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Currently, FastLane allows you to start a new proposal by copying from a previously submitted proposal or by using a previously created template.

Starting August 2, applicants will only be able to copy proposals submitted under the current version of NSF's Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).

Additionally, you will no longer be able to create and save templates in FastLane.

However, the standard process for creating a new proposal remains unchanged.

Also, when you create reports, which are now submitted in Research.Gov, you can log in using your Fastlane user ID and password.

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By Admin (on 9/6/2013 @ 15:36:55, in Professional Development, read 1142 times)

FALL 2013 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

Attached is the Fall 2013 Office of Research Professional Development Schedule.  Please take some time to look over the schedule.  If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please register on SharePoint.  Registration instructions are on the attached document.  If you have any questions on scheduled sessions, please contact Carol Mitton at extension 5546 or cmitton@uno.edu.

In addition to these scheduled sessions, the Office of Research can provide training at the college and/or department level.  Please contact your college’s Research Administrator for more information:

College of Business:        Carol Mitton, extension 5546, cmitton@uno.edu

College of Education:      Carol Mitton, extension 5546, cmitton@uno.edu

College of Engineering:  Analida Barrera, extension 6835, ambarrer@uno.edu

College of Liberal Arts:   Kendy Martinez, extension  , kbmarti1@uno.edu

College of Sciences:        Rebecca Drake, extension , rdrake@uno.edu

We also have training online through SharePoint (link: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/Research%20Training/Forms/MyItems.aspx, click Add Document to open a training form).   You can view any of the training modules without completing the requested information on the top of the form.  You will need to complete the information if you want to take a quiz and receive credit for completing the training.             

Attached File:  Fall.2013.schedule.docx

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By Admin (on 9/6/2013 @ 15:39:24, in Funding Opportunities, read 978 times)

LaSPACE is now accepting proposals for our Research Enhancement Awards’ (REA) program, which provides small 'seed' grants for scientific research at colleges and universities that are participating members of the consortium. Particularly, the REA program is aimed at the emerging researcher and/or the established researcher who wishes to initiate a new research direction for the development of projects, contacts, and collaborations that will bring Louisiana scientists into the mainstream of NASA related research, thereby increasing the chance to fully and successfully compete in the aerospace R & D marketplace.

 Please take note of the details listed below.

·         Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, October 16, 2013

·         We hope to have external reviews completed and be able to announce the awards by Wednesday, December 11, 2013

·         We anticipate awarded projects will begin at the start of the Spring 2014 semester

·         Complete proposal guidelines for the REA competition are available online at http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php#REA

·         Forms within the Guidelines have been recently updated. Proposals must follow the current guidelines and utilize the current forms. Proposals submitted under previous guidelines/outdated forms will NOT be reviewed.

 If you have any questions about the requirements or format, please do not hesitate to contact me. Be sure to share this information with your colleagues across your campus.

 Best,

Colleen

 Colleen H. Fava, LaSPACE Manager

Louisiana Space Grant Consortium

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy

364 Nicholson Hall ӏ Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001

ӏ O: 225.578.8680 ӏ F: 225.578.1222 ӏ

fava@phunds.phys.lsu.edu ӏ http://laspace.lsu.edu/

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By Carol Lunn (on 9/30/2013 @ 13:48:18, in ORSP Announcements, read 997 times)
Last week was the annual reception to celebrate our researchers and to honor our research professor award recipients.

The Early Research Professor Award is recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor, who have passed their third-year review and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

The winner of the 2013 Early Research Professor Award is: Brandon Taravella, Assistant Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Dr. Brandon Taravella joined UNO in the Fall of 2009 as Assistant Professor for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Prior to that, he was an adjunct instructor since 2005. In his relatively short time at UNO Dr. Taravella has successfully started and enhanced an externally funded research program exceeding 1.2 million in funding. These awards support UNO students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Brandon has also acquired equipment which greatly enhances the Engineering facilities such as a 3D printer and specialized PIV systems for the towing tank. Dr. Taravella’s robotic eel project has resulted in extremely positive public exposure for the College of Engineering and the University of New Orleans. Brandon’s eel has been featured on television, in the news, and is on the front of the UNO Magazine. His funding sponsors include ONR, Trinity Marine Products, ATI Defense and the Vietnam Education Foundation. The University Research Professor award 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 winner of the 2013 University Research Professor Award is: Steven Rick, Professor of Chemistry Professor Steven Rick joined UNO as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and to Professor in 2010. During his tenure Dr. Rick has created and maintained an active and productive research program with national and international impact.

