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By Admin (on 12/3/2010 @ 15:50:03, in SPAWAR, read 1964 times)

Obtaining Funding From the UNO SPAWAR Contract

Scott L. Whittenburg

Vice Chancellor for Research

Date:  Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Time:  9:00 AM to 10 AM

Room:  SC 2120

The mechanism for identifying research projects to be funded via the UNO SPAWAR contract has changed.  These projects should be identified prior to UNO requests for federally-directed funding and should be accepted by local SSC LANT personnel.  The projects should fit within the competencies and portfolios defined by SSC LANT.  Dr. Whittenburg will discuss the process and help define the competencies and portfolios.  He will also discussion the Navy Innovation program and the work of Dr. Claudette Millsap and Bruce Northridge.

While this funding primarily will support projects in the College of Engineering and the College of Science, faculty in other colleges are welcome to attend.  Handouts from the meeting will be made available for those who cannot attend. This email has been distributed to all faculty.

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By Admin (on 12/2/2010 @ 15:48:37, in Oil Spill, read 1263 times)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has reserved room 438 in the CERM building for the webinar detailed below on BP funding on December 9, 2010. Individuals may register and watch on their own computer, or can attend the webinar in the conference room we have reserved. If you would like to attend the webinar with ORSP please r.s.v.p. at so we can ensure the room is large enough to accommodate everyone.

On December 9, 2010, a workshop on the "EPA Office of Research and Development's Grant Process: How It Works and How Best to Compete" will be held at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. This workshop will be available via web and representatives of the National Science Foundation and the British Petroleum (BP) Corporation will also participate in this event.  This workshop will be similar to the workshop held at Dillard University on October 28, 2010.

This workshop is being offered to share with you oil spill-related research needs resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Responding to this unprecedented disaster has revealed numerous research needs in the areas of oil spill response, remediation, and restoration.  The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation will be independently soliciting research grant applications in the near future from eligible organizations, universities, and colleges located in the Gulf Coast Region to conduct much needed research that addresses the many gaps that have become apparent in dealing with the oil spill.  BP will also be soliciting research proposals for research projects under its own competitive process.

In addition to describing oil spill-related research needs, the workshop will include presentations on the grant competition process and the time lines for soliciting applications and awarding the grants.  Time will also be allotted to respond to questions and discussing topics of interest to potential applicants.  
Included please find the formal invitation with more information from Mr. Christopher Zarba, Deputy Center Director for EPA's National Center for Environmental Research, and a draft agenda.  Please also go to


Attached File:  ORD Workshop at FAMU.pdf

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Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to National Science Foundation (NSF) must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. See Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j for full policy implementation.

For more details, and useful links visit the NSF website on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results:

Requirements by Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF Unit

Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units, are provided below. If guidance specific to the program is not provided, then the requirements established in Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j apply.

Please note that if a specific program solicitation provides guidance on preparation of data management plans, such guidance must be followed.

NSF Data Sharing Policy

Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. See Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter VI.D.4.

“NSF is aware of the need to provide flexibility in assessment of data management plans. In developing a plan, researchers may want to consult with university officials as many universities have explicit data management policies. Some professional organizations also have recommended data management practices (e.g. The American Economic Association at A useful resource on preparing a data management plan can be found at ICPSR at, including some very useful examples. Additionally, organizations that offer to store data may also focus on specific types of data. For instance, Open Context ( and the Digital Archaeological Record ( provide data storage services for the archaeological community. NSF does not endorse the use of any specific repository.”

I suggest that you check out this link where some examples are provided.


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By Admin (on 12/1/2010 @ 15:46:11, in Funding Opportunities, read 1490 times)

The Graduate School, in association with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is pleased to announce the doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DIG) program and the master’s Thesis Improvement Grant (TIG) program.  These programs provide supplemental funds for items not usually available from the student's academic department. Funds are to be used exclusively for necessary expenses incurred in the actual conduct of the dissertation/thesis research/scholarly/artistic work.


Only students who have been admitted to candidacy (approved candidacy-masters/report on general-doctoral form on file) are eligible to apply.

Award Amount:

Students should only request the amount of funds needed to complete their thesis/dissertation.  Maximum amount of funding for DIG is $3000 and for TIG is $2000.

Please note that a statement from the department chair or the advisor certifying the student's progress towards the degree (completion of course work, progress towards degree, etc.) is required.  Interested students should begin the application process now and contact either their department chair or advisor to obtain this statement for their proposal. 

