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NIH Funding Opportunities for Community Organization Partnerships: LOI due Nov. 19. TA Webinar available on Demand

October 04, 2022 - 03:15PM - by Brian Aloisi

The National Institutes of Health, the nation's medical research agency and the world's largest source of funding for medical research, is soliciting applications as part of Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Program's Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Intervention Initiative. The Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA): Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Intervention (CHESI) Initiative (OTA-22-007) will support the development, implementation, assessment, and dissemination of community-led, health equity structural interventions, co-created in partnership with research organizations, that intervene upon structural factors that produce and perpetuate health disparities. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent by November 18th, 2022, 11:59 PM ET. Applicants will be selected from the LOIs to submit full applications, which will be due by January 23rd, 2023.

Who is eligible?
Applicants must be community organizations (non-profits with and without 501(C)(3) IRS Status) defined as a non-Federal, non-academic or non-research organization that provides goods, services, support, resources, or advocacy to members of a defined community. (See "Eligibility" section in the ROA and abstracted below in this email*)
Do I need a research partner?
Additionally, applicants must propose at least one potential research organization/research investigator, who has agreed to support and participate in the community organization's full application. The research organization(s)/research investigator(s) can be academic or non-academic institutions.
What is the deadline?
A letter of intent (LOI) is required and due by November 18th, 2022, 11:59 PM ET. Email LOIs to Dr. Yvonne Owens Ferguson at CFComPASS@od.nih.gov
LOIs will be used to select those invited to submit full applications, which will be submitted through the NIH Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) system by January 23, 2023.

How do I get technical assistance from NIH?
NIH staff will hold technical assistance webinars for the required letter of intent (LOI) on October 4th and October 11th at 2 PM-3 PM ET. Registration is required.
Register here: bit.ly/compass-roa-webinar
To help prepare a LOI for this ROA, applicants are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded technical assistance presentation and view slides. Additionally, answers to Frequently Asked Questions about OTA-22-007 are available on the ComPASS website.
How can I learn more and stay updated on ComPASS?
Visit https://commonfund.nih.gov/compass for more information about the Common Fund's ComPASS program, and please sign up for the ComPASS listserv to receive announcements about upcoming funding opportunities and additional program information.

*Eligibility

The Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Interventions initiative expects community organizations to lead research efforts in collaboration with research partners. For the purposes of this opportunity announcement, a community organization is defined as a non-Federal, non-academic or non-research organization that provides goods, services, support, resources, or advocacy to members of a defined community. Examples include community or faith-based organizations, local businesses, Tribal serving organizations, neighborhood authorities and associations, labor unions, patient or consumer advocacy groups, regional/local and public healthcare systems, school districts, law enforcement or criminal/juvenile justice agencies, or social service agencies. Non-federal governmental organizations are eligible, and this includes local, regional, Tribal, or state level governments and their respective departments of public health, commerce, labor, transportation, housing and recreation. Academic research centers, academic healthcare organizations, and private healthcare organizations are not eligible for this opportunity. These organizations may be identified partners in the application, however. This opportunity invites applications from a broad range of community organizations including non-traditional industry and non-profit organizations. NIH is particularly interested in applications led by organizations that have a core mission to serve underrepresented or underserved groups impacted by health disparities.

Applications must meet the below corresponding eligibility requirements:

Organizations

Academic research centers, academic healthcare organizations, and private healthcare organizations are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign applicants) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components are not allowed. Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct. Individuals not affiliated with an organization, or who want to submit an application independently of their current organization, may not apply.

The following entities are eligible to apply under this ROA:

Non-profits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

• Non-profits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

• Non-profits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education),

including but not limited to:

• Faith-based or community-based organizations

• Tribal serving organizations

• Patient or consumer advocacy groups

• Social service organizations

• Healthcare systems and providers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers)

• School districts

• Law enforcement and criminal/juvenile justice agencies

• Neighborhood associations

• Labor unions

For-Profit Organizations

• Small Businesses

• For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

Governments

• State Governments

• County Governments

• City or Township Governments

• Special District Governments

• American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)

• American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)

AnVIL Clinical Resource (ACR) Funding Opportunity Announcement

September 16, 2022 - 05:08PM - by Brian Aloisi

The AnVIL Clinical Resource (ACR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been released (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-22-021.html). The ACR FOA is to support the development, implementation, and maintenance of the AnVIL Clinical Resource (ACR), a suite of genomic-based clinical tools and services built into the NHGRI Data Science Analysis, Visualization, and Informatics Lab-Space (AnVIL) to foster clinical genomic research. AnVIL is a scalable and interoperable resource for the basic and clinical genomic research communities that leverages a cloud-based infrastructure to democratize data access, sharing, and computing across large genomic and genomic-related datasets.

NHGRI published three companion RFAs for the Multi-Omics for Health and Disease Consortium

September 13, 2022 - 08:21PM - by Brian Aloisi

  • RFA-HG-22-008: Multi-Omics for Health and Disease – Disease Study Sites (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • RFA-HG-22-009: Multi-Omics for Health and Disease - 'Omics Production Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
  • RFA-HG-22-010: Multi-Omics for Health and Disease - Data Analysis and Coordination Center (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 

NHGRI, NIEHS, and NCI are co-collaborating on a new initiative – Multi-Omics for Health and Disease. The goal is to advance the application of multi-omic technologies to study health and disease in ancestrally diverse populations.

Questions for the RFAs may be directed to the following contact: 

Email:  MultiOmicsProgram@mail.nih.gov

Multi-Omics Program

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Joannella Morales 

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Leah Mechanic

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Kimberly McAllister

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NIH OITE BECOMING A RESILIENT SCIENTIST SERIES

August 18, 2022 - 06:21PM - by Brian Aloisi

Do you want to manage stress better? Do you want to be more resilient as you navigate your training experience and the ups and downs of your research, career exploration, applications, and relationships? Are you mentoring others and want to do a better job supporting their growth and development?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, the “Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series” is for you. This virtual series hosted by the NIH Office of Intramural training (OITE) is open to students and postdocs outside of the NIH. The series consists of the five webinar which highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers, as a mentee and as a current/future mentor:

Unit 1. An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness
Unit 2. Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears
Unit 3. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists
Unit 4. Developing Feedback Resilience
Unit 5. Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

Please visit our website for information on the dates and times of each webinar which can be watched live or at a later time. One week after each webinar, we will host groups where you can discuss the materials with peers. There are two types of discussion group – drop-in and cohort. The general drop-in discussion groups will meet Thursdays from 3-4 pm ET, and the cohort groups, will meet Thursdays from 2-3 pm ET. Note your campus may also be hosting a group, so watch out for information from leadership there.

Cohort groups allow you to meet each time with the same people. We will host separate cohort groups for undergraduate/postbacs, graduate students, postdocs/research fellows/ clinical fellows, and medical/ other professional students. We will also offer a group specifically for neurodiverse trainees. This group will focus on the application and integration of the material for those who are neurodiverse. In this group, we will ask for confidentiality from members to ensure safety. If you are neurodiverse and you do not want to join this specific group, you are also welcomed to join the general groups listed above. If you are interested in being part of a set cohort group to experience the series together and discuss the five topics, please sign up here.

While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. Data shows that trainees who attended most of the Becoming the Resilient Scientist series felt that they have become more resilient and were better able to handle stress and conflict in their lives. You can see information about the full series and register for the webinars here.


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