packages Program III RO1 Grants
NIAID & NIMH have another round of MP3. (Jan submission, 1 submission/yr for 3 years)

Both FOAs are PARs (R = Special review; reviewed by special emphasis panels).

Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies to Reduce HIV Incidence – iKnow Projects
Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies to Reduce HIV Incidence – iKnow Projects. Supported by NIAID, NIMH and NIDA.

(Jan submission, 1 submission/yr for 3 years)

This FOA is intended to promote innovative research that addresses one or both of the following objectives:

  • Devise optimal strategies to improve the identification of persons unaware of their HIV-1 infection and successfully link them to HIV testing, treatment, and prevention interventions.
  • Develop and examine the feasibility and acceptability of novel integrated interventions of biomedical and behavioral strategies that substantially reduce the likelihood of onward HIV transmission in these populations.

Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) grant program is currently accepting applications
The Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) grant program is currently accepting applications for its latest round of funding. The CNIHR program is a joint initiative of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the International AIDS Society (IAS).

The CNIHR program welcomes innovative proposals from early-stage scientists without prior experience in HIV research to answer essential questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission, and research toward a cure.

The application process is two-phase: Concept Proposal phase (open to all eligible candidates) and the Full Proposal phase (only successful applicants from the Concept Proposal Phase). Concept proposals (2 pages) are due October 16th, 2013 and are submitted via the CNIHR website.

See http://www.cnihr.org/ or the attached Request for Proposals for detailed information. A brief overview of the program is below. Awardees will be selected by April 2014.

In an effort to broaden the scope of the programme and to reach out to international applicants we are asking for your assistance in circulating this information to your networks.

We would like to request your help in the following ways:

•      Please disseminate this message and the enclosed Request for Proposals and poster within your professional networks (e.g. newsletters, website, institute).

•      Please inform eligible candidates of the CNIHR grant programme.

Thank you very much for your support in reaching out to potential candidates. Please don’t hesitate to contact info@cnihr.org for any questions.

Two NIDA FOAs to Promote Goals of Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH
We are pleased to announce the release of 2 new FOAs to promote the goals of Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN; formerly known as functional integration).  Its mission is to provide a strong collaborative framework for enabling NIDA, NIAAA, and NCI to pool resources and expertise, creating synergies in addiction science, addressing new research opportunities, and meeting the public’s health needs.

The current FOAs are for administrative supplements and competitive revision applications to promote research on new and/or under-recognized opportunities addressing polysubstance use and comorbidity.  Many existing research projects focus on only one substance (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, heroin, etc.), yet epidemiological and clinical research indicate that polysubstance use is common, as are co-morbid substance use disorders.  Basic research on behavioral and neural mechanisms reveals overlapping substrates and consequences of exposure to diverse substances. Despite this knowledge, many investigator-initiated projects do not take full advantage of opportunities to address scientific issues related to polysubstance use and comorbidity. Under these FOAs, CRAN will solicit administrative supplements or revision applications for the specific purpose of expanding the scope of currently funded projects to be more cross-cutting and inclusive.

For both FOAs, Kevin Conway is listed as the contact person for NIDA.  In that role, Kevin plans to respond to general inquiries from PD/PS, but triage as appropriate to the program official on record for more specific substantive and grant-specific issues.  The direct links to the FOAs are here and here.

Contribute to Research on Drug Resistance
Preventing and managing clinical antimicrobial drug resistance is of principal interest for NIH and for NIAID in particular. A recent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) targets this research priority. Read the full article.

OBSSR Can Boost Your Big Data Education 
“Big data” is becoming a big deal. If you’re looking to develop a short course on big data strategies or tools, or other innovative methodologies for behavioral and social science research, NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) may have a funding opportunity for you. Read the full article.

New FOAs Support HIV Prevention Packages 
HIV researchers, your interest may be piqued by two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) supported in part by NIAID: Methodologies and Formative Work for Combination HIV Prevention Approaches, which uses the R01 activity code, and a companion FOA that uses the R21 activity code. Read the full article.

Grand Challenges Explorations Round 10 grants announced
Over 50 new grants of US$100,000 each will be made to investigators from 18 countries and mark the tenth round of funding from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative seeking to lower the barriers for testing innovative ideas in global health and development. Also announced was additional funding of up to US$1 million each for four Grand Challenges Explorations projects to enable grantees to advance their work. Please read the press release  here and the grant summaries here. To receive updates about future grant opportunities, please sign up here.

NIH Funding on Integration and Analysis of Diverse HIV-Associated Data
Applications are now being accepted for a grant which aims to stimulate the integration of data across HIV research networks and cohorts as well as the development, adaptation and application of state-of-the-art analytic methods to achieve a better understanding of the various factors that characterize neurobehavioral and psychosocial functioning of people living with HIV or those at risk for HIV. For more information, please visit the NIH Website.

NIH Funding on HIV/AIDS and Alcohol Interventions 
Applications are now being accepted for proposals for comparative effectiveness and implementation of HIV/AIDS with Alcohol Intervention. For more information, please visit the NIH Website.

NIH Funding on the Role of Stigma in HIV Prevention and Care
The NIMH is encouraging revision applications to augment currently active AIDS-related NIMH and NIAID R01 grants.  Revision applications should employ state-of-the-science methodology to validate existing stigma measures and examine the impact of HIV-associated stigma on HIV prevention and care uptake and HIV-related outcomes.For More information, visit the NIH Website.

NIH Funding on the Latent Reservoir in HIV-infected Children
Applications are welcome from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct studies of the latent reservoir in HIV-infected children who have had early treatment (antiretroviral therapy [ART] initiated at  less than 6 months of age) and have had continuous viral suppression. For more information, visit the NIH Website.

Office for Human Research Protections Seeking Fellows
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has openings for a compliance oversight fellow and a policy fellow. Interested persons can find these announcements by going to the ORISE Website, and entering, in the Search field, the compliance oversight announcement number: DHHS-OHRP-2013-0102, or the policy announcement number: DHHS-OHRP-2013-0103.

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