NIH Recovery Act Program Opportunity for Faculty Development — $100 Million Reserved

The National Institutes of Health has released a new Recovery Act (ARRA) program with 14 Institutes or Centers participating that should be of interest to lupus researchers and university-based faculty.

The program is called “Supporting New Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Research Resources through Biomedical Research Core Centers (P30).” $100 million has been reserved for the effort. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2009.

The program will provide awards to support the hiring of newly recruited faculty to develop research projects within the context of Biomedical Core Centers.  For this announcement, a Biomedical Core Center is defined as a community of multidisciplinary researchers focusing on areas of biomedical research relevant to NIH, such as centers, departments, programs, and/or trans-departmental collaborations or consortia.

These awards are designed to enhance innovative programs of excellence by providing scientific and programmatic support for promising research faculty and their areas of research. See the following link for more information:

Administrative Issues Related to ARRA Funding

The NIH Office of Extramural Research has posted three notices to inform the extramural community of administrative issues surrounding ARRA funding. These issues include a general notice that NIH will use ARRA funding to support applications beyond the pay-line, a clarification on lifting caps for certain programs and activity codes, and more in-depth information on the NIH Award Terms.

Broad Initiatives

The ARRA-funded initiatives offer a wide range of possibilities for investigators. The NIH Office of Extramural Research has a Frequently Asked Questions Web page related to ARRA that is updated frequently.