February 14, 2022
This bi-weekly Events & Deadlines update for the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute promotes upcoming research education, funding opportunities, and other events and deadlines which may be of interest. To submit an item for this Events & Deadlines update, or to forward content for the monthly Newsletter, please use the button below. You can also visit the Research Communications page for archived updates, newsletters, and additional resources.

  • February 15: Agilent Technologies Virtual XF Instrument Training Starts
  • February 15: Expanded Research Professional Orientation Series Kicks Off
  • February 15, additional dates: Galter Library & Learning Center - Open Registration for Classes  
  • March 8: I-ACT Webinar - Clinical Research Staff Recruitment and Retention
  • Ongoing through March 31: "Responsible Conduct of Research" Courses
  • Expanded Research in Progress (RiP) Series
  • Pediatric Science Seminars (PSS)

  • February 16 and ongoing: Important deadlines for transition to Workday
  • February 18: Applications for NP3 Practice-Based Seed Grants
  • February 28: Nominations due for NUCATS Community Advisory Board 
  • February 28: Profile Information for the New Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Website
  • March 1: Nominations due for 2022 Chicago Admin Awards
  • March 9: Proposal Submissions due for Cures Within Reach Rare Disease Clinical Repurposing Trials
  • March 11: Application deadline for the Katz and Manne Research Institute Summer Scholars Program
  • Ongoing: SPR process (see below for deadlines)
Agilent Technologies Virtual XF Instrument Training Starts Tomorrow, February 15 

Agilent Technologies is hosting a virtual XF instrument training to be delivered in a 3-part series detailed below. As a reminder, Stanley Manne Research Institute has an available Seahorse SF instrument that is located on the 10th floor in room 10-308. Those interested in using the instrument will need to first complete the training and then request access to the device and room by contacting Greg Taborn. Please note that users attending the training do not need to be at the bench with the XF equipment.

The training session dates and times are outlined below: 

Part 1: "Navigating Your Seahorse Assay Journey: How to Use Seahorse XF Assays to Tell a Metabolic Story" will be held February 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST.

Part 2: "How to Run a Seahorse Assay" will be held February 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST.

Part 3 is a customized meeting that you will need to schedule with your Applications Engineer to analyze data you collected from your first assay and discuss next assay steps. Please contact Greg Taborn to request access to the device.

Please register no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 14. After you register, you will receive an e-mail with a link to access the training sessions.
Expanded Research Professional Orientation Series Kicks Off Tomorrow, February 15 

The Office of Research Development is excited to announce an expanded version of research professional (RP) orientation, including content relevant for research professionals across all four Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Pillars:

  • Basic and Preclinical Science
  • Clinical and Community Trials
  • Community, Population Health and Outcomes
  • Quantitative Science

The first orientation session will be held virtually on February 15 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

What will be covered? 
Research Professional (RP) Orientation will provide an overview of the Manne Research Institute, research administrative offices and support services, available research technologies, research specific training and education, and research professional community engagement opportunities.

Who needs to attend?
Newly hired RPs across all research pillars, research students, interns, and research administrative staff. In addition, we encourage and invite all current RPs to sign up for a refresher in the upcoming months.

When do these sessions occur?
RP Orientation will be held virtually on the second Tuesday of each month. The session will last 90 minutes.

How do I sign-up or assign a new RP up for a session? 
Supervisors and managers must complete the RP Orientation Intake form for all new hires. Please note that one intake request is required per employee.

Contact with any questions or concerns.
Galter Library & Learning Center: Open Registration for Classes  

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center is offering the following classes during the month of February:

All times are CST. Click on the class links for descriptions and to register. Classes fill up quickly and registration is recommended. Classes meet for approximately one hour and are free to affiliates of the Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center. Many of the classes are available by request to Feinberg School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and residents. For a complete list of available classes, click here. Email for more information.
NIH Releases FOA for Small Projects Using Datasets from Common Fund Programs

Many NIH Common Fund programs produce rich public data sets containing various multi-dimensional molecular and phenotypic data from a range of sources. To maximize the impact of these data, engage a diverse community of end-users for broader adoption of these data sets, and to obtain feedback from award recipients to enhance the data resources, the Common Fund plans to support small research projects (R03) using data sets from two or more Common Fund programs. Read the FOA.

Applications are due February 18 by 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant organization. Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and learn more on the Enhancing the Use of Common Fund Data website. You can contact the CFDE team at with any additional questions. Please reach out to your OSP contact as soon as possible, if interested in pursuing this opportunity.
I-ACT Webinar: Clinical Research Staff Recruitment and Retention

The Best Practices, Education & Tools (BET) Committee of the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children (I-ACT) will host “Clinical Research Staff Recruitment and Retention,” an educational webinar scheduled for March 8 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Panelists will be announced soon. SOCRA members will be able to apply for CEU credits. View the flyer here. Questions can be directed to
"Responsible Conduct of Research" Courses Continuing Through March 31

Registration is open for the next Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course offering. Classes will be held online via Zoom on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. CST, through March 31 (12 classes total). Postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who have received NIH training or career development awards are required to complete the RCR series, which provides an overview of the principles and expectations of conducting research ethically and responsibly. View the syllabus (.PDF)
New Seminar Series Guides "K Award" Recipients

"Succeeding with Your K Award" professional development seminar series allows early career faculty members and post-doctoral fellows to look at their own work and that of others in a critical but supportive manner. The free interactive and supportive peer-mentoring sessions offered through NUCATS cover a variety of topics, including elevator pitches, the K-to-R transition, and diversifying your funding portfolio.