Dr. Rick has published 51 peer reviewed journal articles. Based on the Science Citation Index, his published work has been cited in scientific literature over 2,500 times, an extraordinary level of impact at his career stage. Dr. Rick’s research group focuses on computational methods for understanding the interactions of molecules, including how water interacts with other molecules. These studies provide important information in understanding how proteins fold, which is important for disease treatment, and how new materials behave in the presence of water. In his 12 years at UNO, Steven has served as the chair of the Chemistry Department’s Graduate Selections Committee and as the department webmaster. He has participated in numerous community outreach programs, providing informal science education opportunities in K-12 schools and other venues. He is an excellent mentor of young scientists and is also involved in the undergraduate research summer program. Dr. Rick has been a successful grant writer who has brought almost 1 million dollars since 2006 as a lead PI. His funding has derived from numerous agencies including the National Science Foundation, Tulane University partnerships, and the Board of Regents.
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By Carol Lunn (on 10/4/2013 @ 13:51:10, in Important, read 953 times)
The University of New Orleans Emergency Preparedness team is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico. The University is currently operating under normal conditions. At this time, the greater New Orleans metropolitan area remains outside the hurricane watch zone.

For updates please check the UNO homepage.

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/4/2013 @ 14:17:11, in Important, read 1100 times)
Our federal sponsors had prepared written procedures for what to expect in the event of a government shut-down, and we hope that the shut-down will be brief. Some of the key items relative to impacts on our campus are:

Proposal submissions to federal agencies - Grants.gov will continue to be functional during a shut-down for receipt of grant proposals. However, grants.gov will not be delivering the proposals to the sponsoring agencies. Therefore, you will not know until the shutdown concludes whether your proposal made it through all of the error checking for that particular agency’s rules. For NSF proposals, Fastlane will not be available during the shutdown. NSF will provide updated information about any deadlines occurring during a shutdown after business at the agency resumes.

Grant and Contract Funding - Agencies will allow work being performed under already funded awards to continue unless an agency has provide a stop work notice for a particular award. No new awards, award increments, supplements or modifications will be processed during the shutdown. HHS will allow the university to continue to draw down funds on existing awards, but NSF’s payment mechanisms will not be available. Nonetheless, UNO will continue to support existing projects to prevent disruption of research activities. In the event a project account expires while waiting for the next award increment, please utilize the Advance Number Request Form https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/default.aspx to continue your sponsored research account.

Research Collaborations/subcontracts - Sponsored Programs will not be able to issue (execute) new subawards or subaward amendments on federally funded programs that are expired during the shut- down even if an advance account request is in place. Collaborators should be prepared to utilize their own risk-account processes for the duration of the shut-down in order to continue ongoing research work.

Availability of federal staff - Federal staff will be furloughed for the duration of the shut down and will not be available for questions or discussions or speaking engagements.

Grant and Contract Reporting - NSF and HHS systems for reporting (research.gov, RPPR) will not be functional during a shutdown. Federal staff will also not be available to assist with requests for modifications and/or guidance relative to your awards. Please be prepared to submit required reports as soon as the government and its systems are up and running again.

You can find more detailed information about individual agency specifics by following the links below:

http://www.srainternational.org/sra03/template/tntbAB.cfm?id=6008

http://www.hhs.gov/budget/fy2014/fy2014contingency_staffing_plan-rev2.pdf

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/contingencyplans/2013/nsf-shutdown2013.pdf

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2013/09/agencies-post-shutdown-plans-online/70976/?oref=govexec_today_nl

Thank you.

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/14/2013 @ 16:42:29, in ORSP Announcements, read 1080 times)
The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to establish and offer the first UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research Technology Park on November 1, 2013. The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer five parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, and civil & environmental engineering.

The five parallel tracks cover topics in (1) Engineering Education; (2) Energy; (3) Electric Power Systems; (4) Student Projects; and (5) Civil, Coastal, & Environmental Engineering by presenters from participating universities and industries. Participants can earn up to 6 Professional Development Hours.

For more information please visit their website: http://www.uno-ef.org/

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/21/2013 @ 14:24:13, in Important, read 1069 times)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have released information regarding the resumption of operations since the shutdown ended.

NIH

All October grant application due dates have been rescheduled as follows:

R01s, U01s (New) had an original due date of October 5 and a new due date of November 12.

Ks (New) had an original due date of October 12 and a new due date of November 12.

R03s, R21s, R34s, R36s (New) had an original due date of October 16 and a new due date of November 18.

