Awarded Projects for March 2021

Congratulations to Maureen Conroy for her subcontract award IES Flow Through from Baylor University; Lynda Hayes for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Latoya Haynes Thoby for her award from the American Education Research Association; Philip Poekert, Taryrn Brown, and Chonika Coleman King for their award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Patricia Snyder for her subcontract award IES Flow Through from the University of Minnesota.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for March 2021

Best wishes to Mary Bratsch-Hines for her subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from RTI International; Jing Du, Kent Crippen, Jonathan Adams, and Xiao Yu for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Maya Israel for her proposal to Google; Kathrin Maki for her proposal to the Society for the Study of School Psychology; Philip Poekert for his proposal to Orange County Public Schools; Paige Pullen for her proposal to Pinellas County; Wanli Xing, Swarup Bhunia, and Mary Jo Koroly for their proposal to the National Security Agency; and Wanli Xing for his proposal to Code for Science and Society.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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Research Spotlight: Travis “Dr. Tee” Smith

Q & A with Travis Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?  

What are the lived experiences of Black students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)? What are the lived experiences of Black graduate students? How do HBCUs support, nurture, and develop Black students?

What makes your work interesting? 

My work is interesting because I write about Black people for Black people. I attempt to center the Black community in my work by doing research “for the culture.” I refrain from centering my work in a deficit lens. My aim is for my work to be accessible to the masses and for my hometown to be proud of the changes I am igniting.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a critical participatory action research project with a group of amazing Black graduate students and staff in the UF Division of Student Affairs. We are studying the experiences of Black graduate students at UF through radical healing (French et al., 2020); photovoice (Wang, 1999); and photo elicitation (Boucher, 2018). We use these approaches as psychological and methodological frameworks to explore and attempt to dismantle systems of oppression.

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COVID-19 Relief Bill Allocates $100 Million to IES for Research Addressing Learning Loss

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill titled H.R.1319 – American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that would appropriate funds for education-related programs, including $100 million for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for education grants to carry out research related to addressing learning loss caused by the coronavirus. The Senate has passed its version which maintains this funding and language. The bill must now return to the House for a final vote before being signed into law.

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Reminder: OER Offers Resources to Help with IES Cost Analysis

The Office of Educational Research (OER) offers resources on its Cost Analysis webpage to help faculty meet the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) requirement for conducting cost analysis as part of their studies.

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IES Hosts On-Demand Webinar Series for Upcoming Funding Opportunities

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is hosting a series of on-demand webinars for applicants interested in upcoming funding opportunities. The presentations will be posted on a rolling basis. Some webinar topics include the following:

  • IES Basic Overview of Research Grants and Information for New Applicants to IES
  • IES Grant Writing Workshop
  • IES Application Process
  • After Submitting an IES Application
  • IES Peer Review Panel Discussion

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NSF Offers 5 Tips on How to Work with a Program Officer

Excerpted from NSF Science Matters blog February 23, 2021 by Vincent Tedjasaputra, PhD

Whatever the phase of your research career, it is a good idea to reach out to a National Science Foundation (NSF) program officer as the first step in the NSF application process. Program officers are researchers — experts from the research community who guide grant proposals through Merit Review, part of the process that determines if a proposal is funded. Don’t be intimidated to reach out to a program officer. The myth that reaching out might hinder your chances couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are five tips from NSF program officers to help you work with them:

  1. Do your homework.

If you don’t know or have a program officer, you can search the NSF funding website using keywords or click through the research areas. Read through relevant policies and solicitations, and search through the NSF awards database for recent awards made. If your research idea spans multiple disciplines, you may explore NSF’s interdisciplinary research opportunities. 

  1. Reach out as early as possible.

Program officers can provide general advice on writing proposals and tell you if your idea is a good fit. They can also tell you how proposals are evaluated, information that can be helpful as you develop your proposal. If your idea doesn’t align with that particular program, program officers can point you toward other contacts and programs that may be a better fit. 

  1. Continue to stay in contact with your program officer.

Regardless of whether your proposal is selected for funding, you should continue to stay in contact with your program officer in the post-review process. 

