May 18, 2020
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In This Week’s Update:

  • COVID-19 Updates:
    • Limited Research Reboot Begins Today
    • URMC Examines Impact of Social Distancing
    • Coordinating COVID-19 Human Subject Research
    • COVID-19 Collaboration Platform
    • Webinar: Community Resilience & Mental Health
    • Expiring Funding Opportunities
  • CHeT Talk: Roadmap to Reinventing US Health Care
  • Online Course in Translational Science
  • NIH HEAL Initiative Funding Opportunities
  • DoD Funding Opportunities
  • Webinar: Developing a professional presence on Twitter
  • Research Events Calendar
  • Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Updates

Limited Research Reboot Begins Today

Last week, the university received clarification from New York State that research related to health, defense and national security (including research at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics), and research in support of manufacturing will be eligible for University-approved reopening as early as today, Monday, May 18. Research involving human subjects is also being reactivated in a phased approach with all human subject-related research activities anticipated to resume by early June.

*All approved research activities must abide by strict social-distancing guidelines for the foreseeable future to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To learn more about the medical center's plan to gradually reboot research visit our Guidance for Laboratory & Animal Research and Guidance for Human Subject Research webpages and view videos of Research Reboot Town Halls held recently for learners and for faculty.

URMC Examines Impact of Social Distancing
 A new study by Elaine Hill, assistant professor of Public Health Sciences, and data scientists from Cornell University, proposes the continuation of social distancing. The study shows that while social distancing hasn't caused the daily number of new COVID-19 cases to decrease significantly, it does stabilize its spread rate. The researchers suggest new practices to permanently constrict the spread of COVID. Learn more in the UR Newscenter.

Coordinating COVID-19 Human Subject Research
As researchers across the university pivot to focus on COVID-19, a central group of researchers and clinicians at the medical center are working to ensure URMC offers studies that best meet the spectrum of patients’ needs while avoiding competition for study participant populations. Before pursuing COVID-19 human subject research studies, including interventional clinical trials (therapies, vaccines, procedures) and observational studies (biological sampling, surveys, other studies), all human subject researchers must complete a study interest form.

COVID-19 Collaboration Platform
The COVID-19 Collaboration Platform, created by teams at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, can help UR and URMC researchers join forces with other research teams across the country to create core clinical trial protocols, admit new sites under the existing PI and IRB, and share anonymized data with other sites that choose to independently operate a trial under a similar protocol. Submit your protocols for collaboration or contact Research Help to learn more.

Webinar: Community Resilience & Mental Health During COVID-19
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the UNC Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have partnered to launch the webinar series, Communities in Partnership: Ensuring Equity in the Time of COVID-19. This week, featured speakers will share from their work how we can understand the factors that support mental health and promote community resilience during COVID-19.
Date: Wednesday, May 20
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Register now!

Expiring Funding Opportunities

  • The Russell Sage Foundation is offering support for time-sensitive research on social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affects social and living conditions in the U.S. Apply by May 21.
  • American Diabetes Association is requesting applications for research focused on the impact of diabetes on COVID-19 and the impact of COVID-19 on diabetes and its complications. Apply by May 22
  • The DOD Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program is offering several funding opportunities for research on emerging viral diseases and/or respiratory health with a focus on COVID-19.
  • The International Fact-Checking Network is seeking proposals from researchers that will utilize the CoronaVirusFacts Alliance database to better understand the COVID-19 “infodemic” and to further elevate the fight against mis/disinformation. Apply by May 29.
  • The African Academy of Sciences has two COVID-19-related funding opportunities currently available. Apply by May 31. Will Enhance Research Rigor and Reproducibility

Researchers across UR may now access, an open-access method of sharing laboratory and clinical trial/study protocols. Submitted protocols receive a unique DOI, can be linked directly to publications and record comments/suggestions from the research community. can also be used as a private virtual notebook for laboratory and computational procedures. Access to, which is provided by Miner Library in collaboration with the Scientific Advisory Committee, will help enhance rigor, reproducibility and scientific integrity.

To create or access your premium account, please follow the directions here.

CHeT Talk: Roadmap for Reinventing US Health Care

From the University of Rochester’s Center for Health + Technology (CHeT), learn about digital measures, virtual trials, and telemedicine from your own quarantined space. This week's talk will feature Susan Dentzer, senior policy fellow at Duke University's Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy and lead author of the book "Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care."  Join Dentzer for a discussion on health policy issues ranging from the use of artificial intelligence in patient care to the impacts of COVID-19 on health system transformation.

Date: Thursday, May 21
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Register now. 

Seven-Week Online Course in Translational Science

Translational science is an emerging field that seeks to identify broadly generalizable scientific and operational principles to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of translational research. In this course, students will learn preclinical translational science principles through a case study of a highly successful translational research partnership that produced a promising potential cancer drug, which is entering a first-in-human clinical trial in 2020.
The one-credit course, offered by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, will run June 15 - July 31, 2020. There is a $50 registration fee.
Learn more and register.

NIH HEAL Initiative Funding Opportunities 

There are several funding opportunities available now from the NIH HEAL Initiative, which stands for Helping to End Addiction Long-term, including two administrative supplements:

Department of Defense Funding Opportunities

Several funding opportunities are now available from Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs at the Department of Defense: 

Webinar: Developing a Professional Presence on Twitter

Social media can be a powerful tool for researchers and clinicians, making it easy to disseminate research, expand professional networks, and interact with new audiences. This webinar provides social media guidance for researchers and academics who are looking to build a professional, digital presence. Social media case studies, step-by-step instructions for conducting a “digital audit” and recommended tips for social media use are presented.

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Register now

Research Events Calendar

Wednesday, May 20
Webinar: Using Surrogate Endpoints to Improve the Efficiency of Randomized Clinical Trials in Kidney Disease

Thursday, May 21
Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care

Wednesday, June 3
Developing a professional social media presence on Twitter – Tips and Strategies for researchers and academics

Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities:
Thursday, May 21
Russell Sage Foundation Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline

Friday, May 22
*NEW* American Diabetes Association Funding Opportunity - Application Deadline

Monday, May 25
PCORI Funding Opportunities – Application Deadline

Thursday, May 28
Department of Defense Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 – Application Deadline

Sunday, May 31
African Academy of Sciences Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline 

Monday, June 1
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline
Monday, June 8
Department of Defense Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 – Application Deadline
Tuesday, June 16
National Library of Medicine COVID-19 Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline
Thursday, June 18
MIT Health Security and Pandemics Challenge – Application Deadline


Friday, June 19
Office of Strategic Coordination/Common Fund COVID-19 Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline
Thursday, June 25
Nation Cancer Institute Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline
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
Wednesday, September 30
Air Force Funding Opportunities for COVID-19 – Application Deadline

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

Thursday, April 15, 2021
NINDS COVID-19 Funding Opportunity

Non-COVID-19 Funding Opportunities:
Monday, May 11
Center for Community Health & Prevention Mini-Grant Opportunity – Application Deadline

Monday, June 22
Availability of Administrative Supplements to Address Maternal Mortality

Friday, July 10
NCATS Funding Opportunities – Application Deadline

Friday, July 31
American Psychological Foundation Funding Opportunities

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