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December 2009

December 2009

We hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season!!

In accordance with JMU's Winter Break schedule, the Office of Sponsored Programs will be closed December 24, 2009 and will re-open January 4, 2010. Any proposals due during this period should be submitted through OSP to the sponsor prior to the Winter Break. Please notify the office of your need for assistance as soon as possible.

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

  Updates from the Director

It is hard to believe the holiday season is right around the corner, but please let us know as soon as possible if you intend to submit proposals during this time.  Since the university is closed for an extended Winter Break (Dec 24 – Jan 3), this can create challenges for PI’s whose proposals are due to sponsors during this period.  Please request proposal assistance as early as possible and the OSP Team will work with you on a timeline for submission to meet your deadline before the university closure.

As always, advanced receipt of your proposal materials allows us to review for compliance with proposal guidelines, ensure all proposals are submitted on time, address unexpected technical issues, and allows us to allocate resources to give all PI’s submitting proposals the excellent service and support they deserve.

If you have any questions or feedback for OSP, please do not hesitate to contact me at 568-3725 or hulveyjd@jmu.edu. 

Compliance Corner

Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

RCR is the ongoing process of reconciling regulations, guidelines, standards, and ethics to promote integrity in the proposing, planning, conducting, reporting, and reviewing of research. JMU has entered into the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) (https://www.citiprogram.org/).  This program will provide the mandated training requirement in the America Competes Act for (1) Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research, (2) Human Subjects Research, and (3) Lab Animal Welfare. Please see the following URL to review the instructions for the required training:  http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/research_compliance/conducttraining.htmll

CITI has developed a course on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) that is available on-line.  The course covers the core RCR instructional areas including data management, conflict of interest, publication, authorship, peer review, collaboration, mentoring, and research misconduct.  In addition, there are courses on Human Subject Research, and on Lab Animal Welfare, which must also be completed depending on your research.

Effective January 1, 2010, all persons submitting new applications to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for review or serving as research staff on a new project must complete CITI training. The training previously provided by JMU will no longer be available.  

JMU personnel and students have unlimited access to CITI, so we invite faculty members to use this online training resource for Research Methods and Research Ethics classes.  A track of modules is suggested, but faculty may require any of the modules for class use. The CITI training program consists of a number of learner modules which are grouped for your ease in selecting the correct track for your research. Each track consists of required and optional modules. You must complete all of the required modules before you can move on to the optional ones. Completion of some optional modules may be required by the IRB or IACUC based on your type of research project. Please note that appropriate training must be completed before a project can be considered by the IRB or IACUC.

Should you have any questions regarding the CITI Training Program, please contact Pat Buennemeyer, Director, Research Compliance, at (540.568.7025) or by email at buennepd@jmu.edu.

URL for America Competes Act, Section 7009: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19930.pdf

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News Items
  Reminder About Payroll Allocations

As the Fall 2009 semester comes to a close and we begin to look forward to the well-deserved time off, I request that you first look toward the allocation of Payroll within your Sponsored Program Award.  December is the final month of the Fall Effort Reporting period and it is a shortened month for accounting entries.  However, if Personnel Action Request (PAR) forms posting salaries and Agency Transfer Vouchers (ATVs) moving salary are submitted during this short month, they will be included in the data we capture for Effort Reporting.  We therefore request that all PARs and ATVs be submitted as soon as possible so that Effort Certifications are generated using accurate data.

We look forward to serving you and enjoying our holidays!

