Weekly Global Health Notices, 9/12/2011 through 9/16/2011 and beyond

September 16, 2011:  Request for Proposals Deadline for the Life Sciences Technology Showcase

The hosts of the Life Sciences Technology Showcase, to be held October 12, 2011, are seeking RI-based researchers to present project posters. The poster session will be held in the lobby of Warren Alpert Medical School. The audience of approximately 200 will be a mix of researchers, company executives, entrepreneurs, and investors, many of whom are from outside RI. Selected presenters will be chosen via a subcommittee through the following process:

Poster Session Goals:

  • Showcase RI innovations in life sciences and healthcare
  • Provide exposure for researchers seeking partners, collaboration and licensing opportunities


  • Applications are due Friday, September 16, 2011 by 5PM
  • Applications should be submitted electronically to Suelene_Gallogly@Brown.edu
  • Selected presenters will be notified by Friday, September 23, 2011 5 PM
  • The poster session will take place Wednesday, October 12th 5:00 PM in the lobby of the Alpert Medical School


  • Send an email to Suelene_Gallogly@Brown.edu expressing interest and include the following:
    • Name, institution and contact information for Principal Investigator
    • Brief summary of the project
    • Stage of development
    • Attach abstract of the project

Poster Guidelines:

  • All information on posters must be suitable for public disclosure (check with technology licensing office)
  • Presenters must provide an abstract to be used for pre- and post-event distribution
  • Event hosts will arrange for printing, mounting and wall display
  • All posters will be 40” wide by 30” tall (landscape orientation)
  • Poster abstracts will also be made available to participants via the web before and after the event
  • Principal Investigators are expected to attend the poster session to answer questions

General Selection Criteria:

  • Principal investigators should be affiliated with a RI college, university, hospital or government lab
  • Projects should be at a translational stage where the PI is looking for collaborators, funding or licensing
  • Projects should be in a life science-oriented discipline such as:
    • Drug delivery or therapeutics
    • Medical devices
    • Healthcare IT
    • Diagnostics
  • Selection Subcommittee will also consider the following to ensure there is an appropriate mix of:
    • institutional affiliations (RI-based hospital, college, university, lab)
    • diversity to generally match panel/interview topics
    • options and potential for investment and collaboration
    • novelty of innovation

Contact Information:

RI Life Sciences Technology Showcase Hosts:

  • RI Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Warren Alpert Medical School
  • Brown University Technology Ventures Office

September 20, 2011:  Deadline for the Making More Health Competition by Changemakers

Making More Health: Achieving Individual, Family, and Community Well-being, launched by Ashoka’s Changemakers in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim, seeks innovative models that are transforming the field of health to sustainably increase the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

We welcome solutions and collaborations along the entire health continuum, from prevention and lifestyle, to detection and treatment. Eligible initiatives may target a wide variety of populations throughout the world and include (but are not limited to) those that:

  • Increase access to quality health services and treatment: Innovations may incorporate strategies such as addressing cultural and financial barriers, lack of transportation, decentralized medical resources, and gaps in education and knowledge. Solutions may include initiatives for disease prevention and diagnosis, developing healthy lifestyles, or advocacy and awareness programs relevant to any life stage.
  • Empower individuals, families, and communities to address local health issues: Innovations may engage and inform individuals, families, and communities, and allow them to directly participate in the management of their own health. These span a range of solutions from communal patient care initiatives to programs that nurture a culture of health within communities.
  • Target vulnerable and underserved populations: Entries may include those that address conflict and/or post-crisis environments, poverty and development as related to health, mental health, or rural health.

The competition is open to all individuals (with the exception of prescribing physicians), teams, and organizations (charitable organizations, public or private entities).

Submit your solutions or nominate a project for this competition before September 21, 2011, and help transform the field of health.

Winners’ Prizes: Three winners selected by the Changemakers community will each receive a cash prize of US $10,000.

For more information, please visit http://www.changemakers.com/morehealth.

October 1, 2011:  Deadline for CFAR Fall 2011 Developmental Grant Program

The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research is announcing a Request for Applications for the Fall 2011 Developmental Grant Program.

