HBC January 2020 News Bulletin

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

 

Susan Wakefield Retired

Susan Wakefield

After many years of service at the Higuchi Biosciences Center, Susan Wakefield retired from her position at HBC, and her last day at work was January 3, 2020.   Invitations for a retirement reception will be sent soon, as time and date are still to be determined.  We wish Susan all the best in her retirement.

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

Applications for the 2020 J.R. & Inez Jay Fund proposal submission are currently being accepted.  The instructions and application form are available on the HBC website.  Two awards not to exceed $30,000 each will be funded this year.  Please be sure to apply by the April 3, 2020, deadline.

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 2020

The NSF has issued a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be effective for all proposals submitted or due on or after June 1, 2020.   NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes on February 6 at 2PM EST. Visit the webinar website to register for this event. 

All significant changes to the PAPPG are listed in the PAPPG HTML document (a printable PDF version will be available soon).  For proposals submitted or due before June 1, 2020, please still refer to the 2019 PAPPG.

 

NIH Updates

  • For all NIH grant applications due on or after May 25, 2020, the NIH will require the use of updated instructions and application forms (FORM-F).  A preview of the grant application form changes is already available on the NIH website as well as a clarification on how these changes will affect fellowship, career development award, and research training grant applications (NOT-OD-20-033).
  • As of January 25, 2020, Open Researcher and Contributor Identifications (ORCID) are required for PD/PIs listed on individual fellowship and career development applications.  Furthermore, the NIH encourages everyone, from graduate students to senior scientists, to register for an ORCID account and link it with their eRA Commons personal profile.  Doing so will streamline application processes and enhance tracking of scientists’ career paths.  To better understand the benefit of registering for an ORCID see the Open Mike blog on this topic.
  • As of January 5, 2020, the NIH changed the salary cap to $197,300.
  • In January 2020, NIH updated its human subjects research decision tool (which helps researchers determine whether their research could be considered human subjects research) to reflect changes in the 2018 Revised Common Rule.

 

Travel expenses – mileage reimbursement

MileageThe Internal Revenue Service and State of Kansas Department of Administration have reduced the rates for mileage reimbursement effective January 1, 2020.  Private automobile mileage is $0.575 per mile for travel occurring on or after January 1, 2020.

 

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation call for proposals

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation issued a call for proposals for a one-time instrumentation grant for “Advanced Light-Sheet Microscopy.”   The Foundation will provide support of up to $1.2 million per site, which can be used for instrumentation, support of collaborations within the research teams, and research program costs.  The pre-proposal submission deadline is March 6, 2020 by 5 pm Pacific/7 pm Central time.   More information can be found on the foundation’s website.



Grant Submission Deadlines

April 8, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Individual National Research Service Awards (including F31 Diversity) – new renewal, resubmission.

April 12, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13 and U13) – renewal, resubmission, revision. 

April 26, 2021
EPSCoR RII Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) N   21-557.

May 17, 2021
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) 19-367.

Recent Awards

Zarko Boskovic, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $7,500 by the University of New Mexico for his project entitled “Benzoylation of proteins with synthetic compounds and its prevention with polyamines.”  He was also awarded $25,000 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled “Benzoylation of histones as a novel therapeutic approach for the treatment of multiple myeloma.”

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $25,000 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled “Improved T Cell Receptor Screening for Rapid Personalized Cancer Treatments.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $416,625 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “Mitochondria targeting for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Berl Oakley, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $437,201 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “Resistance-gene-guided genome mining for novel antifungal compounds.”

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