Research News Digest for Monday, May 14, 2018

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Monday, May 14, 2018

Research News Digest for Monday, May 14, 2018

AGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

Highlighted Notice(s):

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2018
    (NOT-OD-18-175) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Transition from Inclusion Management System to New Human Subjects System (HSS) as of June 9, 2018
    (NOT-OD-18-179) Office of the Director, NIH

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

UAB Safety Champion Program

UAB is committed to maintaining a Culture of Safety throughout all levels of the university community:  students, staff, faculty, patients and guests.

A Safety Champion embodies the following core values of safety:

Leadership:  Leaders set examples to follow

Responsibility: Every individual is ethically bound to act responsibly for the safety and wellbeing of fellow community members

Accountability:  Every individual is held accountable to safe behavior

Clear Expectations:  Safety expectations are set and communicated with well-defined motivations and goals

Ethics: Making safety choices that do not only satisfy rules and regulations, but  also positively impact society and the environment.

The UAB Safety Champion Program seeks to recognize University members that exemplify these traits.

This is the process for nominating a Safety Champion:

  • A UAB employee or student identifies a faculty or staff member as potential safety champion. 
  • The nominating person writes a brief narrative regarding why they feel the nominee deserves the award of safety champion.  This narrative needs to include answers to the following questions:
    • How does this person show leadership and initiative regarding safety?
    • How does this person promote safety measures?
    • How does this person demonstrate accountability for a safe work environment?
    • How does this person communicate their expectations of a safe workplace?
    • How does this person go beyond the rules to make safe choices?
  • Then the nominator sends the narrative to the Chemical Safety and Environmental  Management Comittee subcommittee for the Culture of Safety for vetting  (ohswebmaster@uab.edu).
  • If accepted for nomination an award certificate is created through the UAB Occupational Health and Safety Department.  The awardee and their  respective dean are notified.  The dean then can celebrate the awardee as they deem appropriate.
  • The award is announced on the UAB OH&S website.

UAB Green Labs is an organization dedicated to reducing energy consumption, water usage, and waste production through behavioral changes and free energy-saving equipment. Labs that participate in UAB Green Labs can participate in Styrofoam recycling, pipette tip box recycling, glove recycling, and possible freezer "trade-up" programs. Aside from these benefits, lab participants are also able to discuss their sustainable lab techniques as part of grant applications to federal agencies such as NIH that are concerned with resource consumption. To get involved, half of the lab members must take the survey below. If you have any questions, email greenlabs@uab.edu.

The program is non-punitive and prioritizes lab safety and research integrity above all other initiatives.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UABGreenLabsProgram

EVENTS

UAB Informatics Institute PowerTalk Colloquia

"Towards the ultimate diagnostics: NGS of immune repertoire"

by

Dr. Jian Han, M.D., Ph.D.,

HudsonAlpha Institute

Friday 5/25/2018 at 10:15am

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

*Refreshments will be provided*

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REGISTRATION & ABSTRACT DEADLINE - MAY 15, 2018

The 7th Annual Southeastern Immunology Symposium will be hosted by The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The inaugural SIS debuted in 2012 at UAB and has since been hosted by Emory, Duke and Vanderbilt, with participants coming primarily from institutions in the southeast (UAB, Emory, Duke, Vanderbilt, St. Jude, UNC, UVA, Virginia Tech and U of Louisville).  This Symposium will provide a forum where the newest developments in basic, translational and clinical immunology will be shared with the goal of fostering increased relationships and collaborations. 

2018 Laboratory Safety Workshop

The  Laboratory Safety Workshop will be held May 23, 2018, 8am-4pm $25 Registration Fee 

This is a a hands-on, interactive course designed to offer principal investigators, laboratory managers, and research laboratory stall a chance to learn and demonstrate key safety procedures associated with successful laboratory operation.

Rally Foundation

Re: Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2018 

Dear Rally Researchers,

Rally is pleased to announce that together, our collective advocating efforts have paid off with the continued inclusion of cancers in children, adolescents and young adults in the Department of Defense $80M Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP).

Research applications will be accepted for cancers that include:

  • children (ages 0-14)
  • adolescents (ages 15-24)
  • young adults (ages 25-39)
  • pediatric brain tumors
  • neuroblastoma

FY18 PRCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in late April/early May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.

Rally will be hosting a webinar to discuss the application process with Dr. Kimbark who oversees the program on Thursday, May 17th at noon. More information to follow.

For more information, please see the CDMRP press release

Rally's press release can be seen here.

April & May OSP Training Sessions

OSP has several training opportunities in April and May. You can register for any of these courses in the UAB Learning System (LMS). Space is limited.

New – UAB Data Use Agreement (DUA) Checklist - At this session, you can learn about the new UAB DUA Checklist form and the submission process.

