July 2018


NEW -  Important Information for Investigators with International Collaborations

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) Awards

Two proposals by Stony Brook University faculty were recently awarded DOE EFRC awards with funding totaling $21.74 million. As detailed in the recent SBU Happenings article,

“The two Stony Brook EFRCs are the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M), led by renowned energy storage researcher, Esther Takeuchi, PhD, which will receive a four-year $12 million grant for the existing center; and the creation of a new EFRC, A Next Generation Synthesis Center (GENESIS) led by John Parise, PhD, which will receive a four-year $9.75 million grant.”


Congratulations to Dr. Esther Takeuchi and Dr. John  Parise on the receipt of your awards! The Office of Proposal Development is pleased to have provided support to Dr. John Parise and his team on the development of his proposal.



On June 27, 2018, 21 Stony Brook researchers from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences attended SUNY DoD DC DAY, an exclusive and interactive networking event that brought together 75 outstanding researchers across eight campuses of The State University of New York (SUNY) to meet with Department of Defense (DoD) leadership and program management. Together they represented expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Big Data, Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Electronics & Photonics, Materials Science, Quantum Computing and Specialty Sensors.

During the late morning, researchers attended an Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems roundtable and then participated in a full afternoon of speed networking with program directors representing Army Research Laboratory, ONR, DARPA, and AFOSR to name a few. Faculty were also able to meet with other SUNY Colleagues in productive collaboration sessions throughout the day. Please read more about this event in a recent SBU Happenings article.

PIVOT- New Funding Opportunities Database

The Office of the Vice President for Research has recently launched a university-wide subscription to PIVOT, by ProQuest.  PIVOT is a comprehensive web-based funding opportunity database that encompasses opportunities and fellowships from government agencies and philanthropic foundations, as well as industry, that span over 80 countries. The subscription will be available to anyone with a stonybrook.edu or stonybrookmedicine.edu email address and offers unlimited search criteria. The Office of Proposal Development is happy to present a brief tutorial on how best to take advantage of this database. Please contact Maureen Piekos, Research Development Specialist, in the Office of Proposal Development to schedule a brief presentation at an upcoming faculty meeting or to schedule a one-on-one training session. Our goal is to make the transition from our current Faculty Funding Database to PIVOT seamless so that faculty are able to find new and exciting funding opportunities right away.

2018 NSF Career Award Submissions

Congratulations to all 26 faculty who submitted CAREER Award proposals for the July 2018 deadlines! The Office of Proposal Development has been providing support services to faculty developing NSF CAREER Award for the past three years. As part of our services, we offer workshops, panel discussions, and a comprehensive overview of the components of the application as well as individualized support for budgets, internal and sponsor requirements, and developing Education Plans and proofreading final documents. If you are thinking about submitting a CAREER Award proposal in 2019, look out for emails about our kick-off event in Spring 2019 and check out the materials available on our SharePoint site including examples of successful proposals, access to previous workshop presentations and more!

NSF/NIH Grant Writing Workshop – “Write Winning Grant Proposals”

The Office of Proposal Development along with Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops, LLC (GWSW) will once again be hosting a one-day seminar conducted by Dr. Lauren M. Broyle, Ph.D. for Stony Brook faculty, research scientists and postdocs writing NIH and NSF proposals. This seminar has continually earned rave reviews from it’s participants, citing both the breadth of information and high quality of the presentation.

This year’s workshop will take place on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn from 9:30am – 5:00pm. This highly successful event has been registered to capacity for the past four years.  We have extended the registration deadline to Friday, August 24th and moved the start time to 9:30 am to accommodate the first day of school for local school districts. Please register by clicking on the link within the flyer and contact us if you have any questions or need any other information. . Priority will be given to first time attendees and confirmation emails will be sent out by August 17, 2018. To register, click here.

Special thanks to the Deans of the School of Medicine, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and College of Business for covering the expense of the required book for their participants.


Requests for an Amendment to Approved Protocols for Research Involving rsNAM

There is now a ‘Request for an Amendment of Approved Protocol for Research Involving rsNAM’  in IRBNet. Any amendment requests, (e.g. addition of personnel or grants), should use this new form and include the requested documents in a new package in IRBNet.

Exclusive License Executed with Xanthic 17, Inc.

X17, Inc., a start-up corporation in the US, has executed an exclusive license agreement to develop and commercialize a NanoSulfTM catalyst for removing hydrogen sulfide  from methane gas produced from landfills and wastewater treatment plants. This creates an opportunity for methane-to-energy projects such as energy production and transportation fuels, as well as improves air quality due to the offsetting of non-renewable energy sources.

Exclusive Option Executed with Blood Cell Technologies, Inc

Blood Cell Technology, a New York State startup company executed an option to negotiate an exclusive license agreement to develop and commercialize compounds for the treatment of blood platelet disorders, such as thrombocytopenia.    

The core technology focuses on targeting biliverdin IX beta reductase, an enzyme that has recently been shown to be in involved in hematopoietic stem cell lineage determination.


OVPR- New Faculty Orientation -Save the Date!

Please save the date to attend the Fall 2018 Office of the Vice President for Research New Faculty Orientation. New faculty who pursue external funding to support their research activities will find this orientation valuable.

Meet Dr. Richard Reeder, Vice President for Research as well as leaders of the six units within the OVPR office who support the research enterprise of Stony Brook University.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3 from 10am - 12pm and more information will be forthcoming shortly.


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