The Healthy Eating Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a new call for proposals (CFP attached).

This CFP is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic: Round 9 grants (Deadline for concept papers: June 24, 2015 and August 12, 2015 (3PM Eastern)) and New Connections grants (deadline for concept papers: July 1, 2015 (3PM Eastern)). More information is available at the website as well:

Please feel free to forward this information to colleagues who may be interested in this funding opportunity as well.

[Posted 5/11/2015]

Apr 242015

Click to view this year’s Diversity Grant information. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.

[Posted 4/24/2015]

Helping Minority Ph.D.’s in STEM: Something’s Working

By Lee Gardner

Samuel Attoh, dean of the Graduate School at Loyola U. Chicago, created dissertation boot camps for Ph.D. candidates and set aside grant funds specifically for students who are close to completing their degrees but who are running out of money.

Earning a Ph.D. in a STEM field is meant to be challenging, but data has shown it can be especially so for minority students. While universities have had some success in diversifying their STEM graduate ranks in recent years, completion rates for Ph.D. candidates who are African-American, Latino, Native American, or Alaska Native have lagged behind those of their white counterparts.

A report released on Tuesday by the Council of Graduate Schools offers some good news: Seven-year Ph.D. completion rates for minority students at institutions surveyed rose by 5 percent from 1996 to 2005, the most recent cohort it examined. That means that something the universities are doing is working.

Read more.

[Posted 4/14/2015]

Gates – Simons Foundation: Faculty Scholar awards for early career scientists –

Deadline July 28

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation would like to call your attention to a joint national competition for grants to outstanding early career scientists as Faculty Scholars. Awardees will receive a five-year, non-renewable grant whose size will be based on several factors, including the amount of external funding the scientist has at the time of the grant. The grants will range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year for direct costs. There are no limits on the number of applicants or awardees from any eligible institution, and candidates apply directly without an institutional nomination. Both basic researchers and physician scientists are welcome in this open competition. HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation encourage applications from women and minorities under-represented in the biomedical and biological sciences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, see

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement to departmental colleagues and others at your institution to whom this may be of interest. Please direct questions to

For more information:

[Posted: 3/24/2015]

Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships to Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the life sciences from underrepresented backgrounds. These scholarships, of up to $1,200 USD each, are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including meeting registration fee, abstract fee, airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement for travel expenses other than registration fees. Keystone Symposia strongly encourages those with disabilities to apply for these scholarships (for more information, visit Keystone Symposia Policy on Accessibility). Upcoming Keystone Symposia meetings open for NIH MARC T36 scholarship applications are those taking place in January and February 2015.  The application deadline for the last eligible meeting (Hematopoiesis B6 – February 22-27, 2015) is October 22, 2014.  There are 21 Keystone Symposia meetings (January and February 2015) that are eligible for UR Trainee Scholarships. The application deadline varies with each meeting; each deadline can be found on the Keystone Symposia website. Determination of awardees is made by the meeting organizer based on the abstract submitted.

Eligible Meetings

A1 – Precision Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology – January 11—16, 2015 in Big Sky, Montana

A2 – Viral Immunity – January 11—16, 2015 in Breckenridge, Colorado

F1 – The Biological Code of Cell Signaling: A Tribute to Tony Pawson – January 11—16, 2015 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

J1 – Integrating Metabolism and Tumor Biology – January 13—18, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

J2 – PI 3-Kinase Signaling Pathways in Disease – January 13—18, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A3 – Immunity to Veterinary Pathogens: Informing Vaccine Development – January 20—25, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

J3 – Host Response in Tuberculosis – January 22—27, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

J4 – Granulomas in Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases – January 22—27, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

A4 – Epigenetics and Cancer – January 25—30, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

A5 – Neuroinflammation in Diseases of the Central Nervous System – January 25—30, 2015 in Taos, New Mexico

J5 – Mitochondria, Metabolism and Heart Failure – January 27—February 1, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

J6 – Diabetes and Metabolic Dysfunction – January 27—February 1, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

B1 – Autoimmunity and Tolerance – February 3—8, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

B2 – Endoderm Lineages in Development and Disease – February 8—13, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

B3 – Plant Receptor Kinases: From Molecules to Environment – February 8—13, 2015 in Taos, New Mexico

