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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided advance notice of a change in the eligibility of prospective applicants to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to allow the community to plan accordingly. This change is described in a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 16-050) and FAQs (NSF 16-051).

The language from the Dear Colleague Letter is here:

NSF 16-050 Dear Colleague Letter: Change in Eligibility to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

March 7, 2016

Dear Colleague:

With this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF is providing advance notice of a change in the eligibility of prospective applicants to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to allow the community to plan accordingly. Effective as of the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. 1 No change is made to the eligibility of undergraduates, of bachelor's degree holders without any graduate study, or of individuals who have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years. 2 GRFP continues to identify and to inspire the diverse scientists and engineers of the future, and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. This change in eligibility should result in more individuals applying as undergraduate students who have not yet made the commitment to go to graduate school. This is a more diverse population than admitted graduate students.

Please see NSF 16-051, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), for more information.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/1/2016 @ 15:11:15, in Professional Development, read 1175 times)
The New Orleans BioInnovation Center will present a series of events highlighting Louisiana startups, research and innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016.

November 14-15

Innovation Louisiana 2016

An annual conference with national experts discussing forming, funding, and growing a bioscience startup

November 16

BioChallenge Pitch Competition

Four Louisiana startups pitch to experienced investors and industry professionals for a $25,000 top prize Louisiana University Technology Showcase

Statewide research institutions feature new license-ready technologies that have applications in numerous industries

Stay tuned for more info at

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/1/2016 @ 15:23:31, in Board of Regents, read 1268 times)
Consultants’ reports, including funding recommendations, for all FY 2015-16 Board of Regents Support Fund competitive programs are now available on the Board’s Sponsored Programs website, These reports include rank-order lists of proposals recommended for funding, as well as recommended funding levels. A memo is posted with the reports indicating the rank orders in each report for which monies are expected to be available. Reductions in budgeted funds of 10-15% were necessitated due to low investment returns to the BoRSF, so it is essential to read these documents together to understand which projects it is anticipated can be recommended to the Board for funding.

Applicants should note that these reports constitute official notice of consultants’ recommendations to be forwarded to the Board. Individual notifications or award letters, upon Board approval, are not provided.

The Board is expected to act on consultants’ recommendations, as well as on campus requests for matching funds to endow non-competitive professorships and first-generation undergraduate scholarships, at its meeting of April 27, 2016.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/6/2016 @ 10:27:41, in Funding Opportunities, read 1343 times)
LaSPACE's three major direct-support student programs, the Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA), the LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantship (LURA), and the Minority Research Scholars (MRS) programs are available and are due May 30, 2016. They have revised some of the requirements and restrictions, have updated all of the standardized forms, and have clarified proposal format and structure. Proposals submitted under old guidelines will not be considered for funding. Summaries of each program and guidelines will also be posted on the LaSPACE website:

About the GSRA Program The Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA) program is designed to augment the lower than average compensation levels available to promising graduate students on LaSPACE campuses and, thereby, 1) retain more U.S. students for graduate study at consortium institutions, 2) promote diversity, and 3) assist in dissertation research. The GSRA supplement is $8,000 for a 12 month period and can be used for augmenting the student stipend, to defray dissertation related research expenses, and promote student research presentations at national meetings. Cost share on the award is required as is a final technical report. Applications are judged on the basis of aerospace relevance of the research and overall relevance to LaSPACE research and human resource development objectives. Three to five GSRA awards each year.

About the LURA Program The LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantship (LURA) Program is directed at undergraduate science and engineering students who are interested in space/aerospace science and technology. The intent of the LURA program is to supplement and enhance the undergraduate academic curriculum by providing the science/engineering student with a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences. A LURA project will be a joint effort between a faculty researcher, who serves as mentor and project Principal Investigator, and an undergraduate research assistant. Awards are for $6000 over one year with no match requirement. The majority of the funds (¡Ý$5k) are to be distributed directly to the student.

About the MRS Program The intent of the MRS program is to supplement and enhance the undergraduate academic curriculum of traditionally underrepresented students by providing a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences with significant financial support going directly to the student, as well as opportunities for professional development. An MRS award is set at $6 k per student for a 12 month period and is used for a supplemental student stipend (>$5K) plus travel/fees for a professional experience for the student, with a minimum amount available for research supplies (<$500). A joint application is submitted by both the student and the faculty mentor.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/29/2016 @ 08:50:40, in Funding Opportunities, read 1128 times)
The LaSPACE REA (Research Enhancement Awards) Program is now open. The revised guidelines have been posted to the LaSPACE website for download at Please take note of the details listed below.

