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Big Data and the Biomedical Workforce NIH Wants Your Input

In December I wrote about the exciting announcements presented at the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) meeting to address their recommendations on how to best support the future of biomedical research. I've blogged on some recent announcements related to the biomedical workforce here and here (and as described in December, there are more to come!). Additionally, details about some of the other initiatives resulting from the ACD working group on diversity were published in the NIH Guide in the beginning of February (see these announcements on the BUILD initiative and the NIH National Research Mentoring Network for more information). I also want to call your attention to a recently released request for information (RFI) related both to training and �Big Data� � the large, complex data sets that have come out of rapid advances in biomedical research, and that will continue to grow both in number, and in value in the future.
Diversifying the Training Experiences of the Biomedical Research Workforce

Im eager to tell you about another important biomedical workforce-related initiative that NIH is launching based on the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) working group recommendations. This initiative seeks to expand existing research training and allow research institutions to best prepare their trainees for a variety of research-related career outcomes. The ACD working group report showed that while almost half of US-trained doctorates work in academia, an increasing proportion of newly trained doctorates finds employment opportunities in non-academic sectors and in other research-related occupations.
NIH Operations Under the Sequester

This morning I sent a letter to the signing officials at NIH-funded institutions about the sequestration order signed by the President on Friday. We have posted the letter on the Office of Extramural Research website and I am copying it here for your information. As we noted in the recent Guide Notice, NIH institutes and centers (ICs) will announce their respective approaches to meeting the new budget level at a later date. Links to these announcements will be available on the NIH extramural financial operations page. I will keep you informed as events progress.

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NIH Recovery Actions and Resources for Institutions Affected by Hurricane Sandy

In addition to the health and safety of people and animals in programs the NIH supports, there is also a deep concern about the health of the biomedical enterprise in the affected area when disaster hits. The NIH is committed to working with researchers and institutions to ensure that NIH-funded research continues. The NIH has posted a list of available resources and actions being taken in response to Hurricane Sandy. The NIH encourages Investigators and institutions who are affected to talk with their assigned Grants Management and Program Officials about their specific situation. This information is available in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-013. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Advance Notice: Revised Policy for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Initial Peer Review of NIH Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applications

The NIH initial peer review process involves the consistent application of standards and procedures that produce fair, equitable, informed, and unbiased examinations of grant and cooperative agreement applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The process, defined in regulation at 42 CFR Part 52h, is extended by policy to other types of applications submitted to the agency.
Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance

With this Notice, NIH informs grantees that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance. This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).
Supporting Small Business Across the Country

While most of the conversation here on Rock Talk, particularly in the comments, is about research at academic institutions and non-profit organizations, NIH also funds researchers at small businesses. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was established by Congress in 1982 all Federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $100 million are required to allocate a percentage of their R&D budget to the program. In 1992 Congress established another program to support small businesses and commercialization of federally funded research. This program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, requires small businesses to formally partner with research institutions on their proposed research project. Federal agencies with extramural R&D budgets over $1 billion participate in the STTR program to support small businesses and to bridge the gap between federally funded research and the commercialization of the innovative technologies that grow out of basic science.
Dear Colleague Letter - Issuance of a new NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide

A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 13-1), has been issued. The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the: a. Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and b. Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation. This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 14, 2013.
Improving Public Access to Research Results

Most researchers are familiar with our public access policy which is central to the NIH mission. It ensures NIH-funded research is accessible to everyone so that, collectively, we can advance science and improve human health. Youve provided access at an impressive rate which has allowed many people to see the publications that result from NIH-funded research. For example, on a typical weekday over 700,000 users retrieve more than 1.5 million papers on PubMed Central, the host archive for the public access policy.
Getting Ready to ASSIST You with Multi-project Electronic Grant Submissions

Im delighted to announce that this week NIH has posted the first funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will use electronic submission for multi-project applications. This is no small achievement for NIH. NIH has been fully electronic for R01 grant submission since 2007, and electronic for all but our multi-project grant applications since 2010. Our goal was always to have 100% of our applications submitted electronically, but our most complex applications did not fit with current submission methods.
Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2013

Reminder: The Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) requires Assured institutions to submit a written report to OLAW at least once every 12 months. Annual reports for the period January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 are due to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) by January 31, 2013. More information available at NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-009. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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WE'RE MOVING! The Division of Sponsored Research is Moving

DSR offices will be closed Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th in order to move to our new location, 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 165
When Disaster Strikes

My thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy, and I am deeply sympathetic to the struggles of those who continue to feel the aftermath of this destructive storm. The immediate and long term economic and emotional costs of natural disasters such as Sandy can be overwhelming. Among the many groups affected by these types of events are the people and animals supported by NIH funding. Undoubtedly the loss of lives is of greatest concern, but the loss of years of research materials and data can be devastating and severely set back research progress.
Clearing Up Confusion about Postdoc Salaries and Training Activities

We all know postdocs dont spend every moment at the bench. I think everyone would agree that attending a professional meeting and presenting research results is a critical part of a postdocs expected responsibilities. However, lately weve had a number of inquiries about which activities postdoctoral fellows are allowed to perform as part of their official duties supported by NIH grants. Its possible that the confusion arose from the recent activities surrounding cost principles for government-funded research. Id like to try to clear up any misconceptions and highlight the NIH policies that address this issue.
NIH Pilots Electronic Submission for Relinquishing Statement, Type 6 & 7 Applications

As part of the continuing effort to move to electronic processes, NIH is now piloting a new eRA Commons module, which allows submission of relinquishing statements. NIH is also piloting the electronic submission of applications through for post-award changes in grantee organization or grantee organizational status. The following will be accepted electronically:
October 17, 2012: New NIH RPPR Training Webinar

Are you familiar with the new NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)? The RPPR is a Federal-wide initiative to standardize reporting by creating a uniform format for all interim reporting of research and research-related activities. The result of this initiative is the RPPR Final Format.
Celebrating Science

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in A Celebration of Science, where more than 1,000 leaders from across the scientific research and policy communities participated in a three-day event led by FasterCures and the Milken Institute. This celebration was held to reaffirm the importance of biomedical research and showcase the outcomes of research on peoples lives. The event took many forms, ranging from panels and presentations to a special concert event at the Kennedy Center.
Whats Next?Reviewing Your Summary Statement and Thinking About Resubmitting

So youre wearing your lucky shoes and are ready to take a first look at the results of your grant review. Whether you are anticipating doing a victory dance or getting ready to head out to the nearest kickboxing class, its a good time to think about what comes next.
How Often Do I Need to Update My System of Awards Management (SAM) Registration?

Your SAM registration (formerly CCR registration) needs to be renewed at least annually. Remember, all registrations and renewals must be complete to submit an application to NIH. NOTE: Once you update your record in SAM, it will take 48 to 72 hours to complete just like it did in CCR. You will be notified via email when the process is complete. SAM cannot expedite this process.
May I Still Use Forms Which Are Past the Expiration Date?

NIH recently issued a Notice on the availability of newly revised forms and instructions for post-award documents, including interim and final progress reports. Revised Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) forms are also now available. Revised competing applications and instructions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2013, following electronic development of applicable forms. Until that time, continue to use the existing forms.
If the Instructions in the Funding Opportunity Differ from the Application Guide, Which Do I Follow?

Instructions in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) always supersede the instructions in the application guides. So when in doubt, follow the instructions in the FOA.
October 8 (Monday) 2012 NIH Closed: Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed October 8 (Monday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
Partnering with FDA to Support Research to Inform Tobacco Regulation

I am excited to tell you about a collaboration we have launched with the FDA to support research to inform the development and evaluation of regulations on the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products. FDA was granted authority to regulate tobacco products by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), which was signed into law in 2009.
NIH RePORT up for a Peoples Choice Award from HHSinnovatesvoting is now open!

HHSinnovates is a program run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to highlight innovations in programs and processes developed by HHS staff. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched the program in 2010, but this year marks the first Peoples Choice Award where the public can vote and rate the HHS projects they deem most innovative. Out of the initial 60 projects submitted in this round, RePORT is one of six finalists. Im especially proud of the advances RePORT has made and continues to make in increasing transparency and accessibility to information on the NIH research portfolio.
NIH Moves towards Electronic Payments to Foreign Institutions

Starting on October 1, 2012, NIH will begin to transition payments for all foreign grantee institutions to the Payment Management System (PMS) using B subaccounts. This new policy affects the procedure for carrying over an unobligated balance into FY2013. In order to carryover an unobligated, foreign grantees will need to follow the procedure outlined in the Guide Notice.
New Podcast on Submitting the Federal Financial Report (FFR)

In this episode of our All About Grants podcast series, Renee Livshin, a grants management specialist with NIHs National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, discusses important details of the Federal Financial Report (FFR), including report submission, its role in grant closeout and who to contact for help along the way. To learn more about NIH grants, visit
September 3 (Monday), 2012 NIH Closed: Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed September 3 (Monday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Module and Training Webinar Available to NIH Grantees

NIH is pleased to announce that on October 19, 2012, all grantee institutions will have access to the NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for most Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards. Training for all grantees on the use of the new NIH RPPR will be provided via webinar on October 17, 2012.
Notice of NIH Special Council Review of Research Applications from PDs/PIs with More than $1.0 Million Direct Costs in Annual NIH Support

This Notice announces a new Special Council Review (SCR) policy to help NIH effectively manage resources. The policy will require NIH Institute and Center (IC) Advisory Councils to perform additional review of grant and cooperative agreement applications from Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) [PD(s)/PI(s)] who receive $1.0 million per year in direct costs from active NIH awards. This policy does not represent a cap on NIH funding.
New Rules Regarding Financial Conflict of Interest Effective August 24, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has revised the federal regulations governing conflicts of interest in research. The new rules will go into effect on August 24, 2012. Major changes to the regulations include the definition of significant financial interest (SFI), the extent of investigator disclosure, the information reported to the Public Health Service (PHS) awarding component, the information made accessible to the public, and investigator training. For example, the revised regulations:  Require investigators to disclose to their institutions all of their significant financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities.  Lower the monetary threshold at which significant financial interests require disclosure, generally from $10,000 to $5,000.  Require institutions to report to the sponsor additional information on identified financial conflicts of interest and how they are being managed.  Require institutions to make certain information accessible to the public concerning identified SFIs held by senior/key personnel.  Require investigators to complete training related to the regulations and their institutions financial conflict of interest policy. The new rules will apply only to investigators who are funded by or who anticipate funding by any of the following sponsors: any entities that comprise the Public Health Service, including any center or institutes that comprise NIH; the American Heart Association; the American Cancer Society; the Arthritis Foundation; the Susan G. Komen Foundation; or the Alliance for Lupus Research. Investigators must now complete an Interest Inventory via ARC at prior to the submission of a proposal for research in which the investigator plans to participate (or by the issue date of the Notice of Award issued subsequent to the August 24, 2012 for an ongoing award). Once you are logged into ARC, click on New COI Interest Inventory, located near the bottom of the screen on the left side of the page, to begin the disclosure process.
Research Collaboration Among Multiple Institutions Is Growing Trend

A recent National Science Foundation report found that research collaboration among multiple institutions is a growing trend. The conclusion was drawn by noting increases in the amount of total expenditures for research and development that universities pass through to other institutions and receive from other institutions. During fiscal years 2000-2009, the amount of R&D funding that passed through universities to others for collaborative projects grew more rapidly than overall academic R&D expenditures. After adjustment for inflation, total academic R&D expenditures increased 47 percent during this period, and R&D funds passed through to others more than doubled. In fiscal year 2000, universities provided about $700 million to other schools and about $482 million to other entities; in fiscal 2009, they provided $1.9 billion to other schools and $1.4 billion to other entities.
Exciting Opportunity to Use the NIH Clinical Center

The opportunity will take shape in the form of a cooperative agreement between extramural collaborators and NIH intramural researchers. This will allow extramural researchers to access resources such as the metabolic unit, pharmaceutical development capabilities, advanced imaging services and more. You can see a complete toolkit of available resources on the Clinical Centers site.
Honoring the Achievements of Early Career Scientists

Another way we support early career scientists is by recognizing and honoring their achievements. Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced that 20 outstanding NIH-supported early career scientists have been selected for the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE. This award is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The NIH awardees join 96 other highly accomplished PECASE recipients from a number of federal agencies.
Guidance on Changes That Involve Human Subjects in Active Awards and That Will Require Prior NIH Approval

This notice provides detailed guidance on the types of changes in human subjects research awards that will require prior NIH approval and provides information on the process for submission of such requests. In general, any change in research procedures in an active award that would result in an increased risk to human subjects will require prior NIH approval before implementation.
What Happens When Natural Disasters Strike and I Can't Submit My Application?

