NEWS FROM RESEARCH AFFAIRS
Dear Researcher(s):I. Department of Medicine to host ‘Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research’ (IPPCR)
The Department of Medicine is hosting a free online research course offered by the NIH: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR. The course will be offered on a weekly basis from October 15, 2013 to March 25, 2014. There is no fee for the course, and all faculty, residents, fellows, and students who are interested in conducting research are encouraged to enroll. You may view the course live, or via web-broadcast on your personal computer and at your own convenience. Registration closes on October 2, 2013 and you must register to gain access to the IPPCR course and materials, whether you plan to view the course remotely or in person during the live stream. To register, please go to: http://ippcr.nihtraining.com/register.php?remote_site=true. For more information
II. Federal Items of Interest
1. Federal Government shut down
If Congress does not pass a budget or at least a continuing resolution by September 30, all non-essential government offices will be shut down, this includes the agencies that supply research funding.
Research Affairs received the following note from the Council of Government Relations (COGR) earlier this week: “In general, active grant and contract activity funded with FY2013 (or prior year) appropriations can continue. However, agency personnel most likely will not be available for approvals, supervisory support, and other administrative functions. In addition, it is not certain what will be the functionality of automated payment systems. Consequently, institutions should recognize that there is some risk that requests for reimbursement will not be processed. Other electronic administrative systems may or may not be available, depending on each agencies internal approach. For certain, no new awards will be issued. And most likely, new grant applications will not be accepted, though this also may depend on each agencies internal approach.”
2. Special Characters and Federal grant submissions
Grants.gov has a nice write up on ‘Restricting special Characters’ (http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support/technical-support/troubleshooting/restricting-special-characters.html) Special characters, such as &,¿,*,%,/,#', -) and periods (.), cannot be included in the document names. Additionally, these special characters cannot be used in a fillable fields within the application (e.g. the title on the SF424 page).
III. NIH Items of Interest
1. Public Access Policy and award restrictions
Last year NIH said that they would not fund non-competing continuations unless all publications were compliant with the Public Access Policy, i.e., a full copy of the publication had been deposited in PubMed Central. Now NIH is adding language to the terms and conditions of new awards stating that if a grant is not compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy, all funds for the grant will be restricted with the exception of those costs associated with patient care and or animal care until that requirement is met. No research activities can occur during the restricted period and any salaries and fringe benefits paid during that time will be at the institution’s expense.
2. NIH to require NIH Commons IDs for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
The requirement for all principal investigators and post docs to have an NIH Commons ID will now be extended to graduate and undergraduate students (NOT-OD-13-097). Graduate students listed on a current grant may request an NIH Commons account by sending an email to email@example.com.
3. NIH has announce the availability of a Beta version of the Science Experts Network, (SciENcv)
This new electronic system will enable researchers to easily assemble the information (including expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments) to populate an NIH biographical sketch (biosketch). Initially, the goal of SciENcv is to reduce the burden associated with creating and maintaining federal biosketches while accommodating the need to describe scientific contributions. For more information
IV. Funding Opportunities
1. School of Medicine’s Grants to Promote Collaborative and Translational Research (GCAT) is now accepting applications. The LOI deadline is Friday, September 27, 2013, 5:00 pm and the submission deadline is Monday, October 28, 2013, 5:00 pm. For more information, visit http://www.llu.edu/assets/medicine/basic-sciences/Documents/gcat091713-rev-rfa.pdf
2. LLU’s Grants for Research and School Partnerships (GRASP) is also accepting applications. The LOI deadline is Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 5:00 pm and the submission deadline is Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:00 pm
For more information, visit http://www.llu.edu/research-affairs/grants-guide/grants_for_research_and_school_partnerships.page?
3. Top 20 Grant-giving Disease Foundations
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News has posted the top 20 nonprofit disease foundations that give grants and other awards for research. More information can be found at http://www.genengnews.com/insight-and-intelligence/top-20-grant-giving-disease-foundations/77899817/
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