Sponsored Projects News and Announcements

R01 Application Guide Checklist for the SF424 R&R Application Guide July 25, 2011 Edition

April 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

This checklist is being offered by the Office of Sponsored Projects as a tool to assist PIs when preparing applications under the R01 funding mechanism for NIH and other PHS Agencies. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but it does highlight important information found on the SF 424 R&R Application Guide.

When responding to a specific RFA or PA which have specific application instructions, those instructions take precedence over conflicting instructions in the SF424 Application Guide. If there are any conflicts between this checklist and sponsor provided instructions or the application guide, sponsor-provided instruction and guides should be followed.

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NIH Posts R21 Funded Proposals

April 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which leads National Institutes of Health (NIH) efforts to provide proposal-writing resources, has posted four funded R21 proposals and accompanying summary statements online. These recent successful examples reflect the reduced NIH page limit. Each includes a one-page specific aims section, a 12-page research strategy, budget information, and biosketches of key personnel. While the proposals have an allergy/infectious disease research focus, they give researchers in all fields a view into excellent proposal development.

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What to Say and What Not to Say to Program Officers

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

 

Part of successful grantsmanship is to develop rapport with program officers in the areas where you typically submit proposals.  If you missed it, you might want to read the following article that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/article/What-to-Say-and-Not-Say-to/131282/

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NV NASA Space Grant Consortium Request for Proposals 2012

March 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off

 
The following RFP’s are now available through the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium website: 

Research Infrastructure RFP

Application deadline:April 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST

NVSGC is seeking to provide seed money to develop new avenues in Nevada for research projects, and programs that will ultimately result in new publications and/or research proposals from NASA. The aim is to build expertise and research infrastructure, as well as strengthen collaborations between the Nevada System of Higher Education personnel and NASA centers. NVSGC is specifically looking to support activities that effectively demonstrate progress from initial contact and collaborations with NASA research centers to more sustainable programs and activities that will result in the development of proposals being submitted to NASA by the end of the award period. Specifically, NVSGC is interested in:

- Collaboration Building

- Travel Grants (no foreign travel allowed)

- Small Proposal Development awards

Award: Education grant funding will be approximately $15,000 to $20,000 per project in federal funds (including indirect/F&A). A match of 1:1 is required. Proposed activities should not exceed a one-year period.

Submission Guidelines: Proposals must be submitted as one (1) PDF file and submitted via email to: nshespo@nshe.nevada.edu

The email subject line must state: NVSGC_RI_Proposal_your last name, for example:NVSGC_RI_Proposal_Jones

Download documents: NV NASA Space Grant RFPs

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Pre-College Educator RFP

Application deadline: April 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST

NVSGC strives to promote and increase the awareness, availability and use of NASA content based STEM materials for pre-college (K-12) and pre-service teachers, so they can effectively integrate these in their future teaching endeavors. The program is intended to enable teachers to inspire students from an early age to consider and prepare for a STEM career path.

Award: The education grant funding will be approximately $8,000 to $10,000 per project in federal funds (including indirect/F&A). A match of 1:1 is required. Proposed activities should not exceed a one-year period.  

Submission Guidelines: Proposals must be submitted as one (1) PDF file and submitted via email to: nshespo@nshe.nevada.edu

The email subject line must state: NVSGC_PreCol_Proposal_your last name, for example: NVSGC_PreCol_Proposal_Jones

Download documents: NV NASA Space Grant RFPs

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Informal Education RFP

Application deadline: April 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST

As part of the NVSGC mission, we endeavor to promote STEM literacy and encourage lifelong learning and social interaction, as well as to increase awareness and perceived importance of NASA’s missions through informal activities outside the formal classroom. Informal education activities must include at least two of the following:  

1. Supplemental materials/handouts

2. Staffing

3. Content delivered based on state educational standards and/or learning objectives

Award: The education grant funding will be approximately $3,000 to $5,000 per project in federal funds (including indirect/F&A). A match of 1:1 is required. Proposed activities should not exceed a one-year period.

Submission Guidelines: Proposals must be submitted as one (1) PDF file and submitted via email to:

nshespo@nshe.nevada.edu

The email subject line must state:

NVSGC_IE_Proposal_your name, for example: NVSGC_IE_Proposal_Jones
Download documents: NV NASA Space Grant RFPs

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Hands-on Training (HOT) RFP

Application deadline: April 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST

One of NVSGC’s objectives is to provide curricular and/or extracurricular programs where multiple students are involved in hands-on science or engineering and event-based activities that promotes teamwork and enhances the types of training extremely relevant to NASA and the STEM workforce. Through hands-on training students become more empowered to participate and engage in their own learning.

