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By Admin (on 3/31/2011 @ 08:35:48, in Oil Spill, read 2144 times)

Registration Deadline is April 11th, 2011.

 Second 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 second 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: Water Column/ zooplankton/food chain issues; Fate and Transport; Benthic Communities;  Hypoxia; Wetlands; Socioeconomic Impacts; Human Health; Engineering issues/solutions; Food Safety; Microbial ecology; Modeling issues; other issues. 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 ( or Matthew Lee ( ).

In addition, an extensive poster session will run concurrently to present the findings from individual research projects. 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.  


This conference is open to researchers from LSU, ULL, Tulane, UNO, and LUMCON. 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: . Registration is required and will close April 11th 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.

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By Admin (on 3/24/2011 @ 16:11:37, in Important, read 1626 times)

Who is authorized to negotiate sponsored agreements?

Only the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is allowed to negotiate grants and contracts including fringe and indirect. It is the university’s policy to charge the full negotiated rate of fringe and indirect.

Where should proposals go?

All proposals should go to ORSP for review before they are submitted to an agency. All proposals are required to include a SharePoint Routing Form and a Budget Form. Proposals not submitted by ORSP and resulting in an award may not be accepted by the university.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

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By Admin (on 3/24/2011 @ 16:10:33, in Funding Opportunities, read 1567 times)

Attached is a Request for Proposals for the U.S. Department of Energy EPSCoR Implementation Grants for FY2011.  The RFP and the associated forms in MS Word have been posted at the Board's Sponsored Programs website at

Please note that this RFP is being issued in anticipation of the release of the FY2011 DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  If the FY2011 FOA requires specific changes to this RFP, a notification will be posted on the BoR website at and disseminated to the campuses through the EPSCoR Committee members and the recipients of this email.

Attached File:  DOE EPSCoR 2011

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By Admin (on 3/24/2011 @ 16:08:57, in Funding Opportunities, read 1550 times)

Attached is a Request for Proposals for the NSF EPSCoR FY2011 Planning Grants for Major Initiatives Request for Applications.  The RFA and the associated forms in MS Word have been posted at the Board's Sponsored Programs website at

Please note that this program is open only to those proposers who have submitted a pre-proposal to a federally-funded program and have been invited to submit a full proposal.


Attached File:  NSF EPSCoR Planning Major Initiatives 2011

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By Admin (on 3/24/2011 @ 16:07:46, in ORSP Announcements, read 1721 times)
Please check the attached flyer for details regarding Einstein Week. It begins this Friday and is hosted by the UNO Society of Physics Students and the Department of Physics with support from UNO Student Government and the College of Sciences. I encourage everyone to attend and take part in the festivities. This email has been distributed to all students/faculty/staff.

Attached File:  Einstein_Week_Schedule.pdf

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By Admin (on 3/21/2011 @ 15:16:39, in Workshops, read 1699 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  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.

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By Admin (on 3/21/2011 @ 15:14:36, in Workshops, read 1645 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:  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

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/17/2011 @ 10:40:21, in Important, read 1844 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 1684 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 1614 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: 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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