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For many years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided the opportunity for scientists, engineers, and educators to rotate into the Foundation as temporary Program Directors, advisors, and leaders. Many of our rotators, who are an integral and valued part of the NSF workforce, come to the agency through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) program. As part of the continuing effort to enhance the administration of temporary personnel at NSF under the IPA program, the following changes are being implemented in FY 2017 for all new IPA agreements:

• NSF will pilot a mandatory 10% cost sharing of the IPA’s academic-year salary and fringe benefits. Unrecovered indirect costs may not be used to fulfill this IPA cost sharing requirement.

• Lost consulting payments are no longer a reimbursable cost element.

Please note that these changes do not apply to existing agreements (including extensions or renewals thereof) for IPAs currently assigned to NSF, or for prospective IPAs whose appointment memos have already gone forward to HRM and are currently being negotiated. The cost sharing pilot will apply to all new IPA agreements initiated in FY 2017, including those for executive- and program-level staff, but not to current NSF IPAs.

Questions should be referred to Ms. Gerri Ratliff, Deputy Division Director, Human Resources Management, NSF (, 703-292-8180).

By Carol Lunn (on 10/24/2016 @ 08:44:49, in Important, read 2 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is offering a workshop on budget adjustments for grants and contracts managed in our office. Topics to be covered include:

• Electronic budget adjustment forms

• How to recalculate fringe benefits when changing budget categories

• How to recalculate indirect costs when changing budget categories

Budget Adjustment Scenarios is one of the documents available in the ORSP Toolbox:

Location: Math building Room 219

Date: October 27,2016

Time: 2-3 pm

This email was sent to all faculty and staff and posted on the ORSP blog on October 19, 2016.

By Carol Lunn (on 10/19/2016 @ 13:09:41, in Professional Development, read 9 times)
Research Excellence Prize

Leonard Spinu, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

The Research Excellence Prize is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or the full rank of Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Early Career Research Prize

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The UNO Early Career Research Prize is a recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their award, and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Competitive Funding Prize

Wendy Schluchter, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences

The Competitive Funding Prize is a recognition for the UNO researcher who, as a Principal Investigator (PI), has achieved the highest of amount of competitive external funding awards in the past fiscal year. The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

This email was emailed to all faculty and staff by the Provost on October 7, 2016.

By Carol Lunn (on 10/7/2016 @ 09:24:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 23 times)
In Fiscal Year 2016 Principal Investigators began receiving a 5% return of recovered indirect on sponsored projects. The policy is being amended in Fiscal Year 2017 so that Principal Investigators can receive 10% return of recovered indirect on sponsored projects. The effective date of the updated policy is July 1, 2016 which is the beginning of the new fiscal year.

This policy update was recommended by Research Council and approved by Provost Whitley and President Nicklow. The funds are in a dedicated PI return of indirect account in the college office, which each dean is managing. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016 indirect cost returns were provided on a quarterly basis and that will be continued this year.

All internal management directives are posted on the policies and procedures page of our website:

This was sent as an email to all faculty and staff on October 5, 2016.

By Carol Lunn (on 10/5/2016 @ 15:36:16, in ORSP Announcements, read 22 times)
The Louisiana NASA EPSCoR program is now accepting proposals for both of our Research Infrastructure Development (RID) award programs. Our Research Award Program (RAP) solicitation is open and proposals will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The Travel Awards Program (TAP) is a year-round opportunity and they are accepting proposals on an on-going/ funding-available basis. Brief descriptions of each program is available below, and complete, current guidelines for each can be found attached on their website. Please read the guidelines carefully, follow the current instructions, and use the current forms. Use of outdated instructions or forms may result in proposals being rejected without review.

Research Awards Program (RAP)

The RAP sub-program is designed for those researchers who have made a NASA contact and are ready to take the next step of initiating a small project. This could involve almost any type of NASA relevant work, such as utilizing a specific NASA facility, employing NASA expertise, or building upon previous NASA work (akin to technology/knowledge transfer) or working with a NASA group on problems of common interest. In all cases, the Louisiana researcher must have the support of a NASA researcher and include a plan for developing a research partnership. The goal here is to develop larger, longer-lasting collaborative projects that can transition to the next level. Proposals for Single Institution Projects (SIPs) and Partnership Projects (PPs) will be considered.

Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Travel Awards Program (TAP)

The Travel Award Program (TAP) offers travel support for Louisiana researchers to interact with NASA counterparts and investigate possible collaborative efforts. The key to building better ties with NASA R & D is to foster researcher-to-researcher communications and this sub-program is designed to foster such communication. Awards will support the travel of a Louisiana researcher to interact with potential collaborators or program managers at NASA centers, NASA HQ or, if necessary, scientific conferences.

For more information visit their website:

By Carol Lunn (on 9/16/2016 @ 15:59:05, in Funding Opportunities, read 45 times)
The National Science Foundation’s Highest Honor: 2017 ALAN T. WATERMAN AWARD


The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip to Washington, DC, to receive the award. For details about the Waterman Award’s history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria please visit

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF's FastLane system at

Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to

This email was sent to all faculty and staff on September 6,2016.

By Carol Lunn (on 9/13/2016 @ 10:48:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 51 times)
Each month the Office of Research conducts meetings to discuss various aspects to submitting and managing sponsored funded projects. Topics have included personnel forms, budgeting, cost share, award closeout, proposal submission, etc. We have also invited other departments to speak at the meeting; Payroll, HR, Purchasing, Graduate School, and IT have been guests in the past. The meetings are open for all to attend.

This month’s topic is the Board of Regents (BoR) funding opportunities that are currently open. We will discuss the upcoming BoR deadlines, eligible disciplines, and a budget template created to be used for BoR proposals. We will also review the internal routing form. If you are interested in these funding opportunities, please plan on attending.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday August 24th from 10 am to 11 am in ED 206. If you can’t attend and are interested in the programs, please contact your research administrator for assistance. If your discipline is not listed as eligible this year, keep in mind that you may be able to work with someone in an eligible discipline if your project can cross disciplines.

By Carol Lunn (on 8/19/2016 @ 12:56:00, in Board of Regents, read 104 times)
The Department of Defense (DoD), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 2016.3 and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 2016.C, solicitations are now open for the pre-release time period, During the Pre-release period, proposing firms have an opportunity to contact topic authors by telephone or e-mail to ask technical questions about specific topics.


August 26, 2016: Pre-Release solicitation opens

September 26, 2016: Solicitation opens for submission of SBIR and STTR proposals.

October 26, 2016 Solicitation closes to receipt of proposals at 6:00 AM ET

By Carol Lunn (on 8/19/2016 @ 12:48:07, in Funding Opportunities, read 73 times)
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