UK Proposal Development Office

Limited Submissions - NIH (A-M)

National Institutes of Health - NICHD - Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) encourages Research Conference Grant (R13) applications to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia. The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions/organizations and community organizations to identify opportunities for addressing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities, and (3) develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas. It is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: infant mortality; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; health literacy; techniques for outreach and information dissemination; pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS prevention; and violence prevention.

Applicants may request direct costs of up to $30,000 per year for up to three years. Guidelines and additional information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-102.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to only one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, July 17, 2012:

  • Names and departments of PI and key personnel
  • Name(s) of community organization(s) if already identified
  • Provide an overview (1 – 2 pages) of the proposed academic-community partnership conference including area(s) of research focus, the specific aims, problems to be addressed, and contributions the conference might stimulate.

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Deadlines:  NIH requires advance permission to submit an application for all conference grant/cooperative agreement applications no later than four weeks before the receipt date. The next receipt deadline for applications to the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is October 17, 2012.

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National Institutes of Health - Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus: Network Leadership Center (UM2)

The NIH seeks applications for the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Lupus Network Leadership Center. The AMP RA and Lupus Network is designed to ascertain and define shared and disease-specific biological pathways in order to identify relevant drug targets for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. This program will involve an enhanced systems-level understanding of gene expression and signaling in target tissues from affected end organs and peripheral blood cells.

The Network Leadership Center will: (i) direct and coordinate the scientific activities of the Network; (ii) monitor and evaluate scientific progress and performance; (iii) define Network research priorities; (iv) develop the Network research agenda; (v) provide centralized scientific/technical research resources for data management/coordination, statistical design/analyses and tissue acquisition; and (vi) conduct systems biology and bioinformatics research.

The NIH intends to commit up to $1.4 million in total costs in FY 2014 to fund one award. Application budgets are limited to $2 million per year in total costs for years one and two, and are limited to $3 million per year in years three, four and five.

Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-14-015.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 8, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Names of any non-UK participating institutions and personnel
  • Project Rationale (1-2 pages)  - Provide a brief description of the prior experience and qualifications of the Project Director and team to address the specific RFA requirements and a justification/rationale for why the proposed project should be selected as UK's applicant

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadline for an optional letter of intent is April 21, 2014 and the complete application is due May 21, 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NIAID - Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites new or renewal applications from single institutions and consortia of institutions to participate in the Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (AADCRC) program. The purpose of this AADCRC Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support basic and clinical research on the immunological basis, pathobiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of asthma and allergic diseases and to accelerate the application of fundamental knowledge of immune function to the investigation, prevention, and treatment of asthma and allergic diseases.

Applications considered to be responsive to this FOA must be composed of a minimum of three interrelated research projects structured around a central scientific theme that is clearly relevant to the pathogenesis of, and intervention strategies for asthma and allergic diseases. The majority of research proposed must meet the NIH definition of clinical research (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/hs/index.htm) and should involve individuals with clinically defined asthma and/or allergic diseases, or should involve specimens from such individuals. Healthy volunteers may be included in proposed clinical studies only as controls. Clinical trials, if proposed, are limited to Phase I or Phase II trials.

Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-12-006.html

Because the NIAID limits an institution to only one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, January 26, 2012:

  • Names and departments of PI and key personnel
  • Project description (1 – 2 pages) – Provide an overview of the central focus or theme of the proposed center and a description of the three interrelated research projects as center components

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission.  Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Deadlines: Optional letter of intent: March 24, 2012; complete application: April 24, 2012.

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National Institutes of Health - NIH/NIAID - Atopic Dermatitis Research Network (ADRN) (U19) (RFA-AI-14-033)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) solicits applications from institutions to administer a multi-project, multi-institution program to conduct clinical research and provide the leadership and administrative responsibilities for the Atopic Dermatitis Research Network (ADRN). The ADRN conducts clinical research studies to better understand host defense mechanisms in the skin, by comparing responses to infections and vaccines, and underlying mechanisms, in healthy, non-atopic individuals vs. those with atopic dermatitis (AD). Such effects include skin barrier and adaptive and innate immune system responses to viral and bacterial infections, and genetic and epigenetic studies. The scope of research supported under this FOA will include the role of the microbiome in regulating host defense, and the development of clinical interventions to enhance host defense. The FOA will also support the conduct of longitudinal studies aiming at the identification of AD phenotypes pertaining to clinical presentation, skin and peripheral blood immunologic responses and patterns of cutaneous host defense. NIAID intends to commit $6 million total costs in FY 2015 to fund 1 award. The maximum prior period is 5 years.

Guidelines and additional requirements:  http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-14-033.html

Because NIAID limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 22, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • An overview of the proposed project (1-2 pages) including brief descriptions of the Research Agenda, a proposed interventional clinical trial, a proposed clinical study project, and a summary of the project team’s qualifications.

A committee will be appointed to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The optional letter of intent is due June 8, 2014 and the deadline for the complete application is July 8, 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers (BDSRC) (P50)

NIH invites  applications to support research centers to develop and apply cutting-edge, transdisciplinary approaches to the study of botanicals with relevance to human health, that are found as ingredients in dietary supplements.  The focus of this FOA is on research on the mechanisms of action of botanicals traditionally used for health maintenance, or on botanicals with strong evidence of promise for improving objective, quantitative measures of organism resilience. Use of relevant vertebrate and invertebrate models is strongly encouraged.

Each proposed Center must be structured around a central theme to facilitate synergy between the proposed Projects and Cores. For example, the unifying theme for a Center might be an experimental approach, a biological process, or a group of products related by chemistry or usage.  Each Center must include at least 3, and not more than 4 active Research Projects throughout the project period as well as an Administrative Core that coordinates Center components, training support, career development, pilot projects, and a regularly updated Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center (BDSRC) website.

See complete RFA for additional details and requirements:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-001.html

Because NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, February 5, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Center Director and key personnel
  • A brief description of the proposed Center (1-2 pages) including the unifying theme and the three research projects

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadlines are:  April 6, 2014 (optional letter of intent) and June 6, 2014 (complete application).

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences funds applications that propose research education programs to enhance the pool of community college students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. Key strategies are to increase transfer and increase retention to BA/BS graduation in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Applications to the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program must reflect a partnership/consortium of at least two institutions, including the lead applicant institution. One must be an institution that offers the associate’s degree as the primary degree in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Another institution must be a college or university granting the baccalaureate degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Two different scenarios are anticipated for these partnerships: a) one baccalaureate degree-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more associate's degree-granting institutions, or b) one associate’s degree-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more baccalaureate degree-granting institution. To increase the likelihood of establishing true, equitable partnerships among the participating institutions, the guidelines require a multiple PD/PI application, with a PD/PI from each participating institution and a multi-PD/PI plan.

