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New Certificates of Confidentiality Policy in Effect

Resubmitted from: NIH Extramural Nexus 

by NIH Staff

As discussed in recent Open Mike blog posts, NIH issued a new policy to enhance the privacy protections of individuals participating in NIH funded research studies. The policy eliminates the need for NIH funded investigators to apply for a certificate of confidentiality (CoC). As of October 1, 2017, NIH funded researchers no longer have to request a CoC. The CoC will be issued automatically to awards funded wholly or in part by the NIH that collect or use identifiable, sensitive information.

We encourage you to visit our Certificates of Confidentiality website which we have recently updated to reflect the new CoC policy and the disclosure rules that apply to those that hold CoCs.

NRHA’s Scholarly Journal Seeks Editorial Board Volunteers

The National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) scholarly journal, the Journal of Rural Health, is accepting applications for its editorial board. Three-year terms for open positions of the editorial board will begin on January 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2017.

Select link for more information.

NRHA’s Scholarly Journal Seeks Editorial Board Volunteers 


National Institute on Aging


Marie A. Bernard, NIA Deputy Director
The National Advisory Council on Aging met here on the NIH campus on September 26–27. Among several actions by the Council was the approval of eight new concepts for Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). The lively discussion around these concepts is always one of the highlights of this two-day meeting, with conversations and conjecture often continuing into the corridors. Read the full blog post.



STTI Accepting Applications for Global Research Grants

Deadline: May 1, 2018.

Founded in 1922, Sigma Theta Tau International supports the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses making a difference in global health.

To that end, the organization is inviting applications from registered nurses to its Global Nursing Research Grant program. Through the program, a single grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded to encourage a nurse-investigator to focus on addressing health disparities globally.

To be eligible, the principal investigator(s) should be a registered nurse (or country equivalent) with a current license and have at least a master’s in nursing (or equivalent). Preference will be given to Sigma Theta Tau members.

See the STTI website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

Cheryl Albright Offers Works Research Workshops October 2-4

Cheryl Albright, professor at University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene , will visit Boise State to offer faculty research workshops.

From 1:30-3:00 PM on Monday, October 2 in Norco 431, Albright will present “Deeper than a Biosketch.” She’ll address how to choose the best research team members, how to articulate team contribution in a grant proposal, and how to link team contributions to grant specific aims.

From 11:30-12:30 PM on Wednesday, October 4 in Norco 408A, Albright will discuss tips for writing a compelling description of undergraduate student research involvement in study.

To attend either of Albright’s presentations, please RSVP to Jane Grassley, Albright’s visit is sponsored by Boise State’s School of Nursing.

Albright is a funded NIH researcher and grants reviewer. Albright conducts transdisciplinary research spanning the fields of nursing, pediatric oncology, behavioral medicine, health psychology, internal medicine, nutrition, organ donation / transplantation, exercise science, and epidemiology. She has almost 30 years of research experience focused on innovative strategies to promote modification of behavioral risk factors in adults and adolescents. Before coming to the University of Hawaii, she was a senior research scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center (1984-2003). In 2008, she was elected as a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Download a flyer for Albright’s presentations (PDF).

AHRQ and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Learning Health Systems Mentored Career Development Program (K12)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in partnership with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), invites applications for funding to support institutional career development awards designed to train clinician and research scientists to conduct PCOR research within learning health systems (LHS) focused on generation, adoption, and application of evidence in order to improve the quality and safety of care.

Application Due Date: January 24, 2018 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

Required Application Instructions:
It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV, and follow the AHRQ Grants Policy and Guidance found on the AHRQ website at When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

There are several options available to submit your application through to NIH and Department of Health and Human Services partners. You must use one of these submission options to access the application forms for this opportunity.

Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online.
Apply Online Using ASSIST
Use an institutional system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application to and eRA Commons to track your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability.

