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Endocrine researchers are at the core of solving many of the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, thyroid conditions, and hormone-related cancers. Your work has led to incredible accomplishments and remarkable progress in the biological and biomedical sciences that have benefited the lives of millions of Americans.

Highlights for Endocrine-related Research from the NIH Grants Guide

Free Two-Day Virtual Event on Human Subjects Research
Experts from the NIH will answer questions on resources and guidance related to human subjects research. Register for the free, two-day virtual event that will take place December 6-7.

Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in DEIA Mentorship
The NIH announced a notice of special interest (NOSI) wherein participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) invite applications to support administrative supplements to existing NIH awards and ongoing future efforts. These supplements will support scientists who have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to mentorship and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the biomedical sciences. Register for the free webinar about the program, which will take place Monday, December 12, 1:30-3:00pm EST. 

Trailblazer Award Opportunity for New and Early Stage Investigators
The Trailblazer Award is an opportunity for new and early stage investigators to pursue research programs that integrate engineering and the physical sciences with the life and/or biomedical sciences. A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven. Applicants must propose research approaches for which there are minimal or no preliminary data. View the application due dates and award cycles

 

Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announced they are planning to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to continue the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (MIRA-ESI) R35 program. ESIs are encouraged to submit an application that falls within the mission of NIGMS.

 

Transformative Educational Advancement and Mentoring Network: The National Cancer Institute has published a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support pre- and post-doctoral fellows and early-stage investigators on the Transformative Educational Advancement Mentoring (TEAM) Network. The TEAM Network will pilot test the use of training champions at minority serving institutions to support the development of educational activities and scientific career development programs and promote the diversity of the cancer research workforce. Applications open Tuesday, January 10.

 

FASEB Hosts DataWorks! Salons on Data Management and Sharing: DataWorks! is an initiative organized by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to provide a space for the biomedical research community to explore effective practices for data sharing and reuse. The recording from this month’s DataWorks! Salon, Preparing for the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, is now available. You can also register for the next Salon, Budgeting for Data Management, which will take place on Thursday, December 15 at 2:00 PM EST.

 

Urgent Competitive Revisions to Existing NIH Grants: The NIH announced that Principal Investigators on specific types of NIH research grants may apply to funds for competitive revisions to meet immediate needs to help address a specific public health crisis which were unforeseen when the application was submitted. Applications for Urgent Competitive Revisions will be routed directly to the NIH awarding component listed on the Notice of Award of the most recent parent award. Review the full notice. 

Improving Management of Exercise for People with T1D: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s (Helmsley) Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Program is launching a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support the development of novel, real-world solutions to help people with T1D exercise safely and to improve their quality of life. Researchers and clinicians are expected to partner with statistical teams to analyze the real-world data that was collected under Helmsley’s T1D Exercise Initiative (T1-DEXI), build collaborations with other necessary third parties, and to test their novel solutions in studies with people with T1D. The overarching purpose of this initiative is to move real-world data towards real-world solutions. View RFP for details and deadlines.

Women’s Health Research in Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible States: The NIH announced a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to support women’s health research in Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible states. The proposed research must address at least one of the strategic goals of the Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research “Advancing Science for the Health of Women” to enable innovative research relevant to the health of women and to address emerging women’s health issues of public importance. The first available due date is Monday, January 30.  View all the deadlines.

Resources and Technologies for Enhancing Rigor and Reproducibility: The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) encourages research project grant applications aimed at developing and implementing broadly applicable technologies, tools, and resources for validating animal models and enhancing rigor, reproducibility, and translatability of animal research. The earliest submission date is December 22. Review the award cycles. 

Intersection of Sex and Gender Influences on Health and Disease: The NIH issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to invite R01 applications on the influence and intersection of sex and gender in health and disease. This FOA supports basic, preclinical, translational, and clinical research investigations. Review the application deadlines and award cycles.

Development of Novel Nonsteroidal Contraceptive Methods: The NIH released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support and facilitate multidisciplinary research approaches for the development of novel nonsteroidal contraceptive products for men and women that act prior to fertilization. This FOA aims to position innovative and validated methods for future clinical development. Submit your application by Wednesday, March 29.  
 
