September 19, 2011

UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation Offers New Health Fellowships

The University of California Center for Health Quality and Innovation (CHQI) is offering a new UC Health Fellowship program.

The program provides support for projects that will adopt cost-saving innovations in care delivery while improving quality at UC Health, and provides leadership opportunities for UC Health staff and faculty. Any staff or faculty employed by a UC medical center, clinic, or health professional school may apply. The program expects to make three to five awards of $50,000 to support a portion of the salary and benefits associated with time spent on the project.

Proposals are due November 14, 2011. Potential applicants with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Aleta Martinez at to schedule time with CHQI Executive Director Terry Leach.

September 16, 2011

UC Berkeley Extension Course on Intellectual Property Law Begins September 19

UC Berkeley Extension is offering a course this fall on Intellectual Property Law that will “examine patent, copyright, trademark, and trade-secret law in the high-tech commercial sector.”

The course is being held in O’Brien Hall on campus on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for 14 weeks. The course provides 2 semester units in Business Administration; the course fee is $715. The first class is Monday, September 19. The instructor, Brian Donohue, manager of the campus Business Contracts Office, invites those interested to come to the first class and get the details.

Agency Advice on Funding Innovative Research

In the September 14 issue of the NIAID Funding Newsletter, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provides advice on How to Get Funding for Innovative Research.

The advice is aimed at investigators seeking support from the National Institutes of Health, but could be applied to other agencies. One point the article makes is to get your reviewers on board and propose work they will view as important.

Read more, including links to related resources, in the September 14 issue.

September 15, 2011

Composite Fringe Rates for UC Berkeley

Fringe benefit rates and salary projections are now to be determined and documented at the campus level per UC Office of the President RPAC Memo Operating Guidance 11-01.

Composite fringe benefit rates have now been established for UC Berkeley and should be used in the preparation of proposal budgets when the actual fringe rates for project personnel are unknown.

The new rates can be found on the SPO web site under Salary and Benefits.

September 12, 2011

2012 Calls for Applications from California Breast Cancer Research Program,Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program

Two grant programs managed by the University of California, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) and the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), have issued 2012 Calls for Applications. See the program web sites for complete application guidelines and submission instructions.

CBCRP Call for Applications 2012

The mission of the CBCRP is to eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.

CBCRP Deadlines

Community Research Collaborations: Pilot and Full Awards:
Pre-application research plan (optional): October 25, 2011
Full application: February 15, 2012

IDEA and Translational Research Awards:
Letter of Intent (required): October 25, 2011
Full application: February 15, 2012

Conference Awards:
Full application: November 8, 2011

TRDRP 2012 Call for Applications

The purpose is to stimulate research on tobacco control and tobacco-related disease that is of highest priority and potential benefit to the State of California. The 2012 Call incorporates the following changes, which reflect the program’s new strategic plan:
  • TRDRP Research Priorities have changed significantly.
  • All proposals must address one or more of the five new Research Priorities.
  • A Letter of Intent will be required from all potential applicants.
  • The Research Project Award has been added to the available grant mechanisms.
  • A dissemination narrative will be a required part of all proposed Research Plans.
The TRDRP is holding Call for Application Webinars on October 6 and 7 on the new research priority areas and other changes.

TRDRP Deadlines

Research Project, Exploratory and Developmental, Participatory Research (Pilot or Full) , Postdoctoral, New Investigator, Dissertation Grant Mechanisms:
Letter of Intent (required): December 9, 2011
Application: January 11, 2012

Special Projects:
Application: Continuous

Cornelius Hopper Diversity Supplement:
Application: April 16, 2012

September 08, 2011

QB3 Offers September 21 Workshop: SBIR/STTR: How to Get This Vital Funding

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is hosting a workshop, SBIR/STTR: How to Get This Vital Funding, of “tricks of the trade” by entrepreneurs, writers, reviewers, and Dr. Gregory Milman, the SBIR program officer at NIAID.

The workshop is being held Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay. Registration is required. The fee for faculty, industry, and the general public is $25; there is no charge for students, postdocs, and BayBio Fellows.

Workshop Agenda
1:00pm-2:00pm: Panel - Sources for Critical Seed-Stage Funding
2:00pm-3:00pm: Panel - Tips, Tricks and Traps
3:00pm-3:30pm: Break
3:30pm-5:00pm: NIH SBIR and STTR Grant Applications, with Gregory Milman, Ph.D., NIAID-NIH

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