University of Kentucky Research

Grants Bulletin

Issued: February 26, 2015
(note, a bulletin was not issued on February 19 due to UK closings that week)

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

NIH FY 2016 High End Instrumentation and Required Information for Letter of Institutional Commitment

The NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) has announced the High-End Instrumentation Grant program for major research equipment costing at least $600,000. ORIP intends to commit approximately $20 million in FY 2016 to fund approximately 10-15 new awards. The NIH deadline is May 29, 2015.

Complete Program Announcement:

Researchers planning to submit a proposal to the High-End Instrumentation Grant program should contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at and their Associate Dean for Research – university required information must be received by March 24, 2015.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research ( or 257-1663.)  Potential applicants can contact the Office of the Vice President for Research to discuss financial aspects of running a cost-recovery core facility if they need more information.  The Office of the VPR will also provide the table of all previous S10 awards to UK within the past five years that is a required part of the application.

Contact the Proposal Development Office with additional questions.

Mar. 4: NIH F31/32 Grant Workshop: Methods for Managing the Madness
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Location: W.T. Young Library, Alumni Gallery (1-65, near south wing; next to Auditorium)
Speaker: Barbara Duncan, Proposal Development Office

This workshop will focus specifically on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship (F31/32). (PA-14-147/PA-14-148/PA-14-149/PA-14-150) NIH program deadlines: April 8, August 8, December 8

Topics will cover:

  • Helpful activities to guide your prewriting
  • Sources of key information at NIH (abstract databases, sample applications, grant writing help)
  • Methods for prioritizing writing components
  • Tips for writing and working productively

Space is limited; please click here to register.

Contact/questions: or

Mar. 10: Clinical Research Update

“Institutional Biosafety Committee Basics for Clinical Research” presented by Brandy J. Nelson, MS, SM(NRMC), CBSP

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: Lunch available at 12:00 pm, presentation 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: HG 611 (Pavilion H Auditorium)
Contact CCTS to register by Friday, March 6.

Mar. 24: 2015- Federal SBIR-STTR TOUR & Annual KY Conference

Date: March 24, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway, Louisville KY 40202
Register here.

What is the Federal SBIR-STTR Program?

The Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses in The United States to engage in high risk technological innovation that has the potential for commercialization. 

The Conference

Conference speakers will cover basic facts regarding the Federal SBIR/STTR program as well as Kentucky's own SBIR/STTR Assistance opportunitties.  Program managers from at least five (5) Federal Agencies will present on their agency-specific programs and be available for one-on-one meetings with conference attendees.

May 8 deadline: KY EPSCoR Call for Abstracts

2015 KY EPSCoR Annual Conference
Promoting Industry and Academia Research Collaborations

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Location: Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington KY

Deadline to submit abstracts is May 8.
More information on the conference and abstract submission information can be found here.
Contact Liz Knapp (859-230-7561) with questions.

Reminder Regarding Proposals and Weather Emergencies

We all hope the severe weather for this winter has passed!  But, just in case, here is a reminder and two federal agency policies.  Please be aware that personnel in the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration are not “essential employees” in terms of Human Resource Policy #71.0 – University Emergencies.  When the university announces a delayed opening or a closure, OSPA will follow the plan for non-essential employees.  Staff will not be present during the delayed hours or during a closure.    To insure successful submission of a proposal, investigators should submit the completed proposal and Internal Approval Form to OSPA three business days in advance of the funding agency’s deadline.

National Institutes of Health
Notice Regarding Delay in Grant Application Submission Due to Severe Winter Storms
The NIH realizes that multiple winter storms may cause problems in grant application submission for organizations located over a wide portion of the east coast and other regions of the country. The usual NIH practice for such circumstances will apply. Applications submitted late because of weather problems must include a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay. It is not necessary to get permission in advance for weather-related delays in grant application submissions. The delay should not exceed the time period that an applicant organization/institution is closed.
NIH has established a web page about the NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters that provides information on a variety of topics:

National Science Foundation
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide  Chapter I.Section F.

Special Exceptions to NSF’s Deadline Date Policy
In the event of a natural or anthropogenic disaster, or when NSF is closed due to inclement weather or other reason that interferes with an organization’s ability to meet a proposal submission deadline, NSF has developed the following guidelines for use by impacted organizations:
Natural or Anthropogenic Disasters - Flexibility in meeting announced deadline dates because of a natural or anthropogenic disaster that impacts a proposer’s ability to submit a proposal to NSF may be granted with the approval of the cognizant NSF Program Officer. Where possible, such requests should be submitted in advance of the proposal deadline. The Foundation will work with each impacted organization on a case-by-case basis to address its specific issue(s). Proposers should contact the cognizant NSF Program Officer in the Division/Office to which they intend to submit their proposal and request authorization to submit a “late proposal.” Proposers should then follow the written or verbal guidance provided by the cognizant NSF Program Officer. Generally, NSF permits extension of the deadline by five business days.

Closure of NSF – When NSF is closed due to inclement weather or other reason4, deadline(s) that occurred during the closure will be extended to the following business day after the closure ends.

Issued: February 12, 2015

Limited Submissions

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

NIH Interim General Grant Conditions Implementing New HHS Grants Regulations (Uniform Guidance)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-065
Release Date: February 5, 2015

Mar. 2-3: NEH Regional Proposal Development Workshop

Dr. Daniel Sack, Senior Program Officer, will provide information and insight on federal support for the humanities and be available to meet with individuals to discuss potential proposals to NEH. See here for more details.

Register here.
If you have questions, contact Kara Cecil (859-257-3542) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Pilot & Feasibility Proposals - due Mar. 16

The NIH Common Funds Metabolomics program's Resource Center for Stable Isotope Resolved Metabolomics (RC-SIRM) announces the availability of up to $50,000 value in analytical services per project. Pilot and Feasibility proposals are due on Mon March 16, 2015.

Information regarding application can be found here.

Issued: February 5, 2015

Limited Submissions

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

Feb. 10: CCTS Clinical Research Update

"Research at Norton Healthcare"
Presented by: Marti Gardner, MSN, APRN, CCRC; Rhonda Hoffman, CCRP; Dawn Deihl, CIP, CCRP

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
HG 611 (Pavilion H Auditorium) 

Lunch at 12:00 pm
Presentation 12:30 - 1:30 pm
RSVP by February 6 by emailing CCTS. The full CRU schedule may be viewed here.

Feb. 23: Pizza and Proposals

Monday, February 23, 2015 MDS 220
12:00 - 12:30 pm - "Need a Sample Size? How to collaborate with your friendly statistician!" presented by Emily Dressler, PhD
12:45 - 1:00 pm - Open consultation time with BERD members

See more details here. RSVP to Debra Bailey by Friday, February 20.

Call for Applications

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Research Program is calling for applications. The Center for Clinical and Translational Science at UK will accept applications for pilot projects according to the following schedule:

  • Call for Applications: January 30, 2015
  • Letter of Intent due: February 25, 2015
  • Invitation to submit Full Application: April 3, 2015
  • Full Application due: April 29, 2015
  • Funding Decision: June 2015

See more details here.

Adjustments to NIH and AHRQ Grant Application Due Dates Between February 13 and February 18, 2015

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-057
Release Date: January 27, 2015

Expanding Support of Unicode Character Set in Grant Applications Submitted after February 17, 2015

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-058
Release Date: January 27, 2015

ASSIST Now an Option for Submission of R03 and R21 Applications

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-062
Release Date: January 30, 2015

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