Program in Accelerated Therapeutics for Healthcare (PATH)

PATH is a partnership that includes the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Medicine to accelerate the translational pathway for researchers to convert their discoveries to new medical therapeutics. Under PATH, funding will be provided to academic research programs designed to quickly develop novel therapeutic approaches focusing on well validated molecular targets for a specific disease areas with an unmet treatment need in the current commercial marketplace. Projects focusing on a wide range of therapeutic interventions (small molecule, biologic, antibody, peptide, gene therapy) are eligible for consideration. Projects related to medical diagnostics, medical devices, and digital health are not eligible. Two levels of funding will be available through this mechanism: PATH Trailblazer Grants will provide up to $10K for preliminary work in support of treatment development while PATH Ascent Grants will provide $75K-$150K to accelerate the development of promising therapeutics.

To learn more about the program, visit the OVPR Storrs site.

Convergence Awards for Research in Interdisciplinary Centers (CARIC)

CARIC is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) that supports the development of collaborative interdisciplinary teams to bid for major (>$5M) federally funded initiatives, such as research centers. CARIC provides funding for planning, outreach to strategic partners, and proof-of-concept research activities that will prepare the team to bid competitively for these prestigious federal awards. All applications must demonstrate that the teams proposed are new collaborations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or include a significant expansion/deepening of existing interdisciplinary collaborations. The federal funding initiative being targeted must be identified explicitly.

To learn more about the program, visit the OVPR Storrs site.

2019 CARIC Award Recipients Announced

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that two teams have been selected for funding in the inaugural cycle of CARIC (Convergence Awards for Research in Interdisciplinary Centers).

CARIC supports the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary teams bidding for major federally funded research initiatives. These initiatives can include large, multi-million-dollar research grants or even entire research centers.

2019 CARIC Awards:

  • David Rowe, Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development
    Bed to Bench (BTB) Collaboration for Skeletal Research
  • Yu Lei, Castleman Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Exposure, Health Effects, Sensing and Remediation of Emerging Contaminants Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center

The CARIC program will provide these projects with funding of up to $150,000 to support planning, outreach to strategic partners and proof-of-concept research for a year, with the possibility for renewal. This initial funding allows researchers to develop more competitive bids for prestigious national awards.

To learn more about CARIC, visit the website of the Office of the Vice President for Research.


Dr. Radenka Maric
Vice President for Research
UConn/UConn Health

Innovate Stamford

Stamford campus at night

(Photo by Chuck Choi)

UConn and Innovate Stamford have partnered to provide a platform of new programs that will strengthen Stamford's position as a leader in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

In 2017, Innovate Stamford formed and was catalyzed with a $2 million grant from CTNext, a state-funded subsidiary of the quasi-public venture capital firm Connecticut Innovations. The grant designates Stamford as an “Innovation Place,” a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth. This is part of a statewide effort to build a more robust community of entrepreneurs and accelerate startup growth by providing access to talent, space, industry expertise, services, skill development, and capital.

The UConn-Innovate Stamford collaboration leverage's UConn's research infrastructure, expertise, and facilities.  There are currently three phases of program development:

  • Summer Internships:  UConn's Office of the Vice President for Research is administering the UConn-Innovate Stamford Internship Program to help connect talented students and Stamford businesses.  As part of a two-month internship, 50 UConn undergrads will work with Stamford companies in a variety of areas, such as marketing, engineering, digital media, and computer science.  Student interns receive a $5,000 stipend, as well as free accommodation in the UConn Stamford campus housing.
  • Experiential Learning with Accelerators:  The second phase of the initiative will involve the establishment of accelerator teams. In this experiential learning program, students will be paired with a Stamford startup company and will delve deeper into the inner workings of such small businesses. The program will run through the academic year, and will involve attending an orientation class, spending 10-hours per week on a project outlined by the startup company, and completing corresponding assignments as a part of the experience. This program will build on the success of Accelerate UConn, an NSF I-Corps site run by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the School of Business.
  • UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP):  The third phase will include an expansion of UConn's programs in customer discovery, technology transfer, venture development, and R&D support.  A key objective is to extend UConn's Technology Incubation Program through the creation of a fully-fledged physical incubator in Stamford.  This will strengthen Stamford's ability to attract, support, and grow early to mid-stage companies, and will encourage entrepreneurial and corporate engagement, global outreach to new talent, and industry partnerships.

