Must See Videos and Podcasts for Human Subjects Researchers

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) strongly recommends that human subjects researchers take advantage of educational resources issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to inform grants applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

A primary component of NIH’s initiative to enhance the stewardship of clinical trials is the creation of a new application form that consolidates all Human Subjects and Clinical Trial related information into one place, and also expands the information required for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial. This new form will be included in the new FORMS-E Application Packages and will be required for all applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

To support this endeavor for Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) researchers, the GCO would like to highlight the following NIH resources:

To learn more about the new Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form which will be included in grant application packages and contract for all human subjects and/or clinical trial research applications beginning for January 25, 2018 due dates, visit the NIH New Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form web site.

For more information about conducting human subjects research at MSHS, please contact the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects.

For more information about NIH grant submissions at MSHS, please click here for a listing of Departmental Grants Specialists at the GCO who can assist you.

 

Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations Announces Funding Opportunities

Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations Announces Funding Opportunities

The Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations of the Mount Sinai Development Office provides this curated list of funding opportunities to find faculty who may be interested and to provide assistance with the application process. Please see below for some of their upcoming deadlines, and check out their website for more information: http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/portal/resources/corporate-foundation-relations

Please note – if you are interested in general funding opportunities (not a specific RFP listed here), please fill out the form linked on the site with your inquiry.

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program – Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

  • Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.
  • The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:
    • Year one: $20,000 will be granted to support enrichment activities of the postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance the postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in the research lab where the postdoctoral fellow is assigned.)
    • Year two: $20,000 (same allocation as year one)
    • Year three: $20,000 will be granted to help the postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate.  The funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.
  • Deadline: January 16, 2018 by 4 PM EST

 Broad Medical Research Program @ Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Research grants are available for innovative proposals that will lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. BMRP-CCFA especially supports research that can be readily translated to improve the care of human IBD in the near future.

  • Rolling Deadline: Please email CorpFoundHelp@mountsinai.org if you are interested in this rolling deadline program, and the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations will facilitate approaching the foundation.

 

Helpful Hints – Summer Time and NIH Other Support

...Oh summer time,

… a beautiful time of year to relax in the sun by the beach listening to the restorative sounds of the ocean waves or at least dream about it while stuck in your clammy cubicle at work. 
… Oh summer time,

… a slower time to get to know each other better or at least to daydream about that opportunity. 
… Oh summer time,

… no time like the present to talk about how the NIH wants to get to know you better, dear senior/key personnel, through a document they call the “Other Support” page.

One type of Other Support page that the NIH wants is requested before the NIH might make that exciting award for new, resubmission or renewal applications as part of the Just In Time (JIT) process. The other type of Other Support page wants is part of the annual RPPR (i.e., non-competing) application process.  You can find instructions and helpful samples of both Other Support types here.

The Other Support (OS) page is not a portion of your Biosketch repackaged.  Pay attention to the details below and may you be rewarded with a more timely award and fewer delays in the process.

Ever hear of the “Overlap” statement that goes at the bottom of each Other Support page?  Be sure to read all about it in section “1.8 Other Support” in this NIH Supplementary Instructions document.

Other Support Page: New, Resubmission and Renewal Applications
Do Include:

  • Both active and pending sponsored projects.
  • A page for each Senior/Key Personnel.
    Is there a subaward on your project? Don’t forget to get their pages too. Same rules above and below apply for the subs.
  • An OS page for each senior/key person that says “None” if he/she has no active or pending projects.
  • Calendar months effort (e.g., 6 CM) for each sponsored project, not percent effort (e.g., 50%).  Note at Mount Sinai we use “calendar month” effort.  If you’re working with subs, they may use calendar, academic, and/or summer months effort as per their institutional policy.
  • The annual direct cost amount and not the total cost amount for each project.
  • An overlap statement at the bottom even if the overlap is “None.”
  • A commitment overlap statement at the bottom if awarding this new grant will put you over 95% effort on active sponsored projects.  Add a note to the overlap section at the bottom explaining what change you plan to make.
    Read more about Faculty Effort on Sponsored Projects in Sponsored Projects Accounting’s policy.
  • Industry awards (e.g., pharma funded clinical trials) and sponsored projects in no cost extensions.

Don’t Include:

  • The new grant –  the one you have your fingers crossed for funding.  Leave that one off.
  • Expired projects.
  • Training grants where you are listed as a Mentor.  However, are you a training grant director or participating with measurable effort (i.e., check budget – are you listed with effort)? If yes, then yes, do include on the OS page.
  • Prizes or Gifts or Major/Minor User Status on Equipment Grants.
  • Other significant contributors unless their involvement has changed so that they now meet the definition of senior/key personnel.

