June 29, 2020
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In This Week’s Update:

  • COVID-19 Updates:
    • Hydroxychloroquine Studies Halted at URMC, Nationally
    • River Campus Labs Reopen, Adapt to COVID-19
    • National COVID Cohort Collaborative
    • New COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
    • Expiring COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
  • URMC Support LGBTQ Pride
  • Webinar: Making a Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • Illuminating the Druggable Genome Program's Digital Resources
  • Dissemination and Implementation Conference
  • Biostatistics Training for Non-Statisticians
  • Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Updates:

Hydroxychloroquine Studies Halted at URMC, Nationally: In early June, URMC announced that it was joining two national clinical trials testing whether hydroxychloroquine, an FDA-approved anti-malarial drug, could improve outcomes for hospitalized and non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients. On Friday, June 19, 2020, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Novartis officially halted the trials, citing difficulty enrolling patients. Learn more about the study closures. 

River Campus Labs Reopen, Adapt to COVID-19 Precautions: University of Rochester researchers are adapting to social distancing and other COVID-19 preventive measures as they reopen their labs and research facilities after an eight-week shutdown. In doing so, they are discovering that some of the adaptations are actually an improvement over what they were doing before. Read more about how River Campus labs are adapting. 

National COVID Cohort Collaborative: The NIH has launched a centralized, secure enclave to store and study vast amounts of medical record data from people diagnosed with COVID-19 across the country. It is part of an effort, called the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), to help scientists analyze these data to understand the disease and develop treatments. 
New COVID-19 Funding Opportunities: 
  • The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics - Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative aims to understand and reduce disparities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. RADx-UP is offering four funding opportunities for community-engaged research on COVID-19 testing among underserved or vulnerable populations. The first application due date for all of these opportunities is August 7, 2020
  • The National Institute on Aging is offering to fund investigator-initiated multi-site clinical trials (all phases or stages) of interventions focused on specific aging-related issues to reducing transmission, risk, morbidity, mortality, severity, or complications of COVID-19. Applications are due on a rolling basis from July 1, 2020, to February 1, 2021.
  • The NIH is offering funding to implement and evaluate community interventions testing 1) the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups; and 2) already implemented, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups. The first round of applications is due August 28, 2020
Expiring COVID-19 Funding Opportunities:
  • The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a global partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organizations, is inviting applications for funding to speed up development, scale-up manufacturing capacity, and expand the geographical footprint of the production of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Apply by TOMORROW, June 30, 2020.
  • The USDA is offering grants to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas to increase access to education, training and health care resources. Relevance to COVID-19 is encouraged. Apply by July 13, 2020.
  • Deadlines for two funding opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) are fast approaching. PCORI-funded principal investigators or project leads can submit proposals to address the COVID-19 public health crisis through enhancements of currently-funded PCORI research awards or engagement awards by July 17, 2020

‘This Month & Every Month’: URMC Supports LGBTQ Pride

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June may be coming to an end, but our recognition and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pride across our Medical Center continues. URMC has worked to improve patient experiences for transgender and gender diverse communities and has once again earned the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation in the forthcoming 2020 Healthcare Equality Index. Read more on the URMC intranet.

Webinar: Making a Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program aims not only to train the next generation of translational scientists but to keep those trainees - especially those from underrepresented groups - engaged in the field. As part of its Insights to Inspire 2020 series, the Center for Leading Innovation & Collaboration highlighted CTSA Program institutions that showed the most improvement in the diversity and inclusion of their trainees. CLIC’s goal in sharing the experience of the successful hubs is to turn their success into actionable intelligence for the entire CTSA Program. Register now.
Date: Wednesday, July 29
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Improving the Illuminating the Druggable Genome Program’s Digital Resources

The NIH is seeking input from the biomedical research community on the design of and improvements to the user functionality of the Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) program search engine Pharos and the program website DruggableGenome.net. NIH is looking for strategies and website additions to improve the experience of visitors to the IDG program’s websites, which will ultimately maximize the usefulness of the IDG’s digital resources.

All responses must be submitted to DruggableGenome@nih.gov by Monday, July 20, 2020. Please include the Notice Number NOT-RM-20-018 in the subject line.

Conference: Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health

The theme for this year’s Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (D&I), is Dissemination and Implementation Science in a Dynamic, Diverse and Interconnected World: Meeting the Urgent Challenges of our Time. Co-hosted by the NIH and AcademyHealth, this conference aims to ensure that evidence informs decisions that impact the health of individuals and communities. Learn more and submit an abstract by Tuesday, July 28, 5:00 pm.
Date: December 14-16
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

Biostats4you Provides Biostatistics Training for Non-Statisticians

The Biostats4You website was developed to serve medical and public health researchers and professionals who wish to learn more about biostatistics. The site contains carefully selected and reviewed training materials especially suited for a non-statistician audience.

Funding Opportunities


COVID-19 Funding Opportunities:

Monday, June 29
NIH Partnerships for Countermeasures against Select Pathogens – Application Deadline

Tuesday, June 30
AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) – Application Deadline
Wednesday, July 1
NSF Civic Innovation Challenge – Application Deadline

Monday, July 13
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants – Application Deadline
Tuesday, July 14
Department of Defense Funding Opportunity: Hearing Restoration – Application Deadline
Monday, July 20
Digital healthcare interventions to address the secondary health effects related to social, behavioral, and economic impact of COVID-19 – Application Deadline 

Wednesday, July 22
Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations – First Application Deadline

Research Projects in SARS-CoV-2 Serological Sciences – Application Deadline

Tuesday, August 18
Natural Product Research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS-CoV-2 & COVID-19 – Application Deadline
Monday, August 31
Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements for the RADx-UP Initiatives – Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 1
PCORI Funding Opportunities

Friday, September 4
NIH Director's Early Independence Award – Application Deadline

Wednesday, September 30
Air Force Funding Opportunities for COVID-19 – Application Deadline

NIH Director's Transformative Research Award – Application Deadline 

Monday, October 5
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute COVID-19 Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline

Supporting Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Mission Specific Sensory and Communication Disorders – Application Deadline

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Funding Opportunity

Non-COVID-19 Funding Opportunities:

Friday, July 10
NCATS Funding Opportunities – Application Deadline

Friday, July 31
American Psychological Foundation Funding Opportunities – Application Deadline

NIH HEAL Initiative Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline

Saturday, August 1
Department of Defense Pancreatic Cancer Research Program Pre-Announcement  

Department of Defense Scleroderma Research Funding Opportunity Pre-Announcement


Wednesday, August 5
Department of Defense Kidney Cancer Research Program – Letter of Intent Due

Tuesday, August 18
Department of Defense Funding Opportunity: Parkinson's Disease Research – Application Deadline


Tuesday, September 1
NIH, CDC Offer Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health Research


Thursday, September 10
Department of Defense Funding Opportunity: Prostate Cancer Research – Application Deadline

Thursday, October 1
NCATS CTSA Program Administrative Supplement Funding – Application Deadline
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