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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research: Art Works
Deadline Nov. 8, 2011
NEA's Office of Research & Analysis' (ORA) is inaugurating a grants program for research in and about the arts. These grants will support the investigation of novel and significant research questions about the value and impact of the U.S. arts sector through the analysis of existing and/or newly established datasets. The resulting projects will enhance the current state of knowledge about the value and impact of the arts in the U.S., and will yield valuable information about the utility to arts-related research of various kinds of datasets -- including those not previously mined for this purpose. It is hoped, moreover, that by providing financial support to deserving projects that engage researchers from multiple fields and disciplines, this program will spur growth in the number of people experienced in and knowledgeable about arts-related research in the United States. In this spirit, the NEA encourages applicants from diverse research backgrounds, including applicants who have not specialized in arts-related research.
National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2011
Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. Eligible projects include
National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects
Deadline: Jan. 5. 2012
Through fellowships to published translators, the Arts Endowment supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The Arts Endowment encourages translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of published literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not yet been translated into English.
Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) Composition Program
Anticipated Deadline: Jan. 7, 2012 (announcement expected in late Oct. 2011)
The TMC Composition Program balances intensive on-site writing projects with classes, seminars, and discussions led by distinguished composers from a wide range of aesthetic perspectives. Composers will each have at least three performances of their works during the summer: two or more of which will be works written on-site. Each Composition Fellow will have one previously composed acoustic chamber work performed during the season on a regular TMC concert. As part of their application materials, composers should include at least one work which they would like to have performed at the center, suitable for performance by TMC forces. The on-site projects involve producing work quickly in order to experiment, develop specific (perhaps unfamiliar) skills, and to foster close collaborations with TMC performers. Inter-Arts initiatives often form one such project; others have included writing in less familiar musical genres or for under-utilized instruments, or writing for an ensemble consisting of the composers themselves.
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Programs
Deadline Jan. 15, 2012 (anticipated)
Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. Applicants must propose to conduct research at the Smithsonian in one of its areas of research as outlined in the publication, Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study, for a period of three to twelve months, or ten weeks for the Graduate Student Fellowship. Past or current fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for another award.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and for FY2012, have begun their first appointment on or after 01 November 2006, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.
Proposals addressing research areas as described in the ONR Science and Technology (S&T) Department section of ONR's website at www.onr.navy.mil which are of interest to ONR Program Officers and Division Directors will be considered. Contact information for each Division (a subgroup of an S&T Department) is also listed within the S&T section of the website. Potential applicants may contact the appropriate Division Director, or the Program Officer who is the point-of-contact for a specific technical area, to discuss their research ideas.
Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three (3) years. Please contact Bruce LaMattina, Director of Federal Research Relations for advise or assistance in applying for an ONR YIP (email@example.com or 732-325-8547). Follow the link for more information on ONR BAAs: http://www.onr.navy.mil/Contracts-Grants/Funding-Opportunities/Broad-Agency-Announcements.aspx
Learn the "Ins and Outs" and "How tos" of submitting grants. Representatives from The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, The Office of Proposal Development, and The Office of Research Alliances will be talking about finding funding opportunities, submitting IRB and IACUC protocol, and proposal submission.
|9:55am-10:00am||Introduction by Sheryl Goldberg|
Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
|10:00am-10:15am||"Proposal Submission with Cayuse" by Casandra Burrows|
|Grant Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs|
|10:15am-10:30am||"Electronic Cover Sheets Using Coeus" by Casandra Burrows|
|Grant Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs|
|10:30am-10:45am||"How to Successfully Submit Your IRB Protocol" by Dr. James Barnshaw|
|IRB Member and Reviewer|
|10:45am-11:00am||"How to Successfully Submit Your IACUC Protocol" by Dr. Andrew Gow|
|Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, IACUC Chair|
|11:15am-11:45am||"Grant Writing Resources at Rutgers: Working with the Office of Proposal Development" by Michael Mueller|
Associate Director, Office of Proposal Development
|11:45am-12:00pm||"Corporate Sponsored Research" by Tom Richardson|
Director, Office of Research Alliances
|12:00pm-12:15pm||"Corporate Contracts" by Chuck Wyckoff|
|Director, Office of Corporate Contracts|
*This event is free and designed for new faculty. However, all faculty interested in learning about writing and submitting grant proposals are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
All eleven NSF Directorates and Offices have joined together to support the Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) initiative to enable conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and computational research needed to further develop the basic science, engineering, education, and policy knowledge base necessary to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy, and societal sustainability in the face of both gradual and abrupt environmental change. SEES will support projects at multiple scales, from the individual to the system level, and will stimulate innovations in education and learning research and practice.
