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March 20, 2013

Opportunities and Resources

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New Funding Opportunities

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New Funding Opportunities Help You Plan for Diversity

Are you interested in improving research, mentoring, and networking programs to enhance diversity at your institution?

Two new initiatives can help you develop partnerships and infrastructure to compete for diversity grants that NIH's Common Fund will soon offer.

You can get up to six months of support. Learn more in the following funding opportunity announcements:

Submission deadlines for both are May 10, 2013.

Why apply for a planning grant?

You can get support for work you’re already doing—and even if your application does not succeed, your plan will receive a review and critique that you can use when you apply for larger awards.

These opportunities are part of NIH's Program Initiatives for building diversity within the research pipeline. For more information, go to NIH's Increasing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce site.

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Head to NIAID’s Summer School and Symposium for Quantitative Systems Immunology Lessons

If you’re a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow in immunology, come learn about computational methods for your research and discover the latest developments in computational modeling.

Lessons and talks will be held at a Boston University-based summer school and symposium, which are part of NIAID’s Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation’s (DAIT) program on Modeling Immunity for Biodefense.

Summer School

You’ll kick off with a focus on mathematical modeling and statistics, and then have a chance to participate in lectures and practical exercises on topics that include phylogenetics and molecular evolution of viruses and antibodies; network and pathway analysis; biochemical reaction modeling; population-dynamic modeling; and biomedical ontologies.

The school runs from June 10 to 14. Registration is open now until April 15, but hurry because the program can only accept fifty students.

Registration and attendance are free, but you must make your own travel and lodging arrangements. The program will award ten scholarships covering travel and housing costs. If you’re a non-scholarship student, look into the apartment-style housing that may also be available.

To register, send your application to Dr. Grace Kepler at

For complete details on what to include in your application, as well as more information for scholarship applicants, go to Summer School on Quantitative Systems Immunology.


The symposium will take place the day after school ends, on June 15.

Speakers, which include Drs. Arup Chakraborty, Bette Korber, and Doug Lauffenburger, will share recent developments in computational modeling related to topics such as immune system function, immunity to infections, and viral dynamics/pathogenesis.

The program can accommodate only 100 participants, so act fast to sign up. Registration is free, but you are responsible for your own lodging and travel. For more information, go to Symposium on Quantitative Systems Immunology.

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FOA Offers Opportunity in Biodefense Research

Does your research focus on preclinical development of lead candidate therapeutics, vaccines, and related technologies, or diagnostics against one or more NIAID Category A, B, or C priority agents? If so, consider applying to a new biodefense funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

This FOA is part of NIAID’s ongoing commitment to Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases research.

Make sure your application includes the following:

  • The participation or investment of at least one industry or corporate partner.
  • A research and development project whose goal is to advance an already identified lead candidate or technology.

Note that while you may include clinical and pre-clinical development strategies within your overall project, this FOA will NOT support clinical trials.

Optional letters of intent are due June 2, 2013, with applications due July 2, 2013. See the February 26, 2013, Guide notice for complete details.

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Rise to the Grand Challenge

Make a difference to global health and get funding to do so—apply for a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from Grand Challenges in Global Health supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Though this is not an NIAID opportunity, we thought you might be interested.

Your applications for Round 11 are due by May 7, 2013, on the following topics:

The application is only two pages and about 80 winners will be chosen this fall. Initial projects can get up to $100,000, and successful Phase I grantees can compete for a Phase II grant of up to $1 million over two years.

Learn how to apply at Grand Challenges Explorations Round 11.

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Follow the New Euthanasia Guidelines for Research Animals

For those of you using or planning to use animals in PHS-supported research, you must fully implement the new AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition on or before September 1, 2013.

NIH announced the new guidelines and requirement in a March 1, 2013, Guide notice. Replacing the former version from 2007, the 2013 update includes detailed descriptions of methods, techniques, and agents to use for euthanasia.

Though September 1, 2013, is your deadline, we encourage you to implement the new guidelines sooner if your institution is ready. Your Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) should review your methods as soon as possible to determine if they're consistent with the new guidelines.

In addition, NIH would appreciate public feedback on the updated Guidelines. To comment, complete the Comment Form on or before May 31, 2013.

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Grants Policy and Management Training for U.S. Grantees With Foreign Subcomponents

If your NIAID research grant has any foreign sites or subawards, join us for a three-day grants management workshop to provide training on the management of foreign subcomponents of grants.

This workshop is designed for principal investigators, project managers, grants administrators, and other institutional business officials.

You'll get insights, tips, and resources to help you tackle all your responsibilities, for example:

  • Navigating the new Payment Management System.
  • Ensuring timely disbursements of grant funds.
  • Complying with all requirements on your grant.
  • Knowing what are allowable and unallowable research project costs at foreign sites.
  • Preparing for an NIAID site visit, known as a "foreign organization systems review."

You'll also have a chance to sit down one-on-one with our grants management specialists and program staff.

This workshop runs from April 16 to 18, 2013, in Rockville, MD—a short ride from NIH's main campus in Bethesda. Sign up before April 10 to secure your seat.

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Clarifications to Several NIAID FOAs

In case you missed them, here are a few Guide notices that clear up points of confusion on several funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

FOA Correction/Clarification Official Announcement
Genomic Centers for Infectious Diseases Clarifies the composition of the four required research projects.
Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Program (SC1, SC2, SC3) Corrects eligibility information and allowable costs.
Research to Advance Vaccine Safety  Clarifies that clinical trials are not allowed.

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News Briefs

Your Input, Please, on Epigenomics Program Data Resource. NIH wants your thoughts on how to maximize broad use of the Roadmap Epigenomics Program's public data resource. You have until March 29, 2013, to submit your feedback. For details, read the February 22, 2013, Guide notice.

Registration Open for the 2013 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. This event will take place in Baltimore, MD, from June 27 to 28, with an optional eRA workshop on June 26. Space is limited, so register now! See the Baltimore, MD—NIH Regional Seminar Web site for details on the program, registration, and lodging.

Save the Date! Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference, October 28 to 30. Plan a trip to Sioux Falls, SD, this fall for our small business event. Stay tuned to SBIR and STTR Programs at NIH for information about the conference Web site and details about the agenda, registration, and logistics.

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NIAID's Resources for Researchers May Serve Your Needs

Could you use more data, materials, and support for your research?

NIAID may be able to help, even if you don’t have a grant or contract from us.

We offer collaboration opportunities, bioinformatics technologies, preclinical and clinical services, product development assistance, and other resources to support your research.

Resources include Web-based visualization and modeling tools, specialized repositories, unique databases, and labs and networks that can advance your products along the development pathway.

Go to the Resources for Researchers Web site for a full inventory of our offerings, grouped into four categories:

If you have questions about the site, email

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Feel free to send us a question at After responding to you, we may include your question in the newsletter, incorporate it into the NIAID Research Funding site, or both.

"When is NIAID's resubmission deadline for Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) applications?"—anonymous reader

T32 resubmissions for NIAID are due on the same single annual deadline as new applications: September 25 for non-AIDS and January 7 for AIDS-related.

"Are you planning to publish any sample small grant (R03) applications?"—anonymous reader

Not at this time but we do keep a list of suggestions for our next set of sample applications. If there are other sample applications you would like to see, email us at

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See other announcements at NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

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Last Updated March 20, 2013

Last Reviewed March 20, 2013