Monday, February 10, 2014

Managing your expenditures - Reviewing Encumbrances

Reposted from the Purchasing email list.

Please review all open encumbrances on your various ORGs. One quick way to see these in Banner is by accessing Form FGIOENC and viewing by Fund/Org or Org only. Or you can access On-Line Services and select menu option “Encumbrance Query” to identify your org or fund/org.

Examples of things you might be looking for:
1. Purchase requisitions that have not been converted to a PO and that need to be
2. Travel requisitions for a trip that was not taken and requisition needs to be cancelled;
3. Purchase Orders that won’t be fulfilled by the vendor and need to be cancelled;
4. Purchase Orders that are paid in full, but are still encumbered.

If there are any encumbrances that need to be cleared, please contact your buyer.

Monday, January 27, 2014

February is your month for Grantunity!!

Join ORSP for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are open to faculty and staff – just register via MyTraining. All workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.

February 6, 2014 at 2 pm
Internal Funding
Learn about the revisions to our 2 internal funding programs (faculty research grant and mini grant) that allow more options for faculty and decrease the wait time between applications and awards. Eligibility requirements, application instructions and competition deadlines will be covered in this session.

February 13, 2014 at 2 pm
Steps to Submitting a Grant at SFA
Did you know all grants submitted on behalf of the university (no matter the value, $5 or $50 million) must receive institutional approval prior to submission? This session details the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.

February 20, 2014 at 2 pm
Tops for Successful Grant Writing
Want to know the dos and don’ts of grant writing? This session is for you! Learn how to develop for your grant concept, the difference between a good and bad abstract, and reviewer's pet peeves. All you need to know to help write a winning proposal!

February 27, 2014 at 2 pm
Budget Development & Management

Learn how to develop and manage a budget that meets both sponsor and university requirements. This session will cover salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Grants and Exhibitions Workshop

Learn about funding opportunities, traveling exhibitions, 
and other resources provided by:

Humanities Texas
The state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Texas Commission on the Arts
The state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, November 8, 2013

The Nacogdoches Railroad Depot
101 Old Tyler Road
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Call or email Humanities Texas to reserve a space 
or for further information about the workshop.

Call 512.440.1991 or email

For more information, please visit the Humanities Texas website.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Update

FastLane and are unavailable during the shutdown. 

While may be up and running, most agencies will not be receiving the proposals nor will proposals be checked for compliance with NSF/NIH/other sponsor proposal preparation requirements until normal operations are allowed to resume. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How the Government Shutdown May Affect Your Grant

Government agencies have begun posting their respective lapse of government funding information notices. The majority of non-essential government employees will likely not be working during a shutdown (meaning your program officers won’t be available).  

What does this mean for you?

You should continue work on your current projects as federal funds are already obligated. However, some agencies may provide further direction which could impact expenditures. Please forward any such notices to ORSP.

Agencies will be accepting applications but no new awards will be issued during this lapse.

Program officers will not be available to approve any project changes that require prior approval (addition/removal of a PD or co-PD,  change in scope or approved activities of the project,  the absence of 3 months or more of a PI/co-PI).

Some agencies (such as the Forest Service) will not accept nor approve payment requests during the lapse.

Below are notices from the agencies likely affecting you:

For a Comprehensive list of federal agency contingency plans, visit:

We will continue to post information as it becomes known to us. Please consult with the OSP prior to communicating with your program officers during this lapse as we may be able to answer your questions.

Friday, September 27, 2013

THECB Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP)

The Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program is a competitive peer-reviewed grant program created in 1987 by the 70th Texas Legislature. The purpose of the program is to encourage and provide support to faculty members and students in Texas institutions of higher education, both public and independent, to conduct basic research.
Program Highlights: 
  • Maximum award is $100,000 for the two-year grant period
  • Targeted research areas are basic research in:
    1. Biomedicine
    2. Energy and the Environment
  • There are no limits on the number of pre-proposals that institutions may submit. If the statewide number of pre-proposals exceeds 150, then institutions will be asked to select a smaller number of pre-proposals submitted to go forward to review. The smaller number will be based on a proportional share of statewide pre-proposal submissions
  • Only “Early Career Investigators” may submit a proposal
  • Principal investigators are limited to one submission
  • Notice of intent and pre-proposal are required for each proposal
  • Budget cannot include faculty summer salaries
An “Early Career Investigator” is defined as a non-tenured, tenure track faculty member or a research professional (not including post-doctoral students, research assistants/associates, or instructors) from an eligible institution who has been employed at the institution in that capacity for not less than two years and not more than five years, as of the pre-proposal submission date.
LAST DAY FOR NOTICE OF INTENT: October 31, 2013, 5:00 PM C.T.

Read the complete RFA

Monday, September 23, 2013

Delmas Foundation Humanities Program

The foundation awards grants to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects that address the original tenets of the studia humanitatis: a humanistic education is rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: - History - Archaeology - Literature - Languages, both classical and modern - Philosophy - Ethics - Comparative religion - The history, criticism, and theory of the arts - Those aspects of the social sciences that share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines The foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship. The prime criterion remains that of Gladys and Jean Paul Delmas: a commitment to excellence, whether proven or promised, at every level of the humanistic spectrum. 

Deadline: Rolling
Award amount: varies, typically between $2,000 - $20,000

Read entire solicitation