Awarded Projects for July 2022

Congratulations to Catherine Cavanaugh for her two subcontract awards, both from Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Alice Kaye Emery for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Philip Poekert and Zandra de Araujo for their subcontract US Department of Education flow through award from Alabama State Department of Education; Paige Pullen for her subcontract Admin for Children and Families flow through award from Lutheran Services Florida; Seyedahmad Rahimi for his subcontract IES flow through award from Florida State University; Idalis Villanueva Alarcon and Linda Searby for their award from the National Science Foundation; Ross van Boven for his award from the Florida Department of Education; and Wanli Xing for his award from the National Science Foundation.

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Submitted Projects for July 2022

Best wishes to Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko and Kara Dawson for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; May Mansy, Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, and Mary Jo Koroly for their proposal to the National Institutes of Health; Amor Menezes, Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenkoand Karla Shelnutt for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Kent Crippen for his subcontract NIH flow through proposal to the Institute for Future Intelligence; Wei Li for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Hongcheng Liu and David Miller for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Mostafa Reisi Gahrooei and David Miller for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Anne Corinne Manley for her subcontract IES flow through proposal to Boston University; Robert Moore for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Nigel Newbutt for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Paige Pullen and Philip Poekert for their subcontract Florida Department of Education flow through proposal to the School District of Hillsborough County; Paige Pullen for her two proposals, one to the Jefferson Parish Public School System and one to the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County; Matthew Schmidt and Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Kejun Huang and Wanli Xing for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; and Pengfei Zhao for her proposal to the William T. Grant Foundation.

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IES Director’s Remarks on Using Large Dataset Libraries

The Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), Mark Schneider, remarks on the endeavor of identifying, creating, and supporting large datasets to facilitate research at scale. Public respondents both called for an increase in the number of available datasets as well as better coordination around data governance and data use agreements. More information on these responses can be accessed here. IES is leading the way in modernizing the State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) and compiling a data library of student essays for the use of AI-based research and development efforts to improve student writing. In the upcoming years, the ability to create a SLDS 2.0 with Congressional funds may be feasible. Modernization of the SLDS may include using cloud-based architecture, emphasizing interoperability, aligning coding schema and data definitions across states, making data more widely available within the confines of existing and future state and federal privacy laws, and integrating data from early childhood through labor market outcomes and for other services states identify.

IES Director’s Remarks on Advancing Special Education Research

The Condition of Education is an annual report mandated by congress to monitor educational progress across the nation. It indicates a slew of challenges special education is facing, including: 15% of PK-12 public school students in 2020-2021 receiving specialized instruction through IEPs, a struggle in hiring teachers, in particular for special education classrooms, lower academic achievement for students with disabilities when compared to achievement of their peers without disabilities, and large high school proficiency gaps as illustrated in NAEP science, reading, and math assessment scores. The concerns surrounding special education students extends to postsecondary education, where the percentage of students is even higher than public PK-12. Mark Schneider, the director of IES, has recently shared the critical need to improve special education through research efforts and speaks to the research endeavors of IES to investigate strategies that work for students with disabilities and in what conditions.

Trends in STEM Related IES Funded Projects

The Department of Education has announced their SBIR awards for the year. The IES has noticed several trends in the projects they funded, a full list of which is available here. Some of the notable trends include more experiential learning, such as game-based learning.

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF CAREER Proposals

The National Science’s Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) invites proposals to the CAREER program from members of the STEM education research community. In a recent Dear Colleague Letter, EHR highlights the CAREER solicitation and how it aligns with their organizational goals. EHR supports STEM education, and the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an opportunity for faculty in this area to build a foundation for their academic careers. Read the full letter for more information about the grant opportunity and the directorate’s role. If you have questions about the program, you can also contract ehrcareer@nsf.gov.

Comprehensive Transaction Detail Report

The UF Division of Finance & Accounting has announced the Comprehensive Transaction Detail report, which provides transaction detail for all funds in one report. The Comprehensive Transaction Detail report enables users to select prompts that include all ChartField and Project/Award values.  This report was built to encompass such a large variety of prompts/information and can be accessed in Enterprise Analytics > Team Content > Financial Information > Comprehensive Financial Reporting Suite. Please share this report with others who might find it useful and email any feedback to emoran@ufl.edu or controller-office@ad.ufl.edu.

