Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting


Funding Advisor

Dec 2007/Jan 2008

  Undergraduate Research
  Funding Resources & Announcements
  Selected Funding Opportunities
  Deadline Links
  Office Directory

“Happy Holidays” from all of our staff to all of you!
With the holidays fast approaching, we would like to remind everyone to review all grant submission deadlines and university holiday closings. 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 am to 5 pm
Our offices will be closed on the following upcoming dates: December 21st-close at noon, 24th - 28th, & 31st ; January 1 & 15

  Limited Submission Programs

Limited submission programs are those for which funding agencies restrict the number of nominations or proposals a university may submit for consideration for an award.  To ensure that the most competitive proposals go forward to represent James Madison University, it is necessary to put an internal competition in place. 

When we learn of limited submissions, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will publicize the opportunity both on the OSP website and in special funding announcements to deans and department heads.  To assist in the internal evaluation process, there will be a panel of interdisciplinary evaluators who will screen all eligible and interested nominees to determine which proposals will best represent the university in the limited submission competitions

The first limited submission competition that will involve the internal review process is the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI), due to the NSF on January 24, 2008. See the description below for a program overview.

The internal deadline for this funding opportunity is Thursday, December 20. To indicate your intent to submit a pre-proposal for the JMU Internal Competition for the MRI program, complete the required form and return to the OSP according to the instructions on the form.

Requirements for internal review will mirror the requirements of the awarding body to reduce duplication or extraneous paperwork. Unless stated otherwise, all required documentation should be submitted electronically by the posted deadline to the Office of Sponsored Programs via the following e-mail:  jmu_grants@jmu.edu.

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. Every effort will be made to maintain current and accurate information about the limited submission deadlines and procedures on the Office of Sponsored Programs website; however, the awarding agency’s posted information remains the final authority.

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

Undergraduate Research
  CONGRATULATIONS to the students selected to represent James Madison University at the 6th annual Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research Conference to be held at the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts on April 4-5, 2008.
Amanda Bowman (History) Jen Potelunas (Psychology)
  Sara Cobaugh (Media Arts) Whitney Smiley (Psychology)
  Daniel Crowley (Anthropology & Sociology) Wesley Storm (Chemistry & Biochemistry )
  Jermiah Harris (Chemistry) Stephanie Torcivia (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
  Anna Klemm (History) Tara Williams (Psychology)
The Undergraduate Research Selection Committee of JMU wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all the students who submitted applications for the 2008 CAA Undergraduate Research Conference. Registration at Northeastern University is expected to begin in mid-January, 2008.
CAA 2008
(official website: http://www.colonialacademicalliance.org/)
  NCUR 2008 (official website: http://www.ncur.org/) NCUR abstract selection announcements should be available in January, 2008.

The Undergraduate Research Selection Committee of JMU wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all the students who submitted application packets for the 2008 NCUR Conference. NCUR selection notifications to students that submitted abstracts will be sent out no later than January 14, 2008. A complete list of students selected by NCUR to represent James Madison University at the conference will be posted to our website upon notification and available in the February 2008 newsletter. Please refer to the Salisbury University NCUR 22 website at: http://www.salisbury.edu/ncur22/.

  (Questions: contact 568-6872 or 568-7025) http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/UndergradResearch.htm


DOD cap of 35% cap on negotiated indirect cost rates – signed into law on Nov. 13, 2007.

  DoD Appropriations Act Signed; Contains Unpopular F&A Cap
As expected and perhaps dreaded, President Bush signed the Department of Defense appropriations legislation (Pub.L. 110-116) on Nov. 13, 2007, that sets a 35% cap on negotiated indirect cost rates on Department of Defense "contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements entered into after the date of the enactment of this Act using funds made available in this Act for fiscal year 2008 for basic research." A number of higher ed associations oppose the cap, including the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Council on Governmental Relations, which had earlier issued a joint statement expressing strong opposition to the cap and arguing, "An arbitrary cap of this kind creates a disincentive for universities to conduct defense basic research." According to The Chronicle on Higher Education, the legislation does include a 4.5% increase in department spending on basic research. Link: http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/d110/d110laws.html (Click on range encompassing Pub.L. 110-116). Link to statement: www.cogr.edu. Link to The Chronicle: http://chronicle.com/daily/2007/11/708n.htm (Subscription required).

Funding Resources & Announcements - "HOT" LINKS
  Please visit the "funding sources" link at the following website for resource listings and searchable databases.

National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) - Deadline: January 24, 2008

  National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) - SURF Deadline: February 15, 2008
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Selected Funding Opportunities
Science Policy Fellowship Program
Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Grants in Architecture and Related Arts


Short-Term Travel Grants


Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA)

Innovation and Organizational Sciences
Major Research Instrumentation Program - Instrument Development and Acquisition
National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program
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Science Policy Fellowship Program

  • The purpose of this program is to provide psychologists an invaluable learning experience in research administration and policy, to contribute to more effective use of psychological knowledge within federal research funding agencies, and to broaden the awareness about the value of the psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government. The individual will spend one year working as a special assistant in an executive branch research funding/coordinating office.
  • ELIGIBILITY: The prospective individual must demonstrate competence in scientific psychology, display sensitivity toward policy issues, and have a strong interest in applying psychological knowledge to national science policy issues. The applicant must be able to work quickly and communicate effectively on a wide variety of topics, and be able to work cooperatively with individuals having diverse viewpoints. An applicant must be a psychologist, member of APA, and have a doctorate in psychology or related field, with a minimum of two years post-doctoral experience preferred.
  • Funding: APA will sponsor one individual for a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2008. The fellowship stipend is $65,000, with an additional monthly stipend to cover health insurance, plus $3,000 for relocation to the Washington, D.C. area and travel expenses.
  • Web: http://www.apa.org/ppo/fellows/
  • Deadline: January 7, 2008

