Call for Abstracts: Research Week 2015

Students, faculty, research-ranked employees, postdocs, and staff are invited to submit abstracts for an oral or poster presentation at OHSU Research Week, May 4 through 8, 2015.

Research Week is a university-wide event that celebrates the excellence of research performed across all schools, centers, institutes and education programs at OHSU. It’s a unique opportunity to get out of the lab or clinic and meet colleagues from various disciplines.

Visit the Research Week Call for Abstracts page for complete instructions on how to submit. Abstract submissions are due Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015.

Scholarships available to students presenting posters

A small pool of scholarship money is available for OHSU students who would like to present a poster at Research Week but who don’t have department support for poster printing expenses. Learn more by visiting the Research Week Call for Abstracts page.

NIDA now accepting submissions for innovation challenge

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), through its “Innovations in Measuring and Managing Addiction Treatment Quality” Challenge, plans to award $100,000 in total prizes for innovative ideas on how to improve the quality of addiction treatment services. Specifically, NIDA hopes to incentivize the development of novel concepts for quality measurement and quality management based on the latest science of addiction and its treatment. NIDA believes these new concepts will lead to performance measurement and management systems that aren’t limited by the data commonly available in current provider and payer data systems.

Awards will be given to White Papers that best describe:

(1) novel quality measurement and management concepts
(2) how these concepts could conceivably be used to improve the quality of addiction treatment
(3) the research or other gaps that need to be addressed to make these quality improvement concepts a reality and
(4) how these new measurement and management systems might be evaluated.

Key dates:
Submission Period:        Jan. 14 – June 1, 2015
Judging Period:               June 2 – July 15, 2015
Winners announced:     Sept. 30, 2015

Let’s Get Healthy! wins the 2015 SOPHE Technology Award

Oregon road map of Let’s Get Healthy! fairs.

Let’s Get Healthy!, the popular interactive education and research exhibit, has just won the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Technology Award. Let’s Get Healthy! debuted in 2007 to increase public awareness of biomedical research and demonstrate how public participation in research can advance biomedical science. Currently, more than 16,700 people have participated at 107 sites (including four states outside of Oregon) with an additional 700 participating in two longitudinal cohort studies. The project is funded by a NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), and from launch to success, has continued to receive extensive OCTRI informatics and study coordinator support.

One of the key factors in Let’s Get Healthy!’s success stems from its ability to conduct rapid surveillance of schools and communities, who then use the resulting data to develop programs and write grants that support healthy living in their community. Schools also use the data to conduct scientific inquiry lessons with their students, who can filter the interactive summary data based on desired criteria or examine relationships among health variables like body fat percentage and sugar intake using their school’s using real, but completely anonymous, data. Visit the Let’s Get Healthy! website to explore all of the summary data for yourself!

The SOPHE Technology Award recognizes individuals or groups who have distinguished themselves by applying innovative, non-commercial technology in health education that can be broadly disseminated and has the potential to make a significant impact in health education practice. The Let’s Get Healthy! program will be honored at the SOPHE annual conference in April 2015.

OMSI seeks applicants for Science Communication Fellowship program

Looking for an opportunity to engage with the public and learn how to better communicate your science?

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry invitees OHSU faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research technicians to apply for its Science Communication Fellowship program. After participating in specialized training, fellows are certified by OMSI as current science ambassadors and skilled communicators. Fellows join OMSI in helping public audiences engage with science in meaningful and relevant ways. Tuition for the Science Communication Short Course is $2,500 per participant, and scholarships are available. Specific commitments include:

  • Participation in OMSI’s Science Communication Short Course, a series of four professional development workshops focused on building the skills to effectively communicate with and engage public audiences (workshops are 3 to 4 hours each, spaced over 3 to 4 months).
  • Collaboration with OMSI educators to develop a unique, hands-on activity and display representing each fellow’s work.
  • Participation in a minimum of three Meet a Scientist programs per year. Meet a Scientist is a public program held on the second Saturday of each month, exclusively featuring OMSI fellows with their hands-on, table-top activities.

Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 (for the spring cohort)

Please email Lauren Moreno, director of strategic partnerships at OMSI, for a full schedule of workshop dates, and a digital program and scholarship application form.

NIH S10 applications for 2015

The Shared Instrument Grant Program (S10) provides groups of NIH-supported investigators funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated instrumentation system. The cost of instrumentation must be at least $50,000 (note that this figure is different from past years, where the lower limit was $100,000) and no more than $600,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell-sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers, among others.

OHSU is not limited in the number of applications we may submit, provided that the applications are for different types of equipment; however, internal review is required. A minimum of three major users who are PIs on active NIH research grants must be identified.