The total project period may not exceed five years and direct costs are limited to $300,000 per year. Additional details are available in the complete program announcement:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-333.html

Because NIH limits an institution to only one application each year, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to his or her Associate Dean for Research by Monday, September 9, 2013:

  • The names and departments of UK’s Project Director and Project Director(s) from the participating associate degree-granting institution(s);
  • A brief description of the proposed research education and student development activities program (2 pages) including numbers of targeted students, program goals, and specific measurable objectives

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. The individual selected will be notified in time to prepare the proposal for electronic submission by the October 18, 2013 deadline.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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National Institutes of Health - Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative (U54)

The NIH encourages institutions that seek to engage undergraduate students in innovative mentored research training programs to submit applications for cooperative agreement awards through the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative, one of three new Common Fund initiatives that together aim to enhance diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Addressing a major leakage point in the research workforce pipeline, BUILD awards are intended to support the design and implementation of innovative programs, strategies and approaches to transform undergraduate research training and mentorship. BUILD awards will also support institutional and faculty development to further strengthen undergraduate research training environments.

BUILD awards are intended to stimulate creative new approaches for training undergraduate students with a broad range of biomedical and behavioral research interests. Accordingly, BUILD institutions are expected to cast a wide net for student participants and offer innovative research training and mentorship activities across a broad range of relevant disciplines. Applicant institutions may, at their discretion, partner with other institutions to broaden the potential pool of participating students and maximize opportunities for research training and faculty and staff development. The applicant (Primary) institution will have responsibility for the conduct and oversight of the award, along with the flexibility to determine the optimal configuration with its partners (if applicable) to have the maximum impact. Partnerships involving the Primary institution and one or more additional institutions among the types described below are encouraged, but not required.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $30 million to fund approximately ten awards, contingent on the number of meritorious applications received and availability of funds. Applications may request up to $3.0 million (total costs) in the first year. Applications may propose budget increases in year 2 through year 4 to support additional BUILD students, not to exceed $5.3 million (total costs) in any one year. Because the nature and scope of the proposed projects may vary among institutions, it is anticipated that the size of each award will also vary.

Additional program information is available in the complete announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-016.html

Because NIH limits an institution to one application, UK has established an internal selection process and a deadline for receipt of applications. Researchers wanting to submit a proposal to the BUILD Initiative are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, January 22, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Names and contact information of participating institutions (if any)
  • Project description (2-3 pages) – describe the specific aims for the proposed BUILD project as a whole; the planned activities and how they will enhance UK’s capacity for undergraduate research training; past success of the team in engaging science students into research careers and preparing them to be successful in research

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. Deadlines are February 18, 2014 - optional letter of intent and March 18, 2014 – complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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National Institutes of Health - NCI - Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTDD) Network (U01) – RFA-CA-12-006

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and the Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTDD) initiative is to promote innovative research on high throughput approaches to the discovery and characterization of new cancer targets and their modulators. Projects resulting from this FOA are expected to bridge the gap between the enormous volumes of data generated by the comprehensive molecular characterizations of many cancer subtypes and the ability to use these data for the development of human cancer therapeutics and associated response markers. Applicants must propose research projects focused on high-throughput identification and/or characterization of potential targets for cancer therapy, and/or the identification of small molecules that modulate validated cancer targets. Proposed projects are expected to combine in-depth mining of large-scale genomic data, systems biology analyses and/or experimental approaches to provide initial characterization of functional significance. This characterization may involve the studies of modulation/perturbation of the potential targets (or target combinations) using, e.g., small molecules and/or oligonucleotides. Development and/or improvement of technologies serving the main goals of the project may also be proposed. In addition to conducting individual research projects, the CTDD awardees will also be expected to contribute to trans-Network activities, including participation in joint pilot research projects. Successful applicants will join the existing Network.

Pre-Application Meeting: The NCI will hold a public pre-application teleconference for investigators planning to submit applications in response to this FOA on April 24, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. EST. Additional details on this teleconference are found on ocg.cancer.gov web site. Participation in the meeting, although encouraged, is optional and not required for application submission.

Each application must constitute a self-standing, independent research project(s). However, each team will also have to offer some special capabilities and resources suitable for joint, trans-Network endeavors (see details in FOA under subheading “CTDD as a Network”). In addition, the NCI recognizes that some institutions may have strong groups of investigators with broader and more comprehensive bioinformatics and/or experimental capabilities. Therefore, each institution is allowed to develop and submit up to two applications for two different projects. If desired and appropriate, these two projects may be designed as a broadly-based interactive effort.

See the complete RFA for specific research objectives and requirements, priorities, and a list of non-responsive approaches/directions: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-12-006.html

Internal Competition: Because the NIH limits the number of proposals to two applications per organization, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Prospective applicants interested in responding to this program should send a pre-proposal with the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, April 30, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Program Director/Principal Investigator and key personnel
  • Descriptive title of the proposed research and a 1-2 page overview including scientific aims, significance, and description of the concept and/or of the approach

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)The NIH deadlines are May 21, 2012 for optional letters of intent and June 21, 2012 for complete applications.

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National Institutes of Health - NIDDK - Career Development Programs in Diabetes Research for Behavioral Scientists (K12) – RFA-DK-11-028

To foster the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce of behavioral scientists to assume leadership roles related to the Nation’s research efforts in the area of type 1 diabetes, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications for the establishment of institutional career development programs in diabetes research for behavioral scientists. The NIDDK will award K12 grants to eligible institutions to provide a program to prepare postdoctoral behavioral scientists (referred in this FOA as “Scholars”), selected by the institution, for behavioral research careers in type 1 diabetes. At each stage of the training award, supervision and mentorship will include both a diabetologist and a behavioral scientist as a way to maximize the relevance of the training to type 1 diabetes and encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to research. NIH intends to fund an estimate of 4-5 awards with 2-3 slots per award, corresponding to a total of $2.5 million, for fiscal year 2012.

Guidelines and additional details:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-11-028.html

Because only one application per institution is allowed, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, January 4, 2012:

  • Names and departments of Program Director and other key personnel
  • Program overview (1-2 pages) – provide a description of the proposed program including the long-term goals and objectives and key elements of the career development plan

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. Deadlines are February 2, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and March 2, 2012 (complete application).

