Friday, September 15, 2017

FY18 Research Enhancement Program

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the University Research Council are pleased to announce the FY18 competition for the Research Grant Development and Research Pilot Studies competitions.

The Research Grant Development (RGD) program provides support for a faculty member to develop an external research grant application. The faculty member may either receive a summer stipend or receive a course release in the fall/spring semester (and the grant will cover the costs of the faculty replacement or adjunct).

The Research Pilot Studies (RPS) program provides support of up to $3,000 to assist faculty in initiating pilot projects. Allowable costs include travel to collect data, supplies, materials, non-capital equipment, and student assistant wages.

The deadline for spring projects is October 9, 2017 with recipients notified in December. For summer 2018 and fall 2018 projects, the deadline is March 23, 2018.

Guidelines and applications are available on the ORSP website.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Important Information for External and Internal Grants - upcoming deadline August 25, 2017

If you had any active grant (internal or external funds) during FY17, please review all expenditures to make sure the correct Banner FOP was charged. Any Expenditure Transfer Requests must be received by ORSP no later than August 25, 2017.  The ORSP form is here:

Internal grant awardees (Banner fund 150030):
  •  All expenditures (except August salary) must post by 8/31/17.
  • If you will have any unused funds, inform Sherry Tucker before 8/25/17 so we can repurpose the funds as they do not roll forward.
  • Submit final reports to Sherry Tucker no later than 9/30/17 (FRG/RCA awards or project support awards).
  • For any publication minigrants, please request a gratis copy of the publication and send to Sherry when available (also suitable are a link to the publication, a PDF version, or an abstract).
Comprehensive Research Program awardees (Banner fund 131610):
  • All expenditures (except August salary) must post by 8/31/17.
  • If you will have any unused funds, inform Jennifer Hanlon before 8/25/17 so we can repurpose the funds as any unspent monies are returned to the state.
  • If you have been awarded FY18 funds from the Comprehensive Research Program (fund 131610), I am in the processing of setting up those awards and will email you once completed.

 External grant awardees:
  • If any salary was paid from your grant during FY17, review and certify those reports before August 25. 2017. Both fall 2016 and spring 2017 terms are available in addition to persons paid monthly. I have not had time to review, so if you see anything possibly incorrect, please contact me. If any expenditure transfers are needed, the August 25th deadline also applies.

                Effort instructions:
               All fall 2016 and spring 2017 effort must be certified no later than 8/25/17.
  •  If your grant ends anytime between now and 12/31/17, please contact me as soon as possible if you need to request a time extension or budget revision. Otherwise, the Controller’s Office will proceed to close out the grants as they end.
      One last update
      The internal grant applications and guidelines are being updated for FY18. Once available on our website, we will post announcements on the ORSP blog and on SFA today.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Internal Funding Update

During FY17, the University Research Council awarded more than $222,000 to provide funding for project support, travel to disseminate research, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and for other research and creative activities. Some of the funded projects this year include:

Dr. Michael Maurer, Department of Agriculture: Establishment of Turfgrass from Seed and Sod in Sand-Based Systems Combining Sprinkler and Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Dr. Flora Farago, School of Human Sciences: How, When, and Why Early Childhood Educators Talk about Race with Young Children?

Dr. Luis Aguerrevere, Department of Psychology: Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on Pain-Related Variables

Dr. Vjetha Koppa, Department of Economics & Finance: Do Housing Vouchers Reduce Domestic Violence? Evidence from a Lottery

Dr. Matibur Zamadar, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry: The Preparation of Tin Porphyrin-Ruthenium Complex for Targeting Tumor Hyooxi

By June 2017, all of this year’s funds were awarded. The total funding amount for FY18 has been slightly reduced due to budget cuts. There will be new applications and updated guidelines for the upcoming FY18 year. Please watch our website and SFA Today for an announcement when these materials are available.


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


Register Now
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