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The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the centralized unit charged with the coordination of research and sponsored programs activities on a campus-wide basis. The Office provides leadership, information, services, and support to the university community: faculty, research associates, students, and staff in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects in furtherance of the instruction, research, and public service mission of the University. It is the function of the Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure the integrity of the accounting and administrative information and to ensure that the University complies with the regulations and guidelines of sponsoring agencies and institutional policies and procedures
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Summer Research Fellowship Opportunity:
In the U.S., Hispanics represent the largest, and one of the fastest growing minority population subgroups. To determine what programs and policies should be doing differently, if anything, to better serve Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates are pleased to announce the creation of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (“Center’). The Center is comprised of a strong team of national experts on Hispanic issues, and is a hub of research to improve the lives of Hispanics across three priority areas—(1) poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, (2) healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and (3) early care and education. The Center was established by a 2013 cooperative agreement from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families to Child Trends in partnership with Abt Associates and university partners - University of Maryland-College Park, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and New York University.
The newly launched Center also is pleased to announce a new Summer Research Fellowship program for 2014. In its inaugural year, the goal of the Summer Research Fellowship Program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues concerning low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. This 12-week program is open to those currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program (Master’s, Ph.D., or ABD - “all but dissertation”) and will provide graduate students with the opportunity to carry out policy-research in an applied setting, and in ways that can impact both policy and programs serving Hispanic children and families. We currently are accepting applications for summer 2014 research fellowships. Click here for more information on how to apply. Due to the demand, be sure to submit your application by March 7th, 2014.
GrantWeek from the Grants Resource Center: January 27, 2014
In This Edition
•FY 14 Appropriations: CNCS Receives Level Funding
•FY 14 Appropriations: NSF CAUSE Not Funded
•FY 14 Appropriations: HUD Funding Priorities Remain the Same
•FY 14 Appropriations: DOJ Receives Level Funding
•FY 14 Appropriations: DOL Sustains Some Cuts
•Foundation Center's GrantCraft Hub Offers Deep Insight into Funding Decisions
•NEH Grantees Sharing Project Tips with Students for National History Day
FY 14 Appropriations: CNCS Receives Level Funding
The FY 14 appropriation for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is just over $1 billion, which restores CNCS to its pre-sequestration level. The core programs for CNCS continue to be the various AmeriCorps programs. With a budget of $457 million, these programs comprise almost half of CNCS' total budget. The programs are tasked with recruiting and training volunteers, 18 years old and over, for service activities. CNCS expects to continue with the STEM AmeriCorps initiative that is part of the overall AmeriCorps VISTA programs and seeks to place volunteers in organizations that focus on science, technology, engineering and math. However, the School Turnaround AmeriCorps program, which was new in FY 13 and is a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, is not listed in the current budget.
FY 14 Appropriations: NSF CAUSE Not Funded
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) FY 14 appropriation of $7.2 billion is $82 million below FY 13 pre-sequestration levels. While NSF has released new initiatives—Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, STEM-C Partnerships: MSP and STEM-C Computing —the FY 13 hype surrounding the Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate Stem Education (CAUSE) program will not be a reality in FY 14.
Other appropriations for general NSF activities include: $5.8 billion for research and related activities, $846.5 million for education and human resources, $200 million for major research equipment and facilities construction and $4.3 million for the National Science Board.
FY 14 Appropriations: HUD Funding Priorities Remain the Same
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) FY 14 appropriations total $32.8 billion, which is a decrease of $687 million from FY 13 pre-sequestration levels. In FY 14, HUD's priorities are growing the middle class, prioritizing renewals (rental assistance), creating ladders of opportunity for all, and reducing regulatory burdens while increasing the efficiency of HUD programs. Unfortunately, competitions within the Office of University Partnerships may once again be on hold. However, college and university stakeholders are encouraged to seek other HUD opportunities which primarily include partnering with housing authorities and community organizations.
FY 14 Appropriations: DOJ Receives Level Funding
The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) FY 14 appropriation is $27.4 billion, which reflects mostly level funding over the last four years. The main priorities across the agency are protecting citizens from terrorism and other national security threats, combating violent crime, eradicating financial fraud and protecting society's most vulnerable members. Colleges and universities would do well to build relationships with community partners, particularly those that serve communities and/or individuals most vulnerable to crime.
Highlights of DOJ's budget include: $2.2 billion for overall state and local grant programs, $417 million for Violence Against Women programs, $376 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants and $75 million for a new Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.
FY 14 Appropriations: DOL Sustains Some Cuts
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) FY 14 appropriation is $12 billion, $100 million less than DOL requested, and $449 million less than FY 13 pre-sequestration levels. Of this total, $10.4 billion is budgeted for the Employment and Training Administration, and $269.5 million for the Veterans Employment and Training Service. The popular Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program is returning for its fourth competition in FY 14 with its full $500 million in funding, up from the FY 13 sequestration funding of $474.5 million. The FY 14 TAACCCT and other DOL competitions will be released throughout the spring.
