Grant News, February 2018

Latest News

Changes Made to UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund Application Process

Save the Dates for Grant Seeking Professional Development Webinars!

Department of Education Publishes Upcoming Grants

NSF Hosts S-STEM Webinars for FY18 Submissions

EPA Seeks Local Partners to Enhance Environmental Education

NSF 2018 Proposal Guidelines Changes in Effect on January 29, 2018

Overview of UWL Awards for 2nd Quarter, FY 2018

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Margins of Excellence Fund

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

UWL Program Assessment Grant

UW System Ideadvance Seed Feed

External Grants

Most 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.

Local/Regional Grants

Arts Midwest
La Crosse Community Foundation
La Crosse Public Education Foundation
US Bank Foundation
Wisconsin Humanities Council
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Arts / Humanities / International

American Historical Association
American Library Association
Diversity Research Grants-Apr 15, 2018 (addressing gaps in knowledge of diversity issues in library & information science)
Dirksen Congressional Center
Henry Luce Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Challenge America-Apr 12, 2018 (professional arts programming and projects emphasizing the potential of arts in community development)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Samuel H. Kress Foundation (Interpretation, preservation, study, and teaching of European art from antiquity to early 19th century)

Kress Grants-Apr 1, 2018

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Education/Economic and Community Development
American Political Science Association
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Project Management Institute

Health

American Cancer Society

Research, Training, and Professorship-Apr 1, 2018

American Psychological Foundation

Fellowships, Research, and Program Grants-Apr 1, 2018 (Multiple deadlines)

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

Cancer Research Grants-Apr 30, 2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Cancer Biology Research-Multiple opportunities & deadlines
Conference Grants to Advance Collaborative Research on Aging Biology (R13)-Apr 12, 2018
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences-Multiple opportunities & deadlines
NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13)-April 12, 2018
Platform Delivery Technologies for Nucleic Acid Therapeutics (R41/$42)-Apr 5, 2018

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS Funding Opportunities-Apr 9, 2018

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI members only; multiple opportunities)

Applied Social Issues Internship Program-Apr 15, 2018 (Undergrads/grads eligible)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Drug Free Communities Support Program-Mar 29, 2018 

US Department of Health and Human Services

Indian Health Service Scholarship Program-Mar 28, 2018

Research on Research Integrity-Mar 23, 2018

US Food and Drug Administration

Enhancing Regulatory Science for the Risk Based Assessment of Emerging Manufacturing-Mar 30, 2018

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Science/Technology/Engineering/Math

American Astronomical Society

Chrétien International Research Grants – Apr 1, 2018

Civilian Research and Development Foundation Global

Cooperative Grants Program-Multiple deadlines (cooperative research for scientists & engineers to address critical societal needs)

Human Frontier Science Program

Research Grants, Fellowships and Awards-Mar 19, 2018 (interdisciplinary, international research on complex mechanisms of living organisms)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Research Opportunities in Space & Earth Sciences (ROSES)-Multiple deadlines (over 50 programs released monthly supporting all aspects of basic & applied research & technology in space and earth sciences)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF INCLUDES-Apr 4, 2018 (increasing participation and enhancing preparation of underrepresented, underserved individuals in STEM)
NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences- Apr 27, 2018
Expeditions in Computing-Apr 25, 2018
Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems-Apr 2, 2018
Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices-Apr 2, 2018
Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program-Apr 18, 2018

Smithsonian Institution (undergrad/grad internships; grad/senior fellowships)

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study-Multiple deadlines

US Department of Agriculture

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative-Mar 29, 2018 (biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics)
Organic Transitions Program-Mar 29, 2018
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program-Apr 2018 (Additional multiple deadlines)

US Department of Commerce

Sea Grant Marine Aquaculture Grant Program-Mar 2, 2018

US Department of Defense

Consortium Research Fellows Program (students & faculty eligible)-Applications accepted anytime

DARPA: Biological Technologies Office-Apr 26, 2018

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program-Mar 8, 2018

US Department of Energy

Joint Genome Institute-Mar 1, 2018

US Department of the Interior

Wildlife Without Borders: Species, Regional, & Global Programs-Apr 1, 2018

US Department of Transportation

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-Mar 20, 2018
Transit Cooperative Research Program-Multiple opportunities & deadlines

Whitehall Foundation (basic research in vertebrate and invertebrate neurobiology)

Grants-in-Aid and Research Grants-Apr 15, 2018

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Undergrad/grad grants in multiple STEM fields)

Education Programs-Multiple opportunities & deadlines

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Latest News

Changes Made to UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund Application Process

Effective for the upcoming March 30, 2018, submission deadline, the application process for the UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund has undergone several changes. Despite changes to the process, the program’s purpose and eligibility criteria remain the same. Changes include the following:

  • Application materials should now be entered into Digital Measures (DM). Then the applicant must generate a Grant Proposal Report in DM. The Grant Proposal Report serves as the application that is to be submitted by the applicant for review. This mirrors the application process for the majority of other UWL internal grants.
  • Applications (DM Grant Proposal Reports) should be submitted via email to senate@uwlax.edu prior to the deadline.
  • The Faculty Senate Instructional Academic Staff (IAS) Committee will now serve as the grant program review panel.

The grant guidelines have been updated with instructions for the new application process, and a tutorial video on the program webpage provides step-by-step instructions and recommendations on entering information into DM and generating a DM Grant Proposal Report.

The UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund supports conference costs for eligible non-tenured faculty or IAS with a continuing appointment. The award may be used for conference related travel costs. To be eligible, the conference must occur between July 1 and June 30 of the upcoming year. Applications are due the last Friday in March (March 30, 2018).

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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).

WiSys Spring 2018 Grant Webinar Series UW-La Crosse

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Department of Education Publishes Upcoming Grants

The Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) posted upcoming grant opportunities for the 2018 year. Several offices fall under the OII, including Institute of Education Sciences; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Office of Postsecondary Education; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education; and Office of English Language Acquisition.

Anticipated grants to be rolled out in the next few months include Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Grants, Teacher Quality Partnership, Charter Schools Program, Arts in Education (Model Development & Dissemination and the National Program), Education and Innovation Research Program, and Supporting Effective Educator Development. The OII website provides continuing updates to RFPs, upcoming deadlines, anticipated award size and number of awards, and contact information for each grant opportunity.

Source: GRC GrantWeek


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NSF Hosts S-STEM Webinars for FY18 Submissions

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be hosting upcoming webinars in February for the upcoming Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (S-STEM) program submission deadline. S-STEM applications are due March 28, 2018. The first half-hour of the webinar will consist of an overview of the program itself; this will be followed by a question-and-answer session. It will be helpful to review the solicitation before the webinars. Upcoming webinar dates and access information is provided below. Full webinar information and content is archived at the S-STEM webinar website.

Webinar 1
When: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, 6 February
URL: http://bit.ly/2rAmxKS
Meeting number (access code): 745 404 200.
Meeting password: vMt7aGF$
Host: Tom Kim (chemistry, tkim@nsf.gov)

Webinar 2
When: 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, 15 February
URL: http://bit.ly/2E45aVo
Meeting number (access code): 742 904 512.
Meeting password: uVCjCm?2
Host: Ron Buckmire (mathematics, rbuckmir@nsf.gov)

Source: NSF


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EPA Seeks Local Partners to Enhance Environmental Education

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications for the 2018 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program. Approximately $3 million will be spread out between EPA’s 10 regions to promote environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in local communities. Each region is expected to award three to four grants this cycle, meaning applicants willonly be competing against other local entities for multiple chances at funding. EPA does require cost sharing, and exactly 25 percent of the total award amount must go to subgrantees.

Applications are due by March 15, 2018.

A webinar will be hosted on February 21, 2018. Slides about the EE program, and archived information from a previous webinar, can be found here.

Source: GRC GrantWeek


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NSF 2018 Proposal Guidelines Changes in Effect January 29, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has finalized the changes to the 2018 Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). These changes have gone into effect for all NSF applications submitted on or after January 29, 2018. The significant changes are summarized as follows and can be reviewed more in-depth in the January Grant News:

  • Eligibility Standards: Eligibility standards have been revised for international branch campuses of institutions of higher education
  • Project Description must include an “Intellectual Merit” section
  • Budget Justification has increased from 3 to 5 pages
  • Clarifying language added to the PAPPG in relation to the required “Results from Prior NSF Support” section of the Project Description
  • New Language about Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

Additional updates and clarifications can be found in NSF’s PAPPG under “Significant Changes and Clarifications to the PAPPG.”

