Department of Health and Human Services Funding Opportunity

Please click here for an overview of funding announcement RFA-HL-17-016.

UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP) (AUGUST 22, 2016 deadline) .

The UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP) is a collaboration of the Center of Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities (CCTMHD), the UCLA AIDS Institute, the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and the Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC).

The goal of HA-STTP is to provide multi-disciplinary, state of the art research training in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, traumatic stress, and health disparities to postdoctoral scholars including postdoctoral fellows, early career clinical researchers and early career faculty. Under the guidance of the HA-STTP faculty and mentors, trainees will acquire a broad range of skills necessary to establish career independence. Trainees will be expected to complete an NIH grant application during the course of the program.

This five year program will select scholars to train at UCLA. Personalized career mentoring, research mentoring, training, and pilot funding will be provided.

Potential candidates must have the following:

  1. A doctoral degree or have completed their medical residency within the Past 7 years
  2. Experience with HIV, substance abuse, trauma, health disparities, and/or bio-and social-behavioral research
  3. Ability and commitment to attend a two week-long training institutes per year (travel and housing are covered), and
  4. Clear articulation of research goals and training need. Applicants from historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions are encouraged to apply.

    Please contact the program co-directors Gail E. Wyatt, Ph. D at> or Norwetta G. Milburn, Ph.D if you have any questions. Find a copy of the application here.


Important News about NIH Toolbox, PROMIS, NEURO-QoL, and ASCQ-Me.

HealthMeasures ( now the official information center for NIH Toolbox®, PROMIS®, Neuro-QoL, and ASCQ-Me. These four, person-centered measurement systems are used to assess symptoms, functional abilities, quality of life, and life satisfaction.

Since 2014 the infrastructure that makes HealthMeasures available to the public has been supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to Northwestern University and five performance sites. Effective in late 2016, NIH funding will be reduced with the expectation that Northwestern University will lead the transition to a new business model that can sustain and distribute these measures. The NIH remains committed to the success of these measures and strives for future sustainability that includes public and private partners.

Free, direct access to most HealthMeausres content is cornerstone of this model. The website delivers free access to hundreds of self-and proxy-report measures from the four measurement systems, along with information to help users select, administer, score, and interpret measures. Utilization of Assessment Center and other assessment delivery services will carry fees associated with maintaining and updating these technologies. HealthMeasures will also provide consultation, training, custom software development, and translation services, with pricing available by quote. All services will be performed under a cost-recovery business model with no profit motivation.

More information, including details of Assessment Center pricing changes effective January 1, 2017, is available here. We also invite you to share your questions, ideas, and experiences with person-centered assessment in the HealthMeasures Forum.

Take Two Steps to Improve Your Skills and Advance Your Career. Learn More with AAMC.

Join your peers at the AAMC’s events designed for early career minority faculty.

September 15-18, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX

Step 1:
Grant Writers Pre-Conference Workshop: How to Improve Your Grantsmanship
Do you intend to submit a competitive proposal for funding? AAMC’s Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards is designed for faculty who are actively working on a K or R NIH grant proposal. Participants will receive direct hands-on assistance with proposal preparation on -site as well continued support through on-going virtual meetings over a 2-3 month period to strengthen their proposals.

This pre-conference workshop is taking place on Thursday, September 15, 2016 and participation is limited. The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 29, 2016. Apply Now!

Step 2:
Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar: Chart Your Career Path
Come join your peers and academic medicine thought leaders from all over North America for the Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar (MinFac). This professional development opportunity is specifically tailored for early career junior faculty: senior clinical and research fellows, instructors, and assistant professors; and post docs (MD, MD/PhDs and PhDs) approaching or currently at the assistant professor level who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine. Register Now!

This 3-day program includes:
• Opportunities to build your network through formal and informal networking activities
• Workshops to hone your communication skills and navigate sensitive topics
• Develop skills that can help you achieve appointment, promotion, and tenure in academic medicine
• Advance in core competencies like writing and submitting grants, planning and executing


Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA
Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer
Children’s National Medical Center

Darrell Kirch, MD
President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges

Decide today to chart your career path, hear from dynamic speakers, and take the next steps forward toward leadership in academic medicine.

Register by August 10, 2016 and Save with the Early Bird Discount.

Register Now. Spaces are limited, and registration will be closed once the seminar is filled.

Registration Process: The registration process for the 2016 Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar includes (a) a letter of support from your department chair, division chief or dean, (b) completion of a pre-seminar survey, and (c) selection of breakout sessions. Please review the Letter of Support Requirements (LOS) in order to upload a LOS as part of the registration process.

