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  October 2012  |  Volume 3, Issue 5
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Another academic year is well on its way. The Office of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer (RCATT) extends a warm welcome to faculty, staff and students. This newsletter provides updates related to research, grants, and other scholarly activities on campus and will help familiarize you with the offices and processes that support those areas. Please contact us with your questions and suggestions.

Over the summer, RCATT updated its website with a new design. If you used our old site, you may find that your web browser no longer recognizes bookmarks pointing to those webpages. So take a few minutes to browse the new website at www.ndsu.edu/research/ and create new bookmarks for important forms and other information you will need in the future. As always, it's best to obtain forms from the website each time you need them (rather than save them on your desktop) to ensure you have the latest version of the form.

NDSU "Big Data" Research Gets a Boost

The National Science Foundation, in a competitive grant process, has awarded NDSU a $400,000 grant over three years to create a Data-Intensive Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education (DICRE) at NDSU. The Office of the Provost will provide more than $171,000 in additional required matching funding for the computing infrastructure to be housed in NDSU's Research and Technology Park.

DICRE will be available for a wide variety of research, according to Dr. Martin Ossowski, director of the Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) at NDSU, which will oversee the computational enhancements. Twenty-five leading NDSU computational researchers from nine departments contributed to the proposal. Read more >>

PHS Revises Conflict of Interest Rules for Researchers

The Public Health Service (PHS) has implemented new requirements for investigator financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) disclosure, management and reporting, effective August 24, 2012.  In response, NDSU revised Policy 823, Financial Conflict of Interest – Public Health Service Sponsored Research, for investigators applying to, or funded by an agency of the PHS (e.g., NIH, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, AHRQ, etc).  Financial conflicts occurring in projects sponsored by other agencies, as well as other types of conflict of interest remain applicable under NDSU Policy 151.1.

The new rule includes broader reporting of outside financial interests, including sponsored travel, enhanced institutional responsibility for determinations of FCOI, and requirements for training, reporting, retrospective review, as well as public accessibility of identified conflicts.

As described in Policy 823, investigators submitting proposals to a PHS agency (or other sponsor that adopts PHS standards, e.g., American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Alliance for Lupus Research, Arthritis Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, etc.) should be aware that disclosure of financial interests is required prior to proposal submission.  Disclosure forms may be included with the Proposal Transmittal Form (PTF) to Sponsored Programs Administration, unless the investigator has a current form on file (within the last 12 months).   Conflict of interest training is recommended, although not required until prior to expenditure of award funds, and at least every 4 years. Two online training modules regarding conflict of interest are available through CITI.

The new requirements also apply to investigators working under subcontract with NDSU, unless the organization already has a FCOI policy that complies with PHS.   The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) website maintains a list of PHS compliant institutions at  http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/fdp/PGA_070596

Please refer to Policy 823 for more information regarding the new procedures.  The PHS SFI Disclosure Form is located on the Sponsored Programs Administration website.  Contact Teryl Grosz for more information, 231-8908 or teryl.grosz@ndsu.edu.

Activities To Promote COS Pivot Use

Several new activities are in place this year to help you become better acquainted with COS Pivot and take advantage of its capabilities for customized searches of grant opportunities and researcher expertise.

A group called Pivot Partners has been created to provide more support to faculty and staff users across campus. One or more Pivot Partners has been named from each academic college. See the list below for the contact person in your area:

  • Danelle Walker - College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources
  • Elizabeth Birmingham - College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Diane Axness - College of Business and Barry Hall
  • Ghodrat Karami - College of Engineering and Architecture
  • Peggy Cossette - College of Human Development and Education
  • Andrea Huseth-Zosel - College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences
  • Diane Goede - College of Science and Mathematics
  • Nicole Mason - NDSU Libraries, Graduate School, and Center for Writers
  • Janine Trowbridge - Miscellaneous Offices / NDSU At Large

Feel free to contact these individuals in the future for information and assistance using Pivot.

Also new this year will be Pivot Monthly Labs, informal open sessions held in a computer cluster. Faculty and staff can come to these labs to receive hands-on individual help creating searches and updating their profile/account. See monthly lab dates, times, and location below.

Watch for upcoming demonstrations and other events to learn more about using COS Pivot.

New Principal Investigator Training Video Is Available

The NDSU Office of Grants and Contracts, the office that manages post award accounting for grant projects, has developed a new Principal Investigator Training Video which is posted on their website. The 15-20 minute video provides information about financial oversight of sponsored projects and covers such topics as managing grant expenses, effort reporting, cost transfers, and cost sharing. Principal Investigators and departmental grant coordinators should use this resource as a training tool or whenever an overview of grant management is needed.

Upcoming Events

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
COS Pivot - Online Tool for Finding Grants and Collaborators

October 9, 2012, 3:00-4:30p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Rose Room
Presented by Kay Sizer, Office of Research, Creative Activities & Tech Transfer
This will be a demonstration of COS Pivot, an online system to which NDSU subscribes.  Pivot can be used to do customized grant searches in any field. One can save those searches for later use and receive email updates with future grant alerts.  Pivot can also be used to search for researcher expertise.  This seminar will be particularly useful for new faculty who are unfamiliar with Pivot, but all faculty, researchers, and students are welcome. Please Register >>

The Pivot demo above will be followed up by monthly labs where individuals can come to a computer cluster and get hands-on help setting up searches and updating their account/profile. 
Fall 2012 COS Pivot Monthly Labs:
October 15, 2012, 3:00-4:00p.m.
November 13, 2012, 3:00-4:00p.m.
December 4, 2012, 3:00-4:00p.m.

Limited space is available; Please Register >>

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
Making the Right Moves in Your Research Career

November 6, 2012, 3:00-4:30p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Rose Room
Presented by Dr. Philip Boudjouk, Vice President for Research
Vice President Boudjouk annually presents a talk which offers tips on getting started with a research program, writing grant proposals, scientific management, and building a research career based on his extensive experience as a chemistry researcher and as a research administrator. Don't miss this presentation aimed at newer faculty in particular, but researchers and students at any level are welcome. Please Register >>

Office of Research, Creative
Activities & Technology Transfer
1735 NDSU Research Park Drive
P.O. Box 6050—Dept. 4000
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


Phone 701.231.8045
Fax 701.231.8098