R15s (All) had an original due date of October 25 and a new due date of November 18.

For other opportunities with application due dates not listed above, applications are tentatively due on November 1.

The eRA Commons will be available for public access on October 21. Applications submitted since October 1 have been held at Grants.gov and will be processed by NIH’s eRA systems on October 21, once NIH makes eRA systems available. Also, since October application due dates are moving to November, NIH is giving applicants who have already submitted an application for an October due date the opportunity to replace the submission with a “refreshed” application.

See the notice for more details or contact NIH Grants Information at grantsinfo@od.nih.gov or 301/435-0714.

NSF

Notice from Jean Feldman, head of NSF’s policy office: a new page has been developed directly off the main NSF website that includes both the Important Notice as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement related policy and systems issues. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Policy-related questions regarding the shutdown may be addressed to policy@nsf.gov.

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By Admin (on 10/24/2013 @ 13:53:07, in Fellowships, read 1431 times)

**Reminder**  Upcoming deadline for proposals for National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program http://www.nsfgrfp.org/ 

 The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

GRFP Fellows Receive the Following:

- Three years of support

- $32,000 annual stipend

- $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution

- International research and professional development opportunities

- XSEDE Supercomputer access

 

Eligible students:

GRFP Eligibility at a Glance

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:

§  be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident

§  intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field

§  be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution by Fall 2014

§  have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2013

§  meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

The "no more than twelve months" limit applies to your entire post-baccalaureate career, not just your current program. If you have completed less than twelve months of your Ph.D. but have previously completed a Master's degree, you would not be eligible for the GRFP, unless you meet the criteria for an extenuating circumstance as described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.

How to Apply

 

The 2014 GRFP application is now available online at www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/  Deadlines are November 4-8, depending on Field of Study.

 

2014 NSF GRFP Deadlines

All deadlines are at  8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

November 04, 2013

§  Engineering

§  Computer and Information Science & Engineering

§  Materials Research

November 05, 2013

§  Mathematical Sciences

§  Chemistry

§  Physics & Astronomy

November 07, 2013

§  Social Sciences

§  Psychology

§  STEM Education & Learning Research

November 08, 2013

§  Life Sciences

§  Geosciences

November 14, 2013: Reference letter deadline

This email was sent to all undergrads, grads, faculty and staff.

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By Admin (on 10/25/2013 @ 13:41:20, in Important, read 1041 times)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-007

Key Dates
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Related Announcements
NOT-OD-14-002
NOT-OD-14-003
NOT-OD-14-006

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose

This Notice is to inform the community that NIH has revised its approach to resuming operations after the government shutdown. This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-14-003.

Responding to input from applicants and reviewers, NIH has reevaluated the plans for rescheduling initial peer review meetings that were cancelled due to the government shutdown. NIH will now reschedule most of the 200+ missed peer review meetings so that most applications are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.

Rescheduling Peer Review Meetings
Most NIH peer review meetings that occurred during or immediately following the government shutdown will be rescheduled so that as many applications as possible are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.

Opportunity to "Refresh" Applications that are Reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council
As this is an unprecedented situation where the review meetings are being rescheduled under tight time frames, scheduling complexities may prevent the evaluation of the full complement of applications for this round.  Thus, while it is thought to be a small number, there may be some applications that cannot be reviewed in time for the January 2014 Advisory Council. These applications will be reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council and both the principal investigator and the signing official listed on the grant application will receive an email notification alerting them to the change during the week of November 4, 2013. NIH will also adjust the meeting dates listed in the eRA Commons for these refresh-eligible applications to 09/09/9999 so the applications can be easily identified.

Applications reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council will proceed to initial peer review in February/March 2014 without any action from the applicant. However, NIH is giving these applicants the option of withdrawing and submitting a refreshed application. If you choose to refresh your application, follow the steps below carefully:

  • Withdraw the existing application by November 15. 
  • Submit the refreshed application to the original funding opportunity announcement (FOA), if possible. If that FOA has closed, submit to the appropriate parent announcement. If there is no parent announcement for that activity code, send an e-mail to grantsinfo@od.nih.gov with the previous FOA number and we will work with you to get the application submitted.
  • Submit a cover letter with the refreshed application. Indicate that you are refreshing your application for the May 2014 council round, include the previous application number, and provide the previous study section assignment. Applicants are welcome to use the email notification they received from NIH as the cover letter.
  • Make the refreshed application a "new", "resubmission" or "renewal" to match the withdrawn application.
  • All refreshed applications are due by December 11, 2013. No late applications will be accepted for this special receipt date.
  • Only applicants who are reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council round, and who are notified by NIH of their eligibility to refresh an application, may submit for the December 11 deadline. Any other applications for this deadline will not be reviewed. As always, other applications that are rescheduled for review this round may be withdrawn for any reason, as per our usual process, and submitted for the next standard deadline.