Source: NSF


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Overview of UWL Awards for 2nd Quarter, FY 2018

FY18 Q2 Awards by College Division

FY18 Q2 Awards by Source

FY18 Q2 Major Funding Sources

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Recent Submissions

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Recent Awards

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Margins of Excellence Fund

Program contact: UWL Provost Office

Summary: The Provost’s Office is requesting proposals associated with enhancing experiential learning opportunities for UWL students. The intent of the Margins of Excellence Fund is to provide funds to heighten visibility and understanding of the importance of experiential learning as a high-impact practice both within UWL and externally to the greater community. It is not intended that this fund will supplant University resources that support these types of programs. It is desirable that the use of these funds serve as a catalyst for 1) increasing the number of students having the interest and opportunity to participate in experiential learning opportunities, 2) more faculty wanting to incorporate experiential learning into their curriculum, 3) providing compelling reasons for donors (alumni, friends, and others) to invest in this Margins of Educational Excellence, 4) taking advantage of donation challenges where possible, and 5) for the general public to understand and appreciate this important contribution of UWL to the economy and education of its citizenry (The Wisconsin Idea).

Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to recognized UWL programs, units, or organizations. Individual faculty or staff members are encouraged to work through a recognized unit with ideas that have a wide impact. Preference will be given to proposals that 1) effectively indicate a wide impact on or for UWL, 2) provide robust ideas for the assessment of outcomes, and 3) clearly articulate a sound plan for a continuity of the project without Margins of Excellence funding (if applicable).

Allowable costs: Funds shall be used to support a variety of experiential learning opportunities across campus.  Programs that provide direct student support should prepare them or enhance current or future educational experiences, as opposed to awarding them for past accomplishments.  Possible uses of the Fund may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Student stipends and support for undergraduate and graduate student research, creative activities, student teaching/clinical experiences in the School of Education, clinical experiences, especially in the allied health fields  internships, especially those that are unpaid, study away/abroad experiences, student leadership. experiences, and/or community service experiences
  • Facilitation of programs being developed and administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Development and/or enhancement of specific programs between a campus unit and external partner such as a business, governmental or non-governmental agency, etc. Some possibilities might include leveraging the funds with these entities.
  • Development workshops for faculty to learn how to become involved with experiential learning. This might include workshops for faculty to share their experiences with colleagues.
  • Recognition/celebratory event(s) for participants—student participants, faculty mentors, community partners, and the general public. This could include receptions, lunches, dinners, etc., and could include research and other scholarly exhibitions.
  • Marketing of programs on campus and beyond (e.g., to students, faculty members, community partners, possible donors).

Proposal Format: Proposals should include the required documents below:

  • Cover sheet with abstract: Indicate the unit(s)/program(s)/organization(s), primary contact(s), timeline for project, and 300-word abstract of project. Indicate if the proposal is for a Small Grant ($4,000 or less) or a Substantive Grant (over $4,000).
  • Narrative: Not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages. The narrative must include a plan for assessment of the program’s effectiveness.
  • Budget sheet: Not to exceed 1 page, including narrative and budget breakdown.

Deadline: February 16, 2018 by 5:00 pm to provost@uwlax.edu

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UWL Curricular Redesign 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: March 5, 2018

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UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: UWL Faculty Senate IAS Committee Chair (see the current Faculty Senate Committee Assignments)

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 their discipline; 4) may not have previously received this award.

Note: There have been changes to the application process for the spring 2018 submission deadline. However, eligible applicants and activities remain the same. See the program webpage for the updated guidelines.

Deadline: March 30, 2018

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UWL Program Assessment Grant

Program contact: UWL 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 16, 2018

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UW System Ideadvance Seed Fund

Program contacts: Anne Hlavacka, UWL Small Business Development Center and UW Ideadvance New Idea Concierge

Program summary: The Ideadvance Seed Fund combines early-stage grant funding with business mentoring to development innovative ideas and potential businesses from UW alumni and current UW faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs. Ideas originating from all disciplines are encouraged. Stage 1 grants fund up to $25,000 and aim to help applicants reduce the risk in a business idea by determining features that will solve a real customer need. Stage 1 awardees are eligible to apply for Stage 2 grants, which fund up to $50,000 to support development of a business model that effectively delivers solutions to customers and prepares the idea for investment.

Eligible applicants should first consult with the UWL Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the UW Ideadvance New Idea Concierge to learn about developing a competitive proposal.

Deadline: April 27, 2018

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Grant News, January 2018

Latest News

Workspace: The New Federal Grant Submission System

NIH ASSIST: The New System for NIH Grant Submission

NSF 2018 Proposal Guidelines: Summary of Significant Changes

NSF Proposal Submission in Research.gov to Begin in April

New Year, New Forms: Revised UWL Grant/Contract Transmittal and Post Award Modifications Forms

Save the Dates for Grant Seeking Professional Development Webinars!

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

UWL International Program Development Fund

UWL International Scholarship Grant

UWL Program Assessment Grant

External Grants

Most 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.

Local/Regional Grants

Arts Midwest
La Crosse Community Foundation
La Crosse Public Education Foundation
US Bank Foundation
Wisconsin Arts Board
Wisconsin Humanities Council

Arts / Humanities / International

American Philosophical Society
College Art Association
Early American Industries Association (Historic trades, tools, and crafts)
Eisenhower Foundation (Eisenhower presidential library)
Folger Shakespeare Library
Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum (US policies, foreign affairs, and politics)
Hagley Museum and Library
J.M. Kaplan Fund
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Art Works-Feb 15, 2018 (Creation of, public engagement with, lifelong learning in, and community development through the arts)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
National Gallery of Art
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Tinker Foundation
Institutional Grants-Mar 1, 2018 (Research in democratic governance, education, & sustainable resource management)
Education/Economic and Community Development

Health

American Psychological Foundation
Klingenstein (Esther A. & Joseph) Fund, Inc.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
US Department of Defense (DOD)

Science/Technology/Engineering/Math

Henry Luce Foundation
Huyck (Edmund Niles) Preserve and Biological Research Station
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (any field of science & engineering)
US Department of Commerce (DOC)
US Department of Defense (DOD) (support for multiple STEM fields, e.g., mechanical sciences, mathematics, electronics, computing science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science, network science, and environmental sciences)
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

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Latest News

Workspace: The New Federal Grant Submission System

Effective December 31, 2017, the familiar Grants.gov Legacy application package (a.k.a. the SF424 PDF forms) used for federal grant submissions has been retired. In its place is a cloud-based submission system titled Workspace. For UWL’s purposes, Workspace will be used to submit all federal applications except those for the following agencies:

  • NSF: UWL will continue to use FastLane for application submission, although the agency will be transitioning its submissions to Research.gov beginning in April 2018. Users’ credentials are the same for both systems.
  • NIH: UWL will continue to use ASSIST for application submission. ASSIST can be accessed via users’ existing eRA Commons accounts.
  • NASA: UWL will continue to use NSPIRES.

Those who are planning to submit an upcoming federal application to any other federal agency are encouraged to begin the Workspace set-up process early.

How do I get started?

Contact ORSP to request a Grants.gov user account. Once it is set up, ORSP will forward you the user credentials. You will need an individual account before a Workspace can be initiated for a particular grant application.

How do I initiate a Workspace for a new application?

Once you have a Grants.gov user account, you can initiate a Workspace by either:

  • Creating the Workspace via the program posting on Grants.gov (see the video below) or
  • Contacting ORSP with the program information (in particular the Opportunity Number) to request assistance in setting up a Workspace

Once a Workspace is set up, you can begin to complete the application materials. Multiple users can be added to any Workspace, and so you can also have your collaborators added as participants to enable them to complete and review application components. In order to be added as Workspace participants, individuals must have a Grants.gov user account.

Note that a new Workspace must be initiated for each application.

The Workspace for my application is set up. Now what?

All participants assigned to a specific Workspace can complete forms required for the application (unless a form is locked for editing by another user). Forms can be completed by either filling in an online form or uploading a completed PDF version of a form.

