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OUHSC Research News – Monday, October 30, 2023

Published: Friday, October 27, 2023

Workshops and Seminars

2024 ORA/GCA Workshop - Save the Date!
January 25 and 26, 2024 | Nicholson Conference Center, OKC
OUHSC faculty and staff are invited to attend a joint workshop by the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and Grants & Contracts Accounting Office (GCA).  This workshop will offer a two-day training on sponsored research topics. Additional details and agenda to come.
Questions? Please email
Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference - Save the Date
Description: Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the week of December 4 – 7, 2023. Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, November 8 at 12 pm ET. In the meantime, please feel free to check for the most up-to-date information and view recordings of sessions from previous conferences.
If you have any logistical questions about this virtual conference, please contact us at:     
2023 END2Cancer Conference - Register and Submit Abstracts
Date: November 30 – December 1, 2023
Description: OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center is proud to host the sixth annual in-person 2023 END2CANCER: Emerging Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery Applications for Cancer conference on Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2023 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
In its sixth year, the END2CANCER conference will start the morning of November 30, 2023 and conclude in the afternoon of December 1, 2023. The conference will bridge laboratory research conducted in the areas of nanotechnology and drug delivery to clinical application for the detection, diagnosis, imaging and treatment of cancer. The conference will host keynote, plenary and invited lectures by eminent scientists who will discuss new and emerging concepts, technologies and challenges in translating nanomedicine from bench-to-bedside. Topics to be discussed in the planned thematic sessions include Gene, mRNA, and Drug Delivery, Molecular Signaling and Targets for Therapy, Extracellular Vesicles and Tumor Signaling, Tissue Engineering and Biomimetics, Artificial Intelligence and Application in Cancer, Cancer Metabolism, and Immuno-Oncology/Immunotherapy.A special session on "Training and Career Development Grant Opportunities from the NCI" will be presented by the Director of the Center for Cancer Training at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Oliver Bogler.  
High school, undergraduate, graduate, medical school, dental school, pharmacy, nursing, engineering students and fellows (residents, post-doctoral and clinical fellows), among others working in any area of cancer-related research are invited to register to attend and present their research work during our poster presentations and compete for awards.
The multi-disciplinary two-day conference will bring together physicians, basic scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists, post-doctoral fellows, high school and college students, patient advocates, business professionals, educators and technology transfer specialists. 
A special scientific photo session titled "Art of Science in Light of Nanomedicine" will allow participants (research staff, students and fellows) to display their best research as a photo with a catchy non-scientific caption and compete for a prize. 
Registration and Additional Information:
12th International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS 2023)
This symposium be hosted by the Oklahoma University Norman Campus from December 11th to 13th 2023. This leading conference in bioinformatics and computational biology is hosting 4 workshops on next generation sequencing, molecular epidemiology, single cell omics, and systems immunology. The conference will have post-proceedings and extended abstracts published in Springer Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI) and selected submissions will be invited to special issues of the Journal of Computational Biology (JCB) or Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB) dedicated to the conference. The conference will have a poster session and a networking event. Highlight talks of published works or research in progress are also welcomed. Please visit the conference website ( and consider the CFP for more details. A number of student scholarships and 20% discount is offered for OU affiliate faculty and students for registration fees support.

