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NIH Announces Release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor!

NIH has announced the release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor, a web-based tool that institutions can use to track compliance of publications that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy. According to NIH, “By providing efficient and flexible methods for retrieving, viewing, and organizing public access compliance information, the compliance monitor supports the efforts of grantee organizations to ensure their awards are compliant.” The Public Access Compliance Monitor provides the current compliance status of all journal articles that NIH believes a particular grantee institution is responsible for under the terms of the Public Access Policy. In addition to classifying articles according to compliance status, the compliance monitor provides detailed information about each article, including a full citation; associated grants and program directors/principal investigators (PDs/PIs); the PubMed ID and related IDs where available; and a link to the PubMed record. Institutions can also track the status of papers deposited into the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system.

To gain access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor, institutions must first assign a “PACR” role to one or more individuals in their organization. This can be done by any institutional administrator who is authorized to assign roles in the eRA Commons grants administration system. Reports within the compliance monitor are organized by IPF (Institutional Profile File) number, the unique ID assigned to each grantee organization. Therefore, institutions with multiple IPF numbers must assign a PACR role to someone (even if it is the same person) for each IPF that they plan to monitor. For more information about accessing and using the Public Access Compliance Monitor, refer to the User Guide.

New National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Opportunity

The Division of Public Programs at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities funds humanities projects that are intended for broad public audiences at museums, libraries, historic sites, and other historical and cultural organizations. New application guidelines and detailed instructions are now posted on the NEH Web site for America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants. The next receipt deadline is January 9, 2013, for projects beginning in August, 2013. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, and audience evaluation.

Grants support interpretive exhibitions, reading or film discussion series, historic site interpretations, lecture series and symposia, and digital projects. NEH especially encourages projects that offer multiple formats and make creative use of new technology to deliver humanities content. In the last five competitions, this grant program received an average of 80 applications. An average of seven awards were made per competition, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project Funding Opportunity!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are partnering to increase the awareness and access to sex and gender differences research resources available from NIH and its 27 Institutes and Centers through the Women’s Health Resources Portal, by providing a funding opportunity. The purpose of the Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project is to design programs for creating and improving access to and use of sex and gender differences information for university and college students, faculty, librarians and health professionals. Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information that is relevant and usable by the intended audience, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resource on sex and gender difference basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research, including the NLM Women’s Health Resources Portal, that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations between universities and their libraries, specifically medical and health library students and faculty, to increase the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in research design and reporting. University and college libraries may also increase information access to existing partnerships with outside organizations that are primarily focused on health and medical research.

All proposals must be received by September 10, 2012, at 12:00 P.M. EDT. To find more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the following links:

1) NIHLM2012431A-Partial Small Business Set-Aside
2) NIHLM2012431B-Full and Open

2012 Call for Proposals: Center for Sharing Public Health Services

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking proposals for two-year grants of up to $125,000 for up to 24 months, for as many as 18 teams of public health officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders, that are exploring, implementing and/or improving cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements between two or more public health agencies, to participate in the Shared Services Learning Community. As communities face new challenges, like the increasing burden of chronic disease and lean fiscal environments, and new opportunities like advances in technology, many public health officials and policy-makers are exploring ways to organize and structure the management and delivery of public health services. The idea at the heart of cross-jurisdictional sharing is the process of reaching across administrative boundaries to share resources, work and results across multiple public health agencies and jurisdictions. The Shared Services Learning Community will foster a peer learning environment among teams that are taking a systematic approach to CJS arrangements, to achieve the dual goals of greater efficiency and enhanced public health capacity.

The complete Call for Proposals, including full eligibility and selection criteria, and detailed application instructions, is available on the RWJF web site. Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Teams must choose a leading organization to serve as the grant recipient; which could be a state or local government agency, tribal group recognized by the US federal government, or a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Funding decisions will be made in November, 2012. Also available are presentation slides from an optional informational applicant webinar, held on June 26, 2012.

NCATS Announces New CTSA Funding Opportunity!

The National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), has released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement, RFA-TR-006, for Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). These integrated academic homes for the clinical and translational science continue to focus on enhancing the quality, safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness of translational research, as well as training the translational research workforce.

NCATS, which administers the CTSA program, will also host a Technical Assistance Webinar on July 23, 2012, 11:00am – 12:30pm PDT. All potential applicants are encouraged to register for the webinar by July 20. However, participants may join the event anytime through its conclusion.

