February 27, 2012 Newsletter


    Announcements from the Office of University Research Services

    Grant Financial Management Workshop: All You Need to Know on A-21

Agency:   OURS Staff
Date:         March 2, 2012

The Office of University Research Services will hold a workshop on Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21 on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room 120 (Office of Human Resources training room, first floor). Faculty and staff members who work with project funding awarded by external entities should plan to attend this informative session. We will cover the federal cost principles by which universities are bound in expending federal funds and the ways in which Towson University complies with the principles. 

This session will be repeated several times during academic year 2011-2012 for those unable to attend. Lunch will be served and pre-registration is required. Please register by calling 4-2236 or email cgsrgrants@towson.edu by Tuesday, February 28. 

URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/omb/circulars/a021/a21_2004.pdf

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

Agency:   Towson University Faculty Development and Research Committee
Deadline: March 1, 2012

The Faculty Development and Research Committee (FDRC) has announced its call for applications for fall 2012 research and fall research and Teaching Innovation grants. Under the March 1, 2012 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 2012.

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), Enrollment Services Building, Suite 208. 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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Call for Seed Funding Requests (2012-2013)

Agency:   School of Emerging Technologies
Deadline: March 1, 2012

The School of Emerging Technologies announces its inaugural request for proposals for seed funding for academic year 2012-2013.

Technology is changing how we look at the world. All areas have been affected- science, liberal arts, humanities, the health professions, communications, business and the fine arts have all experienced significant technology induced change. These changes are blurring and erasing traditional disciplinary boundaries and creating new interdisciplinary areas of studies. Research in these emerging areas will require interdisciplinary teams that bring very different skill sets to the same problem. However, interdisciplinary research is filled with difficulties, especially in its early stages. Finding the right collaborators and the right external support structure is often much harder when one moves outside of the traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The School of Emerging Technologies calls for proposals by Towson University faculty for seed funding for interdisciplinary research projects for academic year 2012-2013. Projects can be of up to one full year in duration, and faculty can request funds for equipment, support for graduate students, and faculty summer time. Submissions are due on or before March 1, 2012.
See the full request for proposals for complete details, including submission instructions:

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Institutional, University-Wide, or Cross-Disciplinary Opportunity

    Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program-Short-Term Projects and Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Training Projects

Agency:         U.S. Department of Education
Deadline(s):  April 23, 2012

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program supports short- and long-germ overseas projects geared toward training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Short-term projects may include seminars, curriculum development, or group research/study. Long-term projects may include advanced overseas intensive language projects, which give advanced language students the opportunity to study languages abroad.

There are several priorities contained within this notice, including one absolute priority, three competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority.

In terms of the absolute priority: A group project must focus on one or more of the following geographic areas of the world: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East.

Competitive preference will be given to applications addressing the following priorities:

For GPA short-term projects, the training and focus must be on any of the 78 priority languages from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages; also, at least 50 percent of the project’s participants should be K-12 teachers or K-12 administrators.

For GPA advanced overseas language training projects, the training and focus must be on any of the 78 priority languages, and the U.S. participants should travel to Brazil, China, India, or Russia.

The inclusion of these priorities within a proposal may warrant that proposal’s receipt of up to 10 additional points (5 points per priority) in the evaluation stage.

Invitational priority may be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges, or novice applicants. A novice applicant is one who has never received a grant/subgrant under the program from which it seeks funding; has never been a member of a group application; and has not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal Government in the five years before the deadline date for applications under this program.

Estimated available funds amount to $2,990,000. The awards for short-term projects will range from $50,000 to $125,000; for long-term projects, the awards will range from $50,000 to $375,000.

Any short-term applications proposing a budget exceeding $125,000 for a single budget period of 18 months will be rejected. Any long-term applications proposing a budget in excess of $375,000 for a single budget period of 12 months will be rejected. The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education may change the maximum award through a notice published in the Federal Register.

URL:   http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsgpa/applicant.html

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    Opportunity for Individuals

    NEH Fellowships

Agency:     National Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline:   May 3, 2011

Fellowships support persons pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any phase of development.

Especially welcome are projects that respond to NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, which may focus on cultures internationally or within the U.S. International projects may seek to enlarge Americans’ understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. Domestic projects might explore the variety of cultural influences on, and subcultures within, American society. These projects could investigate how Americans have approached and endeavored to overcome seemingly insurmountable cultural divisions, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Please note that all applications, regardless of whether or not they respond to the Bridging Cultures initiative, will be given equal consideration in the program’s evaluation process.

It is a goal of NEH to make the products of its awards as publically-accessible as possible. Such products may include websites, digital resources, etc. NEH will give preference to projects that provide free access to the public.

Applicants requesting funding for the development, acquisition, preservation, or enhancement of geospatial data, products, or services must conduct a due diligence search on the Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) Portal (http://www.geodata.gov) to ascertain whether their intended products, data, or services already exist. If not, these products, data, or services must be produced in compliance with applicable proposed guidelines posted at http://www.fgdc.gov.

Fellowships cover periods ranging from six to twelve months at a stipend of $4,200 per month in outright funds. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve month period. Applicants should ask for award periods that suite their schedules and project needs. Requesting a shorter project period will not enhance a project’s changes of being chosen for funding.

The award period must be fulltime and continuous. Teaching or administrative assignments or other major activities may not be undertaken during the fellowship period.

Note: Fellowships are awarded to individuals, not to institutions. They do not require cost sharing and do not include indirect costs. All applicants must submit their proposals by means of an individual account at Grants.gov.

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

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