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AMCHP Funding Opportunity: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities
Deadline: Nov. 2
AMCHP, through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), will provide 10-15 grants of up to $15,000 each to public health entities (e.g. Title V, WIC, Early Head Start, home-visiting programs) to integrate "Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) materials and messages into programs that serve parents of young children, support the collaboration of Act Early State Teams, and evaluate progress. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). The funding announcement can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Treeby Brown or Melody Cherny.

APA Accepting Proposals for Young Investigator Awards Program
Deadline: Nov. 7 for initial proposals
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Bright Futures Young Investigator Program, supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, funds projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of and research base for health supervision in primary care. Awards are granted for research by fellows or junior faculty related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching or patient care. Projects must be consistent with the goals of the APA; preference is given to projects that have the potential to lead to further studies. For more information, click here.

PCORI Announces $26 Million Pilot Projects Grant Program
Deadline: Letters of intent must be received by Nov. 1; applications must be received by Dec. 1
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced a $26 million Pilot Projects Grants Program that will support approximately 40 awards. The purpose of the Pilot Projects Grants Program is to: inform PCORI’s ongoing development and enhancement of national priorities for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR); support the collection of preliminary data that can provide a platform for an evolving research agenda; and support the identification of research methodology to advance PCOR. We encourage applications that collaboratively bring together experienced researchers and individuals or organizations that represent patients, caregivers and the broader health care community. Information about the program and application details can be found on the PCORI website.

HRSA Grant Funding on Affordable Care Act Family-to-Family Health Information Centers
Deadline: Dec. 16
This announcement solicits applications for the Affordable Care Act Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) Program. This extension allows the F2F HICs to continue to assist in ensuring that families of children with special health needs (CSHCN) will partner in decision-making at all levels. In addition to extending appropriations for the F2F HICs, the Affordable Care Act puts into place comprehensive health reforms that are designed to reduce health disparities and barriers to health care by making improvements in preventive care, investing more resources into coordinated care, strengthening diversity and cultural competence training in the health professions, expanding the health care workforce in underserved communities, ending insurance discrimination, and creating affordable insurance coverage through Health Insurance Exchanges. For more information, click here.

HRSA Grant Funding for EMSC State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC)
Deadline: Feb. 3, 2012
This announcement solicits applications for the EMSC State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) Program. The Institute of Medicine, Future of Emergency Care: Key Findings and Recommendations Fact Sheet, June 2006, highlighted some key concerns regarding the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system and emergency departments (EDs). Overall EMS and EDs are not well equipped to handle pediatric care; most children receive emergency care in general (not children's) hospitals, which are less likely to have pediatric expertise, equipment and policies in place for the care of children. Children make up 27 percent of all ED visits, but only 6 percent of EDs in the United States have all the necessary supplies for pediatric emergencies; many drugs and medical devices have not been adequately tested on, or dosed properly for children; and while children have increased vulnerability to disasters, disaster planning has largely overlooked their needs. The EMSC Program is seeking proposals to support projects that aim to reach beyond state borders to overcome barriers to specialized pediatric medical and trauma services. For more information, click here.