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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

Research Matters

Use the following link in order to view previous editions of Research Matters and Research News and Updates Research Matters Archive .

Latest News

Research Newsletter
September 8, 2017December 19, 2017  

NEW Limited Submission: Department of Energy: Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC)

Key Deadlines: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 3:00pm EST (Sponsor's Submission Deadline

The mission of the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program is to support fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and to support DOE's mission emphases in energy, the environment, and national security. BES has long invested in innovative basic research to advance the DOE mission through BES's core research areas.

The EFRC program, initiated in 2009, brings together the skills, talents, and expertise of teams of scientists to perform energy-relevant, basic research with a scope and complexity beyond what is possible in standard single-investigator or small-group awards. These multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary centers enable, encourage, and accelerate transformative scientific advances for the most challenging topics in materials sciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, and biosciences. EFRCs conduct fundamental research focused on one or more "grand challenges," "transformative opportunities," and "basic research needs" identified in major strategic planning efforts by BES and the scientific community.

Establishing Priority Research Directions for Basic Energy Science In 2002, the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) invited leaders of the scientific community to a weeklong workshop to assess the scope of fundamental scientific research that must be considered to address the DOE mission. This resulted in the 2003 report, Basic Research Needs to Assure a Secure Energy Future. Over the last decade and a half, that report inspired a series of "Basic Research Needs" workshops involving thousands of participants from universities, industry, and national laboratories, which established Priority Research Directions (PRDs) for basic energy science. Together, the reports from these workshops highlight the remarkable scientific evolution that has taken place during the past few decades. The resulting scientific challenges describe a new era of science in which researchers can design, manipulate, and ultimately control materials functionalities and chemical transformations.

Proposals must identify one or more of the Priority Research Directions listed in the funding announcement.

DOE anticipates awards in a number of different scientific research areas. When making selections, DOE will emphasize emerging science priorities that have been highlighted in recent workshops, including quantum materials, catalysis science, synthesis science, instrumentation science, next-generation energy storage, future nuclear energy, and energy-water issues. In order to address these priorities, DOE plans to deemphasize the following topical areas: phenomena related to more mature areas of solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and solid-state lighting; carbon dioxide sequestration; and biologically-mediated breakdown and conversion of lignocellulosic biomass. Scientific research related to environmental management will not be supported under this FOA, as this was the subject of a targeted EFRC FOA in FY2016.

Proposals must also address priority research directions identified in one or more of the Basic Research Needs workshop reports AND one or more of the "grand challenges" identified by the DOE and described in the funding announcement.

Application evaluation: Internal applications will be judged on their responsiveness to the objectives of the funding announcement, the likelihood of scientific impact, and the impact of the proposed center for Case Western Reserve University. Applicants are strongly urged to have a conversation with their school or college's research dean about the application before the internal deadline. The purpose of this conversation is two-fold: first, to ensure that your research dean will be able to understand and support the creation of the EFRC should the application be successful, and second to ensure that they can explain the merits and impacts of the application to the review committee in advocating for your application to be selected to represent the university.

Number of Applications Allowed: Three, including new or renewal applications as lead institution

Amount of Funding: Proposals must be between $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 per year for up to four years

For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.

DHHS – NIH - BRAIN Initiative: Tools to Facilitate High-Throughput Micro-connectivity Analysis (R01)
The purpose of this Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is to encourage applications that will develop and validate tools and resources to facilitate the detailed analysis of brain micro-connectivity. Novel and augmented techniques are sought that will ultimately be broadly accessible to the neuroscience community for the interrogation of micro-connectivity in healthy and diseased brains of model organisms and humans. Development of technologies that will significantly drive down the cost of connectomics would enable routine mapping of the micro-connectivity on the same individuals that have been analyzed physiologically, or to compare normal and pathological tissues in substantial numbers of multiple individuals to assess variability. Advancements in both electron microscopy (EM) and super resolution light microscopic approaches are sought. Applications that propose to develop approaches that break through existing technical barriers to substantially improve current capabilities are highly encouraged. Proof-of-principle demonstrations and/or reference datasets enabling future development are welcome, as are improved approaches for automated segmentation and analysis strategies of neuronal structures in EM images.

LOI Deadline: 30 days prior to application
Application Deadline: December 07, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

PADI Foundation
The PADI Foundation encourages and supports research and education related to aquatic environments. Since 1992, the foundation has awarded nearly $4.7 million to almost nine hundred projects.

In 2018, the foundation will award grants of up to $20,000 to support projects that enrich mankind's understanding of and concern for aquatic environments; increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology and add to the scientific understanding of man's relationship and ability to survive in the underwater environment; and/or improve understanding of, and response to, hazards to humans and ecosystems related to climate change in coastal and ocean environments. Generally, the foundation will not fund overhead or other indirect expenses.

Application Deadline: February 01, 2018

For more informaiton, visit the Padi Foundation webpage
Travel Clean when Going Abroad over Break

Many faculty, staff, and students will be traveling abroad over the winter break. When it comes to traveling internationally with research data or materials, the CWRU community is urged to “travel clean”. That is, leave behind in the U.S. any research data, items, or technology which may be subject to laws requiring an export license or which may be vulnerable to loss, theft, or other privacy-related considerations. Take only those data that have been published or are in the public domain. Particularly consider whether there is research data on your laptop and other electronic devices before taking them overseas.

If you are unsure about any data or materials you plan to bring as you travel abroad, call Andy Jarrell, Associate University Compliance and Privacy Officer, at 368-0833, or Lisa Palazzo, University Compliance and Privacy Officer, 368-5791or email exportcontrol@case.edu.

Established by Nikon, Inc. as part of its hundredth anniversary celebration, the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship supports the next generation of visual content creators. Academic scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to students to help foster their creative growth and encourage them to pursue a career in creative fields. Semi-finalists will be invited to submit a portfolio of images or brief video for consideration by a selection committee, which will then select the ten winning applicants. Scholarships will be awarded for use in the 2018-19 academic school year.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at accredited nonprofit colleges/universities or vocational/technical schools in the United States or Canada pursuing a degree in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography, or multimedia/content creation. To be eligible for a scholarship, all applicants must have completed their freshman year of college or academic equivalent before the fall of 2018.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

For more information visit the Nikon website.


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