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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving its Data Center IT servers to the Foundation’s new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT through July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT, to prepare for NSF staff relocation in August 2017. This move has been scheduled around a holiday weekend to minimize the systems downtime and reduce the impact on the research community and NSF staff.

Please be advised that the NSF website, FastLane, and Research.gov will be unavailable from Friday, June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT until Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT. During this outage period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in Research.gov. However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and Research.gov, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Any policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov. For additional information about NSF’s relocation, please see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in139.jsp.

We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

By Admin (on 6/16/2017 @ 13:44:16, in Important, read 32 times)
 
The Graduate School and Financial Aid will co-host a workshop with ORSP next week to discuss recent changes regarding the employment of student workers and graduate assistants.

Where: Library, Room 407

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time: 10 am – 11 am

By Carol Lunn (on 6/8/2017 @ 17:25:59, in Professional Development, read 36 times)
 
The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at the National Science Foundation is pleased to release the second quarterly NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter.

Visit their page here: https://nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/newsletter.jsp

By Carol Lunn (on 5/30/2017 @ 08:31:33, in Important, read 62 times)
 
The Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students (LaACES) Program runs for a full academic year. During the first semester a series of lectures and hands-on activities help build student skills in basic electronics, sensor interfacing, real-time programming, mechanical development, and project management. The second semester is then devoted to applying these skills to the design, development, fabrication, and flight of a small (~500 gram) balloon payload. Payloads from all student teams are then flown at the end of the academic year under the management of LaSPACE. Independent balloon flights by institutions are not supported under LaACES. Proposed efforts that do not conform to this general model are likely to review poorly. • Proposals must be signed off on by the Faculty PI and the Designated Institutional Representative for Sponsored Programs at your institution. • Award funds can be requested up to $10,000; no strict cost-match is required, but some institutional investment will impact our evaluation. • Multiple proposals per institution may be submitted, but no more than one proposal per campus will be funded. • LaACES materials (lectures, electronics kits, etc) are provided to LaSPACE affiliates implementing this program at no additional cost and independent of any funding proposed here. • Only flights conducted under the supervision and direction of LaSPACE Management will be considered for funding. • Please include student demographic forms, if your student reams have already been identified. • All invoices and a final technical 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. Guidelines: http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php Proposal Due Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
By Admin (on 5/12/2017 @ 12:58:27, in Funding Opportunities, read 53 times)
 
The Senior Design Project Support Program is meant to offer supplemental funding in support of high-level student-led research and design projects. Projects must show clear relevance to NASA’s mission and ongoing research at one or more of the NASA centers/under the umbrella of one or more of the four mission directorates. This funding source is meant to supplement the cost of materials and supplies and/or travel for competitions related to the student project. • Proposals must be signed off on by the Faculty PI and the Designated Institutional Representative for Sponsored Programs at your institution. • Award funds can be requested up to $4000; no strict cost-match is required, but some institutional investment will impact the evaluation. • Please include student demographic forms, if your student participants have already been identified. If the team members are not all selected at the time of proposing, please be sure to send the forms in as soon as the students have all been identified. • All invoices and a final technical 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. Guidelines: http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php Proposal Due Date: Friday, July 7, 2017

Attached File:  Senior Design Program.docx

By Admin (on 5/12/2017 @ 12:44:07, in Funding Opportunities, read 53 times)
 
All new proposal submissions should include summer tuition as a budget line item if Graduate Assistants are working in the summer.

All student employees – including all Graduate Assistant types (Teaching Assistant, Teaching Associate-IOR, Professional Assistant, Research Assistant) - should be enrolled in 3 hours if employed during the Summer term.

Requests for exception to this requirement should be submitted through the Dean of the student’s academic College for review by the Provost’s office. For example, if there are no courses available for the student to count towards their degree. There are other reasons for exceptions, and your dean should be consulted. Approved exception requests should be attached to the Personnel Action Form (101) for the Graduate Assistant.

This was sent to campus in an email on May 4, 2017.

By Carol Lunn (on 5/9/2017 @ 15:21:04, in Board of Regents, read 62 times)
 
On April 24, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will initiate a new pilot requiring the use of a template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on proposals submitted in FastLane. The NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf17001) (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) requires PIs, co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on NSF proposals to individually upload COA information as a Single Copy Document (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.1e).

NSF uses this information during the merit review process to help manage reviewer selection. To expedite identification of potential reviewers, having a standard, searchable format for this information is essential. The new pilot will standardize COA information across the Foundation and will ensure that the information is submitted in a searchable format. Results from the pilot will be assessed and will determine how to proceed with this section of the proposal in the future.

By Carol Lunn (on 4/21/2017 @ 12:59:44, in Important, read 76 times)
 
Reminder that this Friday is the Inaugural Research & Scholarly Activity Day at UNO!

There is participation from our scholars from areas all across campus. All students and employees are encouraged to attend and support their colleagues. Authors, Artists, Researchers, Performers and Scholars are sharing their research and creativity efforts with the university community. There will even be a cooking demonstration in the morning.

Date of event: April 7, 2017

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Location: the newly renovated 4th floor of the Library

A schedule of events is available online at http://www.uno.edu/orsp/schedule.aspx

By Carol Lunn (on 4/5/2017 @ 17:02:19, in ORSP Announcements, read 85 times)
 
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