HBC April-May 2020 News Bulletin

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Equipment Award Competition

The HBC is offering investigators in HBC participating departments a chance to participate in an equipment award competition.  A Beckman Coulter SW 41 Ti Swinging-Bucket Rotor Package will be awarded to one investigator.  In October of 2015, Beckman Coulter offered this rotor to HBC at a third its purchase cost because of a large order.  Since then it has been nearly unused. The current list price for one of these rotors is $32,000.  You can view Technical documentation on the Beckman Coulter website but keep in mind that this particular item was purchased in 2015 and that any improvements made post 2015 will not be applicable to it.  If you are interested in applying please review the application criteria and submit the application form to hbcevents@ku.edu by May 21, 2020, at 5:00 pm. 



J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a J.R. & Inez Jay Fund proposal application for consideration.  We received seven proposals this year.   The award recipients will be announced sometime late May or early June.


HBC Office

Although the on-site HBC office is closed (the HBC stockroom is open as usual), we are still available to assist you.  Our contact information is:

Pre- Award

Donna Burruss



Mickie Gillispie



Angela Loch




Matt Stevens



Sr. Principal Analyst

Nicole Suchy



Research Support Services Manager

André Faucher



Associate Director of Finance and Operations

Paula Hinman



Interim Director

John Stobaugh




NIH Updates

  • Reminder: for all NIH grant applications due on or after May 25, 2020, the NIH will require the use of updated instructions and application forms (FORM-F).  The application guide and forms are available for version F.
  • PIs can now use SciENcv (Science Experts Networks Curriculum Vitae) to create their NIH biosketch.  SciENcv helps users develop a biosketch by automatically extracting information from the NIH eRA Commons and from PubMed and it also formats the biosketch according to the NIH requirements.  This interface can also be used for NSF and IES (Institute of Education Sciences )  grant submissions.  Furthermore, the NSF will require the use of SciENcv for all biosketches and other supports starting June 1, 2020.


Have a great summer!

The next HBC News Bulletin edition will not be published until late July.   Therefore, the HBC staff would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best summer possible under these unusual circumstances.

Grant Submission Deadlines

October 2, 2020
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

October 5, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01)– new submissions.

October 12, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development (K series) – new submissions.

October 16, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Meredith Hartley, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the American Thyroid Association for her project entitled “Thyroid hormone signaling during remyelination.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $50,000 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute for her project entitled: “Deciphering Sex Differences in Adolescent Knee Meniscal Injury and Regeneration” and  $50,000 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for her project entitled: “Promoting Temporomandibular Joint Fibrochondrogenesis through the use of an Estrogen Receptor Alpha Selective Agonist to Treat Osteoarthritis.”

Jingxin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by Bionexus KC for his project entitled “Small Molecule *Oligonucleotide Conjugate for the Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) with Improved Specificity.”

Liang Xu, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $50,000 by the University of Utah Health for his project entitled: “Novel therapeutic strategy for renal fibrosis by targeting RNA-binding protein HuR targeting.”

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