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The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research that will advance the understanding of how the microbiome affects radiation injury and to develop medical countermeasures (MCMs) that target the microbiome to prevent or mitigate radiation injury.

Amount: $2,642,500

Deadline: Feb. 9, 2022

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This program supports proposals that: (1) build upon the foundation established by MBON, ATN and the US IOOS Regional Associations to work across sectors and disciplines towards an integrated, sustained marine life observing capability for the U.S. ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, from estuaries to the deep ocean; (2) advance technologies for efficient and/or automated collection of species and associated habitat observations; (3) enable open access to biodiversity data and information; and (4) utilize these observations, technologies, and data to address place-based management, conservation and restoration needs.

Amount: $2,500,000

Deadline: Dec. 17, 2021

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The purpose of the Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research that employs systems biology approaches to human pathogens. The approach will generate and integrate large datasets into models that guide in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies, with the goals of predicting disease severity, predicting responses to vaccines and therapeutics, and identifying candidate targets for interventions.

Amount: $11,325,000

Deadline: Dec. 14, 2021 (LOI); Jan. 14, 2022 (full application)

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Due to recent staff turnover, the turnaround times for IRB reviews are currently, unfortunately, longer than we’d like them to be. 

The current review timelines below are a general guide only. Submissions that are incomplete or do not adhere to IRB submission guidelines may require additional time. Time to final approval depends on meeting the regulatory criteria, institutional policy requirements, and cooperation of the investigator(s) in responding to the IRB’s requests for modifications promptly. Please submit early whenever possible.

In general, the submissions are reviewed in the order in which the Human Subjects Office receives them. Investigators who believe that their submission requires immediate processing should contact the IRB Office and justify and describe the specific circumstances. Funded studies and submissions to support graduate student theses and dissertations may be given priority when justification is provided.

New Study

The IRB receives approximately 80 new studies each month. Generally, studies are reviewed within four weeks of submission. The exact timing depends on whether or not there are conflicting demands and the volume of submissions.

For 2021, the average days from submission to Exempt determination is 42 calendar days. The average days from submission to approval for research eligible for Expedited review (review by one or more IRB members) is 83 days. Studies that require full board review and approval are placed on the next available agenda after the submission is determined to be complete via pre-review by IRB staff. 

Modifications and Continuing Reviews

It is our priority to facilitate ongoing research, so modifications to active studies often receive priority review. The IRB receives approximately 80 follow-on submissions each month. The average days from submission to approval follow-ons to Exempt research and Expedited research is 17 days.

The HSO has put in place several interim measures to help mitigate this problem until new staff are hired. The Office of Research understands how these extended throughput times affect your research, and we are committed to addressing the current staffing issues as quickly as possible.

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The CTEGD Cytometry Shared Resource Laboratory has installed a Cytek Aurora Spectral Cytometer, an instrument that uses full spectrum technology to provide flexibility to our research community. With five laser excitation and 64 detectors, the Aurora can excite any dye and capture any emission. The Aurora is also equipped with a 96-well autosampler for high-throughput experiments. Contact Julie Nelson at jnelson@uga.edu for information on training.

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Airgas is the State of Georgia’s mandatory supplier for liquid nitrogen, liquid helium and other gases. Some labs have recently reported concerns with Airgas’ service levels and quality control. We have created this short form to provide feedback related to Airgas’ service. Please use this form to share comments and/or photos related to your ongoing experiences or those experienced over the past 12 months. Your feedback will help to strengthen UGA’s position in quickly remediating recurring issues related to this mandatory statewide contract.

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This U41 opportunity will fund centers to create interoperable open-source modules that can be combined into custom profiles for new exploratory and clinical neuromodulation studies in the peripheral nervous system, and for potential applicability in the central nervous system. The centers will disseminate the open-source neuromodulation resources broadly.

Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Deadline: Dec. 12, 2021 (LOI); Jan. 12, 2022 (full application)

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The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative, discovery research studies to better characterize early-life risk factors and elucidate underlying causal mechanisms through which these risk factors contribute to the development of obesity during infancy and early childhood. Studies should aim to understand biological mechanisms that mediate behavioral and/or metabolic risk for obesity development in young children and how risk may be modified by other contributors such as psychosocial, contextual and/or environmental factors. This FOA encourages multidisciplinary teams of scientists including, but not limited to, those with expertise in basic, translational, clinical and behavioral research.

Amount: $3,775,000

Deadline: Feb. 8, 2022 (LOI); March 8, 2022 (full application)

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This solicitation invites submission of collaborative proposals that tackle bold questions in biology and require an integrated approach to make substantive progress. Integrative biological research spans subdisciplines and incorporates cutting-edge methods, tools and concepts from each to produce groundbreaking biological discovery. The research should be synergistic and produce novel, holistic understanding of how biological systems function and interact across different scales of organization, e.g., from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species to ecosystems and the entire Earth.

Amount: $2,000,000

Deadline: Jan. 25, 2022

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The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure (CI). This solicitation expands the CSSI program by adding a new project class: Transition to Sustainability. The program continues to emphasize integrated CI services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation.

Amount: $600,000 – $5,000,000

Deadline: Dec. 8, 2021

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