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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 Compton Foundation

Grants in Peace & Security, Population, and Environment

The National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Challenge Grants in United States History and Culture

The National Science Foundation

Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI)
Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS)

The Department of Agriculture

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

The National Endowment for the Arts

Universal Design Leadership Project

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Grants-in-Aid of Research
Department of Homeland Security

Approaches and Resources to Advance the Intellectual Basis for a National Homeland Security S&T Workforce

The Archaeological Institute of America

Site Preservation Grant Program

The Department of Education

International Research and Studies (IRS) Program

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  Grants in Peace & Security, Population, and Environment
  • In a world that is increasingly interrelated, the Compton Foundation seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these inalienable rights. The Foundation supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience. The Foundation envisions a world in which humans live in harmony with each other, and in sustainable balance with the earth. To realize this vision, the Compton Foundation focuses most of its grant making in the areas of Peace & Security, Environment & Sustainability, and Population & Reproductive Health, with a special emphasis on projects that explore the interconnections between these categories. The Foundation seeks to foster positive and sustainable models of change in each of its three program areas. The Foundation believes that research and activism should inform each other, and that both perspectives are necessary for productive public debate and effective policy change. The Foundation actively encourages creative collaboration between agencies, institutions and/or foundations, and projects that advance human knowledge by connecting theory with practice.
  • Funding: The Compton Foundation granted $5.1 million to nonprofit organizations in 2007 and $4.5 million in 2008.
  • Web: http://www.comptonfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: March 7, 2010
  Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation. Two levels of awards will be made in this program. Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or the creation of working prototypes. Applicants must state in their narrative which funding level they seek. Applicants should carefully choose the funding level appropriate to the needs of the proposed project. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; and technical support and services. Up to 20 percent of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to appropriate scholarly and public audiences. In order to facilitate dissemination and increase the impact of the projects that are ultimately developed through Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, applicants are strongly encouraged to employ open-source and fully accessible software.
  • Funding: Awards are for up to eighteen months. 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: March 23, 2010

Challenge Grants in United States History and Culture

  • NEH invites applications for Challenge Grants in United States History and Culture. This grant opportunity is designed to help institutions and organizations strengthen their ability to explore significant themes and events in American history, so as to advance our understanding of how-since the nation's founding-these events have shaped and been shaped by American identity and culture. NEH seeks to support a range of approaches to the American experience: for example, approaches might explore significant events in America's history, its democratic institutions, the political principles on which the nation is founded, or the complicated mix of peoples and cultures that have formed America. Also welcome are proposals that seek support for the study of the history and culture of the United States in international contexts rather than in isolation-proposals that explore relationships with other nations and cultures that have profoundly affected the course of United States history. NEH also welcomes proposals for programming at America's historic places (e.g., historic sites, neighborhoods, communities, or larger geographical regions).
  • Eligibility: With the exception of elementary and secondary schools (public or private) or school districts, any U. S. nonprofit institution (public agency, private nonprofit organization, tribal government) working wholly or in part with the humanities may apply for a challenge grant in United States History and Culture. Affiliated institutions (e.g., university museums) should consult with NEH staff on questions of separate eligibility. Institutions that support research, education, preservation, and public programming in any humanities discipline are eligible for support.
  • Funding: Successful applicants will be offered a matching grant. The requested grant amount should be appropriate to the humanities needs and the fundraising capacity of the institution. The federal portions of NEH challenge grants have ranged in recent years from $30,000 to $1 million, the maximum amount that may be requested.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/CG_UShistory.html
  • Deadline: February 3, 2010
  Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI)
  • The purpose of the Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI) program is to develop, deploy, and sustain a set of reusable and expandable software components and systems that benefit a broad set of science and engineering applications. SDCI is a continuation of the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) in an expanded context appropriate to the current expanded vision of cyberinfrastructure. This program supports software development across five major software areas: system software and tools for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments; software promoting NSF's strategic vision for digital data; network software to support distributed software, software in the form of middleware capabilities and services, and cybersecurity. SDCI funds software activities for enhancing scientific productivity and for facilitating research and education collaborations through sharing of data, instruments, and computing and storage resources. The program requires open source software development.

  • Funding: $15 million for 25-30 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5174
  • Deadline: February 26, 2010

Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (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 cyberinfrastructure. 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 Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS) program supports fundamental scientific research, particularly advances in social, organizational and design science understanding, directed at advancing the understanding of how to develop virtual organizations 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, political science 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 analyses. VOSS funded research must be grounded in theory and rooted in empirical methods. It must produce broadly applicable and transferable 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.
  • Eligibility: Proposals may be submitted by the following: (a) Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities; and (b) Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
  • Funding: $3 million for 8-18 awards, ranging from $50,000 to $400,000 in total costs for the period of the grant with durations up to three years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503256
  • Deadline: January 25, 2010
  Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
  •  The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning and ecosystem integration. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives.

