Diabetes Researchers From Across NC Convene in Greensboro for Symposium


Dr. Mohd Anwar Named to 2018-2019 Class of RTI University Scholars

Mohd AnwarDr. Mohd Anwar is the first N.C. A&T faculty member to be selected as an RTI University Scholar. The RTI University Scholars Program, in its fourth year, supports highly-talented academics who take scholarly leave from their home institutions to collaborate with RTI researchers. Anwar, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at N.C. A&T, will collaborate with RTI’s Kevin Conway, PhD, and Steve Cohen, PhD, to gather meaningful and actionable insight on the opioid crisis using social media. This year’s class of RTI University Scholars includes researchers from Duke University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technological State University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Click here to learn more about the RTI Scholars Program.

New Pilot Funding Opportunities Unveiled at Regional Diabetes Research Symposium

On March 16th, diabetes researchers from across the state convened in Greensboro for the first annual Regional Diabetes Research Symposium, which was hosted by N.C. A&T in collaboration with Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. The universities are interested in promoting inter-institutional collaborations in diabetes research as part of the new North Carolina Diabetes Research Center (NCDRC). Pilot funds are now available for eligible new investigator teams! N.C. A&T faculty should notify Meriel Parker and Dr. Moige Ongeri via email, prior to submission of LOI to the NCDRC. Those whom the NCDRC invites to proceed with full proposal, shall submit an NOI to the Division of Research and Economic Development. Letters of intent are due by April 2, 2018. Click here for more information about applying for pilot program funds.

This pilot program is designed to encourage and facilitate novel basic clinical and translational research. Eligible projects will demonstrate a clear path to attracting subsequent grant support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering, or other channels. Projects must have a clear diabetes focus and involve co-Principal Investigators at a minimum of two of the four institutions above.

"N.C. A&T was pleased to host the Regional Diabetes Research Symposium which created an opportunity for North Carolina's diabetes researchers to learn about the research strengths and cores of each partnering institution," said Meriel Parker, Director of Life Science Research at N.C. A&T. "We are eager to witness the diversity of diabetes research proposals which culminate from the symposium and this unique funding mechanism.”

The event featured presentations from physicians at three of the state’s medical schools. "Multi-center applications require history of collaboration and justification, with an emphasis is on bringing new diabetes investigators in,” said Dr. Donald McClain from Wake Forest University. Dr. John Buse of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said, "The environment is a large focus at UNC-CH, and an area of great opportunity in diabetes research." Dr. David D'Alessio at Duke University, conveyed his enthusiasm about this regional cooperation. "One advantage of the partnership is the complimentary science of the institutions."

The one-day event was held at the Union Square Campus in Greensboro, convening around 100 researchers from across the translational spectrum who are interested in developing cross-institutional projects in diabetes, obesity and metabolism. The event featured presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, this information about the pilot research award opportunities and the core research initiatives which are being led by this regional consortium. Lunch and attendance were free, and plans are underway for a similar event next year.

NIH Reporting Responsibilities - Released July 2017

Recently released NOT-OD-17-074 reminds all NIH award recipients of their reporting responsibilities. In NOT-OD-17-062, NIH informs the research community of changes to grant application forms and application instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

The Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (ERCMRC) has relocated to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Information on the pilot and feasibility proposal application can be downloaded from www.UNCNRI.org/metabolomics.  The deadline for receipt of applications is March 16, 2017.

Please contact Meriel Parker, NCAT Director of Life Science Research at mparker2@ncat.edu to discuss your interest in applying for this opportunity. 


Promotion and Outreach Core

Call for Pilot and Feasibility Project Applications

The NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (ERCMRC) requests submissions of pilot and feasibility (P&F) project applications to be conducted during the 2017 grant year. These awards are intended to support projects that will provide preliminary data for new extramural proposals. The review process will emphasize innovation and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact in basic, clinical, or translational research.

Eligibility: All basic, translational, or clinical investigators located at institutions within the United States who are eligible to apply as a PI for NIH grants (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/who-is-eligible.htm). Young investigators and investigators who are new to the field of metabolomics are especially encouraged to apply.

