Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Baker Institute Invitation — Ten Big Ideas: Realizing NSF’s Vision for Future Research and Discovery

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
Rice University
Baker Institute Invitation — Ten Big Ideas: Realizing NSF’s Vision for Future Research and Discovery
Featured Speaker
France A. Córdova, Ph.D.
Director, National Science Foundation


Monday, April 10, 2017
6:00 pm — Reception
6:30 pm — Presentation
James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University


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The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) long-standing relationship with the science and engineering community has always generated a continuous stream of leading-edge ideas that have produced new discoveries, inventions and approaches. With input from this community in mind, the NSF launched an extensive planning exercise to identify ideas for investment to ensure that future generations will reap the benefits of fundamental scientific research. France A. Córdova, Ph.D., director of the NSF, will discuss the “10 Big Ideas” that emerged from this effort, many of which cut across disciplinary boundaries and require novel methods and approaches.

This event, part of the Rorschach Lecture Series organized by the Physics and Astronomy Department at Rice University, is sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, in conjunction with Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Support for the Civic Scientist Program is generously provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Upcoming changes to the Common Rule

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects has been revised with new requirements becoming effective 1/19/2018. An overview of the significant changes to the Common Rule include:

Establishes new requirements regarding the information that must be given to prospective research subjects as part of the informed consent process.

Allows the use of broad consent (i.e., seeking prospective consent to unspecified future research) from a subject for storage, maintenance, and secondary research use of identifiable private information and identifiable biospecimens. Broad consent will be an optional alternative that an investigator may choose instead of, for example, conducting the research on nonidentified information and nonidentified biospecimens, having an institutional review board (IRB) waive the requirement for informed consent, or obtaining consent for a specific study.

Establishes new exempt categories of research based on their risk profile. Under some of the new categories, exempt research would be required to undergo limited IRB review to ensure that there are adequate privacy safeguards for identifiable private information and identifiable biospecimens.

Creates a requirement for U.S.-based institutions engaged in cooperative research to use a single IRB for that portion of the research that takes place within the United States, with certain exceptions. This requirement becomes effective 3 years after publication of the final rule.

Removes the requirement to conduct continuing review of ongoing research for studies that undergo expedited review and for studies that have completed study interventions and are merely analyzing study data or involve only observational follow up in conjunction with standard clinical care.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Research/Creative Activity Grant Competition Reminders - Deadline 10/31/16 at 5 pm

As the deadline for this year's FRG/RCA competition gets closer, review all guidelines and instructions before submission. Contact ORSP with any questions at extension 6606.

The chart below gives an overview of the deadlines and copies to provide:

Responsibilities of:
Project Director (PD)
Submit 1 copy of proposal to Department Chair
Review proposal and provide feedback to PD
Available for proposal review for content and format through October 21
Incorporate Chair/ORSP comments and submit revised proposal to Chair
Submit 1 copy of revised proposal to ORSP and required copy(ies) to Dean
Review proposal and provide feedback to PD
 AFTER October 21,
Provide recommendations based on application checklist (FORMAT ONLY)
October 31, 2016
5 pm
Ensure recommendations have been incorporated and submit 12 copies of final proposal to Dean
Submit 11 copies and one original of final proposal to ORSP. Retain 1 copy in Dean’s Office
Receive 12 copies (including 1 original)of final proposal and prepare for University Research Council review

Contact the current URC member in your department/discipline to discuss the feasibility of your project:

Robert Culpepper
John Hendricks
Liberal and Applied Arts
Candace Hicks
Assistant Professor
Fine Arts
Joey Bray
Associate Professor
Forestry and Agriculture
Tingting Xu
Assistant Professor
Nicholas Long
Associate Professor
Mathematics & Statistics
Brian Oswald, Chair
Forestry & Agriculture
Odutayo Odunuga
Associate Professor
Chris Comer
Forestry & Agriculture
Brandon Fox
Assistant Professor
Elementary Education
Linda Reynolds
Steen Library

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

You're Invitied to morning coffee & snacks with ORSP

Morning coffee and snacks
with ORSP

Faculty and staff are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the ORSP Office, LAN 421. Drop in anytime between 9 and 11 am.

Enjoy snacks, meet the ORSP team,
and learn about internal grants available to faculty.

Call extension 6606 for more information. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Internal Funding Available

OSRP is pleased to offer funding opportunities to faculty members pursuing research and creative interests for the upcoming year. Internal grants are available to individuals with a full-time tenure track academic appointment as professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or librarian I-IV.

The largest grant, the Research and Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant, provides a six-week summer salary and funding up to $10,000 to support travel to collect data, to purchase minor equipment, supplies and materials, for hourly student assistants wages, and specific services.

The Research Grant Development grant provides support of up to $5,000 to assist faculty members who have the potential for obtaining significant funding from an external sponsor to develop a fundable research proposal. The Research Pilot Studies Grant provides support up to $3,000 to assist initiating pilot projects to generate data for a specific project for extramural funding.

Mini-grants also are available on a rolling deadline for travel, project and publication support.

Deadlines are as follows:
  • Research and Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant: Oct. 31 for spring and summer funding
  • Research Grant Development and Research Pilot Studies grants:    Nov. 16 for spring funding (Apr. 14, 2017 for summer funding)
Follow this link for more information:

Please contact Sherry Tucker at ext. 6606 with any questions.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fall 2016 NSF Grants Conference

SFA faculty: if you're interested in attending this conference, don't forget the Minigrant for Travel Support program. Applications can be submitted beginning September 1, 2016 and are found at .


Fall 2016 NSF Grants Conference
November 14 & 15 – Pittsburgh, PA

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has scheduled its next Grants Conference for November 14-15, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with special host Carnegie Mellon University.

Please mark your calendar. Additional details to follow….