OUHSC Research News – Monday, December 6, 2021
Notices and Reminders
In alignment with the University’s closure for the upcoming holidays, the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) will be closed for:
Winter Break – The Office of the VPR including ORA will be closed on December 23, 2021 through December 31, 2021, reopening on January 3, 2022.
Any proposals or other items due to sponsors during this time must be submitted to ORA within three business days before the campus closure dates. Any contracts expiring December 31, 2021 need to be in our office by December 13, 2021. Should you need urgent assistance during the holiday closure, please contact ORA at HSCORA@ouhsc.edu. All other matters will be addressed when the University reopens for regular business hours.
Effective October 1st, the NIH requires all NIH-funded clinical trials to complete clinical trial registration 21 days after enrollment of first participant and/or results reporting 12 months after trial actual primary completion date. NIH has now enhanced checks on non-compliance for these two requirements in the eRA System. Failure to comply with NIH timeline will delay your Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) submission. NIH has also placed additional scrutiny on all aspects of RPPRs that has resulted in a significant increase in rejected reports from OUHSC investigators.
Because of these substantial changes and additional information requirements (including Other Support format), all RPPRs are now subject to additional review by ORA.
Effective January 1, 2022, ORA MUST receive RPPRs for review 3 business days prior to the sponsor deadline for single-project grants and 5 business days prior to the sponsor deadline for multi-project grants.
For more information on NIH enhanced checks on non-compliance, please see: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2021/11/09/enhanced-checks-for-compliance-with-clinical-trial-registration-and-reporting-in-rppr/
We are fast approaching NIH January Deadline (i.e. January 25, 2022). Your assistance in notifying us of your intention to submit a proposal for the upcoming deadline and submitting the final proposal package according to the ORA proposal submission policy will help ensure a smooth and successful submission.
ORA Reminder: Effective October 1st, ORA requires applicants and recipients to use the updated Other Support format to submit with applications, Just-In-Time (JIT) and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs).
Because of the substantial changes and additional information that needs to be included, all Key Personnel on RPPRs are expected to provide Other Support in the updated format for each RPPR, regardless of when Other Support was last submitted for key personnel. Failure to follow the appropriate format on or after October 1st, may delay processing your application/award by the ORA staff.
ORA Reminder: As a friendly reminder, please make sure you are carefully checking PeopleSoft and the budget justification to make sure OU Norman personnel are not included in the OUHSC personnel line. Failure to properly list the OUHSC vs Norman personnel in the budget preparation phase may result in a rebudget request from the sponsor, and could negatively impact processing of the award.
Requirements for Acknowledging NIH-Supported Research
NIH funded researchers are required to accurately acknowledge NIH funding in publications, press releases, or other documents about research that is funded by NIH in whole or in part. To comply with NIH requirements, recipients must include the following (as described in Communicating and Acknowledging Federal Funding):
Recipients should only acknowledge NIH awards on publications and other documents when the research activities that contributed to that publication directly arise from the award and are within the scope of the award being acknowledged. Please see the Communicating and Acknowledging Federal Funding and FAQs pages for more information on when, where, and how to acknowledge NIH funding.
OUHSC Funding Opportunities
Innovation Pathway Information Session Scheduled
Are you a researcher or innovator with an idea you’d like to market? The OU Office of Innovation and Corporate Partnerships is encouraging OUHSC faculty and staff to apply to participate in the upcoming Innovation Pathway “Sooner2Market” 6-week program. The program, set to begin January 4, is an opportunity for OU researchers and innovators to explore the value and marketability of their business idea.
The program will cover the following topics and more:
- Market validation
- Customer discovery
- Finding the right investors
- Components of a pitch
- Why investors say no
- Presenting your opportunity
- Identifying funding needs
- What investors look for
- Insights from entrepreneurs
- Developing your plan
- Refining your financials
A 30-minutes virtual informational session for anyone interested in participating in this program will be held at noon, Friday, Dec. 10. To participate, go to this Zoom link: https://oklahoma.zoom.us/j/97752977440?from=addon; Meeting ID: 977 5297 7440.
Only six participants will be chosen to participate as a cohort in this initial workshop. Future sessions will be scheduled. To apply for the Sooner2Market program, go to: https://forms.office.com/r/6Kpupz1fnd. A panel will determine which six applicants will participate in this session.
For questions, email: email@example.com
Office of Technology Commercialization presents the following opportunities for researchers to engage with industry (click here for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
- Travere Therapeutics is seeking an academic research collaboration focused on polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD, ARPKD). Out of scope: drug repurposing, diagnostics. Preference is for opportunities with evidence of novel mechanism and POC data. Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 1/5).
- A global pharmaceutical company (requested anonymity) is seeking innovative small molecule regulators of RNA transcripts that are highly selective toward their targets for treating immunologically based diseases. Out of scope: oligotherapeutics, gene therapy approaches, viral delivery. Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 1/5).
- Bayer Crop Science is interested in collaborating with academia to identify novel and/or engineered protein candidates that can be produced in plant cell cultures or transformed plant systems for applications in food, agriculture, sustainability, consumer health, pharmaceuticals or other industries. Out of scope: products with a small potential market. Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 1/12).
- Roivant Sciences is seeking key opinion leaders/advisors to collaborate in developing a universal influenza vaccine program based on differentiated RNA technology. Areas of interest include delivery systems for RNA, adjuvants, and modified nucleosides. RNA-based technologies that have no potential application to respiratory diseases are out of scope. Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 1/12).
NOTE: When only one application is allowed per Institution according to the sponsor instructions, a one-page letter of intent summarizing the proposed project should be submitted to the Vice President for Research at least two months prior to the application deadline (unless otherwise noted). The letters of intent will be reviewed and a single application will be chosen for submission from the University.
