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Funding Advisor

October 2008 (FY09)

October 2008

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

We have all heard about the expected budget cuts and restrictions to expenses related to Departmental funding.  However, this general bad news should not affect your sponsored project award unless that award is specifically reduced by the funding agency.  And in that case, that reduction in funding should be accompanied by a corresponding reduction in the scope of work and a plan for what budget lines will be reduced.   

But given this economic climate, sponsors are keeping a tight watch over the expenditures on their awards.  That is, they are comparing the posted expenditures with the proposal budget and rejecting expenditures that do not conform to the approved budget.   Accordingly, it is even more important that every expense track to the award budget to ensure that variances do not occur.  

In addition, because my office receives the calls from sponsors that are questioning expenses, I have instructed my staff to compare most expenditure requests to the budgets to verify the approved project budget is being followed.  If it is necessary to modify your budget based on changing conditions with your award, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs so we may negotiate a budget revision with the funder BEFORE those expenditures are processed.

Compliance Corner

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Issues Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Reminder

NIH has issued a reminder to institutions to comply with financial conflict of interest reporting requirements. The reminder emphasizes that NIH follows a "protocol when addressing FCOI," which involves "a careful review of all relevant information obtained through, among other sources, applications for NIH funding, progress reports and/or other information submitted to the NIH, and FCOI reports received from the recipient institution, as well as a review of any publicly available information.  NIH may then follow-up with the recipient institution to determine the extent of compliance with the regulation and the adequacy of any actions that the Institution has taken to assure that the NIH-supported research is not biased by the financial interests of the investigator(s)." NIH also notes that the agency has developed a Web-based tutorial on compliance

Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/requirementes_reminder_20080825.htm .

News Items

Undergraduate Research: Internal Application Deadline –

Friday, October 24, 2008 by 12:00 noon.

Sponsored Programs is NOW accepting applications for National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research Conference

Integrating research into the curriculum is a growing practice in American universities and is being further supported financially by federal research agencies. At JMU, scholarly research and creative endeavors are necessary components of higher education. JMU strongly supports undergraduate research. Allowing undergraduate students to participate in faculty/student mentored projects provides a unique educational experience that contributes to the students’ personal growth.
This year's deadline for submission of JMU internal applications for students to attend either the 2009 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) or the Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research Conference is Friday, October 24, 2008 by 12:00 noon.

NEW ELECTRONIC PROCESS: To aid in the application process, JMU internal NCUR/CAA applications are now available through the Sponsored Programs' website at  http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/undergrad_research/ur_submission.html   Please note the first stage of the internal application process is completely electronic. In order to be considered as a representative at either conference you must follow the instructions listed and submit your application packet electronically to Sponsored Programs at jmu_grants@jmu.edu by the deadline. Please contact 568-6872, if you have difficulty submitting your application packet.
The 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held at  University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin on April 16-19, 2009
The NCUR conference creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement as it exists in various disciplines and types of institutions. NCUR's mission is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.
The 7th annual Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research Conference will be held this year at Towson University, Baltimore, MD.
Spring '09: Date - TBA

The CAA conference brings together student representatives from the 12 Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) institutions to present their scholarly and research endeavors to a gathering of their peers. The conference is an opportunity for students to share their work with their peers in a professional setting. Participants will represent an array of disciplines from the traditional sciences to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and professional schools. Attendees will also have opportunities to hear a high-profile keynote speaker and to gather information about graduate school admission and career preparation.

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
  Department of Energy

Advanced Detector Research Program
Office of Nuclear Physics Outstanding Junior Investigator Program
High Energy Physics Outstanding Junior Investigator Program

The Environmental Protection Agency
P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition For Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet

The National Science Foundation

Plant Genome Research Program
Political Science Program
Decision Risk and Management Science
Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Earthwatch Institute

Research Proposals
The National Endowment for the Humanities

Summer Seminars and Institutes
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Community College Faculty

American Chemical Society
New Directions Grants
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  Advanced Detector Research Program (DE-PS02-08ER08-31)
  • The Office of High Energy Physics of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy, announces its interest in receiving grant applications for support under its Advanced Detector Research Program. The purpose of this program is to support the development of the new detector technologies needed to perform future high energy physics experiments. Applicants are welcome to collaborate with researchers in other institutions, such as universities, industry, non-profit organizations, federal laboratories and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), which include the DOE National Laboratories.
  • Eligibility: Applications should be from investigators who are currently involved in experimental high energy physics, and should be submitted through a U.S. academic institution.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that approximately $550,000 will be available for new projects in Fiscal Year 2009, subject to availability of appropriated funds. The number of awards will depend on the number of meritorious applications and the availability of appropriated funds. Multiple year grants should be requested if the project cannot be completed in one year. A maximum of three years will be considered. Out-year funding will be provided on an annual basis subject to availability of funds.
  • Web: http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/FAPN08-31.html
  • Deadline: November 15, 2008 optional letters of intent, December 2, 2008 applications

