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    Research News

    October 2004 Issue

    Table of Contents:

    Editor's Desk

    Compliance Corner:

           IIT has Three "I's" - Focusing in on Instutional Biosafety

    FastLane Workshop Held: A Trip Down FastLane

    Toni Allen Wins Research Administrator Award

    ERIF Competition for Junior Faculty

    Proposal Writing Workshop To Be Held Nov. 5th

    Budgeting Basics Workshop To Be Held Nov. 19th

    SBIR / STTR Workshop To Be Held Nov. 19th

    Spotlighted Funding Opportunities

           NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program

           NSF: Science and Engineering Information Integration and Informatics (SEIII)

    New IIT Faculty Welcomed by the Graduate College

    Recent IIT Awards

    Proposals Submitted By The Numbers

    Acknowledgements

    New IIT Faculty Welcomed by the Graduate College

    Recent IIT Awards

    Proposals Submitted By The Numbers

    Acknowledgements

    Past Issues of Research News

    From the Editor's Desk

    Dear Readers,
    As the fall weather gets cooler, those of you who enjoy fishing need to take extra steps to indulge in your hobby. Perhaps you need to bring along warmer clothes or even rain gear. Pursuing extramural research funding at IIT is much like fishing, with the exception that it's just as easy to fish for grants in fall or winter as it is in the spring or summer.

    The Graduate College's Research Support Services unit has all the tools and tackle you need to pursue some serious fishing-for grants of course. Take advantage of the many resources we offer, whether it's help with fund searching, proposal or budget development, or anything related to the craft of grant-getting. We'll help you cast your line again and again, and we'll try to foster the right combination of patience, skill, and craftsmanship that can result in your reeling in a fine prize.

    - Glenn Krell MPA, CRA
    Editor, Research News
    Director, Research Proposal Development

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    Compliance Corner
    By: Domenica G. Pappas, CRA

    In accordance with federal regulations, there are three research-related compliance committees established at IIT. In past issues we have discussed the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which focuses on research with human subjects; and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which focuses on animals. Recently established at IIT is the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

    An Institutional Biosafety Committee is a review body appointed by an institution to review and approve potentially biohazardous lines of research. IBCs were originally established under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules to provide local, institutional oversight of nearly all forms of research utilizing recombinant DNA. Over time, however, the role of the IBCs has been expanded to include review and oversight of a variety of experimentation that involves biological materials (e.g., infectious agents) and other potentially hazardous agents (e.g., carcinogens).

    IIT�s Institutional Biosafety Committee is chaired by Ben Stark, Ph.D. of BCPS. The Institutional Biosafety Committee is the cornerstone of institutional oversight of recombinant DNA research. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 312-567-3035 or at ibc@iit.edu.

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    FastLane Workshop Held: A Trip Down FastLane
    By: Domenica G. Pappas, CRA

    The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs hosted a workshop on FastLane, the National Science Foundations' electronic proposal submission process. Over 25 people attended the NSF FastLane workshop in September, which was presented by Evelyn Baisey-Thomas from the National Science Foundation.

    Fourteen faculty members from multiple disciplines throughout IIT and 11 research administrators from various Universities throughout Chicagoland (Northwestern, Northern Illinois University, Children's Memorial Hospital, Loyola and Rush) learned about the newest features of FastLane.

    A brief overview of grants.gov was also presented. Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.

    If you would like more information on NSF FastLane or Grants.gov, please contact us at 312-567-3035 or at osrp@iit.edu.

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    Toni Allen Wins Research Administrator Award

    Toni Allen, IIT's Associate Director of Sponsored Research and Programs, is the recipient of the Society of Research Administrators Dick Canaday Travel Award. This award was established in honor of Dick Canaday, a former president of the Midwest Section of the Society of Research Administrators who passed away in 1996. Toni received her award at the Society of Research Administrator's International meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October.

