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Grants & You Nov/Dec 2014
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Grants & You Nov/Dec 2014

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Federal RePORTer

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently collaborating on an initiative of the STAR METRICS® program to create Federal RePORTer, a searchable database of scientific awards from multiple federal agencies, still in alpha testing. This tool allows users to search for collaborative investigators working in similar research areas, find reviewers, see scientific advances in specific fields, and see the impact of funding across multiple agencies. This site offers a familiar interface for users who have conducted searches on the NIH RePORTER, which allows advanced text searches, searches across all or only a few agencies, fiscal year selection, and more. While the NIH RePORTER holds NIH-funded research and projects from other organizations currently using the electronic Research Administration (eRA) systems, Federal RePORTer contains additional research projects funded by:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM)
  • Medical Research Programs of the Department of Defense (DOD)
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

New Internal Support for Research/Scholarly Activity at ATSU

In response to a recent self-study to assess faculty interests and needs for research and scholarly activity at ATSU, the Office of the President has announced the following intramural funding commitments:

Increase and ensure funding of faculty scholarly activity grant opportunities.

$200,000 per year will be available through the ATSU internal grants program – effective immediately
With this commitment of annual funding, ATSU will move from primarily relying on endowment returns to fund internal grant scholarly activity.

Encourage and support research focused on improving patient and population health outcomes.

Up to $350,000 for internal grant funding – effective immediately and available until exhausted
ATSU will join forces with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop collaborative research opportunities targeting national priorities. NACHC and HRSA support ATSU in many ways, including access to clinical rotations; introductions to potential funding partners; residency development; data gathering; student scholarship opportunities; and national exposure of our schools, programs, faculty, and students.

Areas for scholarly activity under this program may include:

  • Developing, implementing, and assessing evidence-based medicine guidelines.
  • Diagnosing, preventing, and treating diabetes, obesity, skin cancer, metabolic syndrome, traumatic brain injury/concussions, spine pain, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Evaluating oral health disease prevention and treatment programs.
  • Measuring and encouraging physical activity and its impact on health and wellness.
  • Designing, organizing, and evaluating population management teams and patient navigator models CHCs.

*Proposals are encouraged to feature interprofessional cooperation, inter-campus partnering, collaboration between basic and clinical scientists, and incorporation of clinical teaching sites.

Continue and expand other support for faculty participating in scholarly activity.

  • Produce a bi-annual print and digital magazine, focusing on scholarly activity and participating faculty.
    • First publication, FY 2015-16

  • Create a “Scholarship Day/Week” promoting diverse forms of research with faculty serving as peer reviewers for internal presentations. $2,500 immediately available for each campus and the College of Graduate Health Sciences

Beginning FY 2015-16:

  • Establish a travel fund to support faculty presenting scholarly activity during conferences. $20,000
  • Fund a capital budget for research to provide a standardized process for equipment purchase and replacement. $25,000 for each campus
  • Recognize faculty for publishing scholarly activity in peer-reviewed journals. $10,000
  • Implement a mentoring program for faculty interested in scholarly activity. $10,000

5th Annual Ohio Osteopathic Symposium Poster Competition and Exhibition

Saturday, April 25, 2015 | Columbus, OH
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2015
Sponsored by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) and the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA).

Students, interns/residents, faculty, practicing physicians, and medical administrators are eligible to exhibit. Only osteopathic students, interns, and residents are eligible for the competition/prizes.


  • Biomedical/Clinical Research
  • Case Reports
  • Exhibition/Health Policy/Educational Issues (restricted to faculty/administrators)

Prizes Awarded (Biomedical/Clinical Research and Case Reports categories):

  • $1,000 (first place)
  • $500 (second place)
  • $750 (Ohio ACOFP poster award – new for 2015) – only DO residents in an Ohio Family Medicine residency (ACGME or AOA) are eligible.

For more details: Karen Collins, MPA, CORE Research Grant Writer/Editor | 740.593.2322|
Call for Abstracts Flyer
Poster Abstract Submission Form

RFI on the National Institute on Aging Strategic Directions for Research – NOT-AG-15-001

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is updating its Strategic Directions to help guide the research it supports over the next five years. Public input on the topics to be included in the plan and suggestions regarding how to enhance the NIA research portfolio are critical initial steps in this effort. Through this Request for Information (RFI), the NIA invites feedback from researchers in academic and industry, healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and membership as a whole. Perspectives requested:

  1. Research needs and opportunities that should be modified because of progress over the past five years and
  2. Emerging research needs and future opportunities that should be added to the plan.

