The NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently issued two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that apply to sleep. The first funding opportunity, titled “Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Underserved Rural Communities (R01)“, aims to lower cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in high-risk rural populations by reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors, including sleep disorders. “NHLBI Systems Biology Collaborations (R01)” is a funding opportunity for collaborative systems biology research projects to advance the understanding of normal physiology and perturbations associated with heart, lung, blood and sleep diseases and disorders. The letter of intent for both awards are due in the second half of 2012.

The NHLBI also announced the “Career Transition Award (K22),” which provides highly qualified postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to receive mentored research experience in the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research and then to provide them with funding to facilitate the transition of their research programs as new investigators to other institutions. The open date for the Career Transition Award is May 12.