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February 2014 Proposal Submission Deadline Change

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

More than 35 proposals are expected to be submitted between Feb. 15 and 26. This, coupled with SPO having a vacant analyst position, necessitates adjusting the internal submission deadline to four days prior to the sponsor’s deadline. The additional time will allow our analysts to perform our review processes.

For example: the adjusted internal submission deadline of Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. would apply to proposals with a sponsor submission deadline of 4 p.m. or later on Feb. 20.

SPO will communicate the new deadline to the PIs that have informed us about their intent to submit. Please share this important change with your faculty and staff.

NSF Pre-Proposal Deadlines

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The following NSF Pre-Proposals require submission by the Sponsored Programs Office:

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
13-600 Preliminary Proposal:
January 17, 2014
Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB) 14-503 Preliminary Proposal:
January 23, 2014
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) 14-507 Preliminary Proposal:
January 30, 2014

For these pre-proposals, the Sponsored Programs Office will also need a signed transmittal.

Holiday Hours for VPR Units

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO), Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA), Research Development (RD), Sponsored Operations Office (SOO), Compliance, Integrity, and Safety (CIS), Occupational Safety and Health Services (OSHS), Institutional Analysis (IA), and Innovation and Industry Engagement (IIE) holiday schedule is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 23: closed
Thursday, Dec. 26: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 30: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

If you will need proposal submission services during these business days, alert SPO and IIE prior to the holiday break.

Regular office hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) will resume on Jan. 2.

Workshop Addresses Finding Funding

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The Research Development Office and Corporate Partnerships Office will host an educational session, “Finding Funding,” from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3. The session will be in Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

This session will help faculty and staff develop strategies to identify and secure sources of financial support for research and related activities.

Topics covered will include:

  • planning,
  • research,
  • funding sources, and
  • the online Grant Forward program for research funding and collaboration.

The session will offer a high-level look at strategies for seeking funding from corporate, foundation, and government sponsors.

To register for this session, see Finding Funding. Registration deadline is 9 a.m. on Monday, December 2.  If you have questions, please contact Peter Larsen at 487-2906 or

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Feel free to bring your lunch.

New On-demand Training Module:

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce an on-demand training module for the website. This module will cover the basics of searching for funding as well as downloading and completing an application package for sponsored projects using the website. This training is directed towards principal investigators. Please consider taking advantage of this resource.

The training module can be found on the VPR training webpage under the subheading “Applying for Grants & Contracts.” In the future, more on-demand trainings will be made available and announced.

Research Workshop: Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards,” from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 19 in Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered will include: managing technical data, intellectual property, and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing, and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

To register for this session, see Research Workshop: Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards. Registration deadline is 9 a.m. on Monday, November 18. If you have questions, please contact Jay Meldrum at 487-3178 or

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Revised NSF and NIH Proposal Deadlines

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Due to the government shutdown, NSF and NIH have revised proposal deadlines.


Revised due dates for NSF funding opportunities that fall between October 1 and 25 have been posted on the Resumption of Operations webpage on the NSF website. These revised dates apply whether the proposal is being submitted via the NSF FastLane System or Due to compressed proposal deadlines resulting from the shutdown, proposers are advised that they may experience a delay when contacting IT Help Central with technical support questions. Frequently asked questions regarding these date changes also are available on the Resumption of Operations page.


All October grant application submission deadlines have been rescheduled and can be found on the NIH grants website. NIH has issued guidance on resumption of activities following the government shutdown, which is available on-line at NOT-OD-14-007 as well as

Government Shutdown: Impact on Proposal Submissions and Award Expenditures

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The federal government’s fiscal year ended on Sept. 30, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. A new FY14 Appropriations Act was not signed into law; therefore, the federal government is now under a partial shutdown. The best course of action is for our research community to proceed with ongoing research unless notified otherwise.

For all upcoming proposals, please continue to submit proposals and internal paperwork to SPO/IIE following the deadlines currently published by the sponsor and by the appropriate internal deadline. Sponsored Programs staff will process your proposal according to the best and most recent directions provided to us by each agency. In many cases, applications are not currently being accepted; however, it is important to proceed as if they are because we cannot predict when submission systems will begin accepting proposals again.

The federal shutdown also means the University is now spending our own cash reserves to cover current sponsored programs expenditures until federal reimbursement occurs. Therefore, to the extent possible, please be prudent when incurring expenditures on federal and federal pass through grants and contracts until the shutdown ends and reimbursement can continue.

Feel free to contact Sponsored Programs at 7-2226 if you have any questions.

New University Policy: Representing Safety in Photographs

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

In keeping with Michigan Tech’s commitment to maintaining a safe campus and to portray that image to the outside community, the Office of Compliance, Integrity, and Safety announces a new policy, which is published on the University’s Policies and Procedures website.

Endorsed by the University Safety Advisory Council and University Marketing and Communications, the policy provides guidelines for any photo that is to be used in University print or electronic publications. When taking photos for publication, all individuals involved should strive to first ensure the space is made safe for the photographer(s) and subjects by relocating any chemicals and shutting down unnecessary equipment. The photos themselves should depict a scenario in which safety is represented as a priority.

For more information, please see the full Representing Safety in Photography policy. Please contact the Office of Compliance, Integrity, and Safety at 7-2902 with any questions.

New Human Subject Compensation Procedures

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

In an effort to ensure that Michigan Tech is satisfying certain IRS reporting obligations when researchers are making compensation payments to human subjects, new compensation procedures are explained and are effective immediately.

For more information, please view the compensation procedure information PDF.

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