Research News Digest for Monday, February 12, 2018

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Monday, February 12, 2018

Research News Digest for Monday, February 12, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS

In a continuing effort to improve processes and gain efficiencies in research administrative processes, the UAB Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the new federal grant outgoing subaward submission process. This improved process utilizes the newly created Federal Grant Outgoing Subaward Form . This form should be submitted by research department personnel to initiate the creation of both new federal grant subawards and subaward amendments. A separate form, along with supporting documents, should be submitted for each outgoing subaward.

In addition, subawards@uab.edu, a dedicated federal grant subaward mailbox, has been created to ensure submissions are assigned and activated in a timely manner. As a result, all requests for subawards or related amendments must be submitted to subawards@uab.edu with the Federal Grant Outgoing Subaward Form and supporting documentation. For detailed information concerning required documentation for federal grant subawards, please see the OSP website.

OSP has also eliminated the requirement to submit a Subrecipient Third Party Determination with each federal grant subaward, as the decision to use the subaward rests with the PI at the time of proposal submission, or when project SOW changes are needed by the PI. Departments may choose to continue to use and maintain this important document, or something similar, in departmental project files.

The new process will begin Monday, February 19th. OSP will offer two training sessions to review the new form and mailbox. The first class is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th at 1:30pm, and the second class will be held on Friday, February 16th at 10:30am. Please register through the UAB Learning System (LMS). You can find the course by searching the LMS Catalog by title: New OSP Subaward Request Form and OSP Subaward Box.

As a reminder, an important component of the federal grant subaward process occurs at proposal submission with the inclusion of a separate LOI for each outgoing subrecipient. For additional information, please see the UAB policy “Establishing a Subrecipient Agreement

For additional information, please contact your OSP Federal Grant Sr. Specialist, or contact askosp@uab.edu.   

Reminder!

Including Subawards in Proposals

If your proposal includes external collaborations with one or more other organizations in carrying out the grant-supported research, UAB, as the direct and primary recipient of federal and nonfederal grant funds, is accountable to the Sponsor for the performance of the project, the appropriate expenditure of grant funds by all parties, applicable reporting requirements, and all other obligations as specified in the award.

Requirement - UAB follows the NIH policy and must collect relevant documents from any potential Subaward institution(s) for submission to the sponsor during the proposal stage, including:

  • Letter of Intent (LOI): Required of potential Subaward institutions during the proposal stage. This signed form serves as confirmation that the Subaward institution is prepared to make every effort to enter into an appropriate agreement, should an award be made. The signature (or electronic equivalent) of the AOR/SO on the Letter of Intent signifies that the applicant organization and all proposed consortium participants understand and agree with the following statement:

"The appropriate programmatic and administrative personnel of each organization involved in this grant application are aware of the NIH consortium agreement policy and are prepared to establish the necessary inter-organizational agreement(s) consistent with that policy."

  • Scope of Work: Required of the potential Subaward in order to outline expected work to be completed. Please see SOW guidelines below for more information.
  • Budget and Budget Justification: In order to complete the UAB Budget and Budget Justification, the proposed subaward should have a budget in order to categorize and justify expected costs of conducting research. 
EVENTS
 

UAB Informatics Institute PowerTalk Colloquia

"Integrating multidimensional data to catalyze translation of GWAS findings to biology and therapeutics for schizophrenia"

by

Dr. Bingshan Li, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor 

Vanderbilt Genetics Institute

Friday 2/23/2018 at 10:15am

Shelby Biomedical Research Building, Room 105, 1825 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294

*Refreshments will be provided*

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Dr. Steven Austad and the UAB Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in  the Basic Biology of Aging is announcing the SECOND ANNUAL UAB NATHAN SHOCK CENTER SYMPOSIUM ON THE BASIC BIOLOGY OF AGING.

Symposium will be on Wednesday April 18, 2018 , 9:00  am– 4:30 pm, at the UAB Alumni House. Please find attached and below the announcement flyer.

More information about this year symposium , the exciting  lineup of keynote speakers, Registration and Abstract submission are available through the following link:

              https://www.uab.edu/shockcenter/symposium

We hope many of you will participate in this exciting basic biology of aging symposium!

The NORC & Department of Nutrition Sciences Seminar Series

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

12:00 Noon

Learning Resources Center, Room 235/249

Title: Charting Our Future Together: Translating Discovery Science Into Public Health Impact

Presented by:

Gary H. Gibbons, MD

Director

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Bethesda, MD

February OSP Training Sessions – New: Final NIH Closeout Reports

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.

