Research News Digest for Thursday, October 12, 2017

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Thursday, October 12, 2017

Research News Digest for Thursday, October 12, 2017


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IRAP will undergo its first upgrade since implementation of all modules.  IRAP, including IRAP eReports, will be off-line from 12 noon on Friday, October 20th through 6 am on Monday, October 23rd.  Due to the complexity of this upgrade, there will be no access to OSP, IRB, IACUC, CIRB, OH&S, and MTO records, eReports, or SPIN.  Please plan accordingly. 

 

This upgrade will include bug fixes and enhancements and will allow UAB to start preparing for system to system submissions of grants to NIH through IRAP.  Please see the IRAP website for a more detailed look at what the new version will bring. 

The UAB OH&S Occupational Medicine Program is providing free, seasonal flu vaccines to UAB campus employees in coordination with the School of Nursing. Vaccines will be available for campus employees Oct. 2-Nov. 7 in several locations. Check uab.edu/flu for eligibility, dates and locations. Employees must bring their One Card and know their BlazerID and strong password to participate.

OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS NEWS & UPDATES

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

IN THIS EDITION

·        OSP Town Hall

·        Federal Grant Applications & Grants.gov Workspace

·        How to Correct OSP IRAP Records

 

 

OSP TOWN HALL

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold a town hall on October 20, 2017.

    When:  11:00 AM

    Where: Volker Hall Lecture Room B

 

FEDERAL GRANT APPLICATIONS & GRANTS.GOV WORKSPACE

As of December 31, 2017, Grants.gov will officially retire the legacy PDF package as a method for applying for a federal grant.

Therefore, as of November 30, 2017, all federal grant proposals submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) should be submitted through one of the following portals:

·        Grants.gov Workspace - for all non-NIH and non-NSF proposals that do not offer ASSIST or Fastlane as an option in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

·        NIH ASSIST - for all NIH proposals and for all non-NIH (ex: AHRQ) proposals that offer ASSIST as an option. If you have the option of using either ASSIST or Workspace for applying, ASSIST is the best and preferred option.

·        NSF Fastlane - for all National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals.
Note: Eventually Research.gov will replace FastLane. However, that is years away. FastLane will continue to be available to NSF grantees in the foreseeable future, as its capabilities are moved to Research.gov. Additionally, Research.gov offers single sign on with FastLane so you can seamlessly access both systems when logged into Research.gov.

·        Only exception: If a federal grant FOA does not indicate any of these portals as an option, the legacy PDF package can still be submitted until retired by the federal government on December 31, 2017.

TRAINING: OSP will have the first Grants.gov Workspace training on September 26, 2017. Go to the UAB LMS site for information and registration. You may review this and other OSP training opportunities here.

Keep in mind, you will still submit the UAB Extramural Support Checklist and the Responsible Personnel List (RPL) to the OSP email address (osp@uab.edu) to indicate that you have a proposal ready for review and to obtain an OSP IRAP number. You will include the appropriate document number on the Checklist for the OSP officer so they can retrieve and review your application in the appropriate portal.

 

HOW TO CORRECT OSP IRAP RECORDS

In an effort to streamline processes, OSP no longer requires a revised RPL for changes regarding inclusion of animals or human subjects. To add or remove humans or animals involvement on a project record, please send a detailed email to OSP with the IRAP number. For more information, please contact your OSP Officer.

 

 

 

EVENTS

Staff Career Development Forum

Taking Charge of your Career

 

Date:  November 3rd, 2017

Time:  11AM  - Noon

Location:  Volker Hall, Lecture Room B

 

Hosted by:  UAB Staff Council and UAB Organizational Learning and Development

Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging Seminar on Wed, October 18 at 12pm in Volker Hall's Lecture Room B. 

Dr. Peter Hornsby, Professor in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, will present "Intranasal transplantation of stem cells: How cells reach the brain."  

Upcoming OSP Training Sessions – Workspace and NIH Just-In-Time/Other Support sessions added for October

OSP has several new training opportunities coming up and additional sessions of training currently offered. You can register for any of these courses in the UAB Learning System (LMS). Space is limited, so be sure to register early for new courses.

