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By Admin (on 4/7/2011 @ 12:03:20, in ORSP Announcements, read 1614 times)
Last year the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs instituted the online Responsible Conduct of Research Training for anyone receiving National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) including National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Both of these agencies recommend that the training not be done strictly online. Therefore, the Office of Research will be conducting discussion sessions of research ethics cases and showing an interactive video to meet this requirement. Individuals who receive some form of compensation from either NSF or DHHS must attend, this includes faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. The first scheduled session will be led by Dr. Johnson from the Philosophy Department on Wednesday April 20th in LA 362 from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited to promote discussion so please register for this session by following this link: Professional Development Registrations. (Navigation in SharePoint is: Research, Training, Professional Development Registrations.) You will need to add a new item click New on the menu bar and then New Item. Fill in the requested information and click OK. You will receive an email stating that your registration is in process. Once approved or rejected (if the session is full) you will receive another email. As other sessions are added, an announcement will be made. If your department or college already conducts an ethics related meeting periodically, please contact Carol Mitton (cmitton@uno.edu or extension 5546) to determine if this will satisfy the requirement of live ethics training. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton.
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By Admin (on 4/8/2011 @ 12:05:02, in Important, read 1741 times)

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a memorandum outlining  issues related to the federal government’s Planning for Agency Operations During a Lapse in Government Funding.  The guidance to Federal agencies includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda_default.  Section II of OMB Director Jacob Lew’s memorandum to Heads of Departments and Agencies (M-11-13, April 7, 2011) addresses Questions and Answers on Contracts & Grants (page 6+).  The Memorandum states “In the situation in which performance under an already-issued contract or grant is not impacted by such a lapse (as described in the memorandum), the contractor or grantee may continue to proceed with its work during the lapse period. “   It is important to note that agencies have the discretion to halt activity on individual grants or contracts but the grantee/contractor would be notified by the agency and normal termination provisions would prevail. 
 
This memorandum is designed to address activities conducted by Federal employees.  Generally, Federal employees will not be conducting routine activities in oversight, inspection, accounting, administration, etc.   No new grants or contracts will be issued. 
 
According to OMB, grantees can continue to drawdown funds on letters of credit for already issued grants during the shutdown.  The PMS and ASP system will continue to function.  Grants.gov will continue to operate.  However, these systems will operate with limited capacity – help desks and administrative support activities will be significantly reduced. 
 
We will continue to review and evaluate the Memorandum and provide additional general observations and understandings to the membership.
 
This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

Attached File:  m11-13.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/11/2011 @ 14:56:48, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1878 times)

A good source for funding opportunities that is often overlooked by faculty is FedBizOpps. Many federal agencies post opportunities there. To locate potential opportunities, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to FedBizOpps at www.fbo.gov
  2. Click on the “advanced search form” link roughly 1/3 down home page.
  3. Set Opportunity/Procurement Type: to Presolicitation and Combined Synopsis/Solicitation and Sources Sought
  4. Set NAICS Code to 541711 and/or 541712 and/or 541720
  5. Hit Search button at bottom of screen

The site will automatically post opportunities in reverse chronological order (most recent on top of list).  To read one of the opportunities click the link under the Opportunity column.

If you have any questions, please contact me at  vcresearch@uno.edu

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By Admin (on 4/12/2011 @ 12:06:41, in Oil Spill, read 2369 times)

Please find below the final call for submissions and registration for the upcoming Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference. For your convenience, I have attached a tentative agenda, and the registration list to date. If you have not registered but plan to attend, please do so in order to facilitate our planning of the lunch in particular.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 Final Call for Submissions

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference: Research From the Four University Consortium

Hosted by Louisiana State University

Featuring Research from Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Tulane University, University of New Orleans and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

April 29th: Faculty Club, Highland Road, LSU Campus

This is the third and final call for submissions and registration in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference featuring research from the Four University Consortium.

On Friday April 29th at the Faculty Club on the LSU campus, consecutive sessions will run from 8:30 am to 3 pm. The sessions will be organized around the following oil spill related topics: Fate and Transport ; Water Column/ zooplankton/food chain issues; Benthic Communities;  Modeling Issues; Wetlands; Microbial Ecology; Human Impacts; Engineering issues/solutions; Food Safety; and Hypoxia. Each session will feature a 20 to 25 minute summary of available research findings and emphasize important directions for future research. These will not be standard scientific conference style presentations, but rather summary discussions based on research generated to date with a strong focus on what has been learned and what new research questions this knowledge has generated. The panelists for this portion of the conference will be recruited by the conference program committee. For those interested in participating in this part of the conference activities, please contact Richard Shaw (rshaw@lsu.edu) or Matthew Lee (mlee@lsu.edu ).

In addition, posters will be displayed during the entire day to present the findings from individual research projects, and 90 minutes during the lunch period will be dedicated to the poster session. All submissions for this conference will be poster presentations. Small scale breakout and informal meeting areas will be available throughout the day to accommodate groups interested in establishing new dialogue based on the summary discussions and the poster presentations.  

Eligibility:

This conference is open to researchers from LSU, ULL, Tulane, UNO, and LUMCON. Interested parties from NOAA, GOMRI, and state and federal agencies are also welcome. In the event that poster submissions exceed available space, the program committee will judge submissions for inclusion in the final program.

Registration and Submission Instructions:

There is no charge for this conference. The registration website is available at: http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/research/ored/OilSpill/item25357.html . Registration is required and has been extended to Monday, April 18th at 4:30 pm CST. If there are multiple authors on a submission and several plan to attend, each author should register separately.

