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Sep 28, 2009 - ISCB Leadership Elections has closed.

It's that time of year again ... the bi-annual process of electing the next President of ISCB is now underway. The position of President-elect and all leadership positions of the Student Council are included in this year's ballot. Voting can take as little as two minutes of your time, so please vote now.

Please participate in these elections to secure the future leadership of ISCB and the Student Council. Following submission of your completed ballot you will be presented with a link to an important feedback form. This is an additional chance to contribute to the shaping of future elections and the ISCB election process.

Please vote before the close of elections on September 28.

Thank you,

Dietlind Gerloff
Chair, ISCB Nominations Committee

NIH Seeks High Risk, High Impact Proposals through NIH Director’s Pioneer, New Innovator, and Transformative R01 Initiatives

August 31, 2009 - NIH welcomes proposals for 2010 NIH Director's Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards. Both programs are part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research http://nihroadmap.nih.gov and support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.

Pioneer Awards provide up to $2.5 million in direct costs over 5 years and are open to scientists at any career stage. New Innovator Awards provide up to $1.5 million in direct costs over the same period and are for early stage investigators (ESI) who have not received an NIH regular research (R01) or similar NIH grant.

NIH expects to make at least 7 Pioneer Awards and at least 33 New Innovator Awards in September 2010.

To continue its strong record of diversity in these programs, NIH especially encourages women and members of groups that are underrepresented in NIH research to apply.

The deadline for submitting Pioneer Award applications is October 20, 2009. See the instructions in the RFA, (RFA-RM-09-010) and http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/pioneer for more information. Send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submitting New Innovator Award applications is October 27, 2009. See the instructions in the RFA (RFA-RM-09-011) and http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/newinnovator for more information. Send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Transformative R01 Program

The Transformative R01 (T-R01) supports exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.  Please check http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/T-R01 for more information about the program and upcoming funding opportunities.

The NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, launched in 2004, is a series of initiatives designed to address fundamental knowledge gaps, develop transformative tools and technologies, and/or foster innovative approaches to complex problems. Funded through the NIH Common Fund, these programs cut across the missions of individual NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and are intended to accelerate the translation of research to improvements in public health. Additional information about the NIH Roadmap and Common Fund can be found at www.nihroadmap.nih.gov  http://www.nihroadmap.nih.gov.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) –“The Nation's Medical Research Agency” – includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.