During emergencies and natural disasters, NIH's primary concern is for the health and safety of the entire NIH research community, including the people and animals that are a part of our research programs. Additionally, we are committed to supporting our research community's hard work by providing assistance to affected NIH applicants and grantees on a case-by-case basis. NIH considers the following issues when determining how to take action in emergency situations: -whether a Federal Disaster is declared ■severity of damage inflicted -length of time an institution may be required to close or required for recovery -impact on investigators, human research subjects, and animal subjects -overall impact on the community
Clarification: Time Limit on NIH Resubmission Applications

NIH policy allows a thirty-seven month window for resubmissions (A1 applications) following the submission of a New, Renewal, or Revision application (A0 application). The policy was implemented to stimulate new research directions for projects that were not successful initially and may have become outdated over the course of several years. Since the NIH policy on resubmission applications was issued, CSR and OER have received numerous questions concerning its implementation. This Notice provides clarification of two aspects of the NIH policy on resubmission applications: Starting point for the time limit after the original submission (A0 application). Status of submissions after the time limit for resubmissions has expired.
NIH FCOI Reporting Requirements & Demo - Webinar Registration Open

On August 14, 2012 (1:30-3:00PM EDT), the NIH will host a webinar reminding NIH grantees of the 2011 revised FCOI reporting requirements and providing a demonstration of report submission through the updated eRA Commons FCOI Module. Space is limited. Registration Required! If you are responsible for submitting FCOI reports to NIH through the eRA Commons, then don't miss this opportunity. For more information see, NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-122.
Fatigability, Activity Limitations, and Bioenergetics in Aging (R21)

Fatigability is defined as fatigue in the context of activity level. This FOA invites applications proposing to 1) investigate the role of specific bioenergetic factors in increased fatigability, reduced activity, and diminished sense of well-being in older persons; 2) test the effects of interventions targeted at such factors on performance capabilities, functional status, and other outcomes that relate to quality of life; or 3) develop and evaluate measures of fatigability applicable for observational and/or interventional studies.
Stem Cells and Alcohol-induced Tissue Injuries (R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications to study human and non-human stem cells involved in alcohol-induced tissue injuries. Alcohol abuse is known to cause pathology in a number of organ systems. Disorders most commonly associated with chronic alcohol consumption include alcoholic liver disease (ALD), pancreatitis, cardiovascular disease, neural damage, endocrine dysfunction, osteoporosis, cancer, and immune dysfunction. The objective of this FOA is to understand the role of stem cells in alcohol-induced tissue damage and recovery, particularly how they are influenced by alcohol metabolism and their role in alcohol-related cancers.

1. Bankhead-Coley Bridge Call Amendment This message serves as a notice that a Call Amendment to cancel Rounds 2 and 3 has now been issued due to lack of available funds for the Bankhead-Coley Biomedical Research Program Call for Grant Applications: Bridge Grant for Cancer Fiscal Year 2012-2013. To access the Call Amendment, click on the following link: Amendment 1. The original Bankhead-Coley Call for Grant Applications: Bridge Grant for Cancer can be accessed at The Program does plan to offer Bridge Grants for FY 2013-2014. More information will be announced later this year. 2. James & Esther King Bridge Call Changes Pending The James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program intends to accept Bridge applications for an additional Round (competition); however, the schedule will be adjusted and Round 2 will not open on July 16th, 2012 as previously planned. Once a new schedule has been determined, a Call Amendment will be issued for the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program Call for Grant Applications: Bridge Grant for Diseases Related to Tobacco Use Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
July 23-24, 2012: Portfolio Analysis Symposium

The symposium will focus on the use of data-driven methods to inform management of the NIH investment in biomedical research. It will feature internationally renowned experts in portfolio analysis methods and best practices. These experts are from academia, other federal agencies, research organizations, and industry. Attendees will include decision-makers from across NIH and from other agencies. The symposium follows from a Portfolio Analysis Workshop, held on February 6, 2012.
NIH Announces Changes to the eRA Commons Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Module to Accommodate Additional Reporting Requirements Required by the 2011 Revised FCOI Regulation

This Notice announces the availability of new features of the FCOI Module in the eRA Commons to accommodate the additional reporting requirements required by the 2011 FCOI regulation, Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought at Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, Subpart F for grants and cooperative agreements. As part of NIHs continuing efforts to provide useful resources for extramural grant recipients, NIH developed this enhanced FCOI Module to accommodate the submission of the additional FCOI information as required under the 2011 revised FCOI regulation for NIH grants and cooperative agreements.
Clarification/Update of Areas of Research Focus for PAR-12-102, Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)

The purpose of this Notice is to clarify and update, Part 2, Section I. Funding Opportunity Description of the Areas of Research Focus, for applications submitted in response to PAR-12-102, Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13).
Clarification/Update of Areas of Research Focus for PAR-12-093, Biomedical and Behavioral Research Innovations to Ensure Equity (BRITE) in Maternal and Child Health (R15)

The purpose of this Notice is to clarify and update, Part 2, Section I. Funding Opportunity Description of the Areas of Research Focus for applications submitted in response to PAR-12-093, Biomedical and Behavioral Research Innovations To Ensure Equity (BRITE) in Maternal and Child Health (R15).
Notice of Intent to Participate in the Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) plan to support research in mathematics and statistics related to mathematical biology research. Both agencies recognize the need for additional research at the boundary between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations at this interface, as well as to support existing ones. NIGMS and DMS anticipate making 15 to 20 awards totaling about $5 million, in fiscal year 2013. It is expected that each award will be between $100,000 to $400,000 (total costs) per year for a duration of three to five years. Applications should be submitted to NSF (Program solicitation 12-561). Specific information concerning the application and review process is available at
Many Recommendations, Many Ways to Move Forward

It has been an exciting time at the NIH over the past two days. The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) met for its regular biannual meeting on campus, and the agenda was jam-packed. Three separate working groups tasked with assessing important issuesthe future of the biomedical research workforce, diversity in the workforce, and data and informaticsconcluded their work and presented their recommendations to the ACD.
Clarification to the Interim Agency Policy, NIH Research Involving Chimpanzees

Addresses the conditions under which applications proposing the use of stored samples obtained from chimpanzees will be accepted for peer review, and Clarifies that this policy applies to all competing applications, including renewals, revisions, and resubmissions. The NIH will issue a final policy after the NIH Council of Councils makes recommendations on the use of chimpanzees in NIH-supported research, and after the agency considers public comments on implementing the recommendations. Further policy is expected to be issued in early 2013.
Weigh In on Changes to the Biosketch

I wanted to let you know about a request for information we just issued to collect opinions on a proposal to modify the NIH biographical sketch that is used as part of your grant application. We are concerned that the biosketch, as currently configured, may not allow applicants to adequately describe the nature, significance, or impact of their scientific accomplishments and capabilities in the most effective manner to illuminate a persons contribution to their field.
Notice of Impending Change in Peer Review Criteria and Submission Requirements for NIH Applications Involving Human Embryonic Stem Cells

This Notice is intended to inform potential NIH applicants of impending changes in the PHS 398 and SF424(S&R) instructions for applications involving the use of human embryonic stem cells (hESC).
Extension of Expiration Dates for PA-09-193 (R01), PA-09-194 (R21), and PA-09-195 (R03), "Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management of Pain in Aging: from Molecular to Clinical"

This Notice extends the expiration dates for PA-09-193 (R01), PA-09-194 (R21), and PA-09-195 (R03), "Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management of Pain in Aging: from Molecular to Clinical." The expiration date for these Program Announcements is changed from September 8, 2012, to January 8, 2013.
A Look at Funding Rates of PhDs at Different Institution Types

A few blogs ago, I provided information about investigators and different institution types. Let's cut the data a couple additional ways. We've seen that investigators with a PhD tend to do slightly less well when competing for NIH funding. When you break out investigators by degree and the type of institution they work at, there isnt really a big difference that pops out between those with an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD.
Deadlines this summer for NSF/NIH $25 million Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) program

$25 million will be made available for grants under the Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) initiative. Attached is the full NSF solicitation. Mid-Scale projects (up to $1 million per year for up to 5 years) application deadline June 13 Small projects (up to $250,000 per year for up to 3 years) deadline July 11 As the solicitation states, this effort is one component in a long-term strategy to address national big data challenges, which include advances in core techniques and technologies; big data infrastructure projects in various science, biomedical research, health and engineering communities; education and workforce development; and a comprehensive integrative program to support collaborations of multi-disciplinary teams and communities to make advances in the complex grand challenge science, biomedical research, and engineering problems of a computational and data intensive world.
Exciting New Program at NIH

Imagine if you had a partnership with industry where you had access to compounds never before available to you, which you could use to test ideas for new therapeutics and identify promising new treatments. Thats the unique program that the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences just announced, Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules.
Leadership for Research and World

FROM JUDY GENSHAFT, President of the University of South Florida: I am pleased to announce Paul R. Sanberg, PhD, DSc, as the new Vice President for Research and Innovation for the USF System, and President of the USF Research Foundation, Inc., reporting directly to me. At the same time, Karen A. Holbrook, PhD, will be the USF System Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and International Research. These new leadership roles allow the USF System to intensify the global scholarship that has become our hallmark as a global research university.
NIH Announces the Posting of a Checklist for Policy Development related to the 2011 revised regulation on Promoting Objectivity in Research (Financial Conflict of Interest)

This Notice announces the availability of a checklist for policy development which provides an overview of the requirements of the 2011 revised Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) regulation, Promoting Objectivity in Research (Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, Subpart F) for grants and cooperative agreements.
Notice of Requirement for Electronic Submission of Just-in-Time Information and Related Business Process Changes Beginning April 20, 2012

Revised Policy on Applicant Institution Responsibilities for Ensuring Just-in-Time Submissions are Accurate and Current Up to the Time of Award . Applicants are required to submit their information using the JIT feature of the eRA Commons at least 60 days before the applicants proposed project period start date (or sooner if requested by the IC). If the requested JIT information is not submitted, funding may be delayed and the Project Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) and Signing Official may be contacted directly requesting prompt submission of timely information.
NIDA Technical Assistance Webinar for RFA-DA-13-001, Phased Services Research Studies of Drug Use Prevention, Addiction Treatment, and HIV in an Era of Health Care Reform (R21/R33)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will hold a technical assistance webinar on Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The goal of the session is to provide information to prospective applicants about RFA-DA-13-001, Phased Services Research Studies of Drug Use Prevention, Addiction Treatment, and HIV in an Era of Health Care Reform (R21/R33). NIH staff will provide an overview of the RFA and answer questions from prospective applicants.
Notice of NIDAs Priorities for Human Genetics Research

This Notice communicates the NIDAs evolving human genetics funding priorities to help the addiction genetics community maximally align their research with NIDAs current strategic vision.
Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Program (U01)

The NHGRI intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit grant applications for research on exploring, within an active clinical setting, the application of genomic sequence data to the care of patients. This will be a reissue, with modifications, of RFA-HG-10-017 that solicited applications for Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) Program Study Investigators.
Leaders Discuss Issues and Opportunities at Coastal Cities Summit II

May 1-May 3, 2012, St. Petersburg, FL Learn the latest on planning for coastal risks, community resiliency, smart growth and other critical issues. Increase your expertise in sustainable tourism development, pre-disaster economic modeling and stakeholder communications. Hear from 60+ planning, legal and scientific experts from across the U.S., Barbados, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and more. Major Summit Themes feature presentations, panels and workshops
New Frontiers of Drug Discovery: Academic Research

This symposium will provide pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral scientists, junior faculty and staff with the opportunity to present their infectious disease research as it relates to academic drug discovery. Academic drug discovery programs are a relatively recent phenomenon, and USF is uniquely positioned to provide this type of training by integrating faculty research from Departments of Chemistry, Molecular Medicine and the Global Health Infectious Disease Research Program. See link to 2012 CDDI Symposium
2012 STEMtech Conference - October 28-31m 2012 Kansas City, Missouri

The League for Innovation is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the 2012 STEMtech conference, an international convening focused on increasing student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The STEM-related tracks focus on improving STEM education and better aligning educational systems with each other and local workforce needs. The tech-related tracks focus on technology systems and applications and technology's role in the teaching and learning processes.
10th International Conference on Hydroscience & Engineering