NEW – Final NIH Closeout Reports – At this session, you can learn about the requirements and how to submit Final NIH Closeout Reports.
Prerequisite: NIH Progress Reports
When?  Thursday, February 15 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am 

NIH Progress Reports – At this introductory session, you can learn about the requirements and how to submit NIH Progress Reports.
When?  Wednesday, February 14 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

VA-MOUs - Come learn all about the NIH Veteran’s Administration (VA)-Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This session is an introductory course where you will find out: who needs a VA-MOU and why, how to complete a VA-MOU, when and why you need to update a VA-MOU, and when you should submit a VA-MOU to OSP.
When?  Wednesday, February 14 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Pre-Award Cost Sharing – This session provides an overview of cost sharing as a part of an application for funding, including definitions, types, criteria, related policies and procedures, and FAQs.
When? Thursday, February 8 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Submission Process – This introductory course provides a general overview of the submission process for an industry-sponsored clinical trial.
When? Wednesday, February 7 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

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, February 20 – 11:30 am 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? Wednesday, February 28 – 9:30 am to 11 am
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, February 6 – 11:30 am to 12:30 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, February 6 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

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, February 20 – 10 am to 11:30 am

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?  Monday, February 26 – 11 am to 12:30 pm
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, February 20 – 1 pm to 2:30 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? Monday, February 26 – 12:30 pm to 2 pm

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.

 

Rare Disease Genomics Symposium on March 2nd and 3rd at Bradley Conference Center

Friday March 2nd -Scientific Focus

Saturday March 3rd- Patient and care giver focus

FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

Subject: SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for Up to $52 million in Grants to Treat People Affected by Homelessness and Mental Health Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $52 million in grants under its Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness program. The money will be used to help local service providers offer behavioral health and recovery support services to people experiencing homelessness. Please see https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-18-014 for further information.

 

The Postdoctoral Training Program in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Research, funded by an NIH T32 training grant, has three Postdoctoral training positions open for appointments beginning May 1, 2018. In addition to substantial research opportunities, this program provides intensive educational, training, and career development experiences. Applicants should have research interests relevant to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (click here: NIAMS Mission), and plan a career in clinical, translational, and basic science research related to rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Research mentors/projects can be chosen from among nearly 100 UAB faculty members in the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Autoimmunity Center (UAB CAMBAC), which includes faculty in UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology). For a list of potential mentors, click here). The CAMBAC mission has six research themes, including: Immunology, autoimmunity and inflammation; Genetics and functional genomics; Bone, cartilage and connective tissues; Experimental therapeutics and biomarkers; Neurobehavioral medicine; and Epidemiology, outcomes and prevention. Training program staff can facilitate matching applicants with an appropriate mentor(s), if necessary. Funding Amount(s): Stipends follow the annual levels set forth by the National Research Service Awards (NRSA), and include health insurance, $1,000 travel funds, and partial support of tuition & fees. Eligibility: Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Comparable doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., Psy.D, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the training appointment is acceptable. Individuals in postgraduate clinical training, who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible. * Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent resident status. Additional information on the Training Program can be found at: (http://www.uab.edu/medicine/rheumatology/t32-rheumatology) and information on the application process can be found here: Information for T32 Applicants. Applications will be reviewed by the T32 Selection Committee and selected applicants will be invited to interview with the committee prior to final selection of trainees. Application Due Date: 2/26/2018 at 11:59 PM Earliest Appointment Start Date: 5/1/2018 Contact Information: Carol A. Ballinger, PhD | Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Administrative Director | Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center Shelby Building 172G | 1825 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294-2182 carolballinger@uabmc.edu | Phone 205-934-0964

The Predoctoral Training Program in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Research, funded by an NIH T32 training grant, has three predoctoral training positions open for appointments beginning May 1, 2018. In addition to substantial research opportunities, this program provides intensive educational, training, and career development experiences. Eligible candidates are those who have received a baccalaureate degree and will pursue a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree. Applicants should have research interests relevant to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and plan a career in clinical, translational, and basic science research related to rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Research mentors/projects can be chosen from among nearly 100 UAB faculty members in the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Autoimmunity Center (UAB CAMBAC), which includes faculty in UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology). For a list of potential mentors, click here). The CAMBAC mission has six research themes, including: Immunology, autoimmunity and inflammation; Genetics and functional genomics; Bone, cartilage and connective tissues; Experimental therapeutics and biomarkers; Neurobehavioral medicine; and Epidemiology, outcomes and prevention. Training program staff can facilitate matching applicants with an appropriate mentor(s), if necessary. Funding Amount(s): Stipends follow the annual levels set forth by the National Research Service Awards, and include health insurance, $1,000 travel funds, and partial support of tuition & fees. Eligibility: Predoctoral trainees must have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their NRSA appointment, and must be enrolled in a program leading to a Ph.D. in science or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Health professional students who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible. * Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent resident status.

