Alton Ochsner Award Relating to Smoking & Disease

Nominations Due:  March 31, 2014
Award amount:  $15,000

An annual award of $15,000 will be presented to one to three investigators without regard to age, race, gender, or nationality for outstanding and exemplary original scientific investigations that relate tobacco consumption with disease. This scientific work may be clinical, fundamental, epidemiological or prevention in scope. The prime criterion for award selection is its scientific context and impact on this major health threat. All nominations, whatever the category of scientific inquiry, must be supported by letters and copies of peer-reviewed scientific publications as detailed below.

Institutional Sponsor:
Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Nominations must be made by a letter that describes in detail, but concisely, the scientific work and major contributions of the investigator to the field. Self-nominations are excluded. All nominations must include and be supported by: (1) the candidate’s curriculum vitae (containing an active mailing address, office telephone and cellular telephone numbers, and e-mail address, and bibliography; (2) at least two additional supporting letters of recommendation by scientific peers from outside the candidate’s institution; and (3) reprints of at least three pertinent major scientific contributions. The Award Committee is now accepting nominations and supporting material in PDF format only by e-mail sent to Ochsner at Documents submitted in a format other than PDF by e-mail will not be considered. No books or bound journals will be accepted with the nomination. Each nominee will be restricted to a one three year term; and the candidate must wait at least two years before being proposed again. Any nominees not receiving the Award will automatically be considered for the two remaining years. Submission of additional supporting letters and updated materials are strongly recommended.

Deadline for Nominations:
Nominations must be submitted via e-mail as attached documents in PDF format, e-mailed to no later than March 31, 2014.

Endorsed by:
The American College of Chest Physicians

Presentation of Award:
The Award will be presented in person, at a special Symposium at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans in the Fall of 2014.

If you have any questions regarding submissions please contact the office of Edward D. Frohlich, MD, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, (504) 842-3700 or send an e-mail to


Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations

The NIH has released announcement NOT-OD-14-003 to provide information to applicants and grantees about proposal and award processes that were disrupted by the partial federal government shutdown from October 1-17, 2013.


eRA Systems Availability

The Commons and other electronic NIH systems are back online as of October 18, 2013.

 Rescheduling October Application Due Dates

All October due dates have been rescheduled for November. 

Funding Opportunity

Original Due Date

New Due Date

R01s, U01s (New)

October 5

November 12

Ks (New)

October 12

November 12

R03s, R21s, R34s, R36s (New)

October 16

November 18

R15s (All)

October 25

November 18

NIDCD Clinical Research Center Grant (P50) PAR-13-277

October 1

November 14

NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology (P50) PAR-13-351

October 23

November 14

Sexually Transmitted Infections Cooperative Research Centers (U19) RFA-AI-13-043

October 23

November 14

National Cooperative Drug Discovery/Development Groups for the Treatment of Mental Disorders, Drug or Alcohol Addiction (U19) PAR-13-086

October 24

November 14

National Cooperative Drug Discovery/Development Groups for the Treatment of Mental Disorders, Drug or Alcohol Addiction (UM1) PAR-13-087

October 24

November 14

Various RFAs, PARs, PAs

Due dates

not listed above

November  1

 All November due dates will remain the same.

  • Exception:  The NIH Loan Repayment Program has been extended from November 15 to December 2

 Applications Reassigned to May 2014 Council

Applications that were submitted from May – August 2013 and scheduled to be reviewed during the shutdown will be reassigned to the next cycle.



Cycle II

Cycle III

Scientific Merit Review

October – November

February – March

Advisory Council Round



Earliest Project Start Date



 The NIH will email PIs whose applications are reassigned.  PIs whose applications are reassigned will be given the opportunity to “refresh” the application by:

  • Withdrawing the application by November 8, 2013
  • Resubmitting the application by November 20, 2013

 Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

At this time, the NIH has not issued any guidance regarding non-competing progress reports due during the period the Commons was offline.

 Processing Applications Submitted During the Shutdown

On a case-by-case basis, UNMC submitted a small number of NIH applications during the shutdown.  These applications should be available for viewing in the Commons from October 22-23, 2013.  If any changes need to be made to an application, it should be rejected from the Commons during this two-day viewing window.

 Award Actions

The NIH anticipates beginning to release awards after November 1, 2013.

For more information

 Contact your SPAdmin Grants and Contracts Specialist

  • Attend the next SPAdmin Buzz Session at noon on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in Room 1004 in the DRC I

Information for the NIH Extramural Grantee Community During the Lapse of Federal Government Funding

Notice Number:  NOT-OD-13-126

The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EST and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed leading to a lapse in Federal funding. 

Issues impacting researchers are summarized below:


  • Contact with NIH Staff.  There will be no access to voice mail, e-mail, fax, or postal mail during this period
  • Submission of Grant Applications.  For the duration of the funding lapse, applicants are strongly encouraged not to submit paper or electronic grant applications to the NIH. 
  • Peer Review and Council Meetings.  NIH will not conduct initial peer review meetings or conduct Advisory Council review meetings during the lapse. 
  • eRA Commons.  eRA Commons will be unavailable during the lapse.  Submissions and progress reports cannot be accepted.
  • Awarded Grants.  No NIH awards will be processed for the duration of the funding lapse. 
  • No-Cost Extension.  No Cost Extensions cannot be submitted electronically during the lapse, grants due to expire that plan to be given a no-cost extension, will require a paper notification to the IC after operations resume.
  • HHS Payment Management System.  HHD PMS will remain open but no federal staff will be available to assist.  Grants on a reimbursement basis or other restricted funds cannot be processed during the lapse.
  • Animal Welfare.  No activities associated with the OLAW mission will continue during the funding lapse.  OLAW will extend reporting deadlines for all activities to compensate for the period of the lapse. 

The entire notice may be read at: