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Innovation Challenge Showcase set for Jan. 30

NDSU Research News - Mon, 2017-01-30 14:11
Students’ entrepreneurial projects will be highlighted during NDSU’s Innovation Challenge Showcase, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union...
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Summer Art Camps 2015

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:54

The North Dakota Museum of Art has a few registration spots open in "Art and Music Around the World"!

Have a fun time with your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew. There will be singing, dancing, making instruments and exploring the music and art of cultures from around the globe.

To register - stop by the Museum or call 701-777-4195.

For more information visit the website.


"Art and Music Around the World"

Ages 3 - 6 with adult

June 29 - July 2, 2015

(4-day camp, 10 am - Noon)

Museum Members $90

Non-members $120

Explore the fun and amazing relationship between music and art.  Build instruments, play, and dance!

Ligia Feo Carina de Drago is from Argentina. She directs a viola studio, teaches several classes, and conducts Allegro Orchestra as part of the North Valley Youth Orchestra.

Summer Art Camp Sponsors

If you are interested in providing scholarship(s) or other donations, please contact the Museum.

Summer Art Camps are made possible by Xcel Energy, who demonstrates their commitment to our community through charitable contributions and volunteer time.

Summer Art Camps are funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dakota Harvest Bakers


Heather Anderson


Art Wise

Sue and Kim Fink

GF Parks District - Ulland Grant

Sungyee Joh

Danni Masters

Heidi Czerwiec and Evan Nelson

Sherwin-Williams Paint

UND Department of Art and Design

UND Summer Events Council

~ North Dakota Museum of Art

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New Joint Internal Funding Program: Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP)

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:23

The College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering & Mines, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and the Division of Research & Economic Development would like to announce a new joint internal funding program called the “Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP).”  REAP funding is specifically designed to help faculty members who have submitted proposals to Federal Agencies which, while favorably reviewed, were not funded.  The program will make resources available to faculty members in this situation to allow them to further their research and resubmit a successful proposal.  To be eligible for this program, a faculty member from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering & Mines, or School of Medicine & Health Sciences needs to have submitted a competitive proposal within the past nine months to NSF, NIH, or DOE and have received a score or critique indicating that the proposal was reasonably close to being funded, but was not funded.  Priority will be given to faculty whose critique indicated that the proposal requires further preliminary work to become fundable.  A faculty member can apply for this program at any time following receipt of the agency review.  To apply, the faculty member must electronically submit a copy of the original proposal, a copy of the Agency review or critique, and a short description (no more than two pages) of how the critique will be addressed by additional studies supported by UND along with a timeline for completing the studies to  The documentation will be reviewed, and if appropriate, an award of up to $25,000 will be made to support further studies.  The faculty member will have up to nine months to complete the studies and submit a revised proposal to the relevant Federal agency.  Awardees will be required to work with a designee from their college or school to ensure that the work undertaken with the award adequately addresses the required elements of the agency critique.  The program will be available until funds have been exhausted.

~Barry Milavetz, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development

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Edwin C. James Lectureship and Surgical Resident Research Colloquium is June 26, 2015

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:21

Ajit Sachdeva, MD, FRCSC, FACS, founding director of the Division of Education for the American College of Surgeons, will give the Edwin C. James Lectureship at noon on Friday, June 26, in Crystal Ballroom III at the Ramada Plaza & Suites, 1635 42nd Street South, in Fargo. The title of Sachdeva’s lecture is “Preparation of Residents for Surgical Practice: Challenges, Opportunities, and New Directions."

The lectureship was established in honor of Edwin C. James, MD, (1932–1994), professor and chair of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences Department of Surgery from 1980 to 1989. James was dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences from 1988 to 1993. He founded the Surgical Residency Program at the School.

The Surgical Resident Research Colloquium will follow the lecture at 1:30 p.m. and will be held at the same location. Each resident will present a research topic that will be judged by a panel of invited physicians or faculty members. Every year the topics are chosen by the presenting resident with the research conducted under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Time for questions and answers will follow each presentation. The top two presenters will be honored at the Chief Resident Graduation Banquet to be held following the research colloquium at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza & Suites.

The Department of Surgery at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences coordinates the lectureship and colloquium. For further information or questions, contact Geralyn Lunski, conference coordinator, (701) 777-2589.

