Connecting the Rutgers Research Community                             August 2019

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Yes, this kind of concrete could protect your car and make your life easier.
Special  permeable concrete pavement can help reduce the "urban heat island effect" that causes cities to sizzle in the summer, according to a Rutgers-led team of engineers.  Their study appears in the Journal of Cleaner Production .

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Three Rutgers professors -  Jinglin Fu  from Rutgers-Camden,  Jessica Ware  from Rutgers-Newark, and Saman Zonouz of Rutgers-New Brunswick - have been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government. 

The PECASE Awards, established in 1996 by the National Science and Technology Council, are conferred to outstanding scientists and engineers at the onset of their independent careers. The awardees show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the 21st century.

At a recent ceremony hosted by the Office of Research and Economic Development, 30 graduates were recognized for completing the  Sponsored Programs Academy for Continuing Education (S.P.A.C.E.) Research Administration Training Program. The S.P.A.C.E. program, offered twice a year, provides comprehensive training to ensure that members of the Rutgers research community have a solid understanding of the university's processes when it comes to administering research. Achieving a 100% pass rate for the End of Course assessment, this graduating class is ready to support Rutgers research across the university.

New Requirement for ORCID iDs for Individuals Supported by Research Training, Fellowship, Research Education, and Career Development Awards

The National Institutes of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality , and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  announced that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020.  ORCID iDs are unique, persistent digital identifiers that distinguish individual investigators and can be used to connect researchers with their contributions to science over time and across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation.  The requirement for ORCID identifiers will be implemented through the appointment process for those appointed to institutional awards and through the application process for those applying for individual awards.  Visit the Rutgers Library ORCID FAQ page for  information on creating an ORCID iD and connecting it to your Rutgers NetID. 
The Grant and Contract Accounting training classes, held in both Piscataway and Newark, provide a better understanding on utilizing the functionalities for sponsored projects administration within the university's Financial Management System and Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ECRT). There is a new  class on completing the Salary Wage Redistribution Justification (SWRJ) form also available with multiple sessions scheduled for the next few months.

The Collaborative for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (CTEC) is a unique initiative at Rutgers where graduate students in STEM disciplines and MBA students come together to develop the knowledge and master the skills necessary for entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. CTEC provides a series of graduate courses that focus on translating cutting-edge technology and scientific discoveries into new business opportunities and startup ventures. It is a place where students, faculty, inventors and business executive mentors come together to build the future through innovation grounded in a foundation of sound business practices with the support and guidance from executive mentorship. Contact the Director of CTEC, Professor Mukesh M. Patel, for more information. 

The  NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. Proposals are limited to two per campus and pre-proposals must be submitted through the Rutgers   Limited Submission process . The  internal application  deadline is October 4, 2019.

The 2020 Michelson Prizes will focus on Human Immunology, Vaccine Discovery and Immunotherapy Research. The selection committee will be looking to support research that is both highly innovative and has the potential for high impact. While the Michelson Prizes are focused on research in the fields of immunology, vaccine and immunotherapy discovery, applicants from the full spectrum of related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, nanotechnology, etc., are encouraged to apply.  Deadline: October 31, 2019

The two main objectives of the 2019 pilot grants program in neuroscience at Rutgers University are to foster new collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences among full-time resident faculty across Rutgers-New Brunswick and RBHS, and support pilot experiments that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency. The awards must address disease mechanisms, focusing on diagnosis, tools or treatments th at involve cell or animal models, human subjects, clinical studies, or basic neuroscience relevant to a future clinical application. T he pilots require at least two full-time resident faculty Co-PIs with appointments from different departments across Rutgers-New Brunswick or RBHS. Deadline: September 30, 2019    

SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas. The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) SBIR Road Tour is coming to Rutgers Cook Student Center in New Brunswick on Wednesday, September 18. Participating federal agency program managers include the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, NASA, and others. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from these federal agencies, and to meet one-on-one with the program decision makers. One-on-one appointments must be scheduled in advance and slots are limited. 

to the following researchers for their recently-awarded grants: 

Max Tischfield - School of Arts and Sciences
KiBum Lee
School of Arts and Sciences
Scott Moerdler
Cancer Institute of New Jersey
G. Marcela Rodriguez
New Jersey Medical School, Public Health Research Institute
Learn about their research under Grant Announcements .
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