The BUMC Transgenic Core, established in 1995 by Dr. Katya Ravid, has played an important role in the activities of many scientists at our institution. As part of the continual evaluation of all cores, a faculty committee was established to advise Provost Antman and me on the future role of transgenic services at BUMC.
The committee members were unanimously in favor of maintaining a Transgenic Core facility at BU and increasing its capabilities to serve a larger user group. While the committee recognized that implementation of this recommendation will require new investment at a time of fiscal uncertainty, they were convinced that a transgenic core providing state-of-the-art services is essential for maintaining and growing the University’s research portfolio.
After careful consideration of her many leadership commitments, Dr. Ravid has chosen to step down as Scientific Director of the core because of conflicting time commitments. We would like to thank Dr. Ravid for her creative work and efforts on behalf of the institution in establishing and directing the core over the past 20 years. Her insights and efforts contributed to the success of many research projects and grants at BU.
Dr. Kenn Albrecht, a developmental geneticist with broad expertise in the creation and analysis of mouse models of human disease and a collaborator of Dr. Ravid and the Transgenic Core on multiple projects, has agreed to become the new Scientific Director. Please join me in thanking Dr. Ravid for her efforts and Dr. Albrecht for continuing the mission of the Transgenic Core Facility.
Limited Submission Opportunity: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Program for Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has announced its Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease funding program. This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. Areas of particular interest include:
- Cell/Pathogen interactions—studies of host responses at the cell surface, cell signaling in response to infection, microbial persistence in host cells, and other work.
- Host/Pathogen interactions—studies of how host genetics influences resistance and susceptibility to infection, innate and adaptive immune responses to microbes, pathogen modulation of the immune system, and other work.
- Novel routes to disease causation—studies of the role of infectious agents in the etiology of chronic, autoimmune, and immunologic diseases, and other work.
ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada. A U.S. or Canadian institution, including its medical school, graduate schools, and all affiliated hospitals and research institutes, may nominate up to two candidates. However, institutions that nominate a candidate who holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) will be allowed three nominations. Institutions may have a single additional nomination if they nominate a researcher working in pathogenic helminthes, mycology, or reproductive science. Institutions may have one additional nomination if they nominate a member of an underrepresented minority group.
Candidates will generally have an M.D., D.V.M., or Ph.D. degree and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application. Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent at the time of application.
FUNDING INFORMATION: This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years. No more than $20,000 of the award may be used annually for the grantee’s salary support, including fringe benefits. Indirect costs may not be charged against the award. Grantees must devote at least 75 percent of their time to research-related activities.
Jean Kramarik, Senior Program Associate
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T. W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
BU Internal Deadline: September 9, 2014
Nomination Deadline: November 3, 2014
INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Boston University may nominate two candidates for the award. An internal review committee will select the final nominees. If you would like to apply, please send the following documents, combined into single pdf file, to Diana Lehman (email@example.com) by September 9, 2014:
- A one-page summary of your research
- A letter from your research mentor or departmental chair
- Your email address and your mentor’s email address
- The exact date of your first faculty appointment
- Your CV
A lab notebook is the primary record of research, where scientists document their hypotheses, experiments and initial analysis or interpretation of experiments. The lab notebook serves primarily as a memory aid and a legacy document for future scientific experiments. It is important to understand that a lab notebook is a legal document, which in case of allegations of misconduct or patent disputes, is used to validate a scientist’s findings. Despite its legal significance, there is no established universal standard for the use of lab notebooks.
The purpose of this survey is to learn what types of laboratory notebooks are currently used at BUMC, as well as to determine whether BU should develop guidelines or establish policies regarding the composition of laboratory notebooks campus-wide.
Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey by clicking on the link below:
Your responses will be anonymous. We will only collect some general demographic information from you to make sure the survey represents an adequate cross section of schools, departments and functions at BUMC.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Searle Scholars Program
The Kinship Foundation/Searle Scholars Program has announced its awards for 2015. Boston University is invited to submit only one application. Potential applicants will be reviewed internally to select the final candidate. If you would like to apply, please send your application to Diana Lehman, Office of Clinical Research by August 8, 2014.
The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.
Applicants for awards, which will be activated on July 1, will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013 The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants each year.
Internal Deadline: August 8, 2014
Foundation Deadline: September 26, 2014
Douglas M. Fambrough
Searle Scholars Program
14411 Falls Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Telephone: (410) 842-7477
Boston University may submit only one application to the Searle Scholars Program. Potential applicants will be reviewed internally to select the final candidate. If you would like to apply, please email the following documents (preferably combined into a single pdf file) to Diana Lehman (firstname.lastname@example.org), Office of Clinical Research by August 8, 2014:
- a one-page summary of your research
- a letter from your research mentor or departmental chair
- your email address and your mentor’s email address
- the exact date of your first faculty appointment
- and your biosketch or cv
The application process for selected candidates requires online submission. A complete award program description and application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s web site at http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=1.
For 2014-15, Susan G. Komen will be offering three types of grants
1) Career Catalyst Research Grants ($450,000 over 3 years).
