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Tue$day Top Tip$ for BPH Research – February 1, 2022

For Faculty and Staff

This is open to all in our BPH community. Please stay tuned for more information on future talks. If you are interested in being a speaker, please reach out to Lauren Goldstein at lhg@berkeley.edu


February 1, 2022 11:40am-12:30pm
Morgan Philbin, Visiting Professor

Shifting cannabis policies and the health of Black and Latinx youth and young adults in the United States: A mixed methods analysis

Cannabis policies have changed rapidly in the past decade: 36 US states have legalized cannabis for medical use and 18 states have legalized its recreational use. While research has examined the impact of these policy shifts on cannabis use overall, less work has explored how they affect the daily lives of Black and Latinx young people who are disproportionately targeted by cannabis-related stops and arrests. This mixed methods talk will first present quantitative findings to show how changing cannabis policies affect cannabis use outcomes among Black and Latinx individuals across all 50 states from 2008-2017. It will then use data from in-depth interviews with 30 Black and Latinx young adults in New York City, and 38 key stakeholders across the US, to demonstrate how the impacts of these policies extend beyond cannabis use outcomes and affect daily life for youth and young adults.  

Zoom link

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this virtual event, please contact Lauren Goldstein at lhg@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event


No Brown Bag February 8, 15 or 22


March 1, 2022 3pm-4:30pm (note different time)
Berk Ozler, PhD, World Bank Research Manager, Development Research Group

Shared Decision-Making Can Improved Counseling Increase Willingness to Pay for Modern Contraceptives?

This brown bag is jointly sponsored by the Berkeley Population Center, the School of Public Health and the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability.

BERGIT Event, Wednesday February 2nd, Noon-1pm

Rachel Morello-Frosch

Acting under uncertainty with urgency through the lens of environmental justice

Who’s affected most by climate change, who bears the risks of the intervention, who benefits? Who is responsible; Who decides? How can we be inclusive in decision-making? In this meeting, we will hear from BPH and the Biden Administration’s Rachel Morello-Frosch and discuss climate impact through a lens of environmental justice.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acting-under-uncertainty-with-urgency-through-the-lens-of-environmental-jus-tickets-205418741987

Rachel Morello-Frosch PhD, MPH: White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Morello-Frosch is an expert in environmental health and environmental justice. Her research focuses on how race and class affect distributions of health risks in the United States, the causes and consequences of health inequalities and environmental disparities, and how research can create opportunities for intervention and prevention. In particular, her lab focuses on addressing challenges faced by communities of color and low-income communities with high exposures to environmental hazards and the toxic effects of pollution.

Sponsored by Berkeley Ethics and Regulation Group for Innovative Technologies (BERGIT)and IGI. https://innovativegenomics.org/bergit/


Berkeley Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series
Innovators, Changemakers and Arc Benders

Berkeley Public Health’s 2022 Dean’s Speakers Series hones in on the areas in which the School has innovated and excelled. Monthly from January to May, we’ll present a panel of noted experts from UC Berkeley and elsewhere. The series will look at the past, present, and future of advancing community-based participatory research, universal healthcare in California, the social determinants of health, health from the life course perspective, and healthy cities, including the trailblazing work of experts here at Berkeley Public Health.

2022 Dean’s Speaker Series Schedule

All events will be livestreamed on Berkeley Public Health’s YouTube channel, 5-6:30 pm PT

  • Feb 15: Advancing Healthcare in California: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Mar 31: The Social Determinants of Health: Past, Present, and Future
  • Apr 21: Health from the Life Course Perspective
  • May 11: Healthy Cities: 50 Years Later

https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/events/category/events/deans-speaker-series/

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce the launch of the limited submission process for the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Collaborative Program Grant Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) funding opportunity.

Important Dates and Deadlines:                        

  • Campus applications due to VCRO: March 1, 2022, noon
  • Selected proposal due to NIH: May 27, 2022

Summary: This funding opportunity encourages Collaborative Program Grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct research to address complex and challenging biomedical problems, important for the mission of NIGMS, through deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams of three to six Principal Investigators. Applications should be sufficiently challenging, ambitious, and innovative and address critical issues that could not be achieved by individual investigators. Applications that are mainly focused on the creation, expansion, and/or maintenance of community resources, creation of new technologies, or infrastructure development are not appropriate for this program.

Potential applicants should consult the full solicitation and eligibility criteria.