Office of Nuclear Physics Outstanding Junior Investigator Program (DE-PS02-08ER08-28)

  • The Office of Nuclear Physics of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invites grant applications for support under the Outstanding Junior Investigator (OJI) Program in nuclear physics. The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research
    programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers.
  • Eligibility: Applications should be from tenure-track faculty who are currently involved in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics research, the U.S. Nuclear Data Program (USNDP) or accelerator physics research related to nuclear physics projects, and should be submitted through a U.S. academic institution. Applicants must be no more than ten (10) years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.
  • Funding:
  • Web: http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/FAPN08-33.html
  • Deadline: October 30, 2008 optional letters of intent; December 1, 2008 applications

High Energy Physics Outstanding Junior Investigator Program (DE-PS02-08ER08-28)

  • The Office of High Energy Physics of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, announces its interest in receiving grant applications for support under its Outstanding Junior Investigator (OJI) Program. The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs by outstanding scientists early in their careers. Awards made under this program will help to maintain the vitality of university research and assure continued excellence in the teaching of physics.
  • Eligibility: Applications should be from tenure-track faculty investigators or junior scientists in equivalent positions in national laboratories who are currently involved in experimental or theoretical high energy physics or accelerator physics research, and should be submitted through a U.S. academic institution or national laboratory.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that approximately $750,000 will be available for new projects in Fiscal Year 2009. The number of awards will depend on the number of applications received and selected for award, the availability of appropriated funds and the size of the awards. Last year a total of $750,000 was distributed among ten awards. Awards are made for up to five years or until the award recipient receives tenure (or equivalent status at a national laboratory), whichever comes first, provided the research progress satisfies periodic peer reviews.
  • Web: http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/FAPN08-28.html
  • Deadline: November 5, 2008
  Forecasting Ecosystem Services From Wetland Condition Analyses
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and
    design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-- people, prosperity, and the planet - the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability. Please see the P3 website (http://www.epa.gov/P3 ) for more details about this program.
  • Eligibility: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
  • Funding: About $950,000 total for all awards -- approximately 50 awards for Phase I; approximately 6 awards for Phase II.
  • Web: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2009/2009_p3.html
  • Deadline: December 23, 2008
  Plant Genome Research Program
  • The overall goals of this program are to support basic research in plant genomics and to accelerate the acquisition and utilization of new knowledge and innovative approaches to elucidating fundamental biological processes in plants. The focus is on plants of economic importance and plant processes of potential economic value. Four kinds of activity will be supported in FY 2009: (1) Genome-Enabled Plant Research (GEPR) awards to tackle major unanswered questions in plant biology on a genome-wide scale; (2) Transferring Research from Model Systems (TRMS) to apply basic biological findings made using model systems to studying the basic biology of plants of economic importance; (3) Tools and Resources for Plant Genome Research (TRPGR) awards to support development of novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery in plant genomics; and (4) Heterosis Challenge Grants (HCG) to support testing of hypotheses for the mechanism(s) of heterosis in plants.
  • 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.
  • Funding: $16 million for 15-25 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5338
  • NSF-DOC: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08607
  • Deadline: January 20, 2008

Political Science Program

  • The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be from nonprofit academic institutions by a Ph.D./M.D. or other professional.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5418
  • Deadline: January 15, 2009, August 15, 2009

Decision, Risk, and Management Science (DRMS)

  • The Decision, Risk, and Management Science program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research, and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision and analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5423
  • Deadline: January 18, 2009, August 18, 2009

Major Research Instrumentation (MRS) Program - NSF 08-503

  • The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our nation's organizations of higher education, research museums, and nonprofit research organizations. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning. Internal coordination required. An organization may submit or be included as a partner or subawardee in no more than three proposals. If an organization submits or is included as a partner or subawardee in three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development.
  • Eligibility: Proposals may be submitted by the following organizations: U.S. colleges, universities, and organizations of higher education, U.S. independent research museums, U.S. independent nonprofit research organizations, all of which are located in the U.S. and its territories [including consortia whose members consist only of organizations described previously]
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08503/nsf08503.htm
  • Anticipated Deadlines: December 21, 2008 letter of intent required only for acquisition requests between $2 million and $4 million, January 24, 2009
  Request for Research Proposals
  • The institute supports scholarly field research worldwide in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences. The priority research areas are climate change, oceans, sustainable cultures, and sustainable resource management. The institute provides scientists with the funding and labor they need in the form of motivated, dedicated, paying volunteers. This funding model enables the institute to support research in a variety of disciplines.
  • Eligibility: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent scholarship or commensurate life experience are eligible to apply.
  • Funding: Per capita grants average $850, and the average project grant averages between $17,000 and $51,000 for one full season.
  • Web: http://www.earthwatch.org/aboutus/research/scientistopps/re
  • Deadline: Continuous. Preliminary proposals are accepted and reviewed year round and should be submitted 18 months in advance of the anticipated fieldwork.

Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) annually supports faculty development through residential summer institutes and seminars designed to provide teachers drawn from across the nation with intensive summer study of important texts and topics in the humanities. NEH summer institutes involve several principal scholars who address both scholarly and curricular issues. Institutes for college and university faculty typically focus on topics and materials that provide the intellectual foundation for teaching broad undergraduate courses. Institutes for elementary and secondary school teachers typically seek to expand and deepen understanding of important humanities issues and works taught in the nation's schools. Institute activities generally have some direct classroom applications. Institutes normally involve at least four weeks of study in residence. Participants usually number from 25 to 35. NEH summer seminars are concerned with the intellectual development of 15 participants who engage in intensive study and research with one or two scholars. Normally, seminars range in length from four to six weeks. Summer seminars for college and university faculty should be hosted by research institutions and led by scholars experienced in the direction of independent research. Summer seminars for school teachers emphasize the study of important humanities texts and topics and are led by experienced scholars who are also proven and creative teachers.
  • Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that are established in the United States, and units of state and local government are eligible to apply for support. NEH summer seminars and institutes may be proposed by universities, colleges, school systems, learned societies, centers for advanced study, libraries, and cultural or professional organizations.
  • Funding: NEH anticipates that awards for seminars will range between $45,000 and $120,000 in outright funds for a period of 12 months. Awards for institutes range from $80,000 to $200,000 in outright funds for a grant period of 15 months.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html
  • Deadline: March 3, 2009

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

  • Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects. Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply. Preservation Assistance may be used for: general preservation assessments; consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, need, or problem; purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies; purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for humanities collections; or, education and training. An institution that has received a Preservation Assistance Grant may apply for another grant to support the next phase of its preservation efforts.
  • Eligibility: Any U.S. Nonprofit organization is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and tribal governments. Applicants must also: care and have custody of the humanities collections that are the focus of the application; have at least one staff member or the full-time equivalent, whether paid or unpaid; and, be open and be able to provide services or programs at least 120 days per year.
  • Funding: Outright grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded. All grants are awarded for a period of 18 months, although a grantee may complete a project in a shorter period of time. Cost sharing is not required.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html
  • Deadline: May 15, 2009

Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Community College Faculty

  • As part of its We the People initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is seeking proposals for a series of one-week residence-based workshops for community college educators that use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history. The goals of the Landmarks of American History teacher workshops are to: provide teachers with training and experience in the use and interpretation of historical sites and the material and archival evidence of American history; increase the knowledge and appreciation of the places significant to American history; and, encourage historical sites to develop greater capacity and scale for professional development programs. Workshops should be held at or near sites important to American history. Applicants should make a compelling case for the historical significance of the site and the documentary and material evidence available for use by participants. Workshops should be academically rigorous and involve the participation of leading scholars--either as lecturers or seminar leaders--and provide for interactions with master teachers to help participants develop new teaching resources. Participants should demonstrate their expanded knowledge and skills either through the development of lessons plans, classroom resources, or a research paper.
  • Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit, IRS tax-exempt organizations and units of state and local government are eligible to apply.
  • Funding: NEH expects to make 10 awards of up to $210,000 each, assuming that a one-week session costs approximately $70,000
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/landmarkscc.html
  • Deadline: March 17, 2009


New Directions Grants

  • The goals of the fund are the support of fundamental research in the petroleum and energy fields, and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. The grant aims to stimulate a new direction of research for established faculty, and to support the careers of their student scientists and engineers. The emphasis of the grant program is focused on providing funds for scientists and engineers who have very limited or even no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue with the intention of using the PRF-driven preliminary results to seek continuation funding from other agencies. The grants are to be used to illustrate proof of concept, that is, feasibility, and, accordingly, are to be viewed as seed money for new research ventures. The following research topics will be supported: synthetic organic chemistry; geochemistry; inorganic chemistry; physical organic chemistry; surface science; chemical physics/physical chemistry; polymer science; geology and geophysics; chemical and petroleum engineering; and, materials science.
  • Eligibility: Regularly-appointed faculty members at academic institutions in countries where ACS PRF can administer grants are eligible.
  • Funding: The award amount is $100,000 over two years. Approximately 100 grants will be awarded each year.
  • Web: http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_TRANSITIONMAIN&node_id=1262&use_sec=false&sec_url_var=region1
  • Deadline: November 21, 2008

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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
October 2008