NIH LRPs: Now Accepting Applications

Dear NIH Loan Repayment Programs Subscriber,

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs are accepting applications now through November 16, 2015.

In exchange for a two-year research commitment, the NIH LRPs will repay up to $70,000 in eligible student loan debt to researchers and health professionals conducting qualifying research funded by domestic non-profit or government organizations.

The 2016 Loan Repayment Programs applications deadline is November 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Please visit our webpage at

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If you are not eligible for the LRPs, kindly pass along this announcement to a colleague that may be interested.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our Information Center, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, EST. We can be reached by phone at 866-849-4047 and by email at

Our Information Center will be available to answer your questions on November 11 (Veteran’s Day) and on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, EST.


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Grant opportunities from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dear Colleagues:

What is greater than the sum of its individual members? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges are available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

1) Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.
Proposals are being accepted online until November 11, 2015 for the following challenges:

2) New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing. This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies.
Letters of Intent will be accepted until November 5, 2015. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

3) The Global Innovation Fund is accepting application on a rolling basis.  Please visit the website for more information

4) An Interactive Biostatistics Course will be held from 16-20 November 2015 at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH), based at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa. The primary goal of this course is to give participants an overview of the various biostatistical methods used in medical research so that they can both employ these techniques in their own research and better understand the results presented in medical literature. Lori Chibnik, PhD, MPH, a Biostatistician at Harvard University, will run an inspiring and hands-on training course on biostatistics where students will work with data from their own projects to understand basic statistical concepts and methods used in medical research. Travel Scholarships are available to allow trainees for across Africa to attend. For more information and to apply please visit Deadline for applications:  1 October 2015.

5) In addition, the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for African Development have launched Grand Challenges Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This program joins others within the Grand Challenges family of grant programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners. Grand Challenges Africa will build on the global success of Grand Challenges programs in India, Brazil, and South Africa, as well as the strong base of Africa Grand Challenges grantees already funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and USAID. Please read our latest blogs including one from the Global Health President. For more information please visit AAS.

Furthermore, as a forum for sharing ideas, pursuing new opportunities and keeping abreast of new developments in the field of global health, The Gates Foundation together with Grand Challenges Canada has set-up a LinkedIn group. All you need to join is a free LinkedIn account – go to Global Health Innovations and click “Join”

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

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NIH Update: NIH Names New Deputy Director for Extramural Research; Indirect Costs 101;Civil Rights and Research; Review Your Grant Data in Commons

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From the Leadership. Reminder of Your Responsibilities in Upholding Civil Rights; It’s Just the Beginning . . . All About Indirect Costs; Latest News

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September 2015


From the Leadership


Reminder of Your Responsibilities in Upholding Civil Rights

We’ve published many posts discussing the importance of diversity in the workforce. However, one related aspect we haven’t yet discussed here is how you can, and do, contribute to protecting the civil rights for all individuals, and eliminating barriers and providing equal access to activities supported by NIH funds. Before NIH makes an award to an applicant organization, the organization enters an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the institution, as well as any researchers and key personnel supported by NIH funding, will comply with Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of …. Continue reading →


Rock Talk


It’s Just the Beginning . . .

Posted on September 11, 2015 by Sally Rockey

Rock Talk ceases talking as of today, but someone else will be talking, so please keep your bookmarks active and stay tuned for continued dialog with NIH. I want to thank all of you for a conversation worth having and for making the last portion of my federal career spectacular. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to know and interact with many of you, which was hands down the highlight of my travels around town and across the country to learn first-hand …. Continue reading →


All About Indirect Costs

Posted on September 11, 2015 by Sally Rockey

When I started Rock Talk, one of my goals was to lift the curtain on NIH decision-making and to demystify NIH policies and processes. One topic that I have talked endlessly about throughout my tenure is indirect costs (IDCs). Indirect costs generate almost more discussion than any other topic and there are many misunderstandings about them. Comments and questions reflect a range of perspectives, such as: “Indirect costs are rising all the time and eating up funds that could go for research.” and “Why can’t NIH reduce the rate of indirect costs?”. Others have asked us, “NIH – please get rid of the 26% cap in administrative indirect costs!” or simply want to know …. Continue reading →


Core Facts About Core Facilities

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Sally Rockey

Today, I’d like to blog about some interesting discussions and dispel some myths related to NIH-supported core facilities. Core facilities are important research resources, providing access to advanced instrumentation and technologies operated by experts. Cores provide opportunities to be hubs of innovation at an institution, connecting scientists with the tools and expertise that can take their research projects to the next level. In March, NIH co-hosted a workshop with the Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities to discuss core facility management and strategies for increasing core facility efficiency. The meeting resulted in a set of recommendations for NIH and institutions to consider, and a report from the workshop is now available, if you’d like to read more. In addition, the presenters’ slides are posted on the workshop website, and each session was recorded and can be viewed online. Much of the workshop discussion involved core resource sharing and NIH’s policies on sharing of cores. NIH actively encourages …. Continue reading →


