Sponsored Programs
Administration & Accounting

External Funding Advisor
November 2006 (FY07)

  Grants Update
  Undergraduate Research
  Compliance Corner
  Funding Resources & Announcements
  Selected Funding Opportunities
  Deadline Links
  Office Directory
  Print Version (pdf) - External Funding Advisor
Grants Updates

We hope the Fall 2006 semester has been as rewarding as it has been challenging.  As we head into the holiday season and the close of this academic semester, the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Grants and Contacts Financial Services would like to thank the PI’s and their assistants for their responsiveness and hard work.  As we all know, the months of November and December are shortened by holidays and vacations and the work hours available before January 2007 are going by quickly.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist with Sponsored Program activities so that you may enjoy your breaks.  Also, please assist us by providing as much notice and lead time as possible to your requests and submissions.  I’m sure we would all like a clean plate at work before closing our offices for the year.

Undergraduate Research 2007

The 2007 internal application process was a success! A large number of students turned out to apply for the Undergraduate Research Conferences. Students applications and abstracts are now being evaluated by the selection committee to determine which students will be selected to represent JMU at either the 2007 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA). Please contact x8-6872 with questions or additional concerns. http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/UndergradResearch.htm

NCUR 2007 (official website: http://www.ncur.org/)
CAA 2007 (official website: http://www.colonialacademicalliance.org)

Compliance Corner
  Travel Regulations - NEW UPDDATE:

Beginning November 1, 2006, the State has enacted changes to travel regulations that affect all university funding, including Sponsored Programs.  The Financial Procedures Manual, Section 4215, reflects all the changes, but here are three highlights:

  1. Lodging and Meal Rates for many in-state and out-of-state locations have been revised.
  2. Boarding passes are required, as reimbursement documentation, for all air and rail reimbursements made directly to employees.  This would be most applicable if tickets were purchased over the internet.
  3. When being reimbursed for personal vehicle mileage, and using the current mileage rate of $.445 per mile, the traveler’s Senior Vice President, Associate/Assistant Vice President, Dean, or Associate/Assistant Dean, or Director that reports directly to a Vice President, must approve the Travel Reimbursement Voucher.

We have a word of caution when traveling on Sponsored Program funding.  Regardless of the maximum mileage or meal/lodging rates now allowed by the State, the Sponsored Program budget and budget justification should recognize and support the travel reimbursement request.  That is, the new rates do not add funding to existing awards and use of the new rates may cause an overrun in the budget that will become the responsibility of the PI’s department.

Should you have any questions concerning the new travel regulations or their impact to your budget, please contact the Grants and Contracts Financial Services Office.

Instituation Animal Care and Use Committee - Helpful Links for externally funded research involving animals

The IACUC now has helpful links available for principal investigators. Please visit the following link for future referencing: http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/iacucsubmit.html.


The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare


The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

PHS Policy

Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Environmental Options, Inc.
  Full-Service Environmental Company
Disposal and Transportation of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste
Colonial Scientific

Laboratory and Testing Supplies and Equipment


The global clearinghouse for information on alternatives to animal testing
Altweb Newsletter 2006

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Funding Resources & Announcements - "HOT" LINKS

Please visit the "funding resources" link at the following website for resource listings and searchable databases.


  The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) - Application Deadline: December 1, 2006
The National Science Foundation
SSTI Weekly Digest
COS - Hot Funding Topics
  • COS' Top Ten Funding Opportunities. Available to anyone, this weekly report is a summary of COS Funding Opportunities records that were viewed most often the previous week.

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Selected Funding Opportunities
  Environmental Protection Agency

OSWER - Innovative Environmental Pilot Projects

International Research & Exchanges Board

Short-term Travel Grants (STG)

National Endowment for the Humanities

We the People Challenge Grants in U.S. History, Institutions, and Culture

National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEHS)

Environmental Sensors for Personal Exposure Assessment

National Science Foundation (NSF)

High Risk Research in Anthropology
Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC)
NSF/NIH Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE)
Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) - STEM Research
Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure
Undergraduate Computing Education

United State Department of Agriculture ( USDA)

Food Safety
Human Nutrition and Obesity

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Environmental Protection Agency

OSWER - Innovative Environmental Pilot Projects

  • The EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) initiated a series of innovative pilots to test new ideas and strategies for environmental and public health protection. A small amount of money is set aside to fund creative approaches to waste minimization, energy recovery, recycling, land revitalization, and homeland security that may be replicated across various sectors, industries, communities, and regions. OSWER Innovations Initiative
  • Eligibility: EPA is looking for projects that will demonstrate short-term “intermediate” outcomes, within the first six months of the project, and significant end outcomes/long-term environmental results.
  • Funding: $400,000 for 5-10 grants of up to $100,000 each. The project period is one or two years.
  • Web: http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/06-08.pdf
  • Deadline: Applications submitted through "Grants.gov" must be received by "Grants.gov" no later than November 20, 2006, 5:00 p.m. EST.

