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November 10, 2015
In This Week's Issue
Review and Comment on the NIH Medical Rehabilitation Coordinating Committee Plan’s Research Priority Areas

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Rehabilitation Coordinating Committee (MRCC) is developing a comprehensive plan for the conduct and support of rehabilitation research. The NIH Rehabilitation Research Plan will identify current rehabilitation research activities at NIH, gaps in and opportunities for additional research, and priorities for future research.

The public can review and comment on the Plan’s Research Priority Areas at Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on the Priorities specified for the NIH-wide Rehabilitation Research Plan (NOT-HD-15-032).

To learn more about the Research Priority Areas, join the upcoming WEBEX discussion on Monday, November 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The discussion leader, Alison Cernich, Ph.D., the Director of National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, will be joined by her NIH colleagues on the MRCC in reviewing the priorities, discussing how the priorities will shape the rehabilitation research plan, and providing a forum for comments, feedback, and questions.

REGISTER for the upcoming WEBEX discussion.

For more information on NCMRR and to follow the development of this plan please visit


To learn more about the Research Priority Areas, REGISTER for the upcoming WEBEX discussion led by Alison Cernich, Ph.D., the Director of the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research on Monday, November 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presentations will include: 

  • Briefing on the Rehabilitation Research Plan Development
  • Discussion of Priority Areas included in the Research Plan
  • Comments and Feedback Q&A with MRCC Leadership

 For more information on NCMRR please visit

Illinois-Njala Symposium: November 17, 2015

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I-Hotel and Conference Center
Illinois Ballroom B/C

Learn more about Illininois-Njala Partnership here.

Please join us and visiting Njala University scholars for an interactive day of roundtable discussions, presentations, and the introduction of the Interdisciplinary Global Health Certificate, a cooperative program for Illinois and Njala students being launched this year.  Come hear about the work at Njala around the West Africa Ebola epidemic, and learn out the future of the partnership activities.


Session I: History and Overview of the Partnership

7:45      Coffee and Snacks
8:15      Welcoming Remarks
.            Introduction of Njala participants
.            History of Illinois-Njala Partnership
10:00    Break

Session II: Discussion of Current Initiatives

10:15    Ebola Response Activities
.            Mentoring Experiences
.            Differences in Teaching, a First-Hand Perspective
.            Roundtable Discussion
12:15    LUNCH

Session III: Introduction of the Illinois-Njala Global Health Scholars Program

1:15      Session Introduction
.            Introduction of the GHS Certificate
.            Overview of Pilot Courses
.            Introduction to hybrid Scholar Online Learning Environment
.            Curricular and Educational Innovations
3:00      Closing Remarks from both Illinois and Njala

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Alpha K. Lakoh
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Njala University

Register Today!

RFDA WORKSHOP: CHAD - Moving Forward Strategically and How You Can Benefit

Presented by:

Jeff Woods


Center on Health, Aging, and Disability


 Wednesday, December 2nd


Room 114 Huff Hall


Lunch will be provided!


If you are interested in attending this RFDA seminar, please complete the registration form no later than November 24th.

Repeated Measures Analysis
Biostatistical Workshop
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Presented by Sa Shen
Please watch for more information in the coming weeks!
Upcoming PCORI Funding Opportunity for Comparative Effectiveness Research in MS -- November 12 Deadline for LOIs

More Information:


RWJF - $2.5M for Health Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to seeking value from all levels of investment in health care, public health, and population health. Through this call for proposals the Foundation intends to pursue several objectives:

(1) to identify promising innovations to improve health being implemented in low-resource communities,

(2) to evaluate whether the innovations improve health care quality and health without increasing costs; and

(3) to disseminate these  innovations as examples for other communities to implement.

The evaluation of innovations from low-resource communities is the primary objective of this call for proposals.

Total Awards

  • Up to $2.5 million in total will be available under this call for proposals
  • Project funding will accommodate evaluations lasting up to 24 months
  • Up to 10 evaluations will be funded
  • The Foundation expects to fund evaluations of a broad mix of innovations as illustrated by the list of potential innovation mechanisms
  • The grant opportunity outlined in the call for proposals is contingent upon final funding confirmation from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for such grants

Key Dates

November 6, 2015 (1 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant Web conference call. Registration is required. Please visit this link: to complete your registration

December 10, 2015 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.

RWJF - $200,000 for Aging-Related Research

The American Federation for Aging Research has several grant opportunities. Visit their website for more information: Complete RFP.

AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty

AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more. Since 1981, over 700 AFAR Research Grants have been awarded. Up to 10 awards will be given in 2016. The deadline for Letters of Intent is December 15, 2015.



The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Funded by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the major goal of this partnership program is to support important research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The program also serves to encourage junior investigators in the United States and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences, and Alzheimer's disease in particular. Up to three one- to two-year awards of $100,000 each will be awarded. Please note: The program is currently under review for funding in 2016. If approved the deadline will be December 15, 2015.



Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award

The goal of the Glenn/AFAR BIG program is to provide timely support to a small number of research projects that are building on early discoveries that show translational potential for clinically-relevant strategies, treatments and therapeutics, addressing human aging and health span. Full-time faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher who can demonstrate a strong record of independence are eligible. Two two-year grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded. Please note: The deadline for Letters of Intent is December 15, 2015.


RWJF - $600,000 for Reducing Inequality in Youth Development

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for projects designed to enhance understanding of the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequalities in youth development.

Studies may examine approaches that improve outcomes for all youth but can reduce gaps if applied to those who need them most, as well as programs, policies, and practices aimed at elevating the most disadvantaged young people. The foundation also is interested in studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that will enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Grants range up to $600,000.

