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Preventive Services Task Force Accepting Nominations

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is accepting nominations for new members. The Task Force, which is administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), makes evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of various clinical preventive services, including screening, counselling, medication.

Candidates are particularly sought with expertise in public health, health equity, applying science to health policy, behavioral medicine, and communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences. Nominations are due by June 15, 2017. More information is available in the Federal Register notice.

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Posted in Issue 9 (May 2), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • AHRQ: Developing New Clinical Decision Support to Disseminate and Implement Evidence-Based Research Findings (R18) (PA-17-261)
  • AHRQ: Scaling Established Clinical Decision Support to Facilitate the Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Research Findings (R18) (PA-17-260)
  • NIFA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006354)

NIH opportunities:

  • NIA: Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) (RFA-AG-18-006)
    NIA: Coordinating Center for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (U24) (RFA-AG-18-008)
  • NICHD: Promoting NICHD Areas of Research for HIV/AIDS in Maternal and Child Health (R01) (PA-17-262)
  • NIMH: Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (R01) (PAR-17-265)
  • NIMH: Innovative Mental Health Services Research Not Involving Clinical Trials (R01) (PAR-17-264)
  • NIMH: Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (R34) (PAR-17-266)

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Posted in Issue 9 (May 2), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

HHS Secretary Appears Before House Appropriations Subcommittee, Suggests NIH Budget Cuts to Come From “Efficiencies” in Indirect Costs

On March 29, newly appointed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) former Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) made his first appearance before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Welcoming the Secretary, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) began the hearing by pointing out that the proposed cuts in the Budget Blueprint (aka “skinny budget”) released by the Administration on March 16 “are extensive and span the reach of [the] agency.” Cole asked Price how the Department intends to solve “some of the challenges” the budget poses to HHS, including those related to the Indian Health Services. He emphasized the subcommittee’s need to understand the detail of the cuts proposed, as well as any proposed downgrading or elimination of agency missions. (more…)

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Posted in Issue 7 (April 4), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • AHRQ: Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21) (PA-17-246)
  • AHRQ: Implementation and Evaluation of New Health Information Technology (IT) Strategies for Collecting and Using Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Measures (U18) (PA-17-247)
  • AHRQ: AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) (PA-17-232)
  • AHRQ: Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems V (CAHPS V) (U18) (RFA-HS-17-010)
  • NIFA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Food Safety Challenge Area (USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006286)
  • NIFA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area (USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006304)
  • NIFA: Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program (USDA-NIFA-SLBCD-006287)

NIH Opportunities:

  • NIH: Intensive Longitudinal Analysis of Health Behaviors: Leveraging New Technologies to Understand Health Behaviors (U01) (RFA-OD-17-004) [OBSSR, NCI, NIAAA, NIDA, NIMH], (U24) (RFA-OD-17-005) [OBSSR, NCI, NIAAA, NIBIB, NIDA, NIMH]
  • NIH/FDA: Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science for Research Relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (U54) (RFA-OD-17-006) [NIH: NCI, NHLBI, NIDA, NIEHS, ODP; U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products]
  • NIH: Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) (PA-17-225) [NIA, NCIH, NIMHD, NINR], (R21) (PA-17-226) [NIA, NIMHD, NINR]
  • NICHD: Resource-Related Research Projects in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Pediatric Injury (R24) (PAR-17-228)
  • NICHD: Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R21) (PAR-17-229), (R03) (PAR-17-230), (R01) (PAR-17-231)
  • NCI: Fostering Research Training and Education Programs for Native American Students at NCI-designated Cancer Centers (Admin Supp) (PA-17-241)
  • NCI: Core Infrastructure and Methodological Research for Cancer Epidemiology Cohorts (U01) (PAR-17-233)
  • NIH: Mechanisms and Consequences of Sleep Disparities in the U.S. (R01) (PAR-17-234) (R21)
    (PAR-17-235) [NIMHD, NCCIH, NCI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NINR, ORWH]
  • NIH: Centers for AIDS Research (P30) (PAR-17-237) [NIAID, FIC, NCI, NHLBI, NIA, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIGMS, NIMH, NIMHD]
  • NIH: Developmental Centers for AIDS Research (P30) (PAR-17-238) [NIAID, FIC, NCI, NHBLI, NIA, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIGMS, NIMH, NIMHD]

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Posted in Issue 7 (April 4), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

COSSA Testimony Calls for Funding for NIH, AHRQ, CDC, Education Programs

On March 8, COSSA submitted testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The testimony calls for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Institute for Education Sciences (IES), and International Education and Foreign Language Programs (Title VI and Fulbright-Hays).

