Author: Dr. Michele McGuirl

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In addition to leading the Research Advancement Programs Branch, Michele oversees the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase I initiative and manages grants for the Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program.

Posts by Dr. Michele McGuirl

Thoughts on Our Virtual IDeA Program Meeting

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In September, we hosted a virtual meeting for investigators and students supported by the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program to introduce them to strategic initiatives from NIH leaders in response to COVID-19, and to highlight scientific progress by IDeA researchers. We were pleased with the overwhelming response from the IDeA community—there were approximately 750 attendees and more than 180 abstracts submitted.

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Join Our Virtual IDeA Program Meeting

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We were unable to get together for this year’s National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence. In response to requests from the community, we’re hosting a virtual meeting for investigators and program leaders supported by the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program:

Tuesday, September 22, 2:00-5:30 p.m. ET

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Changes to COBRE Phase 1 and Phase 2 Awards and Applications

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We’d like to call your attention to a pair of recently published notices (NOT-GM-20-042 and NOT-GM-20-043) that address the unfavorable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on institutions’ ability to recruit faculty investigators. In response to this, we’ve reduced the minimum number of research projects required for our Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phases 1 and 2 from three to two. Additionally, we’ll allow budget increases for recruitment costs and pilot projects. These changes apply to active awards and to applications submitted for new Phase 1 (PAR-19-313) and Phase 2 (PAR-19-312) funding opportunity announcements.

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NIH and DOE Partner to Host Bioimaging Webinars

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UPDATE: The slides from the NIH-DOE webinars are now available on the Advanced Bioimaging Capabilities and Biomedical Research Opportunities webpage.

NIH and the Department of Energy (DOE) support national centers and dedicated instruments for high-resolution bioimaging at national facilities including:

  • X-ray microscopy and tomography
  • 3D electron microscopy
  • cryo-electron microscopy
  • infrared imaging
  • light microscopy
  • live cell imaging
  • image analysis
  • dynamics
  • computing
  • software development
  • data management

Recognizing that new directions in science are often launched by innovative tools and methods as well as new biological concepts, the agencies also support the development of novel bioimaging tools and methods at these centers and in the laboratories of independent researchers.

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