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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.


CWRU's Core Facilities Site is Live

CWRU's Core Facilities Support Committee is working to promote all of the university's diverse core facilities and service centers in an attempt to improve their visibility and promote collaboration with researchers and industry partners.

The committee is pleased to announce that their website http://research.case.edu/corefacilities is now available and users can find information about the most common core facilities in one place. Intended to work alongside the already available webpage for CWRU's Centers and Institutes http://www.case.edu/centers , the site strives to promote the amazing facilities our university offers.

If you would like more information, have a comment or have a core facility that you feel we have missed, please feel free to email the committee at CWRUcores@case.edu.

OHRP Research Community Forum is September 16

Office for Human Research Protection

Registration is now open!

OHRP Research Community Forum
September 16, 2015
“Innovations in Research: Collaborations and Transformations”
For more information and to register for the conference:http://conta.cc/1C6bkBb

2015 School of Medicine Core Facilities Retreat and Symposium

Monday, August 31 8am - 1pm
Tinkham Veale University Center

The School of Medicine offers a large portfolio of Life Science, Biomedical, and Clinical Core Facilities accessible to all members of the CWRU research community. Please join them as they celebrate and put on display the robust cutting edge scientific resources available for your research.

More details are available on the event website: http://corefacilities.case.edu/retreat2015.html.

Plan to attend CWRU Innovation Summit in October

MODELS OF INNOVATION
Oct. 26-28, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio

Make plans now to attend Innovation Summit and explore the opportunities and challenges of various models of innovation at the global scale. This campus-wide event is bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, academics, economic development professionals, policy makers and more to explore how innovation thrives.

Learn more and register at - http://engineering.case.edu/innovation-summit


Research Matters

Research Matters

Use the following link in order to view previous editions of Research Matters and Research News and Updates Research Matters Archive .




Latest News

Research Newsletter
July 14, 2015  

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.

 
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

 
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.

 
Department of Defense

The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:

Department of the Army - USAMRAA

Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program

Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Epilepsy Research Program

 
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Offers Support for Early Career Scholars
A program of the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, the Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States through fellowships and grants, primarily for scholars early in their careers.

The program offers three competitions:

1) Pre-dissertation Summer Travel Grants for Research in China are designed to enable doctoral candidates to spend three to four months in 2015 gaining familiarity with work under way in archives and field sites in China and to establish formal and informal relations with Chinese institutions and colleagues in preparation for subsequent full-time research in China. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a university in the U.S. Grants provide $5,000 for costs associated with travel to China (air and ground transportation, visas, and living expenses).

2) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for scholars in preparing their Ph.D. dissertation research for publication or in embarking on new research projects. Funding supports work based on the applicant's research in China, with the aim of producing a scholarly text in English. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a Ph.D. from any institution. The Ph.D. degree must be completed by November 4, 2015, and conferred by May 31, 2016. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must have an affiliation with a university or college in the U.S. The applicant's Ph.D. degree must have been conferred no more than eight years before the application deadline. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Fellowships provide up to $50,000 for a maximum of one academic year and a minimum of one semester. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs.

3) Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants of up to $15,000 provide opportunities for scholars of different disciplines to share in-depth investigation of texts that are essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. Awards may be used to support the travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Each member of the organizing team must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a Ph.D. from any institution. Workshops must be held at a location in the U.S.

Application Deadline: November 4, 2015

For more information visit the ACLS webpage.

 

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