~ UND SMHS E-News, 6/19/2015

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UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:42

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program - Third Round of Commercialization Proposals

As part of our COBRE Phase III grant on neurodegenerative diseases, we are again inviting single- and multi-PI pilot grant proposals. The purpose of this ‘first-in-the-nation’ commercialization pilot grant program is very specific. We want to encourage and facilitate neuroscience research leading to commercialization of research discoveries. The goals of this neuroscience pilot grant program are to assist researchers so that they may achieve measures of success, including the following:

  • Becoming first-time inventors
  • Developing intellectual property
  • Making invention disclosures based on research findings
  • Filing and awarding patent applications
  • Establishing R&D partnerships with industry partners based on disclosed technologies
  • Developing prototypes
  • Licensing patent rights for commercialization of products
  • Attracting additional funding sources to enhance the scope of the work

As part of our efforts to enhance the sustainability of the neuroscience community at UND and to benefit the public, we are pleased to directly assist UND faculty members who have an interest in the commercializing their research findings. Renewal of previously funded commercialization pilot grants is allowed, but new applications must be submitted as described in this announcement.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A description of deliverables, measurable outcomes and timelines
  • A description of their studies and how those studies relate to project objectives
  • A description of the commercialization opportunities for their technologies

In many cases, an invention or concept disclosure would accompany or precede the proposal. Additionally, applicants must discuss "next steps" to be taken during the funding period as well as following the project period such as developing a business plan, licensing the technology, forming a start-up company, seeking seed funding for a start-up company, or submitting applications for SBIR/STTR Grants from the NIH as a start-up company or in partnership with a commercial entity.

The proposal should outline a management plan for the project, including key personnel and the contributions of each, industry partners (if any), existing intellectual property brought to the project, personal commitments during and beyond the project term, and any actual or perceived conflicts of interest for PIs and those working on the project.

The neuroscience COBRE grant PI (Dr. Geiger) will appoint a review panel with expertise in basic and applied neuroscience research, development of research findings, and entrepreneurship. All reviewers will be bound by confidentiality agreements and will sign non-disclosure documents. As mandated by the NIH-funded COBRE grant program, the proposals must also be reviewed and evaluated by the Neuroscience COBRE grant’s External Advisory Board.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The project’s focus in the area of neuroscience
  • The high quality of work as related to the stated objectives
  • The clarity of the project vision and potential for commercial success
  • The appropriateness of the budget to accomplish objectives
  • The likelihood of creating new wealth and jobs in North Dakota

Pilot Grants:

Eligibility: Pilot grants may be submitted either by a single PI or by co-PIs. The co-PI projects must clearly delineate the shared nature of responsibilities among the co-PIs. The PIs must have full time faculty appointments at UND. Post-doctoral fellows and research associates are not eligible.

Availability of Funds: No more than $200K is available in the current grant year (2015-2016) to support this program. We have not set minimum or maximum amounts for which a single person or group can apply. We would like to fund multiple proposals, but investigators should apply for that amount of money they believe is necessary to meet their stated objectives. All funds must be spent by May 16, 2016. Detailed budgets must be included.

The pilot grant funding mechanism will not support faculty salaries (e.g., summer stipend) or F&A. Requests for equipment are seriously discouraged, but will be considered if the equipment requested is essential to the project and well justified. Equipment purchases towards the end of the grant year (May 31, 2016) will not be allowed.


The following components must not exceed five pages total (excluding the face page, budget summary, biosketches, as well as IRB and IACUC approvals).

Pilot Project Proposal:

Using PHS398 forms and instructions, be sure to submit the following sections:

  1. Face page
  2. Project summary[1]
  3. Research Strategy section[2]
  • Define project objectives, including deliverables and measurable outcomes for the award period.
  • Describe the work to be performed and its relationship to the project objectives, including development of prototypes and proof-of-concept studies. If applicable, be sure to include any pre-existing or other relevant invention disclosures, filed patent applications and/or issued patents as well as other sources of funding that have contributed to such inventions.
  • Describe your vision of the commercial opportunities for the technology to be developed. Include here examples of practical applications of your invention and how these could be appealing for the development of commercial products and, ultimately, new jobs in North Dakota. If you have already performed a market analysis, it should be included. If the application is based on a technology with a filed invention disclosure, the Office of IP Commercialization and Economic Development can assist you with the market analysis.
  • Discuss “next steps” that will follow the award period, such as licensing the technology, seeking seed funding for a start-up company, or pursuing a state or federal technology grant (e.g., SBIR/STTR).
  • Outline a management plan for the project, including roles of key personnel and industry partners. Discuss any actual or perceived conflicts of interest and how they might be managed.

