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By Admin (on 3/28/2014 @ 14:36:55, in Workshops, read 448 times)

PRE-PROPOSAL WORKSHOP

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014:

Educator Professional Development Solicitation (EPD)

 NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 Omnibus NASA Research Announcement for Educator Professional Development (EPD).

A pre-proposal workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:00pm EST.

To participate in the workshop follow the instructions below.

To join the web conference:

  Click this link Educator Professional Development Web Conference.

To join the conference call:

  Dial 877-449-9072, and enter 8125991 for the participant passcode.

 If you have questions about the solicitation or process you can send them to EducProfDevFAQ@nasaprs.com. Depending on the subject matter, questions received might be addressed during the conference call.

 It is important that you check back prior to the workshop for additional or updated information.

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By Admin (on 3/24/2014 @ 14:45:59, in ORSP Announcements, read 344 times)

New Slate of UNO Research Recognition Prizes

For implementation during FY2014

(prizes to be awarded in Fall 2014)

 UNO is committed to excellence as an urban, research university.  The concept of research at UNO is a broad one, encompassing creative advances in the science, social sciences, and engineering, as well as scholarly achievements in the education, business, the humanities, and fine arts.  Recognizing and rewarding scholarly excellence in our faculty is essential to maintaining a healthy atmosphere of creativity and innovation—elements crucial to a thriving research university.  Attached are descriptions, criteria, and processes for three new recognition prizes within the domain of research and scholarship, slated to begin in 2014.  Two of these new prizes (the Research Excellence Prize and the Early Career Research Prize) are nomination-based; the third (the Competitive Funding Prize) is based purely on grant success and the calculations will be made by my staff. For more information, please review the attached guidelines.

 For the nomination-based prizes, please consider nominating a worthy colleague and/or working with your department chair to secure a nomination for yourself. Nominations should be sent to ORSP@uno.edu no later than May 16, 2014 in order to be eligible, but may be submitted any time between now and then. Awardees will be announced in Fall 2014.

 On behalf of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Research Council, and myself, we appreciate all that our wonderful researchers do to advance the mission of UNO and to make the learning experience of our students infused with creativity and knowledge creation at the vanguard of the many fields represented at UNO.  We look forward to reviewing the nominations and joining together to celebrate the success of our faculty.

GUIDELINES FOR THE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The Research Excellence Prize is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Research Excellence Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for UNO Research Excellence Prize must be associate or full professors in one of the academic departments.  Faculty who have received a Research Excellence Prize in the last five years are not eligible (the award initiates in FY14, so this rule is not applicable until FY15). Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding and sustained record of creative and scholarly activity and on his/her status among experts in the respective field.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements, and a list of the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of six off-campus experts in the nominee's field.  If the nominee's work is interdisciplinary or subdisciplinary, the relevant fields or subfields of the referees should be clearly indicated.  Do not request or send such recommendations.  If needed, they will be solicited by the Research Council from names on the list and from other appropriate sources.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


GUIDELINES FOR THE EARLY CAREER RESEARCH PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The UNO Early Career Research Prize is a recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their award, and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation as the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).   Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Early Career Research Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for the UNO Early Career Research Prize must be assistant professors at the time of the award in one of the academic departments and must have passed their third-year review.  Faculty who have received a prior Early Career Research Prize are not eligible. Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding record of creative and scholarly activity.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements and future objectives.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


  GUIDELINES FOR THE COMPETITIVE FUNDING PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The Competitive Funding Prize is a recognition for the UNO researcher who, as a Principal Investigator (PI), has achieved the highest of amount of competitive funding awards in the past fiscal year.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Normally, only one UNO Competitive Funding Prize will be awarded per year.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development reserves the right to deviate from this norm and award fewer or more than one Competitive Funding Prize in a given year, if circumstances warrant the deviation.

 

CRITERIA

                The calculation will be based on the official award notice of finalized budget from the sponsor(s) in the prior fiscal year.  Multiple awards to the same PI will be added together to determine the value used for the prize determination.  The following examples are offered to clarify the criteria.

