News and Announcements Archive

In an effort to improve the Proposal preparation and submission process for faculty and staff, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has developed a new standard Proposal Budget template, and electronic Proposal Routing and Approval Form (PRAF). The key purpose of developing these products is to improve effectiveness and ease the effort of proposal development and submission for faculty and staff.

We encourage faculty and staff to attend one or more training sessions during the time frame to familiarize themselves with the new budget and PRAF.

The Training Schedule is as follows:

College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

College of Business

Date 

Start 

End 

Building 

Room 

9/27/16     Tue

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

Oak Room

9/29/16     Thu

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

10/4/16     Tues

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

10/10/16   Mon

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

10/12/16   Wed

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

10/17/16   Mon

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

10/20/16   Thurs

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

Oak Room

10/24/16   Mon

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

College of Education

Date

Start

End

Building

Room

10/26/16    Wed

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

10/31/16    Mon

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

11/3/16      Thurs

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

11/8/16      Tue

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

Oak Room

11/10/16    Thu

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

11/15/16    Tue

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

Oak Room

 

Graduate College

Campus wide

Date

Start

End

Building

Room

11/29/16    Tue

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

12/5/16      Mon

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

12/7/16      Wed

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

12/12/16    Mon

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

12/14/16    Wed

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

MAU

State College

 

Please contact Doris Nyaga in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (319) 273-3961 or doris.nyaga@uni.edu with any questions.

Please click here to find a list of current funding opportunities divided into four categories: Arts, Humanities and International, Education and Economic and Community Development, Health and Mental Health, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Effective July 1, 2015 - the PI Database will not be available. It is undergoing updating and revisions. Thank you for your patience.

Effective July 1, 2016 Tolif Hunt will be Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.

This is NSF's most recent Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), includes significant policy changes in proposal submission and administration guide.

The mileage rates have been updated in the Travel Guidelines on OBO's website. For travel beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the new mileage rates are as follows: IRS Business Rate is 57.5 cents, university rate is 28.75 cents and the moving rate is 23 cents.

New Research and Sponsored Programs F&A Guidance Effective 11/1/14
Effective November 1, 2014 all sponsored programs that are applied for after 11/1/14 and that are administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be subject to the recently adopted Guidance for Recovering Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for University Administered Sponsored Grants, Agreements, and Contracts document.  This document is designed to help faculty and staff who are seeking external funding better understand F&A, determine what rate to use for the project budget, determine if the project is eligible for a special F&A rate, and obtain guidance for F&A rate reduction requests.  We welcome your feedback.  If you have comments or concerns please contact Tolif Hunt, Grants & Contracts Administrator, at 3.3025 or by email at tolif.hunt@uni.edu.  

 

Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) and Business and Community Services (BCS) are pleased to make available several seed funding opportunities for the FY 14-15 year.

Iowa NSF EPSCoR Project Grants - $1,500 to $15,000

Letter of intent due 11/3/2014 (required)
Full application due 11/17/2014

Commercialization Grants - Up to $15,000

Letter of intent due 11/3/2014 (required)
Full application due 11/17/2014

Travel Grants
Application due 11/17/2014

If you are interested in applying for any of these grant opportunties, download the 2014-2015 seed funding grants RFP. You will also need to download the application cover sheet and the budget template.

Please contact me at christine.twait@uni.edu if you have any questions.

We look forward to your great ideas!

Please join us on November 13th in the Commons Georgian Lounge for the annual reception to recognize external funding at UNI.

The celebration of research, scholarship and creative activity starts at 4 p.m. with a brief program and awards ceremony at 4:45 p.m.Refreshments will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the UNI Foundation and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Contact Lori Miller with questions. You do not need to RSVP. We hope to see you at the party!

Diversity grant guidelines are now available. Due dates are October 1, November 1, February 1, March 1 and April 1.

Cases That Keep Up Up at Night: 2014 Ethics Conference is scheduled for September 24, 2014, at Allen College Campus from noon to 4:45 p.m. You can download the flyer, agenda and registration materials or register online. Topics include discussions on distress, patient advocacy, ethical values and conflicts. Deadline for registration is September 15, 2014.

Graduate College Faculty Showcase scheduled for the afternoon of October 6, 2014. This event will take place in Seerly and will feature poster presentations, oral presentations and refreshments. Details about this event forthcoming.

Pretenure Fellowship Symposium tentatively scheduled for October 15, 2014. Details about this event forthcoming.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Iowa NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development (RID) funding is available for travel grants and partnership development grants. For more information visit the RID webpage.

Opportunities for Hands-on Experiences (OHOE) for Students: This student centered grant is intended to aid in funding undergraduate student projects in areas of importance to NASA. Submissions accepted on an ongoing basis through March 2015. Total ISGC budget requests are limited to $1,000. See http://www.iaspacegrant.org/higher-education for more information.

RSP's effort allocation and certification policy is effective April 1, 2014. Please take a few minutes and familiarize your self with the policy. If you have questions about the policy, contact RSP at 3-3217.

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff who have been awarded grants through the Provost Capacity Building Fund and NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Project Grant Fund.

Provost Scholarship Grants (Up to $1,500)

College of Business Administration

Brett Olsen (Finance)

College of Education

Christina Curran (Special Education)

Charles McNulty (Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education)

College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Alison Altstatt (School of Music)

Kevin Droe (School of Music)

Kenneth Hall (Art)

Elizabeth Sutton (Art)

Jolene Zigarovich (Languages & Literatures)

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Gary Gute (School of Applied Human Sciences)

Rod Library

Thomas Kessler

Leila Rod-Welch

Dean/College Scholarship Awards (Up to $1,500)

College of Business Administration

Eric Lee (Wee Meng) (Accounting)

College of Education

Oksana Grybovych (Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services)

Kathleen Scholl (Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services)

College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Kenneth Elgersma (Biology)

John Hines (School of Music)

Jihwa Noh (Mathematics)

Jim O’Loughlin (Languages & Literatures)

Michael Walter (Biology)

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Andrey Petrov (Geography)

Student-Faculty Collaboration Grants (Up to $3,500)

Sarah Boesdorfer (Chemistry & Biochemistry) 

Leisl Carr Childers (History)

Martin Chin (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Kenneth Elgersma (Biology)

Nalin Goonesekere (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Theresa Kouri (Communication Sciences & Disorders)

Christopher Martin (Communication Studies)

Mark Myers (Biology)

Hong (Jeffrey) Nie (Technology)

Steven Onken (Social Work)

Michael Walter (Biology)

Project Grants (Up to $15,000)

Leisl Carr Childers (History)

Christina Curran (Special Education)

Kevin Droe (School of Music)

Jim O’Loughlin (Languages & Literatures)

Steve Onken (Social Work)

NSF EPSCoR Project Grants (Up to $15,000)

Peter Berendzen (Biology)

Nalin Goonesekere (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Laura Jackson (Tallgrass Prairie Center)

Andrey Petrov (Geography)

Jack Yates (Psychology)

Conference Grants (Up to $15,000)

Steve Carignan (Outreach and Special Projects)

Kevin Droe (School of Music)

Commercialization Grants (Up to $20,000)

Hong (Jeffrey) Nie (Technology)

Kirk Manfredi (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Andrew Stollenwerk (Physics)

RSP will host an all-day Write Winning Grant Proposals Workshop for UNI faculty and staff on March 7, 2014 in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

Workshop space is limited. Please register at: https://uni-grantwritingworkshop-spring2014.eventbrite.com

Internal grant funding programs for the coming year are now available.  Applications are due for some programs by November 4th. Visit 2013-14 Capacity Building Grant Competition for information and application materials.  UNI faculty and staff may apply for funding for their scholarship, research and creative activities, for interdisciplinary team projects, for student-faculty collaboration, for research leading to commercialization, and to plan and host a scholarly conference.   

