HBC June-July 2021 News Bulletin

HBC Intercampus Alzheimer’s Collaboration

Through the efforts of the HBC Intercampus Alzheimer’s Discussion Group established last year, we are excited to have the opportunity to pair researchers from the KU-L (HBC Participant/PI Heng Du) and KUMC (KUMC ADC Director Russ Swerdlow) campuses to conduct research that could lead to a program project or grant through the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.  To facilitate data collection, HBC is committing $25,000 in funding on the KU-L campus for Dr. Du.  Additionally, Dr. Matthias Salathe, MD and Interim Vice Chancellor for Research on the KUMC campus, is committing $25,000 in funding on the KUMC campus for research to be conducted by Dr. Swerdlow.

HBC Office Partially Reopens for the Fall

HBC will be having in-person office hours a few days a week starting August 24th.  Core hours will be 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 posted on the HBC website.  If a meeting is needed outside of these core hours, please contact the staff member to schedule an alternate time.

Mark Richter Endowment Fund

The Mark Richter Award for Excellence in Biochemistry has been established at KU Endowment.  KU Endowment accepts online donations on their Give to KU webpage.  If you are interested in contributing, the KU endowment account number for this fund is 42935.

J.R. & Inez Jay Fund and Equipment Competition Award

Congratulations to Michael Johnson, Bill Picking, and Shyam Sathyamoorthi, whose proposals were selected by the HBC Internal Advisory Committee to each receive a $25,000 grant for 2021.  More information on the projects can be found in the HBC June news release.  New applications will be accepted again in January of 2022.

Equipment Competition Award

The HBC Internal Advisory Committee selected  Zarco Boskovic ($15,000), Mark Farrell ($14,131), and Mike Hageman ($15,000)  as recipients of the Shared Equipment Fund Competition.   Congratulations to all.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 2022

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 October 4, 2021.  All significant changes to  PAPPG 22-1 are listed in the first four pages of the pdf document.  For proposals submitted or due before October 4, 2021, please still refer to the 2020 PAPPG.

NIH Updates

  • Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile, ASSIST or Internet-Assisted Review will need to enable two-factor authentication for their accounts by September 15, 2021.  For more Information and instructions on how to do this, consult the eRA website information page.
  • NIH released its updated Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research at the end of May. It is available on the  NIH COVID-19 website.  In addition of highlighting the progress made, it also directs research into:
    1. Investigating and treating the long-term health consequences of COVID-19
    2. Understanding and responding to new SARS-CoV-2 variants
    3. Understanding and engaging disproportionately impacted populations
  • NIH posted at the end of June a new podcast on Financial Conflict of Interest.  If you are interested in listening to the fourteen-minute podcast or want to get more information about it, go to the All About Grants Podcast webpage.