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….


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Call for Peer Reviewers - U.S. Department of Education

May 2016 

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is seeking experienced peer reviewers for two upcoming grant competitions projected to occur in mid-August and early September 2016. 

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) makes grants to public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, to establish interpreter training programs or to provide financial assistance for ongoing interpreter training programs to train a sufficient number of qualified interpreters throughout the country.  The grants are designed to train interpreters to effectively interpret and transliterate using spoken, visual, and tactile modes of communication; ensure the maintenance of the interpreting skills of qualified interpreters; and provide opportunities for interpreters to improve their skills in order to meet both the highest standards approved by certifying associations and the communication needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf-blind. 

To qualify as a peer reviewer for these competitions, you must: 
  1. Demonstrate related subject matter experience; 
  2. Possess an active DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet (; 
  3. Register your DUNS number with the System for Award Management (SAM) at; and 
  4. Send your resume directly to Kristen Rhinehart-Fernandez, competition manager at In the subject line of the email, please enter “Interpreter Training Peer Review”.  In the body of the email, please include the title and CFDA of each competition that you would like to serve as a peer reviewer (this information is provided below). 
Please note that selected peer reviewers must be available for the peer reviewer orientation and for all days of the panel review.  We estimate the review will take three business days for each competition.  This timeframe does not include one reading day or any additional time it may take to review the proposals or complete the required peer review documentation. 
RSA is recruiting for the following grant competitions: 
  • Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center for Novice Interpreters and Baccalaureate Degree ASL-English Interpretation Programs (CFDA 84.160C). This competition is projected to occur at the end of August or early September. 
  • Interpreter Training in Specialized Areas (CFDA 84.160D). This competition is projected to occur at the end of August or early September. 
An ideal reviewer for the 84.160C and 84.160D competitions is a qualified ASL-English Interpreter (e.g., a certified interpreter with at least five or more years of experience).  A peer reviewer may also possess knowledge and experience in the field of interpreter education and interpreting in specialized areas, as well as working with individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind.   We also encourage reviewers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or Deaf-Blind and work as interpreters. 
In addition, peer reviewers may also possess one or more of the following secondary skill sets: 
  • Knowledge and experience in developing and providing training and technical assistance.
  • Program and financial grants management expertise at the Federal level. 
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting a program evaluation. 
If you are interested in the 84.160C or 84.160D grant competitions as a reviewer and you meet the peer reviewer qualifications outlined above, please send your resume along with a brief description of how your expertise and experience directly relates to each respective grant competition to Kristen Rhinehart-Fernandez, competition manager at:

Please do not submit your resume if you intend to apply for one or both of these competitions.