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - Career Development Program in Omics of Lung Diseases (K12) – RFA-HL-13-023

The long-term objectives of this program are to develop multidisciplinary career development programs that will equip new MD and PhD (or equivalent) investigators with the knowledge and skills to apply pan-omics and integrated approaches to elucidating genomic and molecular bases of lung disease, including heterogeneity, key regulatory networks, and relevant disease biomarkers, with the goal of advancing understanding of lung disease pathobiology and lung disease personalized medicine applications.

The required expertise should include bioinformatics, experience in utilizing data from large cohorts and electronic medical records, techniques of integrative genomics and systems analysis, along with expertise, or at least familiarity, with clinical research and pulmonary medicine. The proposed K12 program may complement other, ongoing research training and career development programs at the applicant institution, but the proposed career development experiences must be distinct from those career development programs currently receiving Federal support. Applications focusing on lung cancer will not be considered responsive to this FOA.

Guidelines and additional information are available at the following site:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-13-023.html

Because the NIH will accept only one application per institution for this program, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, September 6, 2012:

  • Names and departments of Project Director and other key personnel
  • Project narrative (1-2 pages) – provide an overview of the proposed training including the long-term goals and objectives of the program, and key elements of the career development plan

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. Deadlines are September 26, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and October 26, 2012 (complete application).

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Insititutes of Health - NCCAM - Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM (CERC; P01) – PAR-12-151

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to encourage applications proposing research of high-priority to NCCAM that require synergistic collaboration between outstanding scientists and the synthesis of multiple research approaches by multi-disciplinary research teams. The CERC mechanism is designed to support research in which the funding of three or four synergistic, highly meritorious projects as a group offers significant scientific advantages over support of the same projects as individual research grants. Each CERC must consist, throughout the duration of the award, of three or four research projects, focused on basic, mechanistic, and/or translational research questions relevant to the research priorities described in the current NCCAM Strategic Plan.

See the complete PAR for guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-151.html

Internal Competition: Because the NIH limits an institution to one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Prospective applicants interested in responding to this program should send a pre-proposal with the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, May 15, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Program Director/Principal Investigator and key personnel including the PIs of the proposed CERC’s research projects
  • Identify the central research focus of the CERC and list the titles and PIs of three interrelated research projects that will comprise the CERC

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)The next NIH deadline is September 25, 2012

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National Insititutes of Health - NINR - Centers of Excellence in Symptom Science:  Building Research Teams for the Future (P20) – RFA-NR-12-009

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) invites applications to establish Centers of Excellence for Symptom Science: Building Research Teams for the Future (P20).  This FOA supports applications to develop interdisciplinary biobehavioral nursing research capacity in Symptom Science Research.  Begun in 2004 as part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, the PROMIS (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System) initiative is developing new ways to measure symptoms or patient-reported outcomes (PROs) that have a major impact on quality of life across a variety of chronic diseases.  This call for Center applications focuses on the most frequently reported symptoms already being studied by PROMIS:

  1. pain,
  2. sleep disturbances,
  3. fatigue, and
  4. cognitive/affect changes, as well as their interactions.
Applicants must select one of these symptoms and build their Center application around this symptom so as to develop strong expertise in this research domain and move the field of science forward significantly.  The purpose of an NINR P20 Center is to: (1) develop sustainable interdisciplinary, biobehavioral research capacity for scientists conducting nursing research by establishing centralized research resources and a research infrastructure; (2) advance the Center’s thematic science area through complementary, synergistic research activities; and (3) enable feasibility research that will develop into new programs of research and independent investigator research applications. See the complete RFA for details and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-12-009.html

Because the NINR limits an institution to only one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 10, 2012:

  • Names and departments of Project Director and other key personnel
  • Project overview (2 pages) – Identify the specific symptom/central theme around which the proposed Center will be designed; list three research projects related to the Center’s focus area that will be conducted for 2-3 years, the researchers conducting each project, and the specific aims of each.

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation as to the University’s submission.  The NIH deadlines are optional letter of intent April 16, 2012 and complete application May 16, 2012.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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National Institutes of Health - NIMH Center for Genomic Studies on Mental Disorders (U24) – RFA-MH-13-050

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) seeks Resource-Related Cooperative Agreement (U24) applications to continue, enhance, and enrich research resources in the NIMH Human Genetics Initiative for free and open sharing with the scientific community. The long-term objective of data sharing and research resource enrichment under this FOA is to accelerate gene discovery in mental disorders. It is expected that the Center will be comprised of a team of investigators with expertise in molecular biology, cell culture, computer and information sciences, statistical genetics and psychiatric genetics. It is also expected that this effort will involve activities at multiple institutions that are strategically and functionally coordinated such that the Center will function as a single, national resource. A critical feature of the Center will be the banking of primary cultures of source cells for the derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and the banking of established iPSCs by investigators. Furthermore, the development and maintenance of a genomic cyberinfrastructure is required. Such an infrastructure will represent the coordinated aggregate of software, hardware and other technologies, as well as the necessary staff expertise required to support current and future discoveries in the genetics of mental disorders. This cyberinfrastructure will integrate relevant and often disparate genetic and genomic resources to provide a useful, usable, and enabling framework for human genetic research and gene discovery in mental disorders that will be characterized by broad access.

NIMH intends to commit approximately $9,000,000 in FY 2013 to fund one new cooperative agreement in response to this FOA.  See the complete RFA for additional details and guidelines:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-13-050.html

Because NIMH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, June 26, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Names of participating institutions
  • Project overview (2 pages) that includes a description of the project team’s prior experience and qualifications in addressing the specific RFA requirements and justification/rationale for why the proposed project should be selected as UK's applicant -

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The optional letter of intent is due July 1, 2012; the complete application is due August 1, 2012.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NIA - Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30) – RFA-AG-15-003

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) center of excellence in geriatrics research and research career development.  NIA intends to commit $4.1 million in FY2015 to fund 4 awards.  Application budgets are limited to $800,000 in direct costs per year for a maximum project period of 5 years.

Each OAIC should include the following components and activities:

  • Overall (required)
  • Leadership Administrative Core (required)
  • Research Career Development Component (required)
  • Resource Cores (at least 1 required; maximum 4)
  • Pilot/Experimental Studies Core (optional)
  • Information Dissemination Core (optional)

Guidelines and additional information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-15-003.html

Because NIH limits an institution to one application, the University of Kentukcy has established an internal selection process.  Individuals interested in submitted to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Program title – NIA Pepper OAIC
  • A brief description of the proposed project (1-2 pages) including the area of focus, the general plan and goals for the proposed OAIC.

A committee will be appointed to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant.  Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadlines are:  May 24, 2014 (optional letter of intent) and June 24, 2014 (complete application).

