Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting


Funding Advisor

August 2008

  Compliance Corner
  News Items
  Funding Resources & Announcements
  Selected Funding Opportunities
  Deadline Links
  Office Directory

Welcome Back Students!!

As always, please allow extra time for our office to assist you in processing your grant proposals to avoid unnecessary delays or missed deadlines.

REMINDER: Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  Updates from the Director: Printed Monthly Financial Reports to Stop After September 30, 2008

For several years, decentralized access to Monthly Financial Reports has been available though the JMU Financial System.  We believe it is necessary to maintain printed reports to comply with reconciliation and documentation requirements; however, it is highly likely that our mailed reports arrive too late to support these reconciliation efforts; making this copy a waste of time and paper. 

As part of JMU’s ‘go green’ initiative, it is our intent to eliminate our printing and mailing process unless it is determined to be a valuable service.  If you desire to continue receiving these documents from our office, please email Sponsored Programs Accounting at jmu_gcfs@jmu.edu and indicate your desire to continue receiving the reports.  Starting with the September report (mailed in October), we will only mail reports to PI’s that have requested them. 

Thank you for your assistance as we evaluate our services and our impact on the environment.  Questions about this change may be directed to me or to the email address above.

John D. Hulvey
James Madison University
Director, Sponsored Programs
Administration and Accounting

Compliance Corner
  SF-424 Short Form to Be Revised to Eliminate SSN Field

The SF-424 Short Organizational Form is being revised by eliminating the optional data field that collects the Social Security number. The current collection pre-fills the first five digits with ''xxx-xx'' and collects only the last four digits of the SSN. The Department of Health and Human Services consulted other federal agencies and determined that the partial SSN is not useful for processing the SF-424 Short Form by the federal agencies. In the future, no portion of the SSN will be collected as part of the electronic grant application process. Comments on the notice will be accepted for 60 days from the date of its publication in the June 26 Federal Register.

Link: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-14425.pdf.

NSF Posts Agencies' Implementation of Standard Terms and Conditions

July 1 is the date government research agencies will begin using a standard core set of administrative terms and conditions in research and research-related awards to organizations that are subject to OMB Circular A–110. The National Science Foundation's Web site is serving as the central repository for research agencies to post their plans for implementing the standard terms and conditions. Agencies participating in the Federal Demonstration Partnership must use the standard terms and conditions, which were issued in January 2008; other agencies are encouraged to do so.

Link: www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rtc/index.jsp.

News Items
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Funding Resources & Announcements - "HOT" LINKS
  Please visit the "funding sources" link at the following website for resource listings and searchable databases.


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Selected Funding Opportunities
  The National Institute of Standards and Technology
Technology Innovation Program
The National Science Foundation
Mathematical Science Fellowships
The Environmental Protection Agency
Research Program for High School Students

The Health Resources and Services Administration

Rural Health Services Outreach

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ocean Exploration: Education
B-WET - Bay Watershed Education and Training

Turning Technologies

K-12 Grant Program

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Grant Program
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  Technology Innovation Program
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology unveiled the newly created Technology Innovation Program, soliciting high-risk high-reward research and development projects to transform technologies that will address critical national needs. The competition focuses on novel R&D to address the structural integrity of the nation's civil infrastructure. Two priorities are inspection and monitoring. NIST seeks proposals to create advanced evaluation and test portable, mobile or remote sensing systems to quantitatively inspect and evaluate infrastructure for roads, highways, bridges and drinking and wastewater systems.
  • Eligibility: Single companies and joint ventures, including in collaboration with higher education institutions.
  • Funding: $9 million in first-year funding for nine awards. A single company may receive up to $3 million over three years; a joint venture up to $9 million over five years.
  • Web: http://www.nist.gov/tip/helpful.html
  • Deadline: September 4, 2008

Mathematical Science Fellowships

  • The National Science Foundation invites applications for mathematical sciences postdoctoral research fellowships, which are designed to permit fellows to choose research environments that will have maximum impact on their future scientific development. Fellows may select one of two options: the research fellowship option, which supports full-time study for any 18 academic-year months in a three year period; or the research instructorship option, which provides a combination of full-time and half-time support over three academic years.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; may not have held the doctorate more than two years as of January 1 of the year of the award; must propose research in the mathematical sciences; and may not have received a federal research grant.
  • Funding: $4.8 million for 30 to 35 awards of $135,000.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08582/nsf08582.htm
  • Deadline: October 15, 2008
  Research Program for High School Students
  • The Environmental Protection Agency solicits applications to provide training opportunities for high school students in the areas of math, science, the environmental sciences and engineering. The project will be conducted at EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Training is intended to: enrich the scientific and mathematic concepts that students study in the classroom; provide the opportunity to interact with scientists; develop effective scientific research and technical skills; and stimulate students' motivation, self-confidence, and desire to achieve.
  • Eligibility: Higher education institutions; state and county governments; Native American tribal governments; nonprofits; hospitals; and laboratories.
  • Funding: $1.3 million for one award for up to five years.
  • Web: http://epa.gov/nheerl/about/researchopportunities.html
  • Deadline: August 25, 2008
  Rural Health Services Outreach
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration invites applications to develop new and innovative health care delivery systems in rural communities that lack essential care services. Projects should demonstrate creative models of outreach and service low-income, elderly and minority populations, pregnant woman, infants, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs.
  • Eligibility: Rural public and nonprofit entities located that represent a consortium of three or more separately owned health care organizations.
  • Funding: $13.5 million for 90 awards averaging up to $375,000 each over three years.
  • Web: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/default.htm(scroll to HRSA-09-002)
  • Deadline: October 16, 2008
  Ocean Exploration: Education
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks pre-proposals for projects to expand the use of NOAA-funded science in formal and informal education settings. In the past, NOAA's Office of Education has funded development of education products to enable teachers to bring NOAA science into the classroom. This year, the program is focused on facilitating the use of NOAA science in formal and informal education environments by promoting adoption of existing education products - located on its website (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov) - in schools districts and other learning centers throughout the country. NOAA invites projects consistent with its current strategic plan to further ocean science education and literacy (www.nrc.noaa.gov). Proposals must consider integrating products into one or more of the following teaching and learning activities: District-wide professional development for teachers; Development of informal learning center-based programs, such as summer camps, family science programs and/or after school programs; Pre-service teacher training at higher education institutions; Mentoring programs; and Novel programs that incorporate products at the national, state, regional and/or local levels.
  • Eligibility: Higher education institutions; other non-profits; commercial organizations; and state, local and Native tribal government agencies and organizations.
  • Funding: $300,000 for awards up to $50,000 each for one year (NOAA's education office may hold over select proposals for funding consideration in 2010).
  • Deadline: August 29, 2008 for pre-proposals; October 21 for applications

