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The focus of this strategic visioning exercise is on scientific direction of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s research program over the coming decade. As research administrators, its good for us to be aware of these opportunities so that we are can demonstrate active awareness and interest in the research efforts of our investigators. Also, it…

May or may not be good for the gander. At least that’s sort of what the University of California, San Francisco’s vice chancellor for research is saying when it comes to full disclosure of relationships for universities. The accepted norm (even if not always enacted perfectly) for faculty researchers today with respect to potential/perceived conflicts of…

In the Order List published February 23 from the Supreme Court was notice that certiorari was denied in  14-366 Madstad Engineering, Inc V. Patent and Trademark, et al. Madstad Engineering was appealing prior decisions from the Middle District of Florida and the Federal Circuit that the company lacked standing to challenge the First to File…

Consistent with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-14-17 published September 30, 2014, OMB has opened a survey for non-Federal stakeholders to provide feedback on the impact of Uniform Guidance and the extent to which it achieve’s COFAR’s goal of reducing administrative burden and risk associated with waste, fraud, and abuse. The survey will be open…

The US federal share of research funding is significantly less than it has been historically. Entrepreneurial scientists are finding other solutions – including crowdfunding research. In some ways, crowdfunding research is an extension of patronage support – and yet, its also quite different. For example, individual supporters of projects on Kickstarter typically give $25, yet 64% of…

In one of my favorite movies there is a sentiment that resonates for me this time of the year. “Your heart is like a clock measuring time. One’s emotional state determines the flow of time. It speeds it up or slows it down. Bad things seem to last longer than the good ones but good things…