Suzanne Rivera named new VP for research

Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced, on November 4th, the appointment of Suzanne M. Rivera as Case Western Reserve´s new vice president for research, effective this month. Rivera, the university´s associate vice president for research since January 2011, emerged as the top choice after an extensive process involving campuswide nominations of internal university candidates. Since coming to CWRU, Rivera has distinguished herself through a commitment to collaboration and a focus on systems and processes.
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December 9, 2014  

Limited Submission Reminder: NSF Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

Key Deadlines: January 5, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), March 2, 2015, 5:00pm EST.

The Division of Materials Research (DMR) seeks to significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program - Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program. MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which strives to "discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials in half the time and at a fraction of the cost." Platforms respond to the increasing complexity of conducting materials research that requires the close collaboration of multidisciplinary teams who have access to cutting edge tools. To accelerate research outcomes, Platforms conduct research through iterative "closed-loop" efforts among the areas of materials synthesis, characterization, theory, and the application of theory through modeling and/or simulation. The in-house research conducted by a MIP is transformational and focuses on a targeted materials grand challenge and/or a technological outcome (e.g., understanding complexity, discovery of new phenomena and materials, etc.) that addresses a national priority.

MIPs push the frontiers in materials research by advancing the capabilities of current state-of-the-art experimental tools through the development of new techniques and the next generation of instrumentation that will lead to understanding and discovering new phenomena as well as the discovery of complex functional material systems. In addition, it is expected that open access to these cutting edge tools will strengthen collaborations among scientists and enable researchers to work in new ways, while fostering new modalities of multidisciplinary education and training. The user facility aspect of a Platform accounts for approximately 50% of the collaborative effort, where a MIP provides access to unique high-quality, state-of-the-art instrumentation and technological services through a staff of experts that are accessible to external researchers and all types of institutions. Due to this convergence of expertise, MIPs will serve as focal points that promote cross-fertilization of ideas between internal and external researchers.

The Platform, the tools and techniques developed, and the resulting new materials are themselves meant to be transformative. The US, once a global leader in materials synthesis, has fallen behind in the science of crystal growth. To rebuild technical strength in this area, the initial MIPs will focus on developing new bulk and thin film crystalline hard materials. The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition. MIPs are anticipated to be five year awards totaling $10,000,000 to $25,000,000 for the award period. MIP awards are eligible for a one-time five-year renewal, subsequent to a rigorous and favorable review by NSF. To cover the breadth of this endeavor, it is expected that proposed projects will be directed by a team of at least three Senior Personnel with complementary expertise. Equipment acquisition is expected in the first few years, but yearly budget should not exceed $7.0M.

For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.

 
Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)

The Ohio Aerospace Institute will be conducting a training seminar which will provide an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, which provides more than $2.5 Billion to small businesses each year. The seminar will also provide an overview of five agencies that participate in the program: Department of Defense (DoD); National Science Foundation (NSF); Department of Energy (DOE); National Institutes of Health (NIH); and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

This seminar is intended for those seeking additional information on the SBIR/STTR programs - program eligibility (company and project), selecting the appropriate agency, meeting the expectations of the reviewers, submission timeline, and commercialization considerations.

BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting will be conducting the seminar. OAI staff will also be on hand to answer questions about their small business services to assist you with proposal development and partnership connections.

Case Western Reserve University is hosting this event, which is made possible by funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration and JumpStart.

For more information and to complete the online registration, visit the OAI website.

 
New Policy on Individual Developmnet Plans for NIH-Funded Students and Postdocs

The NIH is strongly encouraging institutions to develop institutional policies that employ an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoctoral researcher supported by NIH awards. Beginning on October 1, 2014, the vast majority of NIH funding mechanisms will require that PIs include a description in their annual progress reports of whether the institution uses IDPs or not and how they are employed to help manage the training and career development of those individuals.

A suggested CWRU SOM IDP template will be available shortly. A CWRU SOM on-line IDP submission site will be available by mid-October. The initial submission deadline will be December 1, 2014. It is important to note that the CWRU SOM IDP is a professional development and career planning document for trainees. It is not meant to be or to replace any annual trainee review process that is occurring within your programs.

Please see the document explaining the new CWRU SOM IDP policy. It is written so that PIs, T32 Directors, and others can incorporate aspects of this document into their progress reports. The document can be found here: https://research.case.edu/files/T32_IDP_template.docx

See the Notice here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-113.html.

 

Cleveland StrokeNet

The Cleveland StrokeNet is offering a Clinical Research and Training Award focused on training in research methodologies and conduct of research related to cerebrovascular diseases. The Cleveland StrokeNet is a collaboration of clinical cerebrovascular programs at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and is funded by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

This Clinical Research and Training Award is open to clinical and/or research fellows, postdoctoral fellows and faculty within 5 years of training who wish to devote a significant portion of their career to methodologically rigorous research. It is designed to provide research support to allow the investigator to obtain external grant funding in an area of cerebrovascular research, which could include (but are not limited to) primary prevention, acute management, mechanisms of ischemia, genetics, rehabilitation and recovery, and secondary prevention.

The investigator must spend 50% of their effort on research during the period of the award. Applications are due February 1, 2015.

Application instructions:
Send the attached completed application and (2) current CV to Irene Katzan MD at katzani@ccf.org.

 
Ohio Third Frontier (OTF), Ohio Development Services Agency

The goal of the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund (TVSF) is to increase economic growth in Ohio through start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio institutions of higher education and other Ohio not-for-profit research institutions. Two separate mechanisms have been set up to achieve these goals:

Phase 1 –Technology Validation The specific objectives of this phase are as follows:
• To generate the proof needed to move technology to the point that it is either ready to be licensed by an Ohio start-up company or otherwise deemed unfeasible for commercialization.
• To fund validation activities, such as prototyping, demonstrations, and assessment of critical failure points in subsequent development, scale-up, and commercialization.

Phase 2 – Start-Up Funds The specific objectives of this phase are as follows:
• To support Ohio start-up companies that have licensed technology developed at Ohio research institutions during the critical early life of the company, and accelerate the time to market of this technology.
• To generate the proof needed to either commercialize the technology or move the technology to the point where additional funds needed for commercialization can be raised.
• To fund activities in order to generate the needed proof.

The TVSF will support technology that falls within the following areas: Advanced Materials related to advanced polymers, ceramics, composites, carbon fibers and nanotubes and specialty metals and alloys; Aeropropulsion Power Management; Agribusiness and Food Processing; Fuel Cells and Energy Storage; Medical Technology related to imaging, surgical instruments/equipment, implant devices, and regenerative medicine; Software Applications for business and healthcare; Sensing and Automation Technologies; Situational Awareness and Surveillance Systems; Solar Photovoltaics; and Shale.

Potential CWRU Applicants - Contact:
Michael Haag, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Technology Management, 216-368-6106 or mhaag@case.edu.

For more information on the TVSF visit the Ohio Third Frontier website.

 

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