Budget: Up to $1.5M direct costs per year, although NIH anticipates most budgets at $700K-900K direct costs per year, with an option to request an additional $250K for developmental funds to support Early Stage Investigators. Applications may request up to five years of support.

Campus Process: Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file with the following:

  1. Completed Limited Submission Cover Sheet.
  2. Description of the research program (up to three pages, not including references) with the proposed specific aims or objectives and describe the biomedical problem being addressed.
  3. Budget estimate (less than one page).
  4. List of potential collaborating PIs and their departments.
  5. CV or biosketch (abridged, two-page format preferred) for the lead PI.

Please direct questions to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu.

Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-related Food and Housing Policies and Programs on Health Outcomes in Health Disparity Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-22-001.html

Due April 7

The purpose of this FOA is to identify and evaluate the ongoing and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing specifically on governmental (local, state, tribal, federal) policy and programmatic actions that address two specific social determinants of health: food/nutrition security and housing security. Applications are requested to examine how these food/nutrition and housing policies and programs aimed at lessening the effects of the pandemic impacted health and health equity in individuals, families, and communities from health disparity populations.

Health disparity populations include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities.


NIH: Advancing communication strategies to support future HIV vaccine use (R01 Clinical Trial Optional).

Due May 10. 

Letter of intent due 30 days prior to application due date.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Research Project Grants (R01) that will advance novel health communication research designed to inform and support acceptance and uptake of future vaccines that protect against HIV. Research should focus on understanding key drivers for HIV vaccine communication success, communication strategies for engagement of communities placed at greatest risk for acquiring HIV, and/or mitigating the impact and reach of HIV vaccine misinformation. Research applications may leverage HIV vaccine analogs (e.g., COVID-19, HPV, HBV vaccines), so long as they have a primary focus on populations placed at risk for HIV, and/or healthcare settings and providers involved in HIV prevention delivery.


Advancing Integrated Models (AIM) of Care to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes among Women Who Experience Persistent Disparities (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-22-003.html

Due April 7, 2022

Persistent disparities in maternal health outcomes is a public health crisis that requires new insights and solutions. The purpose of this initiative, advancing integrated models (AIM) of care, is to support formative research and pilot studies to inform the development of integrated models of supportive care to prevent severe maternal morbidity and mortality among disproportionately impacted populations.


Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) (R35 Clinical Trial Optional)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-22-002.html

Due June 9, 2022

The NIEHS Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) program is intended to provide support for outstanding investigators in the Environmental Health Sciences, giving them intellectual and administrative freedom, as well as sustained support to pursue their research in novel directions in order to achieve greater impacts. The program seeks to identify individuals with a potential for continued innovative and impactful research and combine their existing investigator-initiated research into a single award to support the majority of their independent environmental health sciences research program.

Eligibility is determined by NIEHS after the receipt of applications on the intended application due date. Eligibility to apply to this FOA is limited to those individual PD/PIs who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Is currently PD/PI on at least one single-PD/PI (i.e., not Multi-PD/PI) NIEHS-supported R01-equivalent (defined here as R01, DP1, DP2, DP5, or U01) award that has been supported by NIEHS for 4 years (i.e. active at the time of application and in Fiscal years 2019, 2020, and 2021 including up to 1 year of no-cost extension within this period), OR
  • Was PD/PI on at least one single-PD/PI (i.e., not Multi-PD/PI) NIEHS-supported R01-equivalent (defined here as R01, DP1, DP2, DP5, or U01) that was active in FY2021 and supported by NIEHS for 4 years during Fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020 including up to 1 year of no-cost extension within this period.

NIH: Fertility Status as a Marker for Overall Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional).

Application due dates: February 19, 2022; October 19, 2022; June 19, 2023.

The purpose of this funding opportunity (FOA) is to support research that explores the premise that fertility status can be a marker for overall health. Chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity can impair fertility; however, less is known about the extent to which fertility status can impact or act as a marker for overall health. Data suggest that infertility is not necessarily a unique disease of the reproductive axis but is often physiologically or genetically linked with other diseases and conditions. Recent epidemiologic studies demonstrate links between fertility status in both males and females and various somatic diseases and disorders. Taken together, these data strongly suggest that fertility status can be a window into overall health.


