Updated NSF Proposal, Award Policies & Procedures Guide

Updated NSF Proposal, Award Policies & Procedures Guide
Effective: January 29, 2018

NSF has recently announced that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued.  Significant changes include:

  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch campuses of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Revision of eligibility standards for foreign organizations;
  • Implementation of the standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template that has been in pilot phase since April;
  • Increase in the Budget Justification page limitation from three pages to five pages;
  • Restructuring of coverage on grantee notifications to and requests for approval from NSF, including referral to the Prior Approval Matrix available on the NSF website; and
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST.  Registration is now available. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the NSF Policy Office.

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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity


The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an online mentoring program that offers a variety of resources for University of Utah graduate students, Postdocs and Faculty members. The NCFDD provides a multitude of career development resources such as, webinars, guest lectures, discussion forums, dissertation boot camp, multi-week courses and more. For more information about the NCFDD services and membership please visit the National Center for Faculty Development and Research website.

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Center for Clinical & Translational Science Open House

Center for Clinical & Translational Science Open House
Tuesday, November 21, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Eccles Health Sciences Library, Garden Level

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science is hosting an informational event to answer questions and provide research resources for research investigators, faculty, and study coordinators. For more information please visit the Clinical & Translational Science page.

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U.S. Army Research Laboratory Open Campus Program

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has introduced Collaboration Opportunities into its Open Campus program bringing scientists and engineers together to improve and revolutionize Army technology and defense strategy. Please visit the ARL Open Campus page for more information and details.

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Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility

Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility
Every Tuesday during September 12, 2017 — April 24, 2018, 12-1pm
Location: Eccles Library, Synapse Level

Join us for a year of programming around Research Reproducibility. From September-June, we will be holding a weekly discussion to raise awareness about reproducibility issues, showcase Utah researchers’ work, and to create an open forum for discussions. In addition, we will also host an immersive workshop and conference.

For more information, please visit the Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility schedule.

Save the Date for the Research Reproducibility 2018: Building Research Integrity through Reproducibility on June 15, 2018. Follow the hashtag #MakeResearchTrue on Twitter.

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ARPA-E Workshop – November 28, 2017


ARPA-E Workshop
Host: Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
November 28, 2017, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM MT
Location: Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex (SEEC)
4001 Discovery Drive
Boulder, CO 80303

Registration

The purpose of the ARPA-E workshop is to educate public and private sector researchers and entities interested in submitting proposals to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) upcoming open solicitation planned in early 2018.  Current and former ARPA-E Program Directors, tech-to-market advisors, and Colorado ARPA-E award recipients will provide information on the agency’s approach to transformational energy research.

Lessons-learned, helpful advice on how to both develop and write winning ARPA-E proposals, how to manage a proposal, and execute successful ARPA-E projects will also be provided.  Participants will have a chance to network and see how different entities can team up on projects.

The Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory will host this workshop.  Since 2007, the Collaboratory is an energy research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University & National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Expected attendees: Collaboratory researchers, faculty & staff; industry in energy-related markets; state partners; state organizations; military; federal agencies. To register, please visit the ARPA-E workshop registration website. For additional questions, please contact Maury Dobbie at 970-682-5707 or maurydobbie@coloradocollaboratory.org.

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USTAR News and Funding Opportunities


Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG)
Deadline: Rolling

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG) provide research funding to individual or teams of researchers from universities or colleges in Utah that eventually leads to the submission of proposals for larger federal grants, or private funding. Collaboration between researchers of different backgrounds, and institutions, is highly recommended. The program will fund technologies in the early development stages ranging from, basic observation to proof of concept.

Questions regarding the Science and Technology Initiation Grant must be submitted in writing via email, inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

Industry Partnership Program (IPP)
Deadline: Rolling

Driven by industry demand, the Industry Partnership Program (IPP) promotes the development, acceleration and commercialization of innovative technologies by teaming industry and university research expertise to address specific technology problems or gaps identified by a company. The program is open to companies that have a substantial presence in Utah and have identified a specific technology challenge that, if solved, would result in a positive economic impact for the state.

Questions regarding the Industry Partnership Program must be submitted in writing via email. Inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

For more information, please visit the USTAR programs page.

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Caspar Wistar Fellows Program

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program
Applications Due: January, 29, 2018

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years.  Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record.

For more information on how to apply please contact Maria Colelli.

 

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Foundation Funding Opportunities

The Russell Sage Foundation
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Funding Amount: up to $150,000
The foundation is accepting LOI for their Future of Work, Social Inequality, and Behavioral Economics program areas.  Each of these areas is broadly defined.  Please click the links below for specific subject interests in the areas of economics, business, labor policy, geography, and social sciences.

Future of Work: The foundation supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers and their families. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of workers. We are especially interested in proposals that address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the well-being of workers, today and in the future.

Social Inequality: The foundation supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. We seek investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Behavioral Economics: The foundation supports innovative research that uses behavioral insights from psychology and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of real-life behaviors and decisions that deviate from the neoclassical economic standards of rationality. RSF is especially interested in behavioral economics research that contributes to our understanding of topics of interest under its other programs—Future of WorkRace, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial Inequality.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Scholarly European Art Projects
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018
The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture and supports projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Art Conservation
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Digital Resources Program
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship
The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships support outstanding individuals — including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives — to undertake U.S. criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition-building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research.

Track I
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $87,000 over eighteen months
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant experience, which may include: full-time and part-time employment; paid or unpaid internships; sustained volunteer work; or other pertinent experience (e.g. advocacy while incarcerated).

Track II
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $120,000 over eighteen months
Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have at least ten (10) years of relevant advocacy experience.

Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Media Fellowship
The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Media Fellowships aim to mitigate the time, space, and market constraints that often discourage individuals from pursuing vital but marginalized, controversial, or unpopular topics in comprehensive and creative ways.

Track I
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $58,000 over twelve months
Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant full-time experience.

Track II
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $80,000 over twelve months
Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant full-time experience. Applicants with fewer than 10 years of relevant full-time experience may nonetheless be considered for a Media Track II fellowship, provided they can demonstrate that they have truly distinguished themselves over the course of their careers.

For more information regarding Foundation Funding Opportunities please contact Chris Ostrander at (801) 585-7220.

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Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation-Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and are in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where other independent funding can be obtained. Candidates may have an R01.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Dana Foundation-David Mahoney Neuroimaging Grant Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

Emphasis in the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program is on assisting promising early career investigators to obtain pilot study data concerning novel hypotheses that will help them compete for larger-scale funding from other sources. To be eligible, applicants must have faculty appointments. Early career investigators most often are investigators at the assistant professor level and those who are in their early years of their associate professor appointments. Senior investigators may apply only if the proposed study represents a new research direction. Please see eligibility criteria specified in the RFP. Post-docs are not eligible to apply unless they can provide evidence that they will have a faculty appointment prior to the start of the grant period.

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.

Moore Inventor Fellows
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).
We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. The foundation’s policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project.

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Awardees are typically in departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, be after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and be engaged in research and teaching primarily with undergraduates.

NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Deadline: January 9, 2018

The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.

If you are interested in applying please visit the opportunity page for more details.

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