Responses will be accepted until December 15, 2014, via email to NIA leadership and staff will review and consider comments as the Institute updates its Strategic Directions.

Clarification of 4-Year Limit of Postdoctoral Research Eligibility for K99 Applicants – NOT-OD-15-013

The NIH recently released NOT-OD-15-013 to clarify the eligibility requirement that NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99) applicants must have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the initial application or resubmission or revision. This notice describes situations in which time is not counted against the four-year limit. Eligibility was modified to add the following statement:

Parental leave or other well-justified leave for pressing personal or family situations of generally less than 12 months duration (e.g., family care responsibilities, disability or illness, active military duty) is not included in the 4-year eligibility limit. In addition, time spent conducting postgraduate clinical training that does not involve research is not considered as part of the 4-year research training eligibility limit. Only time dedicated to research activities would count toward the 4-year limit.

Additional clarifications are provided under Frequently Asked Questions. Potential candidates are encouraged to discuss their individual situation with an NIH Institute or Center scientific program contact before applying.

Revised NIH Definition of Clinical Trial – NOT-OD-15-015

The NIH has revised their definition of “clinical trial” to clarify the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies and to enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on clinical trials. The revision is not intended to expand the scope of the category of clinical trials. No changes were made to the NIH definition of a “Phase III clinical trial.” The revised NIH definition of a clinical trial is:

A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.

Clinical trials are subject to additional oversight. NIH believes this clearer definition will help investigators ensure they are meeting all obligations and will help NIH ensure additional oversight occurs when needed. The revised definition will replace the current clinical trial definition in relevant extramural and intramural NIH policies, guidance, and instructional materials and will apply to competing grant applications submitted to NIH on or after January 25, 2015.

  • Funded and Submitted Grant Proposals +

    • Funded

      ** Brian Degenhardt, DO, C-NMM/OMM and Jane Johnson, MA, A.T. Still Research Institute, “Patient-reported Adverse Effects from Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment,” American Academy of Osteopathy – Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee, $35,000, July 2014 – June 2016.

      **Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, ASDOH, “Dental Faculty Development in Underserved Healthcare – Year 3 (University of California – San Diego subaward to ASDOH),” Health Resources and Services Administration, $32,627, July 2014 – June 2015.

      **Doris Fountain, RN, KCOM AHEC Program Office, “Chronic Disease Self-Management Education – Year 3 (University of Missouri-Columbia Regional Arthritis Center Prevention and Public Health Fund subaward to KCOM-AHEC),” Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, $8,500, September 2014 – August 2015.

      *Janet Head, RN, MS, EdD, KCOM AHEC Program Office, “ATSU-KCOM Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement – Year 18,” Health Resources and Services Administration, $306,000, September 2014 – August 2015.

      *Debra Loguda Summers, Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, and Brian Degenhardt, DO, C-NMM/OMM, C-OFP, A.T. Still Research Institute, “The Legacy Project,” Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association, $3,000, January 2015 – June 2016.

      *Frederic Schwartz, DO, FACOFP, and Mara Hover, DO, SOMA, “Advanced Training in Public Health at CHC Community Campuses (Predoctoral Training in Primary Care) – Year 4,” Health Resources and Services Administration, $193,296, September 2014 – September 2015.

      *Frederic Schwartz, DO, FACOFP, SOMA, “Nationally Expanding the Teaching Health Center Highway to Keep Primary Care GME Services Relevant to Community Health – Year 2 (The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education subaward to SOMA,” Health Resources and Services Administration, $497,723, July 2014 – June 2015.

      Submitted (Pending)

      *Raja Rachakatla, PhD, KCOM Anatomy, and Kevin Marberry, MD, KCOM Surgery, “Characterization of Rabbit Umbilical Cord Stem Cells and Investigation of Their Regenerative Capacity in Combination with Platelet-rich Plasma in an Osteoarthritis Rabbit Model,” National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases – Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15), $374,957, July 2015 – June 2018.

      *Yvette Thornton, RDH, and Heather Johnson, RDH, MEd, ASDOH, “Smiles Across Pinal County (SAPC),” The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, $150,237, June 2015 – May 2018.

      *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: To learn more about the grants process, see Grants Process Overview.

