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  

William T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Foundation's Distinguished Fellows Program is designed to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. To accomplish its goals, the program gives influential mid-career researchers the opportunity to immerse themselves in practice or policy settings and gives influential practitioners and policy makers the opportunity to work in research settings.

To that end, the program encourages mid-career researchers to submit proposals that are designed to deepen their understanding of policy processes and practice settings. The program also invites policy makers and practitioners to propose projects that will enhance their capacities to recognize and use high-quality research.

Proposed fellowships must fit the Grant Foundation's research interests. The foundation currently supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth in the United States. Specifically, the foundation funds studies that enhance the understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than January 6, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications.

The 2014-15 Distinguished Fellows Application Guide, which includes a complete description of the program, eligibility guidelines, and application instructions, is available at the William T. Grant Foundation website.

 
Department of Defense

OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Broad Agency Announcement - BAA -15-1

Apply early. Funding is limited and subject to availability.
The BAA is continuously open, and accepts proposals on a rolling basis. Pre-proposals may be submitted and will be evaluated at any time throughout the year.

Scope: The USAMRMC's mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American warfighter. Projects must pertain to at least one of the research areas of interest outlined in the BAA.

Funding: Budgets are not capped and must reflect the scope of the work. Funding can be requested for up to 5 years.

Areas of interest:
1. Military Infectious Diseases Research Program
2. Combat Casualty Care Research Program
3. Military Operational Medicine Research Program
4. Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program
5. Medical Biological Defense Research Program
6. Medical Chemical Defense Research Program
7. Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program 8. Radiation Health Effects Research Program
9. Special Investment Areas/Innovation Funding

Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI): Case School of Medicine's OSI can work with you to make sure that you meet the current goals and objectives of the USAMRMC that is paramount for your success. OSI can assist you in preparing a competitive proposal and can help guide your efforts from the first draft of the pre-proposal to submission of the full application.

Timeline: Invitation to submit a Full proposal will be given within 90 days of submission of the pre-proposal. An additional 90 days is provided to the applicant to complete the full application. Allow for at least 6 months between submission of the whitepaper to submission of the full application.

Contact us: If you are planning on submitting a pre-proposal, have questions, or would like more information - contact OSI Project Manager Irene Shaland - ixs75@case.edu - 216.368.4970

 
Limited Submission Reminder: NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

Key Deadlines: December 1, 2014, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), December 30, 2014, 5:00pm EST (agency Letter of Intent), January 30, 2015, 5:00pm EST (agency application).

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two candidates as determined by the institution.
Amount of Funding: $250,000 per year, in direct costs, for a five-year period

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

 
FOIA Requests

CWRU researchers who receive requests for information that invoke the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should contact the Office of General Counsel. This should be done immediately so the extremely short deadlines under FOIA can be met. General Counsel can work with the faculty member to take steps to protect proprietary or confidential information from grants and protocols prior to the release of the requested information. Individual researchers should not release information without first consulting with the CWRU Office of General Counsel.

For more information, contact the Office of General Counsel at: http://www.case.edu/president/counsel/contactus.html.

 
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.

 

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