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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 Use of outdated instructions or forms may result in proposals being rejected without review.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: http://lanasaepscor.lsu.edu/current-solicitations/

By Carol Lunn (on 9/16/2016 @ 15:59:05, in Funding Opportunities, read 18 times)
 
The National Science Foundation’s Highest Honor: 2017 ALAN T. WATERMAN AWARD

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 21, 2016

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 http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp.

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF's FastLane system at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/index.jsp

Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to waterman@nsf.gov.

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 23 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 60 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.

IMPORTANT DATES and DEADLINES

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 44 times)
 
Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Board of Regents Support Fund FY 2016-17 competitions are now available on the BoR website, http://web.laregents.org. These documents set forth all requirements, including deadlines, for submission of proposals.

Deadlines for Mandatory Notices of Intent:

- Deadline for Mandatory Research & Development (RCS & ITRS) Notices of Intent: Monday, September 12, 2016

- Deadline for Mandatory Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Notices of Intent: Monday, October 10, 2016

Deadline for Asking Questions about these RFPs: Monday, October 17, 2016

Deadlines for Submission of Full Proposals:

- October 24, 2016: Traditional Enhancement

- October 31, 2016: Industrial Ties Research Subprogram

- November 7, 2016: Research Competitiveness Subprogram

- November 14, 2016: 1. Traditional Graduate Fellowships 2. BoR/SREB Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity

- November 21, 2016: Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars

- February 1, 2017: 1. Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars Program 2. Endowed Superior Graduate Student Scholarships 3. BoRSF Endowed: Two-Year Student Workforce Scholarships

By Carol Lunn (on 7/12/2016 @ 14:02:23, in Board of Regents, read 127 times)
 
NSF continues to focus on the automated compliance checks of proposals in order to decrease the burden on both the research community and NSF staff. Effective July 25, 2016, all proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter II.C.2. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

The new set of automated compliance checks will trigger error messages for each of the following rules:

o Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required for each Senior Personnel associated with a proposal; and

o Biographical Sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text.

Note About Proposal File Update (PFU):

Proposers should be aware should that if a proposal was received prior to July 25 and contained only one Biographical Sketch and/or Current & Pending Support file (rather than individual files for each senior personnel), a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these new compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

Note About Grants.gov:

Proposers should also be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane. You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these checks, by visiting the NSF website. The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

By Carol Lunn (on 7/11/2016 @ 11:14:09, in Important, read 114 times)
 
An email was sent to campus today announcing the re-opening of the LaSpace K-12 & Outreach Program. Proposals submitted under old guidelines will not be considered for funding so please review the updated guidelines. Guidelines are posted on their website: http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php

Program Requirement Highlights

• This is an open program, so proposals may be submitted for consideration at any time.

• Projects will be considered as funds are available, and they expect to make approximately 3-4 awards each year.

• Funding for individual projects is expected to range from approximately $1000-$5000.

• A strict cost-match is not required, but some match will review more favorably.

• All invoices and a final technical written report must be submitted to the LaSPACE office within 30 days of the project end date. Photographs and copies of all papers, presentations, and posters generated should be shared with LaSPACE as they occur and collected/referenced in the final report.

Proposal Submissions

• Submit all properly executed proposals via email as fully searchable pdf documents to laspace@lsu.edu.

• Proposals will be reviewed as received and decision letters will be released as soon as possible. In addition to being selected or declined for funding, LaSPACE management might also offer a contingent-award based on a required modification. One of these three types of decision letters will be released typically within 30 days, but no later than 90 days from proposal submittal.

By Carol Lunn (on 7/1/2016 @ 11:53:02, in Funding Opportunities, read 126 times)
 
Awards honor contributions and public service in science and engineering

Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards. NSB welcomes nominations for its 2017 honorary awards through Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.

Named after the gifted visionary and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSB's Vannevar Bush Award honors life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Nomination instructions are available on the Vannevar Bush Award website and all recipients are listed on the NSB site.

NSB's Public Service Award honors individuals and groups for substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas, including mass media, social media, education, training programs and entertainment. A complete list of recipients, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on the award website.

Leaders in the higher education, scientific society and association, congressional, federal, and private industry communities celebrate the accomplishments of NSB awardees during an awards ceremony held each May.

Questions? Please contact NSB Communications Director Nadine Lymn, (703) 292-2490, nlymn@nsf.gov

About the National Science Board

The NSB is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation. NSB also advises the President and Congress on science and engineering policy issues. The Board's 24 members are drawn primarily from universities and industry and represent a variety of science and engineering disciplines. Selected for their eminence in research, education or public service and records of distinguished service, Board members serve six-year terms. NSF's director is an ex officio 25th member of the Board.

By Carol Lunn (on 6/22/2016 @ 13:39:29, in ORSP Announcements, read 117 times)
 
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