Foundation Center's GrantCraft Hub Offers Deep Insight into Funding Decisions
The Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre have unveiled their concept of a one-stop shop for foundations and their grantees. GrantCraft's "practical wisdom for funders" includes reports, data, infographics, and full presentation slide decks designed to guide funders and give insight to grantseekers. A presentation on "Saying Yes/Saying No to Applicants" provides details on how applications can land in the categories of a categorical "no," a policy "no," and a personal judgment "no."
NEH Grantees Sharing Project Tips with Students for National History Day
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National History Day are hosting a Google+ Hangout webinar series where museum and media professionals will share strategies for creating website, exhibitions, and documentary films. The program is designed to introduce the more than 600,000 student participants in National History Day to effective research and storytelling techniques. Three NEH grantees will teach middle and high school students about the craft of researching and producing websites, exhibitions and documentaries using their NEH-funded projects as examples. Registration and general information are available for each webinar.
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Last Call: Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Deadline January 27
Happy new year from the Payne International Development Program! We wanted to ask your help in sharing one final time the announcement below for the Payne Program with students and university graduates interested in careers of international service. The application deadline is January 27, so interested applicants should act quickly if they want to apply for the 2014 fellowship.
2014 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.org. The application deadline is January 27, 2014. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, 202-806-5952 or Tessa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
Number of Fellowships Offered: 5
Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2014
Online Application Open: www.paynefellows.org
Application Deadline: January 27, 2014- Finalists selected by the end of February - Fellows selected by mid-March
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Washington, January 7-8, 2014. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Click here for full event details.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
Educators can earn one semester unit of post-baccalaureate-level professional development credit from FPU for participation in a Grant Writing USA Workshop.
Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.
More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here. If you prefer friendly, personal service, please call or write:
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More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.
QEM/NSF CAREER Proposal Development Workshop for STEM Assistant Professors, March 14-15, 2014, Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport; Registration Deadline, Friday February 7, 2014
early alert to faculty and administrators regarding a proposal development and evaluation workshop for eligible science and engineering junior faculty at minority-serving institutions who are seriously interested in submitting proposals to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Underrepresented minority science and engineering faculty at non-minority-serving institutions who meet the Program's eligibility criteria also can register for this workshop.
The figures and information cited in this email are based on the most recent CAREER solicitation and are subject to change when the new solicitation is released. The deadlines for CAREER proposals vary by NSF Directorate but have in the past occurred during the latter part of July.
The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network will conduct the workshop, with support from NSF. It will take place on Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, 2014, at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport, 1739 West Nursery Road • Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 • 410/694-0808.
Depending on the level of interest and of funds available, QEM may be able to support the participation (travel, meals, and lodging) of up to two eligible faculty from a given institution. Additional eligible faculty may participate at their or their institution's expense. While we are unable to support previous participants in QEM CAREER workshops, such individuals are welcome to attend at their or their institution's expense.
To facilitate the participation of early career scientists and engineers with young children, QEM will offer modest childcare awards to eligible faculty with children to offset the cost of childcare expenses incurred as a result of workshop attendance. As reflected in the attached Childcare Application Form for the 2014 QEM/CAREER workshop, QEM will offer up to ten (10) childcare awards valued at up to $100 to assist eligible early-career faculty members attending the workshop with expenses associated with needed childcare after 5:00 pm on Friday (up to three hours) and on Saturday (up to eight hours). For more information on the Foundation's Career-Life Balance Initiative see http://www.nsf.gov/career-life-balance/.
To be eligible to participate in the CAREER Program, a faculty member must hold a doctoral degree in a field of science or engineering supported by NSF; be untenured but on the tenure track as an assistant professor at her/his institution by October 1, 2014; have not previously received a CAREER award; and have not competed more than two times in the NSF CAREER Program. Applicants must be actively engaged in research and teaching.
The minimum CAREER award, including indirect costs, will total $400,000 over a five-year period, except in the case of the Biological Sciences where the minimum request must be for $500,000 over a five-year period (approximately $100,000/year). Cost-sharing is not required or allowed.
Through the CAREER Program, NSF is seeking to sustain and strengthen the Nation's science, mathematics, and engineering capabilities and to promote the use of those capabilities in service to society. In particular, CAREER supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.
Please forward this email to eligible faculty at your or another institution if you: (1) do not meet the eligibility requirements yourself; or (2) have participated in a previous QEM CAREER workshop. In either case, we encourage you to post the attached flyer regarding the workshop on your departmental bulletin board to alert other faculty who may be eligible.
Participants will be required to submit a one-page project summary of the proposal that would be submitted to the Foundation's CAREER program. The project summary, of not more that one page in length, should be prepared in accordance with the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures (PAPP) Guide (NSF 14-1).
According to the GPG (Chapter II), "Each proposal must contain a summary of the proposed project not more than one page in length. The Project Summary consists of an overview, a statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity.
