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LaSPACE's three major direct-support student programs, the Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA), the LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantship (LURA), and the Minority Research Scholars (MRS) programs are available and are due May 30, 2016. They have revised some of the requirements and restrictions, have updated all of the standardized forms, and have clarified proposal format and structure. Proposals submitted under old guidelines will not be considered for funding. Summaries of each program and guidelines will also be posted on the LaSPACE website: http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php).

About the GSRA Program The Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA) program is designed to augment the lower than average compensation levels available to promising graduate students on LaSPACE campuses and, thereby, 1) retain more U.S. students for graduate study at consortium institutions, 2) promote diversity, and 3) assist in dissertation research. The GSRA supplement is $8,000 for a 12 month period and can be used for augmenting the student stipend, to defray dissertation related research expenses, and promote student research presentations at national meetings. Cost share on the award is required as is a final technical report. Applications are judged on the basis of aerospace relevance of the research and overall relevance to LaSPACE research and human resource development objectives. Three to five GSRA awards each year.

About the LURA Program The LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantship (LURA) Program is directed at undergraduate science and engineering students who are interested in space/aerospace science and technology. The intent of the LURA program is to supplement and enhance the undergraduate academic curriculum by providing the science/engineering student with a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences. A LURA project will be a joint effort between a faculty researcher, who serves as mentor and project Principal Investigator, and an undergraduate research assistant. Awards are for $6000 over one year with no match requirement. The majority of the funds (¡Ý$5k) are to be distributed directly to the student.

About the MRS Program The intent of the MRS program is to supplement and enhance the undergraduate academic curriculum of traditionally underrepresented students by providing a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences with significant financial support going directly to the student, as well as opportunities for professional development. An MRS award is set at $6 k per student for a 12 month period and is used for a supplemental student stipend (>$5K) plus travel/fees for a professional experience for the student, with a minimum amount available for research supplies (<$500). A joint application is submitted by both the student and the faculty mentor.

By Carol Lunn (on 4/6/2016 @ 10:27:41, in Funding Opportunities, read 34 times)
 
Consultants’ reports, including funding recommendations, for all FY 2015-16 Board of Regents Support Fund competitive programs are now available on the Board’s Sponsored Programs website, https://web.laregents.org. These reports include rank-order lists of proposals recommended for funding, as well as recommended funding levels. A memo is posted with the reports indicating the rank orders in each report for which monies are expected to be available. Reductions in budgeted funds of 10-15% were necessitated due to low investment returns to the BoRSF, so it is essential to read these documents together to understand which projects it is anticipated can be recommended to the Board for funding.

Applicants should note that these reports constitute official notice of consultants’ recommendations to be forwarded to the Board. Individual notifications or award letters, upon Board approval, are not provided.

The Board is expected to act on consultants’ recommendations, as well as on campus requests for matching funds to endow non-competitive professorships and first-generation undergraduate scholarships, at its meeting of April 27, 2016.

By Carol Lunn (on 4/1/2016 @ 15:23:31, in Board of Regents, read 30 times)
 
The New Orleans BioInnovation Center will present a series of events highlighting Louisiana startups, research and innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016.

November 14-15

Innovation Louisiana 2016

An annual conference with national experts discussing forming, funding, and growing a bioscience startup

November 16

BioChallenge Pitch Competition

Four Louisiana startups pitch to experienced investors and industry professionals for a $25,000 top prize Louisiana University Technology Showcase

Statewide research institutions feature new license-ready technologies that have applications in numerous industries

Stay tuned for more info at www.neworleansbio.com.

By Carol Lunn (on 4/1/2016 @ 15:11:15, in Professional Development, read 33 times)
 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided advance notice of a change in the eligibility of prospective applicants to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to allow the community to plan accordingly. This change is described in a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 16-050) and FAQs (NSF 16-051).

The language from the Dear Colleague Letter is here:

NSF 16-050 Dear Colleague Letter: Change in Eligibility to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

March 7, 2016

Dear Colleague:

With this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF is providing advance notice of a change in the eligibility of prospective applicants to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to allow the community to plan accordingly. Effective as of the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. 1 No change is made to the eligibility of undergraduates, of bachelor's degree holders without any graduate study, or of individuals who have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years. 2 GRFP continues to identify and to inspire the diverse scientists and engineers of the future, and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. This change in eligibility should result in more individuals applying as undergraduate students who have not yet made the commitment to go to graduate school. This is a more diverse population than admitted graduate students.

Please see NSF 16-051, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), for more information.

By Carol Lunn (on 3/9/2016 @ 11:27:23, in Fellowships, read 73 times)
 
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Federal and State Program Managers representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to present at a series of events to technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. The events below are a coveted opportunity for those involved in the advanced technology communities, including womenowned and minority-owned firms.

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, take advantage of this coveted local opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers, and meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

Agenda Highlights Include:

»» Learn of local and state resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs;

»» SBIR 101 and Proposal Workshops;

»» Intellectual Property and SBIR Data Rights Strategies;

»» Success Stories Panel Discussions from SBIR/STTR firms;

»» Approaches to Partnering with Industry and/or working with Prime contractors

Meet One-on-One with SBIR/STTR Program Managers, including:

»» Department of Agriculture (USDA)

»» Department of Defense - Navy

»» Department of Energy (DOE)

»» National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

»» National Institutes of Health (NIH)

»» National Science Foundation (NSF)

Register online: http://gulfcoastsbir.eventbrite.com/

By Carol Lunn (on 2/25/2016 @ 15:13:33, in Professional Development, read 158 times)
 
The UNO College of Engineering is proud to offer the 2016 UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus on September 16, 2016.

The event will be held in the University Student Center of the Lakefront Campus and offers multiple parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, civil & environmental, chemical, petroleum, and systems engineering and engineering management.

Participants can earn up to 8 Professional Development Hours.

Please consider participating in the Forum as a Patron.

More information is available online at: http://uno-ef.org/

By Carol Lunn (on 2/10/2016 @ 10:49:12, in ORSP Announcements, read 182 times)
 
In the new 2015 Carnegie Classification, four Louisiana universities retained their classification. LSU-Baton Rouge and Tulane University remained in the R1 spot (“Highest Research Activity”), while the University of Louisiana Lafayette and the University of New Orleans remained in the R2 spot (“Higher Research Activity”). Louisiana Tech University was reclassified from R2 (“Higher Research Activity”) to R3 (“Moderate Research Activity”). ULM was the only university in the state to be promoted to the “Doctoral University” category. Grambling State University, Xavier University, and Louisiana College all moved up in the “Master’s Colleges and Universities” category.

http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/ulm-earns-elite-doctoral-designation-by-carnegie-classification

By Carol Lunn (on 2/5/2016 @ 16:10:55, in ORSP Announcements, read 228 times)
 
The LaSPACE Minority Research Scholars (MRS) Program is directed at undergraduate STEM students interested in space/aerospace science and technology, and who are members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering professions. According to the 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) report “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” women, persons with disabilities, and three racial/ethnic groups—blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians—are considered underrepresented in science and engineering because they constitute smaller percentages of science and engineering degree recipients and of employed scientists and engineers than they do of the general population.

The intent of the MRS program is to enhance the undergraduate curriculum by providing the student with a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences with significant financial support going directly to the student. This project will be a joint effort between a faculty researcher, who serves as mentor and project Principal Investigator (PI), and an undergraduate researcher.

By Carol Lunn (on 2/5/2016 @ 16:04:50, in Funding Opportunities, read 213 times)
 
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