Spring / 2015                                        Office of Research


Spring Synergy for 2015

Each year the UF College of Dentistry hosts Spring Synergy, an event that includes research presentations, academic speakers, continuing dental education, UF ASDA events and a vendor fair. The event is sponsored by the UFCD Office of Research, Continuing Education and the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). Spring Synergy promotes the College of Dentistry’s many accomplishments and provides a venue for the college to interact with the campus community, alumni and industry.

Spring Synergy is on Friday, April 10, in the Reitz Union.

686 Museum Road Gainesville, FL 32611 

The deadline for entering submissions for Poster Presentations* and Oral Presentations is
Friday, April 3, 2015.
 For more information visit this website

*Please note:  Only 10 Oral Presentations will be accepted this year; first come first served!



Research Conducted in Foreign Countries - Many foreign countries have significant polices regarding human subject research and privacy.  Principal investigators (faculty and/or students) should consult with the UF Institutional Review Board (IRB) before planning international travel. Note: human subject research includes any method involving human contact or human materials.

New Federal Guidelines - The federal Office of Management and Budget has combined several regulatory publications into one document.  “2 CFR 200” replaces A-21 (cost principles for educational institutions), and is the primary reference for determining costs applicable to federal grants, contract and other sponsored agreements.  For more information visit the Division of Sponsored Programs website:  http://research.ufl.edu/faculty-and-staff/initiatives/uniform-guidance-implementation.html

UF Laboratory "Space" Survey - The annual survey opens on March 27, 2015.  Department space managers may begin surveying their areas and entering data.  The deadline for finalizing the survey is May 29.  Contact Kathy Galloway KGALLOWAY@dental.ufl.edu  in the Office of Research for questions about research projects and laboratory space.   

New Cost Accounting Exemption Form and Guidelines - The UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) has issued an new form for requesting an exemption to the federal cost accounting standards (CAS).  The revised CAS exemption form reflects the new requirements of Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200, effective for federal awards made on or after December 26, 2014.  For more information regarding federal cost accounting principles visit the DSP Cost Principles website:  http://research.ufl.edu/research/handbook/policies/cost-principles-cost-accounting-standards-and-cas.html

Faculty Spotlight

Wellington Rody, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., joined the UF Department of Orthodontics in 2012. Dr. Rody earned his D.D.S. from Federal University of Espirito Santo (Brazil) in 1991, and completed his orthodontic certificate program at Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) in 1996.

To enhance his academic background and maximize his potential as a faculty member, he attended the University of Washington where he received his M.S. in 2000.  READ MORE>

Student Spotlight

Ralee Spooner was born and raised in Central Florida.  He attended the University of Florida for his bachelor's and master's degrees, prior to becoming a student in the UF College of Dentistry class of 2015. 

He began his journey in dental research during his undergraduate studies in Dr. Özlem Yilmaz laboratory in the Department of Periodontology.  READ MORE >

 NIH Notifications

Upcoming NIH Proposal Submission Deadlines   Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications  Notable Changes to NIH application guides can be found at this website: Application guides

New Biographical Sketch Formats required after May 25, 2015.  READ MORE>>. For additional   assistance with biosketches the SciENcv home page has plenty of resources to get you started, including: FAQsYouTube tutorial and support documentation.    READ MORE>>  

NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications. Effective immediately, for all programs; it is no longer necessary to mark up specific substantial changes in the specific aims, research strategy or other application attachments. It is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment.  READ MORE>>

New NIH Applications = Fresh Start!  "If you choose to submit a subsequent new application following an unsuccessful submission, you may not reference any previous application in any part of the new application. By all means, use reviewer feedback to improve your application. Just keep it to yourself where you got the ideas for improvement. A new application is a fresh start.” - Sheri Cummins, Communications & Outreach, NIH Office of Extramural Research http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/esub_items_interest.htm    READ MORE>> 

NIH Commons IDs Required for Fellowship Sponsors    Faculty members who are sponsoring or mentor student’s applying for NIH fellowships must now have eRA Commons Username for the primary sponsor designated on competing Fellowship grant applications. See NOT-OD-14-129 for details. For all other Sr/Key personnel, including the Commons ID in the Credential field of the R&R Sr/Key Person Profile form is optional, though encouraged if you have the information handy. Useful links eRA Commons Help Desk   – Request   Account  READ MORE>>

NIH Revises Definition of “Clinical Trial”   In October 2014 the NIH posted a revised definition of “Clinical Trial” to further clarify the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies.  NIH now defines a clinical trial as “a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.”    The announcement expands upon the definition, thus all researchers conducting human studies should review the following website for more information:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-015.html

For more NIH resources and useful links visit the UFCD Office of Research Website  http://research.dental.ufl.edu/


University of Florida’s

Integrated Research Support Tool (UFIRST)


The UF Integrated Research Support Tool (UFIRST) is foremost a routing and approval tool that will replace the DSP-1 form and myUFL (PeopleSoft). It doesn’t replace submission tools like NSF FastLane or AHA Grants@Heart. It will, over time, replace Cayuse. Every proposal submitted from the university to all sponsors – federal, state, industry, non-profit and all others – must be routed through the UF approval chain in UFIRST beginning March 23, 2015. A budget will need to be   created in UFIRST in order to submit for review and approval.  READ MORE>>


New Sponsored Funding to the College of Dentistry

The UFCD Office of Research receives over $13 million in sponsored funding annually. For a list of current new awards visit New Awards.