Research News Digest for Monday, June 11, 2018

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Monday, June 11, 2018

Research News Digest for Monday, June 11, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Office of the IRB (OIRB) has received some feedback from our research community and would like to provide some updates on two IRAP processes: (1) flagging submissions that require "Just in time" review and (2) identifying the IRB staff member to whom a submission has been assigned.  We have also made a change to the requirement to have protocol titles be concordant with or include grant titles.

1.  Just-in-Time (JIT) Grant Submissions – The OIRB recognizes the need for investigators to indicate when a protocol is being submitted in support of a JIT grant application.  When submitting a JIT protocol in IRAP, add the words “JUST IN TIME” to the beginning of the protocol title when you enter the title into IRAP.  This does not need to be included on your forms, only the IRAP record itself.  This provides the IRB staff a mechanism to be alerted to the JIT submission when it is received.  The OIRB staff will remove those words from the record in IRAP before issuing approval.
2.  Previously, there was no way for investigators or research staff to identify the OIRB staff reviewer assigned to their submission without contacting the office.  We have opened up the Submissions folder under Management to the protocol staff.  If you navigate to a particular submission, you will now be able to see the General folder, which will list the OIRB staff reviewer (noted as the "Coordinator" in IRAP).
3.  The OIRB has previously required that if a protocol title did not match the grant title, then the grant title needed to be added in parentheses after the protocol title.  With linkages in IRAP directly to OSP awards, the OIRB will no longer have this requirement.  If a protocol title is not concordant with a grant title, we will not require it to be added in parentheses. 

EVENTS

Does your latest discovery have commercial value? Is your science important to those who stand to benefit from it? Would a potential “customer” of your research welcome your technology, protocol, or intervention?

The five-week I-Corps@NCATS Short Course provides biomedical scientists and engineers with a new approach to accelerate the translation of discoveries from the lab to clinical practice. Based on the highly successful NSF I-Corps National Program, the I-Corps@NCATS Short Course is specifically tailored to innovations in life sciences, and is an evidence-based experience that will teach you how to get out of your comfort zone to connect with potential customers.

Participants attend two face-to-face sessions (the kick-off and finale), but will conduct customer discovery during the three weeks in between, checking in virtually during "office hours." 

Kick-Off Day - July 9th at Hill Center, UAB

Finale - August 6th at Hill Center, UAB

Contact Molly Wasko for more information at mwasko@uab.edu

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-corpsncats-regional-short-course-tickets-46027127377

June OSP Training Sessions

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

*New* – Industry-Sponsored Budgeting Template – At this session, you can learn to use the Total Cost Budget Template created for industry-sponsored projects (not clinical trials). This template is expected to be the most commonly used option, which converts the source data (internal budget) to fully burdened cost descriptions (i.e., F&A costs are allocated and reflected in each category to arrive at the research rate).
When? Thursday, June 21 – 11:30 am to 12 noon

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?  Thursday, June 14 – 9:30 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?  Thursday, June 28 – 9:30 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? Thursday, June 14 – 10:30 to 11:30 am
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, June 28 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Prerequisites:
NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process, NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process

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, June 19 – 9:30 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? Wednesday, June 27 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Prerequisite: Grants.gov Workspace Proposal Process

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?  Tuesday, June 19 – 10:30 to 11:30 am

UAB Data Use Agreement (DUA) Checklist - At this session, you can learn about the new UAB DUA Checklist form and the submission process.
When? Thursday, June 21 – 10:30 to 11:30 am

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?  Monday, June 25 – 9:30 to 10:30 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?  Monday, June 25 – 12:30 to 1:30 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? Monday, June 25 – 1:30 to 2:30 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 UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC) is sponsoring a trainee poster session highlighting the work of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and residents.  The session will be held in conjunction with the UAB CCVC 7th Annual Symposium Focus on Heart Failure.  

Deadline for Abstracts:  July 13, 2018 for consideration of oral presentation and the Featheringill Young Investigator Award; August 2, 2018 for acceptance as a poster presentation only.

Eligibility:  Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and residents.

Abstract Guidelines:  Limit abstract to 500 words or less, excluding title and authors.  Presenting author should be listed first.  Abstract format should consist of: Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusions/Broader Impacts, and Acknowledgements.  Include author affiliations.  References not required. Figures and tables allowed.  Use Times New Roman, 12pt font for body; justified, single line spacing, 1 inch side margins, 0.5 inch top and bottom margins.  Submit as a PDF.

Topics can include basic, clinical, translational and population science that are broadly related to cardiovascular disease. Priority for oral presentations will be given to submissions related to heart failure.  All abstracts will be assigned to poster presentations.

Awards will include the Featheringill Young Investigator Award and cash prizes.

Featheringill Young Investigator Award:  The primary authors of the top 3 abstract submissions will be selected to present a poster on September 6th and a 15 minute oral presentation at the symposium on September 7th.  The top presenter will be awarded the Featheringill Young Investigator Award and $300.  The 2nd and 3rd place presenters will be awarded $200 each. Authors selected to present at the symposium will be notified August 2nd, 2018.

Poster Session & Blitz:  The Poster Session will be held the evening of Thursday, September 6th. In addition to the Featheringill Young Investigator Presentations, there will be a Poster “Blitz” presentation session available for up to 10 trainees who desire to participate in this session. Presentations will consist of 1 slide for 2 minutes. This will occur Thursday, September 6th from 4:10-4:40 pm. Poster evaluations will begin promptly at 4:45 pm.

For more information please contact Megan Pickering, MBA, MPH, at meganpickering@uabmc.edu.

Registration is required for abstract submission: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/cardiovascularcenter/. 

FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

2018 University of Alabama at Birmingham Nathan Shock Center Pilot/Feasibility Project Awards
Upcoming Deadlines: July 1 and October 1

UAB’s Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging announces the availability of pilot/feasibility (P/F) awards for investigators with a research focused to aging. Funding is awarded four times a year on a competitive basis, with the goal of developing application for extramural funding, such as NIH R01.

Applications should be submitted in pdf format to Drs. Stephen Barnes and John Hartman (sbarnes@uab.edu; jhartman@uab.edu), who are also available to answer any questions about the application process.

More information and application details can be found here and on the UAB Nathan Shock Center Website.
Upcoming deadlines are July 1 and October 1, 2018.

 


For more grant and research opportunities in the biology of aging, visit the new Nathan Shock Centers website here.

The CF Research Center would like to invite eligible candidates to apply for available trainee slots on our CF Foundation Research Development Program Grant, effective 7/1/2018. Attached are details of two research fellowships in cystic fibrosis:

 $12,500 graduate student fellowship

$43,680 Postdoctoral fellowship

The UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine announced a new funding opportunity at the fourth annual 2018 CGM Symposium.

A central goal of the CGM is to develop and support pilot projects that allow biomedical scientists and practitioners to apply genomic technology in ways that serve as a platform for additional sponsored projects and/or clinical services and benefit the broader community. Developed in conjunction with the UAB Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute (PMI), this year’s pilot program will support community-based initiatives in three different areas:

  1. Functional evaluation of human genetic variation
  2. The impact of genetic variation on patients and/or practitioners
  3. Annotation of existing large-scale genomic data

Applicants must submit an outline of their project by June 15.

The INvestigationS In Gout, Hyperuricemia, and comorbidiTies (INSIGHT) Center of Research Translation (CORT) is proud to announce our inaugural Pilot RFA. Please review our full announcement. If you have any questions regarding this RFA please contact Elizabeth Rahn (205-996-6552).

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