In collaboration with Cedar Valley Character Counts, Hawkeye, and Allen College, UNI will be hosting a one-day symposium on October 18, 2013 focused on ethical issues in organizations, including academic, business, and non-profit entities.  The symposium will feature UNI President Bill Ruud as the keynote speaker, as well as faculty and community presenters.  Visit www.uni.edu/rsp/ethics-organizations-conference for further information and to register.  Contact geraldine.perrault@uni.edu or anita.gordon@uni.edu with questions.    

The Star4D Painter Training Program, lead by Principle Investigator, Rick Klein, and housed at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, was recognized as a key component in a recently awarded conservation award presented by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. The Aviation Center Logistic Command at Fort Rucker, which uses Star4D virtual painting techniques to train helicopters and other service equipment technicians, was awarded the Air Conservationist of the Year award. By incorporating Star4D's painter training program, Fort Rucker estimates they reduce consumption of more than 10,000 pounds of hazardous waste per year and they reduce the amount of coating materials by more than 300 gallons per year; this is an annual savings of nearly $50,000. Most importantly, by using Star4D painting techniques, Fort Rucker has prevented their employees from being exposed to unnecessary hazardous materials in addition to preventing the generation of hazardous waste and volatile organic compounds. For more information about the Star4D Program, visit their website. Congratulations to Rick Klein and the entire staff at Iowa Waste Reduction Center.  

Effective July 1, 2013, UNI's federally negotiated facilities and administrative (indirect) cost rate increased from 31.5% to 33.8% of modified total direct costs (MTDC) for on-campus sponsored projects and 13.5% of MTDC for off-campus projects.

University policy is that facilities and administrative costs are to be included in sponsored program budgets and maximized at the full applicable and allowable rates.

The new rate does not apply to awards received or proposals submitted prior to July 1, 2013.

For more information on facilities and administrative costs and to view UNI's cost rate agreement, see UNI Facilities and Administrative Costs.

We hope you can attend the 5th annual Campus Connexus on Sept. 18, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:30 in the Commons Slife Ballroom. Come to network and form collaborations with your UNI colleagues. To learn more visit the Connexus page. Registration is required by Sept. 10, 2013.

When preparing proposal budgets, please use the final FY2013-14 fringe benefit rates, published June 21, 2013.  The new rates along with updated budget templates are available at Budget Development or contact RSP for assistance with budget preparation.

The project concept form should be used by faculty and staff seeking external funding to outline their project and share information about their funding needs with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs PreAward staff and with the UNI Foundation's Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. See the form for instructions. Questions? Contact preaward@uni.edu.

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff who have been awarded grants through the Provost's Capacity Building Fund, the NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Seed Grant Fund, and the Regents Innovation Fund (RIF) during the Spring 2013 semester:

Provost’s Scholarship Grants (Up to $1,000)

College of Business Administration
Wee Meng Eric Lee (Accounting), Adam Smedema (Finance) & Holly Kockler (Accounting)
Atul Mitra (Management)
Jeffrey Stokes (Finance)

College of Education
Ben Forsyth (Educational Psychology & Foundations)
Curtis Nielsen (Office of Student Field Experiences)
Kathleen Scholl (Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services)
Nicole Skaar (Educational Psychology & Foundations)

College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences*
Alison Alstatt (Music)
Angela Burda (Communication Science & Disorders) & Stephen Hughes (Computer Science)
Theresa Camilli (Music)
Kavita Dhanwada (Biology)
Jeffrey Funderburk (Music)
Kenneth Hall (Art)
Rui He (Physics)
Laura Jackson (Biology)
Syed Kirmani (Mathematics)
Joyce Milambiling (Languages & Literatures)
Catherine Palczewski (Communication Studies)
Ben Schafer (Computer Science)
Jeremy Schraffenberger (Languages & Literatures)
Marek Sliwinski (Biology)
Theresa Spradling (Biology)
Michael Walter (Biology)
Wiens, Darrell Wiens (Biology)
Aaron Wilson (Art) & Tim Dooley (Art)

* Joint funding from the Provost and Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Carissa Foryum (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology)
Andrey Petrov (Geography)
Marybeth Stalp (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology)
Woodrick, Anne Woodrick (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology) & Gene Lutz (Center for Social & Behavioral Research)

Rod Library
Tom Kessler (Rod Library)

Provost’s Small-Scale Project Grants (Up to $3,000)

Joyce Chen (Communication Studies)
Dilbur Arsiwalla (Psychology)
Julie Zhang (Technology)

Provost’s Large-Scale Project Grants (Up to $10,000)

Ga-Young Choi (Social Work)
Bingqing Liang (Geography)
Nicole Skaar (Educational Psychology & Foundations)
Amy Staples (Special Education)

NSF EPSCoR Seed Grants (Up to $3,000)

Peter Berendzen (Biology)
Gary Gute (Applied Human Sciences)
Rui He (Physics)
Julie Kang (Biology)
Andrey Petrov (Geography)
Nicholas Schwab (Psychology)Michael Walter (Biology)
Ping Gao (Curriculum & Instruction) & Leigh Zeitz (Curriculum & Instruction)
Martin Chin (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
John DeGroote (Geography)
Theresa Spradling (Biology) & James Demastes (Biology)
Betsy Zan (Curriculum & Instruction) & Mary Donegan-Ritter (Curriculum & Instruction)

Regents Innovation Funds (RIF) (Up to $10,000)

Angela Burda (Communication Science & Disorders) & Stephen Hughes (Computer Science)
Curtiss Hanson (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Tim Kidd (Physics)
Kirk Manfredi (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Vicki Oleson (Mathematics/Center for Teaching & Learning Mathematics)
Aleksandar Poleksic (Computer Science)

Do you know students who are involved in energy or other STEM-related research? Please encourage them to participate in the NSF EPSCoR annual meeting student poster contest to be held at UNI this summer.

CALL FOR POSTERS:
The UNI NSF EPSCoR cohort is soliciting UNI students to participate in the student poster competition at the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Annual All-Hands Meeting, which will be at UNI on July 23, 2013. This competition will allow UNI students to showcase their current or completed research and potentially earn a cash prize. This competition is open to any student currently enrolled or affiliated with an Iowa institution of education. This is a great opportunity for UNI student researchers to get statewide recognition for their STEM-related or energy focused research.

For more information, visit http://iowaepscor.org/posters.

The mission of Iowa NSF EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is to establish Iowa as the leader of the worldwide transition in energy supply from fossil energy stores to harnessing renewable energy flows in the biosphere. It also aims to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. 

For more information on NSF EPSCoR visit http://iowaepscor.org/.

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number EPS-1101284.

Receive monthly funding opportunity announcements by subscribing to the RSP-PreAward list.

Anyone interested in research involving human participants should send an email to Anita Gordon at anita.gordon@uni.edu and ask to be included in the RSP-IRB list.

Receive news and information related to managing a sponsored project at RSP-Postaward list.

