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NHLBI Research and Policy Update
Number 3   March 2004
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bulletFunding Updates

FY 2004 Operating Guidelines (Revised Salary Cap)

Amendment to PA-03-058: Exploratory/Developmental (R21) Bioengineering Research Grants (EBRG)
As of June 1, 2004, NHLBI will again accept applications for each of the standard application deadlines specified in the Program Announcement PA-03-058.

RFA-HL-04-020: NHLBI Programs of Excellence in Nanotechnology

RFA-HL-04-019: NHLBI Clinical Proteomics Programs

RFA-HL-04-021: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research Network

PAR-04-077: Research Partnerships for Improving Functional Outcomes

PDF fileRFP NHLBI-HB-04-28: Maintenance of NHLBI Cord Blood Units

RFA-HL-04-018: Specialized Centers Of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) in Transfusion Biology And Medicine

PA-04-071: Pathogenesis and Treatment of Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases

RFA-HL-04-029: Asthma Exacerbations: Biology and Disease Progression

Addendum to Pulmonary Complications of Sickle Cell Disease (RFA-HL-04-015)-Extends the scope of research

For additional initiatives, please visit the following Web page:
NHLBI Grants and Contracts page

bulletPolicy Updates
No new or revised policies have been issued.

For additional policy documents, please visit Funding / Award Policy section on the following Web page:
Funding, Training, and Policies

bulletTraining Updates

Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Students with Disabilities (F31) (Graduate Students)
- Stipend updated
Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Minority Students (F31) (Graduate Students)
- Stipend updated
Research Supplements for Graduate Research Assistants with Disabilities
- Stipend updated
Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (F32)
- Stipend updated and linked to the most recent Program Announcement

For more information on training and career development programs, please visit the following Web page:
Training and Career Development


List of upcoming meetings

NHLBAC, May 13-14, 2004

For more information on upcoming meetings, please visit the following Web page:
Announcements of NHLBI Meetings, Conferences, and Events

Reports of past meetings

Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board Meeting Minutes, December 9, 2003

Clinical Heart Failure Research Network, NHLBI Working Group - Executive Summary
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute convened a Working Group (WG) of experts in heart failure on November 18, 2003 by teleconference. Its charge was to consider the need for and utility of an organized network of clinical centers to foster research on heart failure and to advise the Institute on the types of studies and scope of research that might be conducted through such a network.

For more information on past meetings, please visit the following Web page:
Workshop and Meeting Summaries, and Other Scientific Reports

bulletPress Releases

First National Sleep Conference March 29-30 Explores Sleep's Role in Public Health-Surgeon General, Leading Experts to Discuss Current Evidence, Future Initiatives (March 25, 2004)

The Heart Truth Road Show Exhibit Travels to Five Cities-First Lady Laura Bush's Red Dress on Tour for First Time (March 16, 2004)

Press Release: NHLBI Study Finds Implanted Defibrillator Reduces Heart Failure Deaths (March 8, 2004)

NIH Asks Participants in Women's Health Initiative Estrogen-Alone Study to Stop Study Pills, Begin Follow-up Phase: Statement from Barbara Alving, M.D., Director of the Women's Health Initiative and Acting Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (March 2, 2004)

For additional Press Releases, please visit the following Web page:
Current Press Releases

bulletSelected NHLBI Vacancies

Note: Links go to the NIH CareerHere site
Note: There have been changes and additions to this table. Please see the NHLBI Jobs Opportunities page for the most current information.

(Links to announcements will not work past their closing date.)
Position Title Location Grade and Salary Closing Date
Health Scientist Administrator/Biomedical Engineer
Bethesda, MD GS-601/602- 12/13/14 04/16/2004
Health Scientist Administrator [Bioimaging]
Bethesda, MD GS-601/602-12/13/14 04/16/2004
Health Scientist Administrator [Systems Biology]
Bethesda, MD GS-601/602-12/13/14 04/16/2004
Medical Officer (Research)/Health Scientist Administrator
Bethesda, MD GS-602/601-13/14 04/30/2004

For additional information , please visit the NHLBI Jobs Opportunities page

bulletOther Items of Interest

Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, Complete Report

NHLBI Fact Book, FY 2003

New Dataset Available
The Women's Health Initiative Study (WHI): This is a long-term national health study focusing on strategies for the prevention of cardiovascular, breast and colorectal cancer and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The WHI study is composed of a randomized clinical trial, community prevention component, and an observational study.

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