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Grants & You Fall 2020: News & Updates

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News from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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Formulating PCORI's Approach to New Priority Research Areas

As part of new legislation that reauthorized PCORI’s funding for 10 years, Congress included 2 new research priority areas to address: (1) strategies for improving maternal mortality and (2) improving health for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In a recent blog post, Executive director Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH, discusses PCORI’s plans over the next decade.

Executive Director Spoke at Research!America Forum

On September 10, Dr. Cook held a Fireside Chat with Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, at Research!America’s 2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum, Straight Talk: Securing a Science-Strong Future (link). The forum focused on the impact of COVID-19 and how research can help the country emerge stronger.

Breaking Down Barriers for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

An image of a woman seated at a desk in a classroom setting, with a group of young children -- including a female child in a wheelchair -- discussing something on a laptop.

People living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families often face barriers to participating in their own communities, from a building’s design that makes entry difficult to misperceptions when a person’s behavior does not align with social expectations. Through building regional stakeholder communities and a roadmap for future comparative effectiveness research, a project funded by a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award supported efforts to make participation easier for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Updates to ATSU Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Policy

What is a Financial Conflict of Interest, and why is it important for you as a researcher?

A financial conflict of interest (FCOI) is defined as a significant financial interest (SFI) that could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of sponsored research or non-sponsored research. Identification and responsible management of FCOIs are crucial for safeguarding research objectivity and integrity.

In 2012, ATSU adopted the FCOI in Research policy (No. 20-117) to comply with mandatory Public Health Service regulations for eligibility in receiving grant funding and ability to conduct research. Minor policy updates were approved in July 2020 to boost ATSU’s federal compliance, particularly for non-sponsored human subject research. Changes included:

  • Greater use of general language to extend policy longevity (e.g., FCOI training).
  • Addition of a definition of Sponsored Research.
  • Addition of a statement requiring new investigator disclosures.
  • Clarification of the duration for record retention.
  • Inclusion of a link clarifying SFI exclusions for sponsored travel.
  • Specification that the policy applies to all individuals at ATSU meeting the definition of investigator, and to all activities meeting the definition of research where activity is sponsored or, if non-sponsored, involves human subjects.

Policy revisions were guided by a Sponsored Programs FCOI work group in close consultation with ATSU’s Research, Grants, and Scholarly Innovations; Arizona and Missouri Institutional Review Boards; Human Resources; and General Order Review Committee. Additional actions included updates to the University’s IRB forms and the Grant/Contract Application Internal Approval Form.

Looking ahead, FCOI acknowledgements and educational pieces will be incorporated into ATSU’s annual Required Employee Training.

The American Hospital Association Hosted a Webinar on Telehealth

Barbara Edson, BSN, MBA, MHA, executive director of the University of North Carolina Health Care System Virtual Care Center, discussed the journey her institution took in establishing a new telehealth program and several case examples of how teamwork is critical to telehealth workflows for provider eConsults and provider-patient ambulatory video visits.

Webinars Covered by Sponsored Programs in Summer 2020

Sponsored Programs (SP) routinely covers webinars on a wide range of topics tied to ATSU's strategic priorities and is happy to share key takeaways. Summaries of these webinars are available from SP staff upon request (

Date Organization Webinar
June 17 American Hospital Association “Telehealth: Teams Transform Health Care”
July 20 American Medical Association "Applying Systems Thinking to Address Structural Racism in Health Professions Education: Curriculum, Structural Competency, and Institutional Change" (recording)
August 3 American Medical Association “Fostering Agility in Learning: Competency-Based Medical Education and Coaching to Support Master Adaptive Learners” (recording*)
August 25 Health Resources and Services Administration "The Relative Contribution of Social Determinants on the Health Status of Health Center Patients"
September 2 US Department of Health and Human Services "Clinical Best Practices & the Art of the Tele-Physical Exam" (recording)
September 9 Weitzman Institute "Telehealth and Patient Engagement Strategies: The Operation Team Perspective" (recording)
September 9

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Interprofessional Education Collaborative

"Practice and Policy in a Pandemic: Accreditation, Regulations, Future Implications" (recording*)

*These recordings require entering personal information (e.g., email address) for access.

