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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/10/2011 @ 14:46:10, in Oil Spill, read 1389 times)
As I mentioned in an earlier post UNO is participating in the Louisiana Universities Gulf Research Collaborative (LUGRC) which is preparing a consortial proposal in reponse to the BP RFP. The steering committee of LUGRC decided to split the 5 RFP Themes into two letters of intent (LOI) and, therefore, two proposals. One LOI was for Themes 3 and 5 and the other LOI was for Themes 1,2 an 4. The LOIs were submitted yesterday. Next we will begin the proposal preparation. I will continue to work to ensure UNO participation in both proposals. If you want to make sure you are involved in that process, please email me.
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By Admin (on 4/26/2011 @ 12:10:10, in Funding Opportunities, read 1110 times)

On March 24, 2011, the LA EPSCoR office issued a request for proposals (RFP) in anticipation of the FY2011 Department of Energy EPSCoR Implementation Award competition.  This was done proactively to provide the greatest amount of time possible for the preparation of proposals. The RFP contained a timeline that required a Notice of Intent to be submitted by April 18, with full proposals due on May 2. Because the Department of Energy has not yet issued its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for this competition—which would contain critical guidelines for proposal preparation—the timeline contained in the Board's RFP is no longer valid.  As soon as DOE issues the FY2011 FOA, we will revise the RFP to provide specific guidance on any additional or new requirements contained in the FOA, and revise the timeline accordingly.  Please be aware that there may be a very short turn-around time, depending upon the due dates set forth by DOE.

This announcement has also been posted to the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org. This email has been distributed to all UNO faculty/staff.

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By Admin (on 4/26/2011 @ 12:09:01, in Funding Opportunities, read 1301 times)

Attached (in both MS Word and PDF) is a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new EPSCoR program entitled Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE).  This program provides opportunities for female and underrepresented minority undergraduate students to participate in research with faculty mentors.  Students accepted into the program will receive a stipend of $4,000, while the faculty mentor will receive $1,000 per student for costs associated with the research experience.

The RFA is also available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.

Attached File:  SURE RFA 2011.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/26/2011 @ 11:50:26, in Oil Spill, read 1673 times)

The RFP for the BP oil spill research funding has been released. All of the details are here.

http://griresearchboard.org/

I will send out more details for how UNO faculty can get involved shortly.

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By Admin (on 4/12/2011 @ 12:06:41, in Oil Spill, read 1424 times)

Please find below the final call for submissions and registration for the upcoming Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference. For your convenience, I have attached a tentative agenda, and the registration list to date. If you have not registered but plan to attend, please do so in order to facilitate our planning of the lunch in particular.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 Final Call for Submissions

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference: Research From the Four University Consortium

Hosted by Louisiana State University

Featuring Research from Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Tulane University, University of New Orleans and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

April 29th: Faculty Club, Highland Road, LSU Campus

This is the third and final call for submissions and registration in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference featuring research from the Four University Consortium.

On Friday April 29th at the Faculty Club on the LSU campus, consecutive sessions will run from 8:30 am to 3 pm. The sessions will be organized around the following oil spill related topics: Fate and Transport ; Water Column/ zooplankton/food chain issues; Benthic Communities;  Modeling Issues; Wetlands; Microbial Ecology; Human Impacts; Engineering issues/solutions; Food Safety; and Hypoxia. Each session will feature a 20 to 25 minute summary of available research findings and emphasize important directions for future research. These will not be standard scientific conference style presentations, but rather summary discussions based on research generated to date with a strong focus on what has been learned and what new research questions this knowledge has generated. The panelists for this portion of the conference will be recruited by the conference program committee. For those interested in participating in this part of the conference activities, please contact Richard Shaw (rshaw@lsu.edu) or Matthew Lee (mlee@lsu.edu ).

In addition, posters will be displayed during the entire day to present the findings from individual research projects, and 90 minutes during the lunch period will be dedicated to the poster session. All submissions for this conference will be poster presentations. Small scale breakout and informal meeting areas will be available throughout the day to accommodate groups interested in establishing new dialogue based on the summary discussions and the poster presentations.  

Eligibility:

This conference is open to researchers from LSU, ULL, Tulane, UNO, and LUMCON. Interested parties from NOAA, GOMRI, and state and federal agencies are also welcome. In the event that poster submissions exceed available space, the program committee will judge submissions for inclusion in the final program.

Registration and Submission Instructions:

There is no charge for this conference. The registration website is available at: http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/research/ored/OilSpill/item25357.html . Registration is required and has been extended to Monday, April 18th at 4:30 pm CST. If there are multiple authors on a submission and several plan to attend, each author should register separately.

