NINDS Clinical Trials Methodology Course

The NINDS Clinical Trials Methodology Course (CTMC) is accepting applications for the 2019 cohort. The goal of CTMC is to help investigators develop scientifically rigorous, yet practical clinical trial protocols. The focus is on investigators who have not previously designed their own prospective, interventional clinical trials.

The residential part of course will be help from July 22 to 25 in Iowa City, IA. Funding for travel (within the U.S.) and accommodations will be provided for participants.


There is a combination of distance learning activities and a required residential course, along with small group mentorship from experienced clinical trialists and biostatisticians.

Who should apply?

Qualified applicants from clinical disciplines focused on neurological disease or injury, along with biostatisticians working on projects with clinical neuroscience researchers should apply.

All preliminary trial ideas are encouraged, but it is required that protocols be focused on the clinical neurosciences. Trainees should have content area mentors to assist them with the science and implementation of their project. A small number of projects may qualify for additional work using clinical trial simulation.


Please check this website for the final application to be released.


The application submission deadline is February 28, 2019 at midnight, Pacific Time.

Application forms and additional details are available on the course website. Early applications may be considered for early acceptance.


Please contact NINDS‐CTMC‐ or William Meurer, MD, MS with any questions.

Organic Engagement: Planting the Seeds to Engage Iowa Veterans in Health Services Research

Stakeholder engagement has gained traction in quality improvement and research circles in recent years, particularly in the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development (VA HSR&D). In 2015, the Center for Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE), convened our first attempt to engage Veterans in the research process as collaborators rather than research subjects.

What exactly does it mean to engage Veterans in research? This talk explores the ongoing development of CADRE’S Veteran Engagement Panel in the context of the broader movement to include patients as partners in medical research. Each speaker will share their respective insights as panelist, liaison, and researcher.


  • Stephen Drop, US Army Veteran​
  • Kenda Stewart Steffensmeier, PhD
  • Aaron Scherer, PhD

Event details

Wednesday, February 6 from 12 to 1 pm in C44-A GH.

Keck Research Grant Program

Program Summary

The Keck Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm.

Limitation / Eligibility

The University of Iowa may submit one application per grant cycle to the Science and Engineering Research program as well as one application per grant cycle to the Medical Research program. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. Keck will review in advance no more than eight concept papers (4 in medical research and 4 in science and engineering) and will select, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research, which projects will advance to Keck’s Phase I application stage, due Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  Formal proposals are by invitation only.

Keck does not consider resubmissions on the same topic, even if there are additional data that strengthen the resubmission.

Program Priorities

Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success

Award Summary

Research grants range from $500,000 to $5 million, and are typically $2 million or less.  Duration of grants ranges from one to five years.

UI Internal Submission Details


  • UI internal submission deadline:  Monday, January 14, 2019, 11:59 PM
  • Keck’s Phase I Concept Paper deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (full proposals are by invitation only)

Sponsor’s website

UI Limited Submission Opportunities

CTSA Webinars

NCATS developed the Trial Innovation Network to test and develop new approaches for conducting clinical research and improving efficiency in clinical trials. The Network brings together CTSA Program hubs to study and advance best practices in conducting multi-site clinical trials. This webinar will highlight the goals of the Trial Innovation Network, introduce ways that investigators within CTSAs can use the Network to advance their research, and present what's happening at a Trial Innovation Center and a Recruitment Innovation Center.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET


  • Jane C. Atkinson, DDS, Director, Trial Innovation Network, NCATS
  • J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA, University of Utah
  • Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Translational Science 2019 Abstracts

Showcase your original research by presenting an abstract at Translational Science 2019!

This is the ideal place to highlight your expertise, engage thought leaders, and facilitate discussions for funding and collaboration.

Submit your abstract by November 15. 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.

Applications on the following six topics will be accepted until Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:30 am PST: 

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grants have already been awarded to almost 1400 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million.

Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

Awardees can receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract.

The application cycle is open from September 1 to November 15.

Learn more about eligibility requirements, application dates, and many benefits of the program.

ACTS Translational Science 2019

Mark your calendars for Translational Science 2019, March 5-8, 2019, in Washington, DC at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. 

Translational Science brings together more than 1,000 trainees, researchers and federal officers to learn about the latest research, and explore new opportunities for funding and collaboration. You'll benefit from attending a comprehensive lineup of educational sessions, networking events and the abstract hall. 

Plus, another day has been added to include extra content! That means more workshops and mini-symposiums, abstract presentations, and time to meet with key thought leaders in the field. 

Don't miss your chance to catch up with old friends and meet new connections in the nation's capital. It's the perfect place to educate policymakers on the country's investment in clinical research and translational science.