Visit the Grant Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, archived grant-related informational webinars, and application instructions: Complete RFP.


The last round of awardees provide an idea of what the foundation funds (visit website for more):



Understanding the Relationship Between Extended Foster Care and Transitions to Adulthood From Care

Mark Courtney and Harold Pollack, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago



Understanding the Determinants and Consequences of Social Networks Among Immigrant Children and Adolescents

Jason Fletcher, La Folette School of Public Affairs, and Jenna Nobles, Department of Sociology, University of Wisonsin; Stephen Ross, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut



Reducing Inequality in Between-Neighborhood Disparity Through Youth Civic Empowerment and Participation

Peter Levine and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, and Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University



Understanding For Whom and Under What Conditions Growth Mindset Interventions Reduce Educational Inequalities: A Nationally-Representative Experiment

David Yeager, Department of Psychology, Developmental Area, and Chandra Muller and Robert Crosnoe, Department of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin



Trust in Relationships: How State Legislators Acquire and Use Research in Deliberation

Karen Bogenschneider, Human Development and Family Studies, and Robert Asen, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison



Fostering Research Use in School Districts Through External Partnerships: The Role of District Capacity

Cynthia Coburn and James Spillane, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University; Anna-Ruth Allen, School of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder; and Megan Hopkins, College of Education, Pennsylvania State University



The Middle School Classroom Language Environment: Interactions Among Teachers and Youth and Effects on Literacy

Perla Gamez, Department of Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, and Nonie Lesaux, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Deadline: January 12, 2016 @ 3 p.m. EST

Phased Innovation Award for Mechanistic Studies to Optimize Mind and Body Interventions in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R61/R33)

APPLICATION DUE DATE: January 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement .

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


RWJF - $50,000 of Innovative Educational Projects for Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans of America advocates for better health care and benefits for paralyzed veterans, aids them in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provides them with a path to adventure through adaptive sports. Through its charitable arm, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education and Training Foundation, the organization supports educational projects that benefit, serve, and enhance the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury/disease, their families, and caregivers.

The foundation has five topic categories for funding consideration: consumer, caregiver, and community education; professional development and education; research utilization and dissemination; assistive technology; and conferences and symposia. Projects in any of these categories should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D healthcare professionals, and aim to prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D.

The foundation supports one-year projects with a maximum of $50,000; conferences and symposia are supported with a $15,000 maximum award.

Eligible applicants should be members of academic institutions, healthcare providers and organizations, or consumer advocates and organizations. Grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada, although project directors and fellows need not be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. All applications must be submitted in the name of the project director by the fiscally responsible organization.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of grant recipients from previous years, see the PVA Education and Training Foundation website: Complete RFP.


Deadline: February 1, 2016 @ 11:59 p.m.

Impact of the Use of Glucose Monitoring and Control Technologies on Health Outcomes and Quality of Life in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) (DP3)

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 3, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


Relevant RFA's

Colleagues below is an extensive list of some relevant NIH RFA’s at multiple levels (e.g. R01, R21, R03). Please let me know if you are interested in pursuing one or more.


Technologies for Healthy Independent Living:


Modeling Social Behaviors


Arts-based Approaches to Palliative Care for Symptom Management


Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia


Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents


Research on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions


Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health


Developing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity


Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity


Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries


Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care


Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities


Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy

Now Accepting Applications for the Mayo Clinic SURF Neuroscience Program

Through the Mayo Clinic and University of Illinois Alliance for Technology-Based Healthcare, undergraduate students interested in clinical and translational neuroscience have an opportunity to be part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida.

For summer 2016, two spots in this highly successful program are exclusively reserved for University of Illinois undergraduates in their sophomore or junior year, with a specific focus in neuroscience.

More details about the SURF Program are available at the Mayo Clinic website. You can also learn about the Illinois pre-selection application process and read about the experiences of previous Illinois SURF participants at

The deadline to apply for Illinois pre-selection is December 1, 2015. Apply online today at

Accepted neuroscience undergrads will work with either Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, MD, PhD, a neurogeneticist focused on the complex genetics of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegnerative diseases; or William D. Freeman, MD, a neurologist interested in intracranial hemmorhage, specifically subarachnoid hemorrhage, and management of patients with neurological disorders in the intensive care unit and hospital. 

Questions? Contact Maggie Berg Miller at

Recruiting Postdocs - USC Davis, School of Gerontology
ED Opens FY2016 Personnel Development Grant Competition

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, is inviting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 discretionary grant competition under the Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With DisabilitiesPreparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel. Applications became available on October 9, 2015, and the deadline for transmittal of applications is December 8, 2015.

The grant competition is authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education and private nonprofit organizations. The purpose of this program is to (1) help address state-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

For more information, see the October 9, 2015, Federal Register notice or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.

NIMHD To Host a New Webinar Series about Issues Focused on Policy and Science

NIMHD to Host a New Webinar Series about Issues Focused on Policy and Science


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) announces a new webinar series, CLIPS (Conversations Leading to Insights on Policy and Science). CLIPS Webinars will focus on the intersection of Administration initiatives, legislative proposals, policy and science. Produced by NIMHD Legislation, the purpose of CLIPS is to provide a resource to educate and disseminate information to the NIH community and external stakeholders.


The first webinar in the series about the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative is hosted by Dr. Regina Smith James, Acting Associate Director for Clinical Research & Data Management at NIMHD. To view this webinar and to learn more about CLIPS, visit

Federal Statistical Research Data Center

Illinois researchers are applying to bring a Federal Statistical Research Data Center to campus. Information about the data that can be accessed in these secure locations is available at Please email if you are interested in working with these datasets or would like to know more about the proposed Center.