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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.


CWRU's Core Facilities Site is Live

CWRU's Core Facilities Support Committee is working to promote all of the university's diverse core facilities and service centers in an attempt to improve their visibility and promote collaboration with researchers and industry partners.

The committee is pleased to announce that their website http://research.case.edu/corefacilities is now available and users can find information about the most common core facilities in one place. Intended to work alongside the already available webpage for CWRU's Centers and Institutes http://www.case.edu/centers , the site strives to promote the amazing facilities our university offers.

If you would like more information, have a comment or have a core facility that you feel we have missed, please feel free to email the committee at CWRUcores@case.edu.

OHRP Research Community Forum is September 16

Office for Human Research Protection

Registration is now open!

OHRP Research Community Forum
September 16, 2015
“Innovations in Research: Collaborations and Transformations”
For more information and to register for the conference:http://conta.cc/1C6bkBb

2015 School of Medicine Core Facilities Retreat and Symposium

Monday, August 31 8am - 1pm
Tinkham Veale University Center

The School of Medicine offers a large portfolio of Life Science, Biomedical, and Clinical Core Facilities accessible to all members of the CWRU research community. Please join them as they celebrate and put on display the robust cutting edge scientific resources available for your research.

More details are available on the event website: http://corefacilities.case.edu/retreat2015.html.

Plan to attend CWRU Innovation Summit in October

MODELS OF INNOVATION
Oct. 26-28, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio

Make plans now to attend Innovation Summit and explore the opportunities and challenges of various models of innovation at the global scale. This campus-wide event is bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, academics, economic development professionals, policy makers and more to explore how innovation thrives.

Learn more and register at - http://engineering.case.edu/innovation-summit


Research Matters

Research Matters

Use the following link in order to view previous editions of Research Matters and Research News and Updates Research Matters Archive .




Latest News

Research Newsletter
July 14, 2015  

Limited Submission Reminder: Simons Foundation: Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

Key Deadlines: September 3, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), October 28, 2015, 12:00pm EST (external application).

The Simons Foundation invites nominations for Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS). These Investigators are outstanding scientists, often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds, who are now engaged in mathematical model- based research in the life sciences and to whom the Simons Foundation is dedicated to providing long-term support for their work.

Rationale and scope: New approaches in mathematically based modeling are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. The MMLS program aims to support such approaches and foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences. To encourage young researchers to pursue this endeavor, the MMLS program will provide a long-term, stable base of support, enabling a focus on model-based approaches to important issues in the life sciences.

A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling, and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution; however, preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established and, for this reason, bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases, preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments, and introduce important new concepts.

Terms of Awards: An Investigator will receive research support in an amount initially set at $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator's department. The award is administered through the institution at which the Investigator is appointed, and this institution will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs on the Investigator and departmental funds.

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

 
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.

 
Clear Roads - Developing Test Bed Software to Qualify Plug and Play Technology

Clear Roads has been leading a collaborative effort called the Plug and Play Initiative to develop a universal bi-directional communications protocol for in-cab electronics, regardless of the manufacturer or service provider. Establishment of this protocol will mutually benefit Clear Roads member states and their vendors by standardizing how critical operational data are shared on modern snow and ice vehicles, namely between compatible AVL devices and anti-icing/deicing joystick and spreader controller systems.

The goal of this project is to develop a software suite that will be used to validate and certify candidate spreader controllers and AVL equipment for compliance with the Clear Roads Universal In-Cab Performance Specification and Communications Protocol. The suite will be composed of three components:

1. SQL database: Stores test parameters and vendor/equipment information.
2. Web portal: Web application used by equipment vendors to complete the certification process, and by Clear Roads members to administer and view lists of compliant equipment and test results.
3. Device test application: A Microsoft Windows application that performs the tests on the device, provides feedback to the user, and communicates results to the SQL database via the web portal. Vendors will download the device test application installation package via the web portal.

Project tasks include conducting a needs assessment, developing the software suite, pilot-testing the software, and developing a user guide and other documentation. The selected contractor will host the software suite; it will be linked to the Clear Roads website. Proposals must include annual maintenance costs. This will be a 2-year contract with the possibility to renew annually for up to an additional 5 years.

Proposal Deadline: August 31, 2015

For more information visit the Clear Roads webpage.

 
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Offers Support for Early Career Scholars
A program of the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, the Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States through fellowships and grants, primarily for scholars early in their careers.

The program offers three competitions:

1) Pre-dissertation Summer Travel Grants for Research in China are designed to enable doctoral candidates to spend three to four months in 2015 gaining familiarity with work under way in archives and field sites in China and to establish formal and informal relations with Chinese institutions and colleagues in preparation for subsequent full-time research in China. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a university in the U.S. Grants provide $5,000 for costs associated with travel to China (air and ground transportation, visas, and living expenses).

2) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for scholars in preparing their Ph.D. dissertation research for publication or in embarking on new research projects. Funding supports work based on the applicant's research in China, with the aim of producing a scholarly text in English. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a Ph.D. from any institution. The Ph.D. degree must be completed by November 4, 2015, and conferred by May 31, 2016. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must have an affiliation with a university or college in the U.S. The applicant's Ph.D. degree must have been conferred no more than eight years before the application deadline. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Fellowships provide up to $50,000 for a maximum of one academic year and a minimum of one semester. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs.

3) Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants of up to $15,000 provide opportunities for scholars of different disciplines to share in-depth investigation of texts that are essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. Awards may be used to support the travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Each member of the organizing team must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a Ph.D. from any institution. Workshops must be held at a location in the U.S.

Application Deadline: November 4, 2015

For more information visit the ACLS webpage.

 
National Institutes of Health – Transformative Research Award Program

The Transformative Research Award, run under the NIH Common Fund, was established to support exceptionally innovative, high-risk, and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms or otherwise have unusually broad impact. Such projects, due to their inherent risk, may be more difficult to support using a standard NIH R01 grant, but due to their potential impact, may merit pursuing. Little or no preliminary data are expected, but projects must clearly demonstrate the potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.

Letter of Intent Deadline: September 9, 2015

Application Deadline: October 9, 2015

For more information visit the NIH webpage.

 

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