The Office of Sponsored Programs

Funding News & Updates – Feb 21, 2017

Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 by Sangeetha Shivaji.

Contents

  1. Resubmissions. On the Fence? Don’t be.
  2. UNCG Travel Reimbursement Changes
  3. Upcoming Workshops Related to Research
  4. Internal funding opportunities:
  5. New Appendix policy for NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Applications submitted for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2017
  6. New NSF grant guidelines
  7. NIH Advice: 8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review
  8. Social/Behavioral Graduate Student Grant & Fellowship Opportunities
  9. Government Innovation and Tech Forum
  10. The Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) call for abstracts
  11. Sampling of External Funding Opportunities

a. NIH – Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations
b. NIH – Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions among Immigrant Populations
c. NIH – Surgical Disparities Research
d. NIH – Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities
e. NIH – Health Disparities Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities
f. NIH – Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
g. NIH – Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities
h. NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) Award (R21)
i. DARPA – electromagnetic signaling in biosystems.
j. Brady Education Foundation
k. National Academic Advising Association – Research Grants
l. DENSO North America Foundation education grants
m. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award.
n. NEH/NFAH – Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
o. AAC&U – Frederic W. Ness Book Award
p. Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions
q. Sustainable Arts Foundation
r. Russell Sage Foundation
s. Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
t. SAMHSA – Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program-New
u. SAMHSA – The Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Ages 13-24 Cooperative Agreement


1. Resubmissions.  On the Fence?  Don’t be.

Each funding agency is unique with regard to their re-submission process; some have formal processes, while other treat re-applications as new proposals.  Regardless, data from various sources suggests that re-submitted proposals are more likely to be funded.

When looking at UNCG’s own internal data, we have observed similar trends, where the odds of success have been up to 5-fold greater for re-submissions than for new submissions.  That means going from 7% on the first try, to 35% on the second try.

A new report from NIH provides further confirmation.  In 2015, the NIH-wide success rate for new R01 applications was 13.1%, whereas the success rate for resubmission applications was 33.5%.  This is part of a long-term trend from at least 2006 to 2015.  To read more, see: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2016/10/28/are-you-on-the-fence-about-whether-to-resubmit/?utm_source=nexus&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nihupdate&utm_campaign=oct16

So, if you’re on the fence, don’t be.  Resubmit.  Make sure to gather feedback, either from the funding agency or from a few trusted peers, and then incorporate that feedback into your new and improved proposal.  Just get off the fence.

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(Photo: “On The Fence”, by sculptor Michiel VanderSommen, Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, Greensboro, NC)


2. UNCG Travel Reimbursement Changes

The new rates are:

$0.535/mile for first 100 miles, $.17/mile for additional miles

Daily limit:
100 miles per day of travel can be claimed at higher rate, but it is calculated cumulatively, per trip. See examples below from the Travel Manual. Each day of your trip “gets” you another 100 miles at the $.535/mile rate.

Example 1:

Summary of Travel: A traveler travels 250 miles roundtrip to and from a conference. 125 miles is driven on day 1 (e.g. Monday), drives 0 miles locally on day 2 (e.g. Tuesday), and drives 125 miles on the return back to the office on day 3 (e.g. Wednesday).

Recording of Travel: The employee could travel up to 100 miles per day of the trip and be reimbursed at .535/mi, but the mileage per trip is calculated cumulatively. For a 3 day trip, the employee could travel up to 300 miles and be reimbursed at .535/mi. In this case, the travel reimbursement would be calculated as 250 x .535/mi = $133.75.

Example 2:

Summary of Travel: A traveler travels 150 miles roundtrip in the morning, comes back to the office for an hour, then travels another 100 miles round trip in a different unrelated, trip, in a different direction, for a total of 250 miles in this single day.

Recording of Travel: The employee would only be eligible for 100 miles at .535/mi. The remaining 150 miles for the same day travel would be reimbursed at the lower rate because the travel takes place on the same day. In this case, the travel reimbursement would be calculated as 100 x .535/mi = $53.5 plus 150 x .17/mi = $25.50 for a total of $79.00.

Grant budgeting advice: As was the case before, for some proposals, budgeting all mileage at $.535/mile and a note in the justification might be the way to go. Especially for local travel, this may simplify things. However, everyone will be expected to abide by NC Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) policy and rates for reimbursement.

