Announcements and Events
Research Management and Professional Development Group
The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) invites you to attend our Research Management and Professional Development meetings. 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:
- February 20, Noon - 1pm - Grants Accounting will present on the PARS/PVS process for effort reporting. Please register here.
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 Spring 2020 semester below:
- February 12, MBSC 228, Noon-1
- February 25, MBSC 224, Noon-1
- March 11, MBSC 222, Noon-1
- March 31, MBSC 220, Noon-1
- April 7, MBSC 224, Noon-1
- April 23, MBSC 315, Noon-1
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. We encourage all attendees to register here, but last minute attendees are welcome.
- February 13, MBSC 222, Noon-1
- February 24, MBSC 222, Noon-1
- March 12, MBSC 222, Noon-1
- March 30, MBSC 224 Noon-1
- April 8, MBSC 222, Noon-1
- April 22, MBSC 222, Noon-1
You can request an individual training by contacting Katy Vitale.
Metropolitan Science & Engineering Fair
Redox Biology Center's 16th Annual Symposium
We are pleased to announce the upcoming Redox Biology Symposium on Age-associated Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorders, which will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska, March 19-20, 2020.
The symposium is assembled of an outstanding scientific program, with keynote and plenary talks given by world-leading scientists and discussion leaders. Distinguished speakers will gather to share ideas on mitochondria processes in neurological disorders, cysteine-based mechanisms of cellular decline, degenerative disease of the eye, and proteostatic stress in aging. The latest research on the underlying causes of age-associated declines in mitochondrial function, metabolism, and proteostasis will be discussed along with emerging therapies for age-related diseases.
More details are available at the Redox Biology Center website. The program will feature a poster session and invited short talks from students, postdocs and early career researchers selected from submitted abstracts.
Abstract deadline is February 17, 2020, and the final registration deadline is March 9, 2020.
Travel awards are available for trainees and early career researchers with applications due January 13, 2020.
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.
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
Spring trainings are to be determined.
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.
Please contact Abigail Lowe, firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule department or one-on-one IRB trainings.
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.