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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 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.

NLM Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a solicitation for resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries. Because this FOA focuses on providing health information to health disparity populations, institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may request up to $100,000 per year in direct costs for 1 – 3 years. This grant program does not cover facilities and administrative (F&A) costs, also called overhead or indirect costs. This one-time RFA has a single application deadline. Only electronic applications are accepted. Letters of intent are due by April 22, 2012, and the application submission deadline is May 22, 2012. Complete details and a link to the electronic application are available from the announcement. The number of awards will be contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. NLM intends to fund up to 5 awards, for approximately $500,000.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Seeks Input

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has just released for public comment a first draft of its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda, which will be used to guide funding announcements for comparative clinical effectiveness research, that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health decisions. The public comment period will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15, 2012. PCORI encourages individuals to provide comments through its website, but will also accept input by mail. Responses received through the website will be displayed for public viewing. Feedback will be used to revise the priorities and agenda before a final version of each is adopted by PCORI’s Board of Governors.

The draft National Priorities for Research identifies five areas where comparative effectiveness research is needed to support decision-making; including assessment of options for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; improving health care systems; communication and dissemination research; addressing disparities; and accelerating patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research. These areas encompass the patient-centered research that PCORI intends to fund and are inclusive of all diseases and health conditions. PCORI’s draft Research Agenda outlines more specific areas of research for each of the five priorities. PCORI will conduct additional forums to obtain and incorporate more public feedback on the draft national priorities for research and research agenda. These outreach efforts will include focus groups; involving patients, caregivers and clinicians, as well as a National Patient and Stakeholder Dialogue on February 27, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The forum will be webcast and individuals will be able to participate remotely through a teleconference, with prior registration. PCORI will issue its first funding announcements in May, 2012.

2011 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects Announced

In a new program starting this month, the National Library of Medicine is funding seven projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics, including those from the National Library of Medicine.