Complete details and the application material are attached to this email.  Deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, January 21st.  Decisions regarding funding should be available prior to February 1st. Complete application packets may be sent electronically to or delivered in hard-copy to the Graduate School at AD 205.  Please refer any questions to


Attached File:  DTIG.pdf

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By Admin (on 11/30/2010 @ 15:44:42, in Workshops, read 1561 times)

Xavier's RCMI program, Xavier’s LCRC and the Xavier’s Office of Sponsored Programs will be co-hosting a one-day seminar and an extensive workshop for faculty members on how to write winning grants.  

Phase 1 Seminar – Writing Winning Grants:  

The seminar is planned for March 25, 2011 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.  Attached is a detailed description of the seminar and a biosketch of the presenter. There is no charge for the seminar, however faculty from LSU, UNO, Dillard and Tulane must pay for their workbooks.  The workbooks cost $75 each, plus $5 in shipping.*


Phase 2 Workshop – Proposal Writing Workshop:

The workshop builds upon the Write Winning Grants seminar and allows up to thirty persons to interact individually with workshop presenters over a period of between four and six weeks.  The program has three objectives for each participant:

  • To write and submit the best application of which s/he is capable
  • To better understand the dynamics and psychology of the review process
  • To develop an appreciation that constructive criticism from colleagues can make the difference between an application's success and failure.

The interested faculty must apply to the workshop by submitting a proposal.  If selected, the faculty member will work with Peg AtKisson one on one to prepare a grant application.  Off-site interactions with consultants are conducted by telephone, fax, and email.  More information will become available as the seminar and workshop approach.  Both new and revised applications can be prepared.  Assistance in responding to prior review is provided to those who are writing revisions.  The proposal writing workshop is $3,475 per person and must be paid by faculty at LSU, UNO, Dillard, SUNO, and Tulane.**

Please indicate your interest in attending the following:

  1. The March 25th seminar only ($80 workbook/ shipping)
  2. The March 25th seminar and subsequent workshop ($80 workbook/shipping and $3,475 workshop)

More information will be distributed as the seminar and workshop dates approach.  At this time, Xavier is attempting to gauge interest in the seminar and workshop.   

*UNO’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will pay the materials fee of $80 only for the Phase 1 Seminar. Anyone who meets the definition of a Principal Investigator (policy attached) is eligible to have their materials fee for the Phase One Seminar paid for by ORSP.  **ORSP will NOT pay the $3,475 for the Phase Two Workshop.

If you are interested in attending please contact Carol Lunn ( in UNO’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by CLOSE OF BUSINESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1. More information will be sent later, but we are trying to gauge interest in the seminar.


Attached File:  Grant Writing Seminar and

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By Admin (on 11/22/2010 @ 15:42:55, in Funding Opportunities, read 1346 times)

The Links with Industry, Research Centers, and National Labs (LINK) request for proposals has been issued and is available on the Board of Regents Sponsored Programs website at .  Please distribute this information to appropriate individuals on your campus.

This program provides travel support for tenured and tenure-track faculty and their graduate and undergraduate students to visit and train at research facilities or centers, national labs, industrial facilities, and the like.

The RFP (in both PDF and Microsoft Word) is also attached to this email.


Tenured and tenure-track S&E faculty members in any Louisiana public institution of higher education or in any Louisiana higher education institution that is a member of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities are eligible to apply.  Post-doctoral researchers and graduate students may participate and can travel independently, but must be sponsored by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, who will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI).  Undergraduate students are eligible to participate provided that they are accompanied by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, who will serve as the PI.


This program has an open deadline from November 19, 2010 until June 30, 2015.  Proposals will be accepted throughout this period, contingent on availability of funds.  Proposals must be received on LOGAN at least thirty (30) days before the requested start date of travel.  Proposals must be submitted electronically in pdf format; the BoR will not accept hard copy submissions.  Failure to meet this deadline will invalidate the submission.