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National Institutes of Health - NICHD - Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (UG1)

NIH invites applications from institutions proposing to serve as Clinical Sites in NICHD's multi-center Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN). The research network is designed to investigate the efficacy of treatment and management strategies to care for critically ill and injured children, as well as to better understand the pathophysiological bases of critical illness and injury in childhood.

NICHD intends to commit $1,800,000 in FY 2015 to fund up to seven Clinical Site awards. An applicant for a Clinical Site may request a budget for direct costs up to $172,000 per year for a project period of five years.

Guidelines and specific requirements:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-14-022.html

Because NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 8, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Identify the Program as Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Site
  • A brief description (1-2 pages) of the team’s expertise and research productivity in previous or ongoing clinical trials in pediatric critical care medicine including follow up capabilities, electronic data system, and special or unique strengths that might be relevant to CPCCRN research. Confirm that the population available for clinical research meets the minimum required 1,000 admissions per year.

A committee will be appointed to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadlines:  May 2, 2014 (optional letter of intent) and June 2, 2014 (complete application).

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National Institutes of Health - NIMHD - Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities:  Dissemination Phase (R24) - RFA-MD-13-001

NIMHD has issued a limited competition to support the dissemination of interventions developed with funding from an earlier solicitation (RFA-MD-07-003).

Dr. Nancy Schoenberg, Professor of Behavioral Science, is PI of UK’s only eligible project:  Faith Moves Mountains:  A CBPR Appalachian Wellness & Cancer Prevention Program. Dr. Schoenberg plans to respond to this solicitation (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-13-001.html) and submit an application for the October 20, 2012 deadline. UK will, therefore, not hold an internal competition. Researchers interested in Dr. Schoenberg’s program should contact her directly.

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National Institutes of Health - NIMHD - Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24)

The NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative was designed to support community-based participatory research in planning, implementing, evaluating and disseminating effective interventions for diseases disproportionately affecting racial and ethnic minority populations, populations with low socioeconomic status, and medically underserved populations living in rural areas in the U.S. The three-year CBPR plan should include: community needs assessment, plans to identify the disease/condition for intervention research, and plans to develop the intervention methodology during the first year of the grant. During the second and third year, a pilot intervention research study must be conducted. The pilot should assess the feasibility/acceptability of the developed intervention as well of the process of conducting a CBPR intervention study, including collaborative oversight of data collection, sharing of interim data, and disseminating results to community stakeholders and scientific audiences. The project must include co-leadership by research and community partners, and all activities proposed in the application must include substantial input from the targeted community using CBPR principles.

Specific Areas of Research Interest - Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors (e.g., physical activity, healthy diets) to prevent or reduce overweight/obesity and obesity-related complications (e.g., cardiovascular diseases, diabetes)
  • Interventions to promote the management of diseases and conditions, such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes
  • Interventions focusing on the prevention or cessation of tobacco use and substance abuse
  • Interventions that promote healthy sexual behaviors that prevent or reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted infections
  • Interventions preventing or reducing intentional (e.g., suicide) or unintentional accidents
  • Interventions to promote preventive behaviors (e.g., vaccinations, health screenings) that lead to the early detection or prevention of diseases/conditions such as colon cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, influenza and other vaccine-preventable diseases

Funding:  NIMHD intends to commit $10,000,000 in FY 2013. Budgets are limited to $250,000 direct costs per year.
Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-12-006.html

Because NIMHD limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, May 21, 2012:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Names and locations of the community partner(s)
  • A brief description of the proposed project (1-2 pages) including the specific area of research interest and roles of participating partners

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadline is June 27, 2012. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NIAID - Consortium for Food Allergy Research (U19)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) solicits applications from single institutions to administer a multi-project multi-institution program to conduct clinical research and assume the leadership and administrative responsibilities for the Consortium for Food Allergy Research (CoFAR). The selected applicant will continue the mission of the CoFAR, which focuses on immune and other intervention strategies for the prevention and treatment of food allergy, including food allergen-associated severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis, and food allergen-associated eosinophilic esophagitis. The Consortium will conduct interventional trials with associated mechanistic studies and observational/natural history and/or genetics studies with associated mechanistic studies in order to understand better the immunopathogenesis of these conditions.NIAID intends to commit $6.1 million in FY 2015 to fund one award with a maximum project period of seven years.

Additional information and specific requirements of the multi-component application are detailed in the complete RFA:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-14-003.html

Internal Competition: Because NIAID limits an institution to one submission, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

  • Names and departments or affiliations of the Project Director and other key personnel or partners
  • Names and contacts at participating institutions
  • Overview of the proposed consortium:  2 pages maximum – briefly describe plans for the interventional clinical trials and non-interventional clinical studies and the experience that the team brings to the project

A committee will be convened to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadlines:  Letter of intent (optional) – May 19, 2014; complete application – June 19, 2014.

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National Institutes of Health - NHLBI Coordination Center for Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) (R01)

NIH solicits grant applications from institutions/organizations to serve as the Coordination Center (CC) for the Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). The purpose of the CC is to support and complement the activities of the Summer Institutes as they enhance the development of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.

The primary tasks of the CC will be to:

  • facilitate outreach, participant recruitment, candidate selection, program-wide organization, and assist with identification and orientation of mentors;
  • support research experiences through webinar and in person learning activities and;
  • facilitate coordination of the education and evaluation activities between the Summer Institute awardees, Summer Institutes participants and the NHLBI;
  • develop orientation and facilitate skills development activities for mentors
  • support the mentoring of program participants by assisting the Summer Institutes with the formation of participants' mentorship committees;
  • conduct cross-site and cross-program evaluations.

In addition, the CC will plan, arrange, support, and facilitate the Annual Program-wide Meetings, Steering Committee meetings, and other PD/PI meetings for the PRIDE program. The CC application should evidence expertise in both program evaluation and program coordination. NHLBI intends to commit $1.85 million in FY 2014 to fund 1 award.