Program Summary

• The overall goal for this Program is to effectively utilize the resources available through LaSPACE as incentive for faculty and students:

1) to develop research competitiveness

2) to develop new research projects or directions, and

3) to foster collaborations among the campuses, as well as with NASA centers and/or other federal laboratories and with the business/industry community.

• The REA Program is separated into two component parts or subprograms, The Research Facilitation/Initiation Subprogram and the Visiting Researcher Subprogram.

• Only tenure-track or research faculty at the level of Assistant Professor or higher affiliated with LaSPACE campuses are eligible to apply. In cases where support is requested for visiting scientists, the application must be submitted by, and be the responsibility of, a LaSPACE institution faculty member.

• All invoices and a final technical written must be submitted to the LaSPACE office within 30 days of the project end date. Photographs and copies of all papers, presentations, and posters generated should be shared with LaSPACE as they occur and collected/referenced in the final report.

• Guidelines have been revised. Proposals must follow the current guidelines and utilize the current forms. Proposals submitted under previous guidelines/outdated forms will NOT be reviewed.

Proposal Submissions

• Submit all properly executed proposals via email as fully searchable pdf documents to by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Important Dates:

o Proposal Release Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

o Proposal Due Date: Monday, June 20, 2016

o Anticipated Award Announcements: Late July 2016

o Anticipated Period of Performance: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017

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By Carol Lunn (on 5/13/2016 @ 12:35:39, in Internal Grant Program, read 1324 times)
The University of New Orleans Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that nearly $165,000 will be awarded to faculty researchers in the form of internal grants. The annual grant competition is modeled after the process used by the Louisiana Board of Regents and is intended to help researchers hone grant writing skills and eventually become more competitive in securing external grant funding.

The 2016 competition involved three types of awards. Grants aimed at stimulating competitive research, known as SCoRe awards, are intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity. With a traditional SCoRe award, faculty can receive as much as $12,000. With the award, however, comes a commitment to eventually compete for additional external funding for the project. A second type of SCoRe grant specifically supports the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) in its work on space technology. These grants have a slightly larger cap at $15,000 and must involve either nanotechnology; modeling, simulation, information technology and processing computing; or materials, structures, mechanical systems and manufacturing.

A third type of award, the Creative Endeavor Opportunity (CEO) award, provides support for faculty to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. Each proposal is evaluated for its potential impact on the faculty member’s discipline, as well as its contribution to the faculty member’s development as a researcher, teacher and scholar in a specific field of knowledge. The maximum amount of a CEO award is $5,000.

All proposals were peer-reviewed and evaluated by the University’s Research Council, a committee of faculty representing each college and major research center on campus. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs used these peer rankings to determine award winners.

The internal grant program is funded by indirect cost recovery, a process through which external funding agencies reimburse universities for the overhead costs associated with conducting research. With the internal grant program, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs reinvests these dollars into faculty professional development.

The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) is a partnership formed in 1999 among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the State of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, UNO and the UNO Research and Technology Foundation. The center provides advanced manufacturing technology for use in aerospace commercial markets. NCAM also has a strong educational role, sponsoring a coalition of Louisiana research universities, workforce development programs and STEM outreach initiatives.

Below is a list of faculty who will receive awards from the 2016 internal grant program and the topics of their winning proposals.

Creative Endeavor Opportunity (CEO) Awards

John Gery: Early Voices in the Poetry of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot ($5,000)

Dong-Jun Min: Learning and Recall of Adverstisement Information in Spaced and Massed Presentations ($5,000)

Doreen Piano: What I see when Walking: Visualizing Place-Based Scholarship and Composition Pedagogies ($5,000)

Tara Tolford: Active Transportation Planning & Design Curriculum Development ($4,984)

Stimulating Competitive Research (SCoRe) Awards (Traditional)

Irfan Ahmed: Gap Analysis of Digital Forensics on SCADA Testbed ($12,000)

Nicola Anthony: Mechanisms of inbreeding avoidance in wild mandriss (Mandrillus sphinx) ($11,995)

Anna Brand: This is Your Neighborhood: Seeing New Orleans in the Three Redevelopment Moments ($11,961)

