September 2019

 

NEW -  Important Information for Investigators with International Collaborations

Updated Fringe Benefit Rates Effective July 1, 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) approved the RF’s fringe benefit rates for fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The rates, effective July 1, 2019, must be used in all applications that request salary support. Please keep in mind that SBU's policy is to use the approved fixed and provisional rates only; excluding the projected/not approved rates. The following rates are now reflected on the Oracle business system, OSP's budget worksheets on the website as well as myResearch Grants, and should be used on all new proposals:

7/1/19-6/30/20 and beyond:

  • Undergrad Students 5%
  • Regular RF Employees 42%
  • Summer only 14%
  • Post-doctoral 25% (new rate)
  • SUNY-IFR 60.96%
  • Graduate Students 16%

 

2019-2020 Grant Writing Workshops

We are pleased to announce a full and diverse line-up of grantsmanship workshops for the 2019-2020 Academic Year to support faculty with submitting winning proposals. Please see our Fall schedule below and register for the workshops that interest you:

We have additional workshops slated for the Spring semester that include How to Write Successful Proposals for NSF CAREER, DoD Young Investigator and Other Grants for Early-Career Researchers; and Developing Center-level and Team Proposals - stay tuned for more information!

TA/GA Student Employee Health Plan Open Enrollment

The 2019 Open Enrollment Period for the Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP) will run from Monday, August 19th through Friday, September 20th. The Open Enrollment Period provides employees who were eligible for SEHP last year but chose not to enroll, an opportunity to enroll now, without the 30-day waiting period otherwise required for late enrollment.

The Benefits Office will be sending an announcement prior to the commencement of the Open Enrollment Period. To obtain information regarding the SEHP and applications to enroll please contact the Benefits Office at 631-632-6180 or HRS_Benefits@stonybrook.edu.

New Graduate Student Health Insurance Orientation

The Human Resources Benefits Office will be holding benefit orientation sessions for all new graduate student employees. During these sessions the benefits team will review health, dental, vision and other benefit plans offered to each individual group. All newly hired TA/GAs, RAs and Fellows should attend, no registration is required.

Sessions will be held for: TAs and GAs on Thursday, August 29, 2019, in the Wang Center Theatre from 9:15 am to 10:15 am and from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (both sessions are the same).

RAs and Fellows on Friday, August 30, 2019 in the Wang Center Theatre from 9:15 am to 10:15 am and from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (both sessions are the same).

If anyone is unable to attend, they may contact the HRS West Campus Benefits Office at hrs_benefits@stonybrook.edu or call 632-6180 for informational and enrollment materials.

First NAI SBU Chapter Planning and a Fireside Chat!

The NAI-SBU Chapter Members participated in our first Chapter Planning Meeting/Fireside Chat on Monday, August 19th. It was a great opportunity for our members to share thoughts, plans, and ideas for future collaboration regarding engagement and development of the broader Stony Brook Innovation Community. We received very helpful feedback which will be used to plan future campus events to encourage and support open innovation.

A special thank you to Josh Zarabi, Esq., a Stony Brook alumni and patent attorney at Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP for leading an informative discussion on publications and patents in view of recent changes in the patent law and industry partnerships.

Processing After-The-Fact Awards/New Policy on Sponsored Programs Agreements Review, Approval and Signature Authority

Processing After-The-Fact Awards/New Policy on Sponsored Programs Agreements Review, Approval and Signature Authority

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has the legal and fiduciary responsibilities to ensure that all proposals submitted and seeking external support for research and other sponsored projects meet Research Foundation, University, sponsor, state and federal laws, policies and regulations. Therefore, all proposal submissions seeking external support for research and other sponsored projects should be routed to OSP for review and approval prior to submission to a funding agency. Awards resulting from proposals that have been submitted outside of the required process (after-the-fact) will not circumvent a review of the proposal and award by the OSP grants/contracts specialists. OSP reserves the right to either accept or decline an award if the proposal submission is found to be non-compliant with RF and/or University policies or if the award has terms that RF cannot negotiate and accept (e.g. IP or publication restrictions).

