UWL & UW System Grants
Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.
Arts / Humanities / International
Save the Dates for Grant Seeking Professional Development Webinars!
In spring 2018, WiSys Regional Research Administrator Jeremy Miner (UW-Eau Claire) will be hosting five professional development webinars for UW System faculty and staff. Topics will span the continuum of grant seeking expertise, addressing the needs of novice as well as seasoned grant applicants. Sessions are each targeted to be 75 minutes total, with 60 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A.
Dates and topics are provided below. The webinars will be hosted by ORSP in the Institute for Campus Excellence (150 Murphy Library).
Grant Seeking Webinars: Dates, Times, & Topics
- February 1, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm: “Humanities and Social Sciences: Getting Funded, Getting Published”
- February 8, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm: “Building a Believable Budget”
- March 1, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm: “Funding Opportunities for Your Teaching, Research, and Scholarship”
- March 8, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm: “Goals, Objectives and Outcomes: the “GOO” that Holds a Proposal Together”
- April 5, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm: “½ Points: Making Your Grant Proposal Distinctively Different”
New Year, New Forms: Revised UWL Grant/Contract Transmittal and Post Award Modifications Forms Effective January 1
Beginning January 1, significantly updated versions of two extramural funding forms (replacing four old forms) will take effect.
New Grant/Contract Transmittal Form
- This form replaces two current forms: the UW System Grant Transmittal Form and the Grant/Contract Transmittal Form used for all other extramural funding. As with its predecessors, the form will be used to document the required institutional review and approval of all extramural funding (grants and sponsored research contracts), including UW System funding, prior to proposal submission. The required signatures remain the same (PI and co-PIs, department chair(s)/unit director(s), dean(s)/division director(s), ORSP director).
New Post Award Modifications Form
- This form replaces two current forms: the Budget Modification Form and No-Cost Extension Form. The new form will document the required institutional review and approval of the following post award modifications:
- Budget modifications when total funding previously awarded is reduced or increased, significant revisions are needed (i.e., those requiring prior approval from the sponsor), or funds are reallocated from participant support
- No-cost extensions
- Award transfers from or to another institution
- Changes to a project’s PI, scope, objectives, or personnel effort
- Other modifications requiring a sponsor’s prior approval
New Post Award Modifications Procedures Online
- To clarify which post award modifications require prior approval, and the process for obtaining approval, significantly updated procedures have been published on the ORSP website. The procedures themselves are not new, but the (hopefully) clearer guidance is.
The forms being replaced were first implemented over 15 years ago and have not been significantly updated since that time. The revisions ensure a) the forms, content, and processes are more comprehensible and uniform; and b) we are addressing the myriad compliance regulation revisions that have occurred over the past 1 1/2 decades.
While the forms have been updated, processes and requirements remain essentially the same. Please contact ORSP with any questions.
NSF Publishes FY 2017 Financial Report
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently published its fiscal year 2017 Agency Financial Report. Report highlights include the following:
- $7.5 billion in appropriations
- 80% ($6,006 million) supported basic research and education activities
- 12% ($873 million) supported activities to ensure a diverse, competitive, globally engaged US STEM workforce
- 5% ($359 million) supported NSF administrative and management activities
- 3% ($215 million) supported major research equipment and facilities construction
- <1% ($15 million) supported the Office of the Inspector General
- 1% ($4 million) supported the National Science Board
- 1,800 colleges, universities, and other institutions funded
- 78% to colleges, universities, and academic consortia ($5,558 million)
- 13% to private industry, including small businesses ($951 million)
- 5% to federal, state, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and international organizations ($372 million)
- 3% to federally funded research and development centers ($222 million)
- 49,400 proposals evaluated through a competitive merit review process
- 11,500 competitive awards funded
- 73% grants ($5,211 million)
- 22% cooperative agreements ($1,551 million)
- 5% contracts ($341 million)
- 203,400 proposal reviews conducted
- 353,000 estimated number of people supported by NSF funds (this estimate includes researchers, postdoctoral fellows, trainees, teachers, and students)
- 55,700 students supported by Graduate Research Fellowships since 1952
The full FY 2017 Financial Report, along with figures and tables, can be found at the NSF link below.
Source: National Science Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Takes on Social Isolation
A new funding opportunity from the Robert Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to address the growing problem of social isolation in America. RWJF is offering $2.5 million in awards to promote social connection as a way of promoting healthier overall lifestyles. Awards are expected to range from $250,000 to $750,000 to support projects lasting up to three years. Of particular interest are projects that adapt successful international programs in an American context. Both domestic and international institutions are eligible to apply for the grant, and partnerships are welcomed.
Social isolation has been linked to a host of health problems, increased rates of workplace hostility and addiction, and even decreased functionality of civic institutions. RWJF hopes that by increasing community connectivity, many negative consequences of isolation can be mitigated. Primarily, however, the project will be measuring health outcomes.
