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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2018 @ 13:33:01, in Funding Opportunities, read 53 times)
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released its list of final priorities approved for use in any upcoming discretionary grant programs. The final priorities are listed below:

Priority 1—Empowering Families and Individuals To Choose a High-Quality Education That Meets Their Unique Needs

Priority 2—Promoting Innovation and Efficiency, Streamlining Education With an Increased Focus on Improving Student Outcomes, and Providing Increased Value to Students and Taxpayers

Priority 3—Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills

Priority 4—Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens

Priority 5—Meeting the Unique Needs of Students and Children With Disabilities and/or Those With Unique Gifts and Talents

Priority 6—Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science

Priority 7—Promoting Literacy Projects that are designed to address one or more of the following priority areas:

Priority 8—Promoting Effective Instruction in Classrooms and Schools

Priority 9—Promoting Economic Opportunity

Priority 10—Protecting Freedom of Speech and Encouraging Respectful Interactions in a Safe Educational Environment

Priority 11—Ensuring That Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Have Access to High-Quality Educational Options

Each of these eleven final priorities are approved to appear in upcoming ED solicitations as one of the following priority types: Absolute Priority, which all applicants must address; Competitive Preference Priority, which provides an advantage to applications and which GRC recommends all applicants address; and Invitational Priority, which ED encourages applicants to address even though these do not provide any competitive advantage (though keep your eyes on these as they may show up as absolute or competitive preference priorities in future competitions).

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By Admin (on 2/21/2018 @ 13:19:39, in Workshops, read 71 times)
SBIR “Road Tour” event which is coming to Louisiana April 20th of this year. This is going to be a very special one-of-a-kind SBIR-STTR Program, which we only do once every 2-3 years. Our office, in conjunction with the U.S. SBA Office of Innovation is organizing this event which will bring numerous SBIR-STTR program managers from the various federal agencies into Louisiana to provide update briefings and to meet with attendees one-on-one (reservations made in-advance and limited to time available). Because of the nature of this event, and since the federal portion is only slightly more than ½ day, we are working with several co-sponsors to hold other SBIR-STTR sessions prior to and after the Road Tour portion that you can take advantage of.

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By Admin (on 1/23/2018 @ 16:13:16, in ORSP Announcements, read 158 times)
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the Achievements in Research, Creativity and Scholarship Celebration. Live music will be provided by UNO students - hors d'oeuvres will be served – all faculty and staff are invited
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By Admin (on 12/19/2017 @ 13:55:02, in Funding Opportunities, read 190 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 18-1). Information about FastLane system registration has been removed and replaced with guidance for registering in 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 29, 2018. 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
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In order to stimulate scientific and/or engineering research collaborations between UNO and the University of Innsbruck, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs anticipates funding a 4-6 week collaborative visit by a UNO PI to the University of Innsbruck during May-June, 2018. During this visit, the PI will develop collaborations and/or conduct research with an appropriate professor from the University of Innsbruck. Proposals will be reviewed internally at UNO and competitively awarded. A single award is anticipated and the proposal format is attached. The deadline for submission is February 2, 2018.
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By Admin (on 11/14/2017 @ 12:41:52, in Workshops, read 233 times)
The Louisiana Technology Transfer Office In conjunction with the MIST Program and the University of New Orleans This is an opportunity to learn how your innovative ideas and research efforts/capabilities, whether a technology or service – can be funded and delivered to the U.S Department of Defense. The U.S. Navy invests some $350 million of funds every year in innovative ideas. The state of Louisiana FAST (Federal and State Technology) Program, through the LA Business & Technology Center/LSU are sponsoring a Navy Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer workshop, hosted by the University of New Orleans Office of Research & Economic Development and supported by the University of Southern Mississippi’s MIST (Marine Industries Science and Technology Program). For more information and to register, please visit: website.

This event is being live-streamed to a select number of locations nationwide, one of which is the University of New Orleans.
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Updates have been made to the NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions. The revised agency specific requirements are available on the Award Conditions webpage and apply to all new NSF grants and funding amendments to existing NSF grants awarded on or after October 11, 2017 to institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations. Questions regarding NSF terms and conditions may be sent to the DIAS Policy Office by email at:
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The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority provides graduate student support for science or engineering research relevant to Louisiana’s coast. The program will both expose students to CPRA activities and provide a potential avenue for recruitment of new CPRA personnel. Funding support for up to three years of master’s research. The assistantship is available to all faculty pursuing coastal restoration-related research at Louisiana colleges/universities to recruit outstanding graduate students. Up to four new students will be funded each academic year. The annual award is $25,000 per student. Applications are due December 15, 2017. For more information, contact: Matt Bethel at or Summer Langlois at
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The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for receipt and referral of NIH grant applications, and, for the majority of those applications, carries out the peer review process for assessing scientific and technical merit. In October, CSR will host two “online briefings” on peer review focused on the Academic Research Enhancement AREA/R15 program, and NIH small business (SBIR/STTR) programs. The briefings will be approximately one hour long, including a 30 minute question and answer period. For more information and to register for each webinar, visit the CSR event website:
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Applications (RFA) for the EPSCoR Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program for 2018. This program provides opportunities for female and underrepresented minority undergraduate students to participate in research with faculty mentors. Students accepted into the program will receive a stipend of $4,500, while the faculty mentor will receive $500 per student for costs associated with the research experience. Applications are due Friday, November 17, 2017. The RFA is available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at
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