Hotel Reservations: Please note that you must register for the seminar prior to booking your hotel accommodations, and you are responsible for booking your own reservations. Reservations must be made by August 24, 2016. Housing information can be found on the meeting website.

Make plans today to join your colleagues in San Antonio, Texas!

For more information, contact:
Program Information: Tai Conley
Conference Logistics: Shayna Kritz
Conference Registration: Debra K. Hollins

[posted 6/20/2016]

The full Request for Applications is now available online!
Prospective applicants are requested to submit a Letter of Intent for the AHA Obesity Network on or before August 25, 2016. Letters of Intent may be submitted via Grants@Heart beginning on June 20, 2016. View the Letter of Intent Instructions for more details.
While a Letter of Intent is not required in order to submit a subsequent full application and does not enter into the review of said subsequent application; the information provided in a Letter of Intent allows AHA staff to estimate the potential peer review workload and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the peer review process. It also allows AHA to provide potential applicants with updated information about the application process if necessary.
For more information, including the full request for applications, visit the Obesity Research Network website.

[posted 6/20/2016]

Submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at the 9th Annual Conference, December 14-15, 2016 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. A forum for discussing the science of dissemination and implementation, the 9th Annual Conference aims to grow the research base by bridging the gap between evidence, practice, and policy in health and medicine.

The abstract solicitation and conference structure have been designed to focus our thinking and discussion on the highest priorities for dissemination and implementation science now and in the future to help optimize health and health care in the U.S. and elsewhere. Given the breadth of the field and the importance of maximizing opportunities for participants to follow consistent themes throughout the concurrent sessions of the meeting, we are including nine thematic tracks to organize the conference agenda.


  • Behavioral Health
  • Big Data and Technology for Dissemination & Implementation Research
  • Clinical (i.e., Primary, Specialty, Hospital, etc.) Care Settings
  • Global Dissemination & Implementation
  • Health Policy Dissemination and Implementation
  • Models, Measures, and Methods
  • Precision Medicine
  • Prevention and Public Health
  • Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST

[posted 6/15/2016]


*** Please note that early registration deadline is June 6, 2016. ***

Registration is now open for SBP-BRIMS’16, the 2016 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation. SBP-BRIMS’16 will be held at the UCDC Center, downtown Washington DC, USA Jun 28 – July 1, 2016.

Link to the main conference pages,
Link directly to registration page,
We have two forms of travel support available, as described below.

  1. Travel Support for Students
    We have obtained grant funding that will provide a number of registration and travel scholarships for students, to help them attend the conference. These awards will cover registration costs for local students. For non-local students, the award will cover up to $800 for registration, travel, and lodging expenses.

    To apply for consideration, follow the instructions at the SBP-BRIMS website:

    Follow the provided link to create an account to apply for the scholarships.
    Then, follow the instructions as directed on the website.

    These awards will be allocated on the basis of student need and available funding. Travel scholarships are awarded in the form of travel reimbursement. Travel scholars will need to submit qualifying receipts at the end of their trip.


  2. Travel Support to Promote Diversity at SBP-BRIMS’16 (for students and non-students)
    We also have funding that will provide a limited travel support (registration, travel, hotel) for the purpose of increasing diversity at SBP-BRIMS 2016. Support will be available to participants from underrepresented groups (racial minority, females, or participants from the social sciences, economic or managerial sciences, or biomedical research fields) to help them attend the conference and contribute to the disciplinary diversity. These awards will cover registration costs for local conference participants. For non-local participants, the award will cover up to $800 for registration, travel, and lodging expenses. These awards are available to students, post-docs, and non-students who belong to one or more of the underrepresented groups indicated.

    To apply for consideration, follow the instructions at the SBP-BRIMS website:

    Follow the provided link to create an account to apply for the scholarships.
    Then, follow the instructions as directed on the website.

    The awards will be allocated on the basis of individual’s need and available funding. Travel scholarships are awarded in the form of travel reimbursement. Travel scholars will need to submit qualifying receipts at the end of their trip.


