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By Admin (on 2/18/2011 @ 13:19:41, in Board of Regents, read 1370 times)

The Louisiana Board of Regents has announced a new funding program, Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT-IN).  Proposals are due April 18th.

The OPT-IN program is designed to support faculty in their efforts to collaborate with private sector industrial/business entities.  Two types of awards are offered:

Category I (Research Focus) Award

  • Provides funding for one year
  • Cash match from industry sponsor(s) is required
  • Single or multiple investigators are allowed;

Category II (Commercialization Focus) Award

  • Provides funding for one year
  • Funding is to be used for prototype development, which can result in the commercialization of a product, or formation of a spin-off company
  • Requires a letter of support from the PI’s Department Chair, Dean of the College, or Center Director that would reflect commitment of time and effort to achieve the goals of the proposed project
  • Single or multiple investigators are allowed

Financial Considerations

For Category I Awards, the minimum award is $10,000 and the maximum is $50,000.  LA-EPSCoR funds requested must include cash match provided by the industry/private sponsor(s) according to the following guidelines:

·         For industry/private sponsors based in, or having a presence in Louisiana (e.g., branch office, laboratory, or production facility), the minimum requirement is $1 in cash match for each $2.50 in LA-EPSCoR funds requested. 

·         For non-Louisiana industry/private sponsors, the minimum requirement is $1 in cash match for each $1 in LA-EPSCoR funds requested.

The table below illustrates the funding ratios.

 

Category I

LA-EPSCoR Award Amount

Louisiana Industrial Sponsor Cash Match required

Non-Louisiana Industrial Sponsor Cash Match required

Minimum award

$10,000

$4,000

$10,000

Maximum award

$50,000

$20,000

$50,000

For Category II awards, LA EPSCoR will award funds up to a maximum of $20,000. Cost sharing from industrial/private entities is encouraged, but not required.

Approximately $300,000 is available in FY2011 to fund the OPT-IN program. 

Award dollars for both categories may be used to support students, travel, and the purchase of scientific equipment and supplies.  Faculty and postdoctoral researcher salaries are not allowable expenses.  Any scientific equipment requested must have a strong justification included in the project description.

More details can be found on the Regents website at this link:

http://web.laregents.org/2011/01/26/new-rfp-opportunities-for-partnerships-in-technology-with-industry-opt-in/

This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/18/2011 @ 11:45:27, in Board of Regents, read 1099 times)
I attended an EPSCoR meeting yesterday at the Board of Regents. As many of you know, EPSCoR is a national program where federal funding agencies are required to set aside part of their funding for EPSCoR states that receive a disproportionate share (low) of the funding from that agency. Louisiana is an EPSCoR state for most federal agencies. We discussed possible future topics for the BoR Industry-Academia meetings. Four possible topics are biomedical, digital media and software development, coastal and renewable energy. The new BoR program called OPT-IN was discussed. I will be sending a separate email on that topic. No word yet on the DOE EPSCoR announcement. I made a presentation on current efforts to have a proposal ready for the BP RFP whenever it is issued.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/16/2011 @ 16:16:30, in SPAWAR, read 2254 times)
I just returned from Charleston (SSC LANT) for the kickoff meeting regarding our newest contract vehicle. The intent of the vehicle is jointly go after BAA funding that is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6, (advanced development and prototypes). Areas of interest are emerging technology enablers: enterprise research, assisted decision making, predictive analysis, advanced networking, advanced communications, autonomy and human systems interface. I'll be working over the next few weeks to set up a process of identifying those BAAs and involving faculty in seeking funding through this contract vehicle.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/14/2011 @ 09:02:18, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1229 times)
We are currently working with IRDM (Institutional Research and Data Management) and SPA to prepare the NSF Expenditure Survey. The survey is used by most people to rank research universities. Historically the UNO numbers were included in the LSU System numbers. Unfortunately when people referred to the LSU numbers it was often not mentioned that UNO was included in those figures. NSF now requires that each campus with a Chancellor be reported separately so UNO will now have its own listing. We are working to ensure those numbers are as accurate as possible.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/9/2011 @ 14:17:30, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1146 times)
The ORSP executive staff and I just watched a webinar from SRA International on Research Capacity Building. It's part of a series of webinars we have subscribed to related to our research enterprise. Our research capacity is our ability as a campus to undertake research and disseminate the results effectively and efficiently. The webinar pointed to four fundamentals to capacity building: infrastructure, administrative services, incentives and our resource base (money). ORSP has been working to increase our capacity by funding specific projects to improve our research infrastructure (animal lab renovations, lab build-outs and computer room expansions). We have also increased research incentives including the summer research program, return of overhead to the colleges and centers/institutes. We also have worked to improve our administrative services that we provide to the faculty. Soon we will be conducting a survey to find out other areas we can improve in. I hope you will take the time to fill out the survey so we can get your ideas and feedback.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/7/2011 @ 09:11:32, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1194 times)
The Coastal Sustainability Consortium (CSC) is growing. In addition to the four principal university members, UNO, LSU, Tulane and ULL, the CSC now has seven Affiliate Members: LaTech, Loyola, McNeese, Nicholls, Southeastern, SUBR and Xavier.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/2/2011 @ 15:26:12, in Internal Grant Program, read 1375 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the opening of competition for the 2011 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. Please check the sharepoint site at https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/ for details and required forms. Deadline for submission of applications: SCoRE and CEO: February 14, 2011 SUE: February 21, 2011
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/1/2011 @ 10:55:22, in Oil Spill, read 1273 times)
Still no word on the BP RFP. Those UNO faculty wishing to seek money related to the BP funding should proceed in two ways: (1) develop your own collaborations and work on a proposal to be submitted and (2) be ready to contribute something to the proposal that the four research universities are putting together. If you are interested in contributing to the four-university proposal you should have a one page whitepaper ready to go on some research topic you believe would be of interest. When the RFP is released and we know the topic areas you should be ready to rewrite the whitepaper for one of those topics and then send a copy of the whitepaper to me. When the RFP is released, I will notify the campus.
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By Admin (on 1/26/2011 @ 14:15:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 1172 times)
Attached is a new Request for Proposals for the Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT-IN) program. This is a new LA-EPSCoR program with the goal of facilitating partnerships between science and engineering faculty and business/industrial entities. Proposals submitted under this RFP are due Monday, April 18, 2011. Please distribute widely to interested parties. The RFP will also be available in both MS Word and PDF formats on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://web.laregents.org/

Attached File:  Industrial Partnerships RFP 2011.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/26/2011 @ 11:00:13, in Funding Opportunities, read 1174 times)

The Technology Innovation Program posted its “Programmatic Plan: FY 2011 – FY 2014.”

The plan outlines TIP’s current thinking as to possible directions for future funding. The program will continue to refine this plan as it works to address changing national priorities. Final decisions regarding the area(s) of critical national need and the specific societal challenge topic(s) for TIP investment will be announced publicly in the Federal Register, on Grants.gov, notice of Federal Funding Opportunity), and on the TIP website.

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