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									Friday, October 9, 2009                                  Volume 3, Issue 28




      WSC Weekly Bulletin
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                  Grant Opportunities of the Week
                                         Federal Agencies                                         Health & Education
                                                                                                   Federal Spending
Research                                                Research
                                                                                                        Update
National Institutes of Health                           National Institutes of Health
                                                                                                         Congress continued
• Morris K. Udall Centers of Excel-                     • Pathway to Independence Award          to make steady progress this
   lence for Parkinsons Disease Re-                        in Cancer Nanotechnology Re-          week towards completing its
   search (P50)                                            search (K99/R00)                      work on the fiscal year (FY)
                                                                                                 2010 appropriations bills,
Close: December 9, 2009                                 Close: January 17, 2010                  though much work remains
Program funding: $9,000,000                             Award: $2,000,000                        to make up for months of
Details: page 6                                         Details: page 6                          slow movement on appro-
                                                                                                 priations matters in the Sen-
                                                                                                 ate over the summer
                            Inside Washington Report                                             months. While the House
                                                                                                 approved its version of all 12
On the Floor                                            tion to extend the first-time homebuy-   annual appropriations meas-
        The Senate began the week by                    ers’ tax credit by one year for mem-     ures prior to the August re-
passing both the FY 2010 Defense Ap-                    bers of the armed forces, Foreign Ser-   cess period, the Senate
propriations bill and Agriculture Appro-                vice and intelligence agency personnel   cleared just four of the bills
priations bill before starting considera-               who have been posted abroad during       before leaving town for the
tion of the FY 2010 Commerce-Justice-                   2009.                                    summer and has had to de-
Science Appropriations bill. The Senate                         The House also passed legisla-   vote considerable floor time
was also expected to take up the FY                     tion on Thursday to put funding for      to appropriations bills since
2010 Energy & water Appropriations                      veterans’ health care programs on a      returning to session after La-
bill; however, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-                      two-year budget cycle. The change is     bor Day in an attempt to
OK) expressed his intention to block                    designed to allow more predictability    catch up to the House.
consideration of that bill.                             for the medical accounts handled by              Congress already has
        The Senate also approved the                    the VA.                                  missed its primary deadline
nomination of Thomas E. Perez to be                             Both chambers were quiet on      for completing its appropria-
the assistant attorney general for the                  Friday as Members left town for the      tions work; the federal fiscal
Civil Rights Division of the Justice De-                long Columbus Day holiday week-          year began on October 1 with
partment following six months of oppo-                  end.                                     just one of the 12 bills signed
sition by Republicans.                                                                           into law, the Legislative
                                                                                                 Branch Appr opri ation s
        The House this week voted to                    Healthcare Reform: In the Commit-
refer to the ethics committee, and                                                               bill. The vast majority of the
                                                        tees                                     federal government is being
thereby stall, a Republican resolution                          This week very well may have
that would remove Rep. Charles B.                                                                funded under a temporary,
                                                        marked a turning point in the nearly     stop-gap measure known as a
Rangel (D-NY) as Chairman of the                        half-year long process of healthcare
House Ways & Means Committee until                                                               continuing resolution (CR),
                                                        reform with the release of a better      which expires on October
after completion of the investigation                   than expected Congressional Budget
into his financial dealings.                                                                     31. Despite the increased
                                                        Office (CBO) score on Senate Finance     pace in Congress over the
        On Wednesday the House                          Committee Chairman Max Bau-
passed the FY 2010 Agriculture Appro-                                                            past several weeks, it is
                                                        cus’ (D-MT) healthcare overhaul
priations bill which notably repeals the                measure that the Committee finished
current ban on Chinese poultry imports                  marking-up late last week. According
– the Senate passed version also repeals                to the CBO’s preliminary score, re-
the ban. The House also passed legisla-
                                                           In the Committees: page 2             Continued on page 3
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                                              B u s i n e s s      N a m e