New resource for Early Career Investigators from the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR)

Intended to centralize relevant information for investigators and provide easy access to grant opportunities, basic information, and other resources, such as training and capacity building programs. The Early Career Investigator Resources web page includes —   

  • General Resources
  • Grant Submission Dates and Peer Review Resources
  • HIV Resources: NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) Resources
  • NIH Special Programs, Conferences, and Opportunities
  • Information on the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN)
  • Career Path Options
  • HIV Funding Opportunities

NIH OAR continues efforts to build human resource and infrastructure capacity to enhance sustainability of HIV research discovery and the implementation of findings by a diverse and multidisciplinary workforce, as stated in Goal 4 of the NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research.


NSF Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22533/nsf22533.pdf

Due March 2, 2022

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are to (1) facilitate multi-disciplinary or convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of behavioral science, computer science, economics, engineering, learning sciences, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences; (2) develop deeper understandings of how human needs can be met and values respected in regard to how new technologies, conditions, and work experiences are changing; (3) support deeper understanding of the societal infrastructure that accompanies and leads to new work technologies and new approaches to work and jobs, and that prepares people for the future world of work; (4) encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and inclusive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, educational, and environmental systems at different scales; (5) promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad and diverse workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and (6) understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks including inequity arising from future work at the human-technology frontier. Proposals to this program should describe multi-disciplinary or convergent research that addresses technological, human, and societal dimensions of future work. Technological innovations should be integrated with advances in behavioral science, computer science, economic science, engineering, learning sciences, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences. Proposals that address the impact of large-scale disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic on the future of jobs and work are also of interest.

As of 1/25/22, senior/key personnel on an NIH proposal need to have an active eRA Commons ID, and need to complete and sign the Other Support documentation (including documentation of foreign activities). When applying for an NIH grant it is important to consider who truly fits the definition of senior/key personnel.  At the JIT phase, the PI also has a chance to reconsider who truly are senior/key personnel on the project before the project is potentially awarded.  Here is a definition from NIH of senior/key personnel

The PD/PI and other individuals who contribute to the scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, whether or not they receive salaries or compensation under the grant. Typically these individuals have doctoral or other professional degrees, although individuals at the masters or baccalaureate level may be considered senior/key personnel if their involvement meets this definition. Consultants and those with a postdoctoral role also may be considered senior/key personnel if they meet this definition. Senior/key personnel must devote measurable effort to the project whether or not salaries or compensation are requested. “Zero percent” effort or “as needed” are not acceptable levels of involvement for those designated as Senior/Key Personnel.

Russell Sage Foundation Dissertation Research Grant

Due Mar 1, 2022

The Russell Sage Foundation has established a dissertation research grant (DRG) program to support innovative and high-quality dissertation research projects that address questions relevant to RSF’s priority areas: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, Immigration; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality.  Read more about the grant, including submission guidelines, and a webinar HERE


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars

Due March 16, 2022

Health Policy Research Scholars, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, is a leadership opportunity for doctoral students from historically marginalized backgrounds and underrepresented populations across a wide range of disciplines—from economics to political science—who want to apply their research to inform and influence policy in ways that advance health equity. The program is designed to support full-time, second-year doctoral students in building the skills, tools, and networks they need to create lasting change.  


WT Grant Foundation
Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants-reducing-inequality

Due May 4, 2022

This program funds research studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States, along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. Proposed studies must: • identify a specific inequality in youth outcomes • make a convincing case for the dimension(s) of inequality the study will address • articulate how the findings will help build, test, or increase understanding of a specific program, policy, or practice to reduce the specific inequality that you have identified.

Major research grants: 

  • $100,000 to $600,000 over 2-3 years, including up to 15% indirect costs.
  • Projects involving secondary data analysis are at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. Proposals to launch experiments in which settings (e.g., classrooms, schools, youth programs) are randomly assigned to conditions sometimes have higher awards.

WT Grant Foundation
Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Due May 4, 2022

http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants-improving-use-research-evidence

This program funds research studies that advance theory and build empirical knowledge on ways to improve the use of research evidence by policymakers, agency leaders, organizational managers, intermediaries, and other decision-makers that shape youth-serving systems in the United States. Proposed studies must pursue one of the following aims: 

  • Building, identifying, or testing ways to improve the use of existing research evidence. 
  • Building, identifying, or testing ways to facilitate the production of new research evidence that responds to decision-makers’ needs. 
  • Testing whether and under what conditions using research evidence improves decision-making and youth outcomes. 

Funding Amounts 

  • Major research grants: $100,000 to $1,000,000 over 2-4 years, including up to 15% indirect costs.
Talent Bank Pool

BPH has a “talent bank” process through which UC Berkeley Public Health researchers/staff looking for part-time ​temporary ​work can be “matched” with investigators who are looking for part-time ​temporary ​researchers/research assistants. 