Key CTSA FOA submission dates are as follows:

  • Letter of Intent Due: December 10, 2012
  • Application Due: January 8, 2013
  • NIH Peer Review: February/March 2013
  • NCATS Advisory Council Review: May 2013
  • Earliest Award Start: July 1, 2013

For more information, please refer to the CTSA FAQ, and visit the related CTSA web page. Anyone with additional questions after reading the FOA and FAQ may send inquiries to CTSA FOA Questions.

Funding opportunity for 2012 NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2 pm EDT. Proposals are limited to six pages, plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others. NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies. Summaries of the seven projects funded for 2011 are available for viewing.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this requirement has been split into two solicitations; one Partial Small Business Set-Aside (RFP No.: NIHLM2012411); and one Full and Open (RFP No.: NIHLM2012412). The solicitation notices are on FedBizOpps.gov as follows:

Partial Small Business Set-Aside and Full and Open.

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012,” please visit the web site.

2012 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects RFP Released!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2012 HIV/AIDS Community Information Projects (RFP No. NLMLM2012384 B), from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $40,000. Proposals are due to NLM on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

The solicitation for the 2012 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside (NIHLM2012371 A). The Federal Business Opportunities Web site will also list all notices, updates, and modifications to the RFP.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, state-of-the-art resources; and/or resource development. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs: community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources; health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health; faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Keturah D. Busey, Contract Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Shari E. Shor, Contract Specialist.

CMS Innovation Center Announces Health Care Innovation Awards

Last November, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center issued a $1 billion challenge to the country, asking innovators to submit the most compelling new ideas that deliver better care and better health at lower costs, to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs. Through this initiative, now called the Health Care Innovation Awards, the CMS Innovation Center received many applications, representing over ten thousand organizations spanning every State and U.S. Territory.

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the first batch of organizations to receive Health Care Innovation awards. The awards, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care, and enhance the health care workforce. The CMS Innovation Center anticipates making its next announcement of awards in early June. To learn more about the 26 projects, read the Health Care Innovation Awards project profiles. One of the awardees is the Regents of the University of California, who are receiving funding for the UCLA Health System to expand a new program to provide coordinated, comprehensive, patient and family-centered, and efficient care for approximately 1000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

BIGDATA Webinar on May 8, 2012

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are co-sponsoring a webinar regarding their joint Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) solicitation. The webinar will be held from 8-9am PDT on May 8, 2012. Questions about the solicitation can be submitted during the webinar. Please register for the webinar by May 7, 2012. After your registration is accepted, you will get an email with a URL to join the meeting. The webinar will be archived for later viewing, and linked to the BIGDATA program web page.

The BIGDATA solicitation aims to advance the core scientific and technological means of managing, analyzing, visualizing, and extracting useful information from large, diverse, distributed, and heterogeneous data sets so as to accelerate the progress of scientific discovery and innovation; lead to new fields of inquiry that would not otherwise be possible; encourage the development of new data analytic tools and algorithms; facilitate scalable, accessible, and sustainable data infrastructure; increase understanding of human and social processes and interactions; and promote economic growth and improved health and quality of life.

The phrase “big data” in this solicitation does not refer just to the volume of data, but also to its variety and velocity. Big data includes large, diverse, complex, longitudinal, and/or distributed data sets generated from instruments, sensors, Internet transactions, email, video, click streams, and/or all other digital sources. Proposal submission deadlines are June 13, 2012, for mid-scale projects; and July 11, 2012, for small projects. Fifteen to twenty projects will be funded, subject to availability of funds.

Funding Announcement: NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects

A new funding announcement offering support for informationists to work on NIH-funded research grants was published on the NIH Guide web site today. These supplements provide funds to researchers who have existing research grants from any of the Institutes listed in the announcement (NLM, NCI, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NIDCD, NIDCR), to pay for adding an informationist to the project. The principal investigator of the grant must apply for this funding, so librarian/informationist colleagues in academic settings might want to identify partners of interest and reach out to them to suggest that they apply, or alert people with whom they already work. An easy way to find potential partners would be to use the NIH RePORTER resource to search by state and funding agency. Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline of June 5, 2012. The earliest funding start date is September, 2012.

The purposes of the administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist, also known as in-context information specialist, into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation, and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.