Archives for May 2016

NIH submission tips from Meg Bouvier

TIP #3
Are reviewers not “buying” the mentoring plan on your K submission?

You are not alone. It may be the number one criticism I see on K Summary Statements.

Reviewers know that mentors are busy, harried people and despite their best intentions, their mentees are not at the top of their list of priorities. Write an excruciatingly detailed mentoring plan: On what day/time will you and your mentor meet weekly to discuss your project? During which four months will you meet with your entire advisory group to discuss your progress? In which month will you give your entire team an annual one-hour formal presentation? Your advisory group should provide written feedback to you at least once per year—and you should provide it for them as well. I find this two-way evaluation language plays very well with reviewers.

DOD: Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program;

Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PHTBIRP), the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) and the Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program

Cognitive Resilience and Readiness Research Award

 

Spinal Cord Injury Research Program

Clinical Trial Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Qualitative Research Award

Translational Research Award

 

Gulf War Illness Research Program

Gulf War Illness Epidemiology Research Award

New Investigator Award

NEW! Clinical Partnership Award

NEW! Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award

NEW! Treatment Evaluation Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website (http://www.grants.gov), the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtm) and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org).

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

 

 

Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org/) and (2) application submission through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/).  Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.

 

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance.  A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the Grants.gov application submissions associated with them.  eBRAP will validate Grants.gov application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.

NIST to underwrite university cyber education

CYBER-ED: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will provide up to $1 million in grants for cybersecurity education and workforce development. The grants are in collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s “Skills for Business” initiative and will support the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. “Effective partnerships will focus on organizing employers with cybersecurity skill shortages to join with educators to focus on developing the skilled workforce to meet industry needs within the local or regional economy.” Applicants, including institutes of higher education, must be non-profit organizations located in the United States or its territories. Read more here.

from ASEE

new UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY RESEARCH CENTERS

UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY RESEARCH CENTERS and Historically Black Colleges and Universities are among favored items in the House defense appropriation bill for 2017. While sums recommended for basic research are close to what the Pentagon sought, House members did some tinkering. The extra $5 million for Army-funded University and Industry Research Centers is specifically for “materials in extreme dynamic environments.” The Air Force’s University Research Initiatives also get $5 million more than was requested. Bumping up HBCUs by $12 million to $23 million, the appropriations panel said it “remains concerned about the long-term development” of the STEM workforce pipeline for underrepresented minorities. It urges a “focus on increasing the participation of minority students through engaged mentoring, enriched research experiences, and opportunities to publish, present, and network.” See the committee’s report.

from ASEE public affairs

‘MANUFACTURING UNIVERSITIES’

Interesting discussion in the beltway. from ASEE public affairs

SENATE DEFENSE BILL BACKS ‘MANUFACTURING UNIVERSITIES’

An idea put forward in 2014 by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has made its way into the Senate Armed Services Committee’s defense policy bill. It would set up a matching Manufacturing Universities Grant Program to support new  manufacturing engineering education programs at the undergraduate or graduate level or enhance existing ones. Criteria for the competitive awards include significant involvement by industry in instruction and research and the likelihood that, within three years, programs can be sustained with non-federal sources. Defense contractors are eligible if, among other things, they develop research partnerships with service academies.

NSF asks for public comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is requesting public comments on the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The draft NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide may here. Read more.

DoD Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program Funding Opportunities

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Defense Appropriations Act provides $3.2 million (M) to the Department of Defense Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP) to support innovative, high-impact Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.  As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages and executes the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation.  The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

FY16 DMDRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website.

FY16 DMDRP Focus Areas

The DMDRP FY16 Focus Areas are as follows:

All applications for the FY16 DMDRP funding opportunities must address at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Cardiac studies including identifying mechanisms of pathology and therapeutic interventions
  • Clinical studies and novel interventions that could improve clinical care and quality of life, in areas such as:
  • Comorbidities
  • Endocrinology
  • Orthopedics
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Cognitive function
  • Respiratory issues (including sleep-focused studies)
  • Assessment of clinical trial tools and outcome measures, such as:
    • Discovery and qualification of pharmacodynamic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers.
    • Evaluating surrogate markers
    • Evaluating potential composite scores for outcomes assessment
    • Patient-centered outcomes, e.g., quality of life, activities of daily living
  • Extension or expansion of existing preclinical translational data in support of a specific therapeutic development path (including independent replication and comparative studies)

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/dmdrp.shtml

 

Investigator-Initiated Research Award- Preproposal due 7/19

Principal Investigator:  Must be an independent investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).

