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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:45:59, in Funding Opportunities, read 372 times)
NSF issued the following notice on the impact of the FY 2013 Sequestration Order on NSF awards.

As you may know, since passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the President has been working with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan. If an agreement is not reached by the end of this month, the President will be required to issue an order on March 1, 2013 that will implement across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. As a result of this expected sequestration order, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 appropriations of the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be reduced by 5 percent.

We intend to make the necessary FY 2013 reductions with as little disruption as possible to established commitments, and are using the following set of core principles to guide our sequestration planning activities: • Protect commitments to NSF's core mission and maintain existing awards; • Protect the NSF workforce; and • Protect STEM human capital development programs.

By adhering to these core principles and the government-wide guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Memorandum 13-03, Planning for Uncertainty with Respect to Fiscal Year 2013 Budgetary Resources, we expect to be able to accommodate the sequestration reductions in ways that minimize, to the extent possible, the impact on our mission, both short- and long-term. Because the sequestration order takes effect at mid-year, its impact is somewhat greater than might otherwise be the case. At NSF, the major impact of sequestration will be seen in reductions to the number of new research grants and cooperative agreements awarded in FY 2013. We anticipate that the total number of new research grants will be reduced by approximately 1,000.

In keeping with the first core principle listed above, and to assure continuity and minimize disruption of scientific research, all continuing grant increments in FY 2013 will be awarded, as scheduled, and there will be no impact on existing NSF standard grants. The same intent applies to annual increments for cooperative agreements, though overall funding constraints may require reductions to certain major investments. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

It is also important to advise you that the Foundation is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will expire on March 27, 2013. Once NSF has appropriations in place beyond March 27th, we will revise this notice as necessary.

In FY 2012, NSF received 48,623 proposals and provided 11,534 awards (24% funding rate).

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:29:33, in Internal Grant Program, read 481 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening competition for the 2013 Summer Research Programs.

Eligible UNO faculty members 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.

Budget Note: These internal awards will not cover extra compensation, but only regular summer salary. The current fringe benefit rate is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit. Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards.

Deadline for submission of applications is April 1, 2013. Dates for funds to be used is May 18, 2013 thru August 18, 2013.

The proposal format, ranking forms and SRP Proposal Form are all posted on the summer research program SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx. Summer awards must be submitted on the ORSP routing form in SharePoint and there is a link to the routing form on the summer research SharePoint site.

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:23:53, in Vice President Ramblings, read 539 times)
Dr. Steven Johnson is serving as Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Many of you many know him from his term as Dean of the College of Science. He has agreed to serve as Interim Vice President while a national search is underway.

Welcome to the office Dr. Johnson!