DHHS Forecasted Grant: National Early Child Care and Education Workforce Center

The Department of Health and Human Services has forecasted a grant opportunity to be posted next month that would establish a national center for increasing recruitment and retainment of a diverse early childhood education workforce, providing technical assistance, and supporting rigorous research efforts. The funding will be through the Office of Child Care (OCC) and posted in this newsletter when the opportunity is live and ready for receiving applications. Please consider collaborating with your peers ahead of the proposal deadline (set to be October 13) and reach out to OER for any needed support.

Nominations for 2023 Alan T Waterman Award Now Open

The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). In 1975, Congress established the award in honor of the agency’s first director and to recognize outstanding young researchers in any field of science or engineering supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, each awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over five years for scientific research or advanced study at the institution of the recipient’s choice. The nominations portal for the Alan T. Waterman award closes Friday, September 16, 2022.

Awarded Projects for June 2022

Congratulations to Mary Bratsch-Hines for her subcontract IES flow through award from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Frank Fernandez for his award from Partnership for College Completion; Bojan Lazarevic for his award from Gleim Publications; Justin Ortagus and Benjamin Skinner for their award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Justin Ortagus for his two awards, one from the Helios Foundation and one subcontract Helios Foundation flow through from Elevation Scholars; and Philip Poekert for his two awards, one from the School Board of Seminole County and a subcontract DHHS flow through from Florida’s Office of Early Learning.

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Submitted Projects for June 2022

Best wishes to Carli Fisher and Jason Arnold for their proposal to the National Institutes of Health; Kakali Bhattacharya for her proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Alice Kaye Emery for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Rebecca Pearl and David Miller for their proposal to the National Institutes of Health/NIAMS; Ashley Pennypacker Hill for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Justin Ortagus for his proposal to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Ana Puig, Jacqueline Swank, and Diana Wilkie for their proposal to the National Institutes of Health; Paige Pullen for her proposal to the School Board of Sarasota County; Tina Smith-Bonahue for her subcontract Spencer Foundation flow through proposal to the Erikson Institute; and Hyojong Sohn and Mary Brownell for their proposal to the American Educational Research Association.

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Dear Colleague Letter: NSF CAREER Proposals

The National Science’s Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) invites proposals to the CAREER program from members of the STEM education research community. In a recent Dear Colleague Letter, EHR highlights the CAREER solicitation and how it aligns with their organizational goals. EHR supports STEM education, and the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an opportunity for faculty in this area to build a foundation for their academic careers. Read the full letter for more information about the grant opportunity and the directorate’s role. If you have questions about the program, you can also contract ehrcareer@nsf.gov.

Comprehensive Transaction Detail Report

The UF Division of Finance & Accounting has announced the Comprehensive Transaction Detail report, which provides transaction detail for all funds in one report. The Comprehensive Transaction Detail report enables users to select prompts that include all ChartField and Project/Award values.  This report was built to encompass such a large variety of prompts/information and can be accessed in Enterprise Analytics > Team Content > Financial Information > Comprehensive Financial Reporting Suite. Please share this report with others who might find it useful and email any feedback to emoran@ufl.edu or controller-office@ad.ufl.edu.

New Research.gov Proposal Preparation for NSF – FastLane Sundowned

Starting January 2023, all new proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) will need to be prepared and submitted through Research.gov or Grants.gov, as FastLane will no longer be used. The new features will include expanded Where to Apply options, the Project Data form required for proposals, and more. The new system modernizes the user experience and automates compliance checking More information about this change in the proposal submission process is available on NSF’s website. NSF is strongly encouraging that researchers begin to use Research.gov now to facilitate the transition and provide feedback on areas of improvement. OER will continue to facilitate proposal upload for all faculty through this new system, and feel free to reach out to DSP if you have any questions or concerns.

Go Columbia Project Talks 2022

The Colombia-Challenge your Knowledge (CCYK) Network and the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá invite you to participate in the Colombia-USA Project to build links and collaboration between universities of both countries. There will be a webinar series about Colombia and how to build these partnerships directed toward US institutions of higher education. Participants can also engage in the second stage of the project, “Paving the Way,” through a Colombian Immersion Program in several cities to know more about the Colombian regions and their universities and to contribute to strengthening study abroad programs. The immersion program will be funded by US Embassy and CCYK, and it will be done in October 2022. More information is also available by contacting info@ccyk.com.co.