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July 2018

Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente Research Collaboration Grant

Application deadline: July 13, 2018


The Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Collaboration Committee is actively requesting research proposals to foster collaborative research between the two institutions and address complex and intriguing healthcare and clinical questions vexing our health systems. Specifically, they are looking for research proposals that are aligned with both organizations' strategies and present opportunities to prove the synergy of the Kaiser Permanente/Johns Hopkins collaboration. The hope is to identify and fund proposals that accomplish seminal research utilizing the unique capabilities that only two such organizations as Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins have.

Broadly, the goal is to support collaborative epidemiologic, health services and related clinical research to be conducted jointly by Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins researchers. The review panel (the Kaiser Permanente/Johns Hopkins Research Collaboration Committee, "RCC") will consider a wide array of research proposals ranging from analyzing EMR data, developing clinical research registries, implementing safety and quality improvement research projects and large collaborative studies, and conducting comparative effectiveness trials. The proposals have limited funding (up to $75,000 for 12 months; non-renewable), so the goal is likely to fund pilot work for larger and more complex research proposals later.

View application guidelines. The application deadline is July 13, 2018. For questions, contact Dr. Daniel Ford at dford@jhmi.edu or Dr. Michael Horberg at Michael.Horberg@kp.org.

Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

DEADLINE: Monday, July 16, 2018 by 5:00PM (EST)

Funding is available to support multidisciplinary research in prostate cancer through the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund, the SPORE Development Research Program (DRP), and the SPORE Career Enhancement Program (CEP). Awards are for one year and a maximum of $100,000, with an exception for the SPORE CEP. The CEP awards will be given as 2-year awards at $50,000 per year. Investigators will be allowed to request a 1-year no cost extension at the end of the award period with proper scientific justification.

Funding is open to all JHU affiliated faculty. Partnership with a Brady Urological Institute faculty member is highly encouraged, but not required. An emphasis will be placed on funding research with a high priority given to project innovation as well as collaboration with basic science, data science, and engineering faculty.

Funds are to be used for supporting the proposed research application, however they should not be used to support PI salary. Awardees will be notified in mid to late August (2018). The award period will be from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019. For more information, visit the website at http://urology.jhu.edu/PCW/index.php.

Applications should be submitted using the application portal at https://public.onc.jhmi.edu/pilotProjects/ by Monday, July 16, 2018. Please be certain that you are submitting an application for the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to David "Brandy" Yeater via email (dyeater1@jhmi.edu).

Searle Scholars Program

Internal deadline: July 19, 2018

The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of 15 outstanding early-career scientists each year who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. The program is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. Applicants are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2017. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
  • Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition.

Internal Nomination Process:
Interested applicants should submit the following documents in sequence as a single PDF:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Proposal (maximum of two pages of text only, single spaced, 12-point font and one-inch margins)
    a. Figures, tables and other reference materials may be included in addition to the two-page text limit
  3. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications
  4. Budget (two-page maximum)

Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge

No application deadline

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is sponsoring a $2 million prize to the first team to develop a viable selective alpha-synuclein PET tracer and agree to make that tracer available broadly.

The ability to image alpha-synuclein deposition in the brain would be a game-changing achievement for the Parkinson's disease (PD) field. The accumulation of aggregated alpha-synuclein is a pathological hallmark of PD and a priority target for drug development given its hypothesized contribution to neurodegeneration. In vivo imaging of alpha-synuclein pathology could be useful as a biomarker of the presence of disease and disease progression and as a pharmacodynamic tool for drug development. With this prize, the Foundation seeks to attract research teams and accelerate momentum to speed the development of such a tracer.

Contestants: Anyone is eligible for the prize who agrees to all contest rules. Contestants may be MJFF funded or not and can be from either academia or industry.

Contest rules:

  1. Contestants must apply for the prize with pre-clinical and clinical data supporting the broad use of their alpha-synuclein radiotracer. Judges may ask for additional data, including but not limited to raw imaging data.
  2. NOTE: All contestants must agree to make the winning radiotracer available for use by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and MJFF awardees through a nonexclusive license or other MJFF-approved mechanism.

Criteria for winning: The winning contestant must demonstrate that the radiotracer binds with relatively high selectivity to alpha-synuclein according to pre-specified criteria and must demonstrate proof-of-concept in human subjects, including people with Parkinson's disease and/or another synucleinopathy. See below for more details on submission requirements.

Timeline: There is no deadline for submissions. The $2 million award will be issued to the first contestant who submits compelling evidence of a viable selective tracer and agrees to its widespread use. If no award is given by mid-2018, The Michael J. Fox Foundation will evaluate the state of the field and utility of such a prize.

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July 2018 articles:
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Change in Federalwide Assurance [FWA] Numbers
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
NIH requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente Research Collaboration Grant
Funding for Prostate Cancer Research
Searle Scholars Program
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

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