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The LaSPACE Minority Research Scholars (MRS) Program is directed at undergraduate STEM students interested in space/aerospace science and technology, and who are members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering professions. According to the 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) report “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” women, persons with disabilities, and three racial/ethnic groups—blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians—are considered underrepresented in science and engineering because they constitute smaller percentages of science and engineering degree recipients and of employed scientists and engineers than they do of the general population.

The intent of the MRS program is to enhance the undergraduate curriculum by providing the student with a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences with significant financial support going directly to the student. This project will be a joint effort between a faculty researcher, who serves as mentor and project Principal Investigator (PI), and an undergraduate researcher.

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Beginning January 25, 2016, NSF will enforce its proposal submission deadline policy as specified in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 16-1). Starting January 25, organizations will not be able to submit proposals in FastLane after 5:00 p.m. submitter’s local time. Submitter’s local time will be determined by the time zone.

Please note that ORSP must have enough time to review and sign your NSF proposal by 5 pm local time or the system will be locked and your proposal will not be submitted. To ensure that your proposal is reviewed and submitted on time, please follow the Internal Approval Timeline.

Additionally, NSF has established new guidelines for submitting proposals in order to comply with Policy updates. If you are preparing a proposal and planning to submit it after January 22, make sure to follow these new guidelines:

o Select or update your proposal Cover Sheet by selecting your applicable submission deadline.

o If you are planning to submit a proposal in response to the Grant Proposal Guide, ensure the Program Announcement / Solicitation / Program Description Number field on the Cover Sheet is NSF 16-1.

o You are required to complete the new single copy document for “Collaborators and Other Affiliations” upon submission.

o While filling in the Biographical Sketches or Current and Pending Support sections, you will need to upload a separate file for each senior personnel.

Make sure that your AOR submits the proposal by to 5:00 p.m. of your awardee institution’s time on the proposal deadline date. (This means ORSP will have to review and sign your proposal before 5 pm local time. This is a large change – please keep it in mind when you are planning to submit a proposal.)

For a complete list of all revisions in the PAPPG, please see the Summary of Significant Changes.

If you have any questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188, or

This email was sent to all faculty and staff January 22, 2016.

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By Carol Lunn (on 1/12/2016 @ 11:53:20, in Funding Opportunities, read 598 times)
NASA plans to release the next appendix of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System” on January 19, 2016. We are contacting you to ask that you forward this announcement to your member universities for distribution to interested faculty and graduate students.

The NRA solicits ground-based research proposals – both experimental and numerical studies – utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system ( This online database provides investigators access to the raw and processed experimental data from past and current physical science International Space Station flight experiments. In this way, the NRA promotes rapid, multiple investigations resulting in more scientists participating in ISS research. The next call for proposals solicits proposals in the five research areas – Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science – for which eligible experimental data will be available in the PSI by the proposal due date of March 17, 2016. The call is open to two types of investigators: established researchers and graduate students. The typical awards will be $75,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years.

A synopsis of the NRA has been posted on Federal Business Opportunities at

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 1 pm Eastern Time on January 26, 2015. To participate, navigate to and enter the meeting information: meeting number: 996 952 357 / meeting password: $psicbp15. To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-6272 and enter the conference passcode: 144973#. If you want to submit questions about the PSI or the NRA before the conference, please send your questions to For additional information, see the PSI website.

Upcoming events connected to this NRA:

Jan 19, 2016 – Release NRA Appendix B

Jan 26, 2016 – Conduct Proposers’ Conference via WebEx

Feb 9, 2016 – Notices of Intent Due

Mar 17, 2016 – Proposals Due

May 27, 2016 – Announce Selections

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By Carol Lunn (on 1/12/2016 @ 11:41:50, in Funding Opportunities, read 566 times)
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 MegaWatt Ventures competition. Apply today with your cleantech idea or startup!

MegaWatt Ventures is an annual business competition for university teams and other early-stage startups to compete for $50,000 to launch and grow their cleantech innovations into a successful business.

For more program requirements and restrictions visit our website here:

Participating teams will receive the following benefits:

• The grand prize winner receives $50,000 to fund the launch and growth of their cleantech startup company

• The top 10 finalist teams participate in a virtual training program geared for cleantech entrepreneurs

• The top 3 finalists of the MegaWatt Ventures pitch competition are invited to compete for an additional $50,000 through the national competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy

• Event attendees receive one-on-one networking opportunities with industry leaders, venture capitalists, angel investors, technology scouts, experienced entrepreneurs and mentors, and others in the cleantech community

• All applicants receive application assistance from the MegaWatt Ventures team All questions can be directed to:

Informational Webinars

Sign up for one of our upcoming webinars to learn about application requirements, timeline, event details and ask us questions:

January 14, 2016 1:00-2:00 PM EST

January 18, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM EST

January 21, 2016 10:00-11:00 AM EST

Register here!