Purpose: The goal of the P&F Program is to increase the use of metabolomics in basic, clinical, and translational research, by collaborating with investigators who are new to the field of metabolomics, by developing teams and partnerships, and by conducting high-risks/high-impact research.  The P&F program aims to form new multidisciplinary collaborations that will enhance the integration of new techniques to benefit multiple investigators. Applicants are encouraged to link basic, clinical, and translational research. Extending the collaborative nature of the research projects by matching funds from other mechanisms is encouraged

Budget: Funds will be available (up to $50,000 in total costs per project) for the ERCMRC to conduct metabolomics analysis. Requests for salary for the Principal Investigator (PI) of the P&F project, or laboratory or extramural services outside of the ERCMRC are not permitted.

Application Procedure: Proposals should be submitted using the application instructions located on the ERCMRC website (www.uncnri.org\metabolomics).

The application deadline is March 16, 2017 at 5 pm.  The following NIH application guidelines will be followed:

  • Abstract
  • Budget and budget justification
  • NIH Biosketch for PI(s) and key personnel
  • Research Proposal (5 page limit)
    • Specific Aims
    • Background
    • Significance and rationale for the use of metabolomics
    • Impact
    • Preliminary results (not required, but presentation of other available data for integration is desirable)
    • Experimental approach to derive samples to be analyzed by the ERCMRC
  • Future funding and plans for collaboration (e.g., RFA’s, manuscripts)
  • NIH Biosketches for PI and Key Personnel
  • Eligibility Statement
  • Provide statement that the metabolomics data and associated metadata will be uploaded to www.metabolomicsworkbench.org,  as mandated by the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program.
  • References
  • Protection of Human Subjects/Animals in Research 

Additional Considerations: The ERCMRC encourages applications that form scientific partnerships, span several scientific domains, includes trainees (paid by partnering laboratory), and benefits multiple investigators. The role of the PI, trainee(s), and the ERCMRC scientists should be clearly defined. The names of funded investigators will be posted on the ERCMRC website.

Application Review: All submitted applications will be internally triaged by the ERCMRC Management Team for technical feasibility and compliance with the above requirements. External reviewers will use the NIH review scoring criteria and scores. Applicants who already have samples with well documented biological or clinical metadata will be prioritized. Final funding decisions will be made by the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program Executive Committee.

Application receipt deadline: March 16, 2017; 5 pm EST.

Earliest funding start date: June 1, 2017, and the study must be completed within 1 year.

Pre-application Conference call: Interested investigators should set-up a conference call to discuss the application with the PI/director or Program Coordinator at least 2 weeks in advance of the submission data.



BY 5 PM EST on MARCH 16th, 2017


ERCMRC Director/PI- Dr. Susan Sumner,  susan_sumner@unc.edu 704-250-5066

ERCMRC Program Coordinator - Ms. Susan McRitchie, susan_mcritchie@unc.edu 919-619-0963




For additional Pilot and Feasibility funding opportunities, please visit the other RCMRCs:


Note: Duplicate applications received by multiple centers will not be reviewed.

April 20-21, 2017

Office of Minority Health Resource Center UVDC Grant Writing Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions at N.C. A&T

This is a two day workshop from 4/20/17 - 4/21/17, hosted at North Carolina A&T State University in 410 Fort IRC (Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center) to facilitate grant writing skill development for junior faculty of Minority Serving Institutions. Attendance is required for each day of this free seminar. Space is limited so interested faculty are encouraged to submit an application (via this e-form) to attend as early as possible.

February 8, 2017

UNC SOLAR Program Application

We are looking for rising seniors majoring in a STEM Field who are interested in biological and biomedical research to apply to the UNC SOLAR Program, (Summer for Learning and Research) at UNC-Chapel Hill for next summer. Learn more in this flyer, contact Dr. Misty Thomas at mthomas1@ncat.edu for guidance on how to apply.

January 6, 2017

SoBran and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) are sponsoring the Innovation for Impact Prize to celebrate research innovation coming out of North Carolina. This is a great opportunity for North Carolina A&T researchers to get recognition they deserve, and possibly a free research study valued at $10,000 or a cash prize. The winners will be announced on stage at the NCBC Bio Triad Night in March.

More information and the application for is here: www.innovationforimpact.com

URGENT: Entries must be in before January 31st.