Funding Announcements

Updated:Jun 8,2015
AHA Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center



Current Funding Announcements

American Heart Association TCORS Funding Opportunity

The American Heart Association Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science invites you to apply for funding opportunities for eligible Pilot projects (cycle of Sept. 2015- Aug. 2016).

As a part of an on-going partnership, the FDA and NIH has established 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) for tobacco-related research. TCORS is a first-of-its-kind program of tobacco regulatory science, designed to generate research to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health and train the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists. This effort is expected to provide scientific evidence in the following areas:

  • Nicotine dependence threshold among youth and adults and impact of nicotine reduction on tobacco product use behavior (e.g., topography, compensation, switching, multiple use, initiation, cessation, relapse)
  • Cigar (small, large, cigarillos) initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence and toxicity
  • Smokeless tobacco initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence and toxicity
  • E-cigarettes initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence, toxicity
  • Other tobacco product (e.g., hookah, pipes, dissolvables) initiation, use (including transitions to other tobacco products and multiple use), perceptions, dependence, toxicity
  • The impact of tobacco product characteristics, (e.g., ingredients, constituents, components, additives such as flavors, and labeling and marketing) on initiation, especially among youth and other vulnerable populations
  • Toxicity thresholds for each of the 20 harmful and potentially harmful constituents identified in the March 2012 Guidance for Industry
  • Computational/mathematical modeling and simulation and/or statistical modeling of the public health impact of FDA/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) regulation of potential modified risk tobacco products, e.g., product standards, communications regarding risks of tobacco products
  • Consumer perceptions of tobacco products including the impact of labeling and marketing
  • Effective communication strategies regarding harmful and potentially harmful constituents and risks of tobacco products

This research will help update and evaluate FDA’s prior, ongoing, and potential future tobacco regulatory activities.  The projects should contribute to the science base that FDA will use to develop meaningful product regulation, which in turn will reduce the toll of tobacco-related disease, disability, and death.

The American Heart Association is one of the 14 recipients of this grant (The American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center: A-TRAC). A-TRAC is focused on assessing the effects of tobacco products on cardiovascular health and disease, as well as communication and marketing approaches related to the use, distribution and sale of tobacco products and intervention strategies suitable for cessation of tobacco product use in both general and minority populations. A-TRAC invites applications for pilot projects focused on target areas consistent with A-TRAC and CTP’s mission. The applications will be reviewed and scored to choose four final projects for funding in this application cycle.

Projects are encouraged from the entire spectrum of scientific disciplines including basic, translational, behavioral, population and epidemiological, community, and clinical investigations, relevant to research on the effects of tobacco use on stroke and cardiovascular health and disease, as well as proposals in the area of  tobacco regulatory science research. Early career investigators and TCORS trainees are encouraged to apply for pilot funds.

Please visit the A-TRAC Pilot Program Description page for details about the two-phase application process. The deadline for submitting the two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) for pilot project applications for Phase I of this funding cycle has now passed. Request for full proposal submissions for Phase II of the funding cycle will be sent out via email to selected applicants only. For any additional information about A-TRAC, visit the A-TRAC homepage.

Please email all application-related documents to Anshula Kesh, Program Manager, American Heart Association- Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center.

New FDA-funded RFA for a Tobacco Regulatory Science Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03)

First Letter of Intent due June 29
First application due Aug. 20

Visit the NIH website for more information.

Current Fellowship Announcements

There are no current fellowship announcements.



Past Funding Announcements

American Heart Association TCORS Funding Opportunity

The American Heart Association Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science invites you to apply for funding opportunities for eligible Pilot projects (cycle of Sept. 2014 - Aug. 2015).

As a part of an on-going partnership, the FDA and NIH recently established 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) for tobacco-related research. TCORS is a first-of-its-kind program of tobacco regulatory science, designed to generate research to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health and train the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists. This effort is expected to provide scientific evidence in the following seven tobacco-related research areas:

  • Diversity of tobacco products;
  • Reducing addiction;
  • Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity,
  • Adverse health consequences;
  • Communications;
  • Marketing of tobacco products; and
  • Economics and policies

This research will help update and evaluate FDA’s prior, ongoing, and potential future tobacco regulatory activities. The projects should contribute to the science base that FDA will use to develop meaningful product regulation, which in turn will reduce the toll of tobacco-related disease, disability, and death.

The American Heart Association is one of the 14 recipients of this grant (The American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center: A-TRAC). A-TRAC is focused on assessing the effects of tobacco products on cardiovascular health and disease, as well as communication and marketing approaches related to the use, distribution and sale of tobacco products and intervention strategies suitable for cessation of tobacco product use in both general and minority populations. A-TRAC invites applications for pilot projects focused on target areas consistent with the A-TRAC mission. There will be a two-phase selection process comprised of pre-selection of eligible projects by the program directors and peer review of these to choose four final projects for funding in this application cycle.

Projects are encouraged from the entire spectrum of scientific disciplines including basic, translational, behavioral, population and epidemiological, community, and clinical investigations, relevant to research on the effects of tobacco use on stroke and cardiovascular health and disease, as well as proposals in the area of tobacco regulatory science research.

View the program description for additional details. All applications will be submitted using Grants@Heart. The deadline for submitting pilot project applications is August 22, 2014. For any additional information about A-TRAC, contact Anshula Kesh or call 214.706.1031.