ORSP is not automatically notified when you create a new Workspace. So, you are strongly encouraged to contact the office as soon as you set up a Workspace so that we can assist with the process, including adding ORSP staff as participants to enable the review and submission of the application.

Once an application is complete, the materials can be validated within Workspace to check for compliance with Grants.gov requirements. After validation, select the “Complete and Notify AOR” button, which will signal ORSP that the application is ready for final review and submission.

A step-by-step process and checklist resource for using Workspace can be found here on Grants.gov. Please contact ORSP with any questions.

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NIH ASSIST: The New System for NIH Grant Submission

NIH has moved away from using the Grants.gov Legacy application package (a.k.a. the SF424 PDF forms) for federal grant submissions to using the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) system. This system is used to prepare and submit grant applications electronically to NIH and other Public Health Service (PHS) agencies.

If you anticipate submitting an NIH grant, the agency has recently published a new Preparing Your Application Using ASSIST page. It provides a step-by-step process for developing both single and multi-project applications, and links to a YouTube video on how to navigate the ASSIST system. You will need an active eRA Commons account to access and submit an application via ASSIST.

ASSIST
ASSIST can be accessed via your existing eRA Commons account (see the highlighted link).

Please contact ORSP to request the initiation of an application in ASSIST.

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NSF 2018 Proposal Guidelines: Summary of Significant Changes

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has finalized the changes to the 2018 Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). These changes will go into effect for all NSF applications submitted on or after January 29, 2018. The significant changes are summarized as follows:

  • Eligibility Standards: Eligibility standards have been revised for international branch campuses of IHEs. The 2018 guidelines state, “If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.” See the Nov/Dec NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter for the criteria that NSF wants to see addressed.
  • Project Description: This document must now contain a separate section header identified as “Intellectual Merit.”
  • Budget Justification: This document’s page limit has increased from 3 to 5 pages. The 5-page limit applies separately to both the lead institution and each subaward budget justification.
  • Results from Prior NSF Support Clarification: Language has been clarified to indicate “that if any PI or co-PI identified on the proposal has received an NSF award with an end date in the past five years or in the future (including
    any current funding and no cost extensions), information on the award is required for each PI and co-PI. This applies regardless of whether the support was directly related to the proposal or not” (NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter).
  • Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) New Language: The updated guidelines state that  “NSF will not consider funding research that would lead to a gain of function for agents of concern” (NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter).
  • Final Project Report: Language has been updated to reflect that “when PIs submit the report, they are indicating that the scope of work is complete and no further administrative actions are anticipated on the grant” (NSF PAPPG).
  • Human Subjects: Language has been added on post award responsibilities. In particular, additional IRB approval must be obtained if protocol changes substantively from those proposed and approved in the grant application. NSF policy states, “When an additional IRB approval is required, the organization must provide to the cognizant NSF Program Officer a signed copy of the new IRB approval letter indicating approval of the covered activities and explicitly referencing the title of the award” (NSF Post Award Requirements and Considerations).

Sources: NSF PAPPG and Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter


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NSF Proposal Submission in Research.gov to Begin in April

Beginning in April 2018, proposers will be able to prepare and submit non-collaborative research proposals in Research.gov.  The initial release of this new capability will run in parallel with existing FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities, so proposers can choose to prepare and submit non-collaborative research proposals in Research.gov or in FastLane beginning in April. Separately submitted collaborative proposals must still be submitted in FastLane.

NSF will preview the new functionality to the research community in February 2018 to collect preliminary feedback and to provide the community an opportunity to acclimate to the new technology. Some of the new proposal preparation capabilities the community will be able to preview in February include page formatting compliance checks, project summary and project description heading compliance checks, and a completely redesigned display of the budget.

After deploying the new Research.gov functionality for non-collaborative research proposals, NSF plans to obtain user feedback from the initial release to implement enhancements and expand functionality incrementally, with the goal of eventually transitioning all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to
Research.gov.

Source: NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter


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New Year, New Forms: Revised UWL Grant/Contract Transmittal and Post Award Modifications Forms 

Beginning January 1, significantly updated versions of two extramural funding forms (replacing four old forms) have taken effect.

What’s new?

New Grant/Contract Transmittal Form
  • This replaces two old 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 replaces two old 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.

Why?

The replaced forms 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.

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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).

WiSys Spring 2018 Grant Webinar Series UW-La Crosse

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Recent Submissions


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Recent Awards

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign 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: March 5, 2018

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UWL Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: Faculty Senate IAS Committee Chair (see the current Faculty Senate Committee Assignments)

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 their discipline; 4) may not have previously received this award.

Note: There will be significant program changes for the spring 2018 submission deadline. While the application forms and process will be changing, the eligible applicants and activities will remain the same.

Deadline: March 30, 2018

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Rose Brougham (rbrougham@uwlax.edu)

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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UWL International Scholarship Grant

Program 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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UWL Program Assessment Grant

Program contact: UWL 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 16, 2018

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Grant News, March 2017

Latest News

Save The Date! NSF Is Coming to Campus May 17!

Highlights of Upcoming NEA Funding Opportunities

Trump Administration Budget Proposal Would Make Substantial Cuts to EPA & NOAA

Dear Colleague Letter: Encouraging Submission of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Proposals in the Area of Cybersecurity

New IMLS Funding for Museum Professional Development & Capacity Building

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

CATL Teaching and Learning Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

International Scholarship Grant

UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

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

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Fichter Research Grants (Research on Women and Religion) – May 01, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants- June 6, 2017

Humanities Access Grants – May 03, 2017

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication – Apr 12, 2017

Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants – May 02, 2017

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions – May 02, 2017

Education/ Economics/ Community Development

American Institute for Economic Research

Fellowship and Internship Programs – May 01, 2017

Economic History Association

Graduate Fellowships and Grants – May 22, 2017

Grant (William T.) Foundation

Fellowships and Research Grants – May 03, 2017

Spencer Foundation

Field-Initiated Grants – May 01, 2017

VentureWell

Grants Program – May 03, 2017

Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants – May 25, 2017

Research Projects for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections – May 25, 2017

Alternatives Research & Development Foundation

Research Grants – May 01, 2017

National Institutes of Health

Alcohol Education Project Grants – May 25, 2017

Alcohol Research Resource Awards (R24)- May 25, 2017

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)- Sept. 25, 2017

Cancer Research Education Grants Program (R25); Multiple Programs – May 25, 2017

Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Courses – May 25, 2017

International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award – May 18, 2017

Mentoring Networks for Mental Health Research Education – May 24, 2017

NICHD Research Education Programs- May 25, 2017

NIH Instrumentation Grants – May 31, 2017

Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and   Obesity Prevention and Care (R34)- May 1, 2017; Nov 1, 2017

Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R18)- May 1, 2017; Nov 1, 2017

Research Education Program for Psychiatry Residents – May 24, 2017

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) – May 25, 2017

Research Projects for Development of Animal Models and Related Materials – May 25, 2017

Support of Continuous Research (SCORE) – May 25, 2017

Retirement Research Foundation

Responsive Grants – May 01, 2017

Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Math

American Museum of Natural History

Fellowship and Grant Opportunities – May 01, 2017

Association for Women in Mathematics

Mathematics Travel and Mentoring Grants for Women Researchers – May 01, 2017

Dreyfus Foundation

Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions – May 18, 2017

Teacher-Scholar Awards in Chemical Sciences – May 18, 2017

Lalor Foundation

Grants and Fellowships – May 01, 2017

National Research Council

Research Associateship Programs – May 01, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Astrophysics Data Analysis Program- Optional NOI due March 28, 2017; application due May 16, 2017

Earth’s Surface and Interior- Optional NOI due March 31, 2017; application due May 15, 2017

Land-Cover/Land-Use Change- Required NOIs due April 3, 2017; application due June 8, 2017

Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science- accepted anytime until March 29, 2018

National Science Foundation

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials- accepted anytime

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program- preliminary proposal Apr 19, 2017; Oct 18, 2017

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – May 26, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation  – April 11, 2017; Sept. 19, 2017

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Cottrell Scholar Awards – May 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergrad Research Experiences (ASSURE) – May 26, 2017

W. M. Keck Foundation

Science and Engineering/Medical Research Programs – May 01, 2017

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Grant Programs – May 01, 2017

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Latest News

Save The Date! NSF Is Coming to Campus May 17!

