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.

 
Readability Toolkit Available for Researchers

The Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM) has made a free plain language handbook for researchers illustrating why health literacy is important and how to improve the readability of consent forms and other participant materials.

The handbook is available online and can be accessed at http://www.grouphealthresearch.org/capabilities/readability/ghchs_readability_toolkit.pdf.

 
New Policy on Individual Developmnet Plans for NIH-Funded Students and Postdocs

The NIH is strongly encouraging institutions to develop institutional policies that employ an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoctoral researcher supported by NIH awards. Beginning on October 1, 2014, the vast majority of NIH funding mechanisms will require that PIs include a description in their annual progress reports of whether the institution uses IDPs or not and how they are employed to help manage the training and career development of those individuals.

A suggested CWRU SOM IDP template will be available shortly. A CWRU SOM on-line IDP submission site will be available by mid-October. The initial submission deadline will be December 1, 2014. It is important to note that the CWRU SOM IDP is a professional development and career planning document for trainees. It is not meant to be or to replace any annual trainee review process that is occurring within your programs.

Please see the document explaining the new CWRU SOM IDP policy. It is written so that PIs, T32 Directors, and others can incorporate aspects of this document into their progress reports. The document can be found here: https://research.case.edu/files/T32_IDP_template.docx

See the Notice here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-113.html.

 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and participating NIH components, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, invite institutional career development award applications for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Programs." Programs will support mentored research career development of junior faculty members, known as BIRCWH Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women's health, and where appropriate the use of both sexes to better understand the influence of sex as a variable on health and disease.

A letter of intent is due December 5 and applications are due January 5, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

For more information on this funding opportunity, visit the NIH website.

 

Foundation Fighting Blindness and Harrington Discovery Institute

Foundation Fighting Blindness and Harrington Discovery Institute have partnered to form, the The National Center for Excellence in Fighting Blindness, a Gund-Harrington initiative. This initiative is focused on accelerating the translation of research findings in inherited retinal degenerative diseases (IRD) with the ultimate goal of developing new therapies to improve and/or restore vision.

• This Initiative seeks to award Gund-Harrington Scholar Awards that recognize innovators throughout the USA whose research has the potential to advance standards of care.
• There will be an average of three awards per year, which will be restricted to researchers working at institutions within the USA. Applications from outside the USA are not accepted.
• The Gund-Harrington Scholar Award provides funding for translational drug development and cell therapy along with non-financial project support to help bridge the gap between laboratory-based research and the clinic.
• Funding up to a total of $900,000 over three years and non-financial support will be provided by the The National Center for Excellence in Fighting Blindness. The non-financial support, provided by a team of pharmaceutical experts, will include project management and experienced industry advice in all aspects of drug development, encompassing chemistry, formulation, toxicology, regulatory, intellectual property and business development.
• Awards will be made to physician-scientists, or scientists with a research team that includes significant involvement of a physician with clinical expertise in the IRD.
• Selected projects must demonstrate a reasonable expectation that they can develop a lead product with strong potential for clinical and commercial application by the end of the three year funding period.
Multi-disciplinary investigators outside the field of retinal disease are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants interested in the Gund-Harrington Scholar Awards must apply through Foundation Fighting Blindness.

For more information about Foundation Fighting Blindness visit the Fighting Blindness website.

 

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