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The University of New Orleans Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that nearly $165,000 will be awarded to faculty researchers in the form of internal grants. The annual grant competition is modeled after the process used by the Louisiana Board of Regents and is intended to help researchers hone grant writing skills and eventually become more competitive in securing external grant funding.

The 2016 competition involved three types of awards. Grants aimed at stimulating competitive research, known as SCoRe awards, are intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity. With a traditional SCoRe award, faculty can receive as much as $12,000. With the award, however, comes a commitment to eventually compete for additional external funding for the project. A second type of SCoRe grant specifically supports the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) in its work on space technology. These grants have a slightly larger cap at $15,000 and must involve either nanotechnology; modeling, simulation, information technology and processing computing; or materials, structures, mechanical systems and manufacturing.

A third type of award, the Creative Endeavor Opportunity (CEO) award, provides support for faculty to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. Each proposal is evaluated for its potential impact on the faculty member’s discipline, as well as its contribution to the faculty member’s development as a researcher, teacher and scholar in a specific field of knowledge. The maximum amount of a CEO award is $5,000.

All proposals were peer-reviewed and evaluated by the University’s Research Council, a committee of faculty representing each college and major research center on campus. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs used these peer rankings to determine award winners.

The internal grant program is funded by indirect cost recovery, a process through which external funding agencies reimburse universities for the overhead costs associated with conducting research. With the internal grant program, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs reinvests these dollars into faculty professional development.

The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) is a partnership formed in 1999 among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the State of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, UNO and the UNO Research and Technology Foundation. The center provides advanced manufacturing technology for use in aerospace commercial markets. NCAM also has a strong educational role, sponsoring a coalition of Louisiana research universities, workforce development programs and STEM outreach initiatives.

Below is a list of faculty who will receive awards from the 2016 internal grant program and the topics of their winning proposals.

Creative Endeavor Opportunity (CEO) Awards

John Gery: Early Voices in the Poetry of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot ($5,000)

Dong-Jun Min: Learning and Recall of Adverstisement Information in Spaced and Massed Presentations ($5,000)

Doreen Piano: What I see when Walking: Visualizing Place-Based Scholarship and Composition Pedagogies ($5,000)

Tara Tolford: Active Transportation Planning & Design Curriculum Development ($4,984)

Stimulating Competitive Research (SCoRe) Awards (Traditional)

Irfan Ahmed: Gap Analysis of Digital Forensics on SCADA Testbed ($12,000)

Nicola Anthony: Mechanisms of inbreeding avoidance in wild mandriss (Mandrillus sphinx) ($11,995)

Anna Brand: This is Your Neighborhood: Seeing New Orleans in the Three Redevelopment Moments ($11,961)

Dhruva Chakravorty: Investigating the mechanism of allosteric regulation in metallosensor proteins ($12,000)

Amiri Ebrahim: Intelligent Self-Learning Controllers for Industrial Motor Drives ($12,000)

Ioannis Georgiou: Transgressive Coastal Systems: Modeling Allogenic and Autogenic response to Sea Level Rise ($10,250)

Zhengchang Liu: Characterization of Casein Kinase I Protein Hrr25 as a Positive Regulator of Mitochondrial Respiration ($12,000)

Martin O’Connell: Response of fishes to flood gate openings in Bayou St. John: Is the new adaptive water management plan working? ($11,822)

Sonia Rubens: Teacher-Reported Psychosocial Concerns in Students Attending an Alternative High School ($12,000)

Matthew Tarr: Nanomaterials for Targeted Cancer Therapy ($12,000)

Xiaochuan Yu: Motion Simulation and Hazard Assessment of Dropped Objects ($12,000)

Stimulating Competitive Research (SCoRe) Awards (NCAM)

Stephen Ware: Bringing Use-of-Force Training Simulations into Virtual Reality ($14,982)

By Carol Lunn (on 5/13/2016 @ 12:35:39, in Internal Grant Program, read 24 times)
 
The LaSPACE REA (Research Enhancement Awards) Program is now open. The revised guidelines have been posted to the LaSPACE website for download at http://laspace.lsu.edu/. Please take note of the details listed below.

Program Summary

• The overall goal for this Program is to effectively utilize the resources available through LaSPACE as incentive for faculty and students:

1) to develop research competitiveness

2) to develop new research projects or directions, and

3) to foster collaborations among the campuses, as well as with NASA centers and/or other federal laboratories and with the business/industry community.

• The REA Program is separated into two component parts or subprograms, The Research Facilitation/Initiation Subprogram and the Visiting Researcher Subprogram.

• Only tenure-track or research faculty at the level of Assistant Professor or higher affiliated with LaSPACE campuses are eligible to apply. In cases where support is requested for visiting scientists, the application must be submitted by, and be the responsibility of, a LaSPACE institution faculty member.

• All invoices and a final technical written 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 have been revised. Proposals must follow the current guidelines and utilize the current forms. Proposals submitted under previous guidelines/outdated forms will NOT be reviewed.

Proposal Submissions

• Submit all properly executed proposals via email as fully searchable pdf documents to laspace@lsu.edu by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Important Dates:

o Proposal Release Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

o Proposal Due Date: Monday, June 20, 2016

o Anticipated Award Announcements: Late July 2016

o Anticipated Period of Performance: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017

By Carol Lunn (on 4/29/2016 @ 08:50:40, in Funding Opportunities, read 41 times)
 
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 70 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 69 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 66 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 104 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 189 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 207 times)
 
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