Committees, Continued from page 1            subsidies for private lenders that      Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009.
                                             provide college loans. Senator          H.R. 3596 would introduce regu-
leased on Tuesday of this week, the          Robert Casey (D-PA), a member of        lation into the medical mal prac-
Finance measure would cost $829              the Senate HELP Committee,              tice insurance market by ensuring
billion over ten years and reduce the        claimed a strong consensus exists to    that health insurance issuers and
deficit by $81 billion over that same        expand college access, increase the     medical malpractice insurance
time frame. It would also expand             amount of Pell Grants, and ensure       issuers cannot engage in price
insurance coverage to 94 percent of          more families have access to these      fixing, bid rigging, or allocating
Americans under the age of 65. De-           funds.                                  markets.       Ranking member
spite the bills lack of a ‘public op-                On Wednesday, a Chairman        Lamar Smith (R-TX) of the
tion,’ a component of healthcare             Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the House       Committee questioned the pur-
reform the White House has indi-             Committee on Energy and Com-            pose of the bill since the bill pro-
cated is desirable but not essential, it     merce Subcommittee on Health            hibits conduct that is already out-
effectively delivers the primary goals       held a hearing to discuss legislation   lawed in many states through
President Obama has sought during            related to breast cancer prevention,    state regulation.
this reform debate: 1) expanding             research, treatment, and quality of
coverage to the uninsured, 2) bend-          care. In an opening statement,          At the Agencies
ing the cost curve to reduce federal         Chairman Pallone testified that al-
                                             though breast cancer death rates
                                                                                             On Monday, the Na-
and private spending on healthcare
in the long term, 3) budget neutral-         have declined since 1990, approxi-      tional Institute of Environ-
ity and a cost of less than $900 bil-        mately 40,000 women in the              mental Health Sciences
lion over ten years, 4) introducing          United States will succumb to the       (NIEHS) announced reaching
regulations into the private insur-          disease this year. If the health re-    milestone in their Sister Study
ance market, and 5) promoting de-            form legislation is enacted, efforts    which began exactly six years
livery system reform to encourage            in the battle against breast cancer     ago. NIEHS has recruited
efficiency, primary care, and pre-           will dramatically improve access        nearly 51,000 women to partici-
vention and wellness. Politically,           to quality and affordable health        pate in the study that focuses on
the CBO estimate is not decisive but         care, especially to low and middle      uncovering environmental and
it is certainly important as it gives        income women.
political coverage to those moderate
                                                                                     genetic factors that influence
                                                     Also     on     Wednesday,      breast cancer risk. Since the
Democrats and Republicans who
                                             Chairman Dennis Kucinich (D-            study began, 900 women have
may be supportive of reform but
                                             OH) of the Committee on Over-           reported getting breast cancer.
whose constituencies are wary of
costs and budget increases.                  sight and Government Reform             Researchers hope to soon be
                                             Subcommittee on Domestic Policy         able to uncover clues about
                       Continued on page 4   held a hearing to evaluate Medi-
                                                                                     causes.
In the Committees; Other                     caid’s reform efforts since the pre-
                                             ventable death of Deamonte                      The NIH announced this
         On Monday, three students                                                   week the second phase of the
testified before the Senate Commit-          Driver. Deamonte was a twelve-
                                             year old boy from Prince George’s       Rare Diseases Clinical Research
tee on Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions (HELP), on the ex-              County, Maryland who tragically         Network (RDCRN). RDCRN
pansion of Pell Grants. The students         died from a brain infection caused      will receive $117 million over
articulated the critical role of feder-      by untreated tooth decay in Febru-      the next five years to explore
ally funded Pell Grants as they              ary 2007. The hearing was the           the history, epidemiology, diag-
struggled to pay for college. Cur-           fourth in a series to address access    nosis, and treatment of nearly
rently, the Senate is considering a          to pediatric dental services in         100 rare diseases. Since it be-
bill that would repair the existing          Medicaid and highlighted specifi-       gan, RDCRN has enrolled over
financial-aid program by expanding           cally the inadequacy of dental ser-     5,000 patients in 37 clinical
the Pell Grant program for disad-            vices for Medicaid-enrolled chil-       studies.
vantaged students. The U.S. House            dren in Maryland.                               The National Institute of
