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Pilot and Feasibility Program Funds Diabetes Translation Research

November 16, 2011

The Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Disparities announced the Pilot and Feasibility Program to facilitate the success of junior investigators entering the field of diabetes translational research as well as senior investigators as they change fields and enter this field. The deadline for proposals is December 15.

Online IRB Submissions

November 8, 2011

The Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE) will accept online IRB submissions from all campus departments beginning December 5. The OHRE website will provide information and links about how to access the online system at that time. OHRE is currently offering training sessions and online training materials to help users with the new system.

First Funding Opportunity from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

October 19, 2011

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, has announced the Pilot Projects Grants Program. The program is designed to fund research which will establish goals and priorities, collect preliminary data and establish methodologies for the study of patient-centered outcomes.

Letters of intent are due November 1, full applications are due December 1.

Federal Demonstration Partnership Fall Meeting Presentations

October 17, 2011

Presentations from the recent meeting of the Federal Demonstration Partnership have been posted, and include agency updates and reports on the Federal Research Profile System, financial conflict of interest regulation, the OMB A-21 task force and the General Services Administration, among other topics.

Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

October 17, 2011

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Great Hall, Student Union
Registration Required ($25)

University Career Services, the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs are offering a Career Symposium for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Panel and workshop topics will include interviewing, resume development and networking. The deadline for registration is October 31.

Extension of Expiration Dates for AHRQ Funding Opportunities

October 17, 2011

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has extended expiration dates for many major funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). All other aspects of the FOAs remain the same. More information is available on their website.

UNC IRB’s Role in Engaged Research

October 10, 2011

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Dey Hall, Toy Lounge (4th floor)
Registration Required

The UNC Institutional Review Board (IRB) is offering a seminar to explain the IRB’s current regulations, proposed changes, and potential impact as they pertain to engaged research. The seminar is part of the Engaged Scholar Seminar Series. For more information about the series see the program flyer.


October 4, 2011

The Office of Sponsored Research, the Sponsored Programs Office, the Office of Clinical Trials, and the Office of Research Information Systems have developed “RAMSeS FYI,” a periodic publication with frequently asked questions, helpful hints, and common issues. There are two issues so far:

If you have any questions you would like answered, specific topics you would like covered, or tips you would like to share, please contact Ellen Quinn at

Strategy for NIH Funding

October 4, 2011

The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has created the Strategy for NIH Funding, a grantsmanship resource comprised of seven parts. The resource includes information on timing, strategies, and resources. More information is available in the NIAID announcement.

Balancing the Scale: NSF’s Career-Life Balance Initiative

October 4, 2011

The White House Council on Women and Girls, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Science Foundation announced a new Career-Life Balance Initiative. This initiative will provide greater work-related flexibility to women and men in research careers.

ORD Call for Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program Nominations

October 3, 2011

The Office of Research Development issued a call for nominations for the Rita Allen Foundation’s Scholars Program. The foundation seeks to support early-career faculty who show promise of becoming leaders in research in the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of analgesics, neuroscience, immunology, and cancer. The internal deadline is October 21.

IAH Lunch with NEH Digital Humanities Program Officer

October 3, 2011

Date: Monday, October 10
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Hyde Hall University Room
Registration Required

The Institute for Arts and Humanities invites faculty members to a lunch and an informal discussion with Brett Bobley, director of the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Orange County Arts Commission Grantwriting Workshop

October 3, 2011

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Place: Orange County Public Library (meeting room), 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
Registration: Email or call (919) 968-2011

The Orange County Arts Commission will hold a public information session and grantwriting workshop in preparation for the commission’s fall cycle of grants. The commission supports visual, performing, and literary arts projects serving the citizens of Orange County through a variety of grant mechanisms. Applications and arts grant guidelines are available online.

New to Carolina? Tips from the GrantSource Library

September 27, 2011

The GrantSource Library would like to offer new faculty members and postdoctoral scholars these tips for getting started on your funding search:

  • Schedule a consultation with a GrantSource librarian for help in identifying potential funders.
  • Subscribe to Research Support, Carolina’s blog about funding and sponsored research.
  • Search for external funding opportunities using databases such as COS, SPIN, and Foundation Directory Online, available through the GrantSource Library’s website.
  • Use the Carolina Internal Funding Database to find internal funding opportunities.
  • Learn about resources and services available at Carolina via the Research@Carolina website, which provides information and links to the offices that support the university’s research mission.
  • Talk with departmental colleagues, your mentor, or other faculty members to learn about opportunities and resources in your department.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact or 919-962-3463.

What Does the NIH Look for in Tenure-Track Investigators?

September 27, 2011

Date: October 10, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bondurant G100 Auditorium
Registration Required

Dr. Ronald Owen, Assistant Director of the Office of Intramural Research at the National Institutes of Health, will be giving a talk for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars titled “What Does the NIH Look for in Tenure-Track Investigators?” The event is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services.