NSF CAREER Workgroup
Faculty members planning to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award are invited to participate in a new writing group being formed for support, accountability and feedback. The group will meet at the Office of Faculty Development on Tuesdays through June 30 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Cleveland Room, Thwing Center West.
Email FacDev@case.edu to join, or call Amanda Shaffer for more information at (216) 368-8874.
Research ShowCASE and Spring Intersections: Discovery, Collaboration & Community
Friday, April 17, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Veale Convocation Center
Case Western Reserve University
The CWRU Office of Research and Technology Management and SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) are pleased to announce the opening of the Call for Presentations for Research ShowCASE 2015.
We invite you to participate with other CWRU faculty, staff and students by presenting your work at Research ShowCASE 2015. The event will provide an opportunity for you to display your research in a traditional scientific poster or other creative means. We encourage University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center researchers to participate.
In addition to the opportunity to display and share your work, undergraduate and graduate students, professional students and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to participate in the research competition, which will include having your presentation evaluated and feedback provided. Prizes will be awarded to winning entries.
In order to display your work at Research ShowCASE, you will need to submit an online abstract describing your research. If you are a student or post-doc, your faculty advisor will need to approve your submission.
New this year:
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2015 (for graduate students, post-docs, professional students, faculty and staff)
- You will need to provide a brief description of your research in non-scientific terms
- You will be given the opportunity to provide a video abstract of your work in addition to the written abstract
- If you provide a 140-character title or description of your entry, we will tweet about your work
Undergraduate submissions will be accepted between February 16, 2015 and March 20, 2015.
Find out more and submit your abstract at: showCASE.case.edu.
Take Advantage of All Pivot Has to Offer
For years, Community of Science (COS) has been recognized around the world for its funding from a wide variety of sources as well as its access to the world’s research community.
CWRU has subscribed to COS's new product, Pivot, which provides you the edge by bringing together the right research opportunities, funding, and people—quickly and easily. It provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration—for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students.
Learn more about how to use all the features Pivot has to offer.
- provide access to the most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities;
- identify research expertise from within or outside of CWRU;
- foster collaboration by cultivating essential partnerships and alliances; and
- build strong network connections for future opportunities.
Sign up for a Pivot Webinar: https://refworks.webex.com/refworks/onstage/g.php?p=4&t=m.
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:
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.
- 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 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.
Reminder: New NIH biosketch format effective May 25th, 2015
The new NIH Biosketch format will take effect for applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015. Key changes include:
- Extending the biosketch page limit to 5 pages
- Allowing PIs and researchers to include up to four references in their personal statement
- Allowing researchers to describe up to five of their most important contributions to science
- Allowing researchers to include a link that provides access to a full list of your published work
Kathy Blazar, interim director at our Cleveland Health Sciences Library, has prepared a power point presentation that can help you navigate the new format: http://www.case.edu/chsl/library/NIHBiosketch.pptx.
Additional points to consider:
If you have questions about the process, please contact Kathy Blazar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Investigators need to update their personal profile on eRA Commons
- Public access compliance need to be up to date
- All non-CWRU, most especially international, collaborators must also be compliant if they are named as key personnel.
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