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Welcome from the Vice President for Research

CWRU researchers are among the most distinguished in the world. We have 16 Nobel Laureates among current and former faculty and alumni, 4 members of the National Academies of Sciences, 7 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and 8 members of the Institute of Medicine. We also partner with artistic and cultural institutions on a broad range of projects that make important scholarly contributions in the humanities and social sciences.

Extraordinary research requires an outstanding infrastructure. Our Office of Research & Technology Management provides support to seek out grant funding, to facilitate industrial sponsorship, and to transfer university technologies to the marketplace. This is a place for people driven to make a difference, and our office exists to help them succeed.

Contact us. We want you to see what our campus can offer.

CWRU's Core Facilities site is live

CWRU's Core Facilities Support Committee is working to promote all of the university's diverse core facilities and service centers in an attempt to improve their visibility and promote collaboration with researchers and industry partners.

The committee is pleased to announce that their website http://research.case.edu/corefacilities is now available and users can find information about the most common core facilities in one place. Intended to work alongside the already available webpage for CWRU's Centers and Institutes http://www.case.edu/centers , the site strives to promote the amazing facilities our university offers.

If you would like more information, have a comment or have a core facility that you feel we have missed, please feel free to email the committee at CWRUcores@case.edu.

Plan to attend CWRU Innovation Summit in October

Oct. 26-28, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio

Make plans now to attend Innovation Summit and explore the opportunities and challenges of various models of innovation at the global scale. This campus-wide event is bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, academics, economic development professionals, policy makers and more to explore how innovation thrives.

Learn more and register at - http://engineering.case.edu/innovation-summit

Research Matters

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SpartaIRB User Training for CWRU and University Hospitals IRBs

Many dates offered
One-hour sessions
University Hospitals IRB Training held in Lakeside 1400
CWRU IRB Training held in Sears Library Building, Room 670

SpartaIRB, the new CWRU and University Hospitals IRB electronic protocol submission system will begin accepting applications in March. These 1-hour sessions will introduce investigators to the new system. Investigators, administrators and students who will submit IRB applications are encouraged to attend at least one session.

Training will focus primarily on submissions to either the University Hospitals IRB or CWRU IRB. When registering, check the title of the training and the location to be sure you attend the training for the IRB you will use most often.

For more information about the SpartaIRB transition, please see: http://case.edu/research/faculty-staff/education/spartairb/.

Registration for the user training is online at: https://research.case.edu/researchapps/education/onlinecalendar.cfm.

Save the Date! Research ShowCASE + Intersections 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018
9 am - 3 pm
Veale Convocation Center
Case Western Reserve University

ShowCASE your projects!
Win cash prizes!! (for students)
Celebrate research with us!!!

Graduate student, post-doc, faculty and staff abstracts will be accepted beginning in December.
Undergraduate abstracts will be accepted beginning in the spring.
High school student researchers working with CWRU faculty are also welcomed to participate.

Mark your calendars and save the date to join us for the annual event. Hundreds of new research projects will be on display. Talk with our talented students, faculty and staff and learn about the exciting work they are doing. The day will be filled with opportunities to explore the interactive booths and exhibits and to celebrate research at CWRU.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available.

For more information, contact Tracy Wilson-Holden at tjw18@case.edu or (216) 368-6131.

This event is free and open to the public.

CWRU VPR Catalyst Awards

The CWRU Vice President for Research and Technology Management is pleased to announce a campus-wide internal grant competition to promote research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

Intended to foster the incubation of new ideas and their cultivation for production of knowledge, this program will provide faculty the freedom to address new and expanding areas of research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, and will serve as a catalyst for major breakthroughs.

The CWRU VPR Catalyst Awards will be divided into three funding categories.

Track 1: Research Travel
These awards may be used for travel, lodging, and food (up to per diem).

Up to $3,000 will be awarded per project with the expectation of 1-1 match from the Faculty member’s discretionary funds, her Department, her Dean, or other institutional resources (such as the Baker-Nord Center).

To plan or conduct research, including trips to bidders’ conferences and meetings with program officers; travel to collections such as libraries, museums or other archives with materials not otherwise available; and travel to a study center or research institute. Travel may be domestic or international and is subject to the University’s travel policies. All funds must be spent within 12 months of the award. Unspent funds will be pulled back.

Track 2: Publication Subvention
These awards may be used for copyright fees, cover art, illustrations, permissions, journal publication, or other publication-related expenses.

Up to $3,000 will be awarded per project with the expectation of 1-1 match from the Faculty member’s discretionary funds, her Department, her Dean, or other institutional resources (such as the Baker-Nord Center).

To help cover the costs associated with publishing books, plays, journal articles, or other means of scholarly or creative production. All funds must be spent within 12 months. Unspent funds will be pulled back.

Track 3: Seed Funds

These grants support early-stage program development and research, and often set the stage for successful pursuit of large-scale funding from sources such as NIH, NSF, NEA, or NEH as projects evolve.

Up to $10,000 will be awarded per project with the expectation of 1-1 match from the Faculty member’s discretionary funds, her Department, her Dean, or other institutional resources (such as the Baker-Nord Center).

