Research Newsletter

May 2016

News Briefs

Changes to NIH / AHRQ Policies, Instructions and Forms for Grant Applications
May 25th (2016) marks the final date for implementing the use of new forms and instructions for all NIH/AHRQ submissions. Application guides and supplemental instructions are available on the NIH website

Contact Jill Borland or John Teal in the Office of Sponsored Proposals & Awards at GSU if you have any questions about these changes and how they might affect your proposals.

Announcing FY2016 Faculty Internal Grant Awards
Congratulations to the following faculty recently selected to receive internal grant awards. Their proposals were selected from a total of 71 proposals that were submitted:

Research Initiation Grant awards:

  • Michael Beran and Audrey Parrish, Dept. of Psychology
  • Patrick Enderle, Dept. of Middle & Secondary Education
  • Garth Heutel, Dept. of Economics
  • Alexander Kozhanov, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
  • Anne Shlay, Dept. of Sociology
Scholarly Support Grant awards:
  • Daniel Kreisman, Dept. of Economics
  • J.T. Way, Dept. of History

Research Safety Welcomes New Director
Georgia State welcomes a new director of Research & Environmental Safety, Anthony "Tony" Sanchez, Ph.D., who replaces Richard Muller. Tony comes to GSU with significant experience working in research environments, including the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Our best wishes go with Rich and his family at their new tropical home in Hawaii.


Research Safety News and Reminders
This is the time of year when Research & Environmental Safety conducts annual laboratory assessments. A pre-assessment checklist is available for PIs and laboratory personnel on the URSA website.

The Radiation Protection Committee at GSU has recently implemented a new Laser Safety Program on campus. The committee would like to register all new and existing class 3B and 4 lasers as required by the Georgia Department of Community Health. If you have Class 3B or 4 lasers on campus, plan to obtain these lasers, or are unsure of the class of your lasers, please contact a Radiation Safety Officer at [log in to unmask] to have them registered.

New biohazardous waste procedures for incineration boxes are now in place. DO NOT drop boxes off for pick-up. Instead, please complete a request for biohazardous waste pick-up through Chematix on the URSA website or by emailing [log in to unmask].

There is a new vendor to use when disposing of controlled substances. Contact Research Safety for more information.

Remember to call extension 3-0700 (Facilities) to report issues with biosafety cabinets and fume hoods or other maintenance issues.

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Handling Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks in Human Subjects Research
The Human Research Protection Program recently conducted a session on how to manage unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects and others that occur during research. Many expressed an interest in getting more information about this timely and relevant topic. More information can be found in the Powerpoint presentation on the Human Subjects webpage under announcements.

Additional assistance with the IRB protocol process and iRIS is available weekly:

  • When: Every Wednesday from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. May 11 - August 3, 2016
  • Where: Dahlberg Hall, Suite 217
  • Appointments: Faculty will be served on a first-come first-served basis during these times (Graduate students are welcome to come with a faculty mentor, but not alone) 

Call for FY2017 CDC-GSU Seed Grant Proposals 
The Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development sponsors internal grants to promote collaborations in health and behavioral sciences research between GSU faculty and CDC investigators. Details about this and other internal grant programs are available on the Internal Grants Program webpage. July 22nd (2016) is the deadline for this round of CDC-GSU Seed Grant proposals for two-year projects to begin this October. If you have questions about this internal grant program or about how to find a CDC collaborator please contact Kelly Stout, Ph.D., Associate Director for Special Research Initiatives. 

URSA Covers Publication Fees in BioMed Central and Hindawi Journals 
Full-time GSU faculty and research staff, postdocs, and doctoral graduate students who co-author a manuscript with a full-time GSU faculty, may apply for coverage of publication fees to any BioMed Central open access journal. The application form and instructions are available on the URSA website.

GSU also has an institutional membership with Hindawi Publishing Corp. Any GSU investigator may submit manuscripts for publication to any Hindawi open access journal under the GSU membership at no charge. You must request at the time of submission to credit any publication costs to the GSU institutional membership. 

What's So Important About Personnel Effort Reporting? 
As a recipient of federal funding GSU is required to comply with the Office of Management and Budget Circular Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards ("Uniform Guidance") as well as other federal requirements for certifying effort expended on sponsored awards. GSU requires all individuals who receive federal sponsored funding to comply with University policies and sponsoring agency regulations regarding the proposing, charging, and reporting of effort on those awards. University faculty and staff are expected to charge their time to sponsored awards commensurate with the committed effort expended on all activities they perform.  

The University’s practice is to utilize an after-the-fact effort reporting system to certify that salaries charged or cost shared to sponsored awards are reasonable and consistent with the work performed. The individual’s effort is first assigned to specific awards in the payroll system based on anticipated activities. Actual effort expended on each project is certified by a responsible person with suitable means of verification that the work was performed, generally the principal investigator, at the end of specified reporting periods. The effort certification should be a reasonable estimate of how time was expended. 

For more details on Personnel Effort Reporting at GSU see the URSA website.

Georgia State University funded eight proposals as part of its Next Generation faculty program. This program aims to strengthen and distinguish Georgia State’s faculty research and scholarship in strategic areas over the next five years.

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