Grant News, August 2017

Community Connections

Grow Our Own Teacher Diversity Program (GOO-TD)

Latest News

Farewell to the Grants.gov Legacy PDF Application

House Draft Spending Bill Rejects Elimination of NEA and NEH

House Rejects Some Administration Cuts to Science Agencies, but Retains Others

IMLS Opens Competitions for Key Library Programs

Funding Cuts for DOE Office of Science Growing Unlikely in Congress

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

Faculty Research Grants

UWL Faculty Development Grant

UWL International Program Development Fund

UWL International Scholarship Grant

External 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

National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
National Humanities Center
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Library of Congress
Education / Economic and Community Development
American Institute for Economic Research
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Kazanjian Economics Foundation
National Education Association Foundation
Spencer Foundation

Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
American Cancer Society
American Society of Clinical Oncology
National Institutes of Health
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

American Chemical Society
Association for Women in Mathematics
Fund for Astrophysical Research
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Smithsonian Institution
 U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Energy
Whitehall Foundation

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Community Connections


Increasing community engagement is one of the pillars of UWL’s strategic plan, outlined as a “key component to our teaching, scholarly, & service mission.” In ORSP, we get to be at the front lines as faculty and staff come together to develop, plan, and write grants that will help them connect to and serve the broader community. With all the great community projects that come through our office, we wanted to take a moment and give a shout-out to the collaborations that have a significant impact on the campus and surrounding community.

In our first shout-out, we would like to commend the School of Education, Professional & Continuing Education (EPC) for their Grow Our Own Teacher Diversity (GOO-TD) program. The purpose of GOO-TD is to “partner with local school districts to increase the number of qualified and culturally diverse educators in our communit[y] PK-12 classrooms.” Currently, EPC is partnering with the La Crosse School District to recruit employees, such as non-certified teacher assistants, into the GOO-TD program to earn their bachelor degrees in education, tuition free. The program not only has an impact on the EPC students enrolled, but also on the students in the PK-12 classroom who will learn from teachers of color who bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences into the teaching field.

This program has been supported in part with funding from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation and the La Crosse Community Foundation.

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Latest News

Farewell to the Grants.gov Legacy PDF Application

Effective December 31, 2017, the legacy PDF application package currently used to submit federal grants will be retired by Grants.gov. The PDF forms are being replaced by Grants.gov Workspace, an electronic application development and submission system that should streamline the application process. More information can be found on the Grants.gov blog.

Workspace has been available for about a year and, for the technological pioneers out there, is currently available for UWL federal grant applicants. However, UWL will not be using Workspace for all federal applications due to the advantages other federal agencies’ electronic systems provide. For example, NSF applications will continue to be submitted via FastLane, and NIH applications will be submitted via ASSIST.

Contact UWL ORSP if you are interested in exploring Workspace or other federal electronic systems, and our staff can assist with account set-up. ORSP has also created an overview of the electronic systems used by UWL for different federal agencies.

Source: Grants.gov Blog

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House Draft Spending Bill Rejects Elimination of NEA and NEH

The US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved an FY18 draft spending bill that would fund the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) at $145 million each. This amount is $5 million less than approved FY17 levels, but a far cry from the Trump Administration’s plan to eliminate the agencies, as previously announced in its FY 18 budget request. The arts and humanities funding was included as part of a draft bill to provide FY18 funding for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and agencies within the US Department of the Interior. The bill would also fund the EPA at $7.5 billion, $528 million below the FY17 enacted level, but $1.9 billion above President Trump’s request. The approval opens the door for consideration by the full House later in the summer.  For more information, see the House Appropriations Committee press release and this recent article from the New York Times.

Source: GRC GrantWeek

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House Rejects Some Administration Cuts to Science Agencies, but Retains Others

The House Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee unveiled the draft of its FY18 spending bill late last month, showing that appropriators’ goals are very different than the presidential budget request submitted earlier this year. The CJS bill allocates funds for NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), among other agencies. Altogether, the bill recommends a $2.6 billion decrease from FY17 between all CJS agencies. However, this is a $4.8 billion increase from the levels recommended by the Trump Administration.

The topline numbers at NASA would be increased slightly from FY17, with the agency at large receiving a one percent boost, and the Science Mission Directorate, home of the largest extramural research programs in NASA, seeing a two percent rise in funding. Both would have seen slight decreases in the requested budget. The bill does not break down funding levels between mission focuses, such as planetary science and earth science, which has been a contentious issue this year. It also funds the NASA Office of Education, which was zeroed out in the administration’s budget request, as previously reported in GrantWeek.

