UK Proposal Development Office

Limited Submissions - NIH (N-Z)

National Institutes of Health - NCI National Clinical Trials Network – several Funding Opportunity Announcements

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has issued six Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for its new consolidated and integrated NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Program. The overall goal for the entire NCTN Program is to conduct definitive, randomized, late phase clinical treatment trials and advanced imaging trials across a broad range of diseases and diverse patient populations as part of the NCI’s overall clinical research program for adults and children with cancer. The NCTN will also conduct, as necessary, smaller developmental studies preliminary to the definitive trials. The NCTN Program will be based on an integrated network of clinical trials groups that will collaborate with each other as well as with other NCTN components and other NCI-sponsored programs and investigators.

The NCTN Program will support the following components that will be individually awarded through the respective FOAs indicated below:
  • Network Group Operations Centers under RFA-CA-12-010 (U10) – Limited Submission - (up to 5 awards)
  • Network Group Statistics & Data Management Centers under RFA-CA-12-011 (U10) – Limited Submission - (up to 5 awards);
  • Network Group Integrated Translational Science Centers under RFA-CA-12-012 (U10) (5-7 awards);
  • Network Lead Academic Participating Sites under RFA-CA-12-013 (U10) – Limited Submission - (30-40 awards);
  • Network Radiotherapy & Imaging Core Services Centers under RFA-CA-12-014 (U24) – Limited Submission - (up to 1 award); and
  • Canadian Collaborating Clinical Trials Network RFA-CA-12-504 (Limited to Canadian Institutions U10) (up to 1 award).

The new consolidated structure of the NCTN is designed to comprise five U.S. Network Groups (up to 1 pediatric group and up to 4 adult groups) and up to 1 Canadian Network Organization. Each U.S. Network Group will be organized around a dedicated Operations Center working with an affiliated Statistics and Data Management Center and other NCTN components as appropriate. See each of the complete RFAs above for guidelines and additional information.

Because NCI limits U.S. institutions to one application in four of the above FOAs, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting an application in response to any of these four FOAs are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, October 25, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Program Director/Principal Investigator and key personnel
  • Identify the specific NCTN Component (e.g., Operations Center, Statistics/Data Mgmt Center, Academic Participating Site, or Radiotherapy/Imaging Core)
  • Provide a 2 page description of the proposed project including the responsibilities of PI and key personnel, and their prior experience and qualifications to address specific RFA requirements; justification/rationale for why the proposed project should be selected as UK's applicant

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submissions.  The external deadlines are December 15, 2012 for optional letters of intent and January 15, 2013 for complete applications.

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 - NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award (K12) – PAR-12-002

The purpose of the NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award (K12) is to support the career development of vision clinical scientists who have made a commitment to independent vision research careers. The objectives of this FOA are to 1) increase the number of clinical investigators who are trained in vision sciences research, 2) facilitate and improve the mentoring of this new group of clinician scientists, and 3) bring new scientific expertise to vision related research.

Integral to this goal, this FOA seeks (1) Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD/PIs) with a strong history of training program development and administration, a superior record of preparation of scholars for independent research, proven mentoring skills, leadership, and scientific expertise required to coordinate and supervise multidisciplinary research and career development programs; and (2) mentors who will interact closely with and who will be dedicated to the development of a group of new scholars/investigators throughout their training in an institutional career development program. The scholars in this program should be junior investigators contemplating a career in clinical vision research who show promise of becoming independent principal investigators, managing their own multidisciplinary research group, and obtaining independent funding for vision research.

Guidelines and additional details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-002.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 Monday, December 12, 2011:

  • Names and departments of Program Director and mentors
  • 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. The next NIH deadline is May 14, 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 - NIGMS Centers for HIV/AIDS-Related Structural Biology (P50) - RFA-GM-12-003

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences invites applications for Centers that will support structure determination and dynamic characterization of macromolecular complexes among and between components of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the components of host cells.

Characteristics of the Centers

  • Each Center must have demonstrated capabilities for the determination of high-resolution structures of macromolecular complexes.
  • Each Center must have a focus of investigation within the broader biology of HIV replication and host cell interactions.
  • Each Center must actively collaborate with the biological community and include a Collaborative Development Program, in which program development funds will be awarded and administered by the Center. Centers will also establish outreach and data sharing/dissemination mechanism(s) for the biological and collaborative community to have timely access to all data generated in the Center.
  • Each Center is strongly encouraged to have a technology component designed to push the state-of-the-art in the structure determination and dynamic characterization of HIV and/or host complexes.
  • Each Center will provide training activities for students, postdoctoral fellows, and early stage investigators.

Because of the complex nature of these Centers, the single Principal Investigator must devote at least 25% effort to the project. It is also essential that significant effort be exhibited by other key personnel.

NIGMS intends to fund an estimate of 3 to 5 awards, corresponding to a total of $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2012. Application budgets are limited for direct costs including equipment and Collaborative Development Program costs up to 3.2 million dollars per year, and for total costs including facilities and administrative costs (F&A)/indirect costs up to 4.7 million dollars per year. The maximum period is 5 years.

See the complete RFA for guidelines and additional details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-12-003.html

Because the NIGMS 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, October 17, 2011:

  • Names and departments of PI and key personnel
  • Overview of the proposed Center (1-2 pages) - Identify the biological theme of the Center and the specific aims for the Center as a whole; briefly describe the biological and technological problems to be solved to push the field forward and the relevant expertise of the PI and key personnel; and identify the scientific goals of the Collaborative Development Program.

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: December 7, 2011; complete application: January 6, 2012.

