HBC March 2017 News Bulletin

Monday, March 20, 2017

Looking ahead…looking ahead

Two NIH Regional Seminars coming up in 2017: 

The NIH will hold two regional seminars during 2017.  The first one in New Orleans, LA (May 3-5) and the second one in Baltimore, MD (October 25-27).  If you are wondering why you should attend, here are the top five reasons given by NIH.

 

STEM day for Girls

The HBC recently received and accepted a request to sponsor a “STEM day” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for a diverse group of middle and high school girls that will allow them to visit KU to see the diversity of KU’s graduate students’ research body and be exposed to the role of women in science.  It will be held on April 6, 2017.  We want to take this opportunity to reiterate that the HBC strongly supports increasing opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines. 

 

HBC Science Talks

This year’s HBC Science Talks symposium held on February 17th was successful and attended by over seventy people.  The three guest speakers, Nancy Muma, Frank Schoenen, and Christian J. Ray gave very informative and interesting lectures.  We thank them for sharing their time and expertise.  

Thirty-three posters covering five thematic research areas and an “enabling technologies” area were presented during the poster session.  We are grateful to all who participated in sharing their research.  Abstracts from all oral and poster presentations, as well as some pictures of the event, can be found on the HBC website.

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

This is a reminder that the application deadline for submitting proposals for the J.R. & Inez Jay Fund is fast approaching.  Please go to the HBC website to download the instructions and application forms and make sure to apply by the April 7th deadline.

 

HBC Pre-Awards – What You Need to Know (Part 2)

Proposal preparation Process:

As stated in our previous news bulletin, the HBC asks that investigators notify Pre-Award Services  of their intent to submit a proposal at least four (4) working weeks prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  That period is requested to allow Pre-Award specialists to maintain a high quality of service and give them time to provide the following:

  • Analyze the solicitation.
  • Provide assistance with on-line registrations and electronic proposal submissions.
  • Complete the representations and certifications if applicable.
  • Coordinate the proposal process:
    • Provide a timeline for documents needing to be sent to Pre-Award Services to ensure timely submission.
    • Work with the PI to prepare the budget, whether it is simple or complex.
    • Check conflict of interest(s) and issue a financial conflict of interest report if applicable.
    • Contact the subaward recipient(s)/institution(s) if applicable, and work with them to obtain the appropriate documents.
    • Review all documents for formatting and compliance with agency guidelines.
    • Ensure commitment letters are obtained for services or support if applicable.
    • Prepare the agencies’ application forms and assemble the proposal.
    • Implement the review and signature process.
  • Conduct a 2nd level internal review (done at least 24hrs before deadline).
    • Review for compliance with federal, state, university, and sponsor guidelines.
    • Review the solicitation.
    • Review budgets and budget justifications for accuracy.
    • Review application and ascertain that all required documents are included according to agency guidelines.
    • Ensure subcontract documents have been received if applicable.
    • Review commitment letters.
    • Provide the institutional signature.
  • Submit the proposal.

If proposal files are not submitted early enough to allow time for the processing period, the proposal may not receive a thorough review.  Our goal is to present a solid research plan and not have any administrative errors that may cause the proposal to be rejected.



Grant Submission Deadlines

August 12, 2018
NIH standard deadline for R13, U13 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

August 28, 2018
DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) – Horizon Award Letter of Intent (Application deadline: September 26).

Recent Awards

David Davido, Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences Department, was awarded $189,375 by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for his project entitled: “Identification of novel HSV-1 ICP0 E3 ligase targets by mass spectrometry in neurons.”

Audrey Lamb, Professor, Molecular Biosciences Department, was awarded $53,688 by the American Heart Association as a mentor for Jeff McFarlane’s project entitled: “Staphylopine Biosynthesis as an Antimicrobial Target in Staphylococcus aureus Infective Endocarditis.”

Scott Lovell, Director, COBRE PSF Protein Structure Core Laboratory, was awarded $64,372 by Kansas State University for his project entitled: “Small Molecule Protease Inhibitors against MERS-CoV” and also $57,501 by Louisiana State University for his project entitled: “Chemical Tools for Perturbing Iron Homeostasis in P. aeruginosa.”

Wendy Picking, Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, was awarded $5,877,170 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Vaccines to counter emerging antibiotic resistance.”

David Volkin, Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, was awarded $3,272,927 by the Gates Foundation Fund for his project entitled: “HPV Preservatives Grant.”

Shi Du Yan, Distinguished Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology Department, was awarded $2,842,115 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Pink1 amyloid pathology, and mitochondrial quality control in Alzheimer's Disease” and also $47,644 by Mitokinin Inc., for her project entitled: “Effect of Mitokinin (MTK-115) on Aβ and tau phosphorylation  and mitochondrial function in vitro cultured neurons.”

Yong Zeng, Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, was awarded a supplement of $62,875 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Integrated exosomes profiling for minimally invasive diagnosis and monitoring of cancer.”

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