Research Affairs

Timothy Broderick, M.D., Associate Dean

External Funding Opportunities

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Pathophysiology and Treatment

NIH has re-issued program announcement PA-05-030 seeking investigator-initiated research grant applications to support research on the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in diverse groups and across the life span. Applications that address gaps in the understanding of environmental and biological risk factors, the determinants of heterogeneity among patient populations, and the common mediators influencing multiple body systems that are affected in CFS are encouraged. NIH is interested in funding research that will enhance knowledge of the disease process and improve the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of all persons with CFS. This PA encourages the integration of basic research with clinical observations. The multisystemic nature of the disease will benefit from a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach. Research within or across scientific disciplines and institutions is encouraged. Funding will use the R01, R21, and R03 grant mechanisms. Standard NIH application dates apply. PA-05-030 expires November 2, 2007.

Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

NIH has re-issued a program announcement (PA-05-032) to encourage investigator-initiated research grant applications to study restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder. The intent is to broaden the scope of RLS-related research as well as to build upon work on RLS-related dysfunctions in dopamine systems and iron transport mechanisms. Of particular relevance to this PA are applications that address the sensory gating and circadian timing aspects of RLS which are defining features of the condition. Studies in both humans and animal models are encouraged. Standard NIH application dates apply. PA-05-032 expires November 2, 2007.

Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health

NIH has re-issued program announcement PA-05-029 to encourage the development of health research that integrates knowledge from the biomedical and social sciences. This involves the further development of health-related social science research relevant to the missions of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and the development of multi- or inter-disciplinary research that blends the theories and approaches of the social and biomedical sciences. Within the broad spectrum of research identified in this announcement, applicants are encouraged (but are not required) to employ multiple (i.e., biological, behavioral, and/or social) levels of analysis. This announcement invites applications to (a) elucidate basic social and cultural constructs and processes used in health research, (b) clarify social and cultural factors in the etiology and consequences of health and illness, (c) link basic research to practice for improving prevention, treatment, health services, and dissemination, and (d) explore ethical issues in social and cultural research related to health. Standard NIH application dates apply. PA-05-029 expires January 3, 2008.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Funds are available for principal investigators holding specific types of NIH research grants (listed in program announcement PA-05-015) for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in science. Candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Detailed eligibility criteria are described in PA-05-015. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project. All NIH awarding components participate in this program. There is no set-aside amount for this program. The NIH expects to make more than 1,000 administrative supplements under this program at a total cost exceeding $60 million. Direct costs for individual administrative supplements vary from less than $5,000 to more than $75,000 depending on the career level of the candidate. Applications can be received at any time. PA-05-015 expires September 30, 2007.

Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) awards small grants for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences. Grants are awarded for major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, historical studies, and other useful organizations of knowledge in clinical medicine, public health, biomedical research, and the informatics/information sciences relating to them. The scholarly work may be prepared for publication in print or non-print media, or both. See program announcement PAR-05-025 for a detailed list of publication projects that will and will not be supported. PAR-05-025 uses the G13 award mechanism. An NLM publication grant provides up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for one, two or three years, and is not renewable. PAR-05-025 expires January 3, 2008.

Grant Application Forms

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides WSU-specific cover pages for NIH grant applications, including the 398 form and 2590 form. Follow this link to access other forms for federal funding sources as well as the RSP Principal Investigator Guide.