University of Kentucky Research

Grants Bulletin

February 23, 2011

Limited Submissions

  • CDC - Influenza and Other Respiratory Diseases in Southern Hemisphere - Feb. 28
  • U.S. Dept. of State - Media Freedom, Civil Society and Human Rights - March 1
  • U.S. Dept. of State - Establishing Student Councils - Phase III - March 3
  • CDC - Medicaid Program and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Outreach and Enrollment Grants - March 3
  • American Honda Foundation Grants Program - March 7

To view these and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office site.

Modification of the Biographical Sketch in NIH Grant Application Forms (PHS 398, PHS 2590, and the SF 424 R&R) to Permit a Description of Factors that may have Reduced Productivity

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-045
Issued by National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Biographical Sketch that appears in NIH research grant application forms (see is used to convey information about the qualifications, productivity, and the role of the personnel involved in the proposed project. This information is available to peer reviewers as well as NIH extramural program and grants management officials. Information in the Biosketch is factored into the overall merit and technical rating for each grant application.   

The NIH is aware that personal issues can affect career advancement and productivity. Such considerations have shaped the implementation of the Early Stage Investigator Policy (see   That policy permits Principal Investigators to describe personal factors that may have delayed their transition to research independence. Such factors can occur at any point in a scientist’s career and include family care responsibilities, illness, disability, military service, and other personal issues. 

This modification of the Biographical Sketch will permit Program Directors/Principal Investigators and other senior/key staff to describe personal circumstances that may have reduced productivity. Peer reviewers and others will then have more complete information on which to base their assessment of qualifications and productivity relevant to the proposed role on the project.  

Beginning with applications submitted for the May 25, 2011, and subsequent receipt dates, the biosketch instructions will include a modification of the personal statement section to remind applicants that they can provide a description of personal issues that may have reduced productivity. The revised instructions for the personal statement are shown below and should appear in applications toward the end of March:

Personal statement: Briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly well-suited for your role (e.g., PD/PI, mentor) in the project that is the subject of the application. Within this section you may, if you choose, briefly describe factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service that may have affected your scientific advancement or productivity. 

Providing information about personal issues is optional. If applicants wish to provide such information they are encouraged to limit such descriptions to a few sentences.  

Information on other NIH policies designed to accommodate illness, disability and family care responsibilities can be found on the Women in Biomedical Careers website at and on the Office of Extramural Research website at

Questions related to individual grant applications or awards may be directed to the contacts listed in each Funding Opportunity Announcement in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts at
February 17, 2011

Limited Submissions

  • Arthritis Foundation Clinical to Research Transition Award - Feb. 18

To view this and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office site.

Notice of Change in Policy on the Submission of Plans for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research for Institutional Training Grant (T and D) Applications

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-039

Issued by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose: The following change in policy is effective for Institutional Training Grant (T and D) applications intended for May 25, 2011, and subsequent due dates.

This notice informs prospective applicants for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training grants and Non-NRSA Institutional Training grants, that the required plans for instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) will have page limits separate from the page limits for the Research Training Program Plan Component. Specifically:

  • SF 424 (R&R), Section 8.7 - Research Training Program Plan Component: combined items 2.2 (Background), 2.3 (Program Plan), and 2.4 (Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity) will be limited to 25 pages.
  • The plan for instruction in RCR (Item 2.5) will no longer be included in the 25 page limit for the Research Training Program Plan Component. Rather, the plan for instruction in RCR will now have its own separate page limit, and will be limited to 3 pages.

For a list of NRSA Training grant FOAs, see the T Kiosk, and for a list of Non-NRSA Training grant FOAs, see Non-NRSA Fellowships, Training, and Education Grant Funding Opportunities.

February 10, 2011

Limited Submissions

  • South Arts /NEA Regional Touring Grant Program - Feb. 17
  • National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Comprehensive Centers of Excellence - Feb. 24
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor - Civic Justice Corps Grants - Feb. 24
  • U.S. Dept. of State - National Security Language Initiative for Youth - Feb. 28

To view these and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office site.


