HBC February 2023 News Bulletin

KUCR Pre-Award Services Team 3

As announced by KUCR, their Pre-Award Services Team 3 will be responsible for assisting Higuchi Biosciences Center investigators with preparing, reviewing, and submitting proposals. The Team leader is Matt Stevens, who was a Post Award Grant Officer at HBC for over four years. Before joining the HBC, Matt was part of the KUCR pre-award team, so he has well rounded experience in both pre- and post-award. Cynthia Beall was HBC’s Program Manager for the COBRE Protein Structure and Function (COBRE-PSF) project for fifteen years before joining KUCR’s pre-award services. She dealt with proposal preparation before joining KUCR. The third member of the team is Stephanie Phan who is an experienced pre-award grant officer. We are confident that this team will provide you with excellent pre-award services.

Matt StevensCynthia BeallStephanie Phan

DOD Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Program Funding Opportunities

The DOD released its funding opportunities information in February. The Pre-Application deadlines for these funding opportunities range from March 28 to May 19, 2023, depending on the program and mechanism. Please make sure to check the deadline for the program and mechanism you are interested in: 

Reminder - J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Call For Proposals

Proposal applications for the 2023 J.R. & Inez Jay Fund are currently being accepted. Prior to submission to HBC, please use KUCR Pre-Award Services (kucrpremgmt@lists.ku.edu) to help with the proposal preparation. When contacting KUCR Pre-Award Services, you must indicate that this proposal is through HBC.

New this year; priority will be given to proposals needing additional data to address weaknesses perceived by reviewers on external grant applications that were scored. When submitting this type of application, take note of the following:

  • The external review summary statement must be provided as an appendix to the Jay application.
  • The application must detail how the external review critique will be addressed.
  • The budget for applications addressing prior external review can be up to $60K. This amount may be divided into smaller amounts for multiple awards, depending on the needs justified in the application and the judgement of the review committee.

To obtain a copy of the proposal packet, contact Nicole Suchy at nsuchy@ku.edu. Please be sure to apply by the April 7, 2023, 5 pm deadline.

NIH Virtual Grants Conference

The Virtual NIH Grants Conference sessions recordings and resources are now available. From now through March 2 you may still register for free and log into the NIH Grants Conference Center to access all event resources (sessions and exhibit hall/booth resources). Beginning March 3, registration and access to the NIH Grants Conference Center will be closed. In addition, the PreCon Events recordings are still available to view for those who were not able to attend these events.

Recent Awards

Jae Young Choi, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, was awarded $13,909 by the KU Center for Genomics for his project entitled: “Recombination rate variation and evolutionary mechanisms of adaptive radiation.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $2,962,239 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “A Resource for the Genetic Dissection of Complex Traits.”

Kristi Neufeld, Frank B. Tyler Professor of Cancer Research, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $25,000 by the Higuchi Biosciences Center for her project entitled: “Identification of tumorigenic APC mutant interacting proteins.”

Robin Orozco, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $9,998 by the KU Center for Genomics for her project entitled: “Pro-autoimmune allele of PTPN22 influences immune cell functions during virus infection.”

Jingxin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $10,000 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled: “Small molecule enhances anti-cancer tumor radiosensitivity via activation of the cGAS-STING pathway.”