OnPAR: Online Partnership to Accelerate Research


Last year, the NIH received approximately $30 billion in federal support. In spite of this amount, about 42,500 grants were not funded. To address these unfunded proposals, the NIH has a new Pilot Program that is designed to match researchers with nonprofit disease Foundations or with investments from private companies. Through a new collaboration between the NIH and the private contractor Leidos, researchers can now upload their unfunded NIH Proposals into an online portal at the Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR). Foundations and other potential funders can review the NIH scores, and decide whether they might be interested in funding the Projects. Currently, this Pilot Program allows researchers with priority scores better than the 30th percentile to submit their abstracts. Interested Foundations might ask that a researcher send their full NIH Application along with its scores. The consensus opinion is that there are a lot of worthy grants being submitted to the NIH, but there is only so much funding available. OnPAR is one way of trying to match researchers with private Foundations.

For more information, please visit: http://onpar.leidosweb.com/onpar/index.php 


To:                          PSOM and CHOP Faculty 

FROM:                   Jonathan A. Epstein, MD, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, PSOM

                               Bryan A. Wolf, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, CHOP

RE:                         Improved access to CHOP research buildings

DATE:                    March 24, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As we work together to pursue synergies between the Perelman School of Medicine and CHOP, we are pleased to announce changes to accessibility of the CHOP Abramson and Colkett Research Buildings.  Effective immediately, Penn researchers who need frequent and regular access will have the ability to access the two CHOP research buildings using their ID badges after an initial registration at the CHOP Security Office (see process below).   Once registration is completed, Penn researchers will be provided with a “token” that will be affixed to their Penn ID badge.  Simply swipe the badge at the turnstiles, and the CHOP Security officers will see your picture, name, and title when scanned.

We look forward to continuing to work together to streamline the ease of interaction between CHOP and PSOM, and we welcome any ideas you may have.

Process to Register for Access Token:

  1. Send an email to pennchop@mail.med.upenn.edu with complete name, title, and department/program
  2. A confirmation email will be sent to you within 48 hours 
  3. Upon receipt of email confirmation, visit CHOP Main Building (34th Street at Civic Center Boulevard, directly across from PCAM), first floor, suite 1108, during the designated hours to get your picture taken and receive your token. Please bring your Penn ID badge
    • Monday,  1:30-2:30pm
    • Tuesday,  10-11am and 2-3pm
    • Wednesday,  9-10am and 2-3pm
    • Thursday,  10-11am and 2-3pm
    • Friday,  9-10am