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I. AVAILABILITY OF FY 2014-15 BOARD OF REGENTS SUPPORT FUND REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS

 

Requests for proposals (RFPs) for FY 2014-15 are now available on the Sponsored Programs website (https://web.laregents.org) for the following Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF) competitive grants programs and subprograms: (1) Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement; (2) Enhancement for Two-Year Institutions; (3) Research and Development (RCS and ITRS); (4) Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars; (5) Traditional Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Fellowships for Teachers; (6) BoR/SREB Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity; and (7) Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars. We would appreciate your disseminating this notice as widely as possible on your campus. Across all programs, the BoRSF is particularly interested in encouraging the development of projects that have statewide implications and benefits.

 

II.  IMPORTANT DEADLINES

 

A. Deadline for Research & Development (RCS and ITRS) Notices of Intent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 Applicants who wish to submit proposals under either the Research Competitiveness Subprogram (RCS) or the Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS) must first submit a notice of intent in accordance with guidelines in the R&D RFP.

B. Deadline for Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Notices of Intent: Friday, October 10, 2014

Applicants who wish to submit proposals under the ATLAS Subprogram must first submit a notice of intent in accordance with guidelines in the ATLAS RFP.

C. Deadline for Asking Questions about these RFPs: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 

In accordance with R.S. 39:1503, a deadline of October 15, 2014 has been established for receipt of questions related to these RFPs.  After this date, no further inquiries can be accepted. All questions posed and answers provided by Board staff will be posted on the Sponsored Programs website as soon as possible after the deadline. Operating in this manner ensures that all potential applicants receive the same information.

 

D. Deadlines for Submission of Full Proposals

 

October 24, 2014
Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement andEnhancement Subprogram for Two-Year Institutions

 

October 31, 2014

Industrial Ties Research Subprogram

 

November 7, 2014

Research Competitiveness Subprogram

 

November 21, 2014  

Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars Subprogram

 

February 2, 2015     

Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars Program

 

Attached File:  RFP.Release.Memo.2014.pdf

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By Admin (on 7/8/2014 @ 12:32:49, in Workshops, read 384 times)

The Foundation Center is holding a FREE webinar, Grantseeking Basics, on July 9, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., ET.  

Though geared toward a non-profit audience, the webinar may provide grantseeking tips of interest to new staff or faculty at colleges and universities. The webinar will provide an overview of the grantseeking process, an introduction to the world of grantmakers, and a list of helpful tools and resources. Registration is required.

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By Admin (on 6/30/2014 @ 16:04:25, in Funding Opportunities, read 268 times)

SPECIAL COMPETITION IN COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

Two Proposal Categories:
Research Proposals and Synthesis Proposals

Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG) has new funds within the FY2014 appropriation to support competitive “RESILIENCE” research during the next two years. LSG is seeking proposals that describe projects in two grant categories:  (1) RESEARCH Projects ($75K per year for 1-2 years; and (2) SYNTHESIS Projects ($25K per year for 1-2 years).  To learn more about the process of submitting a proposal and viewing documents necessary to formally apply for funding, visit the Louisiana Sea Grant web site at: www.laseagrant.org/rfp/Research-Synthesis-RFP.htm .

FUNDING PERIOD: One or Two Years from Start Date

ISSUE DATE:  June 27, 2014

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: August 6, 2014

PROPOSAL REVIEW DATE: September 3, 2014

NOTIFICATION OF AWARD: September 30, 2014

START DATE: 1 November 2014 or as requested by PI

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By Admin (on 6/26/2014 @ 11:54:47, in ORSP Announcements, read 257 times)

To: Faculty and Staff

From: Office of Business Affairs

Effective Date: 7/1/14

RE: Computer System Purchases

It is our mission to provide standard technology throughout the University to ensure a reduction in the overall cost as well as to remain in compliance with state guidelines.

