University of Kentucky Research

Grants Bulletin

May 22, 2009

NSF FastLane for New Proposal Submission

Due to an expected increase in Grants.gov submissions relating to the processing of Recovery Act proposals, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has authorized agencies to use alternative methods for proposal submission and acceptance. As you know, NSF is able to accept directly its full complement of proposals, both regular submissions and those additional proposals anticipated under the Recovery Act, using our long-established FastLane capabilities for proposal submission and acceptance. Therefore, in order to assist Grants.gov in the effort to alleviate system strain and increase system capacity, proposers will now be required to prepare and submit proposals to NSF through use of the NSF FastLane system.

Effective immediately, new funding opportunities issued by NSF will exclusively require the use of FastLane to prepare and submit proposals. In addition, NSF plans to revise existing funding opportunity documents to reflect this change and to remove all active application packages from Grants.gov APPLY. NSF will continue to post information about available funding opportunities to Grants.gov FIND. 

Detailed instructions regarding the technical aspects of proposal preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: www.fastlane.nsf.gov. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact the Policy Office on 703.292.8243 or by e-mail to policy@nsf.gov.

Limited Submissions

  • PSI:Biology Knowledgebase (U01)
  • Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase (R24)
  • NIH Dissertation Research Award to Increase Diversity
  • Enabling National Networking of Scientists and Resource Discovery (U24)

To view these and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office's site.


May 18, 2009

Limited Submissions

  • NSF Recovery and Reinvestment Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI-R2)
  • NSF Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2)
  • NIH Non-communicable Chronic Diseases Research Training Program (NCoD) (D43)

To view these and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office's site.

NIH ARRA Funding in Health Disparities

Check out the new NIH funding opportunities, listed below, on UK's ARRA website.

  • Recovery Act Limited Competition: NCMHD Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase (R24)
  • Recovery Act Limited Competition: NCMHD Exploratory Centers of Excellence (P20)
  • Recovery Act Limited Competition: NCMHD Dissertation Research Award to Increase Diversity (R36)

 

"The Promises and Pitfalls of Community-Based Research to Reduce Health Inequities" - June 4

Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series
12 – 1 p.m.
(Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Hospital Auditorium, HG611

Nancy E. Schoenberg, Ph.D., Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky

Objectives:

  1. To provide an overview on approaches to community-based participatory research, including a discussion of the rationale and increasing opportunities for such an approach.
  2. To illustrate community-based research with examples within the Appalachian context, particularly for cancer control and prevention.
  3. To highlight the challenges and the benefits of community-based participatory research orientations.

Sponsored by C. William Balke, M.D., Associate Provost for Clinical and Translational Science and Jay A. Perman, M.D., Dean, College of Medicine


May 13, 2009

NSF ARRA Funds Update

On May 8, 2009, the National Science Foundation posted its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Terms and Conditions (NSF Document # arra0509) – terms that will apply to any award made using funds from the ARRA. The terms are available in this 9-page pdf: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/arra/arratc_509.pdf?govDel=USNSF_109. Building on the standard NSF award conditions, grantees are required to meet the reporting requirements specified in ARRA. As with other agencies, ARRA funds are to be separately tracked and the provisions flow down to sub-recipients. NSF will rely on the implementation of www.FederalReporting.gov for the special reporting and reminds/requires all grantees and sub-recipients to maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration. 
 
In a departure from ARRA requirements, NSF requires reports within 10 calendar days after each calendar quarter. COGR has asked OMB to use 10 business days for reporting and will forward a similar request to NSF. 
 
MRI-R2 and ARI-R2
 
NSF released two Program Solicitations on March 11, 2009:  the Major Research Instrumentation: Recovery and Reinvestment Program (MRI-R2 – NSF-09-561) and the Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2 – NSF-09-562). Potential applicants should review the program solicitations carefully, special requirements and eligibility criteria apply to the MRI-R2 and the ARI-R2 solicitation has been revised from the 1996 version.
 
The most significant change in the MRI-R2 is the waiver of the America COMPETES Act’s 30% cost-sharing requirements for those institutions of higher education that are not ranked among the top 100 of those receiving federal research funding. This waiver is in addition to the regular MRI waiver of cost-sharing for non-Ph.D.-granting institutions and is applicable for the current MRI-R2 ONLY. A presidential certification affirming that the proposal meets the waiver conditions (described in the solicitation) must be submitted at the time of application. 
 
COGR is pleased that NSF has extended this waiver for the MRI-R2 program. In November 2007, COGR urged NSF to exercise its authority to reduce or waive cost-sharing for institutions not ranked among the top 100 in the regular MRI program.  At that time, NSF felt the extension of the waiver to a particular group or class of NSF applicants required a determination of eligibility at the time of application that, given the time constraints of a fast approaching program announcement, NSF could not exercise or process equitably. In February 2009, COGR urged NSF and the National Science Board (NSB) to reconsider the additional waiver in COGR’s letter to the NSB as it prepared its report on cost-sharing, Investing in the Future: NSF Cost Sharing Policies for a Robust Federal Research Enterprise. In February, COGR highlighted the challenges faced by institutions in the deteriorating economic climate. 
 
