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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/18/2011 @ 11:45:27, in Board of Regents, read 1099 times)
I attended an EPSCoR meeting yesterday at the Board of Regents. As many of you know, EPSCoR is a national program where federal funding agencies are required to set aside part of their funding for EPSCoR states that receive a disproportionate share (low) of the funding from that agency. Louisiana is an EPSCoR state for most federal agencies. We discussed possible future topics for the BoR Industry-Academia meetings. Four possible topics are biomedical, digital media and software development, coastal and renewable energy. The new BoR program called OPT-IN was discussed. I will be sending a separate email on that topic. No word yet on the DOE EPSCoR announcement. I made a presentation on current efforts to have a proposal ready for the BP RFP whenever it is issued.
 
By Admin (on 2/18/2011 @ 13:19:41, in Board of Regents, read 1370 times)

The Louisiana Board of Regents has announced a new funding program, Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT-IN).  Proposals are due April 18th.

The OPT-IN program is designed to support faculty in their efforts to collaborate with private sector industrial/business entities.  Two types of awards are offered:

Category I (Research Focus) Award

  • Provides funding for one year
  • Cash match from industry sponsor(s) is required
  • Single or multiple investigators are allowed;

Category II (Commercialization Focus) Award

  • Provides funding for one year
  • Funding is to be used for prototype development, which can result in the commercialization of a product, or formation of a spin-off company
  • Requires a letter of support from the PI’s Department Chair, Dean of the College, or Center Director that would reflect commitment of time and effort to achieve the goals of the proposed project
  • Single or multiple investigators are allowed

Financial Considerations

For Category I Awards, the minimum award is $10,000 and the maximum is $50,000.  LA-EPSCoR funds requested must include cash match provided by the industry/private sponsor(s) according to the following guidelines:

·         For industry/private sponsors based in, or having a presence in Louisiana (e.g., branch office, laboratory, or production facility), the minimum requirement is $1 in cash match for each $2.50 in LA-EPSCoR funds requested. 

·         For non-Louisiana industry/private sponsors, the minimum requirement is $1 in cash match for each $1 in LA-EPSCoR funds requested.

The table below illustrates the funding ratios.

 

Category I

LA-EPSCoR Award Amount

Louisiana Industrial Sponsor Cash Match required

Non-Louisiana Industrial Sponsor Cash Match required

Minimum award

$10,000

$4,000

$10,000

Maximum award

$50,000

$20,000

$50,000

For Category II awards, LA EPSCoR will award funds up to a maximum of $20,000. Cost sharing from industrial/private entities is encouraged, but not required.

Approximately $300,000 is available in FY2011 to fund the OPT-IN program. 

Award dollars for both categories may be used to support students, travel, and the purchase of scientific equipment and supplies.  Faculty and postdoctoral researcher salaries are not allowable expenses.  Any scientific equipment requested must have a strong justification included in the project description.

More details can be found on the Regents website at this link:

http://web.laregents.org/2011/01/26/new-rfp-opportunities-for-partnerships-in-technology-with-industry-opt-in/

This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/2/2011 @ 08:53:44, in Board of Regents, read 1384 times)
UNO had one of only two projects to be included in the Louisiana NASA EPSCoR FY2011 proposal. The proposal entitled "Integrated information processing and networked management for aircraft trajectory-based operations," from Dr. Rong Li of the Electrical Engineering Department was selected based upon external reviews by the BoR. Congratulations Dr. Li.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/3/2011 @ 09:20:10, in Board of Regents, read 1224 times)
The results are in for the Pilot Funding for new research (PFUND) program at the BoR EPSCoR. UNO had 4 of 6 proposals funded. Congratulations to Drs. Laivaux (BIOS), Laird (PSYC), Tarr (CHEM) and Zhu (CSCI).
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/7/2011 @ 10:36:35, in Board of Regents, read 1075 times)

The results are in and are displayed on the BoR website(http://web.laregents.org/downloads/consultant-reports/fy-2010-11/). UNO funded proposals are:

Industrial Ties - Zhou (AMRI) #1 ranked

Enhancement - Multidisciplinary Spinu (PHYS/AMRI), Business Kennett-Hensel (MARK), Chemistry Tarr (CHEM) #1 ranked, Poudeu (CHEM/AMRI), Mathematics Solanky (MATH), Physics Stokes (PHYS/AMRI) #1 ranked, [Dr. Malkinski's proposal is recommended for funding if funds available, priority score is 92). Congratulations one and all.

