Export controls 101: Shipping, travel and collaboration, June 21

Get to know important rules and helpful resources by joining Export controls 101: Shipping, travel and collaboration Tuesday, June 21.

In just one hour, you’ll learn to flag export controls concerns, and to quickly help your group navigate the ins and outs without stalling travel, shipment of materials and equipment, or scientific collaboration. Join OHSU Export Controls Officer Jen McCaw as she facilitates case studies and gives a tour of top resources.

Export controls 101: Shipping, travel and collaboration
Tuesday, June 21
1 to 2 p.m.

Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor/3070, room 4
South Waterfront

Why participate in this class? Because compromised export controls could lead to serious consequences for individuals, departments, and OHSU as a whole. While primarily for research administrators, this class is open to anyone who participates in international shipping, travel or  collaboration. The class is presented by Research Administration Training and Education (RATE).

Enroll via Compass and for more information, please contact Margaret Gardner.

NIGMS wants your input on modernizing biomedical graduate education

NIGMSLast week, on June 8, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a formal Request for Information: Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. We first wrote about NIGMS’ push to modernize how graduate students in biomedical research are educated and trained in December of last year. At the time, Director Jon Lorsch had just announced a number of activities NIGMS was incorporating into its training modules as part of a much larger effort to completely overhaul the biomedical research graduate education system.  Now NIGMS wants your input on how best to move this initiative forward.

Topics that could be addressed but are not limited to:

  • Current strengths, weaknesses and challenges in graduate biomedical education.
  • Changes that could enhance graduate education to ensure that scientists of tomorrow have the skills, abilities and knowledge they need to advance biomedical research as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  • The major barriers to achieving these changes and potential strategies to overcome those barriers.
  • The key skills that graduate students should develop in order to become outstanding biomedical scientists, and the best approaches for developing those skills.
  • Potential approaches to modernizing graduate education through the existing NIGMS institutional predoctoral training grants program to ensure that trainees have the skills and knowledge they need to be prepared to enter the biomedical research workforce.
  • Anything else you feel is important for NIGMS to consider.

Send your responses in by Aug. 5 via a web form. All comments will be anonymous so speak up!

Few spots remaining for summer Vollum Scientific Writing Course

The Vollum Writing Class is a six-week professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.Vollum Writing Class 06032016-1

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 June 29, 2016. 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.

Postdoc Paper of the Year Award application due July 8

The OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association is seeking applicants for its annual Postdoctoral Paper of the Year Award competition.

The paper must be on original research and have been published or accepted for publication for 2015-2016.

Finalists must be available to present their research before the Alumni Association’s panel of judges on the evening of August 17, 2016. A winner will be selected and awarded $500 with the opportunity to present their paper during the annual OHSU Postdoctoral Research Week, September 19-21, 2016 on the Marquam Hill campus.

Download the application here.
Application deadline: July 8, 2016

If you have any questions, please contact Alisha Campbell or Mark Kemball.

Streamlined biosafety approval process goes live June 13

Do you perform research that requires approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee? Good news! Beginning Monday, June 13, OHSU is implementing a new electronic Institutional Biosafety Committee (eIBC) submission system. Using this system, you will be able to electronically manage approval information, get real-time access to forms and protocol information, and track your approval status.

The eIBC system tracks minimal protocol information to allow for reporting and maintenance of data required annually, such as biosafety cabinet information. The forms you are familiar with for IBC registration, such as the Recombinant DNA Research Questionnaire and the Infectious Agent Questionnaire, will still be used, although in an abbreviated format.

Want to learn more about the eIBC system? Read the eIBC system FAQs.

Finding funding, simplified

The workload associated with administrative requirements on grants is ever increasing and well documented. Identifying the appropriate funding opportunities to apply for in the first place is an additional burden you don’t need. OHSU Research Funding and Development Services is here to help!

  • 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.
  • 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 to schedule a consult.

Military Health Systems Research Symposium meeting support applications due June 24

Was your abstract accepted for this year’s Military Health Systems Research Symposium? As with the 2015 meeting, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research will pay for meeting-related travel expenses for OHSU researchers whose abstracts are accepted for presentation (you have to actually be presenting to take advantage of this offer). Please submit a short travel assistance questionnaire on OHSU’s Competitive Application Portal (CAP) by June 24 July 1. The 2016 MHSRS tentative dates are August 15-18, and the tentative location is Kissimmee, FL. Continue to check the MHSRS website for updates.

