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April 4, 2017
Unveiling Amarel

The  Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC)  is now accepting researcher buy-in to Amarel, Rutgers' new condominium-style advanced computing environment developed to serve wide-ranging research needs. Named in honor of Saul Amarel, a Rutgers pioneer in artificial intelligence and research computing, Amarel will be available to any investigator or student with projects requiring research computing resources on any Rutgers campus. The Amarel Cluster is anticipated to be ready for researcher access in mid-April. University researchers with high performance and high throughput computing needs are encouraged to consider OARC's services. Learn more here.  
Rutgers Research Council Accepting Grant Proposals until April 7

The Rutgers Research Council is now accepting proposals for 2017-2018. Through awards up to a maximum of $5,000, the Research Council supports studies leading to significant outside funding and publication in all fields of learning represented at Rutgers as well as creative work in the arts. Program guidelines and application submission instructions are available here. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on April 7. Last year, 60 grants were awarded averaging $2,100 each. 
Se lected Events 
1st Pitch Life Science: Eavesdropping on Investors' Closed Door Discussions
May 23 
2017 BioNJ BioPartnering Conference, Hosted by Rutgers
May 25
2017 Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey 
2017 Women's Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase
Rutgers Research Council Seeks Potential New Members

Rutgers Research Council is interested in developing a pool of potential new members. The Research Council is a universitywide faculty committee that advises the Office of Research and Economic Development on a special program that provides small grants to faculty every year. The awards are made as the result of peer review of proposals submitted by faculty for funding of research and creative work, as well as subvention for scholarly books. Research Council members participate in broadly-defined disciplinary subcommittees to review applications once a year in the spring. Reviews are conducted online; the committees meet to make their formal rec ommendations once a year in early May. Appointments to the committee are made for renewable three-year terms. 

Members of the Research Council find that having the opportunity to support faculty research projects is an extremely rewarding way to serve the university's academic mission. If you are interested, please contact Ana Santini, program administrator for the Research Council.
Call for Busch Biomedical Reviewers

Are you interested in serving as a reviewer for the 2017 Busch Biomedical Grant program? We are in the process of identifying highly qualified, volunteer reviewers for this year's program. A vibrant peer-review process, full of capable and qualified reviewers, is vital to the health of scientific research and the Busch Biomedical Grant program. Please contact Jacquelyn Williams by April 7  if you are interested in volunteering.
Cornerstone Update

Two important updates have been posted on the Cornerstone website:  the  Fiscal Year 2017 Fringe, FICA and Medicare Update  and a detailed  Financial Management and Reporting Update Additional information is frequently sent to our Research Administration Information Network;  register here.
Issues with System for Award Management (SAM)

As of April 3, Rutgers is still experiencing issues with some of its SAM registrations and is actively working on resolving these issues. If you are planning a federal proposal submission over the next week, please contact your grant specialist to determine if your proposal is affected and what steps can be taken to ensure on-time submission. Additional information and updates regarding the status of the SAM registration and DUNS Numbers will be posted on the 
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 on the Rutgers RWJMS Piscataway campus.
Save the Date: ORC-RBHS Workshops in May

RBHS is hosting the  Office of Research Commercialization  (ORC) for two workshops in May to discuss how Rutgers researchers can take advantage of the services provided by ORC. The first will be held at the School of Dental Medicine in Newark on Monday, May 8, the second will be at the Clinical Academic Building in New Brunswick on  Tuesday, May 9 . Both will take place from  5 to 7 p.m.  For questions, contact  Vince Smeraglia .
1st Pitch Life Science Event on Busch Campus

Rutgers is hosting " 1st Pitch Life Science Event on Busch Campus " on April 18 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.  at the Rutgers Visitor Center on Busch Campus. Attendees will hear what happens  after  a startup company presents to an investor group. 1st Pitch Life Science offers presenters and audience members the chance to hear what happens in those closed-door discussions, and to learn what really matters to investors. Admission is free, but preregistration is required.
Rutgers Startups Win Awards at NJEN Event

Two Rutgers startup companies won awards at the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network's (NJEN) "Posters, Pitches, and Prizes" event on March 29 at Princeton University. Novopedics, Inc.a startup that is developing an implantable medical device for patients with severe knee injuries, called Meniscofix, was awarded with the Grand Prize.  Visikol, Inc.,  a biotech startup that markets a technology platform for use in scientific and medical research, earned the "Best in Class" award from NJEN.

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