Poster Dimensions:

Posters should be no larger than 3 feet by 4 feet, or 36 X 48 inches.

Matthew R. Lee, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of Research & Economic Development

Attached File:  Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference Agenda.zip

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/26/2011 @ 11:50:26, in Oil Spill, read 2623 times)

The RFP for the BP oil spill research funding has been released. All of the details are here.

http://griresearchboard.org/

I will send out more details for how UNO faculty can get involved shortly.

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By Admin (on 4/26/2011 @ 12:09:01, in Funding Opportunities, read 1843 times)

Attached (in both MS Word and PDF) is a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new EPSCoR program entitled Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE).  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 $4,000, while the faculty mentor will receive $1,000 per student for costs associated with the research experience.

The RFA is also available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.

Attached File:  SURE RFA 2011.pdf

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By Admin (on 4/26/2011 @ 12:10:10, in Funding Opportunities, read 1609 times)

On March 24, 2011, the LA EPSCoR office issued a request for proposals (RFP) in anticipation of the FY2011 Department of Energy EPSCoR Implementation Award competition.  This was done proactively to provide the greatest amount of time possible for the preparation of proposals. The RFP contained a timeline that required a Notice of Intent to be submitted by April 18, with full proposals due on May 2. Because the Department of Energy has not yet issued its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for this competition—which would contain critical guidelines for proposal preparation—the timeline contained in the Board's RFP is no longer valid.  As soon as DOE issues the FY2011 FOA, we will revise the RFP to provide specific guidance on any additional or new requirements contained in the FOA, and revise the timeline accordingly.  Please be aware that there may be a very short turn-around time, depending upon the due dates set forth by DOE.

This announcement has also been posted to the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org. This email has been distributed to all UNO faculty/staff.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/10/2011 @ 14:46:10, in Oil Spill, read 2284 times)
As I mentioned in an earlier post UNO is participating in the Louisiana Universities Gulf Research Collaborative (LUGRC) which is preparing a consortial proposal in reponse to the BP RFP. The steering committee of LUGRC decided to split the 5 RFP Themes into two letters of intent (LOI) and, therefore, two proposals. One LOI was for Themes 3 and 5 and the other LOI was for Themes 1,2 an 4. The LOIs were submitted yesterday. Next we will begin the proposal preparation. I will continue to work to ensure UNO participation in both proposals. If you want to make sure you are involved in that process, please email me.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/13/2011 @ 08:36:38, in Funding Opportunities, read 1618 times)

On Monday, C. Reid Nichols President of Marine Information Resources Corporation (MIRC) gave a presentation regarding collaboration opportunities between MIRC and UNO.  I believe we can develop a strong interaction.

During the presentation he mentioned the STEM BAA that has recently been released.  The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will fund  The purpose of this announcement is to receive proposals in support of the Office of Naval Research’s mission of scientific outreach and education in working to develop the next generation of scientists capable of providing support to the continued development of critical technologies in support of the Department of Defense.  This is an excellent chance to fund innovative programs to educate K-12 or college students in STEM disciplines. Please see this link:

       http://www.onr.navy.mil/~/media/Files/Funding-Announcements/BAA/10-023-STEM-BAA.ashx

 

The period of performance of the awards ranges from twelve to thirty-six months. ONR plans to fund individual awards up to $200,000 per year. However, they indicate that cost proposals for larger amounts will be considered, when appropriate.  I will be working with several departments to develop STEM proposals in response to this BAA.  If you are interested please contact me. 

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/17/2011 @ 11:00:01, in Board of Regents, read 1656 times)

The DOE has just issued the attached Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for FY2011. This requires revision of the timetable contained in LA EPSCoR DOE EPSCoR Implementation RFP that was issued on March 24. A revised RFP will not be issued. The RFP is still available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org. Louisiana EPSCoR may submit only one statewide proposal to this competition. LA EPSCoR will utilize an external review panel to determine which proposal among those submitted under the LA EPSCoR DOE Implementation RFP will be recommended for submission to DOE. A Notice of Intent (NOI) is required before a proposal will be accepted. This NOI must be submitted to LA EPSCoR as noted in the Board's RFP, NOT DOE. Faculty who have already submitted Notices of Intent to this competition should either submit a new Notice of Intent or, if there are no changes, notify our office that the Notice of Intent is still in effect. Please note that the FOA states that "The relevant program office(s) and the associated scientific/technical point(s) of contact on the DOE (and not National Laboratory) staff must be identified on the first page of the application narrative. Applications not meeting this requirement will be deemed ineligible during the initial screening process." Applicants MUST identify the DOE program office/staff in the appropriate area on the NOI that is submitted to our office and provide a written communication expressing support/interest in the proposed research. See NOI.

Some important changes: Notice of Intent now due at BoR by close of business (4:30 pm) on May 23. See instructions in Board's RFP. The proposal is now due at BoR at the close of business (4:30 pm) on June 1. See instructions in Board's RFP. Proposals must request a minimum of $1 million per year and can request up to a maximum of $2.5 million per year for a period of three years. DOE has up to $4 million available for funding projects. The Board of Regents is providing $500,000 per year in cost sharing.

Both Mike Khonsari and I will be out of town attending EPSCoR meetings and will be unavailable to answer written questions until Friday, May 20. Questions will be accepted and answered through May 27. Answers provided in response to those questions will be periodically posted to the BoR website.

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Jim Gershey, Executive Director of Special Programs Louisiana Board of Regents

1201 N. Third Street, Suite 6-200 Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (physical address)

Post Office Box 3677 Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677 (post office address)

telephone: 225-342-4253 fax: 225-342-3371 jim.gershey@la.gov

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