  • Eligibility: The following entities are eligible: 1. State agricultural experiment stations; 2. colleges and universities; 3. university research foundations; 4. other research institutions and organizations; 5. Federal agencies; 6. national laboratories; 7. private organizations or corporations; 8. individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or 9. any group consisting of 2 or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (8).
  • Funding: Approximately $19 million is available in FY 2010.
  • Web: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/OREI.html
  • Deadline: February 9, 2010

Universal Design Leadership Project

  • The Arts Endowment seeks to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with an organization that will carry out a project to increase understanding, acceptance, and practice of universal design within the design profession, by design educators, and by the American public. Proposed projects should focus on extending the appeal of universal design from the disability community into the mainstream of American design and American society. The project should educate designers and others including developers, city planners, and consumers on this important issue.
  • 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.
  • Funding: The Arts Endowment expects to award one Cooperative Agreement of up to $65,000. The Cooperator must provide nonfederal matching funds of at least $65,000. Matching funds in excess of this minimum are encouraged.  
  • Web: http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/RFP/UnivDesign.html
  • Deadline: February 9, 2010

Grants-in-Aid of Research

  • The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.
  • Eligibility: Only undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply. Undergraduates who are graduating seniors must plan to complete their research prior to graduation. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for the program as a whole, the majority of the funds (75%) are designated for use by individuals whose primary advisors are Sigma Xi members or who are Sigma Xi student members themselves. There are no citizenship restrictions. International students and non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply.
  • Funding: The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.
  • Web: http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/
  • Deadline: March 15, 2010

Approaches and Resources to Advance the Intellectual Basis for a National Homeland Security S&T Workforce

  • S & T is soliciting individuals or teams to research, create, develop, deploy, and evaluate innovative educational tools, approaches, and resources to educate and inspire the next generation homeland security workforce. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that the tools, approaches, and resources must show future promise for mission relevance and to the greatest extent possible be demonstrable in a relevant homeland security educational environment. The research, creation, development, and evaluation of innovative educational tools, approaches and resources should result in one or more of the following: Foster homeland security culture within the academic community, including K-14, informal education and adult education; Strengthen U.S. scientific leadership in homeland security research in public and private institutions; Disseminate knowledge and technical advances to advance the homeland security mission; Integrate homeland security educational activities across agencies engaged in relevant academic research; Nurture homeland security science and engineering workforce, and; Transfer new discoveries in science and mathematics from DHS sponsored Centers of Excellence to the U.S. population.
  • Web: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=dec137545527f896fb8f2e20ae1cb695&tab=core&_cview=1
  • Deadline: February 28, 2010

Site Preservation Grant Program

  • This grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA’s mission to preserve and promote the world’s archaeological heritage for future generations. The goal of the grant is to maximize global preservation efforts and awareness through AIA support.  The AIA is targeting projects that not only seek to directly preserve archaeological sites, but those that also emphasize outreach, education, and/or best practices intended to create a positive impact on the local community, students, and the discipline of archaeology as a whole. The AIA endeavors to stimulate archaeologists and cultural heritage institutions to work together to implement site preservation.  As the AIA encourages partnerships with other organizations to complement rather than duplicate efforts, specific portions of larger preservation projects as well as stand alone projects will be considered.
  • Funding: Grants will carry a maximum value of $25,000 to be awarded over the course of one to three years.
  • Web: http://www.archaeological.org/webinfo.php?page=10524
  • Deadline: February 15, 2010

International Research and Studies (IRS) Program

  • The IRS program provides grants to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.
  • Eligibility: Public and private agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals.
  • Funding: Grants will range from $50,000 - $200,000 per year for up to three years.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=50169
  • Deadline: January 12, 2010

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
December 2009