This two-session hands-on grant seeking workshop will provide strategies for grant seeking from both public and private funding sources and take participants through sample searches in key grants databases. The workshop will be offered twice -  in March (3/11 & 3/13 from 3:00-4:00 PM) and in April (4/2 & 4/4 from 3:30-4:30 PM). All workshop sessions will be in held in Studio IT - ITT 138.

Session 1 of the workshops (3/11 & 4/2) will cover public funding sources and utilize the Grants Resource Center and Grants.gov databases; Session 2 (3/13 & 4/4) will cover private funding sources and utilize the Foundation Center Directory database. A portion of each session will be set aside for participants to conduct their own searches with RSP/UNI Foundation assistance.

RSVP

Computer space for these sessions is limited. Please RSVP to Hillery.oberle@uni.edu.  Be sure to indicate which sessions you plan to attend.

Questions?

Please contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will provide a brief overview of changes to the National Science Foundation proposal process on Wednesday Feb 27th from 12-1 pm in the State College Room, Maucker Union.

All faculty and administrators are invited to a pre-symposium reading discussion group that will meet February 1 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. The reading group will discuss "Evaluating Scholarship Performance: Traditional and Emergent Assessment Templates" by John Braxton and Marietta Del Favero. Drs. Al Hays and Michelle Tichy will facilitate the reading discussion on the topic of assessing scholarship in the university. For questions or to RSVP, contact christine.twait@uni.edu.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the Regents Innovation Fund 2013 Faculty and Staff Research Grants Program. The purpose of the Technology Transfer Grants is to provide seed money for late-stage product or process development with the greatest potential for commercialization. Proof of concept projects will be considered but priority will be given to projects closer to commercial application. Priority will be given to projects in Iowa’s targeted clusters: Bioscience, Information Solutions (including educational technologies), and Advanced Manufacturing.

The request for proposals and application guidelines are available now.

The National Science Foundation has issued a new version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). New guidelines, including changes in FastLane, are effective for proposals due on or after January 14, 2013. NSF has posted a summary of changes as well as FAQs. For more information contact Hillery Oberle or Sarah Bridges.

The first round of consideration begins October 21, 2013 for the Iowa NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program. There are three types of grants available as part of this program: Travel Grants, Research Grants, and Partnership Development Grants. 

Please review the RID Request for Proposals for more detailed information.

Contact Sarah Bridges or Hillery Oberle in RSP if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity.

Due to the limit on the number of proposals institutions may submit to NSF's Major Instrumentation Program (MRI), OSP will conduct an internal selection of UNI proposals. Those interested must submit summary materials for their proposed projects by the internal deadline of November 5, 2012; see instructions below. OSP will convene a committee to review and select the proposals to be put forth.

Institutional submission limit: 3 proposals (2 acquisition and 1 development)

Internal Deadline: 12:00 noon on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Instructions: Review the NSF MRI program solicitation carefully. Proposed projects must fit the program guidelines. We encourage you to contact the NSF program director to verify your project's suitability or answer any questions about your project prior to submitting proposals for the internal selection. Any information from NSF program directors should accompany your pre-proposal.

Internal reviewers will be using the following review criteria: UNI NSF MRI Review Form.

Include the following components in your Internal NSF MRI Pre-Proposal:

1)     Cover Sheet

  • Complete NSF MRI Pre-Proposal Cover Sheet
  • PI/PD and Department Head signatures required

2)     Project Narrative (5-page limit, not including references cited)

  • Listing of all PIs, Co-PIs and senior personnel who will be primary users of the instrumentation. For each person, describe their roles and responsibilities
  • Description of equipment to be requested
  • Brief descriptions of primary research projects that will be enhanced by acquisition of equipment, including the level of student involvement in each project and the sources of funding (current or planned submissions) that support the research
  • One paragraph summarizing the Intellectual Merit of the proposal
  • One paragraph describing the Broader Impacts of the proposal
  • Discussion of how the equipment will enhance research and research training at UNI
  • Justification of need
  • Description of secondary UNI users, collaborations, outside users

Note: If you are re-submitting an NSF MRI proposal, please include reviewer comments from your previous submission. Include up to 1 additional page outlining plans for addressing reviewer comments.

3)     Biosketch for PI, Co-PIs and Senior Personnel

  • Please complete NSF Biosketch template
  • 2-page limit per person

4)     Current and Pending Support for PI, Co-PIs and Senior Personnel

  • Please fill out NSF Current and Pending template

Submit summaries to: sarah.bridges@uni.edu Include "NSF MRI" in the subject line.

Selection Notification: by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 16. (Full proposal deadline: Thursday, January 24, 2013)

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the NSF MRI program, please contact Sarah Bridges at 3-6482 or sarah.bridges@uni.edu.

Dr. Clark Wolf, the Director of the Iowa State University Bioethics program, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Political Science, and an expert in research ethics, will present the lecture "Ethics in Science Communications" on October 25th, at 5:00 pm, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME).  Dr. Wolf is a co-investigator on a NSF grant focused on science communications.  He will lecture on ethical issues involved in how scientists communicate with the public about their research. This event is being co-sponsored by OSP and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Plan to attend the final session in a series of International Funding Opportunity Workshops, presented by the Offices of International Programs and Sponsored Programs:

US Agency for International Development (USAID) – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3 pm University Room MAU

This workshop will review USAID's grant programs as well as contracting and consulting opportunitities. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please go to www.uni.edu/internationalprograms or e-mail oip@uni.edu

Representatives from the Iowa Energy Center will be visiting UNI to provide an overview of their funding opportunities and answer questions from UNI faculty and staff. Join us on Tuesday, October 2nd from 3:00-5:00 in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union to learn more.

Workshop Agenda

3:00-3:10 Introductions

3:10-4:00 presentation by Iowa Energy Center's Chitra Rajan and Keith Kutz

  • About IEC
  • Overview of IEC grant opportunities
  • Types of projects or programs IEC funds
  • Tips for writing a successful IEC grant application
  • Description of application and review process

4:00-5:00 question and answer

Questions? Contact Sarah Bridges at sarah.bridges@uni.edu or 273-6482.

The Office of Sponsored Programs, Graduate College and Honors program will present four academic ethics training workshops during the Fall 2012 semester. Registration is required. For workshop descriptions and registration information, see: Fall Training Academic Ethics

For more information, please contact Anita Gordon at anita.gordon@uni.edu or 319-273-6148.

Grants of up to $1,500 for the summer of 2012 are being supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR program (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research).  Iowa’s NSF EPSCoR project is a collaborative effort of the three regent universities and a variety of other partners to enhance research capacity and promote the development of a diverse workforce in STEM across the state.  Additional small grant funding is anticipated from this program in future years. 

Proposals will be accepted on a continuing basis until July 15, 2012 or until funds are exhausted.  Proposal expenses should be incurred by Aug. 31, 2012 if at all possible    

Eligibility and Purpose

All tenured and tenure-track faculty at UNI may apply for funding.  The purpose of this funding is to support research and development activities at UNI and to enhance the ability of faculty to apply for external funding, particularly to the National Science Foundation.  Junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply. 

Grants of up to $1,500 may be requested to support any of the following activities:

  • Funding to support pilot study
  • Travel to a state or national conference to network with specific individuals about your own research agenda
  • Travel to meet with a new potential collaborator or mentor from another institution (or pay his/her travel to come to UNI)
  • Attend external grant-writing training
  • Visit NSF program officer
  • Peer review of grant proposal by an external researcher or other expert
  • Other activity that can be demonstrated to further your professional development as a researcher in one of the mission areas of NSF

The types of costs that may be incurred are, for example, small equipment, supplies, subject stipends, travel costs, conference registrations, data analysis, technical support, grant review fees, workshop or training fees, student research assistance wages.  Funding cannot be used for faculty and staff salaries and wages. 