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    ERIF Competition for Junior Faculty
    By: Robert Lapointe, Manager, Research Marketing & Business Development

    The Graduate College has announced the 2005 ERIF award for junior faculty. ERIF (Educational and Research Initiative Fund) is an internal competition that provides seed funding to initiate innovative research and educational programs that will use the results obtained during the project period for developing proposals seeking extramural funding. Proposals on new research and education concepts that are at a pre-competitive stage, and projects for the organization of multidisciplinary research programs are solicited. Proposals must be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs. Proposals for 2005 are due November 19, 2004 at 5:00pm.

    For more information go to:
    http://www.grad.iit.edu/research/infunding.htm

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    Proposal Writing Workshop To Be Held Nov 5th

    What: Learn how to craft a strong research proposal.
    When: Friday November 5th, 2004, 11:45am to 1pm.
    Where: IIT's Galvin Library Learning Center (LLC), IIT Main Campus.
    Who: This workshop is intended for IIT faculty and researchers.
    Why: Proposal writing is not at all like academic writing. You must use a variety of techniques to ensure your proposal has the best chance of being read, scoring well, and getting funded. In this workshop you will learn ways to create a strong proposal while avoiding common pitfalls.


    The workshop will also include information on how to make sure your proposal is truly "cutting edge." This means knowing how to find all the references and citations that prove you have a solid grasp of your field. A Galvin Librarian will present an overview of the resources that can help you prove your case. Each participant will receive an electronic file of links and tips.


    Sign up: To reserve a spot, email to Glenn Krell at krell@iit.edu. The room accommodates 20 participants; walk-ins are welcome as space permits. There is no fee for this workshop, which is provided as a service of the IIT Graduate College.

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    Budgeting Basics Workshop To Be Held Nov 19th

    Budget. Budget justification. Indirect cost. Equipment. Subcontract. Money.

    These terms are but a few of the many you encounter when developing your budget for your grant submission. Come and learn about "Budgeting Basics" at our upcoming workshop! We will develop a budget and discuss other budgeting issues.

    The workshop will take place on November 19, 2004 from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Location is the Galvin Library Learning Center (LLC) on the IIT Main Campus. Space is limited, and you must register to attend. Call the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 312-567-3035 or email us at osrp@iit.edu.

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    SBIR / STTR Workshop to be Held on Nov 19th

    The workshop has been designed for entrepreneurs and others interested in starting or collaborating with a small business that has a research and development focus. A team of experts in technology transfer and entrepreneurship will deliver the presentations:

    - Robert Anderson, Director, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property
    - William Price, Attorney at Law, High Technology Entrepreneurship Coach
    - Recent SBIR / STTR success stories

    The presentations will focus on several techniques to help you develop a proposal and prepare an SBIR/STTR application. To attend the workshop, please contact Robert Lapointe by email, lapointe@iit.edu, or by phone (312) 567-7135 by Tuesday, November 16.

    The workshop will be held in the Hermann Union Building, Alumni Lounge, room 109 from 1pm - 4pm.

    For more information go to: http://www.grad.iit.edu/sbir-sttr/

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    Spotlighted Funding Opportunities

    NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program

    Program: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), NSF 04-615 (Replaces NSF 03-050).

    DEADLINES: Deadlines vary depending upon proposed field of study or specialization:
    November 17, 2004 - Life Sciences
    November 18, 2004 - Chemistry
    November 19, 2004 - Computer and Information Sci. & Engineering
    November 29, 2004 - Social Sciences
    November 30, 2004 - Physics and Astronomy
    December 2, 2004 - Mathematical Sciences
    December 3, 2004 - Geosciences
    December 9, 2004 - Psychology
    December 10, 2004 - Engineering

    Partial Synopsis: "NSF aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NSF."

    Award Information: Estimated number of awards: 1,000. Anticipated Funding Amount: $40,500 annually, including $30,000 Stipend and $10,500 Cost of Education allowance per award.

