Have You Published a Paper? University Relations Wants to Help Promote Your Research, and Maybe Give You a $1,000 Bonus

From Joseph Glover, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

One of the key elements of elevating the University of Florida’s national and international reputation in pursuit of top-five public university stature is creating national and international interest in your research through coverage in top-tier news media outlets such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and cable and network news programming.

UF’s Office of University Relations works with other campus communications professionals to seek out such research, but they rely heavily on you, the faculty, to inform them when your work has been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

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NIH Concerns with Foreign Entities

From David P. Norton, Ph.D., Vice President for Research

On August 23, 2018, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins issued a statement to the NIH extramural research community about NIH’s concerns of foreign influence on NIH researchers and peer reviewers.

The University of Florida is committed to compliance with NIH regulations and with good stewardship of all sponsored funds. In addition, please be reminded that all proposals for outside funding need to comply with requirements for reporting of current and pending support.

We call out from the letter, NIH is specifically concerned about the following:

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OMB Offers Strategies to Reduce Grant Recipient Reporting Burden

Excerpted from OMB Memorandum M-18-24

Annually, the federal government spends about $700 billion on grants and cooperative agreements for approximately 1,800 different funding opportunities/categories awarded to more than 40,000 grant recipients.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a memorandum outlining steps the federal government is taking to reduce grant recipient reporting burden. Below are some highlights:

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Grants.gov Enhancements Are Coming in October

On October 22, Grants.gov will update its website with Release Version 16.3 to improve the user experience. If you have multiple, unmerged Grants.gov accounts using the same email address, you can log in to Grants.gov to merge them now. If you haven’t received an email from Grants.gov about this already, then your account is fine.

Some of the enhancements in the new release are as follows:

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IES Notes: October 2018

Matthew Soldner, NCEE Commissioner, shares some points about IES.

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UF IT Offers New Training in Survey Design Basics

UF IT is debuting a new training this semester — Survey Design Basics. In this two-hour session, learners will explore the six steps of survey design, how to create valid survey questions, and apply best design principles to real-world examples.

The next session is scheduled in Hub 221:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

UF IT also offers Qualtrics@UF training, which focuses strictly on using the Qualtrics tool to build, distribute, and report on surveys. (The Qualtrics survey tool is pre-assessed by UF’s integrated risk management office and available free to all faculty, students, and staff.)

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Zoom Collaboration Service Available at UF

The Zoom service is now available for UF faculty, students, and staff. For those unfamiliar with Zoom, it is a service that provides connection capabilities for video conferencing, online meetings, chats, and mobile collaborations in an easy, intuitive way.

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Awarded Projects for September 2018

Congratulations to Maureen Conroy and James Algina for their subcontract award IES Flow Through from Virginia Commonwealth University; Lynda Hayes for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Philip Poekert and Paige Pullen for their award from Charleston County School District; Philip Poekert for his subcontract award South Carolina Education Oversight Flow Through from Study Edge; Melissa Ralston and Lindsay Thompson for their award from the UF Office of Research; and David Therriault and Elliot Douglas for their award from the National Science Foundation.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.
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Submitted Projects for September 2018

Best wishes to Kristy Boyer and Nicholas Gage for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Holly Lane and Sunshine Moss for their proposal to Learning Disabilities Foundation of America; Justin Ortagus for his proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Philip Poekert for his proposal to Florida’s Office of Early Learning.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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OER Annual Report of Accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2017

The Office of Educational Research (OER) completed its annual report outlining data on externally funded projects and grant activities in the College of Education (COE). Faculty productivity and efforts toward securing external funding remain high and have surpassed fiscal year (FY) 2016 in (a) number of proposal submissions, (b) dollar amount of proposal submissions, (c) number of newly funded projects, (d) dollar amount of newly funded projects, (e) number of currently funded projects, and (f) dollar amount of currently funded projects.

The following represents a summary of external funding activities for FY 2017.

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2018 IES Submissions Set a New COE Record

COE faculty members in all schools and centers submitted 20 proposals to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)—a record number—for this year’s August deadline. The total dollar amount requested was $25,091,652.

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IES Offers FY 2019 Research Funding Webinar

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is posting a series of on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2019 funding opportunities and learning more about IES.

The following on-demand webinar is now available:

  • Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluations of Education Interventions (84.305L) and Special Education Interventions (84.324L)

The application deadline for these two competitions is March 7, 2019.

You can access all the on-demand webinars on the IES Webinar Series website. Additional on-demand webinars will be available soon.  Read more

Changes Are Coming to IES Research Competitions

(Excerpted from Message from the IES Director)

For the 2018 proposal cycle, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) received over 900 applications. IES Director, Mark Schneider, has announced changes he is considering for Fiscal Year 2020 Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the two research centers: National Center for Education Research (NCER) and National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).

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How to Enter the NSF 2026 Idea Machine Competition

The National Science Foundation NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition is an opportunity for researchers, the public, and other interested stakeholders to suggest pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade: the next set of Big Ideas for future investment by NSF.

Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition. For the Grand Prize, each final winning entry will receive $26,000 and its authors (individuals or teams) will be invited to a recognition event in the Washington, D.C. area.

To enter your idea, first review all the materials on the NSF 2026 Idea Machine website.

Then submit your entry by October 26, 2018 to


You must provide the following information for your entry:

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Registration Is Open for the NSF Fall Grants Conference

Registration for the Fall 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference opened Sept. 6 on the Fall 2018 Grants Conference website.

The event will take place November 8–9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Intercontinental New Orleans. The registration fee is $425. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided to all participants.

NSF anticipates that this event will reach capacity very quickly, so please register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

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