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 12/19/2012 @ 17:25:56, in Vice President Ramblings, read 594 times)
It is with some sadness that I write that this is my last blog as Vice President for Research at UNO. After 34 years at the university I am retiring at the end of the fall semester. Starting in January I will be the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of Montana. During my tenure in this office the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, with the assistance of many units on this campus, has accomplished several notables of which we can be proud: We have negotiated several large contracts and contract vehicles which have benefitted faculty members in several departments and colleges across campus, including: SPAWAR contract of $50M over 5 years, SPAWAR MAC contract of $30M over 6 years, Medicaid contract of $12.2M over 3 years, DHH IT contract of $13.4M over 3 years. Working with the University Senate, we established a Summer Research Program which has funded X projects totaling $Y in the CEO, SCORE and SUE programs. We established a policy on indirect return to the Colleges and Board-Approved Centers and Institutes which has returned $X to those units. We established the Undergraduate Research Council and helped to initiate the InnovateUNO Student Research event and revamped the Research Council to broaden participation across campus. Working with the Graduate School, we developed the Dissertation Improvement Grant/Thesis Improvement Grant program to help graduate students complete their studies and to provide training in proposal writing. Working with the Research Council and the Deans, we have implemented the Faculty Incentive Pay Program (FIPP) which will reward faculty who buy-out of academic year teaching through external grants. Working with the Research Council, we expanded the research professor title to include Early Research Professor, University Research Professor and President’s Research Professor and acknowledged the outstanding contribution of X such research professors to UNO’s research mission. Along with the UNO Research and Technology Foundation staff, we have helped to increase the number of business and state government tenants in the UNO Research and Technology Park which now houses nearly 1500 employees. I know that the UNO research enterprise will flourish. Under the professional direction of Carol Lunn and the staff of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and David Muscarello and the staff of Sponsored Programs Accounting, the transition to a new Vice President for Research and Development will be smooth. UNO will continue to be the Public Urban Research University of Louisiana.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/7/2012 @ 08:35:53, in Funding Opportunities, read 514 times)
ORAU is announcing a Call for Proposals for the FY 2013 ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Program. The plan is to award two new grants. The FY 2013 Call for Proposals is similar to the FY 2012 program. Proposals must be submitted by an ORAU member institution faculty member in collaboration with an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research staff member listed as a principal investigator on one of the ORNL 2013 Research Projects. Information on how to apply, the proposal requirements, and the list of ORNL research projects is available on the Members Only web site. Enter your Members Only user-id and password, and under the Apply for Faculty and Student Programs menu on the right, select ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Grant Program. Proposals are due by noon EST on Monday, December 17, 2012, and must be endorsed and submitted by the institution’s ORAU Councilor. Only one faculty proposal per institution will be considered. This program provides ORAU member institutions with a potential of $75K in funding (over three years) for research using ORNL's supercomputing resources in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Please share this preliminary call for proposals with interested faculty at your institution. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail Cathy Fore at 865-241-8158, cathy.fore@orau.org.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/5/2012 @ 14:17:17, in Funding Opportunities, read 714 times)
TOPIC: RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITES AT LTRC FOR UNIVERSITY FACULTY IN VARIOUS DISCIPLINE AREAS TIME: 2:30 DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012 VENUE: Amphitheater Room 154 Lindy Boggs Conference Center, UNO Research Park BACKGROUND: SENIOR LTRC ADMINISTRATORS – MR. SKIP PAUL, DIRECTOR & DR. VJ GOPU, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR -- WILL PRESENT AN OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITES FOR FACULTY AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. LTRC FUNDS RESEARCH EFFORTS RELATED TO THE BROAD FIELD OF TRANSPORTATION THAT ENGAGE/SUPPORT FACULTY IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: ENGINEERING: CIVIL, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SCIENCES: PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS, PHYSCHOLOLGY & COMPUTER SCIENCE LIBERAL ARTS: URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, GEOGRAPHY, SOCIOLOGY & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: ECONOMICS AND FINANCE, MANAGEMENT & MARKETING
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/1/2012 @ 12:35:06, in Funding Opportunities, read 757 times)
The Department of Defense (DoD) manages 425 Federally-listed species and more than 520 species at-risk on its 29 million acres of public lands. Included are 110 of the 251 “Multi-District Litigation” (MDL) candidate species for which the USFWS must make listing decisions no later than September 2017. DoD is interested in developing and enhancing ecoregional-based (environmental) projects and partnerships. For more information see below and visit www.DoDNaturalResources.net/ESA-links.html If you are interested in pursuing environmental R&D funding from the SERDP program please email us at orsp@uno.edu. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/26/2012 @ 13:59:24, in Vice President Ramblings, read 781 times)
UNO Undergraduates: If you are involved in a project that involves research, scholarly work, creative work, or service learning, plan to present your results at UNO’s first ever Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Showcase. Students can present their work in a poster, oral presentation, art display, performance, or screening. Date of the Showcase is March 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted starting in mid-November. Stay tuned for abstract submission details.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/18/2012 @ 10:43:05, in Workshops, read 595 times)
Data Management at UNO – Brown Bag Discussion Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:3-1:30pm, Library Room 407
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/10/2012 @ 13:07:00, in Vice President Ramblings, read 630 times)
The University of New Orleans will receive $966,350 from the National Science Foundation for its role in a project to conserve biodiversity under climate change in Central Africa. The total grant is for $4.95 million for a period of five years and was awarded through the agency’s program in Partnerships for International Science and Education. Nicola Anthony, UNO associate professor of biological sciences, is a co-principal investigator on the project, along with Mary Katherine Gonder of the University at Albany, State University of New York. Thomas Smith of the University of California, Los Angeles is the principal investigator.
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