To help cover a variety of research activities, including but not limited to: pilot and feasibility studies, secondary analyses of existing data to test a new hypothesis, activities in the digital humanities and arts, development of research methodology, and planning for development of large, interdisciplinary proposals for external funding. All funds must be spent within 12 months. Unspent funds will be pulled back.

Principal Investigators/Scholars must hold faculty appointments at CWRU. All full-time CWRU faculty are eligible to apply. Although there is no limit on the number of proposals a faculty member may submit, only one award will be made to any faculty member in a given cycle.

Due Date
Proposals for all three categories are due Friday, March 30, 2018.

Application Instructions
Proposals and match commitment letters should be submitted as PDF attachments by email to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at suzanne.rivera@case.edu no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, March 30.

Proposals should be no more than three pages in length and must include:

  • Identification of funding category: Research Travel, Publication Subvention, Seed Funds
  • Faculty member name, department, school/college, and title/rank
  • Title of project for which funding is sought
  • Narrative description of proposed activities to be funded, including:
    • clear explanation of problem/hypothesis/phenomenon/activity
    • concise description of planned strategy/procedures
    • compelling rationale for using institutional resources
    • degree to which activity/product will be novel and/or interdisciplinary
  • Expected outcome of efforts, with a deliverable and timeline (less than 12 months)
  • Detailed budget* with narrative justification for each line item and identification of source of matching funds

In addition, the match commitment letters accompanying the proposals must be signed by the individual responsible for the speedtype (account number) that will be the source of the match (whether a Chair, Dean, or Director of a campus entity such as the Baker-Nord Center), and should state clearly that if a Catalyst award is made to the Faculty member, matching funds equivalent to the award amount will be made available for spending within the 12-month award period.

*Note: Faculty time is not an allowable cost for Track 1 or Track 2.

Review Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee empaneled by the VPR. The following criteria will be considered:
  • The significance of the research problem, scholarship or creative endeavor
  • The novelty of the proposed project or activity
  • The application of interdisciplinary and convergent approaches


Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.
Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. (Leidos Biomed) has issued an RFP entitled, “Prototyping Carrier Basket Arrays” and will be responsible for awarding the resulting Agreement(s), in support of the Division of Cancer Treatment & Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute (NCI). Leidos Biomed is the Operations and Technical Support Services Contractor of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, which solely supports the NCI mission.

The RFP seeks proposals to use shape-changing materials (“smart materials”) to create an arrayed carrier suitable for transporting 3-dimensional mammalian organoid cultures from multi-well cell culture plates into common histology cassettes. The idea to use shape-changing materials and similar strategies that precisely control shape and size changes stems from the need to convert the size of the array from the standard dimensions of multi-well cell culture plates (127.76 x 85.48 x 14.35 mm, per The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (https://www.slas.org/SLAS/assets/File/ANSI_SLAS_1-2004_FootprintDimensions.pdf) into the standard dimensions of histology cassettes (24 x 30 x 11 mm), in order that 3D organoid cultures can be processed en masse into a paraffin block for sectioning onto slides and immuno/histochemical analysis.

The Project Objective is to design and prototype carriers that can readily bridge these two standardized systems by shrinking, expanding, or both, without perturbing the payload of 3D organoids being transported. The RFP represents the initial stage of the Project and, therefore, focuses on identification of candidate materials and the design, limited production and testing of prototypes; successful prototypes will play an important role in proving feasibility of the approach.

You are invited to submit a proposal in accordance with the requirements of the attached RFP. The RFP Package consists of two attachments: (i) the first is the RFP document, which includes instructions for preparing the proposal; and (ii) the second is the Agreement document, which is provided in advance of award to allow time to review the terms and conditions.

The issuance of the RFP is the first step in a multi-step process, which will culminate in the receipt of proposals. PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 2:00 PM (EST) ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018. PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER 2:00 PM (EST) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. In between now and March 15, 2018, two “Bidders’ Teleconferences” have been scheduled: (i) 12:15 pm (EST) on Thursday, February 22, 2018; and (ii) 3:15 pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. These teleconferences will provide a venue to ask and receive answers to questions regarding the RFP, the proposal and subcontracting processes, the technical project’s nature and scope, and other related topics. You can join the teleconferences by calling 855.462.5367, passcode 8936166.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

ASHA's Advancing Academic-Research Careers Award is intended to support the academic-research careers of junior-level faculty in the field of communication sciences and disorders. The program funds projects that include both a teaching and a research component.

Recipients work in conjunction with mentors to develop mentored teaching and research plans tailored to the applicant's career stage. The plans — which propose specific teaching and research activities that will be completed under the guidance of the mentors during the 18-month funding period — are submitted as part of the AARC application. In support of ASHA's strategic objectives, applications that focus the mentored teaching and/or research component on the areas of clinical practice research, implementation science, and interprofessional education and interprofessional practice are particularly encouraged. In 2018, ASHA will award up to ten grants of $5,000 each.

To be eligible, all applicants must have a research doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent); a full-time tenure or non-tenure track faculty appointment in a CSD department in an academic institution in the United States at the time of disbursement; primary responsibilities including teaching and conducting research; and fewer than six years of teaching/research experience or status below the level of associate professor.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

For more informaiton, visit the ASHA webpage.


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