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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.

Dr. Suzanne Rivera

Research ShowCASE

Research ShowCASE + Intersections 2015 is almost here!

Please join us on Friday, April 17th from 9 AM to 3 PM in the Veale Convocation Center for our celebration of discovery, collaboration, and community.

For the first time we are offering a mobile app to help visitors better navigate the event. Go to Guidebook.com/g/ShowCASE from your iOS or Android device to download the app.


SpartaCOI is now available for 2014 Annual Outside Financial Interests Certification

Sparta COI Disclosure System

It is time for all full-time faculty and non-faculty investigators to complete the annual CWRU Outside Financial Interests Certification Form. CWRU Conflict of Interests Policy requires disclosure at least annually and the deadline for completion of the 2014 form is April 1, 2015.

Please visit our Conflict of Interests (COI) Committee website for more information, including a schedule of in-person assistance sessions and a user Guide for our new application, SpartaCOI.





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May 5, 2015  

Purchasing Computing Devices with Federal Funds under the New Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Parts 200.20 and 200.453)

Computing devices are machines used to acquire, store, analyze, process, and publish data and other information electronically and include accessories (or peripherals) for printing, transmitting and receiving, or storing electronic information. Computing devices costing less than $5,000 are not considered equipment and therefore are treated as supplies and materials. Therefore, if a computing device is to be acquired for use in the performance of a federal award, the computing device may be charged to the federal award provided that:

  • it is essential (i.e., necessary) to performing the work under the award, and
  • the cost is allocable and reasonable.
Determining whether a computing device is essential – The Principal Investigator should consider (and document) whether performing the work under the award without the computing device would be difficult and inefficient. An important measure of this is determining (and documenting) whether the anticipated cost of performing the work without the computing device is greater than the combined cost of performing the work plus the cost of acquiring the computing device.

Determining whether a computing device is allocable to a federal award – If a computing device is essential to and will benefit a federal award, it is allocable to that award. The cost may be allocated to a federal award even when its usage is not solely dedicated to it. However, the Principal Investigator should first consider the amount of benefit of the computing device to the project, and the cost should be allocated proportionally with a reasonable cost allocation methodology.

Determining whether the cost of a computing device is reasonable – The Principal Investigator must make an informed, prudent decision, taking into consideration not only the cost, but the utility, quality and value of the device to the project.

If a computing device is not essential to a federal award, it is not allocable (in whole or in part) as a direct cost to that award. In such cases, the computing device is considered to be a “general use” item and must be treated as an indirect cost expense (just like paper, pens and other general use supplies), and charged to an appropriate institutional funding source.

Please remember that all expenses charged to federal awards must conform to the cost principles specified in the OMB Uniform Guidance. Please consult with the Office of Research Administration if you should have any questions about whether you may charge a specific expense to federal funds.

 
Limited Submission Reminder: The Brain Research Foundation – Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience (SIA)

Key Deadlines: May 11, 2015 (CWRU internal letter of intent); July 1, 2015 (LOI due to sponsor); Oct 1, 2015 (proposal due to sponsor).

The Brain Research Foundation has invited Case Western Reserve University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2016 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience.

This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

Number of Applications Allowed: One senior faculty member. Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $450,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2016-December 2018). Exact dates will be provided by the BRF upon application approval. The first grant payment of $75,000 will be made upon completion of the SIA Acceptance Form (January 2016). The final payment of $75,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (January 2017).

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

 
Department of Defense
FY15 Autism Research Program

DoD FY15 Autism Idea Development Award

DoD FY15 Autism Clinical Trial Award

 
Hartwell Postdoctoral Fellowship Nominations Due by May 15

Case Western Reserve University will receive a Hartwell Fellowship to fund one postdoctoral candidate of their choice who exemplifies the values of the Foundation. Each Hartwell Fellowship will provide support for two years at $50,000 direct cost for two years. Each Fellowship must be used to fund one postdoctoral candidate of the institution’s choice, selected from areas of biomedical science, in appropriate areas of basic and applied life sciences related to human health that are consistent with the values of The Hartwell Foundation, including engineering focused on biomedical applications. Proposals must reflect relevance in terms of potential benefits to children. The Foundation will only consider proposals in biomedical research. The Foundation will not consider for example, research in public health, epidemiology, social science, psychology, ecology, environmental impacts, anthropology, or botany. It is the intent of The Hartwell Foundation that the Fellowship will support scientists and biomedical engineers who have completed requirements for a doctoral degree and are still in the early stages of career development. The Fellowship must be used to pursue further specialized research training, not to extend or complete clinical training. The Fellowship will be funded in July.

The following rules apply to the Hartwell Fellowship:

  • Hartwell Fellows must be citizens of the United States
  • Fellows must commence their postdoctoral training no later than November 1, or the Fellowship award to the Institution may be rescinded
  • Funds may be used for salary, health insurance, or travel related to a scientific meeting, but not for the purchase of supplies or equipment or other fringe benefits
  • No part of the Fellowship may cover institutional overhead or other indirect costs, nor should the recipient or the sponsoring research laboratory be obligated or penalized to pay by substitution such indirect costs by any other means
  • At the conclusion of funding, the Hartwell Fellow should submit a summary of the impact that the award had on their career goals
  • If appreciable funds remain following a resignation of the Hartwell Fellow, the sponsoring institution must designate a timely replacement within Foundation guidelines; no adjustment to residual funds will be provided by The Hartwell Foundation
Start and End Dates
Postdoctoral study will commence upon receipt of funds but in no case later than November 1, 2015. The active period of the Fellowship is intended to be two years from commencement of training, unless the end date is extended by virtue of carryover of funds. At the conclusion of funding, the Hartwell Fellow will submit to the Foundation a summary of the impact that the award had on their career goals.

Nominations must be received by May 12, 2015 and include cv’s of the proposed postdoctoral fellow, a letter and cv of the sponsoring mentoring faculty member, a brief description of the biomedical research project in which the Fellow will be engaged and its relevance to the values of The Hartwell Foundation. The letter of request should also outline that the proposed Fellowships consistent with the rules noted above. The applications should be sent to DeputyProvost@case.edu no later than May 15, 2015.

 
Limited Submission Reminder: The Brain Research Foundation – Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience (SIA)

Key Deadlines: May 11, 2015 (CWRU internal letter of intent); July 1, 2015 (LOI due to sponsor); Oct 1, 2015 (proposal due to sponsor).

The Brain Research Foundation has invited Case Western Reserve University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2016 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience.

This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

Number of Applications Allowed: One senior faculty member. Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $450,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2016-December 2018). Exact dates will be provided by the BRF upon application approval. The first grant payment of $75,000 will be made upon completion of the SIA Acceptance Form (January 2016). The final payment of $75,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (January 2017).

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

 

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