Environmental Exposures Impact Risk for Psychiatric Disorders: The NIH issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to understand the biological basis by which environmental exposures alter brain and behavioral functioning to increase risk for psychiatric disorders with onset in late-childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. This FOA uses the R01 award mechanism and runs in parallel with the companion FOA which encourages applications under the R21 mechanism. Submit your letter of intent by Sunday, January 22. 
 
Exposure and Health Effects of Micro and/or Nanoplastics: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to inform potential applicants that NIEHS has a special interest in applications that investigate exposure to, and health effects of, microplastics and nanoplastics. The first available due date is Sunday, February 5. Learn more.
 
2023 FASEB Excellence in Science Awards Nominations: FASEB’s Excellence in Science Awards recognize excellence, innovation, leadership, and mentorship of women whose research has contributed significantly to a particular discipline in biological science. Female scientists who are current members of a FASEB Full Member Society are eligible for nomination and nominators must be a current member. Submit your nomination before the Monday, December 12 deadline.
 
NCI Pathway to Independence Award Pre-Application Webinar: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will hold a pre-application webinar on Monday, November 7 from 2:00-3:00 PM EST for the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early-Stage Postdoctoral Researchers. NCI staff members will provide orientation to potential applicants by explaining the goals and objectives for the FOAs and answer questions from webinar attendees. Register today
 
Increase to K99 Support Levels: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announced it will raise the maximum salary, research, and total support levels provided on NIGMS K99 awards issued in Fiscal Year 2023. Learn more. 


Development of Animal Models and Related Materials Funding: The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encouraging grant applications aimed at developing, characterizing or improving animal models of human diseases. The animal models, related materials, or technological tools developed must be broadly applicable to the scientific interests of two or more NIH Institutes or Centers and must evaluate diseases and processes that impact multiple organ systems. For more information, please review the application due dates and award cycles.

Time-Sensitive Opportunities for Health Research: The NIH issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that establishes an accelerated review process to support research to understand health outcomes related to an unexpected and/or time-sensitive event (e.g., emergent environmental threat; pandemic; change in local, state, or national policy; natural disaster). The time from submission to award is expected to occur within 4-5 months. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through November 2, 2023.


Cancer Moonshot Scholars Diversity Program: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that supports the Cancer Moonshot Scholars Diversity Program. This FOA solicits R01 grant applications that propose independent research projects within the scientific mission of the NCI. The overarching goal of this program is to increase the number of R01 Early Stage Investigators and enhance the diversity of the cancer research workforce. Review the table for grant deadlines

Multisite Clinical Research Trials Funding: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a notice of intent to publish a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for multisite clinical research projects. They are looking to support projects that advance research and outcomes for women, children, pregnant and lactating individuals, and/or persons with disabilities. The first estimated application due date is Monday, June 5, 2023.

 
Data Management and Sharing Policy Implementation Details: The NIH released a notice to inform the extramural research community of implementation details for the new Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy. Applications submitted after Wednesday, January 25, 2023 will be required to submit a DMS Plan
 
Contraceptive Development Research Funding: The NIH issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support and facilitate multidisciplinary approaches towards the development of new and/or improved contraceptive methods for both men and women through the formation of a Contraceptive Development Research Center. This FOA also allows the inclusion of translational studies to facilitate the pre-clinical to clinical transition and increase the likelihood of clinical success. Submit your application by Thursday, December 1.
 
Stakeholder Engagement Innovation Center for T1D: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to establish a novel national Stakeholder Engagement Innovation Center for advancing equity in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. A primary goal is to accelerate equitable engagement of diverse stakeholders in T1D research. The new center will provide highly specialized research resources to support investigators by fully embedding communities, people living with T1D, and other stakeholders into the full spectrum of research activities through expert consultations and education in principles and methods of community-engaged research. Applications are due December 20. 


Integrated Physiology of Exocrine and Endocrine Pancreas in T1D Opportunities: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support multi-disciplinary teams to examine interactions between exocrine and endocrine pancreas to support the study of type 1 diabetes (T1D). They encourage integrated study of the whole pancreas and identification of mechanisms by which crosstalk occurs and can be disrupted in T1D. Submit your applications by Tuesday, February 21. 