Mark your calendars and save the date! On May 17 in the Institute for Campus Excellence (150 Murphy Library), the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will be hosting Dr. Kathleen McCloud from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. McCloud is a Program Director in the Division of Physics, and she oversees the Investigator-Initiated Research Projects, Integrative Activities in Physics, and Physics Frontiers Centers funding opportunities. Dr. McCloud will be coming to UWL to present on grant writing best practices for NSF grants with an emphasis on writing from the predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI) perspective. NSF funds projects across a number of disciplines, ranging from the biological, physical, and geo-sciences to STEM education, mathematics, and social, behavioral, & economic sciences. (See the NSF  website for a full list of NSF-funded disciplines.) Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer!

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Highlights of Upcoming NEA Funding Opportunities

During the GRC Funding Competitiveness Conference, Clifford Murphy, the Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), spoke with attendees about upcoming NEA funding opportunities and provided some tips for potential applicants. Murphy provided an overview of the major NEA programs, including several with approaching deadlines: Art Works (second FY 17 competition, deadline July 13, 2017); Art Works Creativity Connects (deadline May 4, 2017); and Challenge America (deadline April 13, 2017). Among the tips he gave was for attendees to consider applying for funding from state and regional arts agencies that receive some of their funding from NEA (e.g., Wisconsin Arts Board). He also noted that NEA applicants can use state funding as part of their required 1:1 match of NEA funds as long as they specify that the match is not coming from the state arts organization’s NEA funds. Murphy noted that projects don’t need to be new to get funded and that NEA does fund recurring projects. Murphy further suggested that attendees examine synopses of previously awarded projects for ideas on what gets funded.

Murphy spent some time highlighting NEA’s newest program, Art Works Creativity Connects, which supports projects that show and explore the mutual benefit of collaborations between the arts and non-arts sectors. Murphy noted that, though organizations may only receive one Art Works award per year, they can receive an Art Works Creativity Connects award in addition to a regular Art Works award or other NEA awards. Murphy further noted art therapy projects might be eligible under Creativity Connects, depending on how the project was framed. For example, an arts therapy project could be part of a collaboration between a health organization and an arts organization as long as the project shows both sectors learning from this interaction and participation in the project is open to the wider public (and not just, for example, university students).

Source: GRC GrantWeek

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Trump Administration Budget Proposal Would Make Substantial Cuts to EPA & NOAA

The Trump Administration is proposing substantial cuts to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of its upcoming draft budget proposal, which would increase defense spending by $54 million and cut non-defense spending by the same amount. According to the Washington Post, under the plan, the EPA budget would drop from $8.2 billion a year to $6.1 billion. EPA staff numbers would drop from 15,000 to 12,000, air and water programs would be cut by 30 percent, and the Office of Research & Development could lose up to 42 percent of its budget.

The Trump administration would also cut NOAA’s budget by 17 percent, with significant cuts to its research and satellite programs. Specific areas within NOAA singled out for cuts include the Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, which would lose 26 percent of its current funding level, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, & Information Service, which houses the National Centers for Environmental Information, which serves as a repository of climate and environmental data. The budget plan would also eliminate the $73 million National Sea Grant College Program, which supports coastal research through 33 university programs across the country. While the administration’s budget proposal will outline funding priorities for the next fiscal year, ultimately it is up to Congress to determine how much of it will be enacted.

Source: GrantWeek


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Dear Colleague Letter: Encouraging Submission of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Proposals in the Area of Cybersecurity

For the past 4o years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded collaborations between academic researchers and industry under the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program. The purpose of the program is to “strengthen the US innovation ecosystem and the Nation’s overall economic competitiveness. Precompetitive research conducted by IUCRCs addresses application-inspired fundamental topics that industry recognizes as longer-term challenges; industry members benefit from collaboration with academic partners in the definition and execution of the corresponding research. . . The research carried out at each center is of interest to both the center faculty and the center’s industry members.” This Dear Colleague Letter emphasizes the need for cybersecurity-focused applications that promote a collaboration between academia and industry, and “are capable of collectively addressing large-scale and cross-disciplinary challenges in the broad area of cybersecurity.” The result of research at these centers should lead to direct technology transfer, which will “bridge the gap that traditionally has kept industry from capitalizing fully and quickly on the results of research at academic institutions.” For further information on this opportunity, please review the IUCRC solicitation for details.

Source: National Science Foundation 

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New IMLS Funding for Museum Professional Development & Capacity Building

The Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) has announced a new grant program to provide professional development and capacity building opportunities for museums. The program is a special initiative of the IMLS Museums for America grant program, which supports projects developed by individual museums to enable them to better serve their communities. The program, Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums, has four focus areas: Digital Technology, Diversity & Inclusion, Evaluation, and Organizational Management.

Museums of all sizes and disciplines are eligible to apply. According to IMLS, a qualifying museum has a professional staff of at least one full time person (or equivalent); is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates. Two award ranges are available: $5,000 to $25,000 with no cost share required; and $25,001 to $250,000 with at least a 1:1 cost share. Applications are due May 1, 2017. Program guidelines are available here.

Source: Grantweek

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Recent Awards

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UWL & UW System Grants

Teaching & Learning Grants

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

Program summary: CATL Teaching and Learning Grants support projects that investigate how students learn and how teaching affects student thinking, learning, and behavior. The May 2017 deadline is for those projects that will take place between July 2017-June  2018. 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: May 2017

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International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi, lkabashi@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The International Program Development Fund supports and facilitates a range of international activities. This particular grant program focuses on the development of faculty and staff-led programs (e.g. scoping visits) or faculty exchanges and will support travel and other scholarly activities related to program planning and development. Only those applications submitted in advance of the planned activity will be considered.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

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International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: Provost Office, provost@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The International Scholarship Grant supports the internationalization of the university. Successful proposals will support 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 the grants 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.

Deadlines: May 1, 2017

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UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: UWL Foundation, foundation@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) without an indefinite appointment. The award can be used for registration, travel (including meals), and housing costs. The amount of each annual award is determined by the committee based on the amount available from the fund up to $1,500. To be eligible, the conference in the application must occur between July 1 and June 30 of the upcoming year.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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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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Grant News, February 2017

Latest News

Federal Funding Webinars Coming to Campus, Feb. 21-24

New Indirect Cost Rates for Federal Grants & Contracts

Community Partnership Portal Ready for Launch!

Undergraduate $tudent Development Opportunitie$

Uncertain Fate of Some Federal Funding Programs

Recent Submissions & Awards

Grants 101

Think Outside the Box: View Your Research from a Different Perspective

UWL & UW System Grants

CATL Teaching and Learning Grants

UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

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

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Anneliese Maier Research Award – Apr 30, 2017

American Historical Association

Research Grants and Fellowships – Apr 01, 2017

American Musicological Society

AMS Subventions for Publications, Awards, and Research and Travel Grants – Apr 01, 2017

Archaeological Institute of America

Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships Programs – Apr 01, 2017

Henry Luce Foundation

Luce Fund in American Art (Exhibitions and Publications) – Apr 01, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts

Art Works: Creativity Connects – Apr 12, 2017

Challenge America – Apr 13, 2017

Literature Fellowships: Prose and Poetry – Mar 08, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Fellowships – Apr 12, 2017

Humanities Access Grants – May 03, 2017

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication – Apr 12, 2017

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions – May 02, 2017

 Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Fellowship Programs – Apr 15, 2017

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Kress Fellowships – Apr 01, 2017

Kress Grants – Apr 01, 2017

Education / Economic and Community Development

American Institute for Economic Reserach

Fellowship and Internship Programs – May 01, 2017

American Political Science Association

Small Research Grant Program (non-Ph.D. granting institutions) – Apr 01, 2017

Corporation for National and Community Service

Day of Service Grants – Feb 22, 2017

U.S. Department of Education

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) – Apr 13, 2017

Fulbright-Hays: Group Projects Abroad – Mar 07, 2017

Magnet Schools Assistance – Apr 11, 2017

Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program – Mar 24, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Children Exposed to Violence – Mar 23, 2017

Health

American Cancer Society

Research, Training and Professorship Grants – Apr 01, 2017

National Institutes of Health

BRAIN Initiative: Development, Optimization, and Validation of Novel Tools – Apr 05, 2017