The U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science provides a portfolio of national high-performance computing facilities housing some of the worlds most advanced supercomputers. These leadership computing facilities enable world-class research for significant advances in science. The 2013 INCITE Call for Proposals is for awards of compute time on the Cray XK6 (Titan) system at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and the IBM Blue Gene/P (Intrepid) and IBM Blue Gene/Q (Mira) systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
Registration Now Open for the 14th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference, May 30 through June 1, 2012

The purpose of this notice is to inform the small business research community that the 14th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference will be held May 30 through June 1, 2012 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 West Jefferson, Louisville, KY 40202. The theme of this years annual conference is The Changing Face of SBIR/STTR. It encompasses two full days of in-depth information about the NIH SBIR and STTR programs.
New Financial Conflict of Interest Tutorial

If you watched our financial conflict of interest webinar last November, then you recall that one of the questions we got was, When will additional resources be available for training? Good news, we recently posted a web-based tutorial that addresses the main requirements of the 2011 revised regulation.
Small Business Program Reauthorized

In a November blog post, I mentioned the myriad of activities that are impacting our Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, one of which was the congressional effort to reauthorize these programs. Well, Congress voted on the reauthorization, and it was signed into law last December 31. Ive been waiting until the Small Business Administration (SBA) released their interim guidance so I could give you the details of how the reauthorization will impact NIH small business grants.
President Formally Announces Proposed National Network of Manufacturing Innovation

At an event this afternoon, the President formally announced his proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), to build a network of up to fifteen Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation around the country, serving as regional hubs of manufacturing excellence. These Institutes would bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and states in order to accelerate innovation in industrially-relevant manufacturing technologies and educate and train students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills. The NNMI had been briefly mentioned in the Presidents FY2013 Budget Request, which would be funded through a $1 billion mandatory investment. Given the funding mechanism, the NNMI program will require Congressional legislation.
College Student Video Contest on Importance of Innovation

The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), a university-industry-scientific society coalition in which APLU is a member, has launched this week the American Collegiate Innovation Video Contest. The contest challenges students to use their creativity and imagination in a three-minute video that demonstrates how federally funded scientific research has resulted in discoveries that have benefitted society. APLU campuses are encouraged to share the video contest details, attached, with interested students. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington, DC to participate in an awards ceremony and a Congressional briefing. Two runner-ups will receive $500. The deadline for video submissions is Thursday, May 31st.
Pre-Bid Webinar for SHRP 2 Capacity Projects to Pilot Test TCAPP and T-PICS

On March 20, 2012, the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) will release two requests for proposals (RFPs). These RFPs will fund pilot tests of the two largest SHRP 2 Capacity products: Transportation for Communities-Advancing Projects through Partnerships (TCAPP), a web-based guide to conducting collaborative transportation planning and project development, and Transportation Project Impact Case Studies (T-PICS), a web-based economic impacts assessment tool. The pilot test projects are SHRP 2 Capacity project numbers C33 and C39. TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, from 1-2:30 PM EDT to provide information about the two pilot project RFPs to prospective bidders.
NIH Grant Renewals: Keep Your Research Funded with this How-to Advice

60-Minute Live Webinar on Thursday, March 22nd at 1:00 PM EST During this insightful webinar your expert presenter, Dr. Dorothy Lewis, will highlight the main points to consider before renewing, the best times for submitting your renewal, strategies for refocusing your efforts to come up with new ideas and directions, and the latest tactics to maximize your chances for success.
New NOAA Grants Management Division Phone Numbers

The NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO) has implemented a new phone system for AGO employees. As a result, the NOAA Grants Management Division (GMD) phone numbers have changed. A listing of the Grant Specialists and Grants Officer phone numbers can be obtained from the Grants Online Program Management Office website on the "What's New" page:
OMB Asks for Comments on Potential Reforms to Federal Grant Policies

The Office of Management and Budget just published a notice in the Federal Register asking for public comment on potential reforms to federal grant policies contained in OMB circulars such as A-21, A-133, and A-122. These include ideas that would standardize information collection across agencies, adopt a risk-based model for single audits, and provide new administrative approaches for determining and monitoring the allocation of federal funds.
Federal Cyber Service Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation has announced its Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program Solicitation NSF 12-531. This program seeks to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance and cybersecurity and to increase the capacity of the nations higher education enterprise to continue to produce professionals in these fields.
Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education in Engineering

The National Science Foundation issued a solicitation on its Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering Program. This solicitation aims to integrate advancements in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering curricula. The focus of the FY 2012 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
JUST RELEASED! FY 2012 DOD CDMRP Program Announcements

The Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). This e-mail is to notify the research community of the recently released funding opportunities from the following programs: Breast Cancer Research Program, Ovarian Cancer Research Program, and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program. Detailed descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the respective Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the CDMRP eReceipt System (
Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Centers of Excellence for Research Relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (P50)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), in conjunction with other IC partners, intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to establish Centers for tobacco regulatory science to conduct programs of multidisciplinary research that will aid the development and evaluation of tobacco product regulations.
2012 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) Funding -- Application Update Period Beginning March 1st

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is pleased to announce that it will soon open the application update period for the 2012 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). Approximately $111 million will be available under fiscal year (FY) 2012 CHP for the award of grant funding.Due to the limited funding that is available this year, only those applicants that submitted applications for funding under 2011 CHP will be considered for funding under 2012 CHP
Fringe Benefit Assessment

Dear USF Research Community, Please note that the month of January was closed without posting the fringe benefit assessment for the workers compensation, unemployment and terminal leave pool to your restricted funds. The posting for January occurred in February. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and as always, thank you for your support. Please forward questions to Regards, Research Financial Management
Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)/Caribbean Region Climate Adaptation (CRCA) Partnership Initiative

Date Issued: November 22, 2011 Deadline: February 22, 2012 Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with USAID and the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination at the U.S. Department of State, is issuing a request for applications for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)/Caribbean Region Climate Adaptation (CRCA) Partnership Initiative.
NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards FY 2012

This Notice provides guidance about the NIH Fiscal Operations Plan for FY 2012 and implements the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-74), signed by President Obama on December 23, 2011. The Act provides NIH with $30.7 billion, an increase of less than one percent over FY 2011 (after transfers). The NIH will continue to manage its portfolio in biomedical research investments in a manner that includes addressing the need for a highly productive pool of researchers by providing support for new investigators.
New NIH Policy on Efficient Spending Related to Grants Supporting Conferences and Meetings

Effective immediately, NIH will implement the HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending: Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meetings, Food, Promotional Items, and Printing and Publications by modifying longstanding grants policy. The new policy applies to NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (hereafter referred to as grants) where the primary purpose of the grant is to support a Conference and/or Scientific Meeting (i.e. R13s and U13s); however, other grant mechanisms that are specifically issued to support conferences will be considered on a case by case basis.
Notice of Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts

The US Congress passed an omnibus bill to fund remaining government departments including the NIH late last week and over the weekend. In the final bill, the NIH salary cap was set at Executive Level II, currently $179,700. This represents a reduction of $20,000 per year from the Exec. Level I limit, which the cap has been pegged to for the past decade.
Biomechanisms of Peripheral Nerve Damage by Anti-Cancer Therapy (R01)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage basic biologic research on damage to the peripheral nervous system instigated by pharmacologic cancer treatments, known as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).
Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics II (T15)

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites applications for training grants to develop, conduct, and evaluate summer courses in the basic principles and methods of biostatistics as employed in biomedical research.
Patel Grand Challenge

What is the Patel Grand Challenge? In an effort to make potable water available across the developing world, USFs Patel Center, in partnership with the IWA, invites designers, researchers, inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs from the developing world to create a Smart Pot that: treats contaminated water during collection, is affordable, robust and user friendly, has a similar shape and weight as a traditional pot (jerrycan), can be manufactured locally, and requires minimal running and maintenance cost.
The Dangers in Delay

As the electronic submission process has improved, so have the potential dangers when submitting an application near the deadline. One of the most fundamental steps you can take to ensure consideration of your application is to make certain we receive it successfully. This means applying well before the due date. Now we know we preach this often, but it is as true now as ever before.
New! Electronic Submission of Administrative Supplements

Over the last several years, we have been working towards a completely electronic submission system for grant applications. We are about 95% there and are working to increase the percentage in the coming year! Beginning February 2012, you will have the option of submitting administrative supplement requests electronically.
Math and Science Partnership (MSP)

The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the STEM performance of diverse student populations. MSP projects contribute to what is known in K-12 STEM education.
National Science Foundation Day University of Central Florida Hosted by the State University System of Florida January 12, 2012

This workshop is open to personnel from all public and private colleges and universities in Florida. The program is primarily designed for researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to the NSF. However, more experienced proposers and NSF grantees may well find the workshop useful and informative. It is our hope that events such as this will increase the competitiveness of our faculty who apply for grant funding at the National Science Foundation. We want to extend an invitation to you and to anyone else at your institution who would like to attend this workshop and learn more about the NSF and its programs. The day‐long workshop will provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. It will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Representatives from the seven NSF directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering will make presentations on their programs and will also be available informally and in breakout sessions for discussions of potential research proposals. The workshop will be held at the University of Central Florida Student Union, Pegasus Circle, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, Florida. There is no registration fee for this workshop; however, pre‐registration is required. Please register by Thursday, January 5, 2012. You can register on the State University System of Florida website at Registration is limited, so please register early. We hope to see you there!
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

LIMITED SUBMISSION USF Internal Deadline: January 6, 2012 The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions (USF is a member). Awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines: Engineering and Applied Science Life Sciences Mathematics/Computer Sciences Physical Sciences Policy, Management, or Education
Graduate Arts Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award recognizes and rewards America's promising up-and-coming artists from lower-income backgrounds with the nation's leading graduate scholarships in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing. AMOUNT: $50,000 DEADLINE: February 9, 2012 SPONSOR: Cooke Foundation, Jack Kent
Florida Department of Health Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program Competition for Cancer Research Grants

The Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program will issue Calls for Grant Applications for two grant types as described below. Additional information is provided on two currently open Calls for Grant Applications. All researchers from Florida public and private colleges and universities, and established research institutions operating within Florida are eligible to apply. Applications will undergo scientific peer review and funding decisions will be based upon those scientific merit scores.
Domestic and International Travel Award USF Training Program for Drug Discovery in Infectious Diseases

The Drug Discovery and Infectious Disease Training program is operated under the USF Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation (CDDI). The purpose of this program is to promote and provide training to doctoral students by integrating faculty research from Departments of Global Health (Public Health), Molecular Medicine (Medicine), and Chemistry (Arts & Sciences). This program will allow students to participate as team members in high profile drug discovery projects and promote development of efficient strategies able to solve global challenges fighting infectious diseases.
NIH launches program to facilitate drug, vaccine and therapeutic license agreements for start-up companies

President Obama announced today an initiative that will facilitate the ability of start-up companies to license inventions for groundbreaking medical technologies for drugs, vaccines and therapeutics developed by intramural scientists at NIH.
NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

The NIH realizes that there may be problems for organizations in submitting grant applications due to the East coast flooding and the fires in Texas and other locations. The usual NIH practice for such circumstances will apply.
Secretary Sebelius Announces Million Hearts Initiative

On Tuesday September 13, Secretary Sebelius joined other HHS officials, key business, nonprofit and government officials to announce Million Hearts, a new public-private sector initiative to improve cardiovascular health.
Special Exceptions to the NSF Deadline Date Policy Due to Natural or Anthropogenic Events

In the event of a natural or anthropogenic disaster that interferes with an organization's ability to meet a proposal submission deadline, NSF has developed the following guidelines for use by impacted organizations. These guidelines will take the place of the previous NSF practice of posting notices to the NSF website regarding each specific event.
Clarification of NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards FY 2011

Non-Competing Research Awards for All NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) Except the National Cancer Institute (NCI): The FY 2011 appropriation level specified in P.L. 112-10 reduces funding from FY 2010 levels and thus warrants reductions in commitment levels for NIH research grants. Non-modular research grants, from all ICs, with the single exception of NCI, will be reduced to 1 percent below the FY 2010 award level.
CISP-BMEI 2011 2nd Round Submissions due 4 August: Shanghai, China