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National Institues of Health - NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The goal of this NIH Blueprint R25 program 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 focus on Research Experiences, Courses for Skills Development, and Mentoring Activities.

The fully integrated research experiences, courses for skills development, and mentoring activities should prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences to enter Ph.D. degree programs in the neurosciences. To accomplish this goal, this initiative will provide institutional awards to develop neuroscience research education programs consisting of collaborative partnerships integrated across different educational institution types. Each collaborative research education partnership must have the following components:

  • a research-intensive institution that has an established neuroscience or neuroscience-related program,
  • partnership between institution(s) that have a substantial enrollment of undergraduates from populations nationally underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences,
  • integrated curriculum/academic enhancement and research training activities designed to increase participants' preparation to enter doctoral programs in the neurosciences, and
  • well-described plans to provide early communication and interaction between participating students and graduate neuroscience programs across the country.

The NIH Blueprint Institutes intend to commit approximately $2.5M in FY 2015 to fund between five and ten awards in response to this FOA.The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years.

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. For this multiple site initiative, it is the responsibility of the partnering institutions to determine which institution will serve as the applicant institution. For the purposes of this FOA, the number of institutions that constitute a collaborative partnership are two or more.

Guidelines and additional requirements:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-14-010.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 limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Participating institution(s) and contact information
  • A brief description of the proposed research education program (1-2 pages) including the pool of potential participants, activities, collaborative arrangements, and evaluation plan

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 April 28, 2014 and the complete application is due May 28, 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 - The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (U54) – RFA-HL-13-008

The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) will develop Centers that (1) solicit and select promising emerging technologies, such as therapeutics, preventatives, diagnostics, devices, tools, etc. and (2) facilitate their translation to commercialized products that improve patient care and enhance health. The NCAI will nurture the development of high priority early-stage technologies within the NHLBI’s mission by providing (1) funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies), (2) unified and coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early technology development, including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management, and (3) training and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism. Establishing public-private partnerships and providing non-federal funds will be critical for success.

NHLBI program priority areas for technology development research include technologies to detect, prevent, or treat cardiovascular, lung, blood and sleep disorders. Each Center must demonstrate access to adequate numbers of technologies within the NHLBI priorities described in the FOA such that approximately three new technologies are accepted into the Center for development per year. It is expected that at least 6 technologies (3 new) will be under some form of development each year from years 2 through 6 of the award and that appropriate negotiated agreements will be in place between the Center Partners for both the technology development and for access to the research investigators. Use or development of standardized simplified institutional agreements to streamline interactions and decrease barriers to technology transfer and commercialization are strongly encouraged.

Federal funding provided under this FOA for these Centers is not expected to be adequate to fully fund the completion of the high quality work necessary for a technology to exit the Center. It is expected that the Center will have additional funding identified at the time of application and committed at the time of award that can augment the federal investment for product definition studies. Further, it is expected that the Centers will develop a financially self-sustaining architecture through agreements with the source institutions allowing for revenue from licensing, milestone payments, royalties, or other mechanisms.

The NHLBI intends to commit up to $2 million total costs to fund at least one award for FY 2013, up to $4 million total costs per year for years 2-6, and up to $2 million total costs for year 7.

Evaluation of Responsiveness - Prior to peer review, the NHLBI Office of Scientific Review and Program staff will administratively evaluate proposals received to determine whether applicants:

  • Proposed to support technology development focused on product definition studies.
  • Applications that proposed hypothesis driven research will be returned without review.
  • Responded to each component of the research strategy requirements.
  • Demonstrated access to scientific discoveries and advances suitable for early stage technology development within the Research Scope described in this FOA.
  • Provided letters of institutional commitment as required in this FOA.
  • Included evidence of access to non-federal funds or fundraising plans.
  • Included a Resources and Funding Plan as described in this FOA.

Institutional Commitment - Applicants must provide letters from the appropriate high ranking authorized institutional official including those from the Partners that:

  • Commit the institution to the goals of the NCAI, indicating the Center will be integral to a broader institutional vision of commercializing academic discoveries.
  • Commit the technology transfer offices to the goals of the NCAI, including decreasing the burden on technology licensing and the hurdles of downstream commercialization.
  • Commit the PD(s)/PI(s) and all appropriate technology transfer offices to the data and resource sharing plans specified in the application.

Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-13-008.html

An institution can only submit, or be part of, a single application. Because of this limitation, 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 Friday, June 22, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Program Director, key personnel, and any non-UK partners
  • Overview of proposed center – (maximum 2 pages) – Identify the short and long-term goals, describe the plan for identifying and selecting NHLBI mission-relevant technologies to be developed, and list three potential technologies appropriate for further development within the proposed center
  • Describe the Program Director’s vision for institutional support and securing non-federal resources including fund raising. Provide specific and compelling information on how the proposed center will achieve the required institutional commitment.  Hint: asking for $$$ is not enough.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee 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.)The NIH deadlines are August 19, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and September 19, 2012 (complete application).

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National Institutes of Health - NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7) – RFA-RM-13-019

NIH invites applications that propose the establishment, implementation, and assessment of innovative approaches and activities to broaden and complement traditional research training in biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical (referred to as ‘biomedical’) sciences. These awards, also called the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) awards, will provide support for institutions to develop novel ideas in training and workforce development. The goal of this program is to better prepare pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral scientists for the breadth of careers in the biomedical research workforce, and to establish a network to develop, share, evaluate, and disseminate best practices within the training community. NIH seeks innovative new business and academic models of how graduate programs in biomedical research sciences define themselves and their purpose, how they recruit, admit, support, steer and mentor students to prepare them appropriately for chosen biomedical research or research-related careers. Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with organizations that employ scientists engaged in the careers for which the training experiences are directed (private sector, publishing, government, etc.).