The University of New Orleans has established a standardized configuration for laptops and desktops that will fit the needs of individuals and departments on campus.  University Computing and Communications (UCC) is responsible for providing the UNO community with computer system recommendations that will provide a secure and stable networking environment. 

All laptop and desktop computers that access UNO computing systems are required to be on the UNO network domain, to have updated operating systems and virus protection, and to follow the hardware standards indicated in this document.  A list of recommended standards has been developed for networked computers based on the Louisiana Office of Information Technology (OIT) current guidelines.  This list can be found in the UCC site under Purchasing Equipment

All computer requests should be emailed to UCC at projectsgroup@uno.edu prior to submitting a requisition to the Purchasing department. Once the request has been reviewed and approved by the UCC department, the end user will pick up from the approved tier computer listing and submit a requisition to Purchasing.  Any requests that go directly to Purchasing without prior UCC approval will be returned.  Make sure that UCC approval is tied to the purchase requisition.

Attached File:  Tiered.Computer.System.docx

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By Carol Lunn (on 6/19/2014 @ 13:40:15, in Important, read 284 times)
2013-2014 Fiscal Year End Deadlines Information

Invoices/Check Requests/Contractual Services/Travel Vouchers/Travel Logs/PCard Purchases

Due in Accounts Payable July 1 by Noon

In order to make the yearly closeout timely and accurate, please be aware of these important deadlines. Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Vendor Invoices Due Noon July 1, 2014

The following deadlines apply to all fund types (general, grant, & projects) regardless of fund type. If goods/services are delivered/rendered by 6/30/14, the invoice must be sent to Accounts Payable in order for it to be paid out of FY 2013-14 funds. If the invoice is not submitted to Accounts Payable by 7/1/2014, please notify Accounts Payable of the amount that needs to be expensed in FY 13-14.

Travel Vouchers/ Travel Logs/Check Requests/Contractual Services - Due Noon July 1, 2014

Reimbursement or payments directly to a vendor via check request or contractual agreement are not allowed on items which should have been purchased through the purchase order process. If you miss the PO deadlines, these items WILL NOT be accepted on a check request.

Remember to attach freeze exemptions to check requests and contractual services if applicable.

Travel advances are not charged to department budgets until properly supported travel vouchers are submitted to the AP department. Therefore, please clear your FY 13-14 travel advances.

BOA State Travel Card Charges

For travel that ends by June 30, logs and receipts for these charges must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Noon July 1.

PCard Purchases

All charges made through June 30 must be verified and approved by the supervisor by July 1.

Interdepartmental Billings

All interdepartmental billings must be submitted to General Accounting by Noon July 7.

Accounts Payable Contacts

Invoice Issues: Philip Coco pcoco@uno.edu

Travel Vouchers: Earline Barnes eallen@uno.edu

Check Requests, Honorariums, Contractual Services, Check Info: Greta Belmonte gatemple@uno.edu

BOA Travel and Pcard Issues: tmscott4@uno.edu

Budget Info, General Accounting Questions: Dana Bird dbird@uno.edu

General Accounting Contacts: Debra Alvarez interdepartmental@uno.edu
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By Admin (on 6/12/2014 @ 14:58:34, in Workshops, read 650 times)

This is a reminder, registration ending soon! Our Lunch & Learn speaker for the Month of June will be Andrea Thomson, Business Development Director, National Governments for CH2M Hill. CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations management, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. Our work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environment, nuclear, energy, facilities and urban environments. With $6.6 billion in revenue and 26,000 employee owners, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record, and has been named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix.

CH2M HILL is performing architect-engineer services at NASA's Stennis Space Center, and a variety of engineering and technical services at our 11 Gulf Coast offices within a 300-mile radius of Stennis. We have partnered with NASA since 1987 at the Marshall Space Flight Center, where we perform environmental engineering and logistics support services. CH2M HILL is currently leading a team to pursue the NASA SACOM opportunity at Stennis and the Michoud Assembly Facility.

