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Funding Advisor

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August 2009


August 2009

Welcome Back Faculty and 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

Welcome to JMU for the 2009 – 2010 academic year.  If you are new to JMU and you have a desire to obtain external funding for your research or service projects, please avail yourself of the services provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs.  We cannot find the perfect funding opportunity for you and we cannot write the perfect project narrative for you; but we can work with you to make the overall process manageable within your daily workload.  Some of the services we provide include: Review and summarize funding announcements to highlight the steps that must be taken to apply and what deadlines must be met; assistance with budget preparation including helping you determine what 10% of your effort would cost or how much should be budgeted for that conference in Atlanta Georgia; drafting of the required Internal Approval form or completing of the forms required by a Sponsor for the submission; final review of your proposal to ensure it meets the page length, font size and supporting documentation requirements of the sponsor; and finally, obtaining final University approval for the proposal and completing the submission to the sponsor. 

We are required to review proposals for many areas of compliance and to ensure they are properly approved by University management.  Our questioning to document that compliance after you have completed the proposal could be an administrative burden and we hate that.  We greatly prefer to assist you in building the proposal so that our questions can be addressed as the proposal is being completed.  We can also work with you to meet the policy deadline of having the proposal completed five business days prior to the submission deadline to allow time for a final review and to obtain University approvals.

So, Happy New Year and please contact us if we can provide support in your search for external funding.

Compliance Corner

Please Check Back Next Month for Compliance Items

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News Items
  Funding News and Notes Recognition Issue

A publication noting the accomplishments of faculty and staff during fiscal year 2009 is available on our website at the following URL: http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/documents/FY09FNN.pdf

Abstracts of funded projects and statistics regarding external funding at the university are included in the online document. If you’d like to receive a hard copy of the publication, contact our office.  Congratulations to all who pursued external funding in the prior year! We look forward to extending our services to assist the entire JMU community during this academic year.

Stimulus Funding

Since the funding was announced last February and with all the publicity, it seems that the Stimulus Funding must certainly be fully awarded by now; but they are not.  New funding possibilities are posted nearly every week in addition to the normal funding opportunities that are provided from Federal Agencies.  Grants.gov is the best source to find federal funding announcements and it can be found at http://www07.grants.gov/search/category.do (click on “Recovery Act” in the middle of the page to review just the Stimulus opportunities).

In general, the application process for Stimulus Funding is the same as the Federal Agency’s normal procedures; but you should never forget that you are applying for Stimulus Funds.  Once awarded, reporting requirements will dictate that you follow the awarded Scope of Work and Budget and request, in advance, to be allowed to deviate from that award.  While this is not noticeably different from how the project should be tracked, the level of scrutiny the project and expenditures will receive will be significantly higher.  Accordingly, the administration of the award must be of the highest order to withstand any questions that could result from this scrutiny.  So from the beginning of the proposal process to the closing of the award, Sponsored Programs should be used as a resource to remain compliant with the regulations while successfully completing the project. 

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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

State Farm Youth Advisory Board

Service-Learning Project Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ethnic Community Self-Help Grants
Region 3: 2010 Family Planning Services

The International Research and Exchanges Board

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program

The National Science Foundation

Education and Interdisciplinary Research (EIR)
Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12)

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)

The U.S. Department of Labor

State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts
American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius - Chamber Music
American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius - Dance

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  Service-Learning Project Grants
  • The State Farm Youth Advisory Board grants funds for student-led service-learning projects to address the issues of environmental responsibility, natural and societal disaster, preparedness, driver safety, financial education, and accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap.
  • Eligibility: The primary applicant should be either an educator who currently teaches in a public K-12, public charter, or higher education institution, or a school-based learning coordinator whose primary role is to coordinate service-learning projects in a public, charter, or higher education institution. Nonprofit organizations are also eligible to apply if they can demonstrate how they plan to actively interact with students in public K-12 schools.
  • Funding: Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.
  • Web: http://www.statefarmyab.com/apply.php
  • Deadline: October 2, 2009
  Ethnic Community Self-Help Grants
  • The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is seeking applications to connect newcomer refugees and their communities with community resources. Additionally, ORR looks to support initiatives that ensure ongoing support to services to refugees after initial resettlement.
  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants include public or private nonprofit agencies and faith-based or community organizations.
  • Funding: Between three and eight applicants will be awarded on average $125,000 per budget period. The floor amount on individual awards is $50,000 per budget period while the ceiling is $200,000 per budget period.
  • Web: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2008-ACF-ORR-RE-0117.html
  • Deadline: February 24, 2010

