American Heart Association: Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network

http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Research/FundingOpportunities/SupportingInformation/Winter-2014-Strategically-Focused-Prevention-Research-Network_UCM_456267_Article.jsp

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility: Awards are limited to non-profit institutions in the United States, such as universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals, laboratories, research institutes, and other non-profit institutions that can demonstrate the ability to conduct projects and organize a center. Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee with the exception of Veterans Administration employees.

PI Eligibility: Directors and Principal Investigators of projects of the Centers must possess an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral degree at time of application. They should be faculty or staff members of the non-profit applicant organization at application. Directors and Principal Investigators of projects of the Centers may hold another AHA award simultaneously. The Center Director may submit a Center project proposal.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

Proposal Limit: 1

Summary: For the intention of this particular RFA, AHA’s conceptual framework is that there is a continuum of prevention research from primordial (the prevention of risk factors) to primary (the prevention of CVD and stroke), to secondary (the prevention of recurrent disease and complications) prevention, which can bring together multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary teams.

Specifically, this RFA seeks to have basic, clinical and population teams from individual Centers join together and provide proposals which address the topic of cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention via their individual areas of expertise. A Center may be intra- or inter- institutional. Each Center applies for funding individually and the most meritorious Center applications and their research projects will be combined to form the Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network.

It should also be noted that the increased availability of consumer-oriented health tools and social media, among others, has created unconventional opportunities for natural experiments and novel interventions that could inform the development of effective health behavior change strategies aligned with ideal cardiovascular health. Multidisciplinary research that takes advantage of such innovative tools also falls within the scope of this RFA. Furthermore, collaboration is encouraged with social and behavioral scientists, health policy experts, and other experts to identify programs that effectively modify an individual’s lifestyle in a fashion that unequivocally reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The AHA is committed to an investment of $15 million to establish this Prevention Network which provides almost $4 million per Center. This level of investment will support fully integrated collaboration across science disciplines.

The AHA intends to fund four Centers that will encompass the following goals:
• Accelerate generation of important, novel ideas
• Answer significant questions addressing gaps in knowledge
• Create important gains (developing new investigators is one such gain)
• Link research and training components through the program
• Prioritize multidisciplinary approaches with frequent collaborative interactions
• Demonstrate efficacy through data collection and evaluation
• Demonstrate the effectiveness or the applicability of the findings in clinical, public health or community-based settings such as workplaces, schools, churches or other “real-life” settings.

Dates:

November 19, 2013: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

November 22, 2013: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary and two-page bio-sketch.

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.

If you have any questions, please contact:  shelly.martin@tamu.edu or 979.862.2233.

December 4, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

December 16, 2013: Sponsor deadline for required Letter of Intent.

February 4, 2014: Sponsor deadline for the full application.


Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.