OUHSC Funding Opportunities

Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences are accepting nominations for the 2024 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in three specific categories: 1. Chemical Sciences, 2. Physical Sciences & Engineering, and 3. Life Sciences.  The Foundation’s Awards Program ( seeks to honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers.  Every year, one Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in each category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, and additional nominees will be recognized as Finalists.  Applicants are asked to submit a CV, Research Summary, Professional Service and DEI Statement, Key Publications and Patents, two external letters of support, and the category selected by 5 p.m. on November 3 to  Applicants will be notified by November 10 regarding the results of the internal competition.  Nominations from OUHSC in response to this announcement are due by November 29.  Please see the attached call for applications for details (OUHSC Announcement Blavatnik National Awards 2023-24).
W. M. Keck Foundation Research Program
The W. M. Keck Foundation is a private foundation supporting fundamental research in two specific areas: 1. science and engineering, and 2. medical research. The Foundation’s Research Program ( seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.  Applicants are asked to submit a Notice-of-Intent (NOI) by 5 p.m. on November 1, so that a qualified review panel can be convened.  A one-page concept paper and cv should be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 10, stipulating the area of focus: science and engineering, or medical research.  Applicants will be notified by December 15 regarding the results of the internal competition.  Phase I applications to the Keck Foundation are due by 4:30 p.m. PT on May 1, 2024.  Please see the attached call for applications for details (OUHSC Announcement Keck Foundation 2023-24).
Office of Technology Commercialization presents the following opportunity for researchers to engage with industry (click here for more information, or email or  
  • A global Fortune 500 company is seeking novel approaches that can be applied to Morbillivirus to increase the viral yield from eukaryotic cell cultures in vivo.  Approaches of interest include new methods to directly improve yield, cell culture media and cell culture media or supplements to increase/enhance yield.  Out of scope:  methods that cannot be applied to morbillivirus, propagation in non-eukaryotic cells.  Submission entails a one-page 200-300 word non-confidential brief.  Deadline 11/17.
  • Almirill, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on skin health, is seeking collaboration opportunities to understand key pathological mechanisms that can be applied to skin diseases.  Diseases of interest include: Atopic dermatitis, Hidradenitis suppurativa, Chronic uticaria, Food allergy, Vitiligo, Alopecia and non-melanoma skin cancer; mechanisms related to other diseases (i.e. asthma) that could be relevant to the above diseases are also of interest.  Applicants should complete an application form with a non-confidential overview of proposal.  Successful proposals will be awarded funding for research.  Deadline 11/17.
  • An industry leader in hair care is seeking novel technologies and insights for removal of natural and chemical color from hair to provide lightening and lift and alternatives to the chemistries currently used to create color that are safer or provide longer lasting quality.  All approaches must be considered safer, more effective or convenient or less damaging than current methods.  Submission entails a one-page 200-300 word non-confidential brief.  Deadline 11/17.
NOTE: If the project is selected to move forward with a full application, it will need to be routed through SoonerTrack.

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Other Funding Opportunities

American Heart Association (AHA): Submit your interest to participate in the American Heart Association’s Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Program
Description: Since 2019, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) SURE program has been piloted through five U.S. academic institutions. It was borne from an AHA-commissioned study to increase the number of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) majors from underrepresented populations in the sciences. The program has successfully launched more than 100 undergraduate STEMM majors, and we now seek to expand the program to more institutions.
The AHA has issued a Request For Information from academic institutions in the U.S. that have the ability, infrastructure, and interest to offer robust summer research experiences to undergraduate students from underrepresented populations via providing mentors and an appropriate research environment.
View more program background and details and submit your interest here.
Deadline for information submission: Thursday, November 30, 2023
International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) - Call for Proposals On Research On The Impact Of Gambling On Under-Served Communities
Description: The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) invites investigators to apply for a grant to study the impact of gambling on under-served groups and communities in the U.S. or Canada. For more information and to download the grants announcement and the Large Grant application form, visit
Application Deadline: January 22, 2024
Questions? Contact Christine Reilly, Senior Research Director (
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Response Requested: Soliciting input on work to better understand including people with non-CF bronchiectasis in clinical research involving people with CF
Description: This is a Request for Information (RFI) directed at obtaining input and soliciting interest in a project to identify one or more subgroups of individuals with non-CF bronchiectasis that may be similar to people with CF in their response to therapies addressing the manifestations of bronchiectasis (e.g., antimicrobial, muco-active, or anti-inflammatory therapies). Further, this work seeks to identify viable research outcome measures for therapeutic trials in bronchiectasis that would enroll people with and without CF. Use of both existing data and prospective collection of new data may be needed to fully phenotype and/or test potential outcome measures across populations. The CF Foundation is especially interested in receiving input from those familiar with research in non-CF bronchiectasis or both patient populations. Individuals or groups interested in leading this research are additionally encouraged to submit descriptions of their interest and qualifications as described below. Please consider forwarding or discussing this RFI with local experts in non-CF bronchiectasis who may not be included in the email distribution.
Additional Information and Submitting a Response: All responses must be submitted to by December 1, 2023.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Request for Applications: Single-Cell Biology Data Insights Cycle 3 RFA
Description: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) invites applications for Cycle 3 of the Single-Cell Biology Data Insights RFA. CZI seeks to support projects that will advance the fields of single-cell biology and data science. Projects may include dedicated efforts to democratize access and usability of existing single-cell datasets, demonstrate utility by leveraging existing single-cell datasets to address impactful and challenging biological questions, and develop methods that enable greater biological insight and other major challenges brought forward.
This request for applications is the last of three currently planned cycles, with successful projects receiving 18 months of funding support. Awards are a maximum of $400,000 in total costs for Expanded Projects, and $200,000 in total costs for Focused Projects.
Application Deadline: December 5, 2023

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