NOTE – INTERNAL PROPOSALS REQUIRED: To apply, you must submit a brief 1-3 page preliminary proposal to Dr. Sue Aicher, who is coordinating the review process, by Friday, April 3, 2015. The external application is due May 29, 2015.   Your email should include the following:

1. What instrument will be requested, and why it is needed
2. Cost of the instrument, including vendor quote
3. Cost of maintenance contract
4. Where the instrument will be located
5. Major user group info (group of at least 3 scientists with qualifying federal funding at time of the award)
6. Institutional support

Proposals will be evaluated based on whether the instrument will enhance the proposal research, whether there is a good match between the proposal science and the requested instrument, the justification of need, the organization of the project, continuing commitment to the instrument, and the benefit to the overall research community.

View the rest of this week’s Funding Alerts.

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 a wide-array of biomedical scientists in a limited funding environment, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) released new guidelines for awarding R01s and other research grants to investigators who are already well supported. The new rules stipulate that researchers with $400,000 or more in unrestricted research funding may generally hold no more than one NIGMS research grant. One aim of the new guidelines is to address the “funding gap” years often experienced by mid-career researchers.

Of particular note: A notice was issued on January 22, 2015 to remind applicants of NIH requirements for allowable applications. Most importantly, they reminded us of what constitutes a New Application:

“A New Application is an application that has not been previously proposed or received funding. Whether it follows an unsuccessful application or not, a New Application is neither a Resubmission Application nor a Renewal Application, and must comply with the rules for a New Application.” 

That means don’t refer to your previous application, your previous percentile, or your previous scores. New means “new.”

IRB Brown Bag Special Series: eIRB Upgrade Initial Submissions

IRB Brown Bag

eIRB Upgrade: Initial Submissions

Presented by: Dave Holmgren, IRB Manager

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
UHS 8B60

This is the first of many brown bags in a special series from the IRB to promote the new eIRB upgrade, releasing later this year. This brown bag will provide an overview and demonstration of the new eIRB Upgrade Initial Submissions Process. You will learn how the new system improves upon the current submission process and you will see where we have incorporated many suggestions provided from the user testers who helped us design the Initial Submission Smart Form questions. Following the presentation, we will have a Q&A Session.

NIH updates diversity statement

On Jan. 12, 2015, the NIH released an announcement that provides an updated diversity statement, describing the institutes’s interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. The statement provides recent data (updated in 2014) on underrepresented populations in the U.S. biomedical research community and encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations.

The statement highlighted the under-representation of women at senior faculty levels in biomedical-relevant disciplines. A new provision was also included that allows for institutes to include women as eligible candidates in faculty-level diversity-targeted programs that provide structured opportunities for advancement (i.e. Diversity Supplement).

This notice was effective on its release date; however, existing funding opportunity announcements (FOA) with diversity statement language will continue to use existing language for the duration of the FOA.

eCRIS gets easier and faster with Gridless update, Jan. 26

For clinical research study staff, eCRIS is about to get a boost with the release of the gridless view for the Visit Schedule module. This release is set for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, and all studies will be converted to the new gridless Visit Schedule data entry model. Gridless is the conversion in the Visit Schedule, and partly in the Budget module, from a grid view to a gridless view and will make building and modifying Visit Schedules easier and faster.

Contact Kristin Stiller to schedule a training session. In addition, an electronic module for training on the gridless view and updated eCRIS manual sections will be available later this month. Trainings are not mandatory but offer a good introduction and overview of the new functionality.

Did you know there is more eCRIS support on O2? Explore the eCRIS O2 site to:

  • Keep informed with downtime and update announcements
  • Get answers with manuals, guides and FAQs
  • Easy help for access and trainings
  • Find current issues and workaround reports
  • Locate eCRIS support contact links

Changes to NSF’s online portal (FastLane) scheduled for Jan. 26

On Jan. 26, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement changes in FastLane to support the revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and to run additional automated compliance checks on proposals.

A revised PAPPG was issued on Nov. 20, 2014, which incorporates OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), as well as other policy updates. The following changes will be made to FastLane support the revised PAPPG:

  • Budget Form Updates: The “Residual Funds” line will be renamed “Small Business Fee” and may only be editable for SBIR/STTR programs.
  • Budget Justification Upload: Awardees will be required to upload a budget justification for each organization added to the budget via an upload screen.
  • Cost Sharing Notifications Requirements: Must now be submitted by all awardees with awards that include cost sharing.
  • New Funding Mechanism: (Ideas Lab, designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative project ideas).

FastLane will also begin to run an additional 24 automated compliance checks on proposals to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the PAPPG. These checks will validate a proposal for compliance with page count, proposal sections per type of funding mechanism, and budget-related rules for proposals submitted in response to the Grants Proposal Guide, Program Announcements, and Program Descriptions. At this time, these checks will not be enforced for proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations.



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