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NSF Research Traineeship Program

The National Science Foundation NRT program request for proposals

The National Science Foundation NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training, and supports programs that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs pursue a range of STEM careers.

DEADLINE:

  • Letter of Intent: December 22, 2015
  • Full Proposal: February 22, 2016


AVAILABLE: Maximum of $3,000,000 over a period of up to 5 years

NUMBER OF AWARDS: 24 to 30

Follow this link for Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15542/nsf15542.pdf



Revisions to the NSF PAPPG

The NSF has responded via a Federal Register notice to community comments regarding revisions to the NSF Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

The NSF has responded via a Federal Register notice to community comments regarding revisions to the NSF Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/08/19/2015-20365/agency-information-collection-activities-comment-request. Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) responded  to the previous FR notice on July 20th, (see COGR website). The following  requests have been considered and changes will be reflected:

COGR requested clarification on biosketches for non-senior personnel and whether they should be uploaded with the biosketches of the PI or with other senior/key personnel.   NSF responded that the language has been revised to clarify that biosketches for all personnel must be uploaded in a single file as a  supplementary document.

COGR recommended that internal institutional resources be limited to internal funds allocated toward specific projects eliminating unnecessary burden of reporting routine new faculty start-up packagesNSF responded that the language has been incorporated.

COGR requested clarity on the use of identifying NSF-funded life sciences that could "potentially" be considered dual use research of concern as described above vs the "identification" of DURC as implied by NSF terminology.  We requested that the DURC determination be consistent with the USG Policy requiring institutions to provide notification to the USG funding agency of any research that involves one or more of the 15 listed agents and one or more of the seven listed experimental within thirty (30) calendar days of the institutional review of the research for DURC potential.  NSF has removed the  DURC checkbox from the Cover Sheet and added to the list of AOR certifications.  References pertaining to DURC have been revised to reflect consistency with USG Policy.

COGR requested that programmatic reporting be aligned with financial reporting of 120 days.  NSF responded revising the final project outcomes report to within 120 days following the expiration date of award.

Future PAPPG Considerations:

COGR requested that current and pending support information be provided only for proposals being considered that have favorable scientific review outcomes.  NSF has responded stating that due to the significance of the request, NSF will consider in future PAPPG revisions. 

COGR requested confirmation that an institution can include zero (0) person months in appropriate situations who may commit to contribute to the scientific development or execution of the project, but are not committing any specific measurable effort to the project.  NSF responded recognizing that confusion exist and will consider in future revisions to the PAPPG.

Dismissed Requests

COGR requested that the NSF allow other personnel to submit the proposal once the AOR approved and signed certifications.NSF responded that the AOR has always been required to submit the certifications. COGR understands that there are delegation functions within Fastlane sufficient to allow individuals authorization to submit proposals and recognizes that AOR?s must sign all required certifications.

NSF removed  the current requirement to provide the required AOR certifications within five (5) working days following e-submission of the proposal. COGR requested that the current language remain as is which allows more flexibility to meet required deadlines. NSF responded by indicating that they are making the change for consistency purposes in accordance with Grants.gov requirements and 25 other federal granting agencies.

We appreciate the efforts of the NSF to address our concerns.   We also appreciate their willingness to address other requests in  subsequent revisions to the PAPPG.   Should you have additional feedback, please submit your comments to jbendall@cogr.edu.

Council on Governmental Relations
1200 New York Avenue NW
Suite 460
Washington DC  20005
(202) 289-6655 ext.117
http://www.cogr.edu/

2015 Sloan Fellowships

Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars

This year the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award $55,000 fellowships to each of 126 early-career scientists for use in their research. Nominated by department chairs, senior researchers, and other leaders in the scientific community, the Sloan Research Fellows represent the next generation of top scholars in the sciences, economics, and mathematics.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada.  Tenure track faculty positions at the candidate's institution must include a yearly teaching requirement.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field;
  • Candidates' most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2009.

All nomination materials, including nomination letters and all letters of support, must be submitted online by September 15, 2015. For more information, visit the Sloan website: http://www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/

NSF New Funding Mechanism Added

The new funding mechanism and automated compliance checks for proposers on Grants.gov and FastLane

On January 26, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) added a new funding mechanism for proposers on Grants.gov and FastLane. Also, additional automated compliance checks on proposals will begin in FastLane that could have an impact on NSF submissions via Grants.gov.

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1)

NSF issued a revised version of the PAPPG on November 20, 2014, which incorporates OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), as well as other policy updates. To incorporate the revised PAPPG, NSF will make changes to include the new funding mechanism, Ideas Lab. Ideas Lab is designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative project ideas. These projects will typically be high-risk/high-impact as they represent new and unproven ideas, approaches, and/or technologies.

Automated Compliance Checks

FastLane will run an additional 24 compliance checks on proposals to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the PAPPG. These checks will validate a proposal for compliance with page count, proposal sections per type of funding mechanism, and budget related rules for proposals submitted in response to the GPG, Program Announcements and Program Descriptions. At this time, these checks will not be enforced for proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations.

