Kevin C. Cooke, Ph.D.

Director, Research Policy

Ny’lyjah Cain
Senior Associate, STEM Education & Research Policy

CoR News (September 12, 2018)


CoR NEWSSeptember 12, 2018

To: APLU Council on ResearchFrom: APLU CoR Staff

  • Register for the 2018 APLU Annual Meeting – Price Increase After October 12

Register today for APLU’s 2018 Annual Meeting, the premier gathering of senior leaders from public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. No other meeting in higher education brings together such a diverse array of public university presidents, chancellors, and other senior leaders.

Join us November 11-13, 2018 in New Orleans as we tackle the challenges facing public universities and explore Resilience. The meeting sessions will explore the capacity of universities, their communities, and partners to adapt and thrive no matter what stresses or acute shocks they experience. CoR will be sponsoring concurrent sessions on Research in China; Research Safety and Security Concerns; Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Automation; Public Impact-Focused Research; and Sexual Harassment. The meeting offers a great balance of informative and interactive sessions and networking time with fellow public university leaders. We hope to see you in New Orleans!

  • APLU and CIRTL to Lead NSF Grant Cultivating Diversity in STEM Faculty

Late last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant co-led by APLU and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The APLU-CIRTL National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty (NAIDSF) is the first of five NSF INCLUDES Alliance award announcements.

The aim of NAIDSF, which includes several universities across the U.S., is to attract more underrepresented students—women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds—into STEM college programs, assist them to stay in these programs, and help them graduate and succeed in a modern STEM workforce. Additionally, the Alliance will work to strengthen the preparation of all future, early-career and current STEM faculty to be inclusive and effective in their undergraduate teaching, research mentoring and advising; diversify the national faculty through effective recruitment, hiring, and retention of underrepresented groups STEM faculty via institutional transformation in practices, policies, and resources; and foster postsecondary institutional cultures that recognize and value inclusivity and diversity broadly, and in the context of STEM faculty work specifically.

  • APLU Releases CEO-CICEP Policy Blueprint on Advancing Economic and Social Prosperity

On September 5, APLU released a policy blueprint for how public universities and the federal government can strengthen their partnership to build a modern workforce that meets the evolving needs of employers and collaborate on innovation while also becoming more effective partners with their communities to address local problems and foster opportunity and economic mobility. The document “Advancing University-Engaged Economic and Social Prosperity,” is broken into five sections: building a thriving rural America; meeting the demand for 21st century talent and skills; securing American leadership in advanced manufacturing; stimulating and accelerating university-based innovation and entrepreneurship; and fostering equitable, inclusive economic opportunity and mobility. Questions regarding the paper may be directed to Shalin Jyotishi at sjyotishi@aplu.org.

  • Pursue APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Designation

APLU and the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) have partnered to provide access to APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Program to all higher education institutions. The IEP Program, which recognizes higher education institutions that make regional economic development a priority, was available only to APLU member institutions until now.

In order to formally begin the process of seeking the IEP university designation, an institution’s president/chancellor must send a formal letter of intent to APLU President Peter McPherson (template available upon request) by September 28, 2018. Once received, the institution becomes a part of the IEP startup cohort – institutions that are actively seeking the IEP designation. An institution has 3 years from the point of entering the startup cohort to apply for the IEP designation. Full details regarding the designation process, timeline, and guidelines as well as a recording of an informational webinar can be found on the APLU website. Further questions regarding the IEP universities program for APLU member institutions should be directed to Shalin Jyotishi at sjyotishi@aplu.org, and further questions for non-APLU member institutions should be directed to Tim Hindes at tim.hindes@universityeda.org.

  • APLU Core Facilities Survey Reminder

Following the presentation of initial findings from the APLU CoR survey on Core Facilities at the CoR & CIMA Joint Summer Meeting, many of you asked whether you could still complete the survey. We greatly appreciate your willingness to take the survey and ensure that the data we have collected reflect the broad nature of APLU institutions. We are opening the survey for an additional two weeks (closing September 21, 2018). Please direct any questions to Jason Carter (jcarter@mtu.edu), Associate Vice President for Research Development at Michigan Technological University and CoR Research Leader Fellow.

  • Sarah Rovito is Going to SXSW EDU 2019 – Thank You!

The “Why & How Universities Should Take on Moonshots” panel featuring Michelle Popowitz of UCLA Grand Challenges, Jennifer Lyon Gardner of The University of Texas at Austin’s Bridging Barriers – Planet Texas 2050, Tom Kalil of Schmidt Futures, and Sarah Rovito of APLU has received early acceptance to SXSW EDU 2019! The panel was selected based off of strong PanelPicker public voting (sincere thanks!), Advisory Board review, and staff grading.