Rescheduling October Application Due Dates

  • All October grant application submission deadlines have been rescheduled as follows (this information has not changed from the previous Notice):

Standard Due Dates:

Activity Code

Original Due Date

New Due Date

R01s, U01s (New)

October 5

November 12

Ks (New)

October 12

November 12

R03s, R21s, R34s, R36s (New)

October 16

November 18

R15s (All)

October 25

November 18

 

Special Due Dates:

Funding Opportunity

Original Due Date

New Due Date

RFAs, PARs, PAs

Due dates not listed above

November  1*

 

*Exceptions:

Funding Opportunity

Original Due Date

New Due Date

PAR-13-277

October 1

November  14

PAR-13-351

October 23

November 14

RFA-AI-13-043

October 23

November 14

PAR-13-086

October 24

November 14

PAR-13-087

October 24

November 14

 The NIH Loan Repayment Program application deadline has been extended from November 15 to December 2.

  • Grants.gov will continue to accept applications for funding opportunity announcements with October closing dates, even if those dates have passed.

November Application Due Dates
November grant application deadlines will not change (with the exception of the Loan Repayment program deadline listed above).

Refreshing an Application that was Submitted for an October Due Date
Since October 2013 application due dates are moving to November, NIH is giving applicants who have already submitted an application for an October due date the opportunity to replace the submission with a "refreshed" application. These applications should be submitted according to the rescheduled receipt date table, above.  Follow the guidance below if you choose to submit a "refreshed" refreshed application for the rescheduled due dates:  

  • If an application has an image in the eRA Commons and is within the two day viewing window the institutional Signing Official should first reject the application in the Commons to keep it from further processing, then submit the refreshed application.   
  • If there is no option to reject the application in the Commons (meaning the application has moved beyond the viewing window for further processing by NIH), applicants should withdraw the application before submitting a refreshed application.
  • Applications that have been submitted but have errors (thus have no application image), can submit a changed/corrected application. 

    Note: Replacing the application submission with a "refreshed" application does not count as a resubmission (A1), meaning that an application submitted for an October due date as a "new" application should be submitted as a "new" application. A "resubmission" should be submitted again as "resubmission".  A "renewal" should continue to be a "renewal".

Processing of Applications Submitted During the Shutdown
Applications submitted since October 1 that were held at Grants.gov during the period of the shutdown have been processed by NIH's eRA systems.

  • Please proactively check the Commons for the status of any application submission. 
  • All error free applications submitted during or in the two days prior to the shutdown will be held for viewing in the Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 22 and 23 to ensure applicants have 2 full business days to check their application image before it moves on to NIH's Center of Scientific Review (CSR) for processing.

Rescheduled Research Performance Progress Report Due Dates
Due dates for Research Performance Progress Reports that were due between October 1and October 21 have been extended to November 4, 2013. If you have issues being able to submit on time, contact staff at the NIH funding Institute or Center.

eRA Systems Availability
eRA systems are now fully available.

Early Stage Investigator Eligibility
NIH will automatically adjust the Early Stage Investigator (ESI) status for applicants whose status has changed during the period of delay caused by the shutdown.  

K99/R00 Eligibility
Information on the late resubmission due date for the K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award program (see NOT-OD-13-050) will be issued in a separate Notice (NOT-OD-14-006). All other K99/R00 application due dates follow the due dates for career development awards (Ks) in the table above.

Payment Management System
Payments through the Payment Management System (PMS) should be processing as usual.  If grantees received a communication during the shutdown that a drawdown request was on hold, please contact PMS directly to determine the status of that pending request.

Award Actions
NIH anticipates beginning to release awards sometime after November 1.

Financial Operations under a Continuing Resolution
NIH soon will publish a Notice on our financial operations under a continuing resolution.

NIH will continue to provide the community with guidance on resumption of extramural activities after the shutdown as necessary.

FAQs will continue to be developed as NIH gets questions. NIH has established a web page to consolidate information on resuming operations after the shutdown. 

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to: 

NIH Grants Information
Telephone: 301-435-0714
Email: grantsinfo@od.nih.gov

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