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

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding
The PCORI online portal for funding opportunities will open on February 5, 2014 for the spring 2014 cycle. For most awards the letter of intent is due March 7, 2014 with an application deadline of May 6, 2014 for the spring 2014 cycle.  To learn more about what upcoming PCORI opportunities will become available please go to: http://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/funding-announcements/upcoming-opportunities/
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
Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum/Collaborative Methods Projects Funding Opportunity (New)
The EDM Forum was established in 2010 with support from AHRQ to advance the national dialogue on the use of electronic health data for research and quality improvement.  The EDM Forum also supports investigator-initiated projects to advance methods and support collaboration on topics related to building infrastructure and conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER), patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and quality improvement (QI) with electronic health data. Projects should be collaboratively designed and executed, drawing on the perspectives of multiple initiatives and stakeholder groups. The expected range of funding is $25,000 to $100,000 per project. To learn more about the collaborative funding opportunity, go to: http://www.edm-forum.org/collaborate/foaEach project should address shared challenges across the community and develop proposed approaches to analytic methods, clinical informatics, governance, or building learning health systems in support of useful innovations in health care quality, population health, and discovery.  Project proposals are due by May 2, 2014 and should be submitted online at: http://www.edm-forum.org/collaborate/submit.

 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

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.   
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.

New Information From NIH/AHRQ Concerning Grant Resubmissions (New)
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.