When? Wednesday, April 18 – 12 noon to 1:00 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?  Wednesday, April 11 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

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?  Wednesday, April 11– 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

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, April 12 – 10:30 to 11:30 am

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, April 17 – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

NIH Progress Reports – At this introductory session, you can learn about the requirements and how to submit NIH Progress Reports.
When?  Tuesday, May 8 – 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, May 8 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Prerequisite
: NIH Progress Reports

OSP Subaward Request Form and OSP Subaward Box – At this session, you can learn about the new subaward request form and subaward box that streamlines this process.
When?  Tuesday, May 15 – 9:30 am to 10:30 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, May 15 – 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 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, April 10 – 9:30 am to 10:30 am
             Thursday, May 10 – 11:30 am to 12:30 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? Tuesday, April 24 – 9:00 am to 10:30 am
             Monday, May 21 – 10:30 am to 12 noon

Prerequisite: Grants.gov Workspace Proposal Process

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 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, April 10 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am
             Thursday, May 10 – 10:30 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?  Tuesday, April 24 – 10:30 am to 12 noon
              Tuesday, May 22 – 9:30 am to 11:00 am

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 gives participants an overview 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, April 10 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
             Thursday, May 17 – 11:00 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? Tuesday, April 24 – 12 noon to 1:30 pm
             Tuesday, May 22 – 11 am to 12:30 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.

FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC) is pleased to announce this RFA to fund one pilot project that focuses on an innovative, high-impact scientific idea in the context of cardiovascular disease research, which is anticipated to be paradigm shifting. This grant is modeled after the American Heart Association’s Innovative Project Award. The successful recipient will initially be awarded $25,000 from the CCVC, but is expected to obtain matching funds from another UAB entity (Division/Department/School/Center). Matching fund commitments should only be secured by those advancing as finalists.

Projects must be novel, unexplored ideas, focusing on new paradigms and new perspectives to change current thinking  about cardiovascular disease. Projects without firm data, but strong scientific rationale, innovation, and approach are highly encouraged.

If funded, the proposed start date of the CCVC Innovations in Cardiovascular Discovery Grant will be October 1, 2018.  It is anticipated that 1 pilot project with a budget not exceeding a total of $50,000 (including matching funds) will be awarded based on merit and availability of funds.  At the one-year review, if the Steering Committee agrees there is substantial progress on the project, up to an additional $12,500 may be awarded for a second year. If an R01 or equivalent grant is funded from the project within three years, an additional $12,500 may also be given. Awardees will be required to provide a six-month interim presentation to the committee on project progress as well as a one-year report on accomplishments.

ELIGIBILITY and EXPECTATIONS

  1. Open to all UAB faculty members at any rank. CCVC Steering Committee members are excluded from applying as PI, but may serve as Co-Investigators.
  2. Projects can be clinical, population, basic science, or a combination. This RFA is specifically soliciting novel, innovative, and high-impact science.
  3. Preference will be given to multi-investigator proposals.
  4. Applications that are extensions of currently funded research will not be considered.
  5. Require IACUC/IRB protocol submission prior to the funding start date (if applicable).
  6. The selected pilot project is expected to lead to the submission of an extramural NIH grant application.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • A one page pre-proposal should be submitted by May 31, 2018 5pm (CT) and should include: title of proposal; names of the PI and applicants; a brief statement of the problem, statement of the hypothesis to be tested, why it is innovative and impactful, and how you will test it. No data or references required. NIH bio-sketch of the principal investigator(s) should also be submitted. 
  • PIs of the most meritorious pre-proposals will be notified by June 20, 2018. Finalists will then be required to submit a three-page proposal (11-point font, 0.5-inch margins, not including face page, references, plan for extramural funding, and budget/budget justification) by July 31st and give a 10-minute presentation to the CCVC review panel on August 14, 2018 at noon.  The full paper and presentation must include, in the following order:
  • Face page with grant title and listing of all investigators and their UAB Departments/Divisions
  • Desired modifications to the initial one-page pre-proposal
  • A detailed description of the approach (up to two pages)
  • References
  • Timeline for proposed studies and plan for extramural funding
  • Biosketches of all investigators (PI and Co-Investigators)
  • Budget and justification, including description of management of the project, along with the source and extent of any matching funds and other available resources.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications must be submitted electronically in a single PDF to Megan Pickering (meganpickering@uabmc.edu) by 5:00pm CT on May 31, 2018 (pre-proposal) and July 31st (finalist papers). Applications must use Arial 11-point font with 0.5 inch margins. Faculty salary, travel or publication costs are not to be included. Post Doc/Technician salary/fringe of 25% or less of the budget will be considered. Applications that are not formatted as described will not be reviewed.

KEY DATES

April 12, 2018: RFA Announcement

May 31, 2018: Pre-proposal deadline

June 20, 2018: Finalists notified and full paper and presentation requested

July 31, 2018: Final paper by finalists deadline

August 14, 2018: Finalist presentations given

October 1, 2018: Funding start date

The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC) is pleased to announce this RFA to fund one pilot project that focuses on an innovative, high-impact scientific idea in the context of cardiovascular disease research, which is anticipated to be paradigm shifting. This grant is modeled after the American Heart Association’s Innovative Project Award. The successful recipient will initially be awarded $25,000 from the CCVC, but is expected to obtain matching funds from another UAB entity (Division/Department/School/Center). Matching fund commitments should only be secured by those advancing as finalists.

Projects must be novel, unexplored ideas, focusing on new paradigms and new perspectives to change current thinking  about cardiovascular disease. Projects without firm data, but strong scientific rationale, innovation, and approach are highly encouraged.

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announces the availability of pre-doctoral (~6) fellowships funded through the NIH T32 grant (T32HL105349) awarded by the Heart, Lung and Blood Disease Institute (NHLBI). The funds from this grant may be used only for US Citizens or permanent residents.

Positions entail working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists. The NORC studies virtually all aspects of obesity ranging from molecular biology to epidemiology. Investigators include molecular biologists, physicians, psychologists, statisticians, physiologists, epidemiologists, and nutritionists.

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