CTR-IN Funding Update regarding IDeA funded faculty

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will apply the IDeA program policy that any investigator currently supported by INBRE or COBRE funds is not eligible for a CTR-IN award. Therefore, any faculty currently receiving funds from either the Alaska INBRE or CANHR programs will not be eligible to apply for any of the CTR-IN mini-grants.  However, these faculty are still encouraged to access CTR-IN resources.  Please contact the Mountain West CTR-IN with any questions or visit their website for more information.

September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month

UAF Photo by Todd Paris

On August 27, 2014 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a guide notice to remind NIH grantees that they are required to meet all federal, state, and local health and safety standards for research conduct.  To increase awareness of this issue, the NIH and other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have initiated a National Biosafety Stewardship Month (September). During this month NIH grantee institutions are encouraged to reexamine current biosafety policies, practicies, and oversight to determine if any modification is necessary.  To learn more about the proposed biosafety activities associated with this initiative, click here.

Alaska INBRE Grant Renewed

UAF Photo by Todd Paris

The University of Alaska Fairbanks received an $18.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health to fund statewide biomedical research and student training focused on the interface of health, disease and the environment in people and animals.

The five-year award will continue support for an NIH Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence linking university-based researchers and students from UA’s campuses in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau to meet both the research and workforce needs of Alaska’s cities and rural communities.  Click here to read the full story.

We've Moved

Arctic Health Research Building

Alaska INBRE Administrative Offices Relocate to Arctic Health Research Building

The INBRE Administrative Core has relocated  to Arctic Health Research Building 205 and is now co-located with the CANHR Administrative Core on the UAF campus.
There was overwhelming administrative support for this co-location.  Some of the advantages discussed include:
  • Knowledge sharing across programs
  • IDeA program co-localization supporting NIH program collaboration goals
  • Opportunity to share experience and knowledge to the advantage of both NIH programs at UA

Thanks to all for their assistance with this relocation!

NIGMS Encourages IDP

Individual Development Plans

Action: Strongly encourage the use of individual development plans (IDPs) on all NIGMS-sponsored training and research awards.

At its best, research training is an intentional and purposeful activity that is the product of a thoughtful analysis of the background, interests and needs of each student and postdoctoral trainee. This includes developing a mentoring plan that assesses the needs and goals of each student and postdoc, describes short- and long-term career objectives, and identifies professional development activities needed to reach them. The individual development plan (IDP) is a tool to help in this planning process and also to facilitate communication between mentees and mentors. An IDP should be viewed as a dynamic document that is periodically reviewed and updated throughout an individual’s training. IDPs are of proven value at any stage, from the undergraduate to the postdoctoral level.

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