CSUPERB Newsletter - May 2021



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CSUPERB Newsletter - May 2021
By CSUPERB Newsletter • Issue #51 • View online
Contributed by James Schmitt
Spring 2021 Seed Grant Program Awards Announced
This month, CSUPERB announced awardees to our annual Seed Grant programs including, Curriculum Development, Industry Partnership Initiative, New Investigator and Research Development. The program office received 90 proposals this year, and made 33 awards totaling $489,199 to faculty at 20 of the 23 CSU campuses. Applicants can request up to $15,000 in funding. A full list of the awardees is posted in the News & Announcements section on the CSUPERB home page at https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/research/csuperb/.
The Seed Grant program had a 37% success rate this year, a substantial increase from the prior year’s 30%. This increased the three year average from 27.33% to 32%. 
Awardees submitted proposals in response to Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) released in August, 2020 with a due date of February 1, 2021. Review panels met in April to discuss and score proposals with award notifications issued at the beginning of May.
CSUPERB calls attention, and extends our sincere appreciation to the 48 faculty from 21 CSU campuses that volunteered their time and efforts to read, score, compose written reviews, and discuss proposals during the all-day peer review session in April. Reviewers, from a host of different biotechnology related fields were drawn from a pool of over 120 faculty researchers from across the system that answered our call for volunteers. Faculty were assigned proposals to review based on the scientific expertise needed to address the specific proposals received each year.
Our program advisory and leadership bodies meet each year to discuss and vote on changes to the Seed Grant programs. Look for new RFP’s and proposal templates to be released in August of 2021. For those interested, CSUPERB maintains an announcement email distribution list for all its grant and award programs. Send an email to csuperb@sdsu.edu and ask to be included if you would like to join the list.
Contributed by Christine Montgomery
Presidents’ Commission Scholars Program - Award Announcement
CSUPERB is pleased to announce the 2021 class of Presidents’ Commission Scholars. In an effort to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we allowed applicants flexibility with a rolling deadline and an option to stretch out their research experience over the 2021-22 Academic Year. These changes were successful as 11 undergraduates will be carrying out faculty-mentored biotechnology research projects on 8 different CSU campuses.
CSUPERB recognizes that research experiences are critical to engaging and graduating students interested in biotechnology careers. The focus of this program is to increase the number of lower-division undergraduates who have access to a full-time research experience. The Presidents’ Commission Scholars are supported by a $6,000 scholarship, in addition to $2,000 in support for the faculty mentor’s laboratory.
Congratulations to the class of 2021 Presidents’ Commission Scholars. Please visit the CSUPERB News & Announcement webpage.
Interested faculty and students may view a sample of this year’s RFP and proposal template in the CSUPERB program portfolio. Please look for the new RFP and template when they are released in Fall 2021 through our email list. Those interested in being added to CSUPERB’s announcement group list should send an email to csuperb@sdsu.edu. You will be notified when all grant and award programs are formally announced each year.
Graduate Student Research Restart Program – Open Call for Proposals
CSUPERB is currently accepting proposals for the 2021-22 Academic Year* for the 2021 Graduate Student Research Restart Program.
Through this program, CSUPERB aims to assist graduate student researchers across the CSU system as the restart and re-engage in existing research that was halted due to the laboratory closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Graduate Student Research Restart Program Information:       
·     One-time funding for CSU graduate students to re-engage in biotechnology research impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
·     Open to both master’s and doctorate level graduate students
·     Up to $5,000 for student scholarship, $1,500 for faculty support and $500 for lab supplies/equipment      
·     Short 2-page application      
·     *Research must be completed by end of Spring 2022
Graduate Student Research Restart Program – Deadline: June 7, 2021
For the complete RFP, Proposal Template and application link please visit the CSUPERB home page (https:/calstate.edu/csuperb).
Questions about the program can be directed to csuperb@sdsu.edu
Contributed by Paula Fischhaber and Katherine McReynolds
Welcome to the new CSUPERB Executive Director, Dr. Ikhide Imumorin!
On June 1st 2021, CSUPERB will welcome our new Executive Director, Dr. Ikhide Imumorin. Dr. Imumorin has more than 30 years of experience in academia, most recently serving as Professor of Biological Sciences, and Director of Research and International Linkages in the Office of the President at First Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria, Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and as a Program Leader for International Animal Agriculture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He has also served as co-founder and CEO of African Biosciences, Inc. a biotech research support company active in Africa, since 2016. CSUPERB is excited to have Dr. Imumorin on board and look forward to working closely with him as CSUPERB moves towards a bright future. Welcome Ikhide!
Thank You and Farewell to our Interim Executive Director, Dr. Bianca Mothé
For the past year, we have been very fortunate to have Interim Executive Director Bianca Mothé at the helm of CSUPERB. She has done a fantastic job of steering CSUPERB through the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic. She additionally led us in developing a number of forward-thinking programs including new anti-racism programming, our 2021 virtual Symposium, the COVID-19 Microgrants, and our new Graduate Student Research Restart Program to name a few. We want to say a heartfelt “thank you” and wish her well in her new endeavors back at CSU San Marcos. We will miss you, Bianca!
Contributed by Bianca Mothé
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Interim Executive Director. It has been a wonderful experience over this past year.
Best wishes for a restorative summer to all of you. Tchau!

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The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology provides grant funding to seed research projects and curriculum redesign efforts. We also run CSU I-Corps to help researchers investigate biotechnology commercialization. We organize the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium. The CSUPERB newsletter publishes the fourth Friday of each month. CSUPERB Data Dashboard: https://csuperb.org/grants/csuperb-data-dashboard/

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