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International Research & Exchanges Board

Short-term Travel Grants (STG)

  • The Short-Term Travel Grants 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. 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.
  • Eligibility: 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.
  • Funding: up to $5,000
  • Web: http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/index.asp; Application available to download
  • Deadline: February 1, 2007
National Endowment for the Humanities

We The People Challenge Grants in U.S. History, Institutions, and Culture

  • As part of its We the People initiative, NEH invites proposals for challenge grants designed to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for humanities activities that explore significant themes and events in American history, thereby advancing knowledge of how the founding principles of the United States have shaped American history and culture for more than two hundred years.
  • NEH is interested in receiving applications for projects that utilize or study the impact of digital technology. Digital techologies offer humanists new methods of conducting research, conceptualizing relationships, and presenting scholarship. NEH is also interested in projects that study the impact of digital technology on the humanities--exploring the ways in which it changes how we read, write, think, and learn. Proposals will be evaluated through NEH's established review proecess and will not receive special considerataion.
  • Funding: $1,000,000. All federal challenge grant funds are matching funds. The federal portion of a challenge grant is offered over three years, but the grantee may take up to 56 months to raise matching funds.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/wtpchallenge.html
  • Deadline: February 1, 2007; Program staff recommend that draft proposals be submitted six weeks before the deadline. Time restraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Environmental Sensors for Personal Exposure Assessment

  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences seeks applications focused on development of field-deployable or wearable sensors for monitoring individual exposures to airborne chemical and biological toxins.
  • The NIH invites applications to support the development of environmental sensor devices and systems that provide quantitative, reliable in-field measurement of personal-level exposure to chemical toxicants and biological toxins for the NIH-wide Genes and Environment Initiative (GEI).
  • Funding: $16million (total costs) over a 4-year period. NIH intends to commit approximately $4 million in FY2007 to fund 6-8 new grants in response to this FOA. An applicant may request a project period of up to 4 years and a budget for direct costs up to $425,000 dollars per year.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-06-011.html
  • Deadline: Letters of Intent - November 22, 2006; Application - December 22, 2006.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)
  High Risk Research in Anthropology
  • This program is designed to permit the submission of high-risk, exploratory proposals that can lead to significant new anthropological knowledge. Because of a highly competitive environment, proposals that have both a high risk of failure and the potential for significant payoffs are less able to compete with standard research proposals.
  • Eligibility: The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide are eligible to submit proposals under this program announcement/solicitation..
  • Funding: Awards are limited to no more than $25,000 total costs and one year duration.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf01153
  • Deadline: None Specified
Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC)
  • The Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC) 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. Research may involve industrial, educational, service, government, not-for-profits, voluntary organizations or interorganizational arrangements.
  • Funding: $2,000,000   pending the availability of funds in FY2007.
  • Web: www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06610/nsf06610.htm
  • Deadline: Full Proposal Target Date(s): February 2, 2007; February 2 Annually
NSF/NIH Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • The Ecology of Infectious Diseases program solicitation supports the development of predictive models and the discovery of principles governing the transmission dynamics of infectious disease agents. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged. Investigators are encouraged to include links to the public health research community, including for example, participation of epidemiologists, physicians, veterinarians, medical social scientists, medical entomologists, virologists, or parasitologists.
  • Funding: $8,500,000 in FY 2007, pending the availability of funds (estimated # of awards - 7).
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5269; Program Announcement
  • Deadline: January 29, 2007.
Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE)
  • The program seeks to broaden the participation of girls and women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by supporting research, dissemination of research, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce. Typical projects will contribute to the knowledge base addressing gender-related differences in learning and in the educational experiences that affect student interest, performance, and choice of careers; and how pedagogical approaches and teaching styles, curriculum, student services, and institutional culture contribute to causing or closing gender gaps that persist in certain fields.
  • Funding:. $5,000,000 for new grants in all tracks, pending available of funds; 22 to 27 grants per year.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5475; Program announcement
  • Deadline: Preliminary Proposals - January 8, 2007; Full Proposals - April 2, 2007.
Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) - Research on STEM Education
  • The Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports basic and applied research and evaluation that enhances science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning and teaching. This solicitation calls for two types of proposals—synthesis and empirical.
  • Eligibility: Investigators from across the broad range of disciplines supported by the NSF are invited to submit proposals. Interdisciplinary proposals are particularly welcome.
  • Funding: $10,000,000   pending availability of funds. The maximum award for Synthesis Research and Evaluation projects is $200,000 with a duration of 1 to 3 years. The maximum award size for Empirical Research and Evaluation Projects is $1,000,000 with a duration of 3 to 5 years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06609/nsf06609.htm
  • Deadline: January 29, 2007, (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time)
Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure
  • 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 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: $14,000,000 subject to the availability of funds in FY 2007 (10-20 awards).
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5174; Program Solicitation (pdf)
  • Deadline: January 22, 2007

Undergraduate Computing Education - CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education (CPATH)

  • The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) solicits proposals under a new initiative for projects to transform undergraduate computing education on a national scale to meet the challenges of achieving U.S. leadership and economic competititveness across all sectors of society.
  • CPATH will support four types of projects:
    • Community Building (CB) Grants;
    • Evaluation, Adoption, and Extension (EAE) Grants;
    • Transformation (T) Grants; and
    • CISE Distinguished Education Fellow (CDEF) Grants.
  • Anticipated Funding: $6,000,000 in FY 2007 pending the availability of funds and the quality of the proposals submitted. CB projects are likely to be funded from levels of $50,000 to a maximum of $500,000 total for durations up to three years.
  • Web: www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06608/nsf06608.htm
  • Deadline: January 23, 2007

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  Food Safety - National Research Initiative (NRI)
  • This program supports hypothesis driven research that seeks to increase our knowledge of microbial ecology with regard to the routes of contamination of food; this includes on-farm investigations, post-harvest incidence, processing and distribution of food. One of the main objectives of this program is to fund research efforts which result in a demonstrable reduction in food-borne illness.
  • Funding: $4.7 million for up to $400,000 over two to four years.
  • Web: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/fundview.cfm?fonum=1087
  • Deadline: December 14, 2006

Human Nutrition and Obesity.

  • Projects funded by this program are intended to lead to a better understanding of the behavioral and environmental factors that influence obesity and to the development and evaluation of effective interventions to prevent obesity.
  • Funding: $10.5 million, with $9.5 million for integrated projects of up to $1.5 million each; and $1 million for research projects of up to $500,000 each. The project period is two to four years.
  • Web: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/fundview.cfm
  • Deadline: June 5, 2007

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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 & 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