HBC January 2018 News Bulletin

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Looking Ahead...looking ahead

  1. Training on New Financial Systems:  Training sessions for OAC (Oracle Analytical Cloud) became available at the beginning of January and will be available until the end of February.  We are encouraging PIs to attend the PI/DDDC Oracle Analytics Cloud Overview to familiarize themselves with the new reporting system.  Please visit the Financial Systems Transformation site to register for training sessions through My Talent. 
  2. Proposal Preparation:  If you are thinking about submitting a proposal, please contact the HBC proposal preparation team (hbcgrant@ku.edu) as soon as possible.  Remember that all proposals have to be initiated through Streamlyne by a proposal specialist, so you need to contact us to start the proposal process.  In addition, because of the new system and changes in procedures, we are requiring that all proposal material be turned in early enough to allow the submission of proposals to the agencies two business days before the due date.  The HBC will not be able to guarantee the timely submission of proposals if documents are turned in later than two business days before the due date.


The New Face of HBC Science Talks

Starting this year, the HBC Science Talks will be incorporated into a new event, the Biomedical Sciences Symposium.   The Biomedical Sciences Symposium was created as a joint effort between the Higuchi Biosciences Center, the NIH-sponsored Chemical Biology Training Program, and the NIH-sponsored Biotechnology Training Program to provide a forum for trainees to present their work as poster or oral presentations and to cover special topics with invited outside speakers.  HBC Investigators, their students and research staff are invited to attend the speaker presentations, and encouraged to participate in the poster session, including researchers affiliated with the various core facilities in the biomedical sciences.  This all-day event is scheduled for April 12, 2018.  More information will be available soon but in the meantime, please save the date


KU NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) in Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways has issued a call for Research Project applications

The KU NIH CoBRE in Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways (CMADP) has issued a call for Research Projects.  Potentially, three projects will each be funded at up to $125,000 in direct costs for one year and will start May 17, 2018.   A second year renewal may be possible.  For more information, please refer to the announcement.  The Letter of Intent submission deadline is February 12, 2018.


KU NIH CoBRE in Protein Structure and Function has issued a call for Pilot Project applications

The KU NIH CoBRE in Protein Structure and Function (PSF) has issued a call for Pilot Projects.  Potentially, five projects will be funded at up to $50,000 each in direct costs and will start July 1, 2018.  Projects are intended to be completed in one year with no renewal or extensions possible since the NIH funding for the Center ends July 1, 2019.  A Letter of Intent is required by February 19, 2018.   For more information, please consult the announcement.


J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

Applications for the J.R. & Inez Jay Fund are currently being accepted.  The instructions and application form are available on the HBC website.  Please make sure to apply by the April 6, 2018 deadline. 


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stresses the Importance of Timely Grant Closeout

NIH, in its recently issued NIH Guide notice (NOT-OD-18-107), is informing the community that NIH will no longer delay the closeout of awards unless a request for more time, with acceptable justification, is submitted by the recipient prior to closeout deadline.  If this requirement is not met, the NIH will initiate unilateral closeout within the 120-day period following the award end date.  Failing to meet the closeout date may result in NIH taking corrective actions, withholding further awards, suspending or terminating awards, and can adversely affect future funding decisions.  Therefore, please remember that all NIH award recipients are responsible for submitting a final FFR, Final RPPR, and Final Invention Statement and Certification within this time frame.  The reports become overdue the day after the 120 calendar day period ends.

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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