February 11, 2013 Newsletter


    Announcement from Office of Sponsored Programs & Research

    University-Wide, Cross-Disciplinary, or Institutional Opportunities

    Proposal Submission Reminders (Recently Revised):


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

    Proposals for which proper approvals are not obtained WILL NOT be submitted.

    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.

    OSPR requests notification of intent to submit at least six weeks prior to the agency deadline so that OSPR 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 OSPR to secure necessary approvals and provide appropriate administrative support on all proposal submissions.

    When submitting proposals via Grants.gov, please be aware that OSPR maintains registration for the campus. Like with all proposals, applicants will need to notify and work with OSPR in getting proposals submitted through the standard procedures referenced above. For Grants.gov submission, OSPR 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 OSPR cannot guarantee that proposals received later than 48 hours prior to the deadline will be submitted on time.

    Announcement from Office of Sponsored Programs & Research

    CITI Certification Essential for All IRB Applicants and Advisors

In an effort to adhere to regulatory guidelines pertaining to human research compliance, the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research is instituting a required step which must be completed by all members of the TU community currently involved with or entering into human subjects research. This step is the completion of online CITI training in research compliance, which is now mandatory for applicants, including faculty members, staff, and students.

The link to the CITI website is below.

The Responsible Conduct of Research module is essential, as is the Basic module.

If you have not yet initiated your research, you will need to complete this training and attain certification before research activities begin. If you are in the midst of research, please complete training at your earliest possible convenience. A training module can be completed within a few hours’ time.

Should you have already completed training either here or elsewhere, please submit a copy of your certification to our office for our files.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

URL: https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp

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University-Wide, Cross-Disciplinary, or Institutional Opportunities

Preservation and Access Research and Development

Agency:   National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Deadline(s): May 01, 2013

These grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or granting access to humanities collections and resources. Such challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials.

Applicants should define a problem, devices potential solutions, and detail how they would evaluate their projects and disseminate their findings. These results must serve the needs of a significant number of humanists.

Proposals may be submitted for projects addressing any of the following activities:

  • the development of technical standards and best practices for preserving and creating access to humanities collections;
  • the exploration of more effective scientific and technical methods of preserving humanities collections;
  • the development of automated procedures and computational tools to integrate, analyze, and repurpose humanities data in disparate online resources;
  • the development of platforms, systems, and plans for managing humanities data and digital assets; and
  • the investigation and testing of new ways of providing digital access to humanities materials that are not easily digitized using current methods.

Especially encouraged are applications addressing the following:

  • Digital Preservation : how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials;
  • Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections : how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; and
  • Preventive Conservation : how to protect and slow the deterioration of humanities collections—including digital collections—through the use of sustainable preservation strategies .

The maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years. Applicants whose projects focus on at least one of the three above-listed areas of special interest may request up to $400,000. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of NEH funds. Matching funds are released when a grantee secures gift funds from eligible third parties.

Although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, these grants cover no more than 80 percent of project costs.

URL: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-and-access-research-and-development

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Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC)

Agency:    National Science Foundation
Deadline(s): September 10, 2013

The goal of the Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) solicitation is to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use, the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models. Studies of the water system using models and/or observations at specific sites singly or in combination that allow for spatial and temporal extrapolation to other regions, as well as integration across the different processes in that system are encouraged, especially to the extent that they advance the development of theoretical frameworks and predictive understanding. Specific topics of interest include:

  • Developing theoretical frameworks and models that incorporate the linkages and feedbacks among atmospheric, terrestrial, aquatic, oceanic, biotic and social processes that can be used to predict the potential impact of 1) climate variability and change, 2) land use and 3) human activity on the water cycle and water availability on decadal- to centennial-scale in order to provide a basis for adaptive management of our water resources.
  • Determining the inputs, outputs and potential changes in water budgets and water quality in response to 1) climate variability and change, 2) land use and 3) human activity, and the effect of these changes on biogeochemical cycles, water quality, long-term chemical transport and transformation, terrestrial, aquatic and coastal ecosystems, landscape evolution and human settlements and behavior.
  • Determining how our built water systems and our governance systems can be made more reliable, resilient, and sustainable to meet diverse and often conflicting needs, such as minimizing consumption of water for energy generation, industrial and agricultural/forest rangeland production and built environment requirements, reuse for both potable and non-potable needs, ecosystem protection, and flood control and storm water management.

Successful proposals are expected to study water systems in their entirety and to enable a new interdisciplinary paradigm in water research. Proposals that do not broadly integrate across the biological sciences, geosciences, engineering, and social sciences may be returned without review. Proposals may establish new observational sites or utilize existing sites and facilities already supported by NSF (National Science Foundation) or other federal and state agencies (e.g. USGS (US Geological Survey), USEPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) , USDA/ARS/FS (US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Station/Forest Service), NOAA(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)).

Funding: Three categories of awards are anticipated for this solicitation.

Category 1 Awards : Small team synthesis, modeling, integration and assessment projects that will use existing data (or new measurements) to study entire watersheds and groundwater sites. Project duration of 2-4 years for a maximum of $600,000 per award.

Category 2 Awards : Place-based observational and modeling studies, 3 to 5 years in duration and for a maximum of $4 million for each award.

Category 3 Awards : Synthesis, modeling and integration grants that will use existing data to integrate and synthesize across watershed and groundwater sites. Both NSF and USDA/NIFA funds will be used to support this category. Some projects may be funded directly by USDA/NIFA. Project duration of 3-5 years for a maximum of $2.5 million for each award.

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13535

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