January 26, 2012

Federal limited submission funding opportunities

General guidelines
All applicants for federal limited submission funding opportunities should notify the Office of Research of their intention to apply. An internal proposal should be submitted via the VUMC Federal Limited Submission Internal Proposal Form; if necessary a faculty review committee will select the institutional applicant(s). Unless otherwise specified, internal proposals should include the following:

• Faculty PI/PD(s)
• Tentative title of the intended proposal
• Names of other key faculty, departments expected to participate
• A brief (one page maximum) summary of the scope and content of the program.

Additional information may be requested.

Questions? Contact Susan Meyn in the Office of Research for more information, or to submit an internal proposal, at s.meyn@vanderbilt.edu
or 322-0470

Recent Funding Opportunity Announcements

Note: Vanderbilt is limited to a single application to these programs.

The Cooperative Agreement on the Interaction of HIV Infection and Alcohol Abuse on Central Nervous System Morbidity (U01)
RFA-AA-12-011: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-12-011.html

Internal Proposal Deadline: March 1.
Letter of Intent Due Date: NA
Application Due Date: April 16.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) invites a limited competing renewal of a cooperative agreement application to evaluate the cumulative and progressive effects on the brain of combined HIV infection and alcohol abuse using advanced in vivo magnetic resonance imaging methods.

The investigator will work collaboratively under the cooperative agreement with NIAAA over a five-year period to conduct investigations of the separate and interactive effects of chronic alcohol use and HIV infection on neurocognitive function and brain structural and functional integrity.

The long-term goal is to elucidate in vivo markers of neuropathology underlying the cognitive and motor decline observed in heavy drinking HIV-infected individuals or improvement with sustained abstinence from alcohol and their interaction with HIV disease status. Improvement in brain structure and function accompanied by ART/HAART/CART may be curtailed by comorbid conditions, notably alcohol use disorders, Hepatitis C and potential neurotoxic effects of antiviral medication regimes.

Now that individuals infected with HIV are living well longer than earlier cohorts, liabilities lurk that have the potential of reducing pharmacological benefits, and include a return to risky behavior with the possibility of increased or additional infections, alcohol abuse and cognitive, sensory and motor compromise associated with normal aging. Clinical research knowledge obtained from this study could position "translational" efforts in the development of better and more focused treatments for observed neurological, cognitive and motor deficits in this patient population.

Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics II (T15)
RFA-HL-13-015: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-13-015.html

Internal Proposal Deadline: March 1.
Letter of Intent Due Date: March 11.
Application Due Date: April 11.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites applications for training grants to develop, conduct and evaluate summer courses in the basic principles and methods of biostatistics as employed in biomedical research.

The courses will introduce advanced undergraduates, recent graduates, and beginning graduate students to the field of biostatistics for the purpose of encouraging them to pursue careers in biostatistics. The courses should cover the fundamental concepts of probability, statistical reasoning and inferential methods motivated, in part, by examples that include data collected in studies of heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders.

The courses would be taught during the summers of 2013, 2014, 2015 with appropriate modifications or refinements following each of the first two summer sessions.