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  

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.

 
Research Performance Progress Report Required for Non-SNAP Progress Reports Beginning October 17, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently requires use of the federal wide progress reporting format — known as the RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report) — to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards. In April NIH opened the RPPR for use for all Type 5 Non-SNAP progress reports in anticipation of an October 2014 requirement for RPPR use.

Now, it’s official — all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014 need to be submitted through the RPPR module of eRA Commons. This announcement is part of NIH’s ongoing transition to requiring the use of the federal government-wide RPPR format for all progress reporting.

NIH’s website on the RPPR provides information on the why, what, and when of the RPPR, with a handy table that lets you know for which types of grants the RPPR is now required, and for which it is still optional.

See more at: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/06/30/rppr-required-for-non-snap-progress-reports-beginning-october-17-2014/?utm_source=nexus&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nihupdate&utm_campaign=jun13#sthash.8GUpbgGT.dpuf .

 
Shipping Abroad in Compliance with Export Regulations

The federal export control laws can apply when regulated items are being shipped abroad. Before shipping a device, materials, or other items abroad, CWRU personnel should contact either the Environmental Health and Safety Office or the Compliance Office so that an employee trained in export compliance can determine whether an export license is needed prior to making the shipment.

These are the steps that all CWRU researchers should follow when planning to make an outgoing international shipment of items or materials:

  1. The CWRU Principal Investigator works with the CWRU Technology Transfer Office (“TTO”) to determine whether a Material Transfer Agreement (“MTA”) is needed prior to the shipment. The CWRU PI initiates this by submitting a completed MTA Review Form found at https://research.case.edu/forms.cfm#tech_mgt.
  2. If the Technology Transfer Office determines that an MTA is needed between CWRU and the overseas organization to receive the items or materials, the Principal Investigator and TTO work together to put it in place. Once the MTA is completed and signed by CWRU and the recipient organization, the Technology Transfer Office will forward a copy of the final contract to the PI. The PI should keep a copy of the final MTA for easy reference. Note that MTAs not only help to ensure compliance with the federal export laws, but they also protect investigators’ intellectual property rights.
  3. Before making the shipment overseas, the PI should contact the CWRU Environmental Health and Safety Office. This step is necessary so that the Environmental Health and Safety Office can analyze the contents of the shipment in light of the export regulations and determine whether the shipment can proceed immediately, or whether federal pre-authorization is needed. If the Technology Transfer Office determined that an MTA was needed, then the PI should provide Environmental Health and Safety with a copy of the signed MTA so that it can match the requested shipment with the formal contract.
If you have questions on how the export regulations impact specific international shipments, contact the Compliance Office: Lisa Palazzo, Director of Export Control and Privacy Management, at 368-5791, or Boyd Kumher, University Chief Compliance, Export Control and Privacy Management Officer, at 368-0833; or email exportcontrol@case.edu.

For more information on the export control regulations, including the full text of CWRU’s Export Control Policy Statement, visit http:www.case.edu/compliance/exportcontrol/.

Questions regarding Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), should be addressed to Andrew Jarrell in the Technology Transfer Office, Andrew.jarrell@case.edu, 368-1401.

 
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier I - Pre-Engagement/Community Projects fund the building of the community and capacity necessary to later develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) project addressing the issue of interest to the awardee

The Tier I awards are for individuals or groups who are not usual candidates for research funding. This program is intended to support those individuals and groups with critically important ideas who may not have other opportunities for research funding. In order to qualify for Tier I funding, you must demonstrate success in a past community-building project. The project doesn’t have to have been health-related. You need to explain how you engaged the community and formed partnerships to achieve your goal and how, by building relationships and forming partnerships, you were able to overcome any obstacles.

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: December 23, 2014

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

Funds available up to: $15,000

For more information, visit the PCORI website.

 
Guidance for Transferring Research Materials and Data

All data and materials transferred into and outside of the institution require either a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), a Data Use Agreement (DUA), or both. Material Transfer Agreements are used for the transfer of tangible materials (cell lines, mice, metallurgical samples, biological specimens), whereas Data Use Agreements are used for electronic or hardcopy data (including Protected Health Information, de-identified patient data, and non-human data).

All MTAs and DUAs should be routed through the Technology Transfer Office by sending a request to Andrew Jarrell at andrew.jarrell@case.edu.

 

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