February 28, 2011 Newsletter

 


    Proposal Submission Reminders (Recently Revised):

    OURS standard procedures require approvals on final budgets and project descriptions from department chairs and college deans prior to proposal submission. OURS and the Provost’s office ask that final budgets and chair and dean approvals be received by OURS at least five (5) business days before the deadline (per Provost Welsh’s request in the Daily Digest).

    Proposals for which proper approvals are not obtained may not be submitted, at the OURS discretion, or may be withdrawn if they are submitted in order to meet a deadline. Applicants can access the internal approval form at http://www2.towson.edu/research/resourcesforresearchers.asp. Please note that each department and college may have its own internal requirements regarding proposal review lead times; please check to be sure you are complying with your own unit’s procedures.

    OURS requests notification of intent to submit at least two weeks prior to the agency deadline so that OURS staff can assist with application preparation and review. All proposals will require signature on behalf of the University, which entails careful review for terms and conditions, University financial, time, and other obligations, and compliance issues. Adequate lead time allows OURS to secure necessary approvals and provide appropriate administrative support on all proposal submissions.
    When submitting proposals via Grants.gov, please be aware that OURS maintains registration for the campus. Like with all proposals, applicants will need to notify and work with OURS in getting proposals submitted through the standard procedures referenced above. For Grants.gov submission, OURS must have the final complete proposal, with all required attachments, no later than 48 hours prior to the agency deadline. Due to the higher possibility of technical difficulties with this submission engine, the OURS cannot guarantee that proposals received later than 48 hours prior to the deadline will be submitted on time.



    Announcements from the Office of University Research Services

    REMINDER: Faculty Development and Research Committee Announces Deadline for Fall 2011 Grant Applications

Agency:    Towson University Faculty Development and Research Committee
Deadline:  March 1, 2011

The Faculty Development and Research Committee (FDRC) has announced its call for applications for fall 2011 research and fall research and Teaching Innovation grants. Under the March 1, 2011 deadline, the Committee will accept applications for the following two funding categories:

  • Research grants of up to $5,000 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. 
  • Teaching Innovation grants of up to $5,000 for projects leading to new classroom initiatives that are grounded in current research on teaching and learning. Faculty members with ideas for teaching innovations and projects to enhance student learning are encouraged to apply.

All funds awarded under this application round will be held by the Committee for the awardees’ use during the award period, fall 2011.

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.  Application forms and guidelines are available through the link provided below. Please note that the application forms have been modified; therefore, applicants should use the forms provided at the website for the March 1 deadline.

An original and one copy of the completed application form and accompanying documentation as described in the application materials should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date to the Office of University Research Services (OURS), 7800 York Road, Room 225. All applications must have signatory approval from both the department chairperson and college dean at the time of submission.   OURS requests that an electronic copy of the application also be submitted via email to ours@towson.edu. Electronic submission of the application is optional and will not replace the paper submission requirements described above.

URL: http://www2.towson.edu/research/facultygrants.asp

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Interdisciplinary, University-Wide, Institutional, or Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities

    Presidential Academies for Teaching of American History and Civics

Agency:        United States Department of Education
Deadline:      March 24, 2011 for optional but strongly encouraged letters of intent
                       April 25, 2011 for proposals                    

The United States Department of Education (“Department”) Presidential Academies for Teaching of American History program supports the establishment of academies that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers of American history and civics to strengthen their knowledge and preparation for teaching these subjects. Under the current announcement, there is one competitive preference priority and one invitational priority.

Applicants may earn up to an additional three points for addressing the competitive preference priority, depending on how well they address it. This priority is enabling more data-based decision making. Applicants are not awarded any additional points for addressing the invitational priority, which is projects that provide a coherent program of professional development that:

  • is designed to increase the subject-matter knowledge and understanding of new and veteran teachers of American history and civics;
  • is aligned with the standards for American history and civics of the state in which the project is implemented;
  • is implemented on a school-wide basis in one or more schools; and
  • contributes to improved student achievement in those schools.

Dependent upon Congressional action and final appropriations, the Department anticipates making one to two awards ranging from $750,000 to $1,800,000 for project periods of up to 36 months under this competition.

URL:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-02-22/pdf/2011-3913.pdf
        Federal Register announcement)
        http://www2.ed.gov/programs/ahc/index.html
        (program page)

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Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus

Agency:        United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women
Deadline:      March 10, 2011 for optional but encouraged letters of intent
                       March 24, 2011 for proposals

The United States Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women (OVW) Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus program (“Campus Program”) supports activities that develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campuses. It also aims to strengthen security and investigative strategies to prevent and prosecute these crimes on campuses. The Campus Program supports a coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety and assistance, and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. Under this program, campuses are encouraged to create large-scale impact by adopting policies and protocols that treat violence against women crimes as serious offenses and by developing victim services and programs that make victim safety, offender accountability, and prevention of such crimes a high priority.

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education (as individual applicants) or consortia of higher education institutions (for consortia projects). Up to $300,000 may be requested by individual applicants; up to $500,000 for consortia projects. The project period is 36 months.

Each applicant must address all four of the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for funding. All Campus Program grantees must:

  • Create a coordinated community response to violence against women on campus by
    • demonstrating an external partnership with at least
      • one local nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services organization within the community that the institution is located, and
      • one or more of the following criminal justice or civil legal agencies: external law enforcement, prosecution, civil legal assistance providers, systems-based victim services units, or judiciary and court personnel; and
    • developing partnerships within the college or university.
  • Establish a mandatory prevention and education program about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking for all incoming students, working in collaboration with campus and community-based victim advocacy organizations.
  • Train all law enforcement to respond effectively in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases.
  • Establish or strengthen programs to train all members of campus disciplinary boards to respond effectively to charges of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

URL: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/fy2011-campus-solicitation.pdf

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Enhancing Developmental Biology Research at Undergraduate Institutions Academic Research Enhancement Award

Agency:         National Institutes of Health
Deadline:       April 13, 2011 for letters of intent
                        May 13, 2011
for full proposals

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications to strengthen the developmental biology research environment at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. The intention is to create research opportunities for developmental biologists who otherwise would be unlikely to participate in NIH-funded research. Furthermore, this FOA encourages: (1) the use of novel or underutilized animal models in developmental biology research, and (2) enhanced exposure of undergraduate students (if available) to the basic concepts required to understand the molecular and cellular basis of embryonic development.

Research proposals appropriate to this FOA will include small scale, new or renewal projects investigating questions of importance to developmental biology such as, but not limited to:

  • Projects that aim to elucidate the cellular, molecular, and physical mechanisms that direct the formation of the embryonic plan of multicellular organisms;
  • Projects to determine the mechanisms underlying the normal development of organ primordia against which aberrations of these processes can be better understood;
  • Projects to better understand the mechanism controlling the early pattern of the developing nervous system, the processes of neurogenesis, axonal guidance, and/or neural crest differentiation;
  • Projects that seek to identify and characterize genes, genetic networks, and epigenetic factors that control developmental processes;
  • Projects aiming to understand development of the immune system;
  • Projects to assess adverse genetic and/or environmental influences on development and to elucidate mechanisms by which developmental aberrations are produced; and
  • Testing and refinement of research techniques or animal model systems applicable to developmental biology.

Funding: Applicants may request up to a total of $150,000 direct costs plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A)/ indirect costs for the entire project period of up to three (3) years. This program does not require cost sharing.

URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-084.html

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