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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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Funding Opportunity: New BD2K RFA – Supporting Biomedical Data Repository Interoperability

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Application Receipt Date(s): April 20, 2015 


NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories.

Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.


Please direct all inquiries to the BD2K program contact Valentina Di Francesco AND to the Program Officer listed on the Notice of Award of the parent award.

BD2K Program/Scientific Contact: 

Valentina Di Francesco National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Telephone: 301-496-7531| Email:

SE/A Funding Opportunities Now Available – Deadline for Applications is March 31, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the availability of NN/LM SE/A award applications for the 2015-2016 year. The following CFAs are now available on our website. Funding for these awards will begin May 1, 2015; however, the SE/A budget for 2015-2016 has yet to be determined, and all funding is dependent upon availability.

The due date for all applications (which will be awarded until allotted funds are spent) is March 31, 2015, close of business. All proposed projects must be completed by April 30, 2016, and all funds requested must be spent.

NN/LM SE/A award descriptions and applications are available at:

Participate in the NN/LM SE/A 5-minute Survey Series for a Chance to Win $1500

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region will request feedback about SE/A programming through a series of short, succinct online surveys beginning February 2 to March 2, 2015. These surveys will help prepare for the upcoming 2016-2021 cooperative agreement. Each of the four 5-question surveys will target different areas of focus and should take 5 minutes or less to complete.

Please consider participating in each of these surveys as they are announced through the SE/A Currents blog according to the schedule below. Each completed survey will enter participants into a drawing for a $1500.00 professional development award.

  • Monday, February 2, 2015: Education
  • Monday, February 9, 2015: Funding
  • Monday, February 16, 2015: Network/Exhibits
  • Monday, March 2, 2015: Communication

SE/A will also host an online discussion forum on Friday (2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 3/6) 12-12:30pm ET to answer questions and hear comments about that week’s survey.

Questions about the survey questions or contest can be direct to Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator at

NLM Invites Participation in Teleconference to Report on a Request for Information and New Funding Mechanism for Regional Medical Libraries 2016-21 Award Cycle

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

After nearly 45 years as contracts, the RMLs will return to grants, more specifically cooperative agreements, as the funding mechanism for the 2016-2021 award cycle. Cooperative agreements will allow NLM to actively participate in the work of the RMLs and Centers, enable the RMLs and Centers to better coordinate programs among their Regions and areas of responsibility, and enable the RMLs and Centers to better respond to regional and national needs during the five year grant period. Until the early 1970’s the RMLs were originally funded as grants but transitioned to contracts to allow NLM more oversight and standardization of the work.

We are hosting a teleconference next Tuesday to discuss why we decided to go with this award mechanism. We will have Extramural Program staff on the call to help get you started if you plan to apply and what you need to do now.

Join us:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 4pm ET

Teleconference Number:  US/CAN Toll Free:  1-888-450-5996, Participant Passcode662939

Check out the NLM News announcement for more information!

Request for Applications: NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25)

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

On January 13, 2015, a new funding opportunity announcement was released entitled NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25).  The over-arching goal of this BD2K R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences for students and faculty, and for curriculum development.

The primary purpose of the NIH BD2K Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science program is to provide resources for eligible institutions to implement innovative approaches to research education for diverse students in Big Data science, including those from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research.  Higher education institutions listed in the FOA are eligible to apply.  Some institutions provide unique opportunities for access to students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Accordingly, the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program strongly encourages applications from the following institutions: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and institutions serving individuals living with disabilities. Applicants must collaborate with at least one NIH BD2K Center [NIH BD2K Centers] across the nation to develop the BD2K R25 program at the applicant institution.  Refer to RFA-MD-15-005 for details.

For questions, contact Program Official Dr. Pamela Thornton at

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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