Optional Nested Resident or Medical Student Trainee: Resident trainee must be enrolled in an accredited residency program.  Medical student trainee must be enrolled in a nationally accredited (or equivalent) medical school.  Trainees must be able to devote a minimum of 40% level of effort.

Supports translational research that will have an impact on improving the function, quality of life, and/or extending the lifespan for all individuals with Duchenne.

Clinical trials are allowed.

Preliminary data required.

Maximum funding of $600,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs).

Period of performance should not exceed 3 years.

Nested traineeship: Additional maximum of $50,000 for residents or $30,000 for medical students in direct costs (plus indirect costs) over a one-year period of performance.

 

Career Development Award – Preproposal due 7/19

Principal Investigator: PIs must be research (PhD)- or physician (MD)-scientists at an early stage of their independent research careers within 5 years after completion of his/her terminal degree (excluding time spent in residency or on family medical leave), and exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in Duchenne research.

Mentor: The mentor must hold a position at or above the level of an Associate Professor (or equivalent).

Supports early-career investigators to conduct impactful research under the mentorship of an experienced muscular dystrophy researcher.

Clinical trials are not allowed.

Preliminary data required.

Maximum funding of $275,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs).

Period of performance should not exceed 2 years.

DoD Lung Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunity

The FY16 Defense Appropriations Act provides $12 million (M) to the Department of Defense (DoD) Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) to support innovative, high-impact lung cancer research.  As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition Directorate manages the Defense Health Program Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation appropriation.  The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

FY16 LCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism is posted on the Grants.gov website.

Areas of Emphasis:  The FY16 LCRP encourages research projects that specifically address the critical needs of the lung cancer community in the following Areas of Emphasis:

  • Identify or develop noninvasive or minimally invasive tools to improve the detection of the initial stages of lung cancer.
  • Identify, develop, and/or build upon already existing tools for screening or early detection of lung cancer.  Screening may include, but is not limited to, imaging modalities, biomarkers, genetics/genomics/proteomics/metabolomics/transcriptomics, and assessment of risk factors.
  • Understand the molecular mechanisms of initiation and progression to clinically significant lung cancer.
  • Identify innovative strategies for prevention and treatment of early and/or localized lung cancer.
  • Understand predictive and prognostic markers to identify responders and nonresponders.
  • Understand susceptibility or resistance to treatment.
  • Understand contributors to lung cancer development other than tobacco.

Military Relevance:  The FY16 LCRP strongly encourages research projects that are relevant to the health care needs of military Service members, Veterans, and their families.  Investigators are encouraged to consider the following characteristics as examples of how a project may demonstrate military relevance:

  • Use of military or Veteran populations or data in the proposed research.
  • Collaboration with DoD or Department of Veterans Affairs investigators.
  • Involvement of military consultants (Army, Air Force) or specialty leaders (Navy, Marine Corps) to the Surgeons General in a relevant specialty area.
  • Description of how the knowledge, information, products, or technologies gained from the proposed research could be implemented in a dual-use capacity to address a military need that also benefits the civilian population.
  • Explanation of how the project addresses an aspect of lung cancer that has direct relevance to military Service members, Veterans, or other military health system beneficiaries, including environmental exposures other than tobacco.

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/lcrp.shtml

 

Concept Award

Investigators at all academic levels

Supports highly innovative, untested, potentially groundbreaking concepts in lung cancer

Emphasis on innovation

Clinical trials not allowed

Preliminary data discouraged

Military relevance strongly encouraged

Maximum funding of $100,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs)

Period of performance should not exceed 1 year

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.org prior to the pre-application deadline.  All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov.  A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

 

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, Grants.gov.    For email notification when Program Announcements are released, go to the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil) and select Subscribe to Funding Opportunities & Program Communications.  For more information about the LCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

DARPA proposers day

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Drones and Privacy: National Telecommunications & Information Administration voluntary privacy best practices for drone users

A key concern in the Missouri legislature, as well as nationwide, that has slowed the regulatory process of allowing the use of unmanned aerial systems has been public concerns on privacy.  NTIA has been coordinating with a number of universities, including us, and commercial interests to develop this list of best practices.

The guidance released by NTIA for drone users is voluntary not a compliance matter.