New PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA): Symptom Management for Patients with Advanced Illness
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund multiple high quality clinical studies that compare the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for relief of common symptoms experienced by patients with serious, advanced illness. Prior research on symptom management has shown the potential for clinically significant improvements in quality of life, symptom burden, utilization of hospital services, and caregiver stress. Additional evidence from head-to-head studies is needed to improve the evidence base about how various symptom management approaches convey benefits and harms upon patients. The goal of this funding initiative is to support patient- and caregiver-centered, comparative clinical effectiveness research to generate important findings that will aid decision making about symptom management in advanced illness.
Symptoms of specific interest for this PFA include pain, fatigue, dyspnea, insomnia, anorexia/cachexia, nausea/vomiting, and depression or anxiety. Study populations should include patients with a serious, life-limiting diagnosis including, but not limited to, advanced heart failure, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, end-stage liver and kidney disease, or neurodegenerative diseases. PCORI is particularly interested in studies that will increase the evidence for treatments that are effective in pediatric and adolescent populations, where fewer studies have been completed. Studies on populations with advanced illnesses other than cancer, which have also been less represented in prior research, are of particular interest as well.
For this PFA, proposed studies must address actual clinical decision choices faced by patients, caregivers, and providers for relieving symptoms in advanced illnesses. The interventions proposed for study must include an evidence-based pharmacologic treatment and an appropriate pharmacologic or non-pharmacologic comparator. PCORI is interested in comparing interventions with adequate evidence of efficacy and/or those that are in common use. Study outcomes should include well-validated patient assessment measures, symptom measures, adverse events, and caregiver measures (as appropriate, especially in studies of pediatric patients). Follow-up of patient participants should be at least six months, and accordingly, life expectancy should be projected to be a minimum of six months.
The maximum project budget is $2 million in direct costs, with a maximum project duration of three years.
PCORI will hold a Town Hall to answer applicant questions on July 12, 2017. You can register at their website
Notice of Upcoming PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA)
PCORI seeks to fund large randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and/or observational studies that compare the effectiveness of different models for comprehensive treatment delivery for pregnant and post-partum women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) with different levels of addiction severity. Comprehensive OUD treatment includes perinatal care, medication-assisted treatment, and psychosocial care. While RCTs are usually preferred for causal inference, well-designed, comparative observational studies and natural experiments of established programs with evidence of efficacy may better test scalable solutions to delivery-related issues, and may also be proposed.
Application Deadline: October 25, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellowship to Israel
These unique and prestigious grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work for up to 20 months (two academic years). Applicants may be hosted by any accredited institution of higher education or research center in Israel. To be eligible for a Fulbright fellowship beginning in 2018, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than April 2015. Holders of tenure track positions are not eligible to apply. Individuals who have already begun postdoctoral research activities in Israel prior to the application date are also not eligible.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2017
Fulbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award (Junior Research) to France
The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) is an esteemed university located in Paris, France. The first mission of the EHESS is to help young researchers acquire an international scientific background through the quality of its training, the international profiles of its professors and the quality and scope of its research. In addition to pursuing his or her own research, the grantee will participate in a seminar series conducted by the associated research center. French language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required, and applicants must obtain their Ph.D. by June 2018 to be eligible.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2017
Indirect Costs in Research
The University of Cincinnati, like all other US institutions, has an agreement with the federal government on the rate of reimbursable indirect costs associated with research. Given the current national conversation regarding these indirect costs, the Office of Research has created this web page to provide additional information around this topic for the UC community.
First Transdisciplinary Research Leadership Program Awardees
After a competitive university-wide application process, six promising scholars from six University of Cincinnati colleges have been selected to work alongside three distinguished mentors from three additional colleges as part of a first-ever transdisciplinary leadership class. The inaugural cohort of what will become an annual program will begin meeting in fall 2017.
The six scholars for the Office of Research’s Trans-Disciplinary Research Leadership Program were selected based on their leadership potential as well as their dedication to working across disciplines to find innovative approaches to problem-solving research. Once the scholars were selected, three distinguished faculty were recruited based on their subject-matter expertise as well as their capacity to serve as mentors and potential research partners.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Summer Faculty and Sabbatical Appointments
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, has numerous opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows, and Faculty members to participate in a sabbaticals, or short term appointment during the summer/semester breaks. Some Faculty appointments may be completed at the university.
