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Researcher's Alert, April 4, 2012


I. RESEARCH AFFAIRS IS MOVING!

The Offices of Research Affairs are moving the week of April 9-13 to the University Arts Building (24887 Taylor Street, Suites 201 & 202). The move necessitates that the offices be completely closed for at least two days and our level of service significantly reduced during that time, though we plan to be open for business as usual on Monday, April 16. We ask that in order to avoid delays in the processing of your projects, please submit any grant applications, protocols, contracts, etc., with deadlines during that timeframe now. Questions about the move? Contact Dorothy Messer, (909) 558-8544, ext. 88544.


II. CHANGES TO THE NIH JIT PROCEDURE

NIH recently published NOT-OD-12-101, ‘Notice of Requirement for Electronic Submission of Just-in-Time Information and Related Business Process Changes Beginning April 20, 2012

What this means to you:
  • As of April 20, 2012, all applicants will be required to submit JIT information through the eRA Commons at least 60 days before the start of the proposed project period (or sooner if requested by the IC) in order to prevent delay of funding.
  • The eRA Commons JIT link will be open for all applications within 24 hours of the release of impact scores, However, investigators are not to submit JIT information unless they receive an email and/or specific requests from NIH staff.

 

What to do if you receive a JIT request from NIH:
  • Immediately forward a copy to Research Affairs Pre-Award Services (researchaffairs@llu.edu or sdonahue@llu.edu).
  • Pre-Award Services will guide you on how to prepare, verify, and upload the required information.
  • And remember, all compliance committee approvals must be obtained before submission of the JIT information.

Effective immediately, the Facilities and Administrative rate for LLU is now 58%.  Please keep this in mind when preparing your proposal budgets and refer to the Budget Planning Rate Guide on the website for a complete listing of updated rates.


III. FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Research Affairs has published some of the latest funding opportunities available to our researchers on the Researcher’s Alert—Funding Opportunities page. We will update this page periodically, so remember to check back!


IV. TOP 10 THINGS A PI SHOULD KNOW ABOUT EFFORT REPORTING

NCURA (National Council of University Research Administrators) recently published ‘Effort Reporting: Top 10 Things a PI Should Know.’ We hope you take a moment to read this succinct summary of the complicated subject of effort reporting.


V. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNVEILS BIG DATA R&D INITIATIVE

The Obama Administration recently announced that six Federal departments and agencies will participate in the new “Big Data Research and Development Initiative" to:

  • Advance state-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data
  • Harness these technologies to accelerate the pace of discover in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and transform teaching and learning; and
  • Expand the workforce needed to develop and use Big Data technologies.”

Highlights of this initiative:

  • NSF and NIH will publish a joint solicitation to ‘advance the core scientific and technological means of managing, analyzing, visualizing, and extracting useful information from large and diverse data sets.’
  • NIH has made the world’s largest data set on human genetic variation – produced by the international 1000 Genomes Project – now freely available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. This data set is 200 terabytes, which is equivalent to 16 million file cabinets filled with text, or more than 30,000 standard DVDs.
  • NSF will
    • Encourage research universities to develop interdisciplinary graduate programs to prepare the next generation of data scientists and engineers;
    • Fund a $10 million Expedition in Computing project at the University of California, Berkeley, to integrate machine learning, cloud computing, and crowd sourcing approaches for turning data into information.
    • Provide $1.4 million for a focused research group of statisticians and biologists to determine protein structures and biological pathways.

 


And now, moving forward . . .

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