Dhruva Chakravorty: Investigating the mechanism of allosteric regulation in metallosensor proteins ($12,000)

Amiri Ebrahim: Intelligent Self-Learning Controllers for Industrial Motor Drives ($12,000)

Ioannis Georgiou: Transgressive Coastal Systems: Modeling Allogenic and Autogenic response to Sea Level Rise ($10,250)

Zhengchang Liu: Characterization of Casein Kinase I Protein Hrr25 as a Positive Regulator of Mitochondrial Respiration ($12,000)

Martin O’Connell: Response of fishes to flood gate openings in Bayou St. John: Is the new adaptive water management plan working? ($11,822)

Sonia Rubens: Teacher-Reported Psychosocial Concerns in Students Attending an Alternative High School ($12,000)

Matthew Tarr: Nanomaterials for Targeted Cancer Therapy ($12,000)

Xiaochuan Yu: Motion Simulation and Hazard Assessment of Dropped Objects ($12,000)

Stimulating Competitive Research (SCoRe) Awards (NCAM)

Stephen Ware: Bringing Use-of-Force Training Simulations into Virtual Reality ($14,982)

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Dawnbreaker administers the DOE’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program. The program’s goal is to support the DOE’s efforts to increase SBIR/STTR Phase I grant applications from, and ultimately make more awards to, small business concerns owned by women, minorities, and all small business concerns located in underrepresented states. For the purpose of this program, the DOE has classified among others Mississippi and Louisiana as under-represented states.

The core premise of the program is to identify under-represented SBC’s and provide comprehensive assistance with the preparation of their SBIR/STTR Phase I proposals such that they will be compelling to the DOE reviewers. The DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is designed to augment assistance efforts by universities, state organizations, and other associations. Importantly, the services are offered at no charge to qualified small businesses. This includes university faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who do not have a small business now, but will have one at the time the award is granted.

A brief description of the Phase 0 Assistance program can be found at:

As part of the outreach efforts for the program, You are invited to a webinar on June 22nd at 2pm EDT. The webinar will consist of an information presentation followed by a Q&A session and should take no more than an hour. Please feel free to extend this invitation to attend to others as well.

If you do decide to attend the webinar, please register here:

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NASA is looking for reviewers this summer.

One of the best ways that you improve your own grantsmanship is to read and evaluate proposals that others have written. As a reviewer you can read a variety of proposals written for the same funding program which is excellent training for what makes a successful grant and what does not. Serving on a review panel also provides insight into how the other reviewers evaluated the same proposals. The review process will give you firsthand knowledge about the funder and the priorities of its grant program. Understanding the review process gives you a competitive advantage when you later apply for a grant from the funder because you have a deeper understanding of the review process.

The panel will meet in New Orleans the first week of August. More information is below.

NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) is seeking persons willing to serve as peer reviewers for a solicitation titled NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship. Information about this opportunity, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria can be found on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website at AS&ASTAR Fellowships 2016.

Peer review is a critical component of the decision-making process for awarding projects. Your participation will assist in identifying high-quality projects by engaging individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and areas of expertise in the review process.

AS&ASTAR Fellowships proposals are due June 17, 2016, and reviewers will be selected based on the subject matter of the proposals received. If you are selected, you will be notified by email which will contain detailed instructions on the process.

The online review period is scheduled for July 07-20, 2016. Reviewers will be asked to review no more than five proposals approximately 5-10 pages in length. Non-civil servants will receive an honorarium of $50 for each proposal fully reviewed and submitted through NSPIRES by the close of the review period.

Following the online review, a panel will convene to discuss which proposal(s) should be recommended for funding. The panel, which will be held in New Orleans, LA will last about 3 days and is tentatively scheduled for the week of August 1, 2016.

Please indicate your availability by responding to the questions below via email before COB June 13, 2015.

=== === === ===

1. Would you like to serve as an on-line reviewer for the AS&ASTAR Fellowships proposals?

If YES..  Provide your contact information as it appears/will appear in the NSPIRES system. If you are not registered yet, please do so at

• Full name • Organization • Department • Position / Title, • Email address(es), • Phone number(s)

 Briefly identify/list your area(s) of expertise in a paragraph format when you reply to this email; you can attach your CV to this email to provide more background detail, if you wish, but it cannot be in lieu of your paragraph description.