NIH Funding Opportunities
Other Funding Opportunities
Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) philanthropy - 2022 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Description: Grants of up to $50,000 to Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, and Oklahoma nonprofits, schools, and agencies for programs that support creative ways to bring innovation and equity to the health sector and recruiting and generating pathways to a high-quality health care workforce. Programs can also emphasize novel approaches to positively address the social determinants of health.
All current TCI grants are for periods of one year. Cycle 1 awardees (OK or CO) begin on June 1, 2022.
Proposals Due: February 28, 2022
Link to Full Announcement: http://telligenci.org/grants
NSF Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO)
Description: This solicitation invites submission of collaborative proposals that tackle bold questions in biology and require an integrated approach to make substantive progress. Integrative biological research spans subdisciplines and incorporates cutting-edge methods, tools, and concepts from each to produce groundbreaking biological discovery. The research should be synergistic and produce novel, holistic understanding of how biological systems function and interact across different scales of organization, e.g., from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species to ecosystems and the entire Earth. Such knowledge is critical to inform solutions to societal challenges, including natural resource management, resilience to environmental change, and global food security. Outcomes from integrative research will also inform and guide the development of new technologies that drive the nation's bioeconomy.
Proposals Due: January 25, 2022
Link to Full Announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21622/nsf21622.htm
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI)
Description: The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.
Proposals Due: January 19, 2022
Link to Full Announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18513/nsf18513.pdf
Diabetes Research Wellness Foundation – Research Grants
Description: DRWF accepts research applications related to finding the cause, prevention, treatment, and cure of diabetes and its complications. The maximum support of these grants is up to $50,000 per year for up to 2 years. If the proposed research is within an area of primary interest and is judged as having high scientific merit by the Foundation’s advisors, the Board of Directors may make special grant awards that exceed the stated maximum. Currently, the Foundation’s area of primary interest and focus are islet cell transplantation, macrovascular disease & neuropathy. All other research proposals will not be reviewed.
Proposals Due: December 30, 2021
Link to Full Announcement: https://www.diabeteswellness.net/apply-funding
Mary Kay Ash Foundation 2022 Cancer Research Grants
Description: The Mary Kay Ash FoundationSM is a non-profit public foundation, which focuses on funding research for innovative grants for translational research of cancers affecting women (ovarian, uterine, breast, endometrial or cervical cancer among others). Translational research is broadly defined as research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Such research would lead to improvement in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, or treatment of the cancer. The Foundation is pleased to invite your institution to submit one grant proposal. Please note only one grant application will be accepted from each accredited, invited institution.
The grant will be up to $100,000 (combined direct and indirect costs) for a two-year period. The Foundation anticipates funding between 10 and 15 grants. Please review the attached RFP with FAQs section as well as the Applicant User Guide for additional information.
Proposals Due: February 4, 2022 at 11:59 PM (CT)
Please complete your application here: https://apply.yourcausegrants.com/apply/programs/7d085160-a542-4415-bea4-1fbe139b51ee*
Please reach out to Julia Santosuosso if you have any questions at Julia.Santosuosso@mkcorp.com.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The following RFAs have a full application deadline of December 9, 2021:
Additional Open Funding Opportunities can be found at https://cff.org/Research/Researcher-Resources/Awards-and-Grants/Funding-Opportunities/
Asahi Kasei Pharma Call for Collaboration proposal
Description: Asahi Kasei Pharma is publicly calling for new proposals related to drug discovery research as part of its efforts for open innovation, to promote pharmaceutical research and development through enhanced cooperation with universities, research institutes, and enterprises around the world. Proposals are solicited concerning new drug seeds (drug target and drug candidate) and technologies in the therapeutic fields of autoimmune disease, critical care medicine, neurodegenerative disease, pain and neuropathy, bone disease, and drug discovery platform technology.
Submissions will be assessed for their potential for collaborative research.
Proposals Due: February 28, 2022
Link to Full Announcement: www.asahikasei-pharma.co.jp/a-compass/en/
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Single-Cell Biology Data Insights RFA
Description: Given the growth of the single-cell biology field and the rapid increase in available data, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)’s newest funding opportunity seeks to support computational experts to advance tools and resources that make it possible to gain greater insights into health and disease from existing single-cell biology datasets. The CZI Single-Cell Biology Data Insights Request for Applications (RFA) invites applications for projects that will advance the fields of single-cell biology and data science. Projects should address computational challenges and bottlenecks associated with boosting the utility and insight from available single-cell biology datasets. Projects may include dedicated efforts to improve existing computational tools and standards, benchmarking classes of tools, integration of available datasets to enable greater biological insight, development of new features that support interoperability of current data or tools, and other major challenges brought forward.
Proposals Due: December 14, 2021
Link to Full Announcement: https://chanzuckerberg.com/rfa/single-cell-data-insights/
The Mselanoma Research Alliance (MRA) 2021-2022 Request for Proposal
Team Science Award Full Proposals Due (from invited applicants) Due: January 19, 2022
Description: MRA anticipates supporting at least $12.8 million in new funding. Proposals will be accepted for Team Science, Academic-Industry Partnership, Young Investigator, and Pilot Awards. Special Opportunities are also available in immunotherapy, women in research, and patient-centric clinical trials. MRA encourages applications from a diverse pool of investigators. Full descriptions of each award opportunity offered, including all Special Opportunity Awards, as well as eligibility criteria and instructions can be found on the MRA website at CureMelanoma.org/RFP
Proposals should be submitted via the proposalCENTRAL online application tool: https://proposalcentral.com/
Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR)
Grant Deadline: January 28, 2022