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Grant Opportunities and Announcements

January 14, 2011

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices, January 14, 2011

I. Requests for Applications (partial list)

1. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers 2011 (P30)


Key Dates:
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): February 22, 2011
Application Due Date(s): March 22, 2011

Purpose: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
(NICHD) invites applications for Center Core Grants designed to advance the diagnosis, prevention,
treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

2. Personalized Genomics for Symptom Management: Bridging the Gaps from Genomic Discovery
to Improved Health Outcomes (R01)


Key Dates:
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): March 18, 2011
Application Due Date(s): April 18, 2011

Purpose: The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) seeks to stimulate research that will link
basic genomic discovery to the prevention and alleviation of symptoms in patients suffering from chronic
disorders. Research grant applications are requested to study 1) the role of genomic variants in the
observed inter-individual variation in the onset, sensitivity, duration, and severity of symptoms and/or
responses to therapies designed to prevent, alleviate, or eliminate symptoms, and 2) the role of non-
genomic influence(s) that may potentially moderate the effects of genomic variants in the manifestation
of symptoms and/ or response to treatment. It is anticipated that the findings from this research will
expand the body of knowledge needed to identify individuals at the highest risk for developing severe
symptoms and to inform the search for customized therapeutics and interventions tailored to an
individual’s genomic profile.

Companion FOA: RFA-NR-11-004, R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant
3. Interdisciplinary Approaches for HIV/AIDS Risk-Avoidance Decision Making in Developing
Adolescents (R01)


Key Dates:
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): March 15, 2011
Application Due Date(s): April 15, 2011
AIDS Application Due Date(s): April 15, 2011

Purpose: The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) invites interdisciplinary formative research
projects attempting to explore HIV/AIDS risk avoidance decision-making among adolescents. Additional
research is needed on HIV prevention interventions developed within social and gender constructs of
adolescents that consider neurocognitive developmental stage and neurocognitive variables as they exist
within those social and gender constructs. Prevention strategies that consider social, cultural, and gender
constructs in combination with neurological and cognitive maturity may offer the best opportunity for
prevention strategies to reduce HIV transmission in adolescents.

4. Acute Life Threatening Conditions and Opportunities for Palliative and End of Life Care
Research (R01)


Key Dates:
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): March 14, 2011
Application Due Date(s): April 14, 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this research initiative is to (a) Examine predictors of progression to life
threatening illness, End of Life (EOL) issues, and death among individuals diagnosed with acute illnesses
in the presence of underlying chronic diseases, adverse health risk factors, or other negative variables; (b)
Develop algorithms for such adverse progressions to life limiting disease or EOL; (c) Examine the
burden of illness imposed by acute illnesses when superimposed on individuals with underlying chronic
diseases or other negative variables / adverse risk factors (such as age) that carry the potential to
exacerbate and / or potentiate the impact of the acute illness and / or the severity or prognosis of the
underlying chronic disease such that progression to End of Life can occur; (d) Explore the trajectories of
disease in these individuals and their covariates, and issues and needs among such patients and their
caregivers; (e) Identify the complex palliative and End of Life Care issues and needs arising as a result of
the multi factorial etiology and co-occurrence of two (or more) co-existing diseases or negative variables;
(f) Study the medical, physical and psychosocial inter-relationships between disease status, symptoms,
psychosocial or functional status, spiritual concerns and the impact of such key variables on both length
and / or QOL; (g) Develop and test appropriate palliative and End Of Life care interventions for
individuals with acute illnesses occurring in the presence of underlying chronic diseases or adverse risk
factors leading to severe illness requiring complex palliative care or End of Life care; (h) Assess
similarities and differences in palliative and or EOL Care needs, issues, barriers, or success among those
whose progression to the EOL phase is sudden compared to those progressing to this phase gradually or
as a function of time; (i) Examine the impact on, needs of, and interventions for the caregivers of this

II. NIH Program Announcements (partial list)

1. Education Research in Sleep Health and Sleep-Circadian Biology (R25)


Key Dates
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): May 3, 2011; January 2, 2012; January 2, 2013
Application Due Date(s): June 2, 2011; February 2, 2012; February 1, 2013

Purpose: This FOA issued by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Eunice Kennedy
Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites the submission of
Education Research (R25) grant applications focused on scientific advances in sleep health and circadian
and sleep biology. Proposed projects may include the development of innovative education tools,
platforms and programs that will transfer health information and scientific advances in sleep and
circadian biology to research scientists, health care providers, educators from diverse disciplines, and to
specific populations including youth, older adults, women, racial and ethnic minorities, and veterans.
Projects should draw upon cutting-edge education, knowledge transfer, or social marketing models and
must include analytic plans for the assessment of program efficacy and plans for adoption and sustained
implementation in other settings.

III. Other Funding Opportunities

1. Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Awards Program
   For more information, click here

The Charles H. Hoold Foundation was incorporated in 1942 to improve the health and quality of life for
children throughout New England. Today’s research projects encompass many disciplines that have
contributed to pediatric discoveries while launching the careers of promising junior faculty. The intent of
this Award is to support newly independent faculty, provide the opportunity to demonstrate creativity, and
assist in the transition to other sources of research funding. Research projects must be relevant to child

Application Materials:
Online Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 23 2011 at 12:00 EST

2. The Lung Cancer Disparities Center (LCDC) is looking for innovative proposals for small projects
that advance the understanding of disparities in lung cancer across the entire lung cancer trajectory. The
Center aims to fund pilot projects that serve as incubators for innovative and transdisciplinary research.
Investigators from diseases and disciplines that do not necessarily focus on lung cancer or tobacco are
encouraged to apply for funding.

