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  

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.

 

Department of Defense

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

Department of the Army - USAMRAA
DoD Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Extramural Medical Research - Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA — W81XWH-BAA-15-1


Opening date: October 1, 2014
Closing date: September 30, 2015
Pre-Proposals:Applicants are encouraged to submit their Pre-Proposals as early as possible in the fiscal year as funding is based on availability
Invitation to Submit: within 120 days of pre-proposal submission
Full Proposals: submitted within 90 days of the invitation
Notice of Awards: within 180 days of submission
Funding: Budgets are not capped and must reflect the scope of the work. Funding can be requested for up to 5 years.

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

Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI): CWRU School of Medicine's OSI can work with you to make sure that you meet the current goals and objectives of the USAMRMC.
Contact OSI: Irene Shaland - ixs75@case.edu - 216.368.4970.

 
Avoiding Problems with Suspension and Debarment

Federal regulations require Case Western Reserve University to conduct business only with vendors, subcontractors, subawardees and individuals who are in good standing with the federal government. Anyone who is not in good standing with federal agencies cannot work on or provide services for government grants or contracts. People and entities who are subject to these restrictions are generally described as having been "debarred," "suspended" or "excluded."

To avoid inadvertent problems, visit http://www.sam.gov and verify that study staff, collaborators and vendors are not debarred, suspended or otherwise ineligible to receive federal funds.

 
Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC)

The CTSC Annual Pilot Program is for researchers to conduct innovative translational research projects focused on the invention, preclinical development and/or first in man studies of novel therapeutic agents, biomedical devices, and diagnostics designed to address unmet clinical needs. Funding is intended to facilitate development of enabling technologies; new therapeutic, diagnostic or outcomes assessment approaches and/or device; novel cross-disciplinary collaborative programs; and promote research in the community.

Research which may create intellectual property is encouraged. If funding would enhance an existing non-federally funded project or enable a proposal to a federal agency for use of CTSC and CCTRP resources, the application would be considered. This pilot has few restrictions and allows for the hiring of personnel. Researchers new to clinical research, clinical research scholars, or experienced researchers who are moving into a new area of research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Available Funds: Up to $50,000 per project for up to one year of support.

Deadline for Letter of Intent: January 15, 2015.

For questions contact:
CTSC Pilot Program Office: CTSC-Pilot-Coordinator@case.edu

For more information, visit the CTSC website.

 
Pilot Grants Available from CGREAL

The Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL) is currently accepting applications for pilot projects from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic faculty who are interested in developing research on:

  • Ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) in the design and conduct of human genetic research, or
  • The translation of research results into clinical medicine, public health, and health policy needs related to genetics.
These grants are designed to support exploratory efforts towards the development of larger scholarly projects or lines of research related to CGREAL’s mission to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry into the ethical, legal, and social implications of new advances in genetic and genomic science.

Criteria for evaluation will focus on the potential for expanding and enriching the range of perspectives being brought to genetic research ethics and law at CGREAL. Preference will be given to projects that are deemed likely to foster further collaborative research opportunities.

Requests may be made for up to $5,000. Funds may not be used for faculty salary support. Applications are encouraged from Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic faculty at any rank/level.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and funding for awarded seed grants will be available immediately upon project approval.

Interested faculty should contact Aaron Goldenberg (aaron.goldenberg@case.edu or 216-368-8729).

For further information on the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, see http://www.case.edu/med/bioethics/cgreal/ .

 

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