HBC January 2018 News Bulletin

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Looking Ahead...looking ahead

  1. Training on New Financial Systems:  Training sessions for OAC (Oracle Analytical Cloud) became available at the beginning of January and will be available until the end of February.  We are encouraging PIs to attend the PI/DDDC Oracle Analytics Cloud Overview to familiarize themselves with the new reporting system.  Please visit the Financial Systems Transformation site to register for training sessions through My Talent. 
  2. Proposal Preparation:  If you are thinking about submitting a proposal, please contact the HBC proposal preparation team (hbcgrant@ku.edu) as soon as possible.  Remember that all proposals have to be initiated through Streamlyne by a proposal specialist, so you need to contact us to start the proposal process.  In addition, because of the new system and changes in procedures, we are requiring that all proposal material be turned in early enough to allow the submission of proposals to the agencies two business days before the due date.  The HBC will not be able to guarantee the timely submission of proposals if documents are turned in later than two business days before the due date.


The New Face of HBC Science Talks

Starting this year, the HBC Science Talks will be incorporated into a new event, the Biomedical Sciences Symposium.   The Biomedical Sciences Symposium was created as a joint effort between the Higuchi Biosciences Center, the NIH-sponsored Chemical Biology Training Program, and the NIH-sponsored Biotechnology Training Program to provide a forum for trainees to present their work as poster or oral presentations and to cover special topics with invited outside speakers.  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.  This all-day event is scheduled for April 12, 2018.  More information will be available soon but in the meantime, please save the date


KU NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) in Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways has issued a call for Research Project applications

The KU NIH CoBRE in Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways (CMADP) has issued a call for Research Projects.  Potentially, three projects will each be funded at up to $125,000 in direct costs for one year and will start May 17, 2018.   A second year renewal may be possible.  For more information, please refer to the announcement.  The Letter of Intent submission deadline is February 12, 2018.


KU NIH CoBRE in Protein Structure and Function has issued a call for Pilot Project applications

The KU NIH CoBRE in Protein Structure and Function (PSF) has issued a call for Pilot Projects.  Potentially, five projects will be funded at up to $50,000 each in direct costs and will start July 1, 2018.  Projects are intended to be completed in one year with no renewal or extensions possible since the NIH funding for the Center ends July 1, 2019.  A Letter of Intent is required by February 19, 2018.   For more information, please consult the announcement.


J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

Applications for the J.R. & Inez Jay Fund are currently being accepted.  The instructions and application form are available on the HBC website.  Please make sure to apply by the April 6, 2018 deadline. 


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stresses the Importance of Timely Grant Closeout

NIH, in its recently issued NIH Guide notice (NOT-OD-18-107), is informing the community that NIH will no longer delay the closeout of awards unless a request for more time, with acceptable justification, is submitted by the recipient prior to closeout deadline.  If this requirement is not met, the NIH will initiate unilateral closeout within the 120-day period following the award end date.  Failing to meet the closeout date may result in NIH taking corrective actions, withholding further awards, suspending or terminating awards, and can adversely affect future funding decisions.  Therefore, please remember that all NIH award recipients are responsible for submitting a final FFR, Final RPPR, and Final Invention Statement and Certification within this time frame.  The reports become overdue the day after the 120 calendar day period ends.

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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