Bridges to the Future Funding Opportunities

You may be interested in these recent funding opportunity announcements:

Bridges to the Doctorate Program (R25)
(PAR-12-276)

Purpose: Promote partnerships/consortia between colleges or universities granting a terminal master’s degree and institutions that offer the doctorate degree, with the goal of increasing the pool of master’s degree students from underrepresented backgrounds who pursue research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and who are trained and available to participate in NIH-funded research
Application due date: October 26, 2012
NIGMS contact: Michelle R.J. Hamlet, 301-594-3900

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)
(PAR-12-277)

Purpose: Promote partnerships/consortia between community colleges or other 2-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree and colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree, with the goal of increasing the pool of community college students from underrepresented backgrounds who pursue research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research
Application due date: October 26, 2012
NIGMS contact: Michelle R.J. Hamlet, 301-594-3900

NIH Common Fund Extracellular RNA Communication Funding Opportunities

exRNA LogoThe NIH Common Fund has established a new program on extracellular RNA (exRNA) communication. The program seeks to discover fundamental biological principles of the mechanisms of exRNA generation, secretion and transport; to identify and develop a catalog of exRNA found in normal human body fluids; and to investigate the potential for using exRNAs in the clinic as therapeutic molecules or as disease biomarkers.

NIH recently issued the following funding opportunity announcements focused on these goals:

Extracellular RNA Biogenesis, Biodistribution, Uptake, and Effector Function (U19)
(RFA-RM-12-012)

Purpose: Stimulate multidisciplinary research projects to determine the principles that guide the selection of regulatory RNA molecules for extracellular transport, determine the function of these exRNAs, and focus on the role of exRNA communication in human health and disease
Letter of intent due date: October 12, 2012
Application due date: November 13, 2012
NIH contact: T. Kevin Howcroft, 301-496-7815

Reference Profiles of Human Extracellular RNA (U01)
(RFA-RM-12-011)

Purpose: Develop reference profiles for noncoding regulatory exRNAs from healthy human blood and other body fluid samples
Letter of intent due date: October 12, 2012
Application due date: November 13, 2012
NIH contact: Pothur R. Srinivas, 301-402-3712

Clinical Utility of Extracellular RNA for Biomarker Development (UH2/UH3)
(RFA-RM-12-013)

Purpose: Identify and quantify exRNA-based biomarkers derived from human body fluids in order to diagnose and monitor disease progression and response to therapy
Letter of intent due date: October 12, 2012
Application due date: November 13, 2012
NIH contact: Danilo A. Tagle, 301-594-8064

Clinical Utility of Extracellular RNA for Therapy Development (UH2/UH3)
(RFA-RM-12-014)

Purpose: Develop novel therapies and delivery techniques that demonstrate the potential clinical utility of exRNAs as therapeutic agents
Letter of intent due date: October 12, 2012
Application due date: November 13, 2012
NIH contact: Danilo A. Tagle, 301-594-8064

Data Management and Resource Repository (DMRR) on Extracellular RNA (U54)
(RFA-RM-12-010)

Purpose: Integrate the efforts of all of the funded components of the Common Fund exRNA communication program and serve as a community-wide resource for exRNA standards, protocols and data
Letter of intent due date: October 12, 2012
Application due date: November 13, 2012
NIH contact: John Satterlee, 301-435-1020

NIGMS’ Alexandra Ainsztein is a member of the NIH working group for this program and can answer questions about it by e-mail or phone (301-594-0828).

NIH Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator Awards

You may be interested in these recent funding opportunity announcements from the NIH Common Fund:

2013 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program (DP1)
(RFA-RM-12-015)

Purpose: Support exceptionally creative individual scientists who propose pioneering, and possibly transforming, approaches to major challenges that have the potential for unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research
Application due date: October 9, 2012
NIH contact: Ravi Basavappa, 301-594-8190

2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
(RFA-RM-12-016)

Purpose: Support exceptionally creative early stage investigators who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential for major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research
Application due date: October 17, 2012
NIH contact: Ravi Basavappa, 301-594-8190

Instrument Development, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development, Xenopus Analysis

You may be interested in these recent funding opportunity announcements:

Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21)
(RFA-GM-13-010)

Purpose: Solicit innovative applications for the development of new or improved instrumentation for biomedical research
Application due date: October 30, 2012
NIGMS contact: Fred Friedman, 301-435-0775

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)
(PAR-12-245)

Purpose: Develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists through support of a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at a research-intensive institution combined with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution
Application due date: September 24, 2012
NIGMS contact: Shiva Singh, 301-594-3900

Genetic and Genomic Analysis of Xenopus (R01)
(PAR-12-250)

Purpose: Exploit and enhance the power of Xenopus as a vertebrate model for biomedical research
Letter of intent due date: 30 days before application due date
Application due dates: October 1, 2012; September 30, 2013; September 30, 2014
NIGMS contact: Susan Haynes, 301-594-0943

