NRSA postdoc stipend increases go into effect, supplemental funding available

Effective Dec. 1, 2016, postdoctoral trainees supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards may receive increased stipends. This change applies to currently active postdoctoral trainees or fellows with 0, 1, or 2 years of experience as of the effective date and is distinct from a projected cost of living adjustment in FY 2017.

If you have an NRSA (F32), you can request supplemental funding to cover the cost of these increases using the Parent Announcement for Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants, PA-16-287. To ensure you receive this funding as soon as possible, NIH is encouraging NRSA recipients not to propose any changes to the grant that would require prior IC approval in the supplemental funding application.

A few key points:

  • Supplemental funding is to support increases for appointees at their current levels; it cannot be used to adjust their levels or increase the number of appointees.
  • Applicants should only request funds to cover increases in stipends for postdoctoral fellows at levels 0, 1 or 2 from December 1, 2016 up to the end date of the current budget year of the award. For periods less than a whole month, stipends should be prorated (see full announcement for examples).
  • The stipend level for the entire first year of support must be determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued. This may include research experience (including industrial), teaching, internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in a health-related field.
  • You should work with your representative in OPAM to make sure you’re following all NIH and OHSU policies and procedures. They can help you!

Winter Vollum writing class starts Jan. 4

The Vollum Writing Class is a six-week professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

This class uses short lectures, class discussion, and workshop-style writing assignments to help researchers learn to write better papers and grants. Topics include:

  • The basic elements of good scientific writing style, including sentence and document structure
  • Insight into scientific conventions regarding grammar, punctuation, and usage
  • Strategies for revising
  • Dealing with writer’s block and time management
  • Best practices for writing introductions, results, discussions, and grant proposals

The class runs for six weeks, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning Jan. 4, 2017. Six individual tutorials with the instructor are included. There are no prerequisites for this non-credit professional development course, but you should not take the class unless you have enough data to write about.

The course carries a fee of $500 per student (unless you are in a Vollum lab or part of certain graduate Ph.D. programs). Questions? Contact funding@ohsu.edu.

Access Compass to register for the Vollum Writing Class.

OHSU resources for finding funding

If you’re a new investigator at OHSU or someone who’s navigating the funding world for the first time, the Research Funding & Development team has resources to help you get started on identifying appropriate opportunities.

  • First, sign up for our Weekly Funding Alerts email, which features opportunities covering the broad range of research conducted across OHSU.
  • Interested in more targeted searches? Check out OHSU’s Funding Portal for information on internal and foundation funding as well as links to various search engines and databases including GrantScoop. This is an online service that offers comprehensive access to funding opportunities that are hand curated by scientists, for scientists, in a simple-to-use format and updated weekly. To sign up for an individual account, go to GrantScoop and Create a User Account using your “@ohsu.edu” email address. When you come to the bottom of the sign-up page, please select the “Institutional Access” option in the drop down menu; this will give you immediate access to the site.

If you feel you need some help navigating the portal, we can visit your school or department to provide a tutorial on how to best utilize available resources and tools to customize your funding search. Individual researchers can also meet with us one-on-one to identify funding sources relevant to your particular line of research.

Get in touch with us at funding@ohsu.edu with questions or to schedule a consult.

To resubmit or not resubmit – that is the question

The biomedical research funding climate remains challenging despite the words of optimism NIH Director, Francis Collins, shared with OHSU during his campus visit last week. In 2015, only 13.1% of new R01 applications were funded. If you were among those PIs whose application scored outside of funding range, you’re likely considering resubmission and wondering what types of changes might improve your chances of success.

In his Oct. 28 Open Mike blog post, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer, discusses several important considerations to help inform your decision. First, a look at the numbers:

Source: Open Mike blog, Oct. 28, 2016

Source: Open Mike blog, Oct. 28, 2016

Clearly, resubmission applications have a higher success rate (33.4% in 2015) than first time applications, but what are the factors that influence that success? “For most investigators, achieving funding success usually comes from persistence and patience,” writes Lauer. “The typical applicant who was successful in obtaining funding in the past few years from the NIH has submitted several applications prior to obtaining support for their research.”

