NINR Extramural Program: News, Updates, and Opportunities

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August 2020

NINR Extramural Program: News, Updates, and Opportunities 

This monthly newsletter for NINR applicants and awardees provides useful information about funding initiatives and other opportunities. If you would not like to receive these emails, you may unsubscribe.

The NIH is deeply concerned for the health and safety of people involved in NIH research, and about the effects on the biomedical enterprise in the areas affected by the HHS declared public health emergency for COVID-19. Due to the potential exceptional impact, we want to assure our recipient community that NIH will be doing its part to help you continue your research. For more information, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding website.


Funding Opportunities

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New COVID-related Opportunities


Chemosensory Testing as a COVID-19 Screening Tool: RFA for new applications and NOSI for supplements to existing awards. Research to enhance the utility of chemosensory testing as a COVID-19 screening tool and encouraging the development and/or deployment of home-based and on-site chemosensory tests. Applications for RFA due September 15, 2020. Applications for NOSI due September 16, 2020. 

Multimodal COVID-19 Surveillance Methods: RFA for new applications. NINR is specifically interested in studies about how multimodal testing systems will be understood, perceived, and adopted by the participant community and their families or caretakers, with a special focus on strategies to enhance acceptance by health disparity populations. Applications due September 30, 2020.

RADx-rad Data Coordination Center (DCC): RFA to create a DCC to serve as the single communication center and data hub for RADx-rad awardees. Applications due September 30, 2020.

Continuing COVID-related Opportunities

NOSI for a program offering administrative and competitive supplements to existing NIH-funded grants supporting longitudinal studies to address key social and behavioral questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications must be received by March 31, 2021. 

NOSI for supplements and PAR for new R01s to support research aimed at populations who experience health disparities and other vulnerable groups, and specifically testing digital health interventions. Applications for supplements must be received by December 30, 2020. The first deadline for R01 applications is August 20, 2020.

PAR supporting research aimed at populations who experience health disparities and other vulnerable groups, and specifically testing community interventions for prevention, adherence, and reduction of the negative impact of coronavirus mitigation strategies on other health conditions. The first deadline for R01 applications is August 28, 2020.

RADx-UP funding opportunities to support research that will establish a network of community-engaged projects to improve access to and acceptance of testing in underserved and vulnerable populations. Applications for first phase accepted through August 2020 for FY20 funding.

Other Opportunities

The FY2021 Loan Repayment Program is now receiving applications. NINR participates in the Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, and Health Disparities Research programs. Applications are due on November 20, 2020. 

NOSI for studies that translate behavioral intervention research to create new or improved interventions aimed at improving health. Applications due beginning July 23, 2020.

Requests for Information

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NIH has issued a Request for Information seeking public input on current COVID-19 surveillance testing capabilities at universities, and the potential for university-based networks. Responses must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 26, 2020.

Upcoming Events


September 1, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. ET: Interested in research to better understand, measure, and intervene on multimorbidity, or multiple chronic conditions? Attend the technical assistance webinar for applicants interested in two new multimorbidity funding opportunity announcements (NINR is only participating in PAR-20-180). View event details and register.

Maternal Health

September 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET: NINR Workshop on Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health, a virtual workshop exploring how nurses, midwives, and birth companions can improve maternal and infant health, specifically for women in U.S. communities affected by structural and health inequalities. Attendance is free.

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife


In honor of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, NINR would like your help in capturing what nursing research means to those who live it. We are gathering this information to learn more from our community and collectively begin describing the next frontiers in nursing science. Tell us what nursing research means to you. Responses will be collected until August 31, 2020.