of Representatives passed a bill last                Later this week, members in     Dental and Craniofacial Re-
month by a vote of 253-171 that              the House Judiciary Committee
would increase the annual grant
                                                                                     search (NIDCR) announced the
                                             Subcommittee on the Courts and          first of eleven research and
amount from $5,350 to $6,900 dur-            Competition Policy discussed H.R.
ing the next decade and would end                                                    technology grants of its new
                                             3596, the Health Insurance Industry
                                                                                     FaceBase Consortium.
                                                                                                          Continued on page 3
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Health and Education Federal Spending Update, Continued from page 1
highly likely that a second CR will need to be passed before work on all of the 12 annual appropriations bills is
completed.
         Appropriations action took place on several fronts this week. The Agriculture Appropriations bill became
the second FY 2010 bill to be cleared for President Obama’s signature when the House approved the conference
report on Wednesday by a vote of 263-162 and the Senate followed suit on Thursday by a 76-22 tally. The Presi-
dent is expected to sign the bill into law.
         The Energy & Water Appropriations bill likely will be the third FY 2010 measure sent to Mr. Obama; the
House approved the Conference Report last week and debate is ongoing in the Senate. A cloture motion to
choke off debate was filed on the Energy & Water bill on Thursday with a vote scheduled for Tuesday. The
measure has broad support in the Senate, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is filibustering the legislation in order
to force the Department of Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers to make available to all Members of Con-
gress and the public various report required to be filed with the Appropriations Committee by the legislation.
        Two additional conference reports will be ready for House and Senate action next week. Conferees
completed their work on the Homeland Security Appropriations bill on Wednesday and the conference report
for the Interior – Environment Appropriations bill is expected to be filed at any time.
        Meanwhile, the Senate approved its version of the Defense Appropriations bill on Tuesday by a vote of
93-7 and formally requested a House-Senate conference to reconcile differences between the two chamber’s
versions of the bill. The Transportation – Housing & Urban Development Appropriations bill also is awaiting
the start of a House-Senate conference.
        The Senate continues debate today on its version of the Commerce – Justice – Science Appropriations
bill. A cloture motion to choke off debate was filed yesterday and a vote is planned for late on Tuesday. The
CJS bill will be the eighth FY 2010 appropriations bill approved by the Senate.
        Once the CJS bill is cleared, the Senate will take up its version of the Military Construction – Veterans
Affairs Appropriations bill, which contains for the first time advanced appropriations for several programs
within the Veterans Health Administration. This means that the VHA will receive an appropriation for FY
2010 and FY 2011. Veterans groups have been pushing for this change for decades in order to improve con-
sistency of care within the VHA. Legislation formally authorizing the advanced appropriations passed the
House 419-1 this week after months of negotiations between the House and the Senate Veterans Affairs Com-
mittees. Senate approval of the authorizing bill is expected next week, thus clearing the way for the appropria-
tions measure.
        Once the Senate takes up the Milcon-VA Appropriations bill, only three appropriations measures will
be awaiting Senate consideration: the Finance Services Appropriations bill, the Labor – Health & Human Ser-
vices – Education Appropriations bill, and the State – Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. It is not clear
when, or if, these bills will be debated on the Senate floor.
At the Agencies, Continued from page 2
A key part of the initiative is the completion of an encyclopedic database of head and skull, or craniofacial,
development called FaceBase that will be free to the scientific community. The NIDCR will have a prototype
ready within the next year.
        On Tuesday, the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology was awarded to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D, of
University of California, San Francisco; Carol W. Greider, Ph.D, of Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine; and Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D, of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and How-
ard Hughes Medical Institute. They were honored for discovering how telomeres, through the enzyme telom-
erase, protect chromosomes against duration.
        The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) marked the recent approval of the 100th
antiretroviral drug on Tuesday, in association with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
(PEPFAR). As of 2008, PEPFAR has saved more than 2.1 million men, women, and children living with
HIV/AIDS.
        In a new study to appear in the October 15 issues of the Journal of Immunology, the National Cancer
Institute (NCI) found that prostate tumors in mice can cause immune cells to change their function from cells
that have antitumor activity to cells that suppress immune responses.
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Healthcare reform, In the Committees, Continued from page 2

