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NIH Summer Research Site Opens

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted information on the summer laboratory experiences available to students and faculty through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and other supplemental funding. Scientists and institutions receiving administrative supplements to host these summer experiences have registered in a database, which is searchable by zip code. After identifying the location and researcher of interest, students and faculty are responsible for submitting an e-mail to the contact person to initiate an application. As more awards are made, the list of available summer experiences is expected to grow, so potential participants are encouraged to check the database often.

NIH to Fund Fifty AREA Recovery Awards

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a special American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded solicitation for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA). Applications are due by September 24, 2009. Tailored to the profiles of many GRC institutions, the AREA (R15) mechanism is designed to stimulate research at institutions that graduate a significant number of the nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. In a significant change from past competitions, applicants may request up to $300,000 per award, double the previous limit. And a change to eligibility requirements increases the amount of funding an applicant organization can have received from NIH, to $6 million direct and indirect per year in four or more of the last seven years.
A new parent program announcement (PA) will be released in the coming months for use beginning with the October 25, 2009 receipt date. This new PA is expected to continue the increased funding levels and eligibility threshold. Contact Denise Russo at 301/451-7972 or R151@mail.nih.govfor additional information.

NSF ARRA Webcast As Good as Live

GRC members planning to apply for Academic Research Infrastructure (ARI) or Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) funding under the National Science Foundation's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) competitions are encouraged to review information provided during a May 28, 2009 webcast. Individuals who did not participate live can still register online, then play the webcast or download the presentation materials. The extensive question and answer session led by Stephen Meacham (ARI) and Randy Phelps (MRI) is included in the recording. Participants who submitted questions that were not addressed during the webcast should expect a response by e-mail. Submit additional questions to or .

CER Takes Shape

The Federal Comparative Effectiveness Research Coordination Council has released a draft definition of "comparative effectiveness research" (CER) and prioritization criteria for scientifically-meritorious CER investments. Details are available online, along with information on submitting feedback to the council.

CER Listening Session Scheduled for June Tenth

The third listening session for the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research will be held June 10, 2009, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern in Washington, DC. Interested parties may participate by webinar or by conference call. Written comments of 1,500 words or less will be accepted through June 15, 2009. Contact Patrick Conway or John Poelman at 202/690-7858 or for additional information.

Comments Sought on NIH COI Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking comments on proposed changes to NIH conflict of interest policies. Under consideration are topics such as expanding the scope of regulation and disclosure interests; refining the definition of a "significant financial interest;" determining how institutions can identify and manage conflicts; assuring institutional compliance; providing additional information to the Public Health Service; and broadening regulations to address institutional conflicts of interest. Comments are due by July 7, 2009.

NSF Recovery Alert

The National Science Foundation issued two of three solicitations expected under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on May 11, 2009. Proposals for Major Research Instrumentation are due by August 10, 2009 and required letters of intent for the Academic Research Infrastructure program are due by July 1, 2009, with full proposals due by August 24, 2009. Both competitions have limited submission requirements: one Academic Research Infrastructure and three Major Research Instrumentation proposals are allowed per institution. Note: NSF's Office of Integrative Activities hosted a technical assistance web conference on these Recovery Act competitions on May 28, 2009. The presentation will be archived and viewable online for three months.

National Science Foundation released American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) award terms and conditions

National Science Foundation released American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) award terms and conditions -

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