      Research Grants (R Series)

      Small Grant Program (R03)

      Grant FOA number
      *Epidemiology of Drug Abuse PA-15-002
      *Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Epidemiology Data PA-14-337
      *Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication PA-15-011
      *Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation PA-14-351

      Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)(R15)

      Grant FOA number
      *Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia PA-15-016
      NIMHD Academic Research Enhancement Award: Enhancing Health Disparities Research at Undergraduate Institutions RFA-MD-15-002
      *Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions PA-14-345

      Research Project Grant Programs (R01)

      Grant FOA number
      *Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence PA-14-334
      *Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia PA-15-017
      *Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint in Health and Disease PA-14-358
      Building Genetics and Genomic Knowledge about Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases and Disorders PA-14-347
      Clinical Studies of Safety and Effectiveness of Orphan Products Research Project Grant RFA-FD-15-001
      Definition of Resilience and Pre-Symptomatic Disease in Lung Health and Disease RFA-HL-15-024
      *Epidemiology of Drug Abuse PA-15-003
      Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers of Food and Nutrient Intake, and Dietary Exposure PAR-15-024
      *Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan PAR-14-332
      Mechanistic Studies of Pain and Alcohol Dependence PA-15-026
      Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award RFA-ES-15-003
      *Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities PAR-14-354
      Promoting Research in Basic Neuroscience PAS-15-029
      Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Bariatric Surgery RFA-DK-14-026
      *Research on Eosinophil Associated Disorders PA-15-027
      *Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Epidemiology Data PAR-14-338
      *Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions PA-14-344
      *Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication PA-15-010
      *Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation PA-14-350
      Systems Developmental Biology for Understanding Embryonic Development and the Ontogeny of Structural Birth Defects PAR-15-020
      System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Health Disparities RFA-MD-15-001
      Vascular Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Severe Malaria RFA-HL-15-023

      Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Awards (R21)

      Grant FOA number
      *Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence PA-14-335
      *Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia PA-15-015
      *Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint in Health and Disease PA-14-359
      *Epidemiology of Drug Abuse PA-15-001
      *Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan PAR-14-331
      *Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities PAR-14-355
      Pre-Symptomatic Profiles of Chronic Lung Disease(s) from Retrospective Cohorts RFA-HL-15-025
      *Research on Eosinophil Associated Disorders PA-15-028
      *Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Epidemiology Data PA-14-336
      *Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions PA-14-343
      *Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication PA-15-009
      *Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation PA-14-349

      Phase Innovation Award (R21/R33)

      Grant FOA number
      Innovative Technologies for Differential Diagnosis of Acute Febrile Illnesses RFA-AI-14-062

      Clinical Trial Planning Grants (R34)

      Grant FOA number
      Planning Grants for Clinical Trials of High Relevance to the NIGMS Mission PAR-14-348
      NIDCR Behavioral or Social Intervention Clinical Trial Planning Grant PAR-14-342
      NIDCR Clinical Trial or Biomarker Clinical Validation Study Planning Grant PAR-14-346

      Institutional Training and Director Program Projects (DP Series)

      Early Independence Award (DP5)

      Grant FOA number
      NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards RFA-RM-14-004

      Research Career Programs (K Series)

      Physician Scientist Award (PSA) (K12)

      Grant FOA number
      Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health RFA-OD-15-001
      NEI Institutional Mentored Physician Scientist Award PAR-14-352
      Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program RFA-HD-15-011

      Career Transition Award (K22)

      Grant FOA number
      NIAID Career Transition Award PAR-14-341

      *Denotes multiple mechanism offerings

      Other Extramural Funding Opportunities

      The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – 2015 Macy Faculty Scholars Program

      Deadline: February 11, 2015
      Funding: $100,000 per year for two years
      Purpose: Designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. The goal is to develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education. The program supports the Macy Faculty Scholars in leading new educational innovations at their home institutions and will provide opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in other Macy activities.
      An informational webinar will be held on December 8, 2014.

      The National Kidney Foundation – Research Grants Program

      Deadline: February 13, 2015
      Purpose: To support research in the fields of nephrology, and related disciplines by individuals who have completed fellowship training and who hold junior faculty positions at university-affiliated medical centers in the United States. Two programs are available:

      American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) – Research Grants Program

      Deadline: Late February 17, 2015
      Funding: $10,000 (collaborative research projects); $5,000 (single campus or smaller collaborative projects)
      Project Period: 18 months, non-renewable
      Purpose: To provide topic-specific medical education research and institutional research grants. While collaborative, multi-institution research studies are most appropriate for each year’s topic areas, the grant could support a pilot study or serve as the basis for seeking matching funds at individual institutions.
      AACOM offers awards for medical education research and institutional research. Topics related to workforces issues – such as the implications of the expansion of osteopathic medical colleges, branch campuses, additional teaching sites, and class sizes – are of increasing interest.

      *Interested ATSU investigators are asked to notify the Sponsored Programs team of intent to apply by January 5, 2015.