CBC Newsletter, Vol. 6

January 23, 2012

Happy New Year from the CBC!

2012 brings the launch of a new initiative, Exploratory Workshops. Check out the RFA and let the CBC help you assemble a multi-institutional group of colleagues to discuss how to push forward the edges of your field with the goal of obtaining either CBC or external funding.

Learn about a new CBC Lever Award-funded facility, the Microenvironmental Control Foundry, that is up and running on the UIC campus. Spring 2012 Catalyst round electronic application submission opens in late February (March 7 deadline) and we hope to receive many proposals for innovative collaborative research projects.

The Lever Award program has been one of the most successful initiatives of the CBC. Levers offer matching grants to successful Center grants. A Lever match can help a Center grant win NIH funding and the Lever also benefits the wider community by providing resources to researchers who are not part of the Center. Learn about the two new Centers, matched with Lever Awards that were established in fall 2011. Take a few minutes to re-familiarize yourself with this powerful program, as well as the new Lever resources that will soon be available to the CBC community.

We are pleased to report that in the second half of 2011, 4 new Catalyst teams received awards and 9 new CBC Scholars joined the CBC community. On the biotechnology front, the CBC awarded support to the Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) program, which works with faculty interested in forming start-up companies.

Finally, the CBC has a wonderful tradition of presenting yearly symposia on timely and high-impact research. See a recap of the 2011 symposium, and mark your calendar for the 10th Annual CBC Symposium to be held on Friday, October 12, 2012.

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