CH2M HILL is committed to providing meaningful subcontracting opportunities to all types of small businesses.  Join us to learn about a few examples of our 14,000 projects currently underway all over the world, and how to work with CH2M HILL.

 

If you currently hold a Stennis Space Center security badge, please register no later than noon on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. This helps us determine our numbers for lunch.

 

If you do not hold a Stennis Space Center security badge, please register for this event no later than noon on Tuesday June 17, 2014 in order to ensure that a visitor's pass is authorized for you at the security office in time for your arrival.

 

You will have the choice when registering to bring a brown bag lunch or sign up for the $12.00 lunch that will be provided, payable at the door via check or cash.

 

By registering for the $12.00 provided lunch, you are making a commitment. If your attendance plans change please notify Belinda Gill at 228-688-3144 or belinda.n.gill@nasa.gov by June 17 so the food order can be modified. Those that register and do not give a cancellation notice by this date will be invoiced for the registration cost.

 

Register for this event by clicking  Register Now!

If you have any questions on how to register please contact Belinda Gill in our office. Belinda can be reached by email at belinda.n.gill@nasa.gov, or by phone at (228) 688-3144.  

 

Driving Directions can be found in the left hand column of this announcement. Just click on the directions needed.

 

If you are with the media or are an elected official please notify our office in advance.

 

Foreign Nationals must register a month in advance.
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By Admin (on 6/12/2014 @ 14:56:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 273 times)

(For projects beginning May 2015)
http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.

Notes: All U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two (2) faculty members.

Because this is a “Limited Submission” (UNO may only nominate two (2) faculty members), it is important that all eligible and interested faculty members submit a pre-proposal (described below) well in advance of NEH deadline.  That way, UNO’s two nominees can be identified and given plenty of time to submit a full proposal to NEH (due in late September of 2014).

The pre-proposal submitted to ORSP should include the following:

·         Limited Submission Proposal Checklist

·         Narrative (maximum 3-pages) to include:

-  Description of the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Provide an overview of the project, explaining the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study. Explain how the project will complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field.

-  Description of the work plan. Clarify the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend.

-  Description of your capability to carry out this work, how and to whom you intend to disseminate your results.

·         Full CV

Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically to vpresearch@uno.edu by June 30, 2014.

NOTE:

  • Faculty should carefully review the full program announcement before submitting a pre-proposal to ORSP.
  • ORSP can discuss the program, but cannot review and comment upon pre-proposal documents prior to Limited Submission deadlines.

Questions about the submission process should be sent to kbmarti1@uno.edu or you can contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at x6837.

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The University of New Orleans has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency for a period of five years. UNO is the first university in Louisiana to achieve the designation.

The CAE-Cyber Operations designation is reserved for a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering disciplines with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications. The program is in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of a cyber-secure nation.

"This is a huge honor for the University of New Orleans," said Golden Richard, professor of computer science and director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO. "This designation places strong emphasis on academic programs that prepare students to tackle real challenges in cybersecurity, meaning they have extensive skills in digital forensics, reverse engineering, network security and other areas."

During the rigorous application process, UNO computer science faculty members mapped out curricula that were aligned with standards created by the NSA, according to Richard. A team of four experts from the NSA also participated in two day-long visits to the University.

Nationally there are fewer than 15 institutions to hold the CAE-Cyber Operations designation—others include Carnegie Mellon University, Auburn University and Northeastern University.

The designation certificate will be presented at an awards ceremony at the 18th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on June 16 in San Diego, Calif.

The University of New Orleans' Department of Computer Science is already a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research.

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By Admin (on 6/3/2014 @ 12:34:48, in ORSP Announcements, read 520 times)

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Innovation Council (LIC) are delighted that this upcoming November will be the first-ever Louisiana Innovation Month. We are asking the higher education community to participate as a partner in the celebration.

