HBC March 2017 News Bulletin

Monday, March 20, 2017

Looking ahead…looking ahead

Two NIH Regional Seminars coming up in 2017: 

The NIH will hold two regional seminars during 2017.  The first one in New Orleans, LA (May 3-5) and the second one in Baltimore, MD (October 25-27).  If you are wondering why you should attend, here are the top five reasons given by NIH.

 

STEM day for Girls

The HBC recently received and accepted a request to sponsor a “STEM day” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for a diverse group of middle and high school girls that will allow them to visit KU to see the diversity of KU’s graduate students’ research body and be exposed to the role of women in science.  It will be held on April 6, 2017.  We want to take this opportunity to reiterate that the HBC strongly supports increasing opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines. 

 

HBC Science Talks

This year’s HBC Science Talks symposium held on February 17th was successful and attended by over seventy people.  The three guest speakers, Nancy Muma, Frank Schoenen, and Christian J. Ray gave very informative and interesting lectures.  We thank them for sharing their time and expertise.  

Thirty-three posters covering five thematic research areas and an “enabling technologies” area were presented during the poster session.  We are grateful to all who participated in sharing their research.  Abstracts from all oral and poster presentations, as well as some pictures of the event, can be found on the HBC website.

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

This is a reminder that the application deadline for submitting proposals for the J.R. & Inez Jay Fund is fast approaching.  Please go to the HBC website to download the instructions and application forms and make sure to apply by the April 7th deadline.

 

HBC Pre-Awards – What You Need to Know (Part 2)

Proposal preparation Process:

As stated in our previous news bulletin, the HBC asks that investigators notify Pre-Award Services  of their intent to submit a proposal at least four (4) working weeks prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  That period is requested to allow Pre-Award specialists to maintain a high quality of service and give them time to provide the following:

  • Analyze the solicitation.
  • Provide assistance with on-line registrations and electronic proposal submissions.
  • Complete the representations and certifications if applicable.
  • Coordinate the proposal process:
    • Provide a timeline for documents needing to be sent to Pre-Award Services to ensure timely submission.
    • Work with the PI to prepare the budget, whether it is simple or complex.
    • Check conflict of interest(s) and issue a financial conflict of interest report if applicable.
    • Contact the subaward recipient(s)/institution(s) if applicable, and work with them to obtain the appropriate documents.
    • Review all documents for formatting and compliance with agency guidelines.
    • Ensure commitment letters are obtained for services or support if applicable.
    • Prepare the agencies’ application forms and assemble the proposal.
    • Implement the review and signature process.
  • Conduct a 2nd level internal review (done at least 24hrs before deadline).
    • Review for compliance with federal, state, university, and sponsor guidelines.
    • Review the solicitation.
    • Review budgets and budget justifications for accuracy.
    • Review application and ascertain that all required documents are included according to agency guidelines.
    • Ensure subcontract documents have been received if applicable.
    • Review commitment letters.
    • Provide the institutional signature.
  • Submit the proposal.

If proposal files are not submitted early enough to allow time for the processing period, the proposal may not receive a thorough review.  Our goal is to present a solid research plan and not have any administrative errors that may cause the proposal to be rejected.



Grant Submission Deadlines

March 5, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

March 12, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development Awards (K series) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

March 12, 2019
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 3 & 4 – Pre-application.

March 12, 2019
EPSCoR RII Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) N   18-526.

March 14, 2019
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Fellowship Award & Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 1 & 2 – Pre-application.

March 16, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

Recent Awards

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, was awarded  $972,296 by the University of Colorado, Boulder, for his project entitled: “The influence of evolutionary landscapes on protective antibody development.” and  $15,000 by Blacktrace Holding LTD for his project entitled: “New technology platforms for single B cell analysis.”

Susan Egan, Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $52,000 by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for her project entitled: “2019 Beckman Scholars Program.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $681,750 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Toxicogenomics of metal response in genetically-variable Drosophila.”

Shi Fang Yan, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $2,778,845 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “RAGE  mitochondria  and tau pathology in AD.”

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