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January 2009 (FY09)

January 2009

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Prosperous 2009!!

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

Happy New Year from the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration and Accounting!  2009 promises to be an exciting and challenging year and competition for limited Sponsored Programs funding will become even more intense.  JMU has an excellent success rate with external funding so this potential resource may be worth your time and effort.

With funding getting tighter, the need for alternate sources of funding has increased.  Along with this need, the level of compliance monitoring of external funding has increased.  Our office is here to assist you in all the facets of sponsored program administration from preparing the proposal to administering the award in accordance with all applicable policies and regulations.  Please contact us with your questions, concerns, or proposals and let us help each other create a terrific 2009.

Compliance Corner

National Academy of Science Committee Reviewing Animal Care Guide; Seeks Feedback

The National Academy of Sciences has been working to revise the 1996 "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" and is accepting suggested revisions to and comments on it until Jan. 31, 2009. Universities and others with federal funding for research involving animals follow the guide, which is incorporated by reference in the "Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals." The NAS committee is reviewing "the scientific literature published since the release of the 1996 guide [to] determine whether the information currently in the guide concurs with current scientific evidence," NAS said. NIH is one of several government agencies and other organizations working with NAS on the update. NIH posted a notice in 2006 summarizing the results of its request for information on the need to update the guide's standards, and the committee will be reviewing comments received in response. A new guide is expected by January 2010.

Link to NAS: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48959.
Link to NIH notice: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-016.html.

NIH Updates Peer Review Revisions Timetable; Scoring System Changed


In a series of notices issued in December 2008, the National Institutes of Health formally established a timeline for changes to its peer review process. NIH also announced it had settled on a new scoring system of one to nine for all applications for research grants and cooperative agreements "submitted for funding consideration for fiscal year 2010 (FY2010) and thereafter." NIH officials had considered a scoring system of one to seven. The agency repeated that its new investigator and resubmission policies will be in effect as of January 2009, and that during the May 2009 review meetings (for potential fiscal year 2010 funding), it will implement the new scoring system and make other related changes. In January 2010, NIH expects to have shortened applications for R01s and "other mechanisms" and to have restructured applications to align with updated review criteria.

Links to notices: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-023.html (timeline); http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-024.html (scoring procedures); http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-025.html (enhanced criteria).

News Items
  New NSF Grant Proposal Guide is now in Effect

The National Science Foundation's new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide became effective on January 5, 2009. Please click on the following link for the updated Proposal Guide: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf09_1/index.jsp

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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 Centers for Disease Control

Climate Change: Environmental Impact on Human Health

Department of Agriculture
Microbial Genome Sequencing Program
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program
Department of Education

Teaching American History Grant Program
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
European Union-United States Atlantis Program

National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Start-up Grants

National Science Foundation
Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences: NSF-CBMS Regional Conferences
Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences
The Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
2009 Starter Grant Award
Undergraduate Analytical Research Program Grant
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Scholarship and Fellowship Education Grant
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  Climate Change: Environmental Impact on Human Health
  • This announcement solicits investigator- initiated (U01 cooperative agreement) applications from applicant organizations that assess regional environmental impact and climate change effects on human health. Climate change refers to long term alterations to the environment such as fluctuations in temperature, precipitation, wind, ocean currents that may or may not be reversible and potentially effects human health. The impact of climate change includes but not limited to population displacement, drought and famine, and increased spread of disease. Other environmental and climatic impacts are also acceptable.
  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, research institutions, etc.
  • Funding: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) intends to commit a total of $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 to fund applications responsive to this announcement. The anticipated number of awards to be issued under this FOA is up to ten (10). The average award is $300,000. The budget period is anticipated to start in September 2009 and will last 12 months and the project period will be 3 years (FY 2009 - 2012).
  • Web: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/EH09-001.htm
  • Deadline: March 9, 2009
  Microbial Genome Sequencing Program
  • As a collaborative, interagency effort the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation (NSF)will be inviting research proposals (i) to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including plasmids, viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes, protists, microeukaryotes and agriculturally important nematodes) and the metagenomes of mixed microbial communities and (ii) to develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available and novel genome sequences more valuable to the user community. A Microbial Genomics Workshop will be held; all awardees in this interagency program are expected to attend.
  • Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by colleges and universities and other institutions and organizations (see website for details).
  • Funding: Approximately $10 million is anticipated ($5 million of USDA and $5 million of NSF funds), pending availability of funds, with awards ranging between $100,000 to $1,200,000 total, for periods of up to three years. It is estimated that 15-20 awards will be made.
  • Web: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/microbial_genome_announcement.html
  • Deadline: March 2, 2009