Argonne Lab funding opportunity

argonneArgonne National Laboratory has launched an new innovation incubator called Chain Reaction Innovation (CRI) that will provide $4.4 million in funds to energy and physical science based startups. This is the Midwest’s first energy and science technology incubator that embeds entrepreneurs from industry and academia into a national laboratory. Chain Reaction Innovations will accelerate the scale-up and commercial deployment of nascent technologies through unparalleled access to cutting-edge research facilities and cross-disciplinary experts at Argonne while simultaneously providing business, legal, and financial support through partnerships with regional mentors.

Participants benefit in the following ways for two years:

  • Access at Argonne to office space, cutting-edge R&D equipment and guidance in the use of that equipment
  • Potential collaboration partners from the 1,600 engineers and scientists working in a multitude of disciplines at Argonne
  • A fellowship that covers salary and benefits
  • A connection to partner mentor organization that offers assistance in developing business strategies, conducting market research, and finding long-term financing and potential commercial partners.

To sign up, go to the CRI website.

And follow CRI on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CRIstartup

Searle Scholars career development program; internal deadline July 8

The Searle Scholars Program is a highly competitive program designed to support exceptional, new junior faculty. It supports research in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and pharmacology, as well as related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Applications are evaluated on the potential of the applicant to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. Awardees receive $100,000 per year for three years.

Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2015. The appointment must be a tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

Internal deadline: July 8, 2016
Sponsor deadline: September 30, 2016

Limited SubmissionThis opportunity requires internal coordination because OHSU is limited to only submit one application. If you intend to apply, complete an application via Competitive Application Portal (CAP) by the internal deadline. Click here to learn more about OHSU’s Limited Submission process.

The data on the competition for NIH funding

We all know the NIH budget is not keeping pace with demand and that success rates are at historically low levels but what are the actual numbers that reflect the funding climate? NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research Mike Lauer addresses this question in detail in his May 31 Open Mike blog post, “How Many Researchers?

Michael Lauer

Michael Lauer

Using published findings from a workshop held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Kimble et al.) as a starting point, Lauer explores the group’s conclusion that the research community faces two chief problems: “Too many researchers vying for too few dollars; too many postdocs competing for too few faculty positions.”

To examine these issues, Lauer analyzed the number of PIs seeking major independent research awards over time (rather than on a yearly basis to adjust for potential overlap in periods of funding). He and his team found that while the overall number of awardees has remained fairly stable at around 27,500, “the number of unique applicants has increased substantially, from about 60,000 investigators who had applied during the period from 1999 to 2003 to slightly less than 90,000 in who had applied during the period from 2011 to 2015.”

The data for R01s revealed that the number of unique awardees declined by about 5% between 2011 and 2015 while the number of unique R01 applicants substantially increased. Using these two variables, they calculated a “cumulative investigator rate” – the likelihood that unique investigators will be funded over a 5-year window – and found the R01 investigator rate declined from 45% to 34% between 2003 and 2015 (see figure). R21 and P01 awards were also examined.

Figure taken from May 31 Open Mike blog showing cumulative investigator rates for R01s over time

Figure taken from May 31 Open Mike blog showing cumulative investigator rates for R01s over time

Based on his analyses, Lauer concluded:

  • The overall number of unique awardees has remained largely constant, while the number of unique applicants has markedly increased.
  • NIH is supporting fewer unique awardees of investigator-initiated long-term grants such as R01s and P01s but is supporting more unique awardees of short-term grants such as R21s.
  • The number of awardees receiving cooperative agreements, which are often institute-initiated, has increased.

So how is NIH addressing this problem? Lauer cited recommendations from Kimble et al. and other literature as potential solutions: “These efforts include funding opportunity announcements for R35 awards, which focus on programs, rather than highly specific projects; new models for training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; establishment of an office of workforce diversity; and even what we are doing here, namely drawing attention to numbers of unique investigators and applicants.”

While Lauer acknowledges “the difficulties and challenges brought on by the current hypercompetitive NIH funding environment,” the question of how to address an ever-increasing number of researchers vying for limited dollars remains.

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