Texas Youth and Young Adult Tobacco Regulatory Science Training and Education Program

The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus has a new and unique training and education opportunity for post-doctoral fellows. The new Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science (TCORS) on Youth and Young Adults, funded by the NIH and FDA, has opportunities for individuals interested in a career in Tobacco Regulatory Science to become scholars at our campus. Two post-doctoral level fellows will be selected this spring for a 12-month fellowship, with opportunity for renewal up to 36 consecutive months.
 
This training and education experience will prepare fellows for careers in Tobacco Regulatory Science as independent investigators.  Applicants must be U.S citizens or permanent residents.

To learn about the new field of Tobacco Regulatory Science visit the website for the NIH/FDA funded Centers: http://prevention.nih.gov/tobacco/tcors.aspx.

For more details and requirements of the fellowship, and/or an application, please contact Kacey Hanson, Project Coordination.  Applications are due June 1, 2014. 


Past Fellowship Announcements

University of Southern California Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science for Vulnerable Populations

Pre-Doctoral Training Opportunity in Tobacco Regulatory Science
Anticipated Start Date: January 2015

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is accepting applications for a pre-doctoral training position in the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS).  Tobacco regulatory science is an emerging field of applied research that has the overall goal of developing research evidence that will support the Food and Drug Administration in implementing the policies and regulations called for by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  For additional background, see Tobacco Products and Tobacco Regulatory Science Program.

This opportunity is for full-time doctoral students interested in pursuing a career in tobacco regulatory science.  The two-year training program will have four core elements including required coursework, project immersion, research funding, and professional development and mentoring.  Trainees will be matched to one of the TCORS research projects and brought onto the project team.  The research will be an appropriate platform for identifying a dissertation project.  Trainees will be encouraged and supported to apply for the TCORS pilot research grants to enhance their ability to carry out independent research.  Trainees will also attend professional development seminars and receive individualized mentorship from members of the TCORS advisory groups matched to their interests and needs.

Required Qualifications: Student enrolled in a full-time graduate program leading to a doctoral degree. Trainees may come from diverse disciplines relevant to tobacco regulatory science, including, for example, the basic sciences, health behavior, psychology, sociology, pharmacy, and epidemiology.Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for consideration is October 15, 2014.

To Apply: Send an email request to Lilit Aladadyan to be directed to the online application management system.

Required Application Materials:

  1. Letter of interest speaking directly to qualifications, professional activities, and research interests and accomplishments. The letter should specifically address: 1) the relevance of the candidate’s background to tobacco regulatory science; goals for the training program; and potential research projects related to tobacco regulatory science.
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation

For more information about the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science or about this training opportunity, please contact: Lilit Aladadyan, 323-442-7223.
 

University of Southern California Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science for Vulnerable Populations

Post-Doctoral Training Opportunity in Tobacco Regulatory Science
Anticipated Start Date: January 2015

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is accepting applications for a pre-doctoral training position in the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS).  Tobacco regulatory science is an emerging field of applied research that has the overall goal of developing research evidence that will support the Food and Drug Administration in implementing the policies and regulations called for by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  For additional background, see Tobacco Products and Tobacco Regulatory Science Program.

This opportunity is for individuals with a doctoral degree who are interested in pursuing a career in tobacco regulatory science.  The two-year training program will have four core elements including required coursework, project immersion, research funding, and professional development and mentoring.  Trainees will be immediately matched to one of the TCORS research projects and brought onto the project team.  Trainees will be encouraged and supported to apply for the TCORS pilot research grants to enhance their ability to carry out independent research.  Trainees will also attend professional development seminars and receive individualized mentorship from members of the TCORS advisory groups matched to their interests and needs.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., Sc.D, Dr.P.H., PharmD or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign institution.  Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for consideration is October 15, 2014.

To Apply: Send an email request to Lilit Aladadyan to be directed to the online application management system.

Required Application Materials:

  1. Letter of interest speaking directly to qualifications, professional activities, and research interests and accomplishments. The letter should specifically address: 1) the relevance of the candidate’s background to tobacco regulatory science; goals for the training program; and potential research projects related to tobacco regulatory science.
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation

For more information about the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science or about this training opportunity, please contact: Lilit Aladadyan, 323-442-7223.


American Heart Association TCORS Funding Opportunity

The American Heart Association Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science invites you to apply for one to two years of training opportunities (cycle of September 2014 - August 2016).

Applications due August 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT

The American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) is focused on assessing the effects of tobacco products on cardiovascular health and disease, as well as communication and marketing approaches related to the use, distribution and sale of tobacco products and intervention strategies suitable for cessation of tobacco product use in both general and minority populations.

A-TRAC is currently accepting applications for one- to two-year fellowships. The fellows will pursue research projects that will inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health.

Four fellows will be accepted for the first cycle of the program. The amount of fellowship salary support will be commensurate with level of training.

In addition to pursuing a research project, fellows will learn about the scientific evidence in the following seven tobacco-related research areas:  

  • Diversity of tobacco products;
  • Reducing addiction;
  • Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity,
  • Adverse health consequences;
  • Communications;
  • Marketing of tobacco products; and
  • Economics and policies

Application Eligibility

  • Levels - Pre-doctoral/post-doctoral PhD candidates, cardiovascular fellows, early-career faculty; established faculty interested in career redirection
  • Disciplines - Applications accepted from a wide array of disciplines, including toxicology, pharmacology, public health, nursing, medicine, communications, etc.
To apply for a fellowship, please visit the Boston University School of Medicine A-TRAC Trainee Application.

View the NIH format of Individual Development Plans.

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:
Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM
Robina M. Bhasin, Ed.M.
Glenn A. Hirsch, MD, MHS