Research Opportunities and Events

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The Office of Research and Graduate Studies offers a variety of opportunities and events to UAA and Anchorage community members, which have led to increased innovation, collaboration, and networking for inventors and entrepreneurs in Alaska.

Stay tuned as more events are planned for the future, including the creation of a UAA Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in Fall 2018. Membership in this chapter will be open to members of the community and to faculty, staff, and students of UAA.

Opportunites follow:

American Indian/Alaska Native Clinical & Translational Research Program, due Feb, Mar, and Apr
MURI (Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative), due June 29, 2018
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, due September 26, 2018
2019 Innovate Awards Applications, due November 2, 2018
Alaska INBRE, various (see below)

 


MURI White Papers due June 29, 2018; white paper inquiries and questions due June 15, 2018

Emailed: April 12, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Each year the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) is issued. There are three main sponsor agencies participating: ONR, AFOSR and ARO, each with their own topics of interest - there are 24 total topics. The link above will direct you to a PDF file of the FOA if you would like to see if any of these are of interest. The awards are $1.5M per year over 5 years for a possible total of $7.5M.

One topic that caught my attention from ONR is regarding “Advanced Analytical and Computational Modeling of Arctic Sea Ice,” which can be found on page 6 of the FOA, but there are many more areas as well.

If you have any questions or would like help in organizing an effort, please let me know.

Best regards,

Helena

Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski, FNAI
Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
Founding Director, ADAC; President Seawolf Holdings
Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
University of Alaska Anchorage
Phone: 907-786-4833


Rotation: Annually in Mid-February for pre-proposal, Mid-March for final new/revised proposals and Mid-April for competitive renewals

American Indian/Alaska Native Clinical & Translational Research Program (AI/AN CTRP)

The AI-AN CTRP has the goal of developing the capacity of several Montana and Alaska institutions to address health disparities that Native communities in these states face. The AI/AN CTRP seeks to: 1) Strengthen Montana’s and Alaska’s clinical and translational research infrastructure through continued development of shared facilities, intellectual resources, research collaborations, focused working groups, and training opportunities; 2) Increase the numbers of mentors while developing the careers of clinical investigators in Native health disparities research in Montana and Alaska; and 3) Expand and support sustainable and culturally responsible community-engaged research that will mitigate health disparities in Montana’s and Alaska’s Native communities.

Research Emphasis: Projects in basic biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences focused on clinical or translational research with AI/AN people are eligible.

PI Eligibility: Investigators do not need to be affiliated with one of the partner institutions. Applicants cannot receive concurrent support for research from more than one NIH IDeA program (e.g., COBRE or INBRE, or CTR-IN). Investigators who receive IDeA support for research may serve as paid mentors on other IDeA-funded projects. Note that trainees are eligible for diversity awards even if the sponsor’s research project is funded via another IDeA award.

Following submission of Pre-proposal, applicants must consult with all Cores to receive approval to submit a full proposal; permission to submit full proposals is required.

Contact Pilot Co-Director Jocelyn Krebs jekrebs@alaska.edu


Rotation: various dates (Apr-Oct); see below

Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences is dedicated to speeding science to the clinic for the benefit of patients and communities throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

ITHS offers funds for novel, innovative, and collaborative translational and clinical research. We also engage in collaborative partnerships with non-ITHS programs that provide funding for more targeted research opportunities.

Please check each funding opportunity for specific eligibility criteria, which are dependent on the requirements of the funding sources. These criteria may be based on topic area, academic affiliation, geography (e.g., Puget Sound area, WWAMI region), or other factors.

EARLY INVESTIGATOR CATALYST AWARDS

Rotation: April 1, July 1, October 1

The ITHS Early Investigator Catalyst Award program is designed to provide “just-in-time” resources to investigators looking to complete a project or collect pilot data for a larger grant application. Investigators can receive a maximum of $5,000 (direct costs only) toward the purchase of supplies or core services not provided by ITHS. If your research includes Human Subjects or Animals, you can apply if your IRB or IACUC is currently approved or exempt.

ITHS EARLY INVESTIGATOR VOUCHER AWARDS

Rotation: April 1, July 1, October 1

The ITHS is offering Voucher Awards as “in-kind” service vouchers in support of outstanding translational research. Our goal is to provide translational research studies with critical support needed for a project. Most facilities/resources that provide services on a fee-for service basis are eligible for participation in this program (see table below). These services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each investigator and can include assistance with biostatistics, bioethics, research coordination, data and safety monitoring, regulatory monitoring, biomedical informatics, or clinical support. Research involving human subjects or animals must have their IRB and/or IACUC protocols approved or have proof of exemption in order to be eligible for this award.

ITHS ACADEMIC/COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP RESEARCH AWARDS

Rotation: Annually Required LOI June 15, Invitation to apply July 1, Full proposal August 1

Projects could investigate a community-based health problem, disseminate evidence-based health innovations into practice, target health promotion/prevention, or examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in community settings.

ITHS COLLABORATION INNOVATION AWARDS – ENGAGING NEW TEAMS

Rotation: Annually Required LOI June 15, Invitation to apply July 1, Full proposal August 1

ITHS Collaboration Innovation Awards encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations between investigators in projects addressing critical transitions in translational research.


Rotation: varies (see below)

Alaska INBRE https://www.alaskainbre.org/

The Alaska IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (AK INBRE), supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, provides awards for research projects in the biomedical and health sciences to UA faculty and Network Partners in Alaska in order to improve competitiveness for winning ongoing, independent support for research and graduate student training programs.

