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Grants & You May/June 2015

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Grants & You May/June 2015

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Reminder: eRA Commons User IDs Needed for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

eRA Commons IDs are now required for graduate and undergraduate students who participate in NIH-funded projects for a least one person month. It is important that PIs prompt their students to obtain a Commons ID and complete their eRA Commons profile. NIH will not allow submission of the required Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) without both of them.

NIH Launches New Portal on Rigor and Reproducibility in Research

With so much in the news highlighting the importance of unbiased experiments and reproducible results, NIH has created a portal to serve as a resource for its ongoing efforts to enhance rigor and reproducibility in scientific research. PIs are encouraged to access the portal for details on:

RePORT Analysis Provides Age Profile of NIH Funded Investigators

The NIH has examined total and direct costs of its research project grants from 1998 through the last full fiscal year, and graphed the distribution of research funding by age group. The full data is posted on RePORT.

Graph of proportion of RPG direct cost collars awarded; by age group
*On average 7.5% of awards analyzed have unknown information on age. Those data are removed in this graph but are included in the Excel file on RePORT.

Kick-Start Your Career with an MFH Health Policy Fellowship

Are you early in your career, care about the health of Missourians, and driven to make a difference? The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) offers a Health Policy Fellowship that provides a unique opportunity to learn about health policy and advocacy from the perspective of a philanthropic organization. The health policy fellow is a one-year appointment, beginning on the date of hire. Insight will be gained regarding the workings of philanthropy and the mission and values of MFH. The fellowship is also an opportunity to gain a working knowledge of the health policy landscape in Missouri.

PCORI to Offer Free CME and CE

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), through a partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and PRIME Education Inc., is offering free continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) opportunities focused on patient-centered outcomes research. Clinicians and other professionals involved in healthcare delivery will be able to access PCORI’s first two interprofessional educational activities free of charge at the end of May. These CME/CE activities will focus on comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) centered on the outcomes that matter most to patients and those who care for them. Learning activities will be based on PCORI training material and content, findings from PCORI-funded projects, patient-centered outcomes research, and other subject matter provided or approved by PCORI. The CME/CE program will include a series of online modules and an interactive webinar that address research study design and PCORI’s Methodology Standards. Also included will be video on early findings of a PCORI-funded study that compared the effectiveness of intravenous and oral antibiotic treatments at preventing recurrence of serious bone infections in children once they have left the hospital.

  • Funded and Submitted Grant Proposals +

    • Funded

      **Keith Elmslie, PhD, KCOM Pharmacology, “Excitability of Afferents Evoking the Exercise Pressor Reflex – Year 6 (Penn State subaward to KCOM),” National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, $179,184, April 2015 – March 2016.
      **Michael French, KCOM AHEC Program Office, “Missouri Oral Health Workforce Initiative – Year 2,” Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, $100,000, September 2014 – August 2015.
      *Cristin Haase, D2, ASDOH, George Blue Spruce, Jr., DDS, MPH, ASDOH American Indian Affairs, “Mentorship for Future American Indian Dentists,” Running Strong for American Indian Youth, $10,000, April 2015 – June 2016.

      Submitted (pending)

      **Margaret Hoogland, MLS, ATSU Library, “Connecting Kids and Health Information via Community Partnerships,” National Network of Libraries of Medicine, $1,500, May 2015 – April 2016.
      *Yohei Norimatsu, PhD, KCOM Physiology, “Effects of E-cigarettes on Airway Epithelial Cells,” American Lung Association, $76,041, July 2015 – June 2017.

      Intramural funding – 2015 Cycle – applications submitted

      ATSU Strategic Research Fund

      James Lynskey, PT, PhD, ASHS Physical Therapy, “Robot-Assisted Ankle Rehabilitation and Neural Plasticity after Stroke,” $28,837.
      Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD, ASHS Physical Therapy, and Amy Lyons-Kennedy, MS, ASHS Occupational Therapy, “Dual Task Attention & Multi-limb Control in PD: Translation to a Driving Simulator Environment,” $30,000.

      Warner/Fermaturo and the ATSU Board of Trustees Research Fund

      Zulfiqar Ahmad, PhD, KCOM Biochemistry, “Molecular Modulation of the Catalytic Sites of Escherichia coli F1Fo ATP Synthase,” $10,000.
      Elton Bordenave, MEd, CHC, ATSU Aging Studies Project, and Lori Bordenave, MEd, DPT, ASHS Physical Therapy, “Opinions and Attitudes About Older Adults of Students Participating in the Matter of Balance Program,” $2,666.

