HBC October 2016 News Bulletin

Friday, October 21, 2016

NIH Center for Scientific Review Webinars

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) carries out the peer review process for the majority of NIH applications and assesses their scientific and technical merit.  During the months of November and December, the CSR will host three “online briefings” on the peer review processes for three types of funding (see table below).   To register for any of these one-hour webinars, visit the CSR event website.

Registration Deadline

Webinar Date

Brief Description

Oct. 31, 2016

Nov. 2, 2016

8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get a Fellowship Grant

Nov. 30, 2016

Dec. 1, 2016

8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an R01 Grant

Nov. 30, 2016

Dec. 2, 2016

NIH Peer Review Briefing for Basic Research Applicants and Reviewers


Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) call for proposals

The K-INBRE Incentives and Awards Committee is calling for proposals for three types of awards:         

  1. Bridging Grants - provide interim support for projects in Cell and Developmental Biology that were approved by NIH on scientific merit but did not meet the funding range.  These funds would help gather data for proposal resubmission. 
  2. Partnerships for Translational Research Training Awards - one year awards to help initiate clinical/basic research projects with translational goals.
  3. Postdoctoral Awards - one year mentored awards designed to either help with a funding application for the initiation of a post-doctoral research project, or to help an individual transition from postdoctoral researcher to early investigator status.

The application deadline is December 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm and the awards will be announced May 1, 2017.  More information can be obtained from the K-INBRE website.


KU Travel and Car Rentals

If a rental car is needed for work related travel, please remember that KU has a mandatory contract with Enterprise/National.  By renting a car from any other company, you incur the risk of having the KU auditors reject your request for reimbursment.  To facilitate car rental arrangements, you can contact and get assistance from your PBR SSC accounting specialist.   If you would rather make these arrangements yourself, please remember the following:

  • Use Enterprise for local (in Lawrence) car rental
  • Use National when renting a car from the traveler’s destination airport.
  • Contract pricing includes Collison Damage Waiver – the traveler should not sign up for Collison Damage because it is included in KU’s contract pricing.  If the rental car happens to be damaged, the traveler will not need to file a claim as it is covered through the KU contract.  If the traveler signs up for more Collison Damage, the extra coverage will not be reimbursed.
  • The account name to use when making the reservations is KU Biomedical Research.  If an account number is needed, please contact your PBR SSC accounting specialist.


NSF Submissions New Automated Compliance Tool

The NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.b  states that a Project Summary, submitted as a part of a NSF grant proposal, must not exceed a one-page limit whether the combined text boxes are manually filled in the e-form, or the text is uploaded as a pdf file with special characters.  To help investigators meet this requirement, NSF, as of September 26th, implemented in FastLane an automated proposal compliance check.   This feature will issue an error message when the Project Summary combined text boxes content exceeds the one-page limit, or when a Project summary with special Characters pdf file is uploaded in addition to having the Project Summary text boxes filled.  Be aware that NSF proposals submitted in Grants.gov rather than FastLane will not be automatically checked, will be accepted even when this requirement is not met, and in these cases, will be returned by NSF without review.

Grant Submission Deadlines

March 5, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

March 12, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development Awards (K series) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

March 13, 2018
NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) 18-526.

March 16, 2018
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

Russ Middaugh, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded respectively $249,693 and $251,086 by Medimmune, Inc. for his projects entitled: “Stability and Dynamics of Immunoglobulins” and “The Development and Characterization of mRNA Lipid Nanoparticles (LNPs).”

Berl Oakley, Distinguished Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $15,000 by Kansas State University for his project entitled: “Linking Regulation of Primary and Secondary Metabolism in Fungi for Improved Animal and Human Health.”

Blake Peterson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $244,524 by the G. Harold & Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation for his project entitled: “Synthetic Cell Surface Receptors that Control Signal Transduction.”

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