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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/25/2011 @ 13:30:49, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1235 times)

In the interim report recently distributed to campus there were several points regarding the UNO research enterprise. It may be helpful for us to use this as an opportunity to discuss the "health" of research on campus. I will be doing that over the next several days by postings to this blog.

The data that is provided in the transition report comes from the NSF Expenditure Survey. The years chosen in the interim report give the appearance that the research funding at UNO is decreasing. The data for each of the years since 2006 are given below (dollars in thousands):

Year S&E Federal S&E Total Total Federal Total
2006 12,432 23,897 13,478 26,520
2007 15,075 25,625 15,628 28,972
2008 13,657 24,783 14,346 27,917
2009 13,815 25,382 15,078 30,801
4 yr average 13,745 24,922 14,632 28,552

There are several measures that are provided in the NSF Survey: Science and Engineering (S&E, as defined by NSF) from all Federal sources (S&E Federal), S&E from all funding sources, and similar totals including all disciplines in addition to S&E. As you can see, the funding last year for all of those measures was more than the previous year and higher than the four-year average. It is safe to say that the research funding level has been rather constant over the past several years. That in itself is a rather remarkable achievement considering that 5 of our top 6 funded faculty have left the University and the total number of faculty has decreased by 13% since 2006.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/25/2011 @ 12:49:18, in Important, read 1293 times)
The National Science Board’s (NSB) Merit Review Task Force is undertaking a thorough review of the National Science Foundation's two merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). The merit review process is at the heart of NSF's mission, and the merit review criteria form the critical base for that process. Moreover, in the recently enacted America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, the Broader Impacts Review Criterion was specifically mentioned. The Task Force is now gathering input from a wide variety of stakeholder groups, and will be developing its report and recommendations during 2011. To ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input, NSF has established a web site through which you can submit your thoughts and ideas on several issues of interest to the Task Force (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/meritreviewform.cfm). Please take this opportunity to provide comments and suggestions for improvements, as the Task Force undertakes this important review. We also encourage you to forward this message to your faculty members, so that the Task Force may obtain their perspectives on this important topic. Best, Jean Jean Feldman Head, Policy Office Division of Institution & Award Support National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22230 voice: 703.292.8243 email: jfeldman@nsf.gov
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/21/2011 @ 09:53:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 1135 times)
Please note that the DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING the notice of intent for the NASA EPSCoR is close-of-business TODAY. The notice-of-intent is required.
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By Admin (on 1/11/2011 @ 15:39:07, in Workshops, read 1364 times)

The grant writing seminar, Writing Winning Grants, will be conducted by Peg AtKisson on March 25, 2011 at Xavier University and will emphasize such topics as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.  This seminar will be focused on NIH grants, however the components will apply to several granting agencies.  The seminar is co-hosted by Xavier’s Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), Xavier’s Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC), Xavier’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and FASEB MARC.  For more information on the seminar, please see the 11/30/10 post on the Research blog (http://orsp.uno.edu/dblog/pubblicazioni.asp?d=20101130).  The Office of Research will pay the $80 fee for full-time UNO faculty or those who meet the definition of a Principal Investigator (see attached IMD 85.003).

Please click this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwgatxu and complete the registration for the grant writing seminar.  All faculty and staff who plan on attending must register through this link; seminar materials will be ordered from the list that is generated through the registration survey.  Please register as soon as possible.  If you have not already informed Carol Lunn of your intention to attend the seminar, please contact her (clunn1@uno.edu) so we can keep a list of the UNO personnel attending the seminar.

If you are interested in the Phase 2 of the Seminar (individualized assistance in writing your proposal), please contact Carol Mitton (cmitton@uno.edu) before January 28th.  The cost of this phase is $3,475 per person and it will NOT be paid by the Office of Research.  You must find another source to cover the cost.

More information will be provided to the registered attendees as it becomes available.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

Attached File:  Xavier Schedule_GrantWriting.zip

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By Admin (on 1/5/2011 @ 11:13:46, in Funding Opportunities, read 1250 times)

FYI. UNO ORSP will be submitting a proposal in response to this RFP.  If you also plan on submitting a proposal please keep me in the loop in the development stage of your proposal.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

Attached (in both MSWord and PDF) is the FY2011 NSF EPSCoR Regional Grantwriting Workshop RFP.  This RFP solicits proposals from universities interested in sponsoring workshops to help faculty develop and improve their grantwriting skills.