Proposal Contents and Review Process

Applicants must write a brief narrative (1-2 pages) describing your intended use of the funds and how it will support your professional development in NSF areas of research.  Be sure to note how much funding you need and how you will spend it.  The narrative must include some background on where you are in your career as a scholar, your research agenda, and your progress to date in developing proposals and securing external funding.  If you will be using the funds to meet someone, or to obtain a peer review, you must include information about that individual and why you have chosen him/her.  Your application is more likely to be funded if you provide sufficient detail for others to understand the value of the activity to you at this particular point in time.

Recommendations for funding will be made by OSP staff to the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, who will make the final decision on all awards within 7-10 days.  

Follow-Up Report

All awardees must submit a written report of 1-2 pages describing the outcomes of the project no later than 30 days after the activity or end of the project.  A copy of the report must be submitted to each appropriate Department Head, College Dean, and the OSP office.  Failure to submit the report on time may make the recipient ineligible for future internal seed funding.

Questions and Submission Contact

Please direct questions, submissions, and follow-up reports to Anita Gordon, OSP Director of Research Services, at anita.gordon@uni.edu

The Office of Sponsored Programs wants to know: Have you served as a grant reviewer? Do you want to become one? It is a great way to prepare for a successful grant submission. Those with grant review experience are a valuable asset to the campus community. Please take a moment to fill out our Grant Reviewer form.

More information on review opportunities and the benefits of serving as a grant reviewer are at: Serving as a Grant Reviewer

A workshop on how to prepare summer PAFs will be presented on Thursday April 5, 2012 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in room 109 of the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). No reservations are required. For more information, contact Michele Mullings-Shand at 3-6418 or email her at michele.mullings-shand@uni.edu.

Faculty and staff interested in pursuing funding through private foundations should plan to attend a workshop on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). Learn about the various types of private foundations and how to seek funding from these sources. The session will also include a panel of local charitable foundation representatives.
This workshop is presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs and the UNI Foundation.
RSVPs are appreciated and should be directed to Alli Ingman at alli.ingman@uni.edu

UNI faculty and staff are encouraged to consider preparing proposals for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) program. The TUES Program deadline is May 28, 2012.

Program Description:

The TUES program "...seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. This solicitation especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. Thus transferability and dissemination are critical aspects for projects developing instructional materials and methods and should be considered throughout the project's lifetime.  More advanced projects should involve efforts to facilitate adaptation at other sites.

The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning. 

It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning.

It also supports projects that further the work of the program itself, for example, synthesis and dissemination of findings across the program. The program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects."

For more information, see the NSF program description page and the grant solication:

NSF TUES Program Description and Prior Awards

Current TUES Soliciation

OSP Timeline and Checklist for TUES submissions

Select Abstracts for Funded TUES Type I Projects

For questions and/or if you are interested in applying to the TUES program, please contact Hillery Oberle or Sarah Bridges.

The NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) is now accepting white papers proposing a new base program at UNI. The deadline for papers is Feb. 20, 2012. Base Program funding will provide approximately $70,000 over 3 years; a 1:1 match of non-federal inkind or cash funds is required. More information on the base program and the proposal requirements are available in the request for proposals.

Please contact Hillery Oberle at 273-3961 if you are interested in applying.

Training for faculty and staff on the Export Control laws will be held Tuesday, November 8th, 1:00-2:30 pm in the Elm Room, MAU.  These laws govern the sharing of information, equipment, software, or knowledge with people from other countries.  Individuals involved with sensitive technical research, special software or equipment, or international activities are most encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP by November 7th to anita.gordon@uni.edu. Go to Export Controls for more information on export controls resources at UNI.

The Black Hawk County Gaming Association now requires a letter of intent as the first step in its grant application process. To correspond with the changes in the BHCGA requirements, UNI's internal selection process for BHCGA applications now requires a one-page project summary, including a total project budget with amount requested from BHCGA and contributed from other sources, be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs one month prior to the BHCGA deadline.  The internal selection deadlines are: Nov. 1, Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1. See BHCGA Submission Policy for instructions on how to apply.

UNI applicants with letter of intent requests deemed appropriate and meeting BHCGA grant guidelines will be invited to submit full applications for BHCGA funding.

For more information on BHCGA grants, see: Black Hawk County Gaming Association

If you are interesting in applying or have questions about the Black Hawk County Gaming Association grants, please contact Hillery Oberle.

The Request for Proposals for this year's Title II Grant Programs is now available from the Iowa Board of Regents. The Title II Programs include Title IIA - Improving Teacher Quality State Grants and Title IIB - Mathematics and Science Partnership Programs.  Required letters of intent for the program are due Nov. 17, 2011; proposals are due Jan. 20, 2012.

OSP will lead an information session on the Title II programs Monday, Oct. 24 at 12:00 p.m. in the Old Gold Room - Maucker Union.

RSVP appreciated, but not required.  Feel bring to bring a lunch.

Contact Hillery Oberle for more information on the session or on the Title II programs.

OSP will host a webinar on the National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) grant program Friday, Oct. 28 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the OSP conference room - 213 East Bartlett Hall.

The deadline for DR K-12 proposals is Jan. 10, 2012, with required Letters of Intent due Nov. 17, 2011. See more information on the program at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11588/nsf11588.htm

RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

Contact Hillery Oberle for more information on the webinar or on the DR K-12 program.

OSP will lead an information session on the recently announced NSF Discovery Research K-12 program Friday, Oct. 7 at 12:00 p.m. in the OSP conference room - 213 East Bartlett Hall.

DR K-12 is a terrific fit for much of our UNI research and work in STEM (and broader) education, including teacher education.  See more information on the program at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11588/nsf11588.htm

We will review the DR K-12 program and discuss timelines and strategies for putting together a proposal by the January deadline.  RSVP appreciated, but not required.  Feel bring to bring a lunch.

Contact Hillery Oberle for more information on the session or on the DR K-12 program.

Whether you're new to UNI or a long-time employee, we invite you to stop by, meet our staff, and learn about the programs and services offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

The Open House will be Monday, October 10th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in 213 East Bartlett Hall.

While you're here, visit our neighbors in Bartlett Hall - the Center for Teaching and Learning
Mathematics (CTLM) and the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) - and learn about the great work these programs are doing as well.

To find our offices: East Bartlett Hall is on W. 23rd Street (across from the multi-model parking facility). You can enter East Bartlett Hall from the south, east or north entrances. Take the elevator or east stairway to the 2nd floor.

We look forward to seeing you on October 10th!

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Oak Room - Maucker Union OSP will host the webinar: NIH Reviewers' Perspectives on the Peer Review Process. This web conference will include an overview of how National Institutes of Health proposals are scored, along with a mock panel review of three NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (R15) grant proposals. 

Session Moderator:
Mathilda Harris, Director, Grant Training Center

Presenters:
Catherine Campbell, Principal Molecular Biologist,Noblis
Fatah Kasanchi, Director of Research, Biomedical Research Laboratory, and Professor of Microbiology, George Mason University
Sergei Nekhai, Research Scientist, Center for Sickle Cell Disease, College of Medicine, Howard University

Please join us! RVSP appreciated to Sarah Bridges.

