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By Carol Lunn (on 6/8/2017 @ 17:25:59, in Professional Development, read 36 times)
The Graduate School and Financial Aid will co-host a workshop with ORSP next week to discuss recent changes regarding the employment of student workers and graduate assistants.

Where: Library, Room 407

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time: 10 am – 11 am

 
By Carol Lunn (on 11/1/2016 @ 13:10:52, in Professional Development, read 185 times)
RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations: 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 development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics capacity. For FY 2017, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: Genomes to Phenomes. See solicitation NSF 17-503 for more details.

Join EPSCoR Program Officers on November 15 or November 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-2 program.

RII Track-4: provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions. The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions. Full details for RII Track-4 are available in the solicitation, NSF 17-509.

Join EPSCoR Program Officers November 29 or November 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informational webinar on EPSCoR's RII Track-4 program.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 10/19/2016 @ 13:09:41, in Professional Development, read 119 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is offering a workshop on budget adjustments for grants and contracts managed in our office. Topics to be covered include:

• Electronic budget adjustment forms

• How to recalculate fringe benefits when changing budget categories

• How to recalculate indirect costs when changing budget categories

Budget Adjustment Scenarios is one of the documents available in the ORSP Toolbox: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/professional_development/General%20Proposal%20Preparation%20%20Award%20Management/Forms/AllItems.aspx

Location: Math building Room 219

Date: October 27,2016

Time: 2-3 pm

This email was sent to all faculty and staff and posted on the ORSP blog on October 19, 2016.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 6/10/2016 @ 11:37:20, in Professional Development, read 234 times)
Who - can serve as a reviewer?

Funders generally seek reviewers with experience or expertise in the areas that they will be reviewing. Generally, you do not have to be a successful grantee in order to serve as a grant reviewer. Junior faculty members are often welcome to serve as proposal reviewers and it can assist in your own grant writing. In some instances non-Ph.D. professionals may be able to serve as reviewers.

What – is involved?

The review process can vary among sponsors. You may be tasked evaluate proposals independently and then submit them to the sponsor. Other sponsors will have you perform the initial review independently and then convene as a review panel for a joint discussion. Formats for reviewing proposals vary widely and may or may not involve travel. If you are required to travel the sponsor will usually cover travel expenses and many sponsors will provide a small stipend for review work.

When - will the review process take place?

Sponsors will need reviewers to serve after the deadline for submitting proposals has passed. This will vary depending on the sponsor and their proposal deadlines.

Where - will the review panel meet?

You should understand the time and travel commitments prior to agreeing to serve as a reviewer. The review process often requires a lot of time in a short period of time. For instance, a panel session may be conducted in three 8-hour days or two 10-hour days plus travel time.

Why - should I serve as a reviewer?

One of the best ways that you improve your own grantsmanship skills is to read and evaluate proposals that others have written. As a reviewer you can read a variety of proposals written for the same funding program which is excellent training for what makes a successful grant and what does not. Serving on a review panel also provides insight into how the other reviewers evaluated the same proposals. The review process will give you firsthand knowledge about the funder and the priorities of its grant program. Understanding the review process gives you a competitive advantage when you later apply for a grant from the funder because you have a deeper understanding of the review process.

Serving as a reviewer allows you to keep abreast of current topics in your field and also allows you to network with other experts in your field.

How - can I become a reviewer?

Numerous federal and state sponsors are seeking reviewers and even have websites that facilitate volunteering. Choose a sponsor that fits your area interest or expertise and check the sponsors’ website for instructions on how to become a reviewer. In many instances you will email the contact for the funding program you are interested in and provide them with your area of expertise and contact information. You may have to submit your CV or complete a questionnaire. The sponsor will contact you to serve when they have a review opportunity that matches your expertise and interest. If the reviewer process is not clearly outlined on the sponsor website then you can contact the grant manager or program officer and let them know you are interested in serving as a reviewer.

 
NASA is looking for reviewers this summer.

One of the best ways that you improve your own grantsmanship is to read and evaluate proposals that others have written. As a reviewer you can read a variety of proposals written for the same funding program which is excellent training for what makes a successful grant and what does not. Serving on a review panel also provides insight into how the other reviewers evaluated the same proposals. The review process will give you firsthand knowledge about the funder and the priorities of its grant program. Understanding the review process gives you a competitive advantage when you later apply for a grant from the funder because you have a deeper understanding of the review process.

The panel will meet in New Orleans the first week of August. More information is below.

NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) is seeking persons willing to serve as peer reviewers for a solicitation titled NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship. Information about this opportunity, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria can be found on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website at AS&ASTAR Fellowships 2016.

