Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting


Funding Advisor

June 2008

  Compliance Corner
  News Items
  Funding Resources & Announcements
  Selected Funding Opportunities
  Deadline Links
  Office Directory

Hope Everyone is Getting Out and Enjoying their Summer!!
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 am to 5 pm

  Updates from the Director: Discontinuation of IRIS Funding Database

Effective July 1 the current institutional subscription to IRIS, the Illinois Researcher Information Service, will be discontinued. The cost of the service was very high related to the low usage of JMU faculty and staff. We do not believe this cost is justifiable any longer based on the user volume.

There are still several other funding databases available for your use as a service by the institution as follows:

The Grant Advisory Plus


Community of Science

Please contact John Hulvey with any questions or concerns related to the decision to cease the IRIS service.

Compliance Corner
  NIH Updates Public Access Policy FAQs

In recent additions to its frequently asked questions concerning its Public Access Policy, the National Institutes of Health speaks directly to the consequences grantees might face if they fail to comply. In an answer to the question (C10 of the FAQs), "What are some of the actions NIH may take when investigators and institutions fail to take steps to ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy?" the NIH said that special conditions could be imposed or future awards might be prohibited. The policy, which requires the deposit in PubMed Central of NIH-funded papers within a certain time period, generally went into effect in April. A second part of the policy, which was effective May 25 requires that investigators "when citing a paper in NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports that falls under the Policy, and was authored or co-authored by you or arose from your NIH award ... must include the PubMed Central reference number. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008, due date and subsequent due dates." To help researchers comply with this requirement, the NIH added question C7 to its FAQs, "What do I do if the PubMed Central reference number has not been assigned yet?" and C9, "How do I get the PMC reference number so I can cite it on my application, proposal or report?"

For more information please visit: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm

News Items
  Grant Application Basics: What Does NIH Look For?

NIH funds grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts that support the advancement of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems to meet the NIH mission of extending healthy life and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. While NIH awards many grants specifically for research, they also provide grant opportunities that support research-related activities, including: construction, training, career development, conferences, research grants and more.

Projects of High Scientific Caliber
NIH looks for grant proposals of high scientific caliber that are relevant to public health needs and are within NIH Institute and Center (IC) priorities. ICs highlight their research priorities on their Web sites. Applicants may want to contact the appropriate Institute or Center to discuss the relevancy and/or focus of the proposed research before submitting an application. NIH also has a number of broad NIH-wide initiatives that maybe of interest.

Investigator-Initiated Research
NIH strongly encourages investigator-initiated research across the spectrum of our mission. They issue hundreds of funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in the form of Program Announcements (PAs) and requests for applications (RFAs) to stimulate research in particular areas of science. Some PAs, called “Parent Announcements,” span the breadth of the NIH mission in order to ensure they have a way to capture “unsolicited” applications that do not fall within the scope of targeted announcements. The majority of NIH applications are submitted in response to parent announcements.

Unique Research Projects
Projects must be unique. By law, NIH cannot support a project already funded or pay for research that has already been done. Although you may not send the same application to more than one Public Health Service (PHS) agency at the same time, you can apply to an organization outside the PHS with the same application. If the project gets funded by another organization, however, it cannot be funded by NIH as well.

Excerpt from: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/grant_basics.htm

Please let us know if we can provide any further information.

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
  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
The Creative Retreat at Mt. San Angelo
The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education
The Defense Advanced Projects Agency
Surface Catalysis for Energy

National Endowment for the Arts

Arts on Radio and Television

National Endowment for the Humanities

Preservation and Access
Humanities Collections and Resources

National Science Foundation

Methods, Measurement, Statistics
Documenting Endangered Languages

Informal Science Education

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  The Creative Retreat at Mt. San Angelo
  • The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is an international working retreat for writers, visual artists and composers located at Mt. San Angelo, a 12-acre hilltop in Amherst County, Virginia, approximately 160 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. In this bucolic rural setting, the VCAA provides residential fellowships of two weeks to two months where artists may work, free from the distractions and responsibilities of day-to-day life. Admission to the VCCA is highly selective, based on a review of applications by panels of professional artists in each discipline (poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, playwrights, performance, film and video artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, installation artists, and composers). The basis for admission by an applicant is professional achievement or promise of achievement.
  • How to Apply: Artists should submit an application form, curriculum vitae and samples of their work. An artist who has applied to the VCCA before should submit a re-application.
  • Funding: Artists are accepted to the VCCA without consideration for their financial situation. The actual cost of a residency at the Virginia Center is $125 per day per fellow. The VCCA asks fellows to contribute according to their ability.
  • Web: www.vcca.com/apply.html
  • Deadline: September 15, 2008 for residencies from February to May.

Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education

  • The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge seeks nominations for its Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, which rewards educators who teach the private enterprise systems. Applications for this award must conceive and implement an innovative course, program or project which develops, among students, a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American private enterprise system. Proof must be submitted with nominations in the form of: graphs, sample materials, photographs, and letters of commendation.
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents employed full-time as an educator at an accredited American school (grades K-12), college or university.
  • Funding: $7,500 cash awards given to full-time educators who have an innovative way of teaching America's private enterprise system; and a special award of $15,000 can be given for an unusually meritorious entry.
  • Web: http://www.ffvf.org/leavey_info.asp
  • Deadline: October 1, 2008
  Surface Catalysis for Energy
  • The Defense Advanced Projects Agency solicits innovative research proposals to develop technologies that will speed mainstream use of new energy sources as an alternative to hydrocarbon fuels. The program focuses on the development of heterogeneous chemical catalysts that will enable more energy efficiency through use of rational design, bio-inspired chemistry and nano-architectures. Interest areas are: fuel flexible fuel cells; catalysts for biomass fuels; and solar fuel catalysts.
  • Eligibility: Higher education institutions, other nonprofit research organizations and industry.
  • Funding: Awards may be grants, contracts, or other funding mechanisms. Award size and duration will vary according to the scope of the project.
  • Web: www.darpa.mil/dso/solicitations/solicit.htm (consult FON "DARPA-BAA-08-48")
  • Deadline: July 2, 2008
  Arts on Radio and Television
  • Through this category the National Endowment for the Arts seeks to make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through nationally distributed television and radio programs. Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of radio and television programs on the arts. Priority will be given to artistically excellent programs that have the potential to reach a significant national audience, regardless of the size or geographic location of the applicant organization. Only programs of artistic excellence and merit, in both the media production and the subject, will be funded. Projects may include high profile multi-part television and radio series, single documentaries, performance programs, or arts segments for use with an existing series. Programs may deal with any art form (e.g. visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, film/video/audio art, folk & traditional arts). Programs targeted to children and youth also are welcome. All phases of a project - research and development, production, completion and distribution costs - are eligible for support. Proposals are welcomed that include ancillary activities that are intended to increase public knowledge, understanding, and access to the arts. Such activities might include the use of related radio and television programming; interactive Web sites; DVDs or other digital applications; educational material; collaborations with art organizations, educators, and community groups; video/audio distribution to schools, libraries, and homes; and other public outreach activities.
  • Eligibility: Non-profit, tax exempt 501 (c) (3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally-recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply.
  • Funding: For radio projects, grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. For television projects: (a) Research and development grants generally range from $10,000 to $25,000. (b) Grants for single documentaries generally range from $25,000 to $50,000. (c) Grants for multi-part series vary according to the complexity and scope of the project. In rare instances, the Arts Endowment may recommend an award over $200,000 for a project with demonstrated quality, significance, and impact. All grants require a match of at least one to one.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/RadioTV/
  • Deadline: September 5, 2008
  Preservation and Access
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities seeks applications for national or multi-state/regional training programs on managing and expanding intellectual access to library, archival and material collections. Eligible projects include: development and presentation of courses for staff in cultural organizations; development and presentation of courses that focus on the skills and knowledge required to provide or broaden intellectual access to collections; graduate programs in preservation and conservation; and preservation field services that serve a multi-state region an provide surveys, consultations, workshops, and information materials to those responsible for the care of humanities collections.
  • Eligibility: Any domestic nonprofit organization.
  • Funding: Awards are $50,000 to $250,000 a year each for two years.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pet.html
  • Deadline: July 1, 2008

Humanities Collections and Resources

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities seeks proposals to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art and objects of material culture. Project activities range from digitizing collections and deacidification of collections to creation of all kinds of reference works and research tools of major importance to the humanities, such as: databases and electronic archives, encyclopedias about humanities fields or subjects; historical, etymological and bilingual dictionaries for undocumented languages and tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data.
  • Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization.
  • Funding: Typically, awards range from $100,000 to $350,000 each over two years.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/Collections_and_Resources.html
  • Deadline: July 31, 2008



Methods, Measurement, Statistics

  • The National Science Foundation invites proposals to develop innovative analytical and statistical methods and models for use in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Potential topics include: measurement issues; questionnaire design; survey design and technology; analytical issues; and small area estimation.
  • Eligibility: U.S. colleges and universities; non-profit, non-academic organizations, such as independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, and professional societies and organizations directly associated with educational or research activities; for-profit organizations and state and local governments, including school districts and state education agencies.
  • Funding: $3.5 million for 40 to 50 awards of varying amounts and duration. Recent awards have ranged from $7,000 to $850,000.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08561/nsf08561.htm
  • Deadline: August 16, 2008

NSF/NEH/SI: Documenting Endangered Languages

  • This multi-year funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used human languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Funding will support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for up to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) will participate in the partnership as a research host, a non-funding role.
  • Eligibility: Academic institutions and non-profit, non-academic organizations located in the United States are eligible. For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply to this program. However, personnel in for-profit organizations may participate as co-investigators.
  • Funding: $2 million annually for 18-22 awards, including 12 fellowships.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12816
  • Deadline: September 15, 2008

Informal Science Education

  • The ISE program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as projects that advance knowledge and practice of informal science education. Projects may target either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. ISE projects are expected to demonstrate strategic impact, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Funding: $25 million for 50 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5361
  • Deadline: September 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

Sally Dickenson, Grants Specialist

Whitney Keister , Grants Specialist

Carolyn Strong, Research Coordinator
IRB & IACUC Contact

Amanda Wimer , Executive Assistant

Donna Crumpton
, Financial Administrator

Brenda Seifried, Financial Administrator

Kyra Shiflet, Financial Administrator

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Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting
June 2008