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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  

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.

 
Archive Your Data

Project End?
Need to archive your data?
Need to make space for more data?


UTech Research Data Archive service provides a low cost mechanism to store inactive data, in a means not previously possible. Designed for large datasets, the system provides convenience through a variety of clients and an API that can be embedded into a lab's research workflow.

For more information, see https://case.edu/utech/information-security/tools/, or download the attached flyer.

 
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).

 
CWRU VPR Catalyst Awards

The CWRU Vice President for Research and Technology Management is pleased to announce a campus-wide internal grant competition to promote research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

Intended to foster the incubation of new ideas and their cultivation for production of knowledge, this program will provide faculty the freedom to address new and expanding areas of research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, and will serve as a catalyst for major breakthroughs.

The CWRU VPR Catalyst Awards will be divided into three funding categories.

Track 1: Research Travel
These awards may be used for travel, lodging, and food (up to per diem).

Up to $3,000 will be awarded per project with the expectation of 1-1 match from the Faculty member’s discretionary funds, her Department, her Dean, or other institutional resources (such as the Baker-Nord Center).

To plan or conduct research, including trips to bidders’ conferences and meetings with program officers; travel to collections such as libraries, museums or other archives with materials not otherwise available; and travel to a study center or research institute. Travel may be domestic or international and is subject to the University’s travel policies. All funds must be spent within 12 months of the award. Unspent funds will be pulled back.

Track 2: Publication Subvention
These awards may be used for copyright fees, cover art, illustrations, permissions, journal publication, or other publication-related expenses.

Up to $3,000 will be awarded per project with the expectation of 1-1 match from the Faculty member’s discretionary funds, her Department, her Dean, or other institutional resources (such as the Baker-Nord Center).

To help cover the costs associated with publishing books, plays, journal articles, or other means of scholarly or creative production. All funds must be spent within 12 months. Unspent funds will be pulled back.

Track 3: Seed Funds

These grants support early-stage program development and research, and often set the stage for successful pursuit of large-scale funding from sources such as NIH, NSF, NEA, or NEH as projects evolve.

Up to $10,000 will be awarded per project with the expectation of 1-1 match from the Faculty member’s discretionary funds, her Department, her Dean, or other institutional resources (such as the Baker-Nord Center).

To help cover a variety of research activities, including but not limited to: pilot and feasibility studies, secondary analyses of existing data to test a new hypothesis, activities in the digital humanities and arts, development of research methodology, and planning for development of large, interdisciplinary proposals for external funding. All funds must be spent within 12 months. Unspent funds will be pulled back.

Eligibility
Principal Investigators/Scholars must hold faculty appointments at CWRU. All full-time CWRU faculty are eligible to apply. Although there is no limit on the number of proposals a faculty member may submit, only one award will be made to any faculty member in a given cycle.

Due Date
Proposals for all three categories are due Friday, March 30, 2018.

Application Instructions
Proposals and match commitment letters should be submitted as PDF attachments by email to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at suzanne.rivera@case.edu no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, March 30.

Proposals should be no more than three pages in length and must include:

  • Identification of funding category: Research Travel, Publication Subvention, Seed Funds
  • Faculty member name, department, school/college, and title/rank
  • Title of project for which funding is sought
  • Narrative description of proposed activities to be funded, including:
    • clear explanation of problem/hypothesis/phenomenon/activity
    • concise description of planned strategy/procedures
    • compelling rationale for using institutional resources
    • degree to which activity/product will be novel and/or interdisciplinary
  • Expected outcome of efforts, with a deliverable and timeline (less than 12 months)
  • Detailed budget* with narrative justification for each line item and identification of source of matching funds

In addition, the match commitment letters accompanying the proposals must be signed by the individual responsible for the speedtype (account number) that will be the source of the match (whether a Chair, Dean, or Director of a campus entity such as the Baker-Nord Center), and should state clearly that if a Catalyst award is made to the Faculty member, matching funds equivalent to the award amount will be made available for spending within the 12-month award period.

*Note: Faculty time is not an allowable cost for Track 1 or Track 2.

Review Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee empaneled by the VPR. The following criteria will be considered:
  • The significance of the research problem, scholarship or creative endeavor
  • The novelty of the proposed project or activity
  • The application of interdisciplinary and convergent approaches

 
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.

 

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