In FY 2011, NSF plans to encourage interdisciplinary research and education on energy sustainability, with a particular emphasis on socioeconomic and environmental implications. Potential areas of emphases include the development of sustainable energy technologies, development of techniques for effective and efficient use of water resources, and research in transportation technology.
SEES-Related Activities and Opportunities
(Note that some of the SEES solicitations limit the number of applications by an institution; visit Rutgers’ Limited Submission webpage for more details on preparing pre-proposals and internal deadlines)
Water, Sustainability and Climate (NSF 11-551)
The goal of the WSC program is to enable new interdisciplinary paradigms in water research, which broadly integrate across the biological sciences, geosciences, engineering, and social sciences to address water systems in their entirety. Deadline: October 19, 2011
Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) (NSF 10-612)
This program promotes interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes and complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. The most recent revision of the solicitation included special emphasis on SEES related proposals. Deadline: November 15, 2011
Sustainability Research Networks (NSF 11-574) (limited submission; internal RU deadline for preproposals is October 25, 2011)
The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to support the development and coalescence of entities to advance collaborative research that addresses questions and challenges in sustainability science, engineering, and education. Deadline: December 1, 2011.
Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) (NSF 11-575)
Through SEES Fellows, NSF seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. Deadline: December 5, 2011
Ocean Acidification (OA) (NSF 12-500)
The goal of this solicitation is to understand a) the geochemistry and biogeochemistry of ocean acidification; b) how ocean acidification interacts with biological and physical processes at the organismal level, and how such interactions impact the structure and function of ecosystems; and c) how the earth system history informs our understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on the present day and future ocean. Deadline: January 6, 2012
Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) (NSF 11-590) (limited submission; internal RU deadline for preproposals is Dec. 1, 2011)
SEP calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in SEES by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues. The SEP solicitation considers scalable approaches for sustainable energy conversion to useful forms, as well as its storage, transmission, distribution, and use. Deadline Feb. 1, 2012.
Research Coordination Networks (RCN) (NSF 11-531)
The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. The program has a SEES track. Deadline: RCN-SEES: February 3, 2012
Promoting international collaborations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) research and education is a fundamental element of NSF's mandate and NSF has been an unfaltering advocate throughout its 61-year history. With this letter, I am pleased to highlight an important NSF-wide opportunity for expanding NSF's slate of international activities: Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI).
SAVI is an innovative concept to foster interactions among scientists and educators around the globe based on the principle that excellence in STEM research and education exists in many parts of the world, and that scientific advances can be accelerated by scientists, engineers, and educators working together wherever they are. SAVI focuses on interactions between cohesive teams of researchers across national borders and takes advantage of existing U.S. and foreign investments in frontier research by leveraging complementary intellectual strengths and sharing unique research infrastructures. Virtual institutes will serve as research hubs in which new ideas originate, multidisciplinary research is fostered, diversity is valued, and long-term professional networks are developed between U.S. researchers and students and their international counterparts.
The primary objective of SAVI is to bring together leading STEM researchers/educators from different countries, both physically and virtually, to work collaboratively on problems of mutual interest, building on relationships initiated by NSF-supported teams of researchers. NSF will support U.S. participants, while their international partners will be supported by their own national or regional funding source.
NSF intends to accomplish the following specific objectives through SAVI:
NSF will support activities that are designed to meet the SAVI objectives described above. Examples of activities, which can be carried out virtually or physically, include:
The above list is illustrative, and not meant to be exhaustive. Any balanced and mutually beneficial activities that contribute to meeting the SAVI objectives will be considered. The SAVI Website (http://www.nsf.gov/savi) describes examples of three virtual institutes that have served as pilot projects, representing three distinct SAVI models.
For the full announcement, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11087/nsf11087.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
The NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards fund big, bold, paradigm-shifting science. Investigators from any discipline that supports the NIH mission can apply. Total annual costs can be as high as $25 million.