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By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2015 @ 11:26:30, in Important, read 658 times)
Happy Holidays from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

As a reminder, the university will close at 4:30 on Wednesday, December 23rd and will not reopen until Monday, January 4th at 8 am. If you have any grants/contracts which need to be processed, please submit them as soon as possible. Routing forms should be completed no later than Monday, December 21st in order to be reviewed and submitted to the sponsor prior to the holiday break.

Thank you.

An email was also sent to all faculty and staff on December 16th.

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By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2015 @ 11:24:42, in Important, read 666 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce two major changes to our return of indirect policy.

1. Since sponsored programs accounting now reports to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), we are able to provide you with a quarterly return of indirect. The first quarter return was distributed and the second quarter will be distributed at the beginning of the spring semester. This is meant to provide you with more timely information regarding your income in the current fiscal year, and make you aware of any overages or other potential problems in a more timely manner.

2. The college return of indirect now includes a 5% additional return for the Principal Investigators (PI) who have accounts in the college. The PI return is being added to the college return of indirect account, and the deans are managing the funds on behalf of the PI’s.

The college will continue to receive the 10% college return of indirect as in previous years. This additional 5% return for PI’s is meant as a recognition and reward for their continued efforts on behalf of the university. It is our sincere hope that these funds can facilitate research endeavors.

Board of Regents approved centers and institutes will continue to receive 25% of recovered indirect as in previous years for awards in their area.

Please note these are restricted accounts so the balance will carry forward and the current fringe rate will be used each year. You can refer to the updated version of IMD 85.002 for questions regarding distribution of recovered indirect cost.

Thank you for your continued efforts to encourage research at UNO. If you have any issues with your grants and contracts please do not hesitate to contact us.

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By Carol Lunn (on 11/24/2015 @ 15:38:42, in Important, read 632 times)
A revised version of the NSF Application Guide has been posted to the NSF website and is available electronically at:

This document is applicable to all applications submitted, or due, to NSF on or after January 25, 2016. Please refer to Page 2 of the Guide for a summary of the significant changes, clarifications and other changes.Any questions regarding the new Guide should be submitted electronically to

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By Carol Lunn (on 11/20/2015 @ 15:22:00, in ORSP Announcements, read 689 times)
Nearly 170 middle schoolers converged on University of New Orleans’ campus Nov. 17 with their eyes toward space.

During UNO’s second annual Space Day event, teens from six local schools heard from and interacted with NASA experts, UNO scientists and engineers and other leaders in science, technology and math as they tackled a series of challenges designed to inspire them to consider STEM studies.

Participating seventh- and eighth-graders came from Holy Cross High School, St. Augustine High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Edward Hynes Charter School, Mount Carmel Academy and Eleanor McMain Secondary School.

The students competed in hands-on challenges that required them to work in teams. They had to build rockets from paper tape and PVC pipe and compete to see whose would travel the farthest distance. They had to design towers using uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows, with the winners of the contest having the tallest structure. They struggled to create balloon propulsion devices using straws and tapes that would travel horizontally across down a string the length of a room without deflating before reaching a make-believe "docking station."

Schools who won the challenges were as follows: Space Day poster contest, Mount Carmel Academy; Planetary Structure Build (spaghetti towers), Eleanor McMain Secondary School; Stomp Rockets, Holy Cross High School; Space Docking Simulator (balloon propulsion): Hynes Charter School.

For more information:

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This proposal submission is limited to one per institution. If you are interested in applying for this grant, please submit the UNO Limited Submission Programs Checklist. The checklist is attached to this email and is also available on the Proposal Development page. For full consideration to be UNO’s single proposal, please submit the limited submission form to research@uno.ed by December 1, 2015.

For complete details, here is a link to the program:

Here are highlights for the program:


Letter of Intent Deadline Date: January 11, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 4, 2016


The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. A jurisdiction is eligible to participate in EPSCoR programs if its level of NSF research support is equal to or less than 0.75 percent of the total NSF research and related activities budget for the most recent three-year period. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

RII Track-2 FEC 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. For FY 2016, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on two topics: 1) Understanding the Brain; and 2) Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems.

A single proposal is submitted for a project. Support for non-lead collaborating institutions should be requested as subawards. Separately submitted collaborative proposals are not allowed. Each participating EPSCoR jurisdiction must have at least one co-PI on the project.

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We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 16-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Significant changes include:

• Enforcement of 5 p.m. submitter’s local time across all NSF funding opportunities;

• Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy;

• Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission;

• NSF’s implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;

• Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch;

• Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;

• Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only;

• Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and

• Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on October 29th at 2 PM EST. Registration is required at

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 25, 2016, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 15-1) 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 x8243 or by e-mail to

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