Poster Dimensions:

Posters should be no larger than 3 feet by 4 feet, or 36 X 48 inches.

Matthew R. Lee, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of Research & Economic Development

Attached File:  Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference Agenda.zip

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/11/2011 @ 14:56:48, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1194 times)

A good source for funding opportunities that is often overlooked by faculty is FedBizOpps. Many federal agencies post opportunities there. To locate potential opportunities, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to FedBizOpps at www.fbo.gov
  2. Click on the “advanced search form” link roughly 1/3 down home page.
  3. Set Opportunity/Procurement Type: to Presolicitation and Combined Synopsis/Solicitation and Sources Sought
  4. Set NAICS Code to 541711 and/or 541712 and/or 541720
  5. Hit Search button at bottom of screen

The site will automatically post opportunities in reverse chronological order (most recent on top of list).  To read one of the opportunities click the link under the Opportunity column.

If you have any questions, please contact me at  vcresearch@uno.edu

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By Admin (on 4/8/2011 @ 12:05:02, in Important, read 1167 times)

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a memorandum outlining  issues related to the federal government’s Planning for Agency Operations During a Lapse in Government Funding.  The guidance to Federal agencies includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda_default.  Section II of OMB Director Jacob Lew’s memorandum to Heads of Departments and Agencies (M-11-13, April 7, 2011) addresses Questions and Answers on Contracts & Grants (page 6+).  The Memorandum states “In the situation in which performance under an already-issued contract or grant is not impacted by such a lapse (as described in the memorandum), the contractor or grantee may continue to proceed with its work during the lapse period. “   It is important to note that agencies have the discretion to halt activity on individual grants or contracts but the grantee/contractor would be notified by the agency and normal termination provisions would prevail. 
 
This memorandum is designed to address activities conducted by Federal employees.  Generally, Federal employees will not be conducting routine activities in oversight, inspection, accounting, administration, etc.   No new grants or contracts will be issued. 
 
According to OMB, grantees can continue to drawdown funds on letters of credit for already issued grants during the shutdown.  The PMS and ASP system will continue to function.  Grants.gov will continue to operate.  However, these systems will operate with limited capacity – help desks and administrative support activities will be significantly reduced. 
 
We will continue to review and evaluate the Memorandum and provide additional general observations and understandings to the membership.
 
This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

Attached File:  m11-13.pdf

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By Admin (on 4/7/2011 @ 12:03:20, in ORSP Announcements, read 1108 times)
Last year the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs instituted the online Responsible Conduct of Research Training for anyone receiving National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) including National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Both of these agencies recommend that the training not be done strictly online. Therefore, the Office of Research will be conducting discussion sessions of research ethics cases and showing an interactive video to meet this requirement. Individuals who receive some form of compensation from either NSF or DHHS must attend, this includes faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. The first scheduled session will be led by Dr. Johnson from the Philosophy Department on Wednesday April 20th in LA 362 from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited to promote discussion so please register for this session by following this link: Professional Development Registrations. (Navigation in SharePoint is: Research, Training, Professional Development Registrations.) You will need to add a new item click New on the menu bar and then New Item. Fill in the requested information and click OK. You will receive an email stating that your registration is in process. Once approved or rejected (if the session is full) you will receive another email. As other sessions are added, an announcement will be made. If your department or college already conducts an ethics related meeting periodically, please contact Carol Mitton (cmitton@uno.edu or extension 5546) to determine if this will satisfy the requirement of live ethics training. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/7/2011 @ 10:36:35, in Board of Regents, read 1056 times)

The results are in and are displayed on the BoR website(http://web.laregents.org/downloads/consultant-reports/fy-2010-11/). UNO funded proposals are:

Industrial Ties - Zhou (AMRI) #1 ranked

Enhancement - Multidisciplinary Spinu (PHYS/AMRI), Business Kennett-Hensel (MARK), Chemistry Tarr (CHEM) #1 ranked, Poudeu (CHEM/AMRI), Mathematics Solanky (MATH), Physics Stokes (PHYS/AMRI) #1 ranked, [Dr. Malkinski's proposal is recommended for funding if funds available, priority score is 92). Congratulations one and all.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/6/2011 @ 14:26:04, in Oil Spill, read 1385 times)
A meeting of the LUGRC (Louisiana Universities Gulf Research Collaborative, i.e. LSU, Tulane, ULL and UNO) was held yesterday to move forward with our proposal to respond to the BP RFP when it is released. Team leads on each of the five themes (posted to this blog previously) were identified. Soon I will notify the campus and urge PIs to contact those leads to become involved in the preparation of the proposal. Please look for that announcement.
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