External Opportunities and Research News

(Formally Research News and Grant Opportunities)
From time to time the Research Department identifies training opportunities, funding opportunities and research announcements from external organizations that CRNAs may find pertinent. Timely information is added to this site on an ongoing basis as appropriate.

 External Funding Opportunities

Health Policy Fellowship (New)
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and Academy Health are offering a fellowship program that will bring visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to the (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Md. for a period of 13 months to conduct studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community. Applicants may be at any stage in their career from doctoral students (must have completed course work and be at the dissertation phase of their program) to senior investigators. Fellows will have access to NCHS data resources for use in their proposed studies, and also work on collaborative projects with NCHS staff. The application deadline is January 5, 2015.  For more information, please visit "About the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship" to learn about this opportunity.
Food and Drug Administration Broad Agency Announcement for the Advanced Research and Development of Regulatory Science
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) will serve to advance scientific knowledge to accomplish its mission to protect and promote the health of our nation. The FDA has an open, continuing announcement to solicit research and development in support of regulatory science and innovation. The Safe Use Initiative welcomes proposals to this announcement which support its mission and goal. The purpose of this BAA is to solicit proposals that focus on several areas of interest, ranging from modernizing toxicology to enhance product safety to using information sciences to improve health outcomes. Anticipated funding for the program (not per contract or award) may range from $200,000 to $50,000,000 dollars subject to congressional appropriations.  For more information about this opportunity and further descriptions about the areas of interest, please visit Solicitation Number: FDABAA-13-00119
Scholarship Opportunities for Nursing Students
Nursing Explorer offers a searchable scholarship database created specifically for nursing students. The scholarships listed on this site are provided by nursing associations, educational institutions, foundations, for-profit/non-profit organizations, etc.  Nursing Explorer deems some of these scholarships to be relatively non-competitive scholarships compared to general/non-major specific scholarships.   To see a list of nursing scholarships geared toward students, please visit their website:  http://www.nursingexplorer.com/scholarships

 External Training Opportunities

NIH NEWS: Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application
For your R01 application to succeed, it must meld a highly significant and innovative topic with iron-clad feasibility. NIH calls that combination "impact"—which is reflected in an application's peer review results: its overall impact score. For an R01 application to succeed in peer review, you must convince reviewers that your team is able to complete your proposed research. You’ll need to convince them to be your advocates, so develop your application with a strategy to get their support.  To learn more about this article go to the Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application series.



 Research News

Federal Pain Research Database Launched
On May 27, 2014 the National Institute of Health announced the launch of the Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP) database.  The IPRP database provides information on pain research and training activities supported by the Federal Government. The participating agencies – AHRQ, CDC, DoD, FDA, NIH, and VA – are represented on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), a Federal advisory committee to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government. The IPRP database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, under the auspices of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee.  The grants in the Federal pain research portfolio were classified using a multi-tiered system (i.e., primary and secondary tiers) of scientifically relevant topic areas into which more than 1200 federally funded research projects were categorized. Tier 1 grants were designated as basic, translational, or clinical. Grants then were coded into 29 scientific topic categories (Tier 2). Following this classification, the Tier 2 categories were organized into 9 overarching themes based on similarity of topic.  To learn more about the definitions and categories of multi-tiered system please go to the IPRP Ontology website.
To learn more about the database and access to it, go to: http://paindatabase.nih.gov/

HRSA Needs Grant Reviewers
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) - Division of Independent Review is currently seeking volunteers, especially those of diverse background, to sign up to be a part of a pool to serve as a Grant Reviewer for HRSA programs.  Specifically, the HRSA-Bureau of Health Professions - Division of Nursing is recruiting for quality nursing professionals to serve as Grant Reviewers and encourage you to submit your information in the new peer-Reviewer Recruitment Module.   Grant reviewers fill a vital niche by performing a service for the agency.  Additionally, reviewers also gain valuable insights into what makes for a successful application.  Volunteers sign up to become part of a pool, from which they are contacted to review grant proposals that come within their expertise.
Please go to the HRSA Reviewer Recruitment website and apply today to become a reviewer.  https://rrm.grantsolutions.gov/AgencyPortal/hrsa.aspx
New Information From NIH/AHRQ Concerning Grant Resubmissions
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on April 17, 2014 an important change in policy on application resubmissions for research grants, effective immediately. For applications due after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review.
Details regarding this policy update can be found among the following links below.
The PCOR Partner List
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is always looking for ways to connect patients, policymakers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders with researchers, as partners in developing and conducting PCORI-funded studies. PCORI's latest effort in that endeavor is the PCOR Partner List. Patients and stakeholders can express their interest by filling out a simple form on the PCORI website. The process is voluntary and no information provided on the form will be made public on our site. POCRI can’t guarantee that all who submit interest forms will be on research teams, but hope this service will help bring more patients and other stakeholders into the research process. To complete the interest form, please visit the PCOR Partner List page on their website.
Impact of the Sequestration on NIH Research Due to the sequestration on March 1, 2013, the NIH must make cuts evenly across all programs, projects, and activities among NIH institutes and centers. This means nursing research will be affected. To learn more about how the sequestration will affect nursing research, please visit the NIH Fact Sheet: Impact of Sequestration on the National Institutes of Health for more information.