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May 2009


May 2009

Congratulations Graduates

Class of 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

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) Update

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding has been released to the various federal agencies.  Each of these agencies is making independent determinations about how they will release their ARRA funds and there are daily updates on funding opportunities.  Most of these solicitations have very tight turn-around deadlines so if you are interested in a specific area of research or public service, you should be prepared with an outline of your ideas, develop a list of potential collaborators and be diligent about researching for the appropriate funding opportunity.  If the Office of Sponsored Progrmas can support you in your search for funding, please let us know.  Also, please let us know as soon as you decide to submit to a funding opportunity so we can coordinate our efforts to enhance and facilitate your submission.

For links directly to AARA funding by sponsoring federal agency see the following URL: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/recovery.jsp

Compliance Corner

NSF Updates Guide to Relfect Mentoring Requirement

Beginning with proposals received on or after April 6, researchers submitting them to the National Science Foundation must include a maximum one-page description of mentoring activities if the proposal includes post-doctoral researchers. Currently, mentoring activities are described in a separate section in the 15-page "project description." NSF said the change was mandated as part of the America Competes Act and is contained in the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

Link: www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf0929

NIH Describes Analysis Regarding Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health has published in the Federal Register a detailed analysis of its responses to more than 100 comments it received last March concerning its public access policy. The policy, which went into effect in April 2008, requires the deposit of manuscripts into the PubMed database within a certain time period if they are the result of NIH-funded research. In the notice, NIH also said it expects to "continually monitor and refine the communications and procedures surrounding the NIH Public Access Policy" and is exploring ways to enhance the utilities on PubMed and integrate them with bibliographic information on the eRA Commons Profile. It also hopes to facilitate the reporting of papers arising from NIH awards by NIH project number. NIH said, "These services will help investigators and their institutions monitor compliance [with the] policy. The NIH looks forward to continued interaction and advice from the many public access stakeholders. Comments and questions may be directed to PublicAccess@NIH.gov." The policy is undergoing further scrutiny by members of Congress and publishers who want to see it studied further.

Link: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-3442.pdf.

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News Items
  Grants Training Opportunity


Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals by attending this intensive three day grant proposal workshop facilitated by Grant Training Center. The institute is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively tell the story that leads to funding, be it for the researcher in the sciences and social sciences, educator, or non-profit professional. 

Participation limited to 30 so apply by April 8th. 


Sponsored by the Graduate School, Office of Research and Public Service, Office of Sponsored Programs, Faculty Research Council, University Advancement, and Center for Faculty Innovation.

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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 Institute of Education Services

Education and Special Education Research (ED)

The National Science Foundation
Science of Learning Centers

Instrument Development for Biological Research

Informal Science Education
National Art Education Association

Mary McMullan Funding Grant

Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.
Mockingbird Foundation Funding Opportunity

Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems

Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems Grant (VOSS)

Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Fulbright U.S. Scolar Program - Traditional Program for Faculty and Professionals
Environmental Protection Agency
Joint US-UK Research Program: Environmental Behavior, Bioavailability and Effects of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Ford Foundation

Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom

National Endowment for the Arts
Access to Artistic Excellence
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Grant Programs

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  Education and Special Education Research (ED)
  • The Education Department's Institute of Education Sciences has released the FY 2010 notice for applications for education research and special education research grant programs to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students.
  • Eligibility: Public and private colleges and universities; for-profit organizations; nonprofit organizations; city, town country, state, and Native American governments; and independent school districts, among others.
  • Funding: The size of the award will depend on the scope of the projects proposed.
  • Web: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-6320.pdf
  • Deadline: June 25, 2009
  Social-Computational Systems (SoCS)
  • The National Science Foundation's Social Computational Systems program seeks to reveal new understanding about the properties that systems of people and computers together possess, and to develop a practical understanding of the purposeful design of systems to facilitate socially intelligent computing. The SoCS program will support research in socially intelligent computing arising from human-computer partnerships that range in scale from a single person and computer to an Internet-scale array of machines and people. The program seeks to create new knowledge about the capabilities these partnerships can demonstrate - new affordances and new emergent behaviors, as well as unanticipated consequences and fundamental limits.
  • Eligibility: An individual may participate in at most one proposal as PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel in any annual competition.
  • Funding: 20 to 35 awards with annual budgets up to $250,000 and durations of up to 3 years will be made in each annual competition.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09559/nsf09559.htm?govDel=USNSF_25
  • Deadline: Due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time: September 21, 2009, August 31, 2010, Last Tuesday in August, Annually thereafter.

Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR)

  • The Instrumental Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program supports the development of novel instrumentation, or instrumentation that has been significantly improved by at least an order of magnitude or more in fundamental aspects. Supported instruments are expected to have a significant impact on the study of biological systems at any level. The development of new instrumentation must be firmly based in biological research need. The IDBR Program supports the development or major improvement of software for the operation of instruments only as associated with the development of the instrument. Data analysis and acquisition software are only supported to the extent that the availability of the software, in connection with new instrumentation, will clearly advance biological research. Proposals are encouraged that focus on proof-of-concept development for entirely novel instrumentation. Proposals must target instrument developments that meet a broad need in the biological community in areas supported by NSF Biology programs. Proposals are encouraged for instrumentation that does not currently exist in the form of a working prototype. In the selection of projects for funding, the program does not support the development of biological instrumentation that would be used for clinical or biomedical applications.
  • Eligibility: Proposals may only be submitted by U.S. academic institutions, U.S. non-profit research organizations including museums, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities, and consortia of only the eligible organizations listed here. Separately submitted collaborative proposals from the eligible organizations will also be accepted.
  • Funding: $4 million for 15 awards in FY 2009.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=9187
  • Deadline: August 28, 2009

Informal Science Education

  • The ISE program invests in projects that promote lifelong learning of STEM in a wide variety of informal settings. Funding is provided for projects that advance understanding of informal STEM learning, that develop and implement innovative strategies and resources for informal STEM education, and that build the national professional capacity for research, development, and practice in the field. There are five categories of ISE program grants: Research; Pathways; Full-Scale Development; Broad Implementation; and Communicating Research to Public Audiences.
  • Funding: $25 million for 40 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503391
  • Deadline: June 25, 2009 for preliminary proposal
  Mary McMullan Grant Fund
  • The National Art Education Association supports projects through the Mary McMullan grant fund that promote art education as an integral part of the curriculum and establish or improve the instruction of art in public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as schools of higher education.
  • Eligibility: Active NAEA members who have been members for at least one year prior to the date of application; state/province associations of the NAEA; and recognized special issues groups of the NAEA.
  • Funding: Grants range up to $1,000.
  • Web: http://www.arteducators.org/olc/pub/NAEA/grants/grants_page_7.html
  • Deadline: October 1, 2009
  Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.
  • The Mockingbird Foundation Inc. provides funding for musical education for children.
  • Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations and public schools; with some focus on benefitting disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.
  • Funding: Grants range from $50 to $50,000.
  • Web: www.mockingbirdfoundation.org/funding/guidelines.html
  • Deadline: August 1, 2009 for letters of inquiry.
  Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems Grant (VOSS)
  • A virtual organization is a group of individuals whose members and resources may be dispersed geographically, but who function as a coherent unit through the use of cyber infrastructure. Virtual organizations are increasingly central to the science and engineering projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Focused investments in sociotechnical analyses of virtual organizations are necessary to harness their full potential and the promise they offer for discovery and learning.

    The VOSS program supports scientific research directed at advancing the understanding of what constitutes an effective virtual organization and under what conditions virtual organizations can enable and enhance scientific, engineering, and education production and innovation. Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups, organizations, and institutional arrangements. Disciplinary perspectives may include (but are not limited to) anthropology, complexity sciences, computer and information sciences, decision and management sciences, economics, engineering, organization theory, organizational behavior, social and industrial psychology, public administration, and sociology. Research methods may span a broad variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including (but not limited to): ethnographies, surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analysis.

