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NCRR requests applications for a Clinical and Translational Science Coordinating Center

The 55 recipients of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) have been invited to apply for an additional award to act as a national coordinating center.

The new center will receive $4 million a year for 5 years ($20 million total) to develop and deliver communication infrastructure (i.e., wikis, forums, other online tools) and to provide administrative support for committee and working group meetings. The center will also be responsible for maintaining CTSAweb.org, the non-governmental website for the consortium of CTSAs. The center won’t be expected to provide any support for research.

A 30-page narrative and supplemental documents are due January 12, 2011, and the new center has an anticipated start date of December 2011.

Full details are included in the RFA.


NSF, NIH, Commerce Dept. announce i6 Challenge

The three agencies have teamed up to introduce yet another “innovation” competition (PDF)–in this case it’s to support “innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.”

The 6 in i6 apparently refers to the six teams that will receive $1 million awards for their projects from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and an additional $6 million that is set aside for related funding through the NIH and NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

The deadline for applications to EDA’s part of the program is July 15, 2010. A conference call is scheduled for potential applicants on May 17th.

More information is available at EDA’s i6 site.


NIH director speaking in Chicago on Saturday–webcast available

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, will be speaking at 2 pm CDT Saturday at Thorne Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern University in Chicago. The address is hosted jointly by Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

If you can’t make it (or don’t want to risk not getting a seat), you can watch the webcast live.


The weekly news drop

If Representative Lipinski’s National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2010 survives the legislative process intact, NSF will receive a 19% increase in funding over 2010 levels next year (compared to a 7% increase under the president’s proposed budget). The Act calls for a 55% increase in funding over five years to $10.7 billion in 2015. As always, writedit provides a good overview.

Jeff Mervis of AAAS’s ScienceInsider asks whether NSF is taking enough risks.

Former NSF director Guy Stever died this week. The current director comments on the passing of his friend and colleague.

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee of ScienceInsider reports on the National Science Board’s decision to leave information on the state of American’s knowledge and understanding of evolution out of the 2010 report on Science and Engineering Indicators. (Full story is here if you have access to Science.) PZ Myers over at Pharyngula stirs the pot a bit more.

NIH Director Francis Collins rebuked the American College of Pediatricians for using language from one of his books “to make a point against homosexuality.” In this letter the group’s president points school district superintendents across the country to FactsAboutYouth.com where this article uses quotes from Dr. Collins and others to “educate” school officials.

We’re in the wrong business. The real NIH money is in staffing!

Roderic Pettigrew, director of NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, told attendees at the Design of Medical Devices conference that they’ll have to do more with less, and the key is innovation.

Meredith Wadman of Nature reports that the  WiCell Research Institute has submitted an application for NIH approval to fund research involving four Bush-era stem cell lines, including the frequently used H7 and H9 lines. Approval may come in a matter of weeks.

It’s been two weeks since the Dept. of Ed. announced Delaware and Tennessee were the only states to receive awards under the first round of Race to the Top, but you can expect it to stay in the news for a while. Some states have announced doubts about applying again, and a few have said officially they won’t pursue a piece of the remaining $3.4 billion. Others are considering extensive revisions to their applications.

At least one state is taking it’s case to the airwaves. Ed groups are making ad buys to promote New York’s application.

The VP’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, says be on the lookout for $2 billion in funding for education and training through community colleges, including funding partnership with regional industries.


Eliminating the error correction window–comments due

Only a few days left to electronic applications to NIH, AHRQ, and CDC.

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NIH Success Rates-2009

WritEdit has a includes links to the full success rates report, as well as some supplemental information.

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