It is expected that the BEST awards will transcend department, program, and possibly school boundaries, and be available to biomedical science students and postdocs across disciplines. They should aim to transform the culture of research training in the biomedical sciences for both trainees and mentors and disseminate findings widely across the training community. Applications that leverage funds from this program with existing institutional offices and programs, local resources outside the institution, or partners are highly encouraged. The training period for biomedical careers is already lengthy, and these activities should be integrated with traditional training so as to not increase the time to degree for predoctoral students, or the length of the postdoctoral period.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $3,000,000 in FY 2014. Approximately 7-10 awards are anticipated. Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative costs. The requested project period may not exceed five years. The purpose of this award is to support the development of programs but not to maintain them after 5 years.

Additional details and guidelines: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-019.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 Wednesday, February 12, 2014:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Names and contacts at participating institutions/organizations, if any
  • Program overview (1-2 pages) – include goals, intended outcomes, and program activities, highlighting those elements that are especially bold and innovative

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 28, 2014 (optional letter of intent) and March 31, 2014 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 - NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby foregoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. At the time of application, the Early Independence Investigator must be within twelve months before or after the completion of his or her PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of his or her medical residency (or equivalent) training. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The time of application is the date when the application is submitted electronically to NIH through Grants.gov. In addition, at the time of application, the Early Independence Investigator must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence Investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.

Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-009.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to two applications in response to this solicitation, 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 Monday, October 21, 2013:

  1. Name and department of the Early Independence Investigator
  2. Research overview – (3 pages maximum) describe the proposed research, the rational for skipping the typical post-doctoral fellowship, and evidence of training capability and leadership of laboratory staff and potential students and post-doctoral fellows
  3. Letter of support from the investigator’s department chair or center director – describe the position into which the Early Independence Investigator will be appointed, the laboratory space to be provided, the plans for integrating the investigator into scientific collaborative activities, and the expectations and opportunities for the investigator to establish a record of independent funding
The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicants. The NIH deadlines are December 31, 2013 (optional letter of intent) and January 31, 2014 (complete application including letters of reference).

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 - NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (U54)

NIH encourages organizations with relevant experience in mentoring individuals from diverse backgrounds to submit grant applications for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). This solicitation is one of three components of the Diversity Program Consortium:  the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative; the National Research Mentoring Network Initiative; and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC). The NRMN initiative will develop a highly networked set of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country – both from BUILD institutions and elsewhere – for individuals from the undergraduate to early career faculty level. In addition to linking individuals to mentors, the NRMN will develop best practices for mentoring, providing training opportunities for mentors, and providing networking and professional opportunities for mentees. The NRMN is expected to contribute substantially to attainment of hallmarks of successful research career progression for each career stage. The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $2,225,000 in FY 2014 for a single NRMN award, contingent upon availability of funds.  The project period is 5 years and application budgets are limited to $2,225,000 in total costs annually.

See complete announcement for additional information:  RFA-RM-13-017

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 NRMN 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 Thursday, January 23, 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 overall NRMN and the approach that will be used to achieve the goals identified in the FOA. Summarize the strengths of the applicant organization/collaborators and expertise in the development/coordination/execution of mentoring, networking and professional development programs.

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 - NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) PAR-13-256

Earlier this year, the NINDS issued a FOA to invite applications for mentoring and professional activities to advance the careers and neuroscience development of diverse neuroscience researchers. Only one application per institution is permitted and the first annual deadline is January 25, 2014. Subsequent ones will be in 2015 and 2016. NINDS support for the R25 program relies on programmatic considerations as well as scientific merit, and recommends potential applicants contact program officials at NINDS before preparing an application. Additional information is included in the complete FOA: http://www.grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-256.html

Please contact the Proposal Development Office (PDO@uky.edu or 257-2861) if you are working on an application to this program. We will need to coordinate the limited submission through the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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National Institutes of Health - NINDS Stroke Trials Network – Regional Coordinating Stroke Centers (U10)

In February 2013 NINDS posted an FOA inviting applications to participate as a Regional Coordinating Stroke Center in the NINDS Stroke Trials Network. The primary goal of this network is to maximize efficiencies to develop, promote and conduct high-quality, multi-site clinical trials focused on key interventions in stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery with the objective to have a balanced portfolio between all three approaches. Details and requirements are provided in the complete announcement:  RFA-NS-13-011.

Because NINDS limits an institution to one application for this solicitation, UK is implementing its established 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 Thursday, April 18, 2013:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Provide a 1–2 page overview and description of the team’s qualifications and experience in conducting similar 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 deadline is May 15, 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 - Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES) (R01)***

This program limits each college within the university to only one application. Any Early Stage Investigator with a faculty appointment who is interested in applying should contact his/her Associate Dean for Research for details on the college’s internal selection procedure and deadline.   

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

Research Objectives

An essential element of the mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is the support and career promotion of the next generation of exceptionally talented and creative new scientists who will further the understanding of the impact of environmental exposures on human health. The NIEHS supports a number of training and fellowship programs for pre and postdoctoral training, and mentored career development awards for faculty in the early stages of their career development. Along with these training and career development programs, NIEHS initiated a program of research grants for Early Stage Investigators, The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award that is designed to identify the best new biomedical investigators and facilitate their establishing a vibrant, independent research program in the environmental health sciences. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is a central component of the NIEHS goal of identifying and promoting the success of a cadre of new, productive environmental health science investigators.

