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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 12/15/2010 @ 14:54:11, in ORSP Newsletter, read 2289 times)
For the first time in many years the Office of Research is producing a Research Magazine. Because the UNO Magazine has been featuring research we were able to work with Jessica Llanes in UNO Publications and Communications to include content from our newsletter and make a separate Research Magazine for a low cost, but still professional looking. We will be distributing the Research Magazine to Vice Chancellors/Vice Presidents for Research at universities around the country. Attached below is the printer's copy. If you would like a copy sent to your office, please send an email to vcresearch@uno.edu to request a copy.

Attached File:  101396-Research_Mag_PROOF.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 12/10/2010 @ 14:01:15, in Oil Spill, read 2001 times)
Several of us listened to the EPA webinar from FAMU yesterday on the BP GRI funding ($500M over 10 years). I also had a phone conference following the webinar with the VC/VPs for Research from several of the other Louisiana research universities. The bottom line from the webinar is that the RFP is not out yet, individual proposals will be accepted BUT consortial proposals will have a much better chance, proposals probably will be due in February, 2011 and the money available June 1, 2011. The VC/VPs for Research have already been working on a consortial proposal. We are awaiting the RFP to help guide further development of the proposal.
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By Admin (on 12/10/2010 @ 14:00:42, in Important, read 1973 times)
Please remember that UNO is closed on December 23, 2010 and will not reopen until January 3, 2011. Proposals due during that time period should be submitted early.

Proposals for external funding require an electronic UNO Routing form be submitted by the PI and then be signed by the appropriate signatories. Since the Holiday break is fast approaching I strongly urge you to submit routing forms early. Some people needed to sign or process the paperwork may leave before the holiday break to travel and may not have immediate access to the internet. This may slow down the processing of routing forms.

This message was sent to all faculty and staff.
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By Admin (on 12/10/2010 @ 09:16:39, in Funding Opportunities, read 1859 times)

The EPSCoR Travel Grants for Emerging Faculty (TGEF) Program through the Louisiana Board of Regents provides funds to tenure-track (not tenured) faculty in science or engineering for travel to funding agencies to visit with program managers or to give major, invited presentations.  Faculty in the following disciplines can apply:

  • Biological sciences (all)
  • Mathematical & computer sciences
  •  Earth & environmental sciences (Geology, Oceanography, Environmental)
  • Engineering (all)
  •  Physical sciences (Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Social & behavioral sciences

Speaking with a program officer can provide insight on the proposal structure, the peer review process, and the focus of the agency; this can make your proposal more competitive.  An opportunity to make a presentation can make you more known in your field and open other doors for your career.  TGEF funding can pay for most or all of the expenses related to these trips which is important with the cuts in general fund budgets.

The awards are limited to $1,200 for travel expenses and the expenses must follow state travel guidelines.  Up to  $1,200 can also be obtained for the travel expense of a mentor that accompanies the faculty on the trip.

For more information on the program and the application process, please refer to the attached Request for Application.  The overall deadline for applications is June 30, 2015.  However, your application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to your proposed trip.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 280-6836 or send an email to stateORSP@uno.edu.

This was sent to all faculty and staff.

 

Attached File:  TGEF_RFA-2010.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 12/8/2010 @ 08:25:00, in Important, read 1818 times)
I will be speaking today at 9:00 am in SC2120 on how UNO faculty can obtain funding from the SPAWAR contracts. Handout is available below. Please click on the link to the attachment.

Attached File:  UNOSPAWARFacultyPresentation.pdf

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By Admin (on 12/7/2010 @ 15:50:52, in Important, read 1914 times)

Attached is the new Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate Agreement (or indirect cost rate agreement).

Effective immediately use an indirect cost rate of 45% on all budgets submitted to the Office of Research an Sponsored Programs. If you have a budget that is pending submission to an agency please work with someone in Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to update the budget to reflect the new rate of 45%. All proposals pending submission to the funding agency should be updated to reflect the new rate agreement of 45%.

Open awards, or proposals which have already been submitted to an agency will use the rate in effect at the time the proposal was submitted.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

 

Attached File:  Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate Agreement.pdf

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By Admin (on 12/3/2010 @ 15:50:03, in SPAWAR, read 2636 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 1656 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 orsp@uno.edu 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  http://www.scgcorp.com/Reg4_grantwkshp/index.htm.

 

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: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp

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 http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/data.php). A useful resource on preparing a data management plan can be found at ICPSR at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/dmp/index.jsp, including some very useful examples. Additionally, organizations that offer to store data may also focus on specific types of data. For instance, Open Context (http://opencontext.org/) and the Digital Archaeological Record (http://www.tdar.org/) 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 http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/dmp/index.jsp where some examples are provided.

 

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By Admin (on 12/1/2010 @ 15:46:11, in Funding Opportunities, read 1935 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.

Eligibility:

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 gradschool@uno.edu or delivered in hard-copy to the Graduate School at AD 205.  Please refer any questions to gradscholarships@uno.edu.

 

Attached File:  DTIG.pdf

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