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Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • NIFA: Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (USDA-NIFA-ICGP-005517)
  • AHRQ: Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Rural Primary Care Practices (R18) (RFA-HS-16-001)
  • NIJ: Research on Measurement of Teen Dating Violence (NIJ-2016-9001)
  • HRSA: Bridging the Word Gap Challenge
  • NIH: Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program
  • NIH: Notice to Extend PAR-13-055 Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R01) (NOT-CA-16-006) [NCI, NCCIH, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NINDS, NIMH, NIMHD, NINR, and OBSSR]
  • NIH: Notice to Extend PAR-13-054 Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R21) (NOT-CA-16-007) [NIMH, NCI, NHGRI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDA, NINDS, NINR, NCCIH, FIC, and OBSSR]
  • NIH: Notice to Extend PAR-13-056 Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R03)
    (NOT-CA-16-008) [NCI, FIC, NHGRI, NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIMH, and OBSSR]

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Posted in Issue 23 (December 15), Update, Volume 34 (2015)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • AHRQ: Extension of Expiration Dates for AHRQ Fellowship (F) and Career Development Award (K) Funding Opportunity Announcements (PA-12-261 and PA-13-039) (NOT-HS-16-001)
  • NIFA: Specialty Crop Research Initiative (USDA-NIFA-SCRI-005437)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evaluating High-Value Innovations from Low-Resource Communities
  • NIH Funding Opportunities:
    • NIH Common Fund: Metabolomics Data Analysis (R03) (RFA-RM-15-021).
      This funding opportunity announcement is intended to foster collaborations between bioinformaticians, biostatisticians, metabolomics experts, and/or biomedical researchers to promote the development of new or improved approaches to metabolomics data analysis. These are small, one-year grants “intended to complement the current efforts of the Common Fund Metabolomics Program and maximize the value of existing metabolomics databases and resources.”
    • NIEHS: Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) (RFA-ES-15-020)
    • NIMH: Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan II (ServASD II): Pilot Research on Services for Transition-Age Youth (R34) (RFA-MH-17-200), (R34) (RFA-MH-17-205)
    • NINR: Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics (R15) (PA-16-022), (R21) (PA-16-023), (R01) (PA-16-024)
    • NCCIH: Administrative Supplements for Complementary Health Practitioner Research Experience (Administrative Supplement), (PA-16-013)
    • NIA: New Opportunities in Alzheimer’s Research

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Posted in Issue 20 (November 3), Update, Volume 34 (2015)

Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • NEA: Research: Art Works (2016-NEA-ORA)
  • NIJ: Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes (NIJ-2016-4305)
  • NIFA: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program (USDA-NIFA-FINI-005395)
  • IES: Low-Cost, Short Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions (84.305L)
  • IES: Low-Cost, Short Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions (84.324L)

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Posted in Issue 18 (October 6), Update, Volume 34 (2015)

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Advances through Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (S. 1800) on July 16, after the bill’s approval by the Agriculture Subcommittee earlier in the week. Among the agencies funded in the bill are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) principal statistical agencies, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which houses the Department’s main competitive grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the bill on July 8 (more on the House bill is available here).

In general, the Senate bill would provide more funding to agencies of interest to the social and behavioral science community than the House bill. However, the Committee’s adherence to current spending caps means that the proposed funding levels still fall below the Administration’s request. The bill would maintain ERS’ FY 2015 funding level of $85.4 million, $7.3 million above the cut proposed by the House. NASS would be cut by $4.3 million compared to FY 2015, but the Senate mark is still $6.9 million more than the House bill. In the committee report, both agencies are encouraged to continue to collect and analyze data on organic agriculture.

Under the Senate bill, NIFA would receive a small increase over FY 2015, but the total falls well short of the Administration’s proposed funding level of $1.5 billion. AFRI would actually receive $10 million less under the Senate’s bill compared to the House version—the same amount as in FY 2015.

Neither bill is likely to reach the floor of either chamber anytime soon as the larger debate over sequestration and spending caps has stalled the FY 2016 process and likely will not be resolved until later in the fall at the earliest.

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Posted in Issue 14 (July 28), Update, Volume 34 (2015)

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Would Cut USDA Research and Statistics

The House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee advanced its draft bill to the full committee on June 18. A full committee markup originally scheduled for June 25 was postponed. Among the agencies funded in the bill are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) research and statistical agencies, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Economic Research Service (ERS), and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The Committee Report is available here. COSSA has joined the Friends of Agricultural Statistics and Analysis (FASA), a new coalition of stakeholders who care about timely, accurate, and objective food and agricultural statistics, on several letters to House staff to request stronger appropriations for ERS and NASS.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture would see a $5.2 million cut from FY 2015, $218.8 million below the President’s request. Hatch Act programs would be flat-funded. NIFA’s investigator-initiated grants program, the Agricultural Food and Research Initiative (AFRI), would receive a $10 million increase from FY 2015, still well below the Administration’s request of $450 million. Language in the Committee Report asks for additional clarity in next year’s budget request on how proposed funds for AFRI would be spent:

“For the fiscal year 2017 budget request, the Committee is particularly interested in the request for AFRI, and requests that the agency provide greater detail on the levels proposed to be allocated to and the expected publication date, scope, and allocation level for each request for awards to be published under each priority area specified in section 2(b)(2) of the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act (7 U.S.C. 450i(b)(2)).”

The USDA’s principal statistical agencies, the Economic Research Service and the National Agricultural Statistical Service, do not fare as well under the House bill. The bill proposes an 8.6% cut for ERS, which would bring its funding down to $78.1 million. NASS would receive an $11.2 million cut from FY 2015, leaving it 10.6% below the level proposed in the President’s budget request. These cuts would likely force both agencies make cuts to their core products and services.

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Posted in Issue 12 (June 30), Update, Volume 34 (2015)

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