Research Goals and Scope

The ONES program is designed to identify outstanding scientists at the formative stages of their career and assist them in launching an innovative research program with a defined impact in the environmental health sciences. These R01 research grants are targeted for researchers who are defined by the NIH as Early Stage Investigators (See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm.

The ONES program is designed to be highly competitive, and only a limited number are awarded per year.

Research programs supported by this announcement seek to promote career advancement of the most highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in the mainstream of the environmental health sciences, and bring innovative, groundbreaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on the problems of how environmental exposures affect human health.

In addition to the Research Plan components of a basic R01 application, applicants to this R01 FOA are required to: 1) incorporate a statement of career goals in the environmental health sciences; 2) include a discussion of previous research experience and achievements in addition to the research proposal; 3) include plans for the active participation of an external advisory committee; 4) require demonstration of the commitment by the institution to actively support the research program development of the Principal Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI); and 5) include specific budget elements devoted to equipment, research resources and career enhancement activities.

Research projects proposed in response to this FOA will be expected to have a defined impact on the environmental health sciences and be responsive to both the mission of the NIH and, specifically, to the mission of the NIEHS and the NIEHS 2012-2017 Strategic plan, Advancing Science, Improving Health: A Plan for Environmental Health Sciences Research. This plan sets out a set of strategic themes and strategic goals that have been identified as priority areas for the field of environmental health sciences. These reflect both the mission of the NIEHS, which is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives, and the vision of NIEHS to provide global leadership for innovative research that improves public health by preventing disease and disability.

Applicants should consult the strategic plan and describe how the research proposed in their application addresses the goals and priority areas of the NIEHS.

Applications submitted in response to this FOA must have a research focus on exposure health related responses from environmental agents within the mission interest of the NIEHS. The Strategic Plan emphasizes that environmental exposures within the primary mission interest of NIEHS may both manifest effects through direct toxicities and as an element in combined exposures in the totality of all types of human exposure experiences throughout the lifespan.

Environmental agents which are considered of primary interest for NIEHS include: industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, and bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents that are considered within the primary mission responsibility of other NIH Institutes include, but are not limited to: alcohol, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation that is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, smoking, except when considered as a secondary smoke exposure as a component in the indoor environment (particularly in children), drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, dietary nutrients, and infectious or parasitic agents. Applications which focus entirely or primarily on these exposure factors will be considered non-responsive to this announcement. However, it is appropriate to include these factors as part of research to define effects of the exposome, and these factors may be part of applications focused on the totality of a person’s environmental exposure. Applications that propose to study only model compounds must provide a clear, reasonable and specific description as to how research on the model compound will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in responses to specific environmental agents which are included in the mission responsibility of the NIEHS. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIEHS program staff prior to submission to determine if their project meets the goals of the ONES program.

It is anticipated that the ONES program will be evaluated on a continuing basis by the NIEHS, to assess the impact of the program on the portfolio of the NIEHS, and on the progression of the awardees' careers. Metrics to be used include, but are not limited to: publications, including numbers, impact factors, citations of publications; academic promotion of the PD/PI; invited talks at national/international symposia; students and postdoctoral fellows trained in the PD/PI's laboratory; honors and awards received by the PD/PI; committee service of PD/PI's; and subsequent grant support awarded. The design of the program evaluation will be determined by the Program Analysis Branch of the Division of Extramural Research and Training. PD/PI of awarded ONES grants will be requested to provide information for the evaluation and any subsequent program evaluations for a period of up to fifteen years after the award.

NIH Letter of Intent Due Date: January 28, 2014

NIH Application Due Date: February 28, 2014, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Link to Full Announcement

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-13-014.html

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National Institutes of Health/Centers for Disease Control - Planning Grants for Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) (P20)

The NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC), in collaboration with the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support paired consortium exploratory awards led by one Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) institution and one U.S. institution to plan research, research training, and curriculum development activities that address and inform priority national and regional environmental and occupational health policy issues. The ultimate goal of the FOA is to foster the planning for multidisciplinary Global Environmental and Occupational Health Hubs (GEOHealth Hubs), based in LMICs, that will lead collaborative research and training for focal environmental and occupational health issues in several core science areas, including fields such as epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, environmental science, industrial hygiene, systems science, toxicology, behavioral science, and implementation science. Focal environmental and occupational health areas, as well as core science areas, for each consortium will be selected by the applicants, building upon preexisting strengths within the proposed consortium and addressing priority public health needs in the region. These may include up to three focal areas including but not limited to: indoor and outdoor air quality, water quality, workplace safety, occupational health, agricultural health, and climate change. The FOA aims to enable LMIC researchers, in partnership with U.S. researchers, to conduct a needs and opportunities assessment, plan for policy-relevant research and training in environmental and occupational health, and foster partnerships that could be sustained in an anticipated full GEOHealth Hub program. The NIH anticipates the opportunity to compete for full grants to realize the results of this planning, with awards in 2014.

Research must be conducted in World Bank designated LMICs in one of the following geographic regions:

  • East Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

A paired grant process will be used in which the pair of applicants (one LMIC-based and one U.S.-based institution) will submit two separate but tethered applications with separate budgets specific to each institution. The combined budget for each pair of applications is limited to $100,000 per year in total costs. This amount is to be divided between the budgets of the two applicant institutions as determined by the applicants, with at least half ($50,000) going to the LMIC institution. The maximum project period is two years.

Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-12-001.html

Because this FOA 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, January 24, 2012:

  • The names and departments of the UK Project Director and key personnel
  • Name of collaborating LMIC Project Director, institution/governmental organization or non-governmental organization, and geographic region
  • Project overview – (1-2 pages) identify potential focal environmental and occupational health-related areas for the LMIC GEOHealth Hub and briefly describe the proposed capacity building planning 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 7, 2012 for the optional letter of intent and March 7, 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 - Planning Grants for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (P20) – RFA-RM-13-002

The NIH has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to encourage organizations with experience in the mentorship of individuals underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce to submit six month planning grant applications to support the preparation of a multi-year NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). The NRMN will establish a nationwide consortium to provide networking and mentorship experiences for individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research from the undergraduate to junior faculty level. Planning grant applications must propose a plan to develop the partnerships and infrastructure needed to be competitive for the NRMN initiative. The NIH plans to issue the NRMN multi-year FOA in the fall of 2013. The competition for the multi-year NRMN award will be open to all eligible applicants and not limited to recipients of this P20 planning grant FOA.

The NIH anticipates awarding up to 5 planning grants; the project period is six months and award budgets may not exceed $130,000 in direct costs.

Guidelines and additional information are in the complete FOA:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-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 Thursday, March 28, 2013:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • An overview of proposed planning grant activities (1-2 pages) including the overall approach, the vision for the NRMN, and the mentoring experience and qualifications of the team in addressing the specific RFA requirements

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 10, 2013 for an optional letter of intent and May 10, 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 - NIGMS - Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)

The NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue PhD or MD-PhD degrees in these fields.  The proposed Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is for recent baccalaureate graduates not currently enrolled in a degree program.  PREP participants will receive extensive research experiences and take courses for skills development during a one- to two-year research apprenticeship, to further develop their scholarly potential and improve their research skills.  Applications may request between five and ten postbaccalaureate positions for each year of the grant, for individuals to engage in student development activities and mentored research studies.

The project period may not exceed 5 years, with total direct costs limited to $400,000 annually. Remuneration for PREP students is through salary and wages and the total compensation package must not exceed $35,000/year from the grant. Students will be required to work as research apprentices a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort), and the remaining 3 person-months (25% effort) will be for further academic development.

See complete solicitation for guidelines and additional details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-076.html

Because the NIH limits an institution to one application, UK will have an internal competition. Individuals interested in submitting an application should 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 25, 2014:

  • Names, colleges and departments of the Principal Investigator and participating personnel
  • A brief description of the proposed research education and student development activities program (1-2 pages) including numbers of target students, program goals, and specific measurable objectives.

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 March 31, 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Kathy Stanwix-Hay in the Office of the Vice President for Research (stanwix@email.uky.edu or 257-5090).

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National Institutes of Health - NIBIB - Research Education Programs for Residents and Clinical Fellows (R25) - PAR-12-085

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to support the development and/or implementation of programs that relate to the research education and training of residents and clinical fellows to foster their careers as clinician-scientists. The budget for Year 1 will support up to two residents: annual direct costs of not more than $70,000 per participant plus $10,000 for research-related expenses and up to $1,000 for travel to scientific meetings per participant. Funding for subsequent years will be in the form of administrative supplements. The PD(s)/PI(s) must have a faculty appointment in a Department of Radiology and the participants in this research education program must be residents and clinical fellows in programs including, but not limited to, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, radiology, or surgery. Participants must begin this research education program during residency, be dedicated to careers as clinician-scientists, and conduct research in an area that fits within the mission of NIBIB. Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-085.html

Because 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 R25 application 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 Thursday, March 8, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director(s) and other key personnel of the project team
  • Overview (1 – 2 pages) of the proposed program including the clinical and research education activities and the track record of the PI, department and mentors in similar training programs.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee 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.) This is an annual program and the next deadlines are April 23, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and May 23, 2012 (complete application).

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National Institutes of Health - Research Infrastructure for Demographic and Behavioral Population Science (R24)

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) provides infrastructure support to population science research centers. Types of research infrastructure provided include administrative and technical research support, developmental infrastructure, and public infrastructure. This FOA supports three types of applications: (1) General Center applications, for centers with three to six signature population science research themes; (2) Specialized Center applications, for centers with one or two signature research themes; and (3) Translation/Dissemination Center applications, for centers that request funding only for public infrastructure.

Applicants must identify between one and six signature research themes. Signature research themes are the unifying research areas that exemplify the applicant center’s most significant contributions to population science. Each signature research theme constitutes a specific aim.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Institutions must have an established research center that coordinates or is the focus of population research across the institution.
  • Applicants for General and Specialized Center awards must have at least five active population scientists with externally-funded population science research and peer-review publications.
  • Applicants for General and Specialized Center awards must have at least one active population scientist who has been funded by NICHD’s Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch (DBSB) within the three most recently completed Federal fiscal years. This scientist must have served as the PD(s)/PI(s) or other senior/key personnel on a research project grant (e.g., R01, R03, R15, R21, R37, R00, P01, U01, RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4); a resource-related research project grant (R24, U24); an individual research career award (K01, K08, K18, K23, K24); a small business innovation research or small business technology transfer grant (R41, R42, R43, R44); an institutional training grant (T32), an education project grant (R25), or a research contract that was funded or administered by DBSB.