  • September GUIRR Webinar on Scientific Integrity Principles and Best Practices Across the Scientific Enterprise

Scientific integrity is of utmost importance for all facets of the scientific community, yet issues continue to be widespread. The Scientific Integrity Consortium recently brought together representatives from multiple sectors to consider a set of principles and best practices to be used broadly across all scientific disciplines as a mechanism for community consensus on scientific integrity standards. Join the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) on September 20, 2018 at 1pm ET for a conversation with two members of the Consortium, Cathie Woteki and Sarah Rovito, to discuss the agreed-upon principles and best practices and the recommended actions that will help implement them. We encourage you to share your experiences in facing scientific integrity decisions during the webinar and welcome your feedback on opportunities for integrating the principles and best practices into teaching and learning materials and informing policy development.

  • Applications Open for the NSF 2026 Idea Machine

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is an opportunity for researchers, the public, and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security, and advance knowledge to sustain the country’s global leadership in science and engineering. Make sure to enter your “Big Idea” between August 31, 2018 and October 26, 2018; winners (who will receive a cash prize of $26,000 along with recognition) will be announced in August 2019. Please contact NSF2026IM@nsf.gov with any questions.

  • NSF “The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals” Video

NSF recently sent the letter below concerning “The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals” video:

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is committed to ensuring a fair, competitive, and transparent merit review process. The reviews submitted by external peer reviewers are an important part of the decision-making process and a crucial source of feedback to Principal Investigators. NSF has developed a short reviewer orientation video that provides helpful tips for writing high quality reviews.

NSF encourages all reviewers to watch the orientation video, “The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals,” which can be accessed in FastLane through the Panelist Travel and Reimbursement page and the Proposal Review, Ad Hoc Reviewers page. You can also view the video directly.

There is a link at the end of the video to additional resources, a list of helpful hints, and a short feedback survey. NSF values your feedback and will use the results of the survey improve future reviewer orientation materials.

We would like to thank you for your service to NSF.



Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution & Award Support
National Science Foundation

  • Federal Websites Satisfying the Revised Common Rule’s Requirement to Post Clinical Trial Consent Forms

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 16 other federal departments and agencies are announcing where clinical trial consent forms can be posted, as will be required by the revised Common Rule. No obligations to post such consent forms apply before January 21, 2019.

The revised Common Rule requires that for any clinical trial conducted or supported by a Common Rule department or agency, one consent form be posted on a publicly available federal website within a specific time frame. The consent form must have been used in enrolling participants in order to satisfy this new provision. You can read more information about the revised Common Rule on the OHRP website.

At this time, two publicly available federal websites that will satisfy the consent form posting requirement, as required by the revised Common Rule, have been identified: ClinicalTrials.gov and a docket folder on Regulations.gov (Docket ID: HHS-OPHS-2018-0021). HHS and other Common Rule departments and agencies are developing instructions and other materials providing more information to the regulated community about this posting requirement.

Additional federal websites that would satisfy the revised Common Rule’s clinical trial consent form posting requirement might be identified in the future.


Background about the revised Common Rule:

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as subpart A of 45 CFR part 46, or the “Common Rule”) was originally promulgated in 1991 and amended in 2005. This version of the Common Rule is referred to as the “pre-2018 Common Rule” or the “pre-2018 Requirements.” (View an official version of the pre-2018 Requirements here.)

A revision to the Common Rule was published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 (82 FR 7149). The revised Common Rule has been amended twice, in an interim final rule published on January 22, 2018 (83 FR 2885), and in a final rule published on June 19, 2018 (83 FR 28497). The revised Common Rule may also be referred to as the “2018 Requirements.” (View an official version of the 2018 Requirements here.)

The general compliance date for the revised Common Rule is January 21, 2019. From July 19, 2018 through January 20, 2019, studies subject to the 2018 Requirements may implement three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements and are otherwise required to comply with the pre-2018 Common Rule. Studies subject to the 2018 Requirements must comply with the entirety of that rule on and after January 21, 2019 (except for §46.114(b), for which compliance is required on and after January 20, 2020).

  • NIH Director Increases Efforts to Uphold the Integrity of Biomedical Research

In late August, NIH Director Francis Collins issued a statement and letter to grantees and applicants discussing the agency’s efforts to work with other federal partners and stakeholders to protect the integrity of biomedical research from inappropriate foreign influence. As part of these efforts, Dr. Collins announced the formation of an NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Foreign Influences on Research Integrity. Shortly after the announcement, APLU issued a statement welcoming the efforts to safeguard the security of research.