Type I Diabetes Clinical Studies Funding for Collaborative Research Using Biosamples: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) soliciting applications for studies of type I diabetes etiology and pathogenesis using data and samples from clinical trials and studies. Letter of Intent Due Date: January 28, 2023 and September 26, 2023. Access the grant deadlines.
 
Notice of Information on Sex and Gender Influences on the Adolescent Brain and Mental Health of Girls: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) issued a Notice of Information outlining priorities for potential applications in the field of women’s mental health research. Both basic and translational research projects are encouraged that examine biological, social, cultural, and behavioral contributions of sex and gender influences on mental illnesses (e.g., anxiety, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, trauma-related disorders, eating disorders, etc.) autism spectrum disorder and suicide in adolescent girls and young women (Ages 12-24). Learn more.
 
Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Populations Research Opportunities: The NIH reissued a notice of special interest (NOSI) on the health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) populations. This notice encourages research that describes the biological, clinical, behavioral, and social processes that affect the health and development of SGM populations and individuals and their families, and that leads to the development of acceptable and appropriate health interventions and health service delivery methods that will enhance health and development of these populations. Expiration date: August 9, 2025.  Learn more.
 
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued a notice of intent to publish a funding opportunity announcement inviting R01 and R21 applications for research projects that identify and define the mechanisms that link diet with lipid metabolism-mediated tumor growth and progression. For more information, please see the full notice for the R01 and R21.
 
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Funding Opportunity for Cancer Research: NCI issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support studies for a Phase II or later phase trial. The NCI intends to support clinical trials aimed at improving cancer prevention/interception, cancer-related health behaviors, screening, early detection, healthcare delivery, management of treatment-related symptoms, supportive care, and the long-term outcomes of cancer survivors. Next application deadline is February 24, 2023. Learn more.
 
NIH Extends Some COVID-19 Flexibilities: The National Institutes of Health issued a notice extending the special exception for post-submission material to applications submitted for the January 2023 Council rounds. NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH will accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted under all activity codes, only if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application. One page of preliminary data will be accepted for single component applications or for each component of a multi-component application. The deadline for submitting all post-submission materials, including preliminary data, will be 30 days before the study section meeting, unless specified otherwise in the FOA.
 
NIDDK Intends to Issue FOA on COVID and Diabetes: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a Notice of Intent to publish a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting applications to establish a longitudinal cohort of individuals who developed diabetes following SARS-CoV-2 infection. The cohort would help researchers understand how individuals develop diabetes post-infection and study their clinical course. The estimated publication date for the FOA is July 1, 2022, with applications due December 20, 2022.
 
NICHD Intends to Reissue RSDP FOA: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Notice of Intent that they plan to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as a reissue of RFA-HD-18-103 to solicit applications to provide career development support for obstetricians and gynecologists who have completed their clinical training and who are committed to a career conducting basic science research in an academic setting. Applications will be due on November 1, 2022
 
Input on NIAMS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2025-2029: The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) issued a request for information (RFI) inviting feedback on: 1) cross-cutting thematic research opportunities that the Institute should commit to addressing in fiscal years 2025-2029, and 2) Bold aspirations that NIAMS-supported research could accomplish over the next half-decade. Submit your responses by December 15.
NIDDK Announces Medical Student Research Training NOSI:The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) encouraging applications for administrative supplements to active institutional training grants to support medical students interested in taking a year off from their medical school studies to work in an academic research lab. Expiration date is April 19, 2024. Learn more.

NIA Announces K22 Awards: The National Institute of Aging (NIA) announced the NIA Career Transition Award (CTA) to facilitate the transition of mentored researchers to tenure-track faculty positions conducting research that advances the mission of NIA. This award will provide three years of protected time through salary and research support to conduct biomedical research at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered, and has accepted a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). Expiration date is October 13, 2024. Learn more.


NIH Issues MOSAIC FOAs
: The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is part of NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions. Expiration date is September 08, 2024. Please see the relevant guide notices (clinical trial not allowed, independent clinical trial required, and independent basic experimental studies with humans required) for more information.

NIH NOSI Supports Returning Biomedical Researchers: NIH has announced a new supplements program for researchers returning to biomedical careers after a qualifying absence. Under this Notice of Special Interest, applicants can apply to participate in full- or part-time mentored research experiences through existing NIH research grants. Eligible for these reentry supplements are individuals whose research careers have been interrupted for at least 6 months because of family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. Learn more, including detailed eligibility requirements. The first available due date for submissions is August 26, 2021, and the supplements program is set to expire on October 7, 2023.

