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NHLBI Research and Policy Update
Number 60   December 2008

This electronic distribution list provides updates from the NHLBI Web Site for the research community. The updates will be sent as needed, but no more than once a week.

bulletFunding Updates

 Please Note: Links to RFAs, PAs, and Guide Notices will take you to the NIH Web site. RFPs will take you to FedBizOpps. Links to RFPs will not work past their proposal receipt date. Archived versions of RFPs posted on FEDBIZOPPS can be found on the FedBizOpps site using the FedBizOpps search function. Under Document to Search, simply select Archived Documents.

Important changes enhancing the NIH Peer Review Process
RFP NHLBI-HV-09-14: Pumps for Kids, Infants, and Neonates (PumpKIN) Pre-clinical Program
 Receipt Dates: Proposal, January 14, 2009

PA-09-043: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)

PA-09-042: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)

PA-09-039: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)

PA-09-036: NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

NOT-HL-09-112: Frequently Asked Questions for RFA-HL-08-010 (Clinical Centers for the NHLBI Asthma Network (AsthmaNet) (U10) and RFA-HL-08-011 (Data Coordinating Center for the NHLBI Asthma Network (AsthmaNet) (U10)

NOT-HL-09-111: Request for Information (RFI): Data Collection in Hemoglobinopathies: Identification of Datasets and Key Elements

NOT-HL-09-107: Notice of Publication of FAQs Related to RFA-HL-08-013: Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Reduce Obesity: Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development (U01)

NOT-OD-09-021: Implementing the Early Stage Investigator Policy: Updating eRA Commons Profiles to Include Degree and Residency Completion Dates

NOT-OD-09-020: Reminder and Clarification on NIH/AHRQ/CDC/FDA Transition to Adobe-based forms for SF424 Research and Related (R&R) Electronic Submissions through

NOT-TW-09-002: Notice of Non-Participation in PA-09-036 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

For additional initiatives, please visit the following Web page:
NHLBI Grants and Contracts page: Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

bulletPolicy Updates

No new or revised policies have been issued.

For additional policy documents, please visit Funding / Award Policy section on the following Web page:
Funding, Training, and Policies

bulletTraining Updates

Update: Guidelines for the Applicant Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

NHLBI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30) (Predoctoral Students/Medical and Graduate Students)

For more information on training and career development programs, please visit the following Web page:
Training and Career Development


List of upcoming meetings

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council, February 10, 2009

For more information, and the most current list of upcoming meetings, please visit the following Web page:
Announcements of NHLBI Meetings, Conferences, and Events

Reports of past meetings

Epigenetic Contributions to Coronary Artery Disease, NHLBI Working Group Executive Summary. September 2008

For more information on past meetings, please visit the following Web page:
Workshop and Meeting Summaries, and Other Scientific Reports

bulletPress Releases

NHLBI Media Availability: Researchers Find New Genetic Target for Sickle Cell Disease Therapy, December 19, 2008

NIH Expands Open-Access Dataset of Genetic and Clinical Data to Include Asthma — Action Creates Largest Public Access Collection of Asthma Clinical and Genetic Data, December 15, 2008

NHLBI Media Availability: Ezetimibe with Statins Effective at Reversing Atherosclerosis in Adults with Diabetes, December 3, 2008

For additional Press Releases, please visit the NHLBI News Room

bulletSelected NHLBI Vacancies

 To receive bi-weekly e-updates about NHLBI job opportunities, please e-mail your request to Marianna Mertts, PhD, Office of Workforce Management.

(Links to announcements will not work past their closing date.)

Position Title
Salary and Grade
Closing Date

Chief, Blood Diseases Branch - listed in USAJOBS as
Medical Officer NHLBI-09-303654-DH and
Health Scientist Administrator NHLBI-09-303645-CR-DE

Bethesda, MD

$115,317 - $149,000

January 9, 2009

Chief, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Branch - listed in USAJOBS as
Medical Officer NHLBI-09-303661-DH and
Health Scientist Administrator NHLBI-09-303658-CR-DE

Bethesda, MD

$115,317 - $149,000

January 9, 2009

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases NHLBI-09-309850

Bethesda, MD

Competitive salaries commensurate with experience and qualifications January 21, 2009

Chief, Pulmonary Medicine Branch

Bethesda, MD Competitive salaries commensurate with experience and qualifications March 1, 2009
  • USAJOBS (US Office of Personnel Management) — the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.
  • Jobs@NIH: NIH's Job Page
  • NIH USAJobs Web Page: Current NIH job advertisements within USAJobs

Note: There are often changes and additions to the selected vacancy list. For the most current information, please visit the NHLBI Jobs Opportunities page

bulletOther Items of Interest

The NHLBI Web Site has a new look!
The new site revolves around the idea that 'finding answers should be simple'. A fresh, clean visual brand brings a higher level of consistency to the Institute and, in turn, allows us to communicate our message more effectively.
  • The Disease & Conditions Index (our most trafficked website) Search box appears right on the homepage - so finding your answers is faster and easier
  • We removed the clutter and left you with a cleaner look
  • A new banner on the homepage highlights important public health initiatives and newsworthy events
  • We have begun a larger initiative to continue to make improvements to the site to better serve the public
Limited Access Datasets
The NHLBI data sharing program, known as Limited Access Datasets, is now going by a new name, the NHLBI Data Repository. The Data Repository currently houses data from 20 Epidemiological and 47 Clinical Trial studies supported by the NHLBI.

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