Welcome to my blog. It contains new and archived messages that I have sent to the campus. Feel free to browse!

Matthew A. Tarr PhD
\\ Home Page : Archive (Invert order)
This is the list of all contributions published on this web site, in chronological order.

By Carol Lunn (on 10/24/2016 @ 08:44:49, in Important, read 912 times)
For many years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided the opportunity for scientists, engineers, and educators to rotate into the Foundation as temporary Program Directors, advisors, and leaders. Many of our rotators, who are an integral and valued part of the NSF workforce, come to the agency through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) program. As part of the continuing effort to enhance the administration of temporary personnel at NSF under the IPA program, the following changes are being implemented in FY 2017 for all new IPA agreements:

• NSF will pilot a mandatory 10% cost sharing of the IPA’s academic-year salary and fringe benefits. Unrecovered indirect costs may not be used to fulfill this IPA cost sharing requirement.

• Lost consulting payments are no longer a reimbursable cost element.

Please note that these changes do not apply to existing agreements (including extensions or renewals thereof) for IPAs currently assigned to NSF, or for prospective IPAs whose appointment memos have already gone forward to HRM and are currently being negotiated. The cost sharing pilot will apply to all new IPA agreements initiated in FY 2017, including those for executive- and program-level staff, but not to current NSF IPAs.

Questions should be referred to Ms. Gerri Ratliff, Deputy Division Director, Human Resources Management, NSF (, 703-292-8180).

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 10/27/2016 @ 09:54:44, in Important, read 983 times)
The NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1) has been issued. The PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG). The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide. The document will be sequentially numbered from Chapter I-XII and all references throughout have been modified to reflect this change. Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided at the beginning of the PAPPG.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. In addition to the significant change mentioned above, other revisions include:

• Addition of new sections on Special Processing Instructions and Types of Proposals, including two new types, RAISE and GOALI;

• Additional instructions for proposers on completion of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information;

• Supplemental guidance on submission of proposals by organizations impacted by a natural or anthropogenic disaster;

• Implementation of 45 CFR 690.118 for applications and proposals lacking definite plans for involvement of human subjects;

• Update on the type of information that NSF may request from proposers with regard to Federal environmental statutes;

• Supplemental information regarding treatment of NSF awards with canceled appropriations; and

• Numerous other changes and clarifications throughout the document.

Webinars to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on November 7th and January 19th at 1 PM EST. Registration is required on the outreach events website.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 30, 2017, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 16-1) continue to apply. We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by e-mail to

This notice was emailed to all faculty and staff October 27, 2016.

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 10/27/2016 @ 11:59:11, in Funding Opportunities, read 1024 times)
This is a notification that Louisiana EPSCoR has released the following funding opportunities:

1) LINKS with Industry and National Labs (LINK)

2) Travel Grants for Emerging Faculty (TGEF)

3) Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

4) Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM) Seed Funding

For more information regarding these programs and to access the RFPs, please visit their website,

This was sent in an email to all faculty/staff on October 27, 2016.

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 11/1/2016 @ 13:10:52, in Professional Development, read 1186 times)
RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations: builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics capacity. For FY 2017, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: Genomes to Phenomes. See solicitation NSF 17-503 for more details.

Join EPSCoR Program Officers on November 15 or November 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-2 program.

RII Track-4: provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions. The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions. Full details for RII Track-4 are available in the solicitation, NSF 17-509.

Join EPSCoR Program Officers November 29 or November 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-4 program.

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 11/10/2016 @ 10:35:32, in Funding Opportunities, read 1012 times)
We would like to alert you to the availability of the National Science Foundation (NSF) solicitation for the FY 2017 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program, and an informational webcast to be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. During the webcast, the solicitation in use for the FY 2017 MRI competition (NSF 15-504) will be discussed, and MRI program officers will interactively answer questions submitted by the online audience. Information on the MRI competition and instructions for accessing and registering for the free webcast is available through the MRI program website link ( Please spread the word!

