Common Fund Opportunities for Support and Giving Input

You may be interested in the following NIH Common Fund-related opportunities:

Use-Oriented Basic Research: Change Mechanisms of Behavioral Social Interventions (Admin Supp)
(PA-12-119)

Purpose: Fund administrative supplements to study possible mechanisms of action of behavioral or social interventions
Application due date: May 15, 2012
NIH contacts:
Lisa Onken, NIDA, 301-443-0107
Melissa Riddle, NIDCR, 301-451-3888
Varda Shoham, NIMH, 301-443-8694

Request for Information (RFI): Challenges and Opportunities in Single Cell Analysis for Biomedical Research
(NOT-RM-12-018)

Purpose: Provide input to an NIH Common Fund working group charged with identifying challenges and emerging opportunities related to single-cell analysis
Response due date: April 12, 2012
Send responses to single_cell@mail.nih.gov

Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Hearings Under Way

The House hearing on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for NIH happened on Tuesday, March 20, and the Senate one will occur this Wednesday, March 28.

My written statement to the House Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations highlights recent research advances in model organism research, systems biology, AIDS-related structural biology, disease modeling, chemical synthesis and pharmacogenomics. I also mention our ongoing efforts to strengthen the biomedical research workforce.

NIH Director Francis Collins’ written testimony on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget is also now available.

These statements are part of the process that ultimately leads to an appropriations bill for NIH, including NIGMS. In a future post, we will describe the entire budget process so that you can better understand how and when we make funding decisions.

Upcoming NIGMS Training Grant (T32) Application Deadline

The next submission date for NIGMS predoctoral T32 applications is May 25. If you plan on submitting an application, please see my earlier post with reminders about mandatory requirements related to recruitment and retention plans for students with disabilities, training in the responsible conduct of research and NIGMS-specific guidelines. Feel free to contact me with additional questions.

Reflecting on Our Golden Anniversary

NIGMS 50th Anniversary BannerLast October, I told you that NIGMS would be commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2012.  We hope you will help us mark this milestone by participating in our upcoming anniversary events, which include sessions at scientific meetings and a special symposium on the NIH campus that will feature talks by three outstanding NIGMS-funded investigators as well as poster presentations by NIGMS-supported undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral scientists.

Another way to get involved is to provide a personal reflection about NIGMS. I want to thank those who have already sent theirs and encourage everyone to take a few minutes to read them. I hope they will inspire you to send in one of your own. We welcome individual or group contributions of any length and in any format (text, audio or video).

New Funding Opportunities: Studying Macromolecular Interactions in Cells, Small Business Alzheimer’s Disease Research

You may be interested in the following recently issued funding opportunity announcements:

Collaborations for Macromolecular Interactions in Cells (R01)
(RFA-GM-13-004)

Purpose: Establish interdisciplinary collaborative projects to advance studies of macromolecular interactions and their relationship to function in cells.
Letter of intent due date: May 14, 2012
Application due date: June 14, 2012
NIGMS contacts:
Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
Paul Brazhnik, 301-451-6446
Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics
James Deatherage and Alexandra Ainsztein, 301-594-0828
Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology
Daniel Janes, 301-594-0943
Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry
Vernon Anderson, 301-594-3827

Research Networks for Macromolecular Interactions in Cells (U54)
(RFA-GM-13-005)

Purpose: Establish interdisciplinary collaborative research networks to advance studies of macromolecular interactions and their relationship to function in cells.
Letter of intent due date: May 14, 2012
Application due date: June 14, 2012
NIGMS contacts:
Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
Paul Brazhnik, 301-451-6446
Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics
James Deatherage and Alexandra Ainsztein, 301-594-0828
Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology
Daniel Janes, 301-594-0943
Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry
Vernon Anderson, 301-594-3827

Small Business Alzheimer’s Disease Research (SBIR[R43/R44])
(RFA-OD-12-003)

Purpose: Solicit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications in the area of Alzheimer’s disease.
Letter of intent due date: March 30, 2012
Application due date: April 30, 2012
NIGMS contact: Scott Somers, 301-594-3827

Small Business Alzheimer’s Disease Research (STTR[R41/R42])
(RFA-OD-12-004)

Purpose: Solicit Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant applications in the area of Alzheimer’s disease.
Letter of intent due date: March 30, 2012
Application due date: April 30, 2012
NIGMS contact: Scott Somers, 301-594-3827