J7 – Tumor Immunology – Multidisciplinary Science Driving Combination Therapy – February 8—13, 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada

J8 – Antibodies as Drugs: Immunological Scaffolds as Therapeutics – February 8—13, 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada

B4 – Systems Biology of Lipid Metabolism – February 9—13, 2015 in Breckenridge, Colorado

G1 – RNA Silencing in Plants – February 17—22, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado

B5 – Neuroepigenetics – February 22—26, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

B6 – Hematopoiesis – February 22—27, 2015 in Keystone, Colorado


To be eligible for an Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship, you must be:

·         United States Citizen or United States Permanent Resident

·         A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic program at the start of the meeting for which you are applying

·         From one of the following federally designated underrepresented backgrounds listed below:
(If you have a disability, please contact for instructions to complete the application):

o    Hispanic American

o    African American

o    Native American or Alaska Native

o    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

o    Bicultural (claims parental heritage to one of the above populations in the United States)

·         An applicant is eligible to receive one award per meeting year (July 1st – June 30th)

Application Process

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend.

It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

·         Complete the Underrepresented Trainee application on the Keystone Symposia website (

·         Submit an abstract for the meeting to which you are applying (with paid abstract fee)

·         Have your mentor submit a letter via our website to verify your status as a student or postdoc


Contact: Jeff Lehman, Scholarship Coordinator

Posted Date: 09/23/2014

NHLBI Notice:

  • Notice of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Participation in RFA-LM-15-002 “NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education: Open Educational Resources for Sharing, Annotating and Curating Biomedical Big Data (R25)”
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Notice of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Participation in RFA-LM-15-001 “NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Data Management for Biomedical Big Data (R25)”
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Biomedical Data Science Training Coordination Center (U24)
    Application Receipt Date(s): March 17, 2015

  • [Posted: 1/5/2015]

    Hot off the press – the Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) has just been released.


    Two differences from the previous RFA;

    • Two due dates per year instead of one – the first due date is February 18, 2015, followed by October 15, 2015.
    • All due dates may be found in the RFA.

    ·         Unlike previous K01 Diversity RFAs, this does not include a “Re-entry” component.


    [Posted: 11/26/2014]

    Good News!  The K-award payline was recently increased from a priority score of 25 to 30.

    See link for current paylines: Current Paylines


    Posted Date: 10/29/2014

    Dear NHLBI Investigators:

    This is to bring to your attention about an administrative supplement funding opportunity for eligible grants and contracts. The program is “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research .  Please explore the link and then contact us with any questions.

    The overall goal is to increase the diversity of individuals in biomedical research workforce by providing training opportunities to individuals.  The NHLBI is committed to providing research opportunities to support qualified, eligible candidates, with additional funding, to work in your group under your appropriate mentorship.  Opportunities are available for candidates from the high school through junior investigator levels.

    The Research Supplements Program is of particular interest to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).   If we may be of assistance at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.


    Nara Gavini, PhD. MPhil.
    Chair, Diversity Programs Working Group
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    National Institutes of Health
    Two Rockledge Center, Suite 9093
    6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7913
    Bethesda, Maryland  20892


    Posted Date: 10/01/2014

    New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review & Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review through

    Please share this golden opportunity with your colleagues and networks:

    The National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, in collaboration with the ACD Diversity Working Group Subcommittee on Peer Review<>, has announced two America COMPETES Act Challenges. These contests solicit input from the scientific community and other stakeholders to aid our efforts to address the problem of racial disparities in NIH R01 grant funding.

    New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review: Contestants are asked to submit their ideas for strategies to detect possible bias in the NIH peer review process. Submissions can include approaches, strategies, methodologies, and/or measures that would be sensitive to detecting bias among reviewers due to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience.  First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded in two categories, best empirically based idea and most creative idea.

    Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review: Contestants are asked to submit ideas for reviewer training methods aimed at enhancing fairness and impartiality in NIH peer review. The submission does not require full development of training materials.  However, ideas should be provided in sufficient detail to assess their ability to address fairness and impartiality in review with regards to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience. First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded for the best overall idea.

    The contest closes June 30, 2014 and winners will be announced September 2, 2014.  Details regarding the rules and submission procedures for these two Challenges can be found on the CSR Challenge website<>.


    Posted Date: 05/20/2014


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