UWL & UW System Grants
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NIH Proposes Metric for Limiting Total Grant Support per Researcher
NIH has seen remarkable strides in innovative basic, translational, and applied research, as well as strides in funding new and mid-career faculty. However, NIH has also noted a number of concerning trends in its grant funding, such as 40% of funding being directed towards 10% of grant recipients; a significant amount of funds going to a limited number of institutions; funding for early-career investigators remaining flat while mid-career investigators’ funding rates decline; and lower productivity levels on larger grants (such as R01 awards).
To address these concerns, NIH is proposing to implement a new measure that will limit the total grant support that can be awarded to a single principal investigator. The proposed metric for doing so is the Grant Support Index (GSI), previously called the Research Commitment Index. The GSI “assigns a point value to [an investigator’s] various kinds of grants based on type, complexity, and size. Applications for NIH funding that will support researchers who have GSIs over 21 (the equivalent of 3 single-PI R01 awards) will be expected to include a plan in their applications for how they would adjust those researchers’ existing grant load to be within the GSI limits if their application is awarded” (“New NIH Approach to Grant Funding Aimed at Optimizing Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars“). It is expected that the GSI limit would affect about 6% of grantees; however, this would, in turn, “free up about 1,600 new awards [annually] to broaden the pool of investigators conducting NIH research.”
Source: National Institutes of Health
Latest Federal Spending Update
President Trump has signed a FY17 spending bill into law that helped to avoid a major government shutdown. This 2017 appropriations bill will fund the government until September 30.
While initial discussions suggested substantial cuts, and even eliminations, to several federal agencies, the results of the appropriations are hopeful. Discretionary funding to the Department of Education went down slightly, totaling $68.24 billion for FY17 ($60 million less than FY16). Funding for the arts and humanities via federal agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, were initially rumored to be eliminated with the FY18 budget. However, funding for the arts and humanities slightly increased about $2 million from FY16, totaling $149.85 million. Likewise, the Institute of Museum & Library Sciences, also included in the group of potential agencies to be eliminated, received a slight increase in funding of $1 million (totaling $231 million).
Science agencies fared very well in the 2017 appropriations bill. Agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received varying levels of funding increases. The Department of Defense (DOD) received the largest percentage increase in funding, increasing 7.5% over FY16. All increases under the DOD appropriation went towards “applied research and Advanced Technology Development efforts. Basic foundational research throughout DoD lost 1.4% of its total funding, or about $33 million (GRC GrantWeek).
Source: GRC GrantWeek
Applications for Regional Economic Development Programs Now Being Accepted
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting solicitations for the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. RIS is a nationwide competition that consists of two distinct grant programs, both designed to spur innovation capacity-building activities. The i6 Challenge makes small, targeted, high-impact investments to support start-up creation, innovation, and commercialization by funding Proof-of-Concept Centers, the expansion of existing centers, and later-stage Commercialization Centers. Seed Fund Support Grants provide funding for technical assistance to support feasibility, planning, formation, or the launch of cluster-based seed capital funds that will support innovative start-ups.
According to EDA reports, i6 Challenge program grantees have raised $166 million in private investments, SBIR funding, grants, and loans, assisting more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and innovators and creating 950 full-time jobs. Meanwhile, Seed Fund Support program grantees have raised $11 million in seed capital funding and made 34 investments totaling $3.4 million in early-stage companies. This amounts to $1.30 of additional investment for every federal dollar requested, and nearly 1,000 newly created jobs, according to the EDA.
Source: GRC GrantWeek
ACLS Receives $8 Million Grant to Support Humanities Fellowships & Scholarships
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) recently received a $8 million grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support fellowships and scholarships in the humanities. ACLS’s mission focuses on “the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.” ACLS traditionally funds research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. The new funding will support growth in three priority areas:
1) Increasing the scope of ACLS fellowship programs, which currently award more than $18 million to humanities scholars in annual, peer-reviewed competitions;
2) enabling the pursuit of new initiatives to enhance research support for faculty at teaching-intensive institutions; and
3) building capacity for ACLS program administration and analysis.
NSB Releases Interactive Brief on Careers of STEM PhDs
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Science Board (NSB) has issued a policy brief that summarizes data on science, engineering, and health (SEH) doctorate holders. In particular, the data shows the career trajectories, job satisfaction, and industry presence of those who have earned their doctorates in SEH disciplines. The brief presents an interactive infographic that shows “proportions of graduates entering business, government, and academic sectors and how career trajectories progress.” Its overall findings are as follows:
- There has been a more than 50% increase in the number of SEH doctorates over the past 20 years—outpacing the academic job market.
- Most SEH doctoral graduates work in industries other than academia—“a sign that an SEH degree is a launching point for a variety of careers pathways.”
- The bulk of respondents report a very high degree of career satisfaction.
More information can be found at the link below.
UWL & UW System Grants
Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)
Program summary: CATL Teaching & Learning Grants support projects that investigate how students learn and how teaching affects student thinking, learning, and behavior. There are three types of grants available under this funding opportunity:
1. Lesson Study Grants support instructors to undertake a lesson study during the academic year. Lesson study is classroom inquiry in which several instructors jointly design, teach, observe, analyze, and refine a single class lesson in one of their courses. The goal of a lesson study is to better understand how students learn and to use that information to improve teaching.
2. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Grants support projects that examine a significant learning issue or problem in one’s field, subject area, or course–e.g., why students have difficulty learning certain concepts or skills, difficulty applying knowledge and skills to new circumstances, achievement gaps among groups of students, and so on.
3. Course-Embedded Undergraduate Research Grants support the development of novel course-embedded undergraduate research and creative activities. Examples of novel research or creative projects could include working on a project for a client (the client could be on or off-campus) or helping students design and implement a project of their own.
Deadline: June 19, 2017 at noon
Program contact: UWL Provost Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program summary: The Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color Program supports bringing four or more scholars/artists of color to campus each year. The purpose of a larger number of shorter visits (rather than semester-long programs) serves to increase the program’s visibility on campus and increase the potential representation of individuals across the university. Members of UWL faculty and academic staff may nominate individuals to visit campus during the academic year. A primary goal is significant interaction with students as well as faculty and staff by the visiting scholar/artist. Travel costs and honoraria may be requested in the grant.
Deadline: July 10, 2017 (fall semester scholars)