June 29, 2006
NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health
Health and Human Services (Department of)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
NLM 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. Scholars in biomedical fields face competing demands for their time, including requirements for clinical care services, grant-related research and administrative duties. Scholarly work draws upon original sources that may reside in archives, databases, libraries or human experts around the world, in many different languages and formats. The work of scholarship - discovery, thoughtful analysis, synthesis and lucid presentation of findings from such materials--requires protected time and support for incidental costs, including materials, staff assistance, and travel. The NLM Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health is intended to help defray such expenses. NLM Grants for Scholarly Works can be used to support several types of scholarly projects: Historical Works--scholarly works in the history or philosophy of medicine, public health and the life sciences, the development of medical research and health services, bioethics, and studies on the interrelationship of medicine and society; and scholarly works in the history or philosophy of health informatics, health information sciences, biomedical communications and health sciences librarianship. Critical Reviews--analytical and comprehensive critical reviews which identify the present status of research and practice in various health-related fields, addressing advances which have been made, problems requiring examination, and emerging trends; and scientifically significant and important symposium or conference proceedings related to U.S. priorities in health care, public health, and biomedical research. Research Aids--selected secondary tools in the health sciences, such as biomedical guides, atlases, handbooks, dictionaries, indices, catalogs, directories, and other unique reference materials; and English-language translations of important foreign-language classics or primary materials in the history of medicine. NLM Grants for Scholarly Works are designed to support scholarly work on a manuscript, video or electronic resource that will, ultimately, be published by a commercial or academic press or similar print or electronic dissemination service that assures quality and availability of the product. Self-publishing by the author will not normally be considered an appropriate dissemination vehicle. NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health do not support the following types of projects: production of textbooks, curriculum materials or online learning modules; production of works intended for lay audiences; initial reporting of original scientific research findings, including the initial publication of dissertation research; development of coding systems, ontologies or vocabularies for computational use publication of proceedings of annual meetings; production of journals, reprints, other serials, or other costs of publishing such as author page charges; operation of established databases; mass digitization of existing archives or print materials; work judged to have significant commercial viability; or projects of local interest only, or works for which access is restricted to a select group. This grant is not meant to support conferences.
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June 15, 2006
Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (HHS)
Deadline: October 13, 2006
The goal of this Program Announcement is to increase scientific understanding of the nature of health literacy and its relationship to healthy behaviors, illness prevention and treatment, chronic disease management, health disparities, risk assessment of environmental factors, and health outcomes including mental and oral health. Increased scientific knowledge of interventions that can strengthen health literacy and improve the positive health impacts of communications between healthcare and public health professionals (including dentists, healthcare delivery organizations, and public health entities), and consumer or patient audiences that vary in health literacy, is needed. Such knowledge will help enable healthcare and public health systems serve individuals and populations more effectively, and employ strategies that reduce health disparities in the population. Healthy People 2010 defines health literacy as the "degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions" (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Many factors affect individuals' ability to comprehend, and in turn use or act on, health information and communication. Proficiency in reading, writing, listening, interpreting, oral communication, and visual analysis is necessary as the modern health system typically relies on a variety of interpersonal, textual, and electronic media to present health information. Individuals and families both must be able to: communicate with health professionals; understand the health information in mass communication; understand how to use health-related print, audiovisual, graphical and electronic materials; understand basic health concepts (e.g., many health problems can be prevented or minimized) and vocabulary
(e.g., about the body, diseases, medical treatments, etc.); and connect this health-related knowledge to health decision-making and action-taking. Access to and understanding of health information and services is a reciprocal process among health professionals, communication professionals and patients. For instance, these professionals must use science-based strategies and tactics, develop resources and materials, and understand communication interactions between providers and patients. Research on health literacy should assist NIH in its mission of communicating scientifically-based health information to the public and to the health care providers and related professionals who serve the public.
Posted by sharum at 1:29 PM
June 2, 2006
Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award - Deadline July 1
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
Mentored Clincial Scientist Development Award
The purpose of the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) is to support the development of outstanding clinician research scientists. This mechanism provides specialized study for individuals with a health
professional doctoral degree committed to a career in laboratory or field based research. Candidates must have the potential to develop into independent investigators. The K08 supports a period of supervised research experience that may integrate didactic studies with laboratory or clinically-based research. The proposed research must have intrinsic research importance as well as serving as a suitable vehicle for learning the methodology, theories, and conceptualizations necessary for a well trained independent researcher. Special Note: The participating NIH institutes and centers implement this award in different ways to accommodate the career needs of researchers working in fields related to their specific missions. The National Cancer Institute uses this award mechanism exclusively for individuals with clinical doctoral degrees for career development in the basic sciences. Candidates do not need postgraduate clinical training and do not have to be board eligible to apply for this award.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: Awards in response to this program announcement will use the K08 mechanism. The project period may be for three, four or five years and will depend upon the number of years of prior research experience, the need for additional experiences to achieve independence, and the policy of each particular institute or center. Awards are not renewable.
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