Region 3: 2010 Family Planning Services

  • The Health and Human Services Department's Office of Public Health and Science seeks applications to establish and operate voluntary family planning services projects, which will provide family planning services to all persons desiring such services, with priority for services to persons from low-income families. Activities will include: family planning services include clinical family planning and related preventative health services; information, education, and counseling related to family planning; and referral services.
  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations in Region 3: Washington, D.C., Virginia, and central Pennsylvania.
  • Funding: $4.7 million for up to three awards.
  • Web: https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=10457
  • Deadline: December 1, 2009
  Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program
  • The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) program seeks to attract, select, and support in-depth field research by US students, scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Eastern Europe and Eurasia, as well as to disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad. Sponsored by the US Department of State's Title VIII Program, IARO provides fellows with the means and support necessary to conduct in-country research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. The IARO program plays a vital role in supporting the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of US scholars and experts who can enrich the US understanding of developments in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
  • Funding: Awards consist of: (1) International coach-class roundtrip transportation; (2) A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses; (3) Travel visa; (4) Emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Web: http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/programs/uss_iaro.asp
  • Deadline: November 17, 2009
  Education and Interdisciplinary Research (EIR)
  • The National Science Foundation seeks applications to its Education and Interdisciplinary Research (EIR) program. This program supports activities in conjunction with NSF-wide programs such as Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), and programs aimed at women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Further information about all of these programs and activities is available in the Crosscutting Investment Strategies section of the NSF Guide to Programs. The program also supports activities that seek to improve the education and training of physics students (both undergraduate and graduate), such as curriculum development for upper-level physics courses, and activities that are not included in specific programs elsewhere within NSF. The program supports research at the interface between physics and other disciplines and extending to emerging areas. Broadening activities related to research at the interface with other fields, possibly not normally associated with physics, also may be considered.

  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5610&org=NSF&more=Y#more
  • Deadline: September 30, 2009 -It is recommended that proposals come in near the general Physics Division target date, the last Wednesday in September of each year. Last Wednesday in September, Annually Thereafter

Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12)

  • The Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) program seeks to enable significant advances in preK-12 student and teacher learning of the STEM disciplines through development, study, and implementation of resources, models, and technologies for use by students, teachers, and policymakers. Projects funded under this solicitation begin with a research question or a hypothesis about how to improve preK-12 STEM learning and teaching. Projects create or adapt and study innovative resources, models, or technologies and determine how and why implementation affects STEM learning. DR K-12 invites proposals that meet a variety of educational needs, from those that address immediate and pressing challenges facing preK-12 STEM education to those that anticipate opportunities for the future. DR K-12 especially encourages proposals that challenge existing assumptions about learning and teaching within or across STEM fields, envision needs of learners in 10-15 years, and consider new and innovative ways to educate students and teachers. Project goals, designs, and working strategies should be informed by prior research and practical experience drawn from all relevant disciplines, while focusing on concepts and skills that are central to STEM education. The DR K-12 program is primarily concerned with improving education of students and teachers in formal settings. As appropriate, the program encourages projects also to draw from knowledge and practice of learning in informal settings. While many projects supported under this solicitation will focus on exploratory development and testing of innovative ideas for some specific facet of STEM education, all proposals must explain how the work can lead ultimately to successful adoption of findings or products in the K-12 enterprise on a national scale. The DR K-12 program accepts proposals for exploratory projects, full research and development projects, and synthesis projects, as well as for conferences and workshops related to the mission of the program.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=500047&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
  • Deadline: Preliminary Proposal Due: October 5, 2009; Full Proposal Due: January 7, 2010

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)

