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September 14, 2015
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Protecting Children's Health Midwest Children's Environmental Health Symposium

Researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan will present the latest in research, translation, and community outreach on how environmental exposures affect children’s health and development.

Jointly funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the mission of the Children’s Centers is to reduce health risks, protect children from environmental threats, and promote their health and well-being in the communities where they live, learn, and play. The Illinois and Michigan Children’s Centers are the only two located in the Midwest.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required.

DATE:         September 21, 2015

TIME:         8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

LOCATION: 1005 Beckman Institute

Agenda      *      Speakers      *      Posters

Conference on Nutrition, Health and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa

Call for Posters

You are invited to submit an abstract for a poster to be presented at a conference dealing with various aspects of nutrition, health, and gender in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular emphasis on nutrition and the role of agriculture. This conference will explore from arrange of disciplinary perspectives the relationship between gender and health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The range of topics for posters to explore is broad, including but not limited to the following

  • Access and equity in agriculture and agricultural services
  • The role and impact of micro-finance
  • Poster-harvest loss
  • Women’s empowerment in agriculture
  • Opportunities for big data
  • Maternal-child health
  • Gender-based violence


  • We will accept submissions for consideration from any faculty, graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, or other researcher.
  • Please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words summarizing the content of the poster, along with the title and listing of all authors.
  • Submit to Anita Kaiser by email in a Word Document attachment. Label the email “Nutrition, Health and Gender Conference Abstract Submission”
  • Submission deadline: September 25, 2015
  • Decisions on accepted posters will be announced on October 2, 2015
  • Poster Specifications: 18”x24”

Co-sponsored by Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP), the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded MEAS and INGENAES projects housed in the Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, the Center for African Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program, and the Office of International Programs of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Contact: Anita Kaiser (217) 333-6221

Grant opportunities from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges will soon be available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

1) Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

Proposals are being accepted online until November 11, 2015 for the following challenges: 

2) New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing. This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies.

Letters of Intent will be accepted until November 5, 2015. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

3) In addition, the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for African Development have launched Grand Challenges Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This program joins others within the Grand Challenges family of grant programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners. Grand Challenges Africa will build on the global success of Grand Challenges programs in India, Brazil, and South Africa, as well as the strong base of Africa Grand Challenges grantees already funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and USAID. For more information please visit AAS.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Furthermore, as a forum for sharing ideas, pursuing new opportunities and keeping abreast of new developments in the field of global health, The Gates Foundation together with Grand Challenges Canada has set-up a LinkedIn group. All you need to join is a free LinkedIn account - go to Global Health Innovations and click "Join"

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team


Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

The fellowship requires, at a minimum, a 12-month residential experience in Washington, D.C., with additional support for health policy leadership development activities. The program will select up to seven fellows.

Application deadline: November 12, 2015

Register for an informational webinar or start your application >

$5,000 for Novel Wellness Solutions and Programs on Campus

The American College Health Foundation, the charitable arm of the American College Health Association, is accepting applications for its 2016 Aetna Student Health Award.

Through the annual program, one or more grants of $5,000 will be awarded to support the creation of novel wellness solutions and programs that address issues specifically related to the retention and overall well-being of college students. Using dimensions of wellness, the project must demonstrate a creative evidence-based approach to facilitate student retention and well-being. The project should be creative in its scope, formulated on the basis of published research, measurable in its effects, and applicable to the health enhancement of college students who participate in it.

Award recipients will be announced at the 2016 ACHA annual meeting, May 31 - June 4, 2016, in San Francisco.

Only campus health professionals who are ACHA individual members or employed at an ACHA member institution are eligible to apply. If an applicant is not an individual member but is employed at a member institution, the institution’s ACHA representative must also sign the application.

Visit the ACHA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions: Complete RFP.

Deadline: January 31, 2016 

JUST RELEASED! FY15 DOD PRORP and PH/TBIRP Program Announcements

Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program

Orthopaedic Care and Rehabilitation Consortium Award

Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program

Comprehensive Universal Prevention/Health Promotion Interventions Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website ( <> ), the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( <> ).

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website ( <> ).

Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( and (2) application submission through (  Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance.  A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the application submissions associated with them.  eBRAP will validate application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. 

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Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI) Town Hall Meetings

Two opportunities to learn about IHSI:

Beckman Institute, Room 1005
(coffee and a light breakfast will be available)

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Room 612
(light refreshments will be available)

IHSI Director Neal Cohen will introduce the initiative, explaining how it catalyzes health research, connects investigators and labs with clinical partners, provides research support, and engages the communities in participatory health sciences research and outreach. The goal of the meetings is for Illinois investigators to learn how they can take advantage of the resources and services IHSI provides to help build health sciences research on the Urbana campus. Time will be allotted for questions, and IHSI staff will be available to discuss specific health sciences program areas.

For more information email