      Yingzi Chang, MD, PhD, KCOM Pharmacology, “Role of SHP2 in MCPIP1-mediated Attenuation of IL-6-induced Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Migration,” $10,000.

      James Cox, PhD, KCOM Biochemistry, “Effect of Cystatin Peptide on B16 Melanoma Cells,” $10,000.

      Amisha Klawonn, DPT, OSC, FAAOMPT, Dana Kernan, DPT, ATC, MTC, OCS, and James Lynskey, PT, PhD, ASHS Physical Therapy, “The Effect of an 8-week Mindfulness Based Program on Perceived Well-being, Self-compassion, Anxiety, Empathy, and Mindfulness in Graduate Physical and Occupational Therapy Students,” $9,750.

      Terence McGarvey, PhD, and Sherif Hassan, MD, PhD, KCOM Anatomy, “The Role of Vitamin K in the Development of Amyloid Plaque and Hyperphosporylated Tau in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease,” $10,000.

      Neil Sargentini, PhD, and Deborah Hudman, MS, KCOM Microbiology and Immunology, “Survey of Adair County Ticks for Bacterial and Viral Agents of Human Disease,” $6,000.

      Melissa Stuart, PhD, KCOM Microbiology and Immunology, “Inflammatory Responses Elicited by Trichomonas tenax in Human Gingival Epithelial Cells,” $9,714.

      Bruce Young, PhD, KCOM Anatomy, “3-D Reconstruction of the Neural Pathway for Audition in Snakes,” $9,544.

      G. Wayne Zhou, PhD, KCOM Biochemistry, “Identify the Predictive Biomarkers for sDILI (severe Drug Induced Liver Injury) Compounds by Using the DAMA Staining Technology,” $10,000.

      ATSU Community Health Center Research (CHCR) Grant

      Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, PhD, NCS, Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD, Cheri Hodges, DPT, ASHS Physical Therapy, and Curt Bay, PhD, ASHS Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, “A Brief Intervention Model of Physical Therapy Within the Community Health Center,” $16,163.

      Michael Kronenfeld, MLS, MBA, and Sally Harvey, MLS, ATSU Library, “Model for the Implementation of Evidence into Clinical Practice,” $100,012.

      Joy Lewis, DO, PhD, SOMA Public Health, Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC, ASHS Athletic Training, J. Aaron Allgood, DO, SOMA Family, Community Medicine and Public Health, Isaac Navarro, DMD, MPH, SOMA Public Health, Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, ASHS Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, and Kate Whelihan, MPH, SOMA, “Traumatic Brain Injury Education: Enhancing Knowledge and Collaboration,” $347,280.

      Lise McCoy, EdD, and Christine Morgan, EdD, SOMA, “Teamwork, Technology, and Care of Chronic Conditions at Community Health Centers,” $350,000.

      ATSU Student Research Grant

      Alyssa Sleight, AT, ‘16, ASHS Athletic Training, Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, faculty co-mentor, ASHS Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, and Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC, faculty co-mentor, ASHS Athletic Training, “Adolescent Athlete and Parent Perceptions of Health-Related Quality of Life following Sport-Related Concussion,” $1,000.

      *Full proposal development and support provided by the ATSU Sponsored Programs team
      **Technical support provided by the ATSU Sponsored Programs/Research Support team(s)

  • Funding Opportunity Announcements +

    • NIH Recently Released Grant Opportunities

      The following table lists RFAs, PAs, and PARs recently released by the National Institutes of Health. If any of these opportunities are of interest to you, contact Sponsored Programs or Research Support at ext. 2860. Grant guidelines and submission deadlines for all active NIH funding opportunities are available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html. To learn more about the grants process, see Grants Process Overview.