Additional information and application guidelines are available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-13-007.html

Because NICHD limits an institution to one application, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process.  Individuals interested in submitting a proposal should 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 the PI and other key personnel
  • Identify the established UK center requesting infrastructure support
  • List the grants and publications of the PI and the participating researchers that meet the eligibility requirements (b) and (c) stated above
  • Identify the signature research theme(s) and describe the proposed project and the categories of requested support (1-2 pages)

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission.  The NIH deadlines are October 30, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and November 30, 3012 (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 - NIAID - Resources to Assist Investigations in Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (U24)

The NIAID has issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to provide resources in support of advancing research on primary immunodeficiency diseases. These resources are currently (1) a registry of individuals with primary immunodeficiency disease; (2) a repository of cells and other materials to aid primary immunodeficiency disease research; and (3) educational opportunities to provide training, disseminate information, and encourage collaborative research on primary immunodeficiency disease. Applicants must propose plans to maintain and improve these resources.

The NIAID intends to commit $600,000 in total costs in FY 2015 to fund a single award, and future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations. Specific requirements and additional information are detailed in the complete FOA:  RFA-AI-13-054

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 in response to this FOA 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 29, 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) – provide an overview of the approaches to maintain and expand the PID Research Resource Registry, Repository, and Educational and Training resources in addition to the experience of the team in successfully conducting similar 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 March 17, 2014 - optional letter of intent and April 17, 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 - Rheumatic Diseases Research Core Centers (P30) - RFA-AR-12-002

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

The RDCCs will provide support for:

  • Core resources and facilities to be used by investigators of individually supported research projects to enhance and coordinate their activities;
  • An Enrichment Program ($30,000 - $100,000 direct costs annually) to expand the research base in the area of rheumatology research;
  • An Administrative Core, consisting of a Director, Associate Director, and an Advisory Committee, 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. Up to three new awards are anticipated.

Additional information and guidelines: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-12-002.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 vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, January 17, 2012:

  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 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 deadline:  February 1, 2012 (optional letter of intent) and March 1, 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 - NCRR - Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25) PAR-10-206

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages applications to its Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program for the development and evaluation of innovative research education programs to improve PreK-12 research career opportunities and the community's understanding of the health science advances supported by the NIH-funded clinical and basic research. SEPA encourages dynamic partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and PreK-12 teachers and schools and other interested organizations. Particular importance will be given to applications that target PreK-12 and/or ISE/media topics that may not be addressed by existing curriculum, community-based or ISE/media activities. Although research education grants are not typical research instruments, they do involve experiments in education and/or dissemination of research knowledge that require an evaluation plan in order to determine their effectiveness. A plan must be provided for program evaluation and/or dissemination. Proposed projects for SEPA awards may focus on any area of NIH-funded basic, behavioral or clinical research.

NCRR intends to fund approximately 10 new awards per year in FY 2011 – 2013 in response to this PAR. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this FOA is five years. Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the research education program proposal, the total direct costs are limited to $250,000 annually. Additional information and guidelines: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-206.html Because NCRR limits an institution to one application, UK has established an internal selection process and a deadline. Prospective applicants interested in responding to this opportunity 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 Friday, March 9, 2012:
  • Names and departments of the Project Director(s) and other key personnel of the project team
  • Provide a 1-2 page overview of the proposed research education program including proposed classroom/lab projects, workshops/courses, and outreach and dissemination 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 May 22, 2012 for the letter of intent (optional) and June 22, 2012 for the 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 - Shared Instrumentation Grant and Required Information for Letter of Institutional Commitment

The NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) supports the Shared Instrumentation Grant program for major research equipment costing between $100,000 and $600,000. ORIP intends to commit approximately $40 million in FY2015 to fund approximately 80 new awards. The NIH deadline is March 21, 2014.

Complete Program Announcement:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-073.html

Management Plan:  The application must include a specific financial plan for long-term operation and maintenance of the instrument and details on how the costs to place the instrument in operational order as well as the maintenance, support personnel, and service costs associated with effective use of the instrument will be met. The financial plan MUST include a table for year one of operation with approximate dollars for anticipated expenditures and anticipated income showing how these estimates were derived. Also required is a description of the projected financial plan changes over the subsequent four years: operation; maintenance; supplies and specific dollar anticipated income.

Institutional Commitment: The application must describe the institutional infrastructure available to support the instrumentation and confirm that the institution will commit to provide backup of the financial plan for five years from installation of the equipment or for the effective lifetime of the instrument. The PD/PI, upon recommendations and approval of the local Advisory Committee, may request permission from the NIH for any future changes to this commitment due to unforeseen alterations in the use of the instrument (i.e., transfer of title to another institution, trade-in towards a more advanced instrument, etc.). The review panel will evaluate the time of institutional support of the financial plan for this instrument in terms of consistency with the expected usable lifetime for the instrument dependent upon the type of instrument requested.

Letters of Support: Letters from institutional officials (mentioned in Institutional Commitment) and letters from the biosafety committee (mentioned in Equipment) should be combined in a single file named Letters of Support and uploaded as a separate attachment via Other Attachments. In particular, the institution must provide an official letter of support that includes an explicit commitment to provide backup for the proposed financial plan. Specifically, the letter must state that if the financial plan should fall short of its projected income, the institution will commit funds to replace the shortfall and maintain operation of the instrument. Applications without an institutional commitment to support a shortfall in the financial plan will not be accepted for review. The institution must also provide a Letter of Support that includes a table that provides information about instrument performance of all previous S10 awards for instruments awarded or installed within the past five years. The table should include: S10 grant number, year of award, PD/PI’s name, generic name of instrument, current instrument status (i.e., in use, traded-in, transferred, non-functional), approximate hours used per year, status of maintenance agreement, and number of publications citing the S10 award. If the instrument is currently non-functional, the institution must provide a supplementary explanatory text.

