NHLBI K01 – Mentored Career Award to Promote Faculty Diversity

ALERT: The next deadline for the ‘NHLBI K01 – Mentored Career Award to Promote Faculty Diversity’ is fast approaching (10/15/2016), and this RFA does accept resubmission applications. RFA-HL-16-006

Data Science Rotations for Advancing Discovery (RoAD-Trip) Program

The BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC) has developed the Data Science Rotations for Advancing Discovery (RoAD-Trip) program to specifically foster new collaborations among junior biomedical researchers and senior-level data scientists to address the challenge of translating complex data into new knowledge. Details can be found at: http://www.bigdatau.org/roadtrip . The application receipt date is September 30. There is discussion about re-releasing this notice next year, but no date has been set yet. If you are interested, you should apply right away.

HHMI Launches New Program for Early-Career Scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is announcing a new program to recruit and retain early-career scientists who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Through an open competition, HHMI plans to select scientists early in their training to become Hanna H. Gray Fellows. Each fellow will receive funding for up to eight years, with mentoring and active involvement within the HHMI community. In this two-phase program, fellows will be supported from early postdoctoral training through several years of a tenure-track position. In this first competition cycle, HHMI will select up to 15 fellows and invest a total of up to $25 million for their support over eight years.

NIH Big Data to Knowledge Announces Two new RFAs

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K) announces the release of two new RFAs for training in biomedical big data science:

RFA-MD-16-002 NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25)

RFA-ES-16-011 BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)

The purpose of the NIH BD2K Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science program is to provide resources for eligible institutions to implement innovative approaches to research education for diverse students in Big Data science. Through this program, eligible institutions will establish partnerships with institutions of international prominence in biomedical big data research. The collaborations will implement novel approaches of data science education that include 1) research experiences for undergraduates and the faculty who instruct them, and 2) curriculum development.

The purpose of the NIH BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development program is to facilitate community-driven development and implementation of data science curriculum for graduate students in the biomedical sciences. The FOA will support curriculum development activities at institutions interested in working collectively to define, develop, and test modules integrating data science into their existing biomedical science curriculum. Because the implementation of institutional curriculum changes will take the active support of the university administration and the commitment and cooperation of diverse departments, multi-PIs are encouraged in order to include expertise in the computational and quantitative sciences. To facilitate the integration of data science into biomedical curricula nationally, this FOA will support a cohort of institutions that will work collaboratively and collectively to produce curricular materials that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

The receipt deadline for applications for the Diversity FOA is November 12, 2016 and for the Curriculum Development FOA is December 7, 2016.

Rigor and Reproducibility: Resource Chart and Guide

PDF of Rigor and Reproducibility: Resource Chart

The NIH has a one-page guide to explain how to address rigor and reproducibility in your NIH application. This new resource walks through each of the four key areas of scientific rigor, explaining how and where to address each area in your application. In addition we’ve linked to additional resources in case you need more in-depth information on any of the four key areas. . We hope this resource is helpful to you and your colleagues!

Finding a Mentor Who Believed in Me and R01 Success Stories


Click here to hear Dr. Marcela Hernandez’s story about how a nurturing mentor saved her from the perception that she was “not good enough for science,” and pushed her to get her PhD.

Choosing a Lab: Mentor First, Science Second
Dr. Marcela Hernandez, Graduate/STEM Diversity Director at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Dina Myers Stroud, Research Assistant Professor at the Departments of Physics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University, share how they have both come to the same conviction: when it comes to choosing a lab, the quality of your research mentor is a more critical factor to consider than the exact science being conducted.

Click here to read the full article.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle is NOW OPEN

The application cycle opens this year on September 1 and closes on November 15. Now is the ideal time to inform your colleagues about the many benefits of the LRPs.

Approximately 1,500 researchers benefit from the more than $70 million the NIH invests each year.

Participants in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract

Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested in the Programs.

Thank you for your continued support of the NIH Loan Repayment Programs!


  • Newly revised online application now available
  • All applications (new and renewal) are required to have an eRA Commons ID
  • Same application submission deadline for applicants, colleague, and institutional documentation-November 15, 2016

Learn More about the program.

New FOA for Single-site Clinical Trials in Phase II and Beyond

A new FOA (PAR-16-405) was published today for phase II and beyond investigator-initiated single-site clinical trials. This FOA is a continuation of efforts to transition toward utilizing performance-based milestones and metrics in the solicitation and management of NHLBI-funded clinical trials, with an overall aim of optimizing our clinical trials enterprise. This FOA will utilize a bi-phasic, milestone-driven R61/R33 mechanism consisting of a start-up phase (R61) of up to one year, and a full enrollment and clinical trial execution phase (R33) of up to four years.

Frequently Asked Questions will be posted to the Research Support Mechanisms page of the NHLBI Web site for your use and to assist the investigator community.

NIH DIRH Funding Opportunity Announcements Webinar

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 FOA, updated May 2016.

On May 8, 2016 the revised Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R01/R21/R03) was 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. Please find the registration information below.

NIH DIRH FOAs Webinar Logistics
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

To register for the online event

  1. Go to here.
  2. Click “Register”
  3. ON the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”

Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

It is strongly recommended that you 1) save the calendar notification generated post-registration to your preferred mail client; 2) use the audio call-back function where the WebEx system calls a telephone of your choosing at no cost to you; and 3) you join the meeting 10 minutes prior to the start time of 12:00pm ET.

Can’t make it? The session will be recorded and archived on the Implementation Science Team website approximately two weeks following the live session.

NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Science (R25)

The over-arching goal of this Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) R25 program is to support education activities that enhance the capacity of institutions to develop a diverse biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce in the area of big data science. For more information on this funding opportunity click here.


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