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.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – Building Demand for the Arts
The Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts grants support organizations and artists in joint efforts to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance. While many programs focus on the supply side of the supply/demand equation, this program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations can work together in imaginative ways to create and pilot methods of reaching the public and developing interest in and access to the performing arts. This program encourages creative thinking about how to increase this demand and to engage communities in new ways—which may include but are not necessarily limited to the traditional artist-audience dynamic.
The program is divided into two distinct grant initiatives: Exploration Grants, supporting hosted visits for artists of at least 30 days over a period of up to 15 months during which artists and organizations are to begin to imagine and plan ways to build demand; and Implementation Grants, supporting artists hosted by organizations for at least 90 days over a period of up to three years. Both Exploration and Implementation grants will be offered in 2015 but organizations may only apply for one of the grant types. A total of 40 Implementation grants will be awarded in the next two rounds.
Sponsor Deadline for Intent to Apply Form: April 24, 2015
To view the official announcement and description of this opportunity visit the Doris Duke website.
NEW Limited Submission: NIH – Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG)
Key Deadlines: March 23, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), May 29, 2015, 5:00pm EST (Sponsor’s Submission deadline).
The objective of the Program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research. The SIG Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. An integrated instrumentation system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component could provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently.
Types of supported instruments include, but are not limited to: x-ray diffractometers, electron and confocal microscopes, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, protein and DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers. Applications for "stand alone" computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters and storage systems) will only be considered if the instrument is solely dedicated to the research needs of a broad community of NIH-supported investigators.
Instruments must be for research purposes only. Applications for research on advancing the design or for the development of new instrumentation are not appropriate for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
Hands-on Introduction to the New Sparta COI System
Nursing School Bioinformatics Lab, Ground Floor
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:00am
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:00am
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:00am
School of Medicine, Robbins E324
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:00pm
Kelvin Smith Library
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:00 – 11:00am - Room LL06
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 2:00 – 3:00pm - Room 215
Join the Office of Research Administration Conflict of Interests (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 our COI staff.
Registration is online at: https://research.case.edu/Education/Onlinecalendar.cfm.
Research Best Practices Day 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413
Registration is now open for "Research Best Practices Day 2015". This annual event is open to the entire research community. Each year, several topics are presented by our local experts as part of CWRU's ongoing training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). We encourage faculty, staff and students to attend one or more of the sessions that are applicable to their research. Please join us for a day dedicated to enhancing research practices at Case Western Reserve University.
Research Misconduct Cases - The Insiders' Stories
Join us for a panel discussion about the research misconduct process. Hear from CWRU's Research Integrity Officer, someone who inadvertently discovered misconduct and reported it, the chair of several research misconduct committees and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Each has a unique perspective, and you are sure to learn many "best practices" that will be useful in your own research career.
Peer Review - The Insiders' Stories
In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from a 14-year veteran executive editor of a peer reviewed journal and a frequent federal grant reviewer. Each will provide his or her perspective on what to consider in order to improve the likelihood of a successful submission.
The Informed Consent Process - Tips and Tactics to Increase Privacy and Decrease Complexity
In this session, we will discuss ways in which the privacy of research participants can be enhanced. In addition, we will explore how to create an effective informed consent form and process with reduced complexity.
Register for one or more sessions at: http://research.case.edu/Education/Onlinecalendar.cfm.
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