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Welcome to November! Not only has snow arrived before we were expecting it, it is likely that the end of December will arrive faster than expected too. With the known holidays where the university will be closed, to the exam and grading time requirements, to the expected staff and office meetings that take place during the ‘down time’ when students are not on campus, it is easy to lose track of requirements related to sponsored projects. So that opportunities and requirements do not go unanswered, please consider expediting the following activities if the deadline for it is January 15, 2012 or before:

1) No cost extensions (NCE):Many sponsored projects end on Dec 31st. Most sponsors require NCE requests prior to the end of the project period and sometimes 30 days prior to the ending date. Further, even if the sponsor allows a 15 day or 10 day notice, JMU will be closed the last 5 workdays of 2012 and would be unable to receive and respond to sponsors’ questions related to a filed request. Being unresponsive could reduce the chance of a positive response to the request.

2) Effort Reporting: Fall 2011 Effort Certifications Forms will be generated in Jan 2012 based on salary information available at that time. PARs to pay individuals for Fall work and ATV’s to distribute salaries appropriately that are not posted by this time, will result in erroneous Effort Certifications. Again, as people leave and departments close for holidays obtaining signatures and completing the submission will become problematic; and please don’t forget that HR and Finance/Payroll require time to post the transaction (and they deserve a holiday break too!)

3) Grant close-outs: Time to make and record purchases prior to Dec 31 is also limited by holidays (and perhaps inclement weather). Please expedite all financial transactions so any invoice required prior to 12/31 will have complete and accurate information by 12/21 to allow time for invoice creation and submission. Further, please complete all required financial and technical reports to allow signatures and submissions

4) Proposal development: If you have a funding opportunity that will require a submission prior to Jan 15, 2012; you should engage Sponsored Programs in development of that proposal now. Not only are last minute submissions stressful for everyone, they are quite often sloppy and not representative of JMU’s abilities. Please consider that all submitted proposals represent the University and should we gain a reputation for sloppy, inaccurate, and incomplete proposals, it would tarnish even our best work. Have a wonderful and stress free remainder of the fall semester, and a safe Thanksgiving.



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National Science Foundation Publishes Reports on State of Academic Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published new reports on how federal research dollars flowed to colleges and universities in 2009 and the status of graduate students and postdoctoral scientists in research fields in 2008. The first report contains a wide array of data on the institutions that received the most federal research funds over all and by discipline, for instance; the latter includes statistics on the future work force in academic science by field, gender, institution type and other indicators. http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf11313/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179



National Institutes of Health Posts FAQs on FCOI Regulation

National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted more than 70 frequently asked questions and answers to help institutions comply with the recently released final rule governing financial conflicts of interest. Questions are divided into 12 sections, ranging from those of a general nature to addressing applicability, mitigation reports, subrecipients and training requirements. "The purpose of the FAQs is to clarify issues that may arise and will assist institutions as they develop and/or revise an institution’s FCOI policy that meets or exceeds the requirements of the regulation; the FAQs pertain only to grants and cooperative agreements," NIH said in a Sept. 30 notice on its website. "Questions regarding the applicability and/or compliance with the revised contract regulation provided at 45 CFR Part 94 should be directed to fcoicontracts@mail.nih.gov."

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


New National Science Foundation Program Promises to Boost Commercialization of Academic Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, (http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/) a public-private partnership, intends to connect NSF-funded scientific research with a project team, made up of professionals from the technological, entrepreneurial and business communities, to help transition NSF-funded scientific and engineering discoveries at institutions of higher education into commercial technologies, products and processes. I-Corps grants will provide financial support to project teams in determining the commercialization potential of the technologies developed through previous or current NSF awards. Each I-Corps team will include a principal investigator, an entrepreneurial lead and an I-Corps mentor. The outcome of each I-Corps funded project will be:

  • A clear go/no-go decision regarding viability of products and services;
  • A transition plan to do so (only if the decision is to move forward); and
  • A technology demonstration for potential partners.