At this time there is no stated Republican support for the Baucus measure, though Democratic leadership contin-
ues to pursue the support of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, the one Republican member that has
indicated she may support the bill. The Senate Finance Committee is due to vote on its measure on Tuesday Octo-
ber 13 after which Senate leaders will have to merge the bill with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pen-
sions measure (a process which may take up to two weeks) before the complete bill can be considered on the Sen-
ate Floor.
         In the beginning of the summer, the American Hospital Association (AHA) came to an agreement with
Chairman Baucus and the White House whereby American hospitals would swallow $155 billion in cuts to Medi-
care, charity compensation and penalties for high readmission rates as their shared portion of responsibility to help
finance the expansion of coverage under healthcare reform. This negotiation was contingent on healthcare reform
achieving at minimum 94% coverage for all Americans, thus expanding the consumer pool for hospitals and offset-
ting a portion of these cuts. While the CBO has estimated in its preliminary scoring the Baucus bill would achieve
this 94% goal, the AHA remains concerned about coverage numbers. To address this issue, the organization and
its member hospitals have dedicated their time and expertise to working with Senator Baucus and other Senate
leaders to increase projected coverage in whatever measure is considered on the Senate Floor.
         On the House side, Democratic leadership is still trying to piece together a comprehensive reform measure
from the three bills that emerged out of the House committees of jurisdiction at the end of July. The primary stick-
ing point in this process is the version of the ‘public option’ the bill would include. The House Ways and Means
Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee both passed reform bills at the end of July including a
public option where hospital and physician reimbursements would be based on current Medicare rates. The more
conservative Energy and Commerce committee altered the ‘public option’ framework to require the Secretary of
Health and Human Services to negotiate rates directly with providers, a version that would prove much less costly
for health care providers. This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked CBO to score three difference
versions of the ‘public option,’ one in which reimbursement rates are based on existing Medicare rates and two
variations in which rates would be negotiated directly with providers. The Speaker has remains strongly in favor
of the first option, the so-called ‘robust public option,’ but has stated that she is open to considering negotiated
rates to appease the more conservative members of her caucus.
         Although this week witnessed forward movement in the process of healthcare reform, there are still signifi-
cant hurdles for Democratic leadership to overcome in both the House and the Senate before bills can be consid-
ered and voted on by both Chambers. Additionally, any bills to emerge out of the House and Senate will need to
be combined into one measure in Conference. The combined measure will then have to be achieve a simple ma-
jority in both Chambers (50 votes in the Senate, 218 in the House) before it is sent to the President to sign. Effec-
tively, though this week showed significant progress in reform, the process has a long way to go before a complete
bill emerges.

