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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 .

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Research Newsletter
August 11, 2017October 10, 2017  

American Council of Learned Societies - ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
ACLS invites applications for the tenth annual competition for ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships, which support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the humanities and related social sciences. The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fellowships provide up to $60,000 in salary-replacement stipends for each collaborator to take a semester- or academic year-long supported research leave, as well as up to $21,000 in project funds, which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance. The total amount of a fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of research leaves, but the total amount of stipends may not exceed $180,000 for any one project. The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, during which time project funds may be expended, to be initiated between July 1, 2018 and September 1, 2020. Collaborators' research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent.

Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. However, the aim of the fellowship program is to support scholarship that highlights the intellectual significance and innovation of collaborative research. Thus please note that applicants from the same discipline may face increased scrutiny from peer reviewers about how each collaborator’s expertise contributes to the project and collaborators from the same institution must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations among untenured faculty members or that involve untenured faculty are particularly encouraged. Up to eight awards will be made in the 2017-18 competition.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2017

For more information visit the ACLS website.

NSF EarthScope
EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets. This solicitation primarily encourages submission of proposals that integrate and synthesize major outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception. outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception.

Proposal Deadline: February 2, 2018

For more information visit the NSF website.

CWRU IRB to Begin Accepting Biomedical Protocols Next Week

Beginning next Monday, July 3, 2017, the Case Western Reserve University Institutional Review Board (CWRU IRB) will expand its scope to accept protocols that are biomedical in nature in addition to social, behavioral and educational research protocols. Studies that take place at CWRU affiliate hospitals and/or involve patients, equipment or data at those sites will continue to be reviewed by the respective hospitals’ IRBs.

It is anticipated that this change will primarily affect CWRU researchers whose studies are not performed in hospital settings but involve some biomedical procedures, such as:

  • prospective collection of blood, teeth, saliva and other biospecimens;
  • FDA-regulated drugs, devices and biologics (but only if administration in a hospital setting is not required);
  • collection of biomedical data through noninvasive procedures such as electrocardiography, ultrasound, doppler blood flow, and echocardiography.
Researchers wishing to submit biomedically-oriented studies to the CWRU IRB will use the current CWRU iRIS system (https://cwru-iris.case.edu/) to enter protocols. A revision to the current iRIS system will be published on July 3. Social and Behavioral researchers will not experience any changes when submitting protocol applications to the CWRU IRB.

Those wishing to submit a biomedical protocol will fill out an additional form, called a “Protocol Template Document”. This form will be available on the CWRU IRB website beginning Friday at http://case.edu/research/faculty-staff/compliance/irb/.

Questions regarding the expansion of the CWRU IRB’s scope can be directed to Kim Volarcik at kav6@case.edu.


American Council of Learned Societies
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies offers the Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art for graduate students at any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing.

Ten fellowships providing stipends of $32,000 and up to $4,000 as a travel allowance are available for a non-renewable, one-year term for the 2018-19 academic year. The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The fellowships may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant.

Applicants must be a PhD candidate in a department of art history in the United States. A student with an appropriate project whose degree will be granted by another department is eligible only if the principal dissertation advisor is in a department of art history. (Students preparing theses for the MFA degree are not eligible.)

Candidates must have a dissertation focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost. Projects must be object-oriented and use art-historical or visual studies approaches. Proposals whose emphases are predominantly socio-historical will not be considered. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation before beginning fellowship tenure and must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Application Deadline: October 25, 2017

For more informaiton, visit the ACLS website.

Kurt Weill Foundation
Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).

In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lenya, the foundation established the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, a unique international contest that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The 2018 competition is now inviting exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles to compete for top prizes of $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.

Previous Lenya Competition winners are making careers playing leading and featured roles in major theaters and opera houses around the globe.

The competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities between the ages of 19 and 32 (born after December 31, 1985, and before January 1, 1999).

Preliminary Audition Deadline: January 22, 2018

For more information visit the KWF website.


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