If you are unable to but would like to receive more information about this session please contact Sarah Bridges.

The NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Curriculum Development Program will award up to $4,000 for projects to develop or utilize new/innovative approaches to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and instruction in a university or community college setting through project based course development, capstone courses, curriculm or course re-design. Approaches should utilize NASA-related content or emerging NASA developed technology.

Curriculum Development Program proposals are due Friday, Sept. 2 at 4:00 p.m.  For more information on the program and for instructions on applying see the ISGC Curriculum Development Program Request for Proposals. For additional information and to plan to submit a proposal, contact Hillery Oberle at 273-3961 or Sarah Bridges at 273-6482.

The Iowa NASA EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) announces the second annual Iowa competition to select two research proposals for the opportunity to submit proposals in response to the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN). The maximum funding request per proposal is $750,000 to be expended over a 3-year period.

The Iowa NASA EPSCoR process provides support through collaborations, travel, fellowships and research in order to build up a cadre of principal investigators who can submit competivitive NASA research proposals that help state-wide research competitiveness and economic development.

Iowa NASA EPSCoR concept papers are due Sept. 6, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. See the Iowa NASA EPSCoR Request for Proposals for more information and instructions for applying.  Contact Hillery Oberle or Sarah Bridges for additional information or to plan a submission.

Plan to join us Thursday, Sept. 27th from 4:00 p.m to 6:30 p.m. in The Commons for Campus Connexus. Come to meet new colleagues, share your scholarly interests and form new collaborations. Visit our Campus Connexus page for more details and to register. Registration is required by Sept. 19th. For questions, please contact Sarah Bridges

When preparing proposal budgets, please use the new FY11-12 fringe benefit rates, published June 30, 2011.  The new rates along with updated budget templates are available at Budget Development or contact OSP for assistance with budget preparation.

Registration for the IRB Training and Ethics in Scholarship for Graduate Students Workshop is now open.

Three key events are being held for graduate students this fall, sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs and/or the Graduate College.

Graduate Student Information Meeting

 

Wednesday, August 24th, 2:45-4:30 pm, Maucker Union Central Ballroom
RSVP not required
The Graduate College will hold the annual Graduate Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 24th, 3:00-4:30 pm, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom.  A Resource Fair will lead off the event, followed by presentations and a student panel.  Please encourage all incoming graduate students to attend this event.  Contact Susan Schwieger  for further information. 

 

IRB Training 

 

Wednesday, September 21st, 2:00-4:00 pm, Maucker Union Central Ballroom
Registration by September 7th recommended
The Institutional Review Board will offer a training in human subjects protections on Wednesday, September 21st, 2:00-4:00 pm, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom.  The training is being offered in support of graduate student research, but all faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.  The session will cover ethical principles in research involving humans, federal regulations, and UNI IRB review process and procedures.  A training certificate will be provided to attendees, which will satisfy the training requirement for researchers submitting their first application for IRB review.  Anyone interested in attending may RSVP no later than September 7th, by completing a brief webform.

 

Ethics in Scholarship for Graduate Students Workshop

 

Monday, October 3rd, 2:00-4:30 pm in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom
Registration by September 7th required
A workshop to help new graduate students become acquainted with the important ethical issues involved graduate-level academic work will be held Monday, October 3rd, 2:00-4:30 pm, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom.  All new and current graduate students are welcome to attend.  The workshop will be led by UNI faculty and advanced graduate students, to include presentation, role play and/or case study discussion.  The focus topics will be Student/mentor Relationships and Respecting Ownership of Intellectual/Creative Works.   (Please note this workshop will not include training specifically related to human subjects.)   A training certificate will be provided to attendees.  Anyone interested in attending must RSVP no later than September 7th, by completing a brief webform.

 

Faculty Help Requested. 

For the ethics workshop, faculty in each discipline/department are being sought to work with the planning committee in the following ways:  1) volunteer to serve as a table/case study facilitator at the event; 2) identify an advanced graduate student who might be interested in helping out at tables or in role plays; 3) announcing in classes and offering student incentives (e.g., assignment credit) for attending the workshop; and 4) incorporating follow-up information from the workshop into fall semester coursework and/or seminars.  If you are willing and able to help in any of these ways, please send an email to Anita Gordon, and additional information will then be provided as it become available. 

 

On September 29th, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the Office of Sponsored Programs will host Campus Connexus. More information on registration will be announced in August 2011. Connexus is a great way to build professional and scholarly ties across campus in an informal social setting. 

The PI Database, housed in the Office of Sponsored Programs, allows faculty and staff to share their interests and expertise with colleagues and Iowa's businesses and organizations. University Relations partnered with OSP to allow faculty and staff to indicate their willingness to speak to media and the topics they can address. Faculty and staff are encouraged to search the PI Database for their profile, and if one doesn't exist to create one. For additional information, contact Stacey Christensen, 273-3170, or Anita Gordon, 273-6148.

If you are traveling abroad this summer please take a look at our new informational page on Export Controls and international travel. It is also available as a travel information handout to use while planning for your foreign travel.

When preparing proposal budgets, please use the new graduate assistantship and tuition rates and new preliminary FY11-12 fringe benefit rates. The new rates along with updated budget templates are available at Budget Development or contact OSP for assistance with budget preparation.

The Office of Sponsored Programs will host a three-part Research Funding Opportunities webinar series by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES). The first webinar, Basic Overview Session, will be Tuesday, April 5 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in 213 East Bartlett Hall. During this first webinar, IES staff will provide a general overview of IES, NCSER and NCER research topics, the IES goal structure, and the peer review process.

The second webinar in the series, Grant Writing Workshop, will be Tuesday, April 19 from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Oak Room of Maucker Union.  

The third webinar will provide an overview of the Application Process, Monday, May 2 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in 205 SEC (COE Dean's Conference Room).

For more information on the IES webinar series or to register to view the webinars individually, see: IES Funding Opportunities Webinar Series  Or contact Hillery Oberle at 273-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu

There is still room available for anyone who is interested in attending the post award management workshops. The next workshop is April 19 at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Lori Miller.

2011 Scholars in Action Research Symposium participants may find ties between Dr. Robert Bringle's work and the topics discussed during the recent Symposium. As part of a series of upcoming events May 12 and 13 sponsored by the American Democracy Project (ADP) and the Provost's office on community engagement and service learning, Dr. Bringle (Indiana University/Purdue University) will speak on "University Reward Systems" at 9:00 AM Friday, May 13 in the University Room, Maucker Union.  For more information on Dr. Bringle's visit or to RSVP, contact Gerri Perrault at geraldine.perrault@uni.edu or 3-6898.

