February 23, 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.

Agency:        American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Date:              February 27, 2009

The Office of University Research Services will host a live Web cast of selected sessions from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Grants Resource Center Proposal Development Conference Friday, February 27, 2009 in 7800 York Road, room 459 (Computer and Information Sciences Conference Room).  We will be airing the following three sessions from this conference:

9:30 – 10:30 am        NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award Update/Applying for                                       AREA and NSF RUI Awards

2:15 – 3:10 pm          U.S. Department of Education, Review of Institute of Education                                                    Sciences Program

3:30 – 4:45 pm          National Endowment for the Humanities Mock Proposal  Review

Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for the speakers.  A full agenda for the AASCU meeting, including session descriptions and speakers, is available at http://www.aascu.org/grcinfo/workshop09/program.pdf

We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or more sessions of particular interest to you.  If you’re interested in one of the sessions but unavailable for the live Web cast, we will have access to the materials (PowerPoint slides and audio files) after the conference and can make those available to you.

Please contact the Office of University Research Services (ours@towson.edu or 4-2236) with any questions. 

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    Reminder: IRB Meeting Schedule

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, 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: 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 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 Ryzhkov, 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 Servicesí 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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    Reminder: Towson Academy of Scholars Accepting Applications

Agency:        Committee for the Towson Academy of Scholars
Deadline:      March 25, 2009

The Towson Academy of Scholars is pleased to announce that it will be accepting applications for Towson Scholars for the academic year 2009-2010.  All full time faculty up to the rank of Assistant Professor or Librarian I and II who have been at Towson three years or less are eligible to apply.  The purpose of the Academy is to gather senior-mentors with junior faculty in a seminar setting that will give the latter an opportunity to share their research projects, reflective thinking essays, or portions of their dissertations under revision.  The research, thought-analyses, or revisions will be undertaken during the year preceding presentation with support provided by the Towson Academy of Scholars.

A committee of senior faculty members will oversee this initiative, and will serve as a review panel to select participating scholars.  Applications may be blind reviewed by external reviewers.  The committee will select up to three scholars from applications submitted from across the university community in the spring.  For the academic year 2009-2010, junior scholars will receive $1,000 in cash from the University.

In the spring of 2010, at a date to be arranged by the committee, each of the junior scholars selected will present his or her seminar paper in the Towson Room, Cook Library. In consultation with the scholars, the committee will arrange for one or two authorities in their fields to serve as discussants.

Faculty members who are selected to be Towson Scholars will be encouraged to invite their students to their presentations.  Seminars are open to the university community, and junior faculty will be required to make their papers available upon request.

While papers, essays, and/or chapters may reflect the academic discourse of their discipline, the oral presentations must communicate broadly to the University community.

Closing date for applications is March 25, 2009 (Wednesday).

Applications may be obtained on-line at the Office of University Research Services Web site, http://www.towson.edu/ours.  Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of University Research Services, 7800 York Road, Room 225, by 5:00 pm March 25.  Applications emailed to mhealy@towson.edu by 5:00 pm March 25 will also be accepted.

Committee for the Towson Academy of Scholars
Patricia W. Romero, CLA and Chair
Sharon Buchbinder, College of Health Professions
Matthew Chambers, College of Business and Economics
Debi Gartland, College of Education
Mary Louise Healy, Office of University Research Services
Peter Lev, College of Fine Arts and Communication
Brian Masters, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
Deborah Nolan, Library

URL:      http://www.towson.edu/ours

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    Institutional, University-Wide, or Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities

    Environment, Society, and the Economy

Agency:        National Science Foundation
Deadline:      Various

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) seek to increase collaboration between the geosciences and the social and behavioral sciences by augmenting funding for interdisciplinary research related to the Environment, Society, and the Economy.

GEO and SBE will consider proposals that describe new research efforts relating to the integrated study of the environment, society, and economics.  Interdisciplinary teams of researchers are strongly encouraged.  Projects are expected to involve researchers in the geosciences and social and behavioral sciences, but they may also include other disciplines.