B-WET - Bay Watershed Education and Training

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks applications to support environmental education programs and partnerships at three sites under the B-WET initiative. Students activities should: be directly connected to marine or estuarine environment; integrate watershed experiences with the classroom curriculum; provide project-oriented, hands-on, investigative experiences; strengthen observation and problem-solving skills; provide sustained activities, and involve a broad approach to learning that extends beyond science to include topics such as history, economics and art. Professional development projects should provide experiences that reinforce a teacher's ability to instruct inspire and lead young people toward thoughtful environmental stewardship.
  • Eligibility: K-12 public and independent schools, higher education institutions, commercial and non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies and Native American/tribal governments.
  • Funding: $1 million total for 15 awards in Hawaii; $3.5 million for Chesapeake Bay; $2 million for 35 awards for California. Projects range from $50,000 to $200,000.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/basic.do (FON "NOS-CSC-2009-2001413"); (FON "NMFS-CBPO-2009-2001486"); (FON "NOS-NMS-2009-2001467"), respectively
  • Deadline: August 15, 2008, Hawaii; October 3, 2008, Chesapeake Bay; October 6, 2008, California Bay Watershed

K-12 Grant Program

  • Turning Technologies' K-12 Grant Program is dedicated to the improvement of K-12 classrooms and the advancement of learning through technology. The purpose of the grant is to increase awareness and usage of student response systems in K-12 classrooms. Applicants must fill out an online application and submit letters of support via fax.
  • Eligibility: Any credited K-12 educator(s) currently teaching or directing in a public, private or charter elementary, middle or high school building or district office: classroom teachers, curriculum area specialists, special education teachers, library/media center/computer lab instructors, or staff development personnel.
  • Funding: Grant packages valued at $5,000 include: Turning Point 2008, interactive PowerPoint software; 32 wireless RF ResponseCards; Response-Ware Web: web-based polling application; USB-based response RF Receiver; Response-Card Anywhere Receiver: poll with any computer application; QuestionPoint: 30,000 state-aligned questions; One year building license to VantagePoint Web-based analytics application; and A compact carrying case or binder with color-coded QuickCard and Quick Start Guide to facilities set up.
  • Web: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/k12studentresponsesystem/k12grants.cfm
  • Deadline: September 15, 2008


Ewing Marion Kauffman Grant Program

  • The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation supports programs that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative service delivery in support of education and entrepreneurship by providing funding, consultation and technical assistance. The foundation provides: idea grants to get innovation moving; seed grants to pilot and test good ideas; and scale grants to refine and bring good programs up to scale.
  • Eligibility: 501 (c) (3) organizations.
  • Funding: Grants range from a few thousand dollars to several million.
  • Web: http://www.kauffman.org
  • Deadline: Ongoing for letters

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Deadline Links

The following external links are funding deadlines organized by discipline. Please select the applicable discipline to access possible funding opportunities: (courtesy of The Grant Advisor Plus)

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Office Directory

John Hulvey, Director of Sponsored Programs Administration and Accounting
MSC 5728, JMAC-6, Suite 26

Sponsored Programs Administration:
Pre-Award & Post-Award (Non-fiscal)

JMAC-6, Suite 26
MSC 5728

Phone: 568-6872; Fax: 568-6240

Sponsored Programs Accounting :
Post-Award (Grants & Contracts)

JMAC-6, Suite 30
MSC 5713
Fax: 568-2397

Tamara Hatch, Associate Director

Sally Dickenson, Grants Specialist

Whitney Keister, Grants Specialist

Carolyn Strong, Research Coordinator
IRB & IACUC Contact

Amanda Brown , Executive Assistant
x8-6872 or x8-4623

Donna Crumpton
, Financial Administrator

Brenda Seifried, Financial Administrator

Kyra Shiflet, Financial Administrator

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Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting
August 2008