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SCTR Lunch and Learn: Translational Research Across the Lifespan: Enhancing Recruitment & Engagement of Pediatric and Geriatic Populations in Research

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12pm - 1pm - Bioengineering 110

Experienced pediatric and geriatric research teams will share their lessons learned, strategies, and helpful resources to optimize recruitment and retention of these special populations. Please join us for the conversation to enhance inclusion in research!

Featuring Dr. Heather Boger, Dr. Melba Alexandra Hernandez-Tejada, Dr. Andrew Atz and Claudia Salazar.


Register and/or Submit an Abstract Now - MUSC Translational Research Day

Friday, January 26, 2018
8:30am to 12:30pm
MUSC Drug Discovery Auditorium & Lobby


Join the MUSC SCTR Institute as we highlight translational research efforts across MUSC. Translational Research Day will provide a forum for trainees, scholars and investigators to display translational-based research to the MUSC community via a judged poster session. $500 SCTR vouchers will be awarded to the best poster presentations at the end of the event!

Submit an abstract by:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5pm

General Registration ends:
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5pm


SCTR Discovery Pilot Project Grants


SCTR’s Pilot Project Program aims to facilitate new and innovative, high-impact translational research. The primary objectives of pilot funding are to support new and innovative, scientifically meritorious projects to collect critical preliminary data for submission of extramural grant applications and to publish research findings. We place a premium on interdisciplinary team science and new collaborations. Therefore if you are applying for this grant mechanism it is required to have an interdisciplinary team collaboration with at least one Co-Investigator/Collaborator from a different discipline.

AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $25,000 in direct costs for a 12-month period


Pre-application Submission (REQUIRED): by 5PM on Friday (EST), January 12, 2018*
Pre-applicants will be notified with the decisions whether to submit Full applications.

Full Application Due: by 5PM on Friday (EST), March 16, 2018

*Once an application is submitted, you should see a copy of the application. At that time, you should correct any errors to submit/resubmit. Incomplete, late applications and/or applications not responsive to the RFA will not be accepted or reviewed. Once an application is properly submitted, inform the SCTR Pilot Project Program at We will confirm whether your application has been received. However, we will not add/edit an application once submitted. 

Contact: Dayan Ranwala, PhD, Associate Director for Pilot Project Program and Team Science Program at


MUSC Foundation for Research Development Lunch and Learn: Funding Translational Technologies Through the SBIR/STTR Program

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12pm - 1pm - Education Library 109

MUSC Foundation for Research Development Director Michael Rusnak will present technology development services available through FRD. Eva Garland, PhD, President of Eva Garland Consulting, will discuss the SBIR/STTR program. These government funded programs provide funds to domestic small businesses with strong potential for technology commerciation to engage in research & development.

Office of Clinical Research (OCR) Staff Onboarding Sessions

Staff Onboarding Sessions
  • December 12, 2017 - 9:00am


This presentation is intended for research staff members such as study coordinators, grants administrators, and research managers that are involved in human subjects research. The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) will introduce its mission and goals, discuss Prospective Reimbursement Analysis (PRA) to ensure research billing compliance, and explain the steps of the PRA process at MUSC.

Please note that this presentation will focus on information presented at departmental staff trainings and is intended for individuals who have not previously attended an OCR onboarding presentation.
 Education & Training 

Apple Tree Foundations in Teaching and Learning Series

Whether new to teaching or an experienced educator, this series provides opportunities for expanding and practicing skills, networking, and fun!

In addition, a certificate is available for those completing assignments beyond attendance at the sessions.

Please see attached flyer for detailed information.

All sessions are 12:00 to 12:50*


·         January 24 – Getting Ready to Teach

·         February 7 – Instructional Design in the Real World

·         February 21 – Teaching Methods and Techniques

·         March 7 – Data to Inform Teaching

·         March 28 – Alternative Assessment

·         April 11 – Building Resilience

·         April 25 – Educator Development Plan

*Location TBD - Contact Mary Mauldin for questions.