Additionally, The RF/SBU is not bound by and does not recognize as binding any promise or obligation made by an unauthorized person. Those signing external agreements or attempting to bind the RF/SBU in any other means without first obtaining authority should take note that he or she, personally, may become subject to legal action including financial liability and may also be subject to University disciplinary action. Those agreements will be considered void by RF/SBU. See Policy on Sponsored Programs Agreements Review, Approval and Signature Authority for more information.

To better facilitate and standardize after-the-fact awards that come into OSP, we ask that either faculty or research/departmental administrators send an email to their OSP specialist (or osp@stonybrook.edu) as soon as possible after an Award/Gift/Agreement was received because of a proposal submitted without OSP’s approval. A myResearch proposal must be routed for the ATF proposal and include the following information: a. List the deadline date as 5 business days after the day of routing b. In the title section of proposal record add the phrase “ATF Proposal” before the title of the project (for example: “ATF Proposal: TITLE”) c. Upload the Award document, required attachments and any other information submitted to the sponsor with the proposal d. Route the proposal for approvals as you would any other proposal. ATF proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and acceptance of the award will not be expedited unless it is an exceptional situation.

Export Control Compliance

Export controls are a complex set of federal regulations that regulate: (1) the disclosure, shipment, use, transfer, or transmission of commodities, information, materials, software to a foreign person or foreign entity anywhere (including within the US.) and (2) transactions and provisions of services involving prohibited countries, persons or entities based on trade sanctions, embargoes and travel restrictions.

Non-compliance can result in fines and penalties to the university and the individual! Visit the Export Control Compliance website for training materials, guidance documents, newsletters and other resources to help you with understanding the regulations. Any export related questions should be directed to Susan Gasparo (susan.gasparo@stonybrook.edu or 2-1954).

Export Control Compliance

Export controls are a complex set of federal regulations that regulate: (1) the disclosure, shipment, use, transfer, or transmission of commodities, information, materials, software to a foreign person or foreign entity anywhere (including within the US.) and (2) transactions and provisions of services involving prohibited countries, persons or entities based on trade sanctions, embargoes and travel restrictions. Non-compliance can result in fines and penalties to the university and the individual! Visit the Export Control Compliance website for training materials, guidance documents, newsletters and other resources to help you with understanding the regulations. Any export related questions should be directed to Susan Gasparo (susan.gasparo@stonybrook.edu or 2-1954).

Organizational Changes within OTLIR

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Sean Boykevisch as the new Director for the Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations (OTLIR).  Sean takes the place of Peter Donnelly who is now the Associate Vice President for Technology Partnerships overseeing all of Economic Development and OTLIR under the Office of the Vice President for Research.  Sean will be reporting to Pete Donnelly. Please join us in congratulating Sean and Pete! 

As many of you may know, Sean joined OTLIR in 2008 as a Licensing Associate and has since held positions of greater responsibility within the office. Sean has been Assistant Director for Life Sciences in OTLIR since 2012. Previously, Sean worked at the Center for Biotechnology as a Business Development Associate and Business Development Manager where he facilitated and managed academic/industry partnerships between Stony Brook University and greater New York, as well as co-managed the Center’s Technology Development fund, and developed commercialization strategies for early stage technologies. Sean received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University in 2006 in the Lab of Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi.

We wish Sean and Pete all the best in their new roles!

OTLIR announces U.S. Patents Issued to SBU Faculty and Students

OTLIR is pleased to announce the following U.S. patents issued to our faculty and students from January 2019 to present:

 

 Inventors

Patent Number 

Title 

Issue Date

 

James E. Egan, Iwao Ojima, Mansoor M. Amiji,  Galina Ivanovna Botchkina

 10,206,875

Nanoemulsion compositions of taxoid drugs, and methods for the use thereof to target cancer cells and cancer stem cells 

2/19/2019

 

Wadie F. Bahou, Patrick Hearing, Varsha Sitaraman

10,214,730
 

Adeno-Associated-Virus Rep Sequences, Vectors and Viruses

2/26/2019

 

Iwao Ojima, Dale Deutsch, Martin Kaczocha, William T. Berger, Robert Rizzo, Trent E. Balius