Because these types of projects tend to be inherently risky, they typically don’t fare as well in traditional NIH review. So we are piloting new approaches in the instructions to applicants and reviewers. If you apply, you will be asked to focus your research strategy on the significance and innovation of the idea, and there is no expectation for providing preliminary data. Reviews will be conducted using a multi-phase, editorial board style review process, and if you review, you will be instructed to maintain the emphasis on significance and innovation.
Do you have an idea that would transform the view on a particular topic? Check out the awardees from 2011, browse the website, and read the funding opportunity announcement for more information. The deadline for submitting applications is January 12, 2012, with letters of intent (not required but strongly encouraged) due by December 12, 2011.
For more information, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-006.html
The NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.
Because this program limits the number of proposals allowed from individual academic institutions, each Rutgers campus (Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden) will conduct its own internal preproposal submission and review process. The internal Rutgers deadline for MRI preproposals is 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 (2 months in advance of the external deadline of Jan. 26, 2012). The preproposals:
Newark preproposals should to be sent to Erica Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org), New Brunswick preproposals should be sent to Michael Mueller (email@example.com), and Camden preproposals should be sent to Camie Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the deadline indicated above.
For more general information about Rutgers' limited submission policy, please visit: http://vpr.rutgers.edu/limited-submission-programs.php.
Specific areas of interest in the forensic disciplines cited in the research opportunity synopsis are identified below:
Through this announcement, the DoD intends to award approximately $3 million for FY 2012, subject to the availability of funds. Awards may be made in the form of contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements. This announcement seeks applied research deliverables beyond a technical report. Applied research deals with "efforts to determine and exploit the potential of science and engineering knowledge and understanding in technology such as new materials, devices, methods, and processes (DoDGARs 22.105)."
Projected periods of performance for awards range from 9 months to 24 months.
For the full announcement, http://www.arl.army.mil/www/pages/8/research/W911NF_12_R_0001.pdf
*This webinar will be broadcasted from CoRE room 732.
For the past two years, our organizations have worked together to provide an extended webinar for you to learn about the research priorities and budgets of several key federal agencies. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering this cost-effective solution for the third consecutive year. This live webinar will be made available to your university on Monday-Wednesday, October 31-November 2. The agenda is as follows:
|Monday, October 31, 2011|
|11:00 a.m.||Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal R&D, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, on the President’s priorities and budget requests for research (confirmed)|
|12:30 p.m.||Kam Ng, Deputy Director of Research, Office of Naval Research, on ONR’s budget priorities for research (confirmed)|
|2:00 p.m.||Elizabeth Albro, Associate Commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Center for Education Research, Department of Education, on ED budget priorities for research (confirmed)|
|3:30 p.m.||Nadina Gardner, Director, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities on NEH budget priorities and updates to grants policies and procedures (confirmed)|
|11:00 a.m.||Elizabeth Albro, Associate Commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Center for Education Research, Department of Education, on updates of ED grants policies and procedures (confirmed)|
|12:30 p.m.||Harriet Kung, Director of Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy Office of Science, on updates of DOE grants policies and procedures (confirmed)|
|2:00 p.m.||Mark Poth, USDA, on NIFA budget priorities for research as well as updates on grants policies and procedures (confirmed)|
|3:30 p.m.||David Curren and Maria Koszalka, NIH, on NIH budget priorities for research as well as updates on grants policies and procedures (confirmed)|
|Wednesday, November 2, 2011|
|11:00 a.m.||Jeremy Leffler, Outreach Specialist in the Policy Office within the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management. on NSF budget priorities for research as well as updates on grants policies and procedures (confirmed)|
|12:30 p.m.||Harriet Kung, Director of Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy Office of Science, on DOE budget priorities for research (confirmed)|
|2:00 p.m.||TBN, NASA (invited)|
Most presentations will run an hour, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers. Following the live event, a permanent archive that includes the recorded presentations and the presenter’s slides will be created. This archive will be available via the web within a couple weeks of the live webinar. You can access last year’s presentations at http://research.missouri.edu/federalupdate/.
