Research Week 2015 conference program now live!

The schedule of events for this year’s conference is now available on the Research Week website. The online schedule allows you view the entire line up of events as well as to access abstracts of presenters. This year’s conference features some new events in addition to those held annually such as keynotes, oral and poster presentations, the 3MT competition, and career networking night. New on the roster: CorExtravaganza: Find out from various (Core) directors about … Read More

Funding Focus: New Ways to Find Funding, Thursday, Apr.16

Join us for April’s Funding Focus seminar to learn New Ways of Finding Funding at OHSU. The seminar will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 16, in Mackenzie Hall 2201. We’re excited to introduce: GrantScoop – a newly acquired software tool for identifying both private and government funding opportunities. GrantScoop is specifically designed for research scientists seeking grant funding and allows for selective searches with extensive filtering capabilities. This tool is … Read More

NIH unveils new new biosketch form

Early today, the National Institutes of Health announced it is revising, again, its biosketch form. Here’s a preview: Contributions to Science. Please fill in the blanks as indicated. I was the [adjective] investigator in the following studies. My [adverb] publications [adverb] [verb] in [noun]. However, because [adjective] [noun] did not [verb], I believe [noun] will become a [adjective] issue in the field. The [adjective] publications here found that [adjective] [plural noun] showed increased [noun] when … Read More

Funding News from HHMI, the Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation

Speaking of funding innovations, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up to offer a new award for junior faculty members. These early career scientists–called Faculty Scholars–would receive a one-time award of $100,000-400,000 over five years. Funds can be used for the following: Partial salary for faculty (up to 3 months and no more than $70,000) Salary for lab personnel Equipment Supplies Travel Publications Indirect costs … Read More

NCI experiments with staff scientist funding

Later this year, the National Cancer Institute will be offering a new “research specialist” award, using a K05 mechanism, to support scientists who are not PIs–think lab scientists and core facility managers. This award would require sponsorship from a PI, similar to other K awards, although recipients could take it with them if they moved to another lab. This new funding mechanism was discussed at NCI’s recent meeting of the Board of Scientific Advisors (if … Read More

Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D., selected as Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience

Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D., has been chosen for a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Sloan Fellowship recipients are nominated by fellow scientists and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars based on independent research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in his or her field. O’Roak studies the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders, including groundbreaking research into the underpinnings of autism.  Check out OHSU’s media release.

Special Characters in Grants: Not Yet

A note from the OHSU Office of Proposal and Award Management director, Deborah Golden-Eppelein: On January 30, 2015, NIH published the following in the NIH Guide:  Expanding Support of Unicode Character Set in Grant Applications Submitted after February 17, 2015.  In this notice, the NIH announced that Unicode characters such as Greek letters will be functional in Grants.gov after February 17. But OHSU investigators should NOT use these codes yet. Grants.gov might be able to handle … Read More

How should we balance the needs of senior and junior investigators?

The NIH wants to know. We all know that the U.S. biomedical workforce is in trouble: years of disinvestment at the national level has led to a challenging environment for younger scientists (and their older colleagues, for that matter). One proposed solution, implied by this week’s request for information from NIH, would be to create a new award mechanism for senior investigators who may want to transition out of the PI role. Is this a … Read More

New NIH RePORT tool: Matchmaker

Are you curious about which NIH institutes or centers (ICs) may be interested in your research and which study section may review work like yours? Matchmaker is a new query interface in NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) that grants access to information about NIH funded research in order to address these questions. This tool allows users to enter manuscript abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text and retrieve a list of similar projects … Read More

NIH news roundup for January 2015

Several key announcements were issued by NIH in the last month that bear noting: NIH announced its fiscal policy for FY 2015 operations, implementing the 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed by President Obama on December 16, 2014. A separate announcement was also issued providing information on statutory provisions in the appropriations act that limit the use of funds on NIH grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, including salary caps. In an effort to continue to fund … Read More

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