Upcoming Webinars To Be Covered by SP

SP plans to cover these webinars/conferences in the next quarter. Please contact us if you would like to be included in the distribution list for any summary.


Date Organization Title
September 16 US Department of Health and Human Services "The New Normal: Tips to Make Telemedicine Part of Your Permanent Practice" (information)
September 16-17 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

PCORI Annual Meeting sessions (information):

  • "Disseminating & Implementing PCOR Evidence into Primary Care Practice: Building on AHRQ’s Experience"
  • "Exploring CER Needs in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)"
  • "Increasing Access to Perinatal Mental Health Care"
  • "System Challenges to Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations in Pragmatic Trials"
  • "Implementing Evidence within and across Health Systems"
  • "Building Effective Multi-Stakeholder Research Teams"
  • "Caregivers of Older Adults"
  • "Making Good Use of Big Data: Machine Learning, AI, and Implications for CER"
  • "Patient-Centered Telehealth under the Coronavirus Pandemic"

NIH News

September NACCIH Council Meeting to Feature Strategic Plan and Intramural Research

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The National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) will hold its first meeting for FY 2021 on September 25, 2020. Potential grant applicants and other NCCIH stakeholders are invited to attend the livestream from 10:15 am to 3:20 pm EST on NIH Videocast. No registration is necessary.

Key agenda items (full agenda):

  • Helene Langevin, MD, NCCIH director, will report on NCCIH news, plans, and activities since the last meeting.
  • David Shurtleff, PhD, NCCIH deputy director, will give the annual report of the NCCIH Division of Intramural Research (DIR).
  • Lauren Atlas, PhD, section PI, will provide updates from DIR’s Section on Affective Neuroscience and Pain.
  • Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will present on the institute’s mission and research priorities.
  • Session on NCCIH’s draft strategic plan for 2021 – 2025, including recent progress and public input, to be followed by a discussion by Council members of strategic priorities.
  • Jacqueline Lloyd, PhD, MSW, senior advisor at the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, will present a research concept, “Developing and Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity.”

Comments (750 words or less) may be emailed to Partap Khalsa, DC, PhD, director of NCCIH Division of Extramural Activities, at up to 15 days after the meeting.

Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

The Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (link) is happening Tuesday, October 27-Friday, October 30. This event is designed to demystify the NIH grant application and review process.

What to expect:

  • 4 days of sessions with live/simu-live sessions and access to an on-demand video library.
  • 3 tracks designed around grants policies and programs, including case studies and Q&As.
  • Live chat opportunities with NIH & HHS experts on the grants process and policies.
  • Downloadable resources to reuse and/or share with others.

Register for free today!

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Launching its Cancer Moonshot Seminar Series

Cancer Moonshot Seminar Series

The Cancer Moonshot Seminar Series (link) aims to provide a platform for outreach related to Cancer Moonshot initiatives, promote the sharing of knowledge and data from Cancer Moonshot projects, and enhance interactions and collaboration among cancer researchers.

Seminars will generally be held from 12-1 pm EST on the fourth Thursday of each month. View the seminar schedule and register here.

Is Your Application Responsive to the Goals of Your Selected Opportunity?

The following NIH funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) will now include explicit criteria defining applications as "non-responsive", or falling outside the scope of the opportunity:

  • Requests for Applications (RFAs)
  • Program Announcements with special receipt, referral, and/or review considerations (PARs)
  • Program Announcements with set-aside funds (PASs)

Please note applications deemed non-responsive will be withdrawn from review. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the applicable scientific contact listed on the FOA to discuss fit of the proposed project prior to submitting.

Reminders Regarding Post-Submission Updates Using the electronic Research Administration (eRA) Human Subjects System

PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information FormFor those planning to submit human subject-related information after peer review (e.g., Just-in-Time, Research Progress Performance Reports) using the eRA Human Subjects System, please keep in mind:

  • As of June 13, 2020, records must meet new FORMS-F PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form requirements.
  • Recipients reporting enrollment progress must provide participant-level data on sex/gender, race, ethnicity, and age in the Inclusion Enrollment Report of the FORMS-F PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form.

Change to Availability of NIH Summary Statement through eRA Commons

Users with the Signing Official role in the eRA Commons now have access to all current and previously issued overall impact scores and summary statements (link to notice).

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