February 2, 2009 Newsletter

 

    Please note for all proposals that must be submitted via Grants.gov, the Office of University Research Services must have the final complete proposal, with all required attachments, no later than 48 hours prior to the agency deadline. Because of the higher possibility of technical difficulties with this new submission engine, the OURS cannot guarantee that proposals received later than 48 hours prior to the deadline will be submitted on time. Please direct any questions to the Office of University Research Services, 4-2236 or ours@towson.edu.

The Towson University Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants (IRB) has set its meeting schedule for the spring semester 2009.  Individuals planning to carry out research involving the use of human participants should plan to submit an IRB application no later than two weeks prior to the meeting at which they would like the application reviewed.  The meeting schedule is as follows:

    Wednesday, February 18 (submit applications by February 4)

    Wednesday, March 11 (submit applications by February 25)

    Wednesday, April 15 (submit applications by April 1)

    Wednesday, May 13 (submit applications by April 29)

Although not all applications require full IRB review, submitting your application two weeks prior to a scheduled meeting will ensure that the application is reviewed and approved, or granted an exemption (as appropriate) in a timely manner.

Questions should be directed to the IRB at 4-2236.

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    Reminder: Q&A Session for Faculty Development and Research Committee Proposals

The Office of University Research Services (OURS) will hold a question and answer session for prospective FDRC Summer Research Fellowship and Research Monetary Award applicants on February 6, 2009, at 7800 York Road in Room 218A from 12:00PM – 1:30PM.   Interested applicants are encouraged to attend. Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you have any questions about this workshop, feel free to contact OURS at 4-2236 or ours@towson.edu. OURS hopes to see you there!

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    REMINDER -- Faculty Development and Research Committee Summer and Fall 2009 Grant Application Deadline

Agency:         Towson University Faculty Development and Research Committee
Deadline:       Monday, March 2, 2009

The Faculty Development and Research Committee has announced its call for applications for 2009 Summer Research Fellowships and Fall 2009 Research Monetary Awards and Teaching Innovation Grants (scroll to page 4).  Applications will be accepted through 5:00 pm Monday, March 2, 2009 (note that the annual deadline is March 1; as March 1 falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline has been extended to Monday, March 2). 

Summer Research Fellowships of $3,500 will be made for projects leading to a scholarly product, such as a proposal to an external funding source, or a publication, presentation, invention, composition, performance, or exhibition.  Funds will be paid directly to the Fellow through payroll and are intended to allow the Fellow to spend uninterrupted time on the project during the summer.  Please note that the Committee will need, as part of the application packet, a detailed timeline for the duration of the award and detailed information on expected project outcomes.

Fall 2009 Research Monetary Awards of up to $5,000 will be made for projects leading to a scholarly product (as described above).  Funds may be used for project-related expenses such as research assistants, supplies, and travel, and will be made available upon approval of awards.  All funds awarded under this application round must be expended within 12 months of the award date, though requests for extensions may be considered by the Committee.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty members are encouraged to apply to the FDRC for support of their scholarly work.  Any eligible faculty member interested in applying is strongly encouraged to speak with a Committee member from his or her College prior to preparing a proposal.  Committee members are invaluable sources of advice and direction.  Below is a listing of Committee members, by college:

College of Business and Economics
            Babu Baradwaj, Finance
            Martin Freedman, Accounting
College of Education
            Janese Daniels, Early Childhood Education
            Bill Sadera, Educational Technology and Literacy
College of Fine Arts and Communication
            Mark McElreath, Mass Communication and Communication Studies
            Diane Sadak, Theatre Arts
College of Health Professions
            Brian Kreisman, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Deaf Studies
            Karla Kubitz, Kinesiology (Committee Chairperson)
College of Liberal Arts
            Frances Botkin, English
            Kimberly Katz, History
Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
            Coy May, Mathematics
            Lev Rhyzkov, Chemistry
           
Application forms for both research awards (Summer Research Fellowships and Research Monetary Awards) and Teaching Innovation Grants are available in hard copy or as Word documents from the Office of University Research Services (extension 4-2236 or by email, ours@towson.edu ) or on the Office of University Research Services’ Web site, http://grad.towson.edu/ours/index.asp .

