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January 20, 2015  


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.

 
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has announced the availability of funding to support research relevant to exploring HIV persistence and the potential for HIV eradication. amfAR has established a new funding mechanism known as Impact Grants to support the in-depth development of concepts where preliminary data have indicated genuine promise in curing HIV. Impact Grants are conducted over a four-year funding period with up to $2,000,000 in total funding (including up to 20% indirect costs) and should include basic, animal and clinical (in vivo or ex vivo) research. Impact Grants aim to directly inform clinical efforts to safely eliminate or control latent/persistent HIV reservoirs. Priority will be given to projects with a clear pathway to development of an implementable intervention in humans.

Total Cost Maximum: $2,000,000

Performance Period: 4 years (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2019)

Portal Request Form Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015, 3:00 PM ET
Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 PM ET
Hardcopy of Signed Face Page By Mail: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

For more information and to review the complete RFP visit the amfAR website.

 
National Center for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI)

The Office of Translation and Innovation will host an information session on the National Center for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) program, including details on the current RFA, led by Mark Low, Managing Director for the NCAI-Cleveland Clinic and Mark Chance, Vice Dean for Research in the CWRU School of Medicine.

The information session will be held next Monday, January 26 from 12n - 1pm in BRB 932.

All interested investigators are encouraged to attend. If you are coming from outside the School of Medicine, please stop by the security desk on the ground floor of the Biomedical Research Building and they will give you access to the elevators.

Drs. Low and Chance, among others, will be on hand to help answer any questions you have about this innovations program. The NCAI is currently running it's third funding cycle RFA. This regional funding opportunity is a great chance to move your translational research project to the next level.

Letter of Intent deadline is February 10, 2015

Please RSVP to Anne DeChant or to som-translation-innovation@case.edu

For more information on the RFA visit the NCAI-CC website.

 
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a new grant opportunity that encourages the publication of nonfiction books that apply serious humanities scholarship to subjects of general interest and appeal.

The new NEH Public Scholar awards support well-researched books in the humanities conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through this program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should open up important and appealing subjects for wider audiences by presenting significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.

The Public Scholar program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have previously published a book or monograph with a university or commercial press, or articles and essays that reach a wide readership.

Application Deadline for first cycle: March 3, 2015 For more information visit the NEH website.

 
New Outside Interests Disclosure Form

Case Western Reserve University is committed to ensuring its faculty an open and productive environment in which to conduct teaching and research. The institution's concern with conflict of interests reflects the ever-increasing complexity of our society, our various relations with each other and with outside institutions, along with the heightened national and governmental sensitivity to such matters.

University policy requires that all faculty and other researchers who contribute to scientific development disclose their outside interests at least annually. The 2014 Outside Interests disclosure process will begin the first week of February. The Office of Research Administration has transitioned to Click Sparta to administer the 2014 process. Sparta has had a positive impact on streamlining the pre-award system and by using specialized Sparta Conflict of Interests (COI) software we have created a much more user friendly COI system. Sparta COI will have the look and feel of Sparta which will ease transition to the new software.

Pertinent information that had been part of the Spiderweb disclosure process will not prepopulate the Sparta COI disclosure form, but any data disclosed in Sparta COI will remain to be updated or changed as the need arises.

A number of information sessions have been organized in February and March, and we hope you can join the Office of Research Administration COI staff for an opportunity to learn about the new Sparta COI software for the annual disclosure process. Attendees can stop in for a quick tutorial of the new system, or you can complete your disclosure during the session with assistance from the COI staff.

 

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