Please register by 5:00 PM, November 30, 2017


Epic Learning Sessions Schedule

Date / Times / Subject Matter:

December 14th from 11:00am - 12:00pm
Research Ordering in Epic

January 15th from 11:00 - 12:00pm
Research Documentation in Epic

If you are interested in functionality available for your research study, or if you would like some one-on-one time, please join the Epic Research team during an upcoming learning session.

All sessions are in the library 4th Floor Computer Lab, Room 440
No registration is required, however computer stations are limited to 28


Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference

February 21 to 23, 2018 - San Antonio, Texas

Take advantage of the extended deadline to submit an abstract for UT Health San Antonio’s inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference taking place, February 21-23, 2018 in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, an internationally known researcher in the study of cancer health disparities in Latinos is leading this exciting conference.

Latinos are expected to face a 142% rise in cancer cases in coming years.

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos is open to all researchers, oncologists, health care professionals, and students. The conference will shed light on how the Latino community will be affected by cancer in the future and what can be done by way of prevention, screening, diagnosing, and treating cancer in Latinos.

Registration is open now.

To receive the discounted rate, Register by Dec. 15, 2017.

Deadline has been extended to Nov. 30, 2017 to Submit an abstract for a poster presentation.

 Funding Opportunities 

Delaware-CTR ACCEL Shovel Ready Pilot Grants
These awards are for investigators who already have submitted research grant applications (NIH, PCORI, VA, NSF, etc.) and have received summary statements, but need funds to collect additional data to strengthen their resubmission and address reviewer concerns. Up to $20,000 (direct costs) may be requested with a budget period of up six months. Investigators should plan for funding to begin on or soon after January 1, 2018. The proposal  is due by noon on December 15, 2017 and must be uploaded and submitted through the website Shore Proposal portal. Please contact Tom Buchanan at with questions.


Mentored Research-Development Award (MRDA) Program

Program Goal

The principal goal of the MRDA program is to improve the success rate for grant submissions by junior faculty. To accomplish this objective, MRDA recipients (MRDA Scholars) will work with their chosen mentor(s) to achieve milestones associated with the preparation of a targeted grant application. To assure highly-competitive grant submissions, MRDA Scholars will also take advantage of extensive ACCEL resources. These include grant writing workshops, peer mentoring groups, grant review sessions, support from the Mentoring, Education, and Career Development Core (MED Core), and biostatistics and study design consultations with experts from the ACCEL Epi-Biostats Core.

Basic Application Requirements

A three-page application must be submitted online ( by November 30, 2017. Submission requires registeration on the ACCEL site. Applications should be prepared by mentee-mentor pairs and both the mentor and mentee will be evaluated as part of the review process. 

If the initial application is found to be incomplete or inconsistent with the intent of the MRDA program, the investigator will be given an opportunity to update the proposal and resubmit. Updated proposals will be due no later than December 4, 2017. Awarded MRDA Scholars will be announced no later than December 21, 2017. MRDA Scholars must start by February 1, 2018.

Comments or questions about the MRDA program?  Contact the MED Core Adminstrative Coordinator, Erin Riegel (


High Innovation-High Reward Pilots

($10K / 12 months)

Purpose: To support new and interdisciplinary pilot projects that propose substantial development of intellectual property and/or commercialization opportunities.

Applications can be submitted on a "rolling" basis and will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks.
When an application is submitted please notify Dayan Ranwala at the email address below.

Once an application is submitted, the applicant SHOULD notify Dayan Ranwala using the email address below.