NSF funding remains level in the CJS bill, rejecting Trump’s proposed $672 million cut. Funding for NSF’s Education & Human Resources Directorate remains level at $880 million, instead of the 14 percent cut suggested by the administration.

NIST would lose a tenth of its funding under this bill, cutting heavily into manufacturing programs such as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Manufacturing USA (formerly the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation). While these cuts are millions of dollars below FY17 levels, the administration asked to cut these programs entirely.

NOAA would see sharp cuts in funding, losing $710 million from FY17. This is in line with the administration’s budget. Much of the loss comes from a reduction in Climate Research, which would be reduced by 19 percent.

Source: GRC GrantWeek

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IMLS Opens Competitions for Key Library Programs

The Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and National Leadership Grants for Libraries.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports professional development, graduate education, and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop a diverse workforce of librarians through Planning Grants (up to $50,000), National Forum Grants (up to $100,000), Research Grants (up to $500,000), and Project Grants (up to $1 million). National Leadership Grants for Libraries fund creative library research or projects that address challenges in the field and can be adapted, scaled, or replicated. It offers Sparks Grants (up to $25,000); Planning Grants (up to $50,000); National Forum Grants (up to $100,000); and Project and Research Grants (up to $2 million). Both programs require proposals to align with one of three theme categories: Community Anchors, National Digital Platform, and Curating Collections.

Preliminary proposals are required for both programs and are due September 1, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. A second competition for both programs is expected to be announced in December 2017, with a deadline for preliminary proposals in February 2018.

Source: GRC GrantWeek


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Funding Cuts for DOE Office of Science Growing Unlikely in Congress

Funding for fundamental energy and physics research at the Department of Energy (DOE) are expected to avoid major cuts as both chambers of Congress are moving forward on a new appropriations bill that rejects the Trump Administration’s request to sharply reduce funding for the Office of Science (SC). While both bills will need to continue through the budgetary process before final numbers are reached, neither the Senate nor the House accepted the proposed 17 percent cut to SC funding. In fact, the House provided level funding for the office, while the Senate includes a topline increase of three percent.

While the Trump Administration requested reductions in five of the six program offices within SC, these cuts were soundly rejected by legislators of both houses. No program area saw reduced funding in both the House and Senate bill, and while the House reduced funding for Biological and Environmental Research at DOE by five percent, the Senate increased funding for that category by three percent (the administration had requested a 43 percent cut, nowhere near legislators’ final decision). Both chambers and the administration prioritized funding for Advanced Scientific Computing Research, with the House raising funding levels by seven percent, and the Senate increasing it by 18 percentage points (the administration had requested a 12 percent increase).

Source: GRC Grantweek

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Recent Submissions


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Recent Awards

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Faculty Research Grants

Program contact: Office of Research &Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Program summary: The purpose of the Faculty Research Program is to promote and support scholarly research activities campus-wide. UWL provides funds on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis to eligible faculty, which includes all full-time faculty and instructional academic staff with a continuing appointment. The term “research” is meant to denote investigative activities–i.e., scholarly efforts to advance knowledge, increase skills, and improve understanding in any academic discipline. Projects must demonstrate originality and must yield results which are potentially publishable in a reputable journal, in book form, or through other recognized forms of presentation and dissemination.

Deadline: October 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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UWL Faculty Development Grant

Program contact: Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: Faculty Development Grants support the professional development of faculty and instructional academic staff, and projects intended to improve teaching and learning. There are three types of grants:

1. Teaching Innovation Grant: These grants support instructors who want to expand their pedagogical knowledge and expertise. Funds support small-scale projects in which instructors try innovative teaching practices and approaches in their classroom. The innovation can be something completely new, invented by the applicant, or a practice new to the applicant even if the practice itself is not a “new” one in the field of teaching.

2. Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Grant (SoTL): SoTL grants support projects intended to advance teaching through scholarly inquiry into student scholarship, teaching, and learning. Projects should 1) focus explicitly on observed student learning “problems” that reflect a gap between what instructors expect students to learn and their actual performance; 2) propose a study to investigate the causes and possible solutions to the problem; 3) present systematic evidence that explains the problem and how to improve student learning; and 4) culminate in a scholarly product that can be peer reviewed.

