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Grant Opportunities for January 5, 2015 through January 9, 2015

 

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New Federal Health Care Grant Opportunities Announced for:

·         Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)

·         Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

·         Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

·         National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

NON-NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements:

 

ASH: Capacity Building Assistance to Support Replication of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Funding Opportunity Number: AH-TP1-15-001

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund intermediary organizations that will provide capacity building assistance (CBA) to at least 3 youth-serving organizations to replicate evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs in a defined service area with demonstrated need. CBA is designed to enhance the ability of organizations to implement, evaluate, and sustain evidence-based TPP programs. CBA can focus on building an organization’s capacity to develop and manage a TPP program as well as building an organization’s capacity to implement an evidence-based TPP program. CBA can encompass diverse strategies and approaches, including but not limited to, training, technical assistance, coaching, mentoring, and peer-to-peer support. Grantees are expected to (1) identify organizations in the defined service area in need of CBA, (2) assess the CBA needs of each organization, (3) provide CBA on diverse topics, and (4) use diverse approaches that are designed to best meet the needs of each organization. This funding opportunity was announced on January 10, 2015. The application deadline is April 1, 2015. For more information, please visit ASH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

ASH: Replicating Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need

Funding Opportunity Number: AH-TP1-15-002

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to have a significant impact on reducing rates of teen pregnancy and existing disparities by replicating evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs to scale in at least 3 settings in communities and with populations at greatest need. In each community served, grantees will be expected to (1) mobilize the community to develop and implement a plan to prevent teen pregnancy and promote positive youth development, (2) engage in an up to 12-month planning, piloting, and readiness period, (3) implement evidence-based TPP programs to scale with fidelity and quality in at least settings, (4) ensure that program materials are medically accurate, age appropriate, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, (5) ensure that programs are implemented in a safe and supportive environment for youth and their families, (6) establish and maintain linkages and referrals to youth-friendly health care services, (7) engage in strategic dissemination and communication activities to raise awareness of the program with youth, their families, and key stakeholders, (8) develop and implement a plan for sustainability to ensure continuation of program efforts beyond the grant, (9) collect and use performance measure data to make continuous quality improvements, and (10) evaluate the implementation and outcomes of program activities. This funding opportunity was announced on January 10, 2015. The application deadline is April 1, 2015. For more information, please visit ASH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

ASH: Supporting and Enabling Early Innovation to Advance Adolescent Health and Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Funding Opportunity Number: AH-TP2-15-001

The primary purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish two independent intermediaries that will select, fund, and support a portfolio of innovators across the country to design, test, and refine interventions to advance adolescent health and prevent teen pregnancy. For the purposes of this FOA, ASH defines innovation broadly as new or promising approaches, interventions, curricula, or strategies informed by scientific theory or empirical evidence that may lead to or have the potential to result in a substantial reduction in teen pregnancy rates, sexually transmitted infection (STIs) rates, and associated sexual risk behaviors. One intermediary will focus on supporting innovation of technology interventions and the other will focus on supporting innovation of program interventions. Interventions may be designed to improve knowledge and skills related to TPP, improve the delivery of programs (e.g., increase participant engagement), and/or expand the ability of programs to reach youth who have otherwise been difficult to reach. Examples of technology interventions may include, but are not limited to, mobile applications, video games or other gaming technology, use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, adaptation of a pre-existing technology for new use, etc. Examples of program interventions may include, but are not limited to, infusion of TPP content into settings where youth work, live, and play; systems-level approaches; use of non-traditional delivery approaches; etc. Hybrid approaches that combine both program and technology may be classified as either, and will depend on whether the intervention is primarily (i.e., 50% or more) program or technology driven. Each intermediary is expected to fund a broad range of interventions to advance adolescent health and prevent teen pregnancy. This funding opportunity was announced on January 10, 2015. The application deadline is April 10, 2015. For more information, please visit ASH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

ASH: Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Funding Opportunity Number: AH-TP2-15-002

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to increase the number of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) interventions available by rigorously evaluating new or innovative approaches for preventing teen pregnancy and related risk behaviors. The applicant must demonstrate that the proposed intervention is needed, likely to reduce rates of teen pregnancy and/or adolescent sexual risk behavior, relevant to the target population, and able to be rigorously evaluated. ASH is especially interested in expanding the evidence base for the field of TPP by funding rigorous evaluations of new or innovative interventions designed to address gaps in the existing evidence and reduce adolescent sexual and reproductive health disparities. This includes, but is not limited to interventions designed for older adolescents ages 18 and 19, males, rural youth, and other youth populations at disproportionate risk of teen pregnancy. ASH is also interested in the use of non-traditional delivery methods. This funding opportunity was announced on January 10, 2015. The application deadline is April 10, 2015. For more information, please visit ASH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

