Research News Digest for Monday, April 16, 2018

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Monday, April 16, 2018

Research News Digest for Monday, April 16, 2018

AGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently released Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) funding opportunities for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP) and Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) being managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program

Therapeutic Idea Award

Therapeutic Development Award

Ovarian Cancer Research Program

Clinical Development Award

Omics Consortium Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Ovarian Cancer Academy Award – Early Career Investigator

Pilot Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website (http://www.grants.gov), the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtml) and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org).

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both pre-application submission and full application submission.  All pre-applications must be submitted through eBRAP (https://eBRAP.org/).  Full applications from extramural organizations (non-DoD organizations) must be submitted through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/).  Intramural DoD organizations may submit full applications to either eBRAP or Grants.gov.  Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.  For detailed information on the submission process, refer to Section II.D. of the Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance.  A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the Grants.gov application submissions associated with them.  eBRAP will validate Grants.gov application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

To: Principal Investigators, Deans, Directors, and Administrators

From:        Christopher S. Brown, PhD

                Vice President for Research

                Allen Bolton, Jr., MPH, MBA

                Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration

Re: Elimination of the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Offset Form

Date:         March 28, 2018

Effective April 16, 2018, UAB is eliminating the F&A Offset Form.  In its place, the Cost Sharing Commitment Form should be used.  This step clarifies the sources and amounts of proposed cost-sharing/matching and reinforces the importance of the recovery of F&A costs on extramural funding.

  • Consistent with University policy, full recovery of F&A costs (aka indirects) is expected on all grants and contracts. 
  • UAB faculty and staff are directed to develop sponsored project budgets using the appropriate F&A reimbursement rate. 
  • For industry sponsored projects, a total cost model is recommended. Please contact your OSP officer for a budget template.

F&A reimbursements, built into the University budget, cover such expenses as libraries, physical plant operation and maintenance, utility costs, general, departmental, units/school and sponsored projects’ administrative expenses, and depreciation for buildings and equipment.  The F&A costs recovered on grants and contracts allow the institution to maintain and operate the campus. It is the obligation of all faculty seeking extramural support to bring in grant funding along with the attendant F&A costs.

UAB’s F&A cost reimbursement rate is driven by its negotiated rate agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

All sponsored projects are subject to federal and other audits. Account setup, billing and other post-award financial activities are managed by UAB’s Grants and Contracts Accounting (GCA) department.

cc:          Melinda Cotten, Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs

                Stephanie Mullins, CPA, Chief Financial Officer and Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs

This is a link to the Memo regarding the Elimination of the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Offset Form

OSP Reduces Administrative Burden - Changes to the Data Use Agreement Process

Consistent with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) commitment to streamline research administration processes, OSP is introducing a new method for proposing and requesting Data Use Agreements (DUA).  This effort cuts the OSP required departmental forms from two forms to one formThe goal of this change is to reduce administrative burden for faculty and staff and also shorten the time for implementation of the DUA. 

Effective 3/22/18 (although you can continue the current process until April 30, 2018), all DUA submissions will only need the following form.

To expedite the review and signature process, the following documents should be part of the complete submission package:

  • If providing data (“Provider”), then a project description that details the work to be done by the Recipient.
  • If receiving data (“Receiver”), then a project description that details the work that will be done by the UAB.
  • If you are both providing data and receiving data, then a project description that details the work to be done by both parties.
  • Any DUA template or other documentation associated with the exchange of data.

OSP has also implemented an initial review of all DUA submissions to make sure it has been submitted correctly and that it is assigned to the correct OSP officer.

This will be the one of the 2018 enhancements to make your interactions with OSP a positive experience.  Please contact askosp@uab.edu with questions or concerns.

Key Term:  A Data Use Agreement (DUA) is a legal contract used to facilitate the transfer of nonpublic or otherwise restricted data that has been developed by UAB or another entity such as another academic institution, nonprofit, government, or private industry. Please see our DUA Webpage for specific guidance and an easy to follow decision tree.

The University Compliance Office is pleased to announce publication of the Winter 2018 edition its quarterly newsletter, Compliance 411. In this issue, key topics are records management, the University's risk mitigation process, UAB's taskforce on visiting international scholars and scientists, new Single IRB sponsor requirements, sponsored research enforcement areas, policy governance, and RCR training for undergraduates.

We welcome suggestions and feedback from the UAB community.  Please e-mail compliance@uab.edu to contact us.

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.

EVENTS

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.

BIOKDD is a prestigious workshop on Bioinformatics, which has been held in conjunction with SIGKDD (the #1 venue for data mining publications) for 16 years. BIOKDD 2018 will be held in London, UK on August 20, 2018, and the workshop website is http://home.biokdd.org/biokdd18/

This year’s BIOKDD 2018 workshop embraces SIGKDD 2018’s Data Science for Health day theme, and broadens our CFP topics beyond conventional Bioinformatics ones, to include other biomedical research such as clinical data analytics.

In addition to the regular paper track where quality papers accepted will be published in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB), we also invite KDD researchers to submit (1) abstracts on preliminary work, and (2) published work with exceptionally high practical significance, to introduce their research in the workshop.

These new tracks are perfect opportunities for KDD researchers and SIGKDD attendants to broaden their research’s impact without interfering their plans to publish the full research to other venues.

This symposium - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm -will focus on energetics and aging research. The goal  is to create a forum for scientists working on the basic biology of aging in the southeast region to exchange ideas and foster collaborations. Registration is free and open to all- link to website

 ATTIS ‘18 will offer UAB faculty, postdoc trainees, and graduate students an opportunity to learn about latest informatics research and applications in biomedical sciences at UAB.  Speakers will present novel ideas on current and emerging topics related to translational bioinformatics, biocomputing, clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, and precision medicine applications in disease and consumer health.

Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series

"Genomics of Cachexia in COPD"

Presented by

Merry-Lynn McDonald, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Friday, April 20, 2018

12:00 - 1:00pm

Finley Conference Center

The 9th Annual Diabetes Research Day is scheduled for May 1st at the Doubletree by Hilton. 

Register at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-diabetes-researchdaytickets-42753852925

Abstracts are due April 9, 2018.  Please email them to tdgrimes1@uabmc.edu.

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?  Tuesday, 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.

The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) would like to invite you to its annual symposium. The 2018 Symposium will be held on Thursday April 26th 2018 at the Hill Student Center (8 am – 1 pm).

This is a research oriented event open to all UAB and community participants interested in any aspect of aging research, from basic science, to clinical and community outreach initiatives.

ABSTRACT AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED!

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 question, lease do not hesitate to contact our Symposium Coordinator — Amy S. Dean ( asdean@uabmc.edu

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

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.

UAB's Obesity and Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC) (2U54MD000502) invites applications for pilot feasibility studies that focus on any area of research related to obesity-related health disparities.

Number of Awards: Up to three (3) projects will be funded.

Award Budget: Awards will be up to $50,000 for the entire duration of the project.

Award Period: The award project period is one (1) year. Eligibility: NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators (Instructor, Assistant, and Associate Professors, as well as UAB-designated Research Scientists and post-doctoral fellows) or senior investigators who are new to obesity and health disparities research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are eligible to apply.

Letter of Intent Due: April 19, 2018

Applications Due: June 1, 2018 (Only those who have already received notice of approved Letter of Intent may submit a full application.) 

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.

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

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