July 18, 2013


Letter from Dr. Stephen I. Katz:  Update on Peer Review

 Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dear Colleagues:

Peer review is the cornerstone on which the NIH bases its funding decisions. While the individual NIH Institute and Center (IC) Directors are ultimately responsible for deciding which applications to fund, we rely heavily on the assessments of expert scientists from around the country.

Read more.

Image: Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.


 Centers Programs Working Group Report—Request for Information

The NIAMS has completed an evaluation of its Centers programs to design funding strategies that could optimally support integrated, synergistic groups of investigators, based on evolving research needs and forward-looking opportunities. The findings of the report were presented to the NIAMS Advisory Council in June 2013. We invite you to comment on the final report by August 12, 2013. 

Woman holding her knee

NIAMS-Supported Research Finds New Genetic Links to Juvenile Arthritis

New research supported by the NIAMS with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has identified 14 genes linked to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), the most common type of arthritis affecting children. The new study brings the number of confirmed genes in JIA to 17 and represents an important advance toward better understanding and treatment of JIA.

Woman checking her arm

New Insights Found in Pain Processing and Sleep Disturbance Among Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have lower thresholds for pain and may have deficits in a central nervous system mechanism that helps to modulate how the body experiences pain, according to recent research funded by the NIAMS and published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism. In addition, sleep disruptions, which are common among people with RA, may exacerbate pain sensitivity.

Kids Landing Page collage

Updated NIAMS Kids Pages Featured on the NIH Science Education Webpage

Childhood and teen years are a prime time to learn habits that will help keep your bones, joints, muscles, and skin healthy for years to come. The NIAMS Kids Pages feature four fact sheets targeted to middle-school-age children (11 to 13 years old).

NIH Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database: Searchable Collection Contains Product Information and Ingredients From Labels of Dietary Supplements Sold In the United States

Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website. The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is available at www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov.

NIH Pain Consortium Announces Twitter Account

The NIH Pain Consortium, led by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, has launched a new Twitter account, @NIHPainResearch. The account will provide advocates, patients, researchers, healthcare providers and other interested parties with updated information on the NIH’s pain-related activities, including information about the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the NIH Pain Consortium, the National Pain Strategic Plan and other pain policy and research-related activities.

Update on the Physician Scientist Workforce Workgroup and More at the Advisory Committee to the Director Meeting

The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director meeting was held June 13–14. Topics addressed included neuroscience research, the BRAIN Initiative, improvement of preclinical research reporting and design, the Big Data to Knowledge programs and the implementation of the Biomedical Research Workforce Initiative. The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director webpage has more information.

NIH Director’s Blog


Crowdsourcing Therapeutic Molecules for Drug Discovery

Developing a drug takes time and money: on the average, around 14 years and $2 billion or more. More than 95 percent of the drugs fail during development. Even those that go all the way to large and expensive clinical trials in humans frequently don’t make the cut—perhaps because they weren’t quite as effective as they were supposed to be, had undesirable side effects or didn’t align with the developer’s business priorities. But some of these compounds may have surprising therapeutic properties that have not yet been fully exploited. It would be a wasted opportunity not to take another look at them and test them for effectiveness in other conditions.

Explore your genes!

Genome Exhibit Opens at Smithsonian

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project—a 13-year endeavor that NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins had the privilege of leading—the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., is launching an absolutely fantastic exhibit called “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.”

Image credit: Sasan Azami-Soheily, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Other Federal News


Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Disease

Different kinds of ticks present in the U.S. may be infected with bacteria, viruses and parasites that can be transmitted to people and cause at least 10 diseases. While there are treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prevention is the easiest, cheapest and most effective approach to combat these serious, sometimes fatal diseases.

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Use Sunscreen Spray? Avoid Open Flame

In 2012, the FDA received reports of five separate incidents in which people wearing sunscreen spray near an open flame actually caught fire. Learn how to use sunscreen spray safely and avoid potential harm.

HHS Launches Health Insurance Marketplace Educational Tools

The Obama administration kicked off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.govwebsite and the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1.

Registry of Patient Registries Now Available Online

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced that the Registry of Patient Registries (RoPR), launched on December 1, 2012, is now available and is accepting registries. Sponsored by AHRQ, the RoPR is a database of existing patient registries that was designed with extensive stakeholder participation to promote collaboration, reduce redundancy, and improve transparency in registry-based research. For more information on how to list your registry in the RoPR, visit this website. In addition, a 1-hour informational webinar is scheduled for July 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET. The webinar will introduce the RoPR system and provide step-by-step instructions on listing a registry. Register for this webinar.


NIH Research Matters

NIH Research Matters is a review of NIH research from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, NIH.

BACH2 Helps Orchestrate the Immune Response

Scientists discovered how a gene called BACH2 may affect the development of multiple sclerosis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and other allergic and autoimmune diseases.