The Office of Sponsored Programs announces the 2011 Grow Iowa Values Fund Technology Transfer Grant Competition. The purpose of the Technology Transfer Grants is to provide seed money for late-stage product or process development with the greatest potential for commercialization. Proof of concept projects will be considered but priority will be given to projects closer to commercial application.  Priority will be given to projects in Iowa’s targeted clusters: Bioscience, Information Technology (including educational technologies), and Advanced Manufacturing. The request for proposals and application guidelines are available at: http://www.uni.edu/osp/2011-grow-iowa-values-fund

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Sponsored Programs announce 16 grant awards in the UNI Seed Grant Competition. Selected by peer review, the seed grants will support research and creative activities leading to external funding proposals. Seed Grant recipients and their projects are listed at:http://www.uni.edu/osp/2010-internal-seed-grant-recipients

Thursday, Feb. 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Elm Room - Maucker Union OSP will host the webinar: Navigating NIH Programs for Early Research Careers:  Key Tips and Strategies. This web conference will be geared toward investigators who are planning or developing their own independent research programs. NIH has a range of career development awards and other funding mechanisms tailored for specific groups of individuals and purposes. Deciding which to choose is often a source of confusion and frustration. NIH program staff can help you navigate these choices and develop grant applications that will have a better chance of success.   The webinar speaker, NIH's Dr. Dennis Twombly, will provide an overview of early career funding opportunities and offer tips and strategies for establishing a thriving research program. Some of the topics to be presented include:

• Career development (K) awards for basic scientists and clinicians:  which to choose (often applicants are eligible for more than one type of award)
• NIH Career Transition Awards:  K22 and K99-R00 awards
• How to get your research program started:   Apply for small/developmental grants (R15/R03/R21) or try for a full R01?  
• Grant programs for New Investigators and Early Stage Investigators:  Options you can’t afford to ignore
• Recent changes in the peer review process:  New review criteria and new scoring system

There should be an opportunity to submit questions to the speaker.

Speaker: Dennis A. Twombly, Extramural Training Officer and Deputy Director, Office of Extramural Policy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Please join us! RVSP appreciated to Hillery Oberle

*** If you can't attend the scheduled webinar time, we do anticipate having a recorded version of this webinar. Contact Hillery Oberle if you are interested in receiving a copy of the webinar at a later date.

Please note recent mileage reimbursement rate when preparing or revising budgets.  Effective Jan. 1, 2011: The university mileage reimbursement rate follows the U.S. General Services Administration, per Board of Regent policy, and has recently increased from 50 cents to 51 cents for travel occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2011. The reimbursement rate for driving a personal vehicle when a motor pool vehicle is available has decreased from $.285 to 19 cents per mile. Refer to the Travel Guidelines (http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml) on the Business Operations website for complete details.

Due to the limit on the number of proposals institutions may submit to NSF's Major Instrumentation Program (MRI), OSP will conduct an internal selection of UNI proposals. Those interested must submit summary materials for their proposed projects by the internal deadline of December 5, 2011; see instructions below. OSP will convene a committee to review and select the proposals to be put forth.

Institutional submission limit: 3 proposals (2 acquisition and 1 development)

Internal Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 5, 2011.

Instructions: Please submit a three-page summary of your proposed project that includes the following sections:

Personnel and Budget

  • Listing of all PIs, Co-PIs and senior personnel who will be primary users of the instrumentation.  For each person, describe the roles, responsibilities and plan for funding research/projects that will be enabled by the instrumentation.
  • an estimated total project cost
  • indicate if this is an acquisition or development project

Project Summary

  • a description of the requested equipment
  • how the equipment will enhance research and research training at UNI
  • a justification of the need
  • any additional secondary users 

If you are re-submitting an NSF MRI proposal, please include reviewer comments from your previous submission and a paragraph describing how you plan to address those comments in your resubmission.

Review the NSF MRI program solicitation carefully. Proposed projects must fit the program guidelines. We encourage you to contact the NSF program director to verify your project's suitability or answer any questions about your project prior to submitting proposals for the internal selection. Any  information from NSF program directors should accompany your three-page summary.

Submit summaries to: sarah.bridges@uni.edu Include "NSF MRI" in the subject line.

Selection Notification: by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 13. (Full proposal deadline: Thursday, January 26, 2012)

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the NSF MRI program, please contact Sarah Bridges at 3-6482 or sarah.bridges@uni.edu.

Thinking about submitting an application to the UNI Seed Grant Competition? OSP will host three information sessions on the Seed Grants:

Session #1: Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 2:00 in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union.

Session #2: Thursday, Dec. 2 at 11:00 in the Schindler Education Center, Room 244/245.

Session #3: Thursday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union.

Staff will answer questions and suggest grant seeking strategies. For more information, see: http://www.uni.edu/osp/osp-seed-grant

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce the availability of three categories of seed funding for research and related projects by UNI faculty and staff to be undertaken in 2011-12. For more information: UNI  Seed Grant Competition

Reviewing competitive proposals for a federal, state or private granting organization is one of the best ways to improve your grantsmanship. And becoming a reviewer is easy! Visit OSP's new page - Serving as a Grant Reviewer - for more information on the review process and how to sign up to become a reviewer. OSP also is seeking any UNI faculty and staff with prior grant reviewing experience. Please contact Hillery Oberle if you've previously served as a reviewer.

Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 1:00 p.m., the Office of Sponsored Programs will present a web conference featuring the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  George Wimberly, Director of Social Justice and Professional Development, will discuss AERA’s various education research and fellowship opportunities, and will provide advice on how to develop a successful AERA proposal. Anyone interested in pursuing education research opportunities beyond the U.S. Department of Education is encouraged to attend. The web conference will be held in 213 East Bartlett Hall. For more information or to RSVP, contact Hillery Oberle. RSVP appreciated.

Plan to join us Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Maucker Union.  Come to learn about research and creative activities of UNI faculty and staff; engage with your colleagues throughout campus; develop collaborative relationships; and examine current issues in higher education.  For more information and to register, see: the 2011 Research Symposium website. For questions regarding the conference contact Anita Gordon.

The Foundation Directory Online is a new grant seeking tool now available to all UNI users. The Directory, produced by the Foundation Center, is a searchable database of nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and 2.1 million recently award grants. The Directory is accessible through OSP's website or through the Rod Library website 24/7 from any location. Off-campus users will be prompted for their CatID.

For questions about the database or for training on the database, contact OSP at 273-3217. Additional training opportunities will be available through Rod Library.

Additional grant searching databases and tools are available through OSP's Grant Databases page.

The Foundation Directory Online database is funded jointly by three campus units: Rob Library, Office of Sponsored Programs, and the UNI Foundation.

OSP will present a series of virtual conference sessions from the Grants Resource Center's (GRC) 2010 External Funding Conference, Monday, Aug. 23-Wednesday, Aug. 25.  UNI faculty and staff are invited to attend any or all of the virtual sessions.  All sessions will be presented in the Office of Sponsored Programs (213 East Bartlett Hall) unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact OSP at 273-3217.

Schedule of sessions:

Monday, Aug. 23

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Keynote I: Teacher Education Policy Overview
With the pending reauthorization of the Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as No Child Left Behind, change is definitely coming in Washington.  In this session, the speaker will give perspectives on how this upcoming policy change will affect teacher education programs over the next several years.
Presenter:
Gary Huggins, Director of the Commission on No Child Left Behind, Aspen Institute (invited)

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Keynote II: Science Policy and Funding
With the pending reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act comes debate on which agencies (the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and National Institutes of Standards and Technology) and topics (climate change, STEM education, national defense, healthcare, and innovation) will take greatest priority. This session will describe the expectations for discretionary science funding during the next two fiscal years, followed by agency and field perspectives on grants administration.
Presenters:
David Blockstein, Senior Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment
Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Tuesday, Aug. 24

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Foundation Center: Trends in Private Giving
The speaker will discuss one of philanthropy's largest and growing sources of funding, private foundations. She also will demonstrate some of the tools and resources available for institutions to work with to find private funding opportunities that meet their needs.
Presenter:
Patricia Pasqual, Director of the DC Office of the Foundation Center

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions:

