External Opportunities and Research News

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


2017 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar Application                 
The Jonas Policy Scholars Program is a two-year fellowship program s in which up to six highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral students in nursing (PhD or DNP) will be selected annually to learn about the work of the American Academy of Nursing. Jonas Policy Scholars will be matched with an expert panel and learn from leading experts in nursing about select health policy issues. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.  To learn more about the program, access the application, expert panels and submission process please click here.

Update! Duke University POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM in Health Services Research
Join Duke's experienced investigators for a unique one- to two-year postdoctoral training program focused on health services research relevant to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). Postdoctoral appointment is for one year beginning in fall of 2017 with potential for a second year. Stipends are provided for the fellowship.  Application Deadline is June 15, 2017. To read the announcement please go here. For more information about this opportunity visit the Duke University School of Nursing Postdoc Website to access the application form and possible research topics.
Jonas Scholars Program
The Jonas Center is committed to support improved healthcare for this population. Launched in 2011, the Jonas Center supports the doctoral level-training (PhD and DNP) of nurses who are focused on veteran-specific healthcare needs, ranging from clinical to policy to administration to education, to help ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care.  To learn more about the Jonas Scholars Program and grants, please visit  http://www.jonascenter.org/grants
Philadelphia VAMC Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety 
The Department of Veteran Affairs is offering an Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.  The purpose of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety is to develop leaders with the vision, knowledge, and skills to lead patient safety and clinical simulation initiatives in individual health care facilities and who will assume regional and national roles in patient safety and clinical simulation training.  Applications are accepted year-round, but must be completed by end of March or beginning of April 2015 for fellowships beginning in July. For additional information see the VA’s fellowship web page at: http://www4.va.gov/oaa/specialfellows/programs/SF_patient_safety.asp?p=12
Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP)
The Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP) Committee will be accepting proposals.  Funding is available to support proposed studies for their duration as it pertains to adequate neuromuscular blockade and neuromuscular recovery.  For more information please visit the Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program.
Covidien Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR)
Covidien provides support in the form of product, funding and/or technical input for research projects developed and conducted by independent investigators.  Covidien will evaluate each Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR) submission for scientific merit and its clinical evidence impact.   Go to Investigator Sponsored Research at Covidien and learn about what types of research are supported.  
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Cycle Announcement
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to fund and disseminate research that will provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available, and the science that supports those options.  The PCORI funding center contains all of the resources applicants need to respond to current PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) based on PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. The PCORI Online Application System is now open.
NIH Pain Consortium
The NIH Pain Consortium was established to enhance pain research and promote collaboration among researchers.  The consortium supports initiatives, the development of research resources and tools, hosts events, and highlights funding opportunities.  The NIH Pain Consortium updates their funding opportunity announcements (FOA) on a continual basis.   To learn more about these funding opportunities, please go to:  http://painconsortium.nih.gov/Funding_Opps/highlighted-initiatives.html
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

Elsevier Publishing Campus: 10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article 
1 March at 2-3 pm GMT / 3-4 pm CET / 9-10 am EST
Elsevier Publishing Campus will present a webinar on scientific manuscript writing.   If you want to avoid some of the major mistakes preparing and submitting your manuscript to a scientific journal then this webinar is for you! Learning how not to write an article is as important as learning how to write it. In this webinar Bert Blocken highlights 10 tips of what to avoid when writing your article. What to avoid includes taking the lazy route of plagiarism, overestimating your contribution and ignoring comments from editors and reviewers. Many of these “tips to avoid” may appear obvious but are pitfalls that even the most seasoned of authors can fall into. The webinar will demonstrate how a poorly written article can ruin the career of a researcher.  You must login to Elsevier to register for the webinar.  This webinar will be accessible for viewing after the live date.
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

Nurses’ Health Study now recruiting new participants 
The Nurses’ Health Study is a landmark study that started in 1976 and expanded in 1989 and has more than 250,000 nurse participants.  The Nurses’ Health Studies have led to many important insights on health and well-being, including cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. For the first time researchers are recruiting both men and women to participate in this study.   APRNs, RNs, LPNs, and nursing students between the ages of 19 and 46 who live in the US or Canada are eligible to join the study.   In order to make participation as convenient as possible for busy nurses, participants can join online and complete the study’s surveys through a secure website, http://www.nhs3.org/index.php/joinpage  
HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposes regulations to implement reporting requirements for clinical trials. The proposed rule clarifies requirements to clinical researchers for registering clinical trials and submitting summary trial results information to ClinicalTrials.gov.  A major proposed change from current requirements is the expansion of the scope of clinical trials required to submit summary results to include trials of unapproved, unlicensed, and uncleared products.  Read a summary of the proposed changes here: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2014/od-19_summary.htm.
National Institute of Health supports use of single IRBs for multi-site clinical research studies
The research landscape has evolved, and many clinical research studies are carried out at multiple sites and within large networks.  Therefore, the NIH has developed a draft policy to promote the use of single institutional review boards or IRBs in multi-site clinical research studies. The NIH policy proposes that all NIH-funded multi-site studies carried out in the U.S., whether supported through grants, contracts, or the NIH intramural program, should use a single IRB.  For the full draft policy, visit http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-clinical-research-and-bioethics-policy/clinical-research-policy/models-irb-review.
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 PCORI 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.

 Call for Abstracts

New! American Academy of Nursing
For the Academy's 2017 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, we invite abstracts specific to the conference objectives and the advancement of health policy. We encourage abstracts that demonstrate nursing contributions to health policy through translational science from efficacy to effectiveness studies, implementation and dissemination studies, comparative effectiveness research, or historical and health policy research. The abstract submission deadline is June 16, 2017. For more information, and to submit an abstract, click here.