Stony Brook University Office of Research Services
Month: November, 2011

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5) – RFA-RM-11-007

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists, who have already established a record of innovation and research productivity, to have an accelerated entry into an independent research career. It is also an opportunity for research intensive institutions to invigorate their research departments by recruiting outstanding, early career scientists. Exceptional graduate students or clinicians nearing the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians (MD or equivalent) nearing the end of their medical residency may contact appropriate Institutional scientific leaders to seek an appointment as an independent research scientist (For a listing of eligible degrees for Early Independence Investigators, please refer to Section 1. Eligible Applicants). Alternatively, Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program.  At the time of application, the Early Independence investigator must be within twelve months before or after the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of their medical residency (or equivalent) training. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The time of application is the date when the application is submitted electronically to NIH through Grants.gov. At the time of application, the Early Independence investigator must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.

Letter of Intent Due Date: December 30, 2011

Application Due Date: January 30, 2012, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $4,000,000 in FY 2012. Approximately 10 awards are anticipated, contingent upon availability of funds and receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. Award Project Period: Five years.

The full announcement can be found at:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-007.html

NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

RFA-OD-12-001

This program will support a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent scientists. The program combines a period of research experience as a tenure-track Principal Investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) with an opportunity for additional years of independent financial support, either within the IRP or at an extramural research institution.

In an effort to address the barriers of limited research time for clinical investigators, increases in the length of time to independent careers, and access to hospital facilities and patient enrollments, the NIH has created the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars (Lasker Scholars) program that will offer applicants the opportunity to compete for a unique combination of intramural and extramural resources for clinical research. The program will support a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent scientists. The program combines a period of research experience as a tenure-track Principal Investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) with an opportunity for additional years of independent financial support, either within the IRP or at an extramural research institution.

The program honors the contributions of Mary and Albert Lasker to the National Institutes of Health and to the overall biomedical community. 

The Lasker Scholars program aims to support successful candidates in two phases. Applicants will respond to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for an initial period of support through a position in the NIH Intramural Research Program. Selected scholars who successfully complete the initial phase will be able to either remain within the IRP or apply for extramural grant funding in the second phase. The first phase will support scholars in the IRP for up to 5 years, with the possibility of an extension for an additional 2 years. Successful applicants for the Lasker Scholars Program will be appointed as independent tenure-track investigators within an NIH Institute or Center, a process that includes being hired as a full time employee at the NIH and completing the procedures required of new Federal government employees. The IRP will provide space, research expenses, full salary, and Federal employee benefits. Scholars will develop independent research activities over the course of their stay in the IRP, and will be formally reviewed by a panel of senior extramural investigators every 2-4 years to evaluate their research progress. More information about the IRP can be found at http://irp.nih.gov/

Upon successfully completing the initial IRP phase of the program, the Lasker Scholar will be eligible for two options in the second phase:

Option 1. Remain in the IRP with continued intramural funding and progression to tenured senior investigator status, if consistent with formal reviews and assessments. Retention in the IRP will be dependent on the development of a mutual agreement between the Scholar and the IRP. Tenure at the NIH requires evaluation and approval by the NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research.

Option 2. Scholars who successfully complete at least five years in the first phase of the program will be eligible to apply for an extramural research grant in the second phase of the program as an independent researcher. Lasker Scholars can compete for a grant that can provide direct costs of up to $500,000/year (plus applicable Facilities and Administration (F&A) costs) for up to 5 years at an extramural institution. Scholars who choose to leave the Lasker program before completing 5 years of research in the IRP will not be eligible to compete for the Lasker Scholars Grant but will be eligible to compete for other extramural NIH research grants as announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: It is anticipated that up to 5 awards will be made each year. Over time, the program is expected to achieve a steady state of approximately 20-30 scholars.

Letter of Intent Due Date: December 23, 2011; Application Due Date: January 24, 2012.

