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February 28, 2017

Call for Proposals: Busch Biomedical Grant Program

The Busch Biomedical Grant program is designed to enhance health-related research at the University and to strengthen the competitive position of faculty members who seek external research funds.  The Busch Biomedical Grant program will support research projects up to $40,000 for two  years.  Proposals are due on  March 21, 2017 . For more information please visit the Busch Biomedical Grant Website.

Se lected Events 
Abstract submissions due for the 2017 Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey
April 4-5
Office for Human Resources Protections Research Community Forum
May 25
2017 Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey 
2017 Women's Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase

Research Contacts

A list of key research contacts, including staff in ORED and other units, is posted here. Send any suggestions to res-comm@rutgers.edu

Successful Grant Writing Event to be Led by Stacey Abate

The Rutgers English Department and Writing Program warmly invite you to an informative Master Class led by nationally preeminent grants professional and writing program business & technical writing instructor Stacey Abate.  In this presentation, Abate will discuss the fundamentals of successful grant writing and explore the high-paying, in-demand career of grantsmanship.  Abate has been a grants consultant since 2000 and was the founding President of the Grant Professionals Association, NJ Chapter.  Abate joined the Rutgers University Writing Program in 2016 to teach grant writing and share her expertise with the next generation of non-profit professionals.

Abate's talk will be held on Thursday, March 9, from 4-5:30 pm, at the Plangere Writing Center, Murray Hall, Room 302 on the College Avenue Campus.  A Reception will follow this event.  More information  here Contact:  Jacqueline Loeb

 Cornerstone Update

Work continues on the grants module within the new Oracle financial system.  A few recent updates of note include information related to subawards, including PO conversion issues, the process for new POs, and information on the approval processes for invoices over $5,000 against subaward POs. This information is available  here.

While development of final reports for sponsored programs is ongoing, you may run RU Saved Query #202 (Sponsored Projects Summary) to view revenue, cost and net balance by month for your projects. You may also run Report #015 to view revenue and expenditures.
GCA will host Question & Answer sessions on Personnel/Salary Cost Transfers on Sponsored Programs, information is available  here.

Upcoming Conference: Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Research Community Forum:  April 4-5 

Join OHRP staff at a Research Community Forum (RCF) entitled "Big Data, Small Data, and the Implications for Human Subjects Research ," at the Hilton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ on April 4-5, 2017.  Hosted by the Hackensack University Medical Center, the RCF will examine several important issues that arise from the use of big data. Research with large datasets to reveal patterns and associations, along with the development of personalized medicine that these analyses have allowed, present legal, regulatory, and ethical implications for researchers and participants. The conference provides a forum to discuss the intersection of these issues.  For more information, visit the event  website.

2017 Women's Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase (WHILS) - Call for Posters and Exhibits

The Rutgers and the wider NJ, NY, CT and PA women's healthcare communities are invited to participate in the  3rd Women's Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase (WHILS) being held on June 14, 2017 on the Rutgers RWJMS Piscataway campus. WHILS organizers are developing the 2017 program agenda now, and are seeking poster and exhibit applications by March 24, 2017. Click  here for more information.
PHS Policy Regarding the Production of Custom Antibodies

When custom antibodies are purchased from an outside vendor, Rutgers' IACUCs do not require an IACUC protocol, as explained below. Public Health Service (PHS) policy is only concerned with the purchase of antibodies when they are custom made, meaning, "if produced using antigen(s) provided by or at the request of the investigator (i.e., not purchased off-the-shelf)." Learn more here. When custom antibodies are purchased (regardless of the funds being used) Rutgers' IACUCs must verify that 1) the vendor is PHS assured, USDA certified and AAALAC accredited, and 2) that an IACUC protocol for the specific work being conducted is active at the vendor. Verification of these items can be provided to your local IACUC office or the IACUC will verify them with the vendor; please submit documents and/or questions to your  local IACUC office.

Rutgers Licenses Low-Cost, High-Quality Graphene Production Method to Everpower 

Rutgers University has licensed a technology that allows for the mass production of high-quality graphene at a reduced cost to Everpower International Holdings Co., Ltd.  Invented by a team led by Manish Chhowalla, professor of materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the method uses microwaves to produce high-quality graphene from graphene oxide, and has the potential to generate large quantities at low cost. Graphene has the potential to be used in enormous industrial applications, including semiconductor, battery and composite materials, providing the basis for improving many traditional industries by replacing less efficient materials.  "This creative and collaborative  arrangement with Everpower demonstrates how committed we are to advancing Rutgers  technologies..." said David Kimball, associate vice president for research commercialization at Rutgers. Explore the licensing process here.

Research Regulatory Affairs - New Systems Updates

The University continues its work on configuring the eIACUC system, slated for university wide rollout in April. eIACUC is a Click/Huron product used by many Big Ten Academic Alliance peers. Configuration continues through the involvement of several faculty across Rutgers campuses. eIACUC will replace the existing ACFC and paper PDF forms currently in use.  After rollout, all new de novo protocols will be written in eIACUC; amendments and annual reviews will be routed through the system (without having to rewrite those in the system).
The rollout of the new electronic eIRB system to the legacy Rutgers research community will begin mid-spring. Look for announcements about training times and locations shortly.

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