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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


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July 14, 2015  

Limited Submission Reminder: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Key Deadlines: October 5, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU internal letter of intent), January 13, 2016, 5:00pm EST (proposal due to sponsor).

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

To accomplish the program's goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The instrument is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (in contrast to requests for multiple instruments that enable research in a common or focused research domain, which MRI does not support). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or that will be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.

Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.

Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

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

 
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.

 
March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative announces the 2015 funding cycle for its Innovation Catalyst Grant Program. The Collaborative was established in 2013 to study the unknown causes of preterm birth. Ohio partners in the Collaborative include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Mount Carmel Health System, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals and MetroHealth System of Cleveland. Dartmouth College, University of Iowa, University of South Florida, Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis are also participating sites. The Collaborative is currently focusing on five thematic areas: Evolutionary Synthesis of Human Pregnancy, Genetics of Unique Human Populations, Molecular Developmental Biology of Pregnancy, Progesterone Signaling in Pregnancy Maintenance and Preterm Birth, and Sociobiology of Racial Disparities in Preterm Birth. The Collaborative aims to foster further discovery across these thematic areas by encouraging new interactions of transdisciplinary researchers called Innovation Catalysts. A primary objective of this program is to optimize the ability of these teams to pursue new science with excellence and immediacy.

Eligibility: Open to faculty-level investigators from Collaborative sites and from other Ohio academic and medical institutions. Emphasis on state- and region-wide transdisciplinary interactions is encouraged.

The attached application should be completed which includes the following:

1. Proposal, including a Specific Aims page and up to six pages outlining the Research Strategy. Preliminary data are not required but may be included if available.

2. NIH Biosketch for principal investigator and key personnel.

3. Budget. A project period of up to 2 years may be requested. The combined budget for a two year project may not exceed $100,000 with a maximum of $50,000 requested in any single year. Faculty salaries (limited by NIH cap, up to 15% support) may be included. Only direct costs are eligible.

Application deadline is September 15, 2015. Please submit completed application to Stephanie Swart at Stephanie.Swart@cchmc.org by email as a single pdf document. Proposals will be evaluated for novelty & innovation, transdisciplinary approach and alignment with Collaborative research goals. Applicants should anticipate a response by November 6, 2015. Funding will begin January 1, 2016.

Questions may be directed to Joanne Chappell, Director of Operations, at Joanne.Chappell@cchmc.org or to Dr. Louis Muglia, Coordinating Principal Investigator, at Louis.Muglia@cchmc.org.

 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – 2016 Future of Nursing Scholars
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a Request for Proposals for its 2016 Future of Nursing Scholars program, an annual program that aims to help develop the next generation of Ph.D.-prepared nurse leaders committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

The three-year program aims to ensure the nation has a diverse and well-trained leadership and workforce committed to building a culture of health across the country. To that end, Future of Nursing Scholars are encouraged to form long-lasting relationships and networks with other scholars in the program, as well as with scholars and fellows in other RWJF programs -- situating them as a formidable group of healthcare leaders.

Schools with research-focused Ph.D. programs in nursing are eligible to apply. Selected schools will choose the Ph.D. students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars and must be committed to facilitating the scholar’s completion of the Ph.D. degree in three academic years. The scholars selected also must be committed to completing their Ph.D. program in three academic years. Selected scholars must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of award.

For the 2016 cohort, the program will support up to seventy-five scholars. Each scholar will receive $75,000 to be used over the three years of the program. The award must be matched by $50,000, which can be in-kind, from the school.

Application Deadline: September 17, 2015

For more information visit the RWJF webpage.

 
NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations at Cleveland Clinic

The NIH Center for Accelerated Innovation at Cleveland Clinic (NCAI-CC) Announces the Request for Applications (RFA) for the third funding cycle for Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and University of Cincinnati.

Funding is available for promising emerging technologies directed towards diagnosis, treatment or management of cardiovascular, pulmonary, blood or sleep-related disorders. We are seeking projects such as therapeutics (e.g. drugs, biologics), preventatives, diagnostics, devices, tools, etc., in order to facilitate their translation to commercialized products that improve patient care and enhance health.

The NCAI-CC will provide funding and project assistance to advance the development of high priority early-stage technologies within the mission areas of the NHLBI (cardiovascular, lung, blood and sleep disorders).

Expert assistance will be provided in areas required for early technology development, including commercial opportunity assessment, intellectual property, clinical and regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal and project management.

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 19, 2015

For more information visit the NCAI-CC webpage.

 

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