Award: The education grant funding will be approximately $25,000 to $35,000 per project in federal funds (including indirect/F&A). A match of 1:1 is required. Proposed activities should not exceed a one-year period.

Submission Guidelines: Proposals must be submitted as one (1) PDF file and submitted via email to:

nshespo@nshe.nevada.edu

The email subject line must state:

NVSGC_HOT_Proposal_your last name, for example:

NVSGC_HOT_Proposal_Jones

Download documents: NV NASA Space Grant RFPs

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Curricula Development RFP

Application deadline: April 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST

Through this program, NVSGC intends to establish new courses and/or infuse NASA related content within the Nevada System of Higher Education institution’s curricula. Specific targets include interdisciplinary classes utilizing or implementing NASA mission directorate content, as well as senior design courses and senior research projects. 

Award: The education grant funding will be approximately $3,000 to $4,000 per project in federal funds (including indirect/ F&A). A match of 1:1 is required. Proposed activities should not exceed a one-year period.

Submission Guidelines: Proposals must be submitted as one (1) PDF file and submitted via email to:

nshespo@nshe.nevada.edu

Th email subject line must state: 

NVSGC_CurDev_Proposal_your last name, for example:

NVSGC_CurDev_Proposal_Jones

Download documents: NV NASA Space Grant RFPs

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Eligibility:

- Open to all NSHE faculty. Other faculty from Nevada institutions of higher education must contact Dr. Christian H. Fritsen at: 775-673-7487 or via email at: christian.fritsen@dri.edu

- Participants receiving direct funding must be US citizens, including Principal Investigators (PI), even if no salary is included for the PI in the proposal. Those with permanent status, a green card, or similar, are not eligible to receive funding through this NVSGC grant.

- Applicants must be in good standing with NVSGC and the Nevada NASA EPSCoR Program by being compliant with required reporting, etc.

- Applicants must have the approval of their Office of Sponsored Projects, Business Office, Grants and Contracts Office, or Controller’s Office depending on the policy at the faculty’s institution.

 

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New HHS Rules for Reporting Financial Conflict of Interest

March 1st, 2012 · Comments Off

 

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-109

Release Date: August 22, 2011

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Extramural Research

Purpose

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a final rule in the Federal Register (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-25/pdf/2011-21633.pdf) that amends the Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F) and Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 C.F.R. Part 94).  The final rule specifies compliance dates in the “Dates” section, as discussed further below. 

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New NIH Salary Cap Released

January 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

 

Effective with grant awards with an initial Issue Date on/after December 23, 2011, the salary limitation is limited to Executive Level II of the Federal Pay Scale, $179,700.
NIH competing grant awards with categorical budgets reflecting salary levels at or above the new limit that have an initial Issue Date on/after December 23, 2011 will reflect adjustments to the current and all future years so that no funds are awarded or committed for salaries over the limitation.

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Podcast: Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section

June 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

 

A new All About Grants Podcast produced by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) features Dr. Pat Brown, Director, OLAW, who explains what must be included in your grant application if you use vertebrate animals in your research. Listen to Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section (MP3) or read the transcript (HTML).

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Appeals of NIH Initial Peer Review

April 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

 

NIH is changing the policy concerning appeals of thei initial peer review process. This notice provides further information.

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NIH Offers Podcasts for Investigators, Fellows, Research Staff and Others

April 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

 

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) presents conversations with NIH staff members in their podcast “All About Grants”.  They provide  “insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information”.  Topic catagories include preparing successful grant applications, understanding how a grant application is reviewed, keeping up with what’s hot, being an NIH investigator and suggested topics. Subscriptions to the podcast are available through RSS or in iTunes.

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Federal Government Shutdown Updates

April 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

 

Current federal funding beginning fiscal year October 1, 2011 has been distributed under an budget not approved by the federal government, therefore funding has continued under a series of Continuing Resolutions (CR) in order to avoid a federal shutdown.  The most recent CR will end at midnight, April 8, 2011 and without an approved budget or new CR, the federal government will shut down.

This shutdown may impact federally funded sponsored projects, however in most instances, currently awarded existing projects may proceed as usual and work can go forward, unless the sponsoring agency issues a stop-work order. UNR’s Office of Sponsored Projects would receive a project-specific notification and will inform the Principal Investigator if this occurs.  

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NIH Offers Podcasts: All About Grants

April 4th, 2011 · Comments Off

 

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) presents conversations with NIH staff members. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others, they provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. In mp3 and updated every other week. Users can subscribe via RSS, or iTunes. http://grants.nih.gov/podcasts/All_About_Grants/index.htm

Here’s info on the most recent podcast on writing the human subjects section of the application:

“Continuing the podcast series on grant writing, the next topic we tackle is the human subjects section. Do you need to include this section in your application? Should you include this section if you are using human tissue samples without their personally identifying information? Listen to “Human Subjects Risk and Protection” for answers to these questions and more.”