The RFP will also be made available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.  Please distribute widely on your campus. 

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Jim Gershey, Executive Director of Special Programs Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 N. Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (physical address)
Post Office Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677 (post office address)
telephone: 225-342-4253
fax: 225-342-3371
jim.gershey@la.gov

Attached File:  Grantwriting_2011_RFP.pdf

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By Admin (on 1/5/2011 @ 11:10:37, in Funding Opportunities, read 1233 times)

Attached (in both MSWord and PDF) is the FY2011 NASA EPSCoR Request for Proposals (RFP), which requests proposals from Louisiana researchers for possible submission to NASA by the Board of Regents. This RFP is being issued in response to the release of the FY2011 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), which is also attached to this email.

The Board's RFP will also be made available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.  Please distribute widely on your campus.

This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

Attached File:  EPSCoR_2011_Research CAN.zip

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By Admin (on 1/4/2011 @ 09:50:45, in Funding Opportunities, read 1193 times)

Deadline for submission of Statements of Interest is 28 January 2011.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

This is a solicitation from the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program for Statements of Interest proposing two-year coastal research projects.  The Statement of Interest serves as a project pre-proposal that identifies a topic relevant to coastal and marine needs in Louisiana and the nation. It describes both the scope of the need, problem, or opportunity and how the results achieved would contribute to development, conservation, or utilization of coastal and marine resources. Statements allow for review of concepts, rationale, general approach, and expected outcomes and impacts before faculty must commit to providing a narrative of detailed methodology, literature review, and other requirements of a full proposal.


1. Priority Focus Areas are: 1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, 2) Sustainable Coastal Development, 3) Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply, and 4) Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities. We strongly suggest that you access a complete explanation of these priorities and their attendant Goals and Strategies at Louisiana Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2009-2013.


2. Proposals must be strong in scientific and professional merit, rationale and user relationships. Other criteria apply.


3. 50% match is required for all awards.


4. Faculty may participate in a maximum of two Statements of Interest. Listing as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Associate Investigator counts as participation.


Size of Grant Awards


We will entertain Statements of Interest with maximum budgets of $90,000/year for either one or two year projects.  Occasionally projects that are evaluated highly, but fall just below the cutoff for full funding, can be supported at a reduced scope and cost with Program Development funds.


A fully completed and signed Statement of Interest, in either hard copy or PDF format, must be submitted to Ms. Katie Lea (Room 238 Sea Grant Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or klea@lsu.edu) by 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 January 2011 without exception.


Please go to Funding and Proposal Information 2012-2014 for complete information on Statement of Interest content specifications, appropriate forms, and submission procedures.  Contact me if you either encounter problems or have questions regarding the Statement of Interest.

Best regards,

Dave Nieland

www.laseagrant.org

 

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By Admin (on 1/4/2011 @ 09:14:26, in Funding Opportunities, read 1181 times)
My last message was recently distributed by this office. Please note that the NASA EPSCoR proposal submission process is coordinated by the Board of Regents. They should soon be sending their own RFP. We will also distribute that announcement when it is made.
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By Admin (on 1/3/2011 @ 12:22:03, in Funding Opportunities, read 1194 times)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have released the FY 2011 Research Announcement for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of NASA’s four Mission Directorates—Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations—, the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the proposing jurisdiction.

Public Law 102-58, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR.   The following NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions may respond to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.  Jurisdictions responding to this CAN may submit up to two proposals.

This solicitation may be accessed through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com.

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By Admin (on 12/17/2010 @ 09:09:10, in Important, read 1340 times)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a significant change to its Grant Proposal Guide.  Effective for NSF proposals submitted or due on or after January 18th, 2011 inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited in NSF proposals unless required in the NSF solicitation.   In order to assess the scope of the project, all organizational resources necessary for the project (both physical and personnel) must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal.  The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information.

This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

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