Conference Grants to Advance Collaborative Research on Aging Biology (R13) – Apr 12, 2017

Development of Novel and Emerging Technologies – Apr 05, 2017

Exploratory Clinical Trials for Small Business (R42/44) – Apr 05, 2017

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings – Apr 12, 2017

Platform Delivery Technologies for Nucleic Acid Therapeutics – Apr 05, 2017

Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) Program – Apr 05, 2017

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program – Apr 05, 2017

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health – July 2017

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders – March 8, 2017

Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health – March 10, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Naval Health Research Center Broad Agency Announcement – Apr 30, 2017

U.S. Special Operations Command Broad Agency Announcement (USSOCOM) – Apr 14, 2017

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Related Projects – Feb 21, 2017

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

American Astronomical Society

Chrétien International Research Grants – Apr 01, 2017

Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation

Grant Program – Apr 01, 2017

Human Frontier Science Program

Research Grants, Fellowships and Awards – Mar 20, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Apr    2017  **

National Science Foundation

ADVANCE: Increasing Participation and Advancement of Women – Apr 12, 2017

BIGDATA – Mar 22, 2017

Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education – Mar 15, 2017

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) – Mar 06, 2017

Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures – Mar 07, 2017

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN) – Apr 01, 2017

Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) – Apr 03, 2017

Faculty Early Career Development Program  (CAREER)

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) – Apr 19, 2017

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) – Mar 06, 2017

Innovation Corps – Nodes Program – Feb 09, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – Apr 11, 2017

Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus  (M3X) – September 15, 2017

NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences – Apr 28, 2017

U.S. Department of Commerce

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)–February 15, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy

Joint Genomic Institute – Apr 03, 2017

Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) – Apr 05, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Forensic Research and Development – Feb 28, 2017

U.S. Department of the Interior

Wildlife Without Borders – Species, Regional, and Global Programs – Apr 03, 2017

Whitehall Foundation

Grants-in-Aid and Research Grants – Apr 15, 2017

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Latest News

Federal Funding Webinars Coming to Campus Feb. 21-24

On February 21-24, the UWL Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will be broadcasting a series of webinars from the Grants Resource Center’s Funding Competitiveness Conference. Multiple federal agency representatives will highlight upcoming grant opportunities and provide updates on agency priorities. See the Workshops page on the ORSP website for the full webinar schedule. All webinars will be broadcast in 243 Graff Main Hall (ORSP’s new office).

Some of the featured federal agencies include the following:

  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of University Programs
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Research Mission Directorate
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • US Department of Education
    • Office of Innovation & Improvement
    • Office of Post-secondary Education

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New Indirect Cost Rates for Federal Grants & Contracts

UWL’s federal indirect cost rate agreement has been renegotiated. Consequently, all federal grants and contracts under development should now use the new rates:

  • On-campus: 36% modified total direct costs (MTDC)
  • Off-campus: 12% MTDC until June 30, 2017 and 11% MTDC thereafter

The campus’s fringe benefits & indirect cost rates table and the budget helper spreadsheet have been updated on the ORSP website. Additionally, the rates table provides further information on what is included and excluded from the MTDC base. The new agreement presents minimal changes, as the base on which indirect costs are calculated has remained the same (MTDC), the on-campus rate has increased only 1%, and the off-campus rate has decreased 1% beginning next fiscal year. If you have questions about the new rates, please contact ORSP.

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Community Partnership Portal Ready for Launch!

Are you a UWL faculty  member who wants to bring real life, course-embedded research into your class, but you do not know where to start? Do you know an individual, group, or business in the community who needs help starting up a project, but they need the people power and expertise to do so? Never fear–Scott Cooper, Director of Undergraduate Research & Creativity, has your back! With Dr. Cooper’s leadership, a collaborative campus team has worked tirelessly to bring you the UWL Community Partnership Portal (CPP), the one-stop shop for all of your collaborative partnering needs.

Following the link to the Community Partnership Portal, you will see three separate categories–Community Partners, UWL Students, and UWL Instructors–which provide further information for the person clicking on it. For example, a community partner can decide if they want to recruit an intern, a volunteer, a class, or professor to work on a project. Once you click on the links below the categories, you will be taken to another page that shows information about current projects, including the skills and field(s) of study needed. Projects can be submitted to the website by faculty, staff, and community members. Questions about how you can leverage the CPP should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity.

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Undergraduate $tudent Development Opportunitie$

If you are a faculty member conducting research or creative activities on campus, did you know that your students can receive their own funding to help on your projects? The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity (URC) has an upcoming deadline for the UWL Undergraduate Research & Creativity Grant program that you may want to gently and/or insistently encourage your students to apply for this spring. Please make note of the following important dates related to the program, and alert your students:

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – URC Grant Writing Workshop for Students (150 Murphy Library; pizza served at 5:15 pm, workshop starts at 5:30 pm)
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00 pm – Last day to request Google Docs for URC Grants
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – URC Grant Writing Hunker for Students (150/152/153 Murphy Library; doors open at 3:45 pm; writing 4:00-7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 – URC Grant proposals due by midnight

Students working with faculty on a larger research/creative project should identify in their applications the identifiable, independent portion of the work for which they will be responsible. Students may request funding for international or domestic travel (airfare, lodging, meals, car rental), supplies, software, books, poster printing, and money for their time dedicated to the proposed project.

If your student(s) are traveling into unfamiliar grant writing territory, URC has them covered! URC will be providing workshops throughout the semester, such as grant writing 101, poster development, and a Grant Writing Hunker to give students the opportunity to work on their grant in a quiet, committed time and space. This is a great opportunity for students to get a start with grant writing before graduate school, where they may required to seek funding for their research; furthermore, students who participate have the support from you, the mentors, and URC’s very own Scott Cooper and Chandra Hawkins to guide them on the journey of grant development.

Additional information about grant-related workshops, deadlines, and application materials can be found at the URC homepage. Please contact the URC office at urc@uwlax.edu with any questions.

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Uncertain Fate of Some Federal Funding Programs

In the past couple of  weeks, news of the new presidential administration’s budget priorities have included the potential elimination of several federal funding agencies and programs.  While the official budget will not be released until April, the preliminary proposal lists the following federal programs as potential cuts:

US Department of Commerce:

  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership

National Endowment for the Arts:

  • All Programs

National Endowment for the Humanities:

  • All Programs

US Department of Energy:

  • Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
  • Office of Fossil Energy

U.S. Department of Justice:

  • Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
  • Violence Against Women Grants in the Office of Violence Against Women

As additional information is announced at the federal level, we will keep you up to date on new developments. We also encourage you to take advantage of the upcoming Grants Resource Center federal agency webinars to be broadcast February 21-24 in ORSP (243 Graff Main Hall); the webinars will feature the most recent updates directly from multiple federal agency representatives.

Source: GrantWeek

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Recent Awards

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Grants 101

Think Outside the Box: View Your Research from a Different Perspective

Working as the Grant Writer in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) for the last 2.5 years has provided me with so many amazing opportunities to read about the awesome research and programs faculty and staff want to get off the ground and into real-life application. It is truly a wonderful feeling for me to help faculty and staff bring their ideas to full fruition, especially when I have the opportunity to provide an outside perspective to the writing development process. While I am here to provide a “grant writing best practices” approach to reading your applications, I am also reading grants through the lens of English and rhetoric (my educational background). This provides a distinct lens when reading proposal narratives–one that you may not really think about within the silo of your academic department. This relates to what I hear from faculty who receive feedback from reviewers on their grants, as well as a recurring theme in grant guidelines–the importance of considering the background and perspective of the specific grant review panel who will influence and/or make the decision regarding whether a proposal should be funded.

Review panels may not necessarily be changing, but how we “see” them may be. Every grant application that follows the basic rules of the funding agency should make it to the agency’s review panel. Now, some agencies are very upfront in their guidelines about who reviews the grants. For example, if you have applied for a Faculty Research Grant on campus, you know that the committee is a “multidisciplinary audience” who “must make comparisons and judgments across disciplines and methodological lines” (“Faculty Research Grants“, p. 3). The information you provide in your proposal to this committee must not only be persuasive but also must be meaningful to faculty from multiple disciplinesIf your audience for an application is a committee from three colleges and the School of Education, then how your writing appeals to the entire audience’s diverse backgrounds, knowledge bases, and experiences is vitally important to your grant being funded.