NIH and NSF Social and Behavioral Sciences Research
Because there is no U.S. Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, finding support for projects in these areas is not often obvious. There are, however, divisions within the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, that promote funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research.
Presenters:
Ron Abeles, Office of the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health
Fahmida Chowdhurry, Program Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation

Overview of NIJ Grant Programs
The National Institute of Justice is the primary research office of the U.S. Department of Justice.  This session will explore the myriad opportunities available within NIJ, including pending priorities for FY 11.
Presenter:
Angela Moore, Division Director, Justice Systems Research Division, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

International Research and Educational Partnerships in Developing Countries
As the world becomes increasingly global, many organizations are providing a myriad of international funding opportunities for IHEs. The session will highlight opportunities provided by NIH's Fogarty International Center, which promotes health-related research funding to the developing world. The session will also highlight funding opportunities from Higher Education for Development, which coordinates the engagement of the higher education community to address development challenges.
Presenters:
Jeanne McDermott, Program Officer, Division of International Training and Research, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health
Roy Zimmermann, Director, Programs, Higher Education for Development

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

ONR's Support for STEM Education
The Office of Naval Research recently released a program announcement in support of education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The speaker will address, among other things, ONR's support for teacher STEM education and training.
Presenter:
Anthony Junior, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)

Wednesday, Aug. 25

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

What's New With TRIO: Member-Led Q&A
Application delays, new five-year cycle, Upward Bound evaluation debacle...TRIO has been entangled in more than its share of controversies over the last few years.  But, TRIO is still the hallmark of the U.S. Department of Education. This general session will be an informal opportunity for participants to ask questions and generate discussion about upcoming TRIO program competitions and what to expect in the future with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
Presenters: 
Virginia Pinkney, Senior Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Gaby Watts, Program Officer, U.S. Department of Education

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

NSF Policy Update
Presenter:
Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support, National Science Foundation

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Leveraging Grant Awards
Successful proposal development efforts advance investigators' careers, enhance student learning, and improve the institution as a whole. But one-time funding such as Recovery Act awards, challenge grants, and construction grants demand efforts to leverage the funding strategically and, often, creatively. Participants in this session will learn transferrable, adaptable strategies for spotting opportunities to leverage funding, working through institutional channels, and providing research and sponsored programs leadership to extend the impact of grant awards.
Presenter:
Teresa Wilke, Director of Grant Development, Southeast Missouri State University

 

OSP will host a web conference on the recently announced U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive Program at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 in 213 East Bartlett Hall. The FIPSE program supports and disseminates innovative projects that improve the quality of postsecondary education and increase student access. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Hillery Oberle.

The FIPSE program deadline is July 29, 2010. For more information on this opportunity, see: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fipsecomp/index.html Please contact a Grant Specialist - Hillery Oberle or Sarah Bridges - if you are interested in applying.

Come to the Office of Sponsored Programs for an informational web conference on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding opportunities Tuesday June 29, 2010 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  This web conference will be hosted by the Grants Resource Center.  The session will be led by Marva King, team leader of the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program.  Information will be presented about CARE and other EPA funding opportunities, as well as strategies for forming community environmental partnerships and the EPA proposal review process.

For more information or to RSVP contact sarah.bridges@uni.edu.

Access to new Grants Resource Center informational resources is now available through OSP's website, see: Finding Funding. The Grants Resource Center (GRC), a service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), offers timely informational services on sponsored funding from both private and public sources. UNI is a subscribing member of the GRC.

In addition to the informative GRC website, the Center publishes three newsletters, 13 times a month, highlighting funding opportunities in higher education.  Links to these publications - GrantWeek, GRC Bulletin, and Deadlines - and the GRC website are now at: Finding Funding.

These publications are terrific resources for tracking of upcoming funding opportunities, but also for keeping up-to-date on agencies, funding programs, and federal regulations, as well as learning new strategies for grant competitiveness.

Please contact us at osp@uni.edu if you have any questions or comments on these new resources.

Please come to OSP at 1:00 pm May 20, 2010 for an informational web conference hosted by the Grants Resource Center on National Institutes of Health grant applications.  This session will include information on the NIH application requirements and advice about how to develop a competitive grant application.  For more information or to RSVP contact Sarah Bridges at sarah.bridges@uni.edu or 3-6482.

 

Please join us from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Ramanathan Sugumaran has been named the new director of the NASA-Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), shifting the ISGC leadership from ISU to UNI. Sugumaran ("Sugu") will present an overview of the ISGC, its mission, programs and the opportunities it offers UNI faculty, research staff and students. You will also learn about the Iowa NASA EPSCoR program that UNI leads as well.  With the submission of just a two-page concept paper in the fall, you could earn a $20,000 summer research fellowship.  We submitted only one this past fall and that one submission was selected for a fellowship.  If you want to learn more about how NASA's priorities might fit your research interests, please review the enclosed links.  Climate change, for instance, is a NASA research priority.  You might just be surprised by the fit that exists.

Visit http://www.ia.spacegrant.org/ for more information on the ISGC. To RSVP or for more information, contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 3-3961.

Come to OSP (213 E. Bartlett) Thursday April 15th from 1:00-2:30 to learn more about the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).  

In late March, AFRI released requests for applications for six of its seven challenge areas, each of which supports an average of 10 programs. As the replacement for the USDA National Research Initiative, AFRI funds research, education, and extension projects that address key challenges in sustaining agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, biotechnology, and conventional breeding.
 
USDA Competitive Programs Specialist Pushpa Kathir will lead this web conference. Kathir will provide ARFI program details as well as advice for preparing effective letters of intent and proposals.

For more information email Sarah Bridges or call 3-6482.

Please join OSP April 22nd from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the Presidential Rm of Maucker Union for an informational web conference hosted by the Grants Resource Center on NSF's Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science program. This is a great way to learn more about this funding opportunity.  Please RSVP to Sarah Bridges or call 3-6482.  Read on for more information . . . 

The NSF's Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program has been renamed the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) program.  Along with the name change there have been modifications to the program objectives and review criteria.  The Office of Sponsored Programs has registered for an informational web conference hosted by the Grants Resource Center.  This session will include a presentation by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) program director Russell Pimmel, who will provide a detailed description of the TUES solicitation, including its increased emphasis on transformation, transferability, and dissemination.  There will be two additional presentations by frequent CCLI review panel members.

This program is meant to develop and enhance undergraduate STEM education.  Projects can focus on: developing learning materials and strategies, implementing new instructional techniques, developing faculty expertise, assessing and evaluating student achievement, and/or conducting research on undergraduate STEM education and learning.  For more information see the full solicitation at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5741.

The deadline for Type I TUES proposals is May 26, 2010.  This session would be very helpful for those of you preparing submissions or resubmissions for this year.  This is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the program and begin planning for FY 11 or FY 12 submissions!

 

Curious what grants and fellowships are available for faculty and staff in the Humanities fields? Join OSP at one of two lunch-time information sessions on new and upcoming grant and fellowship opportunities in the Humanities, from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, April 19 and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20. Both sessions will be in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union. We will review grant and fellowship programs, such as those from the National Endowment for the Humanities and several private foundations, and recommend specific opportunities for UNI faculty and staff. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 3-3961.

Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26, OSP will host a series of live web conference sessions from the Grants Resource Center Proposal Development Workshop in Washington, D.C. UNI participants are welcome to join OSP staff for all or any of the sessions. Please RSVP to Sarah Bridges at 3-6482 or Sarah.Bridges@uni.edu if you are interested in attending.