• My area of expertise____________

2. Would you be available to serve as a panel member?

If YES..  Please list your availability for the week of August 1, 2016. *include limited availability e.g. only available Tuesday & Thursday

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NSPIRES registration is REQUIRED to participate in the review process. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, and are not already registered in NSPIRES,please do so immediately. Be sure to register using the contact information you provided above. If you are already registered in NSPIRES, take a moment to verify that the contact information on your NSPIRES account is current, and corresponds with what you provided.

If you have any problems with registration or accessing a current account, contact the NSPIRES Help Desk at (202) 479-9376, or by email at The Help Desk should ALWAYS be your first line of communication if you encounter any issues with NSPIRES.

Also, if you know of colleagues who may be qualified and interested in serving as reviewers, please share this information with them.

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By Carol Lunn (on 6/10/2016 @ 11:37:20, in Professional Development, read 1275 times)
Who - can serve as a reviewer?

Funders generally seek reviewers with experience or expertise in the areas that they will be reviewing. Generally, you do not have to be a successful grantee in order to serve as a grant reviewer. Junior faculty members are often welcome to serve as proposal reviewers and it can assist in your own grant writing. In some instances non-Ph.D. professionals may be able to serve as reviewers.

What – is involved?

The review process can vary among sponsors. You may be tasked evaluate proposals independently and then submit them to the sponsor. Other sponsors will have you perform the initial review independently and then convene as a review panel for a joint discussion. Formats for reviewing proposals vary widely and may or may not involve travel. If you are required to travel the sponsor will usually cover travel expenses and many sponsors will provide a small stipend for review work.

When - will the review process take place?

Sponsors will need reviewers to serve after the deadline for submitting proposals has passed. This will vary depending on the sponsor and their proposal deadlines.

Where - will the review panel meet?

You should understand the time and travel commitments prior to agreeing to serve as a reviewer. The review process often requires a lot of time in a short period of time. For instance, a panel session may be conducted in three 8-hour days or two 10-hour days plus travel time.

Why - should I serve as a reviewer?

One of the best ways that you improve your own grantsmanship skills is to read and evaluate proposals that others have written. As a reviewer you can read a variety of proposals written for the same funding program which is excellent training for what makes a successful grant and what does not. Serving on a review panel also provides insight into how the other reviewers evaluated the same proposals. The review process will give you firsthand knowledge about the funder and the priorities of its grant program. Understanding the review process gives you a competitive advantage when you later apply for a grant from the funder because you have a deeper understanding of the review process.

Serving as a reviewer allows you to keep abreast of current topics in your field and also allows you to network with other experts in your field.

How - can I become a reviewer?

Numerous federal and state sponsors are seeking reviewers and even have websites that facilitate volunteering. Choose a sponsor that fits your area interest or expertise and check the sponsors’ website for instructions on how to become a reviewer. In many instances you will email the contact for the funding program you are interested in and provide them with your area of expertise and contact information. You may have to submit your CV or complete a questionnaire. The sponsor will contact you to serve when they have a review opportunity that matches your expertise and interest. If the reviewer process is not clearly outlined on the sponsor website then you can contact the grant manager or program officer and let them know you are interested in serving as a reviewer.

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By Carol Lunn (on 6/22/2016 @ 13:39:29, in ORSP Announcements, read 1056 times)
Awards honor contributions and public service in science and engineering

Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards. NSB welcomes nominations for its 2017 honorary awards through Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.

Named after the gifted visionary and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSB's Vannevar Bush Award honors life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Nomination instructions are available on the Vannevar Bush Award website and all recipients are listed on the NSB site.

NSB's Public Service Award honors individuals and groups for substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas, including mass media, social media, education, training programs and entertainment. A complete list of recipients, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on the award website.

Leaders in the higher education, scientific society and association, congressional, federal, and private industry communities celebrate the accomplishments of NSB awardees during an awards ceremony held each May.

Questions? Please contact NSB Communications Director Nadine Lymn, (703) 292-2490,

About the National Science Board

The NSB is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation. NSB also advises the President and Congress on science and engineering policy issues. The Board's 24 members are drawn primarily from universities and industry and represent a variety of science and engineering disciplines. Selected for their eminence in research, education or public service and records of distinguished service, Board members serve six-year terms. NSF's director is an ex officio 25th member of the Board.

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