The deadline for MRI proposal submissions is 5:00 p.m. (proposer’s local time) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Those interested in submitting proposals are encouraged to carefully review the solicitation, available through the program website link above, and to participate in the webcast.

Summary of the MRI Program: The MRI program is intended to strengthen the nation’s academic research capabilities by providing opportunities to develop or acquire a research instrument. The MRI program catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation’s scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships.

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 12/2/2016 @ 10:53:06, in Important, read 934 times)
Dr. Matt Tarr, Eurofins Professor of Analytical Chemistry, has been selected Vice President for Research and Economic Development, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System.

Dr. Tarr has been a highly productive faculty member in the areas of teaching, research and service during his 21 years at the University. He brings to his new role a vison and detailed plan for how to invigorate the institution’s research enterprise. He will assume his new role effective January 18, 2017.

President Nicklow sent the announcement to all faculty and staff on December 2, 2016.

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 12/9/2016 @ 13:20:08, in Important, read 947 times)
We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Application Guide has been issued. The NSF Application Guide has been updated to align with changes to NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1). All References to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG) have been replaced with references to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Editorial changes have also been made to either clarify or enhance the intended meaning of a sentence or section or to ensure consistency with data contained in NSF systems or other NSF policy documents.

The new NSF Application Guide will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by e-mail to For technical questions relating to, please contact directly at 1-800-518-4726 or


Jean Feldman

Head, Policy Office

Division of Institution & Award Support

National Science Foundation

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2016 @ 10:42:34, in Important, read 1010 times)
I wanted to make you aware that the National Science Foundation’s entire suite of Award Terms and Conditions (see full listing below) has been revised to align with changes to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1). All references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG) have been replaced with references to the PAPPG. Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a summary of changes made to that document.

The revised Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards issued on or after January 30, 2017. Revisions have been made to the following documents:

• Grant General Conditions (GC-1);

• Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC);

• Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Large Facilities;

• Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCS);

• International Research Terms and Conditions;

• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grant General Conditions;

• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II Grant General Conditions; and

• Administration

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by email to

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
The Board of Regents has announced a Limited Submission proposal opportunity. The Request for Proposal is available on their website under the “Downloads” menu and “RFPs, Policies & Forms.” No institution may submit more than one application as a lead institution.

• Request for Proposals Released - December 15, 2016

• *UNO Internal Deadline* Limited Submission Checklist - January 3, 2017

• Questions regarding proposal will be accepted by BoR until - 4:30 p.m. January 30, 2017

• Proposals Due by - 4:30 p.m. February 24, 2017

If you are interested in this proposal please submit the UNO Limited Submission Checklist to no later than January 3, 2017. The limited submission form is available on the ORSP website:

We will select the UNO proposal the first week of January so the Principal Investigator will have time to submit questions before the January 30, 2017 Board of Regents deadline to submit questions.

This was sent to all faculty/staff in a campus email 12/16/16.

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
By Carol Lunn (on 2/15/2017 @ 10:48:22, in Important, read 954 times)
Undergraduate students engaged in projects that involve research, scholarly work or creative work are encouraged to present their results at UNO's juried InnovateUNO: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Showcase. Students can present their work in a poster, oral presentation, art display, performance, or screening. All academic disciplines are eligible.

Innovate UNO will take place Friday, February 17 on the second floor of the University Center from 9 am to 4 pm. The award presentation is at 2:45 pm.

Post (p)Link Comments Comments (0)  Archive Archive  Print Print
There are 115 users online

< December 2022 >

Search keyword

Board of Regents (28)
Fellowships (18)
Funding Opportunities (111)
Important (73)
Internal Grant Program (12)
Oil Spill (25)
ORSP Announcements (66)
ORSP Newsletter (3)
Professional Development (21)
Vice President Ramblings (64)
Workshops (57)

Filed by month:

Latest comments:

No polls available.

12/4/2022 @ 7:20:26 PM
script executed in 156 ms