For current BPH researchers/staff looking for​ temporary​ part-time work:

Please add your information to the Google sheet. Lauren will forward people to the Google sheet if they are looking for temporary ​research help.

If you are not comfortable adding your information to the google sheet, please contact me at lhg@berkeley.edu  and send me a short bio of your skills and experience, ​ your job title, the type of research work you are looking for, %FTE and dates you have available.

You can also regularly check the Project Help Needed google sheet here. When investigators have a need for part time​, temporary ​research help, they will post their projects here.

For investigators in need of part-time​, temporary​ research help:

Please add your information to the Google sheet including: a short description of the project(s), the skills needed and timeline for those skills and any other relevant information.

Please let Lauren Goldstein know if you have any questions. This is open to UC Berkeley BPH researchers/staff. 


Berkeley Grant Life Cycle

Visit UC Berkeley’s new online guide through the research proposal submission and award administration process, featuring links for faculty and researchers to resources across campus. The online portal helps you to understand and navigate each step with links to resources related to funding opportunities, developing proposals, applying for grants, managing awards, and sharing research. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with this important new tool (and share the link with your colleagues, too).  If you have thoughts and suggestions for improvements, please complete this feedback form or send a note to grantlifecycle@berkeley.edu.


Contracting Office Decision Tree

Wondering how to get a UC Berkeley contract executed? Explore this updated tool to determine which campus office is authorized to develop the agreement you need.


Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Training for undergraduate, graduate student, and postdoctoral researchers, including visiting scholars, on UC Berkeley expectations for adherence to the highest standards of integrity in proposing, conducting, and reporting research.


Intellectual Property Essentials for Academic Researchers

An introduction to patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets. Learn what intellectual property encompasses, how it is protected, and IP rights and responsibilities.


Funding Opportunity Listings

Research Administration and Compliance on campus lists summaries of selected funding opportunity announcements with upcoming deadlines (compiled from Grants.gov and from agency announcements).

https://rac.berkeley.edu/ra/announce.html

In addition, you can sign up for weekly updates about NIH funding opportunities here


Research News to Share? Research Intake Form on SPH website

The Comms team has created an intake form for faculty and researchers to complete to get the word out about new publications, new grants and other research news and highlights. 

The link is:

Research News Intake – Service Desk
(comms.berkeley.edu)

The form asks for some basic information and a short summary of the research news item. The Comms team will then review the information and reach out to you with any clarifying questions.

The information you provide about new publications, grants and news will then appear on the SPH website under the News section and also on your web page on the SPH website.

Please use these forms and let Matt MacNeil (mattmacneil@berkeley.edu) know if you have any questions.


Grant Matchmaker

https://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter_matchmaker.cfm?source=RPCO&new=1

NIH has a tool to find program officers and similar grants to see who you should speak with at NIH about your idea, and to find similar grants, either by content or method. To do this, visit the Matchmaker site (in Project Reporter).

Copy/paste your abstract or Specific Aims into the menu window. It’ll return up to 500 funded grants, with descriptions and the program official. 


Searching Federal databases for funded projects

Federal Reporter: https://federalreporter.nih.gov/

A valuable tool which you might be familiar with is Federal RePORTER, which expands the NIH RePORTER concept to support searching over 800,000 projects across 17 Federal research agencies, with trans-agency data updated annually. Federal RePORTER recently received an update to introduce some new functions and additional agency data. For more information, please see this NIH blog: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2017/06/06/federal-reporter-2/


Proposal writing resources:

Berkeley Research Development Office on campus has great resources on their website: https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/brdo/proposal-resources

In addition, NIAID has information and tips for applying for NIH funding. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/grants-contracts/apply-grant


Grant Information on UC Berkeley School of Public Health library website

There is some helpful information on the SPH library website about grant funding opportunities and ways to search for both funded research and funding opportunities.

http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/publichealth/grants


Foundation Directory

Information on non-profit funding sources – timely, comprehensive information on grant providers. Includes U.S. foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities, plus a growing number of non-U.S. sources. Also includes a keyword-searchable database of recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.


Pivot

Directory of available academic funds, grants, fellowships, awards and other types of funding throughout the world. Includes sponsors from the public and private sector; local, state and national governments; and societies​ and​ corporations.

OOMPH Student Gateway Ticket formTesting 1-2-3

This form is for requesting updates/changes to the OOMPH Student Gateway site. Go there to say what you want.