Go to to download an application package to complete the application forms offline or create a Workspace to complete the forms online; submit your application to; and track your application in eRA Commons.

Visit website for further details.

American Association of University Women Accepting Applications for Short-term Research publication grants

American Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants: Summer/Short-Term Research Publication grants provide funds for women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible.
Amount: $6,000
Deadline: November 15th

Reposted from: Philanthropy News Digest

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Seeks Applications for Mental Health Research

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation is accepting applications from behavioral or psychological research studies based in the United States or Canada.

Through its Faculty/Post-Doctoral Fellows program, the fund will award grants of up to $20,000 in support of studies aimed at developing, refining, evaluating, or disseminating innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral, or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities. The fund will also consider studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems. Projects must be focused on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the U.S. or Canada and one (or more) other country.

To be eligible, applicants must be a faculty member at an accredited college or university or an individual affiliated with an accredited human service organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the principal investigator must have an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline and relevant experience.

See the Fahs-Beck Fund website for eligibility and application guidelines

Link to Complete RFP

Uwe Reischl – UPDATE

Uwe Reischl presented a three-day workshop on the topic of public health disaster preparedness planning July 19-21 in Ica, Peru. The workshop was sponsored jointly by the Universidad Alas Peruanas and the Peru Medical Association in Ica. Reischl presented information on international disaster preparedness planning strategies, and hazard and vulnerability assessment methods, and reviewed organizational structures enabling local participation in disaster planning and recovery efforts. The workshop focused specifically on earthquake events relevant to Peru. Workshop participants included physicians, police, firefighters, local government officials, hospital administrators and university public health faculty.

As part of the workshop outcome, the participants developed recommendations for the establishment of local alliances among schools, churches, service organizations, small businesses, libraries and women’s organizations to create networks that will be capable of implementing family oriented relief and support activities when centralized government response efforts are inadequate to meet the humanitarian needs of a local community. The Universidad Alas Peruanas has reached out to Boise State University to explore the potential of future collaboration in addressing international public health issues.

Using Data for Grant Applications

The passage of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) has unlocked a wider array of U.S. government spending data for public consumption. Among the beneficiaries of this data are federal grant applicants and the new beta version of (Note: The data is still being migrated, so more historical data is available here.) Homepage

How Could This Data Help?

The federal award and spending data on can be used to gain insight into award trends, spending rates, and organizations that received a grant award. With this and other information, you can look further into agencies’ grant programs you wish to apply for and learn more about organizations that successfully received grants you applied for but did not receive.

The results of your analysis could inform your future grant application strategies. As more data becomes available through the DATA Act reporting, you can utilize the USAspending Application Programming Interface (API) to break down and analyze the data using your own processes.

Here are two examples of how you could use this data.

Example 1: Connections to Local Grant Recipients

Let’s imagine the nonprofit organization you work for has traditionally not applied for any federal grants. You are tasked with looking into federal grants as a potential funding source.

This is a complex consideration. could be used to search by your zip code to see all the organizations receiving federal funding nearby. With this list, you can see which organizations you already know or serve similar missions. Reach out to your neighboring organizations to see if they would be willing to discuss what it is like to apply for and manage a federal grant.

Of course, this will not make your decision for you, but you can gain insight from those already managing grants. As an aside, if you are actually in this scenario, check out the Grants Learning Center and Grant Writing Basics blog posts to learn more before you jump into a federal grant application.

Example 2: Insights and Improvements

Next, imagine you applied for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCOR CDS-LN) cooperative agreement on in 2015; however, your organization did not receive the award.

On, use the keyword search and enter the program title. By narrowing the results by the awarding agency and other criteria, you can learn how many organizations received an award and for what amount. This information could spin off additional research about the organizations, program, or more. Paired with feedback on your rejected application, you can work toward improving your next federal grant application.

These are just two basic examples of how the increased data transparency can assist you with federal grant applications. We hope these prompt other ideas for how you could use this data.