What's new in the UW research community — important announcements, upcoming events, and helpful tips can all be found here.
You may now choose between using current benefit rates or preliminary benefit rates for future budgeting; new budgets will default to preliminary rates.
NEW POLICY Release of Certain Types of Funding
Effective May 1, 2013
Impact on researchers: Easier and faster access to funding for certain types of funding awards.
Funding for human subjects research cannot be released by OSP until the researcher has obtained one of these from HSD: IRB approval; exempt status; or a Limited Activities Determination (LAD).
New policy: Recent federal clarification makes it possible for us to expand the types of grants that are eligible for a LAD determination. This is great news for researchers, because the LAD form is short, easy to complete, and quick for HSD to review. The specific changes are:
New name: Delayed Onset Human Research (DOHR).
We know that name changes can be annoying, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently started using the label "Delayed Onset Human Research" for this type of determination. Using the same label as NIH should ease the use of this mechanism for releasing funds.
Expanded to additional funding sources: The LAD was limited to research that required significant development work prior to involvement of human subjects. Now, researchers can obtain a DOHR determination (and thereby obtain access to funds right away) for these additional types of awards: (a) award mechanisms whose only human subjects research is funding for small projects or trainees that will be selected and funded by the awardee; and (b) clinical research networks or consortia that will create protocols over the course of the award.
Expanded to additional types of awards: The LAD was limited to federal funding administered through OSP. The DOHR has been expanded to include funding from non-federal entities administered through OSP (except when specifically not allowed by the award conditions).
The DOHR application process is the same as the LAD process: complete the short simple form; HSD makes a quick determination; HSD sends the researcher a memo to be submitted to OSP and then to the funding agency.
The information will be uploaded to the HSD website on Friday, April 26th. Watch your inbox for the HSD eNews.
The Office of Research Campus Update is now available online. Read about sequestration, an update on the Research Roadmap and a variety of topics of interest to the research community.
As Associate Vice Provost, Caroline will oversee the limited submissions program, VISIT program, and assist the vice provost in areas related to the administration of centers and institutes and other interdisciplinary research efforts. She is the Gerald and Lyn Grinstein Professor of Microbiology in the School of Medicine. Caroline replaces Dave Eaton who is the new Dean of the Graduate School.
Congratulations to Associate Vice Provost Dave Eaton who been selected Dean of the Graduate School! He will begin his position on March, 15. Dave has provided oversight on programs such as Bridge funding, limited submissions, and the Fostering Collaboration Initiative. Caroline Harwood, the Gerald and Lyn Grinstein Professor of Microbiology, will be assuming the position of Associate Vice Provost.
Giffels’ experience includes developing institutional policy, implementing procedures, monitoring and auditing compliance, developing training, and serving as the institutional point of contact for research compliance. He joins the Office of Research on February 1.
Associate Vice Provost Jeffrey Cheek, will be continuing in his role of Associate Vice Provost for Research Administration but will be focusing on operations and oversight and leadership of the Research Roadmap initiative.
Lynette Arias has accepted the position of Assistant Vice Provost and Director, Office of Sponsored Programs. Lynette brings a wealth of knowledge in research administration. She is a team-builder and understands the complexity of a high-volume sponsored programs office. She joins the UW on January 7, 2013.
The Fostering Research Collaboration website is live! This site is a doorway to interdisciplinary tools and resources: Faculty Profiles; Research Centers; Energy Research; Resources including the Handbook for Leaders of Organized Research Units, and the Complex Proposals Management Group which consults on the development and submission of collaborative proposals.
Are you considering developing a grant proposal that crosses disciplinary boundaries? CPMG is available to consult on the proposal development and submission process for proposals that are large, collaborative, multi-investigator and multi-institutional. Services are currently provided at no charge. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORIS has revamped the limited submissions page, connecting faculty and administrators to information about these opportunities much faster. A new database backend tracks opportunities, pre-proposals and metrics, which will make it easier to solicit and select the strongest proposals.
Nine sessions are scheduled from Oct-June covering topics related to compliance and research program development. Paul Yager is our first speaker on October 12th and the topic is Successful Grantsmanship and Proposal Development. We hope you can join us!
Husky SciVal Experts is a tool to identify faculty with specific areas of expertise based on their publications and grants. Search and gather data from Scopus®, a citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources.
Open to all faculty, students, and staff.
The Financial Interest Disclosure System (FIDS) is now available, supporting UW’s new FCOI policy as well as replacing the paper-based system previously used to submit SFI disclosures. Now, Investigators must use FIDS to electronically submit their SFI and travel disclosures. For more information, please see the FCOI website.
Lynne Chronister has accepted the position of Vice President for Research at the University of South Alabama (her alma mater).
While her departure is truly a loss for the UW, we know her talents will be a great asset to her new institution.
Her last day is July 13.