Attached File:  LINK-2010-RFP.pdf

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By Admin (on 11/4/2010 @ 15:42:15, in Workshops, read 1378 times)
I wanted to make you aware of a student research opportunity this coming summer. The program is for juniors, seniors and early graduate students. NASA is sponsoring the 2011 Student Airborne Research Program after the success of SARP in 2009 and 2010. The National Suborbital Education and Research Center at the University of North Dakota organizes the program for NASA. The program gives a total research experience to the students starting with lectures from university research faculty and NASA staff on all aspects of airborne research, hands on experience with airborne instrumentation, flight experience on a research data flight, sample and data analysis, and preparation and presentation of their research results. The 6 week program will be run from two locations in California, the University of California at Irvine campus and the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA. The 2010 program included 29 students from 24 universities from all areas of the country. Three outstanding student presentations were selected for presentation at the NASA booth at the 2010 American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA this December.

I am attaching the SARP 2011 flier which can also be accessed at

along with the application materials. Please direct questions on the program to
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By Admin (on 11/3/2010 @ 15:40:01, in Oil Spill, read 1309 times)

As you may be aware, BP has announced more details of their Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI), which will provide $500 million in competitive research awards to academia and industry research organizations over the next ten years.  That announcement is attached.  A workshop was recently held at Dillard at which time more details were released.  BP is working with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance ( which is a partnership of the states of AL, FL, LA, MS and TX through the respective Governor’s Offices.
Some of those details are:

The GRI will establish a GRI Executive Committee (anticipated by the end of November) which will consist of 20 members (10 chosen by BP and 10 by the Alliance).  We have nominated two possible members of the Executive Committee from UNO.

Once the Executive Committee is finalized an RFP will be released. The Executive Committee will have final approval over the RFP. The goal is to release the solicitation by early December. The Alliance will widely advertise the RFP once it is released, including on a new GRI website that is currently under development.

Researchers will be given about 45 days to submit a proposal electronically to the Alliance (the due date will be around February 1, 2011).  The Alliance will oversee a peer review process similar to the National Science Foundation.

Chosen projects will be determined by the Executive Committee and announced around April 1. Funding will be provided to the awardees around June 1.  Research teams receiving GRI funding will be expected to publish their research results in scholarly journals and make their data transparent and accessible. Research findings will not need to be reviewed by BP or the Alliance prior to publication.  This first competitive RFP will be used to fund projects for up to three years. Each project will have to be approved annually for renewal (i.e. funding will not be provided upfront for three years of research, but projects can be renewed for up to three years based on performance). Funding cannot be used for acquisition, infrastructure or education/community outreach activities.

Project proposals must fall into one of the five identified research themes, listed below. These themes will be revisited in year four of GRI, once the first three years of competitive projects initiated by the upcoming RFP have concluded.

  • The physical distribution and ultimate fate of contaminants associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident.
  • The chemical evolution and biological degradation of the contaminants.
  • The environmental effects of the contaminants on Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  • Technology developments for improved detection, characterization, mitigation, and remediation of offshore oil spills.
  •  Integration of the previous four themes in the context of human health.

Given the expected quick turnaround once the RFP is released in December, I encourage UNO researchers to start organizing their teams and ideas now according to the above five themes.  Monday and Tuesday of this week the BoR held a conference in New Orleans related to research and the Horizon Oil Spill.  The list of attendees and posters from that conference may be helpful in finding collaborators. If you need help identifying possible research partners please let me know.  Although researchers in the Gulf region are expected to receive preference for funding, proposals will be accepted from across the country. Additionally, partnerships with industry and state or national labs are not precluded from receiving funding.

Attached File:  BP GOMA Press Release.pdf

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By Admin (on 11/2/2010 @ 15:38:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 1473 times)

Attached (and provided below) please find the announcement of the UNO Graduate Student Open House.  This is a chance for undergraduates (Juniors and Seniors preferred) to find out everything you would like to know about graduate programs at UNO, including scholarships, fellowships and student financial aid.  Representatives from 24 of our graduate programs will be there to answer your questions about individual programs.  Open House is Wednesday, November 3 starting at 4:00 pm in Kirschmann Hall 137.  Reservations are not required, but helpful.

RSVP now:

Attached File:  OpenHouse2010Flyer.pdf

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By Admin (on 10/27/2010 @ 15:37:38, in Workshops, read 1475 times)

Please allow this email as a reminder of NSF Day at Louisiana Tech University on November 30, 2010.

We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity as NSF representatives from seven NSF directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering will make cross-disciplinary presentations on their programs; provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission. priorities and budget; and concurrent breakout sessions are planned for:

Biological Sciences

Computer & Info. Science & Engr.

Education & Human Resources



Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences

For registering and additional information please access the following link—

Thank you!

Martha Stevens

Louisiana Tech University


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