NIH News in Health

Read practical health information in NIH News in Health, which is reviewed by the NIH’s medical experts and is based on research conducted either by the NIH’s own scientists or by its grantees at universities and medical schools around the country.

Healthy Movements: Your Body’s Mechanics

Illustration of couple hiking

Think about all the movements you do every day: walking, climbing stairs, typing, turning doorknobs and lifting. Your bones, muscles and joints all work together to make your body an amazingly movable machine. Like any machine, your body can suffer some wear and tear. It needs regular care and maintenance to keep moving with ease.


Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future

Research into the human microbiome and its relationship to human health and disease is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The time is right to assess the state of the science across this diverse field of many disciplines. This meeting has been organized to provide an overview of cutting-edge work in NIH-supported microbiome research and to identify both the obstacles to and opportunities for progress in this emerging area of biomedical research. This meeting was supported in part by an NIH grant to the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

July 24–26, 2013
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
Online Registration

NIH Science Lectures and Events Available via Internet

The NIH hosts a number of science seminars and events that are available online through real-time streaming video. You can watch an event at your convenience as an on-demand video or a downloadable podcast. Most events are available to all; a few are broadcast for the NIH or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are marked as such. See additional details on events.

The NIAMS Exhibit

NIAMS Exhibit Schedule

The NIAMS exhibit is traveling to several events. See the schedule of health fairs and exhibits.

Image: The NIAMS Exhibit


NIAMS Announcements

Request for Information (RFI): Centers Evaluation Working Group Final Report

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers (U54)

Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers (U54)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: August 13, 2013
Application Receipt Date: September 13, 2013

Person-Centered Outcomes Research Resource (U2C)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: August 26, 2013
Application Receipt Date: September 26, 2013

Research Grants Using the Resources From the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) (R01)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Standard dates apply

Research Grants Using the Resources From the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI)(R21)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Standard dates apply

Chronic Inflammation and Age-Related Disease (R01)
Letter of Intent Receipt Dates: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Standard dates apply

Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) (S06)
Application Receipt Date: August 6, 2013

NIH Common Fund Initiative Announcements

Request for Information (RFI): Future Research Priorities for the Common Fund LINCS Program

Request for Information (RFI): Input on Administration of the NIH-Industry Pilot Program Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory - Demonstration Projects for Pragmatic Clinical Trials Focusing on Multiple Chronic Conditions (UH2/UH3)

Other Funding Announcements

PCORI, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Agree to Partner on Developing Study of Prevention of Falls Injuries in Older Adults
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the NIA have announced a partnership to fund a large-scale, multi-year clinical trial on preventing injuries due to falls in non-institutionalized older individuals. The NIA will develop a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that will contain the parameters and details of the study. The FOA is expected to be finalized in late July. On June 12, the NIA issued a Request for Information to gather insights from individual stakeholders and organizations involved in the care and well-being of older individuals.

PCORI Announces Engagement Awards Program
PCORI announced the Engagement Awards Program, a new funding initiative [PDF - 321 KB] designed to grow a national community of patients, clinicians, researchers and other healthcare stakeholders who will help advance patient-centered outcomes research.

Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (R21)
Letter of Intent Receipt Dates: December 15, 2013; May 17, 2014; and December 16, 2014
Application Receipt Dates: January 15, 2014; June 17, 2014; and January 16, 2015

Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (R01)
Letter of Intent Receipt Dates: December 15, 2013; May 17, 2014; and December 16, 2014
Application Receipt Dates: January 15, 2014; June 17, 2014; and January 16, 2015

Tobacco Control Regulatory Research (R03)
Letter of Intent Receipt Dates: December 15, 2013; May 17, 2014; and December 16, 2014
Application Receipt Dates: January 15, 2014; June 17, 2014; and January 16, 2015

Reissue PHS 2013-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44])
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Standard dates apply

Reissue PHS 2013-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42])
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Standard dates apply

Limited Competition: Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase III - Transitional Centers [P30]
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Not Applicable
Application Receipt Date: August 2, 2013

Notice of Correction to Application Instruction in PAR-13-219 “Developing and Improving Institutional Animal Resources (G20)”

HHS Reissues PHS 2013-02 SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations Implementing Venture Capital Provision and SBA Company Registry Requirement of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011

Notice of Change in Application Due Date for RFA-OD-13-009 “Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R25)”

NIH to Require Use of Updated Electronic Application Forms for Due Dates on or After September 25, 2013

NIH Announces an Adjustment to Transition Timeline for Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications

If you would like to review information about funding opportunities more frequently than our monthly updates allow, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, the primary source for information about NIH funding opportunities. You can also request a weekly Table of Contents from the NIH Guide.
Last Reviewed: 07/18/2013