      Research Grants (R Series)

      Small Grant Program (R03)

      Grant FOA number
      International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research PA-15-141
      AHRQ Small Research Grant Program PA-15-147
      Tobacco Regulatory Science Small Grant Program for New Investigators RFA-OD-15-004
      Studies at Periviable Gestation PA-15-199
      Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse PA-15-252
      Human Studies to Evaluate Promising Medications to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder PA-15-255

      Research Project Grant Programs (R01)

      Grant FOA number
      Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases PAR-15-130
      Advancing Mechanistic Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research PA-15-135
      International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research PA-15-142
      Alcohol Impairment of Immune Function, Host Defense and Tissue Homeostasis PA-15-159
      Research Answers to NCI’s Provocative Questions RFA-CA-15-008
      Confirmatory Efficacy Clinical Trials of Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Mental Disorders RFA-MH-16-425
      Clinical Trials to Test the Effectiveness of Treatment, Preventive, and Services Interventions RFA-MH-16-420
      New Directions in Hematology Research (SHINE-II) PAS-15-168
      Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology PAR-15-170
      Phenotypic and Functional Studies on FOXO3 Human Longevity Variants to Inform Potential Therapeutic Target Identification Research PAR-15-175
      Understanding and Improving Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care: Incidence and Contributing Factors PA-15-180
      Developing the Therapeutic Potential of the Endocannabinoid System for Pain Treatment PA-15-188
      Immune System Plasticity in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Complex Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases PAR-15-192
      Studies at Periviable Gestation PA-15-200
      Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse PA-15-251
      Human Studies to Evaluate Promising Medications to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder PA-15-256

      Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA R15)

      Grant FOA number
      Enhancing Developmental Biology Research at Academic Research Enhancement Award Eligible Institutions PAR-15-149

      Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18)

      Grant FOA number
      Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care PAR-15-157
      Understanding and Improving Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care: Strategies and Interventions PA-15-179
      Translational Research to Improve Outcomes in Kidney Diseases RFA-DK-15-009

      Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Awards (R21)

      Grant FOA number
      International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research PA-15-143
      Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Research Grants in Kidney Diseases PAR-15-161
      Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Research Grants in Urologic Disorders PAR-15-162
      Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity PA-15-163
      Research Answers to NCI’s Provocative Questions RFA-CA-15-009
      Secondary Analyses in Obesity, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases PA-15-169
      Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology PAR-15-171
      Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Trials in Diabetes, and Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases PA-15-176
      T1 Translational Research: Novel Interventions for Prevention and Treatment of Age-related Conditions PAR-15-190
      T2 Translational Research: Research Leading to New Health Care Practices, Community Programs and Policies Affecting Older Persons PAR-15-191
      Immune System Plasticity in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Complex Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases PAR-15-193
      Studies at Periviable Gestation PA-15-198
      Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse PA-15-253
      Human Studies to Evaluate Promising Medications to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder PA-15-254
      Development of Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults RFA-AG-16-013

      Exploratory/Developmental Grants Phase II (R33)

      Grant FOA number
      Exploratory Clinical Trials of Novel Interventions for Mental Disorders RFA-MH-16-400

      Clinical Trial Planning Grants (R34)

      Grant FOA number
      Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care PAR-15-158
      Pilot Effectiveness Trials for Treatment, Preventive and Services Interventions RFA-MH-16-410
      Pilot and Feasibility Studies in Preparation for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Trials PA-15-177
      Pilot Health Services and Economic Research on the Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse PA-15-250

      Other Extramural Funding Opportunities

      Deadlines, eligibility, and award amounts vary by offering. Details for each program are available through the links below.

      Lung Cancer Research Foundation

      Deadline: July 1, 2015
      The Lung Cancer Research Foundation supports studies capable of major contributions toward better prevention, screening, and treatment of lung cancer. LCRF has funded research in:

      • Development of cutting-edge drugs
      • Identification of clinical applications for new lung cancer therapies
      • Identification of new biomarkers for treatment: selection/resistance to therapy, prognosis, and early detection
      • Support for investigators at all levels: from post-doctoral students to world leaders in the field
      • Psychosocial research into lung cancer
      • Prevention and early detection of lung cancer
      • Improved staging of lung cancer
      • Understanding of the pathways of lung cancer growth
      • Alternative/complementary therapy for lung cancer

      Whitehall Foundation

      Deadline: Summer, Fall, and Spring
      The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. The Foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest. The program will not fund investigators who have substantial existing or potential support, even if it is for an unrelated purpose.

      • Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited US institutions.
      • The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists.

      Arnold P. Gold Foundation

      The Gold Foundation promotes development of humanistic healthcare professionals and funds research, educational programs, literary writing, community outreach, and other activities that foster humanism in health care.

      • Research Grants - projects must be thoughtfully designed to discover, interpret, and report new knowledge about humanism in health care. Curricular or other interventions must have a rigorous study design and seek findings beyond participant satisfaction or other basic evaluation data.
      • Program Grants – through a variety of initiatives in this category, the Foundation promotes the development of humanistic healthcare professionals.

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