Researchers interested in submitting a proposal to the Shared 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 Tuesday, February 11, 2014:

  • Name and department of PI
  • Instrument requested and approximate cost
  • Proposed user group (a minimum of 3 NIH-funded investigators are required)
  • A description of the instrument capabilities/uses, and a one page narrative of how the instrument addresses current institutional research priorities and will extend UK’s capabilities to facilitate additional NIH-funded research
  • 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 the proposed name, location, and include a letter of support from the relevant Dean
  • NIH prefers locating the instrument in a centralized core facility whenever possible; however, if the instrument is not intended to be part of a service core, delineate the departmental/center/institute and college plans for instrument support in terms of personnel and service costs and include a letter of support from the relevant Dean

Because of the financial commitment for multiple years of institutional support, the Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review and recommend those proposals best aligned with institutional research priorities.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Kathy Stanwix-Hay in the Office of the Vice President for Research (stanwix@email.uky.edu or 257-5090). To identify potential 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 - NIDDK - Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30) RFA-DK-11-022

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications for Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (DDRCC). The purpose of this Centers program is to bring together basic and clinical investigators as a means to enhance communication, collaboration, and effectiveness of ongoing research related to digestive and/or liver diseases. DDRCCs are based on the core concept, whereby shared resources aimed at fostering productivity, synergy, and new research ideas among the funded investigators are supported in a cost-effective manner. Two to five biomedical research cores are usually included. Each proposed DDRCC must be organized around a central theme that reflects the digestive or liver diseases research focus of the center members.  An existing program of excellence in biomedical research in the area of digestive and/or liver diseases is a prerequisite for applying. This research must be in the form of NIH research projects, program projects, or other peer-reviewed research that is already funded at the time of submission of a center grant application. This currently funded research base provides the major support for the investigators who would benefit from shared resources.

Additional requirements and application guidelines are available at:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-11-022.html

Because NIH limits an institution to only one application for a Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Center, 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, December 13, 2011:

  • Names and departments of PI and co-investigators
  • Identify the research focus or theme of the proposed center and provide a list of the currently funded research grants that relate to the center’s research focus (include name of PI, sponsor, project title, and project period)
  • Briefly describe the specific cores and other components included in the center and how each supports the center’s 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: March 2, 2012; complete application:  March 30, 2012.

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National Institutes of Health - NIAMS - Skin Diseases Research Core Centers (P30) - RFA-AR-14-001

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

The SDRCs will provide support for:

  1. An Administrative Core
  2. An Enrichment Program, designed to expand the research base in the area of skin biology and disease. A minimum of $30,000 and up to $100,000 direct costs will be allocated each year to the Enrichment Program, which will be administered through the Administrative Core;
  3. 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-14-001.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 Thursday, February 28, 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 Skin Diseases Research Core 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 August 20, 2013 for an option letter of intent and September 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.)

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National Institutes of Health - NHLBI - Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics II (T15) RFA-HL-13-015

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites applications for training grants to develop, conduct, and evaluate summer courses in the basic principles and methods of biostatistics as employed in biomedical research. The courses will introduce advanced undergraduates, recent graduates, and beginning graduate students to the field of biostatistics for the purpose of encouraging them to pursue careers in biostatistics. The courses should cover the fundamental concepts of probability, statistical reasoning and inferential methods motivated, in part, by examples that include data collected in studies of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. The courses would be taught during the summers of 2013, 2014, 2015 with appropriate modifications or refinements following each of the first two summer sessions. Programs may choose an area of emphasis, such as clinical trials, statistical genetics, bioinformatics or epidemiology or take a general approach. The NHLBI intends to fund up to six awards. An applicant may request a project period of up to 3 years and the direct cost amount for each individual award is limited to $248,000 and 8% for facilities and administrative costs in fiscal year 2013. Future year amounts are subject to the availability of funds. See the complete RFA for details and additional requirements:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-13-015.html

The NIH limits an institution to one application for a Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics II. Individuals interested in submitting a proposal should send 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, February 13, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the Project Director, proposed mentors, and other key personnel
  • Project overview (2 pages) – Provide an overview of the proposed program including the long-term goals and objectives. Include the rationale and design of the program, the planned duration and the projected number of trainees, including their levels (i.e., predoctoral, postdoctoral).

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. The optional letter of intent is due March 11, 2012 and the complete application is due April 11, 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 - NIEHS - Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42) – RFA-ES-13-001 – NO INTERNAL COMPETITION for 2013

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has announced the continuation of the Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program, referred to as Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-13-001.html.

NIH accepts only one application per accredited institution of higher education. UK’s current Superfund project is active through 3/31/2013. Based on UK’s limited submission policy, Dr. Bernie Hennig, PI, has priority as the institutional applicant and UK will not have an internal competition for the Superfund program in 2013.

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National Institutes of Health - Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) (U01)

The NIH has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that supports the development of a cooperative research network (Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network, or LURN) to develop and qualify symptom-based instruments to measure early, late, transient, and persistent symptoms both in males and females, and to better define the phenotypes of men and women with symptoms of lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD). Applicant organizations may submit only one application for a Data Coordinating Center and one application for a Research Site.

The LURN structure will include one Data Coordinating Center (DCC) and up to 3 Research Sites (RS). The DCC will have a Director with a tract record of experience and success in the past working as a director for major clinical studies. The RSs can have one or multiple Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)). The PD(s)/PI(s) should be scientists with a proven track record of research in their respective fields; one being patient reported outcome measurement, and the second being clinical phenotyping of patients with LUTD including both male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), and male and female urinary incontinence.

