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.

NOTICE OF INTENT DEADLINE: August 7, 2015
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 21, 2015

Thanks,
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 Grants.gov should be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov 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/Research.gov Help Desk at 703-292-HELP (x4357) or ithelpcentral@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.
 
Thank you,
 
The FastLane Team at the National Science Foundation
 
 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

National Science Foundation OIG semiannual report to Congress includes areas of human subject concern

The National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General, states that allegations of Common Rule violations are on the rise.

Areas of non-compliance regarding human subjects include:

1. Falsification of IRB approval
2. Use of unapproved consent forms
3. Failure to obtain IRB approval for changed or revised protocols
4. Initiation of human subjects research without finalized IRB approval
5. Insufficient management and oversight of the research by the PI

The full report may be accessed here: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/oig15002/oig15002.pdf.

If you have a project that includes human subjects, please review SFA's Insitutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects in Research http://www.sfasu.edu/acadaffairs/145.asp.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Upcoming NSF and NIH Proposal Writing Workshops from The Grant Training Center


The Grant Training Center* holds comprehensive one-day workshops to learn about developing National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grant proposals. The next sessions held in Texas are as follows:

NSF
Baylor University in Waco TX on June 4, 2015
Houston Marriott Medical Center in Houston TX on July 13, 2015

NIH
Baylor University in Waco TX on June 3, 2015
Houston Marriott Medical Center in Houston TX on July 14, 2015

Sessions last from 8:30 to 4:30 and are $375 each.

For more information:
http://granttrainingcenter.com/workshops_list



*SFA does not endorse or sponsor the above events nor is in any way associated with the Grant Training Center.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

IES Research Funding Webinars Scheduled


Research Funding Webinars Scheduled

The National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences will host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities in May, June and July.

For more information regarding webinar topics, dates, and registration process, please visit http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/

Monday, April 27, 2015

National Science Foundation updates FastLane

On April, 24, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will release updates to FastLane that may impact the way you work. Proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations in FastLane will undergo a series of automated proposal compliance validation checks to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the PAPPG (Chapter II.C.2 of the Grants Proposal Guide (GPG)). These checks will automatically validate a proposal for compliance against proposal sections per type of funding mechanism. For example, an error message will appear if a project description or budget are not provided in proposals submitted in response to a Program Solicitation.
Checks will be triggered when proposers select the “Check Proposal,” “Forward to SPO,” or “Submit Proposal” functions. Depending on the rule being checked, a warning or error message will display when a proposal is found to be non-compliant. If an error message appears, the proposal cannot be submitted until it is compliant. To view a detailed list of all compliance checks, click here.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015