Additional program information is available in the complete announcement:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-14-022.html

Because NHLBI limits an institution to one application, UK has established an internal selection process and a deadline for receipt of applications. Researchers wanting to submit a Coordination Center proposal are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, January 13, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Title the pre-application “Coordination Center for PRIDE Summer Institute” and provide a 2 page description of the team’s prior experience in managing/coordinating research education projects, program evaluation, data management and communications, and related program activities

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. Deadlines are February 13, 2014 - optional letter of intent and March 13, 2014 – complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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National Institutes of Health - Coordination and Evaluation Center for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Program (U54)

NIH has issued RFA-RM-13-015 to encourage institutions with expertise in data coordination and evaluation of research training, career development, and mentoring programs to submit applications for the establishment and operation of the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) for the NIH Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Program.  This program will consist of three integrated initiatives:  the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative, the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the CEC.  Awardees funded through these initiatives will work together as a consortium which will be coordinated by the CEC.  The CEC will facilitate the establishment of program-wide goals and agreed upon hallmarks of successful biomedical researchers at multiple career stages  The CEC will develop appropriate instruments and processes to assess the impact of BUILD and NRMN activities on attainment of these hallmarks by program participants.  It will coordinate the collection of data from BUILD and NRMN awardees and other sources, assess the data in an ongoing way, provide feedback to the consortium and facilitate an iterative process of program adjustment to maximize the research benefit of BUILD and NRMN activities.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $1.75 million in FY 2014 and anticipates making one award.  The project period is 5 years and budgets may not exceed $1.75 million in total costs annually.

Because NIH limits an institution to one application, UK has established an internal selection process and a deadline for receipt of applications. Researchers wanting to submit a Coordination and Evaluation Center proposal are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, January 16, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Provide a 2 page description of the team’s experience in data coordination, assessing and evaluating biomedical research training and mentoring activities, working collaboratively and building consensus with diverse groups, and implementing the requirements of the solicitation

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. Deadlines are February 18, 2014 - optional letter of intent and March 18, 2014 – complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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National Institutes of Health - NIAMS - Core Centers for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (P30) RFA-AR-14-002

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) invites applications for Research Core Centers (P30s) in musculoskeletal biology and medicine. The Core Centers for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM) will provide shared facilities and services to groups of established, currently funded investigators addressing scientific problems in musculoskeletal biology and medicine, in order to improve efficiency, accelerate the pace of research, and ensure greater productivity.

The CCMBM will provide support for:

  • Core resources and facilities to be used by investigators of individually supported research projects in order to enhance and coordinate their activities.
  • An Enrichment Program, designed to expand the research base in the area of musculoskeletal biology and medicine. A minimum of $30,000 and up to $100,000 direct costs will be allocated each year to the Enrichment Program, administered through the Administrative Core.
  • An Administrative Core, including a Director, Associate Director, and an Advisory Committee, should be proposed to coordinate the Core Center activities, to evaluate and improve the Center, and to administer an Enrichment Program.
  • Two or more research cores must also be proposed. A research core is a facility shared by two or more Center investigators that enables them to conduct their independently-funded individual research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively. Cores generally fall into one of four categories: (1) provision of a technology that lends itself to automation or preparation in large batches (e.g., histology, tissue culture, high throughput sequencing, genotyping); (2) complex instrumentation (e.g., electron microscopy, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, whole animal imaging, microarray scanning, mass spectrometry); (3) animal preparation (including transgenic and knockout) and care; and (4) methodology cores (e.g., molecular biology, biostatistics, systems biology, bioinformatics, clinical).

Direct costs of up to $400,000 per year may be requested, with a total project period of 5 years.

Additional information and guidelines: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-14-002.html

Because NIAMS limits an institution to one application, UK has established an internal selection process and a deadline. Researchers wanting to submit an application are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, February 20, 2013:

  1. Names and departments of the Project Director(s) and other key personnel of the project team
  2. Provide a 1-2 page overview of the proposed Center including the Enrichment Program and at least two research cores
The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadlines are May 31, 2013 for an optional letter of intent and July 1, 2013 for the complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NHLBI - Core Clinical Centers for the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network, CTSN (UM1) - RFA-HL-13-017

The purpose of this FOA is to request applications for participation as a Core Clinical Center in a continuation of the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN).The goal of the CTSN is to evaluate CT surgical interventions and related management approaches for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and conditions in adult patients.The network provides support to maintain an infrastructure to develop, coordinate, and conduct multiple collaborative surgical trials designed to improve cardiovascular outcomes and optimize post-operative neurological function. Highly innovative approaches to patient recruitment and retention for challenging cardiothoracic (CT) surgical trials, as well as a strong track record of prior trial performance, are sought.

The primary goal of the CTSN is to conduct multiple, collaborative, randomized clinical trials, proof-of-concept trials, and observational prospective clinical studies to evaluate surgical interventions and related management approaches to improve the treatment of cardiovascular disease and conditions in adult populations.Also of interest are strategies to reduce neurological complications, such as stroke, and optimize long-term cognitive and functional outcomes after CT surgery by evaluating neuroprotective approaches. Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-13-017.html

Internal Competition: Because the guidelines limit an organization to only one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Prospective applicants interested in responding to this program should send a pre-proposal with the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research Tuesday, April 24, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director, key personnel and participating institutions (if any)
  • Brief description of the applicant’s successful track record in cardiothoracic surgical trials (1-2 pages)

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.) The NIH deadlines are May 13, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and June 13, 2012 (complete application).

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National Institutes of Health - NICHD - Data Coordinating Center for the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (U01)

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications from investigators willing to participate with the NICHD under a cooperative agreement (U01) as the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) in an ongoing multicenter clinical program, the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN) designed to carry out research in pediatric critical care.

NICHD intends to commit $2,500,000 in FY 2015 to fund one award. An applicant for the DCC may request a budget for direct costs up to $800,000 per year and a project period of five years. In addition, the DCC should request not more than $1,300,000 total costs per year in the patient and protocol cost category for distribution to the Clinical Sites, and support for required monitoring and Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) visits, and Advisory Board support.

Guidelines and specific requirements:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-14-020.html

Because NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • A brief description (1-2 pages) of the team’s successful past performance in managing multicenter clinical studies in the previous five years, particularly in the field of pediatric critical care. Also address expertise in biostatistics, data management data analysis, and project management in multicenter research.

A committee will be appointed to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadlines:  May 2, 2014 (optional letter of intent) and June 2, 2014 (complete application).

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National Institutes of Health - NICHD - Data Coordinating Center for two NICHD Cooperative Multicenter Research Networks (U10) – RFA-HD-13-013 and RFA-HD-13-014

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has issued two FOAs inviting applications for a Data Coordinating Center for each of the following Cooperative Research Networks:
  • Multicenter Maternal Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Research Network, designed to perform observational and interventional clinical studies to improve maternal, fetal and neonatal health emphasizing randomized-controlled trials. Currently there are 14 NICHD MFMU Clinical Centers and three collaborating centers.
  • Cooperative Multicenter Neonatal Research Network (NRN), designed to perform interventional and observational clinical studies in newborn infants, particularly low birth weight infants.  Currently there are 18 NICHD NRN Clinical Centers and four collaborating centers.