The 4th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2011) and 4th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI 2011) will be jointly held from 15-17 October 2011, in Shanghai, China. The deadline for the 2nd (final) round of submissions is 4 August 2011 (papers already submitted in the 1st round should not be re-submitted and will receive review notifications on 25 June; however, authors who have submitted in the 1st round are welcome to submit new papers in the 2nd round).
Second Interdisciplinary and Multilateral Call for Proposals: Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency - A First Step Towards Sustainable Manufacturing

The Heads of Research Councils from the G8 countries (G8-HORCs) Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the UK, and the USA (Italy is not participating) established a multilateral funding initiative to create a new framework for conducting international research. The initiative aims at supporting excellent research on topics of global relevance that can best be tackled by a multinational approach. Funding should help researchers to cooperate in consortia consisting of at least three partners from three of the participating countries.
Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Mechanisms (R01)

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage research to better characterize the dose-response relationship between secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and the cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases by improving our understanding of the mechanisms by which SHS contributes to these diseases.
Obesity and Asthma: Awareness and Management (R01)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research is to stimulate research to examine the interconnections of asthma and obesity. The prevalences of both asthma and obesity have significantly risen in the past few decades. Although the association between these 2 conditions has been found in many studies, the exact mechanisms for how this association arises are unresolved.
Defense Health Program Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program

Supports unique research projects that focus on scientific and clinical breast cancer issues, which, if successfully addressed, could ultimately revolutionalize the understanding, prevention, and/or treatment of breast cancer.
Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network - Pediatric Study Investigators (U01)

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for existing pediatric biorepositories with genome-wide genotyping data to become part of the Electronic Medical Records and Genomic Research (eMERGE) Network, Phase II. Further details of eMERGE Phase II are available in RFA-HG-10-009, .
Pre-application Technical Assistance Webinar for PAR-10-190, PAR-10-191, and PAR-10-192, Vulvodynia - Systematic Epidemiologic, Etiologic or Therapeutic Studies

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will hold a pre-application technical assistance webinar on Friday, July 22, 2011 for Investigators who are planning to submit applications in response to three Program Announcements on Vulvodynia - Systematic Epidemiologic, Etiologic or Therapeutic Studies available in the NIH Guide at PAR-10-190 (R01), PAR-10-191 (R03), and PAR-10-192 (R21).
Correction to RFA-MD-11-006: Limited Competition: NIMHD Endowment Program for Increasing Research and Institutional Resources Capacity (S21)

The purpose of this Notice is to announce corrections to RFA-MD-11-006, Limited Competition: NIMHD Endowment Program for Increasing Research and Institutional Resources Capacity (S21).
Epidemiology of Drug Abuse (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is intended to support research projects with the R01 mechanism to enhance our understanding of the nature, extent, distribution, etiology, and consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction across individuals, families, communities, and diverse population groups.
Epidemiology of Drug Abuse (R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is intended to support research projects with the R21 mechanism to enhance our understanding of the nature, extent, distribution, etiology, and consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction across individuals, families, communities, and diverse population groups.
Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R01), (R21) and (R03)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty.
NICHD Continuing Education Training Programs (T15)

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications for grants to develop and conduct short-term continuing education programs to improve the knowledge and skills of a broad-based community of biomedical and behavioral researchers conducting research on reproductive, developmental, behavioral, social, and rehabilitative processes that determine the health and well-being of newborns, infants, children, adults, families, and populations, and to disseminate course materials and instructional experience to the scientific community. The program should include both didactic and hands-on experiences. Programs focusing on uses of model organisms are also encouraged.
NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation Cooperative Agreement (U01)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is to invite applications that propose implementation of investigator-initiated high-risk clinical trials.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) invite submission of ideas for translational cancer research projects that would address critical problems in melanoma, including early detection and prevention strategies for those at risk.
Notice of the National Human Genome Research Institutes Interest in Receiving Applications to Analyze and Develop Methods for X Chromosome Genome-wide Association (GWA) Data

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is issuing this Notice to encourage individuals interested in submitting applications relevant to analysis and methods development for X chromosome genome-wide association (GWA) data.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science in NIDDK Research Areas (R24)

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science Awards will foster the application of interdisciplinary, integrative and/or paradigm-shifting approaches to address complex challenges in biomedical research relevant to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Final Opportunity to Attend a 2011 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration: Weston, Florida - June 22-24

Have you been looking for a comprehensive program that provides valuable information about the NIH grants process, including such topics as peer review, grant writing for success, pre-award and post-award issues for administrators and investigators, compliance, how to interact electronically with NIH, or how to map your career with NIH?
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Innovations To Ensure Equity (BRITE) in Maternal and Child Health (R15)

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development intends to promote a new research initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to encourage applications for maternal and child health equity research.
Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Mechanisms Underlying Prevalence Patterns of Depressive and Anxiety Disorders Across Diverse Populations (R01)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to invite applications for research on the mechanisms underlying racial/ethnic differences in the prevalence of a core group of depressive and anxiety disorders (major depressive disorder, dysthymia, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder).
Notice of Change in Policy on the Submission of Letters of Reference for Career Development (K) Applications

The following change in policy is effective for Individual Career Development Award (K) applications intended for June 12, 2011 and subsequent due dates. This Notice informs prospective applicants for Individual Career Development awards that the Letters of Reference are due by the application receipt deadline date. Prior to this policy change, there was a 5 business days grace period for the receipt of letters of reference after the application receipt due date. The new policy eliminates the grace period.
Clarification of NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards FY 2011

This Notice provides clarification to the guidance about the NIH Fiscal Operations Plan for FY 2011 and implementation of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-10) that was announced in NOT-OD-11-068.
Summer Grant Writing Workshops

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Research & Innovation have announced the 2011 Summer Grant Writing Workshops. Registration is open through May 24, 2011.
Biomedical Research Advisory Council Meeting Notice

The Florida Biomedical Research Programs announce a public meeting of the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council. The meeting will take place May 17 - 18, 2011 at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute at 2015 North Jefferson Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206, Conference Line number 1-888-808-6959, conference code 0186925#. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 17, adjourn at 6:30 p.m., and resume on May 18 at 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Topics to be discussed include Legislative Session and Budget Outcomes, FY 2011-12 Grant Funding decisions, and initial planning for FY 2012-13 grant mechanisms.
Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY2011

The Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-10) provides funding to NIH for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. The intent of this Notice is to provide information on the following statutory provisions that limit the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY2011.
Pre-application Teleconference for PAR-11-177 Translational Research for the Development of Novel Interventions for Mental Disorders (R21/R33)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will hold a pre-application webinar on May 9, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:00 EDT which all prospective applicants are invited.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2011

This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-10-047, and establishes new stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2011 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, as shown in the table below.
NIA Intervention Testing Program Solicits Proposals for Compounds to Test for Anti-Aging Activity in Mice

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Interventions Testing Program (ITP) was established to test compounds purported to extend lifespan and/or delay the onset of disease and disability.
Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): AHRQ Announces Interest in Priority Populations Research

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.
Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): AHRQ Announces Interest in Grants focused on Health Issues of Minority Women

The mission of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health services, and access to such services, through establishing a broad base of scientific research and promoting improvements in clinical and health systems practices, including the prevention of diseases and other health conditions.
Appeals of NIH Initial Peer Review

The purpose of this Notice is to inform the extramural research community of recent revisions to the NIH policy concerning appeals of the initial peer review process. These revisions will become effective for all competing applications (applications below) received for the January 25, 2011 due date (October 2011 Council round) and thereafter.
Request for Information (RFI): Call for Participation in NICHDs 2011 Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) Therapeutic Area Working Groups

The purpose of this RFI is to collect information from the broader research community about the current gaps in pediatric therapeutics. The knowledge of the nature of pediatric diseases, including natural history, pathophysiology, and disease progression is fundamental to evaluating the effectivenss and toxicity of drugs used in children and adolescents. Our objective is to communicate the opportunity for input into the BPCA Program to as many stakeholders as possible.
Notice of Extension of Receipt Date and Correction for RFA-MD-11-003, NIMHD Comprehensive Centers of Excellence (P60)

The purpose of this Notice is to inform interested applicants from eligible institutions that NIMHD is extending the receipt date for RFA-MD-11-003, NIMHD Comprehensive Centers of Excellence (P60) from April 14, 2011 to May 16, 2011. The expiration date for the FOA is May 17, 2011.
NSF Announces New Awards That Will Investigate More Efficient Ways to Harvest Sunlight to Make New Biofuels and Biomaterials

Scientists in the United States and the United Kingdom have been awarded funding totaling more than $10.3 million to improve the process of biological photosynthesis. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.K. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) collaborated in issuing these jointly funded awards.
Health Impact Project Announces Call for Proposals to Build Healthier Communities Through Informed Decision Making

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, has announced a Call for Proposals for grants to conduct Health Impact Assessments.
Comment on Single Cell Analysis

An NIH working group is looking for input to help identify gaps in current technologies and methodologies related to single cell analysis. Help identify the compelling biomedical research questions that can be addressed by overcoming these limitations. Responses must be submitted by March 18, 2011.
Comment on Early Independence Award

This year, NIH released the Early Independence Award to help support exceptional junior investigators who wish to skip the post-doc. The application due date has passed, but now it is your turn to provide input on the program . Information received in response to this request for information may be used to make adjustments to the program and when developing the next funding opportunity announcement. Responses must be submitted by March 18, 2011.
Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

The NIH has issued a Federal Register Notice (PDF) requesting public comments on (1) NIHs adoption of the eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide ) as a basis for evaluation of institutional programs receiving or proposing to receive Public Health Service support for activities involving animals and (2) if NIH decides to adopt the eighth edition of the Guide, NIHs proposed implementation plan which would require that institutions complete at least one semiannual program and facility evaluation using the eighth edition of the Guide as the basis for evaluation by March 31, 2012.
Notice to Discontinue PAR-10-218 - PHASE II IICOHRTA AIDS/TB Research Training Program (U2R)

The Fogarty International Center (FIC) announced PAR-10-218 PHASE II IICOHRTA AIDS/TB Research Training Program (U2R) in June 2010. This program was suspended for the FY2012 cycle (NOT-TW-11-004). Due to the planned consolidation of the FIC international HIV research training programs (NOT-TW-11-010), the IICOHRTA AIDS/TB program is being discontinued and, as of the date of this notice, FIC will no longer accept applications for this program.
NIAMS Announces Participation in the NIH Parent Program Announcement PA-11-113, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32)

This Notice is to inform potential applicants that the NIAMS announces its participation, effective immediately, in PA-11-113, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32).
Notice of Changes in Key Dates for RFA-AR-11-002, Centers of Research Translation (P50)

This Notice is being provided to change Key Dates for applications submitted in response to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), RFA-AR-11-002, issued by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), which invites applications for Centers of Research Translation (CORT) (P50).
Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

The NIH has issued a Federal Register Notice (PDF) requesting public comments on: (1) NIHs adoption of the eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide) as a basis for evaluation of institutional programs receiving or proposing to receive Public Health Service support for activities involving animals and (2) if NIH decides to adopt the eighth edition of the Guide, NIHs proposed implementation plan which would require that institutions complete at least one semiannual program and facility evaluation using the eighth edition of the Guide as the basis for evaluation by March 31, 2012.
Undergraduate/Graduate Workshop

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium invites undergraduates and graduates registered at any Florida college or university to attend a 5-day Workshop at the Kennedy Space Center. The Workshop, open only to U.S. citizens, is scheduled for March 14-18, 2011
Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications on DNA Repository for the NIAAA National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Condition-III (NESARC-III) (U24)

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to support infrastructure needed to ensure the receipt, DNA extraction and quality control, genotyping ancestry informative markers, storage and distribution to a sequencing laboratory of high-quality DNA collected in the NIAAA National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions-III (NESARC-III). This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The FOA is expected to be published in early spring of 2011 with an expected receipt date in late spring of 2011. This FOA will utilize the U24 activity code. Details of the planned Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are provided below
National Cancer Institute Participation in the NIH Parent Program Announcement for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (PA-11-113)

This Notice informs potential applicants that beginning with applications due on April 8, 2011, and thereafter, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will continue its support of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows by participation on the NIH Parent Program Announcement (PA) for F32 applications. SPONSOR: National Cancer Institute
Request for Information (RFI): Creation Of A Consortium-Based Repository Of fMRI-Based Connectivity Brain Scans From Substance-Using Or Abusing Clinical Research Participants

Request for Information (RFI) is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and/or the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The NIH does not intend to make any awards based on responses to this RFI or to otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government's use of such information. ISSUED BY: National Institute of Drug Abuse
Notice to Clarify PAR-09-239, Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START) (R03)