NOSI for Placental Research: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) encouraging research on several “High Priority Areas in Placental Research for Healthy Pregnancies”. Topics of special emphasis in these areas include, but are not limited, to 1) Elucidating the gene-regulatory pathways and molecular mechanisms involved in trophoblast differentiation and function; 2) Understanding the role of the immune system in normal placentation and pregnancy rejection; and 3) Developing safe and effective therapeutics for the treatment of placental dysfunction/disorders. Research addressing themes of diversity and inclusion are also highly encouraged. The notice expires October 06, 2024.

NINDS Issues Diversity NOSI: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage R01 applications from diverse backgrounds. Relevant applicants include individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis; individuals with disabilities as defined in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to criteria in the notice. The NOSI also acknowledges the additional challenges faced by women from any of the aforementioned backgrounds. The Notice expires May 8, 2023.

NOSI on Physical Activity Interventions: The Office of Disease Prevention and participating NIH Institutes and Centers issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight their interest in encouraging highly innovative and promising translational research to improve our understanding of how to increase and maintain health-enhancing physical activity using multi-level interventions in a wide range of population groups across the lifespan. The notice applies to a number of grant mechanisms, and expires on February 16, 2024. For more information, please see the full notice.

Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the availability of administrative supplements to support childcare costs on NRSA-supported Fellowship awards. Fellows may request $2,500 per budget period for costs for childcare provided by a licensed childcare provider. Expiration date is April 08, 2024. For more information, please see the Notice of Special Interest and policy announcement.

NOSI for Biophysical and Biomechanical Aspects of Embryonic Development: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage innovative and high risk/impact research in the area of physics/mechanics of embryonic development explored in model organisms. The Notice expires on November 17, 2022. Learn more at the NIH Grants Guide.

NOSI for Secondary Analysis of Human Connectome Data: Several NIH institutes issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage secondary analyses of data from the Human Connectome Project (HCP) including the multiple datasets in the Lifespan Human Connectome projects and the Human Connectomes Related to Human Disease. Applicants beyond the groups that originally collected the data are encouraged to apply. For more information, see the announcement in the grants guide or the website for the Connectome Coordination Facility. The expiration date is May 08, 2024.

NOSI For Adopting Techniques and Tools Developed from the BRAIN Initiative: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) issued a NOSI expressing interest in leveraging these technologies developed as part of the BRAIN initiative to understand nervous system function in the service of cognition, social, or affective processing. Applicants are encouraged to propose research to understand functioning of brain circuits in healthy subjects as well as translational work. NIMH is particularly interested in BRAIN tools that allow large, population-scale in vivo recording, imaging, or circuit manipulation during cognitive, social, or affective behavior. Learn more at the NIH Grants Guide, or the BRAIN Initiative website. The expiration date is May 08, 2023.

NIH Launches New Early Investigator Grant: National Institutes of Health recently announced the Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant award. This new award will support early stage investigators (ESIs) for innovative projects in an area of science that represents a change in research direction for the investigator. Importantly, applications will not be allowed to submit preliminary data. The final application due date for non-AID applications is September 26, 2023, and for AIDS and AIDS-related applications is December 28, 2023. For other information, see the NIH Notice.

Data Repositories

The following resources may be useful for researchers seeking data repositories, databases, or other opportunities for data deposition and/or sharing.

NIH Newsletters

  • NIEHS Environmental Factor: The March issue of Environmental Factor features a summary of a symposium on pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and highlights from discussions from recent meetings of the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors and NIEHS Advisory Council.
  • NICHDevelopments: The February issue features research showing sex differences in concussions, new data sharing resources to connect investigators to research resources for projects aimed improving the health outcomes of newborns with genetic or congenital disorders, and selected NICHD requests for applications and program announcements

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Carol A. Lange, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Endocrinology, and Stephen R. Hammes, MD, PhD, past Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Endocrinology share critical tips on how to get published.

Carol A. Lange, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Endocrinology, and Stephen R. Hammes, MD, PhD, past Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Endocrinology share critical tips on how to get published.

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