Workspace Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the Grants.gov Workspace portal to initiate and prepare a proposal. This session is a 1.5-hour introductory course (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that gives participants an overview of the process. After completing this course, participants can also attend a follow-up course this month to practice using Workspace in the computer lab.
When? Tuesday, Sept. 26 – 11:30 am to 1 pm or
             Wednesday, Oct. 11 – 11:30 to 1 pm

Workspace Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice using Grant.gov Workspace to prepare a proposal for submission.
When? Friday, Sept. 29 – 10:30 am to 12 noon (Currently full) or
             Wednesday, Oct. 18 – 11 am to 1 pm

Prerequisite
: Grants.gov Workspace Proposal Process 

NIH Just-In-Time (JIT) Procedures and Other Support – This session gives an overview of the submission process for JIT/OS documentation. Some of the topics we will cover include: when to upload JIT/OS information, what information is required, where to upload JIT/OS information, how to upload documentation, when/how to notify OSP that JIT/OS is ready for submission.
When? Tuesday, October 3 – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
            

Overview of Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Submission Process – This course is designed for those who are new to sponsored programs or new to UAB. This one-hour introductory course gives participants a general overview of OSP and helps them understand the submission process, including the benefits of submitting proposals early. 
When?  Tuesday, Oct. 3 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the NIH ASSIST system to initiate and prepare a single-project proposal. This session is a 1.5-hour introductory course (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that gives participants an overview of the process including requirements for using ASSIST, how to initiate and prepare a proposal, how to add optional forms, how to preview an application, and how to validate an application. After completing this course, participants can also attend follow-up courses including a lab to practice using ASSIST and NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process.
When?  Tuesday, October 10 – 11 am to 12:30 pm

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a single-project proposal.
When?  Wednesday, Sept. 27 – 2 pm to 3:30 pm or
              Tuesday, October 24 – 10:30 am to 12 noon

Prerequisite
: NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process 

NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process – This course demonstrates how to use the NIH ASSIST system to initiate and prepare a multi-project proposal. This session is a follow-up course to the NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process introductory course that is also offered. This session will be a 1.5-hour session (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that will give participants a basic knowledge of how to prepare a multi-project proposal in ASSIST. We also offer a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a multi-project proposal after completing this course.
When? Tuesday, October 17 – 11 am to 12:30 pm
 Prerequisites:
NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process

NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a multi-project proposal.
When? Thursday, Sept. 28 – 11 am to 1 pm or
             Wednesday, October 25 – 11:30 am to 1 pm

Prerequisites
: NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process and NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process

To attend any of these sessions, registration is required in the UAB Learning System (LMS). You can find the course by searching the LMS Catalog for any of the courses. The instructor for the courses is Debbie Graves, OSP Training Coordinator. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie.

Non-Coding RNA Symposium

Friday November 3rd, 2017

8:00AM -3:30PM

Finley Conference Center

 

Call for Abstracts

We invite our junior faculty, resident trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, undergraduate students to submit an abstract of their original ncRNA research for presentation as a poster at this year’s symposium. Prizes will be awarded for the top posters.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Research Retreat is an opportunity to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaboration and development among cancer researchers. This event is free and open to faculty, trainees and staff engaged in cancer research. 

 

Retreat Highlights:

    • Presentations by experts in Metabolism and Cancer
    • Annual poster competition and awards
    • Cancer research poster displays (non-competitive)
    • Shared Facility displays

 

 

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

The UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center currently offers a research acceleration program to identify novel avenues of research pertinent to treatment for neurological disorders and to accelerate the most promising MS-related drug discovery projects.

 

The UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center invites letters of intent for pilot studies that address novel scientific questions related to the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Proposals may be basic, clinical, or translational in nature. Please review the MSC RFA to learn more information and how to apply. 

 

Save the Date—The American Diabetes Association 78th Scientific Sessions -June 22-26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

 

Abstracts that have been accepted for presentation (poster or oral presentation) at the American Diabetes Association are reviewed for the UAB DRC-ADA Travel Award every year during the month of March.  The award consists of up to $1,000 that can be used for travel, lodging, and/or registration but not for food or incidentals.

This award helps support travel to the ADA National Scientific Meetings for approximately 10 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who will be presenting their original research at these meetings.

 

Abstract submissions to the ADA will open October 2, 2017. Registration and Housing will open in early-December, 2017.

 

Please submit your abstracts and the ADA acceptance letter/email when received no later than March 23, 2018 to Eva Gilliam evamarie@uab.edu.

 

 

 

The pilot and feasibility program is intended to provide seed support for new and innovative research projects directed at basic, biochemical, translational, clinical, and community-based research questions that broadly pertain to diabetes, diabetes complications, and cardiometabolic disease.

 

The P/F program will fund up to five studies at $20,000 - $50,000/year.

 

Please review the RFA for Diabetes Pilot Grant Program 2017 (doc.) for details on eligibility, application due dates and other application processes.

The pilot and feasibility program is intended to provide seed support for new and innovative research projects directed at basic, biochemical, translational, clinical, and community-based research questions that broadly pertain to diabetes, diabetes complications, and cardiometabolic disease.

 

The P/F program will fund up to five studies at $20,000 - $50,000/year.

 

Please review the RFA for Diabetes Pilot Grant Program 2017 (doc.) for details on eligibility, application due dates and other application processes.

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