 

Example 1

·         NSF award of $200,000 for each of 5 years ($1 million total)

·         Award notice provides authorization for the entire amount

·         The entire amount ($1 million) will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (there will be no additional amount from this award used in the calculation for subsequent years unless a supplemental award budget is granted)

 

Example 2

·         NIH award of $200,000 for year 1 and the possibility of 4 additional years

·         Award notice provides authorization for year 1 only

·         Year 1 budget of $200,000 will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (any future funding within the grant will be counted in the year it is awarded)

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will review the tabulations of external awards provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and may request additional information or review if there are questions of fact or proposed extenuating circumstances.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/21/2014 @ 15:07:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 285 times)

Summer Research Programs 2014

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2014 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty and research employees are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. The forms and guidelines are available on the Summer Research Program SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx

There are two available summer awards:

1.             SCoRe (Stimulating Competitive Research)

The goal of the SCoRe award is to enhance the UNO faculty’s ability to successfully compete for extramural sponsored research funding. The SCoRe award is intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity. Funding priorities include collection of preliminary data, planning and writing of grant proposals for external funding, maintenance of laboratory activities while preparing for a new area of research, and the purchase of research equipment. As a rule, the SCoRe award will not be used for on-going support of existing projects for which outside funding might reasonably be expected. Funding can be requested for graduate student support, undergraduate assistance, up to one month of PI regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $12,000.

2.             CEO (Creative Endeavor Opportunity)

The goal is to provide 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 will be 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. This funding could be used for as much as one month regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research support, or subventions (page charges, book subventions, theatre/music/art productions) or some combination thereof. Cap: $5,000

Budget Note: These internal awards may be used to support regular summer salary, but may not be used for extra compensation. The current fringe benefit rate (41%) is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit. Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards.

Deadline for submission of applications:  March 24, 2014

Dates for funds to be used:  

Day after spring academic appointments end: May 17, 2014  

Day before fall academic appointments begin: August 10, 2014

Final Report Due: October 1, 2014

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By Admin (on 3/7/2014 @ 23:42:50, in Funding Opportunities, read 382 times)
Request for Proposals for the second round of the FY13 -14 Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT -IN) program. This LA EPSCoR program seeks to facilitate partnerships between science and engineering faculty and business/industrial entities. Proposals submitted under this RFP are due Thursday, May 22, 2014. The last day to answer questions about this RFP is Thursday, May 8, 2014. Please distribute widely
to interested parties. The RFP (in PDF) and the required forms (in Microsoft Word) are also available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://web.laregents.org/.

https://web.laregents.org/2014/02/24/opportunities-for-partnerships-in-technology-with-industry-opt-in-second-round-2/
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By Admin (on 2/28/2014 @ 16:21:36, in Funding Opportunities, read 299 times)

Summer Research Programs 2014

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2014 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty and research employees are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. The forms and guidelines are available on the Summer Research Program SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx

There are two available summer awards:

1.             SCoRe (Stimulating Competitive Research)

The goal of the SCoRe award is to enhance the UNO faculty’s ability to successfully compete for extramural sponsored research funding. The SCoRe award is intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity. Funding priorities include collection of preliminary data, planning and writing of grant proposals for external funding, maintenance of laboratory activities while preparing for a new area of research, and the purchase of research equipment. As a rule, the SCoRe award will not be used for on-going support of existing projects for which outside funding might reasonably be expected. Funding can be requested for graduate student support, undergraduate assistance, up to one month of PI regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $12,000.

2.             CEO (Creative Endeavor Opportunity)

The goal is to provide 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 will be 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. This funding could be used for as much as one month regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research support, or subventions (page charges, book subventions, theatre/music/art productions) or some combination thereof. Cap: $5,000

Budget Note: These internal awards may be used to support regular summer salary, but may not be used for extra compensation. The current fringe benefit rate (41%) is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit. Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards.

Deadline for submission of applications:  March 24, 2014

Dates for funds to be used:  

Day after spring academic appointments end: May 17, 2014  

Day before fall academic appointments begin: August 10, 2014

Final Report Due: October 1, 2014

Attached File:  ORSP.Internal.Summer.Research.Grant.2014.zip

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By Admin (on 2/28/2014 @ 15:44:53, in ORSP Announcements, read 229 times)

The University of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a partnership with the goal of encouraging and enhancing study in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for UNO students and faculty.

UNO and the Corps of Engineers will collaborate on research projects of mutual interest which may include soil testing, water quality testing, coastal dredging, land loss prevention and surge modeling.

"This partnership is an important step forward for the UNO College of Engineering in its commitment to being a resource and collaborator with local, state and federal entities," said Norm Whitley, dean of the College of Engineering. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a critical player in the future of the city of New Orleans and all of south Louisiana. We are excited about working with the Corps on the important environmental and infrastructure issues that challenge our community's existence and prosperity."

"We are proud to establish a partnership agreement with the University of New Orleans," said Col. Rick Hansen, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District. "This mutually supportive relationship underscores the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in the future of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the nation."