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NSF has updated the GRFP Administrative Guide for Fellows and Coordinating Officials

March 12th, 2011 · Comments Off

 

NSF has updated the GRFP Administrative Guide for Fellows and Coordinating Officials (NSF 11-031, replacing NSF 09-62) and is changing how institutional awards are handled – both at NSF and at the grantee institution. Below are highlights of those clarifications and changes. The updated Guide applies to the 2011-2012 fellowship year forward. The new Funding Model will begin with the 2011-2012 fellowship funding cycle and 2010-2011 institutional reporting requirements.

GRFP Funding Model:  Summary of Changes

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New Adobe Forms for NIH Proposals May be Required Now

February 4th, 2011 · Comments Off

 

On September 29, 2010 NIH released a notice regarding the required use of updated electronic application forms in 2011 for applicants  to NIH, AHRQ, CDC, FDA and NIOSH. Deadlines after May 7, 2010 all applicants will be required to use the ADOBE-FORMS-B1 forms. There are exceptions that could require applicants must use ADOBE-FORMS-B1. These include: Individual Research Career Development Award Programs (Ks), Institutional Training and Career Development Programs (Ts and Ds), or Individual National Research Service Awards (Fs). Additionally upadted forms will be incorporated into new and existing FOAs. All new FOAs that are posted with ADOBE-FORMS-B1 must use the B1 package. Click here to find out how to tell if you have the right electronic forms for your NIH Application.

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New NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide in effect Jan. 18, 2011

December 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

Dear Colleagues: 

This email serves as a reminder that the new NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) goes into effect for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 18, 2011.   The significant changes to the PAPPG include 1) a requirement that all proposals submitted to NSF contain an up to two page Data Management Plan as a Supplementary Document and 2) implementation of the National Science Board’s recommendations regarding cost sharing.  A complete list of significant changes accompanies the PAPPG.

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NSF Addresses Upcoming Changes to Cost-sharing Policy

December 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

 

The National Science Foundation has posted a series of seven frequently-asked-questions concerning its revised cost-sharing policy, which goes into effect for proposals submitted or due on or after Jan. 18. Changes affect committed support on the part of principal investigators, as Jean Feldman, NSF policy director, described at the recent annual meeting of the National Council of Research Administrations. Questions posted on NSF’s website include the following: “If a PI already is charging two months of salary support per year on their active NSF award(s), should they not request support on any new proposals that are submitted? If they are not requesting salary support, would that constitute cost sharing?” and “If an institution addresses voluntary committed cost sharing in the proposal narrative, how will NSF proposal reviewers respond?”
Link: www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/csfaqs_dec10.pdf

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Subcontractor vs. Vendor Determination Decision Matrix

December 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

 

Sometimes there is confusion on determining  if a partner on a proposed project is a sub-recepient or a vendor, as defined in the A-133. The differences between consultant vs. collaborator (consultant=vendor, collaborator=sub-contractor) is covered in this post. The determination will impact the project budget. A discussion about budgeting issues regarding sub-contracts or vendor agreement can  be found here.

Here is a decision matrix to help clarify the distinction between a subcontract or a vendor agreement. If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the following questions a subaward may be appropriate:

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NSF Updates Grants.gov Application Guide

December 10th, 2010 · Comments Off

National Science Foundation Announcement

A revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide has been posted to the NSF website and is available electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide. This document is applicable to all applications submitted, or due, to NSF on or after January 18, 2011. 

 
Please refer to Page 2 of the Guide for a summary of the significant changes, clarifications and other changes.

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Data Management Plans

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

Effective for proposals submitted on or after Jan. 18th, 2011 NSF requires a Data Management Plan be included in the proposal. 

For tips on creating a data sharing or management plan, check out the following websites:

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NSF Releases New FAQ Document on Proposal Prepration and Award Administration

November 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

nsf-logoOn November 22, 2010 the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a current Frequently Asked Questions On Proposal Prepration and Award Administration document. The  easy to use document lists questions in alphabetical order. Answers cover a wide range of topics including  data management plans and  project outcomes reports. The document can be found at:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/faqs11_1.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_80

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Grants.gov system down October 15, 2010

October 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Grants.gov has experienced a hardware failure which resulted in the entire system being down. The issue has been identified and repaired. As of noon PST, Grants.gov is in the process of restoring the system.

Due to the system failure, NIH has extended the error correction window by one day for proposals due today. All other agencies must be contacted for guidance. Contact information can be found in the application package/RFP.

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