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Tuesday, September 5, 2017


A. Updates on NIH Funded Research Involving Human Subjects:
1.    New PHS Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information form: For application due dates of January 25, 2018, and beyond, use an updated application forms package (FORMS-E).
·      Includes the new human subject and clinical trial form. Contract proposals will also require this information. Learn about the new form here.

2.    Use of a single IRB: for non-exempt, multi-site clinical trials for application due dates on/after January 25, 2018.

3.    Requirement to apply to an FOA: the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) specifically allows for the submission of clinical trial applications for due dates beginning January 25, 2018.

4.    Effective January 2017: Good Clinical Practice training expectations for NIH staff, grantees, and contractors are required.
A new Clinical Trial Requirements for NIH Grantees and Contractors web page brings together all the information that you need to know. 

B. New Grant Opportunities: Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute (HFHL)
·      Community-University Partnership Grant Program: $50,000 to fund innovative community-university partnerships related to food, nutrition, and health.
·      Faculty Planning Grant Program: $10,000 to support the development of University interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research teams related to food, nutrition, and health.
Submission deadline are on November 10, 2017.  For more information on both programs visit https://www.hfhl.umn.edu/grant-programs/fall-2017-rfps

C. International Travel Grants funded by UMN GPS Alliance: support the internationalization of the University on all campuses through research, teaching, and outreach. The application system is online with a deadline of December 15, 2017.  Average award is $1,500 with a maximum of $2,000.  Applicants must be University of Minnesota faculty or P&A staff. For more details visit http://global.umn.edu/funding/travelgrant/index.html

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 2017 Tipping Points


1. Grant Writing Services Offered by the Research Office: The Research Office offers grant support to help investigators to submit their external and internal grant applications. Resources include assistance with biosketches, facilities and resources, authentication plans, letters of support, formatting of proposals, and all non-scientific parts of the application. Also we offer support for review of the scientific parts of the application, and any other miscellaneous grant support needed. Please contact sthil001@umn.edu for more details.

2. Federal RePORTER: Supports searching over 800,000 projects across 17 Federal research agencies, with trans-agency data updated annually. You can quickly drill down to projects funded by a certain agency or projects occurring in a particular state. Find collaborators, get to know the research interests of federal science-funding agencies, understand your institution’s sources of support, and prepare your applications and research plan equipped with additional knowledge. Please visit Federal RePORTER to explore this tool.

3. New Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your NIH Grant Application: Would you like a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a NIH grant? On NIH's How to Apply page, you will find four new interactive tutorials on the basics of preparing, writing, and submitting your application. Tutorials take between 4 to 11 minutes each to listen through, and you can easily jump ahead to chapters of interest, or navigate back to review something you’ve missed. These tutorials link to additional resources and transcripts.

4. New IRB Training Requirement: Effective July 1, 2017, all biomedical researchers and research staff involved in the conduct of human research must complete Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training regardless of the level of risk or funding source. Refer to the training page of the IRB website for more information about this new requirement.

Until next month, be well!

Thursday, May 4, 2017


1. Pew Charitable Trusts Grant Opportunity:

$240,000 over a four-year period.  This opportunity limits the U of MN to one nomination.  The deadline for preliminary proposals is 6/12. The Sponsor's final deadline is 10/23. Details can be found at http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-biomedical-scholars/program-details.  

To decrease the time between the internal deadline and the notification of nominees, UMN OVPR asks that you please "Register Interest/Share Your Ideas" on the OVPR website - Even just by entering your name and department. Or, email collabor@umn.edu and let them know you plan on submitting a proposal. Please see the "Extramural Coordinated Funding" website for information and guidelines: http://apps.research.umn.edu/c/extramural/external_coordinated_funding.cfm#.VdM62_lvmVM (Internal guidelines are found under "OVPR" in the "Internal Reqs" column.)

2.  AHRQ grant opportunities for cliniciansTwo new awards are available:

- "Developing New Clinical Decision Support (CDS) to Disseminate and Implement Evidence Based Research Findings" R18.   The purposes of this FOA are to develop new, reliable, valid, and usable CDS from evidence-based research findings and then demonstrate its effectiveness to improve care in clinical practice.  Visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-261.html

- "Scaling Established Clinical Decision Support (CDS) to Facilitate the Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence Based Research Findings" R18.  The purposes of this FOA are to extend the implementation ("scale") and evaluation of well-established and effective CDS beyond the initial clinical setting or institution in which the CDS was originally developed and implemented, thereby extending the impact on clinical practice.  Visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-260.html

3.  New forms coming for NIH applications!

NIH will change from the current Forms-D to new Forms-E and instructions for NIH applications for due dates on or after January 25th, 2018.  The changes will:
- Consolidate human subjects, inclusion enrollment, and clinical trial information previously collected across multiple agency forms

- Expand and use discrete form fields for clinical trial information to enhance peer review, data collection, and align with ClinicalTrials.gov

- Incorporate recent Grants.gov changes to R&R Budget and SBIR/STTR Information forms

Application guides for FORMS-E application packages will be posted to the How to Apply - Application Guide page no later than October 25, 2017.  For more information please see  NOT-OD-17-062

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Grand Challenges Exploration

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Grand Challenges Exploration: supports early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges.  Initial grants will be for $100,000 for 18 months (Phase I). Promising projects can receive up to $1 million in additional funding (Phase II). The deadline is May 3rd 2017. Details about the awards are at http://grandchallenges.org/grant-opportunities

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaborative: The second phase of the Provost's Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaborative: The second phase of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Initiative will include both a competitive call for proposals from interdisciplinary teams (pre-proposals due March 20) and opportunities for extended interdisciplinary engagement through participation in a collaborative of Grand Challenges Research Scholars (nominations due March 1). Awards will focus on two spotlighted Grand Challenges areas: 1) Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems and 2) Fostering Just and Equitable Communities-or an integration of the two. Please review the detailed guidelines for the Phase 2 Grand Challenges Research Initiatives and consider collaborating with colleagues across disciplines. 

MN Futures Grant Program

MN Futures Grant Program: OVPR is requesting applications. LOIs are due on February 20th 2017. Full proposals are accepted starting on February 21. The program is designed to promote in-depth work to enable faculty members to respond collaboratively and boldly to emerging opportunities in interdisciplinary research and scholarship. This call seeks interdisciplinary research and scholarship proposals that originate from new interdisciplinary groups. Proposals may be for up to two years for a maximum of $250,000 each. It is anticipated that two grants will be awarded. For more details visit MN Futures grant awards.

NIH's Loan Repayment Program (LRP):

NIH's Loan Repayment Program (LRP): a new network - The Ambassador Program - connects potential LRP applicants with former and current LRP awardees.  LRP ambassadors serve as a personalized link/connection between the programs and potential applicants at their home institutions, providing advice and encouragement regarding the LRP application process.  For more information visit https://www.lrp.nih.gov/ambassador-program