3. Professional Development Grant: These grants support instructors to develop expertise or projects that enhance the quality of undergraduate and/or graduate academics at UWL. The grants may support activities during the academic year and summer. Projects may involve multiple applicants. Professional development projects typically are one of two types: 1) short-duration projects (e.g., attendance at a workshop on teaching in one’s discipline); or 2) longer, ongoing projects (e.g., participation in a faculty seminar for a semester) that expand the training of the applicant in their area of expertise, and can be translated to the classroom or other areas of undergraduate and/or graduate academics.

Deadline: September 22, 2017 at noon

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi (lkabashi@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: The grant program focuses on the development of faculty- and staff-led programs (e.g., scoping visits) or faculty exchanges.

Deadline: October 2, 2017

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UWL International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: 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: October 2, 2017

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Grant News, July 2017

Latest News

NEH Humanities Summer Stipends Grant 

NIH Abandons Plan to Limit Per-Person Grant Awards

NEH Webinar and Workshops Supporting Humanities Public Engagement

Recent Submissions & Awards

Grants 101

The Benefits of Volunteering on a Review Panel

Participant Support Costs: What’s Allowable?

UWL Grants

UWL Faculty Development Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

UWL International Scholarship Grant

UWL Visiting Scholar/ Artist of Color Program

External 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

American Council of Learned Societies
American Musicological Society
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
German Marshall Fund of the United States
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Russell Sage Foundation
Tinker Foundation

Education / Economic and Community Development

American Educational Research Association
American Institute for Economic Research
Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, Inc.
Grant (William T.) Foundation
 Koch (Charles G.) Charitable Foundation
Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Spencer Foundation
State Justice Institute
U.S. Department of Education
Health
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation
American Society of Clinical Oncology
A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation
Elsa U. Pardee Foundation
Foundation for Physical Therapy
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
 National Institutes of Health
Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America Foundation
Retirement Research Foundation

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Research Council
National Science Foundation
Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation
U.S. Department of Defense

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NEH Humanities Summer Stipends Program

The NEH Summer Stipends program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Projects are supported at any stage of development.

Applicants must be nominated by their institution, and there is a limit of two applicants per institution. Interested individuals should complete a UWL notice of interest (NOI) form and submit it according to the deadline listed below. Before submitting the NOI form, applicants should discuss their project with their department chair and college dean. Submit the completed NOI form to grants@uwlax.edu by the deadline below; include your department chair and college dean in the CC line. Research & Sponsored Programs will facilitate review of NOIs, with anticipated notification of nomination by August 18, 2017. Please contact our office (grants@uwlax.edu) with questions.

Deadlines: UWL notice of interest form (required) due to grants@uwlax.edu – August 4, 2017
NEH proposal submission deadline – September 27, 2017 (annually reoccurring)

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NIH Abandons Plan to Limit Per-Person Grant Awards

Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed a metric, the Grant Support Index (GSI), that would limit total grant support per researcher (to approximately three major NIH awards at any one time). The GSI would have assigned a value to the researcher’s grants based on type, complexity, and size. One reason for proposing the GSI was to create a level playing field for young researchers who are in competition with experienced, senior researchers for the same pots of money. A second reason that NIH wanted to implement the GSI was due to recently collected data showing a generally lower scientific output among researchers/research groups with multiple concurrent grants (“Implementing Limits on Grant Support to Strengthen the Biomedical Research Workforce”).

However, there was a fair amount of protest, mainly from senior researchers and members of NIH’s advisory board, over the proposed GSI. NIH’s director, Francis S. Collins, initially stated that he was in favor of the GSI based on the data provided, but now he has now shifted his perspective, stating that “outside analyses raised doubts about that conclusion. In addition, he said, NIH officials heard questions about how exactly to measure a three-grant equivalency in situations such as team projects. And, he said, critics questioned whether such a ‘formula-driven approach’ fit with the NIH’s longstanding commitment to merit-based grant awards.” Instead, NIH plans to go forward with another solution, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, where young scientists will have more opportunities to receive funding without penalizing senior researchers.

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education 


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NEH Webinar and Workshops Supporting Humanities Public Engagement

NEH is funding a series of workshops to help humanities scholars write for a broader audience. The workshops, recently highlighted in Inside Higher Ed, will be hosted by Object Lessons, an essay and book series published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury. The workshops will be held in four locations selected to complement humanities conferences: in early November 2017 around the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference in Tempe, AZ; in late November 2017 around the American Anthropological Association conference in Washington, DC; in January 2018 around the Modern Language Association convention in New York City; and in March 2018 around the Association for Writers and Writing Programs in Tampa, FL. To read the guidelines and apply, visit the Object Lessons website. Participants will receive a stipend to offset the costs of travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals during the institute. Participants who have already planned to travel to the concurrent conference can use the stipend in tandem with, or in place of, other institutional funding.

