Research News Digest for Monday, March 12, 2018

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

Research News Digest for Monday, March 12, 2018

AGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

Highlighted Notices:

  • Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2018
    (NOT-OD-18-137) Office of the Director, NIH

For additional notices, please view Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Office of Sponsored Programs has updated its UAB Extramural Support Checklist. The older version of the UAB Extramural Support Checklist is discontinued and will no longer be accepted after April 15, 2018. Please begin using the updated version of the checklist located on the Office of Sponsored Programs Forms webpage. Please also review the updated Extramural Checklist Instructions & Glossary.

The web address for IRAP eReports has been updated to https://irapreports.ad.uab.edu/.  This change was made a few months ago, but visitors to the old address were automatically redirected to the new address.  The redirect will be deactivated the weekend of March 23rd.  If you have the web address for IRAP eReports saved anywhere on your computer (bookmarks, desktop, browser, etc.) please make sure that you update to the correct link.  Links to IRAP eReports from within IRAP and the various Research Administration websites have been updated.  If you have any questions about IRAP or IRAP eReports, please contact the IRAP Office at IRAP@uab.edu or 5-IRAP (4727).

AAALAC International Site Visit

March 26-30, 2018

What is AAALAC?

The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALACI) is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. The AAALAC International accreditation program evaluates organizations that use animals in research, teaching or testing. Those that meet or exceed AAALAC standards are awarded accreditation.

Why is accreditation and the site visit important?

- Accreditation demonstrates excellence in the Animal Care and Use Program and impacts your funding!

- Accreditation ensures the highest quality of care for animals in our program.

- Accreditation is looked upon favorably by regulatory agencies and other institutions.

- Accreditation is required by some funding sources/sponsors in order to receive grants.

What to expect during the inspection?

- A team of site visitors from similar institutions or with specific subject matter expertise will be visiting campus and inspecting UAB's animal use program for one week.

- Areas of interest include housing and procedure space visits, protocol and record review and compliance, assessment of SOPs and staff training, general practices and procedures as compared to accepted research and veterinary practice.

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.   

EVENTS

Friday, March 23, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (CDT) Lister Hill Library, room G17 1700 University Blvd Birmingham, AL 35294 Speakers: David Redden, PhD Co-Director, CCTS BERD Vice Chair, Dept. of Biostatistics UAB School of Public Health Dorothy Ogdon, MSIS Assistant Professor Reference Librarian Liaison to the School of Dentistry The first hour of the session will be didactic with the second hour being a practicum. Computers will be provided, so you do not need to bring a laptop. Learning Objectives: What is metadata? How to build a metadata file. Why metadata is essential to reproducibility. This is session number 2. If you attend all 3 sessions, you will receive a certificate of completion. You can attend this workshop even if you did not attend the previous workshops. Session number 3 is offered April 20 on version control. Registration requested. walk-ins are welcome but bring a laptop, we can’t guarantee a computer station!

Embryonic Consequences of Abnormal Folate Transport

 by

Richard Finnell, MD PhD 

Professor

Case Western University

Houston, TX

Friday March 16, 2018

12:00 - 1:00pm

Finley Conference Center

March OSP Training Sessions – Newest: New OSP Subaward Request Form and OSP Subaward Box

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 OSP Subaward Request Form and OSP Subaward Box – At this session, you can learn about the new request form and subaward box that streamlines this process.
When?  Wednesday, March 21 – 10:30 am to 11:30 pm

NIH Progress Reports – At this introductory session, you can learn about the requirements and how to submit NIH Progress Reports.
When?  Tuesday, March 20 – 9:30 am to 10:30 am

NIH Final Closeout Reports – At this session, you can learn about the requirements and how to submit NIH Final Closeout Reports.
When?  Tuesday, March 20 – 10:30 am to 11:30 pm
Prerequisite
: NIH Progress Reports

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?  Thursday, March 15 – 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? Tuesday, March 13 – 10:30 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? Tuesday, March 13 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

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, March 13 – 9:00 am to 10:30 am

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? Monday, March 26 – 9:00 am to 10:30 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, March 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, March 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?  Wednesday, March 14 – 9:00 am to 10:30 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, March 26 – 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? Wednesday, March 14 – 10:30 am to 12 noon
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, March 26 – 12 noon to 1:30 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.

The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) 2018 Symposium will be held on Thursday April 26, 2018 at the Hill Student Center Ballroom from 8 am - 1 pm 

  • If you are planning to attend to (all or part) of our Symposium please register at:

http://www.uab.edu/medicine/aging/symposium

  • I you are planning to submit an abstract the deadline is March 23rd 2018.

http://www.uab.edu/medicine/aging/comprehensive-center-for-healthy-aging-symposium/submit-abstract

The key note speaker for this year’s symposium is Dr. Victor Thannickal — Professor and Vice Chair for Research, UAB Department of Medicine.

