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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

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
May 4, 2016  

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
The annual program is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of cancer. The award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early-career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances in cancer research.

Grants of up to $450,000 over three years will be awarded to support novel, exceptionally creative research with the potential to create significant impact in the cancer field.

To be eligible, applicants (including non-U.S. citizens) must be conducting independent basic or translational/clinical research at a U.S. research institution and be a tenure-track assistant professor within the first four years of obtaining his/her initial assistant professor position; a clinical instructor or senior clinical fellow (in the final year of his/her sub-specialty training) holding an M.D. who is pursuing a period of independent research before taking a tenure-track faculty position; or a distinguished fellow with an exceptional record of research accomplishment identified by his/her institution who has dedicated laboratory space.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2016

For more information visit the Damon Runyon webpage.

Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis

CARMA, the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, is an interdisciplinary consortium devoted to helping faculty, graduate students and professionals learn of current developments in various areas of research methods and statistics. Its focus in research methods is relevant to the management and organizational sciences.

The Office of Research Administration sponsors a membership to CARMA to make the content and materials available to all Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and students. Live webcasts occur on a monthly basis, and become available in the video archive for viewing at any time.

Check out the CARMA website for more information at: http://und.edu/carma/index.cfm.

Questions related to CWRU's membership can be directed to Tracy Wilson-Holden at tjw18@case.edu.


Department of Defense

The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:

Department of the Army - USAMRAA

DoD Ovarian Cancer Clinical Development Award

DoD Ovarian Cancer Investigator-Initiated Research Award

DoD Ovarian Cancer Academy - Early-Career Investigator Award

DoD Ovarian Cancer Pilot Award

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is accepting applications for its annual Standard Grants Program.

The agency’s annual matching grants program supports public-private partnerships dedicated to carrying out projects related to the long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In Mexico, projects may also include technical training, environmental education and outreach, organizational infrastructure development, and sustainable-use studies.

Grant amounts are considered on a project-by-project basis.

Application Deadline: July 14, 2016

For more information visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service webpage.

Addressing Rigor in NIH Applications

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has moved ahead with implementing measures to enhance rigor, transparency and reproducibility in NIH-supported research.

In October, NIH announced updates to the application instructions and review criteria for most research grants and individual mentored career development awards. These updates instruct applicants to address four key areas NIH deems important for enhancing rigor and transparency in research: 1) the scientific premise forming the basis of the proposed research; 2) rigorous experimental design for valid, robust, and unbiased results; 3) consideration of relevant biological variables; and 4) authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources.

The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) web page on rigor and reproducibility is a resource as researchers consider how to address rigor in their applications.

Although new proposal and reporting requirements are now in effect in this area, NIH recently extended the timeline for implementing rigor and transparency policy changes for institutional training grants, institutional career development grants, and individual fellowships. As early as fiscal year 2017, NIH will be asking applicants to include plans for instructing trainees and fellows in rigorous experimental design.

As CWRU researchers address these new changes in applications and sit on review panels charged with evaluating the new requirements, we encourage you to share your experiences and the language used to address these areas. Feedback can be sent to Associate Vice President for Research, Stephanie Endy, at sne16@case.edu.

Bolstering Trust in Science Through Rigorous Standards: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2015/10/30/bolstering-trust-in-science-through-rigorous-standards/
NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) web page on rigor and reproducibility: http://grants.nih.gov/reproducibility/index.htm
Advanced Notice of Coming Requirements for Formal Instruction in Rigorous Experimental Design and Transparency to Enhance Reproducibility: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-034.html


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