The online Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) training is now available at http://uw.edu/research/fcoi. Starting August 24th, 2012, Public Health Service (PHS)-funded investigators or investigators anticipating receiving PHS funds must complete the online FCOI training prior to the expenditure of funds on any new awards.
The University of Washington’s policy on Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) will be revised to comply with the Public Health Service (PHS) FCOI regulations which go into effect on August 24, 2012. UW investigators must continue to follow the current UW’s SFI Disclosure Policy (GIM-10) until otherwise informed.
The Office of Research is developing implementation processes and throughout the summer will post frequent updates on the new FCOI Web site.
In honor of our 150th anniversary, we are pleased to present a timeline of education and research at the UW. Take a tour of our beginnings from a small university of 30 students to the premier university we are today.
Through the Royalty Research Fund, the Office of Research supports faculty seeking to advance new directions in research. In January, 30 proposals were funded for a total of $1,001,767.
OEI (part of 2y2d) announces their newly designed website! This site offers a myriad of useful information including tools and templates for strategic planning, organization assessment and process improvements.
The Director of the Human Subjects Division, Karen Moe, was one of five people invited to provide expert testimony at the November 16-17th 2011 meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. (The agenda and video of the testimony can be found on their website at http://bioethics.gov/cms/meeting-seven.) The Presidential Commission is an advisory panel appointed by President Obama. It advises the President on bioethical issues, seeking to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner.
Human subjects research was the focus of this meeting and the Commission's work for the previous four months, particularly the issue of compensating research subjects for injuries or adverse events resulting from their participation in the research. Moe described the UW's human subjects assistance program, on behalf of the several UW offices that oversee the program. The UW program, in existence for over 30 years, has been repeatedly singled out by NIH, other federal officials, and news media as unique and exemplary. After Moe's presentation, Commission members included her in their discussion for the next 1.5 hours. The Commission released its report, "Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research", in December.
Our new streamlined Annual Report is now available! One of the report highlights is the UW's impressive total of $1.513 billion for sponsored research funds.
The UW iGEM team won the 2011 World Championship! Their work included months of lab work and genetic engineering of microbes—one to produce diesel fuel and another to help treat the difficult digestion problems for people with gluten intolerance.
The OEI offers valuable services to help units achieve operational excellence. Most are offered at no charge! To learn more, please contact us at email@example.com
The National Science Foundation has awarded an $18.5 million grant to establish the new Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the UW. Researchers at the center will work on “neurobotics”, the development of robotic replacement limbs that can be controlled with the mind.
New! Our updated Research Centers page lets you easily search and browse UW's various centers and find guidance on how to establish your own. Collaborative work provides opportunities to address big social problems and allows for research activities to cross the boundaries of discipline.
Friday, September 16th, Johnson Hall.
Learn about UW services available to support your research program and help you meet research requirements.
September 22-23, 2011, Meany Hall.
Nationally recognized speakers will focus on the ethical challenges of research collaboration among peers, with industry, and worldwide in this US Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity sponsored conference.
Federal regulatory agencies recently proposed major changes in the federal human subjects regulations. Collectively, these changes would significantly enhance subject protections while also reducing regulatory burden. You can read specific details about the proposed changes at the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) site.
The Human Subjects Division (HSD) of the UW Office of Research (OR) invites your comments on the proposed changes. Your feedback will help provide the basis for a comment from HSD to OHRP. If you'd like to have your comments considered for the HSD statement, please email your feedback to Karen Moe, HSD Director, by
September 10th . Please link your comments to specific sections or questions as identified in the proposed changes.
You can also submit comments directly to OHRP at any time before
September 26th . Follow the instructions at the OHRP website.
The revision process itself is likely to take a few years:
To ensure that the UW research community is kept fully informed at every step of this historic process HSD has set up a discussion board for conversation regarding the proposed changes. If you don't have a UWNetID, you can choose the "ProtectNetwork" option and register for a free account.
Please contact Karen Moe if you have any questions.
The new UW Research Home page — research.uw.edu — provides a single entry point to essential information supporting the conduct of research. And to fit your business, not ours, it organizes that content topically, rather than along the lines of our org chart.
Our goal is to ease your workload by giving you a clear path to the tools, policies and compliance information you need to be successful.
We also want to highlight the success of the amazing research you do and raise the reputation of the University as a premier research institution. Visitors to research.uw.edu will find dynamic stories and images showcasing the achievements of the UW research community.
Finally, the new Home page establishes the foundation for a more personalized experience with research at the University. And it looks as great on an iPhone as it does on a laptop, so you can access what you need when and where you need it.
Next steps will include a major clean–up and re–architecting of the sites and pages behind the Home page across the UW research enterprise. After that we'll be rolling out new services to you via the site, and exploring how to tailor the experience for each individual researcher.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on our new direction. Send your comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.