The overview includes a description of the activity that would result if the proposal were funded and a statement of objectives and methods to be employed. The statement on intellectual merit should describe the potential of the proposed activity to advance knowledge. The statement on broader impacts should describe the potential of the proposed activity to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes."
The GPG further states that the "Project Summary should be written in the third person, informative to other persons working in the same or related fields, and, insofar as possible, understandable to a scientifically or technically literate lay reader. It should not be an abstract of the proposal. Proposals that do not contain the Project Summary, including an overview and separate statements on intellectual merit and broader impacts will not be accepted by FastLane or will be returned without review."
The QEM/CAREER workshop will be designed to assist eligible faculty in further developing their proposal ideas prior to the CAREER Program's July 2014 deadlines The latest CAREER Program guidelines (NSF 11-690) are attached, along with a registration form, and a document (NSF 11-038) containing frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the CAREER Program.
To register for the workshop, the attached registration form should be completed and returned to Shirley McBay at email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Friday, February 7, 2014. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 202/659-1818.
The required one-page project summary described above will be due on Friday, February 14, 2014, one week later. Registration forms and the one-page project summaries can be submitted at any time prior to their respective deadline dates.
We look forward to you and/or a colleague at your institution joining us at the CAREER workshop at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport.
Sakarya University Organizes INTE 2014 Conference
5th International Conference on New Horizons in Education
Call for papers
We would like to invite you to share your experience and your papers with academicians, teachers and professionals.
Abstract Deadline : Until June 13, 2014
Full Article Deadline : Until June 16, 2014
Registration Fee Deadline : Until June 16, 2014
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a10-week summer internship. MLEF's mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The program allows students to apply their academic achievements to actual research while gaining hands-on experience. Eligibility ranges from sophomores to post-docs.
Selected MLEF Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, approved travel costs to/from their host site and will attend a Technical Forum to present their project at the end of the internship
To qualify for the program, students must:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be a U.S. Citizen;
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
- Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher)
The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The application may be found at http://orise.orau.gov/mlef. Deadline is January 15, 2014.
For further information contact
Dear GRC Members:
This program alert comes from Jean Feldman, Head, NSF Policy Office regarding the new (2014) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (see below):
A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 14-1) has been issued. The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the:
(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and
(b) Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.
This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 24, 2014. Significant changes include:
- Addition to the certification regarding Conflict of Interest regarding the appropriate disclosure process;
- Reiteration that indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs;
- Small-scale pilot of a new environmental impacts process with a few programs, prior to NSF-wide implementation;
- Updated process for program income reporting; and
- Numerous clarifications throughout the document.
A by-chapter summary of the changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide to assist with identifying the changes.
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on February 24, 2014, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 13-1) continue to apply. We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.
Please direct any questions to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 703.292.8243.
Revised Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations
Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-007
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This Notice is to inform the community that NIH has revised its approach to resuming operations after the government shutdown. This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-14-003.
Responding to input from applicants and reviewers, NIH has reevaluated the plans for rescheduling initial peer review meetings that were cancelled due to the government shutdown. NIH will now reschedule most of the 200+ missed peer review meetings so that most applications are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.
Rescheduling Peer Review Meetings
Most NIH peer review meetings that occurred during or immediately following the government shutdown will be rescheduled so that as many applications as possible are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.
Opportunity to "Refresh" Applications that are Reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council
As this is an unprecedented situation where the review meetings are being rescheduled under tight time frames, scheduling complexities may prevent the evaluation of the full complement of applications for this round. Thus, while it is thought to be a small number, there may be some applications that cannot be reviewed in time for the January 2014 Advisory Council. These applications will be reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council and both the principal investigator and the signing official listed on the grant application will receive an email notification alerting them to the change during the week of November 4, 2013. NIH will also adjust the meeting dates listed in the eRA Commons for these refresh-eligible applications to 09/09/9999 so the applications can be easily identified.
Applications reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council will proceed to initial peer review in February/March 2014 without any action from the applicant. However, NIH is giving these applicants the option of withdrawing and submitting a refreshed application. If you choose to refresh your application, follow the steps below carefully:
- Withdraw the existing application by November 15.
- Submit the refreshed application to the original funding opportunity announcement (FOA), if possible. If that FOA has closed, submit to the appropriate parent announcement. If there is no parent announcement for that activity code, send an e-mail to email@example.com with the previous FOA number and we will work with you to get the application submitted.
- Submit a cover letter with the refreshed application. Indicate that you are refreshing your application for the May 2014 council round, include the previous application number, and provide the previous study section assignment. Applicants are welcome to use the email notification they received from NIH as the cover letter.
- Make the refreshed application a "new", "resubmission" or "renewal" to match the withdrawn application.
- All refreshed applications are due by December 11, 2013. No late applications will be accepted for this special receipt date.
- Only applicants who are reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council round, and who are notified by NIH of their eligibility to refresh an application, may submit for the December 11 deadline. Any other applications for this deadline will not be reviewed. As always, other applications that are rescheduled for review this round may be withdrawn for any reason, as per our usual process, and submitted for the next standard deadline.