URL for further information:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-12-001.html

Doctoral Students and Faculty from SBU Center for Science and Mathematics Education Make Presentations at ASTE Regional Conference

At the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Northeast Regional meeting held last month in Black Rock Forest, NY, more than 50 scholars presented their work and discussed challenges and opportunities in K-12 science education. This meeting is an ideal venue for science education faculty members and doctoral students to present their research, collaborate and meet new colleagues.

With a contingent of 10, the largest of any university, Stony Brook was well represented both at the podium and during the poster session. Second year doctoral students Joseph Filippone, Luisa McHugh, Catherine Pohlot, Linda Padwa, Caren Gough and Robyn Tornabene presented the results of their work.

Dr. David Bynum, Director of CESAME, led a discussion on entrepreneurship in science education and Dr. Keith Sheppard, Director of the Doctoral Program in Science Education, spoke about the formation and potential impact of the new doctoral program. “This is an ideal format for our doctoral students to showcase their work,” said Dr. Sheppard. “They gain an opportunity to talk about their research, meet other doctoral students and visit with faculty from other institutions about career possibilities.”

Science Education Lecturer Dr. Judith Callaway presented on the teaching of science to special education students and Dr. Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the program, shared her research on science and mathematics teacher preparation and induction. “It gives me great pride and satisfaction seeing how far and fast our students have developed,” said Dr. Kelly. “When they graduate they will have gained the research skills and science education needed to catalyze the development of the next generation of scientists in this country.”

About CESAME

CESAME at Stony Brook was created in 2007 to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the nation’s science and mathematics talent pool. Its science teacher education programs graduate more than 50 teachers per year with master’s degrees, many of whom are supported by fellowships. Its doctoral program in science education was created in 2010 and now has 25 matriculated students. The program prepares highly-skilled graduates for teacher education faculty positions in universities, leadership roles in school districts and policy positions at all levels.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) – Instrument Acquisition or Development

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.

To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual).  The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.  Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri

Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.

Cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations.  Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement.

Pre-applications for internal review and selection, as PDF files, should be submitted to Mr. Peter Saal, (psaal@notes.cc.sunysb.edu), no later than 12 Noon, December 2, 2011. Pre-proposals should contain the following elements:

• a description of, and the need for, the equipment to be purchased or constructed;

• a description of similar equipment already in place, either at Stony Brook or at adjacent institutions (BNL, CSHL);

• the application title must include “Acquisition” or “Development;” 

• the management plans for maintenance and operation of the instrument(s);

• a budget, including sources and amounts of cost-sharing (NSF requires 30% cost-sharing);

• a list of major users, with cv’s and current and pending support;

Applicants will also be invited to make a brief, 5 minute presentation to the reviewers at a time to be determined.

Selected proposals will be due at NSF by January 26, 2012. A copy of the program  guidelines can be found at the following URL: 

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm

COEUS Proposal Form Revised

The Office of Sponsored Programs announced that the COEUS Proposal Form was recently revised.  It was determined that at times there is a need to define effort in Person Months (PM) as opposed to a percentage. 

Key personnel will now have the opportunity to define their effort on the revised form in  PM, in a percent of effort or both.

The form may be found at:

http://www.stonybrook.edu/research/forms/osp/coeus-proposal.shtml

Recent Federal Research Priorities Webinar

The National Association of College and University Business Officers and the University of Missouri hosted a three day webinar from October 31 – November 2, featuring representatives from several key federal agencies to update the research community of each agency’s FY2012 research priorities and budgets.

Federal agencies that were represented:  White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Dept. of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Dept. of Energy (DoE), U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Presentation slides from the webinar are available at: http://research.missouri.edu/federalupdate/slides.htm

(presentation videos will be posted to the same site)

Highlights from the webinar:

- Budget Control Act of 2011 (Debt Ceiling Bill) imposes enforceable spending caps on Federal discretionary spending (includes research funding) from 2012 – 2021.  The caps are enforceable through sequestration (across-the-board-cuts if appropriations exceed the caps)

- FY2012 appropriations will be slightly below 2011 appropriations and well below the 2012 Budget’s proposal

- For 2013, the cap for non-security programs is just $2 billion more than the 2012 cap, which means agency 2013 budget submissions will have to be flat at best.

