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  

SPARTA System Used for All External Funding Proposals

When seeking external support for research and other sponsored projects, a funding proposal must be entered in Sparta.

Sparta is not just for federal funding. It is also to be used for foundation funding, state awards, and contracts with industry sponsors. University personnel cannot negotiate agreements with industry until a funding proposal is entered in Sparta. In addition, a funding proposal must be entered online even when applications are made directly to a foundation.

Please consult with the Office of Research Administration or the SOM Office of Grants and Contracts if you need assistance entering a funding proposal online.

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/

 

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.

 
Ohio Third Frontier (OTF), Ohio Development Services Agency

The goal of the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund (TVSF) is to increase economic growth in Ohio through start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio institutions of higher education and other Ohio not-for-profit research institutions. Two separate mechanisms have been set up to achieve these goals:

Phase 1 –Technology Validation The specific objectives of this phase are as follows:
• To generate the proof needed to move technology to the point that it is either ready to be licensed by an Ohio start-up company or otherwise deemed unfeasible for commercialization.
• To fund validation activities, such as prototyping, demonstrations, and assessment of critical failure points in subsequent development, scale-up, and commercialization.

Phase 2 – Start-Up Funds The specific objectives of this phase are as follows:
• To support Ohio start-up companies that have licensed technology developed at Ohio research institutions during the critical early life of the company, and accelerate the time to market of this technology.
• To generate the proof needed to either commercialize the technology or move the technology to the point where additional funds needed for commercialization can be raised.
• To fund activities in order to generate the needed proof.

The TVSF will support technology that falls within the following areas: Advanced Materials related to advanced polymers, ceramics, composites, carbon fibers and nanotubes and specialty metals and alloys; Aeropropulsion Power Management; Agribusiness and Food Processing; Fuel Cells and Energy Storage; Medical Technology related to imaging, surgical instruments/equipment, implant devices, and regenerative medicine; Software Applications for business and healthcare; Sensing and Automation Technologies; Situational Awareness and Surveillance Systems; Solar Photovoltaics; and Shale.

Potential CWRU Applicants - Contact:
Michael Haag, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Technology Management, 216-368-6106 or mhaag@case.edu.

For more information on the TVSF visit the Ohio Third Frontier website.

 
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.

 
Sparta Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CWRU's Office of Research Administration has recently added a page to its website listing answers to some of the common questions we get from Sparta users. These Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs, range from what to do for specific error messages to how to handle common confusing situations in Sparta. We will continue to add to these FAQs, and are always open to suggestions. These questions are searchable with your browser search feature so you can look for specific keywords if you like.

The FAQs can be found at http://research.case.edu/Prop_Dev/Sparta/SpartaFAQ.cfm or on the research.case.edu website under the Sparta Info link. If you have specific questions or are having issues, you can always reach the Sparta support team at sparta@case.edu.

 

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