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Welcome from the Vice President for Research

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.

Contact us. We want you to see what our campus can offer.

Dr. Suzanne Rivera

Research ShowCASE

Research ShowCASE + Intersections 2015 is almost here!

Please join us on Friday, April 17th from 9 AM to 3 PM in the Veale Convocation Center for our celebration of discovery, collaboration, and community.

For the first time we are offering a mobile app to help visitors better navigate the event. Go to Guidebook.com/g/ShowCASE from your iOS or Android device to download the app.


SpartaCOI is now available for 2014 Annual Outside Financial Interests Certification

Sparta COI Disclosure System

It is time for all full-time faculty and non-faculty investigators to complete the annual CWRU Outside Financial Interests Certification Form. CWRU Conflict of Interests Policy requires disclosure at least annually and the deadline for completion of the 2014 form is April 1, 2015.

Please visit our Conflict of Interests (COI) Committee website for more information, including a schedule of in-person assistance sessions and a user Guide for our new application, SpartaCOI.





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Research Newsletter
May 14, 2015  

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that last year awarded up to AUD$272,500 per scholar for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships for eligible non-Australians including Americans and Canadians to undertake a postgraduate qualification either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to two years for a Masters or up to 4 years for a PhD.

Endeavour Research Fellowships for American and Canadian postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers to undertake 4-6 months of research in Australia.

Endeavour Executive Fellowships offer professional development opportunities of (1 to 4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2015 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

For more information visit the ORAU webpage.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Student Research - Responsibilities before Graduation

Before graduating students leave the university, it is important that the following research-related responsibilities are fulfilled:

  • Any student-initiated institutional review board (IRB) protocol is required either to be turned over to the responsible investigator or closed out with the IRB.Keep in mind that in order to close a protocol, data must be deidentified. If identifiable data will be retained, the protocol must remain open and the faculty investigator is responsible for keeping the data and maintaining the security measures of it, as outlined in the approved IRB protocol.

  • For student-related research that has been federally funded, faculty advisors and responsible/principal investigators must keep original data, and students may take copies, unless a formal written agreement is made that ensures immediate and complete access to the original data.

  • Upon terminating the IRB protocol, the student must provide copies of the completed informed consent documents and any data collection instruments to the responsible investigator.
For more information on custody of research data, please see Section C, 6: http://www.case.edu/president/facsen/frames/handbook/research_scholar.htm/.

 
Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2016 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. They are accepting applications from young, foreign-born researchers age 38 and under from now through June 15, 2015. Three winners will each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2016.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2015.

For more information visit the Vilcek Foundation webpage.

 

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