Some examples of how the agreement will be enacted include:

  • The Corps of Engineers will hire UNO students to work on projects through internships and other cooperative agreements at the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District.
  • The Corps of Engineers and UNO faculty will identify specific areas of research where UNO students can obtain academic credit for work on Corps projects.
  • The Corps of Engineers will involve UNO faculty on specific research projects through cooperative agreements.
  • The Corps of Engineers will loan or donate equipment to UNO.
  • The Corps of Engineers will establish a list of volunteer professionals—including Corps employees, contractors, vendors and other associates—to support mentoring and specialized teaching activities for UNO students.
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By Admin (on 2/21/2014 @ 16:18:13, in ORSP Announcements, read 275 times)

NPR has an interesting piece on their website concerning recent allegations that a Chinese spy was trying to steal technology and that these allegations are in fact nothing new. Audie Cornish talks to James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about protecting U.S. technology from spying abroad.

You can listen to the story or read the transcript here: http://www.npr.org/2014/02/17/278667332/the-art-and-practice-of-protecting-american-technology

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By Admin (on 2/18/2014 @ 11:17:02, in Workshops, read 378 times)
Just a reminder that this afternoon the Office of Research is conducting an ORSP Open Discussion on Budgets; the session will be held in AD 102 and will start at 2 pm. In this session, a brief discussion of the ORSP budget template will be provided by Carol Mitton, Research Administrator for the Colleges of Business and Education, and then the attendees can ask questions related to grant/award budgeting issues. David Muscarello, Director of Sponsored Programs Accounting will be present as well as Carol Lunn, Executive Director of ORSP. Questions can be on topics such as fringe benefits, GAs, indirect cost, cost share, budget adjustments, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton at cmitton@uno.edu or extension 5546.
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By Admin (on 2/14/2014 @ 10:18:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 250 times)

The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Port of New Orleans announced a partnership that will focus on transportation research, community outreach and workforce development. In support of these projects, the Port will provide an in-kind match of organizational resources worth approximately $215,000 to the UNO Transportation Institute.

"This new partnership connects UNO students, faculty and staff with the Port of New Orleans, enabling cutting-edge freight research, outreach activities and workforce development," said John Renne, associate professor and director of the UNO Transportation Institute. "This partnership is a good example of what Governor Jindal is asking of Louisiana universities—to become more engaged with industry to create research and educational opportunities in sectors with strong job growth."

"This partnership with the University of New Orleans will promote economic development throughout the entire maritime community on the Lower Mississippi River," said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. "By collaborating with stakeholders and utilizing the academic expertise of university leaders, we will enhance our community outreach efforts, strengthen the region's competitiveness and address future workforce needs through research and education initiatives. We look forward to continuing and growing our long-standing relationship with UNO."

The UNO Transportation Institute is a partner in two maritime-related University Transportation Centers, established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The purpose of these centers is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in transportation through research, education and outreach while addressing vital workforce needs for the next generation of transportation leaders.

In order to fulfill its obligation as a member of these University Transportation Centers, the UNO Transportation Institute, in partnership with the Port of New Orleans, will engage in a number of projects including:

  • Investigate the best practices of liquefied natural gas bunkering.
  • Analyze the maritime industry's progress on e-Navigation, a concept designed to bring about increased safety and security in commercial shipping through better organization and exchange of data.
  • Hold a maritime workforce summit to educate high school and college students about maritime careers and connect employers with those seeking jobs in the maritime industry.
  • Develop a web-based K-12 maritime curriculum that will educate students about the history of the Port of New Orleans, its current operations and its international economic impact.
  • Work to establish the state's first chapter of the Women in Transportation Seminar, an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.
  • The Port of New Orleans' in-kind match of organizational resources includes facility space, personnel time, equipment and software.

The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute focuses on the role of transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future. Faculty and staff associated with the institute are recognized for their expertise in transportation policy, maritime and port planning, evacuation planning, transit and streetcars, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and transit-oriented development.

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By Admin (on 2/7/2014 @ 16:31:27, in Workshops, read 276 times)

Space Systems Engineering, a new massive open online course or MOOC from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on Monday, March 3, 2014. The six-week general-audience course is available to the public at no cost and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA's engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

 

Students can enroll prior to March at the course registration page and may also join the course at any point thereafter. Each week, registered students will receive an email detailing their assignments, questions for discussion, and opportunities to interact with one another and course designers, including NASA staff, through discussion forums.

 

Related Links

Enrollment: http://www.saylor.org/sse-enrollment-page/

NASA scientist interviews: http://www.saylor.org/scienceminded/

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