Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) has announced the Functional Screen of Autism-Associated Variants Request for Applications. Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to advance our understanding of the genetic basis of autism, and in particular the potential role of missense and in-frame deletion variants in conferring risk.
Data to be analyzed under this RFA will come in part from the exome sequencing of more than 2,500 families from the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), a repository of data from families that include one child with autism and unaffected parents and siblings. The majority of what has been identified in the SSC falls into the category of missense variants of uncertain significance. Sequencing additional large cohorts may help to distinguish pathogenic from benign variants on a purely statistical basis, but it is clear that these efforts will have to be complemented by screens to test such variants for functional relevance.
Deadline to submit a Notice of Intent: March 27, 2015
For more information visit the SFARI website.
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
DoD Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Awards
DoD Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award
DoD Ovarian Cancer Research Program Awards
DoD Breast Cancer Research Program Awards
DoD Bone Marrow Failure Idea Development Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
DoD Joint En Route Care Training Initiative Award
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
DARPA-RA-15-32 Young Faculty Award
Social Network Analysis & Health Mini Series
The Social Network Analysis and Health Mini-Series is a forum to enhance understanding of social network theory and methods and their application within the field of health research. Social network analysis is increasingly used by scientists across the prevention-to-treatment continuum to understand relational dynamics of complex health issues. The goals of the mini-series are to introduce this method through case examples that include applications related to a range of chronic and infectious diseases among adult and youth populations.
Social Networks and Health Lecture
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Biomedical Research Building, Room 105
Free and open to the public, no registration required
The public lecture will orient faculty, fellows, students, clinicians, and the broader Cleveland community to applications of social network theory and methods.
Hands-On Introduction to Social Network Analysis and its Applications
Thursday, May 7, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00pm
Kelvin Smith Library, Room LL06
The full day workshop requires a $50 registration fee. Spaces are limited to 30 registrants for the workshop. A small number of workshop scholarships are available to support graduate students and non-faculty trainees/postdoctoral fellows. A letter from the student/trainee’s mentor is required to obtain the scholarship. The full day workshop is intended for researchers interested in applying social network analysis in their programs of research. Prior experience with the method is not required for participation. The workshop will provide a broader overview of social network analysis and an opportunity for participants to explore analytic software including UCINET, NETDRAW, Exponential Random Graph Models, and SIENA. Trial versions of the software will be available to participants for use during the workshop.
Workshop Scholarship Applications deadline is February 15, 2015. For more information, see: http://tinyurl.com/ml6cpuz.
Regular workshop registration will be available on March 2, 2015.
See http://casemed.case.edu/ctsc/calendar/events_details.cfm?recnum=2143 for more details.
Reminder: New NIH biosketch format effective May 25th, 2015
The new NIH Biosketch format will take effect for applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015. Key changes include:
- Extending the biosketch page limit to 5 pages
- Allowing PIs and researchers to include up to four references in their personal statement
- Allowing researchers to describe up to five of their most important contributions to science
- Allowing researchers to include a link that provides access to a full list of your published work
Kathy Blazar, interim director at our Cleveland Health Sciences Library, has prepared a power point presentation that can help you navigate the new format: http://www.case.edu/chsl/library/NIHBiosketch.pptx.
Additional points to consider:
If you have questions about the process, please contact Kathy Blazar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Investigators need to update their personal profile on eRA Commons
- Public access compliance need to be up to date
- All non-CWRU, most especially international, collaborators must also be compliant if they are named as key personnel.
NIH Requires New Biosketch Format for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that a new biosketch format will be required for all applications submitted for FY2016 funding, which begins with due dates of January 25, 2015.
The NIH has been piloting a planned modification of the biosketch since June 2012. The new format increases the page limit from 4 to 5 pages and increases the number of peer-reviewed publications from 15 to 20.
The new format allows investigators to include a link to a complete listing of their publications in SciENcv or My Bibliography. Within the next few weeks, the NIH will update SciENcv to accommodate the new biosketch format.
Visit the NIH website under the heading “Additional Format Pages” to obtain templates for the new biosketch format: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm.
Local Assistance Available with New Biosketch Formatting
Contact Kathy Blazer, Interim Director, Cleveland Health Sciences Library, (216-368-1361 or email@example.com) if interested in having Kathy conduct a departmental information session, or to answer individual questions.
Review the Health Sciences Library's slide presentation at: http://www.case.edu/chsl/library/NIHBiosketch.pptx.
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