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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.


CWRU's Core Facilities site is live

CWRU's Core Facilities Support Committee is working to promote all of the university's diverse core facilities and service centers in an attempt to improve their visibility and promote collaboration with researchers and industry partners.

The committee is pleased to announce that their website http://research.case.edu/corefacilities is now available and users can find information about the most common core facilities in one place. Intended to work alongside the already available webpage for CWRU's Centers and Institutes http://www.case.edu/centers , the site strives to promote the amazing facilities our university offers.

If you would like more information, have a comment or have a core facility that you feel we have missed, please feel free to email the committee at CWRUcores@case.edu.

Plan to attend CWRU Innovation Summit in October

MODELS OF INNOVATION
Oct. 26-28, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio

Make plans now to attend Innovation Summit and explore the opportunities and challenges of various models of innovation at the global scale. This campus-wide event is bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, academics, economic development professionals, policy makers and more to explore how innovation thrives.

Learn more and register at - http://engineering.case.edu/innovation-summit


Research Matters

Research Matters

Use the following link in order to view previous editions of Research Matters and Research News and Updates Research Matters Archive .




Latest News

Research Newsletter
October 2, 2017February 22, 2018  

NIH: Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in the United States (R34) & (R01)
Approximately 100,000 adolescents and young adults in the United States experience a first episode of psychosis (FEP) every year. The early phase of psychotic illness is widely viewed as a critical opportunity for indicated prevention, and a chance to alter the downward trajectory and poor outcomes associated with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. Compared to traditional treatment approaches, programs that integrate pharmacologic, psychological, and rehabilitation interventions for FEP, i.e., team-based Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC), have been found to produce a range of positive clinical and functional outcomes. However, the timing of treatment is critical; short and long-term outcomes are better when individuals begin treatment close to the onset of psychosis. Unfortunately, numerous studies find a substantial delay between the onset of psychotic symptoms and the initiation of FEP care; in the U.S. treatment is typically delayed between one and three years. Early identification of FEP, rapid referral to evidence-based services, and effective engagement in CSC are essential to shortening the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) and pre-empting the functional deterioration common in psychotic disorders. The World Health Organization advocates reducing DUP to 3 months or less. Accordingly, this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks planning grant applications that (1) identify a baseline rate of DUP in community settings that include CSC programs; (2) map referral pathways to CSC care, (3) identify bottlenecks and gaps in the pathway to CSC care, and (4) develop and pilot test feasible strategies for substantially reducing DUP among persons with FEP.

Application Deadline: March 19, 2019

For more information visit the NIH webpage.

 
NIH: Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (R21)
This FOA encourages Exploratory/Developmental Research grant (R21) applications from institutions and organizations proposing research aimed at characterizing animal stem cells and improving existing, and creating new, animal models for human disease conditions. The intent of this initiative is to facilitate the use of stem cell-based therapies for regenerative medicine. The initiative focuses on the following areas: 1) comparative analysis of animal and human stem cells to provide information for selection of the most predictive and informative model systems; 2) development of new technologies for stem cell characterization and transplantation; and 3) improvement of animal disease models for stem cell-based therapeutic applications.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2019
For more information visit the NIH webpage.

 
Enhanced Secure Environment for REDCap at CWRU

At the request of CWRU Researchers, UTech is providing an enhanced secure environment for REDCap at CWRU.

CWRU-based REDCap users and existing CWRU REDCap projects will be relocated to the Secure Research Environment (SRE) beginning late January 2018. Existing user access/experience will not change--you will use your current URL (https://redcap.case.edu/redcap/). There will be a brief scheduled interruption in the service during the changeover (during non-business hours).

Future communications will address this move’s impact on your projects that may contain Protected Health Information (PHI) from HIPAA covered entities, Personally Identified Information (PII), or new users or projects migrating from partnering hospital systems (with PHI or PII present). In these cases, enhanced security options will be available and UTech/REDCap staff will be available to assist you.

At this time, there will be no change in access or service. If you have questions, please contact the [U]Tech Service Desk at help@case.edu or (216)368-HELP. Refer to the REDCap change. (If you are not using the CWRU REDCap, this relocation will not apply to you, unless you seek to move your REDCap data from its current location to the CWRU instance).

 
SpartaIRB User Training for CWRU and University Hospitals IRBs

Many dates offered
One-hour sessions
University Hospitals IRB Training held in Lakeside 1400
CWRU IRB Training held in Sears Library Building, Room 670


SpartaIRB, the new CWRU and University Hospitals IRB electronic protocol submission system will begin accepting applications in March. These 1-hour sessions will introduce investigators to the new system. Investigators, administrators and students who will submit IRB applications are encouraged to attend at least one session.

Training will focus primarily on submissions to either the University Hospitals IRB or CWRU IRB. When registering, check the title of the training and the location to be sure you attend the training for the IRB you will use most often.

For more information about the SpartaIRB transition, please see: http://case.edu/research/faculty-staff/education/spartairb/.

Registration for the user training is online at: https://research.case.edu/researchapps/education/onlinecalendar.cfm.

 
Department of the Air Force - Speech and Audio Data Technologies (SADT)
1. The Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is soliciting white papers under this announcement for new and innovative research to increase AFRL's knowledge and understanding of speech and audio exploitation technologies for support of military applications.
2. The scope of this effort covers a broad range of technologies not limited to: usable speech determination, interference mitigation (noise, co-channel), channel mitigation, speaker diarization, whispered speech detection, music or tone detection/mitigation, background noise detection, speaker segmentation, speaker highlighting, speaker identification, speaker verification, transmission segmentation, language and dialect identification, accented speech identification, optimal data selection, coding to preserve the characteristics of the speaker and channel, automatic speech recognition, key word spotting, correlation, and model adaptation, event/anomaly detection, platform identification.
3. The main emphasis for this research are techniques and methods for use in a tactical (low signal-to-noise ratio, <10 seconds processing time, with minimal training time and data) military environment.
4. Deliverables will be technical reports and when appropriate, software and demonstrations with associated data.
This announcement is for an Open, 2 Step BAA which is open and effective until 30 Sep 2020. Only white papers are due at this time. While white papers will be considered if received prior to 1500 on 30 Sep 2020, the following submission dates are suggested to best align with projected funding:

FY17 - 19 May 2017
FY18 - 29 Dec 2017
FY19 - 31 Dec 2018
FY20 - 31 Dec 2019

1. FIRST STEP - White Paper Reviews: The Government will review White Papers to determine which of them have the potential to best meet the Air Force's needs based on the criteria listed above. If white papers are of interest and funding is available, AFRL/RI will request a formal technical and cost proposal from offeror. If white papers are not of interest or there is not funding available, a letter is sent to the offeror indicating the reason not selected.
2. SECOND STEP - Proposal Review and Selection Process

Total funding for this BAA is approximately $9.9M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $100K to $750K. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value.

White Papers accepted until September 30, 2020

For more information visit the FBO website.

 

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