For more information about the UConn-Innovate Stamford collaboration, contact:

Mark Aindow, PhD
Executive Director for Innovation,
External Engagement, and Industry Relations

Technology Incubation Program (TIP)

UConn offers expansive innovation and entrepreneurship capacity developed in response to state and national needs, and is well positioned to help your business start, compete and grow. Its Technology Incubation Program (TIP) offers startups and expanding R&D operations the opportunity to locate on UConn campuses and to leverage University resources to enable their success. Offering a collaborative entrepreneurial environment, TIP provides access to business and technical talent as well as world class R&D capacity as part of UConn’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Visit TIP at tip.uconn.edu

CRA Study Group

Sponsored Program Services (SPS) is coordinating a Certified Research Administrator study group to prepare members for the test that is administered through the Research Administrators Certification Council.  This study group is held on personal time and participation in the group does not include any funding for study guides or testing fees.  Please check with your departments for the availability of professional development funds.  More information about the exam can be found by clicking here.  This link will take you to the Research Administrators Certification Council website.

The CRA study group will be meeting weekly beginning during the week of August 26, 2019 to prepare for the November, 2019 exam.  This will allow for 10 weeks of content review and one week for practical exam questions and resources. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please email brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

The CRA examination will be held as shown below.  These dates are from the RACC website.  Please note that the study group is only preparing for the CRA exam.  If you have interest in the other exams, please email brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

Certified Research Administrator®
May 11-25, 2019, Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
November 2-16, 2019, Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator
February 16 – March 2, 2019, Application Deadline: January 18, 2019
August 17-31, 2019, Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

Certified Financial Research Administrator
March 02-16, 2019, Application Deadline: February 8, 2019
September 14-28, 2019, Application Deadline: August 15, 2019

PI Training

Under Uniform Guidance, it's the PIs responsibility to have first-hand knowledge about award management and SPS is continually developing educational materials to help you understand that obligation.  Educational opportunities that support this objective appear here.

As the program develops, opportunities will be added to the list below.  Please send any suggestions or comments to brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

UConn Health Funding Module Training – Account Management System

Pertains to UConn Health Faculty and Staff members who use the Account Management System (AMS).

This 10 minute video explains the funding module available in the (AMS).  Faculty and Staff can use this video to learn how to navigate the AMS system to find the information needed to manage their awards.  Please contact ersadmin@uchc.edu for questions regarding the AMS system.  For questions regarding any UConn or UConn Health Training, please contact brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

Research Administration Education Program

Sponsored Program Services (SPS) is developing a comprehensive research administration education program.  The program will include in-person training sessions, video tutorials, reference guides, and other workshops and events meant to provide support and professional development for research administrators, faculty, and students involved in research.

As the program develops, opportunities will be listed on the links available on the sidebar. Currently there is information in Research Administrators Education Opportunities and the CRA Study Group.

Please send any suggestions or comments to brenda.lowther@uchc.edu.

Export Control Agreements

Export control laws are federal regulations that govern how certain information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas or to a foreign national on U.S. soil. The scope of the regulations is broad: they cover exports in virtually all fields of science, engineering, and technology and apply to research activities regardless of the source of funding. Failure to comply with these laws can have serious consequences, both for the institution and for the individual researcher. Potential penalties include fines and possibly imprisonment. It is thus critical for UConn researchers to understand their obligations under these regulations and to work with Research Compliance Services to ensure that the University is in compliance.

Please visit this section in the Research Integrity & Regulatory Affairs area of the website for more information.