An additional waiver condition is described in the America COMPETES Act – cost-sharing can be reduced or waived for all higher education institutions, including the top 100 institutions, if they participate in a consortia of that includes at least one non-Ph.D.-granting institution. COGR will seek clarification on the applicability of this waiver in the MRI-R2 program. 

For more on ARRA funding, visit UK's site: www.research.uky.edu/arra.

NIH Announces New Business Process for Submitting Revisions to Proposed Scope of Work

Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-088

This notice is to advise applicants of a new business process for documenting changes in scope for proposed research projects. These changes can result from applicant discussions with NIH grants management or program staff and require that the applicant provide NIH with updated Project Summary/Abstract, Specific Aims, and/or Public Health Relevance sections. For example, some grant applications will require reductions in scope in order to be accomplished in the two years or less required by the Recovery Act, thus requiring modifications to the Project Summary/Abstract, Specific Aims, and/or Public Health Relevance sections. 

Effective for all Project Summary/Abstract, Specific Aims, and/or Public Health Relevance sections revised after the publication date of this notice, this new business process will facilitate accurate storage of the revised information, and allow the data to be analyzed and accurately reported to the public.

Procedure

When requested by NIH, PD/PIs and applicant organization officials should discuss potential changes in scope with NIH Program Officials and revise the Project Summary/Abstract, Specific Aims, and/or Public Health Relevance sections of their application as appropriate. Once all issues are resolved, applicants should e-mail a document with final versions of the revised sections to the IC-designated e-mail address (normally either a Program Official, Grants Management Official, or centralized e-mail box) as a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file. Be reminded that all revised application information submitted to the NIH must be approved by an Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR). 

If submitting a PDF, please be sure to create the PDF with appropriate software as NIH systems will not be able to read a scanned file. Faxed documents will not be accepted. A sample list of PDF generator software is available at http://grants.gov/help/download_software.jsp#pdf_conversion_programs to help applicants save their documents as PDFs, many of which are free or inexpensive. NIH does not endorse any particular software.

The three headings listed below must be included in the document that is submitted even if a particular section had no changes from the previous submission. If there are no changes for a section include the header but leave the text area blank to ensure appropriate processing of this information by NIH’s electronic systems. A template for providing this information can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_ModifiedScopeTemplate.doc and http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_ModifiedScopeTemplate.pdf.

  1. Modified Project Summary/Abstract Section

    Provide a summary of the proposed activity suitable for dissemination to the public. It should be a self-contained description of the project and should contain a statement of objectives and methods to be employed. It should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields and insofar as possible understandable to a scientifically or technically literate lay reader. This abstract must not include any proprietary or confidential information. This section must be no longer than 30 lines of text.

  2. Modified Specific Aims Section 

    List the broad, long-term objectives and the goal of the specific research proposed, for example, to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier to progress in the field, or develop new technology. One page is recommended.

  3. Modified Public Health Relevance Section 

    Using no more than two or three sentences, describe the relevance of this research to public health. In this section, be succinct and use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience.

May 8, 2009

Limited Submissions

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Program
  • USAID - Health Research Program (HaRP)
  • U.S. Dept. of State – Youth Ambassadors Program with South America and Mexico

To view these and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office's site.

PDO to Host TIP Proposal Web Conference

Thursday, May 14, 2009
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
104 Gillis Building (Conference Room)

The UK Proposal Development Office will host a Grants Resource Center (GRC) Web Conference featuring program officers from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Speakers will discuss the upcoming Technology Innovation Program (TIP) competition, providing advice on the application process, eligibility and cost-sharing requirements, evaluation and award criteria, the selection process, and the general characteristics of a competitive TIP proposal.

The program is free but registration is requested. To register, go to http://www.research.uky.edu/pdo/workshop_information/workshop_calendar.htm. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12.

For additional information about the Web Conference, email Linda Cantara Abbott (linda.cantara@uky.edu) or Dee King (dking4@email.uky.edu) or call the PDO Office at 257-2861.

About TIP
The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Sciences (COMPETES) Act, Pub. L. 110-69, was enacted on August 9, 2007, to invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States. Section 3012 of the COMPETES Act established TIP for the purpose of assisting U.S. businesses and institutions of higher education or other organizations, such as national laboratories and nonprofit research institutions, to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. High-risk, high-reward research is research that:

  1. has the potential for yielding transformational results with far-ranging or wide-ranging implications;
  2. addresses critical national needs that support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States and is within NIST’s areas of technical competence; and
  3. is too novel or spans too diverse a range of disciplines to fare well in the traditional peer-review process.

For more information about the TIP Program, see http://www.nist.gov/tip/.


May 4, 2009

Limited Submissions

  • Urban Forest Conference Scholarship Grants
  • U.S. Forest Service Storm Event Protocol
  • NSF Instrumentation for Materials Research
  • NEH Summer Stipends
  • US Dept. of State Congressionally Mandated Programs - RAPID TURNAROUND

To view these and other limited submission competitions, visit the Proposal Development Office's site.

Recovery Act Funding Opportunities

For a listing of ARRA funding by federal agency, please visit: http://www.research.uky.edu/arra/index.html.

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