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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!


    KSEF RFP Opening October 21, 2014

    The Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) announces a new Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) Request for Proposals

    The Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) announces a new Request for Proposals (RFP) opening October 21, 2014

    This round of Research and Development Excellence Program funding (RDE-018) is open to scientists and engineers from accredited universities, colleges, and other post-secondary institutions, and to small businesses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The maximum award size is $30,000 per year. The period of the grant request will not exceed 12 months.

    Link to Online LOI application: http://ksef.kstc.com/index.php/funding-programs/rde-program

     

    LOI online application deadline: 10-27-2014 (4:00 PM ET).


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


    Research Commercialization Course

    The Research Commercialization Introductory Online Course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs, and faculty). This is an indispensable course for S&E grad students looking for jobs in the next 6-18 months.

    This workshop course is offered free of charge but registration is required by clicking on the GoToWebinar link below. You only need to register once. By clicking on the register button or link below, you will be registered to all sessions of this course. Once registered, you will receive an email reminder 24 hours before each session.
    https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/158991634

    Research commercialization involves taking articles, documentation, know-how, patents, and copyrights, which are created during research activities and getting them to users and patients for real societal impacts. In some cases, commercialization involved taking patents based on the research and licensing them to a company. This usually involves also having the researchers consult to the company. In other cases, commercialization involves forming of creating a startup and applying to federally funded commercialization programs. In all cases, though, research commercialization typically involves defining the nature of the research being commercialized (e.g., in a patent or intellectual property agreement), establishing a commercial relationship with another party (e.g., employment, a sale or license), and negotiating a contract (e.g., compensation).

    Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs

    Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A.

    CLASS SCHEDULE

    *NOTE: The schedules or topic line-up may change. Any updates will be posted on this page and sent to you via email. Please whitelist emails from *@ncet2.org

    Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research, Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 2: Customer Discovery and Market Validation, Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 3: Business Plans and Pitches, Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 4: Introduction to Early Stage Funding, Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 5: Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 6: Patents, Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 7: Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 8: Introduction to Structuring and Leading the Research-Intensive Companies, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 9: Employment and Consulting Agreements, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 10: Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements, Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 11: Moving from R&D to Manufacturing, Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4:00 to 5:30 pm ET

    Lecture 12: Entrepreneurial Faculty, Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    Lecture 13: View from the Trenches: Applying what you have Learned, Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

    The materials and recorded video for each session will be uploaded on a separate page before and after each session. Did you miss a session? The video recording will be posted 24 hours after each session. Click on this link to go to the slides and videos page http://center.ncet2.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=734


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


    Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation Opportunity

    Upcoming Opportunity for Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity - Annual Posters-at-the-Capitol Event will be February 19, 2015 during the Legislative Session

    The Annual Posters-at-the-Capitol Event will be February 19, 2015 during the Legislative Session

    Abstract Deadline October 15, 2014 - Print the Flyer (PDF)

    Posters-at-the-Capitol (click on Posters-at-the-Capitol tab near the top of the screen) is designed to celebrate the research, scholarly, and creative experiences of undergraduate students at Kentucky's public institutions of higher education. It provides students with the opportunity to present their projects to state legislators and to impress upon them the importance of faculty-mentored projects to the overall education of Kentucky students. Poster presentations are being sought from undergraduates in ALL DISCIPLINARY AREAS.

    UofL needs broad representation at the Posters-at-the-Capitol event. Please, submit your abstract!

    This year is an extra special event, as Dr. Ramsey will be involved in the opening Welcome and Guest Comments.

    Posters-at-the-Capitol is an University sponsored event.  An excused absence will be granted for those participating in the day long event.  Though it would be nice if the mentor attends the event, it is not a requirement. Dr. Feldhoff will go for the day, take pictures and generally oversee the UofL students that participate.  Pictures of the 2014 Posters-at-the-Capitol event may be seen at

    If you have questions about the Posters-at-the-Capitol event, please, contact Dr. Pamela W. Feldhoff. (Phone: 502-852-7136 or 502-852-3791)


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