At the Agencies, Continued from page 3

NCI discovered a small RNA molecule, known as a microRNA, which may help physicians identify liver can-
cer patients who could respond well to treatment with a biological agent called interferon. The study appears in
the October 8th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
        On Thursday, the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Thomas A. Steitz, Ph.D., of Yale Uni-
versity, New Haven, CT and Ada E. Yonath, Ph.D., of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. The
researchers are honored for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome. Ribosomes produce proteins,
which in turn control the chemistry in all living organisms.
        Late this week, a potential retroviral link to chronic fatigue syndrome, known as CFS, was announced.
Researchers from the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI), the NCI, and the Cleveland Clinic, report this find-
ing online Oct. 8, 2009, issue of Science.
        On Thursday, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announced it will hold its third
Symposium on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine to review the latest findings in the field and examine
future directions. The event will be held Oct. 14 -15 at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in
Bethesda, Md.
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Continued from page 4


                                         The Grant Report

National institutes of health: Drug Discovery for Nervous System Disorders
(R01)
Close: January 7, 2013                               Award Ceiling: $250,000

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a state government, county government, city or township government, spe-
cial district government, independent school district, public and state controlled institution of higher education,
Native American tribal government (Federally recognized), public housing authority/Indian housing authority,
Native American tribal organization (other than a Federally recognized tribal government), non-profit having a
501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)3
status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, private institution of higher education, for profit
organization other than a small business, small business, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-001.html


National heart lung and blood institute: Clinical Trial Pilot Studies (R34)
Close: January 7, 2013                                Award Ceiling: $225,000

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a state government, county government, city or township government, spe-
cial district government, independent school district, public and state controlled institution of higher education,
Native American tribal government (Federally recognized), public housing authority/Indian housing authority,
Native American tribal organization (other than a Federally recognized tribal government), non-profit having a
501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)3
status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, private institution of higher education, for profit
organization other than a small business, small business, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-005.html


National institutes of health: Drug Discovery for Nervous System Disorders
(R21)
Close: January 7, 2013                               Award Ceiling: $200,000

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a state government, county government, city or township government, spe-
cial district government, independent school district, public and state controlled institution of higher education,
Native American tribal government (Federally recognized), public housing authority/Indian housing authority,
Native American tribal organization (other than a Federally recognized tribal government), non-profit having a
501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)3
status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, private institution of higher education, for profit
organization other than a small business, small business, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-002.html                                   Continued on page 6
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Continued from page 5



                             The Grant Report, Continued

National institutes of health: Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for
Parkinsons Disease Research (P50)
Close: December 10, 2009                    Estimated total funding: $9,000,000

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a public and state controlled institution of higher education, Native Ameri-
can tribal organization, non-profit having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)(3)
status with the IRS, private institution of higher education, for profit organization other than a small business,
small business, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-10-001.html


National institutes of health: Pathway to Independence Award in Cancer
Nanotechnology Research (K99/R00)
Close: January 17, 2010                     Estimated total funding: $2,000,000

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a state government, county government, city or township government, public
and state controlled institution of higher education, non-profit having a 501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an
institution of higher education, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an institution
of higher education, private institution of higher education, for profit organization other than a small business,
small business, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-09-015.html

National institutes of health: Cancer Nanotechnology Training Centers
(CNTCs)(R25)
Close: December 17, 2009                           award ceiling: $400,000

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a state government, county government, city or township government, public
and state controlled institution of higher education, non-profit having a 501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an
institution of higher education, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an institution
of higher education, private institution of higher education, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-09-014.html


                                                                                                      Continued on page 7
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Continued from page 6



                             The Grant Report, Continued

National institutes of health: Specialized Programs of Research Excellence
(SPOREs) in Human Cancer for Years 2010, 2011 and 2012 (P50)
Close: December 20, 2012                    Estimated total funding: $2,500,000



Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a state government, public and state controlled institution of higher educa-
tion, non-profit having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)(3) status with the
IRS, private institution of higher education, for profit organization other than a small business, small business, or
other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-003.html


National institutes of health: Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative
New Scientists (BRAINS) (R01)
Close: December 9, 2009                               Award ceiling: $400,000

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a public and state controlled institution of higher education, non-profit hav-
ing a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, private institution
of higher education, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-10-060.html


National Institutes of health: Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, and Manage-
ment in Pain Research (R03) (R01)
Close: January 13, 2013                                   Award ceiling: N/A

Eligible Applicants:
The applicant organization should be a state government, county government, city or township government, spe-
cial district government, independent school district, public and state controlled institution of higher education,
Native American tribal government (Federally recognized), public housing authority/Indian housing authority,
Native American tribal organization (other than a Federally recognized tribal government), non-profit having a
501(c)3 status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, non-profit that does not have a 501(c)3
status with the IRS other than an institution of higher education, private institution of higher education, for profit
organization other than a small business, small business, or other.
Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-008.html

								
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