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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/16/2011 @ 16:16:30, in SPAWAR, read 3153 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 1735 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 1637 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 1681 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 2226 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 1698 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 1663 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 1609 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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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/25/2011 @ 13:30:49, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1703 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 1744 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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