Updated Travel Manual
https://sys.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Travel-Manual_FINAL_Rev-1-17_.pdf

TRV Form and Instructions:

https://sys.uncg.edu/travel-procedure-1-preparation-of-form-trv-1/


3. Upcoming Workshops Related to Grants and Research

Register for any workshop at https://workshops.uncg.edu

a. Show Me The Money! A Guide To and Through Grant-Seeking Databases

Thurs., 02/23, 3:30-5:30 211 Bryan

This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases.

b. Intro to SPSS

Wed., 3/08, 2016, 9:00-11:00 pm, 209 Bryan

This class will get you started using SPSS for data management and statistical analysis.

c. Introduction to Online Surveys using Qualtrics

Wed., 3/223:00-4:30 pm, 209 Bryan

This class provides an introduction to online surveys using Qualtrics.

d. Intermediate Qualtrics

Tues., 03/282:00-3:30, 112 Forney

This 90 minute workshop focuses on some of the common but slightly more advanced features that are only mentioned in the introductory class.

e. Banner Finance Contracts & Grants

Tues., 02/21, 1:00-4:00 209 Bryan Bldg

Tues., 03/219:00-12:00 209 Bryan Bldg

Tues., 4/181:00-4:00 209 Bryan Bldg

Tues., 5/239:00-12:00 209 Bryan Bldg

Tues., 6/201:00-4:00 209 Bryan Bldg

Tues., 7/189:00-12:00 209 Bryan Bldg

This session will cover Contract and Grant specific Banner Finance Content. If you are a Principal Investigator, this is the only session you will need!

Note that you must have a Banner account and Banner Finance Access to take this class. Access to Banner Finance requires the following: 1. Access to Banner Finance requires a Banner user ID which is authorized for the specific data and functions for your need. Fill out the Banner Runtime Account Request at http://accounts.uncg.edu and follow the instructions. 2. Access to your specific Banner Finance funds requires a Banner Finance Access Form. Complete this form (also at http://accounts.uncg.edu) and return it to Wendy Blum, 1100 W. Market St., Campus.

f. Human Subjects Research Training

Tues., 03/079:00-11:00 am, 2711 MHRA

This training is conducted to meet the federal requirements for research with human subjects and to fulfill the requirement to submit an IRB application to the UNCG IRB.  Questions regarding these sessions can be directed to Melissa Beck (mdbeck@uncg.edu/336-256-0253).

g. Connecting To and Documenting Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG

Wed., May 5th12:00-1:00 1607 MHRA

This brown bag will provide a brief overview of community engagement at UNCG. We will focus on best practices for identifying collaborators within the community, how to get the word out about your community engagement, and how to plan for documenting your community engagement for promotion, tenure, and/or annual reviews.


4. Internal funding opportunities:

a. FACULTY FIRST AWARDS: Apply by February 28, 2017, at 5pm.

b. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND SCHOLARS:

  • For international connections, the UNCG International Program Center offers a variety of supports.  See https://international.uncg.edu/faculty.html for an overview.
  • Supplements to New Faculty Research Awards and Regular Faculty Research Awards are available through the Kohler Fund. Please see http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/ for more information.

5. New Appendix policy for NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Applications submitted for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2017 

See NOT-OD-17-035: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-035.html

The key message is: do not attempt to circumvent the page limitations.

In addition to proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), these guidelines also apply to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


6. New NSF grant guidelines 

New guidelines are in effect.  See: https://nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg17_1/index.jsp

For a summary of key changes, see: https://nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg17_1/sigchanges.jsp


7. NIH Advice: 8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review

While some of the following tips are specific to NIH, there is something for everyone in the following…

  1. Know the Path of a Successful Application
  2. Avoid Common Applicant Pitfalls
  3. Help Direct Your Application to the Best Place for Review and Funding
  4. Understand Who Your Reviewers Are
  5. Know What Reviewers Are Looking for
  6. Consider Advice Collected from NIH Reviewers & Staff
  7. Benefit from New Investigator Opportunities
  8. Ask the Right NIH Person for Help

For more details, view webinars and download the slides at: https://public.csr.nih.gov/Pages/csrwebinar.aspx

There, you will find…

R15 advice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdjioTcAFWw&

R01 advice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW6fzTGCTdw&

SBIR/STTR advice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWNOQK-98qk

Fellowship application advice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gr-D68NawQ&


8. Social/Behavioral Graduate Student Grant & Fellowship Opportunities

A freshly updated summary of Grant & Fellowship Opportunities for Social/Behavioral Graduate Students is attached.  These fellowships span from federal (e.g. NIH and NSF) to societies and foundations (e.g. APA, AAAS, and more).


