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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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May 14, 2015  

Humanities Open Book: Unlocking Great Books

A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books.

Over the past 100 years, tens of thousands of academic books have been published in the humanities, including many remarkable works on history, literature, philosophy, art, music, law, and the history and philosophy of science. But the majority of these books are currently out of print and largely out of reach for teachers, students, and the public. The Humanities Open Book pilot grant program aims to “unlock” these books by republishing them as high-quality electronic books that anyone in the world can download and read on computers, tablets, or mobile phones at no charge.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are the two largest funders of humanities research in the United States. Working together, NEH and Mellon will give grants to publishers to identify great humanities books, secure all appropriate rights, and make them available for free, forever, under a Creative Commons license.

The new Humanities Open Book grant program is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

“The large number of valuable scholarly books in the humanities that have fallen out of print in recent decades represents a huge untapped resource,” said NEH Chairman William Adams. “By placing these works into the hands of the public we hope that the Humanities Open Book program will widen access to the important ideas and information they contain and inspire readers, teachers and students to use these books in exciting new ways.”

“Scholars in the humanities are making increasing use of digital media to access evidence, produce new scholarship, and reach audiences that increasingly rely on such media for information to understand and interpret the world in which they live,” said Earl Lewis, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is delighted to join NEH in helping university presses give new digital life to enduring works of scholarship that are presently unavailable to new generations of students, scholars, and general readers.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will jointly provide $1 million to convert out-of-print books into EPUB e-books with a Creative Commons (CC) license, ensuring that the books are freely downloadable with searchable texts and in formats that are compatible with any e-reading device. Books proposed under the Humanities Open Book program must be of demonstrable intellectual significance and broad interest to current readers.

For more information:
Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMSo8CqJnBg&x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534
Review the program guidelines: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/humanities-open-book-program

 
New Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate for Use in Proposals

Negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regarding the University’s F&A rates have concluded. DHHS has approved a (3) three year F&A rate of 58.5% for CWRU, which is a 1.5 percentage point change from our previous rate of 57%. This rate will be effective through June 2016.

The new F&A rate should be used when preparing proposal budgets for awards with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013 or after.

Read the full notice of this change at: https://ora.ra.cwru.edu/research/docs/2012.10.08_Facilities_and_Administrative_rate.pdf.

 
NIH Posts Reminder of Its Policy on Application Compliance

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a notice to remind applicants, both investigators and grants office officials, that to be fair to all concerned the NIH needs to consistently apply standards for application compliance.

In part, the notice states that NIH may withdraw any application identified during the receipt, referral and review process that is not compliant with the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide, the Funding Opportunity Announcement, and relevant NIH Guide Notices.

Examples of reasons an application may be withdrawn for non-compliance include:

  • inclusion of biosketchs that do not conform to the required format
  • applications that do not conform to page limit requirements
  • applications submitted as new but containing elements of a resubmission or renewal application
  • applications submitted after 5 pm local time
Read the full notice at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-095.html.

 
Centers for Disease Control Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention is soliciting applications to conduct birth defects surveillance with a focus on congenital heart defects (CHDs) among individuals of all ages. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities seeks to fund collaborative projects in two categories: (1) Category A: Build on existing infrastructure for population-based CHDs surveillance to (i) conduct longitudinal follow up of both adolescents and adults identified having a CHD, (ii) identify factors associated with optimal healthcare and improved outcomes, (iii) evaluate factors that impede appropriate transition from pediatric to adult care, (iv) expand surveillance activities to include the lifespan, if possible, and (v) develop pilot projects to translate public health best practices into action; and (2) Category B: Develop and implement innovative approaches for conducting population-based surveillance of CHDs in adolescents and adults, and if possible, across the lifespan, by linking existing data sources. Surveillance data will be used for descriptive epidemiology, to identify comorbidities, and examine healthcare utilization and referral to timely and appropriate services. CHDs are one of the most prevalent birth defects in the United States affecting about one percent of all births and are a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant mortality, morbidity, and healthcare costs. However, most current efforts to conduct population-based surveillance of CHDs have focused on monitoring newborns, and little data exist on the prevalence and descriptive epidemiology of CHDs beyond early childhood in the United States. Improvements in treatment of CHDs and consequently in survival have resulted in many individuals, even those affected by a very severe CHD, living into adolescence and adulthood.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

 
NEW Limited Submission: W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program

Key Deadlines: June 15, 2015 (CWRU internal LOI), November 1, 2015 (Sponsor Deadline).

The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by funding fundamental, high-risk research in two specific areas: 1) medical research and 2) science and engineering. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. CWRU may submit two proposals per funding cycle: one (1) in Medical Research and one (1) in Science and Engineering Research.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

Grants of up to $1 million over 3 years are awarded for projects in science and engineering research and medical research that:

  • Focus on basic, early stage, emerging areas of research, not on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development.
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.
  • Have few, if any, peer groups pursuing comparable or related work.
  • Have high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm.
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem.
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies. Provide specifics. If you've been declined federal funding, provide the documentation stating why, if available.
  • Demonstrate that the W. M. Keck Foundation's support is essential to the project's success.


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

 

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