National Science Foundation (NSF) & American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) have launched the Beyond the Box National Digitization Innovation Competition. The initiative will award $1 million to the individual or team who develops a novel way to accurately and efficiently capture digital images of insect specimens and their associated data from a standard museum drawer of insects.
The Beyond the Box Digitization Challenge has been designed to stimulate individuals or teams to solve a problem that is hindering scientific research and innovation - the inability to quickly and accurately digitize specimens and associated data in a standard tray of insects in a natural history museum. Solving this problem will help advance research as well as contribute to improved public health, environmental management, and agriculture by providing scientists, farmers, health care providers, and citizen scientists with access to our nation's insect collections. Moreover, the solution to this problem will almost certainly find additional applications in scientific and commercial settings.
The winning entry will receive up to $1 million for the development of a hardware and software system that automates digitization of pinned insect specimens, without damaging the specimens--one of the most challenging biocollections digitization tasks.
Visit the Beyond the Box website for more information on the challenge.
NEW Limited Submission: W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program
Key Deadlines: June 15, 2015 (CWRU internal LOI), November 1, 2015 (Sponsor Deadline).
The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by funding fundamental, high-risk research in two specific areas: 1) medical research and 2) science and engineering. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. CWRU may submit two proposals per funding cycle: one (1) in Medical Research and one (1) in Science and Engineering Research.
Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.
Grants of up to $1 million over 3 years are awarded for projects in science and engineering research and medical research that:
- Focus on basic, early stage, emerging areas of research, not on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development.
- Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.
- Have few, if any, peer groups pursuing comparable or related work.
- Have high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm.
- Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem.
- Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies. Provide specifics. If you've been declined federal funding, provide the documentation stating why, if available.
- Demonstrate that the W. M. Keck Foundation's support is essential to the project's success.
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that last year awarded up to AUD$272,500 per scholar for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships for eligible non-Australians including Americans and Canadians to undertake a postgraduate qualification either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to two years for a Masters or up to 4 years for a PhD.
Endeavour Research Fellowships for American and Canadian postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers to undertake 4-6 months of research in Australia.
Endeavour Executive Fellowships offer professional development opportunities of (1 to 4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.
Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2015 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
For more information visit the ORAU webpage.
Reminder: New NIH biosketch format effective May 25th, 2015
The new NIH Biosketch format will take effect for applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015. Key changes include:
- Extending the biosketch page limit to 5 pages
- Allowing PIs and researchers to include up to four references in their personal statement
- Allowing researchers to describe up to five of their most important contributions to science
- Allowing researchers to include a link that provides access to a full list of your published work
Kathy Blazar, interim director at our Cleveland Health Sciences Library, has prepared a power point presentation that can help you navigate the new format: http://www.case.edu/chsl/library/NIHBiosketch.pptx.
Additional points to consider:
If you have questions about the process, please contact Kathy Blazar at email@example.com.
- Investigators need to update their personal profile on eRA Commons
- Public access compliance need to be up to date
- All non-CWRU, most especially international, collaborators must also be compliant if they are named as key personnel.
Billing and Reporting for Core Facilities Workshop
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
- or -
Thursday, June 4, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Calling all core facility administrators! The Controller’s Office and the School of Medicine (SOM) Office of Research Administration are hosting a workshop on billing and reporting processes for core facilities. All staff involved in any part of billing and reporting for a core facility or shared resource are strongly encouraged to attend. Multiple sessions have been scheduled for your convenience.
If you are unable to attend either of these sessions, let us know on the registration page and we will work to schedule additional sessions. Contact Joan Schenkel in the SOM Office of Research Administration with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-368-4268.
Registration is online here.
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