The request for proposals is part of a larger push by the RWJF to improve American health outcomes through their recently released Culture of Health Action Framework. Proposals will be expected to target the populations highlighted by the framework. Proposals must be submitted by December 21, 2017. The link to the full RFP can be found here.
Source: GRC GrantWeek
NIH Stress the Importance of Writing Project Outcomes For the General Public
As of October 1, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be sharing project outcomes with the general public via NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORTER). Acccording to Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, “Reviewing reported outcomes is part of [NIH’s] stewardship of the public’s investment in research. Publicly posting grant outcomes provides transparency and lets the taxpayer understand what they have paid for.”
When writing your Project Outcomes for the Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR), Lauer recommends keeping the descriptions clear and concise, with a focus on writing for a broad, general audience (e.g., clear and comprehensible language, avoid or explain jargon, etc.), as well as making sure not to share proprietary or confidential information or trade secrets. Even though NIH reviews the final RPPR or Interim RPPR for relevancy, they will publish the exact project outcomes provided by the grantee, so it is very important that it is intentionally written for the lay person.
In the full article, Lauer provides tips and examples on using plain language to communicate the value and significance of your research.
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus
UWL & UW System Grants
Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)
Program summary: Curricular Redesign Grants support groups of instructors to develop or redesign and implement curricula and teaching practices in academic programs. The program funds projects that involve significant revisions intended to address challenging learning goals, student learning problems, and/or achievement gaps. Priority will be given to projects that go above and beyond normal curriculum development, course updates, and minor revisions. Projects should include design, assessment, and further improvement of curriculum and teaching practices.
Deadline: February 16, 2018
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Program contact: UWL Foundation
Program summary: This fund supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) without an indefinite appointment. The recipient must meet the following criteria: 1) must be employed at UWL with at least a 75 percent appointment; 2) must be either a non-tenured faculty member or a member of instructional academic staff without an indefinite appointment; 3) must be attending a national conference within her/his discipline; 4) may not have previously received this award.
Deadline: March 30, 2018
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Program contact: Rose Brougham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Program summary: Through institutional partnerships and other scholarly activities, university faculty and academic staff are connected with other universities and organizations throughout the world. International experiences bring the world to the classroom, enhance research, and assist in preparing students, faculty, and staff in becoming global citizens for the 21st Century. The grant program focuses on the development of faculty- and staff-led programs (e.g., scoping visits) or faculty exchanges.
Deadline: February 5, 2018
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rogram contact: UWL Provost Office
Program summary: The program supports internationalization of the university through research and other scholarly projects that are international in scope and have the potential to transform the applicant’s research. One of the primary outcomes associated with this program is the support of travel costs to present research at international venues. However, UWL employees may submit proposals associated with conducting scholarly endeavors abroad and/or enhancing their professional development in a manner that maximizes the interaction between faculty/staff and the host culture/community. Proposals must be approved by the department and dean and demonstrate that the university will realize tangible benefits.
Deadline: February 5, 2018
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Program contact: Provost Office
Program summary: In an effort to support program assessment activities, this grant provides support for gathering, analyzing, discussing, and acting on evidence of student learning in programs. This program is intended to support evidence-informed improvement of teaching and learning in majors and concentrations. Awards may be used for expenses related to the development of assessment plans, collection of assessment data, or the review of assessment data and development of action steps based on results. No single course assessment proposals are eligible. The awards are for projects that will take place in the spring 2018 semester and be completed by June 1, 2018.
Deadline: February 2, 2018
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Funding agencies: WiSys & UW System
Program summary: The Applied Research Grant (ARG) program encourages faculty and academic staff to apply their expertise and scholarship to the economic development of Wisconsin and further afield. Applied research activities improve the connection between knowledge and practice while promoting positive change in the state’s economy. Potential benefits of these activities include fostering business expansion and improving profitability, creating jobs and enhancing workforce quality, reducing costs and increasing efficiency, and improving the quality of Wisconsin’s products and services. Proposals are invited from faculty and staff in ALL academic disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences. Funding is available for one year to researchers at all UW institutions. For the humanities and social sciences, in addition to the benefits outline above, potential impact could be directed towards societal impact, quality of life, cultural or environmental impact, impact on health as well as public policy and services.
The Applied Research-WiSys Technology Grant (AR-WiTAG) program encourages faculty and academic staff from science and technology fields to apply their expertise and scholarship to the economic development of Wisconsin and further afield through the development of high-value intellectual property and/or marketable products. Projects that address a clear and unmet need from industry are strongly encouraged.
- Intent to submit email due December 18, 2017 (required) to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- Full proposal due to ORSP by January 12, 2018; due to WiSys by January 29, 2018