Now, you may be thinking, “Well, that’s just on campus. It’s different at larger funding agencies. They will know what I am talking about!” Well. . . you could be right. Does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recruit scientists within specific disciplines to review the grants? Yes, but their expertise within your field may still be limited. For example, NIH notes that “[u]nique characteristics of study sections must be factored into selection of members. The breadth of science, the multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary nature of the applications, and the types of applications or grant mechanisms being reviewed play a large role in the selection of appropriate members” (“How Scientists Are Selected to Be Chartered Reviewers“). While NIH does its best to identify specialized viewers for grants, it is not always a guarantee that the reviewers will readily know the exact sub-sub-sub-discipline of your research. The same NIH resource also notes, “Study sections reviewing bioengineering or bioinformatics applications or applications involving partnerships with small businesses have a greater need for scientists who work in non-academic settings.”  What this can mean to you, the academic, is that while you may be partnering with a small business on a grant, you need to consider that there are perspectives beyond the academic that must be addressed to speak to your reviewers.

Whether you are a chemist looking to collaborate with a business on a grant, or a history professor collaborating with a public library, you need to consider the views outside your academic discipline to which your proposal may need to cater. Larger federal agencies like the Department of Education support a multitude of education researchers who work in various fields of study, and they need reviewers who can represent that vastness: “[The Office of Postsecondary Education] looks to create a pool of peer reviewers to complete this task that represent academia’s disciplinary, geographic, and institutional diversity. Current reviewers include practitioners, educators, administrators/managers, analysts, researchers, evaluators, and board members. OPE is also looking for reviewers who focus on innovation and specialists with a background in entrepreneurialism, technology, and corporate learning” (US Department of Education). Given how difficult it is for agencies to find reviewers, especially at the federal level, it is safe to assume that at minimum one to two people may know the exact area of your research well, but overall, many reviewers will be outside your specific research bubble. Likewise, many non-profit, smaller, and/or local agencies will look to volunteers and community stakeholders–likely outside of your field of expertise–to make decisions related to who should be funded.

The sources I have shown here represent some examples of the different grant agencies to which you may apply. In many instances, you may be writing to experts in your field, but other times you will be writing to business leaders, community members, or broad humanities/science/education experts. While it is relatively straightforward to write for those in your field of study, the challenge to communicating outside of your own academic silo is adapting your writing to reach out to a wider audience who may not readily understand why your research/program is important and what broader impacts it may have. When drafting a grant proposal, that is why it is essential to understand who your audience is and what information they need to understand and care about your proposal.

The follow-up question is, how do you write to people outside of your field? Well, that’s another Grants 101 topic, but it is also a central question to consider as you write your grants. On an ending note: When developing a grant application, take a few minutes to read the guidelines and see if they describe the audience to whom you are writing. It may take a little bit of time to find this information, but it will greatly inform your writing process from beginning to end. If you have any questions about how to write to a broader audience, or if you would like someone from outside your department to read your application and provide feedback, ORSP is here to support your efforts.

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UWL & UW System Grants

CATL Teaching and Learning Grants

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

Program summary: Supports projects that investigate how students learn and how teaching affects student thinking, learning, and behavior. Applicants for CATL Teaching and Learning Grants must be full-time tenure-track faculty or instructional academic staff during the period of the grant project. There are three tracks that an applicant can apply to under this grant:

  1. Lesson Study Grants support 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 Grants  (SoTL) support research in which instructors investigate teaching and learning in their own classes. SoTL Grants fund 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 instructors who develop novel course-embedded undergraduate research and creative activities. Examples include work 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. See the website for additional expectations of this track

Deadline: May 2017

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UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: UWL Foundation (foundation@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: This fund supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) without an indefinite appointment. The award goes toward registration, travel (including meals) and housing costs only. The amount of each annual award is determined by the committee based on the amount available from the Fund, but it will not be more than $1,500.  To be eligible, the conference in the application must occur between July 1 and June 30 of the upcoming year.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color Program 

Program contact: Provost’s Office

Program summary: UWL endeavors to bring four or more scholars/artists of color to campus a 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 the faculty and academic staff of UWL 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.

Deadline: July 10, 2017

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Grant News, January 2017

Latest News

ORSP Has Moved On (to 243 Graff Main Hall)!

UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20, in Centennial Hall

NIH Makes Guidelines More User Friendly

Overview of UWL Awards for 2nd Quarter, FY2017

Recent Submissions & Awards

Foundation Spotlight

Human Frontier Science Program

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

UWL International Scholarship Grant

UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Wisconsin Sea Grants

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 Library Association

Diversity Research Grants – Mar 01, 2017

American Philosophical Society

Library Resident Research Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Phillips Fund for Native American Research – Mar 01, 2017

College Art Association

Millard Meiss Publication Grants – Mar 15, 2017

Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum

Research Travel Grants Program – Mar 15, 2017

Hagley Museum and Library

Fellowship Programs – Mar 31, 2017

J.M. Kaplan Fund

Furthermore Grants in Publishing – Mar 01, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities – Mar 14, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Host) – Mar 01, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Participant) – Mar 01, 2017

National Gallery of Art

Research Fellowships – Mar 21, 2017  ++

Tinker Foundation

Institutional Grants – Mar 01, 2017

Education / Economic and Community Development

Economic History Association

Arthur H. Cole Grants in Aid – Mar 01, 2017

Open Society Institute

Open Society Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Education

Unsolicited Grant Opportunities – Mar 07, 2017

Health

Klingenstein (Esther A. & Joseph) Fund, Inc.

Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences – Mar 01, 2017

Macy (Josiah, Jr.) Foundation

Macy Faculty Scholars and Grants Program – Feb 15, 2017

National Institutes of Health

NIH Summer Research Experience Programs – Mar 23, 2017

Role of the Microflora in the Etiology of Gastro-Intenstinal Cancer – Mar 03, 2017

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

Henry Luce Foundation

Clare Boothe Luce Program (Women in Science, Math, and Engineering) – Mar 06, 2017

Huyck (Edmund Niles) Preserve and Biological Research Station

Graduate and Postgraduate Research Grants – Mar 10, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) (NIFS) – Mar 01, 2017

National Science Foundation

Critical Techniques, Technologies, and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering – March 22, 2017

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure – Mar 01, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – Mar 07, 2017

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology – Proposals accepted at anytime

STEM-C Partnerships: MSP – Mar 29, 2017

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM) – Mar 29, 2017

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Grants-in-Aid of Research – Mar 15, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

ARL Broad Agency Announcement – Mar 31, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Forensic Research and Development – Feb 28, 2017 (Additional opportunities and deadlines on the DOJ website)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants – Mar 02, 2017

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Latest News

ORSP Has Moved On (to 243 Graff Main Hall)!

The staff of the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has just moved from their long-time home in 220 Morris Hall to 243 Graff Main Hall. Please stop by to say hello and check out the shiny, new space!

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UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20, in Centennial Hall

The 22nd Annual UWL Faculty Research Day will be held Friday, January 20, in Centennial Hall, with registration beginning at 8:00 am by the Hall of Nations. The Chancellor and Provost will make opening remarks at 8:30 am, and morning refreshments will be served before presentations begin. The full agenda and presentation abstracts can be found on the ORSP website. Following presentations, a luncheon will be held in the Hall of Nations, featuring a presentation by Dr. Scott Cooper, Director of Undergraduate Research & Creativity, highlighting the Community Partnership Portal.

The event celebrates the university’s research, scholarly, and creative activities, and provides an opportunity to learn about the diverse scholarship being undertaken by throughout the campus community. It is sponsored by the Provost & Vice Chancellor and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. Please contact ORSP with any questions (grants@uwlax.edu, 785-8007).

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NIH Makes Guidelines More User Friendly

Every year, and sometimes more frequently, NIH will publish updated grant application guidelines. While the friendly faces in your local ORSP read these guidelines frequently to make sure that you, the grant seeker, are not blindsided by any significant changes, we understand that at first glance, the one…no, two…okay, three sets of guidelines that govern the your application can be quite daunting. All the fine print could be to blame for this. However, no worries. Now NIH has your back as well. On November 22, 2016, NIH released notes on the new guidelines that outline changes to format and structure; the agency’s most recent revisions are intended to “enhance clarity of existing instructions” as well as to clarify “what is required and optional throughout the instructions.” Additionally, NIH has added a new symbol (shown below) that you can hover over, and an explanation appears explaining changes to that particular component. In short, NIH’s most recent revisions have attempted to remove some of the anxiety from the process of decoding agency guidelines.


