Archives for June 3, 2016

Remember when NIH liked novel collaborations?

TIP #5

Lately, reviewers want assurances that the team will work together successfully.

A few years ago, we saw an uptick in FOAs seeking collaborations among researchers who had never worked together before, preferably in unique combinations of disciplines. Not anymore. Now I see an uptick in reviewer comments expressing concern that the team has not already published together. No doubt many of those earlier “novel collaborations” didn’t pan out. Even if your team has not yet published together, discuss your preliminary projects, abstracts, or grant applications on which the team has collaborated—anything that will reassure reviewers that the team will work well together and the investment in the project will result in publications.

Meg Bouvier Medical Writing, LLC

Tick-Borne Disease

Tick-Borne Disease

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016

 

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Defense Appropriations Act provides $5 million (M) to the Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) to support innovative and impactful research that addresses fundamental issues and gaps in tick-borne diseases. 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 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).

The TBDRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY16 TBDRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in late June/early July 2016. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

The FY16 TBDRP is seeking research focused on understanding the pathogenesis of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness and on delivering innovative solutions to prevent and better diagnose and treat their manifestations, specifically involving the following areas. Additional information regarding focus areas will be available when the Program Announcements are released.

Pathogenesis:

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Human immune response
  • Mechanisms of persistence of Lyme disease
  • New research tools to support studies of pathogenesis

Prevention:

  • Interrupting the natural cycle
  • Personal protection measures
  • Targeted vaccines
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis

Diagnosis:

  • Direct detection of tick-borne pathogens or their products in humans
  • Biomarkers for diagnosis

Treatment:

  • Innovative approaches to treatment
  • Basic studies aimed at safe and effective treatments for the cause of persistent symptoms in Lyme disease
  • Biomarkers of effective prognosis, therapy and cure

Applications addressing persistence and direct detection of Lyme borreliae are highly encouraged.

http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2016/16tbdrppreann.shtml

Idea Award (IA)

·        Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)

  • Preproposal is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund conceptually innovative, high-risk/potentially high-reward research in the early stages of development that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries and/or improvements in patient care and/or quality of life.
  • Preliminary data that are relevant to the proposed research project should be included.

·        Clinical trials are not allowed.

  • Anticipated maximum funding of $250,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is 2

 

Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA)

  • Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund highly rigorous, high-impact research with the potential to make an important contribution to research and/or patient care.
  • Preliminary or published data is required.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed, however human studies/clinical research are permitted.
  • Anticipated maximum funding of $700,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is 3

 

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 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. Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released. 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 other CDMRP administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs
301-619-9783
usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil

Missouri: 2016 ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY CONFERENCE AT THE LAKE

see (Missouri Chamber of Commerce) site

The Lodge of Four Seasons
315 Four Seasons Dr
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
 

Spotlight: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

We have a lot to be proud of at Missouri S&T in environmental stewardship and much of that is thanks to the consciousness of the Miner students, staff and faculty. But even positive attitudes aren’t enough and the heart of the effort is the Environmental Management System.

Does this have anything to do with research?

You bet it does because investigators are expected to think through every aspect of their projects to include the implications to the environment.  But you don’t have to do that alone — contact Donna Kreisler for help thinking through various hazards and risks and to leverage the many in-place remedies.

Donna Kreisler, Environmental Health Professional I (573) 341-6441 kreisler@mst.edu

Spotlight: Experimental Mine

A special feature of the S&T campus is the presence of a mine used for educational and research purposes. It also serves each fall as a fund raising site with the Halloween Haunted Mine. Learn more about this ‘not at every campus’ feature at this site.

It also served as a set for some shows of the Detonators.

image from Five of the Coolest College Labs http://blog.ecollegefinder.org/2014/05/06/five-coolest-college-labs/