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  

Limited Submission Reminder: NSF Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

Key Deadlines: January 5, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), March 2, 2015, 5:00pm EST.

The Division of Materials Research (DMR) seeks to significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program - Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program. MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which strives to "discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials in half the time and at a fraction of the cost." Platforms respond to the increasing complexity of conducting materials research that requires the close collaboration of multidisciplinary teams who have access to cutting edge tools. To accelerate research outcomes, Platforms conduct research through iterative "closed-loop" efforts among the areas of materials synthesis, characterization, theory, and the application of theory through modeling and/or simulation. The in-house research conducted by a MIP is transformational and focuses on a targeted materials grand challenge and/or a technological outcome (e.g., understanding complexity, discovery of new phenomena and materials, etc.) that addresses a national priority.

MIPs push the frontiers in materials research by advancing the capabilities of current state-of-the-art experimental tools through the development of new techniques and the next generation of instrumentation that will lead to understanding and discovering new phenomena as well as the discovery of complex functional material systems. In addition, it is expected that open access to these cutting edge tools will strengthen collaborations among scientists and enable researchers to work in new ways, while fostering new modalities of multidisciplinary education and training. The user facility aspect of a Platform accounts for approximately 50% of the collaborative effort, where a MIP provides access to unique high-quality, state-of-the-art instrumentation and technological services through a staff of experts that are accessible to external researchers and all types of institutions. Due to this convergence of expertise, MIPs will serve as focal points that promote cross-fertilization of ideas between internal and external researchers.

The Platform, the tools and techniques developed, and the resulting new materials are themselves meant to be transformative. The US, once a global leader in materials synthesis, has fallen behind in the science of crystal growth. To rebuild technical strength in this area, the initial MIPs will focus on developing new bulk and thin film crystalline hard materials. The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition. MIPs are anticipated to be five year awards totaling $10,000,000 to $25,000,000 for the award period. MIP awards are eligible for a one-time five-year renewal, subsequent to a rigorous and favorable review by NSF. To cover the breadth of this endeavor, it is expected that proposed projects will be directed by a team of at least three Senior Personnel with complementary expertise. Equipment acquisition is expected in the first few years, but yearly budget should not exceed $7.0M.

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

 
Take Advantage of All Pivot Has to Offer

For years, Community of Science (COS) has been recognized around the world for its funding from a wide variety of sources as well as its access to the world’s research community.

CWRU has subscribed to COS's new product, Pivot, which provides you the edge by bringing together the right research opportunities, funding, and people—quickly and easily. It provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration—for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students.

Pivot can:

  • provide access to the most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities;
  • identify research expertise from within or outside of CWRU;
  • foster collaboration by cultivating essential partnerships and alliances; and
  • build strong network connections for future opportunities.
Learn more about how to use all the features Pivot has to offer.

Sign up for a Pivot Webinar: https://refworks.webex.com/refworks/onstage/g.php?p=4&t=m.

 
Limited Submission Reminder: NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

Key Deadlines: December 1, 2014, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), December 30, 2014, 5:00pm EST (agency Letter of Intent), January 30, 2015, 5:00pm EST (agency application).

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two candidates as determined by the institution.
Amount of Funding: $250,000 per year, in direct costs, for a five-year period

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

 
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier I - Pre-Engagement/Community Projects fund the building of the community and capacity necessary to later develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) project addressing the issue of interest to the awardee

The Tier I awards are for individuals or groups who are not usual candidates for research funding. This program is intended to support those individuals and groups with critically important ideas who may not have other opportunities for research funding. In order to qualify for Tier I funding, you must demonstrate success in a past community-building project. The project doesn’t have to have been health-related. You need to explain how you engaged the community and formed partnerships to achieve your goal and how, by building relationships and forming partnerships, you were able to overcome any obstacles.

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: December 23, 2014

Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

Funds available up to: $15,000

For more information, visit the PCORI website.

 

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