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January 20, 2015  

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.

 
Did You Know?

Grant proposals are due in the Office of Research Administration (or Office of Grants & Contracts in SOM) at least 5 working days before the sponsor’s deadline. This allows time for an institutional review and correction of errors or omissions. As soon as you decide to submit a grant, contact your designated ORA or OGC specialist to let him/her know to expect your proposal. All funding proposals are now submitted on-line through the Sparta system.

Office of Research Administration: https://research.case.edu/index.cfm

Office of Grants & Contracts in SOM: http://casemed.case.edu/grantscontracts/

Sparta System: https://sparta.case.edu/.

 
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.

Sign up for a Pivot Webinar: https://refworks.webex.com/refworks/onstage/g.php?p=4&t=m.

 
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.

 

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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