NINR Extramural Program: News, Updates, and Opportunities

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May 2021

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

Binders with labels: applications and grants

New Funding Opportunities

As part of UNITE, the NIH Common Fund issued funding opportunity announcements to bolster innovation, solve challenges, and address health disparities and advance health equity:

RFA-RM-21-021: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity (U01 Clinical Trial Allowed). Application Due Date: May 28, 2021

RFA-RM-21-022: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity at Minority Serving Institutions (U01 Clinical Trial Allowed). Application Due Date: May 28, 2021

RFA-MD-21-004: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). Application Due Date: August 24, 2021


Continuing Funding Opportunities

NOT-OD-21-070: NOSI - Availability of Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows. First Available Due Date: April 8, 2021


COVID Funding Opportunities

NOT-MD-21-008: NOSI - Research to Address Vaccine Hesitancy, Uptake, and Implementation among Populations that Experience Health Disparities. Expiration Date: January 8, 2022


COVID-related Guidance for Grantees

Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award (F31 and F32) grants as well as Career Development (K01 & K23) grants which have significantly suffered (above and beyond lost research productivity that most individuals experienced) due to COVID-19 related shutdowns, may be eligible for extensions as per NOT-OD-21-052. Please contact David Banks for more information.


Useful Information for Applicants

Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021. See NOT-OD-21-073 for more details.


Job Opportunities


NINR is seeking applications from outstanding candidates for Director, Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP) and Clinical Director, Division of Intramural Research (DIR) to provide visionary leadership for the Institute. Both positions are part of the NINR senior leadership team and report directly to the NINR Director. View the full announcements


News and Events

  • The NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative has launched an Idea Exchange, Moving HEAL Research into Action, to gather public input. Ideas from diverse stakeholders will shape future directions for the initiative and the way research results are shared with communities. The comment period is open through June 1, 2021. Individuals must register to share ideas.
  • Registration is now open for the 2021 Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Care. The symposium, “Pain and Pandemics: Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Social and Healthcare Climate,” will be held in all-virtual format on May 24-25, 2021.
  • The NINR is providing an opportunity for grantees to participate in an online entrepreneurial education platform aimed at teaching academic innovators methods to assess the commercial value of their biomedical technologies through the commercialization assistance program, Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Education. This program provides entrepreneurial education for investigators who are interested in better understanding the value of their innovation in addressing an unmet market need. To be eligible to participate, you must have an NIH-funded grant award that is active or in a No-Cost Extension through September 2021. All applications must be received no later than May 25th, 2021.

  • The All of Us program’s Research Hub provides access to a large and diverse dataset. Researchers can browse using an interactive Data Browser to explore aggregate data, including survey responses, physical measurements, electronic health record information, and wearables data. Registered users can use the Researcher Workbench to dive deeper into the data; conduct rapid, hypothesis-driven research; and build new methods for the future.
  • The National Cancer Institute invites you to apply for the Designing a Better Patient Experience Innovation Lab to be held August 2-6, 2021. The lab will build opportunities and foster new partnerships among different fields that can together launch bold and innovative pilot projects. If interested, please apply by June 1, 2021.

Recent Publication


The NIH recognizes that, despite HIV scientific advances, stigma and discrimination continue to be critical barriers to the uptake of evidence-based HIV interventions. “HIV-Related Stigma Research as a Priority at the NIH” was recently published in the journal AIDS and Behavior and co-authored by NINR Program Director Rebecca Henry, PhD, RN.