- Federal agencies began FY12 on Oct. 1, 2011 under Continuing Resolution (CR) and CR will expire on Nov. 18, 2011

- Per OMB Memorandum issued on Sept. 15, 2011, ARRA Funds MUST be spent by September 30, 2013.  Awards should not be extended beyond June 30, 2013 to allow financial closeout by Sept. 30.  Extension will only be granted in exceptional cases

- Research priority areas (for most agencies):  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Energy Research & Development (advanced critical energy research & support American leadership in clean energy), and harnessing technology and innovation to transform the economy

-  Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), an initiative to create greater consistency in the administration of federal research awards through streamlining and standardization of forms and reporting formats is being implemented.  Upon implementation, the RPPR will replace other performance reporting formats currently in use by agencies.  RPPR will reduce the PI & Co-PI burden by pre-populating parts of the report (e.g., publications & patent data, participants & other collaborating institutions).        

NIH/DHHS:  Current continuation progress report forms (PHS2590 & PHS416-9) are approved for use by OMB through 6/30/12.  RPPR will be implemented via eRA Commons.  Pilot testing anticipated to begin in January 2012 and full implementation is expected to occur no later than 7/31/2012.

NFS:  RPPR will require submission via Research.gov (replacing the current annual and interim project reporting functions of the Fastlane system). Anticipated implementation date – January 2013.

For further information on agency specific implementation plans, please see http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/

SUNY REACH: a Model for Collaborative Research Success

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) award of two grants totaling more than $4.3 million highlight SUNY REACH as a model for collaborative research success at SUNY.  These grants will support neuroscience and pediatric pharmacology and vision research.

SUNY REACH (Research Excellence in Academic Health) is a phased investment in people, core facilities, and information technology. SUNY REACH brings SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Stony Brook University, the University at Buffalo and the College of Optometry together to form one super research institution. While the campuses are all part of the SUNY system already, SUNY REACH is helping those partners make much more tangible connections.  

“Building on SUNY’s strengths in four research areas — 1) cancer, 2) diabetes and cardiovascular disease, 3) disorders of the nervous system, and 4) infectious disease and emerging pathogens — SUNY REACH aims to get hard-to-do but valuable research projects going, to attract funding, and to benefit the people of New York,” says Steve Goodman, director of SUNY REACH and vice president of research at Upstate.

Early efforts focused on bringing researchers together — physically or virtually in the same room – and brainstorming how they could combine their efforts to answer bigger questions. The initial funding was contributed by the five campus presidents and the Research Foundation.  

“The most important thing here is that the presidents of the SUNY academic health centers, the Research Foundation and the College of Optometry put seed money into their vision,” says Sharon Nachman, the associate dean for research at Stony Brook University and head of the SUNY REACH Focus Group on Clinical and Translational Research. “This is all the SUNYs on the same page pulling their resources together.”

The initial $1.1 million investment in SUNY REACH has already paid off. “We have received over $8 million in extramural grants in just two years,” said Dr. Goodman.  Most recently, the National Institutes of Health have awarded two large grants to SUNY researchers to investigate new medical treatments.

The first award is a $3.7 million grant to support research on retinopathy of prematurity, a disease that affects the tiny blood vessels in the eyes of premature babies. “It is the most common cause of blindness in children,” says Jacob Aranda, professor and director of neonatalogy at SUNY Downstate and is principal investigator on the grant. Projects will include basic research on the molecular events that occur and clinical interventions, and will integrate the complementary strengths of the SUNY campuses involved.

The second award is a $650,000 grant to create the infrastructure to be able to run clinical trials on new treatments for neurological diseases more nimbly. “It creates a pipeline for rapidly and effectively testing new treatments in phase 2 trials, after phase 1 safety trials have be done,” says Steven Levine, vice-chair of neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The clinical trials network covers any neurologic disease, such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.

Research efforts resulting from SUNY REACH are tapping into new strengths that come from interdisciplinary collaborations.  “But the primary thing is that it says we are one university,” Goodman says.

The RF and SUNY are exploring ways to build on the success of SUNY by supporting more multi-campus research collaborations.  

