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OUHSC Research News – Monday, November 20, 2023

Published: Friday, November 17, 2023

Notices and Reminders

** There will not be an ORA Newsletter on Monday, November 27, 2023.
In alignment with the University’s closure for the upcoming holidays, the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) will be closed for Thanksgiving Break. 
The Office of the VPR including ORA will be closed Thursday, November 23, 2023 and Friday, November 24, 2023, reopening on Monday, November 27, 2023.
College of Allied Health Shared Research and Collaborative Research Resources Website
The College of Allied Health Shared Research and Collaborative Research Resources website has been recently developed by the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Susan Sisson, and provides a listing, including links, to research resources including equipment and expertise offered by Allied Health faculty. These research resources are maintained by the faculty across the College of Allied Health.
For general questions, please contact Dr. Susan Sisson.

Workshops and Seminars

2023 NIA Director’s Regional Meeting
Date: November 28, 2023
Location: Tandy Conference Center | OSU Center for Health Sciences | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Description: The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Regional Director’s Meeting will provide researchers, faculty, clinicians and students with information about NIA Leadership and Career Development/Training Award Opportunities. The meeting will also include virtual breakout sessions open to all participants with NIH Directors of the Divisions of Aging Biology, Behavioral and Social Research, Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, and Neuroscience. Researchers with an interest in health disparities research are encouraged to attend. Persons from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and women are always encouraged to attend NIH-supported activities.
Additional Information: Please see the attached flyers.
2024 ORA/GCA Workshop - Save the Date
January 25 and 26, 2024 | Nicholson Conference Center, OKC
OUHSC faculty and staff are invited to attend a joint workshop by the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and Grants & Contracts Accounting Office (GCA).  This workshop will offer a two-day training on sponsored research topics. Additional details and agenda to come.
Questions? Please email
Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference - Save the Date
Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the week of December 4 – 7, 2023. Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, November 8 at 12 pm ET. In the meantime, please feel free to check for the most up-to-date information and view recordings of sessions from previous conferences.
If you have any logistical questions about this virtual conference, please contact us at:     
2023 END2Cancer Conference
Date: November 30 – December 1, 2023
Description: OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center is proud to host the sixth annual in-person 2023 END2CANCER: Emerging Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery Applications for Cancer conference on Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2023 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
In its sixth year, the END2CANCER conference will start the morning of November 30, 2023 and conclude in the afternoon of December 1, 2023. The conference will bridge laboratory research conducted in the areas of nanotechnology and drug delivery to clinical application for the detection, diagnosis, imaging and treatment of cancer. The conference will host keynote, plenary and invited lectures by eminent scientists who will discuss new and emerging concepts, technologies and challenges in translating nanomedicine from bench-to-bedside. Topics to be discussed in the planned thematic sessions include Gene, mRNA, and Drug Delivery, Molecular Signaling and Targets for Therapy, Extracellular Vesicles and Tumor Signaling, Tissue Engineering and Biomimetics, Artificial Intelligence and Application in Cancer, Cancer Metabolism, and Immuno-Oncology/Immunotherapy. A special session on "Training and Career Development Grant Opportunities from the NCI" will be presented by the Director of the Center for Cancer Training at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Oliver Bogler.  
High school, undergraduate, graduate, medical school, dental school, pharmacy, nursing, engineering students and fellows (residents, post-doctoral and clinical fellows), among others working in any area of cancer-related research are invited to register to attend and present their research work during our poster presentations and compete for awards.
The multi-disciplinary two-day conference will bring together physicians, basic scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists, post-doctoral fellows, high school and college students, patient advocates, business professionals, educators and technology transfer specialists. 
A special scientific photo session titled "Art of Science in Light of Nanomedicine" will allow participants (research staff, students and fellows) to display their best research as a photo with a catchy non-scientific caption and compete for a prize. 
Registration and Additional Information:

OUHSC Funding Opportunities

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center invites researchers to submit diabetes-related projects for funding consideration to the HHDC Grant Program.  Diabetes projects aimed specifically at collaboration between researchers in diabetes and cancer are invited to submit proposals to the HHDC-SCC cancer-related diabetes Grant Program.
The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC) is pleased to announce funding opportunities for diabetes grants for 2024. The HHDC will consider funding six types of proposals, including: Team Science, Novel Pilot Projects, Novel Pilot Projects for Post-Docs, Bridge Funding, Equipment Grants and Travel Reimbursements. Additionally, in partnership with the Stephenson Cancer Center, there are two HHDC-SCC mechanisms for Team Science and Novel Pilot Projects.
HHDC Team Science: $100,000 per year for up to 3 years
HHDC Novel Pilot Project: $70,000 per year for up to 2 years
HHDC Novel Pilot Project for Post-Docs: $70,000 per year for up to 2 years
HHDC Bridge: $100,000 for 1 year
HHDC Equipment: up to $250,000
HHDC Travel Reimbursement: up to $2,500
HHDC-SCC Team Science: $100,000 per year for up to 3 years
HHDC-SCC Novel Pilot Project: $70,000 per year for up to 2 years
  1. Letter of Intent to, DUE by 5PM January 12, 2024.  Please see attached LOIs for proposal-specific instructions. Note: Travel Reimbursement applicants do not need to submit a LOI, and have a different submission deadline.
  2. Full Application candidates will be notified by January 31, 2024, if selected for full application to this program.  Selected applicants will need to submit a complete routed and signed application to for review by an HHDC review panel, DUE BY 5PM, TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2024.
  3. Applicants not selected to be part of the HHDC Diabetes Grant Program may submit their applications through the regular PHF grant submission process.
For questions, please contact
2024 OK-INBRE Research Project Investigator Awards – Request for Proposals
Deadline: March 1, 2024
Description: The Oklahoma IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) is soliciting applications for its Research Project Investigator (RPI) award program.  The purpose of the RPI program is to foster and develop biomedical research programs designed to generate preliminary data that enhances the competitiveness of the investigator for future extramural funding.   Full-time, tenure track faculty members (or equivalent) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation who qualify as an Early-Stage Investigator as defined by the NIH are eligible to apply.  Awarded projects will receive up to $100,000 in direct costs per year plus applicable F&A costs for up of two years.  The forms, instructions, and submission information can be found on the OK-INBRE website.  Questions regarding this OK-INBRE funding opportunity can be directed to or Dr. Mark Lang at

NIH Notices 

NOTE: When only one application is allowed per Institution according to the sponsor instructions, a one-page letter of intent summarizing the proposed project should be submitted to the Vice President for Research at least two months prior to the application deadline (unless otherwise noted).  The letters of intent will be reviewed and a single application will be chosen for submission from the University.

NIH Funding Opportunities 


Other Funding Opportunities

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) (HRSA-24-015)
Description: The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides funding to accredited schools of nursing to establish and operate a student loan fund and provide loans to students enrolled in advanced nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty. In exchange for completion of up to four years of post-graduation full-time nurse faculty employment in an accredited school of nursing, the program authorizes cancellation of up to 85 percent of the original student loan amount (plus interest thereon). The program also encourages Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to serve as full-time preceptors within an academic-practice partnership framework.  
Deadline: February 5, 2024
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Virtual Applicant Town Halls for Upcoming Research Funding Opportunities
Description: Several PCORI funding announcements (PFAs) are set to open for Letter of Intent (LOI) submission on Jan. 9, 2024, including various Topical PFAs, Broad Pragmatic Studies, implementation projects and more.  PCORI is hosting several virtual town halls starting in January to give you an overview of the organization’s mission, an in-depth look at specific funding opportunities and information you may need to submit a responsive LOI. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your next LOI submission the best it can be.  
Register today to learn more about the upcoming PCORI Funding Announcements and get answers to your most pressing questions:
American Heart Association (AHA): Submit your interest to participate in the American Heart Association’s Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Program
Description: Since 2019, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) SURE program has been piloted through five U.S. academic institutions. It was borne from an AHA-commissioned study to increase the number of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) majors from underrepresented populations in the sciences. The program has successfully launched more than 100 undergraduate STEMM majors, and we now seek to expand the program to more institutions.
The AHA has issued a Request For Information from academic institutions in the U.S. that have the ability, infrastructure, and interest to offer robust summer research experiences to undergraduate students from underrepresented populations via providing mentors and an appropriate research environment.
View more program background and details and submit your interest here.
Deadline for information submission: Thursday, November 30, 2023
International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) - Call for Proposals on Research on The Impact of Gambling on Under-Served Communities
Description: The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) invites investigators to apply for a grant to study the impact of gambling on under-served groups and communities in the U.S. or Canada. For more information and to download the grants announcement and the Large Grant application form, visit
Application Deadline: January 22, 2024
Questions? Contact Christine Reilly, Senior Research Director (

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