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/17/2011 @ 11:00:01, in Board of Regents, read 1094 times)

The DOE has just issued the attached Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for FY2011. This requires revision of the timetable contained in LA EPSCoR DOE EPSCoR Implementation RFP that was issued on March 24. A revised RFP will not be issued. The RFP is still available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org. Louisiana EPSCoR may submit only one statewide proposal to this competition. LA EPSCoR will utilize an external review panel to determine which proposal among those submitted under the LA EPSCoR DOE Implementation RFP will be recommended for submission to DOE. A Notice of Intent (NOI) is required before a proposal will be accepted. This NOI must be submitted to LA EPSCoR as noted in the Board's RFP, NOT DOE. Faculty who have already submitted Notices of Intent to this competition should either submit a new Notice of Intent or, if there are no changes, notify our office that the Notice of Intent is still in effect. Please note that the FOA states that "The relevant program office(s) and the associated scientific/technical point(s) of contact on the DOE (and not National Laboratory) staff must be identified on the first page of the application narrative. Applications not meeting this requirement will be deemed ineligible during the initial screening process." Applicants MUST identify the DOE program office/staff in the appropriate area on the NOI that is submitted to our office and provide a written communication expressing support/interest in the proposed research. See NOI.

Some important changes: Notice of Intent now due at BoR by close of business (4:30 pm) on May 23. See instructions in Board's RFP. The proposal is now due at BoR at the close of business (4:30 pm) on June 1. See instructions in Board's RFP. Proposals must request a minimum of $1 million per year and can request up to a maximum of $2.5 million per year for a period of three years. DOE has up to $4 million available for funding projects. The Board of Regents is providing $500,000 per year in cost sharing.

Both Mike Khonsari and I will be out of town attending EPSCoR meetings and will be unavailable to answer written questions until Friday, May 20. Questions will be accepted and answered through May 27. Answers provided in response to those questions will be periodically posted to the BoR website.

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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 jim.gershey@la.gov

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/3/2011 @ 08:39:34, in Board of Regents, read 1066 times)
The BoR has announced the SURE award winners. The Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences grant is for faculty and undergraduates in STEM discplines. UNO had 5 awards, the most by any university. Congratulations to: Dr. Bobby Laird (PSYC) and Jenny Phan, Dr. Kevin Stokes (PHYS) and Sunni Siqueira, Dr. Skip Simmons (EES) and Karen Marchal, Dr. Carla Penz (BIOS) and Susan Frichter, and Dr. John Wiley (CHEM) and Juan Callejas.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/7/2011 @ 11:27:18, in Board of Regents, read 1076 times)
A reminder about Board of Regents funding for travel grants. The TGEF proposals have a high success rate. During the summer months when faculty teaching and other responsibilities are reduced you should consider applying to obtain a TGEF grant and use the funding to visit a federal funding agency. This will help your chances of obtaining federal funding in the future. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs can help you with the application for the TGEF award and contacting the appropriate federal program officer. If you are interested please contact us at orsp@uno.edu This email has been distributed to all faculty. Travel Grants for Emerging Faculty (TGEF) The TGEF program, which consists of two components (I and II), was established to assist emerging faculty (tenure track but non-tenured) in the science and engineering disciplines by providing travel funds needed to further their research and build strong collaborations. The eligible disciplines include: biological sciences (all); mathematical & computer sciences; earth & environmental sciences (geology, oceanography, environmental); engineering (all); physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics); and the social & behavioral sciences. TGEF I provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty seeking to visit a federal funding agency program officer to discuss their research proposals. The award amount can be increased to $2,400 if the applicant is accompanied by an established tenured professor. TGEF II provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty who have been invited to present plenary or major invited talks at national or international meetings. Open deadline: June 30, 2015 Applicants must submit proposals to LA EPSCoR at the Board of Regents at least 30 days prior to the requested start date of travel. http://web.laregents.org/programs/epscor-programs/travel-grants-for-emerging-faculty-tgef/
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/14/2011 @ 16:38:39, in Board of Regents, read 868 times)
The BoRSF Question-and-answer documents have been updated to include new questions asked during the current proposal cycle. You and your faculty can access these documents on our website, http://web.laregents.org, under Downloads: RFPs, Policies and Forms.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/4/2011 @ 10:13:55, in Board of Regents, read 874 times)
Notice concerning Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Competition A request for proposals (RFP) for the SURE program was issued on April 21, 2011. This program seeks to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. The RFP specified that there would be two rounds of competition, the first with proposals due on May 9, 2011 and the second with proposals due December 1, 2011. The purpose of this notice is to announce that the second competition will be deferred until spring, 2012. A new, revised RFP will be issued for this competition and will be posted on the Board of Regents Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org/.
 
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