Learn more about  SUNY REACH at:

http://www.upstate.edu/researchadmin/collaborations/suny_reach.php

Research Foundation of the State University of New York “eNews,” November 2, 2011

SBU Students Awarded HHMI Science Journalism Fellowships

Stony Brook University graduate students Matthew Gerardi, Marta Lora Reina, and Ansa Varughese have been awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Journalism Fellowships for the 2011-12 academic year. The $3,000 fellowships are given to students who have outlined a strategy for communicating some aspect of science to the public and who, under the mentorship of a faculty member, will make their proposal a reality. The fellowships result from a partnership between the Center for Communicating Science and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) at Stony Brook.

Students are enrolled in the new Master of Science program in Stony Brook School of Journalism, which is the only journalism master’s program in the State University of New York. The program focuses and builds on Stony Brook’s strength in science, health, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“In its first year our program is already providing excellent opportunities for our students,” said Howard Schneider, Dean of the School of Journalism. “What a wonderful way to attract and reward the talent we need in the coming years.”

Elizabeth Bass, Director of the Center for Communicating Science, added, “This is an outstanding opportunity to recognize and encourage students who will be shaping the journalism profession for the next generation. We are thrilled to be able to do this and eager to see what these students can accomplish.”

David Bynum, Director of CESAME and Professor of Biochemistry, leads the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education initiative at Stony Brook. “It is a pleasure to award these fellowships to such outstanding students who will provide critical leadership in science journalism,” Dr. Bynum said. “Stony Brook University is making a concrete difference, and the students, New York State and the nation are the beneficiaries.”

Professor Emeritus Max Fink Honored by the New York Academy of Medicine

Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus will Receive Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychiatry

Max Fink, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, will receive the Thomas William Salmon Award for outstanding contributions to the field of psychiatry, presented by the New York Academy of Medicine’s Salmon Committee on Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene on November 29.

Each year the Salmon Medal is given to a prominent specialist in psychiatry, neurology or mental hygiene who has made a major impact on his or her field. When Dr. Fink accepts the medal, he will join Adolf Meyer, Karl Menninger, John Bowbly, Julius Axelrod and other luminaries in psychiatry who have received the award, which was first given in 1932.

For the past 40 years, Dr. Fink has been the world’s leading expert and defender of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). His studies of ECT began at Hillside Hospital in 1952, and he has published broadly on predictors of outcome in ECT, effects of seizures on (electroencephalogram) EEG and speech, hypotheses of the mode of action, and how to achieve an effective treatment. In 1979 he published what medical historian Edward Shorter and internationally recognized psychiatrist David Healy called the ‘definitive medical text on electroconvulsive shock.”

Dr. Fink is also a pioneer in the study of drugs of abuse.  His research eventually led him to establish a classification of psychoactive drugs by digital computer analysis of EEG and has contributed to the effects of narcotic antagonists and of cannabis. In more recent years, Dr. Fink’s research has centered on psychopathology, the syndromes of catatonia and melancholia.

Dr. Fink has received many prize awards for his research in ECT and in EEG, including the Electroshock Research Award (1956), the A.E. Bennett award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry (1958), the Anna Monika Prize award for research into depressive illness (1979), the Laszlo Meduna Prize of the Hungarian National Institute for Nervous and Mental Disease (1986), the Gold Medal award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry (1988), and Lifetime Achievement Awards of the Psychiatric Times (1995) and of the Society of Biological Psychiatry (1996).

Dr. Fink received his M.D. from New York University College of Medicine in 1945. He served as a medical officer in the US Army from 1946 to 1947 and is certified as a specialist in neurology (1952), psychoanalysis (1953), and psychiatry (1954). He was appointed Research Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in 1962, then joined New York Medical College (1966 to 1972), and since 1972 at Stony Brook.

Dear Colleague Letter – CREATIV: Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures – NSF 12-011

CREATIV (Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures): a pilot grant mechanism under the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) initiative, to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research.