The purpose of this Notice is to clarify PAR-09-239, Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START) (R03) ( by removing a contradiction in the announcement.
Notice of Correction of Foreign Organization Eligibility in RFA-DK-11-007, Feasibility Studies for Clinical Trials in Type 1 Diabetes (R03)

The NIDDK and NICHD will not accept applications from foreign (non-U.S.) organizations in response to RFA-DK-11-007 ( Section III.1 (Eligible Applicants) erroneously lists Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations) in the bulleted list of eligible organizations. This bullet is being deleted. In Section III.1 (Eligible Applicants), the following language is being retained: Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations) are not eligible to apply. Foreign (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are allowed. Issued by:National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases , Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Notice of Participation of the National Eye Institute (NEI) in the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)

This Notice informs potential applicants that beginning with applications due on April 8, 2011 and thereafter, the National Eye Institute will participate in the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (PA-11-113). Issued by: National Eye Institute
NIGMS MORE SI Awardees: Required Use of xTrain Commons Module for Appointments and Terminations (R25, K12)

Effective immediately, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences will require the use of the xTrain Commons module to electronically prepare and submit the PHS 2271 Statement of Appointment form for the following MORE Special Initiatives institutional research education (R25) and career development (K-12) awards: Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program ( Bridges to the Doctorate Program ( (R25) Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program ( (R25) Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards ( (K12) For each participant appointed for eight weeks or more on these grants, the institution must electronically submit a completed Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271) using the xTrain system. Issued by: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): AHRQ Announces Interest in Career Development (K01, K02, K08) Grants focused on Health Care System Redesign

The mission of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ achieves this mission, in part, by supporting health services research career development grants. With this Notice, AHRQ announces intent to support individual mentored and independent career-development grants (I.e., K01, K02, K08 grants) to doctorally-prepared clinicians and scientists interested in pursuing research careers related to evaluating and comparing health care delivery system designs; developing and evaluating system redesigns; and implementing and disseminating effective, evidence-based design practices. Applicants must have an interest in developing their careers in research related to improving quality of care by comparing and/or evaluating health care delivery system practice. The objective of individual career development grants is to provide support and protected time for an intensive research career development experience, which may be either mentored or independent. Details on the scope, eligibility, deadlines, and application procedures for these grants can be found at one of the following sites:, or
Extension of Expiration Date and Use of Adobe B1 Application Form for the AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement: AHRQ Individual Awards for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA), PA-09-229

This Notice reinstates the original expiration date of September 8, 2012 and informs applicants of the posting of a new application package with the Competition ID of ADOBE-FORMS-B1 for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): AHRQ Individual Awards for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) PA-09-229, (see
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Resources promoting Translational Research Advancements in Neurodegenerative Diseases (U24)

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to promote the continued development of publically available, well characterized induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) research resources that will enable and encourage collaborative research among academic and industry investigators and ultimately accelerate basic science discoveries and therapeutic development for late-onset neurodegenerative diseases. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The FOA is expected to be published in spring 2011 with an expected receipt date in early summer 2011. This FOA will utilize the Research-related Resource cooperative agreement (U24) activity code. Details of the planned Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are provided below
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Framework Programs for Global Health/Innovations (R24)

The John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for a new program Framework Programs for Global Health/Innovations. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive proposals. This FOA is expected to be published in late spring 2011 with an anticipated receipt date in early fall 2011. Issued by: Fogarty International Center
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity to Restructure the Fogarty International Clinical Research Training for Scholars and Fellows Program (FICRS-F) (R24)

The John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to support the Fogarty International Clinical Research Training for Scholars and Fellows Program (FICRS-F). This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications. This FOA is expected to be published in early summer of 2011. The Fogarty International Center (FIC) announces its intention to restructure the support provided for the FICRS-F by establishing up to four support centers for this program in the next project period (2012-2017). FICRS-F program provides one-year, mentored clinical research experience in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) sites for U.S. and LMIC health professionals. The current program is supported through a single award which is due to expire in June 2012.
The 4th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing The 4th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics 15-17 October 2011, Shanghai, China

The 4th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2011) and the 4th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI 2011) will be jointly held in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the largest city in China, with famous historical and cultural heritage. All papers in conference proceedings will be indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP, as well as included in the IEEE Xplore (IEEE Conference Record Number for CISP11: 18205; IEEE Conference Record Number for BMEI11: 18206. CISP-BMEI 2008-2010 papers have already been indexed in EI Compendex). Substantially extended versions of best papers will be considered for publication in a CISP11-BMEI11 special issue of the Computers and Electrical Engineering journal (SCI-indexed). CISP11-BMEI11 is a premier international forum for scientists and researchers to present the state of the art of multimedia, signal processing, biomedical engineering and informatics. The previous CISP-BMEI each attracted over 3000 submissions from all over the world, with acceptance rate around 50%. The registration fee of US$390 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee breaks, and all technical sessions. CISP11-BMEI11 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.
Arts Medal of Honor

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. These individuals, through their creativity, inspiration, and hard work, have significantly enriched the cultural life of our nation Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts
Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award

The Exhibition Award applications will be accepted on a biennial basis from any curator applying in partnership with an established nonprofit exhibition space. The Tremaine Foundation invites potential candidates to develop those thematic concepts of which they have always dreamed, to rise above the conventional by the exploration and submission of ideas reflecting a unique vision.
BIRD Energy New Opportunity to Submit U.S. - Israel Joint Renewable Energy Proposals

"BIRD Energy is a program for U.S. - Israel joint renewable energy developments funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructures and the BIRD Foundation. Funding: Maximum conditional grant is $1M per project Sponsor: US Dept of Energy
Call for Proposals - USF Faculty Internal Awards Program (REMINDER: First Deadline is February 15, 2011).

On behalf of the USF Faculty Senate Research Council, attached is the Call for Proposals for the USF Faculty Internal Awards Program. The first deadline for the Spring Semester is February 15, 2011. There are new enhancements to the program, such as, increased funding maximums for the Creative Scholarship and New Researcher Grants. Program enhancements are still in progress, refer to the memorandum, and once these details are completed, they too will be announced.
ORAU Opportunity for Graduate Students: National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

Purpose: The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering is to educate graduate students on the utilization of major neutron and x-ray facilities. Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories, will include basic tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects. Students will conduct four short experiments at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source and Oak Ridge's Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor facilities to provide hands-on experience for using neutron and synchrotron sources.
American Association for Cancer Research 6th Annuel Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition

The USCPC brings together undergraduate and post baccalaureate students to address educational pathways, explore career options in the cancer field and compete for prizes while presenting their research. Poster competition winners will be awarded the AACR-Gary J. Miller Prizes for Cancer and Cancer-related Biomedical Research. First prize consists of $1,500 for participation in the AACR 103rd Annual Meeting 2012 in Chicago, IL. Second prize is $300 and third prize is $200.
USF Center for Entrepreneurship in partnership with USF CONNECT hosts 3 Ps of Business Workshops Planning Positioning Presenting

The 3 Ps of Business workshops will leverage the resources and expertise of the USF Center for Entrepreneurship to assist local companies in the areas of planning, positioning, and pre-senting. Each workshop will feature experts and practitioners from the Center for Entrepre-neurship and the local business community. First Workshop Begins Date: Friday, February 11, 2011 Time: 1:00 pm 3:00 pm College of Business, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, BSN 115
Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11)

The NFRP anticipates offering the following award mechanisms for FY11 pending availability of congressional funds. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.
Department of Defense Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11)

The TSCRP anticipates offering the following award mechanisms for FY11 pending availability of congressional funds. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.
Office of Research & Innovation divisions closed Dec 23 Jan 2

The Division of Sponsored Research announces application deadline and emergency contact information during closing.
Free Webinar on Data Management Plan

To support researchers in meeting the requirement from many federal funding agencies on data management plans for projects involving data collection, ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is hosting a free webinar called Guidance on Preparing a Data management Plan.
A Paperless Conflict of Interest Program

In February 2011, the Division of Research Integrity & Compliance (DRIC) will launch an electronic system called e-COI which will replace the paper-based Financial Relationships Disclosure Form. Once implemented, eCOI will vastly improve efficiency in the review process and save a tremendous amount of investigator time when completing and submitting COI disclosures.
NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results

Please read about NSF Data Sharing Policy, Data Management Plan Requirements. Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units are also provided.
NSF Revises Policy Guide, Puts an End To Voluntary Committed Cost Sharing

The National Science Foundation is implementing the new Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act requirements in its recently revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1). (NSF has also revised its entire suite of award terms and conditions to incorporate new OMB mandates concerning FFATA subaward and executive compensation reporting and Central Contractor Registration and universal identifier requirements.)
Changes to NEA Guidelines

The National Endowment for the Arts sent out an email notification giving a preview of some changes to the NEA's Grants for Arts Projects application guidelines that will be posted in January 2011.
Clarification of "Community-Based Project" on Sponsored Research Internal Form

Susan Greenbaum, Director of USF Office of Community Engagement, has a report on community-based research funding at USF. Some clarifications are provided in the article. She calls for better communications on the issue and also requests for help from faculty and our research community.
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

USF is a member institution of The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance(NCIIA). Please familiarize yourself with the funding, training, networking and collaboration opportunities through NCIIA.
Announcments from the National Institutes of Health

NIH has published some announcements regarding the upcoming changes on new time limit for resubmission and updated electronic application forms.
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

SECOORA is the regional solution to integrating coastal and ocean observing in the Southeast United States. SECOORA coordinates coastal and ocean observing activities and facilitates dialogue among stakeholders so that the benefits from the sustained operation of a coastal and ocean observing system can be realized. SECOORA is one of 11 Regional Associations established nationwide through the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).
NIH Lifts Suspension of hESC Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has lifted the suspension of the receipt, processing, review and awarding of applications and proposals involving human embryonic stems cells. The notice (NOT-OD-10-136) lifting the suspensions was issued on Friday, September 10, 2010 in response to the temporary administrative stay of the preliminary injunction issued on August 23, 2010.
Division of Patents and Licensing presents Seminar Series

Patent Series: Molecular Targets and the Pursuit of Patents in a World of Basic Science Research will be presented on Thursday, September 30, 2010 by Guest Speaker Glenn P. Ladwig, registered Patent Attorney.
Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Gulf Oil Research Consortia: Impacts on Health of Residents (U19)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in partnership with several NIH Institutes/Centers/Offices, intend to promote a new initiative by publishing a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications to examine the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster on health and quality of life of the general population residing in the Gulf Coast Region.
BioFloridas 13th Annual Conference and Discount for Academics

If you plan to attend BioFloridas 13th Annual Conference, the States largest gathering of life science professionals, you can take advantage of a special, discounted registration rate of $150 that is available for graduate students, postdocs, and university faculty.
NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The 2011 application cycle for the National Institutes of Healths Loan Repayment Programs is now open. Participants receive up to $35,000 annually to repay student loans.
ResearchOne 2010: A Tradition of Excellence in Research, Innovation & Creativity

University of South Florida will celebrate the work of its faculty, staff and student researchers, scientists, scholars and inventors during ResearchOne, USFs third annual research week, sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation, from October 11 to 15, 2010.
Save the Date: ResearchOne 2010

ResearchOne, USFs third annual research week sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation, is a week-long showcase highlighting the work of USF faculty, staff and student researchers, scientists, scholars and inventors. The week will include a wide range of activities, including speaking engagements, poster presentations, displays, lab tours, awards ceremonies and more. Dates: October 11 - 15, 2010 Event Contacts: Sponsorships: Judy Lowry, 974-3181 Event Scheduling: Lynn Cooil, 974-8124
New USF Fringe Benefit Pool for Restricted Funds

Jennifer Condon, the Associate Controller from Research & Financial Management sends out an email announcement regarding the new USF fringe benefit pool for restricted funds. If you have concerns or questions, please contact Jennifer either by phone at 974-6066 or email:
Videos Posted - CDMRP Presentation at American Association for Cancer Researchers 101st Annual Meeting

CDMRP is pleased to announce that they have posted the videos from CDMRPs session Department of Defense Funding Opportunities for Cancer Research at the American Association for Cancer Research 101st Annual Meeting on April 19th.
USF CONNECT Seminar Series: Business Protection 101

Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center presents Business Protection 101.