The Center for Clinical and Translational Science presents the 6th Annual Spring Conference
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Lexington Convention Center, 3rd floor

The 2011 CCTS Spring Conference has three components:

  • Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity
  • College of Dentistry Research Day
  • Halcomb Fellowship Competition

Call for Abstracts (Due 3/18/11)

Call for Mentor Awards (Due 3/18/11)

Call for Registration (Due 4/8/11)

Book your hotel room by March 21, 2011

Who should attend: This scientific-based conference is open to interested faculty, research personnel, trainees/scholars, and administrators. It is also open to those in government agencies, private foundations, and community organizations interested in improving the health status of the citizens of Appalachia.

Schedule of Events:

8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 10:00 am
Plenary Session: Health Disparities and Health Behaviors in Appalachia
Session Chair: Baretta Casey, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky

10:15 – 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions

* Research Networks and Collaboratives
Session Chair: Lawrence L. Gabel, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine, Vice Chair for Academic & Faculty Affairs, The Ohio State University College of Medicine (tentative)

* Social Networking for Energy Balance
Session Chair: Al Cross, Director, Institute for Rural Journalism, University of Kentucky

* Childhood Obesity, Food and Nutrition
Session Chair: Monica Mitchell, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology; Director, Community Engagement, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, University of Cincinnati

* Obesity and Cancer
Session Chair: Richard M. Niles, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University

11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Lunch and Keynote: William Dietz, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

1:30 – 2:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions

1. Appalachian Health Summit –Research "Table Talk"

  • Research Networks and Collaboratives
  • Social Networking for Energy Balance
  • Childhood Obesity, Food and Nutrition
  • Obesity and Cancer

2. College of Dentistry Scholar Presentations

3. Halcomb Fellowship Candidate Presentations

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Poster Session and Afternoon Tea

Registration: There is no fee to attend the conference. However, all individuals who wish to attend the conference must register on-line. Registrations are due by Friday, April 8, 2011.

Logistics / Attending an event at the Lexington Convention Center
The CCTS Spring Conference will be held in the level 3 meeting rooms of the Lexington Convention Center. You may park for free in the Manchester Street Parking Lot, or for a fee in the High Street parking lot. For directions, parking and venue maps, click on the following link:

For assistance, please contact:
Ryan Vicini

February 2, 2011

Limited Submissions

  • CDC - Affordable Care Act: Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration - Feb. 16
  • SBA - Small Business Teaming Pilot Program - Feb. 25

To view these and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office site.

Now Required for NSF Proposals: Data Management Plan

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has implemented a new Data Sharing Policy, effective January 18, 2011, that requires applicants to include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan" in their NSF grant applications. Because the proposed plans are specific to the NSF unit targeted as well as to the nature of the work proposed, please consult both the general and program-specific requirements as well as frequently asked questions at this link:

Staff in the UK Proposal Development Office (PDO) are also available to assist investigators on an individual basis in developing this component of their NSF application. Please contact PDO at 257-2861, View PDO on the web at

Stay tuned for emerging templates for diverse types of projects to be posted to the PDO Facilities Description Library as well:

"Audits and the Audit Process" - Feb. 24

The Office of Sponsored Projects Administration is sponsoring a teleconference presented by the National Council of University Research Administrators titled "Audits and the Audit Process".  The presentation will be shown in room 102 Mining and Minerals Building Thursday, February 24, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Please email Sean Scott at to register.

Presentation description:
The audit process can be intimidating to those inexperienced with it, especially when an auditor shows up unexpectedly: How should you respond? Do you have to respond? What if the auditor presents an inspector general’s badge?  In this program we will discuss the audit process and the differences between audits, reviews, inspections and investigations.  We will also look at how auditors approach an audit, and the various institutional roles including that of the institutional audit and compliance officer, the central research administrator, and the departmental research administrator.
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the differences between the various types of audit, review and inspection
  • Participants will be able to discuss the audit process and how an auditor approaches an audit
  • Participants will be able to explain the roles and responsibilities of both the agency and institutional players in an audit

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