HBC September 2016 News Bulletin

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Changes

On September 13th, a presentation was given in the HBC auditorium by Ola Faucher (Human Resources) regarding changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and how it affects Post-Doctoral researchers as well as Assistant/Associate Researchers.  For those who were not able to attend, we recorded the presentation and are making the recording available to you.  Please, take the time to view it if you have employees that will be affected by this law.  If you have any questions that were not answered during the video session, please contact Ola Faucher:  ofaucher@ku.edu or 864-7411.

Fair Labor Standards Act slide


HBC Science Talks 2017

The 2017 HBC Science Talks symposium will be held on Friday February 17, 2017.  The speaker session is scheduled for the early afternoon (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm) in the Simons Auditorium and will be immediately followed by a poster session in the School of Pharmacy Atrium (3:45 pm - 5:15 pm).  A call for poster abstracts will be sent after the beginning of spring semester. Please, save the date!

poster session


NIH R35 Awards

A new funding mechanism called R35 was initiated by the NIH last year.  This type of award offers significant support toward long term projects for select investigators.  Please be aware that a R35 award will replace an investigator’s other specific research projects funding since it usually requires a minimum of 50% effort from the PI.  The goal of these types of awards is to provide sustained funding for more risk-taking/adventurous research or for new techniques development.  Listed below are some of the upcoming R35 funding opportunities.

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Due Date





Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (R35)




NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35)




NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) (R35)




NHLBI Early Investigator Award (EIA) (R35)




Call for Pilot Projects Applications

This is a reminder that two NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) have issued a Call for Pilot Projects.  The KU NIH CoBRE in Chemical Biology for Infectious Diseases anticipates supporting four pilot projects at amounts up to $90,000 in direct costs with the scientific theme of “Chemical Biology for Infectious Disease”.  The application deadline is October 3, 2016, and detailed information on the application process can be found here.

The KUMC NIH CoBRE in Mechanisms of Liver Injury and Diseases is requesting applications for a project at an amount up to $50,000 in funding.  The project must be related to liver health and disease.  A Letter of Intent must be submitted by October 17, 2016.  Detailed information on the application process can be found here.

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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