The workshops tie thematically with NEH’s Public Scholars grant program, which supports well-researched books in the humanities designed to reach a broad audience. The deadline for the next Public Scholars program is February 7, 2018.

Sources: GRC Grantweek and Object Lessons

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UWL Grants

UWL Faculty Development Grant

Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: Faculty Development Grants support the professional development of faculty and instructional academic staff and projects intended to improve teaching and learning. There are three types of grants:

1. Teaching Innovation Grant: These grants support instructors who want to expand their pedagogical knowledge and expertise. Funds support small-scale projects in which instructors try innovative teaching practices and approaches in their classroom. The innovation can be something completely new, invented by the applicant, or a practice new to the applicant even if the practice itself is not a “new” one in the field of teaching.

2. Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Grant (SoTL): SoTL grants support projects intended to advance teaching through scholarly inquiry into student scholarship, teaching, and learning. Projects should 1) Focus explicitly on observed student learning “problems” that reflect a gap between what instructors expect students to learn and their actual performance; 2) propose a study to investigate the causes and possible solutions to the problem; 3) present systematic evidence that explains the problem and how to improve student learning; 4) culminate in a scholarly product that can be peer reviewed.

3. Professional Development Grant: These grants support instructors to develop expertise or projects that enhance the quality of undergraduate and/or graduate academics at UWL. The grants may support activities during the academic year and summer. Projects may involve multiple applicants. Professional development projects typically are one of two types: 1) short-duration projects (e.g., attendance at a workshop on teaching in one’s discipline); or 2) longer, ongoing projects (e.g., participation in a faculty seminar for a semester) that expand the training of the applicant in their area of expertise, and can be translated to the classroom or other areas of undergraduate and/or graduate academics.

Deadline: September 22, 2017 at noon

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi (lkabashi@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: The grant program focuses on the development of faculty- and staff-led programs (e.g., scoping visits) or faculty exchanges.

Deadline: October 2, 2017

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UWL International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: 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: October 2, 2017

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UWL Visiting Scholar / Artist of Color Program

Program contact: Provost Office

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) is 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 (for fall semester scholars)

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Grants 101

The Benefits of Volunteering on a Review Panel

Recently, UWL hosted National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officer Dr. Kathleen McCloud, who discussed grant opportunities for Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI). In her presentation, Dr. McCloud discussed grant writing best practices (e.g., reading the solicitation, contacting the program officer, having someone with grant experience read the proposal before submission). One additional suggestion that Dr. McCloud made that I want to discuss further in this Grants 101 is volunteering to be an NSF peer reviewer. The benefits of becoming a NSF reviewer include “gain[ing] firsthand knowledge of the peer review process; learn[ing] about common problems with proposals; discover[ing] strategies to write strong proposals; and, through serving on a panel, meet[ing] colleagues and NSF program officers managing programs related to your interests” (NSF). NSF states that the “success of the peer review process…depends on the willingness of qualified reviewers like you to share your time and expertise.”

To gain some insight into this experience, I interviewed Associate Professor Taviare Hawkins (Physics), who recently served as a peer reviewer for an NSF panel. Hawkins had an interest in targeting her proposals for a particular panel. The first step was to talk to the program officer of the directorate and program where she thought her own work would fit in order to learn more about the types of projects deemed favorable by peer reviewers, as well as seeing firsthand what a well-written proposal looks like.

Hawkins’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary problem of determining the mechanical (bending) properties of protein filaments inside cells, the microtubules. She and her collaborators “want to quantify their flexibility in various conditions, in the presence of drugs and/or other associated proteins.” Her intended research for NSF funding focuses on post-translational modification (PTM). To summarize, Hawkins explains that “PTMs are markers of microtubule stability in cells. They are important for microtubule-based signaling, and have been shown to affect the binding of microtubule-associated proteins to tubulin; however, there is a gap in our understanding as to whether tubulin PTMs affects the mechanical properties of tubulin dimer and ultimately the microtubule polymer. Through a combined experimental and modeling approaches, we would like to uncover the mechanisms by which PTMs can alter the mechanical properties of tubulin and ultimately microtubules.”

