HBC August 2016 News Bulletin

Monday, August 22, 2016


Research Collaboration Tool

A little over a year ago we created a “Research Key Word” search program for use by HBC researchers.  collaborationWe then asked our members to use an electronic form to provide up to five keywords that described their research programs and to provide a brief description of their specific research capabilities (e.g. special chromatographic or spectroscopic capabilities) that would allow others to identify them as potential collaborators.  The response was good although I know we have enough researchers to make the searchable database larger and of better use to our biomedical research community.  Thus, at this time I would invite our HBC researchers to submit their information, if they have not done so earlier, and to search the database by keyword to identify colleagues with complementary research programs and laboratory capabilities.  The database can be accessed from here or from the HBC homepage “Quick links” to submit your information or search the database.

We also hope that this database will help the HBC to identify potential consortia within and across disciplines that could collectively generate a synergy that is competitive for acquiring external research support.  It is our hope to eventually share this database with researchers at the KU Medical Center and possibly with other researchers across the state to strengthen biomedical research programs across Kansas.  Below is a sample of a search using the term “pathogenesis”, which should give you a feel for what kind of information is provided.  When at this screen, the View Details link will then take you to the research capabilities and contact information the investigator has provided.


Effort Reporting

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OBM), as stipulated in Circular A-21 Section J.10, requires that recipients of federal funding must periodically certify the accuracy of the effort spent by faculty and staff on sponsored projects.  In addition, the University requires that this be done for all sponsored projects regardless of the funding source.  Effort certification now must be done electronically through the electronic effort certification system (ecrt) by logging into ecrt using your KU online ID.  The effort of any employee who works on a sponsored project must be certified through this system.  Each PI must certify his/her own effort and the effort of any GRA working on the project.  All other employees who perform work on a project must certify their own individual effort reports, including temporary unclassified employees.   The deadline for the latest effort reporting period is August 31st, 2016.   Please make certain that the effort certification for all personnel on your project has been completed by the deadline as the University will stop submitting grant proposals to agencies, and will also stop executing award agreements and establishing accounts, for PIs who do not ensure that the faculty and staff on their projects have been certified.  More information and resources about effort reporting are available on the University of Kansas Office of Research website.


NIH Proposal Submissions Reminder

We would like to remind everyone submitting a NIH proposal that when citing articles pertinent to the proposed research in the “Bibliography & References Cited” section please, remember that:

  • For all articles authored or co-authored by the applicant, covered under the Public Access Policy and resulting from NIH supported research, the NIH Manuscript Submission reference number or the PubMed Central (PMC) reference number must be included at the end of the citations.  If the PMCID is not yet available because the articles were submitted directly to PMC by the publishing journal, indicate "PMC Journal - In Process."
  • Citations that do not fall under the Public Access Policy but are available to the public in a free online format may include URLs or PubMed ID (PMID) numbers at the end of the citation.


Grant Submission Deadlines

April 12, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13 and U13) – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

April 27, 2018
Pfizer ASPIRE Breast Cancer Research Awards Program.

May 1, 2018
American Society for Microbiology, Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.

May 4, 2018
NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P30). Letter of intent: May 4, 2018 Full application: June 4, 2018

Recent Awards

William Picking, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $261,092 by Anivive LifeSciences, Inc. for his project entitled: “Toward stabilization of Coccidioides delta cps1 as a canine vaccine against Valley Fever.”

Frank Schoenen, Associate Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $101,372 by KU Medical Center for his project entitled: “Capitalizing on p53 loss/mutations in osteosarcoma by novel compounds.”

Shi Fang Yan, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $416,625 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “PINK1 signaling and synaptic mitochondria integrity in AD.”

Research News

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