Notices and Reminders
Updated OUHSC COVID-19 Response Plan: Attached is the updated OUHSC COVID-19 Response Plan, effective September 22, 2021. Substantive changes are summarized below:
Classrooms - Masking is required in classrooms located in patient care areas and in facilities where the primary function is patient care. Masking is expected in all other classrooms as well.
Positive Cases in the Classroom - Faculty who become aware that a student who has been attending class in a non-patient care area It is presumed that students attending class in patient care areas/facilities where patient care is the primary function are already masking in accordance with this Response Plan. has tested positive for COVID-19 two days before or after the last class meeting will:
- Continue holding in-person classes and
- Require all students in the class to wear masks for two weeks from the date of the positive student’s last attendance.
The student who tested positive will observe the quarantine period established by Student & Employee Health.
It is presumed that students attending class in patient care areas/facilities where patient care is the primary function are already masking in accordance with this Response Plan.
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.
NIH Policy Reminder: NIH awards are made to recipients, which are most often institutions, not individuals. NIH grants-policy staff members conduct official business with the Authorized Organization Representative (AORs), as detailed in NIHGPS Chapter 2.1.2 Recipient Staff.
As a reminder, inquiries regarding general grants-policy matters are best directed first to the recipient’s Office of Sponsored Programs; specifically, the AOR. In rare instances where these contacts are not able to assist in resolving the inquiry, or determine a need to seek guidance from the NIH on a complex or unusual policy circumstance, recipient/applicant’s AOR, not the PD/PI, may submit policy-related inquiries on the organization’s behalf to the NIH grants policy inbox.
Change to OUHSC new NIH Other Support pages requirements. OUHSC will not start implementing this policy internally until October 01, 2021 (previously July 1, 2021). Please keep in mind, that other institutions may have already implemented this policy and you may be required to use the new format for them before the OUHSC October 01, 2021 date.
Seeking Participants for Research on Postdoctoral Scholar Training and Mentoring
Dr. Selena Connealy (University of New Mexico/NM EPSCoR) and research collaborators from New Mexico, Idaho, Maine, and Hawaii are conducting an NSF-sponsored study of postdoctoral training in the U.S. The purpose of the research is to extend the understanding of postdoctoral training needs and to inform the development of training programs to meet those needs. The research team seeks the participation of postdoctoral scholars and early career researchers (those who have completed a PhD within the past 5 years) from the following science and engineering disciplines: Life Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, and Education and Learning Sciences.
Participation in this research will involve responding to an on-line survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete. If you would like to participate in this study, please click here: Survey Link
We request that you complete this survey within two weeks of receipt of this email.
If you have any questions about the research, please contact: Selena Connealy, NM EPSCoR, email@example.com or 505-217-5605.
Workshops and Seminars
Save the Date - ORA Noon Conference offered via Zoom
Date: November 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Topic: Writing Successful Grants
Description: This talk goes beyond the basics of grant writing to discuss writing the specific aims and considerations for the research strategy, convey the NIH-recommended format and approach for each subsection, address and explain core-review criteria, and discuss scoring conventions, rigor, and reproducibility.
NSF 2021 Fall Virtual Grants Conference
Date: October 4-8, 2021
Description: NSF has announced the 2021 Fall Virtual Grants Conference to be held October 4-8, 2021. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event. Just like the in-person grants conferences, the NSF Virtual Grants Conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers, and administrators. The event is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at the National Science Foundation. NSF program officers will be providing up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions.
To learn more and to register, visit https://nsfpolicyoutreach.com/fall-21-virtual-conf/.
The Oklahoma Rural Health Conference
Date: October 6-7, 2021, Edmond Conference Center
Description: This two-day event brings together rural health stakeholders to learn from experts in rural health and each other.
OUHSC Funding Opportunities
Presbyterian Health Foundation (PHF) Bridge Grant Program Cycle III Request For Applications
Deadline: November 10, 2021
Description: The primary objective of the PHF Bridge Grant Program is to provide funding to enhance OUHSC faculty competitiveness for extramural funding. OUHSC Principal Investigators are eligible if they meet the following criteria: 1) have submitted an extramural application within the past 18 months that was scored but not funded, 2) are requesting over $750,000 in total direct costs and over $200,000 in total facilities and administration (F&A) costs; and 3) received a review that ranks applications and provides critiques. This program can provide funding for up to $75,000 for one year. Guidelines and Application Form are attached for or can be found here. If you have any questions, please email ORA4PHF@ouhsc.edu
Link to Full Announcement: https://research.ouhsc.edu/Resources/PHF-Funding-2021
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).
- Deutscher Technologiedienst is seeking technology approaches for non-invasive early diagnosis of pathological cardiovascular conditions using medically relevant biomarkers (e.g., lactate, glucose, troponin, triglycerides). Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 10/13).
- Johnson & Johnson Innovation is seeking technologies focused on the mechanism of exosome uptake in the GI tract with a view of applying this knowledge to the oral delivery of macromolecules. Preference is for technologies with data demonstrating in vitro transport correlates with in vivo transport and any species differences is advantageous. Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 10/14).
- A global pharmaceutical company (requested anonymity) is seeking a range of collaboration opportunities for therapeutic targets and/or assets that target myeloid malignancies, specifically AML, MDS, MPN. Specific pathways of interest include pro-apoptotic pathways, epigenetic targets, differentiation of myeloid malignant cells, tumor specific membrane targets, and splicing regulators. Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 10/21).
- Benitec Biopharma is seeking a range of collaboration opportunities with academia focused on monogenic targets that can be downregulated by expressed RNAi and replaced with RNAi insensitive transgene. Submission entails a 1-pg non-confidential summary of technology (deadline 10/28).
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
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Fall 2021 RFAs for Research Grants, Pilot & Feasibility, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships and Postdoc-to-Faculty Transition Awards for both the Research and Research Training and Path to a Cure - Academic Programs will be published in October, with a deadline of December 9, 2021!
Additional Open Funding Opportunities can be found here.
The Mselanoma Research Alliance (MRA) 2021-2022 Request for Proposal
Team Science Award Letters of Intent Due: October 6, 2021
Young Investigator Award Eligibility Checklist Due: November 3, 021
Young Investigator and Pilot Awards Full Proposals Due: November 17, 2021
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 NSF EPSCoR Summer 2022 Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU)
Description: OKLAHOMA NSF EPSCoR REU awards provide opportunities for undergraduate students from regional universities and colleges across the state to perform research in collaboration with Oklahoma’s comprehensive research campuses (OU, OSU, TU, NRI) during the summer months. The goal of the program is to enhance pursuit of graduate degrees by students at regional undergraduate institutions and strengthen network collaborations across all higher education institutions in Oklahoma. Students benefit from hands-on research experiences in STEM fields and one-on-one guidance from faculty mentors. Proposals will be awarded via a competitive review process based on proposal integrity and the engagement of a diversity of students from regional institutions.
Proposals Due: November 17, 2021
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.okepscor.org/2022-research-experience-undergraduates
NSF Reproducible Cells and Organoids via Directed-Differentiation Encoding (RECODE)
Preliminary Proposals Due: November 22, 2021
Full Proposals Due: March 31, 2022
Link to Full Announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21608/nsf21608.htm
NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)
Applications Due: November 24, 2021
Link to Full Announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21609/nsf21609.htm