For detailed information on A-C use links and contact UAA Science Representative Gloria Eldridge

  1. Bioinformatics Service (rolling due date) 

For detailed information use link and Contact Bioinformatics Core Director Jason Burkhead 

  1. Curriculum Development (annually in late March – early April)

For detailed information use link and Contact Research Training Core Co-Director Cindy Knall

For detailed information use link and Contact Research Training Core Co-Director Cindy Knall  


 

 

Rotation: Annually in mid-August

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Applications are due September 26, 2018.

Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Summer Stipends program received an average of 860 applications per year. The program made an average of 78 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from stipends@neh.gov.


Rotation: Annually in mid-September 

Good evening, Colleagues:

 I am pleased to announce the eighth annual INNOVATE Awards for calendar year 2019. Last year, faculty applications were received from all colleges and schools and a wide variety of disciplines. The recipients of previous INNOVATE Awards have achieved many successes which include a success rate of external funding that is 2.5 times higher than the National Average, publication in peer reviewed journals, and led to two of UAA’s start-up companies. Our previous  recipients are featured on our website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/innovate. I am looking forward to receiving even more proposals this year and hearing about your exciting ideas.

The purpose of the INNOVATE Awards is to enhance and stimulate research, creative activity, and intellectual property at UAA. Awards are intended to encourage research that will lead to publications, creative achievements, intellectual property or external grants. The awards are designed to encourage individual research and creative works, as well as multi-departmental research teams, and can provide an opportunity for mentorship of and research engagement for junior faculty.

The INNOVATE Awards will be made through a competitive process, and all tenured and tenure-track faculty and research professionals are encouraged to apply. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome. Please note that your department head and your Dean must sign your submission Form.

Please access the Innovate Awards website for the Guidelines and Application. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Your completed submission forms and application packets are due on Friday, November 2, 2018, and should be emailed to uaa_rgsassistant@alaska.edu.

I wish you every success.

Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski, FNAI
Vice Provost for Research & Graduate Studies
Founding Director, ADAC
President Seawolf Holdings, LLC


Rotation: Annually from mid-February to late-March

Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (MW CTR-IN)

  • Health Disparities Pilot Grant - Single Principal Investigator

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide promising early career investigators with support to capture the key preliminary data that will support and inform a competitive “R-level” grant application to NIH or other extramural funding sources.

Research Emphasis: pilot projects focused on health disparities (or health inequalities). Health disparities can have different meanings and interpretations depending on the setting and population being studied. In general, health disparities are considered to be differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, access to care and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.

PI Eligibility: The PI must 1) have a faculty-level appointment with a minimum of 0.5 FTE support at a participating CTR-IN Institution, and 2) must be eligible to submit extramural grant applications from their institution as a PI. The PI must devote at least 20% effort (2.4 person months) to the Pilot Grant project. Per IDeA program policy, an awardee may not concurrently receive funding for their research program through other IDeA mechanisms (e.g., CTR, CoBRE or INBRE).

Direct Cost: $60,000

Each partner institution may nominate up to four applicants.

  • Multi-site Pilot Projects - Multiple Principal Investigator

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide pilot project support for a multi-site CTR project with the expectation that this project will yield the key preliminary data to facilitate a large-scale multi-site extramural grant application.

Research Emphasis: Priority will be given to projects focused on health disparities.

Multi-site Pilot Projects must include at least two CTR-IN institutions, including the Lead PI. For example, the project will include the Lead Institution/Lead PI and one or more collaborating Site Institution(s)/Site PI(s). Participant recruitment must occur at all sites.

PI Eligibility: The PI must 1) have a faculty-level appointment with a minimum of 0.5 FTE support at a participating CTR-IN Institution, and 2) must be eligible to submit extramural grant applications from their institution as a PI. The PI must devote at least 20% effort (2.4 person months) to the Pilot Grant project. Per IDeA program policy, an awardee may not concurrently receive funding for their research program through other IDeA mechanisms (e.g., CTR, CoBRE or INBRE). In addition, the Lead Investigator should have a record of accomplishment in extramural funding for clinical research in the area of the proposed research project.

Direct Cost: $100,000. Separate subawards will be executed for each collaborating site.

Multi-site Pilot Projects are competitively renewable for a 2nd year of funding.

Each partner institution may nominate up to one application as Lead Institution, but institutions can be collaborating sites on multiple proposals.

Contact UAA Concierge Cindy Knall 


 

Rotation: Annually in Mid-February for pre-proposal, Mid-March for final new/revised proposals and Mid-April for competitive renewals

American Indian/Alaska Native Clinical & Translational Research Program (AI/AN CTRP)

The AI-AN CTRP has the goal of developing the capacity of several Montana and Alaska institutions to address health disparities that Native communities in these states face. The AI/AN CTRP seeks to: 1) Strengthen Montana’s and Alaska’s clinical and translational research infrastructure through continued development of shared facilities, intellectual resources, research collaborations, focused working groups, and training opportunities; 2) Increase the numbers of mentors while developing the careers of clinical investigators in Native health disparities research in Montana and Alaska; and 3) Expand and support sustainable and culturally responsible community-engaged research that will mitigate health disparities in Montana’s and Alaska’s Native communities.

Research Emphasis: Projects in basic biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences focused on clinical or translational research with AI/AN people are eligible.

PI Eligibility: Investigators do not need to be affiliated with one of the partner institutions. Applicants cannot receive concurrent support for research from more than one NIH IDeA program (e.g., COBRE or INBRE, or CTR-IN). Investigators who receive IDeA support for research may serve as paid mentors on other IDeA-funded projects. Note that trainees are eligible for diversity awards even if the sponsor’s research project is funded via another IDeA award.

Following submission of Pre-proposal, applicants must consult with all Cores to receive approval to submit a full proposal; permission to submit full proposals is required.

Contact Pilot Co-Director Jocelyn Krebs jekrebs@alaska.edu 

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