Peer review is a critical component of the decision-making process for awarding projects. Your participation will assist in identifying high-quality projects by engaging individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and areas of expertise in the review process.

AS&ASTAR Fellowships proposals are due June 17, 2016, and reviewers will be selected based on the subject matter of the proposals received. If you are selected, you will be notified by email which will contain detailed instructions on the process.

The online review period is scheduled for July 07-20, 2016. Reviewers will be asked to review no more than five proposals approximately 5-10 pages in length. Non-civil servants will receive an honorarium of $50 for each proposal fully reviewed and submitted through NSPIRES by the close of the review period.

Following the online review, a panel will convene to discuss which proposal(s) should be recommended for funding. The panel, which will be held in New Orleans, LA will last about 3 days and is tentatively scheduled for the week of August 1, 2016.

Please indicate your availability by responding to the questions below via email before COB June 13, 2015.

=== === === ===

1. Would you like to serve as an on-line reviewer for the AS&ASTAR Fellowships proposals?

If YES..  Provide your contact information as it appears/will appear in the NSPIRES system. If you are not registered yet, please do so at https://nspires.nasaprs.com

• Full name • Organization • Department • Position / Title, • Email address(es), • Phone number(s)

 Briefly identify/list your area(s) of expertise in a paragraph format when you reply to this email; you can attach your CV to this email to provide more background detail, if you wish, but it cannot be in lieu of your paragraph description.

• My area of expertise____________

2. Would you be available to serve as a panel member?

If YES..  Please list your availability for the week of August 1, 2016. *include limited availability e.g. only available Tuesday & Thursday

=== === === ===

NSPIRES registration is REQUIRED to participate in the review process. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, and are not already registered in NSPIRES,please do so immediately. Be sure to register using the contact information you provided above. If you are already registered in NSPIRES, take a moment to verify that the contact information on your NSPIRES account is current, and corresponds with what you provided.

If you have any problems with registration or accessing a current account, contact the NSPIRES Help Desk at (202) 479-9376, or by email at nspires-help@nasaprs.com. The Help Desk should ALWAYS be your first line of communication if you encounter any issues with NSPIRES.

Also, if you know of colleagues who may be qualified and interested in serving as reviewers, please share this information with them.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 4/1/2016 @ 15:11:15, in Professional Development, read 222 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.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 2/25/2016 @ 15:13:33, in Professional Development, read 442 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/

 
By Carol Lunn (on 8/6/2015 @ 13:44:44, in Professional Development, read 457 times)
The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to offer the third UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research & Technology Park on September 11, 2015.

The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer multiple parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, civil & environmental, chemical, petroleum, and systems engineering and engineering management.

If you would like additional information, would like to present, participate, or would like to be a sponsor please visit: www.uno-ef.org

 
By Carol Lunn (on 5/8/2015 @ 12:42:56, in Professional Development, read 2059 times)
The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to offer the third UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research & Technology Park on September 11, 2015.

The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer multiple parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, civil & environmental, chemical, petroleum, and systems engineering and engineering management.

If you would like additional information, would like to present, participate, or would like to be a sponsor please visit: www.uno-ef.org

 
By Carol Lunn (on 2/26/2015 @ 15:05:37, in Professional Development, read 380 times)
In a recent blog post and notice, NIH officials have made clear that recipients of the agency's largess should give back as peer reviewers. NIH first announced five years ago that it "calls upon investigators who have received research grant funding from the NIH to serve...when invited to do so." At the time, NIH also said, "this expectation for service is entirely voluntary and an inability to serve has no impact on an investigator's ability to compete for grant support." On Feb. 20, Richard Nakamura, director of NIH's Center for Scientific Review, the office that handles most of the peer review of applications for funding, addressed the issue anew on the blog Rock Talk, so-named because posts are usually authored by Sally Rockey, NIH's deputy director for extramural research. NIH crunched the numbers on the 25,500 investigators who have received "a total of $1 million in total costs from NIH in the last five years" and, based on the calculation that "one day of peer review service per year would be considered a reasonable expectation for service," concluded that "currently fewer than half of these funded scientists (45%) achieve that level of service" on peer review groups, Nakamura said. The complementary NIH notice, "Reinforcing Service to the Biomedical Research Community," said, in part, "NIH expects principal investigators of NIH supported grants and contracts to serve on NIH peer review groups, when asked" and "expects grantee institutions and R&D [research and development] contract recipients to encourage" such service among their NIH-supported investigators.

Link: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2015/02/20/supporting-the-call-to-peer-review-service/

 
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