Funding Opportunities: Research Interventions that Promote Biomedical and Behavioral Careers; Early Independence Awards

You may be interested in these recent funding opportunity announcements:

Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Students in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences (R01)
(RFA-GM-13-009)

Purpose: Support research to test assumptions and hypotheses on social and behavioral factors that might inform and guide potential interventions to increase student interest, motivation and preparedness for biomedical and behavioral research careers; NIGMS has a particular interest in interventions designed to increase the number of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research who enter careers in these disciplines
Letter of intent due date: September 24, 2012
Application due date: October 24, 2012
NIGMS contact: Clifton Poodry, 301-594-3900

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
(RFA RM-12-018)

Purpose: Support exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of a terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional postdoctoral training period
Letter of intent due date: December 30, 2012
Application due date: January 30, 2013
NIH contact: Ravi Basavappa, 301-435-7204
NOTE: Institutions may submit up to two applications; the NIH Common Fund, which sponsors this program, is hosting a portal to facilitate the “matching” process between institutions and candidates

NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards

You may be interested in this funding opportunity announcement from the NIH Common Fund:

NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards (R01)
(RFA-RM-12-017)

Purpose: Support groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original and/or unconventional research with the potential for major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral science
Letter of intent due date: August 21, 2012
Application due date: September 21, 2012
NIH contact: Ravi Basavappa, 301-435-7204

Funding Opportunities: Conferences and Scientific Meetings, NIGMS/NSF Biological and Mathematical Sciences Initiative

You may be interested in the following funding opportunity announcements:

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13)
(PAR-12-212)

Purpose: Support high-quality conferences that are relevant to the public health and scientific mission of the participating NIH institutes and centers, including NIGMS
Application due dates: Standard dates apply
NIGMS contact: Ann Hagan, 301-594-3910

Notice of Intent to Participate in the Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences
(NOT-GM-12-111)

Purpose: Support research in mathematics and statistics related to mathematical biology research
Application due date: September 17, 2012
NIGMS contacts:
Paul Brazhnik, 301-451-6446
Janna Wehrle, 301-594-0828
Amy Swain, 301-451-6446

National Centers for Systems Biology Funding Opportunity

You may be interested in the following funding opportunity announcement:

NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology (P50)
(PAR-12-187)

Purpose: Promote pioneering research, research training, education and outreach programs focused on systems-level inquiries of biomedical phenomena within the NIGMS mission
Letter of intent due dates: September 23, 2012; September 23, 2013; September 23, 2014
Application due dates: October 23, 2012; October 23, 2013; October 23, 2014
NIGMS contacts: Paul Brazhnik and Peter Lyster, 301-451-6446

Funding Opportunity for Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)

You may be interested in the following funding opportunity announcement:

Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)
(PAR-12-182)

Purpose: Support partnerships between American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and research-intensive institutions to conduct research and research training to meet the needs of AI/AN communities
Letter of intent due date: June 10, 2012
Application due date: July 10, 2012
NIGMS contact: Sheila Caldwell, 301-435-0760

National Big Data Initiative: First Funding Opportunity Is for Core Techniques and Technologies

You may have seen the announcement from the Office of Science and Technology Policy on the new National Big Data Research and Development Initiative Exit icon. We hope you did!

This initiative is the result of a year-long, interagency effort to identify challenges and goals in extracting the most information and value from massive data sets. As co-chair of the initiative’s senior steering committee, I’m particularly excited about the potential of this collaboration to speed biomedical discoveries and innovations as well as to create educational and infrastructure resources. These are all areas that will benefit from the initiative’s first funding opportunity: Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) Exit icon.

This solicitation, issued jointly by the National Science Foundation and NIH, aims to accelerate improvements in scientific and technological approaches for managing, analyzing, visualizing and extracting useful information from large, diverse, distributed and heterogeneous data sets. Specifically, it will support the development and evaluation of technologies, tools and practices for data collection and management, data analytics and/or e-science collaborations.

BIGDATA will be administered by NSF, with NIH participating as a partner in the review process and selection of applications. Note that there are two different project options, each with different application deadlines: “Mid-scale” proposals of up to $1 million total costs per year for 5 years are due June 13, 2012; and “small-project” proposals of up to $250,000 total costs per year for up to 3 years are due July 11, 2012.

If you have an idea that may fit within the goals of this program, please see the frequently asked questions Exit icon and/or contact one of the program officers listed in the solicitation. You might also consider attending a webinar at 11 a.m. EDT on May 8 that NSF and NIH are hosting to help potential applicants better understand the scope of the solicitation. You can register Exit icon and submit questions in advance.

The broader initiative will ultimately include several other interagency programs to complement the core techniques and technologies solicitation, touching on domain-specific science challenges, workforce development and community challenges. So stay tuned for more funding opportunities in this arena!