In FY 2013 the NIH intends to fund one MFMU Data Coordinating Center award for $13,273,671 and one NRN Data Coordinating Center award for $7.2 million.

Both FOAs require that the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field such as statistics, biostatistics, or epidemiology and is required to commit 10.2-12.0 person-months (85 to 100 percent) effort to the DCC activities of the specific NICHD network. The PD(s)/PI(s) must have clinical trials, administrative and statistical expertise. Active participation of the PD(s)/PI(s) is expected during all phases of a clinical research study. One individual must be designated as an alternate PD(s)/PI(s) who is able to serve in the absence of the PD(s)/PI(s). The alternate PD(s)/PI(s) must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field such as statistics, biostatistics, or other relevant area and should commit at least 1.2 person-months (10 percent) effort to the project.

Additional requirements and guidelines are listed in the complete RFAs:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-13-013.html and http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-13-014.html.

Because NICHD limits an institution to one Data Coordinating Center proposal for each research network (MFMU or NRN), the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, July 2, 2012:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director/Principal Investigator and key personnel
  • The specific research network – MFMU or NRN
  • A description (1-2 pages) of the team’s prior experience in the design, conduct, data analysis and management of major collaborative clinical research projects as a data coordinating center; capacity and ability to manage data and communications; and evidence of reporting capabilities

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant for each. Both programs have an NIH deadline of August 9, 2012.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - Data Management and Resource Repository (DMRR) on Extracellular RNA (U54) – RFA-RM-12-010

The National Institutes of Health have issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the purpose of identifying and supporting a Data Management Resource/Repository (DMRR) for the Extracellular RNA (ExRNA) Communication Program (ERCP). The overall programmatic goal of the DMRR is to integrate the efforts of all of the funded components of the ERCP and serve as a community-wide resource for ExRNA standards, protocols, and data through the development of an ExRNA Atlas. The anticipated functions of the DMRR require an administrative core as well as three distinct stand-alone components in the areas of Scientific Outreach, Data Coordination, and Data Integration and Analysis. Details concerning the administrative core and three required components are described in RFA-RM-12-010: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-12-010.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, September 5, 2012:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • A brief description of the proposed project (1-2 pages) including responsibilities of PI and key personnel, their expertise in ExRNAs or RNA biology and analyzing RNA-seq data sets, and their plans to achieve the necessary functions for the administrative core and each of the three required components.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadlines are October 12, 2012 for an optional letter of intent and November 13, 2012 for the complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - Developing and Improving Institutional Animal Resources (G20) – RFA-OD-112-008

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs in the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director will provide up to $500,000 to support animal resources improvement projects. Support can be requested to alter and renovate the animal facilities, as well as to improve the animal care equipment in the facility. Details and additional information are available in the complete program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-12-008.html.

Because NIH limits an institution to one application, the University of Kentucky has an established an internal procedure for this program. Researchers who have suggestions about specific improvement projects are asked to provide the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research (vpr@email.uky.edu) and Dr. Hal Stills (harold.stills@uky.edu), Director of Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, by Friday, June 22, 2012:

  • Name and department of PI
  • Suggested equipment or renovation and a 1 page rationale

A committee will be convened to review the requests and make a decision as to whether UK will submit an application for the August 7, 2012 NIH deadline.

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National Institutes of Health - Diabetes Research Centers (P30) - RFA-DK-11-015

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications for Diabetes Research Center grants to support research in diabetes mellitus and its complications, and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism.  Diabetes Research Centers support three primary research-related activities:  (1) Research Core Services that provide resources to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and multidisciplinary nature of research in designated topic areas; (2) a Pilot and Feasibility Program designed to foster the development of new investigators and to provide seed-support for innovative high-risk projects; and (3) an Enrichment Program to promote interdisciplinary interaction and training of investigators in areas of NIDDK interest.

A Diabetes Research Center must be an identifiable unit within a single institution such as a university medical center, or within a consortium of cooperating institutions. In either case, Diabetes Center applications must be associated with an existing program of excellence in biomedical research in diabetes and in related areas of metabolism and endocrinology. Program excellence is measured through a consistent and outstanding record of productivity and peer-reviewed research funding in diabetes and related research areas.

The NIDDK plans to commit $15.0M FY2012.  Application budgets are limited to $1.0M per year in direct costs unless the applicant organization proposes to provide regional or national core services as described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Additional requirements and application guidelines: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-11-015.html

Because the NIDDK limits an institution to only one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, September 12, 2011:

  • Names and departments of PI and key personnel
  • Overview of the proposed Diabetes Research Center (1-2 pages) – Identify the broad, long-range objectives and goals of the Center; list the specific biomedical research cores; and provide an overview of the ongoing diabetes research base and the impact of the proposed Center on this research

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission.  Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Deadlines: Optional letter of intent: January 31, 2012; complete application: February 29, 2012.

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National Institutes of Health - NIEHS - Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications for support of Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). A Core Center Grant is an institutional award to support centralized scientific resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects. The NIEHS intends to fund 4 – 6 awards for Fiscal Year 2015, committing $7.5 million.

Requirements
To qualify for an EHS CC, the applicant institution must already have a substantial base of ongoing, independently supported, peer-reviewed research projects clearly dedicated to the study of environmental health sciences or environmental medicine. The application must indicate a minimum of three distinct active NIEHS-supported research grants from three member principal investigators with at least 1 full year of activity remaining at the time of submission, not including administrative extensions, either with or without additional funds. Each application must have a minimum of two Facility Cores (one of which is an Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core), an Administrative Core, a Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC), a Career Development Program, and a Pilot Project Program.

See the complete announcement for details:  RFA-ES-13-012.

Because the NIEHS limits an institution to one application, UK has established an internal selection process and a deadline for receipt of applications. Researchers wanting to submit a proposal to establish an Environmental Health Sciences Core Center are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, January 30, 2014:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director(s) and other key personnel of the project team
  • Participating institutions, if any
  • A list of currently active NIEHS-supported and other funded grants relevant to the proposed Core Center (PI name and grant number)
  • Overview – maximum 2 pages.  Identify the central theme, the goals of the Core Center, and expected scientific outcomes and impact on human disease and public health

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadlines are March 22, 2014 (optional letter of intent) and April 22, 2014 (complete application).

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes for Health - NIDDK - George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Centers (P30) – RFA-DK-12-008

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications for George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Centers to support both basic and clinical research on kidney disease.  A Kidney Research Core Center must be an identifiable unit within a single institution such as a university medical center, or within a consortium of cooperating institutions.  The Kidney Research Core Center applications must be associated with an existing program of excellence in biomedical research in kidney disease. Program excellence is measured through a consistent and outstanding record of productivity and peer-reviewed research funding in kidney disease and related research areas.

