Author: Joanne Polzien

Research Workshop Addresses Foreign National Security and Export Control

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, “Export Control and Foreign National Security,” from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11. The session will be held 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. There will be three guest speakers from the FBI to cover different topics.

To register for this session, visit Export Control and Foreign National Security. Registration deadline is 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10. If you have questions, please contact Jay Meldrum at 487-3178 or jmeldrum@mtu.edu.

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

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Workshop Addresses the Art of Proposal Development

The Vice President for Research Office, in conjunction with the Graduate School, will hold an educational session, “The Art of Proposal Development,” from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 3. You may register to attend this event in person (until the capacity is met) or register to view the seminar online. Location information or instructions for online viewing will be provided at the time of registration. Beverages, light snacks, and desserts will be available. You may also bring your lunch.

This session is primarily targeted for faculty but will also provide information of interest to postdocs and research/program staff. The session will be led by a panel of experienced faculty and staff proposal writers from several areas on campus. The session will cover strategies for development of competitive proposals, ideas for effectively engaging partners to enhance proposal competitiveness, and important factors to consider when resubmitting previously declined proposals. As the government is increasingly focusing on interdisciplinary research, the session will also offer tips for ways to engage and manage interdisciplinary proposal teams.

While the discussion will be targeted toward development of proposals to governmental agencies, the strategies learned will be helpful for proposals tailored to other types of funding agencies as well.

To register to attend the event in person, please click here.
To register to attend the event online, please click here.

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Additional Changes for Proposals Submitted to the National Science Foundation

Beginning March 18, the National Science Foundation (NSF) FastLane system will begin automated compliance checking of required sections of full proposals. During the proposal submission process, the FastLane system will automatically check for the presence of each of the proposal elements required by the Grant Proposal Guide, including:

  • project summary,
  • project description,
  • references,
  • biographical sketches,
  • budget,
  • budget justification,
  • current and pending support,
  • facilities,
  • data management plan, and
  • post-doctoral mentoring plan (when applicable).

If any of these sections are missing, Fastlane will prevent proposal submission. While PIs will be able to grant sponsored programs “submit” access without meeting these requirements, any missing items will now prevent submission of the full proposal. By using the “check” feature in FastLane, PIs will be able to view the status of all required elements prior to Michigan Tech’s internal proposal deadline to verify compliance. If an NSF program or solicitation requires deviation from the standard automatically checked proposal elements, the PI will need to upload a document that states “Not Applicable” to meet system requirements.

Additional information about the new automated compliance checking can be found at Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals. If you have questions, please contact the sponsored programs office at 7-2226.

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Workshop Addresses Occupational Safety and Biosafety

Compliance, Integrity, and Safety will host an educational session, “Occupational Safety and Biosafety,” from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25. The session will be held in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Last year, OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals. This session will provide an overview of the new GHS format for chemical labels and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The session will also include an overview of the MSDSonline database that is being rolled out on campus for cataloging and accessing chemical SDS information.

To register for this session, see Occupational Safety and Biosafety. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. If you have questions, please contact David Dixon at 487-2131 or dcdixon@mtu.edu.

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

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New Sponsored Programs On-Demand Training Module

Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce an on-demand training module for “Reading Account Statements.” This module will cover the basics of reading account statements for sponsored projects and is directed towards Principal Investigators and Departmental Coordinators. Please consider taking advantage of this resource.

In the future, more on-demand trainings will be made available and announced. The “Reading Account Statements” training module can be found on the Sponsored Programs Accounting webpage in the resources sidebar.

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Workshop Addresses Federal A21 Rate Process and Results

The Vice President of Research Office will host an educational session, “Intro to the A21: Facilities and Administration Rate” from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12. The session will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

This session will help faculty and staff understand the process that brought Michigan Tech to its new federal Facilities and Administration Rate and how this rate affects sponsored research projects. The session will also address the practical results of F&A charges and how those resources are allocated among the campus partners that support research at Tech.