Other Support Page: Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs)
Do Include:

  • A page for each Senior/Key Personnel only when
    –  there is a new active project or projects to report on
    and/or
    –  a sponsored project that was previously reported on expired or the person is no longer participating.
    Is there a subaward on your project? Don’t forget to check on their pages too. Same rules above and below apply for the subs.
  • Calendar months effort (e.g., 6 CM) for each sponsored project, not percent effort (e.g., 50%).  Note at Mount Sinai we use “calendar month” effort.  If you’re working with subs, they may use calendar, academic, and/or summer months effort as per their institutional policy.
  • The grant for which you are submitting the RPPR.  When doing so, include the effort that will be devoted in the next reporting period.
  • Active sponsored projects.
    –   Annotate what the change is; which previously active awards ended and/or which previously pending awards are now active.
  • Industry awards (e.g., pharma funded clinical trials) and sponsored projects in no cost extensions.
  • The annual direct cost amount and not the total cost amount for each project.
  • An overlap statement. See the JIT OS section above for more info.

Don’t Include:

  • Any pending sponsored projects.
  • Training grants where you are listed as a Mentor.  However, are you a training grant director or participating with measurable effort (i.e., check budget – are you listed with effort)? If yes, then yes, do include on the OS page.
  • Prizes or Gifts or Major/Minor User Status on Equipment Grants.
  • When there are only changes in levels of effort of active support.  Let’s say your co-investigator reported last year that her effort on a grant was 15% and now it’s 10%. If that’s the only change, don’t submit the Other Support page.
  • Other significant contributors unless their involvement has changed so that they now meet the definition of senior/key personnel.

Now that we’ve got the Other Support page squared away for now, here’s one final wistful note about summer…

… Oh summer time, stay with us longer.  How we enjoy you so.

Check Out On Line Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR)

Globally approximately 85% of the research applications submitted to government funding agencies go unfunded. This leaves an innovation gap that may stifle research discovery and delay discoveries that could advance potential treatments and cures for many diseases.

OnPAR seeks to provide a funding alternative to the research community’s restraints imposed by limitations in government funding. OnPAR members include private foundations, pharmaceuticals and other private funders that will review research ideas submitted for consideration. The more research ideas OnPAR gets, the more funders will join to potentially partner and fund research projects, and the closer we will be to treatments and the potential cures for our communities.

The goal of OnPAR is to fund highly scored unfunded applications from NIH, NSF, FDA, CDC, DOE, NASA and other funding agencies –national and international.  Internationally, the EU Commission, E-rare (conglomerate of 26 EU government funding agencies), UK MRC and Innovate UK, Canada CIHR, Aus NHMRC, Japan AMED, NASA, the Department of Energy will start joining in the Fall.  Some have already confirmed. For a one page summary on OnPAR, click here.

Less InfoEd Data Entry – Elimination of Requirement to Enter Non-Key Personnel on Select Submission Types

Effective August 18, 2017, if researchers are submitting an InfoEd proposal for which the budget tab is not required, they no longer need to data enter non-key personnel in the InfoEd Personnel tab.

Below are project types that do not require a budget tab:

  • ISMMS funded
  • Projects in which the extramural funding agency provides funding by per subject payments (e.g.,  Pharmaceutical sponsored multi center clinical trial, NIH CALGB protocol)
  • No cost extensions

Examples of typical non-key personnel positions are research coordinators, research assistants and technicians.  Please review GCO’s Glossary of Common Terms for  additional information.

Also, please be aware that this policy change is for GCO InfoEd submissions only.  This policy neither applies to documentation submitted to PPHS or IACUC nor personnel data entry on Sinai Central, Ideate, or any other software system. Please contact the GCO at grants@mssm.edu, if you have questions about this change.

Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations Announces Funding Opportunities

The Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations of the Mount Sinai Development Office provides this curated list of funding opportunities to find faculty who may be interested and to provide assistance with the application process. Please see below for some of their upcoming deadlines, and check out their website for more information: http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/portal/resources/corporate-foundation-relations.

Please note – if you are interested in general funding opportunities (not a specific RFP listed here), please fill out the form linked on the site with your inquiry.

Melanoma Research Foundation: https://www.melanoma.org/research-center/research-grants
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is committed to advancing research across the spectrum of melanoma – from prevention through diagnosis, staging and treatment. The MRF proactively partners with the NCI, Congress, the Department of Defense and other foundations to develop and collaborate on a broad agenda for melanoma research that takes full advantage of all opportunities, while also sharing challenges. Since 1998, the MRF has funded over 130 innovative, high impact, basic, translational and clinical research projects. Further, in 2016, the MRF awarded over $1.2 million dollars in new melanoma research.

  • Young Investigator Research Team Award
  • The MRF, in partnership with the MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), is pleased to announce a new research award for 2017 for young investigator teams designed to advance the field of translational immuno-oncology research.
  • Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2017.

Whitehall Foundation Research Grants: http://www.whitehall.org/grants/
The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation’s policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. In order to respond to the changing environment, the Whitehall Foundation periodically reassesses the need for financial support by the various fields of biological research.

  • Typical grants are for up to $225,000
  • Letter of Inquiry deadline is October 1, 2017.

Broad Medical Research Program @ Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Research grants are available for innovative proposals that will lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. BMRP-CCFA especially supports research that can be readily translated to improve the care of human IBD in the near future.