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NIH Program Officers Discuss Developing a Research Plan

In the latest All About Grants podcast, National Institutes of Health (NIH) program officers discuss Considerations for Developing a Research Plan, including the relationship between the specific aims and research strategy. They also provide helpful suggestions and share common pitfalls. NIH encourages researchers to contact NIH staff and provides a guide for contacting the right person at each phase of the application and award process.

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NIH Provides Video on the Peer Review Process

In a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) video, NIH Peer Review: “Live” Mock Study Section, NIH scientists gather to review three fictional grant applications in response to a fictional Request for Applications (RFA). The reviewers discuss how applications are scored and what mistakes to avoid in the application.

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NIH Launches Improved Functionality of RePORTER Site

Ten years ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched its RePORTER (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) website to provide reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities. The site’s functionality has been updated, including a new version of MyRePORTER. With MyRePORTER, users can save their searches and customize email alerts. Users outside NIH will need a login.gov account to access MyRePORTER.

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UF Research Provides Examples of Successful Proposals

Writing a successful proposal is one of the most important steps in the application process. This shared drive contains examples of successful proposals. Proposals here are included with permission from the principal investigator (PI). Sections may be redacted depending on the preference of the PI. You must have an active UF credential to view.   Read more

UF Research Provides UF-Preferred Template Agreements

UF Research provides template agreements with UF-preferred language ready to send to any potential partner. Using a UF-preferred template and language cuts negotiation time as these templates use predetermined favorable terms on behalf of the Principal Investigator and the university (e.g., publication rights, intellectual property rights, rights in data, payment terms, etc.).

Other templates available include non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, master agreements and more. UFIRST also has an option where you can indicate you need a UF template when you start an agreement. There is no need to attach a template or create your own document. To access these templates, visit the Forms & Templates page on the UF Research website.
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UF Libraries Continues to Offer Helpful Virtual Workshops

UF Libraries provides helpful virtual workshops for faculty. Some upcoming workshops include the following:

Biosketch Boot-camp (NIH)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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Best Practices in Data Management (Creating a DMP)
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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Using GitHub for Collaboration
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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Introduction to Research Impact
Friday, March 19, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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20 Minutes to Impact Series: Journal Impact Factor
Friday, April 2, 2021, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
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My NCBI Tools: My Bibliography and SciENcv
Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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UFIT Hosts Spring 2021 HiPerGator Symposium

UFIT is hosting its second virtual HiPerGator Symposium of this academic year on Tuesday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Spring 2021 HiPerGator Symposium will feature presentations from UF’s Artificial Intelligence Research Catalyst Fund awardees, who are pursuing multidisciplinary research lines of inquiry using AI.

The event will begin with an introduction to UFIT’s AI staff and the services they provide, including upcoming trainings and computational support. The Catalyst Fund winners will then present their research ideas and discuss how they plan to use HiPerGator AI.

Visit the Spring 2021 HiPerGator Symposium event page for more information and to register. The HiPerGator Symposium is free and open to everyone, including state and national constituents. (Pre-registration is required to attend.)

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Options for Using HiPerGator and HiPerGator AI

HiPerGator and HiPerGator AI can be used for teaching and research by UF faculty and faculty from Florida’s state universities. Options for using University of Florida supercomputing resources are as follows:

  1. For teaching a class, allocations are free and last for one semester.
  2. For research, allocations can be purchased for periods ranging from three months to several years. The rates are listed at https://www.rc.ufl.edu/services/rates/.
  3. A free three-month trial allocation may also be requested. Trial allocations can be used to develop a course and to explore HiPerGator’s use for research. Interested faculty should complete the trial application form. Upon completion of the trial period, faculty will work with UFIT to find the best way forward for continuing their use of HiPerGator and HiPerGator AI.
  4. Colleges and departments can also request a free three-month trial allocation to be shared between faculty in the unit. This option provides access for learning about AI and preparing to include AI in courses at no cost to individual faculty. Details of a basic AI Starter Allocationare available on the https://www.rc.ufl.edu/artificial-intelligence

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