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Grants Bulletin

January 25, 2010

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant Program and UK VPR request for information

The NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has announced the Shared Instrumentation Grant program for major research equipment costing between $100,000 and $600,000. NCRR intends to commit approximately $43 million in FY2011 to fund approximately 125 new awards. The NIH deadline is March 23, 2010.

Complete Program Announcement:

The guidelines require a letter of institutional commitment, including a description of the infrastructure to support the instrumentation as well as the financial resources specifically dedicated to the equipment. NCRR does not limit the number of applications, but if two or more proposals request similar equipment, the Office of the Vice President for Research must address these requests in the letter of institutional commitment (e.g., as indicated in the guidelines, "state that this is not an unintended duplication but part of a campus-wide institutional plan").

Researchers interested in submitting a proposal to the Shared Instrumentation Grant program are asked to submit the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Friday, February 19, 2010:

  • Name and department of PI
  • Instrument requested and approximate cost
  • Proposed user group (a minimum of 3 NIH-funded investigators are required)
  • If the instrument is intended to be part of an existing service core (recharge center), identify which one; if a new recharge center is being proposed, provide proposed name and location
  • If instrument is not intended to be part of a recharge center, delineate the departmental/center/institute and college plans for instrument support in terms of personnel and service costs

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research ( or 257-1663.) To identify potential NIH-funded investigators, researchers may contact the Proposal Development Office ( or search SPIFi, the database of UK funded projects (

Limited Submissions

  • DOT - Small Business Transportation Resource Centers - Feb. 2
  • DoE - Energy Innovation Hub - Modeling and Simulation for Nuclear Reactors - Feb. 8
  • NEA - Grants for Arts Projects - Feb. 15
  • NSF - Innovation through Institutional Integration - Feb. 22

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

January 20, 2010

New NSF Requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (COMPETES) Act was signed into law in August 2007. Section 7009 requires that "each institution that applies for financial assistance from the National Science Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project."  The new requirement is applicable to proposals submitted to NSF after January 4, 2010.  

The University of Kentucky has developed an interim plan to meet this requirement which employs a web-based training tool, the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI has several different discipline areas (Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, Physical Science, Humanities, Engineering) that include a variety of modules covering topical areas including Research Misconduct, Mentoring and  Conflict of Interest. Each undergraduate student, graduate student and postdoctoral researcher who is paid on an NSF grant that has this requirement must complete each module and pass tests covering the material within three months of beginning work on the grant. In the future, the University will develop a training plan that is not completely web-based. The CITI training course will be used for the near future.

The complete process and instructions for using CITI may be found here: (5-page pdf)

If you have questions please contact Debbie Davis at 257-8311 or

NIH Announces Fiscal Policy for FY2010

The following NIH fiscal policies are instituted in FY 2010:
Non-Competing Research Awards: Non-Competing Research Awards: The FY 2010 appropriation as specified in P.L. 111-171 provides NIH a 2 percent inflation allowance to NIH investments in research supported by research grants. Implementation requires a reduction to previously established commitments, based on a 3 percent inflation allowance. Accordingly, each Institute and Center (IC) will use its own discretion to allocate the adjustment among its non-competing research grants (modular and non-modular) to ensure compliance with the 2 percent inflation allowance provided in its FY 2010 committed level. Future year commitments will be adjusted accordingly. This policy does not apply to projects supported by the Recovery Act, Career Awards, SBIR/STTRs, and Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowships & Institutional Training Grants.

Competing Research Awards: Each NIH Institute and Center (IC) will manage its competing portfolio using funds that have not been committed for non-competing awards. Consistent with the FY 2010 appropriation, the FY 2010 average cost of competing grants is allowed to increase by 2 percent over FY 2009 when compared to similar policies. It is estimated this will allow ICs to support the NIH investigator pool with approximately 9,200 new and competing RPGs. The following guidelines will apply to competing research awards in FY 2010:

  1. Support new investigators on R01 equivalent awards at success rates equivalent to that of established investigators submitting new R01 equivalent applications. Achievement of comparable success rates should permit the NIH to support 1,650 or more new investigators in accordance with the policy established in FY 2009 and described at
  2. Continue to use The NIH Director's Innovator Awards within the Common Fund ( and NIH Pathway to Independence Awards ( as previously described.
  3. As specified in the Omnibus Appropriations Act, the NIH Directors Bridge Award Program described at ( will be suspended in FY 2010. Some NIH Institutes and Centers may continue to use Bridge Awards from their own appropriations to provide limited support for meritorious projects that were close to but outside the funding range. 