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Overview of UWL Awards for 2nd Quarter, FY 2017

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Recent Awards

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Foundation Spotlight

Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier Science Program’s (HFSP) overarching goals are to support cutting-edge research at the frontiers of the life sciences; to promote high-risk research; to promote international collaborations that emphasize HFSP’s belief in “science without borders”; to provide financial means to encourage and support early career research; and to promote inclusiveness by increasing participation of female researchers.

HSFP focuses on fundamental life science problems and prioritizes proposals that pair researchers in the life sciences with researchers in other disciplines (such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience, or physics).  Two grant types are provided:

  1. Young Investigators’ Grants: These grants are awarded to teams of researchers who are within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. and within 5 years of starting their first independent position; all members of the team must be within 5 years of their starting position. The goal of these grants is to have newer, independent investigators in the life sciences establish collaborations with other scientists (preferably those from other disciplines).
  2. Program Grants: These grants are awarded to established teams or researchers who are at any stage in their science careers. The program supports innovative interdisciplinary and international research collaboration.

Requirements: The principal investigator/applicant must be located in an HFSP-eligible country. Team sizes for collaborative proposals vary from two to four international members.

Awards: Awards are dependent on team size (see below) and are made for a three-year period. See the grant guidelines for further details.

  • Team of 2: $250,000 per year
  • Team of 3: $350,000 per year
  • Team of 4: $450,000 per year

Deadlines:

  1. You must first register and request a reference number by March 20, 2017; this reference number can be obtained via the HFSP website.
  2. A letter of intent (LOI) must then be submitted by March 30, 2017, to the HFSP website. PIs will be notified by early July 2017 if they are invited to submit a full application, with a deadline of mid-September 2017.

Website: http://www.hfsp.org/   

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

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

Program summary: Curricular Redesign Grants (CRG) support groups of instructors to develop or redesign and implement curricula and teaching practices in academic programs. The grants fund 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 17, 2017

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi, lkabashi@uwlax.edu

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

Deadline: February 6, 2017 (annually recurring on first Monday in October, February, and May)

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UWL International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: Provost Office

Program summary: The program exists to help support the internationalization of the university, including 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 the program is the support of travel costs to present research at international venues.

Deadlines: February 6, 2017 (annually recurring on first Monday in October, February, and May)

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UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: UWL Foundation (foundation@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: The program supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) with a continuing appointment.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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Wisconsin Sea Grants

Funding agency: University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Program summary: Wisconsin Sea Grants provide integrated research, outreach, and education programs that provide tangible benefits for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and the communities they support. Ranging from $100,000-$120,000, these grants support research in the following areas of interest: 1) Wisconsin Targeted Focus Areas, including Green Bay Interdisciplinary Research; Bluff, Beach and Nearshore Sediment Dynamics; and Great Lakes and Water Literacy Assessment. 2) Wisconsin Base Focus Areas, including Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Resilient Communities and Economies. 3) Special Joint Calls for Proposal with other state Sea Grant programs, including MN-WI Joint Call for Proposals; and IL/IN-WI Joint Call for Proposals. In addition, the program solicits education proposals for up to $25,000 a year to address our fourth priority base focus area for Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development (Non-research Education Projects).

Deadlines: Required pre-proposal due January 24, 2017 and full proposal due April 28, 2017

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Grant News, December 2016

Latest News

HOLD THE DATE: UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20

NSF Grant Policy & Application Changes for Proposals Due on or after Jan. 30, 2017

NIH Grant Application Guide Has Been Updated

21st Century Cures Act Is Passed

New Federal Initiative: Computer Science for All

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

Wisconsin Sea Grants

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 Library Association

Diversity Research Grants – Mar 01, 2017

American Philosophical Society

Library Resident Research Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Phillips Fund for Native American Research – Mar 01, 2017

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Curatorial Grant Program – Mar 01, 2017

Archaeological Institute of America

Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships Programs – Mar 01, 2017

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women

Research, Grants and Fellowships – Feb 01, 2017

College Art Association

Millard Meiss Publication Grants – Mar 15, 2017

Early American Industries Association

Research Grants Program (Graduate Students and Scholars) – Mar 15, 2017

Folger Shakespeare Library

Research Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum

Research Travel Grants Program – Mar 15, 2017

Hagley Museum and Library

Fellowship Programs – Mar 31, 2017

Hoover Presidential Library Association

Travel Grant Program – Mar 01, 2017

J.M. Kaplan Fund

Furthermore Grants in Publishing – Mar 01, 2017

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

James Madison Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Library Company of Philadelphia

Research Fellowships in Early American Economy and Society – Mar 01, 2017

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Research Fellowships – Mar 15, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts

Art Works – Jan 25, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities – Mar 14, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Host) – Mar 01, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Participant) – Mar 01, 2017

National Gallery of Art

Research Fellowships – Mar 21, 2017  ++

Tinker Foundation

Institutional Grants – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of State

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators – Jan 06, 2017

U.S. Department of the Interior

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants – Mar 09, 2017

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Grants Program – Mar 01, 2017

Education / Economic and Community Development

American Educational Research Association

AERA Grants Program – Jan 25, 2017

Economic History Association

Arthur H. Cole Grants in Aid – Mar 01, 2017

Graduate Fellowships and Grants – Jan 15, 2017

Open Society Institute

Open Society Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Commerce

Market Development Cooperator Program – Mar    2017  **

U.S. Department of Education

Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) – Jan 05, 2017

Unsolicited Grant Opportunities – Mar 07, 2017

Title III: Strengthening Institutions Program – Jan 09, 2017

Title V: Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program – Jan 09, 2017

Title V: Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans – Jan 09, 2017

Personnel Development to Improve Services/Results for Children w/Disabilities – Feb 06, 2017

Special Education: National Activities–Parent Information Centers – Feb 06, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation (FIRE)/Demonstration Programs – Feb 06, 2017

Health

American Brain Tumor Association

Research Fellowships and Grants – Jan 25, 2017

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education

Undergraduate, Graduate and Faculty Fellowship Research Grants – Feb 01, 2017  ++

American Heart Association

National and Affiliates Research Program – Feb 09, 2017

American Parkinson Disease Association

Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Grants – Jan 23, 2017  **

Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology

Post-doctoral Fellowships – Mar 15, 2017

Health Resources and Services Administration

Centers of Excellence – Jan 09, 2017

Ryan White Programs – Jan 17, 2017

Rural Health Network Development Planning Grants – Jan 03, 2017

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Research Grants and Fellowships – Mar 03, 2017

Klingenstein (Esther A. & Joseph) Fund, Inc.

Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences – Mar 01, 2017

Macy (Josiah, Jr.) Foundation

Macy Faculty Scholars and Grants Program – Feb 15, 2017

National Institutes of Health

NIH Summer Research Experience Programs – Mar 23, 2017

International Research Scientist Development Award – Mar 02, 2017

Core Infrastructure and Methodological Research for Cancer Epidemiology – Mar 10, 2017

Role of the Microflora in the Etiology of Gastro-Intenstinal Cancer – Mar 03, 2017

Clinical Observational Studies in Musculoskeletal, Rheumatic & Skin Diseases – Mar 01, 2017

Identification of Genetic and Genomic Variants by Next-Gen Sequencing (U01) – Mar 01, 2017

Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Approaches for Nutrition Research – Feb 05, 2017

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) – Jan 24, 2017

Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) – Jan 27, 2017

NINR: Child and Family Health, and Health Disparities – Jan 01, 2017

Progeria Research Foundation

Established Investigator, Innovator and Specialty Awards – Mar 21, 2017

Thrasher Research Fund

Grants Program (Pediatric Research/Prevention of Disease) – Mar 14, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research Program (ASARP) – Mar 24, 2017

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Field-Initiated Projects – Feb 08, 2017

Mary Switzer Research Fellowships – Jan 30, 2017

Family Planning Services Grants – Mar 01, 2017

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

American Museum of Natural History

Fellowship and Grant Opportunities – Feb 06, 2017

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers

Graduate Grants-In-Aid and Senior Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants – Mar 01, 2017

Council on Undergraduate Research

CUR Fellows Awards Program – Jan 06, 2017  **

Fats and Proteins Research Foundation, Inc.

