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  

Limited Submission Reminder: NSF Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

Key Deadlines: January 5, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), March 2, 2015, 5:00pm EST.

The Division of Materials Research (DMR) seeks to significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program - Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program. MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which strives to "discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials in half the time and at a fraction of the cost." Platforms respond to the increasing complexity of conducting materials research that requires the close collaboration of multidisciplinary teams who have access to cutting edge tools. To accelerate research outcomes, Platforms conduct research through iterative "closed-loop" efforts among the areas of materials synthesis, characterization, theory, and the application of theory through modeling and/or simulation. The in-house research conducted by a MIP is transformational and focuses on a targeted materials grand challenge and/or a technological outcome (e.g., understanding complexity, discovery of new phenomena and materials, etc.) that addresses a national priority.

MIPs push the frontiers in materials research by advancing the capabilities of current state-of-the-art experimental tools through the development of new techniques and the next generation of instrumentation that will lead to understanding and discovering new phenomena as well as the discovery of complex functional material systems. In addition, it is expected that open access to these cutting edge tools will strengthen collaborations among scientists and enable researchers to work in new ways, while fostering new modalities of multidisciplinary education and training. The user facility aspect of a Platform accounts for approximately 50% of the collaborative effort, where a MIP provides access to unique high-quality, state-of-the-art instrumentation and technological services through a staff of experts that are accessible to external researchers and all types of institutions. Due to this convergence of expertise, MIPs will serve as focal points that promote cross-fertilization of ideas between internal and external researchers.

The Platform, the tools and techniques developed, and the resulting new materials are themselves meant to be transformative. The US, once a global leader in materials synthesis, has fallen behind in the science of crystal growth. To rebuild technical strength in this area, the initial MIPs will focus on developing new bulk and thin film crystalline hard materials. The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition. MIPs are anticipated to be five year awards totaling $10,000,000 to $25,000,000 for the award period. MIP awards are eligible for a one-time five-year renewal, subsequent to a rigorous and favorable review by NSF. To cover the breadth of this endeavor, it is expected that proposed projects will be directed by a team of at least three Senior Personnel with complementary expertise. Equipment acquisition is expected in the first few years, but yearly budget should not exceed $7.0M.

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

 
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier I - Pre-Engagement/Community Projects fund the building of the community and capacity necessary to later develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) project addressing the issue of interest to the awardee

The Tier I awards are for individuals or groups who are not usual candidates for research funding. This program is intended to support those individuals and groups with critically important ideas who may not have other opportunities for research funding. In order to qualify for Tier I funding, you must demonstrate success in a past community-building project. The project doesn’t have to have been health-related. You need to explain how you engaged the community and formed partnerships to achieve your goal and how, by building relationships and forming partnerships, you were able to overcome any obstacles.

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: December 23, 2014

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

Funds available up to: $15,000

For more information, visit the PCORI website.

 
Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA)

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association is accepting applications for its Marilyn Bagwell Leadership Development Grant, an annual program to foster the development of leadership skills in nursing students at the school level.

A grant of up to $2,500 will be awarded to one nursing program that wishes to establish or enhance its involvement in NSNA. The funds may be used to create an official NSNA chapter; to support special initiatives/activities of an official chapter where leadership principles can be applied and learned; and to promote the advancement of the resolutions adopted by NSNA within the last ten years.

The school that receives the grant will be recognized at the 63rd NSNA Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, in April 2015.

A faculty advisor from the nursing program must apply for the grant. Individual students are not eligible.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the foundation FNSNA website.

 
The Commonwealth Fund

The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is a one-year, degree-granting, full-time fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Boston, beginning in July 2015.

The program is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high performance health care for racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged groups, and other vulnerable populations.

For more information and to download the brochure and application, visit the MCFF website.

 
Guidance for Transferring Research Materials and Data

All data and materials transferred into and outside of the institution require either a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), a Data Use Agreement (DUA), or both. Material Transfer Agreements are used for the transfer of tangible materials (cell lines, mice, metallurgical samples, biological specimens), whereas Data Use Agreements are used for electronic or hardcopy data (including Protected Health Information, de-identified patient data, and non-human data).

All MTAs and DUAs should be routed through the Technology Transfer Office by sending a request to Andrew Jarrell at andrew.jarrell@case.edu.

 

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