Prospective topics of interest in the general area of the Environment, Society, and the Economy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Decision-making strategies related to ongoing or predicted global, regional, and local environmental changes;
  • Economic and geosciences evaluation of technology and practices linked to climate change;
  • Impacts and adaptation of economic systems;
  • Pathways to successful application of geoscience research findings;
  • Development and implementation of mitigation strategies within political and economic constraints;
  • Interplay of environmental change and inequality of income, access to resources, etc.;
  • Role of incentives in human behavior;
  • Politics and economics of resource agreements;
  • Environmental change and its impact on the evolution of human behavior; and
  • Capacity building. 

Relevant proposals must be submitted to an existing SBE or GEO program according to the program’s regular target or deadline dates.  This is not a special competition or new program.  Investigators are encouraged to indicate that their proposal was submitted in response to this DCL by including ESE in the title of the proposal.  Target and deadline dates for applicable programs may be found at and the NSF Geosciences and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences below.

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=geo (Geosciences)
          http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=sbe (Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences)

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    College Preparation Intervention Program

    Agency:        Maryland Higher Education Commission
    Deadline:      April 29, 2009

    The College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) funds support college partnership activities for eligible GEAR UP sites. Maryland GEAR UP--Focus on Math, the state’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs federal grant, is an early intervention program that calls for partnerships to be developed with local education agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education, and other community organizations and businesses to encourage more young people—especially poor students from poor communities—to aim higher, study harder, and take the courses required for college admission and success. CPIP provides funds for partnerships between higher education institutions and GEAR UP sites to raise the level of academic preparedness of GEAR UP students. Projects funded by CPIP have included activities such as academic enrichment mini-courses held at college campuses, career exploration research online with follow-up activities on campus, professional development for teachers, financial aid workshops for parents, and tutoring by college students at the GEAR UP schools.

    Approximately $750,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants. Each award may be up to $150,000.  A joint technical assistance and GEAR UP coordinators meeting will be held March 5, 2009, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A networking lunch will be provided and GEAR UP site coordinators have been invited.  The meeting will take place in room 219 of the Senator John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts at Anne Arundel Community College located at 101 College Parkway, Arnold, Maryland; directions are available at http://www.aacc.edu/locationsandmaps/.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Takeia M. Bradley at tbradley@mhec.state.md.us or contact OURS by March 3, 2009. 

    Applications are due to MHEC by 4 p.m. on April 29, 2009.  Notification of grant awards will be made between May 18 and May 22, 2009.

    URL: http://www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/CollegePreparationInterventionProgram/CPIP.asp

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    Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need

    Agency:        US Department of Education
    Deadline:      March 16, 2009 

    The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program provides fellowships in areas of national need to assist graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their courses of study at the institution. No department, program, or unit shall be eligible for a grant unless the program of post baccalaureate study has been in existence for at least 4 years at the time of application. The US Department will only consider applications that meet the following priority:

    • A project must provide fellowships in one or more of the following areas of national need:  Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, and Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research.

    Within this absolute priority, the Secretary is particularly interested in applications that address the following invitational priority:

    • Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Programs that focus on preparing students at the Master’s or Ph.D. level who will be trained in statistics and measurement theory to become psychometricians.  These psychometrics programs focus on the principles and procedures for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating tests and other mechanisms used to measure learning, evaluate student progress, and assess the performance of specific teaching tools, strategies and curricula.

    The sponsor does not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

    The amount of a grant to an academic department may not be less than $100,000 and may not be more than $750,000 in a fiscal year. Funding will be provided for a period of up to 3 years It is estimated that 107 awards will be made.   

    Cost Share Requirement:  Note that this program requires that each institution provide, from non-Federal funds, an institutional matching contribution equal to at least 25 percent of the amount of the grant received under this award.

    URL: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-3163.pdf

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