Learn more

Write Winning Grant Proposals

The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED), in collaboration with the Carver College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, are pleased to announce that Dr. John Robertson from Grant Writer’s Seminars & Workshops will conduct the Write Winning Grant Proposals Phase I seminar.

A Phase II workshop sponsored by OVPRED will be help in February 2019.

Phase I Seminar

Title: Write Winning Grant Proposals

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Place: Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa City (328 S. Clinton Street)

Cost: $150 (includes supplemental materials and lunch)

Seminar Agenda

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Cures Within Reach

The UI Division of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with Cures Within Reach and their platform dedicated to repurposing research, CureAccelerator.

Cures Within Reach catalyzes repurposing research to quickly and affordably improve patient lives.  They connect researchers and funders, facilitate crowd sourcing and community, and identify alternative financing models and incentives.  Repurposing tests existing drugs and devices to create treatments for unsolved diseases. 

Learn more about repurposing

Contact Information

Please contact DSP for more information if you have an idea for a repurposing research project for submission to Cures Within Reach. This sponsor has special requirements that you need to understand prior to application.

First Generation Student Summit

Faculty, staff, and students you are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the "I'm the First" First Generation Student Summit.

The University of Iowa wants to spread awareness and understanding of what it means to be a first-generation college student.

Submit your proposal by Wednesday, February 28

Summit is on Saturday, April 7 at the Iowa Memorial Union

Learn more

APSA Midwest Regional Meeting

The University of Iowa is honored to be hosting the 2018 American Physician Scientist Association (APSA) Midwest Regional Meeting at the Carver College of Medicine. The aim of the conference is to facilitate opportunities, research, and career development for trainees interested in translational medicine, while promoting networking and collaboration across career levels.

The conference features notable keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will cover a variety of topics including: MD, MD/PhD, and PSTP admissions; clinical trials; humanities in medicine; and more!

Registration is FREE and open to all current and prospective MD, MD/PhD and PhD students with an interest in medicine, clinical research, and/or a career as a physician scientist regardless of APSA membership. 


Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13

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Faculty Women's Symposium

The 10th Annual Women Faculty Development Conference is on the total leadership concept and life-work integration. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville

Register here

View the brochure

PCORI Panel Discussion

Need funding for your patient-centered research? Learn best practices and available resources for applying to PCORI!

October 12, 2017

3:00 - 4:00 pm

C44-A GH


Natalie Denburg, PhD - Associate Professor Internal Medicine

Mark Vander Weg, PhD - Associate Professor Internal Medicine

Amanda Miller, MSW - Program Director Mood Disorders Center


Call for Proposals for Pfizer's Centers for Therapeutic Innovation Program

NCATS announces opportunity for NIH intramural researchers to submit proposals to collaborate with Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI).

Pfizer’s CTI program pairs NIH researchers with Pfizer resources to pursue scientific and medical advances through joint therapeutic development. The CTI model is the first NIH-wide biologics initiative with a pharmaceutical partner that NCATS coordinates on behalf of all NIH intramural researchers.

Goals include identifying biologic compounds with activity in a pathway or target of interest to both an NIH intramural researcher and to Pfizer, and moving the compounds into the clinic to test them.

Due Dates

Pre- proposals are due to the investigator’s NIH Institute or Center’s technology transfer office by Oct. 13, 2017.

Technology transfer staff must submit the pre-proposals by Oct. 20, 2017, via the Pfizer CTI submission portal.

More Information

How to Apply


Learn more about Pfizer's CTI for NIH Researchers


Check out the next SMART IRB webinar on "Your Roadmap to Single IRB Review: Implementing the SMART IRB Agreement."

Thursday, September 21

2:30-4:00 pm ET

Register Here

Intro to Statistics Courses

The Statistics Outreach Center (SOC), a service center funded by the Iowa Measurement Research Foundation in the College of Education, periodically offers statistical software training. These courses are free and open to all faculty, staff, and students at the University of Iowa. No reservations are required

Courses will be offered on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm in room N166 in the Lindquist Center.

  • August 30 - Introduction to R
  • September 6 - Introduction to SPSS
  • September 27 - Introduction to SAS

If you have questions contact the Statistics Outreach Center.

Congratulations to Our Nurses!!

Julie Cayler and Elaine MacClure, both from the Clinical Research Unit, were named 100 Great Iowa Nurses!!

Their service and dedication to their patients in the Clinical Research Unit shows the passion they have for each of their patients. We are honored to work with Julie, Elaine, and the rest of our amazing nurses!

They will both be honored in Des Moines this coming may during Nurse's Week.

University of Iowa selected nurses

Learn more about Iowa Great Nurses

HHS Takes Steps to Provide More Information About Clinical Trials to the Public

Read More from the NIH

Final Rule Webinar Series