HBC September 2017 News Bulletin

Monday, October 9, 2017

Looking Ahead...looking ahead

  • looking aheadThe rollout date for the new Oracle Cloud financial system is set for early December.  Two new videos have been posted on the project website, the first one giving an overview of the systems, and the second one indicating the level of impact for each group of employees.  Please take the time (12 minutes) to view these videos.   Updates, town hall presentations, training session schedules, and online documentation will be posted on the project website.  E-mail announcements will also be sent.
  • Please keep in mind that key dates for the implementation of NIH new FORMS-E are as follow:
    • ➢ September 25, 2017: New FORMS-E Application Instructions are now available on the NIH website.
    • ➢ October25, 2017: FORMS-E Application Packages will be available for FOAs with due dates on or after January 25, 2018.
    • ➢ January 25, 2018: First due dates for new FORMS-E Application Packages.

 

KU NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease calls for Pilot Project applications

The KU NIH CoBRE in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease (CBID) has issued a call for Pilot Projects.   These projects must fit with the scientific theme of Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease and make use of at least one of the associated core labs at KU.  Potentially, four projects will be funded at up to $90,000 in direct cost.  They will be for a one-year period with possible renewal for a second year.  A Letter of Intent is due January 2, 2018.   For more information, please consult the announcement.

 

HBC Participant awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)

Joanna Slusky, assistant professor of molecular biosciences, was recently awarded a NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2).  Joanna SluskyThis program’s goal is to support a few exceptionally creative and promising early stage investigators that propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches and is part of the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Slusky and wish her the best with her project.   Information about the High Risk, High Reward Research Program that comprises four different types of awards can be obtained on the NIH website.  Funding opportunities for these awards are released every year in the spring, with applications due in the fall.

 

Important NIH changes concerning research that involves human subjects

If you are conducting or are considering applying for support for research that involves human subjects, please take the time to review some important changes being put forth by the NIH.  You can do so by:

  1. Familiarizing yourself with the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form (part of the new FORMS-E package to be used for grant applications with due dates of January 25 or beyond).  A NIH video gives an overview of these changes.
  2. Answering these four questions about your current or proposed research:
    • Does the study involve human participants?
    • Are the participants prospectively assigned to an intervention?
    • Is the study designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on the participants?
    • Is the effect that will be evaluated a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome?

If the answer to all four questions is yes, then NIH considers your research a clinical trial.  This is crucial in determining if your current research complies with the new NIH policies or if you are choosing the appropriate funding opportunity for future research.

  1. Familiarizing yourself with the NIH policy changes concerning clinical trials.


Grant Submission Deadlines

February 5, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

February 12, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development Awards (K series) – new submissions.

February 16, 2019
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

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, was awarded, by the National Institutes of Health, $434,800 for his project entitled: “Comprehensive molecular and functional analyses of anti-HIV-1 antibody repertoires.” and $416,625 for his project entitled: “Probing antigen specificity and response of autoimmune B cells in Neuromyelitis Optica.”

Anthony Fehr, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $270,000 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Investigating How ADP-ribosylation Impacts Innate Immunity During Coronavirus Infection.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute for his project entitled: “Development of cancer vaccines using dogs as a translational model.”

Christopher Gamblin, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for his project entitled: “Development of Fungal Natural Products as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for her project entitled: “Imaging and Assessment of Emulsion Electrospun Fiber Diameter and Porosity for the Programmable Delivery of Estrogen Receptor Agonists.”

Michael Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $2,143,346 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Identification of CYP5122A1 inhibitors as chemical probes for Leishmania biology.”

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