HBC January-February 2021 News Bulletin

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Mark Richter

Mark Richter The HBC staff was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mark  Richter at the end December 2020.  Mark became an assistant professor at the University of Kansas in 1987 and joined the HBC as a participant in 2003.  He later became a member of the Internal Advisory Committee in 2012.  He was a true gentleman who willingly gave his time and provided his thoughts and perspectives to the committee whenever called upon.  He will truly be missed by all of us.


Inaugural Lecture of the Brenda Shivers Lecture Series

Eugenia Trushina Please, save the date!  The Higuchi Biosciences Center will be hosting the inaugural lecture of the Brenda Shivers Lecture Series, via zoom. The invited speaker is  Dr. Eugenia Trushina, professor of neurology and pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic.  The presentation will be on May 14, 2021, at 10:00 am and is titled: “Exploiting mitochondrial signaling for therapy of neurodegenerative diseases.”  More information to come.

The Brenda Shivers Lecture Series at the Higuchi Biosciences Center provides a forum for discussion by leading bioscience and biomedical researchers on cutting-edge topics dealing with neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. This lecture series honors the distinguished career of Brenda Shivers, who received her bachelor's of science and doctorate in physiology from the University of Kansas.


Upcoming Higuchi Biosciences Center Research Seminar

As part of the HBC seminar series, Dr. Anita Saraf,  Director of the Mass Spectrometry & Analytical Proteomics Laboratory, along with Dr. Justin Douglas, Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, will be showcasing their laboratories on  March 30, 2021 at 10 am.  This is a great opportunity to find out about the laboratories and the services they offer.  More information about the event will be available soon.  Please, save the date!

Anita Saraf Justin Douglas


Upcoming HBC Equipment Award Competition

The HBC will be sending a call for proposals for an equipment award competition in March.  Up to three awards not to exceed $15,000 each will be funded.  The emphasis of the awards is on the purchase of specialized, multi-user equipment items that would enhance the research capabilities of a number of HBC Investigators.  More information to come.


J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

Applications for the 2021 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 9, 2021, deadline.


NIH Updates

  • Users will be required to use two-factor authentication through login.gov to access eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR), and Commons Mobile by September 15, 2021.  Video tutorials  are available on the NIH website as well as an FAQ page.
  • As of January 3, 2021, the NIH changed the salary cap to $199,300.

HBC Sponsored Events
Grant Submission Deadlines

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

May 25, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Program Project Grants and Center Grants (P series) and for Institutional National Research Service Awards and Other Training Grants (T & D series)– new, renewal, resubmission, revision. 

June 5, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for new R01 and U01 – new grant applications. 

June 12, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for K series – new grant applications.

June 16, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new grant applications.

July 5, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for new R01 and U01 – renewal, resubmission, revision.

July 12, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for K series – renewal, resubmission, revision.

July 16, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – renewal, resubmission, revision.

July 26, 2021
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) (20-525).

August 12, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for R13, U13 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

Recent Awards

Teruna Siahaan, Aya and Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $26,750 by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical for his project entitled “Synthesis and Analysis of CCN5 PEGylated Proteins.”

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