    *** Please note that early registration deadline is June 6, 2016. ***


Morning, afternoon, and late afternoon tutorials are offered on Tuesday, June 28, 2016:

  1. Deep Learning Applied
    Alexander G. Ororbia II, Pennsylvania State University
  2. An Introduction to Computational Urban Science
    Konstantinos Pelechrinis (University of Pittsburgh) & Daniele Quercia (Bell Labs)
  3. Misinformation in Social Media: Diffusion, Detection and Intervention
    Liang Wu, Fred Morstatter, and Huan Liu, Arizona State University
  4. Dynamic & Geo-Spatial Network Visualization and Analysis
    L. Richard Carley (LRC@CMU.EDU) Carnegie Mellon University & Netanomics
  5. Network Analytics in ORA
    Geoffrey Morgan ( ) and Kathleen M. Carley (, Carnegie Mellon University
  6. Identifying Covert or Hidden Groups in Twitter
    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Benigni ( & Kathleen M. Carley (, Carnegie Mellon University
  7. Generative models for social network data
    Kevin S. Xu ( and TBA, University of Toledo
  8. Exploring Public Events Using Social Media Data: Challenges in Extraction, Modeling and Analyzing
    Yuheng Hu (, University of Illinois at Chicago
  9. Analyzing User behaviors via Data Visualization Techniques
    Nan Cao (, NYU ShangHai / NYU Tandon School of Engineering
    Yu-Ru Lin (, University of Pittsburgh

A brief description of the tutorials will be made available at the tutorial webpage:


Alex Levis
University Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
George Mason University – Fairfax, VA
Former, Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon.

Tina Eliassi-Rad
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Northeastern University – Boston, MA

Pamela I. Blechinger
Director, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine – Command Analysis Center (TRAC) – Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

For more information on the keynote speakers, see:

(We are still accepting entries.)

Please visit the conference website for further information about the conference:

[posted 5/19/2016]

NCI logo

Please join NCI’s Implementation Science Team and representatives from the Institutes and Centers contributing to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, for a webinar on the newly updated FOA. The webinar will be held three days after the official FOA release, on May 11, 2016.

For those who cannot make the webinar – The session will be recorded and archived on the Implementation Science Team website approximately two weeks following the live session.

On May 8, 2016 the revised Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R01/R21/R03) will be released. The purpose of these FOAs is to support innovative approaches to identifying, developing, testing, evaluating and/or refining strategies to disseminate and implement evidence-based practices (e.g. behavioral interventions; prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and disease management interventions; quality improvement programs) into public health, clinical practice, and community settings. Conversely, there is a benefit in understanding circumstances that create a need to “de-implement” or reduce the use of strategies and interventions that are not evidence-based, have been prematurely widely adopted, yield sub-optimal benefits for patients, or are harmful or wasteful. In addition, studies to advance dissemination and implementation research methods and measures are encouraged.

The session will present an overview of the re-issued Trans-NIH FOAs for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health including the revised focus and opportunities in these re-issued FOAs. You are encouraged to bring your questions as representatives from multiple ICs will be available to address them.

[posted 5/9/2016]

NIMHD Updates logo

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute from August 15, 2016, to August 19, 2016. The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in applying.

What the Health Disparities Research Institute Is: This program provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers, interested in addressing health disparities and minority health research, to learn about the latest science and receive guidance on their own research projects from leaders in the field.

Who Should Apply: Early career investigators, including postdoctoral researchers, research associates and assistant professors, engaged in health disparities and minority health research are encouraged to apply. We seek participants from diverse backgrounds within and outside of academia, such as from community-based and nonprofit organizations.

Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation, room, and board. Limited scholarships will be available to cover travel expenses based on need. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who require financial assistance are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

How to Apply: The online application is now open on the NIMHD website:
The due date for submitting an application is 5:00pm local time on June 1, 2016.
Application Information: Selection will be based on the following criteria

• Professional experience and educational achievements.
• A brief essay (no more than 250 words) addressing interest in the program and outlining objectives for participation in the program
• A one-page abstract with specific aims of a proposed research project
• One letter of recommendation providing evidence of potential success in minority health and health disparities research

Approximately 60 participants will be accepted and preference will be given to those who demonstrate high potential to incorporate training into their own research.

Program Information: The program will feature lectures, seminars, small group discussions, and sessions with scientific staff from across NIH Institutes and Centers. Lectures and seminars will include the following topics:

• Population science and health disparities
• Research design and measurement approaches
• Intervention science methods
• Healthcare disparities and outcomes research
• Community-based participatory research

Small group discussions will be tailored to the research interests of the participants. NIH staff will also consult on research strategies and methodologies specific to the participant’s project and how to develop the project into an R01, R21, or K award application.
For additional information, contact the course planning committee at

NIMHD Home page

[posted 5/13/2016]


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