    URL for Complete Details:
    http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?ods_key=nsf04615

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    NSF Science and Engineering Information Integration and Informatics (SEIII)

    Program: NSF 04-528, Science and Engineering Information Integration and Informatics (SEIII)

    DEADLINE: December 15, 2004

    Partial Synopsis: "This program focuses on advancing the state of the art in the application of advanced information technology to science and engineering problems in specific domains (including)... biology... and health care delivery. Since many scientific problems have common needs for information management and data analysis, the advancement of these technologies is central to SEIII. Similarly, within computer science, the study of complex distributed computer and
    network systems requires the collection and analysis of timely, accurate and reliable information. Although methods for the analysis of scientific data and information will be supported by the program, a special emphasis will be placed on domain-specific and general-purpose tools for integrating information from disparate sources. Such integration is a key step of many projects yet is rarely addressed in full generality. The SEIII program will have two separate components to address these research areas: Science and Engineering Informatics (SEI) and Information Integration (II)."

    Award Information: Estimated number of awards: 25 to 30. Total Anticipated Funding Amount: $14, 500,000.

    URL for Complete Details:
    http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04528

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    New Faculty Welcomed by the Graduate College

    About a dozen new IIT faculty attended a welcome and Introduction to the Graduate College this fall. They were welcomed by Ali Cinar, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate College, and Alexander J. Flueck, Associate Dean for Research. The welcoming luncheon is the Graduate College's way of helping new faculty get familiar with the many services offered by the Graduate College.

    At the luncheon, an overview of Research Support Services (RSS) was presented by Mary Spina, Assistant Dean for Research and Executive Director of RSS. Next Glenn Krell, Director of Research Proposal Development, presented an overview of the Office of Research Proposal Development (OPD). Domenica Pappas, Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, gave the new faculty an overview of OSRP. The Office of Academic Affairs was described to the new faculty in an overview presented by Sudhakar Nair, Associate Dean; and Mamie Phillips, Assistant Dean.

    Next, an overview of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property was presented by Robert Anderson, Director of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property. Eric Schmidt, Acting Manager Project Accounting, presented an overview of IIT's Project Accounting Office. The presentations concluded with Deborah Gibson, Executive Director, Graduate Admissions, who presented an overview of that office.

    The Graduate College looks forward to serving and welcoming all the new faculty who joined IIT this fall. All faculty members--whether they have just joined us or have been with us for many years--are encouraged to contact us when there are questions about the services we offer. We're here to help you!

    Note: Thanks to Robert Lapointe, Manager, Research Marketing & Business Development, for coordinating the meeting so smoothly! -ed

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    Recent IIT Awards

    Awards received during September 2004 at IIT*

    Awards received during August 2004 at IIT*

    *Note: a "$0" next to an award indicates a no-cost extension has been granted

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    Proposals Submitted By The Numbers
    This graph shows how IIT is doing compared to the prior 12 month period in regard to number of proposals submitted:

    Most recent 12 month period (Oct. 2003 - Sep. 2004): 439
    Prior 12 month period (Oct. 2002 - Sep. 2003): 376


    Difference: 63 more proposals compared to last 12 month period!

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    Acknowledgements

    Editor: Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA

    Production Coordinator: Robert Lapointe

    Ali Cinar, PhD
    Dean of the Graduate College and
    Vice Provost for Research
    (312) 567-3637
    cinar@iit.edu

    Alexander J. Flueck, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research
    (312) 567-3625
    flueck@iit.edu

    Mary T. Spina, CRA
    Assistant Dean for Research
    Executive Director, Research Support Services
    (312) 567-3035
    spina@iit.edu


    The Staff of Research Support Services:

    Toni R. Allen
    Associate Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035
    allen@iit.edu

    Pamela Andrews
    Research Coordinator
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3022
    andrewsp@iit.edu

    Janice D. Haney
    Administrative Assistant
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035
    haney@iit.edu

    Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA
    Director
    Office of Research Proposal Development
    (312) 567-7141
    krell@iit.edu

    Robert Lapointe, MBA
    Manager, Research Marketing & Business Development
    Graduate College
    (312) 567-7135
    lapointe@iit.edu

    Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035
    pappas@iit.edu


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