ASH: National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents

Funding Opportunity Number: AH-MAI-15-001

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to maintain, enhance, and re-launch a National Resource Center with the specific focus on HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescents. The resource center builds on the existing foundation of professional training and capacity building assistance in HIV/AIDS for those professionals who serve and work with adolescents. This FOA will support maintenance and enhancement of a resource center website to promote practical strategies for community-based service providers, which would include interactive multimedia and other additional resources to move youth-serving professionals toward implementation of interventions targeted to adolescents, especially those in greatest need. The Office Adolescent Health (OAH) will be substantially involved in the following programmatic aspects of the cooperative agreement: (1) providing input into setting program priorities for the development and selection of materials to be distributed via the resource center website, (2) collaborating with the awardee to provide programmatic approvals prior to the awardee moving forward with development and implementation of program strategies, (3) renewal and approval of the process proposed by the awardee to ensure that all information distributed via the resource center website is medically accurate, (4) assessment and addressing of challenges and gaps identified within the resource center to more effectively make continuous quality improvement to the program, and (5) coordination with other appropriate agency-funded entities interested in submitting materials for distribution via the resource center website. This funding opportunity was announced on January 10, 2015. The application deadline is April 10, 2015. For more information, please visit ASH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

ACF: Native Asset Building Initiative

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-ANA-NO-0954

Asset building is an approach to overcoming poverty that emphasizes the value of sound family budgeting, money management, savings, and investment in long term assets. The ACF's Office of Community Services (OCS) and the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) have partnered to increase access to and awareness of asset building opportunities in Native American communities. OCS and ANA will accept applications to establish and administer asset building projects with a focus on Assets for Independence (AFI) projects. The focus of each project requires eligible participants to be given access to matched savings accounts, called Individual Development Accounts (IDA), in which participants save earned income for the purchase of a home, for business capitalization, or to attend higher education or training. Grantees will provide an array of additional supports and services to enable low-income individuals and families to become economically self-sufficient for the long term. Additional services offered to participants may include financial literacy education, credit counseling, coaching on money management and consumer issues, business support, home ownership support services, and other supportive services that enable them to become more financially secure. The IDA portion of the project is funded by OCS. ANA funds may be used to pay for costs associated with project administration and to provide other asset-building strategies. This funding opportunity was announced on January 5, 2015. The application deadline is March 25, 2015. For more information, please visit ACF's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

HRSA: AETC National Coordinating Resource Center (NCRC) Cooperative Agreement

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-15-033

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center (NCRC) Cooperative Agreement.  The national coordinating resource center will be responsible for (1) coordinating the development and dissemination of national HIV curricula for health care professionals that is national in scope, (2) supporting the technical assistance work of all AETC program grantees, (3) serving as the central repository for AETC developed training and capacity development materials, and (4) disseminating technical assistance trainings and capacity development products to health care professionals nationwide using virtual and in-person meetings and conferences. The goals of the Regional AETCs are to (1) increase the size and strengthen the skills of the current and novice HIV clinical workforce in the United States, (2) improve outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum, including diagnosis, linkage, retention and viral suppression, in alignment with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, through training and technical assistance, and (3) reduce HIV incidence by improving the achievement and maintenance of viral load suppression of people living with HIV/AIDS. This funding opportunity was announced on January 5, 2015. The application deadline is March 6, 2015. For more information, please visit HRSA's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

HRSA: Rural Recruitment and Retention Analysis Cooperative Agreement

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-15-136

The purpose of the Rural Recruitment and Retention Analysis Cooperative Agreement is to identify and assess trends, tools, resources and successful strategies used by rural communities to recruit and retain needed staff across key sectors of the rural health care delivery system, including primary care providers, behavioral health and oral health providers, and allied health providers, as well as Rural Health Network Directors and Rural Telehealth Network Directors. The overarching goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to enhance responsiveness to the challenges faced by rural communities in attracting the workforce needed to meet emerging needs, particularly in an evolving health care system where insurance coverage expansion brings both new opportunities and new challenges. The awardee will identify successful tools and strategies used by States, health systems and individual providers to attract the staff necessary to support health care services in rural communities. The awardee will also identify gaps in these areas and propose potential responses to these gaps that will inform rural stakeholders and policymakers. The awardee will focus on helping to foster connections between existing national and State resources to support successful recruitment and retention. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The application deadline is March 9, 2015. For more information, please visit HRSA's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

 

NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements:

 

