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By Admin (on 3/21/2011 @ 15:16:39, in Workshops, read 1132 times)

This Friday (March 25th) Xavier University is hosting a one-day grant-writing workshop (see attached for the agenda and a biography of the speaker).  Two slots have become available.  If you are interested in attending and have not already registered for the event (you should have received a reminder email last week), please contact Carol Mitton at cmitton@uno.edu.  The slots will be given to the first two individuals who send an email.  A confirmation email with directions and location will be sent to the two additional individuals who will be attending the seminar.  This email was distributed to all faculty/staff.

Attached File:  Xavier.GrantWriting.zip

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By Admin (on 3/21/2011 @ 15:14:36, in Workshops, read 1080 times)

The University of New Orleans, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is hosting a workshop on U.S. Department of Education funding opportunities and proposal submission process (agenda attached).  The speaker is Dr. Marjorie Piechowski who is the Director of Research Support at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, College of Engineering and Applied Science.  She has a long career of grant writing and speaking engagements; she is also very knowledgeable of the Department of Education structure and funding process. The afternoon section on application procedures, review process, negotiation and award process will be applicable to a wide range of funding opportunities such as National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, in addition to U.S. Department of Education. Attached is a short biography of Dr. Piechowski.

The Department of Education funds TRIO, education/teaching related programs, and a variety of other disciplines.  Examples of potential funding includes fellowships and graduate assistantships, disability training, and overseas programs.  This workshop will provide attendees with information on new funding opportunities.

The workshop is being held on April 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 236 of the Lindy Boggs Center in the UNO Research and Technology Park.  Attached is a map and directions.  A box lunch will be provided.  Workshop sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

We are requesting that all interested individuals register for the event by completing the information on the following link: http://w2.uno.edu/orsp/WorkshopDOED.aspx.  All interested individuals must register by April 1st.  Registration is necessary to ensure the room size is the adequate, the correct quantity of handouts is available, and the appropriate number of box lunches is ordered.  We appreciate timely registration.

This workshop is open to all interested faculty and staff.  There is no fee to attend.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Carol Mitton at 504-280-5546 or cmitton@uno.edu.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

Attached File:  DEDWorkshop.zip

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/17/2011 @ 10:40:21, in Important, read 1297 times)
Benefits should be calculated on all regular employees of the University, including postdoctoral research associates and intermittent employees and included in the budget on all proposals. Benefits are not calculated on graduate assistants or student workers. The fringe benefit rate is never negotiable. The currently approved fringe rate is 32% for regular employees, and 8.2% for intermittent wage employees. This rate will be used for all awards dated July 1, 2009 or later. The fringe benefit rate is anticipated to be 34% effective July 1, 2011. Please use 34% for full time employees on all proposal budgets. You should continue to include a 1% fringe increase for full time employees in your annual budgets for future fiscal years. UNO has requested and anticipates that the fringe benefit rate for intermittent employees will remain at 8.2%. UNO is required to submit a Fringe Benefit Rate (s) proposal to DHHS on an annual basis. Accordingly, and in light of current and anticipated increases in the employer contributions to the different retirement systems, PIs may expect additional changes in future rates applicable to sponsored programs.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/17/2011 @ 08:10:36, in ORSP Announcements, read 1184 times)
ORSP Research Administrator, Liz Gordon, passed away last Saturday. For those of you that worked with Liz you know that she was both extremely knowledgeable about NIH funding and incredibly helpful with faculty in the preparation and submission of proposals. She also ran our Summer Research Program. Liz was kind and thoughtful of those around her. She will be missed. A formal announcement to the faculty/staff will be made soon.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/16/2011 @ 10:33:34, in Funding Opportunities, read 1065 times)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies. Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 19, 2011 on the following topics: * Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children * Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges * The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Innovative Ways to Accelerate, Sustain, and Monitor Eradication * Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies * Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection * Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Solutions for Improved Uptake and Coverage of Childhood Vaccinations Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/gce/ We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message. Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health challenges.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/15/2011 @ 14:43:05, in Workshops, read 1123 times)
NSF Biology held an outreach session at UNO from 1-5 pm on Monday, March 14th. The first session was led by Elaine Washington and was targeted towards Sponsored Research Officers, associated administrative staff and PIs with limited knowledge of fastlane. The second session was jointly led by NSF Program Officers in the Biology Directorate (Richard Rodewald, Carol Burdsal and Nicola Anthony) and provided an overview of PI funding opportunities in biology within the Foundation. Thanks to those at NSF for coming to UNO. We are currently arranging a visit from the US Department of Education. Stay tuned for details.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/3/2011 @ 09:20:10, in Board of Regents, read 1209 times)
The results are in for the Pilot Funding for new research (PFUND) program at the BoR EPSCoR. UNO had 4 of 6 proposals funded. Congratulations to Drs. Laivaux (BIOS), Laird (PSYC), Tarr (CHEM) and Zhu (CSCI).
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By Admin (on 3/3/2011 @ 09:12:55, in Oil Spill, read 1782 times)

Below is a new funding opportunity with EPA related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  This is NOT the RFP from BP that we have been waiting for.  Note that while the research is science/engineering related there must be an effective community outreach plan.  If you are interested in applying for this funding EITHER for the science/engineering OR the community outreach, please let me know and I will try to put a team together to submit a proposal for this project.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 Title: Environmental Impact And Mitigation Of Oil Spills

 URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_oilspill.html

 Open Date: 02/28/2011  -  Close Date: 06/22/2011

 Summary:  As part of the federal government's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a $2 million Congressional appropriation for a grant or grants for "a study on the potential human and environmental risks and impacts of the release of crude oil and the application of dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures listed in the National Contingency Plan Product List (40 C.F.R. Part 300 Subpart J)." To implement this appropriation through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, EPA is seeking applications proposing to develop a research program, including an effective community outreach program component, to mitigate the impact of oil spills.

The research program must address one or more of the following topics: (1) development of cost-effective innovative technologies to mitigate the impact of oil spills; (2) development of effective oil dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures

("dispersants/agents/measures") with low environmental impact; and (3) investigation of the effects of oil spills and application of dispersants/agents/measures on the environment. Applicants must also submit a community outreach program plan, the objective of which is to help impacted Gulf Coast communities effectively participate in the study and use its results. To achieve this objective, the applicant should work collaboratively with affected communities to identify significant risks posed by oil spills to human health and the environment, obtain their input in the design of a study to help the communities address these challenges, and provide technical assistance to them so that they can use the results of the study.

Applicable Category(s): Grant/Fellowship Announcements

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/2/2011 @ 08:53:44, in Board of Regents, read 1359 times)
UNO had one of only two projects to be included in the Louisiana NASA EPSCoR FY2011 proposal. The proposal entitled "Integrated information processing and networked management for aircraft trajectory-based operations," from Dr. Rong Li of the Electrical Engineering Department was selected based upon external reviews by the BoR. Congratulations Dr. Li.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/24/2011 @ 14:18:48, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1234 times)
My earlier browsing of the NSF Webcaspar database of research expenditures was prompted by an email one of our programs received that suggested it was in the top 100 of federal research expenditures for its discipline in 2009. That prompted me to search the database. According to that database and our NSF Expenditure Survey for 2009 UNO has three programs in the sciences and social sciences in the top 100 of their discipline: Sociology (#58), Chemistry (#59) and Earth & Environmental Science (#61). These three programs had more research expenditures last year than any other Louisiana university (by discipline). We also had two other programs that were in the top 200 and had more research expenditures than any other LA university: Psychology and Electrical Engineering. Congratulations one and all.
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