The CFAR Developmental Grants Program provides support for three types of AIDS biomedical and behavioral research projects:

  • Initial AIDS Research Projects
  • Pilot Projects testing new or innovative ideas
  • Collaborative Projects

The goal of the CFAR developmental program is to enable the grantee to obtain sufficient original data to achieve NIH research funding in his/her area of investigation.  Applications should include cross-campus (Tufts and Brown) or interdepartmental collaborations and/or utilization of services from more than one core (HIV in Women & Underserved Populations, Prevention, Nutrition Metabolism & GI, Biostatistics, and Retrovirology Services).

All applicants must have a full-time appointment at either Brown University or Tufts University at the rank of Assistant Professor or greater.

  • Each award of up to $40,000 is granted for one year.
  • If your project involves a foreign component or takes place in a foreign institution, foreign IRB approval must be granted prior to submission of application.
  • If you are applying for either a pilot or collaborative project please review the guidelines regarding eligibility and submit required documents to John Coffin (John.Coffin@tufts.edu).
  • Applications for this award cycle are due October 1, 2011. Up to four awards will be granted during this cycle.
  • Awards will be announced by December 1, 2011.

For an application or more detailed information, please visit http://www.lifespan.org/cfar/developmental-awards.html

Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research

CFAR/RISE Building, 164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

Tel: 401 793-4068 · Fax: 401 793-4704

Email: vgodleski@lifespan.org

October 14, 2011:  Deadline for Support Centers for “Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars”

Intended for U.S. academic institutions with focus on global health research capacity building, the application deadline for the “Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars” is Oct. 14, 2011.

For more information, please visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-11-001.html

October 17, 2011:  Deadline for Fulbright/Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health offered in partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institute of Health have been established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship was inaugurated in July 2011 with four fellows in Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Malawi, and South Africa). The Fellowship has been modified and expanded with the 2012-13 application cycle to include countries in Asia and Latin America.

All awards are for 9 months required at the overseas site. Awards will carry the benefits of Fulbright Full Grants to the country of assignment. The Fogarty International Center, NIH, will provide support to the research training site and orientation of the fellows at NIH.

U.S. students who are currently enrolled in medical school or a graduate-level program and who are interested in global health can apply for this Fellowship.  The basic requirements and process for applying for the Fulbright-Fogarty Program are the same as for any Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Grant.


1. Review the Country Summary for details on country specific eligibility requirements and research placements. Degree requirements, research focus, and affiliation vary by country.
2. Select one country to which to apply.
3. In the Online Application question 3. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY, select Fulbright-Fogarty Award.  You will only be considered for the Fulbright-Fogarty Award.
4. A letter of affiliation IS NOT required nor applicable for Fulbright-Fogarty Award applicants.
5. If recommended for a grant, candidates may be required to submit additional information and will be contacted by IIE if this is the case.


Even though, in most cases, grantees will be working in an English-speaking environment, language preferences for a specific country will apply; however, they may be relaxed somewhat.  That is, if host country language skills are required, then Fulbright-Fogarty applicants should have begun study of the language and have a language plan for the months prior to beginning a grant. The Foreign Language Evaluation should be conducted when the language level is beyond the basic level.

If host country language skills are not required and the applicant has little or no knowledge of the language, then applicants may wish to consider how they can undertake language study prior to the grant start or during the grant and mention this in the Statement of Grant Purpose.


The following are some basic guidelines as to what you should include in your Statement of Grant Purpose, along with any other information you deem relevant:

Why you have chosen the particular country and project;

  • Briefly describe the research project that you hope to join;
  • Explain what you believe you have to contribute to the project;
  • Explain the specific qualifications, training, and/or experiences that you have had related to this project;
  • Explain how you expect to benefit from the assignment, and what use you will make of the experience upon your return to the United States.

Remember, too, that since this is a Fulbright grant, applicants should describe ways that they anticipate engaging in the local community. This can be included in the Statement of Grant Purpose or in the Personal Statement.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Please refer to the individual participating country summaries for additional information.

Information related to the application process is available at www.us.fulbrightonline.org/applynow.html

The application deadline is October 17, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

November 17, 2011:  Proposal Deadline for Gates Foundation Grant Opportunity

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 8 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until November 17, 2011 on the following topics:

* NEW – Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market
* NEW – Design new approaches to optimize immunization systems
* NEW – Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
* Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
* Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.  Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/r8_gce

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

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