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  


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.

 
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.

 
The Cleveland Area Reliant IRB Review Process

The Cleveland Area Reliant Institutional Review Board (IRB) Review process includes participation by the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) IRB, the Cleveland Clinic (CC) IRB, MetroHealth Medical Center (MHMC) IRB, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) IRB. The process relies on executed IRB Authorization Agreements (IAA) between the institutions. These agreements document that all applicable human research subjects protection considerations will be made by one Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will be deemed the IRB of record. The IRBs of the other Cleveland area institutions will accept the approval of the IRB of record through the Reliant Review process. The goal is to eliminate duplication of effort and multiple applications for submission of the same protocol, and to encourage scientific collaboration among the affiliated institutions.

What types of studies are eligible for the Reliant Review Process?
Any type of human research study could be eligible for the Reliant Review process. These include but are not limited to investigator-initiated, federally-funded, foundation-supported, industry-sponsored, and non-funded studies.

The fundamental requirement is that a collaborating investigator must be named at each site where the research will occur. It is important for the Principal Investigator at the lead study site to work with the IRB of record throughout the Reliant Review Process to initiate acceptance of IRB approval at each collaborating site.

For further information, contact Kim Volarcik at (216) 368-0134 or kav6@case.edu.

 
Limited Submission Reminder: NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

Key Deadlines: December 1, 2014, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), December 30, 2014, 5:00pm EST (agency Letter of Intent), January 30, 2015, 5:00pm EST (agency application).

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two candidates as determined by the institution.
Amount of Funding: $250,000 per year, in direct costs, for a five-year period

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

 
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.

Learn to use Pivot via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/proquestpivot.

 

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