Proposers submitting through Grants.gov should be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should a proposal be received by NSF that is not compliant, it may be returned without review. To view a detailed list of compliance checks, click here.

Please contact policy@nsf.gov for any further questions.


Information Sessions on Uniform Guidance Implementation

Information Sessions on Uniform Guidance implementation now available - 2 on Belknap and 2 on HSC

Information sessions regarding Uniform Guidance have been scheduled for the University community.  These sessions will:

  1. Introduce the federal Uniform Guidance
  2. Highlight key regulation changes and how they will impact federal proposals and awards at UofL
  3. Review the changes of practice in sponsored programs administration and other administrative areas of the University which will address these regulatory changes.

We strongly encourage faculty, staff, and administrators who may manage or work with federal grants and contracts to attend.  To register for a session, please click the RSVP link below to send your request.  Participants will receive a confirmation once their RSVP is received.

  • Tuesday, January 27  -  1:30 - 3:30 pm  -  HSC Campus (CTR-124)  -  RSVP
  • Wednesday, February 4  -  9:30 - 11:30 am  -  Belknap Campus (Shumaker 139)  -  RSVP
  • Wednesday, February 11  -  9:30 - 11:30 am  -  HSC Campus (CTR-124)  -  RSVP
  • Tuesday, February 24  -  1:30 - 3:30 pm  -  Belknap Campus (Shumaker 139)  -   RSVP

 

    Research Funding Available

    NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Research Funding Available - Deadlines: NOI due Dec 22, 2014 - Proposals due by January 21, 2015

    See the RFPs for guidance on proposal preparation at http://nasa.engr.uky.edu.

    Contact NASA Kentucky for more information:
    Jacob Owen, Assistant Director
    (859) 323-4542
    jacob.owen@uky.edu
    http://nasa.engr.uky.edu

     


    Visit the Research Resources section of our main website for Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation (including Budgeting information and spreadsheets), and much more!

     

     


     

    ORAU Opportunity: Postdoctoral Position Open

    ORAU is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with an interest in big data and excellent communication skills. The appointment can begin as early as December 15, 2014 and the current funding extends through September 30, 2015.

    ORAU is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with an interest in big data and excellent communication skills. The position requires skills in analysis of large data sets, and will involve development of white papers and other communications, both for technical audiences and general scientific audiences. The key skill set is communication, both to technical and non-technical audiences, and writing samples are requested from potential candidates. The holder of the position would develop connections with the 114 ORAU member universities as well as expert staff at ORAU. The appointment can begin as early as December 15, 2014 and the current funding extends through September 30, 2015. There is potential for mutually agreeable extension. Applicants can express interest or apply through the ORAU online Career Center athttp://www.orau.org/careers/.


    Visit the Research Resources section of our main website for Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation (including Budgeting information and spreadsheets), and much more!


    DOE Opportunity for Summer 2015 STEM Students

    U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF) application closes January 2, 2015

    The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.

    Eligibility

    • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
    • Be a U.S. Citizen;
    • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
    • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree


    Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – click http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/ to get started NOW!


    Visit the Research Resources section of our main website for Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation (including Budgeting information and spreadsheets), and much more!


    Research Associateship Programs

    Applications Sought for 2015 Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Awards

    The National Research Council of the National Academies announces the 2015 Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs.

    For more information:

    -Link to the press release

    -Link to the flyer

    -Link to the National Academies website

     


    Visit the Research Resources section of our main website for Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation (including Budgeting information and spreadsheets), and much more!

     

    Kentucky Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

    Seeking support from faculty and doctoral students needed for the Kentucky Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (KY-JSHS) on February 27-28, 2015

    The University of Louisville is hosting the Kentucky Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (KY-JSHS) on February 27-28, 2015. This event encourages advanced high school science students who are performing scientific research to submit a manuscript describing their project and outcomes for this rigorous competition. Up to 40 finalists will be invited, on the basis of their written paper, to present their research orally at the Regional Symposium on February 28.

    Co-Director of the 2015 KY-JSHS, Dr. Tom Tretter, is seeking support from faculty and doctoral students who are willing to review papers written by high school students. The papers are approximately 10 pages, double-spaced, in length, not including tables and other appendices. They intend to send the papers out to faculty by January 30, 2015 by email, and will need scores back by February 13, 2015 so that they can notify selected students they've been chosen as finalists. It is also acceptable to assign this review to an appropriate graduate student (doctoral level preferred). A scoring guide will be used to evaluate the papers which requires primarily entering scores. Some constructive feedback to share with students is also invited.

    If you are available to review paper(s) during this time frame, please send an email toTom Tretter indicating your willingness to serve in this capacity. In addition, to ensure fair review, please tell Dr. Tretter if you have mentored a high school student this year and the name(s) of the student(s) so that alternate reviewers may be assigned if necessary.

    They will also be looking for up to 12-15 judges for the oral presentations on February 28, and would appreciate any suggestions for faculty who would be appropriate to serve in this capacity as well.

    Please contact Dr. Tom Tretter, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development, or William Thornburgh, Doctoral Student, College of Education and Human Development, if you have any questions.


    Visit the Research Resources section of our main website for Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation (including Budgeting information and spreadsheets), and much more!