An original and eight copies of completed application forms and accompanying documentation as described in the application materials should be submitted by March 2, 2009 to the Office of University Research Services (OURS), 7800 York Road, room 225.  

URL:       http://grad.towson.edu/ours/index.asp

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    Institutional, University-Wide, or Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities

    Summer Seminars and Institutes

Agency:        National Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline:      March 3, 2009
                     

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting proposals for grants that support national faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers.  Seminars and institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks.  Summer seminars and institutes:

  • extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues;
  • enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;
  • build a community of inquiry and provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; and
  • promote effective links between teaching and research in the humanities.

Seminars and institutes may be hosted by colleges, universities, school systems, learned societies, centers for advanced study, libraries or other repositories, and cultural or professional organizations.  The host site must be appropriate for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction.

Proposed programs may take the following formats:

  • Seminar for school teachers – 15 participants
  • A seminar enables fifteen participants to explore a topic or set of readings under the guidance of a scholar with expertise in the field.  Participants may, for example, examine an important text, study works of well-known authors, or review significant scholarship on an important historical period or event.  The principal goals are to engage teachers in the humanities and deepen their understanding through reading, discussion, reflection, and writing in a manner that will help sustain their commitment to teaching.  The director guides discussion of common readings and provides mentoring for individual study and projects.

  • Institute for school teachers – 25 to 30 participants
  • An institute, which is typically guided by a team of core faculty and visiting scholars, presents the best available scholarship on important humanities issues and works taught in the nation’s schools.  Participants may compare and synthesize the various perspectives offered by the faculty, make connections between institute content and classroom applications, and develop new teaching materials.

  • Seminar for college and university teachers – 15 participants
  • A seminar enables participants with related interests to conduct scholarly research or focused study under the direction of an expert.  The director designs a program of study to articulate key issues and focus on discussion in seminar meetings.  The director also advises participants on their individual projects.

  • Institute for college and university teachers – 25 participants
  • An institute focuses on a topic of major importance in undergraduate curricula.  Guided by a team of scholars, participants explore a challenging and complex subject.  The primary goal is to deepen understanding of a subject in order to advance humanities teaching.

NEH anticipates that awards for seminars will range between $60,000 and $140,000 in outright funds for a grant period of twelve months.  Awards for institutes range from $80,000 to $200,000 in outright funds for a grant period of fifteen months. Cost sharing is not required. Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers who may offer advice about preparing the proposal, provide samples of recently funded projects, and review preliminary proposal drafts, if they are submitted at least one month before the March 3, 2009 deadline. Sample narratives of recently funded projects are also available at the program website, listed below.

URL:   http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html

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    Collaborative Opportunity: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program

    Agency:        US Department of Education
    Deadline:      March 6, 2009
                         

    The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including afterschool programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting State standards.

    This competition has three priorities—one absolute priority, a competitive preference priority, and an invitational priority within the absolute priority. The absolute priority is the initiation, expansion, and improvement of physical education programs (which may include after-school programs) in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade students by

    1. providing equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities; and
    2. providing funds for staff and teacher training and education.

    A physical education program funded under this absolute priority must provide for one or more of the following:

    1. Fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being.
    2. Instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student.
    3. Development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
    4. Opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation.
    5. Instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition.
    6. Opportunities for professional development for teachers of physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education.

    Within this absolute priority, the Department gives competitive preference to novice applicants. The term novice applicant means any applicant for a grant from the Department of Education that has never received a grant or sub-grant under the program from which it seeks funding and has never been a member of a group application that received a grant under the program from which it seeks funding and has not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal Government in the five years before the deadline date for transmittal of applications under this program. We award an additional 5 points to an application that meets the competitive preference priority.

    Within this absolute priority, the Department is particularly interested in applications that address the following invitational priority. Applications that meet this invitational priority do not receive a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. This priority is for projects that propose programs to address problems identified by the applicant in a self assessment, using the Physical Education and Other Physical Activity Programs and Nutrition Services modules of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index (SHI) that are appropriate for the schools to be served by the grant.

    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, the e stimated number of awards will be 95 with a range between $100,000–$500,000. Project periods may be up to 36 months.

    URL:   http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-956.pdf (Federal Register basic announcement)
    http://www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/index.html (US ED website--click on “Applicant Information” in the box at the top of the page for the full announcement/guidelines)


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