Date: June 2, 2010 Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: USF CONNECT 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33612
Strategic Grant Proposal Writing Workshop

The workshop is sponsored by The Institute for Strategic Funding Development. Educators, non-profit professionals, graduate students, administrators & researchers in the sciences and social sciences should register as soon as possible. Spaces fills up quickly, registration is on a first-come-first serve basis.

Date: June 21 - 23, 2010 Time: 8:30AM - 4:30 PM
Location: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Cost: $598 per person (for three days)
The First Conference on Ecological Immunology will take place in Tampa

Dr. Lynn Martin, Assistant Professor from USF Dept of Integrative Biology will host a NSF funded conference together with other Principle Investigators from June 25 to 27th in Tampa. Colleagues from the US and worldwide will convene to advance the new discipline of Ecological Immunology.
The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida Sapphire Award

The Sapphire Award is designed to recognize and promote excellence in community health programming in Florida. Award winning programs and organizations will have demonstrated impact in improving the health-related outcomes of Floridas at-risk populations and communities.
TRAIN The Research Administration Improvement Network

The Research Administration Improvement Network, or TRAIN, is sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation and the Office of the Provost. The primary focus of TRAIN will be to build the research support infrastructure by enhancing the professional competencies of those who contribute to the research enterprise, implementing training and education, improving business processes and reporting, and enhancing communication within the research community.
2010 Research Administration Faculty Fellows Named

USFs Office of Research & Innovation is proud to announce the 2010 Research Administration Faculty Fellows: Kiki Caruson, associate professor of government and international affairs, and Sudeep Sarkar, a professor of computer science and engineering.
UCF to Host a Collaborative Research Opportunities Workshop

The Office of Research and Commercialization, University of Central Florida (UCF) is sponsoring a Collaborative Research Opportunities Workshop Monday, April 5, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to promote multi-investigator research projects and help faculty, students, and staff develop competitive proposals.
National Science Board on NSFs Merit Review System

In September 2004, Congress requested that NSB, in its role as policy making and oversight body for NSF, conduct a structured review of NSFs merit review process and report its findings to the House Committee on Appropriations.
Major Changes to NIH Applications -- Be Prepared!

Are you planning to submit an NIH grant application? If so, please note that all applications intended for due dates on or after January 25, 2010 require the use of new forms and instructions. Major changes include: Restructured forms to align with review criteria and significantly shorter page limits.
Important NSF Training Requirement for Student and Post Doctoral Researchers

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is requiring that all undergraduate and graduate students as well as post doctoral research fellows supported on NSF funded projects receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). For proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010, institutions must certify that students and post-docs have received such training.
Research and Financial Management Update:

Research Financial Management is pleased to officially communicate CCHIP#014, Direct Charging Faculty Effort for Related Activities. Contained herein is an overview of this CCHIP in addition to an abbreviated version of the Clarification or Change.
New Journal Highlights Linkages with Food Systems and Public Health

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation introduces the newly-released "Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition", in which a collection of articles embodies groundbreaking, interdisciplinary approaches to improve the food system and the health and well-being of all children in our nation. The Journal can be downloaded free of charge.
USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award Applications: Due 2/15

The USF WLP program is currently taking applications for the 2009 2010 Faculty Research Award. This is a $5,000 award for a faculty member conducting research in an area related to women and womens initiatives. The recipient also receives a complimentary sustaining membership to USF WLP.
The Aurion Immuno Gold Silver Staining Workshop

This workshop is to be held at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine Electron Microscopy Core Facility on Feb 1-3 , 2010. outages - When and Why
12/21/2009 sent out notices that there are two outages planned for the future, January 9th and February 6th through the 9th, 2010.
Patent Series: "Design Patents - Art Meets Industry"

USF Division of Patents & Licensing is inviting Anton Hopen, outside patent counsel to USF from Smith & Hopen, US patent Attorneys to give a presention at this meeting.
Nominations Sought For Lifetime Literary Achievement Award

Gov. Charlie Crist in March 2010 will present the first Florida Lifetime Literary Achievement Award to honor a living, nationally and internationally known Florida author. The annual award will recognize a distinguished body of work that has had major influence on the lives and thinking of Florida residents.
12th Annual BioFlorida Conference: Wednesday, November 4th Friday, November 6th

Join us for the state's largest gathering of life science professionals. This years theme Convergence will showcase Floridas life science technologies and focus on the biosynergy with three tracks Business, Science and Policy.
Invitation to Learn about New Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses (SBIR & STTR Programs)

2nd Annual NanoScience Technology Symposium at UCF 9/25 - 9/26

Students, research scientists (including postdocs) and faculty members are invited to participate in NanoFlorida 2009 at UCF. The two-day event is positioned as a true trans-Florida event with the majority of participants coming from non-Orlando institutions. This year, special attention will be paid to the following areas of interest: Designer Nanostructures Nanomaterials for Energy Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine Nanophotonics and Nanoelectronics Nanomodeling NanoEducation. Hope to see you there!
University of Florida TREEO Center to Offer One Day Greenhouse Gas Accounting Course

The course, led by Mark van Soestbergen, President of International Carbon Bank and Exchange, in conjunction with CarbonSolutions, a consulting firm specializing in GHG accounting will focus on how to establish a GHG (Greenhouse Gas) inventory and the rules, regulations and protocols surrounding them. The course will also offer an overview of the most accepted standards for GHG emissions reporting and the importance of third-party verification entities.

ResearchOne, the week-long events sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation will take place from October 5 to October 9, 2009.
USF CONNECT Webinar: Economic Stimulus Package

A good opportunity to learn about economic stimulus package, its investment in technology projects, funding in state and local level.
Call for Applications -- Research Administration Faculty Fellows

USFs Office of Research and Innovation will be recruiting Research Administration Faculty Fellows (RAFF) as temporary, part-time research administrators. Successful candidates will be expected to continue their current research activities, oversee graduate students, and may be asked to engage in some limited teaching (as appropriate and feasible), but will commit 50% of their time to responsibilities in the Office of Research and Innovation (OR&I).
Save the Date! October 5 - 9, 2009

Join the Office of Research & Innovation in a weeklong celebration of USFs Research.
Packaging Your Company for Private Funding

With over 25 years in Marketing, Communications and Media Production, Martin Grobisen will share insights gained from his most recent position as the Marketing Executive with the Biometric Security Software startup Ceelox.
Ninth USF Symposium on Bioethics Conflicts of Interests: Challenges for Investigators, IRBs, & Universities

It is a free event sponsored by USF, Division of Research Integrity & Compliance, and Stetson University College of Law. The event starts from 2:30pm to 5:00pm on April 22, 09, at Ted & Marty Couch Auditorium in H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.
USF St. Pete Campus Research Month

USF St. Pete Campus is holding a Research Month from March 23 to April 23, 2009. The whole month's activities celebrate the diversity and creativity of ongoing research by faculty and students.
Working with Venture Capitalists: Advice for Start-Up Companies

The Division of Patents & Licensing is organizing an informal discussion with Mr. Michael Wasserman. The discussion is scheduled on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11:00am. The location is USF Connect Boardroom. Its physical address is 3802 Spectrum Blvd, Suite 100.
Student Organized Interdisciplinary Conference Emerging Paradigms

The conference intends to give graduate and professional students the opportunity to showcase what new and exciting research is being done within their discipline. It will take place on Friday, April 17, from 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. at Marshall Student Center Ballroom 2100(Tentative Location).
Graduate Appreciation Week Sponsored by Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)

Graduate and Professional Student Council will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the "Graduate Appreciation Week" in recognition and appreciation of graduate students.
Therapeutics for Cognitive Aging Symposium

The New York Academy of Sciences and The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation will sponsor a one-day symposium focusing on the development of novel therapies for cognitive decline across the lifespan of humans.
Seminar on Changes and Enhancements in NIH Peer Review Process

!!!!!Please note that Dr. Cheryl Kitt, NIH, has cancelled her seminar at the University of Florida for March 12th. It has not been rescheduled at this time.
Opportunity to Submit Comments to NSB Task Force on Cost Sharing

The National Science Board (Board) issued the second report on cost sharing and welcomes comments from the research community.
Revised Version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 09-1, was issued on October 1, 2008 and is effective for proposals submitted on or after January 5, 2009.
New American Heart Association Proposal Submission Website -- January 2009 Deadline Extended

The American Heart Association has a new online proposal submission website at
2009 Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Conference

The Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation is pleased to offer this didactic conference that focuses on the principles and practice of drug discovery. Case studies on Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Huntingtons disease, ALS, MS and related neurodegenerative disorders will be included.
AAAS Workshops on NSF Application Process for Noyce Scholarships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is hosting a series of outreach workshops to provide information about submitting a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
Global Venture Challenge 2009

The Third Annual Global Venture Challenge will be held March 25-28, 2009 in Oak Ridge, TN. There are two information sessions on January 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. ET and on January 13, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Please paste the URL below into your web browser to join the meeting: Audio Dial-In Information:U.S.&Canada:866-740-1260 Access Code 2202020. For help in joining a conference: U.S. and Canada: 800.843.9166 International: 303.209.1600 Email: Web:
Labopharm to host webcast presentation on novel trazodone formulation for treatment of major depressive disorder

Labopharm Inc. will host a webcast presentation on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:00 am (ET) during which the Company's senior management team will discuss the product profile, clinical and regulatory progress and the market opportunity for its novel once-daily formulation of trazodone (DDS-04A), a serotonin antagonist reuptake inhibitor (SARI), for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Dr. David V. Sheehan, Distinguished University Health Professor and Director of the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Research Institute at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, will review the clinical data from Labopharm's positive Phase III clinical trial for its novel trazodone formulation, including a presentation of additional data.
NSF ADVANCE Proposal Preparation Online Seminar

The ADVANCE Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) cordially invites you or others from your institution to participate in an online seminar to learn more about submitting a proposal to the ADVANCE Programs Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) program component.
USGS 10th Annual Public Open House

USGS will hold public Open House on Wednesday, November 5 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. There will be more than 40 exciting displays. Along with the displays, we will have an area set aside for educational materials. We are encouraging educators, community leaders and the general public throughout the bay area to attend. It's going to be a great event.
New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications

NIH has announced a change in the existing policy on resubmission (amended) applications. Starting with the January 25, 2009 due date, only a single amendment (A1) will be permitted for all original new applications and competing renewal applications.
2008 World Stem Cell Summit

With more than 120 sponsors and supporting organizations, the 2008 World Stem Cell Summit is an educational event not to be missed. It is held on September 22-23, 2008 at Alliant Energy Center, in Madison, Wisconsin.
NSF - The Big Picture

Through the Office of Sponsored Programs, The National Science Foundation will be making a presentation for all those who are interested in applying for grant funds or for anyone who assists in the this process.
The 2008 Joint CNMS and SHaRE User Meeting

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and the Shared Research Equipment User Facility (SHaRE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will hold their 2008 annual user meetings jointly on September 24-26, 2008, Wednesday Noon through Friday Noon, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
9th International Conference on Alzheimers Disease Drug Discovery

This ADDF meeting is one of the few conferences that focuses exclusively on the development of innovative drugs targeting Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The meeting dates are October 6-7, 2008, Westin New York at Times Square.
AAAS Leadership Seminar - September 17-21, 2008

The AAAS Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy is a "crash course" in science and technology (S&T) policy, designed for those who need to know how S&T policy works.
NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), with the support of its NIH Institute/Center partners, is convening the first NIH Research Summit on The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities from December 16 to 18, 2008 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center National Harbor, Maryland.
9th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease Drug Discovery

The conference is held in Westin Times Square in New York City on October 6-7, 2008. The conference will bring together academic and industry scientists to accelerate the development of novel drug discovery programs for Alzheimers disease. It will offer updates on ongoing research, as well as highlight new studies and concepts.
Important New Deadline & Changes for BHPr Progres Report Duedate

The next BHPr Progress Report will be due August 30, 2008. In the upcoming weeks, you will receive an email notification as a reminder to submit your progress report and guidance on how to access the new report under the Progress Report heading in the EHB.
8th USF Symposium on Bioethics: Medical Ethics in the University Community - A Potpourri

Free event! Tuesday, June 3rd, 3:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M., at the Museum of Science & Industry. Keynote by Edward C. Halperin, M.D., followed by distinguished panel from USF.
How Shall We Teach Medical Ethics in the Midst of the War on Terror: Lessons from History.

