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Brian Seeger once called his old guitar teacher to tell her thank you. She’d given him lessons for six months when he was 11. When she found out her former student had become a professional guitarist she was, in his words, “distraught.” It just didn’t seem like a suitable profession, she told him. Seeger, associate professor of music at the University of New Orleans and noted jazz guitarist, now laughs about the conversation—and, of course, he begs to differ.

At 56, Seeger has carved out a life packed with teaching, recording, playing, touring and helping others find their way in the changing world of music. His band, Organic Trio, last week charted No. 7 on the U.S. Jazz Radio Charts with its second album, Saturn’s Spell. It’s an exciting development, especially for an album that was only released Jan. 27. At the same time it charted No. 7, it also was the “most reported,” according to Jazz Week. That means that more stations reported playing the album than any other album. “People I know who have been in the business for a while are somewhat in shock,” he said. “It is pretty unheard of for a band that mostly tours in Europe to chart in the US so high and so quickly … I’m just super thrilled to know folks are hearing it.”

Made with the help a $5,000 grant from the University of New Orleans Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Saturn’s Spell features the smooth musicianship of Jean-Yves Jung of France on Hammond organ and Paul Wiltgen of New York on drums—a three-person combo that started eight years ago thanks, in part, to connections made through the University of New Orleans.

Seeger said the internal grant provided the flexibility the band needed to afford high-end mastering. It also gave him leverage to seek additional grant money for the project, including from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music. “I’m proud to have the University of New Orleans logo on the back of that CD,” he said. “I’m proud of where I work and what I do. We’re a vital, contemporary program.”

By Carol Lunn (on 2/16/2017 @ 15:53:09, in ORSP Announcements, read 13 times)
Undergraduate students engaged in projects that involve research, scholarly work or creative work are encouraged to present their results at UNO's juried InnovateUNO: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Showcase. Students can present their work in a poster, oral presentation, art display, performance, or screening. All academic disciplines are eligible.

Innovate UNO will take place Friday, February 17 on the second floor of the University Center from 9 am to 4 pm. The award presentation is at 2:45 pm.

By Carol Lunn (on 2/15/2017 @ 10:48:22, in Important, read 17 times)
The Board of Regents has announced a Limited Submission proposal opportunity. The Request for Proposal is available on their website under the “Downloads” menu and “RFPs, Policies & Forms.” No institution may submit more than one application as a lead institution.

• Request for Proposals Released - December 15, 2016

• *UNO Internal Deadline* Limited Submission Checklist - January 3, 2017

• Questions regarding proposal will be accepted by BoR until - 4:30 p.m. January 30, 2017

• Proposals Due by - 4:30 p.m. February 24, 2017

If you are interested in this proposal please submit the UNO Limited Submission Checklist to no later than January 3, 2017. The limited submission form is available on the ORSP website:

We will select the UNO proposal the first week of January so the Principal Investigator will have time to submit questions before the January 30, 2017 Board of Regents deadline to submit questions.

This was sent to all faculty/staff in a campus email 12/16/16.

By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2016 @ 11:48:44, in Board of Regents, read 2253 times)
I wanted to make you aware that the National Science Foundation’s entire suite of Award Terms and Conditions (see full listing below) has been revised to align with changes to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1). All references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG) have been replaced with references to the PAPPG. Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a summary of changes made to that document.

The revised Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards issued on or after January 30, 2017. Revisions have been made to the following documents:

• Grant General Conditions (GC-1);

• Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC);

• Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Large Facilities;

• Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCS);

• International Research Terms and Conditions;

• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grant General Conditions;

• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II Grant General Conditions; and

• Administration

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by email to

By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2016 @ 10:42:34, in Important, read 94 times)
We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Application Guide has been issued. The NSF Application Guide has been updated to align with changes to NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1). All References to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG) have been replaced with references to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Editorial changes have also been made to either clarify or enhance the intended meaning of a sentence or section or to ensure consistency with data contained in NSF systems or other NSF policy documents.

The new NSF Application Guide will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by e-mail to For technical questions relating to, please contact directly at 1-800-518-4726 or


Jean Feldman

Head, Policy Office

Division of Institution & Award Support

National Science Foundation

By Carol Lunn (on 12/9/2016 @ 13:20:08, in Important, read 106 times)
Dr. Matt Tarr, Eurofins Professor of Analytical Chemistry, has been selected Vice President for Research and Economic Development, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System.

Dr. Tarr has been a highly productive faculty member in the areas of teaching, research and service during his 21 years at the University. He brings to his new role a vison and detailed plan for how to invigorate the institution’s research enterprise. He will assume his new role effective January 18, 2017.

President Nicklow sent the announcement to all faculty and staff on December 2, 2016.

By Carol Lunn (on 12/2/2016 @ 10:53:06, in Important, read 117 times)
We would like to alert you to the availability of the National Science Foundation (NSF) solicitation for the FY 2017 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program, and an informational webcast to be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. During the webcast, the solicitation in use for the FY 2017 MRI competition (NSF 15-504) will be discussed, and MRI program officers will interactively answer questions submitted by the online audience. Information on the MRI competition and instructions for accessing and registering for the free webcast is available through the MRI program website link ( Please spread the word!

The deadline for MRI proposal submissions is 5:00 p.m. (proposer’s local time) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Those interested in submitting proposals are encouraged to carefully review the solicitation, available through the program website link above, and to participate in the webcast.

Summary of the MRI Program: The MRI program is intended to strengthen the nation’s academic research capabilities by providing opportunities to develop or acquire a research instrument. The MRI program catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation’s scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships.

By Carol Lunn (on 11/10/2016 @ 10:35:32, in Funding Opportunities, read 117 times)
RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations: builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics capacity. For FY 2017, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: Genomes to Phenomes. See solicitation NSF 17-503 for more details.

Join EPSCoR Program Officers on November 15 or November 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-2 program.

RII Track-4: provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions. The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions. Full details for RII Track-4 are available in the solicitation, NSF 17-509.

Join EPSCoR Program Officers November 29 or November 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-4 program.

By Carol Lunn (on 11/1/2016 @ 13:10:52, in Professional Development, read 112 times)
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