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By Admin (on 11/30/2010 @ 15:44:42, in Workshops, read 2179 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 1820 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 1769 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 1717 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 1875 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 1866 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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By Admin (on 10/25/2010 @ 15:36:40, in Workshops, read 1911 times)





SPEAKER:                  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Building Physics, Institute of Construction and Materials Science, University of Innsbruck

TOPIC:                       “The Philosophy of ‘Passive House’ Building”

(Energy Efficient Green Buildings to Minimize the Environmental Footprint)

DATE:                         Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

TIME:                         12:30 – 1:30 PM

PLACE:                       Engineering Building, EN 101 (Conf. Room)

Coffee and cookies will be provided.

1-hr Professional Development Hour (1-hr PDH) towards P.E. licensure


About Dr Feist: 

Dr. Feist is an expert on “passive houses,” which are highly energy efficient buildings (green buildings) with a reduced environmental foot print.  More about his work can be gleaned from visiting the following URLs:


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By Admin (on 10/19/2010 @ 15:35:54, in Oil Spill, read 1750 times)




SPEAKER:     Toby Roesler, Southeastern Geophysical Society

TOPIC:           The Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout:

Technological Failure or Human Error?

DATE:            Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

TIME:             3:00 PM

PLACE:          SC 1053




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By Admin (on 10/14/2010 @ 15:34:10, in ORSP Newsletter, read 2362 times)

Attached please find the Fall 2010 Newsletter from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.   In this issue:

  •  UNO faculty member receives an NSF CAREER Award
  •  Latest SPAWAR $30M over 6 year contract
  • Coverage of various UNO faculty research efforts in the BP Oil Spill
  • UNO’s participation in two BoR-EPSCoR NSF RII awards
  •  UNO Transportation Institute
  • Our participation in the Gulf Coast Government Contractors Association
  • Library efforts in the School Board Collection
  •  Research Professorships
  • Professional Development for Research
  • Summer Research Program Awards

Plus, a listing of all new UNO research awards.  I hope you will take time to see what your colleagues have accomplished!

Attached File:  FALL 2010 Newsletter.pdf

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By Admin (on 10/13/2010 @ 15:30:14, in Workshops, read 2389 times)

The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) has received funding from FEMA through GOHSEP to host a Disaster Resistant University Workshop on its main campus in New Orleans, LA. This workshop will allow members of the higher education community to engage and share ideas related to mitigation and disaster resilience

Workshop topics will include mitigation planning, conducting risk assessments, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, short- and long-term recovery planning, integrating resilience into the curriculum, CERT, protecting critical information systems, conducting outreach within and outside of campus, identifying funding sources formitigation activities, linking planning to implementation, preparing for pandemics, campus violence, involving students in mitigation planning and more!

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, November 5, 2010. Submission forms can be found at

Registration is $25

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