Council of Councils Meeting

January 29, 2021

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Minutes

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10:00 a.m.Review of Grant Applications (ORIP)
11:00 a.m.Call to Order and Introductions
James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI)
Office of the Director, NIH
11:15 a.m.Announcements and Updates
Franziska B. Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), DPCPSI
and Executive Secretary, Council of Councils
11:30 a.m.NIH Update
Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Director, NIH
12:00 p.m.Discussion
12:15 p.m.Lunch Break
12:30 p.m.

Presentation of the Updated ORIP Strategic Plan (FY 2021-2025) 
Franziska Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Director, ORIP, DPCPSI

1:20 p.m.

Common Fund Concept Clearance: Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) - Cutting Edge Informatics Tools FOA (reissue)
Douglas Sheeley, Sc.D.
Program Leader, Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), DPCPSI

1:40 p.m.

Common Fund Concept Clearance: Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) Stage 2 
Gene Civillico, Ph.D.
SPARC Program Manager, OSC, DPCPSI

2:20 p.m.

Update: Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Working Group (bBSSR)
William T. Riley, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), DPCPSI

Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery and Division Chief, Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis
Co-Chairs bBSSR Working Group

2:40 p.m.

OBSSR Concept Clearance: Reissue R25 Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies and Approaches in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Erica Spotts, Ph.D.

3:00 p.m.

Proposed New Working Group on Integration and Realization of the Benefits to Health from Behavioral Research at NIH
William T. Riley, Ph.D.

Christine Hunter, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, OBSSR, DPCPSI

3:30 p.m.

NIH Concept Clearance:  Firearm Injury and Mortality Prevention Research
Dara R. Blachman-Demner, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, OBSSR, DPCPSI

3:50 p.m.Adjournment 
James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, DPCPSI

Future Council of Councils Meetings

All meetings are scheduled to be held virtually or in NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD.


  • September 12–13, 2024 (Thursday, Friday)


  • February 6–7, 2025 (Thursday, Friday)
  • May 29–30, 2025 (Thursday, Friday)
  • September 11–12, 2025 (Thursday, Friday)


  • January 29-30, 2026 (Thursday, Friday)
  • May 14-15, 2026 (Thursday, Friday)
  • September 10-11, 2026 (Thursday, Friday)
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