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.

 
Limited Submission Reminder: The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation: Macy Faculty Scholars Program

Key Deadlines: December 29, 2014, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), February 11, 2015, 5:00pm EST (agency application).

The Macy Faculty Scholars program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. With support from the Macy Foundation, scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities.

Chosen scholars will receive:
• Salary support of up to $100,000 per year for two years
• At least 50% protected time for two years to pursue educational projects
• Active mentorship by a senior faculty member at their institution
• Access to the program’s national advisory committee
• Opportunities to participate in Macy conferences and other national meetings

• An informational webinar for applicants will be held on December 8, 2014 at 2pm ET.

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

 
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)

The National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services has announced the following new funding opportunity:

BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Analyze Cell-Specific and Circuit Specific Processes in the Brain (U01)

 
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.

 

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