The INSPIRE initiative was introduced by NSF Director Subra Suresh with the fiscal year 2012 NSF budget request to Congress. From his remarks (http://www.nsf.gov/news/speeches/suresh/11/ss110214_nsfbudget.jsp): “INSPIRE is aimed to encourage cross-disciplinary science. INSPIRE will help to break down any disciplinary barriers that may exist within NSF and encourage its program managers to use new tools, collaboration modes and techniques in the merit-review process to widen the pool of prospective discoveries that may be hidden from or circumvented by traditional means.”

CREATIV is the first grant award mechanism under INSPIRE, and will be the only one launched in FY 2012. In brief, its distinguishing characteristics are: only internal merit review is required; proposals must be interdisciplinary and potentially transformative; requests may be up to $1,000,000 and up to five years duration (further details and specifications below). In the future, further announcements will be made regarding INSPIRE activities to be launched in FY 2013 and beyond. The funding for INSPIRE in future years is expected to increase substantially each year, reaching a steady state in FY 2016.

Goals of the CREATIV grant mechanism

  • Create new interdisciplinary opportunities that are not perceived to exist presently.
  • Attract unusually creative high-risk / high-reward interdisciplinary proposals.
  • Provide substantial funding, not limited to the exploratory stage of the pursuit of novel ideas.
  • Designate no favored topics; be open to all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research.

Appropriateness of the CREATIV grant mechanism
CREATIV is a new grant mechanism for special proposals and is not intended to handle proposals that are more appropriate for existing mechanisms. In particular, proposals of the following types should be submitted to and reviewed conventionally through existing programs or solicitations, and are not appropriate for submission through the CREATIV grant mechanism:

  • Projects in which the scientific advances lie primarily within the scope of one program or discipline, such that substantial co-funding from another distinct program or discipline is an unlikely proposition.
  • Projects that, in the judgment of cognizant program directors, can be expected to receive an appropriate evaluation through external review in regular programs.
  • Projects that continue well-established lines of research, in accordance with expected progress in their fields.

Scope of the CREATIV grant mechanism

Eligibility for the CREATIV grant mechanism

  • Proposals may be submitted only by U.S. academic institutions that have research and degree-granting education programs in any area of research supported by NSF, and by U.S. non-profit, non-academic organizations (independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations associated with research or educational activities). Other types of organizations may be included in a CREATIV proposal as subawardees.
  • NSF will not accept collaborative CREATIV proposals for a single project submitted separately from multiple organizations. A multi-organization CREATIV project must be submitted as a single proposal requesting a single award to a U.S. academic institution or a U.S. non-profit, non-academic organization, with subawards administered by the lead organization.

Before writing and submitting a CREATIV proposal, it is the principal investigators responsibility to obtain written authorization to submit a CREATIV proposal by NSF program directors from at least two intellectually distinct divisions or programs. This written authorization must be submitted with the proposal in the Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

Duration of CREATIV funding mechanism

The CREATIV grant mechanism is being launched as a pilot for FY 2012 only, and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. It is anticipated that this pilot will continue beyond FY 2012, but this Dear Colleague Letter applies only for FY 2012.

Further details are available at:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12011/nsf12011.jsp

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – FY 2012 Graduate Research Diversity Supplements (GRDS) to Current ENG Awards to Broaden Participation – NSF 12-007

This letter is to call your attention to an opportunity to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in Ph.D. programs in engineering through supplements to current research grants funded by the divisions in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) at the National Science Foundation.

Introduction: The establishment of Graduate Research Diversity Supplements (GRDS) reflects the continuing effort by ENG to promote increased participation of new Ph.D. students in all fields of engineering research with particular emphasis on individuals from underrepresented groups in the U.S. The long-term goal of GRDS is to increase the number of persons from underrepresented groups in advanced academic and professional careers. According to the 2008 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), among recipients of earned doctorates in engineering in the U.S. in 2007-2008, there were .01% American Indian, 1.4% African American, and 1.7% Hispanic, 21.5% women, and 0.7% persons with disabilities (of U.S. citizens and permanent residents – there were 0.24% American Indian, 3.7% African American, and 4.5% Hispanic). According to the NSF 2006 Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR), among teaching faculty in engineering, there are 10.9% women, 4.5% African American, 3.1% Hispanic, 0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native and 6.3% persons with disabilities. With such exceedingly low levels of faculty from underrepresented groups, ENG recognizes that these underrepresented groups represent a significant untapped technical resource for the nation.