We will have Abstract and Poster competitions and awards. The three top Abstracts will receive an award and will be invited to do a 15 minute Oral Presentation during the Symposium. Abstract submissions from researchers in any topic related to aging are welcome!

The three top Poster presentations will also receive an award — Graduate students, postdocs, residents, and early stage faculty are especially encouraged to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact our Symposium Coordinator — Amy Dean at asdean@uabmc.edu

 

The 13th Annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium  held Monday, March 19, 2018 will highlight the work of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and community investigators in basic science, clinical, behavioral, social sciences research and community-based research related to health disparities. 

This year, the symposium takes an in-depth look at the Global Perspectives of Social Determinants of Health with insights from plenary speakers, a panel discussion on the topic, preceded by a scientific poster competition, and oral research presentations.

The plenary speakers hail from the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD), an innovative partnership which brings together local government, academia, and local communities to help improve the health and wellbeing of the residents of Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire, England. 

The event takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Hotel and is free of charge. 

Register at https://www.uab.edu/medicine/mhrc/research/research-symposium

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!

FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

NIH-funded training grant fellowships are available for research training in the areas broadly related to kidney diseases. Trainees will pursue a one to two-year research program in the laboratory of an established basic or clinical research scientist, supplemented with training in advanced biostatistics and bioethics courses.

Trainees will be required to carry out an independent research project in the laboratory of a faculty mentor - a basic scientist or clinician investigator experienced in kidney disease-related research at UAB. Current areas of research interest include renal transport physiology, acute and chronic kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, cell and developmental biology pertaining to the kidney, polycystic kidney disease, hypertension, glomerular diseases, dialysis-related vascular access, basic and clinical research in transplantation and outcomes/epidemiology research.

Selection of trainees is based on the demonstrated ability of the candidate and his/her career choice and potential for an academic career. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and have completed their MD or PhD. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a CV, mentor statement and biosketch, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement detailing their career interests. Please submit all documents as a single PDF file via email to Kelly Andringa, Program Manager in the Division of Nephrology, e-mail address: kellyandringa@uabmc.edu

UAB is an equal opportunity employer and applications from qualified under-represented minorities and women are strongly encouraged.

SUPPORT:   Includes stipend, benefits, tuition, travel funds, and appointment in the School of Medicine as a Post-Doctoral Scholar.

For questions – Contact:

Kelly Andringa, PhD, MBA

Program Manager

Division of Nephrology, UAB

Phone: (205) 975-4812

E-mail address: kellyandringa@uabmc.edu

OR

Anupam Agarwal, MD

E-mail address: aagarwal@uabmc.edu

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 5:00PM

NIH-funded training grant predoctoral fellowships are available for research training in the areas of basic, clinical, translational and epidemiological investigation in renal disease. Trainees will pursue two-years of research in the laboratory of an established research scientist, under direction of the graduate theme and faculty mentor.

Trainees will be required to carry out an independent research project in the laboratory of a faculty mentor - a basic scientist or clinician investigator or epidemiological investigator experienced in kidney disease-related research at UAB. Current areas of research interest include kidney and kidney-related physiology and pathophysiology research; epidemiology, outcomes and prevention; experimental therapeutics and biomarkers; genetics and functional genomics; and mediators of kidney disease.

Selection of trainees is based on the demonstrated ability of the candidate and his/her career choice and potential for an academic career. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their NRSA appointment as well as being enrolled in a research PhD program at UAB.

Interested applicants are required to submit
1) Recommendation letters from their graduate program director and their research mentor (letters should include approval for the student to apply, acknowledgement that the trainee will meet the program requirements and that the student is in good academic standing as well as descriptions of the training and environment).
2) A description of the planned research project, career goals and why this training program will be beneficial (written by the trainee, max of 5 pages with Specific Aims in NIH format)
3) Mentor Biosketch and Other Support
4) Trainee CV and current UAB GPA.

Please submit all documents in a single PDF (support letters can be separately emailed) via email to Kelly Andringa, Program Manager in the Division of Nephrology, e-mail address: kellyandringa@uabmc.edu

UAB is an equal opportunity employer and applications from qualified under-represented minorities and women are strongly encouraged.

SUPPORT: Includes stipend that follows with NRSA levels, health insurance, partial tuition and fees, $1000 in travel funds.


For questions – Contact:
Kelly Andringa, PhD, MBA
Phone: (205) 975-4812
E-mail address: kellyandringa@uabmc.edu
OR
Jennifer Pollock, PhD
Phone: 205-975-7525
E-mail address: jenniferpollock@uabmc.edu
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 2, 2018 @ 5:00PM

UAB's Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) will fund at least 4 nutrition-related P/F studies at up to $35,000/year. A second year of funding is possible through a competitive renewal process. (Renewal applications will be considered from investigators currently funded by the NORC P/F program. These applications should show substantial progress in the aims of the original application and propose important new aims that further enhance the prospect of extramural funding. Those seeking a second year of funding should apply with the regular P&F procedure with a cover letter explaining the need for more funding.)

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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