  • New NIH “Under the Poliscope” Blog About Behavioral and Social Clinical Trials Template

A new blog from “Under the Poliscope” is now available. This latest entry, “The Behavioral and Social Clinical Trials Template: A New Resource!” discusses a new template that NIH has released specifically for behavioral and social science interventions. As with all of our blogs, we invite you to add your voice to the conversation by providing your thoughts in the comment section of the blog. If you have any questions or require further information about the OSP blog or any of OSP’s activities, please contact us at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

  • Registration Open for InCites Customer Forum: The Relevance of Metrics Across the Organization

Clarivate Analytics will be holding an InCites Customer Forum on “The Relevance of Metrics Across the Organization” in Philadelphia on September 26, 2018. Leaders of the re-established Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) will be in attendance and will present their vision for research analytics and the future of ISI.

  • Registration Open for NSF I-Corps Inclusion Summit

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes that diversity and inclusion of professionals from multiple backgrounds is critical to ensure America’s excellence in science and engineering research and the translation of that research to innovations with economic and societal benefits. To address this critical need, we invite you to join us at the NSF I-Corps Innovation Inclusion Summit held October 3-5, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. The Summit will include leadership from Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs, MSIs, and Tribal Colleges) and the broader NSF National Innovation Network and will be comprised of keynotes, plenary sessions, and workshops. Please contact NSFICorpsInclusionSummit@gmail.com with any questions.

  • Registration Open for Philadelphia Symposium on Research Credibility & Excellence

The Philadelphia Symposium on Research Credibility & Excellence will take place on October 15, 2018 at the Union League of Philadelphia. Scientific research is a cornerstone of modern society, with impacts that include better health and longer lifespans, improved lifestyle, economic development, and more. Scientific research has long commanded an esteemed position in public opinion and this public trust in the national scientific enterprise is crucial to its ability to contribute to society. Issues of irreproducibility, ineffective communication, and misconduct can threaten the public trust. The Philadelphia Symposium on Research Credibility & Excellence intends to convene leaders from academia, industry, federal agencies, and publishers to create a robust discussion of reproducibility and research integrity to reveal the “inside story” of how these issues are handled by institutions, journals, and federal agencies.

A preliminary agenda is available here. APLU Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs Jennifer Poulakidas will be leading a panel discussion on Communication and Public Trust at the symposium.

  • Registration Open for IRIS Data Summit

Registration is open for the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) Data Summit at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on October 15-16, 2018. The Data Summit is an opportunity for IRIS data providers and stakeholders to share input and guidance as IRIS continues to build the data infrastructure to a national scale. Sessions during this two-day event will focus on what IRIS has achieved over the past year and new enhancements and directions as we look to the future. Please contact Evalyn Yanna at eyanna@umich.edu with any questions.

  • Registration Open for NIST Controlled Unclassified Information Security Requirements Workshop

On October 18, 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in coordination with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), will host an informational workshop providing an overview of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), the Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DFARS) Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting Clause, and NIST Special Publications 800-171 and 800-171A. This workshop will also feature panels of Federal Government representatives discussing expectations for evaluating evidence and implementing the CUI Security Requirements and industry representatives sharing best practices and lessons learned. A draft agenda is available.

The CUI Security Requirements Workshop is open to all interested stakeholders and is free to attend. All in-person attendees must register by October 11, 2018 in order to gain entry to the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The workshop will also be available via webcast; advanced registration is not required.

  • Registration Open for Fall 2018 NSF Grants Conference

Registration for the Fall 2018 NSF Grants Conference is open! The event will take place on November 8-9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Intercontinental New Orleans. The registration fee is $425 and breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided to all participants. We anticipate that this event will reach capacity very quickly, so please register as soon as possible to secure your spot. Please email grants_conference@nsf.gov or call 703-245-7562 with any questions.

  • Registration Open for Together We Can Do Better Convocation for Leaders in Academia on Preventing Sexual Harassment

The persistence of sexual harassment and its adverse impact on women’s careers in our nation’s colleges and universities is jeopardizing more rapid and sustained progress in closing the “gender gap” in science, engineering, and medicine. On November 9, 2018, join colleagues, leaders in academia, and other experts at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to build on the recent report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine and to develop and strategize plans on how to prevent sexual harassment in academia. Registration for the Together We Can Do Better Convocation is available here.

  • Registration Open for NACUA CLE Workshop on Sponsored Research and Technology Transfer: Balancing Mission, Innovation, and Collaboration

The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) will be holding a CLE Workshop on Sponsored Research and Technology Transfer: Balancing Mission, Innovation, and Collaboration on November 14-16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. This comprehensive workshop – the essential legal update for college and university counsel and administrators with responsibility for sponsored research and technology transfer – will provide practical information to successfully navigate modern university research operations. In addition to regular sessions, small discussion groups will allow participants to exchange ideas, pose questions, and share experiences and solutions on myriad topics with colleagues in an informal setting.