Intellectual Property:

Describe how intellectual property will be developed and managed. (Please see below for a description of an Intellectual Property Management Plan.) List any agreements, licenses or other contractual obligations in effect or anticipated for the intellectual property that will be used or possibly created in the proposed project. Describe criteria and processes for identifying and handling confidential material.

Budget Summary:

Provide a detailed budget with justification for the project. Consultant and subcontract costs are allowable, provided the consultant/subcontractor is performing substantive work toward project goals; costs for attorney fees would normally not fit this description. Also show any University or external cost-sharing or matching. Requests for investigator salary (including summer salary) are not appropriate; this salary should be offered by the investigator(s) as cost share. Provide a justification of each budget line item.


Submit NIH’s new style biosketches for the PI(s) and any other key project personnel.

IRB Approval:

Provide documentation of IRB approval, Human Subjects Protection section, human subjects education certification, and Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table (if applicable).

IACUC Approval:

Provide documentation of IACUC approval, vertebrate animal five points (if applicable).


Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015.  The deadline will not be extended. Send one original paper copy and a combined PDF document to Dr. Jonathan Geiger, Department of Basic Biomedical Sciences, UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, 504 Hamline Street, Room 110, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203,


Each investigator will be notified in writing by the COBRE PI as to the outcome of the application review. We plan to have decisions made within four weeks of the proposal submission deadline.


Progress reports are required by 4:30 pm December 18th, 2015. Awardees will also be responsible for providing information for the COBRE annual report in March, 2016. At the end of the funding period, a final report on outcomes achieved to date and plans for continued success will be required.

Additional Information:

Please phone Dr. Jonathan Geiger (701) 777-2183 or contact him via e-mail at

Intellectual Property Management Plan:

Any intellectual property (IP) generated from the proposed study will be promptly disclosed by the PI to a licensing officer at the Office of Intellectual Property Commercialization & Economic Development (IPCED). The assignment of the intellectual property (IP) right to the university will be acknowledged and documented at the time of disclosure. In order to determine the most appropriate course of IP management and dissemination for the disclosed technology, the officer will evaluate the technology based on its: 1) current development stage; 2) patentability; and 3) market potential, according to the UND IP Policy and Procedures. If multiple institutions have been involved in the development of the IP, the lead institution will be determined by the amount of contribution from each institution, unless negotiated otherwise among all the contributing institutions and an Interinstitutional Agreement should be established. In case the University of North Dakota (UND) is the lead institution, or the IP is developed from the sole effort by the PI at UND, the IPCED will manage the patent prosecution and marketing of the IP as well as all associated agreements.

[1] 4.2.1  Description: Project Summary and Relevance

The first and major section of the Description is a Project Summary. It is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application. State the application's broad, long-term objectives and specific aims, making reference to the health relatedness of the project (i.e., relevance to the mission of the agency). Describe concisely the research design and methods for achieving the stated goals. This section should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields and insofar as possible understandable to a scientifically or technically literate reader. Avoid describing past accomplishments and the use of the first person.

The second section of the Description is Relevance. Using no more than two or three sentences, describe the relevance of this research to public health. In this section, be succinct and use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience. DO NOT EXCEED THE SPACES PROVIDED.

[2] In the Research Strategy, Section C, Approach, include the following regarding Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESCs): if research on hESCs is proposed but an approved cell line from the NIH hESC Registry cannot be identified, provide a strong justification for why an appropriate cell line cannot be chosen at the time of application.

Protection of Human Subjects, if the proposed research will not involve human subjects but involves human specimens and/or data from subjects, applicants must provide a justification in for the claim that no human subjects are involved.

Letters of Support, clarification regarding content.

Appendix, Photographs or color images of gels, micrographs, etc., are no longer accepted as Appendix material. These images must be included in the Research Strategy PDF.

~ Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant, Department of Basic Sciences

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Celebrate Professor Richard Wilsnack at Retirement Open House June 29, 2015

UND Research News - Wed, 2015-06-17 09:20

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science will host a retirement open house to honor Professor Richard Wilsnack from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, in the Vennes Atrium of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Refreshments will be served.

Richard taught in the UND Sociology Department from 1978 until 1989, at which time he became professor in the Department of Neuroscience (now Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science). He teaches medical students on topics related to medical ethics, healthcare, and substance abuse and collaborates with Professor Sharon Wilsnack on federally funded research on alcohol use and related problems, with a focus on women, gender, and culture.

Please join us in thanking Richard for his 37 years of service to UND and wishing him well in his retirement.

~ Debra Walker, Administrative Officer, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Residency Training Program

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