9. Government Innovation and Tech Forum

G-TECH is unlike any other federal government tech conference. Recognizing the need to bring the nation’s top innovators and technology leaders together with leading government CIOs and buyers, G-TECH is focused on facilitating important game-changing connections and conversations.  April 24-26, 2017.

http://gtechforum.com/welcome


10. The Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) call for abstracts

The MHSRS call for abstracts is open, and will accept submissions through March 6, 2017.  The Department of Defense (DOD) hosts MHSRS annually to discuss “military-unique research and development,” focusing on military medicine.  Those who submit abstracts will be notified of results by May 8, 2017.

The Symposium is usually held in August in Florida. Registration will open in June or July; while specific the dates and location have yet to be announced, the 2017 portal is now live.

This year, MHSRS will feature 60 abstract-driven breakout sessions, including breakout sessions on infectious disease, traumatic brain injury, psychological health, military global health engagement, and injury prevention, as well as precision medicine and women’s health.  In addition to DOD officials, the officials from the Department of Health and Human Services are often present.  The Symposium offers an opportunity for academia to engage with program managers and DOD officials, who are often hard to reach, on military biomedical and health-related research topics.  Details on the submission process, topic areas and descriptions, and information on the 2016 MHSRS are available here:

https://mhsrs.amedd.army.mil/SitePages/Home.aspx


11. Sampling of External Funding Opportunities

Like the funding opportunities below?  Want to find more like these?  You can use the same tools that we use in OSP:

SPIN: https://spin.infoedglobal.com/Home/GridResults

(recommend creating a SPIN profile to save searches and set alerts, as well as for access off campus.  Top right of page, click “sign in”, and then click “create a profile”.  Takes 12-24 hrs for account to activate)

Grant Selecthttp://www.grantselect.com/

(click “login”, then click “institutional login”, then click “quick search” or “advanced search”)

Grant Advisorhttp://www.grantadvisor.com

(click “subscriber pages”, then browse by topic or try the search options)

 

a. NIH – Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations

NIMHD, NCI, NIAAA, NIDCR, NIDA, NIEHS

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research to understand uniquely associated factors (biological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental) that contribute to health disparities or health advantages among U.S. immigrant populations.

R01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-041.html

R21: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-042.html

 

b. NIH – Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions among Immigrant Populations

NIMHD, NCI, NIAAA, NIDA, NIEHS

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research to develop and implement effective interventions to address health disparities among U.S. immigrant populations.

R01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-043.html

R21: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-044.html

 

c. NIH – Surgical Disparities Research

NIMHD, NCI, NIAMS, ORWH

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support investigative and collaborative research focused on understanding and addressing disparities in surgical care and outcomes, in minority and health disparity populations. While the goal is to better understand and explore effectiveness of clinical intervention approaches for addressing surgical disparities, this initiative will also seek to identify multi-level strategies at the institutional and systems level.

R01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-391.html

R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-392.html

 

d. NIH – Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities

NIMHD, NCI

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support and accelerate human epigenomic investigations focused on identifying and characterizing the mechanisms by which social experiences at various stages in life, both positive and negative, affect gene function and thereby influence health trajectories or modify disease risk in racial/ethnic minority and health disparity populations.

R01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-355.html

R21: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-356.html

 

e. NIH – Health Disparities Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities

NIMHD, NIDA, NIAAA

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage innovative health services research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings.

R01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-221.html

 

f. NIH – Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research 

NIDDK

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for New Investigators from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research to conduct small research projects in the scientific mission areas of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The R21 is intended to support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources and seeks to facilitate the transition to research independence of New Investigators from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The R21 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

R21: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-064.html

 

g. NIH – Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities

NHLBI

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to conduct innovative and feasible studies to test strategies to accelerate the adoption of guideline-based recommendations into clinical practice among populations with health disparities. Applications that propose strategies with a focus on providers who care for clinical populations with excess burden of cardiovascular, lung, blood, and sleep diseases and disorders, in concert with the health care delivery systems in which they practice, are strongly encouraged. Applications that test systems, infrastructures, and strategies to implement guideline-based care for NHLBI disorders in clinical care settings are also of high programmatic interest.

