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By Admin (on 1/5/2011 @ 11:13:46, in Funding Opportunities, read 1720 times)

FYI. UNO ORSP will be submitting a proposal in response to this RFP.  If you also plan on submitting a proposal please keep me in the loop in the development stage of your proposal.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

Attached (in both MSWord and PDF) is the FY2011 NSF EPSCoR Regional Grantwriting Workshop RFP.  This RFP solicits proposals from universities interested in sponsoring workshops to help faculty develop and improve their grantwriting skills.

The RFP will also be made available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at  Please distribute widely on your campus. 


Jim Gershey, Executive Director of Special Programs Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 N. Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (physical address)
Post Office Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677 (post office address)
telephone: 225-342-4253
fax: 225-342-3371

Attached File:  Grantwriting_2011_RFP.pdf

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By Admin (on 1/11/2011 @ 15:39:07, in Workshops, read 1919 times)

The grant writing seminar, Writing Winning Grants, will be conducted by Peg AtKisson on March 25, 2011 at Xavier University 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.  This seminar will be focused on NIH grants, however the components will apply to several granting agencies.  The seminar is co-hosted by Xavier’s Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), Xavier’s Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC), Xavier’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and FASEB MARC.  For more information on the seminar, please see the 11/30/10 post on the Research blog (  The Office of Research will pay the $80 fee for full-time UNO faculty or those who meet the definition of a Principal Investigator (see attached IMD 85.003).

Please click this link and complete the registration for the grant writing seminar.  All faculty and staff who plan on attending must register through this link; seminar materials will be ordered from the list that is generated through the registration survey.  Please register as soon as possible.  If you have not already informed Carol Lunn of your intention to attend the seminar, please contact her ( so we can keep a list of the UNO personnel attending the seminar.

If you are interested in the Phase 2 of the Seminar (individualized assistance in writing your proposal), please contact Carol Mitton ( before January 28th.  The cost of this phase is $3,475 per person and it will NOT be paid by the Office of Research.  You must find another source to cover the cost.

More information will be provided to the registered attendees as it becomes available.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff.

Attached File:  Xavier

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/21/2011 @ 09:53:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 1604 times)
Please note that the DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING the notice of intent for the NASA EPSCoR is close-of-business TODAY. The notice-of-intent is required.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/25/2011 @ 12:49:18, in Important, read 1761 times)
The National Science Board’s (NSB) Merit Review Task Force is undertaking a thorough review of the National Science Foundation's two merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). The merit review process is at the heart of NSF's mission, and the merit review criteria form the critical base for that process. Moreover, in the recently enacted America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, the Broader Impacts Review Criterion was specifically mentioned. The Task Force is now gathering input from a wide variety of stakeholder groups, and will be developing its report and recommendations during 2011. To ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input, NSF has established a web site through which you can submit your thoughts and ideas on several issues of interest to the Task Force ( Please take this opportunity to provide comments and suggestions for improvements, as the Task Force undertakes this important review. We also encourage you to forward this message to your faculty members, so that the Task Force may obtain their perspectives on this important topic. Best, Jean Jean Feldman Head, Policy Office Division of Institution & Award Support National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22230 voice: 703.292.8243 email:
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/25/2011 @ 13:30:49, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1723 times)

In the interim report recently distributed to campus there were several points regarding the UNO research enterprise. It may be helpful for us to use this as an opportunity to discuss the "health" of research on campus. I will be doing that over the next several days by postings to this blog.

The data that is provided in the transition report comes from the NSF Expenditure Survey. The years chosen in the interim report give the appearance that the research funding at UNO is decreasing. The data for each of the years since 2006 are given below (dollars in thousands):

Year S&E Federal S&E Total Total Federal Total
2006 12,432 23,897 13,478 26,520
2007 15,075 25,625 15,628 28,972
2008 13,657 24,783 14,346 27,917
2009 13,815 25,382 15,078 30,801
4 yr average 13,745 24,922 14,632 28,552

There are several measures that are provided in the NSF Survey: Science and Engineering (S&E, as defined by NSF) from all Federal sources (S&E Federal), S&E from all funding sources, and similar totals including all disciplines in addition to S&E. As you can see, the funding last year for all of those measures was more than the previous year and higher than the four-year average. It is safe to say that the research funding level has been rather constant over the past several years. That in itself is a rather remarkable achievement considering that 5 of our top 6 funded faculty have left the University and the total number of faculty has decreased by 13% since 2006.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/26/2011 @ 11:00:13, in Funding Opportunities, read 1627 times)

The Technology Innovation Program posted its “Programmatic Plan: FY 2011 – FY 2014.”

The plan outlines TIP’s current thinking as to possible directions for future funding. The program will continue to refine this plan as it works to address changing national priorities. Final decisions regarding the area(s) of critical national need and the specific societal challenge topic(s) for TIP investment will be announced publicly in the Federal Register, on, notice of Federal Funding Opportunity), and on the TIP website.

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By Admin (on 1/26/2011 @ 14:15:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 1680 times)
Attached is a new Request for Proposals for the Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT-IN) program. This is a new LA-EPSCoR program with the goal of facilitating partnerships between science and engineering faculty and business/industrial entities. Proposals submitted under this RFP are due Monday, April 18, 2011. Please distribute widely to interested parties. The RFP will also be available in both MS Word and PDF formats on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at

Attached File:  Industrial Partnerships RFP 2011.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/1/2011 @ 10:55:22, in Oil Spill, read 1717 times)
Still no word on the BP RFP. Those UNO faculty wishing to seek money related to the BP funding should proceed in two ways: (1) develop your own collaborations and work on a proposal to be submitted and (2) be ready to contribute something to the proposal that the four research universities are putting together. If you are interested in contributing to the four-university proposal you should have a one page whitepaper ready to go on some research topic you believe would be of interest. When the RFP is released and we know the topic areas you should be ready to rewrite the whitepaper for one of those topics and then send a copy of the whitepaper to me. When the RFP is released, I will notify the campus.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/2/2011 @ 15:26:12, in Internal Grant Program, read 2253 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the opening of competition for the 2011 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. Please check the sharepoint site at for details and required forms. Deadline for submission of applications: SCoRE and CEO: February 14, 2011 SUE: February 21, 2011
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/7/2011 @ 09:11:32, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1701 times)
The Coastal Sustainability Consortium (CSC) is growing. In addition to the four principal university members, UNO, LSU, Tulane and ULL, the CSC now has seven Affiliate Members: LaTech, Loyola, McNeese, Nicholls, Southeastern, SUBR and Xavier.
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