Each IC will establish fiscal policies consistent with these NIH-wide policies according to its specific scientific and programmatic imperatives. Additional information on FY2010 Fiscal Operations, including specific funding strategies for ICs will be posted at

Full announcement:

Additional Information about NIH  Salary Cap

NIH has issued additional information about the new salary cap of $199,700 which became effective January 1, 2010. The announcement includes examples of adjustments that may be made by NIH:

January 11, 2010

New NIH Recovery Act Competitions

The NIH has announced the availability of Recovery Act Funds for competitive revision applications through the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network. These opportunities are for investigators with relevant active NIH-supported research project grants (R01, R03, R15, R21, R21/33, and R37) and NIH-supported small business research project grants (R41/R42, and R43/R44) to submit competitive revision applications (formerly termed competitive supplements) to accelerate, expand, and/or strengthen basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR). See the UK Research NIH ARRA website for deadlines and application details. The NIH also announces the availability of Recovery Act Funds for administrative supplements for Comparative Effectiveness Research Workforce Development. For deadlines and details see NOT-OD-10-037 on the UK Research NIH ARRA website.

January 6, 2010

Limited Submissions:

  • NSF Geoscience Education - Jan. 25
  • U.S. Dept. of State International Sports Programming Initiative - Jan. 26
  • NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program - Jan. 27
  • NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) - Jan. 29

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

Limited Submission CANCELLED - NSF Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

New guidelines have been recently issued for the National Science Foundation Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program. A major change affecting this program eliminates restrictions on the number of applicants nominated for this award. Therefore, the University of Kentucky will not hold an internal competition for this program. Multiple programs or individuals may be nominated, however each program or individual may be nominated only one time.

Program Summary: The PAESMEM Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups (i.e., women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation's human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Program Information/solicitation

New due dates:
March 23, 2010
October 06, 2010
First Wednesday in October, annually thereafter

Clinical Research Update: "Human Research Protection" - Jan. 14

Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Clinical Research Development and Operations Center (CR-DOC)

Presented by:
Ada Sue Selwitz, MA
Director, Office of Research Integrity
Adjunct Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Co-Director, Regulatory Support and Research Ethics,
Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences

Thursday, January 14, 2010
HG611 (Hospital Auditorium)
Lunch 11:30 a.m., Presentation Noon to 1 p.m.
Please call or e-mail the UK CR-DOC office by Monday, January 11 to reserve your place (323-8545 or

Objective: At the completion of this session the Participants will be able to discuss new or revised IRB policies and procedures implemented in Response to Regulatory Changes or Re-accreditation requirements.

January 4, 2010

Important Information from NIH
If you plan to submit a proposal to the NIH in 2010, be aware that there are new guidelines. Please review the following parent announcements which were recently issued. Contact OSPA if you have any questions.


  • Availability of Reissued Parent Announcements for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2010

Program Announcements

  • NIH Exploratory Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21)
  • Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15)

The AREA program limits eligibility to colleges or schools within a university that receive research grants and/or cooperative agreements from the NIH totaling not more than $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in each of four or more of the last seven years. To determine the eligibility of a school or component with regard to this requirement, applicants should consult the list of ineligible schools/components on the AREA program Web site at NIH plans to post an updated list for 2010.

Limited Submissions:

U.S. Dept. of State Secretary's War Widows Program - Jan. 7
EPA's Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program - Jan. 25
U.S. Dept. of Energy's Energy Innovation Hub - Fuels from Sunlight - Feb. 3

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

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