Applications will be reviewed by the T32 Selection Committee and selected applicants will be invited to interview with the committee prior to final selection of trainees.

Application Due Date: 2/26/2018 at 11:59 PM

Earliest Appointment Start Date: 5/1/2018

Contact Information: Carol A. Ballinger, PhD | Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Administrative Director | Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center Shelby Building 172G | 1825 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294-2182 carolballinger@uabmc.edu | Phone 205-934-0964

In collaboration with the UAB Department of Radiology and School of Medicine, the CCTS is requesting pilot study proposals for research projects requiring human imaging on the Highlands 3T, PET/MR, PET/CT, CT, and/or Small Animal Imaging on the 9.4T, MRI, Micro PET/CT, etc. The intent of the Pilot Initiative is to promote pre-clinical and clinical research projects and so acquire data that can be used in publications and extramural grant applications. The Radiology Pilot Research Initiative will provide direct research support to offset expense(s) for pre-clinical and clinical research scan time and/or for the purchase of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals from the Cyclotron Facility.

Flyer -- http://www.uab.edu/ccts/images/Radiology_Pilot_Flyer_Final.pdf

We are pleased to announce the availability of two fellowship positions for post-doctoral (PhD) and clinical (MD) fellows wishing to train in the broad area of heart failure. We seek applicants who are motivated, demonstrate a desire to succeed, and have a long-term commitment to cardiovascular research in an academic environment. This is an ideal opportunity to obtain scientific publications and intellectual development that will lay the foundation for future successful professional development as an independent scientist. UAB's well-established NIH-funded investigators will provide a mentored experience critical to early career development.

Eligibility:

  *   If currently at UAB, candidate must be in good standing with the institution;

  *   No more than 5 years since having received most recent high level degree (i.e., PhD or MD);

  *   US citizens or permanent residents;

  *   Express a long-term plan and expectation to work as an independent investigator in cardiovascular research broadly related to heart failure;

  *   Commit to meet all obligations of the training program (detailed information to be provided at later date).

Application process:

  1. Trainee will either approach a mentor or mentor will ask a trainee about creating a research relationship, or either can seek guidance from Program Directors to be matched with a potentially interested counterpart.
  2. Trainee and Mentor together apply for entry into the program.
  3. Application packet should include:
    • A cover letter signed by both the Trainee and Mentor;
    • A 1 page summary detailing the proposed research;
    • A 1 page summary outlining the Trainee’s short- and long- term research/career goals;
    • Trainee curriculum vitae;
    • Mentor NIH-style biosketch;

Send all of these materials to: meganpickering@uabmc.edu

This is a recently awarded T32, for which funding initiated on April 1, 2017. The timeline is as follows for the second year of funding:

Application Due Date: February 15, 2018

Funding Start Date: April 1, 2018 (preferred start date is April 1st, with last possible start date being July 1st)

Fellowships are for a duration of up to 2 years.  Continuation of funding beyond the first year is contingent upon review of progress.

Women, individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

“UAB is an Equal Education Opportunity Institution”.

The DRC Summer Research Fellowship for Medical Students program awards up to 6 students approximately $3,600 for the minimum 8 weeks of active research; however, for each additional week the student will receive another $450 to a maximum of 12 weeks, over a period of time between June and August each year. 

The training period will include:  a full time summer hands-on research laboratory experience and a seminar program.    August 1-2, 2018, at the end of the fellowship, they will travel to Nashville, TN to present the poster at Vanderbilt University with medical students from other institutions conducting diabetes related research.  Travel expenses for this are paid for as a part of this fellowship. In addition, together with the chosen mentor, each student will be expected to prepare and submit an abstract of their work and subsequently present a poster and/or oral presentation for the UAB Dale J. Benos Medical Student Research Day in October 2018.

The support for this fellowship is made possible by the DRC, a research center grant funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (P30 DK 079626) and the Student Research Training Program  (T32 DK 062710) directed by  W. Timothy Garvey, MD. 

Please contact Dr. Tim Garvey (garveyt@uab.edu) or Eva Gilliam (evamarie@uab.edu; 205-996-7433) with any questions.

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.

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