The NIDDK intends to commit approximately $4.8M for four awards in FY 2013.  Application budgets are limited to $750,000 in direct costs per year; the project period may not exceed five years.  Details about this funding opportunity (RFA-DK-12-008), including specific Research Core Center Guidelines, are available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-12-008.html

Because the NIDDK limits an institution to only one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, August 1, 2012:

  • Names and departments of PI and participating researchers
  • Participating institutions (if any)
  • Overview of the proposed Kidney Research Core Center (1-2 pages) – Identify the central theme(s) or focus area(s) and broad, long-range objectives and goals of the Center; provide an overview of the ongoing NIDDK-funded research in kidney disease at UK and any participating institutions and the impact of the proposed Center on this research

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission.  Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

NIH deadlines: Optional letter of intent: October 14, 2012; complete application: November 14, 2012.

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National Institutes for Health - Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research (U10) – RFA-HD-13-006

The NIH invites applications from U.S. institutions to support Research Units (RUs) within the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research at NICHD.RUs will consist of U.S.-based research centers in partnership with research centers in low income foreign countries. These RUs will participate in addressing the major causes of maternal, neonatal, infant, and early childhood morbidity and mortality through the conduct of clinical research. The grantees will form a cooperative network in scientific partnership with NIH to conduct multi-center randomized clinical trials evaluating interventions in resource-poor settings.

Applications for a Global Network Research Unit grant must be submitted jointly by collaborating teams of investigators that include the applicant U.S. PD/PI and a Senior Foreign Investigator (SFI), who must be a national of a low income country residing in his/her own country. These collaborating teams are identified as “Research Units” in the context of this FOA. For the purposes of this FOA, low income countries are defined as resource-limited nations in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Investigators and their institutions from the low income countries are expected to function as full and equal partners with the collaborating U.S. investigators.

See the complete RFA for additional information and guidelines:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-13-006.html

Because the sponsor limits an institution to only one application, UK has established an internal selection process and deadline. Researchers wanting to submit an application to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, June 25, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director and other key UK personnel of the project team
  • Name of the participating institution(s) in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or Latin America and the name of the Senior Foreign Investigator
  • Provide a descriptive title of the proposed research and a 2 page overview of the project, experience in randomized clinical trials, and history of collaboration

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The optional letter of intent is due June 30, 2012; July 31, 2012 is the deadline for the complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - High End Instrumentation and Required Information for Letter of Institutional Commitment

The NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) has announced the High-End Instrumentation Grant program for major research equipment costing at least $750,000. ORIP intends to commit approximately $20 million in FY2014 to fund approximately 10-15 new awards. The NIH deadline is September 13, 2013. Complete Program Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-101.html The guidelines require significant institutional support and the Office of the Vice President for Research must address these requests in a letter of institutional commitment.

Researchers interested in submitting a proposal to the High-End Instrumentation Grant program are asked to submit the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Friday, May 3, 2013:

  • Name and department of PI
  • Instrument requested and approximate cost
  • Proposed user group (a minimum of 3 NIH-funded investigators is required)
  • If the instrument is intended to be part of an existing service core (recharge center), identify which one; if a new recharge center is being proposed, provide proposed name and location
  • A detailed financial plan for long-term operation and maintenance of the instrument. Pertinent data on user charges, salaries of technical support personnel, maintenance contracts, instrument upgrades, shop charges and other expenses should be included. Specify the sources and amounts of additional needed funds.
  • Letter from the PI’s Dean indicating support for the instrumentation and the value to the College’s strategic plan/mission.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.) Potential applicants can contact the Office of the Vice President for Research to discuss financial aspects of running a cost-recovery core facility if they need more information.

To identify NIH-funded investigators, researchers may contact the Proposal Development Office (PDO@uky.edu) or search SPIFi, the database of UK funded projects (http://www.research.uky.edu/ospa/info/spifi.html).

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National Institutes of Health - NIGMS - Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The goal of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focuses on research experiences, courses for skills development and mentoring activities.

The design of the proposed institutional program should be derived from an institutional self assessment of the (a) research environment; (b) student and faculty demographics; (c) number of students that complete the Ph.D. degree; and (d) challenges/impediments that the students encounter in completing the Ph.D. degree. As a result of the self-assessment, each applicant must establish the program's goals and specific measurable objectives. The proposed IMSD research education program may complement ongoing research training programs at the applicant institution but it must be distinct from those training and education programs currently receiving federal support. The total project period may not exceed five years.

Additional details and guidelines: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-121.html

Because NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, March 25, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director, evaluator, and other participating personnel
  • A brief description of the proposed project (1-2 pages) including number of targeted students, project goals, specific measurable objectives, and proposed research education program activities

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant.  The next NIH deadline is May 1, 2014.  Future deadlines are January 26, 2015 and January 25, 2016.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NIDCR - Institutional Career Development Award for Enhancing Research Capacity in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Orofacial Pain (K12) PAR-11-289

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has issued a solicitation to expand and strengthen the community of investigators engaged in research on temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) and orofacial pain. The objectives of this FOA are to 1) increase the number of basic and clinical investigators who are trained in the sciences relevant to TMJD or orofacial pain research, 2) facilitate and improve the mentoring of this new group of scientists, 3) bring new scientific expertise to TMJD and orofacial pain research. The expected outcomes of this Initiative will be 1) an increase in the number of TMJD/orofacial pain research leaders who will apply for and obtain independent funding support, and 2) an increased number of multidisciplinary research teams led by junior investigators or, investigators new to the TMJD and orofacial pain fields. These new teams will form a robust research community applying novel approaches to TMJD and orofacial pain research that will enhance our understanding of the disorders and lead to effective treatments for patients. These new teams will thrive in academic research centers that foster an environment for developing new collaborative, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists with skills and expertise that can be applied to the most intractable topics in TMJDs and orofacial pain research

The applicant institution must have strong and high quality research programs in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. I

Guidelines and additional details:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-289.html

Because only one application per institution is allowed, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, September 27, 2012:

  • Names and departments of Program Director and other key personnel
  • Program overview (1 page) – provide a description of the proposed program including the long-term goals and objectives and key elements of the career development plan

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. This year’s deadline is October 12, 2012.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NINDS - Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30)   

UK currently has a NINDS Center Core Grant funded until 11/30/2015.  Another application is not eligible as long as the current P30 is active.

