Friday, January 15, 2016

You're invited!

Afternoon coffee and tea with ORSP

Faculty and staff are invited to join us on January 26, 2016 in the ORSP Office, LAN 421. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 pm.

Enjoy snacks, meet the ORSP team,
and learn about new federal guidelines impacting grants.

Call extension 6606 for more information. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sci-Port to host archaeologists

Sci-Port to host archaeologists

SFA's own Dr. Zac Selden will be at Sci Port in Shreveport, LA for International Archaeology Day on October 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Internal Funding Luncheon and Workshop - October 14, 2015

ORSP invites you to attend the Internal Funding Luncheon and Workshop on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 held in President's Suite B, Student Center. Come and go as your schedule permits between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Visit with your colleagues, have lunch, and learn about internal funding opportunities to support faculty research and creative activities.

Please RSVP to Sherry Tucker at or ext. 6606 by October 7, 2015.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ORSP September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    ORSP Office, LAN 421

Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy snacks, meet the ORSP team,
and see our new faculty work room.
Call extension 6606 for more information. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Work-Study Mentorship Program RFA Notice of Intent due August 7, 2015

Work-Study Mentorship RFA

To meet the state's 60x30TX plan goals and targets, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is providing an opportunity to Texas institutions of higher education that provide mentoring or tutoring services to high school and college students. The 84th Texas Legislature appropriated $5 million for the biennium to support the Work-Study Student Mentorship Program, first implemented in fall 2007. 

Data tracked by College Readiness and Success staff at the THECB show that providing grants to student mentors and tutors increases the number of students who pursue and persist in higher education. The funds not only increase graduation rates for students being mentored or tutored, but also increase graduation rates for student mentors.

The deadline for submitting the Notice of Intent (NOI) is August 7. The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 21. Applications will not be considered without a NOI.

Visit Request for Applications (RFA) for the Work-Study Mentorship Program in the Research and Project Grants Section of the Coordinating Board's website for more information.


Natalie Coffey
Director of Recruitment and Retention
Division of College Readiness and Success
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas  78752
(512) 427-6227

Friday, July 24, 2015

National Science Foundation: FastLane updates impacting submissions


System Update from NSF:
Dear Colleagues:
On July, 24, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will release updates to FastLane that may impact the way you work.
As part of NSF’s efforts to reduce the workload associated with manually compliance checking proposals, NSF continues to focus on implementing automated proposal compliance checks. The next series of automated proposal compliance checks will be released in FastLane on July 24 to ensure that proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations comply with requirements outlined in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)).
The new set of automated compliance checks in FastLane will trigger warning messages if the following proposal sections do not exist for proposals submitted in response to a Program Solicitation for the applicable funding mechanism type (Conference, Equipment, Ideas Lab, Facility/Center, and Fellowship):
-          References Cited
-          Biographical Sketch(es)
-          Budget Justification: Primary Organization
-          Budget Justification: Sub recipient Organization
-          Current and Pending Support
-          Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources
For example, if a Conference proposal submitted in response to a Program Solicitation does not include the Current and Pending Support section (required for certain solicitations), FastLane will trigger a warning message directing the proposer to review the requirements specified in the solicitation.
Warning messages will not prevent a proposal from being submitted.  However, proposals that receive error messages will not be able to be submitted.
Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane. You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including the new set, by clicking here. The list specifies which checks are run depending on type of submission (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and funding mechanism (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a “warning” or “error” message for non-compliant proposals.
Additionally, proposers submitting through should be aware that will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from that is not compliant, it may be returned without review.
We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, contact the FastLane/ Help Desk at 703-292-HELP (x4357) or Policy-related questions should be directed to
Thank you,
The FastLane Team at the National Science Foundation