  • The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.  Creative strategies to realize this goal are sought from women and men. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals that address the participation and advancement of women with disabilities and women from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged.   In 2009-2010, this program will support the following types of ADVANCE Projects: Institutional Transformation (IT): Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include innovative systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers.  These awards support comprehensive programs for institution-wide change.  IT projects must include a research component designed to study the effectiveness of the proposed innovations in order to contribute to the knowledge base informing academic institutional transformation (see additional ADVANCE merit review criteria); Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst): IT-Catalyst awards are designed to support institutional self-assessment activities, such as basic data collection and analysis and policy review, in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM academics within their institution of higher education.   This type of work is fundamental for institutions that plan to undertake institutional transformation.  The institution's need for external resources to undertake institutional self assessment and policy review will specifically be evaluated using an additional ADVANCE merit review criterion; and Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID): Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination awards may focus on one institution or organization, or they may be a partnership between several institutions and/or organizations.  PAID projects can focus on all STEM disciplines, several disciplines, or only one discipline, including the social and behavioral sciences.   Projects may have an international, national, state or local scope.  Previous or current funding from ADVANCE is not a prerequisite for submitting a PAID proposal (see additional ADVANCE merit review criteria).  PAID awards support activities such as: Adaptation and implementation of materials, tools, research, and practices that have been demonstrated to be effective in increasing the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers; Dissemination and diffusion of materials, tools, research, and practices, to the appropriate audiences, that have been demonstrated to be effective in increasing the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers.  Please note that simply making materials, tools, research, and practices available to others is not effective diffusion and dissemination.  Rather, an effort to teach and/or train individuals and groups how to adopt or adapt the information is expected as well; and Scientific research designed to advance understanding of gender in the STEM academic workforce (PAID-Research).
  • Eligibility: Proposals from primarily undergraduate institutions, teaching intensive colleges, community colleges, minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are encouraged.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
  • Deadline: November 12, 2009
  State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants
  •  The Department of Labor (DOL) announces the availability of approximately $190 million in grant funds to State Workforce Investment Boards of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. In order to highlight the important role States play in building a national green economy, the Department is investing in workforce sector strategies that target energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. DOL encourages a strategic planning process that aligns the Governor’s overall workforce vision, State energy policies, and local and regional training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors. This strategic planning process is an opportunity to develop a statewide energy sector strategy through a comprehensive partnership and development of a Sector Plan. If an energy sector strategy is currently in place, that strategy should be reviewed and evaluated to address the requirements of this funding opportunity. As a result of this Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA), the Department is fostering the development of a national workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

  • Eligibility: A portion of the funds under this SGA will be reserved for communities or regions undergoing auto industry related restructurings. The eligible applicants for this SGA are State Workforce Investment Boards in partnership with their State Workforce Agency, local Workforce Investment Boards or regional consortia of Boards, and One Stop Career Center delivery systems.
  • Funding: ETA intends to fund grants ranging from approximately $2 to $6 million.
  • Web: http://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm
  • Deadline: October 20, 2009

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius - Chamber Music

  • The National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. The NEA seeks applications to support performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational programs across all art forms that will reach large and small communities in all 50 states. This component of American Masterpieces celebrates the evolution of chamber music in the United States. Grants are available for chamber music performances in conjunction with educational activities that will highlight specific repertoire by American composers, and enable ensembles to engage with communities in a variety of settings. NEA is particularly interested in projects that have at least one performance and two educational activities.
  • Eligibility: Colleges and universities; nonprofit organizations; state, local, special district and Native American tribal governments; and independent school districts.
  • Funding: Grants range from $5,000 to $75,000 and require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov:80/grants/apply/AMChamber.html
  • Deadline: October 8, 2009

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius - Dance

  • The National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. The NEA seeks applications to support performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational programs across all art forms that will reach large and small communities in all 50 states. This component of American Masterpieces will celebrate the extraordinary and rich evolution of dance and choreography in the United States. Grants will be awarded in two areas: Dance companies, presenters, and festivals - the reconstruction or restaging of significant American dance works and their performance at home and on tour; and college and university dance programs - the restaging, performance, and documentation of significant dance choreography in order to provide dance students with access to the legacy of American dance history.
  • Eligibility: Colleges and universities; nonprofit organizations; state, local, special district and Native American tribal governments; and independent school districts.
  • Funding: For dance companies, presenters, and festivals, grants will range from $15,000 to $150,000; for college and university dance programs, all grants will be for $15,000. All grants require a 1 to1 nonfederal match.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov:80/grants/apply/AMDance.html
  • Deadline: October 8, 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 Gardner, 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 2009