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FEBRUARY 2015

NIDDK Workshop - Research Needs for Effective Transition in Lifelong Care of Congenital Genitourinary Conditions

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is pleased to announce the following workshop entitled, “Research Needs for Effective Transition in Lifelong Care of Congenital Genitourinary Conditions.” The meeting will take place on February 2, 2015, and will be held at the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus. The goal of this meeting is to define research needs for improving health across the lifespan of adolescents/young adults with complex chronic conditions involving the genitourinary systems as they transition to independence and the adult health care delivery system. Abstracts for electronic posters are encouraged.

For additional registration or logistical information, please contact Michael Schultz at mschultz@scgcorp.com. For scientific inquiries, please contact Dr. Tamara Bavendam at tamara.bavendam@nih.gov.

January 2015

National Prostate Cancer Registries: Contemporary Trends of Prostate Cancer in the United States

Article featured in the Urology Practice Journal highlights include the AQUA Registry.

NIDDK Workshop at AUA HQ - January 9, 2015 

The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney and Digestive Diseases (NIDDK) is holding a workshop, “Establishing the Parameters of Void Spot Assays and Cystometrograms for Data Sharing,” at the AUA Headquarters  in Linthicum, MD on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. The goal of this meeting is to define for spontaneous void spot and cystometrograms, the raw data, metadata, and analytical endpoints that are needed to support the generation of a mouse urinary phenotyping database.

December 2014

Winter 2014 NIDDK Director's Update

Learn about new research discoveries, grant opportunities, events and more in the Winter 2014 issue of the NIDDK Director’s Update! Highlights include:

For quick links to funding, job opportunities and more on activities around NIDDK, head directly to the Winter 2014 edition here.

Simplifying the NIH Policy for Late Application Submission 

This Notice provides information about a new simplified policy for late application submission. Specifically, there is now a two week window of consideration after the application due date, during which time NIH might consider accepting a late application. This is a significant change from previous policy, which tied different late windows of consideration to different types of applications, and provided no late window of consideration for applications submitted to any RFA (Request for Applications) or PAR (Program Announcement) with special application due dates.

The Notice consolidates policy from previous Notices (including NOT-OD-11-035) on late application submission, updates the policy on late applications in relation to changes in other NIH policies and procedures, and includes additional guidance on application submission policies.

This new policy is effective for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015. The policy will not be applied retroactively. This means that RFAs and PARs with special due dates published on or before December 17, 2014 will follow the policy described in NOT-OD-11-035.

Please direct all inquiries to the Division of Receipt and Referral within the Center for Scientific Review at csrdrr@mail.nih.gov.

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications

This Notice confirms that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will require use of a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015. Between now and that time, applicants will have the choice of using the old or new biosketch format.

The transition to the new biosketch format follows a Request for Information and a series of pilot Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using the new format over the last year.

The revised forms and instructions are now available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page. The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator’s field. Investigators involved in Team Science are provided the opportunity to describe their specific role(s) in the work. Each description can be accompanied by a listing of up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products, including audio or video products; patents; data and research materials; databases; educational aids or curricula; instruments or equipment; models; protocols; and software or netware that are relevant to the described contribution. In addition to the descriptions of specific contributions and documentation, researchers will be allowed to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv

The Science Experts Network (SciENcv), which serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, will be updated and available within a few weeks to support the new biosketch format. SciENcv pulls information from available resources making it easy to develop a repository of information that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches. A YouTube video also provides instructions for using SciENcv.

Please direct all inquiries to GrantsInfo@nih.gov.

November 2014

UW-Madison Awarded $8.3M for New Urological Research Center

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded an $8.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a research center focused on urological health.

The George O'Brien Center at UW-Madison is a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Boston to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of male urinary symptoms associated with hormones, aging, obesity, and benign prostate enlargement.

The center – led by William A. Ricke, director of research and associate professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Department of Urology, and Dale E. Bjorling, associate dean for research and professor at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) – is one of only three nationwide to focus on benign urological disease research. Read more.

NIH Invests Millions to Increase Utility of Biomedical Research Data

With the advent of transformative technologies for biomedical research, such as DNA sequencing and imaging, biomedical data generation is exceeding researchers' ability to capitalize on the data. Wide-ranging National Institutes of Health grants recently announced will develop new strategies to analyze and leverage the explosion of increasingly complex biomedical data sets, often referred to as Big Data. These NIH multi-institute awards constitute an initial investment of nearly $32 million in fiscal year 2014 by NIH's Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which is projected to have a total investment of nearly $656 million through 2020, pending available funds.

The BD2K awards will support the development of new approaches, software, tools, and training programs to improve access to these data and the ability to make new discoveries using them. Investigators hope to explore novel analytics to mine large amounts of data, while protecting privacy, for eventual application to improving human health. The funding will establish 12 centers that will each tackle specific data science challenges. The awards will also provide support for a consortium to cultivate a scientific community-based approach on the development of a data discovery index, and for data science training and workforce development.

For more information about the recipients of the new grants, please visit bd2k.nih.gov/FY14.html.

NIH Common Fund Announces 2014 High-Risk, High-Reward Research Awardees

Eighty-five grants have been awarded to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research, under the High Risk-High Reward program supported by the National Institutes of Health's Common Fund. Awardees from previous years have made scientific leaps, established new scientific paradigms, and, in some cases, revolutionized entire fields.

NIH Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, and Early Independence awards encourage creative thinkers to pursue exciting and innovative ideas in biomedical and behavioral research.

In 2014, NIH has awarded 10 Pioneer awards, 50 New Innovator awards, eight Transformative Research awards, and 17 Early Independence awards. The total funding, which represents contributions from the NIH Common Fund and multiple NIH institutes, centers and offices is approximately $141 million. More information on current awardees and the NIH High Risk-High Reward Research Program can be found at: commonfund.nih.gov/highrisk.

Rock Talk: Retention Rates for First-Time R01 Awardees

Dr. Sally Rockey is the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research, serving as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program. Each week she publishes a blog on various research topics and development and recently focused on retention rates for first-time R01 awardees. Read more.


October 2014

NIDDK Director's Update for Fall 2014 Now Available

Learn about new research discoveries, grant opportunities, events and more in the Fall 2014 issue of the NIDDK Director's Update! Highlights include:

For quick links to funding, job opportunities and more on activities around NIDDK, head directly to the Fall 2014 edition.


September 2014

Latest CSR/NIH Peer Review News

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) publishes Peer Review Notes to inform our reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application review policies, procedures and plans. Peruse the Latest Issue of Peer Review Notes with highlights including:

Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards – 2014 Awardee

Thirteen applications were received in June for the 2014 Astellas Rising Star in Urology Research Program; awards provide up to five years of funding for urologist-scientists that have received extramural career development awards. The awardee was announced in August to be Hing Hung Henry Lai, MD of Washington University in the South Central Section. Read More

2014 Summer Research Conference

The 2014 AUA Summer Research Conference, "Patient Phenotyping: Advancing Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction," was held on September 13 – 14 at the AUAHQ. The meeting brought together 55 scientists from a diverse array of disciplines advancing research in patient phenotyping and bringing new knowledge to benefit urology. Read More


August 2014

CDC Releases National Plan on Infertility

In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility. Former AUA President Dr. Lawrence Ross participated in this initiative, and shares his thoughts in an AUA Policy Blog Q&A.

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