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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

Update on the Radiochemistry Research Center and potential impacts to labs; new dates for sensor placement and testing

UPDATE 1/15: Test dates changed. See below. As previously reported, OHSU is moving forward on the development of a Center for Radiochemistry Research, including a cyclotron to produce the radionuclides required for designing new molecular probes for PET scanning by OHSU scientists. If you work in buildings surrounding the Research Courtyard, your work may be affected by construction of this center, and for this reason we are doing extensive testing to measure potential impacts. OHSU … Read More

Oregon National Primate Research Center Pilot Research Program applications due Feb. 13

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is soliciting proposals for the annual pilot research program. The purpose of this funding mechanism is to encourage activities related to the use of nonhuman primates for biomedical research or for studies enhancing NHP welfare or husbandry. Pilot research should be developmental or high-risk and should be used to generate preliminary data in support of applications for further project support, such as NIH, other federal, or foundation grants. PILOT … Read More

Fulbright Scholar Program – Key dates in Feb. and Apr.

The Fulbright Scholar program has announced upcoming registration deadlines and events: Applications for the International Education Administrators Program (IEA) in France and Germany due February 2 Two-week IEA seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of other countries. Each seminar is comprised of group visits to colleges and universities, secondary level school systems, government agencies, and related educational organizations. IEA grantees … Read More

Funding Focus – New NIH Biosketch Format, Feb. 19

Research Funding and Development Services will resume hosting monthly Funding Focus workshops every third Thursday beginning in February.  First up: Advice on the new NIH Biosketch format requirements.  In the meantime, for questions on the new format, please see the most recent NIH announcement, which includes instructions and samples. In addition, the Science Experts Network (SciENcv) is now up and running and available to support the new biosketch format. A YouTube video provides instructions for … Read More

InfoEd and OGA classes offered Jan. 14

  Research Administration Training & Education (RATE) offers a number of courses for the OHSU research community. On the calendar for next week: OGA and InfoEd. InfoEd InfoEd’s Proposal Development module is required for preparing grants.gov and non-grants.gov submissions that go through the Office of Proposal and Award Management (OPAM). The electronic Proposed Project Questionnaire (ePPQ) is completed within InfoEd for both grants.gov and non-grants.gov submissions. Walk step-by-step through the process of creating and routing an … Read More

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