The sessions are held the third Monday of each month (except January). The next session (held via Zoom) is February 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST. NUCATS sends invitations to early career faculty members or post-doctoral fellows supported on a National Institutes of Health K Award. If you have not received an invitation and feel you should be included, please email Christine Charles, Program Coordinator, NUCATS.
Announcing an Expansion of Research-in-Progress (RiP) – Internal Interdisciplinary Research Conference  

We are pleased to announce that we are expanding the Manne Research Institute Research-in-Progress (RiP) Conference to accommodate a wide range of research interests and backgrounds. The RiP Conference is now open to researchers across scientific disciplines and experience levels. We encourage early career and senior investigators from all Manne Research Institute pillars and their trainees to attend whenever possible, including when presented topics differ from their own areas of expertise. The RiP conference aims to foster a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, underscored by the philosophy that our mutual research successes are enhanced by a broad understanding of basic, clinical, and population science topics.

Presentations should last anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes, to leave time for questions from the audience. Talks should include the project background, rationale, and expected outcomes, and may feature projects at any stage in the research process. Please consider giving a talk yourself, and/or encouraging your trainees and associates to do so. Success of this conference depends on our active participation.

Virtual Research-in-Progress presentation slots are available every Monday morning from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Sign up for a RiP presentation opportunity here. (Sharepoint site)
Pediatric Science Seminars – Invited External Speakers

We are also excited to announce that we are re-establishing a program to bring prominent external researchers to present their work at Manne Research Institute. The new “Pediatric Science Seminars” (PSS) will be comprised of one-hour presentations held approximately once per month throughout the academic calendar year, during the typical Research-in-Progress Monday morning timeslot (11:00 a.m.–noon). Speakers will include experts from other institutions, as well as faculty from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (departments outside of Pediatrics) and cover a wide variety of topics relevant to our diverse research community.

Speakers will be selected by a committee of faculty and students from the Manne Research Institute Basic and Preclinical Science, Clinical and Community Trials, and Community, Population Health and Outcomes research pillars. We are currently accepting speaker nominations as well as selection committee volunteers. Please submit both to

We will share more information about upcoming speakers as details are finalized.

Thank you in advance for your partnership.
Profile Information for the New Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Website Request by February 28

The Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute website will be launched in 2022. It will feature profiles for individual researchers and lab or program pages for affiliated research groups. The Office of Research Development invites you to submit information about yourself for your new profile page using this form.

If you are the head of a lab or research group, please visit the research communications page and select the appropriate form for your research pillar.

Please have submissions completed by February 28. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the contents of your new Manne Research Institute profile in more detail, please contact the Office of Research Development.
Important Changeover Deadlines for Transition to Workday

Capital Activity – Last capital activity numbers issued by February 16: 

Here are a few key dates to keep in mind as it relates to the At Hand Transformation and capital related changeover dates:

  • February 16: Issuing new Capital activity numbers will be frozen immediately following the quarterly capital meeting approvals 
  • March 11: Final date to submit capital requisitions (paper forms) 
  • March 18: Final date for purchasing to process all requisitions (including capital forms submitted by March 11) 

Reminder - Expense Report approvals in ImageNow – Due by February 25 

To close our current system and change over to Workday for expense reporting, please be aware of the following deadlines:

  • February 25 – Final date for leaders to complete all expense approvals in ImageNow 
  • March 3 – Final approved reimbursements to payroll for payment processing in March before April Go Live of At Hand and the Workday system 

Final Payroll Pay dates to include Expense Reimbursements:

  • Medical Center (non-physician groups): March 31 
  • PFF – March 18 
  • LCSF – March 25 
  • LCPAA – March 31 

To make this transition easier for those who are incurring expenses and those awaiting reimbursement, please note: 

  • The 60-day period for submitting expenses will be extended. This means if you were unable to submit expenses by February 4, you will be able to enter them in Workday for reimbursement after April Go-Live. 
  • If you are scheduled for travel during the expense filling blackout periods, February 4 through early April Go Live, please use Uniglobe and the recommended travel booking procedures for all bookings to avoid incurring large personal expenses.  

 Vendor Check Requests - Submissions are due by March 4 

  • Any vendor check requests must be submitted to no later than March 4 for processing.  
  • If you are unable to submit the vendor check request by March 4, the new Workday Supplier Invoice request process will be available after Go-Live.  

Supplier Invoices and vendor check requests submissions in ImageNow – Approvals needed by March 18

  • Approvals of all invoices and vendor check requests must be completed by the authorized approvals no later than March 18. 
  • The last payment run for accounts payable will be March 24 for all approved invoices and vendor checks.  
  • There will be no interruptions in submitting invoices to the accounts payable department during the transition. Please continue to submit all invoices directly to for processing.  


