VisionScienceList: NEI FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ALERT

VisionScienceList Moderator (vslistmoderator@visionscience.com)
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 20:48:02 -0800

NEI FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR NEW BIOENGINEERING INITIATIVES

BACKGROUND The National Eye Institute wishes to alert the vision research
community to opportunities for funding through two new special initiatives,
Bioengineering Research Grants and Bioengineering Research Partnerships.
The NEI is joining 19 other Institutes in a Bioengineering Consortium
(BECON) to more fully incorporate bioengineering into NIH research to
advance science and human health.

Exploding information arising from molecular and genomic studies would
benefit from research using a systems-integrated approach in order to
understand how living systems operate and respond. This integrative and
quantitative approach, a hallmark of engineering, would elucidate new
fundamental knowledge of biological principles. Bioengineering advances
ocular health by applying engineering principles and techniques to vision
research problems. The most obvious rewards are novel devices and drugs,
but bioengineering also offers insight into biological processes, new
methods for using data from genetics, and increased ability to visualize
the eye and ocular tissues. For the purposes of these new initiatives, the
NIH BECON has developed the following working definition of bioengineering:

Bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, or mathematical sciences and
engineering principles for the study of biology, medicine, behavior, or
health. It advances fundamental concepts; creates knowledge from the
molecular to the organ systems level; and develops innovative biologics,
materials, processes, implants, devices, and informatics approaches for the
prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient
rehabilitation, and for improving health.

The NEI invites applications from vision scientists interested in
capitalizing on the bioengineering approach to synthesize and integrate
information from diverse fields into focused basic and application-
oriented research. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
Biomechanics, Bioprocessing, Imaging, Drug Delivery, Bioelectrics and Ion
Channels, Organ Culture Systems, Informatics, Implants, Biomembranes,
Sensors, Tissue Regeneration, Functional Genomics, and Rehabilitation.
Additional information regarding NEI programmatic interests is available in
Vision Research, a National Plan: 1999-2003 on the NEI homepage
http://www.nei.nih.gov

BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH GRANTS This program was published in the NIH Guide
as PAR-99-009. The full text of the announcement is available on the
worldwide web at http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-009.html
It solicits applications for R01 research grants from domestic and foreign,
for- profit and non-profit organizations, public and private. These grants
should be of three to five years in length and should propose to support
basic bioengineering research whose outcomes are likely to advance health
or health-related research. Applications should be submitted on form PHS
398 for the regular R01 receipt dates. Proposals will be reviewed by the
Center for Scientific Review (CSR), using review criteria adapted to ensure
that a BRG application is evaluated appropriately.

BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS This program was published in the NIH
Guide as PAS-99-010. The full text of the announcement is available on the
web at http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-99-010.html It
solicits applications for R24 grants from domestic for-profit and
non-profit organizations, public and private, for up to $2 million annual
total costs. The applications may be up to five years and should propose
multidisciplinary research teams applying an integrative, systems approach
to developing knowledge and/or methods to prevent, detect, diagnose, and
treat disease and understand health and behavior. They must include
bioengineering expertise in combination with basic and/or clinical
investigators. A BRP may propose design-directed or hypothesis- driven
research. Applications should be submitted on form PHS 398 for receipt on
March 26, 1999, and a letter of intent is due February 19, 1999 (annually
thereafter, to be announced). Proposals will be reviewed by the CSR using
review criteria adapted to ensure that a BRP application is evaluated
appropriately.

INQUIRIES
scientific issues
Loré Anne McNicol, Ph.D.
National Eye Institute
Executive Plaza South, Suite 350
6120 Executive Blvd, MSC 7164
Bethesda, MD 20892-7164
Telephone: 301-496-5301
Fax: 301-402-0528
Email: loreanne.mcnicol@nei.nih.gov

fiscal issues
Carolyn E. Grimes
National Eye Institute
Executive Plaza South, Suite 350
6120 Executive Blvd, MSC 7164
Bethesda, MD 20892-7164
Telephone: 301-496-5884
Fax: 301-496-9997
Email: cegrimes@nei.nih.gov