We see a lot of NIH projects coming through on parent announcements for investigator-initiated applications (PA-13-302, –303 and –304 are by far the most popular). These are great catch-all funding opportunities, but did you know that you can search for standing announcements that fit more specifically with your area of research? When using announcements that are more tailored to your area of expertise, you are more likely to get better study sections, and that understand your work. While a study on body mass/asthma linkage is certainly submissible under 13-302, a quick search of the Funding Opportunities and Notices database reveals that a standing R01 opportunity exists for Obesity and Asthma.
Take a look around and see if any open opportunities fit your work. Remember, if your application is AIDS-related, your next due date is Tuesday, September 8 thanks to Labor Day!
Is your department conducting (or planning to conduct) international, patient-oriented research? NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) has a database of country-specific clinical research regulatory information called ClinRegs, and it is now live (beta)!
ClinRegs is a public resource designed to assist in the planning and implementation of international clinical research. The database is a tool that can be used to examine regulations within a country, and compare requirements across nations. Search countries currently include Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, United Kingdom, Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and the United States; there are plans in place to incorporate regulations from Mali, Mexico, Vietnam, and Haiti in 2014. ClinRegs allows you to explore topic areas such as: clinical trial lifecycle, competent authority oversight, ethical review, informed consent, investigational products, specimens, and sponsorship.
ClinRegs is soliciting feedback through a survey (linked in the upper-right corner of their home page) or using their “Contact Us” feedback email address. Take it for a spin and let them – and us! – know what you think!