TTUHSC Research

TTUHSC Research Progress Update

 Spring 2015

Dear Colleagues,                                                                                                                                           Research Expansion

It has been a few months since I have written and I wanted to write now to describe the progress we have made as an Institution and tell you about some new things on the horizon. (For more information: follow the blue hotlinks below)

1.  Expect an announcement of a new funding program sponsored by the Presidents of TTUHSC, TTUHSC-EP and TTU and the system Chancellor.  This will provide funds for new research programs that establish new collaborations between the campuses.  If there are opportunities to establish new research relationships with TTU or TTUHSC-EP, this is a good time to start thinking about them. 

2.  Based on an initial suggestion by Dr. Dan Hardy, a new Research Compliance module for Digital Measures has been created that will enable you to see your trainings, licensures, and approved IRB, IACUC, and IBC protocols all in one place.   Throw away the Post-It notes on your computer. Sabrina Sattler from Institutional Assessment and Planning and Brian Nordstrom from Information Services were instrumental in assisting Office of Research staff with implementation of the new module.   Here is a sample of what it will look like:




Date Completed

Ending Valid Date

Animal Use

Working with Mice in Research Settings

October 18, 2013

October 17, 2016

Animal Use

Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats

January 6, 2014

January 5, 2017

Animal Use

Institutional Official: Animal Care and Use

August 7, 2014

August 6, 2017

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest mini-course

October 18, 2013

October 17, 2017

General Research

Working with the IACUC

January 7, 2014

January 6, 2017

General Research

Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research

October 18, 2013


Human Subjects

Institutional/Signatory Official: Human Subject Research

August 7, 2014

August 6, 2017


Approvals & Safety Licenses


Study Title

ID Number (e.g., IRB Number, IACUC Number)


Details (Agents, Isotopes, other particulars)

Approval Date

Expiration Date

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)






December 31, 2015

Radiation Safety



4B111, 222

S35, P32, C14, H3, I125


May 31, 2015

3.  The R15 grant mechanism has benefited TTUHSC substantially. This program serves Institutions with limited NIH funding and provides investigator funding for a 3-year period and up to $300K over the project period.  Based on our success in funding, the NIH has determined that TTUHSC SOM no longer qualifies for this program, effective April 1,2014. 

We believe that the SON, SOP and Allied Health remain eligible for the R15 program.

Accordingly, while all R15 applications that were submitted for the application deadline in late February will be reviewed and considered as R15 applications, TTUHSC SOM can no longer submit awards for this support mechanism going forward.

SOM faculty are encouraged to use the R01 mechanism for support. The duration (Typically up to 5 years) and budget (generally $250K-500K / year) of the R01 are superior to the R15 mechanism.

Please recall that the deadlines for the R01 differ from those for the R15. 

These are excellent guidance resources for help in writing an R01:

In addition, Dr. Paula Grammas is available for discussions.  Kindly refer technical questions to Erin Woods, OSP if you have questions about the R01 mechanism. 

4.  Keep an electronic eye on the NIH.  NIH maintains a large number of opportunities to subscribe to listservs that can alert you of grant opportunities and policy changes. These can be customized according you your needs and interests.  Here are a couple of listservs that might interest you.

5.  Read about the upcoming special series, "Pharmacological Careers in Drug Discovery," Presented by Terry Kenakin Ph.D.,

6.  Thanks to those who have praised the new Research website design—the design is focused on quick navigation and useful information.  If you haven’t seen it, please have a look.  NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS is intended to provide important information and stories about our successes.

Are you using the new website: YES!  -  Look here

7.  AAHRPP accreditation is on the front burner.  If you want more information

Our accreditation site visit is in early May.

8.  Presidential lecturers:  Two are established and we are still working on the 2015 speaker: We are fortunate to have the following speakers committed to visiting us.

Good wishes.


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