Part-Time Cannabinoid/Cannabis Consultant
- Expired: June 09, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.
Title: Part-Time cannabinoid/cannabis Consultant Location: Bethesda, MD Reports to: Paul MazariegosFLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Part-time Consultant)Travel: YesPosition Summary:The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and integrative health approaches. The mission of NCCIH is to determine, through rigorous scientific investigation, the fundamental science, usefulness, and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care.The NCCIH supports rigorous scientific investigation of natural products such as the cannabis plant and its components and is looking to hire a contractor to provide consultation services to our Cannabinoid Working Group to assist with promoting the research, assisting outreach to the extramural research community and setting up a trans-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cannabinoid Working Group. These activities will be advanced through multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary research efforts.
To this end, NCCIH wishes to engage the activities of an individual with broad expertise in the cannabis and cannabinoid research field, with established contacts in that field, and with experience with NIH extramural program and procedures.Duties/Responsibilities:Support initiatives to expand NCCIH and trans- NIH supported extramural cannabinoid/cannabis research focused on potential therapeutic use, in the form of funding opportunity announcements, internal and external meetings and workshops, or other vehicles, which will require the following activities by the Consultant:Contribution to the development of meeting agendas content, synthesizing relevant concepts and gaps and directions from internal meetings;NCCIH internal cannabinoid working group meetings are held monthly. Planned trans NIH workgroup meetings will be quarterly, with an additional quarterly interim meeting on follow-up activities, for a total of 10 trans-NIH workgroup meetings. The contractor will be responsible for proposing and assisting with agenda items for these meetings, for making presentations on areas of expertise as required, and participating in NCCIH activities to address follow-up items and coordinating trans NIH topic specific meetings in follow-up to the quarterly workgroup meetings.
Summaries of topics discussed, actions taken, needed follow-up items and recommendations to achieve proposed activities to address follow-up items will be provided for each meeting.Assist in the organization and coordination of stakeholder meetings;The contractor shall, at the direction of the COR, organize, plan, and coordinate approximately three meetings with outside experts and stakeholders, each six months on topics to be identified by the NCCIH cannabinoid working group and/or the trans NIH working group. Such meetings will address outstanding issues related to developing research initiatives on the potential medical benefits of cannabis derived compounds (e.g., cannabinoids and terpenes). Potential topics include but are not limited to: manufacture and supply of cannabinoids for research.
Issues related to human use of new chemical agents, regulatory concerns regarding patient use and possession of such compounds, identification of areas of research appropriate for NCCIH or trans NIH support, coordination of NIH activities with non-government organizations, establishing communication with key government and non-government organizations relevant to the NCCIH mission, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state research programs, etc.Assist in the writing of funding initiatives that arise from such meetings and from related efforts;The contractor shall be responsible for assisting in the drafting of funding initiatives such as requests for applications (RFAs), program announcements (Pas), and notices of special interest (NOSIs) that will be supported by multiple NIH Institutes and Centers. Initially it is expected that there will be at least two such trans NIH activities in the first six-month period. Work shall include drafting of language, soliciting comments from other Institutes and Centers (ICs), incorporating comments as appropriate, recommending funding mechanisms to achieve goals of collaborations, and leading discussions and negotiations to achieve consensus.Serve as a liaison to the NIH Institutes and key external stakeholder to support interest and action as needed in the development of grant -funding initiatives.The contractor shall be a point of contact (POC) during the development of NIH initiatives and will be involved in establishing contacts in relevant ICs on each initiative, maintaining clear, frequent, and goal-oriented communications, and obtaining consensus among the ICs on specific initiatives.
For activities involving external stakeholders, the contractor will identify key personnel, engaging with them on topics of relevance, and as appropriate, bringing their input to the NCCIH and trans-NIH working groups. Minimum Requirements:The contractor must have NIH 15 years program experience and an understanding of the NIH Institutes and Centers and their extramural programs. The contractor must have at least 15 years of NIH program experience with the cannabis/cannabinoids research field.
The experience requirements would be minimums to provide the depth of knowledge and experience needed to successfully and effectively accomplish the tasks described. There have been significant changes in cannabis policy and research over the last 15 years and experiential knowledge of these changes is deemed essential for this project. In addition, the 15-year experience requirement for NIH programs is deemed essential in order to assure that an adequate knowledge base exists in order to effectively advise and consult with external stakeholders on the complex NIH research grant policy for developing and NIH pragma initiativesApply online at our website: https://kikiktagruk.applicantpool.com/Disclaimer: This is not to be an exclusive list of all responsibilities', duties, and skills required of the person in this job.
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