Free event! Tuesday, June 3rd, 6:00 P.M., at the Museum of Science & Industry. It is Dean's Lecture featuring Edward C. Halperin, M.D.
New GSA Directive Affects NIH Reimbursement Process for New Reviewers and Reviewers Up for CCR Renewal

Effective immediately, NIH will discontinue use of the U. S. Treasury Central Contractor Registration (CCR) for electronic disbursement of reviewers honoraria and reimbursements for expenses incurred during their participation in NIH peer review meetings. NIH is diligently seeking a new, efficient reimbursement system to facilitate this process.
2008 FL CURED Summit: Townhall Meeting on Open Innovation in Science

FL CURED (Center for Univeral Research to Eradicate Disease) has teamed with Science Commons to convene a town hall meeting for Florida biomedical researchers, research institute officials and others. The event will be held at Florida International University Kovens Conference Center on Friday, June 27.
Invitation to "A Bright Energy Future" Event

You are invited to join Progress Energy Florida, the University of South Florida Power Center for Utility Explorations, the City of St. Petersburg, and the Florida High Tech Corridor to learn more about an exciting breakthrough in energy storage, creating more renewable Sustainable Electric Energy Delivery System (SEEDS) options for the future.
2008 Summer Grant Proposal Writing Workshops

Registration is now open for the 2008 Summer Grant Writing Workshops!
Request for Input: Solicting Input on Current Needs in Pharmacogenomics Research

The request is from the Trans-NIH Pharmacogenomics Working Group. The RFI is in the form of an on-line series of questions intended to reveal gaps and highlight opportunities in pharmacogenomics, and to aid in identifying specific, achievable goals that will advance and transform the field overall.
Ask the Doc: An Open Forum

Join the Lupus Foundation of America's next webchat on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 3:00pm eastern time. The guest speaker is Dr. Bevra Hahn, Professor of Medicine, Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Chief of Rheumatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.
2008 NIH Regional Seminar: Program Funding and Grants Administration

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is pleased to be sponsoring the 2008 NIH Regional Seminar: Program Funding and Grants Administration from June 19 to 20, 2008 at Hyatt Regency Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois. There will be a eRA Commons Workshop the day before, on June 18, 2008 in the University of Illlinois at Chicago.
Special Seminar on "Funding Opportunities at NIH and Some Hints on How to Succeed"

The seminar will be presented by Stephen J. Korn, Ph.D., Director of Training and Career Development NINDS, NIH. Time: Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. Location: MDL 1005. It is sponsored by Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology; Signature Program in Neuroscience; Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs; School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine.
The 20th International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry

The organizers of CAARI-08 would like to welcome you to the 20th International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry from August 10 to 15, 2008, at Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas USA. This conference is being hosted by the University of North Texas and Sandia National Laboratories.
Patenting Software Philosophies

Software patents are among the most valuable intellectual property assets in existence. Software developers and engineers must understand how to identify the hook of an invention and help patent counsel reduce it into a coherent patent application. The lecture is presented by Anton Hopen, Esq from Smith & Hopen, U.S. Paten Attorneys, on Thursday, Feburary 28, 2008 at 4:00pm in EDU115. A wine and cheese reception will follow.
Volunteers Across Nation to Track Climate Clues in Spring Flowers

A nationwide initiative starting this week will enable volunteers to track climate change by observing the timing of flowers and foliage.
Despite Budget Cuts, Spring 2008 Internal Award Program Is Funded

Recognizing the importance of stimulating faculty research, Provost Ralph Wilcox has agreed to fund the Spring 2008 Internal Awards grant cycle. To compensate for the delayed announcement, the submission deadline has been pushed back one week to 5:00 pm, February 22, 2008.
Faculty Proposal Reviewers Sought for Internal Awards Program Spring 2008

The USF Research Council seeks faculty researchers willing to review proposals for the Spring Internal Awards grant cycle.
NIH Clinical Collection Now Available

A plated array of approximately 450 clinically tested compounds is now available for distribution. There is a cost recovery charge of $805.00 for the collection.
The 6th Annual USF Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is going to be held on April 2, 2008, in Stabile Research Building at Moffitt on USF campus.
NIH Mandates Use of Public Access System for Publications

NIH Announces Plans to Eliminate Paper Notification of Notice of Award (NoA) Letters

The NIH continues toward its goal of a paperless grants process. Effective January 1, 2008, NIH will no longer provide paper notification of the Notice of Award (NoA) letters. Instead, NoAs will be sent solely via e-mail to grantee organizations and will be accessible in the eRA Commons through the Status module.
USF Research Clarification or Change in Procedures (CCHIP)

CCHIPS No. 4 and 5 effective immediately: Mandatory Training for Effort Reporting and Removal of Unallowable Charges on Sponsored Projects
THE NSF CAREER PROGRAM: How It Works, Who To Talk To, And Proposal-Writing Insights

The NSF CAREER Program, recognized by USF as a significant faculty honor/recognition, is a Foundation-wide funding program in which proposers must integrate their research activities with significant efforts in education and outreach.
NIH Revises NGA, Updates Electronic Applications

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has revised its Notice of Grant Award (NGA) and has renamed it the Notice of Award Letter (NoA). Of particular interest is that the NoA is delivered electronically as a PDF attachment to an email, rather than included in the text of the email itself. This has significantly reduced what NIH refers to as excessive "white space" in the notice and thus the number of pages.
NSF Combines and Revises Its Grants Management Policies and Procedures

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced its new NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF 07-140). The guide is a consolidation of two separate NSF documents, the NSF Grant Proposal Guide and the Grant Policy Manual.
2007 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program

NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., has announced a special program to support new investigators who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential for exceptionally great impact on biomedical or behavioral science. The NIH Directors New Innovator Award offers grants of up to a total of $1.5 million in direct costs over 5 years.
NIH Reducing Funding Levels for Non-Competing Research Awards in 2007

The National Institutes of Health will be reducing the funding levels for non-competing research awards to 97.1% of committed levels.
NIH Posts Interim Guidance Notice on the Salary Cap

For the past eighteen years Congress has legislatively mandated a limitation
on direct salary for individuals under NIH grant, cooperative agreement and
contract awards (referred to here as a grant).
WERC Environmental Design Contest

The contest is structured to give university student teams an opportunity to compete in an international contest for design and development (technical, economic, public communications, and regulatory aspects) of an environmental control process. Funding: $75,000 - $100,000 Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
2006 Dean's Lecture Series: Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream

Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA invites you to attend the 2006 Dean's Lecture Series.
The Sixth USF Symposium on Bioethics to be held at Moffitt

The Sixth USF Symposium on Bioethics will be held on November 30th from 2:30 to 5:00 PM, at the Couch Auditorium at Moffitt.
2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Symposium Everyone Wins Part II!!

Children's Board of Hillsborough County Funding Forums

Funding workshops will be held to answer questions and describe the Children's Board FY '07 Funding Plan.
Annual NSF/NDSEG/SMART Graduate Fellowship Informational Session
10/25/2006 Announces Changes

Anteon will deploy a new system by April 1, 2007. The proposed technical solution will replace the IBM Workplace Forms (formerly PureEdge) with Adobe forms server.
Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications to develop and validate new and innovative engineering approaches to address clinical problems related to energy balance, intake, and expenditure. Letters of Intent: November 24, 2006 Funding: Approximately $3.05 million in FY 2007 funding is expected to be available for 10-15 awards. Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Getting Started in Research for Undergraduates on October 10

Fellowship Application Information Session on Friday, October 6

The NSF Bridge to the Doctorate and Alfred P. Sloan Minority Programs at the University of South Florida, will host Dr. Ray Gamble, Director of the National Research Council (NRC) Fellowships Office in the National Academies, for a special Fellowship Application Information Session on Friday, October 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Center for Urban and Research Transportation (CUTR) Room 102.
"Aggression and Violence at Work" Lecture on September 13
Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Provost's Office, Distinguished University Professors, & University Lecture Series cordially invite you to attend the upcoming lecture presented by Dr. Paul Spector, 2006 Distinguished University Professor.
NEH will no longer offer the Consultation Grant for media projects
Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Early Registration Ends September 8 for the Space Strategic and Defense Symposium
Friday, September 01, 2006

The Space Stategic and Defense Symposium 2006 will be held October 10-12, 2006 in Omaha, Nebraska. Advance registration deadline is 8 September 2006. Register early to save $150.00.
CCHP Proposal Deadline October 6
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Community-Campus Parnerships for Health has issued a call for proposals for their 10th Anniversary Conference. The deadline is October 6.
Imaging and Neutrons 2006
October 23-25, 2006

IAN 2006 is directed to a broad-based international scientific community who wish to advance progress in the use of neutrons in a wide range of imaging applications. Many scientific disciplines use imaging techniques, from biology and medicine to industrial applications in engineering, homeland security, materials science and chemistry.
The Division of Research Integrity & Compliance is Moving in September!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Division of Patents and Licensing and USF Research Foundation are Moving in August!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Retroactive Expenditure Transfers (RETs) Are Now Electronic
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

University Payroll and Research Financial Management (RFM) are excited to announce the start of the new electronic process for submission and tracking of Retroactive Expenditure Transfers (RETs).
Outstanding Research Achievement Awards

Vice President Robert Chang cordially invites nominations from deans, department chairs and center/institute directors for the Outstanding Research Achievement Awards. These $2,500 awards will be given to USF faculty for exceptional research achievements accomplished or recognized between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2005. The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 8, 2006.
What's New With

At the June meeting of the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) in Washington, D.C., representatives from federal funding agencies and OMB updated attendees on developments.
NCURA Hosts its Third Teleconference in 2006.

The National Council of University Research Administrators is hosting its third teleconference for this year on Tuesday, June 13, 2006.
Deadline for Summer Proposal Writing Workshop Coming Up April 28
Thursday, April 20, 2006

USF Office of Research Summer Proposal Writing Workshop Registration is right around the corner and FREE! Sign up now!
Don't Miss Research Day 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006

The ninth annual USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities Research Day will be held on Thursday, April 27.
Study Abroad Opportunites Available for Business Students
Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Center for International Business is offering five fantastic Study Abroad opportunities for Summer 2006, but time is running out! The following are reasons to give study abroad some thought.
NSF and CISE Overview of Funding Opportunities

University of South Florida College of Business Administration presents a Talk by Michael J. Foster, Division Director Computing & Communications Foundation, National Science Foundation
56th Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany June 25-30, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006

The nomination submission DEADLINE is February 8, 2006!!!
Internal Award Submission Deadline In February
Thursday, January 12, 2006

Engineered Decision Systems

This talk will focus on research opportunities in the area of engineered decision systems at the National Science Foundation, especially in light of the upcoming reorganization. The talk will highlight current investments made by DMI in the area, ranging from manufacturing to service systems. Finally, a few potential future areas for multidisciplinary collaborative research will be discussed.
The James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program

The James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program Call for Grant Application document for the 2006-2007 program will be available on or around December 15, 2005.
The Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Grants Program
Deadline Date: 01/27/2006

The Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Grants Program is designed to provide support to Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters as they design and implement programs and activities that advance the goal of excellence in higher education. Funding: The maximum amount of any single grant will be $10,000. Sponsor: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
NIH Grants Workshop Slated for November 7
Monday, October 17, 2005

On November 7, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Moffitt Cancer Center will host a one-day workshop on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants Process. The workshop will be held in the Stabile Research Building Auditorium of the Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.
Hurricane Katrinia Prompts NSF Call for Proposals
Friday, September 02, 2005

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is requesting immediate submission of proposals for Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Entrepreneurial Leadership for Health Care Professionals
Thursday, September 01, 2005

This program is designed for Physicians, Nurses, and Executives and Managers of Healthcare and Life Sciences organizations who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and fundamentals of Entrepreneurship as it relates to the Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.
September 11 -12 Florida Universities Summit on Environmental Research (FUSER)
Thursday, August 25, 2005

On Sept. 11-12, the Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Group in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at USF is hosting a major environmental research symposium which involves faculty and students from universities throughout Florida (incl. UCF, FIU, FAMU/FSU, UF), an internationally-renowned speaker from Switzerland (Rene Schwarzenbach, environmental chemist), NSF program manager (Patrick Brezonik of BES), and representatives from consulting, research labs (incl. USGS) and governmental agencies.
BioFlorida's 8th Annual Conference
Thursday, August 04, 2005

"Building the Vision: From Cornerstone to Capstone" October 24-25, 2005 Marriott Hotel 10 North Ocean Boulevard Delray Beach, Florida 33483
Notice for RFA ARG2005
Monday, June 27, 2005