When considering resubmission, Lauer encourages PIs to develop an application strategy for the specific science. Each Institute and Center (IC) has a unique funding policy that looks at the career stage of the investigator, and that balances long-term and short-term investments. “Knowing how the IC prioritizes different activities may influence your choice to submit an R01.” Additionally, your ability to address issues of concern raised in the reviews should be carefully considered and questions of appropriateness of the science for the R01 mechanism can be reviewed in concert with the assigned program officer.

If you do decide to resubmit and that application isn’t funded, keep in mind the NIH policy that allows applicants to submit a new application following an unsuccessful resubmission. The Next Steps webpage provides guidance on “.. what to do next” after your initial application is reviewed but not funded.

Finally, the NIH has launched a survey to better understand patterns of resubmission for new investigators so keep an eye out for your invitation.

Reminder: What’s new with peer review? First panel discussion this Thursday

You’re invited to hear a panel discussion with OHSU faculty who are currently serving on NIH study sections to learn about best practices for grant writing–and especially what they’re seeing in grants they’re reviewing with respect to the new requirements on rigor and reproducibility and more. Among other things, they will discuss guidance they’ve received from NIH as reviewers, as well as how study sections are responding. Bring your questions!

This week’s session will be held:

Thursday, Nov. 3
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

OHSU Auditorium

Jcsr-logooin us the following week:

Thursday, Nov. 10
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mackenzie Hall 1162

 

Questions? Contact us at funding@ohsu.edu.

Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award, internal deadline Nov. 15

rita allen logoThe Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program supports research scientists in the early stages of their careers. Fields of research are cancer, immunology and neuroscience. Individuals chosen will be designated Rita Allen Foundation Scholars and the affiliated institution will receive financial support from the Rita Allen Foundation of up to $110,000 annually, for a period of up to five years.

To be eligible for the Scholars Award, candidates must have completed their training and provided persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields.

Applicants with committed awards that overlap the first two years of the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program from the Beckman Young Investigator Program, Kimmel Scholar Award, Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences, and Searle Scholars Program are not eligible.

Note that this opportunity requires internal coordination as OHSU can submit only one application; therefore, limited submission guidelines apply. If you are interested in applying, submit an application via the Competitive Application Portal (CAP) by November 15, 2016. Letter of intent is due December 9, 2016 to the Foundation and final application deadline is January 20, 2017.

Read more about this funding opportunity here.

Data Jamboree panel presentation: Sharing data & software securely, Nov. 4

Technology Transfer & Business Development and the Data Jamboree are co-hosting a panel presentation and round-table discussion on sharing and securing data and software through open source and creative commons licensing. Learn about the importance of securing rights, as well the ways in which data and software can be licensed to meet researcher and community goals.

Panelists include:

Tammy Buist, VP and Chief Business Development Officer, Seattle’s Cancer Research & Biostatistics Institute
Brad Biddle, Owner, Biddle Law LLP
Frank Curci, Partner, Ater Wynne LLP

The panel presentation will be followed by two round-table discussions led by OHSU researchers Kemal Sonmez, Ph.D., associate professor, Center for Spoken Language Understanding, Melissa Haendel, Ph.D., associate professor, OHSU Library and Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, and Steven Bedrick, Ph.D., assistant professor, Center for Spoken Language Understanding.

The round tables will explore goals and issues related to intellectual property, research aims, and scientific communication through the lens of project case studies. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and contribute ideas about sharing data and software openly and responsibly.

Friday, November 4, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Vey Auditorium, 11th floor

Panel Presentation: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Food and drink will be served at 3:30 p.m.
Round table discussions: 4 – 5:00 p.m.

All OHSU faculty, students, and staff are welcome.

This event is presented by OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development, Computational Biology, and the OHSU Library. Questions:  champieu@ohsu.edu

Women in Science Annual Mixer, Nov. 2

Women in Science invites supporters of women in STEM to an evening of networking, appetizers, and a cash bar. The event is hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Turbine Hall. Find out about meeting a mentor, becoming a mentor, and the professional and personal development opportunities WIS offers to early career scientists and professionals.