Investigators from diverse fields and those who have not been traditionally involved in studies of symptoms of lower urinary tract dysfunction, but who bring expertise from relevant disciplines, are highly encouraged to apply as Research Site (RS) Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s) or Data Coordinating Center (DCC) Directors. It is expected that the LURN will catalyze the involvement of junior faculty and new investigators both in urological sciences and in related other fields of study. Investigators may not be listed as participants in more than one application. Because all relevant expertise may not be present at a single institution to achieve the goals of the LURN, applicants are strongly encouraged to establish a multi-disciplinary team for a RS or DCC through collaborations with research groups outside their own institution.

Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-11-026.html

Because an institution can submit only one application for a Data Coordinating Center and one application for a Research Site, 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, January 31, 2012:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Specify if the application is for a Data Coordinating Center or a Research Site
  • Names of non-UK participating institutions and personnel, if applicable
  • Project Rationale (1-2 pages)  - Provide a brief description of the prior experience and qualifications of the Project Director, key personnel and participating institutions (if applicable) 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 February 14, 2012 and the complete application is due March 14, 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 - Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) encourage applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or programs. This FOA targets undergraduate students at the senior level but may also include junior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. These institutes also recognize that future generations of biomedical engineers need to be able to successfully translate and commercialize their design ideas so that these innovations can reach the intended end-usersin the clinic, patient homes and the community at large,and improve public health.  In addition to the engineering aspects of design, the courses should include, where appropriate, discussion of the clinical environment, user needs, design planning with clinical mentors, device specification and development, patent searches, and regulatory requirements. The course can include a clinical immersion period during or outside the academic year to introduce students to the clinical environment and clinical needs. Applications may address specific target areas such as neural engineering, tissue engineering, sensors, information technologies, or involve a wider umbrella of projects within biomedical engineering.

Budget and Project Period:  Budgets for direct costs of up to $20,000 per year and project periods of up to five years may be requested. Programs that include a clinical immersion program outside the academic year may request an additional $20,000 to cover participant stipends, yielding a total of $40,000 in direct costs.

Eligibility requirements:  The PD/PI should be an established investigator in biomedical engineering or a related field, and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI must possess relevant experience required to coordinate, supervise, and direct the proposed design course.

The sponsoring institution is expected to have an established biomedical or bioengineering program; however, there is no requirement that the proposed team-based design course be established prior to application. The institution must assure support for the proposed education program and attach a letter of institutional commitment as part of the Letter of Support submitted with the application. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned research education program. Additional details and complete guidelines:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-111.html

The NIH limits an institution to one application per receipt date. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Eric Grulke, Associate Dean for Engineering, for details on the College of Engineering’s procedure and deadlines for this solicitation.

The annual NIH deadlines are May 13, 2013, May 13, 2014 and May 13, 2015.

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National Insititutes of Health - NIMHD - Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research [U54]

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) seeks to establish specialized Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for Health Disparities Research comprising regional coalitions of academic institutions, community organizations, service providers and systems, government agencies and other stakeholders focused on priority research areas in minority health and health disparities.  The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support the development of TCCs focused specifically on health policy research. Applications must identify collaborating partners within and across the proposed region.  TCCs funded in response to this FOA must include a one-year planning phase and a four-year program implementation phase.

NIMHD anticipates committing up to $3,000,000 in FY 2013 to fund up to two awards, contingent on availability of funds and receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.  Application budgets are limited to $1,500,000 in total costs during the 1st year (planning phase) and $3,000,000 per year in total costs for years 2-5 (implementation phase).

See the complete RFA for guidelines and additional details:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-13-003.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, December 11, 2012:

  • The names and departments of the Project Director and key personnel
  • Names of partner organizations
  • A brief description of the project (1-2 pages) including descriptive title of the proposed research, the overall objectives, specific aims, and participants’ relevant expertise in the chosen research area.

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission.  NIH requests letters of intent December 15, 2012 and a full application January 15, 2013.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan2@email.uky.edu  or 257-1663).

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National Institutes of Health - Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS-V) (U01) RFA-AI-12-002

The NIH has issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to continue support for clinical, epidemiologic and basic research on an HIV cohort of women who are representative of the U.S. HIV-1 epidemic. The purpose of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study V (WIHS-V) is to characterize the long-term, natural and treated history of HIV infection in the current cohort of women, and recruit and retain new women into the cohort to provide insight into the changing demographics of the HIV epidemic among women in the U.S. The NIH encourages applications for a new Clinical Research Site (CRS) with capacity to enroll targeted populations of women from a geographically limited region of the U.S. (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas only). All cooperative agreement awards funded under this FOA will comprise the WIHS – V epidemiologic cohort.

The new CRS is expected to enroll a minimum of 200, but not more than 300, women who are representative of the local epidemic, which would include women who are and women who are not engaged consistently in HIV care. Applicants should be able to follow the WIHS standard data and specimen collection protocols, maintain a local scientific agenda related to WIHS goals, and contribute to an overall WIHS Scientific Research Agenda. Applications should propose research at the site level in addition to work which could be conducted across multiple WIHS CRSs.

Guidelines and additional information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-12-002.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 Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, January 5, 2012:

  • Names and departments of Project Director and other key personnel
  • Collaborating institutions (if applicable)
  • Project overview (2 pages) – Briefly describe recruitment plans, experience in enrolling and maintaining the targeted group in research, proposed research studies, and other experience pertinent to the application.

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. The NIH deadlines are optional letter of intent January 22, 2012 and complete application February 22, 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.)