Recognizing the importance and impact of the program, the Directorate for Engineering is continuing GRDS for its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Engineering Education and Centers (EEC), and Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP). It is anticipated that GRDS will help in the development of intellectual synergy between faculty and students, provide faculty with the opportunity to involve additional graduate students in on-going research programs, foster a learning and career advancement environment that supports students, and lead to greater retention of students from the underrepresented populations.

Anticipated Type of Award: Supplements to currently active Directorate for Engineering (ENG) research awards.

Award Size and Duration: The Principal Investigator may request a GRDS for 12 months, renewable annually through additional GRDS requests. An individual student may receive a GRDS award for a maximum period of three years. GRDS awards are nontransferable. The GRDS request may only include graduate student stipend (line F1.) and cost of education support (line F4.) consistent with academic institutional practices. The cost of education may include tuition, travel (line F2.) for the student to present his/her research findings at professional meetings, and other associated costs. In addition to the participant support cost for the student, up to $3,000 may be requested for other cost categories and any associated indirect costs. Sponsored Research Offices should propose in accordance with their current disclosed accounting practices. The maximum annual amount including other cost and any associated indirect costs of a GRDS award is $41,000.

Award Information: Anticipated funding for GRDS in FY 2012 is $2,399,600, subject to the availability of funds and the merit of proposals received. The estimated number of supplements to be awarded will be 56-58.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for submission of a GRDS request is 5:00 p.m., submitter’s local time, on January 20, 2012.

For the Full text of the announcement see:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12007/nsf12007.jsp

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Describing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age – NSF 12-010

Directorate for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences (SBE)

New digital technologies and datasets are transforming the practice of science. Science is now increasingly computational, data-intensive, and collaborative because digital technologies provide new ways for scientists to identify and contact key research partners to begin collaborations; to create scientific information, data, and knowledge; and to disseminate, replicate, and reuse it. These same technologies are creating opportunities for funding agencies to promote scientific collaboration, to demonstrate the benefits of science, and to foster the replication and reuse of scientific information. 1

At the same time, US science agencies are being asked to use evidence to inform policy and operational decisions: developing data sets, measuring outcomes, and evaluating performance. These agencies are also asked to identify cost-saving efforts that will improve operational efficiency and reduce redundancy. 2

One way in which these goals can be advanced is to change the way in which scientists document their activities and resulting outcomes by using new technologies and incentive structures. 3 Examples of new approaches include the national platform developed in Brazil 4 and the institutional platform VIVO. 5 Two National Science and Technology Council interagency groups – Research Business Models 6 and Science of Science Policy, 7 in conjunction with the Federal Demonstration Partnership – are investigating approaches to reduce researcher burden by facilitating semi-automatic collection of data of the type required for proposal biosketches and grant technical reports. The effort includes consideration of a persistent researcher ID to reduce name ambiguity. 8

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to advise you about funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation for the research community to propose research workshops that identify and develop data, models, and tools to help inform this effort.

Workshop proposals that address the following research issues are particularly encouraged:

-       Advancing scientific communication both nationally and internationally by:

-       fostering the replication of scientific research,

-       ensuring attribution for the intellectual contributions of researchers,

-       enabling the location and identification of collaborators across disciplines, and

-       developing platforms that facilitate the reporting and dissemination of scholarly activities and outputs.

Advancing the measurement of scientific activity both nationally and internationally by:

-       identifying sources of information about researchers’ productivity and impact, and

-       developing ways in which researchers’ scientific activity can be automatically captured and validated.

Workshop proposals that include domain scientists in any science or engineering field, as well as Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) researchers, are strongly encouraged.