Research Grant Program – Mar 15, 2017  **

Geological Society of America

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Grants – Feb 01, 2017

Henry Luce Foundation

Clare Boothe Luce Program (Women in Science, Math, and Engineering) – Mar 06, 2017

Huyck (Edmund Niles) Preserve and Biological Research Station

Graduate and Postgraduate Research Grants – Mar 10, 2017

Morris Animal Foundation

Animal Health Grants – Mar 01, 2017

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Gulf Research Program – Feb 01, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP) – Feb 16, 2017

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) (NIFS) – Mar 01, 2017

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) – Mar 06, 2017

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Postdoctoral Fellowships – Jan 06, 2017

National Science Foundation

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure – Mar 01, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – Mar 07, 2017

Biological Anthropology – Jan 20, 2017  ++

Dimensions of Biodiversity – Feb 21, 2017

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies – Feb 10, 2017

STEM-C Partnerships: MSP – Mar 14, 2017

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM) – Mar 29, 2017

Historically Black Colleges & Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) – Mar 21, 2017

Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics – Jan    2017  **   

Partnership for Clean Competition

Grants and Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Grants-in-Aid of Research – Mar 15, 2017

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Student Scholarships (Undergraduate and Graduate) – Feb    2017  **

U.S. Department of Commerce

Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) – Jan 04, 2017

Community-based Restoration Program – Jan 19, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Cyber Asymmetric Force Applications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Jan 31, 2017  ++

ARL Broad Agency Announcement – Mar 31, 2017

Army Educational Outreach Program Apprenticeships – Feb 28, 2017  **

DARPA:  Defense Sciences Office – Jan 06, 2017

DARPA: Information Innovation Office – Feb 24, 2017

DARPA: Microsystems Technology Office Programs – Jan 13, 2017

DARPA: Tactical Technology Office – Jan 12, 2017

SSN/SSGN Survivability Program (S3P) & Vertical Launch Payload Concepts – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – Jan 04, 2017

Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) – Jan 09, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Forensic Research and Development – Feb 28, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation

Transit Cooperative Research Program – Jan    2017  **

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – Jan 13, 2017

P3 Award: A Student Design Competition for Sustainability – Feb 03, 2017

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants – Mar 02, 2017

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Latest News

HOLD THE DATE: UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20

The 22nd Annual UWL Faculty Research Day will be held Friday, January 20, in the new student center from approximately 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event celebrates the university’s research, scholarly, and creative activities, and provides an opportunity to learn about the diverse scholarship being undertaken by throughout the campus community. The event is sponsored by the Provost & Vice Chancellor and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. Please contact ORSP with any questions about the event (grants@uwlax.edu, 785-8007). Watch your email inbox for registration information coming soon!

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NSF Grant Policy & Application Changes for Proposals Due on or after Jan. 30, 2017

There will be several significant changes and revisions to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) in effect for applications submitted on or after January 30, 2017; proposals due before that date should follow the current PAPPG. NSF has also updated its Frequently Asked Questions. The updated PAPPG summarizes the significant changes and clarifications, while several key revisions are noted below:

  • Letters of intent (LOIs) for collaborative proposals: If a collaborative application from multiple organizations requires an LOI, the lead institution will submit the LOI.
  • Additional information on RAISE and GOALI proposals: Descriptions of two new proposal types have been added, including Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering (RAISE) and Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI).
  • Collaborators & other affiliations: Instructions for this supplementary document clarify that (1) each person should be listed alphabetically by last name; and (2) listing postgraduate advisors is not required. Instead, proposers must include “a list of all persons with whom the individual has had an association as a PhD advisor,” as the information will better inform NSF of potential conflicts of interest or bias when selecting reviewers.
  • Results from prior NSF support: Language has been added to clarify why NSF collects this information from proposers: “to assist reviewers in assessing the quality of prior work conducted with current or prior NSF support. Additional instructions have also been added regarding the type of information that should be included for projects that have been recently awarded, where no new results exist.”
  • Letters of support: While letters of collaboration are permitted, clarifications have been made “to emphasize the importance of submitting letters of support only when specifically required by a program solicitation.” Letters of collaboration must use the language prescribed by NSF.
  • Submission of collaborative proposal from multiple organizations: The Collaborators & Other Affiliations Information should be submitted separately by the lead and non-lead organizations.
  • Proposal preparation checklist: Information has been added to provide PIs with a list of proposal components needed for different proposal types.

To help PIs navigate the current and upcoming set of guidelines, the ORSP website currently has two versions of the UWL NSF Proposal Development Checklist available: (1) a checklist for proposals due before January 30, 2017; and (2) a checklist for proposals due on or after January 30, 2017.

Source: NSF 17-1 Proposal & Awards Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

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NIH Grant Application Guide Has Been Updated

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application guide was updated November 22, 2016.  Revisions primarily comprise clarifications to a number of instructions rather than changes, with the exception of the implementation of a new appendix policy, which applies to proposals due on or after January 25, 2017.  The new appendix policy (NOT-OD-16-129) redefines allowable appendix materials to include only the following materials:

  • For applications proposing clinical trials:
    • Clinical trial protocols
    • Investigator’s brochure from Investigation New Drug (IND)
  • For all applications:
    • Blank informed consent/assent forms
    • Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments
    • Items required by solicitation

The UWL NIH proposal development checklist has been updated to reflect these changes. Section G.120 of the updated NIH application guidelines addresses all of the significant changes.

Sources: NIH Application Guide, NIH NOT-OD-16-129

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21st Century Cures Act Is Passed

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which commits $6.3 billion over seven years to multiple public health initiatives. These investments include heroin and opioid addiction treatment ($1 billion), precision medicine ($1.4 billion), the BRAIN research initiative ($1.5 billion), cancer care and research ($1.8 billion), mental illness, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injuries. The legislation could provide up to an additional $4.8 billion over 10 years in research funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), primarily in the areas of cancer, neuroscience, and precision medicine.

Sources: White House, Office of the Press SecretaryUSA Today, “Obama Signs $6.3 Billion Law for Cancer Research, Drug Treatment”Congress.gov, H.R.6 21st Century Cures Act

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New Federal Initiative: Computer Science for All

In FY 2016, the Obama Administration highlighted its initiative to provide additional funding for computer science research, particularly its emphasis on computer science education and training, through the Computer Science for All (CS for All) initiative. In FY 2017, a number of new initiatives will be implemented to further the objectives of CS for All. NSF, in particular, plans to provide up to $20 million in funds for computer science research in 2017; additional information is available in the NSF 16-057 Dear Colleague Letter. One such program is the NSF Computer Science for All: Researcher Practitioner Partnerships (applications due February 28, 2017), which supports “researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring [computer science/computation thinking] to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses, and K-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS/CT into their teaching.”

Sources: GRC GrantWeekNSF CS for All

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Recent Submissions

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Recent Awards

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

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

Program summary: Curricular Redesign Grants (CRG) support groups of instructors to develop or redesign and implement curricula and teaching practices in academic programs. The grants fund 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 17, 2017

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi, lkabashi@uwlax.edu

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

Deadline: February 6, 2017

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Wisconsin Sea Grants

Funding agency: University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Program summary: Wisconsin Sea Grants provide integrated research, outreach, and education programs that provide tangible benefits for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and the communities they support. Ranging from $100,000-$120,000, these grants support research in the following areas of interest: 1) Wisconsin Targeted Focus Areas, including Green Bay Interdisciplinary Research; Bluff, Beach and Nearshore Sediment Dynamics; and Great Lakes and Water Literacy Assessment. 2) Wisconsin Base Focus Areas, including Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Resilient Communities and Economies. 3) Special Joint Calls for Proposal with other state Sea Grant programs, including MN-WI Joint Call for Proposals; and IL/IN-WI Joint Call for Proposals. In addition, the program solicits education proposals for up to $25,000 a year to address our fourth priority base focus area for Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development (Non-research Education Projects).

Deadlines: Required pre-proposal due January 24, 2017l and full proposal due April 28, 2017

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