News Archives: December, 2015

FOA: NIH IDeA

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications from investigators willing to participate under a cooperative agreement as the Data Coordinating and Operations Center (DCOC) in a multicenter clinical program--the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN)--designed to carry out clinical research in pediatric populations. 

This Network is being created to investigate any diseases and conditions relevant to the pediatric population, but priority will be given to the four focus areas of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program.

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FOA: NIH IDeA

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications for institutional research capacity building programs from entities/institutions in Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible States that propose to support a team of experts to engage and implement pediatric clinical trials. The program aims to provide research infrastructure as well as supervised professional development in research and clinical trial implementation to assist institutions in IDeA-eligible States in establishing and maintaining pediatric clinical trial teams. The institutions that successfully compete to become an IDeA State pediatric clinical trials site will be integrated with a Data Coordinating and Operations Center (DCOC) to form a research network to conduct multicenter study of pediatric conditions and disease processes. 

The proposed activities will provide the infrastructure and resources needed to initiate and participate in pediatric clinical trials and that will enhance the competitiveness of the investigators to obtain additional funding for pediatric clinical research. The IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network is being created to investigate all diseases and conditions relevant to the pediatric population, but priority will be given to the four focus areas of the Environmental Influences of Child Health (ECHO) Program.  

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NIGMS awards 18 IDeA grants in FY15

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) made 18 competing (new and renewal) Institutional Development Award (IDeA) grants in 14 states and Puerto Rico during Fiscal Year 2015. These grants are expected to total approximately $230.4 million over the next five years.

The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements. The program also enhances the ability of investigators to compete successfully for additional research funding and serves unique populations such as rural and medically underserved communities.

IDeA's two main components are Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and Institutional Development Award Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). COBREs are thematic, multidisciplinary research centers that develop faculty and institutional research capabilities. INBREs are statewide networks of institutions that expand research capabilities and increase access to biomedical resources.

The grants made during the last fiscal year will support nine COBREs and nine INBREs. 

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The 6th Annual Northeast Regional IDeA Conference

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The annual conference brings together individuals representing IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Centers of Biomedical Research, Excellence (COBRE), and IDeA Clinical and Translational Research programs from Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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NIGMS Director Testifies before Congress

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On October 7, 2015, the Senate Committee on Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “National Institutes of Health: Investing in a Healthier Future.”  Dr. Jon Lorsch, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) testified during the hearing on the Institutional Developmental Award (IDeA) Program's best practices and their utility as national models.  

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AWARD: NSF PIRE

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On September 25, 2015, NSF announced 17 new PIRE awards, totaling $69 million.  Included among the recipients were three institutions in EPSCoR states. including three to institutions in EPSCoR states: University of Nevada Las Vegas, Boise State University and the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. The release specifically noted that the EPSCoR program had supported the PIRE effort. We believe that some, but not all, of the proposals from EPSCoR states were co-funded.

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AWARD: NSF Track 2 RII

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On August 6, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) made eight Track 2 Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) awards for a grand total of $42 million. The awards included institutions in twelve EPSCoR states and covered a variety of research topics, including gathering weather data using drones, dam management policies, brain imaging and using sunlight to split water to produce fuels and synthetic fertilizers.

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NSF Reauthorization

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On May 20, 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the America COMPETES Act reauthorization, which contains a provision directing the National Science Foundation to continue operating a robust EPSCoR program.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) tasked committee members Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) with developing recommendations for America COMPETES reauthorization. The latter two Senators then sought public comments through the committee website. These were due on August 21, 2015.  The EPSCoR Coalition filed comments on the NSF EPSCoR program.

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