R01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-279.html

 

h. NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) Award (R21)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invites applications for basic and clinical research from scientists who are beginning to establish an independent research career. It cannot be used for thesis or dissertation research. The research must be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCD: hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language. The NIDCD ECR Award R21 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; translational research; outcomes research; and development of new research technology.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-057.html

 

i. DARPA – electromagnetic signaling in biosystems.

The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals that investigate electromagnetic signaling in biosystems.

Due Apr 12, 2017

https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=291820

 

j. Brady Education Foundation

The Foundation funds two types of projects:

  1. Program Development: Develop and test the feasibility of new programs for promoting positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (minority ethnic groups, low-income families).
  2. Existing Program Evaluation: Evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (minority ethnic groups, low-income families).

Deadlines: April 1Aug 1Dec 1, each year

http://www.bradyeducationfoundation.org/applicationguidelines.html

 

k. National Academic Advising Association - Research Grants

NACADA research support is intended to facilitate research related to academic advising. Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodologies are welcome, as is research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Program assessment is not funded. Successful proposals will clearly describe the development, implementation, analysis, and reporting of rigorous inquiry that investigates academic advising’s impact, context, or theoretical basis.  $500 to $5,000

Deadline: 15-Mar-2017

Program URLhttp://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Research-Related/ResearchGrant.aspx

 

l. DENSO North America Foundation education grants

Dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs.

http://www.densofoundation.org/grants/educational-grants/

 

m. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award.

Since 2006, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to recognize the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award recognize colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.

Applications due April 17th, 2017.

http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/economic-development-and-community-engagement/community-university-engagement-awards/

 

n. NEH/NFAH – Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

SynopsisDigital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability.  Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

Program URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291873

Deadline Dates (ALL)06-Jun-2017

 

o. AAC&U - Frederic W. Ness Book Award

Each year, the Frederic W. Ness Book Award recognizes a book that contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education.

Deadline Dates (ALL)01-May-2017

Program URL: http://www.aacu.org/about/ness-award

 

p. Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions

To encourage and enrich international partnerships between art museums and to deepen research and dialogue, for the next two years the foundation offers Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions.

Proposals are due May 15, 2017.

Additional deadlines typically in Sept and Jan each year.

Grants will be awarded only while funds last; therefore institutions are advised to apply as early as possible.

http://www.terraamericanart.org/what-we-offer/grant-fellowship-opportunities/convening-grants-for-internationally-collaborative-exhibitions/

 

q. Sustainable Arts Foundation

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Our mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

Application Window Opens July 25, 2017

Application Deadline August 31, 2017

Awards Announced November 16, 2017

http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

 

r. Russell Sage Foundation

Many program areas, including: Social Inequality, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity & Immigration, Behavioral Economics, Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge, The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act, Computational Social Science, Journalism, Behavioral Economics

Various deadlines for letters of inquiry.

http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/application-deadlines

 

s. Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

Tto support grassroots activism and community organizing for social and environmental justice around the country.  Although UNCG is not eligible, you may have community partners that are eligible.

http://benandjerrysfoundation.org/

 

t. SAMHSA – Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program-New

By statute, the DFC Support Program has two goals:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth*.
  2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have never received a DFC grant.

Due Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sp-17-001

 

u. SAMHSA – The Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Ages 13-24 Cooperative Agreement

The purpose of this program is to provide services to those at highest risk for HIV and substance use disorders, especially racial/ethnic males ages 13-24 at risk for HIV/AIDS including males who have sex with other males (MSM). The program will place a particular emphasis on those individuals who are not in stable housing in communities with high incidence and prevalence rates of substance misuse and HIV infection.

Due Date: Monday, April 17, 2017

https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sp-17-004


Archive of previous OSP announcements may be browsed/searched at:

https://groups.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forum/?hl=en#!forum/ospannouncements-l

 

UNCG Researcher Zone:
http://research.uncg.edu/researcher-zone/