NIH: Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-15-079

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) is designed to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them. CEBRA supports research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio. The proposed research should (1) test a highly novel and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking, and/or (2) develop or adapt innovative techniques or methods for addiction research, or that have promising future applicability to drug abuse research. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The initial application deadline is August 20, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Predictive Multi-scale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental and Clinical Research

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-15-085

The goal of this interagency Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development of multi-scale models to accelerate biological, biomedical, behavioral, environmental and clinical research. Multiple federal agencies, including the NIH, recognize that in order to efficiently and effectively address the challenges of understanding multi-scale biological and behavioral systems, researchers will need predictive, computational models that encompass multiple biological and behavioral scales. This FOA supports the development of non-standard modeling methods and experimental approaches to facilitate multi-scale modeling, and active participation in community-driven activities through the Multi-scale Modeling (MSM) Consortium. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The initial application deadline is March 9, 2015. A letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the corresponding application deadline. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research

Funding Opportunity Numbers: PA-15-080, PA-15-081, and PA-15-082

These Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) encourage grant applications for research that will employ rigorous scientific methods to test theoretically derived hypotheses to increase understanding of the science of drug use prevention within diverse populations and settings and across the lifespan. These FOAs seek applications that encompass investigations of cognitive, behavioral, and social processes as they relate to (1) development of novel prevention approaches, (2) efficacy and effectiveness of prevention interventions or programs, (3) processes that optimize the selection, integration, implementation and sustainability of science-based prevention, including systems-level and health economic factors, and (4) methodologies appropriate for studying complex aspects of prevention science. These funding opportunities were announced on January 9, 2015. The initial application deadline for PA-15-080 and PA-15-081 is June 16, 2015. The initial application deadline for PA-15-082 is June 5, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcements for PA-15-080, PA-15-081, and PA-15-082.

 

 

NIH: Integration of Infectious Diseases and Substance Abuse Intervention Services for Individuals Living with HIV 

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DA-15-013

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to develop and test organizational and systems level interventions to determine how best to provide comprehensive, high quality, integrated, sustainable, cost-effective interventions to improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH), with substance use disorders, and with other comorbid conditions. This FOA will support (1) multidisciplinary research to enhance the adoption and integration of evidence-based screening and treatment of substance abuse in HIV centers and closely related medical settings, and (2) multidisciplinary research to increase the adoption and integration of HIV testing and linkage to HIV care in addiction treatment settings. In both HIV and addiction treatment settings, research to enhance the adoption and integration of treatment services for comorbid conditions (e.g. coinfections, psychiatric disorders) is encouraged. This funding opportunity was announced on January 7, 2015. A letter of intent is due by March 14, 2015. The application deadline is April 15, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Seek, Test, Treat and Retain For Youth and Young Adults Living with or at High Risk for Acquiring HIV

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DA-15-019

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to examine delivery models of HIV-focused services (testing, linkage, engagement and retention in care) for high risk or already HIV-infected youth and young adults. Applications should incorporate substance use into study aims and service delivery objectives should address access to substance use prevention, screening, and treatment. Applications examining interventions that focus only on individual-level behavior and outcomes will be considered non-responsive, given the systemic and structural determinants of serostatus screening, treatment retention and viral suppression, which are the most striking areas of deficit among youth in the Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain continuum of care. The developmental, structural, and systemic factors related to serving youth need to be clearly incorporated into study aims, rather than simple incremental refocusing of existing interventions to younger people. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. A letter of intent is due by February 14, 2015. The application deadline is April 14, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies for Cancer Research

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-CA-15-002

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research focused on the inception and early-stage development of highly innovative molecular or cellular analysis technologies for basic and clinical cancer research. The emphasis of this FOA is on supporting the development of novel molecular and cellular analysis capabilities with a high degree of technical innovation with the potential to significantly affect and transform investigations exploring the molecular and cellular basis of cancer. If successful, these technologies should accelerate and/or enhance research in the areas of cancer biology, early detection and screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. Technologies proposed for development may be intended to have widespread applicability but must be based on molecular and/or cellular characterizations of cancer. This funding opportunity is part of a broader NCI-sponsored Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The initial application deadline is March 17, 2015. A letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the corresponding application deadline. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Molecular Analysis Technologies for Cancer Research 

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-CA-15-003

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing research projects on the advanced development of emerging molecular and cellular analysis technologies and validation in an appropriate cancer-relevant biological system. An emerging technology is defined as one that has passed the pilot developmental stage and shows promise, but has not yet been significantly evaluated within the context of its intended use. If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, early detection and screening, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA solicits applications where proof-of-principle of the proposed technology or methodology has been established and supportive preliminary data are available. Projects proposed for this FOA should reflect the potential to produce a molecular analysis technology with a major impact in cancer-relevant research. Projects proposing to use established technologies where the novelty resides in the biological or clinical question being pursued are not appropriate for this FOA and will not be reviewed. This funding opportunity is part of a broader NCI-sponsored Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program.  This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The initial application deadline is March 17, 2015. A letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the corresponding application deadline. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Innovative Technologies for Cancer-Relevant Biospecimen Science 