Grants and Cooperative Agreements

  • The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy (DoE) has announced its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Basic Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Advanced Scientific Computing, Fusion Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, and Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that approximately $400 million will be available for grant and cooperative agreement awards in FY 2008.
  • Web: http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/
  • Deadline: anytime
  Grants in Architecture and Related Arts
  • The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts offers two types of grants: (1) Production and Presentation Grants to individuals and organizations, and (2) Research and Development Grants to individuals. The Foundation makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Architecture and other spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. The Foundation is interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.
  • Funding: Production and Presentation Grants to individuals normally do not exceed $20,000; Production and Presentation Grants to organizations normally do not exceed $30,000. Research and Development Grants to individuals normally do not exceed $10,000.
  • Web: http://www.grahamfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: February 25, 2008
  Short-Term Travel Grants
  • The Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) program provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral scholars and holders of other graduate degrees for independent or collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia. Fellowships are available to applicants who demonstrate how their research will make a substantive contribution to knowledge of the contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments in the region and how such knowledge is relevant to US foreign policy. The US Department of State Title VIII Program, the primary source of support for the STG Program, supports research topics that strengthen the fields of Eurasian and East European studies, and that address US foreign policy interests in the region, broadly defined.
  • Funding: Funding provided by the U.S. Department of State. The STG program funds independent and collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia. All projects should seek to advance the public, cultural, and historical knowledge of the eligible countries.
  • Web: Overview; Instructions & Application
  • Deadline: February 1, 2008
  Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA)
  • AREA grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by students and faculty in health professional schools, and other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds (note that eligibility is determined at the time of application). Currently, NIH considers the following to be health professional schools/colleges: School/College of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Podiatry, Nutrition, Dentistry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Public Health, Optometry, Nursing, Chiropractic Medicine, and Allied Health.
  • Funding: Applicants may request up to $150,000 direct costs plus applicable Facilities & Administrative (F&A)/indirect costs for the entire project period of up to three (3) years.  Note when a consortium is involved, the $150,000 direct cost limit is exclusive of consortium F&A costs.  These can be requested in addition to the $150,000 direct costs limit.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-042.html
  • Deadline: February 25, June 25, & October 25, 2008
National Science Foundation (NSF)
  Innovation and Organizational Sciences
  • The Innovation and Organizational Sciences (IOS) program supports scientific research directed at advancing understanding of innovation and organizational phenomena. Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups and/or institutional arrangements. Disciplinary perspectives may include (but are not limited to) organization theory, organizational behavior, organizational sociology, social and industrial psychology, public administration, computer and information sciences, complexity sciences, decision and management sciences. Research methods may span a broad variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including (but not limited to) archival analyses, surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analyses. Research may involve industrial, educational, service, government, not-for-profits, voluntary organizations or interorganizational arrangements. IOS-funded research must be grounded in theory and generalizable. It must advance our scientific understanding of innovation and organizations. Scientific inquiries that are relevant to real problems and organizations in generalizable ways are encouraged. Proposals that aim to implement or evaluate innovations or particular organizational changes rather than to advance fundamental, generalizable knowledge about innovation and organizations are not appropriate for IOS.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5378&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
  • Deadline: February 2, 2008
  Major Research Instrumentation Program - Instrument Development and Acquisition
  • The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 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 non-profit 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 environments. The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners. The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. For proposals over $2 million, requests must be for the acquisition of a single instrument. For proposals requesting $2 million or less, investigators may seek support for instrument development or for acquisition of a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus.
  • Funding: $110 million for 225 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260
  • Deadline: December 21, 2007, letter of intent; January 24, 2008, applications


  Education geological mapping program
  • The purpose of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP) is to fund innovative projects in the geospatial data community to build the infrastructure necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage, and use digital geographic data. The NSDI consists of the technologies, policies, organizations, and people necessary to promote cost-effective production, and the ready availability and greater utilization of geospatial data among a variety of sectors, disciplines, and communities. Specific NSDI areas of emphasis include: metadata documentation, clearinghouse establishment, framework development, standards implementation, and geographic information system (GIS) organizational coordination. Since 1994, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has funded projects that advance the NSDI in partnership with the geospatial data community. The FGDC, now as part of the new National Geospatial Program Office (NGPO), will continue to support these projects.
  • Funding: Up to $25,000 will be obligated to individual projects. A minimum 50% match is required. Contribution of matching personnel hours or funding, supplied development hardware and software, or other in-kind resources will be considered. The value of data will not be considered as match funding. Other Federal grant funds can not be used for matching.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do? - search keywords: "Spatial Data"
  • Deadline: December 18, 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
Fax: 568-2397

Tamara Hatch, Associate Director

Denise Cooper, Grants Specialist
IACUC Contact & Web Manager

Sally Dickenson, Grants Specialist

Carolyn Strong, IRB Research Coordinator
IRB Contact

Donna Crumpton, Financial Administrator

Brenda Seifried, Financial Administrator

Kyra Shiflet, Financial Administrator



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Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting
Dec 2007 / Jan 2008