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July 16, 2008

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New Funding Opportunities

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Are You Ready for New Paradigms?

Being innovative does not go far enough for an NIH Transformative R01 Award.

The new NIH Roadmap for Medical Research program will commit at least $250 million over five years for investigator-initiated projects that disrupt an existing paradigm or create a new one.

NIH will make the first awards in FY 2009. Look for a funding opportunity announcement later this summer.

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Don't Expect a Notice of Award Email

Be aware that NIH no longer alerts you that a Notice of Award -- whether for a new or renewal application or a progress report -- is in the eRA Commons. Find yours using the Commons' Status module or Issued Notice of (Grant) Award query.

Your Notice of Award states the funds you will receive for current and future grant years, start and end dates, terms and conditions of award, and the name of your program officer and grants management specialist.

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When Can You Send More Application Materials?

You've already submitted your application, but wait, something's missing! Is there anything you can do?

NIH issued new NIH Best Practice Guidelines to define what application materials you can submit after the deadline and explain how to send them in.

But note that the scientific review officer decides whether to accept any additional information.

NIH also warns you not to use these procedures to try to get around submission deadlines, page limits, or content requirements.

For more information, read the June 25, 2008, Guide notice.

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Pay Attention: Payback Agreements Must Now Be Originals

Postdoctoral fellows and trainees submitting their payback agreement must now send a signed original. NIH no longer accepts faxed copies or scanned PDFs.

This requirement applies to a postdoc's first year of National Research Service Award fellowship (F32, F33) support, and initial appointment on an Institutional Research Training Grant (T32).

For information on where to send your payback agreement and to whom, see the appropriate page below:

If you have questions about payback agreements you're sending to NIAID, contact Shellie Wilburn, grants management specialist, at 301-594-9676 or

For other questions, email payback specialists Beverly Venable,; Barbara Bowie,; or Michelle Freese, You may also reach them at 301-594-1835 or 866-298-9371.

Opportunities and Resources
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New Funding Opportunities from amfAR

Check out three new funding opportunities from The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).

Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research

If you are an early-stage investigator, you may want to look into the Mathilde Krim Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Research. Funding supports ongoing HIV research and helps you make the transition to a career in HIV/AIDS biomedical research.

For the first phase, the fellowship pays up to $125,000 to conduct basic biomedical research. For more information, go to Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research.

Antiretroviral Drugs, Social Networking

AmfAR offers grants up to $100,000 in direct costs (plus up to 20 percent in indirect costs) and fellowships up to $125,000 in total costs for the following topics:

For all three opportunities, you must submit preliminary information by July 23, 2008. Get more information at the links above.

If you're interested in hearing about future amfAR opportunities, sign up for regular updates at e-Publications Sign-Up Form.

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Three More Places to Look for Funding

You probably know about NIAID's funding opportunities (listed at Opportunities and Announcements), but have you also explored these organizations to find support?

Fogarty International Center

Fogarty International Center is NIH's outreach to the rest of the world. As part of its mission to attack health problems in the places they arise, Fogarty offers the following opportunities, some of which are cosponsored by NIAID:

Go to Programs to learn about other opportunities, and read the Strategic Plan: 2008-2012 for a sense of Fogarty's priorities.

For more information, you can contact a program officer in our Office of Global Research. Find the right person at Office of Global Research Contact Information.

Foreign applicants and grantees can learn more about funding, policy, and other timely information at NIAID International Grants and Contracts.

Division of Intramural Research

NIAID's Division of Intramural Research -- our in-house research arm -- also offers training, fellowship, and collaboration opportunities for extramural researchers.

Might your work dovetail with an intramural research project? You may be able to work on an intramural project or collaborate with intramural investigators.

To learn what the labs are doing, go to Division of Intramural Research Laboratories. Then discuss your interest with an intramural investigator or staff person -- see Contact Information for NIAID Division of Intramural Research.

Students who would like to work at one of the intramural labs should check out the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities program, which opens August 15. The labs are located in Bethesda, Maryland, and Hamilton, Montana.

Go to Division of Intramural Research to learn more.

Vaccine Research Center

You may also want to look into opportunities with our Vaccine Research Center (VRC), the part of our intramural program working to create vaccines for human diseases, especially AIDS.

VRC has opportunities for extramural researchers to work with intramural investigators on vaccine research, development, production, and evaluation. VRC also offers fellowships for each of its laboratories.

To discuss collaborations or fellowships, contact an investigator in VRC. Go to Vaccine Research Center Laboratories to find the right laboratory and contact information. For a full list of VRC contacts, go to Complete VRC Staff Listing.

Collaborations with the Division of Intramural Research and VRC are carefully crafted to allow you to protect your materials, data, and intellectual property. To learn more about confidentiality, publications, property rights, or resource sharing, visit the Office of Technology Development.

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NIH's Animals in Research Site Gets a Facelift

On June 23, NIH's Office of Extramural Research unveiled a revamped For Researchers and Institutions page on its Animals in Research portal.

Once there, you can find helpful information on policy, grants resources, funding opportunities, training opportunities, and crisis management.

For example, you can get advice on managing crises at How NIH Can Help, part of the Be Prepared section, which includes a link to Disaster Planning and Response Resources from NIH's Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.

Send your comments on the resource to

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Can You Renew an SBIR or STTR Phase II Grant?

In many cases, you can. You can apply to renew your Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) phase II award if you are developing a product that requires FDA approval or refines durable medical equipment designs.

Be aware that NIAID SBIR and STTR grants cannot support clinical trials or pay for work outside the U.S.

NIAID will accept your phase II renewal application for a project period of up to three years and a budget up to $1 million in total costs. You do not need to send us a letter of intent to apply.

To improve your chances of success, address the following points in your application:

  • How you have hit the milestones of your phase II project.
  • The timeframe to complete your research and this project's stage within that timeframe.
  • A realistic commercialization plan, including your exit strategy from NIH funding, e.g., product licensing or an acquisition of your company.
  • Any significant interest in your product from a potential collaborator.

Would you like more help and advice? Discuss these and other topics with Dr. Gregory Milman, director of NIAID's Office for Innovation and Special Programs, at 301-496-8666 or

For help with an application strategy, go to Advice on NIH SBIR and STTR Applications.

Advice Corner
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Reader Questions

A reader asks:

What is the proper format for bibliography and references in a grant application?

NIH accepts any standard citation style. We advise you to list no more than 100 citations, which should include the following:

  • Names of all authors, listed in the same order as the source publication.
  • The article title.
  • Name of the book or journal, volume number, page number range, and year of publication.

Keep in mind that you have to follow NIH's public access policy when citing a paper that results from NIH funding. This requirement applies to new and renewal applications and progress reports.

Read how to comply at Bibliography and References Cited in the NIH Grant Cycle: Application to Renewal. This page also gives you more information on formatting guidelines, including sample formats.

Susan Lau, UCSF, asks:

Can an NIH institutional training award supplement a stipend for a transition from fellow to faculty? 

NIH's Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) funds are for NIH trainees only.

If you are making the transition to assistant professor, you may want to apply for a NIAID Research Scholar Development Award (K22) or an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). Read more at Training and Career Awards.

Dan Pevear, Protez Pharmaceuticals, asks:

Can I apply for an SBIR if I won't qualify as a small business until later?

To get a Small Business Innovation Research award, you must qualify at the time of award. Otherwise, we will inactivate your application and you won't receive funding.

New Funding Opportunities
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See these and older announcements on our NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

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