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Keeping you informed of upcoming opportunities and events
~ From the team at Alaska INBRE ~

November 4, 2019

One Health, One Future
International Conference

March 11-14, 2020
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Join us as we bring scientists, health care professionals, educators, students, policymakers and community stakeholders together to learn about the latest advances in One Health research.

Our goal is to build international, interdisciplinary teams to work on the most pressing issues facing the future of the circumpolar North.


The Call for Abstracts and Posters is now open!
  • Deadline to submit applications is Friday, Nov. 27, 2019.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by the UAF One Health, One Future Planning Team.
  • Decision notifications will be sent via email no later than Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
  • If you'd like to apply for an abstract and a poster, please submit two separate applications.
  • More information regarding conference tracks is available here.
For more information, contact:
UAF Center for One Health Research     (907) 474-6610

Listening in on

ONE HEALTH SEMINARS - Mondays 4-5pm @ UAF Murie Auditorium
Nov 4 - BLaST will be hosting two seminars:
"Meet Milo! One robot's impact on social skills and communication in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder" by Ava Parrish, undergraduate student with the UAF School of Education and BLaST Scholar
"Translating the gut microbiome - mechanisms for plant cell wall degradation in the rumen and human colon" by Professor Roderick Mackie, Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This series is free and open to the public. Click here or information on upcoming seminars as they are advertised  
IAB LIFE SCIENCE SEMINARS - Fridays 4-5pm @ UAF Murie Auditorium
Nov 8 - Falk Huettmann, Professor, presents "Seven years in Papua New Guinea: Pristine mountains, rainforests and coastlines, modeled tree kangaroos, Alaskan migratory birds, very sustainable landscapes and their climate gradients"
Nov 15 - Dan Mann, Associate Professor, presents "Megafaunal extinctions at the end of the last ice age: an expanded Plaids and Stripes Hypothesis"
Nov 18 - special Monday presentation @ 3pm - Neal Scott presents "Processes regulating the net carbon balance of high Arctic watersheds at the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory, Melville Island, Nunavut"

Accelerating Solutions for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development

INBRE partner institutions are part of the ASCEND (Accelerating Solutions for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development) Hub, which has the purpose of increasing entrepreneurship and commercialization of basic medical science exclusively in the mountain west IDeA states of Alaska, Montana, Hawaii, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and New Mexico.  ASCEND is led by Virtici, LLC, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Montana.  ASCEND communications are flowing through OIPC (UAF’s tech transfer office) because of the tech transfer nature of the initiative; our peer tech transfer offices at the other universities likewise are serving as the point of contact.

The ASCEND Hub will provide
• programming on how biomedical technologies are brought to the market,
• resources for technology development,
• expert mentorship on technology development and commercialization, and
• access to markets and industry partners.

The ASCEND staff currently are assembling the mentor network, a monthly webinar schedule, a four-week commercialization workshop, a business pitch competition, a formal relationship with NIH’s I-Trep at the University of Vermont, and individual SBIR grant writing support.  


Career Development 
REDCap Training: Multisite Pilot Projects - What, When, and Who
Nov 11, 2019 1-2pm MT Time (11-1 AK)  via Zoom

Join us via Zoom for this Mountain West CTR-IN learning opportunity. Seminar leader is Kimberly Page, PhD, MPH, University of New Mexico, a nationally and internationally recognized researcher with experience in observational studies, clinical trials and implementation science. She has been continuously funded by NIH since 2000. At UNM she teaches a Grantsmanship class in the Masters of Clinical Research Program. Click here to register for the seminar.

I-Trep One-to-One Consulting Service:  Open Now - awards are first-come, first served! Continuing with their mission to promote success in biomedical entrepreneurship, the I-Trep program offers individual one-to-one consulting to assist in the preparation of proposals and the management of awarded SBIR/STTR grants. Assistance is available for: SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II submission or resubmission; accounting and compliance assistance for awarded grants.

Alaska Indigenous Research Programs: Promoting Resilience, Health and Wellness: Registration opens in November. Courses are designed for varying levels of experience from beginners to experienced researchers and public health professionals. Choose the week(s) that best fits your needs:
May 4-8, 2020 - Advanced Research Course
May 11-15 - Research Ethics Course
May 18-22 - Introductory Research Course

For more information, contact Lauren Smayda at or (907) 729-4551, or visit the program web page at

NCGR Fall 2019 Bioinformatics Workshop on Differential Gene Expression 
Nov 11-15, 2019  National Center for Genome Resources, Santa Fe, NM, This program is geared towards training biologists (undergrads, grads, and researchers) with minimal or no bioinformatics experience. Space is limited.

ALASKA INBRE: also available at
Multi-Year Pilot Opportunity - deadline November 15, 2019
Student Travel Application Form
Student Mentor Letter of Support Form 
Faculty and Researcher Travel Application Form
Exceptional Request Application Form
Bioinformatics Service Request Application Form

Applications are currently being accepted for the FY 2020 (LRP) until Nov 15 - and, there are some important changes to the program. NIH raised the loan repayment award amount from a maximum of $35,000 to a maximum of $50,000 per year. All NIH Institutes and Centers will now fund LRP awards in FY 2020 in priority minority health and health disparities research areas. Emerging and Gap Areas of Research will be added as a new LRP category starting with next year's application cycle, with awards made in FY 2021. Learn more here.

Funding Opportunity Announcements for NIH SBIR & STTR Omnibus and topic-specific funding are available here.

Currently soliciting proposals from investigators to support and develop research programs relevant to AI-AN health disparities in Montana and Alaska. All investigators planning to submit Pilot or Development Awards must register in the electronic portal by February 6, 2020. All applications are due March 23, 2020. Award amounts will be up to $100,000, to be spent by July 31, 2021. Full Request for Proposal

MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Cooperative Agreement to Promote Diversity (UE5) application deadline Nov. 15, 2019.
MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) application deadline Feb. 12, 2020


The NM-INBRE Sequencing and Bioinformatics Core (SBC) invites you to apply for a pilot project award valued at approximately $5,000 to $10,000 to drive your research, publications and grants! Requires co-co9ntribution from non-NM-INBRE Investigators. Proposal deadline:  2nd Sunday of each month by 11:59 pm. Details and how to apply here.
Monthly Webinar on "How to Navigate the NRMNetwork"
Register for these monthly webinars and stay in the know with the latest updates on features and upcoming opportunities. Every 3rd Monday of the month. Click here to register.

University of Utah NRMN 101 Study
Application Deadline:  Nov 11, 2019

Are you finding it challenging to learn the intricacies of writing NIH-style research proposals? Have you considered applying for entry into the University of Utah Grant Writing Coaching Research Study funded by the NIH Common Fund (grant U01 GM132366, administered by the NIGMS)? This study will compare variations of an established grant writing group coaching process to identify features that influence its effectiveness. Click here for more information about this study.


15th of each month
Alaska INBRE travel award application deadline


Nov. 15
Alaska INBRE Multi-Year Developmental Research Pilot Project application deadline

NIH MOSAIC (UE5) application deadline

NIH LRP application deadline
New Post on NIH Extramural Nexus

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