Women in Science Annual Mixer
Wednesday, Nov. 2
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Turbine Hall Women in Science - Portland
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR
Registration is required

The evening will feature a silent auction to support the OMSI Summer Camp Scholarship for Girls and 2017 Women in Science programming, which includes career development, networking, and advocacy for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Find out more about Women in Science Portland.

Discoverer to Cognos demo, Nov. 8

The Discoverer Replacement Program, in partnership with Oracle Grants Accounting Project Stakeholders, is hosting a Discoverer to Cognos roadshow.

The goal of this roadshow, taildiscoverer-replacement-email-bannerored specifically for users of Oracle Grants Accounting, is to show where key reports can be found in the new IBM Cognos Reporting tool. In addition to this demo, you’ll also learn  how to access and run them. This roadshow is an opportunity to learn how to  transition confidently to the new Cognos reporting tool.

Led by senior instructor Julie Rhodes, along with a team of ITG business analysts, you’ll have direct access to see the new tool live and have your questions answered.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
2 to 3 p.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium

Topics to be covered:

  • Access Cognos
  • Locate Oracle Grants Accounting standard reports
  • Understand the OGA folder structure
  • Run an Oracle Grants Accounting report
  • Create a report view
  • Set default prompt values
  • Locate learning resources and reference materials

Questions? Post it on the Discover to Cognos customer site.

Biomedical Innovation Program – moving innovations to market

For research scientists whose technical innovations have the potential to improve patient care, OHSU created the Biomedical Innovation Program. For four years now, BIP has been providing expertise and resources to steward innovations from the laboratory to clinical application through the process of commercialization. The program is a joint effort between Technology Transfer and Business Development and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

To mark this occasion, the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute sat down with Dr. John Muschler, recipient of BIP funding in 2015.

Dr. Muschler has been researching novel approaches to detect and treat diseases of the bladder since he joined OHSU in 2011. There are few treatment options for these diseases, and those therapies are ineffective and costly. Dr. Muschler’s laboratory has developed a technology platform that effectively targets early stage tumor cells in the bladder, making possible early detection and treatment.

As a 2015 BIP grant awardee, Dr. Muschler received funding and development, innovation education, project management support, and mentorship. His technology is now much closer to the marketplace.

OCTRI: As a BIP alumnus, who do you see benefiting from the program?

JM: For anyone with an invention that has commercial potential, the BIP program is an excellent mechanism to move it forward and test the waters. There are many benefits. Learning to think like an inventor or an entrepreneur is a valuable education in itself. And the BIP program can connect you to many creative, helpful, and insightful people.

OCTRI: Tell us how your research led you to the BIP.

JM: A research discovery of ours suggested a new method of targeted drug delivery. We filed an invention disclosure with OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development, and were then looking for ways to quickly continue the work and develop its commercial potential. A colleague suggested OCTRI and the BIP as a source of early stage funding.

OCTRI: How was your experience with the BIP different from that with other funding sources?

JM: First, in preparing our submission for the BIP grant, we were required to provide information that you don’t see in standard grant proposals. These included a market overview for the proposed product and an outline of the path to commercialization. Also, reviewers of the BIP proposals provided commercialization experience that was helpful in guiding the project. Lastly, and most importantly, the BIP continued to support the team after the award was funded. Throughout the course of the grant, the BIP provided support for the project through connections to people with experience in the various steps of commercialization.

OCTRI: How has participating in the BIP helped move your technology forward?

JM: Obviously, the early stage funding has been crucial to keeping the project alive and to advancing the research. By helping me learn the paths to commercialization, the BIP is also helping to plan ahead and efficiently prepare for the next steps in the commercialization without wasting valuable time.

OCTRI: Can you talk about what you have learned from participating in the program?

JM: The BIP has helped me learn the path from research discovery to product commercialization. Through the BIP, with guidance from program staff and interactions with entrepreneurs, I have begun to step out of the “research scientist” mindset and become more comfortable thinking like an inventor and entrepreneur. A product that makes it to market offers many rewards; there’s a lot to gain with little to lose.

 

The BIP is a partnership between the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and OHSU’s Office of Technology Transfer & Business Development. Visit the OCTRI funding page for information on the BIP and other opportunities. For more information on OCTRI resources for investigators and research staff, contact the OCTRI Research Navigator.

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