HBC April-May 2021 News Bulletin

Thursday, April 29, 2021


Upcoming Higuchi Biosciences Center Research Seminar

As part of the HBC seminar series, Dr. Scott Lovell,  Director of the Protein Structure and X-ray Crystallography Laboratory, along with Dr. Philip Gao, Director of the Protein Production Group, will be showcasing their laboratories on  May 6, 2021, at 10 am.  This is a great opportunity to find out about the laboratories and the services they offer.  Please complete the HBC Seminar Registration to get the Zoom Meeting information.

Scott Lovell Philip Gao


HBC Research Seminar Recordings

For those who were unable to attend the March 2021 HBC seminar and the October 2020 seminar, please note that the recordings for both seminars are available on the HBC Research Seminars webpage under the “Past Seminars” tab.


Reminder - Inaugural Lecture of the Brenda Shivers Lecture Series

Eugenia TrushinaThe Higuchi Biosciences Center will be hosting the inaugural lecture of the Brenda Shivers Lecture Series, via zoom. The invited speaker is  Dr. Eugenia Trushina, professor of neurology and pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic.  The presentation will be on May 14, 2021, at 10:00 am and is titled: “Exploiting mitochondrial signaling for therapy of neurodegenerative diseases.”  Please complete the Brenda Shivers Lecture Registration to get the Zoom meeting information.  The biography and abstract are available on the website.


J.R. & Inez Jay Fund and Equipment Competition Award

We would like to thank everyone who submitted for consideration a J.R. & Inez Jay Fund proposal application or an Equipment Purchase Request (EPR).  We received seven J.R. and Inez Jay proposals and five EPRs.   The award recipients will be notified in late May and an article announcing the awardees will be published in KU today in June.


NSF Virtual Grant Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold  the Spring 2021 Virtual Grants Conference during the week of June 7-11, 2021.  Registration for this event will open on May 5, 2021, at 12 pm EST.  The NSF anticipates that sessions will fill quickly, and recommends to register as soon as possible.


NIH Updates

  • On August 17, 2021, Microsoft will discontinue its support of Internet Explorer (IE) 11.  Due to security concerns, NIH is phasing out the use of IE for all eRA systems.   IE will no longer be a viable option to access the eRA systems by July 19, 2021.
  • For any grant due on or after January 25, 2022, Senior or Key Personnel will need to have a valid eRA Commons username (Commons ID).  This ID will be required to fill the credential field of the Research and Related Senior/Key Person Profile form.  As of April 21, 2021, applicants will receive a warning if a valid eRA Commons username is not provided for Senior/Key Personnel for any submissions due dates on or after May 25, 2021.


Have a great summer!

The next HBC News Bulletin edition will not be published until late July.   Therefore, the HBC staff would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a great summer!

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Grant Submission Deadlines

September 7, 2021
NIH deadline for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program – new, renewals, resubmissions and revisions..

September 14 & 15, 2021
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship & AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship

September 21, 2021
AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards

September 25, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for R13, U13 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

October 4, 2021
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators

October 5, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Scott Hefty, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $11,348,856 by the National Institutes of Health  for his COBRE project entitled: “Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $39,405 by The University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled: “A Drosophila Resource for the Genetic Analysis of Complex Traits.”


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