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

 
 
  
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) Grand Program New!
The APSF Grant Program supports research directed towards enhancing anesthesia patient safety. The Program’s objective is to stimulate and fund studies that will clearly improve patient safety and lead to prevention of mortality and morbidity resulting from anesthesia mishaps.  The maximum award is $150,000 for a study conducted over a maximum of two years to begin January 1, 2016. Go to APSF grant guidelines to learn more about this opportunity. Letter of intent deadline is March 2, 2015.
 
 
Macy Faculty Scholars Program
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is looking for nursing school faculty who are committed to careers in health professional education, have served for more than five years on the faculty of the sponsoring school, are innovators, and have shown promise as future leaders. The Macy Faculty Scholars program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of educational innovators in nursing and medicine.  Five awards of up to 100K a year for education projects will be awarded in 2015.  Application deadline is February 11, 2015 at 3pm ET.  Full details about the selection criteria and application process are available in the program brochure.  For more information please go to http://macyfoundation.org/macy-scholars/apply
 
 
Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP)
The Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP) Committee will be accepting proposals up to January 26, 2015 for the first review cycle and up to April 6, 2015 for the second review cycle.  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 Coviden 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 for the Fall 2014 funding cycle, including the Large Pragmatic Studies Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 announcements.
 
Health Policy Fellowship
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.
 
 
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

 
 
 
HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results New!
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 New!
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.
 
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.