HBC August 2021 News Bulletin


2021 Biomedical Sciences Symposium

The 2021 Biomedical Sciences Symposium, tentatively being planned as an in person event,  is scheduled for October 8, 2021.  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.  Online abstract submission will open on September 10, 2021.  The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Jean Patterson, Chair of BSL-4 Task Force at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.  Her presentation is entitled :  "Marmosets as a Model for Human Infections of Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses".  Please save the date

HBC Administered Major Program Renewed

Scott HeftyThe Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease (COBRE CBID) funding has been renewed for the next five years.  Scott Hefty was recently awarded the competitive renewal grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  He will work in association with John Tunge, Professor of the Department of Chemistry, as well as with other researchers from KU and other academic institutions in Kansas.  Together, they will continue to encourage research scientists to conduct research in the chemical biology of infectious disease field.  More information about the project can be found on the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease website.  The HBC staff congratulates all involved in the grant submission process and in their continued research effort!

Reminder - HBC Office Partially Reopened for the Fall

HBC partially reopened its on-site office at the beginning of the fall semester and is having in-person office hours a few days a week.  Core hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays.   To see the schedule of the individual with whom you wish to meet, please check the HBC Staff On-Site Calendar 2021.  If a meeting is needed outside of these core hours, please contact the staff member to schedule an alternate time.

NSF Fall Virtual Conference

The NSF will hold its Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference from Monday, October 4, to Friday, October 8,  2021.  Registration will open Wednesday, September 8, at 12 p.m EST.  The NSF anticipates the sessions will reach capacity very quickly, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded sessions will be available shortly after the event and posted on the NSF website and YouTube page. 

NIH Updates

  • The Fall 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be held November 1-4, 2021. Registration will open soon and is free.
  • As mentioned in the June-July News Bulletin, users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile, ASSIST or Internet-Assisted Review will need to enable two-factor authentication starting September 15, 2021.   However, the NIH updated their timeline and is going to do a phased approach that will depend on two factors:
    • the type of user account
    • a triggering event
    For more information about the adjusted timeline, consult NIH notice NOT-OD-21-172.  For more Information and instructions on how to enable the two factor authentication, consult the eRA website information page.
  • NIH is changing its grants application forms and application guide instructions for proposals with due dates on or after January 25, 2022.  The application guides for the new FORMS-G  will be available by October 25,2021, on the How to Apply - Application Guide page.  For more information consult NIH notice NOT-OD-21-169.
  • NIH is extending through December 31, 2021, the existing COVID flexibilities that permit online training in the responsible conduct of research.  This applies to awards such as research training grants, fellowships, career awards and research education awards. For more information, consult NIH notice NOT-OD-21-152.