Award Amount: maximum of $50,000 award amount dependent on scope of research project (direct
costs only, indirect costs and faculty salaries will not be provided)
Deadline for submission: February 18, 2011
Eligibility: All Harvard-affiliated researchers, faculty, and trainees/fellows are eligible for a LCDC pilot

Please see the attached RFP for full details.
Contact regarding questions:
Dr. Emily Kontos, Assistant Director
Lung Cancer Disparities Center, Harvard School of Public Health
Tel. (617) 384-8724

3. Wyss Institute Seed Grant Program PreProposal Round One

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University will be awarding seed
grants for high risk research in biologically inspired materials and devices to Assistant or Associate
Professors with principal investigator status at Harvard University or a Wyss Institute Collaborating
Institution (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston University, Brigham and Women's Hospital,
Children's Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of
Massachusetts Medical School). The awards aim to promote the following areas of innovation and

Adaptive Architecture
Anticipatory Medical Devices
Biomimetic Microsystems
Biomaterials Evolution
Bioinspired Robotics
Programmable Nanomaterials

Wyss Seed Grant Funding Announcement.pdf

Please visit our website for details on this exciting opportunity:
For questions please email:

Application Deadline January 31, 2011

4. HITI/Helmsley Trust Pilot Grants in Type 1 Diabetes

The Harvard Institute of Translational Immunology (HITI) and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley
Charitable Trust seek innovative applications that will advance our knowledge of type 1 diabetes (T1D),
a progressively debilitating autoimmune disease whose sequelae lead to significant morbidity and
mortality and whose prevalence has increased dramatically in the past few decades.
This grant program was inspired by the winners of the Harvard Catalyst/InnoCentive Ideation Challenge,
"What do we not know about type 1 diabetes." The principal goal of this RFA is to support pilot studies
that will lead to sustainable, innovative and, to the extent possible, collaborative projects that will impact
the lives of T1D patients.
Any faculty member who holds a Harvard University faculty appointment, regardless of type of degree
or institutional appointment, is eligible to be the Principal Investigator on a HITI/Helmsley Trust Pilot
Grant application. Please call 617-432-7550 or e-mail if you have any questions.

Application Due Date: January 26, 2011

5. Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund

The Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund, established by Frank M. Noonan in memory of
his mother, was created to “consider the work of corporations whose principal activity is the
hospitalization or care of crippled children.” Recognizing that children’s health services and supports are
now provided in a wide range of community settings as well as hospitals, the Noonan program accepts
research proposals from both nonprofit organizations and academic institutions that serve children with
physical or developmental disabilities and associated health-related complications. Eligible organizations
must be within the Fund’s geographic area of interest. A complete listing of the geographic eligibility
area is contained in the guidelines.

One-year grants up to $75,000 (inclusive of 10% indirect costs) support innovative clinical and service
system research, demonstration projects, and pilot studies in the Boston area designed to improve the
quality of life for children with disabilities. New investigators are encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposals for basic science research will not be considered nor will applications for capital costs such as
buildings, renovations, or major equipment items. Drug trials are rarely supported by the Noonan
Research Fund.

Application deadline: February 1, 2011

 STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in up to eight weeks of overseas
research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign
Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm EST on February 2, 2011.

Postdoctoral Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible to apply for the STG
Program. In addition to the pre-departure logistic support provided by IREX staff, the Short-Term Travel
Grant also provides:
• International coach class roundtrip transportation
• A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses
• Travel visas
• Emergency evacuation insurance
• Field office support
Questions may be addressed to the STG Program Staff at or by telephone at 202-247-9470.
Countries Eligible for Research:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova,
Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
and Uzbekistan

7. Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA is the home site for a Harvard-wide training grant initiative
called "Hormones and Genes in Women’s Health: From Bench to Bedside." We are pleased to invite
applications for an MD or PhD/ScD to develop an academic career in women’s health. Specifically, this
NIH-sponsored training grant will support scholars involved in investigating the role of hormones and
genes in understanding sex differences in vulnerabilities to clinical disorders and those disorders specific
to women. Potential Scholars investigating socio-environmental factors modulating the impact of
hormones and genes in understanding these sex-specific vulnerabilities will also be considered. Scholars
will be sponsored for 2-3 years of mentored research from Harvard faculty in basic, translational, or
clinical aspects of women’s health, and will combine, if applicable, clinical work in the Scholar’s
specialty. Successful applicants will have prior relevant research training in research methodology,
potential to obtain independent research funding and evidence of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Faculty appointments will be at the Instructor or Assistant Professor, commensurate with qualifications.
Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged and desired. Applications are accepted
until April 1, 2011.

For further information, eligibility criteria, and the application form, visit our website
and/or submit application materials to Dr. Ursula Kaiser, Program Director, at

IV Other NIH Notices

1. Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Career Development Programs in
Diabetes Research for Pediatric Endocrinologists (K12)


Purpose: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) intends to
promote an initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications
to support career development programs in diabetes research for pediatric endocrinologists.

This notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful
collaborations and responsive programs.

The FOA is expected to be published in the Winter of 2011 with an expected receipt date in the Spring of

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