Due to the success and popularity of the ARG2005 grant program, the Byrd Institute has moved the Earliest Anticipated Effective Start Date for awarded applicants from July 1, 2005, to September 1, 2005. This extension is necessary for the Byrd external scientific advisory board members and reviewers sufficient time to review the grant applications. Applicants will be notified in August.
NSF Has Published a Revised Version of the NSF Grant Policy Manual
Monday, June 27, 2005

NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) (NSF 05-131) that will be effective July 1, 2005. This document supersedes all prior versions of the GPM. This revision implements important changes to NSF's policies and procedures, as well as implements enhanced capabilities in FastLane.
Call for Abstracts - Deadline June 30, 2005 BioFlorida's 8th Annual Conference
Thursday, June 16, 2005

BioFlorida is seeking non-clinical and clinical research papers for oral and poster presentations at its 8th Annual Conference entitled "Building the Vision - Cornerstone to Capstone." The conference will be held in Delray Beach, Florida at the Delray Beach Marriott, October 24-25, 2005.
Bringing Students from the Classroom into your Research Enterprise: NSF-Supported Strategies
Monday, May 23, 2005

Dr. Jeffrey G. Ryan, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation & Professor of Geology, USF will present a workshop on "Bringing Students from the Classroom into your Research Enterprise: NSF-Supported Strategies."
CUTR Seeks Collaborators for Interdisciplinary Research Projects
Friday, April 01, 2005

In support of USFs strategic goal to foster interdisciplinary research and education, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) will present a general overview on its multidisciplinary research program and activities on Thursday, April 21, 2005; at 9:00 a.m. in CUT 102, light refreshments will be served.
Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium
Thursday, March 24, 2005

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that the NSF IGERT Program has scheduled its Second Annual Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 19, 2005. Consistent with IGERTs interdisciplinary focus, this years theme is titled Transcending Disciplines in Graduate Research and Education.
Got Publications?
Thursday, March 24, 2005

We realize that the desire of every researcher is to make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge and understanding of his or her own discipline. What better judge of ones contribution than that of a paper or article that has been peer-reviewed by experts in the field and published in a respectable publication?
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The undergraduate research symposium will take place in the Marshall Center on March 31st, between 8 and 12. There will be almost 100 poster presentations, formal panels and creative research presentations by undergraduates from almost every college and program at USF.
USF Privacy Board Extends Call for Members
Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The USF Privacy Board is charged with protecting the privacy of health information of research study participants.
External Matching Grant Information Sessions
Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Richard Streeter will be offering two workshops about the USF Florida High Tech Corridor External Matching Grant Program. The sessions will be designed to answer questions about the Open Call & SBIR/STTR FastTrack programs (guidelines attached). The initial deadline for the Open Call is April 1, 2005.
Conference to Showcase Technology and Commercialization
Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Researchers and business leaders are invited to attend the Second Annual Florida Tech Transfer Conference May 18 - 19 in Orlando.
2004 Outstanding Staff Nomination Time
Tuesday, January 04, 2005

This is the time of year where we ask that you take the time to nominate employees who exemplify USFs vision and values. This is the highest award given to staff by the University of South Florida. All USPS and A&P employees who have one year of continuous service qualify for nomination.
Canary Fund and American Cancer Society : Postdoctoral Fellowship for Cancer Detection
Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Canary Fund in partnership with the American Cancer Society has created a postdoctoral fellowship program focused on studies in the tools and technologies for developing strategies for the early detection of cancer.
Fifth USF Symposium on Bioethics
Monday, January 31, 2005

On February 17, the Fifth USF Symposium on Bioethics will report on the ethical conduct of clinical research involving children at the Stabile Research Building (SRB) auditorium.
Research / Scholarship Grants USF - Deadline Feb. 15, 2005 (Spring Cycle)
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

This is a call for proposals to the USF Internal Awards Program.
Engineering Expo to Celebrate National Engineers Week
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

In celebration of National Engineers Week, the College of Engineering at USF-Tampa will be holding an Engineering Expo. The free event will take place February 18 and 19, 2005, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Call for Presentations for 2005 Florida Tech Transfer Conference
Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Due to the overwhelming response in 2004, the University of South Florida has been elected to participate in the 2005 Florida Tech Transfer Conference.
Beauchamp Lectures at USF St. Pete
Thursday, January 13, 2005

Tom Beauchamp, a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, Senior Research Associate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and principal author of The Belmont Report (a report that established government policy on research using human subjects) will be giving two lectures at the USF St. Petersburg campus.
Lecture: "Can Americans Ever Manage dying: From Karen Ann Quinlan to Terri Schiavo"
Wednesday, January 05, 2005

TGH and USF Health Sciences Center invite you to attend a talk by Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D., on January 13, 2005 on Can Americans Ever Manage dying: From Karen Ann Quinlan to Terri Schiavo. This is an offering from the TGH/HSC series: Ethics and Humanities: Broadening Community Discourse.
DHS S&T Directorate Schedules Conference on Public/Private R&D
Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has scheduled a conference, titled "Working Together: Conference on Public/Private R&D Partnerships in Homeland Security."
James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program
Tuesday, January 04, 2005

In pursuit of the goals of the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program, the Florida Department of Health is now soliciting grant applications from Florida-based universities, research institutions, and small businesses for research projects addressing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of tobacco-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pulmonary disease.
Florida High Tech Corridor External Matching Grant Program
Monday, November 22, 2004

USF CONNECT is an umbrella program tying together the various economic development activities of USF. From the legislative allocation to support economic development in the Florida High Tech Corridor, USF CONNECT has made ~$500,000 from the External Matching Grant Program available to sponsor matching grants with Corridor companies. It is anticipated that grants in the area of $10,000-100,000 will be awarded. The grants will require a 1:1 cash match and a 2:1 overall match from the private/public sector.
Revised PHS Forms
Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Revised PHS Forms (398, 2590, 2271, 3734) are now available on the NIH website. While you are there, take a look at the Revised Policy: Applications that Include Consortium/Contractual F&A Costs and information on the new address for centralized receipt of progress reports.
USF College of Marine Science to name research complex for Rep. Bill Young
Monday, October 25, 2004

University of South Florida College of Marine Science will hold an event Oct. 29 to thank Congressman Bill Young for his support over the past years, unveil the C.W. Bill Young Marine Science Complex and demonstrate some of the revolutionary technology and world-class research his contributions to the college have nurtured.
Public Panel Discussion : Stem Cells and Stem Cell Research
Monday, October 25, 2004

The Tampa Bay Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, will be hosting a public information panel discussion at the University of South Florida Tampa Campus on Thursday, October 28, 2004.
Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium

The NSF funded IGERT and Bridge to the Doctorate Programs at USF, the College of Engineering, and the Office of Research have scheduled a NSF Graduate Fellowship Application Workshop on Tuesday, October 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Center for Urban and Transportation Research (CUTR) - Room 202.
Limited Submission: Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) - NSF 04-043
Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Internal Deadlines: September 13th for NIRT September 20th for NER
Call for Abstracts - Deadline October 1, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004

Call for Abstracts to participate at the January 26-29, 2005 conference on "Neonatal Brain Research and Development Care: At the Crossroads" - The submission of abstracts is an invitation for an oral presentation and/or a poster session. Many NICU professionals have developed creative approached to environmental problems or care practice issues and/or have conducted studies and designed successful programs to assist parents and families. This conference offers an opportunity to share your work and experiences with colleagues.
NASA's InSAR Workshop Slated for October 20-22
Monday, August 23, 2004

NASA is forming a community-led InSAR Working Group dedicated to the advancement of radar remote sensing research. The potential of a robust InSAR observational capability has generated strong interest amongst the research and applications communities. The role of InSAR spans a broad spectrum of end uses including crustal deformation science related to earthquakes, volcanoes, hydrologic processes, ice sheet and glacier variability, vegetation structure, and disaster management.
NEH Visit Scheduled for October 19th
Monday, September 13, 2004

Dr. Jane Aikin, acting deputy director of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs will be visiting the University of South Florida (USF) campus on October 19, 2004.
New Faculty Orientation
Friday, July 30, 2004

Classes at USF are slated to start on August 23, 2004. The summer ghost town will soon become a vibrant community teeming with activity. Activities kick-off August, 12, 2004 with the New Faculty Orientation, where faculty will be welcomed with a week of workshops, training and tours.
90-Minute Audio Conference on Tissue Banking

A 90 minute audio-conference on "Tissue Banking: Implementing a Program to Legally Obtain, Store, and Transfer Biological Materials" will be held on Thursday, August 19 beginning at 1 p.m. at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center on the Tampa Campus of USF.
Audio Conference on Time and Effort Reporting

Employee compensation is one of the biggest line items in most federal grant budgets. Although its one of the few where there is a specific set of federal requirements for what the documentary support for those charges should look like, all too often, grantee organizations can be careless about their procedures and practices for making sure that sufficient support is available to justify these costs. Listen in to learn how to avoid problems with this key activity when you join Bob Lloyd when he reviews the nuances of time and effort reporting: whats required by the OMB circulars that establish what costs are allowable, which ones are not and how the costs are to be documented.
Summer Education Schedule for IRB and BioSafety Requirements

Summer is a good time to catch up on your IRB and BioSafety CE requirements. Beat the heat by taking one of our training courses in a nice cool air-conditioned classroom.
NSF Proposal Writing from an NSF Perspective

This session will focus on curriculum-related NSF grant opportunities as well as NSF proposal writing from a broader perspective.
Interviews for VP of Health Sciences & Dean of Medicine Begin on June 24th

The Search Advisory Committee for the College of Medicine and Health Sciences Center will begin interviewing candidates for the position of Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Medicine starting this week. The meetings are scheduled as follows:
Special Grants Workshop with NSF Economics Program Director
Scheduled for: June 24, 2004

This session will describe funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation with a particular focus on social science research.
HSARPA Technology Workshop On Countering Threats
Deadline Date: 06/15/04

The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), the extramural funding office within the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, is sponsoring a Technology Workshop to address how best to protect the public and the public infrastructure against the threats of Truck Bombs, Suicide Bombs, and Bombs directed against Public Transportation Systems.
Conducting Baseline Research on Offshore Outsourcing of Labor and the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area
Deadline Date: June 1, 2004

The University of South Florida Globalization Research Center invites proposals to complete a baseline study of corporate hiring practices in the Tampa Bay MSA that provides a foundation from which to recommend public policies concerning offshore outsourcing of labor. This invitation is extended to all tenured, tenure-earning and non-tenured faculty in all Florida universities. Investigators from all other research organizations in Florida are also eligible to apply.
FAST!! Hotline

The FAST!! Hotline is available to the USF community to resolve FAST!! problems and/or provide deadlines for resolution of these issues raised.
HSC Office of Research Presents Research Grant Writing Workshop
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The USF Health Sciences Center Office of Research presents a one and one-half day Grant Writing Workshop, May 21 - 22.
Florida High Tech Corridor External Matching Grant Program

From the legislative allocation to support economic development in the Florida High Tech Corridor, USF has made $950,000 of funds available to sponsor matching grants with Corridor companies. It is anticipated that approximately 20 grants in the area of $10,000 - $100,000 will be awarded.
All Invited to Attend 2004 Outstanding Staff Awards
Thursday, April 29, 2004

In a memorandum last month, Dr. Ian Phillips invited all from the Office of Research to attend University of South Floridas 2004 Outstanding Staff Awards to celebrate the recognition and hard work of Norma Epley and Lloyd Graham.
Research Day 2004: Student Community-Based Research
Tuesday, April 06, 2004

USF President Judy Genshaft will be the keynote speaker and USF students will discuss the results of their research in Tampa Bay area neighborhoods during 2004 service learning projects, internships and research studies in East Tampa, and other neighborhoods."Research Day 2004: Neighborhood & Community Projects" will be from 1-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 21 at the USF Westside Conference Center.
Florida Tech Transfer Conference on May 17th - 18th
Friday, April 02, 2004

Researchers from eleven Florida universities will discuss technology transfer with potential buyers at the first annual Florida Tech Transfer Conference.
Nomination Deadline Extended
Thursday, February 12, 2004

Due to some possible misunderstandings regarding the guidelines on eligibility, the nomination deadline has been extended for the Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Awards.
Call for Ideas for New Centers of Excellence
Thursday, February 12, 2004

Vice-President for Research, Dr. M. Ian Phillips, is accepting proposal ideas from the USF faculty for ways to utilize the competitive Centers of Excellence funds.

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