HBC August 2017 News Bulletin

Friday, August 25, 2017

Looking Ahead...looking ahead

  • looking aheadThe rollout date for the new financial system was pushed back to early December.  The main impacts for you will be the replacement of KUPPS by Financials in the Cloud (FITC) for supplies/equipment orders, and the replacement of Budcast (grant reports) by Business Intelligence Cloud Services (BICS).  Updates are regularly posted on the project website.
  • streamlyneThe new proposal preparation system made by Streamlyne will also see a delay in its implementation and is now scheduled for November 20, 2017. Future updates will be posted on the project website. Please know that we will make every effort to keep you informed and help you adjust to this new system.
  • If you missed our June-July news bulletin, please keep in mind that NIH will require the use of the new FORMS-E (see NOT-OD-17-062) for all grant submissions due on or after January 25, 2018.
  • KU has recently updated the Cost Sharing on Sponsored Projects policy.  In addition, a Cost Sharing Guidance document is now available to explain types of cost sharing and all of their aspects.  If you are thinking of using cost share in one of your sponsored projects, please take the time to go through the updated policy and the cost sharing guidance document.
  • In late July and early August, the State of Kansas held webinars to give a first look at the State Employees Health Plans (SEHP) for 2018.   The slides of this webinar as well as the new plan rates are available on the SEHP website.   In addition to plan A and C, three new plans are available this year, so make sure to attend one of the October open enrollment meetings (online or in person) for more information.  Employees must enroll during the October open enrollment process.  Those who neglect to do so will have their health plan default to Plan N with their current medical carrier and a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) for employer’s contributions.  However, employees that have waived coverage will remain waived.

 

HBC Participant awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R35 Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA)

Ryan Altman, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, was recently awarded one of the prestigiousRyan Altman MIRA grants offered by the NIH.  MIRA’s goal is to provide investigators with better financial stability and greater flexibility for their research, which in turn is believed to enhance scientific productivity and chances for breakthroughs.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Altman and wish him the best with his project.  Early Stage Investigators will have an opportunity to apply for a MIRA grant by the October 3, 2017, deadline.  The next deadline for Established Investigators is January 17, 2018.  More information on MIRA grants is available on the NIH website.  If you are planning to apply for a MIRA grant, you may also consider attending the MIRA webinar on September 26, 2017, from 1:00 – 2:45 CDT, which will explain this funding mechanism.

 

Upcoming NIH webinar on Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs)

On Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm CDT, the NIH will host a webinar on Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs).  They will provide information about annual, interim, and final RPPRs and explain the latest policies and process changes.  More information on this webinar as well as the registration link are available on the Extramural Nexus web page.

 

Poster Printing Reminder

LFP PrinterWith the beginning of the school year, we would like to remind everyone that the HBC poster printing capacity is limited, especially during dates of large symposia events.  Please, remember to schedule your printing appointment at least two business days before your poster is needed to avoid a Rush Job that entails a $50 special service fee.  It is best to e-mail us at hbclfp@ku.edu to schedule an appointment as soon as you know when you will need a poster printed.  To obtain more details about our poster submission process and pricing, please go to LFP website page



HBC Sponsored Events

September 28, 2018
Heartland Center for Mitochondria Medicine (HCMM) Symposium
School of Nursing Auditorium, University of Kansas Medical Center

October 12-13, 2018
2018 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR)
School of Pharmacy

November 9-10, 2018
Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID)
SpringHill Suites Lawrence and School of Pharmacy

Grant Submission Deadlines

September 14, 2018
Pre-Application deadline for DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4 (Application Deadline: 12/10/18).

October 3, 2018
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

October 5, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Josephine Chandler, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $25,000 by the KU Medical Center as a mentor for Saida Benomar for her project entitled: “Regulation of antibiotic resistance through antibiotic efflux pumps in the bacterium Chromobacterium violaceum.”

Roberto De Guzman, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $3,225,100 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “University of Kansas/Haskell Indian Nations University IRACDA Project.”

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $543,766 by the Department of Defense for his project entitled: “High-throughput TCR repertoire-based platforms for antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy” and $75,000 by the KU Medical Center for his project entitled: “New technologies to analyze T cell responses to Epstein-Barr virus.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded respectively $11,500 and $30,000 by the KU Medical Center for his projects entitled: “Pharmacokinetic Analysis of a Novel Bioenergetic Medicine Ester” and “Bioenergetic prodrugs for treatment of Alzheimer's.”

Audrey Lamb, Professor, Molecular Biosciences Department, was awarded $40,000 by KU Medical Center for her project entitled: “Opine Metallophores from Bacterial Pathogens.”

Susan Lunte, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Departments, was awarded $30,000 by the KU Medical Center for her project entitled: “Microfluidic Methods for Measurement of Mitochondrial Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $37,500 by the KU Medical Center as a mentor to Elizabeth Everman for the project entitled: “Genetic dissection of variation in copper resistance across multiple life stages in Drosophila melanogaster.”

Wendy Picking, Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, was awarded $427,250 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Development of a broadly protective subunit vaccine against Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”

Xiaoqing (Sarah) Wu, Assistant Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $450,000 by the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for her project entitled: “Chemo-sensitization of triple negative breast cancer by targeting HuR.”

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