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Last updated: 11/27/23

NIH General Announcements and Notices of Special Interest

Notice of Informational Webinar: Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health: Whats New with PAR-23-298, PAR-23-285, PAR-23-299"


This notice is to  inform potential applicants who may apply for  the Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (IRINAH) Program (R01 PAR-23-298, R21 PAR-23-299, and R34 PAR-23-285) that NIDA will conduct an informational webinar on  Jan 25, 2024 at 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). 

Webinar Information Date: January 25, 2024 Time: 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To join the Webinar, registration is required through Zoom.gov at: https://nih.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_IsBBihjJT0ipI73z0vYIhQ#/registration 

Notice of Informational Webinar for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Predoctoral Basic Biomedical Sciences Research Training Program (T32)


The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Basic Biomedical Sciences Research Training Program (T32) (PAR-23-228) of an upcoming webinar on planning submissions to this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Webinar Information

Topic: Preparing a Predoctoral Basic Biomedical Sciences Research Training Program (T32) application
Date: Monday, December 4, 2023
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET

Request for Information (RFI): BRAIN Initiative: Brain Behavior Quantification and Synchronization: Guidance for Opportunities in Development of Sensor Technology Hubs


This is a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input about how sensor technology hubs might advance the goals of the Brain Behavior Quantification and Synchronization (BBQS) program of the NIH BRAIN Initiative. The hubs would be used to evaluate sensor technology in a certain measurement modality, for example, temperature, pressure, inertial or electrochemical mode.  The BRAIN Initiative BBQS funding opportunities support 1) the development of tools for simultaneous, multimodal measurement of behavior within complex, dynamic physical and/or social environments, 2) the synchronization of these behavioral data with simultaneously-recorded brain activity; and 3) the development of novel conceptual and computational models that capture dynamic neural-behavioral-environmental, and temporal relationships. 

Notice of Special Interest: Leveraging Existing and Accessible Datasets for Implementation Research Strategies and Testing - LEAD FIRST


The goal of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to encourage research that maximizes the utility of local-level community datasets by surfacing community insights to inform D&I research which can lead to actionable and sustainable change in communities. This NOSI promotes the use of existing and accessible datasets to inform community-engaged dissemination and implementation (D&I) research on heart, lung, blood and sleep conditions (HLBS) to advance health equity. 

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Support Addiction Science and Related Neuroscience Pilot Research Projects at NIMHD-Funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)


This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) invites applications for administrative supplements to NIMHD Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) U54 awards to support pilot research projects led by early-stage investigators (ESIs) and new investigators (NIs) focused on research on substance use, addiction, and/or neuroscience, as a bridge to independently funded careers. It is expected that pilot project PIs will work with their institutions to prepare and submit follow-up research grant or career development applications to NIH based on the research supported by these supplemental funds.

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Advance Data Science Approaches Through Secondary Data Analysis to Reveal Scientific Insights of COVID-19 Testing Technologies (R21)


The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to support secondary data analysis to address questions and advance scientific inquiry related to SARS-CoV-2 through the existing data resources in the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Data Hub (RADx DataHub), including and in conjunction with other data resources.

Notice of Pre-Application Webinar for PAR-23-286, PAR-23-287, and PAR-23-288: "The NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Early-Stage Postdoctoral Researchers"

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will hold a pre-application webinar on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (ET) for the following Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for "Pathway to Independence Award for Early-Stage Postdoctoral Researchers"

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Cancer Health Disparities and Minority Health (CHD-MH) (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) intends to issue the U54 Specialized Programs of Research Excellence in Cancer Health Disparities and Minority Health (CHD-MH SPORE) notice of funding opportunity (NOFO).

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Topics for Training Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training - 2024

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to inform applicants of the topic areas for the 2024 application due date for PAR-24-040 “Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training (R25 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”.

NSF – National Science Foundation General Announcements

IRES Program Virtual Office Hours

Monday, November 27, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The IRES Program Team is hosting a series of Virtual Office Hours aimed at giving potential PIs an opportunity to ask questions.  Office Hours will be held on most Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. ET starting November 27 and ending on January 29, during which any questions about the program can be asked and discussed. Please note that there will be no session on the following dates: December 25, January 1 & January 15, as these are Federal Holidays and NSF will be closed. 

