Identifying upcoming seminars, workshops, funding announcements, events, and conferences of interest to VTPP. I hope it serves as an accessible archive and reference for upcoming research events and deadlines, and sources of information to support our next generation of high impact discoveries.

We have received more guidance from the VPR regrading the return to normal laboratory operations. The limitations on occupancy of research spaces (no more than 1 person per 100 sq. ft.) expired on May 31, 2021. As researchers we have an ethical obligation to protect the well-being of research participants. Therefore, the vaccination of all research personnel who have direct interactions with research participants is strongly encouraged. As a reminder, vaccines are readily available for students, faculty, and staff through Student Health Services. For researchers who have not been vaccinated, face coverings are strongly recommended for self-protection and reduction of the spread of COVID-19. Similarly, high-touch objects (objects and devices, including computer peripherals, routinely touched by researchers participants) should continue to be disinfected. More details of the research changes can be found at: 

science fridayVTPP Science Friday conversations continue to be stimulating and helping develop more interactions. Faculty are encouraged to attend these important VTPP research– and mission-focused discussions. The next Science Friday discussions are scheduled via Zoom for Thursday 8:30AM, June 10 and June 24. Faculty are encouraged to initiate similar interactions and discussions. If you have specific interests in leading any Science Friday discussion/topic or have specific aims to outline or develop, just let Dr. Suva know and come present and stimulate the conversation.

VTPP Seminar Series

We are eagerly looking for nominations of speakers for the Fall seminar series. The Fall series will be hosted by Dr. Suva so please send suggestions for Fall seminar speakers to Dr. Suva and Trudy Bennett. We may be able to assemble in-person for some of our seminars so please stay tuned for more details. Space fills up quickly so please get those nominations in for the Fall! Students too, don’t forget VTPP encourages and supports graduate student hosted seminar speakers

Texas A&M Superfund Research Center

Colleagues, a great opportunity from the Texas A&M Superfund Research Center. Join a virtual learning series, “Big Data in Environmental Science and Toxicology”, from July through December 2021. 6 Months—6 Sessions. For more details of the speakers and sessions as well as to register go to:

Upcoming NIH Grant Deadlines and Opportunities

June 5: New R01 Applications

July 5: Renewal R01 Applications

For more details and upcoming submission dates go to:


The DOD has launched the FY21 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) submission dates. Several award types may be of particular interest for VTPP:

Focused Program Award, August 26 submission

Investigator-Initiated Research Award, September 2 submission

Technology/Therapeutic Development Award, September submission

Details of all award, the award notice and information regarding pre-application proposal can be found at:

Good hunting!


 VTPP Research Infrastructure

VTPP continues collecting details of the major equipment and technical capabilities that exist in VTPP research laboratories. This effort will develop a framework to support VTPP investigators identify skills and equipment resources in VTPP. By identifying VTPP resources these can be leveraged multi-investigator grant applications, but also help identify where we may lack important equipment. Current resources information is available on our VTPP website. If you have not done so, please send DH your most recent grant resources page so we can continue to compile the information.