  • Rolling Deadline Opportunity
  • Please email CorpFoundHelp@mountsinai.org if you are interested in this rolling deadline program, and the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations will facilitate approaching the foundation.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has been invited by the Pew Scholars Program to nominate one candidate for support by the program. The aim of this program is to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in basic sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. This is an extremely prestigious award. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Previous recipients usually had an extensive publication list that includes at least one, and often more, first author publication(s) in either Science, Nature (or one of its specialty journals), Cell, and/or PNAS.

The award provides $240,000 in flexible support – $60,000 per year for a four-year period.  The applicant is expected to spend no less than 80% of their time on the project described.

Please refer to the Committee on Special Awards’ email announcement for additional details.

 

Pepper Center Requests for Proposals to Support Innovative Pilot Projects and Junior Investigators

Mount Sinai’s Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center (“Pepper Center”) innovative mission is to stimulate, develop, and fund research to improve quality of life and independence of older adults with serious illness and their caregivers. This multiyear program project grant from the National Institute of Aging has helped to create a foundation of pioneering research in aging and palliative care at Mount Sinai, and has helped to improve care for our nation’s sickest patients.

The goals of Mount Sinai’s Pepper Center are to identify, recruit and train leaders in aging and palliative care research as well as provide funds to support pilot and exploratory projects related to aging and palliative care.  TWO REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT PILOT AND EXPLORATORY PROJECTS AS WELL AS SUPPORT ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR JUNIOR CLINICIANS:

  • The Pilot and Exploratory Core provides support for investigators at all levels to propose innovative projects aimed at improving the care of older adults with serious illness.
  • The Research and Education Component provides support for salary and coursework for talented junior investigators interested in pursuing a career in research (basic, translation, and health services) related to the care of older adults with serious illness.

For additional information, please review the requests for proposals (linked above), which include information about funding opportunities as well as timelines. Please contact Ashleigh Manning (Ashleigh.Manning@mssm.edu) for additional information.

The Mount Sinai OAIC (Older American’s Independence Center) is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Aging (2P30AG028741; Albert Siu, PI).

 

Retirement of Rebecca Balentine, GCO Associate Director and Promotion of Amanda Amescua, GCO Assistant Director Announced

Rebecca Balentine and Her Team

Rebecca Balentine and Her Team
(from left to right Mary Mbabazi, Amanda Amescua, Rebecca Balentine, Olga Carr, Michelle Yoon, Edwin Berrios)

We are both saddened and delighted (for her!) to announce the retirement of Rebecca Balentine from the position of Associate Director, Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) effective Friday, April 28, 2017. She has  been an outstanding member of the GCO family, and her three year term at Mount Sinai has been a wonderful capstone to an exciting 35-year career in research administration! Her hard work, dedication, and sense of humor have been central to the success of her team, and she will be greatly missed. Please join the GCO in thanking Rebecca for her valuable years of service and wishing her well in her future travels!

While we are sad to see Rebecca go, we are also pleased to announce Amanda Amescua will be taking over her role as Assistant Director, effective May 1, 2017.  Amanda Amescua has received a well-deserved promotion from GCO Senior Grants Specialist to Assistant Director.  Amanda has approximately 10 years of experience in sponsored project administration including positions at Columbia University Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, and the University of Texas at Austin.  We are confident that Amanda will make a fine edition to the leadership team.  Please join us in congratulating Amanda in her new role.

Reminders for Upcoming May 25 Competitive NIH Grant Application Deadline and Beyond

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) offers the following reminders about guidelines, updates, and policies pertaining to National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and their administration.

Option to Report Preprints and Other Interim Research Products Effective 5/25/17 (NOT-OD-17-050)
(excerpted from NIH Notice)
Interim Research Products are complete, public research products that are not final.  A common form is the preprint, which is a complete and public draft of a scientific document. Preprints are typically unreviewed manuscripts written in the style of a peer-reviewed journal article. Scientists issue preprints to speed dissemination, establish priority, obtain feedback, and offset publication bias. Another common type of interim product is a preregistered protocol, where a scientist publicly declares key elements of their research protocol in advance. Preregistration can help scientists enhance the rigor of their work.

For applications submitted for the May 25, 2017 due date and thereafter, awardees can claim these products on their progress report publication list.  They can also report them on their RPPR as of May 25, 2017, and link them to their award in their My Bibliography account.

For complete information, please read NOT-OD-17-050.

Appendix Policy Change for NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Applications Submitted for Due Dates On or After 1/25/17 (NOT-OD-17-035)

Updated Font Guidelines for Applications to Due Dates On or After 1/25/17 (NOT-OD-17-030)

Coming Down the Pike – Form Changes Affecting 1/25/18 Competitive Grant Applications and Beyond (NOT-OD-17-062)
The  NIH is announcing application form changes planned for competitive applications due 1/25/18 and beyond. The form changes center on consolidating human subject and clinical trial information.   Please read NOT-OD-17-062 for more information about the move form the current FORMS-D to a FORMS-E version.

Please contact Allison Gottlieb, Director, Sponsored Programs Education, GCO, if you have any questions or need additional information.