Monthly Update From the Office of Research and Innovation

The Arkansas Catalyst is published monthly during the fall and spring semesters. It contains important updates, announcements and deadlines from the Office of Research and Innovation. Subscribe to the Catalyst on the Research and Innovation website.

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RazorGrant: IRB Submission Training

The Office of Research and Innovation has rolled out a new RazorGrant module. This module changes the Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol submission process by utilizing the online RazorGrant system. The IRB is the body that ensures researchers use safe, ethical practices when engaging in research involving human subjects. Bring your laptop to the training.

  • August 15 at 1:30 p.m.
  • ADMN 206
  • Register

RazorGrant: Proposal Training

Learn about proposal development in RazorGrant, PI and Co-PI certifications, working with your grant specialist and routing and approval completion.

  • August 16 at 1:30 p.m.
  • ADMN 206
  • Register

Biosafety Meeting

The Institutional Biosafety Committee will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 2:15 p.m. PIs on projects that require IBC review must send protocols to the biosafety coordinator at least one week prior to the next scheduled meeting to ensure review at the next meeting.

Apply for Research Camp

Research Camp is a two-day research and discovery camp for first, second and third year tenure-track faculty members. The purpose of the camp is to introduce new faculty to strategies and techniques that will make their research programs more successful. Topics include identifying and pursuing external funding, including but not limited to, federal, state, industry and foundation funding, and resources to support research and scholarly activity.

Animal Care and Use

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee is charged with monitoring adherence the university's Policy on Animal Care and Use and federal and state statutes and regulations. Researchers must have an approved Animal Use Protocol (AUP) before initiating any research or teaching activities involving the use of live, vertebrate animals.

The IACUC meets on the first Friday of each month. Investigators are encouraged to attend the meeting to answer any questions about their protocol(s) that the committee may have. Protocols must be received at least seven working days prior to the meeting.

Sui Selected as Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Daniel Sui has been named vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Arkansas, effective October 1. Sui will oversee research administration, research compliance, the planning and optimization of research space and shared instrumentation, interdisciplinary research centers, undergraduate research and the University of Arkansas Press. Read more

NSF Fastlane and Changes

Effective immediately, the National Science Foundation has changed its registration process. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is here to assist you through this transition; however, we can no longer create your NSF FastLane/ account. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has created an NSF FastLane & changes webpage to support you during this transition.

Reminder About Materials Transfer Agreements

All Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) for biological materials should be reviewed and signed by the Office of Research Compliance, and researchers buying materials from the ATCC repository in Manassas, VA should do so using the institutional account rather than establishing new accounts. For more information about research compliance, contact Jason Ramage, assistant vice provost for research compliance. Proposal Submission Changes phased out the Legacy Application Package effective January 1, 2018. This means that applicants will no longer be able to apply using the older, single PDF package of forms. Applicants will apply for grants using the new, web-based platform called Workspace. For more information on Workspace and a list of resources, see the Research Website.

Budget Workbook Template Updates

The RSSP Budget Template Workbook has been updated. You can find the most recent version in the Investigator’s Toolbox section of the RSSP website, under “Proposal Preparation/Pre-Award.” Several items on the template have been updated to reflect changes that will go into effect in July 2018, including changes to F&A, fringe benefits and tuition, so be sure you are using the current version of the template.

July Research Award Highlights

Gregory Dumond, associate professor of geosciences, has received $542,294 from the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a laser ablation system to enable new constraints on continental crust, dinosaurs and ore deposits.

Ranil Wickramasinghe, professor of chemical engineering, received $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for the Center for Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST).

Bob Bledsoe, Garvan Gardens architect, has received $453,000 from the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission for the Garvan Woodland Gardens Western Garden Corridor.

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