In consultation with the I-Corps Cognizant Program directors, the go/no-go decision of the proposed effort will be made by the I-Corps Team.
In 2011, NSF anticipates committing $1.25 million to support up to 25 I-Corps grant awards. The duration of each award is six months. NSF only will support academic research projects that are currently or previously have been funded by NSF awards. The deadline for the first round of I-Corps funding is September 9, 2011.

Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11560/nsf11560.htm

NSF also will host monthly webinars — on the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 PM, EST — to answer questions about I-Corp and provide updated information about the I-Corps Mentor Network, the curriculum and other aspects of I-Corps.

Link: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/program.jsp#webinars

NSF, the Deshpande Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation are founding members of the I-Corps public/private partnership, along with a national network of advisors and partnering institutions.

Link: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121225&org=NSF&from=news




Limited Submission Program: NSF’s MRI Due 1/26/12

Major Research Instrumentation Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development due to the NSF on January 26, 2012.

The internal deadline for this funding opportunity is Thursday, December 15. To indicate your intent to submit a pre-proposal for the JMU Internal Competition for the MRI program, complete the required limited submission form and return to the OSP via the following e-mail: jmu_grants@jmu.edu.

Receiving your “Intent to Submit” form by this deadline allows us to gauge interest in this program and coordinate an internal review of competing proposals if necessary.

The intention is to make this procedure fair and timely so that each potential applicant has adequate time to refine their submission prior to the sponsor’s deadline, 1/26/2012.

As always, if you have any questions about the internal review process for limited submission proposals, please contact me directly at 568-3725.

Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.pdf


Changes at NSF BIO

Upcoming NSF Environmental Biology (DEB) & Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)Deadline: 1/09/2012 & 1/12/2012. Mark your calendars: the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will implement a single annual cycle of preliminary and full proposals for regular research submissions to the core programs within the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), and Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) with the first cycle due 1/09/2012 and 1/12/2012.
For DEB & IOS Submissions:
Formerly, DEB & IOS reviewed full research proposals twice yearly.  The first preliminary proposal deadline for DEB is January 9, 2012 and for IOS is January 12, 2012.  DEB Proposals must respond to the new DEB solicitation NSF 11-573.  IOS proposals must respond to the new IOS solicitation NSF 11-572. Please read the solicitations, the Dear Colleague Letter NSF 11-078, and Frequently Asked Questions NSF 11-079 for further information. 

In order to meet this anticipated large deadline, please plan to have your proposals submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs NO LATER THAN Tuesday, January 3, 2012 for DEB and Thursday, January 5, 2012 for IOS proposals.   We encourage submissions prior to Winter break, December 21, to avoid congestion and enable institutional review.
Please note that each investigator is limited to submitting two preliminary proposals a year to either DEB or IOS, whether as a PI, co-PI or lead senior investigator of a subaward. All proposals submitted to DEB or IOS in response to the core program solicitations, and to the Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Long-term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) solicitations, must pass the preliminary proposal stage.
DEB Special Announcements: http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DEB
ISO Special Announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS
Webinar DEB: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121479&org=BIO
Webinar IOS: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121737&org=IOS
MCB information: MCB will limit the number of full proposals submitted per 8-month cycle by an investigator to 1 proposal as a PI or co-PI. Full details about MCB changes can be found in the new Program Solicitation NSF 11-545. Reference the Frequently Asked questions 11-055 here
Due Dates for MCB: May 21, 2012 and January 28, 2013


NSF Earth Cube Guidance for the Community

1.EarthCube—Building the Cyberinfrastructure to Better Understand Our Complex and Changing Planet: This document describes the GEOOCI vision for EarthCube and the timeline of development activities.

2.EarthCube Charrette Preparation: This document describes the EarthCube Charrette process, which will include open community forums to identify requirements, stimulate discussion and foster partnerships and collaboration.

3.EarthCube Charrette Interest in Attending: We ask that individuals who are interested in attending the Charrette notify us of their interest and provide some information on their expertise and ideas on EarthCube.

Read more at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11085/nsf11085.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

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