Announcements and Events
Consent Form Readability Standards
In response to Common Rule requirements, beginning October 31, 2019, consent forms must satisfy minimum readability standards; specifically, the Flesch Kincaid reading level and Flesch Reading Ease. Please see more about readability standards and how to get started or contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity with questions.
In accordance with Health and Human Services Regulations for Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46), an Institutional Review Board (IRB) composed of members from a variety of scientific disciplines and individuals from the community, assists investigators in the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) IRB was established to assure the protection of all human subjects in research projects conducted by anyone on the premises of UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (CH&MC), and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). In addition, the IRB has oversight for all research that is conducted elsewhere by faculty, students, staff, or other representatives of these institutions.
The IRB also serves to facilitate valuable human subject research, as well as, protect the investigator and the institutions through a comprehensive review process. All human subject research projects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation and then conducted in full compliance with the federal regulations and institutional policies.
Engineering Pitch Competition
On December 12, the UNL College of Engineering will be hosting an Engineering Pitch Competition with a total prize package of $10,000! Undergraduates, Graduates, and Faculty/Staff are eligible to pitch their engineering innovation concepts and compete for the final prize. You can read more about it here.
Please register here.
IRB Monthly Education
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) launched a monthly education opportunity for coordinators, investigators, or anyone doing human subjects research in need of a basic overview of UNO/UNMC IRB’s approach and processes.
The hour and a half will be spent learning about:
- The basics of IRB (history, ethics, and a little regulation)
- Important details about the way our IRB works
- Demystifying the Review Process
- Intro to RSS
Register for a Fall Training:
- September 24, 2pm, MBSC 222
- October 15, 2pm, MBSC 222
- November 26, 2pm, MBSC 222
Fall IRB Drop-In Sessions
The Office of Research and Creative Activity, and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) have teamed up to offer IRB virtual drop-in sessions. Abigail Lowe, the IRB Education Coordinator, will be available via Zoom to answer your IRB questions. Please email her at Abigail.email@example.com to let her know you plan on attending. This early notification allows her to contact your IRB administrator and ensure their availability as well.
- IRB Virtual Drop-In Link: Session 1, October 11, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
- IRB Virtual Drop-In Link: Session 2, November 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Please contact Abigail Lowe, firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule department or one-on-one IRB trainings.
Research Management and Professional Development Group
The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) invites you to attend its first Research Management and Professional Development meeting. The Research Management and Professional Development group welcomes all faculty and staff who participate in research across campus, whether pre-award or post-award, to attend its monthly meetings. Participants are not required to attend every month, but are encouraged to attend topics that will apply to their role in the research process.
Future events include:
- September 19 - Research Development Program
Registration is requested to allow ORCA to prepare for all attendees, but last minute attendees are welcome. Please contact Katy Vitale if you are interested in this opportunity, but cannot attend one of the sessions.
NuRamp (formerly MavGrants) training dates are scheduled for the fall 2019 semester below:
- October 17, 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Register here
- October 29, 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Register here
- November 14, 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Register here
- November 22, 1:00 - 2:00PM - Register here
We encourage all MavGrants users to attend and bring questions. We ask you to register for a session below, but last minute attendees are welcome as well. Contact Katy Vitale to schedule a MavGrants training session.
Find Funding Sessions
The sessions will begin with a brief introduction to funding databases such as GrantForward.com and Foundation Directory Online. The remaining time can be used by attendees to search those databases, receive guided assistance in their search process, and ask questions of ORCA personnel.
You can request an individual training by contacting Katy Vitale. Scheduled find funding sessions for the fall 2019 semester.
- November 5, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Register here
The GP IDeA-CTR is pleased to offer Research Studios for early career investigators, to help refine their research. We recently updated the format to better meet individual needs. Those interested in submitting requests can choose from one of the following options:
- (1) review of an aims page with brief proposed methods
- (2) grant review before submission (simulated mock NIH review)
- (3) brainstorming session for investigators who have hit a funding roadblock
In general, our goals are intended to enhance research quality, improve funding success, foster networking, and facilitate development of multi-disciplinary teams.
If you would like to participate in a studio, we will help assemble a multidisciplinary team (approximately 4-6 experts) and set up one, 60-90 minute session. Depending on your request (aims page review, mock review or brainstorming) you will be asked to provide written information for review (see below). Please note that we can set up remote meetings through video conferencing, if necessary.
The goal of the Research Studios is to support the professional development of faculty who are assistant or associate professors. With suggestions from the trainee, relevant experts are identified to provide feedback on strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities of the trainee’s research. Such consultation will not only advance the research and scholarship agendas of these faculty, it will also help expand their professional networks. The studios provide a chance to bring a more senior scholar or scholars from local and outside universities to participate in this opportunity. A key objective of the studio is to offer this support at a critical time in the faculty member’s career.
- Faculty from participating institutions who are not full professors (with preference to assistant and associate professors). Priority will be given to individuals who have unsuccessfully applied for prior Great Plains IDeA-CTR funding (Scholar or Pilot program applications).
- Previous or current Scholar/Pilot awardees are not eligible.
- Other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Fill out the request form through the link below and attach your proposal and biosketch to be reviewed.
Documents Required for Studio Options
Please select from the following option that best meets your needs for the studio (1, 2, or 3).
- Aims page review and refinement. Submit aims page (1 page) with brief proposed methods (1 -2 pages if drafted and you want feedback).
- Mock review of grant application. Submit Aims page plus a 6-page research strategy (that addresses Significance, Innovation, and Approach – design, sample, variables/measures, procedure, and data analysis sections) for review 4 weeks prior to grant submission deadline. No appendices please.
- Brainstorming Session, particularly for individuals that have hit a funding roadblock. Submit previous short narrative describing the status of grant submissions and what you want the reviewers to focus on. Include summary sheet(s) with proposal(s) for discussion.
For additional information or to set up a studio, please contact the Great Plains IDeA-CTR office at 402-552-2260 or email@example.com.
National Institute of Health (NIH) R15 Changes in 2019
After January 7, 2019, the current Parent FOA for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)/R15 program will expire. It will be relaunched as “NIH Research Enhancement Award” and will include two programs:
- Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions
- Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools.
UNO currently meets the eligibility requirements for the AREA program. UNO is not eligible for the REAP program. An institution letter verifying eligibility will be required with each application. ORCA will provide this letter for you during the submission process.
See NOT-OD-19-015 and NIH External Nexus Article for additional information. Standard R15 receipt dates are February 25, June 25, and October 25. If you have any questions or interested in applying for the R15 AREA funding opportunity, please contact us at (402) 554-2286 or firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with one of our Grant Coordinators.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures Required for All External Funding
Earlier this year, in an effort to simplify the disclosure and record-keeping process, the Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) launched a new module in MavGrants wherein all Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) disclosures will be made on an annual basis. These disclosures have been made and stored in the Interest and Activity Management module of MavGrants. To date, these disclosures are mandated by law for all Public Health Service (PHS) funding.
In anticipation of the shifting regulations surrounding conflict of interest, we will begin requiring FCOI disclosures from senior and key personnel on proposals submitted to all external agencies. The disclosure will be required at application time and will be facilitated through the IAM module. All named project personnel will be contacted by ORCA to complete this disclosure.