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By Carol Lunn (on 2/15/2017 @ 10:48:22, in Important, read 17 times)
Undergraduate students engaged in projects that involve research, scholarly work or creative work are encouraged to present their results at UNO's juried InnovateUNO: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Showcase. Students can present their work in a poster, oral presentation, art display, performance, or screening. All academic disciplines are eligible.

Innovate UNO will take place Friday, February 17 on the second floor of the University Center from 9 am to 4 pm. The award presentation is at 2:45 pm.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2016 @ 10:42:34, in Important, read 94 times)
I wanted to make you aware that the National Science Foundation’s entire suite of Award Terms and Conditions (see full listing below) has been revised to align with changes to the 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 PAPPG. Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a summary of changes made to that document.

The revised Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards issued on or after January 30, 2017. Revisions have been made to the following documents:

• Grant General Conditions (GC-1);

• Cooperative Agreement Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC);

• Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Large Facilities;

• Cooperative Agreement Supplemental Financial & Administrative Terms and Conditions for Managers of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCS);

• International Research Terms and Conditions;

• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grant General Conditions;

• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II Grant General Conditions; and

• Administration

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by email to policy@nsf.gov.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 12/9/2016 @ 13:20:08, in Important, read 106 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

 
By Carol Lunn (on 12/2/2016 @ 10:53:06, in Important, read 117 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.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 10/27/2016 @ 09:54:44, in Important, read 100 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.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 10/24/2016 @ 08:44:49, in Important, read 70 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).

 
By Carol Lunn (on 7/11/2016 @ 11:14:09, in Important, read 186 times)
NSF continues to focus on the automated compliance checks of proposals in order to decrease the burden on both the research community and NSF staff. Effective July 25, 2016, all proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter II.C.2. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

The new set of automated compliance checks will trigger error messages for each of the following rules:

o Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required for each Senior Personnel associated with a proposal; and

o Biographical Sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text.

Note About Proposal File Update (PFU):

Proposers should be aware should that if a proposal was received prior to July 25 and contained only one Biographical Sketch and/or Current & Pending Support file (rather than individual files for each senior personnel), a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these new compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

Note About Grants.gov:

Proposers should also be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane. You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these checks, by visiting the NSF website. The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

 
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.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2015 @ 11:26:30, in Important, read 490 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.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 12/16/2015 @ 11:24:42, in Important, read 451 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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