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Posted in Issue 6 (March 21), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • AHRQ: Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Implementation and Evaluation of New Health Information Technology Strategies for Collecting and Using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (NOT-HS-17-006)
  • Belmont Forum: Transformations to Sustainability (T2S)

NIH opportunities:

  • NCI: Activities to Promote Technology Research Collaborations (APTRC) for Cancer Research (Admin Supp) (PA-17-143)
  • NIAAA: Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes (R21) (PA-17-132), (R03) (PA-17-134), (R01) (PA-17-135)
  • NIDCD: Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R01) (PA-17-139), (R21)
    (PA-17-140)
  • NIH: All of Us Research Program Engagement Partners (OT2) (OT-PM-17-002)
  • NIMH/NIDA: Innovations in Mechanisms and Interventions to Address Mental Health in HIV Prevention and Care Continuum (R01) (PA-17-136), (R21) (PA-17-137)
  • NINR: NINR Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34) (PAR-17-133)

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Posted in Issue 3 (February 7), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

NIH opportunities:

  • NIH/CDC: Additional Awardees Eligible for PA-16-288 “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)” (NOT-OD-17-012)
  • NIH: Additional Awardees Eligible for PA-16-289 “Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)” (NOT-OD-17-013)
  • NIH: Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions Among Immigrant Populations (R01) (PA-17-043), (R21) (PA-17-044) [NCI, NIAAA, NIDCR, NIDA, NIEHS]
  • NIH: Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations (R01) (PA-17-041), (R21) (PA-17-042) [NCI, NIAAA, NIDCR, NIDA, NIEHS]
  • NIH: NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) (RFA-NS-17-009) [NINDS, NCCIH, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCR, NIEHS, NIMH, NINR, OBSSR]
  • NIA: NIA Research Centers Coordinating Network (U24) (RFA-AG-18-001)
  • NIA: Research Career Enhancement Award to Advance Therapy Development for Alzheimer’s (K18) (PAR-17-052)
  • NIGMS: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25) ((PAR-17-051)
  • NIGMS: Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25) (PAR-17-040)

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Posted in Issue 22 (November 15), Update, Volume 35 (2016)

COSSA and Coalitions Urge Strong Funding for SBS in Final FY 2017 Funding Negotiations

In preparation for Congress’ return to Washington after the election, several of the coalitions COSSA works through have sent letters to appropriators urging them to pass funding bills rather than a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2017 and to encourage them to preserve funding for the agencies that support social and behavioral science (SBS), including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Senate letter, House letter), the National Center for Health Statistics (Senate letter, House letter), the Census Bureau (Senate letter, House letter), and the Institute of Education Sciences.

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Posted in Issue 21 (November 1), Update, Volume 35 (2016)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • AHRQ: Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements to Promote Implementation Science (R01) and Dissemination and Implementation Studies (R18) (NOT-HS-17-002)
  • AHRQ: Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (R18) (PA-17-007)
  • AHRQ: Large Research Projects for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (R01) (PA-17-008)
  • NIFA: Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (USDA-NIFA-ICGP-006124)

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Posted in Issue 21 (November 1), Update, Volume 35 (2016)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

AHRQ: AHRQ Conference Grant Programs (R13) (PA-16-453)
NIH: NIH Peer Review Online Briefings for Fellowship and R01 Grant Applicants, and Basic Research Grant Applicants and Reviewers (NOT-OD-16-152)
FIC: International Bioethics Research Training Program (D43) (PAR-16-454)
NIDA/NCI/NIAAA: Multi-Site Studies for System-Level Implementation of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services (R01) (PAR-16-455)
NIDA/NIAAA: Multi-Site Pilot and Feasibility Studies for System-Level Implementation of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services (R34) (PAR-16-456)
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Posted in Issue 19 (October 4), Update, Volume 35 (2016)

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