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April, 2007 presentation in the Rice University NSF Advance Conference given by Belinda Soto, the deputy director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The focus of the presentation was an introduction to the Institute and its grant portfolio.

Workshop Author: Belinda Seto, Ph.D.; Deputy Director; National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Slide 1: outline

  • Why is this so fun and rewarding
  • NIBIB funding opportunities
  • Grant writing
  • resources

Slide 2: why is this so fun and rewarding

Slide 3: nibib funding opportunities

  • The NIH Mission
    • NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

Nih mission

An agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the Federal focal point for health research.
  • The NIH ICs (27 Separate Institutes and Centers)
    • Different missions and priorities
    • Different budgets
    • Different ways of deciding which grants to fund

Slide 4: nibib mission

  • To improve human health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical, engineering, and computer sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.

Nibib mission

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Slide 5: current nibib grant portfolio areas

  • Imaging Agents and Molecular Probes
  • Image Displays
  • Image Guided Therapies and Interventions
  • Image Perception
  • Image Processing
  • Magnetic, Biomagnetic and Bioelectric Devices
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Ultrasound and Acoustics
  • X ray, Electron and Ion Beam
  • Biosensors
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Computational Biology
  • Drug and Gene Delivery Systems
  • Lab-on-a-chip Technologies
  • Medical Devices and Implant Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Surgical Tools and Techniques
  • Telemedicine
  • Tissue Engineering

Slide 6: how is nibib different?

  • Design- and needs-driven research, as well as hypothesis-driven
  • Focus on enabling technologies with broad applications to multiple diseases or biological processes
  • Multi-disciplinary and collaborative research
  • Inter-agency and inter-institute activities

Slide 7: nibib-hhmi interfaces initiative (phase i)

  • Reduce existing barriers to interdisciplinary graduate education:
    • Develop integrated courses, laboratory experiences, and other education mechanisms for trainees from different scientific backgrounds
    • Promote academic and administrative institutional change that facilitates interdisciplinary graduate study
    • Produce set of ‘best practices’ on how to modify existing academic and administrative structures to facilitate interdisciplinary education

Slide 8: program focus

  • NJIT/Rutgers/NJMS – Neuroscience
  • JHU - Nanotechnology
  • UCI – Systems Biology (Molecular-Population)
  • UCSD – Systems Biology (Molecular-Organismal)
  • UPenn - Imaging Informatics
  • Brandeis – Systems Biology (Molecular-Population)
  • CMU/UPitt – Imaging Informatics, Structural Biology
  • UChicago – Biocomplexity (Molecular-Population)
  • UCSF – Systems Biology (Molecular-Cellular)
  • UNM – Biocomplexity (Molecular-Population)

Slide 9: interfaces initiative transition plan

  • Phase I (3+ years)
    • January, 2005 – Program Announcement
    • November, 2005 – Phase I awards
  • Phase II (5 years)
    • June, 2008 - Receipt date
    • September/October, 2008 - Scientific review
    • January, 2009 – Advisory Council review
    • March/April, 2009 – First Awards

Slide 10: interfaces initiative (phase ii)

  • Relationship to Strategic Plan:
    • This initiative will support the NIBIB commitment to interdisciplinary research training by providing student support for new institutional training programs designed to reduce existing barriers to interdisciplinary graduate education.
  • Initiative Response:
    • We expect all 10 of the funded Phase I programs to respond to this initiative. We also anticipate that other interdisciplinary training programs, including new programs and programs that applied for but did not receive Phase I funding, to respond to this initiative. We will not permit our existing T32 training programs to respond to this initiative.
Training-related awards
Mechanism Awards Total
Diversity Supplements 23 $1,268,281
Residency Supplements 8 $1,057,507
Re-entry Supplements --- ---
R13 Conference Support 14 $210,000
R15 AREA Awards 5 $1,031,833
Loan Repayment 2 $147,556

Slide 12: inter-agency partnerships

Inter-agency partnerships
Mechanism Awards Trainees Total
NIBIB-HHMI Interfaces Initiative 10 ~100 FY2009
Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Insts. (BBSI) 13 ~175 $784,500
Biomed. Eng. Summer Intern Program (BESIP) --- 17 $115,000
NIH-NIST Fellowship Program --- 4 $338,250
Meyerhoff Fellowship --- 5 $300,000

Slide 13: grant writing

Nih peer review process

Slide 14: general nih review criteria

  • Significance
  • Approach
  • Innovation
  • Investigator
  • Environment

Slide 15: what reviewers really want to know

  • The significance of what you are proposing
  • That your approach is appropriate
  • That you can do what you propose

Slide 16: why is good grant writing so important?

  • Reviewers are very busy people
  • Committees review many grants
  • Reviewers have a very limited amount of time to make the case for your grant
  • Even in times of plenty, there are more meritorious applications than can be paid

Slide 17: resources

Nibib scientific program staff
Christine Kelley kelleyc@mail.nih.gov
Brenda Korte kortebr@mail.nih.gov
Grace Peng penggr@mail.nih.gov
Zohara Cohen cohenz@mail.nih.gov
Rosemarie Hunzinger hunzinr@mail.nih.gov
Alan McLaughlin mclaugal@mail.nih.gov
John Haller hallerj@mail.nih.gov
Hector Lopez lopezh@mail.nih.gov
Yantian Zhang yzhang1@mail.nih.gov
John Anderson andersj@mail.nih.gov
Richard Baird bairdr@mail.nih.gov

    Inside the nih grant review process

  • Mock Study Section Video
  • (External Link)

Nibib website

Crisp website

Crisp web query

Slide 18: conclusion

“To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how much and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter. Hence, it is that such excellence is rare, praiseworthy, and noble.”---Aristotle

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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