Remote work stipend requests for newly eligible employees - Submit by February 28 

  • New stipend requests for workers who are at least 60% remote must be submitted to Brea Douglas by February 28 or wait until go live in early April. Approved remote work that happens during the freeze period will have the stipend applied retroactively. 
NP3 Announces Practice-Based Seed Grants
Applications due February 18 

The Northwestern Primary Care Practice-based Research Program (NP3) announces its 2022 cycle of practice-based research seed grants for Northwestern University researchers and primary care clinicians or practices to collaboratively develop a partnership and research area of interest that addresses an issue of importance to primary care. Clinicians from Federally Qualified Health Centers or community health centers, Northwestern Medicine Primary Care practices, Pediatric Practice Research Group practices, and Northwestern researchers are invited to apply. Awards will be given for Research Collaborations and Partnership Development proposals.

Visit the NP3 website to learn more about this opportunity, access the RFP, and view examples of previous awardees. Interested applicants are required to contact NP3 to discuss the fit and feasibility of an application by February 18. Interested faculty should contact their Office of Sponsored Programs contact as soon as possible.
NUCATS Seeks Nominees for Community Advisory Board 
Nomination deadline is February 28 

The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute is accepting nominations from community stakeholders to serve on the inaugural NUCATS Community Advisory Board. Nominations, including self-nominations, are due February 28. The mission of the NUCATS Institute is to accelerate innovative and inclusive clinical research from the lab to the community to improve human health for all. Contact NUCATS Administrative Director Keith Herzog at with questions.
Nominations Being Accepted for the 2022 Chicago Admin Awards 
Nomination Deadline is March 1 

Do you know any extraordinary and exemplary administrative professionals that go above and beyond? The Administrative Professionals Advisory Council invites you to nominate them for the 2022 Chicago Admin Awards.

The Admin Awards is the first and only public recognition celebration program of its kind in the country that focuses specifically on recognizing and rewarding the achievements, dedication, and importance of administrative professionals.

Key dates:
  • March 1: Deadline to submit nominations 
  • March 10: "Cheers to Nominees" cocktail reception at the Kimpton Gray Hotel 
  • March 14: Finalist notifications week 
  • April 26: Awards Night Gala at the Chicago Marriot Marquis 

Nominations can be submitted here. The main site for the Chicago Admin Awards can be found here.
Cures Within Reach Announces RFP for Rare Disease Clinical Repurposing Trials Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
RFP Deadline is March 9

Cures Within Reach, a Chicago-based philanthropic leader in drug, device, and nutraceutical repurposing research, announces a new funding opportunity/request for proposals (RFP) for budgets up to $50,000 for rare disease clinical repurposing trials supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Eligible rare diseases clinical repurposing trials are led by a U.S.-based underrepresented racial/ethnic minority PI as defined by the NIH, Section A or address rare disease racial/ethnic health disparities as defined by the NIH (can be led by U.S.-based PIs of any ethnicity). The RFP is part of Cures Within Reach’s CureAccelerator Live! for Rare Diseases philanthropic pitch event to be held on June 9 (attendance can be virtual). Proposal submissions are due March 9.

Visit Cures Within Reach for more information and direct questions to Please reach out to your OSP contact as soon as possible, if interested in pursuing this opportunity.
Katz and Manne Research Institute Summer Scholars Program Application Process Opens
Deadline to apply is March 11
Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce the 2022 Katz and Manne Research Institute Summer Scholars Program. The program is designed to provide undergraduates summer experiences in research related to childhood health and disease. Through the ongoing generosity of Jim & Ellyn Katz and the Manne Research Institute, we are offering competitive paid research opportunities with Manne Research Institute investigators located on the Streeterville biomedical campus neighborhood in the heart of beautiful Chicago.

Summer Scholars spend eight or more weeks working daily with their faculty mentor and research team during the summer. In addition, the Summer Scholars participate in a weekly course to socialize while learning about scientific presentations and careers in science from participating faculty members.

Interested students should review our website to learn more about this year’s course offerings, participating faculty mentors, and representative research projects from their research teams. Prioritization will be given to students who plan to attend the program in-person, although virtual research projects will be considered.

Manne Research Institute and Lurie Children’s are equal opportunity employers and work to accommodate challenges and barriers to scientific research experiences. Highly motivated students with diverse life and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2022. Applications are due by March 11. Award notifications will be sent by email by April 4. Please share this information within your network to help identify interested students.
Deadlines for Scientific Peer Review

Attaining the goal of advancing our national and international reputation as a premier children’s hospital will require a robust and mixed portfolio of individual and multi-investigator federal grants. As one step to meet this goal, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute have implemented a mandatory Scientific Peer Review (SPR) process for all prime Federal grant submissions. Click the button below to learn more.
SPR Deadlines for Grant Submissions
April 27: submit to SPR by February 16
May 4: submit to SPR by February 23
May 11: submit to SPR by March 2
SPR Deadlines for Grant Submissions
May 18: submit to SPR by March 9
May 25: submit to SPR by March 16
June 1: submit to SPR by March 23
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