U.S. Citizenship is required for all appointments. Appointments are made based on the selectee's availability. For short-term summer appointments, applicants should consider applying by the end of April.
Welcome Jason Heikenfeld to the Office of Research
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jason Heikenfeld to the new position of Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization. This position is a reflection of the growing priority and activity in the commercialization of UC’s technology. Jason’s primary appointment will be in the Office of Research while maintaining a portion of his academic responsibilities in CEAS.
In this new role, Jason’s primary responsibilities will include: providing leadership and oversight for the Accelerator for Technology Commercialization; ensuring seamless and well-integrated operations across commercialization, licensing, and intellectual property functions; serving as a key resource and mentor for faculty and staff interested in technology commercialization; and providing oversight and advising on marketing strategy for the Accelerator and the University's portfolio of technologies. He will also be responsible for increasing outreach across the University and for assessing overall performance, identifying gaps and barriers and making recommendations for improvement. This position will report to the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization.
Please join the OoR in welcoming Jason to his new role on February 1, 2017.
AssureCare and UC Team Up to Help Coordinate Care for Millions of Americans
In a joint announcement, AssureCare and the University of Cincinnati stated the formation of their strategic partnership focused on optimizing medication treatment for millions of Americans.
“We are excited about the public/private partnership we have developed with AssureCare as they bring innovation to the area of care coordination. Millions of lives in America get their care coordinated on AssureCare’s MedCompass platform across multiple States,” remarked Dr. Pat Limbach, Vice President for Research at UC and Interim President and CEO of the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI). “This partnership will be a testament to how we can harness the talent of both organizations to develop a solution that addresses a major industry gap,” Limbach added.
“In all my healthcare experience I have found that pharmacists are the most underutilized healthcare professionals in America given the depth and breadth of their training. This solution will allow pharmacists to spend more quality time with their patients in optimizing their medication therapy.” said Dr. Yousuf J. Ahmad, President & CEO of AssureCare. “AssureCare’s MedCompass product already captures salient clinical and demographic information needed for care coordination making MTM a perfect evolution of our product. We also see a huge opportunity in expanding our MTM solution for a complete, end-to-end, pharmacy solution. Our intent is to build a world class product that will scale from large retail pharmacies to family owned community pharmacies.”
Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Improvements
Beginning September 26, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will perform automated compliance improvements on proposals submitted through FastLane. These checks will not be conducted on proposals submitted to NSF via Grants.gov. Proposers submitting through Grants.gov should be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.
FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2b for further information.
The compliance checks will trigger an error message in the following circumstances:
For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Teri Reed to the Office of Research
We are pleased to announce Dr. Teri Reed has joined the University of Cincinnati in a new, shared position. She has joined the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) in an administrative role and as a professor in the Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and she will also serve as Assistant Vice President for Economic Development in the Office of Research. Her primary appointment is in CEAS.
In her role in the Office of Research, Teri will serve as primary liaison between the Office of Research and the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI); organize and lead research community interactions with local, state and federal government and regional industry partners; work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Implementation to identify barriers to research excellence; and work with colleagues in the Provost’s office to identify new funding opportunities that intersect our education and research missions.
Teri holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University. She has extensive experience in an academic setting and held administrative roles at the University of Oklahoma, Purdue, and Texas A&M. Most recently, she held the title of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the Texas A&M University System. She is currently the President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). She is also a member, board member and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She also serves as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Council program evaluator for ASEE.
We are excited about this new partnership and hope you will join us in welcoming Teri to our teams. Teri can be contacted at email@example.com.
Interdisciplinary Research Teams Awarded Strategic Collaborative Grants
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Strategic Collaborative Grants. This program provides financial support for cross-disciplinary research teams led by UC faculty. The overarching aim of this program is to establish, promote and enhance strong research teams that can produce competitive proposals to federal funding agencies for large, multi-million dollar interdisciplinary research opportunities.