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-CA-15-004

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects on the inception and early-stage development of technologies that address issues related to pre-analytical degradation of targeted analytes during the collection, processing, handling, and storage of cancer-relevant biospecimens. The overall goal of this FOA is to support the development of highly innovative technologies capable of interrogating and/or maximizing the quality and utility of biospecimens or samples derived from those biospecimens for downstream analyses. This FOA will support the development of tools, devices, instrumentation, and associated methods to assess sample quality, preserve/protect sample integrity, and establish verification criteria for quality assessment/quality control and handling under diverse conditions. These technologies are expected to potentially accelerate and/or enhance research in cancer biology, early detection, screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and cancer health disparities, by reducing pre-analytical variations that affect biospecimen sample quality. This funding opportunity is part of a broader NCI-sponsored Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The initial application deadline is March 17, 2015. A letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the corresponding application deadline. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Technologies for Cancer-Relevant Biospecimen Science 

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-CA-15-005

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing research projects on the advanced development and validation of technologies that address issues related to pre-analytical degradation of targeted analytes during the collection, processing, handling, and storage of cancer-relevant biospecimens. Applications must include preliminary data sufficient to justify the feasibility of the proposed technology, but may still require additional development to reach a generally useful level of functionality for cancer-related research applications. The overall goal is to support the development of highly innovative technologies capable of interrogating and/or maximizing the quality and utility of biospecimens or samples derived from those biospecimens for downstream analyses. This FOA will support the development of tools, devices, instrumentation, and associated methods to assess sample quality, preserve/protect sample integrity, and establish verification criteria for quality assessment/quality control and handling under diverse conditions. These technologies are expected to potentially accelerate and/or enhance research in cancer biology, early detection, screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and cancer health disparities, by reducing pre-analytical variations that affect biospecimen sample quality. This funding opportunity is part of a broader NCI-sponsored Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The initial application deadline is March 17, 2015. A letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the corresponding application deadline. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

 

NIH: Science of Behavior Change - Resource and Coordinating Center

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-RM-14-017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support the NIH Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Resource and Coordinating Center (RCC), which will coordinate the activities of between five and nine Target Validation Projects. The initial awards will be made in response to three companion FOAs (RFA-RM-14-018, RFA-RM-14-019, RFA-RM-14-020) that will focus on identifying and validating targets in the three specific behavioral domains of self-regulation, stress reactivity and stress resilience, and interpersonal and social processes. The overall goal of the SOBC Program is to transform behavioral intervention designs by implementing the experimental medicine approach to behavior change research. The overall goal of the RCC will be to provide national leadership for the coordinated efforts of projects and initiatives of SOBC to validate assays for behavior change, with five specific objectives described in this FOA. The RCC will also serve as the central resource for the organization of the meetings and other activities of the SOBC program, including the support of its Steering Committee and External Scientific Panel, and any SOBC steering committee subcommittees that are established.  This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. A letter of intent is due by February 20, 2015. The application deadline is March 20, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Science of Behavior Change - Assay Development and Validation for Interpersonal and Social Processes Targets

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-RM-14-018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications to support a collaborative research infrastructure involving an interdisciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to develop the foundation for an experimental medicine approach to behavior change. Research supported by this FOA is meant to support activities focused on behavior change targets in the domain of interpersonal and social processes through four main target validation steps: (1) identify a set of putative targets within the interpersonal and social processes domain that are implicated in medical regimen adherence and at least one other health behavior, (2) leverage existing or develop new experimental or intervention approaches to engage identified targets, (3) identify or develop appropriate assays (measures) to permit verification of target engagement and (4) test the degree to which engaging identified targets produces a desired change in medical regimen adherence and at least one other health behavior. While testing target engagement in specific clinical samples is permitted, the targets identified and the behavior change outcomes measured should be selected based on their hypothesized relevance to at least two clinical endpoints or disease conditions. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. A letter of intent is due by February 20, 2015. The application deadline is March 20, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Science of Behavior Change: Assay Development and Validation for Stress Reactivity and Stress Resilience Targets