10,213,406

Alpha- and Gamma-Truxillic Acid Derivatives and Pharmaceutical Compositions Thereof

2/26/2019

 

 Liang Gao

10,222,600 

Method and apparatus for tiling light sheet selective plane illumination microscopy with real-time optimized light sheet

 3/5/2019

 

Tadashi Honda, Wei Li, Suqing Zheng, Albena Dinkova-Kostova

10,233,146

Acetylenic cyanoenones as therapeutics for inflammation and carcinogenesis 

3/19/201

 

Vladimir Samuilov

10,247,689

Low Concentration Ammonia Nanosensor

4/2/2019

 

Benjamin Chu, Benjamin Hsiao, Hongyang Ma, Zhe Wang

10,272,392

Porous graphene based composite membranes for nanofiltration, desalination, and pervaporation 

4/30/2019

 

Divya Bhatnagar, Raphael Davis, Miriam Rafailovich

10,279,079

Compositions and methods for spinal disc repair and other surgical and non-surgical indications  

 5/7/2019

 

Iwao Ojima, Jacob Vineberg, Tao Wang

10,280,183

Therapeutic Agent For Treating Tumors

5/7/2019

 

Srinivas Pentyala

10,294,290

Polypeptides derived from calcitonin receptors and methods of use

5/21/2019

 

 

Carol Carter, Jonathan Leis

10,300,080

Methods and compounds to inhibit enveloped virus release

5/28/2019

 

Arthur Mikhno, Elsa D. Angelini, Andrew F. Laine, Todd Ogden, Ramin Parsey, Joseph John Mann 

10,304,183

Regularization of Images

5/28/2019

 

Shilpi Goenka, Sanford Simon

10,300,000

Inhibition of melanogenesis by chemically modified curcumins

5/28/2019

 

Bruce Futcher, Steffen Mueller, Steven Skiena, Eckard Wimmer, Chen Yang

10,316,294

Attenuated influenza viruses and vaccines  

6/11/2019

 

Benjamin Chu, Benjamin Hsiao, Hongyang Ma

10,315,155

Highly porous fibrous network materials for gas filtration 

6/11/2019 

 

Matthew Eisaman, Nanditha M. Dissanayake, Ahsan Ashraf, Nancy Goroff Upton, Xiuzhu Ang

 

10,333,017 

Hole blocking, electron transporting and window layer for optimized CuIn.sub.(1-x)Ga.sub.(x)Se.sub.2 solar cells

6/25/2019

 

Welcome OPD'S New Staff Members: Julianna Carbone, Alice Baumer, and Donna Scala

The Office of Proposal Development is excited to welcome Julianna Carbone, Alice Baumer and Donna Scala to our group.

Julianna Carbone, Proposal Coordinator, has recently joined us from a nonprofit organization as coordinator for student enrichment programs. Julianna brings her extensive experience writing and preparing proposals for school districts on Long Island.  

Alice Baumer, Proposal Coordinator, has joined us most recently from Suffolk Community College where she was insturmental in the implementation of a complex CTEA grant. Alice also developed annnual reports, evaluations and outcome assessments throughout multiple grant extensions. 

Donna Scala, Research Development Coordinator, comes to OPD from Stony Brook University’s Center for Inclusive Education where she coordinated, with the CIE team, numerous externally funded programs benefiting under represented scholars.

We are thrilled to include these professionals with their drive and passion to Stony Brook University’s Office of Proposal Development.

OVPR New Research Faculty Orientation, November 15th 2019

OVPR will be offering New Research Faculty Orientation on November 15th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please register here to join us for lunch and learn more about the Office of the Vice President for Research. Attendees will also meet Dr. Richard Reeder, Vice President for Research as well as the Directors of the seven units within the OVPR office that support the research enterprise of Stony Brook University.

Here is a sample of the important topics that we will cover:

  • Who we are and how we support the research community
  • How to find funding opportunities and collaborators
  • How to prepare and submit your proposals
  • What information systems are used to manage the life cycle of grant proposals and awards
  • How to manage your award
  • How to conduct your research ethically and compliantly
  • How to commercialize and protect your research
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