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NSF’s Proposal Requirements for Identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information

by Research Development and Office of Sponsored Programs

On April 24, the NSF initiated a new pilot for identifying conflicts of interest that affects all NSF proposals.

The Michigan Tech offices of Research Development and Sponsored Programs want to make a special note about the requirements for the Collaborators and Other Affiliations document. Over the last few years, this document has moved from inclusion on the NSF Biosketch to a separate document. As a separate document, it has evolved from a free-form document through two versions of an Excel spreadsheet template. With all these changes, it’s easy to get confused or lose track of which template should be used.

The most up-to-date template comes directly from NSF and can be found here. We have also saved a copy of this template to the RD Toolkit here.

Here are the most important things to note:

  • Has been developed to be fillable. However, the content and format requirements must not be altered by submitters.
  • Must be saved in .xlsx or .xls formats and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document.
  • Will be converted by FastLane from an .xlsx or .xls file to a PDF file.
  • Has been tested in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets and LibreOffice.
  • Will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. Must be uploaded in .xlsx or .xls formats only. Uploading a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document in any other format may delay the timely processing and review of your proposal.
  • Will be directly linked in FastLane. The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly here.

It is important to note that the new form requires additional information that was not required in previous templates. You will need to plan time during proposal preparation to update this document to the new format.

NSF announced this document on listservs and in the NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter here.

Exciting Postdoctoral positions at EMBL EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPOD)

EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPOD) initiative.

The EIPOD programme underlines EMBL’s strong commitment to promoting interdisciplinary research. The institution has a long-standing tradition of scientific excellence that builds on highly interactive research between the group leaders of different research units. EIPOD projects capitalise on synergies emerging at the borders of overlapping yet separate scientific fields, and involve transferring techniques to a novel context. The programme is open to all nationalities and offers about 20 positions annually.

AAAS Releases FY 2018 R&D Budget Dashboard to Track Federal R&D

Summary provided by Federal Science Partners:

AAAS Releases FY 2018 R&D Budget Dashboard to Track Federal R&D — As Congress considers President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, the American Association for the Advancement Science has launched an interactive resource to help keep track of congressional appropriations decisions and their impact on research and development spending levels.  The R&D Appropriations Dashboard, created by AAAS’ R&D Budget and Policy Program, provides an accessible way to monitor a vital process.  The appropriations process involves a dozen separate House and dozen separate Senate measures that impact 12 departments and agencies and multiple offices responsible for carrying out leading science programs. Since the White House released its budget proposal, the R&D Budget and Policy Program has analyzed the impact of the budget blueprint on science programs throughout federal agencies. The latest budget analysis, for instance, reports that while the president’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal calls for 9.4% increase in defense spending, very little of that increase would benefit the Pentagon’s science and technology programs. Indeed, the Defense Department’s S&T programs would decline by about 5.4% below current fiscal 2017 funding levels. Still, the proposed funding level, while a decline, would represent a 3.5% spending increase above FY 2016 levels.  The dashboard – launched on June 5 – displays the president’s requests and will track changes made by the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees and the full committees as they move through each chamber and the final version sent to the president to sign into law. Observers will be able to follow bills through each step of the decision making process. The tool currently presents data from the White House’s May 23 budget proposal. The R&D Budget team will update the dashboard as the House and Senate appropriations panels work through the appropriations system.

Changes to Graduate Assistant Cost Share (GACS) – a pilot policy till end of August, 2017

In order to incentivize PIs to add graduate student support to proposals, a committee has been meeting and considering various alternatives to the current GACS criteria.  The new criteria are in the attached document.  These criteria will be introduced for a trial period, now till the end of August, 2017.  The most significant changes are:
1)  GACS will be available even if cost share is not mandatory
2)  GACS support will depend on the average annual direct costs (not including overhead) of the proposal.
3)  GACS support for proposals with average annual direct costs between $25K to $100k will be eligible for 100% of tuition support (approximately $19K, 19 credits; 9+9+1); proposals must include full-time year-round stipend support from sponsor so that students receive continuous support.
4)  GACS support for proposals with average annual direct costs between $101K to $200k will be eligible for 50% of tuition support (approximately $9.5K, 8.5 credits); proposals must include full-time year-round stipend support from sponsor.
5)  GACS support for proposals with mandatory cost-share and large proposals (>$350k annual average direct costs) will also be in the form of tuition support.  Details are included in the attachment.
I hope that your faculty will take advantage of the enhanced GACS support.  SRO is aware of these new criteria and will bring it to the attention of PIs when they prepare budgets.
The committee members include: Nina Mahmoudian (MEEM), Jason Carter (KIP), Victor Busov (SFRES), Lisa Jukkula (SRO), Tammy LaBissoniere (SRA), Pete Larsen (SRO) (Heather Suokas (Grad School) and myself.
The committee is continuing to meet and discuss how best to use GACS funds to incentivize adding graduate student support to proposals.  Please get in touch with us with your suggestions/comments.
Pushpalatha Murthy
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI-49931
Ph: 906-487-2326

Insight into military R&D based upon NDIA National Defense Weekly Insider

Army Budget Request Leaves Little Room for Modernization
The Trump administration’s 2018 fiscal year budget proposal for the Army would give the service a modest $7 billion increase over the 2017 enacted levels.  FULL STORY HERE

Air Force FY18 Budget Request Sees R&D Boost
The service’s request for $183 billion — a 7 percent increase over the enacted fiscal year 2017 budget of $171 billion— contains a notable increase in research-and-development funding, but largely focuses on sustaining its current inventory. FULL STORY HERE

Air Force Seeks Big Funding Boost for Space Capabilities
The Air Force wants a boost in funding for its space portfolio as potential adversaries advance their counter-space capabilities. FULL STORY HERE

Navy Procurement Spending Stays Flat in Trump’s FY18 Budget
Although President Donald Trump has called for a major naval buildup, Navy procurement spending would not ramp up in fiscal year 2018 if his funding requests were enacted. FULL STORY HERE

Marine Corps’ Procurement Gets Boost in President’s Budget
The Marine Corps could see a modest increase in funding under the Trump’s administration’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. FULL STORY HERE

Invitation to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo: 20-21 July 2017

Please join the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) at our premier event, the Naval Future Force S&T Expo (at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, 20-21 July) co-sponsored with American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE).

This year’s theme is “Accelerating to the Navy & Marine Corps After Next.”

Participants will hear from the new Chief of Naval Research, RADM David Hahn. Come to learn more about his vision and new priorities guiding the Naval Research Enterprise. This event provides an excellent opportunity for Department of Defense, Naval leaders and ONR program officers to communicate needs, opportunities and exchange ideas with you.

Join us as we:
– Introduce and raise awareness of Naval research priorities and portfolios
– Present challenges and enable discussion of potential research solutions
– Learn from and share new ideas with participants to broaden our world-wide partnership base

As a participant, you will enjoy access to one-on-one Pitch-A-Principal appointments, live demos, poster sessions and exhibiting to include: Tech Talks and specialty room sessions featuring–small business, current research, STEM, disruptive technology initiatives, international S&T programs, Naval Research Lab initiatives, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab topics and doing business with ONR, ONR-Global, Naval Research Laboratory and employment opportunities.

Register here and stay tuned to our websites for more information on our exciting speaker line-up:
– Registration: — Use appeal code: INNOVATE to receive a $55 discount
– Get updates on:

Lawrence C. Schuette, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Office of Naval Research
Arlington, VA  22203
703-696-7118 (v)

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