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-RM-14-019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications to support a collaborative research infrastructure involving an interdisciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to develop the foundation for an experimental medicine approach to behavior change. Research supported by this FOA is meant to support activities focused on behavior change targets in the domain of interpersonal and social processes through four main target validation steps: (1) identify a set of putative targets within the interpersonal and social processes domain that are implicated in medical regimen adherence and at least one other health behavior, (2) leverage existing or develop new experimental or intervention approaches to engage identified targets, (3) identify or develop appropriate assays (measures) to permit verification of target engagement and (4) test the degree to which engaging identified targets produces a desired change in medical regimen adherence and at least one other health behavior. While testing target engagement in specific clinical samples is permitted, the targets identified and the behavior change outcomes measured should be selected based on their hypothesized relevance to at least two clinical endpoints or disease conditions. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. A letter of intent is due by February 20, 2015. The application deadline is March 20, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Science of Behavior Change: Assay Development and Validation for Self-Regulation Targets

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-RM-14-020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications to support a collaborative research infrastructure involving an interdisciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to develop the foundation for an experimental medicine approach to behavior change. Research supported by this FOA is meant to support activities focused on behavior change targets in the domain of interpersonal and social processes through four main target validation steps: (1) identify a set of putative targets within the interpersonal and social processes domain that are implicated in medical regimen adherence and at least one other health behavior, (2) leverage existing or develop new experimental or intervention approaches to engage identified targets, (3) identify or develop appropriate assays (measures) to permit verification of target engagement and (4) test the degree to which engaging identified targets produces a desired change in medical regimen adherence and at least one other health behavior. While testing target engagement in specific clinical samples is permitted, the targets identified and the behavior change outcomes measured should be selected based on their hypothesized relevance to at least two clinical endpoints or disease conditions. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. A letter of intent is due by February 20, 2015. The application deadline is March 20, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Pharmacogenomics of Orofacial Pain Management 

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DE-16-001

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research on the genetic basis of variability in therapeutic drug responses and adverse events in individuals with painful conditions of the dental, and orofacial region. The objectives are to determine the role of genetic variability in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug toxicities that contribute to and predict the clinical outcomes of analgesic treatment of individuals with acute and chronic pain conditions. Delineation of genetic variation in drug and neurotransmitter metabolizing enzymes and transporters, drug target molecules such as enzymes and receptors, and associated post-receptor intracellular signaling pathway molecules is an important outcome of this FOA. Identification of key molecular signatures that are predictive of a therapeutic response is a second objective. Clinical and basic science researchers are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams to effectively address the goals of this FOA. The ability to categorize individuals who differ in their responses to analgesic therapy will aid health care providers in their ability to prescribe the best treatments for acute and chronic pain patients with a personalized/ precision approach. Although this FOA is focused on orofacial pain, it also may serve as a catalyst for the pain research community to explore new pharmacogenomics studies in chronic pain conditions that overlap with temporomandibular joint disorder. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. A letter of intent is due by May 24, 2015. The application deadline is June 24, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: NIA Academic Leadership Career Award

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-15-078

The objective of the NIA Research Leadership Career Award (RLCA) is to provide support for more senior investigators who have the expertise and leadership skills to improve the curricula and enhance the aging-related research capacity within their academic institution to leverage recent advances in basic, clinical and behavioral research in aging in order to advance scientific momentum in the field. The RLCA candidate must have acknowledged scientific expertise and leadership skills and sufficient clinical training, research, or teaching experience in the academic area of interest to an NIH awarding component to implement a program of curriculum development within the sponsoring institution. The investigator is expected to build on existing infrastructure including the development or enhancement of existing curricula in an area or subfield of research on aging at their institution and provide leadership in the establishment of an emerging scientific discipline in aging and geriatrics, drawing on the strengths of his/her institution, its faculty and resources.  Funding may be used to support a particular institution or to build a research area through networked investigators or institutions. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The initial application deadline is June 12, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

 

NIH: Pathway to Independence Award

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-15-083

The overall goal of the NIH Research Career Development program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The application deadline is February 12, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NIH: Dentist Scientist Career Transition Award for Intramural Investigators 

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-15-084

The purpose of the NIDCR Dentist Scientist Career Transition Award for Intramural Investigators program is to provide highly qualified dentists in NIH Intramural postdoctoral fellowship positions with an opportunity to receive further mentored research experience in the NIH Intramural program, and then to provide them with independent funding to facilitate the transition of their research programs as new investigators at extramural institutions. To achieve this goal, the program is structured to provide two years of mentored research training in an NIH intramural laboratory (Phase 1) followed by three years of funding (Phase 2) to conduct biomedical research as an independent scientist at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, has been offered, and has accepted a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). This funding opportunity was announced on January 8, 2015. The application deadline is February 12, 2015. For more information, please visit NIH's Full Funding Opportunity Announcement.


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