The zoom link will be the same for each session: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/j/1608690833?pwd=cDJpakNGRzNjSE1MNEJwdGRGVkxYdz09  

ARC-HBCU Ideas Lab Informational Webinar Series

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The HBCU-Excellence in Research Program (HBCU-EiR) team to discuss questions about the Ideas Lab: Advancing Research Capacity at HBCUs through Exploration and Innovation (ARC-HBCU) NSF 23-626 opportunity. Pre-proposal deadline to participate in this workshop is December 19, 2023.

Registration is required: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeuqqzkiE_6SkTikJxOFN2gEwZYzKPc

Office Hours: Intro to America’s Seed Fund at NSF

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join this question-and-answer session to learn more about America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation. A Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program director will answer questions about how to get started, the basics of eligibility and what they look for when they review project pitches.

Register for the Intro to America's Seed Fund webinar on Zoom

National Science Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – Thursday, November 30, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

The National Science Board typically meets four times a year. These meetings include sessions that are open to the public. Agendas are typically posted one week before the meetings. To attend in-person, please email your name as it appears on your photo ID, along with your affiliation, at least 24 hours in advance to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov. NSB continues to livestream all open meeting sessions on its YouTube channel.

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EPSCoR Track-2 Office Hours

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is hosting virtual office hours to share information about the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations solicitation NSF 22-633.

Register here: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItde6upj8pE748IYEQei0ai8ot3p13Ol0

GRANTED Office Hours

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Heard about the new Growing Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED) Initiative and you want to learn more? Thinking of submitting a proposal to Program Description (NSF 23-221Y) or Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 23-152)? Then we invite you to GRANTED office hours, held every Wednesday from 3-4PM EDT to meet with the GRANTED team of Program Directors. If you need special accommodations to attend these meeting, please contact Dina Stroud in advance.

Join Zoom: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/j/1615943950?pwd=TG1wYUtOdEIzSTlsdDlub1E2UHlGdz09

Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is hosting the Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference from December 4 – 7, 2023. Registration is now open! For more information, visit the NSF Grants Conference event page. Register for conference here.

Dear Colleague Letter: Medical / Health Cyber Physical Systems Proposals

The Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Engineering (ENG) are planning to issue an update of the Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) program solicitation (NSF 21-551) in the near future. The updated version is anticipated to include new language appropriate to proposals in the CPS medical domain that will indicate the CPS program will only accept CPS medical / health proposals in the Small Projects category. READ MORE

Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs General Announcements

Funding Opportunity Now Available for the FY25 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

The Department of Defense (DoD announces the Fiscal Year 2025 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation. For-profit organizations are not eligible for DURIP funding. We refer to eligible institutions of higher education as universities in the rest of this announcement.

Full proposals are due on February 16, 2024.

Search "DURIP" or the grant numbers listed below on grants.gov for more information!

DOD Invests $40 Million to Establish Research Centers of Excellence at Minority-serving Institutions

The Department of Defense announced the establishment of four new research centers of excellence at minority-serving institutions of higher education, as part of its Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-serving Institutions Research and Education Program. Story

AHA - American Heart Association

Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Science

Award start date: April 1, 2024
Under the mentorship of current AHA awardees, this mechanism supports research experiences for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

International Visiting Professorship Award

Proposal deadline: Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Award start date: April 1, 2024

Novel pilot program to bring internationally based scientists to the U.S. for one week to foster scientific exchange -- to expand research experiences and collaborative opportunities for the awarded Visiting Professor and their U.S.-based host in research that aligns with the AHA mission.

Transformational Project Award

Proposal deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Award start date: July 1, 2024

Supports highly innovative, high-impact projects that build on work in progress that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular research. Research deemed innovative may be built around an emerging paradigm, approaching an existing problem from a new perspective, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities.

PCORI – Patient Center Outcome Research Institute

PCORI Plans Town Hall Sessions About Research Funding Opportunities: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute plans several virtual applicant town halls at which it will discuss a variety of upcoming funding opportunities. READ MORE

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