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NIH Announcements for Sept. 12, 2011

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Monday, September 12, 2011

T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity
This funding opportunity aims to increase the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic and sleep disorders research across the career development continuum. The NHLBI's T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Program intended to support training of predoctoral and health professional students and individuals in postdoctoral training at non-research intensive institutions with an institutional mission focused on serving diverse communities that are not well represented in NIH-funded research, or identified federal legislation of same, with the potential to develop meritorious training programs in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders. The NHLBI's T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity is designed to expand the capability for biomedical research by providing grant support to institutions that have developed successful programs that promote diversity and that offer doctoral degrees in the health professions or in health-related sciences. Click here for additional information.

2012 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (DP1)
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award program complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator's laboratory or elsewhere. Awardees must commit the major portion (at least 51%) of their research efforts to the Pioneer Award project. For additional information about this funding opportunity, click on the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-004.html 

2012 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
The NIH Director's New Innovator (DP2) Award program was created in 2007 to support a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The New Innovator Awards complement ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators. The NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program is a High-Risk Research initiative of the Common Fund. For additional information about this funding opportunity, click here.

Basic Research on Decision Making: Cognitive, Affective, and Developmental Perspectives (R01)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued as part of the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet), encourages research grant applications that propose to increase understanding of the basic cognitive, affective, motivational, and social processes that underlie decision making across the lifespan.  This includes an appreciation of the interactions among the psychological, neurobiological, and behavioral processes in decision making.  It also includes consideration of the mediating and/or moderating influences of genetics, physiology, the social environment, and culture.  While the decision sciences have produced a rich literature in some of these areas, certain topics are only beginning to be addressed. View the entire announcement by clicking here. 

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01/R03/R21)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement is to encourage Research Project Grant (R01) applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships. Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media. Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations, identification of barriers to healthy behaviors;  and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors. Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors. View the full RFA via the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-327.html 

Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01 & R21)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Project Grant (R01 and R21) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop basic and applied projects utilizing systems science methodologies relevant to human behavioral and social sciences and health. This FOA is intended to encourage a broader scope of topics to be addressed with systems science methodologies, beyond those encouraged by existing open FOAs. Research projects applicable to this FOA are those that are either applied or basic in nature (including methodological development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and feature systems science methodologies.

R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-314.html
R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-315.html 

RFI - Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on the Future Biomedical Research Workforce
The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) has established a working group to examine the future of the biomedical research workforce in the United States.  The group will gather information from various sources including the extramural community, and will develop a model for a sustainable, diverse, and productive U.S. biomedical research workforce using appropriate expertise from NIH and external sources. The model will help inform decisions about how to train the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health. The working group will recommend actions to the ACD and to the NIH Director.

To view additional information on this RFI, click on the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-106.html.

Responses are due by October 7, 2011.