Funding Agency Deadline:  May 16, 2013

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National Institutes of Health - Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)

The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to education students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation. An IRACDA program involves a consortium of multiple institutions. The lead applicant institution must be a research-intensive institution (RII), and it must serve as the primary site of the postdoctoral research experience. The consortium must include one or more partners that are institutions which, for the purposes of this FOA, are defined as public or private nonprofit universities, two-year or four-year colleges or universities, offering associate and/or baccalaureate degrees with a historical mission and a demonstrated commitment to the training and encouragement of, and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation.

Applicant institutions have wide latitude in the design of the program. However, career development activities, which should last two to four years, must include the following three components:

  • A mentored research experience that is typical of other competitive postdoctoral opportunities.
  • A mentored teaching experience, the practicum of which will take place at a partner institution.
  • Other mentored and/or didactic experiences to improve critical academic skills (e.g., problem-solving, communication, time management, and grant writing, etc.) and provide career development opportunities that are deemed important for an individual to prosper in an academic environment. Approximately 3 person-months (25% of full-time professional effort) of the effort must be spent on mentored teaching and other mentored and/or didactic experiences, the timing of which may be flexible over the duration of the award.

The Program must have a strong research base, comprised of established scientists who will provide expertise, resources, and mentoring to the IRACDA scholars. Faculty research mentors must have active, externally funded research projects relevant to the mission of NIGMS (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/About/) and track records in mentoring and training students and postdoctoral researchers.

Guidelines and additional details:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-290.html.

Because only one application per institution is allowed, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, September 3, 2013:

  • Names and departments of Program Director and mentors
  • Participating partner institution(s)
  • Program overview (1-2 pages) – describe the immediate and long-term program objectives and proposed training or career development activities

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. The NIH deadline is October 2, 2013. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NICHD - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers 2014 (U54)

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development invites applications for research center cooperative agreements designed to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The FOA seeks applications from institutions that meet the qualifications for a multi-disciplinary program of IDD research that will include: 1) Cores that facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD, and support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and 2) at least one specific research project related to one of five focus themes identified as an area of research need in IDD. Each U54 can propose a minimum of three and a maximum of six Cores, with a required Administrative Core and a required Clinical Translational Core as two of the required Cores. Core components must facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD, and support IDD-related projects funded by other sources. NICHD intends to commit a total of $5.2 million in FY 2015 to fund up to 4 awards. Support for the entire IDDRC should not exceed $1.3M in total costs per year, for a maximum project period of 5 years.

Guidelines and additional information are detailed in the complete announcement:  RFA-HD-14-012.

Because the NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • An overview of the proposed project (1-2 pages) including a description of three cores and one research component project.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. Deadlines are April 6, 2014 (optional letter of intent) and May 6, 2014 (complete application).

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institute of Health - FIC - International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25)

The NIH requests Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop masters level curricula and provide educational opportunities for developing country academics, researchers and health professionals in ethics related to performing research involving human subjects in international resource poor settings.

Applicants can request up to five years of support for up to $230,000 direct costs per year for a new application for a comprehensive masters level curriculum development and educational programs. The Project Director/Principal Investigator should have documented experience in international research ethics and be capable of providing both administrative and training leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed research education program. The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed research education project. Appropriate institutional commitment to the project includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned research education project. Descriptions of existing programs can be found on the FIC website at http://www.fic.nih.gov/grants/search/pages/awards-program-bioethics.aspx

Additional information and guidelines:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-174.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in responding to this solicitation are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, March 20, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Name of the developing country site for the proposed program
  • Narrative (2 pages) – provide a description of the proposed research education program, proposed participant recruitment/retention, and evaluation

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. The NIH deadlines are April 10, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and May 10, 2012 (complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32) – PAR-12-084

The Jointly Sponsored NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences via institutional NRSA research training grants (T32) at domestic institutions of higher education. Trainees appointed to this training grant are financially supported for either one or two years, during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.

See the complete announcement for application guidelines:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-084.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to one application for this program, UK has established an internal selection process and a deadline for receipt of applications. Researchers wanting to submit an application are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, February 20, 2013:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director(s) and other key personnel of the project team
  • Project Overview (1-2 pages maximum) – include
  • A descriptive title of the proposed research training program
  • An overview of the proposed program including – long-term goals and objectives, key elements of the research training, and projected number of trainees

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadlines are April 25, 2013 (optional letter of intent) and May 25, 2013 (full application).

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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National Institutes of Health - NIDA - Medications Development Centers of Excellence Cooperative Program (U54)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse solicits Specialized Center Cooperative Agreement (U54) applications to provide support for Medications Development Centers of Excellence (MDCE) with emphasis on clinical research directed towards the identification, evaluation, and development of safe and effective medications and biologics for treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs). Research may focus on both currently approved or novel, investigational products. Centers may have a translational component to reinforce rationale of medications for testing.

NIDA intends to fund an estimate of 2 awards, corresponding to a total of $3M for fiscal year 2014. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations. A MDCE provides support for a broadly based, multidisciplinary, innovative research program consisting of related research endeavors and an associated administrative core infrastructure to ensure their effective and synergistic functioning. Each individual research component is expected to be systematically related both to some other components and to the administrative core infrastructure. Training and mentoring to enhance junior researchers' or other researchers' skills should be conducted in the context of the research.

Details and application requirements are provided in RFA-DA-14-001: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-14-004.html

Because NIH limits an institution to only one application for a MDCE, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, June 10, 2013:

  • Names and departments of PI, co-investigators and key personnel
  • Identify and briefly describe (1-2 pages) the research focus or theme of the proposed center, three related research projects, and the education activities

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Deadlines:  Optional letter of intent: July 15, 2013; complete application:  August 15, 2013.

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National Institutes of Health - NIMHD -Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (T37) – RFA-MD-13-0020

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) awards. These awards will support programs to offer international research training opportunities at a foreign site to qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureates or graduate students in the life, physical, or social sciences; or medical students, dental students, or students in other health-professional programs who have not yet received terminal degrees who are from groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. All trainees must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S. or lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

MHIRT programs are expected to accommodate at least eight to ten students per year as the annual budget allows. At least 75 percent of a grantee's MHIRT trainees must be undergraduate students. The training should occur in a single session anticipated to be 10 to 12 weeks in duration during the summer or for one semester during an academic year. Application budgets are limited to $250,000 in annual direct costs, with a maximum project period of five years.

Guidelines and additional details are provided in the complete solicitation:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-13-002.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, February 12, 2013:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • A project overview (1-2 pages):  title of proposed research training program, specific location, anticipated number and academic level of students, and description of proposed training program including objectives and activities.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant. The NIH deadlines are February 20, 2013 for an optional letter of intent and March 20, 2013 for the complete application.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)