Following a triage process of 17 preproposals by members of the Cross-Disciplinary Task Force, six full proposals were received and subsequently reviewed by a select panel of UC faculty comprised of Jason Blackard, Joel Tsevat, Vadim Guliants, Anastasios Angelopoulos, Hairong Guan and Lisa Kelchner. The two proposals awarded $100,000 grants are:
Improving Speech Motor Performance with Simplified Visual Targets from Ultrasound Research Team: Suzanne Boyce (CAHS), Douglas Mast (CEAS), and Mike Riley (A&S)
Development of a Neurophysiologically Integrated Exoskeleton for Sit-to-stand Transition Support based on Multimodal Action intent Recognition - Research Team: Tamara Lorenz (A&S/CEAS), Manish Kumar (CEAS), Anca Ralescu (CEAS), Mike Richardson (A&S), and Adam Kiefer (COM)
The proposal awarded a $35,000 grant is:
- Cadmium Sensor for Water and Body Fluids - Research Team: Noe Alvarez (CEAS), Bill Heineman (A&S), Erin Haynes (COM), and Vesselin Shanov (CEAS)
Notice of Intent to Release Names of NIH-Funded Research Project Personnel in the NIH RePORTER System
Notice informs recipients of NIH grants that information on project
personnel listed in section D (Participants) of their annual Research
Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) will be displayed in RePORTER
beginning with RPPRs of grants funded in fiscal year 2016. RePORTER, a
public database containing the details of NIH-funded research, can be
CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship, in the Atlanta, Georgia
A unique and state-of-the-art fellowship opportunity to put science into action is available in the Office of the Associate Director for Science (OADS) in the Office of the Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC.
The objectives of this fellowship will emphasize acquiring skill and knowledge for developing and implementing the evaluation of CDC science, research, and investigations particularly from the point of view of design and evaluation with quasi-experimental and experimental designs and logic models where IT is a tool to leverage in this area of work, and the applied, natural environment is the setting for the conduct of empirical and scientific investigations in support of CDC science quality and integrity.
Ohio Supercomputer provides daily updated list of state and federal funded grant opportunities
The Ohio Supercomputer provides a daily updated list of state and federal grant opportunities that can be found here. You can also be added to their mailing list to automatically receive this information by contacting Janet Gregory
Assistant Vice President of Integrated Research in the Office of Research
We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Krivickas, Head of the DAAP Library, will be joining the Office of Research as the Assistant Vice President of Integrated Research effective July 1.
This new half-time position has been created to align and integrate the research support activities provided by UC Libraries and the recently developed arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) Third Century initiatives to advance UC's emerging trans-disciplinary research goals. Jennifer brings her experience from 7 years as the Head of the DAAP Library, four as an instructor in the DAAP Schools of Art and Design, and two years as co-Chair of the AHSS Research Advisory Board to this new position. She will be splitting her time between the UC Libraries and the Office of Research.
We are excited about this new partnership and hope you will join us in welcoming Jennifer to our team.
F & A Distribution Change
The University of Cincinnati has seen a significant decline in Facilities and Administrative (F & A) revenue from sponsored activity; along with a significant increase in the cost of doing research over the past years due to increased compliance and federal regulations. This decline is, of course, reversible as we find new and innovative ways to increase external funding for research at UC which carries with it F & A support. For now, however, the result is a decrease in funding available to Research Support Units despite a significant decrease in both workforce (-30%) and cost (-24%) within the Units. Integrated Systems Create Efficiencies in Research Funding Process
After discussion with the President’s Executive Committee, the Council of Deans and the Fiscal Coordinating Committee the university will realign the distribution of F & A revenue to sustain our research infrastructure centrally and within affected colleges. The effort is to have sustainability in essential support, even in periods of decline in the future. To this end, the Office of Research’s approved budget will no longer be at a percentage of F & A, but rather will become a fixed budget through an annual budget process. There will be no change in the percentage of funds allocated to general funds or research cost share. The remainder of the revenue will be distributed to the appropriate college to be used to support research infrastructure in that college.
Coeus, the University of Cincinnati’s tool for the management of sponsored research activity, has been integrated with the grants management module of SAP, UC’s enterprise application software for finance and human resources.
The newly bridged systems are facilitating faster setup of fiscal accounts, eliminating duplicative data entry by departmental business staff and the Sponsored Research Services (SRS) grants and contracts and accounting divisions.