While Hawkins had previously served on grant review panels for private foundations or university-wide programs, her experiences were limited to one-day panels that required a lot of fast-paced work to review, discuss, and decide which grants were worthy of funding. For NSF, Hawkins was required to read and score the applications (up to 6 for her group) before meeting with the panel to discuss. While every panel has its own rhythm, Hawkins quickly noticed that the NSF panel was different from the previous ones she had served on. Specifically, 1) since the directorate was multidisciplinary, she was given the opportunity to access all the proposals to see which ones she felt comfortable reviewing; 2) the process the panel used to decide on which grants should be discussed and reviewed by the larger group was based on a minimum threshold score by the initial reviewing group, and then only the ones which met the minimum would be presented, discussed, and reviewed by the entire group; and 3) the panel, made up of many experienced reviewers, used an “intangible formula” to identify if the narrative had the “ingredients” of a successful proposal.

For Hawkins, the benefits of the NSF panel review experience included gaining a better understanding of what her NSF program expects and defines as a successful proposal. After her experience, she feels more confident and better prepared to submit a proposal to NSF. Overall, Hawkins believes there is always a lesson to be learned in the panel review, whether you are new to grant writing or are a veteran grant writer.

Hawkins’s last thoughts and recommendations to all grant writers are to: 1) work with the grants office; 2) submit a one-page summary to the program officer to make sure you are writing to the right directorate for your research; 3) identify potential collaborators before you begin writing your grant; and 4) write in a way that is accessible to a larger scientific community (since you never know exactly who will be reading your proposal).

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Participant Support Costs: What’s Allowable?

A common question we receive is how to categorize students who will be working on grant-funded projects, particularly for NSF or NIH grants: “In my budget, should I include students under the ‘Personnel’ or the ‘Participant Support Costs’ section?” The answer is the same as it is for many questions in our office: “It depends.” While the name “participant support costs” suggests that students may naturally fall under this section as they are participating on a grant, agencies have specific definitions and rules about when and where to include students in a budget.

For example, the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) distinguishes participant support costs from student employees as follows:

  • Participant support costs: “direct costs such as stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances, and registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants or trainees (but not employees) in connection with NSF-sponsored conferences or training projects”
  • Student employees: “Student employees are compensated for services rendered and their level of compensation is tied to the number of hours worked. Participant support costs should be used to defray the costs of students participating in a conference or training activity related to the project.”

As an example, NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduate Research (REU) program is intended to provide educational training experiences for students, and any funds related to their participation should be included in the participant support costs section.

When it comes to budgeting for students on a grant, the answer of where to include them comes down to what their intended role in the project will be: Is their main purpose to participate in an educational/training capacity (as a participant), or to work on the project as a fellow researcher/research assistant (as an employee)? This should inform how their role is written in the application narrative and budget justification. ORSP can help guide how student involvement is described in an application so that students’ roles are clearly defined.

Additional questions about what is and is not allowable under the participant support costs section are included in the source link below. If you have any questions about budgeting for students on your grants, please contact ORSP.

Source: NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

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Grant News, May 2017

Latest News

NIH Proposes Metric for Limiting Total Grant Support per Researcher

Latest Federal Spending Update

Applications for Regional Economic Development Programs Now Being Accepted

ACLS Receives $8 Million Grant to Support Humanities Fellowships & Scholarships

NSB Releases Interactive Brief on Careers of STEM PhDs

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Teaching & Learning Grants

UWL Visiting Scholar/ Artist of Color Program

External 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

Japan-United States Friendship Commission
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
 Longview Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Russell Sage Foundation
The Library of Congress
United States-Japan Foundation

Education / Economic and Community Development

American College Personnel Association
American Institute for Economic Research
Grant (William T.) Foundation
Kellogg (W.K.) Foundation
Koch (Charles G.) Charitable Foundation
 Kresge Foundation
Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Spencer Foundation
State Justice Institute

Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Foundation for Physical Therapy
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Lung Cancer Research Foundation
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Retirement Research Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
 U.S. Department of Defense

 Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

Leakey (L.S.B.) Foundation
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Research Council
National Science Foundation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Defense

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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

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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

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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


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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.

Sources: GRC Grantweek and ACLS

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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:

  1. There has been a more than 50% increase in the number of SEH doctorates over the past 20 years—outpacing the academic job market.
  2.  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.”
  3. The bulk of respondents report a very high degree of career satisfaction.

More information can be found at the link below.

Sources: National Science Foundation and GRC Grantweek

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Teaching & Learning 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

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UWL Visiting Scholar / Artist of Color Program

Program contact: UWL Provost Office, provost@uwlax.edu

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)

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