Research News & Events

SODM Research Newsletter - Update!

In an effort to unclutter your inboxes, the SODM Research Newsletter will no longer be emailed to your inbox. Instead, up to date information can be found on this page. Time-sensitive or urgent notices will continue to be sent via email as well as posted. As items drop off this page, you can always look back at the items and previous newsletters on our archive page.

As always, please feel free to direct any questions or concerns


NIH Online Training and Information 

The NIH offers lots of content to answer your research questions. While there are numerous options, a few that may be of interest are:

  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research: Training on the safe, effective conduct of Clinical Research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, ethical and legal issues, and much more.
  • Grant Application How-To and Tips for Success Video Series: Quickly learn how to access application forms, ensure your application is a good fit for an announcement, and make an important final check of your application after submitting.
  • Protecting Human Research Participants: Though as of September 2018 the NIH has discontinued the formal training program, archived content is available for review. Please note that if you are looking to obtain certification in human subjects protection, CWRU offers the CITI program. More information on available training and obtaining credit can be found on the CREC website.
  • All About Grants Podcasts: Interviews by and between NIH staff members discussing the ins-and-outs of the grant process.


Reminder Regarding Conflict of Interest Disclosures

As you may have seen in the October 10th edition of The Daily, the University is asking that everyone involved in research, no matter the funding source, ensure that their financial conflict of interest disclosure is up to date. Disclosures are required to be submitted annually, usually in the first few weeks of the calendar year. However, if there is any new information that needs to be added during the year, the disclosure should be updated through SpartaCOI.

Find the article in The Daily here. Specific questions can be directed to the Conflict of Interests Committee.


Effort Certification In Progress Now - Due by November 1, 2018

If you have had effort on a sponsored project during the period of January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018 you will soon receive an email notifying you of the need to certify your effort. The University is required to demonstrate adequate internal controls to ensure that effort on sponsored projects is captured accurately in our internal systems. 

Certifying is quick and easy! Once your report has been released to you, an automatic email from "Effort Reporting" will arrive in your inbox with a link that will take you to your report (you'll need to log in with your Case ID and password). Review the information that is there, and if it looks correct, click the "Certify" button at the bottom of the report and you're done!

If you have questions about your report, please contact Tricia at 368-7573 or


    9th Annual Midwest Association of Core Directors Meeting

    CWRU's School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute will be hosting the 9th Annual Conference of the Midwest Association of Core Directors. This is your opportunity as a researcher who's work depends on shared resources and core facilities to:

    • Attend Free Satellite Meetings by our Platinum Plus Sponsors FEI Thermo Fisher and Illumina
    • Attend 101 level scientific sessions on cutting edge techniques in Genomics, In Vivo and In Vitro Imaging, Shared Resource Administration, Big Data Analysis,  Innovation and Entrepreurship
    • Attend State of the Science Sessions on Epigenetic Analysis, RNA Sciences, Drug Discovers, Imaging Mass Spec
    • Attend Core Faciltity tours at LRI and CWRU, including the Holoanatomy Facility
    • Attend Plenary Sessions from Dr. Mitch Drumm on  Cystic fibrosis: a model pipeline approach for genetic diseases and Panel Chaired by Dr. Marti Veigl on Single Cell Genomics
    • Interact with Vendors to see the latest in research technology

    Go to The MWACD Website ( to see the full program and register for the meeting. 

    Contact Matt DeVires with any questions about this event!

    CWRU School of Medicine Employees can complete the follow Survey to get 50% off the $160 registration fee: SURVEY

    NSF 2026 Idea Machine

    The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It's an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering. For more information, see the Idea Machine site. Entries will be accepted through October 26.

    Though not a sponsored project/grant program, Sue Rivera, Vice President for Research and Technology Management, has offered any assistance for campus teams wishing to compete. 


    Educational Opportunities

    There have been a number of new offerings on campus for research education as we kick off the new academic year. Topics include research administration, financial processes, IRB issues, and more! Check out the following links and register today!


    UH Updates CREC Requirements

    Beginning on September 15, 2018, UH will now require anyone listed as part of the Study Team on an IRB application/protocol must have a current CREC (Continuing Research Education Credit) certification before the approval can be made. Prior to this, the UH IRB only required that those involved in consenting subjects have this certification. The change brings the UH process in line with the CWRU process, which has always required a valid CREC certification for all members of a Study Team.

    Initial CREC certification must be obtained via the CITI Basic Course and continuing certification is maintained by obtaining 12 credits within a 3 year period.  

    More information about CREC certification can be found on the CREC website

    Current certification status can be reviewed in Spiderweb. Log in with your Case ID and password and click on the "COI/CREC Summary" link in the left side menu. You will see a summary of dates of certifications and renewals. To see expiration dates and current credits, type your last name in the Search field and click the "Search" button.


    F&A Rates for FY2020

    As you prepare budgets for grant applications, please be sure to remember that the F&A rate will increase from 60% to 61% effective July 1, 2019. This means that as you prepare multi-year budgets, it may be necessary to change the fringe rate mid-project, and at times, mid-year. 

    Please be sure to review your budgets carefully to ensure you have calculated the budgets correctly. You may need to manually update budgets in Sparta as there is not a way to utilize different F&A rates in the budget module. Please direct any questions to Tricia Ribeiro.