    VOSS funded research must be grounded in theory and rooted in empirical methods. It must produce broadly applicable and transferrable results that augment knowledge and practice of virtual organizations as a modality. VOSS does not support proposals that aim to implement or evaluate individual virtual organizations.

  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?org=NSF&ods_key=nsf09540
  • Solicitation Number: 09-540
  • Deadline: May 26, 2009

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program - Traditional Program for Faculty and Professionals

  • The Fulbright Specialists Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at universities abroad. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at higher education institutions in over 100 countries worldwide.

  • Funding: International travel costs and an honorarium are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host universities cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.
  • Web: http://www.cies.org/specialists/
  • Deadline: Anytime.

Joint US-UK Research Program: Environmental Behavior, Bioavailibility and Effects of Manufactured Nanomaterials

  • Joint applications are sought from US and UK partners that: (1) propose integrated model(s) of fate, behavior, bioavailability and effects for several important and representative nanomaterial classes over key environmental pathways using intrinsic material properties and life cycle analysis as a starting point for model development; (2) validate and refine these model(s) through interdisciplinary research, addressing key assumptions and areas of uncertainty; and (3) develop effective methods and tools to detect, assess, and monitor the presence of nanomaterials in biological and environmental samples. The outputs of this program will be used to further scientific understanding of the fate, behavior, bioavailability and effects of nanomaterials and risk management policy development.

  • Eligibility: This is a joint UK-US initiative in which a maximum of two consortia, each made up of partners from both the UK and US, will be funded. US eligibility: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. UK eligibility: Institutions eligible for NERC thematic program funding.
  • Funding: About $4 million for US applicants and œ3 million for UK applicants. Potential Funding per Consortium: Up to a total of $2 million for US applicants and œ1.5 million for UK applicants, including direct and indirect costs.
  • Web: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2009/2009_uk_nano.html
  • Deadline: August 4, 2009

Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom Grant

  • Knowledge and creativity are central to the richness of people's lives and to the progress of societies. As change in our communities becomes more constant and as ideas, technologies and people move more rapidly within and among countries, there is a profound desire to better understand the world, to connect more deeply with others, to come to terms with multiple and conflicting values and to find more meaningful ways to participate fully as citizens.

  • Web: http://www.fordfound.org/programs/kcf
  • Deadline: Anytime

Access to Artistic Excellence Grant

  • Access to Artistic Excellence encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. While projects in this category may focus on just one of these areas, the Arts Endowment recognizes that many of the most effective projects encompass both artistic excellence and enhanced access. Support is available to organizations for projects that do one or more of the following: (a) Provide opportunities for artists to create, refine, perform, and exhibit their work; (b) Present artistic works of all cultures and periods; (c) Preserve significant works of art and cultural traditions; (d) Enable arts organizations and artists to expand and diversify their audiences; (e) Provide opportunities for individuals to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities; (f) Enhance the effectiveness of arts organizations and artists; (g) Employ the arts in strengthening communities. The Arts Endowment is particularly interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

  • Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment.
  • Funding: An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 to $150,000. Most grant awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/index.html
  • Deadline: August 13, 2009 and March 12, 2010

Grants Programs

  • The Foundation's core programs include arts and culture; the environment; health; interprogram initiatives for social and economic justice; and the Jewish life and values/contemplative practice programs. The Foundation seeks to work with partners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Foundation makes efforts to document the outcomes of its projects and share with others the results of its work and the work of its grantees. Several basic themes run through all of these programs and inform the Foundation's approach to grantmaking: (a) concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and underserved; (b) respect for diversity; (c) promotion of understanding across cultures; and (d) empowerment of communities in need.

  • Web: http://www.nathancummings.org/programs/index.html
  • Deadline: Inquiries can be submitted anytime. Invited applications due August 15, 2009 and January 15, 2010

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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
May 2009