Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

July 14, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF to expand automated compliance checks on submitted proposals

NSF LogoLater this month, the National Science Foundation will begin performing additional compliance checks on proposals submitted through the FastLane system.  In many cases, these automated checks will help to identify potential issues so applicants can correct the problems before proposal submission, reducing the chances that a proposal is rejected due to noncompliance with technical requirements. Investigators should note that the checks will NOT be conducted on proposals submitted through Grants.gov and that noncompliant proposals submitted through Grants.gov will be returned without review.

Click here to view a full list of auto-compliance checks that run on FastLane proposals (including the new checks). Contact your department’s OSP coordinator with any questions.

June 6, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Funding opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation program

https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program provides funds for the acquisition or development of science or engineering instruments for research or research training.

Because applications to the program are limited, the OVPR conducts an internal competition to determine which proposals will be certified to represent Baylor with a full proposal to the NSF.  Internal pre-proposals are due to the OVPR on Oct. 11, 2016.

Click here for information and instructions on submitting pre-proposals for the MRI program.  Click here for more information about the NSF MRI program.

April 1, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF supplies answers to FAQs about Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

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The National Science Foundation has released a helpful FAQ document on their website for investigators who are interested in applying to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program in 2015 and 2016.  The document provides due dates for CAREER proposals to the participating NSF directorates, as well as information on eligibility and tips for proposal writing, budget preparation and application submission.

Screenshot 2015-03-31 15.02.55Click here to view the FAQ page.  Contact OSP at 254-710-3817 if you are interested in applying for a CAREER award.

February 2, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF announces spring 2015 grants conference

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The National Science Foundation has announced its 2015 spring grants conference. The two-day event will feature presentations from NSF officials on topics including current agency priorities, upcoming funding opportunities, strategies for proposal development and administrative issues related to sponsored research.

There will also be breakout sessions organized by scientific discipline and opportunities for networking with program officers, colleagues and administrators from universities across the nation. Investigators who are considering applying for NSF research funding— especially new faculty members — are encouraged to attend.

WHEN
June 1-2, 2015.

WHERE
The conference will take place in Tampa, Florida, hosted by the State University System of Florida.

MORE INFORMATION
Click here to learn more on the NSF’s outreach website. Prospective attendees may also click here to sign up to receive notification when the conference’s registration is available.

September 29, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF offers Q&A webinars for prospective SBIR/STTR applicants

SBIRThis fall, the NSF will host a series of  informational webinars for individuals who are interested in applying for funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Translation (STTR) programs.  The free online sessions will help prospective applicants navigate the proposal process and get started on their applications.

In addition to information on the webinars, the NSF’s website also offers links to YouTube videos about the SBIR/STTR program and user guides for developing and submitting applications.

Click here for more information or to register for an upcoming webinar.

September 23, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF announces intent to use “Asynchronous Review Mechanism” for proposals submitted to physics division

NSF LogoIn a recent “Dear Colleague” letter, the National Science Foundation has announced that it will use an asynchronous review model for proposals submitted to its physics division.

The new review method, pilot tested in FY 2013, allows reviewers to provide input to other members of the review panel in the weeks leading up to the face-to-face review meeting. Previously, discussion of proposals was limited to the short time that reviewers spend together during the proposal review meeting.

Each of the physics division’s program officers will decide whether to employ this asynchronous mechanism or to use the traditional review process.

The NSF says the change change is intended to encourage deeper, more thoughtful comments and discussions on the proposals, leading to better evaluations and more helpful feedback to investigators. While the mechanics of the review process will change, the NSF emphasizes that the criteria used to evaluate proposals — intellectual merit and broader impacts — will remain unchanged.

Click here to read the “Dear Colleague” letter on the NSF website, or click here for more general information about the NSF’s merit review process.

April 22, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF increases minimum award size for engineering CAREER program

NSF LogoThe National Science Foundation has announced an increase in the minimum amount of awards made by the Directorate of Engineering under the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

According to a Dear Colleague Letter released this morning, the minimum five-year CAREER award size will be $500,000 beginning with the FY 2015 program (July 22, 2014 proposal deadline).  The change applies to CAREER proposals submitted to all programs in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET); Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI); Electrical, Computer and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) within the Directorate of Engineering.

Click here to read the Dear Colleague Letter, which contains contact information for NSF officials who can answer any questions about the change.

 

March 24, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF releases new strategic plan document

The NSF's new strategic plan sets out core approaches the agency will use to measure its performance.

The NSF’s new strategic plan sets out core approaches the agency will use to measure its performance.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new strategic plan outlining goals to guide the agency through 2018.

The plan, Investing in Science, Engineering and Education for the Nation’s Future, sets out three major strategic goals:

  • Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering. Invest in fundamental research to ensure significant continuing advances across science, engineering, and education. Integrate education and research to support development of a diverse STEM workforce with cutting-edge capabilities. Provide world-class research infrastructure to enable major scientific advances.
  • Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education. Strengthen the links between fundamental research and societal needs through investments and partnerships. Build the capacity of the nation to address societal challenges using a suite of formal, informal, and broadly available STEM educational mechanisms.
  • Excel as a Federal Science Agency. Build an increasingly diverse, engaged, and high-performing workforce by fostering excellence in recruitment, training, leadership, and management of human capital. Use effective methods and innovative solutions to achieve excellence in accomplishing the agency’s mission.

“The plan is intended to guide us through a very dynamic environment in science and engineering research and education,” said NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett. “It allows us to maintain a strong focus on our mission but also be flexible in meeting the changing requirements of the research and education enterprise along with emerging and pressing societal challenges.”

The full plan, along with a summary document, is accessible on the NSF website.

November 26, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Internal pre-proposals due Dec. 12 for NSF MRI program

https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program provides funds for the acquisition or development of science or engineering instruments for research or research training.

Because applications to the program are limited, the OVPR conducts an internal competition to determine which proposals will be certified to represent Baylor with a full proposal to the NSF.  Internal pre-proposals are due to the OVPR on Dec. 12, 2013.

Click here for information and instructions on submitting pre-proposals for the MRI program.  Click here for more information about the NSF MRI program.

November 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF releases updated procedures guide

The National Science Foundation has released the 2014 edition of its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.  The new edition is effective for all proposals submitted or due on or after Feb. 24, 2014.

The revised guide contains changes to policies that impact proposal preparation as well as updates and clarifications intended to make the proposal process more user-friendly.

Click the image at right to download a PDF copy of the new guide, or click here for a summary of significant changes in the new version.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 with any questions.