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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.

Dr. Suzanne Rivera


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May 14, 2015  

Take Advantage of All Pivot Has to Offer

For years, Community of Science (COS) has been recognized around the world for its funding from a wide variety of sources as well as its access to the world’s research community.

CWRU has subscribed to COS's new product, Pivot, which provides you the edge by bringing together the right research opportunities, funding, and people—quickly and easily. It provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration—for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students.

Pivot can:

  • provide access to the most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities;
  • identify research expertise from within or outside of CWRU;
  • foster collaboration by cultivating essential partnerships and alliances; and
  • build strong network connections for future opportunities.
Learn more about how to use all the features Pivot has to offer.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is seeking applications that propose research focused on developing tools and models that compare the life-cycle costs of green, grey, and hybrid forms of water infrastructure. One of the high-priority research areas identified by the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) is developing tools to protect the quantity and quality of water. Under the 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act (CWA), the EPA established a program to address storm water discharges including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program which regulates point sources such as pipes and sewers that discharge directly into surface waters. Under the CWA, communities need to address stormwater management requirements as they consider their aging water infrastructure systems, rate payer expectations, and other considerations important to the community. Green infrastructure is an emerging technology with much potential to help many communities

Research is needed to assist communities throughout the United States in evaluating investments in green infrastructure that can improve stormwater management in multiple ways, including reducing the volume of stormwater entering the sewer system to decrease the costs of grey infrastructure updates, and by managing stormwater runoff as a resource, not a waste, to enhance scarce water supplies.

Application Deadline: July 2, 2015

For more information visit the EPA webpage.

 

Administration for Children and Families – National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), solicits applications to operate a National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (National Center). The National Center will develop and disseminate high-quality, research-informed-resources and provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to states, territories and Tribes to support expanded access to and supply of high quality afterschool and summer programs that foster children’s development and learning, especially for low-income children and families. The Center will design and implement a work plan that includes, but is not limited to, identifying needs and best practices that will help expand quality learning opportunities for school-age children; supporting state implementation of new health, safety, and quality provisions in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, as appropriate in school age care settings; identifying and promoting family engagement approaches that positively involve parents in afterschool and summer programs; and coordinating with early childhood and school-age stakeholder groups and other federal programs to maximize effective service delivery models.

Application Deadline: July 20, 2015

For more information visit the Grants.Gov webpage.

 
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.

 
Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative – Career Development Training Opportunity

The Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) KL2 a post-doctoral training program with an emphasis on multidisciplinary clinical and translational research, offers an innovative career development opportunity for qualified candidates. The CTSC KL2 is designed to train the nation’s future leaders in clinical and translational research, and is part of the NIH Roadmap aimed at “re-engineering the clinical research enterprise.” The CTSC KL2 has just welcomed this year’s cohort of scholars, who were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants:

  • Mohamed Abazeed, MD, PhD (Radiation Oncology; Translational Hematology & Oncology, CCF)
  • Stefanie Avril, MD (Pathology, CWRU)
  • Nicholas Schiltz, PhD (Epidemiology & Biostatistics, CWRU)
  • Jennifer Sweet, MD (Neurosurgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center)

CTSC KL2 is now seeking applications for next year’s cohort.
Qualified candidates must:
  • Hold an MD, PhD, DDS, PharmD, PsyD, or equivalent degree
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in clinical research
  • Have an appointment in one of the CTSC partner institutions on or before July 1, 2016
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status

Each scholar will embark on a 4-year program of intensive training in multidisciplinary team-based, patient-oriented clinical research, combining an innovative curriculum with mentored research experiences.

Applications will be accepted between 7/1/15 and 10/12/15.

For more information, contact Beth Spyke, MPA, at spykeb@ccf.org / 216.444.2702 or Raed Dweik, MD, at dweikr@ccf.org / 216-445-5763. You may also request to schedule an information session.

For additional information, visit the CTSC webpage.

 

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