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By Carol Lunn (on 4/1/2016 @ 15:23:31, in Board of Regents, read 1268 times)
Consultants’ reports, including funding recommendations, for all FY 2015-16 Board of Regents Support Fund competitive programs are now available on the Board’s Sponsored Programs website, https://web.laregents.org. These reports include rank-order lists of proposals recommended for funding, as well as recommended funding levels. A memo is posted with the reports indicating the rank orders in each report for which monies are expected to be available. Reductions in budgeted funds of 10-15% were necessitated due to low investment returns to the BoRSF, so it is essential to read these documents together to understand which projects it is anticipated can be recommended to the Board for funding.

Applicants should note that these reports constitute official notice of consultants’ recommendations to be forwarded to the Board. Individual notifications or award letters, upon Board approval, are not provided.

The Board is expected to act on consultants’ recommendations, as well as on campus requests for matching funds to endow non-competitive professorships and first-generation undergraduate scholarships, at its meeting of April 27, 2016.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/1/2016 @ 15:11:15, in Professional Development, read 1175 times)
The New Orleans BioInnovation Center will present a series of events highlighting Louisiana startups, research and innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016.

November 14-15

Innovation Louisiana 2016

An annual conference with national experts discussing forming, funding, and growing a bioscience startup

November 16

BioChallenge Pitch Competition

Four Louisiana startups pitch to experienced investors and industry professionals for a $25,000 top prize Louisiana University Technology Showcase

Statewide research institutions feature new license-ready technologies that have applications in numerous industries

Stay tuned for more info at www.neworleansbio.com.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided advance notice of a change in the eligibility of prospective applicants to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to allow the community to plan accordingly. This change is described in a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 16-050) and FAQs (NSF 16-051).

The language from the Dear Colleague Letter is here:

NSF 16-050 Dear Colleague Letter: Change in Eligibility to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

March 7, 2016

Dear Colleague:

With this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF is providing advance notice of a change in the eligibility of prospective applicants to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to allow the community to plan accordingly. Effective as of the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. 1 No change is made to the eligibility of undergraduates, of bachelor's degree holders without any graduate study, or of individuals who have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years. 2 GRFP continues to identify and to inspire the diverse scientists and engineers of the future, and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. This change in eligibility should result in more individuals applying as undergraduate students who have not yet made the commitment to go to graduate school. This is a more diverse population than admitted graduate students.

Please see NSF 16-051, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), for more information.

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By Carol Lunn (on 2/25/2016 @ 15:13:33, in Professional Development, read 1535 times)
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Federal and State Program Managers representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to present at a series of events to technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. The events below are a coveted opportunity for those involved in the advanced technology communities, including womenowned and minority-owned firms.

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, take advantage of this coveted local opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers, and meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

Agenda Highlights Include:

»» Learn of local and state resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs;

»» SBIR 101 and Proposal Workshops;

»» Intellectual Property and SBIR Data Rights Strategies;

»» Success Stories Panel Discussions from SBIR/STTR firms;

»» Approaches to Partnering with Industry and/or working with Prime contractors

Meet One-on-One with SBIR/STTR Program Managers, including:

»» Department of Agriculture (USDA)

»» Department of Defense - Navy

»» Department of Energy (DOE)

»» National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

»» National Institutes of Health (NIH)

»» National Science Foundation (NSF)

Register online: http://gulfcoastsbir.eventbrite.com/

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By Carol Lunn (on 2/10/2016 @ 10:49:12, in ORSP Announcements, read 1326 times)
The UNO College of Engineering is proud to offer the 2016 UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus on September 16, 2016.

The event will be held in the University Student Center of the Lakefront Campus and offers multiple parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, civil & environmental, chemical, petroleum, and systems engineering and engineering management.

Participants can earn up to 8 Professional Development Hours.

Please consider participating in the Forum as a Patron.

More information is available online at: http://uno-ef.org/

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By Carol Lunn (on 2/5/2016 @ 16:10:55, in ORSP Announcements, read 1346 times)
In the new 2015 Carnegie Classification, four Louisiana universities retained their classification. LSU-Baton Rouge and Tulane University remained in the R1 spot (“Highest Research Activity”), while the University of Louisiana Lafayette and the University of New Orleans remained in the R2 spot (“Higher Research Activity”). Louisiana Tech University was reclassified from R2 (“Higher Research Activity”) to R3 (“Moderate Research Activity”). ULM was the only university in the state to be promoted to the “Doctoral University” category. Grambling State University, Xavier University, and Louisiana College all moved up in the “Master’s Colleges and Universities” category.

http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/ulm-earns-elite-doctoral-designation-by-carnegie-classification

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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 fastlane@nsf.gov.

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 1175 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 (http://psi.nasa.gov). 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 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c95ebe2324eff60041013d1751948288&tab=core&_cview=0

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 1 pm Eastern Time on January 26, 2015. To participate, navigate to https://nasa.webex.com/ 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 msfc-dl-psi-support@mail.nasa.gov. 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 1086 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: http://megawattventures.com/competition/participant-expectations/

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: dayle@megawattventures.com.

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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