This is not a new program. Investigators should follow the guidelines of the SciSIP program description (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501084) to ensure that eligibility requirements are met, and to e-mail a SciSIP program officer to discuss prospective proposal topics. All proposals under this funding opportunity should be submitted to the SciSIP program [09-7626] by August 9, 2012 with the proposal title preceded by the text “DCL WORKSHOP”. These proposals will then be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Sincerely,

Dr. Myron Gutmann
Assistant Director
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences

SciSIP Program Officer Contact Information:

Dr. Julia Lane
Phone: (703) 292-5145
Email: jlane@nsf.gov

Dr. David Croson
Phone: (703) 292-7369

Email: dcroson@nsf.gov

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/oise11003/index.jsp

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2011/m11-30.pdf

http://beyond-impact.org/

4 LATTES – The LATTES Platform serves as the major source of person-related information for all federal agencies in Brazil and has been adopted by almost 20 different countries in South America and Europe:
http://lattes.cnpq.br/english/index.htm

http://vivoweb.org/

http://rbm.nih.gov/

http://scienceofsciencepolicy.net/

http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2011/07/22/on-the-drawing-board-fed-wide-researcher-profiles/

URECA Researcher of the Month – Olesya Levsh

This month’s featured student is Olesya Levsh, a Biochemistry major (class of 2013) who has worked in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Raleigh since her freshman year and investigates human IAPP aggregation and small molecule inhibitors. She first discovered the lab while participating in a required lab tour for Chem 141 (honors chemistry). Right after the class tour, she talked to Professor Daniel Raleigh about joining his lab and getting involved in the lab’s ongoing studies of protein folding, protein structure and the formation of amyloid –  a cell-killing protein aggregate that can trigger diseases such as diabetes.

Olesya is a member of the University Scholars Program, and in  2010 served as an Undergraduate College Fellow for the Undergraduate College of Human Development, and a Teaching Assistant in General Chemistry. She is also active in the Undergraduate Biochemistry Society, and currently acts as managing editor for Stony Brook Young Investigators Review (SB’s student-run science journal). Olesya Levsh was born in Uzbekistan, and is a graduate (salutatorian) of James Madison High School in Brooklyn. She plans to apply to graduate (Ph.D.) programs next year, and will be presenting a poster next spring at URECA’s campus -wide research poster exhibition on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 (save the date!).

For the full interview/feature, please go to:

http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/researcher-month.shtml

CORIHS Investigators – Chesapeake Research Review, Inc. (CRRI) – Town Hall Meeting Scheduled

Since 2004, CORIHS investigators wishing to conduct industry-initiated, industry-funded clinical trials have had the option of using our local IRBs, or the IRB of Chesapeake Research Review, Inc. (CRRI).

Representatives from CRRI will be at SBU on November 28th at 1p.m. (location to be determined) to explain the process for using their ‘outside IRB’, and to answer any questions you may have. This Town Hall is open to current and future users of CRRI.

Please RSVP to jmatuk@notes.cc.sunysb.edu by Nov 14th to secure a seat. Once we have a head count, you will be notified regarding the location.

CORIHS Investigators – May the IRBs contact you during their meetings?

In our ongoing efforts to improve efficiencies and communication between the IRBs and investigators, we are implementing a new voluntary procedure for PI’s whose new studies will be undergoing review by the full committee. You will have the option of providing us with your contact information during the IRB meeting so that the IRBs can speak with you in ‘real-time’, when specific and critical information appears to be missing or is unclear.

Interested? If you are the PI of a new study, and you receive an e-mail that says that your project has been ‘Referred to Full Board’, with an effective date (i.e., the meeting date) that is in January 2012 or beyond, you can send an e-mail to lkozlowski@notes.cc.sunysb.edu, with the subject line: “Contact Information for Meeting”, and provide us with your project IRBNet number and a telephone # where we may contact you between the hours of 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. the night of the meeting.

Please note some ground rules:

  • This is a voluntary process. You are not required to give us contact information.
  • If you give us contact information, it doesn’t mean you will receive a phone call.

A phone call, or lack thereof, is no guarantee of study outcome, although it is hoped that if certain important information can be obtained during committee deliberations, the probability of study deferral will be decreased.