HBC January 2019 News Bulletin

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Research Collaboration Tool

A few years ago, HBC created a “Research Key Word” search program for use by HBC researchers.  We then asked our members to provide up to five keywords that described their research program or specialty (e.g. neurobiology or cancer biology) and provide a brief description of their specific research capabilities (e.g. special chromatographic or spectroscopic capabilities) that would help others to identify them as potential collaborators.  The response was good but not all HBC participants responded.   Since then we have also gained new participants. Therefore, at this time, we would like to invite you to submit your information or to update the information you submitted a few years ago.  We also invite you to use the database to search by keyword to identify colleagues with complementary research programs and laboratory capabilities.   As an added benefit, the HBC could also use this database to help forward announcements of targeted funding opportunities to interested parties based on research area or expertise.  The database can be accessed from the HBC homepage “Quick links” to submit your information or search the database.

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 take you to the research capabilities with contact information for the investigator who has provided it.  If you need assistance with entering or viewing data, please contact Nicole Suchy.

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

Applications for the 2019 J.R. & Inez Jay Fund proposal submission are currently being accepted.  The instructions and application form are available on the HBC website.  Two awards not to exceed $30,000 each will be funded this year.  Please be sure to apply by the April 5, 2019, deadline.

 

Biomedical Sciences Symposium

The 2019 Biomedical Sciences Symposium all-day event is scheduled for April 18, 2019.  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.  The keynote speakers for this year are Dr. Adam Cohen from Harvard University and Dr. David Keire from the FDA.   Please save the date

 

CDMRP Funding Opportunity and Strategies for Success

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) will present a webinar series, from Mid-February to early May, on funding opportunities in both research and career development.  On February 11, the first posted webinar, “Funding Opportunities and Strategies for Success,” will provide information on how to find the latest CDMRP funding opportunities, how to navigate a program announcement and how to create a competitive application.  All CDMRP program announcements can be found at the Grants.gov (CFDA #12.420) and CDMRP websites, and at the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP).

 

Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program

The Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program (KNEP) anticipates awarding two grants in the spring of 2019. The first is a Seed Research Initiation (SRI) grant and the second is a Partnership Development Grant (PDG).  Both PDG and SRI proposals are due by noon March 15, 2019.  Investigators are encouraged to read and follow the RFPs closely.

 

NIH Policy Changes

NIH has implemented several policy changes that affect all grant application submissions on or after January 25, 2019.  A summary of these changes is available on the NIH Extramural Nexus website.  Another change, not listed in the summary mentioned above, is related to the NIH’s Rigor and Transparency policy.   The NIH changed the Rigor and Reproducibility webpage to include helpful resources and policy updates.  For applications due on January 25, 2019, the term “rigor of the prior research” will replace “scientific premise” in the Significance section of a majority of research grant applications.   In addition, in the Approach section, applicants will need to provide plans to address weaknesses in the rigor of the prior research.   Additional information can be found in an NIH Open Mike article.



Grant Submission Deadlines

September 18, 2019
AHA deadline for the Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship.

September 25, 2019
NIH Standard deadline for all Program Project Grants and Center Grants (P series) – new, renewals, resubmissions and revisions.

October 3, 2019
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

Recent Awards

Josephine Chandler, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $1,840,725 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Quorum sensing evolution and function in mixed bacterial communities.”

Mark Farrell, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Adam Smith, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, were awarded $30,000 by the J.R. & Inez W. Jay Fund for their project entitled: “Sugar coated vaccines for the treatment of opioid use disorder.”

Audrey Lamb, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $400,000 by the National Science Foundation for her project entitled: “Collaborative Research: The Chemistry of Riboflavin Biosynthesis.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $122,836 by the National Institutes of Health as mentor to Elizabeth Everman for the project entitled: “Genetic dissection and characterization of variation in copper resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.”

Eli Michaelis, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $63,551 by KU Medical Center, for his project entitled: “KU ADC Mitochondrial Genomics and Metabolism Core Supplement.”

Mark Richter, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $30,000 by the J.R. & Inez W. Jay Fund for his project entitled: “Continuous monitoring of histamine in the brain.”

 

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