To register for this session, see A21 F&A Intro. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. If you have questions, please contact Mike Hendricks at 487-2155 or mfhendri@mtu.edu.

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

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NSF Reporting Method to Change Starting Feb. 1

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is transitioning annual, final, and interim project reporting from FastLane to Research.gov. NSF is committed to continuing to work with the research community and NSF awardees on achieving a smooth transition.

What do I Need to Know Now?
Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs must stop submitting new project reports in FastLane starting on February 1, 2013. On March 18, 2013, NSF will transfer its current project reporting service from FastLane to Research.gov. You should pay particular attention to your reports that are currently in progress and reports previously submitted and returned by your NSF Program Officer.

Project reports that are in progress as well as those reports that are returned by NSF Program Officers should be revised and resubmitted prior to February 1. To assist the research community with this transition, the overdue dates have been extended for all project reports originally scheduled to become overdue between January 31 and April 30, 2013. Starting March 18, 2013, you can use Research.gov to submit project reports.

Where Can I Find More Information?
For more information about the transition of annual, final, and interim project reporting to Research.gov, please visit Project Report Information. For technical assistance, contact the Research.gov Help Desk, 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays), at rgov@nsf.gov or 1-800-381-1532.

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Research Workshop Scheduled: “Finding Funding”

Sponsored Programs Enhancement will host an educational session, “Finding Funding,” from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 29. The session will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom A-2.

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 new online Grant Forward program for research funding and collaboration.

To register for this session, see Finding Funding. Registration deadline is 9 a.m. on Friday, January 25. If you have questions, please contact Peter Larsen at 487-2906 or palarsen@mtu.edu.

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

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Changes to NSF Proposals Coming in Jan. 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide that will be in effect for proposals submitted or due on or after January 14, 2013. This new document contains NSF’s Grant Proposal Guide, which governs all NSF proposal submissions. Note that these new guidelines impact all proposals due January 14, 2013 or later even if the proposal is submitted early.

The new guide can be found here, a summary of the significant changes to the Grant Proposal Guide can be found here, and frequently asked questions about the changes can be found here.

In particular, investigators should note:

  • The Project Summary must now contain three separate sections: an overview, a discussion of the project’s intellectual merit, and a discussion of the project’s broader impacts. Except in limited circumstances when special characters must be used, the project summary must now be entered directly into three separate text boxes in Fastlane (NSF’s online submission system), rather than uploaded as a document. Character and line limits apply (see FAQs above).
  • The Project Description must now contain a separate section to address the broader impacts of the proposed activities.
  • The Project Description must still include a section called “Results From Prior NSF Support.” In addition to the current requirements for this section, investigators must now include separate subsections outlining the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts of the prior activities. Results for projects previously funded by NSF must be described whether or not salary support was provided and whether or not the prior work is related to the current proposal.
  • The format of the required two-page NSF Biosketch has changed. The “Publications” section must now be titled “Products,” and may include publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights.
  • There will be a new format for the Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources section. The section should now include statements about both internal and external physical and personnel resources available to the project. If no information is provided, a statement to that effect should be uploaded in its place.
  • The References Cited section will now be required. If no references are cited, a statement to that effect should be uploaded to this section.
  • In the Budget section in Fastlane, any personnel listed with no NSF salary request must be removed from the budget prior to submission.

For more information, contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 487-2226.

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Holiday Hours for the VP for Research Units

For the holidays, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO), Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA), Sponsored Programs Enhancement (SPE), Sponsored Operations Office (SOO), Compliance, Integrity & Safety (CIS), Occupational Safety and Health Services (OSHS), Institutional Analysis (IA) and Innovation and Industry Engagement (IIE) offices will be CLOSED on Friday, December 28th.

Office hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days:

* Friday, Dec. 21st
* Wednesday, Dec. 26th
* Thursday, Dec. 27th

If you will need proposal submission services during these business days, alert SPO and IIE prior to the holiday break.   The offices will be open during regular hours on all other days.

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