Top Stories


Dr. Michael Lauer Selected as Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH

On September 28, NIH Director Francis Collins announced the selection of Dr. Michael Lauer as the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, and director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research. The following is Dr. Collins’s statement announcing Dr. Lauer’s selection: …. Continue reading →

End-of-fiscal-year Reminder to Review Accuracy of Your Institution’s Grant Award Data

We make data on all funded NIH grants available to the public on the RePORT website. If you have ever explored the Awards by Location feature, you will have seen that one of the ways we provide information is by school/department. if you haven’t played with this feature, you might be interested in seeing the distribution of NIH grant awards across your institution, or in taking a peek at awards made to other institutions….. Continue reading →


Applications to NIH Loan Repayment Programs Accepted through Nov. 16

Education is the foundation of our nation’s biomedical research enterprise. However, it goes without saying that a college education is expensive. Post-graduate education is even more expensive, with the average cost of medical, veterinary, and dental school totaling more than $200,000. In exchange for a commitment to conduct biomedical or behavioral research, NIH will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt (over two years) per two-year contract through the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs).Want to know more? Here’s how the NIH LRPs can help. …. Continue reading →


ASSIST Now an Option for Small Business Research Program Applications

Applying to one of NIH’s small business research programs? You now have a new application submission option. You can continue using downloadable forms from or using one of the system-to-system submission systems used in some institutions, or you can now use ASSIST, NIH’s online system for application preparation and submission. …. Continue reading →


New Resources


Opportunities to Learn More About NIH’s Peer Review Process

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) presents several new resources to help you understand the peer review process. In November, CSR will host two “Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review” webinars on …. Continue reading →




October 12 (Monday), 2015: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed Monday, October 12, 2015 (Columbus Day). If a grant application due date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is proud to announce their upcoming Call for Fellows:

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The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) is pleased to call for applications to the 2016 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) and affiliated programs Programs now accepting applications include:

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (for Graduate Students, Predoc Students, Postdoc Researchers, and Senior Researchers)

The Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowship in Conservation of Museum Collections

The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)

The Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Stable Isotope Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship

The MarineGeo Postdoctoral Fellowship

The James Smithson Fellowship Program

The George Burch Fellowship

Please note the deadline for most of these programs is Tuesday December 1, 2015.

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For more information, go to or call the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070


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Free research guide resources from the Elsevier Publishing Campus

The Elsevier Publishing Campus, a free and open online training platform now offers these resources:

  • online lectures
  • interactive training courses
  • webinars
  • professional advice from experts
  • useful resources such as guides, crib sheets, articles, blogs and more

Topics cover the fundamentals of getting published, peer review and ethics, effective grant writing, techniques and tools for promoting their work, and more.

Visit the Elsevier Publishing Campus today, link to it and use any of the available resources in your own research service curriculum and materials.


Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research

Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach.

For more information and details about the programs and requirements please refer to the Request for Proposal


LRI Invites Applications for Novel Lupus Research Projects

LRI will award grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to three years in support of creative and innovative approaches to major challenges in lupus research. Successful proposals will advance novel hypotheses and/or technologies that have the potential to stimulate new research directions and propel the field forward. Applications will be judged principally on novelty of the hypotheses, scientific quality, strength of approach, relevance to lupus, likelihood of success, and potential impact for those living with lupus. Rationale for the hypotheses proposed rather than amount of preliminary data will be emphasized. Continuations of long-term research projects are not appropriate for this grant opportunity.

The goals of the program  are to stimulate investigation of underexplored pathways and generate transformative discoveries in lupus that can drive the development of safer and more effective treatments. Investigations into the fundamental mechanisms of lupus and its complications, explorations of novel targets and pathways, and applications involving novel technologies and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

Deadline for Application: 1 June 2015

For more information please refer to the Request for Proposal:

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships to advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts (except the performing arts).

The fellowships are intended to assist individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge  or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period of between six and twelve months.

Deadline: 19 September 2015

For more information please refer to the RFP



Open Society Foundations Fellowship: Individuals Addressing Open Society Challenges

The fellowship program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations and  the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that  has not been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations, including human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues. Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach, and advocacy around documentary film and other forms of cultural production.

Deadline: 3 August 2015

For more information please refer to the RFP:

Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research

The National Science Foundation is changing its policies in regards to publicly funded programs. The NSF will require public access to the products and data resulting from research and projects undertaken using NSF funds. A brief synopsis of proposed changes can be found below:

“The National Science Foundation (NSF or Foundation) has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds

This NSF requirement will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be issued in January 2016.


NSF’s current data management plan requirement and policies on costs of publication and data citation in biographical sketches will remain unchanged for the present while the Foundation undertakes activities to engage the research communities around data management in support of public access goals”.

For more information please refer to the official NSF announcement: