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CWRU researchers are among the most distinguished in the world. We have 16 Nobel Laureates among current and former faculty and alumni, 4 members of the National Academies of Sciences, 7 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and 8 members of the Institute of Medicine. We also partner with artistic and cultural institutions on a broad range of projects that make important scholarly contributions in the humanities and social sciences.

Extraordinary research requires an outstanding infrastructure. Our Office of Research & Technology Management provides support to seek out grant funding, to facilitate industrial sponsorship, and to transfer university technologies to the marketplace. This is a place for people driven to make a difference, and our office exists to help them succeed.

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Dr. Suzanne Rivera


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July 14, 2015  

Purchasing Computing Devices with Federal Funds under the New Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Parts 200.20 and 200.453)

Computing devices are machines used to acquire, store, analyze, process, and publish data and other information electronically and include accessories (or peripherals) for printing, transmitting and receiving, or storing electronic information. Computing devices costing less than $5,000 are not considered equipment and therefore are treated as supplies and materials. Therefore, if a computing device is to be acquired for use in the performance of a federal award, the computing device may be charged to the federal award provided that:

  • it is essential (i.e., necessary) to performing the work under the award, and
  • the cost is allocable and reasonable.
Determining whether a computing device is essential – The Principal Investigator should consider (and document) whether performing the work under the award without the computing device would be difficult and inefficient. An important measure of this is determining (and documenting) whether the anticipated cost of performing the work without the computing device is greater than the combined cost of performing the work plus the cost of acquiring the computing device.

Determining whether a computing device is allocable to a federal award – If a computing device is essential to and will benefit a federal award, it is allocable to that award. The cost may be allocated to a federal award even when its usage is not solely dedicated to it. However, the Principal Investigator should first consider the amount of benefit of the computing device to the project, and the cost should be allocated proportionally with a reasonable cost allocation methodology.

Determining whether the cost of a computing device is reasonable – The Principal Investigator must make an informed, prudent decision, taking into consideration not only the cost, but the utility, quality and value of the device to the project.

If a computing device is not essential to a federal award, it is not allocable (in whole or in part) as a direct cost to that award. In such cases, the computing device is considered to be a “general use” item and must be treated as an indirect cost expense (just like paper, pens and other general use supplies), and charged to an appropriate institutional funding source.

Please remember that all expenses charged to federal awards must conform to the cost principles specified in the OMB Uniform Guidance. Please consult with the Office of Research Administration if you should have any questions about whether you may charge a specific expense to federal funds.

 

American Association for Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced that the AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research are now open for application. These three-year grants of $450,000 represent a new AACR funding initiative to stimulate highly innovative research from young investigators. Eligible applicants must be AACR Active Members in good standing at the time of application and have held a full-time, tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor for no more than three years at the start of the grant term (July 1, 2016). Competitive Letters of Intent will be accepted through proposalCENTRAL.

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 10, 2015

Application Deadline: November 23, 2015

For more information visit the AACR webpage.

 
Department of Defense

The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunity:

Department of the Army - USAMRAA

DEFENSE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION PROGRAM (DURIP)

 

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:

Department of the Army - USAMRAA

FY15 Peer Reviewed Cancer Idea Award with Special Focus

FY15 Peer Reviewed Cancer Career Development Award

FY15 Peer Reviewed Cancer Translational Team Science Award

 
Food & Drug Administration - Smokeless Tobacco Reference Products

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications to develop a smokeless tobacco reference products program. The selected organization(s) will develop smokeless tobacco reference products representing at minimum two categories of commercially available smokeless tobacco product types to be used for investigational non-clinical purposes by tobacco manufacturers, contract and government laboratories, and academic institutions. The FDA will prioritize the product types. Development of this program will require significant collaboration and research efforts with outside organizations.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2015

For more information visit the Grants.Gov webpage.

 

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