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By Carol Lunn (on 4/2/2013 @ 09:13:04, in ORSP Announcements, read 966 times)
The call for research professor nominations was sent to the colleges.

This honor is valued by the recipients who receive both recognition for their productivity and achievements. There are many faculty members who deserve this award for their contribution to scholarship and to the growing reputation of the University of New Orleans as one of the top 200 research universities in the United States of America.

The title, Early Research Professor, is recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their appointment, who have passed their third-year review and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. The title, University Research Professor, is recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. The title, Chancellor’s Research Professor, is recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly work while at the University.

The nomination packet for all three awards should be sent via email to The vita of the nominee should be attached to the email. The list of external reviewers, if required, and any additional materials should be either attached to or included in the body of the email. The email should originate with the Department Chair and be routed through the Dean for their notification and recommendation.

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/22/2013 @ 11:45:37, in Important, read 1046 times)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is happy to announce that project reporting has successfully been transitioned to This means that you will now log in to to prepare and submit your final, annual, and interim project reports. You will also continue to use to submit your Project Outcomes Reports.

NSF would like to thank the 19 research organizations who volunteered to pilot this service starting in October 2012. Because of their feedback, we were able to improve the service before the final rollout. is NSF's grants management system that provides easy access to research-related information and grants management services in one location. is the modernization of FastLane, providing the next generation of grants management capabilities for the research community.

Where Can I Find Out More? For more information about the transition of annual, final, and interim project reporting to, please visit the Project Report Informational Page or see our Online Help. For technical assistance, contact the Help Desk, 7 AM - 9 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays):

• Email the Help Desk at:

• Call the Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/18/2013 @ 14:04:02, in Board of Regents, read 1223 times)
The Louisiana Board of Regents has a program to fund projects for a faculty member working with an industrial partner. The project can either have a research or commercialization focus. The application deadline is May 3rd. The Office of Research is conducting a workshop on Thursday, March 21st at 10 am (in EN 321) to briefly describe the program and application process. Faculty members who hold an active award or have recently had an award in this program will be in attendance to answer any questions and/or provide pointers on the program. The workshop is open to faculty, staff and students. Attached is the Request for Proposals for more details and the application forms.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register on SharePoint: Click “Add new item” and complete the requested data. Students will need to email Carol Mitton ( to register. Registration is requested but not required.

Questions about this workshop or the program can be directed to Carol Mitton (280-5546 or

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 14:00:41, in Funding Opportunities, read 918 times)
Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane system to begin automated compliance checking of all required sections of proposals. This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) ( Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)).

The GPG-required sections of a proposal include: Project Summary * Budget Justification Project Description Current and Pending Support References Cited Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources Biographical Sketch(es) Data Management Plan * Budget Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)* * These proposal sections are already being auto-compliance checked by FastLane.

Proposal submission instructions for conferences, symposia or workshops; international travel grants; or program solicitations may deviate from the GPG instructions. If the submission instructions do not require one of the above sections to be provided, proposers will need to insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable.” Doing so will enable FastLane to accept the proposal.

Additionally, proposers providing Biographical Sketches and/or Current and Pending Support information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PI(s) or Senior Personnel in a single PDF file associated with the PI, must insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable,” for any co-PI or Senior Personnel so that FastLane will accept the proposal.

PIs will receive a warning message if any of the GPG-required sections is missing, however, the PI will still be able to submit the proposal to the organization’s Sponsored Project Office (SPO). If the SPO attempts to submit proposal that is missing any of the GPG required sections, they will receive an error message identifying the missing section(s), and FastLane will prevent submission to NSF. After obtaining all required sections, the SPO may submit the proposal to NSF in accordance with the established deadline date policy.

Proposals submitted through must include all GPG required sections or include a document stating that the section is “Not Applicable.

Additional information will be posted on the NSF website at: Please contact for any further questions.

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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:57:52, in Important, read 948 times)
As promised, NIH has issued a “request for information” to help with its plans to implement recommendations of the Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce. During a presentation to the Advisory Committee to the Director in December, Sally Rockey, NIH deputy director for extramural research, said the agency wanted input from universities and others about a variety of initiatives designed to make the research workforce more self-sustaining (RRC 2/13, p. 1). NIH’s notice, posted Feb. 22, asked for comment on seven proposals, among them how institutions could utilize individual development plans “to help tailor the training experiences for each student,” “provide a more uniform benefit package for post-doctorates” and develop systems for tracking the career development of grantees. NIH said responses “will be accepted through April 22, 2013.”


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By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:45:59, in Funding Opportunities, read 959 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 1377 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: 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 1408 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 1514 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 1269 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,
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