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Recognition Reception, September 2nd 

Did you submit or receive a grant during FY2016 (7/01/2015 - 6/30/2016)? If so we want to celebrate you! 

The Office of Sponsored Programs will be hosting a reception with Research & Scholarship support on September 2nd to honor faculty and staff involved in the pursuit of external funding at the institution. 

Join your colleagues and invited speakers for a casual reception as we present selected awards to faculty and staff for their accomplishments during fiscal year 2016. 

Look for an invitation for the event this week via email and be sure to RSVP. We look forward to a fun event!

Featured Funding Opportunity

ACS Petroleum Research Fund 

ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants are intended as seed money, to enable an investigator to initiate a new research direction rather than an extension of an investigator's previous research. 

Due Date: Submission window is September 19, 2016 - Friday, October 21, 2016 

Scope of the Fund
Proposals must be for fundamental research in "the petroleum field," which is defined as "petroleum, natural gas, coal, shale, tar sands and like materials." Fundamental research encompasses the properties of these materials, whereas the petroleum industry undertakes "applied research," which is outside the scope of ACS PRF. See our list of Research Topics that are supported and not supported by ACS PRF.

NSF Update

More Automated Compliance Checks 

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:

  • Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required for each Senior Personnel.
  • 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 Proposers should also be aware that if submitting via the system will allow a proposal to be submitted even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from 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 clicking here:

NIH Update

NIH Announces Human Subjects Webpage 

Confused as to whether your proposed study is considered human subjects research? Looking to obtain a Certificate of Confidentiality for additional protection of identifiable data from the individuals participating in your research? Want to
take NIH’s free training on the protection of human subjects? The new NIH Human Subjects website can help! This site not only provides regulatory guidance and links to human subjects protection information, but also contains a number of tools and guides to help investigators and institutions meet federal and HHS/NIH standards for human subjects research protections. You can apply for certificates of confidentiality from NIH through this web site, as well. Visit to learn more.

Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together your Application

A new video from NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) compiles insights from peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff, to help guide you in planning and writing a competitive grant application. The CSR video is part of CSR’s Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants page.

Timely Topics

OSP Annual Report

The OSP Annual Report is available. It contains summary graphical presentations and detailed information regarding external funding activity for fiscal year 2016.

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