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By Carol Lunn (on 12/9/2016 @ 13:20:08, in Important, read 422 times)
We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide has been issued. The NSF Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov 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 policy@nsf.gov. For technical questions relating to Grants.gov, please contact Grants.gov directly at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

Best,

Jean Feldman

Head, Policy Office

Division of Institution & Award Support

National Science Foundation

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By Carol Lunn (on 12/2/2016 @ 10:53:06, in Important, read 402 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.

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By Carol Lunn (on 11/10/2016 @ 10:35:32, in Funding Opportunities, read 504 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 (http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/). 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.

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By Carol Lunn (on 11/1/2016 @ 13:10:52, in Professional Development, read 513 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.

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/27/2016 @ 11:59:11, in Funding Opportunities, read 502 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, https://web.laregents.org/.

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

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/27/2016 @ 09:54:44, in Important, read 408 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 policy@nsf.gov.

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

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/24/2016 @ 08:44:49, in Important, read 378 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 (glratlif@nsf.gov, 703-292-8180).

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/19/2016 @ 13:09:41, in Professional Development, read 425 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is offering a workshop on budget adjustments for grants and contracts managed in our office. Topics to be covered include:

• Electronic budget adjustment forms

• How to recalculate fringe benefits when changing budget categories

• How to recalculate indirect costs when changing budget categories

Budget Adjustment Scenarios is one of the documents available in the ORSP Toolbox: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/professional_development/General%20Proposal%20Preparation%20%20Award%20Management/Forms/AllItems.aspx

Location: Math building Room 219

Date: October 27,2016

Time: 2-3 pm

This email was sent to all faculty and staff and posted on the ORSP blog on October 19, 2016.

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/7/2016 @ 09:24:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 446 times)
Research Excellence Prize

Leonard Spinu, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

The Research Excellence Prize is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or the full rank of Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Early Career Research Prize

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The UNO Early Career Research Prize is a recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their award, and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Competitive Funding Prize

Wendy Schluchter, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences

The Competitive Funding Prize is a recognition for the UNO researcher who, as a Principal Investigator (PI), has achieved the highest of amount of competitive external funding awards in the past fiscal year. The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

This email was emailed to all faculty and staff by the Provost on October 7, 2016.

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In Fiscal Year 2016 Principal Investigators began receiving a 5% return of recovered indirect on sponsored projects. The policy is being amended in Fiscal Year 2017 so that Principal Investigators can receive 10% return of recovered indirect on sponsored projects. The effective date of the updated policy is July 1, 2016 which is the beginning of the new fiscal year.

This policy update was recommended by Research Council and approved by Provost Whitley and President Nicklow. The funds are in a dedicated PI return of indirect account in the college office, which each dean is managing. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016 indirect cost returns were provided on a quarterly basis and that will be continued this year.

All internal management directives are posted on the policies and procedures page of our website: http://www.uno.edu/orsp/PoliciesProcedures/index.aspx

This was sent as an email to all faculty and staff on October 5, 2016.

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