Registration for this webinar is $75, payable by check to the Curators of the University of Missouri, or $80 payable by credit card. Payment can be made by mailing the attached form with a check or with credit card information to Jill Sappington, 202 Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 or by faxing the attached form with credit card information to Jill Sappington’s attention at 573-884-8371. Please do not email credit card information. Once payment is received, you will receive a private link to the registration site for accessing your username and password for the event.
Technical requirements, the schedule and times of speakers, and a suggested campus announcement are available on the web at http://research.missouri.edu/federalupdate/. Questions you would like to have posed to the presenters during the 30-minute Q&A sessions can be submitted prior to and during the webinar. Please send your questions, noting the agency presenter(s) to whom they should be addressed, via email to FederalUpdate@missouri.edu.
Questions about the event itself should also be sent to FederalUpdate@missouri.edu.
Again this semester, the RUresearch team of the Rutgers University Libraries is offering a series of informative workshops to introduce faculty and other campus researchers to the issues involved with Research Data Management, as well as to services available from the Rutgers Libraries to help you as a researcher to effectively preserve your research data in accordance with recent granting agency guidelines, including those from NSF.
These presentations will be offered on the following dates:
An important part of the mission of the Rutgers University Libraries is to support and advance the university’s research agenda. The RUresearch team has been assembled to actively assist in the development of a data plan and for preservation and access of your research data products.
In these presentations, Ryan Womack, Research Data Manager for RUcore, and Aletia Morgan, Research Data Management Specialist, will discuss:
Each presentation will last 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A period.
While this newsletter often points out best practices, here is a worst practice to avoid:
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity has taken final action on a case of research misconduct. Based on an inquiry conducted by Duke University admissions by the Respondent, and additional analysis conducted by ORI in its oversight review, ORI has found that a former postdoctoral scholar engaged in research misconduct by falsifying data in a grant application submitted to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Specifically, ORI found that the Respondent falsified Figure 2C of the grant by altering the gain settings in the instrument used to measure store-operated current (SOC) densities in a whole cell patch clamp experiment comparing mouse airway cells and wild type mouse airway cells. ORI found that the Respondent falsified the experiment by adding an additional substance to his experiment to sharpen the results without disclosing that the substance was added.
The Respondent has entered into a Voluntary Settlement Agreement with ORI, in which he voluntarily agreed to the administrative actions set forth below. The administrative actions are required for two (2) years beginning on the date of the Respondent’s employment in a research position in which he receives or applies for PHS support on or after the effective date of the Agreement; however, if he has not obtained employment in a research position in which he receives or applies for PHS support within three (3) years of the effective date of the Agreement, the administrative actions set forth below will no longer apply. The Respondent has voluntarily agreed: (1) To have his research supervised as described below and to notify his employer(s)/institutions(s) of the terms of this supervision; Respondent agrees to ensure that prior to the submission of an application for PHS support for a research project on which Respondent’s participation is proposed and prior to Respondent’s participation in any capacity on PHS supported research, the institution employing him will submit a plan for supervision of Respondent’s duties to ORI for approval; the plan for supervision must be designed to ensure the scientific integrity of Respondent’s research contribution; Respondent agrees that he will not participate in any PHS supported research from the effective date of this Agreement until a plan for supervision is submitted to and approved by ORI; Respondent agrees to be responsible for maintaining compliance with the agreed upon plan for supervision; (2) that any institution employing him must submit, in conjunction with each application for PHS funds, or report, manuscript, or contract involving PHS supported research in which Respondent is involved, a certification to ORI that the data provided by Respondent are based on actual experiments or are otherwise legitimately derived and that the data, procedures, and methodology are accurately reported in the application, report, manuscript, or abstract; and (3) to exclude himself from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS, including but not limited to service on any PHS advisory committee, board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant.
"ORAU - Value Through Partnerships"
Oct 18 2011 at 11:00am
by Dr. Steve Roberts
Talk, Lecture, Seminar
Computing Research & Education Building, Busch Campus
96 Frelinghuysen Road
The Data and Compute-Driven Transformation of Modern Science
Oct 26 2011 at 10:00am
by Dr. Edward Seidel
Talk, Lecture, Seminar
Mclaren Center For Ceramic Research, Busch Campus
607 Taylor Road
Here's a photo of a tufted coquette, a type of hummingbird, from the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad (click to enlarge).