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program

  • Advanced telecommunications services play a vital role in the economic development, education and health care of rural Americans. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program is specifically designed to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America through the use of advanced telecommunications technologies. With DLT grants, loans, and loan-grant combinations, rural communities enjoy enhanced educational opportunities, improved health care services and greater economic development.
  • Funding: The maximum grant is $500,000. The minimum is $50,000.
  • Web: http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/dlt/dlt.htm
  • Deadline: March 24, 2009
  Teaching American History Grant Program
  • The Teaching American History Grant Program supports projects that aim to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Grant awards assist local educational agencies (LEAs), in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, to develop, implement, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional American history as a separate subject within the core curriculum, these programs are intended to improve instruction and raise student achievement.
  • Eligibility: Local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law and regulations, that must work in partnership with one or more of the following entities: (a) an institution of higher education; (b) a non-profit history or humanities organization; (c) a library or museum.
  • Funding: The Administration has requested $50,000,000 for this program for FY 2009.
  • Web: http://www.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/
  • Deadline: Letter of Intent - January 22, 2009; Applications - March 9, 2009

College Assistance Migrant Program

  • The purpose of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is to provide the academic and financial support necessary to help migrant and seasonal farm workers and their children successfully complete their first year of college. ELIGIBILITY: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) or private non-profit organizations (including faith-based organizations) that plan their projects in cooperation with an IHE and propose to operate some aspects of the project with the facilities of the IHE.
  • Funding: $5.3 million for about 13 awards, each ranging from $180,000-$425,000. The project period is up to 60 months.
  • Web: http://www.ed.gov/programs/camp/
  • Deadline: February 23, 2009
  European Union-United States Atlantis Program
  • The European Union-United States Atlantis Program is a grant competition conducted cooperatively by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). The purpose of this competition is to promote a student-centered, transatlantic dimension to higher education and training in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines. The Atlantis Program will fund collaborative efforts to develop programs of study leading to joint or dual undergraduate or graduate degrees. The program will also fund a small number of policy-oriented grants and one-team mobility grants.

  • Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Nonprofit Organizations, Other Nonprofit Organizations and/or Agencies, and consortia of institutions and organizations.
  • Funding: $4,486,000 for about 45 awards.
  • Web: http://www.ed.gov/programs/fipseec/
  • Deadline: March 23, 2009
  Digital Humanities Start-up Grants
  •  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invite applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively low-dollar grants during the planning stages, the goal is to identify projects that are particularly innovative and have the potential to make a positive impact on the humanities.

  • Eligibility: (1) Any U.S. nonprofit organization or institution with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status; (2) State and local governmental agencies and Native American tribal organizations; and (3) U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Funding: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants have two levels of funding: Level I Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 in outright funding. Level II Grants range from $25,001 to $50,000 in outright funding.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/digitalhumanitiesstartup.html
  • Deadline: April 8, 2009

Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences: NSF-CBMS Regional Conferences

  • To stimulate interest and activity in mathematical research, the National Science Foundation intends to support up to seven NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in 2010. Each five day conference features a distinguished lecturer who delivers ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. The lecturer subsequently prepares an expository monograph based upon these lectures, which is normally published as a part of a regional conference series. Depending upon the conference topic, the monograph is published by the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, or jointly by the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Support is provided for about 30 participants at each conference and the conference organizer invites both established researchers and interested newcomers, including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, to attend.