CCR grants provide unique opportunities for scientists who have held faculty positions for no more than six years at the time of full application to achieve research independence. These grants provide support for hypothesis-driven research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer, lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality, and move us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer. Awards may be for basic, translational or clinical research. Pre-Application Submission deadline: July 17, 2014.
2) Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants ($180,000 for 2-3 years).
PDF grants seek to attract and support promising scientists embarking on careers dedicated to breast cancer research. These grants provide support for research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer, lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality, and move us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer. Awards may be for basic, translational, or clinical research. Pre-Application Submission deadline: July 17, 2014
3) Graduate Training in Disparities Research (Up to $135,000 per year for up to 3 years).
GTDR grants seek to establish or to sustain a training program for a minimum of three graduate students who are seeking careers dedicated to understanding and eliminating disparities in breast cancer outcomes across population groups. Pre-Application Submission deadline: July 17, 2014.
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award
The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.
Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $450,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2015-December 2016).
To be eligible, the nominated candidate must be a full-time professor or associate professor at an invited US institution, working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as a source of bridge funding.
Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a medical school or university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position. Only one PI may apply per application.
Please note: research associate professors/research professors are not eligible for this award.
The Brain Research Foundation will only accept one Letter of Intent per institution. Applications must be submitted electronically via the BRF grants website (www.research.thebrf.org) as a single, combined electronic document (PDF) using the BRF LOI and Application forms (provided on the website upon registration).
- BU Internal Deadline: June 9, 2014
- Foundation Letter of Intent Deadline: July 1, 2014
Brain Research Foundation
Web site: http://thebrf.org/Grants/Scientific+Innovations+Award
INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS
Boston University is limited to nominating one candidate. If we have more than one interested applicant, an internal review committee will select the candidates for the Institution. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should send the following documents, preferably combined into a single pdf file, to Diana Lehman (email@example.com) by June 9, 2013:
- a one-page summary of your research
- your biosketch; and
- your email address
Our NIH-supported research programs and services on campus mandate that we report back to NIH annually with detailed utilization and impact data in supporting individual researchers. NIH’s reporting instruments require that our data include the NIH Commons usernames of individuals who have benefited from these key resources. Currently, we are under-representing the data regarding the use of these services in our annual reporting because we do not have NIH Commons usernames for all individuals who engage these services.
When you use the University’s NIH-supported services, please be prepared to provide your NIH Commons username when it is requested. If you do not have one, we will request that you establish a commons account before using the services. In addition, if you have taken advantage of these services over the past year, expect that staff may be in contact with you to request your Commons username. Note that your Commons account does not need to have been created by Boston University; if you have an account that was created for you at another institution, that Commons username can be used for reporting purposes.
To register with NIH Commons, please follow the instructions below:
- Boston University: Please visit http://www.bu.edu/rosa/sponsor-system-access/ and complete the on-line registration form.
- Boston Medical Center: Please contact the BMC Grants Administration office through firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Full Name
- e-mail address
- eRA Commons Role (Postdoc, PI, Trainee, etc.)
- Please put “Request for eRA Commons Username” in the subject header
If you have questions or concerns about this information, please contact Kaci Foster, Director, Research Operations, Systems and Analytics (ROSA) at email@example.com or Ronald Corley, Associate Provost for Research, BUMC at APRbumc@bu.edu
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced two new funding opportunities for research projects aimed at advancing understanding of environmental contributors to autism spectrum disorder. In scientific terms, “environmental” refers to a broad range of non-genetic influences. In the case of autism, research has implicated factors as varied as maternal nutrition and birth complications to exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and early infancy.
The first funding opportunity is an “exploratory” research project with funding of up to $275,000 a year for two years. See details here: PAR-14-202
The second opportunity is for a full-fledged research project with funding up to $400,000 a year for up to 5 years. More information about this funding opportunity can be found here: PAR-14-203
The Alpha-1 Foundation is accepting applications for a new research grant, the Gordon L. Snider Scholar Award.
- Amount available: up to $225,000 ($75,000/year) over three years.
- Deadline to apply is July 25, 2014
The award is named after Gordon L. Snider, MD, one of the most influential researchers in Alpha-1. Snider not only made seminal scientific contributions clarifiying Alpha-1-related lung disease, but also laid the groundwork for the Foundation’s research program. In particular, he stressed the importance of encouraging young investigators to pursue a career in Alpha-1 research.
The award’s objective is to provide additional career development support for outstanding young investigators who have continued to conduct research in Alpha-1-related lung or liver disease after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship. It is expected that the award will provide an incentive for a career in Alpha-1 research.
Snider, who died on June 8, 2013 at age 91, founded the pulmonary section of the Boston University School of Medicine and was chief of medical service at the Boston VA Medical Center for 14 years. He served for a decade on the Alpha-1 Foundation’s board of directors. He also served as president of the American Thoracic Society.
- Detailed information about this research opportunity
- Grant Application Form
- LOI and Grant Application Instructions