 

Louisiana Innovation Month will provide an opportunity for the entire State of Louisiana to celebrate business creativity and innovation that builds upon existing innovation-related events (e.g., the New Orleans BioInnovation Center’s Innovation Louisiana Week, the Louisiana Technology Council’s Governor’s Technology Awards, Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, and other events scheduled around the state, including at higher education institutions). We envision that Innovation Month will provide an occasion to coordinate currently disparate efforts, positioning LED, LIC, regional economic development allies, and higher education as important partner catalysts for the development of a more diverse knowledge-sector based economy.

 

We ask that higher education institutions coordinate with LED on scheduling, when possible, innovation and entrepreneurship related activities that they may be planning or could plan during the month of November to maximize the visibility and collaboration potential for this first annual Louisiana Innovation Month. The innovative people, research, programs, and services at our States higher education institutions play a significant role in its vibrant economy and in the future that will result from the innovations being developed today.

 

Louisiana Economic Development’s contribution: In addition to coordinating the event, LED will highlight one Louisiana innovative company, person, or organization each business day (Note: Nomination does not guarantee selection.) in November on its website, OpportunityLouisiana.com. In addition, selected innovators will be subjects of articles in LEDs Louisiana Economic Quarterly (EQ) magazine, read by over 10,000 business decision makers and company relocation influencers nationally and internationally. We invite nominations from the higher education community.

 

For purposes of nominations, we define innovation as follows: born from creativity and ingenuity, Louisiana innovation addresses problems, meets previously unmet needs, and/or spurs new thinking through creating something new and different, altering the use of existing forms or ideas, or expanding/redefining  the bounds of the possible or feasible. Nominations are due Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

 

NOMINATION SURVEY LINK: http://opportunitylouisiana.com/index.cfm/form/home/15

 

We look forward to working with you and your teams on this exciting endeavor and welcome any questions you may have. Dr. Jenee Slocum will coordinate the month on behalf of the LIC and nominations on behalf of LED. She can be reached at 225.342.5393 or  jenee.slocum@la.gov.

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By Admin (on 5/29/2014 @ 11:50:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 260 times)

The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a 5-year $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grant is aimed at helping research universities improve persistence of students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and reinvigorating introductory science courses.

UNO is one of 37 institutions and the only one in Louisiana to receive a grant. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) invited 203 research universities from across the country to apply for the grants.

"This grant will allow us to address some critical barriers to our students' success in STEM majors," said Wendy Schluchter, professor and chair of biological sciences, and the grant's principal investigator.

According to Schluchter, UNO will offer week-long boot camps in math and biology for up to 150 freshmen who want to major in science and engineering to refresh their math skills and explain professors' expectations. These students will be invited to participate in learning communities to help develop their critical thinking skills and encourage them to start identifying themselves as scientists. There will also be a shift in the math and science curricula to emphasize problem solving and active-learning approaches over lectures, Schluchter said.

"The award is a testament to our outstanding faculty," said Steve Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences. "Their innovative approaches to gateway courses in biology and mathematics, and the emphasis on summer advising camps and STEM learning communities will enhance retention of students and continue the long tradition of curriculum innovation in the College of Sciences."

The co-principal investigators on the grant are Tumulesh Solanky, professor and chair of mathematics, and Jerry Howard, associate professor of biological sciences.

A 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology singled out a troubling trend among students interested in STEM disciplines: Today fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college with the intention of majoring in a STEM field complete a STEM degree. Additionally, because of the rapidly changing racial demographics of the nation's talent pool, only about 20 percent of students from underrepresented ethnic groups persist in STEM.

"In the United States, sustaining excellence in science depends on research universities, which are small in number but large in impact," said Sean Carroll, vice president for science education at HHMI. "HHMI wants to encourage these excellent institutions to achieve more."

Since 1988, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded more than $935 million in grants to 274 public and private colleges and universities to support science education in the United States.


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