Contact: Dayan Ranwala, PhD -

 Around MUSC 

MUSC Office of Research Development Town Hall

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2pm to 3pm
Bioengineering Building Room 112

If you are conducting NIH-funded research that involves human subjects, important changes take effect January 25, 2018! These include:
  • Expanded considerations for Clinical Trials
  • New application forms and review criteria
  • A single IRB protocol for multi-site Clinical Trials

Please register with your name and email. For questions, please contact Alexis Nagel (


ORSP Research Administration Updates Session

December 13, 2017 - 11am to 12pm - Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium

For those that were unable to attend the last information session on October 25th, please review the following ORSP web links:

New NIH Policies and Guidelines for Clinical Trials Research:  Does your research project/proposal meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial?

ORSP’s October 25th, slides on the following NIH Clinical Trial Reforms:

  • New Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)
  • New Forms-E (NIH)
  • New Protocol Development Tool for Phase 2 and 3
  • New Review Criteria
  • GCP Training Requirement
  • Single IRB (sIRB) Policy for Multi-site Research
  • NIH’s Policy on Dissemination of the NIH-Funded Clinical Trials

Hollings Cancer Center Fellowship Program

For more information:

The Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) Fellowship Program is an exciting new research program designed to train the next generation of exceptional cancer scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina. This prestigious program will initially fund up to 5 two-year postdoctoral fellowships (PhD or MD) and up to 5 two-year graduate student fellowships.

To reach the goal of living in a cancer-free world, a multidisciplinary approach must be taken to find cures for this complex, insidious disease. HCC encourages applicants from diverse fields of study in either the basic, translational, population or clinical sciences to apply. Fellowships will be awarded to those with the greatest potential to become independent cancer researchers and compete for extramural grants. The HCC anticipates adding undergraduate, medical student, and international fellowships in the near future.


MUSC Community Dialogue on Diversity


Wednesday, November 29th from 12:00pm -1:00pm in Basic Science Building Room 402

Diversity dialogue: This one hour program is designed to allow participants to have open, authentic dialogue on local/regional/national topics of diversity and inclusion. The possibilities are limitless as we create an environment of mutual respect to engage in collegial conversation. This session is open to the MUSC campus community (faculty/staff/students).

Lunch will be provided for the first 50 participants registered in MyQuest.
1 hour D&I credit.


Save the Date: MUSC Cetner on Aging Senior Expo


Applications Being Accepted: "Career Development Program - Leadership and Advancement"

March 15 & 16, 2018


The Women Scholars Initiative and Center for ARROWS will be holding its two-day intensive Career Development Program on Thursday, March 15th & Friday, March 16th, 2018. The program is open to both women and men faculty in all ranks and tracks (tenure and non-tenure track). Early and mid-career faculty are highly encouraged to apply. The program will include large and small group interactive sessions on topics such as Leadership Skills, Negotiation Skills, Networking and Building Your National Reputation, Self-Promotion, Conflict Resolution, and Promotion/Tenure. 

This program is an excellent opportunity to receive high-level, interactive, and intensive career development. Space is limited and faculty will be selected based on their applications. Before applying, please consult with your department chair and/or division director to ensure that you will be released from all duties to attend the entire two-day program. If you have already participated in one of the previous two-day CDP programs (held in 2013, 2014 and 2016), you are not eligible for the 2018 program.

If you are interested in attending this program, please complete the application ( by November 17, 2017. Attendees selected to attend will be notified by January 8, 2018. Please contact Rachel Simmons at with any questions about the application or program.  Thank you!


Career Development Program Co-Chairs:

Erin McClure, Annie Simpson, and Tammy Nowling



About SCTR

The South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute is the catalyst for changing the culture of biomedical research, facilitating sharing of resources and expertise, and streamlining research-related processes to bring about large-scale, change in the clinical and translational research efforts in South Carolina. Our vision is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for the population through discoveries translated into evidence-based practice.

SCTR facilitates cross-disciplinary research by coordinating expertise and resources throughout the state. SCTR also catalyzes the development of teams of researchers with unique and complimentary perspectives who create and implement effective, culturally sensitive primary and secondary prevention and treatment interventions based on fundamental discoveries.

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