All sessions will be held in the Office of Sponsored Programs, 213 East Bartlett Hall.

Web Conference Schedule:

Thursday, February 25, 2010

11:30 - 1:30: Responsible Conduct of Research

2:00 - 2:50: General Keynote Session - White House Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation

3:00 - 4:00: Federal Funding Outlook

Friday, February 26, 2010

7:30 - 8:30: Multi-Agency STEM Priority Programs

8:35 - 9:35: Foundation Center: National Education Stimulus Initiative

9:50 - 10:50: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Proposal Development Advice

12:30 - 1:30: Awardee Perspective: Revising a Declined Proposal

1:45 - 2:45: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR): How to Compete for Funding

3:00 - 4:00: Department of Energy (DOE) Support to Build a Green Workforce

 

Due to the limit on the number of proposals institutions may submit to NSF's Major Instrumentation Program (MRI), OSP will conduct an internal selection of UNI proposals. Those interested must submit summary materials for their proposed projects by the internal deadline of March 8; see instructions below. OSP will convene a committee to review and select the proposals to be put forth.

Institutional submission limit: 3 proposals (2 acquisition and 1 development)

Internal Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 8.

Instructions: Please submit a one-page summary of your proposed project. Your summary should include:

  • a description of the requested equipment;
  • how the equipment will enhance research and research training at UNI;
  • a justification of the need;
  • who will be the primary user(s) of the equipment;
  • any additional secondary users; 
  • an estimated total project cost; and
  • indicate if this is an acquisition or development project.

Review the NSF program solicitation carefully, see:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260 Proposed projects must fit the program guidelines. We encourage you to contact the NSF program director to verify your project's suitability or answer any questions about your project prior to submitting proposals for the internal selection. Such information from NSF program directors should accompany your one-page summaries to OSP.

Submit summaries to: osp@uni.edu Include "NSF MRI" in the subject line.

Selection Notification: by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 12. (Full proposal deadline: Wednesday, April 21)

Questions? Please contact Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu or Anita Gordon at 3-3961 or anita.gordon@uni.edu

The current round of IMSEP competitive grants has been suspended until further notice. Please contact Hillery Oberle (Hillery Oberle or 273-3961) with any questions.

OSP is pleased to welcome Sarah Bridges as a new Grant Specialist and addition to its staff. Sarah will assist with Pre-Award activities such as grant seeking, proposal preparation, budget development, and grant submissions. Sarah can be reached at: 273-6482 or sarah.bridges@uni.edu.

Duoc Nguyen, recently graduated with a UNI Master's degree in Psychology, has temporarily joined the OSP staff to assist us in developing new and updated policies and procedures in the area of research compliance.  Duoc will be working on human subjects, animal subjects, research misconduct, export controls, and other policy issues that are in need of updating to comply with ever-expanding federal regulations.  We are fortunate to have Duoc for the next six months to help out, and greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and dedication that he brings to the task.

Due to reduced operations during the December 24 - January 3 time period, please call 273-3217 to set an appointment with an OSP staff member or leave a message and one of our staff will return the call as soon as possible.

When preparing proposal budgets, please use the new preliminary FY10-11 fringe benefit rates, and FY10-11 graduate tuition and assistantship rates.  The new rates along with updated budget templates are available at Budget Development or contact OSP for assistance with budget preparation.

Please join OSP in welcoming our new Grants and Contracts Administrator, Paul Below. Paul brings more than 20 years of pre-award and post-award grants and contracts administration experience to his new position at UNI. His first day will be Monday, Nov. 16.

The Biology Department is the winner of OSP's October PI Database Update contest. 45% of Biology's faculty and research staff updated or created new profiles in the PI Database during the month of October. Kudos as well to Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology for their second place finish; and thank you to everyone who updated their database profiles.

For those who did not, profiles can still be created or updated at: http://www.uni.edu/osp/professional-interest-database

Read the latest Researcher Profile on Roy R. Behrens at: Researcher Profiles. This the fifth profile in the series by the Office of Sponsored Programs highlighting the exceptional research, scholarship and creative efforts of UNI faculty and staff.


Join us for a web conference on the National Institutes of Health AREA Program Thursday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. in 213 East Bartlett Hall. The AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) program focuses on supporting faculty research at campuses that have not received much NIH support in the past; the grants are designed to strengthen the research environment of the insitution and expose students to research. The web conference will be lead by NIH AREA Program Manager, Mary Ann Guadagno and will include a program overview as well as updates for 2010 applications. Please RSVP to Hillery Oberle.

The Request for Proposals for this year's Title II Grant Programs is now available from the Iowa Board of Regents. Required letters of intent for the program are due Nov. 20, 2009.  The Title II Programs include Title IIA - Improving Teacher Quality State Grants and Title IIB - Mathematics and Science Partnership Programs.  Please contact Hillery Oberle if you are interested in this funding opportunity or would like more information.

Join us for Institutional Review Board (IRB) 101: An Introduction to Human Participant Review for the UNI College of Business Administration, Wed. Oct. 21 from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in CBB room 28.  For more information, see OSP Training Opportunities.

OSP will present an informational session on the current grant opportunities with the Iowa Energy Center and the Iowa Power Fund Thursday, Sept. 24 from 12:00-1:00 PM in the SIAC Room in Maucker Union. Pre-proposals for research and demonstration projects from the Iowa Energy Center are due Oct. 23, 2009.  The next deadlines for the Iowa Power Fund are Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, 2009.  For more information on each sponsor and their grant programs, see: http://www.uni.edu/osp/state-programs  Or contact Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu.

This is the first proposal solicitation under the new Iowa NASA ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program since the state became ESPCoR eligible in December 2008.  The goal of this competition is to ultimately select up to two Iowa research proposals to be submitted to the next NASA EPSCoR research call for proposals.  The maximum NASA research award is $750,000 over three years. Concept papers for the first round of the Iowa NASA ESPCoR selection process are due Oct. 19, 2009.  See the Request for Proposals for complete instructions: NASA EPSCoR Request for Proposals

The powerpoint presentation slides from the pre-proposal preparation meetings, along with more information, are available at: Iowa NASA EPSCoR  Or contact Hillery Oberle in the Office of Sponsored Programs at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 3-3961.

- Registration is NOW FULL for the NSF Day workshop. -

The National Science Foundation will present a one-day workshop at the University of Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at the University of Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

This is a great opportunity for less experienced proposers to learn about NSF and its programs, as well as for more experienced grantees to hear updates on NSF's current priorities and on the State of Iowa's recent EPSCoR designation.  NSF staff will be available informally and in breakout sessions for discussions on potential research proposals.  More information and the workshop agenda is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=115411&org=NSF

Please contact Hillery Oberle (3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu) if you have additional questions or are interested in sharing transportation to the workshop.

UNI's new federally negotiated indirect cost rate is 31.5% of modified total direct costs for on-campus programs and 13.5% for off-campus programs. The new rate should be used for all projects with start dates of July 1, 2009 or later. Project directors with off-campus projects should contact OSP before calculating their indirect costs. The new rate agreement is available at: UNI Indirect Cost Rate Agreement 2009-13

Throughout May, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities through the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).  Information on the webinars is available at: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/index.asp  Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs (3-3217) for additional registration information

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Stimulus (ARRA) Funding Opportunities

For the most current ARRA funding announcements: 1) Go to www.grants.gov 2) From the middle of the page, select "Recovery Act Opportunities on Grants.gov" 3) Select the link to "Find Recovery Act Opportunities"