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ORT at NIDA news. Office of Research Training. Division of Extramural Research. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

June 2019

Welcome to the NIDA Research Training and Career Development Newsletter! Our goal with this newsletter is to provide those supported by or directing NIDA Fellowships (Fs), Institutional Training Grants (T32s, K12s), and Career Development Awards (Ks) with up-to-date and late-breaking information about policy changes, upcoming events, research findings, and funding opportunities of particular interest to this community. We know that you are probably subscribed to other lists, but we hope that you find this newsletter a valuable addition for keeping abreast of news tailored to the NIDA research community. If you find the newsletter useful, be sure to subscribe below so that you will continue to receive future editions. We will not contact you beyond this initial communication without your subscription.

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Who We Are

The NIDA Office of Research Training is located within the Division of Extramural Research and we coordinate the institute’s training and career development efforts. We help applicants navigate eligibility requirements for the various funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) including the Loan Repayment Program, determine if their research aims align with the NIDA scientific mission, understand the NIH Grants Policy Statement, and connect with NIDA subject matter experts to fully develop research proposals. If you have questions, please reach out at NIDA_Training@nida.nih.gov. We are happy to help!

Michele Rankin, PhD Michele Rankin, PhD
Director
Flair Lindsey Flair Lindsey
Program Analyst
Gillian Acca, PhD Gillian Acca, PhD
Policy Analyst

 

Did you know?

NIH RePORTER recently launched Matchmaker -- a new tool to help you determine which NIH Institute is the best match for your research. You can also use this tool to find a Program Official with scientific expertise that matches your research aims as well as identify the study section that is best suited to review your application. For more information on the benefits of Matchmaker, watch this tutorial.

Policy Updates

Trainee/Fellow Grant Stipend Levels

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend levels for fiscal year 2019 were recently released. Both pre- and post-doctoral trainees received stipend increases. Additionally, Training Related Expenses and the Institutional Allowance for postdoctoral trainees and fellows increased by $1,000.  Read the full announcement here.

NIH Response to Issues of Sexual Harassment in the Sciences

Following the release of the National Academies report on Sexual Harassment of Women in science, the NIH has taken a number of steps to address this serious issue and begin to change the climate and culture that perpetuates it. This past February, the Working Group of the Advisory Council to the Director on Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment met for the first time and are charged with providing interim recommendations to the NIH by June 2019, with a full report by December 2019. Watch Dr. Collins discuss NIH’s efforts with the PBS NewsHour. Outside NIH, institutions and investigators need to do their part to ensure safe workplaces and respond promptly to allegations. More information on the efforts of the NIH and the working group to combat sexual harassment can be found here.

Specific to institutional training grants, NIH released a Notice of Clarification Regarding Harassment and Discrimination Protections in NIH Training Applications. In the same letter regarding institutional commitment to the planned program, information ensuring the institution has proper policies, procedures, and oversight in place to prevent harassment and other discriminatory practices should also be included. This applies to all training grants submitted with due dates on or after January 25th, 2019.

Funding Opportunities

Predoctoral Training

Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) - Institutional Research Training Program (T32) RFA-OD-19-011

Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Institutional Predoctoral Training Programs in the Neurosciences (T32) PAR-17-096

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36) PA-16-443

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) RFA-NS-19-011

Postdoctoral Training

BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) RFA-MH-18-510

BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 Clinical Trial Required) PAR-18-813

BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PAR-18-814

Pathway to Independence Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Required) RFA-OD-18-008

Pathway to Independence Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-OD-18-007

Career Development

Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K01 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-OD-18-005

Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K01 - Independent Clinical Trial Required) RFA-OD-18-006

NIDA Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award in Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder Research (K12 Clinical Trial Optional) PAR-18-746

Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Awards in Mobile and Wireless Health Technology and Data Analytics: Cross-Training at the intersection of Behavioral and Social Sciences and STEM Disciplines (K18 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PAR-18-881

Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Awards in Mobile and Wireless Health Technology and Data Analytics: Cross-Training at the intersection of Behavioral and Social Sciences and STEM Disciplines (K18 Independent Clinical Trial Required) PAR-18-882

Research Education

NIDA Research Education Program for Clinical Researchers and Clinicians (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PAR-19-258

Providing Research Education Experiences to Enhance Diversity in the Next Generation of Substance Abuse and Addiction Scientists (R25 - Clinical Trials Not Allowed) PAR-19-246

Upcoming Events

  • Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)
    September 3, 2019-January 24, 2020
    Bethesda, MD

    The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research along with various NIH Institutes and Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are offering a 5-month online course culminating in a 2-day workshop in Bethesda, MD to learn about conducting dissemination and implementation research in health related fields. Apply here by June 23, 2019.
  • Bio International Convention Student Day
    June 5, 2019
    Philadelphia, PA

    Register for the world’s largest biotechnology event by May 17, 2019 to network and engage with the biotechnology and pharma industry.
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence
    2019 Grant Writing and Career Development Workshop
    June 15, 2019
    San Antonio, TX

    NIDA is sponsoring the 2019 Grant Writing and Career Development Workshop at this year’s annual CPDD conference. Registration is open March 15 – June 10. More information can be found here. Register for the workshop by June 10, 2019.
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence
    NIDA CPDD Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Networking Event
    June 17, 2019
    San Antonio, TX

    Looking for the opportunity to speak to NIDA staff about training opportunities? Interested in meeting NIDA-supported T32 Institutional Training Directors to learn more about what their programs have to offer? Interested in networking with fellow investigators? Join NIDA staff for a networking event at the annual CPDD meeting. More information can be found here.