  • Eligibility: Colleges or universities with at least some research competence in the field of the proposal are eligible to apply. Since a major goal of these conferences is to attract new researchers into the field of the conference and to stimulate new research activity, institutions that are interested in upgrading or improving their research efforts are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Funding: Typical awards for these conferences vary between $33,000 and $35,000. CBMS pays the lecturer a stipend of $2,000 for the delivery of the lectures and an additional stipend of $4,000 when the lecturer delivers to CBMS a manuscript for publication satisfactory to NSF. The lecturer's stipends are paid directly by CBMS and are not to be part of the budget of the host institution's proposal.
  • Web: http://www.cbmsweb.org/NSF/index.htm
  • Deadline: April 24, 2009

Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences

  • The purpose of the Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences (CMG) activity is to enable collaborative research at the intersection of mathematical sciences and geosciences, and to encourage cross-disciplinary education. Projects should fall within one of three broad themes: (1) mathematical and statistical modeling of complex geosystems, (2) understanding and quantifying uncertainty in geosystems, or (3) analyzing large/complex geoscience data sets. Research projects supported under this activity must be essentially collaborative in nature. Research groups must include at least one mathematical/statistical scientist and at least one geoscientist. Proposals that address problems with relevance to global change and sustainability are especially encouraged.

  • Funding: $12 million for 15-28 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503342
  • Deadline: March 10, 2009

2009 Starter Grant Award

  • The SACP/SSP Starter Grant Awards are given to encourage high-quality, innovative research by beginning chemistry professors. The goal of the grants is to promote the training and development of graduate students in the fields of spectroscopy and analytical chemistry. 

  • Eligibility: Assistant professors who have accepted an appointment at a U.S. college or university since December 31, 2006 are eligible. Candidates, who have submitted applications in previous years may reapply, provided these eligibility criteria are met. Repeat awards to former recipients will not be given. The award is intended to support faculty early in their academic careers. Therefore, applicants who have already obtained multi-year research or teaching support beyond start-up funds will not be considered eligible for this starter grant. The criteria that will be used by the SACP and SSP Starter Grant Committees are as follows: 1. The scientific merit of the proposal. 2. The impact of the proposal on the field of analytical chemistry or spectroscopy. 3. The impact of the proposal on the development of graduate students who are working in the proposed field of study. 4. A demonstrated need for funding.
  • Funding: Two $40,000 awards will be granted in 2009: one award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh in the area of analytical chemistry and one award from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh in the area of spectroscopy.
  • Web: http://www.sacp.org/
  • Deadline: February 27, 2009

Undergraduate Analytical Research Program Grant

  • The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh will award grants to promote high-quality, innovative undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry. The objective of this grant is to promote training and development of undergraduate students in the field of analytical chemistry.

  • Eligibility: Chemistry faculty at U.S. colleges and universities not having a graduate program in the chemical sciences are eligible to apply. The faculty member must currently be conducting or planning to conduct research in the field of analytical chemistry with the assistance of undergraduate students. Faculty from branch campuses of universities with graduate programs are permitted to apply provided that only undergraduate programs are available at the branch campus. Award winners will not be able to apply for future awards under this program for a period of three years. The criteria that will be used by the SACP UARP Grant Committee to select the award winner are as follows: 1. The scientific merit of the proposal. 2. The impact of the proposal on the field of analytical chemistry. 3. The impact of the proposal on the development of undergraduate students who are working towards a degree in chemistry. 4. A demonstrated need for funding.
  • Funding: A first place grant of $10,000 and a second place grant of $5,000 will be awarded.
  • Web: http://www.sacp.org/
  • Deadline: March 14, 2009
  Scholarship and Fellowship Education Grant
  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCR) is seeking grant proposals for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. As a condition for receiving scholarships or fellowships, students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in their fields of study. The scholarship and fellowship programs provide funding to colleges and universities to award scholarships or fellowships to students to pursue an education in nuclear science, engineering, and other disciplines that may be beneficial in developing and maintaining a nuclear workforce. The nuclear education supported by this funding is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly. Consequently, NRC requires scholarship and fellowship students to serve 6 months in nuclear-related employment for each full or partial year of academic support. The employment may be with NRC, other Federal agencies, State agencies, Department of Energy laboratories, nuclear-related industry, or academia in the student's sponsored field of study. NCR may waive, in whole or in part, the service obligation, upon determination that compliance by the individual is impractical.  

  • Eligibility: Regionally accredited U.S. public and private institutions of higher education.
  • Funding: Fellowships may be requested for two (2) individuals of up to $50,000 per year fro four (4) years ($400,000 total project period) and are not renewable. Scholarship funds for up to $200,000 per institution may be requested through this solicitation for two (2) years.
  • Web: http://www.nrc.gov
  • Deadline: February 25, 2009

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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
Phone: 568-4623; 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
January 2009