U.S. Department of Defense Offers 2021 Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Tech Exchange

The 2021 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Symposium will connect government officials that drive the DoD’s AI/ML progress with innovators and leaders from industry, academia, and non-profit research institutions for presentations, discussions, and meetings.

June 22 – 23, 2021
Register to attend the event.
Apply to exhibit a virtual booth during the event.

June 24, 2021
Tech Exchange: For more information on how academia and industry can apply to present during the Tech Exchange, please see the website to apply here: https://www.ai.mil/ai2021.html

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Reminder: Significant Changes to NIH Biosketch and Other Support Effective May 25, 2021

As a reminder, the new NIH Biosketch and Other Support formats are changing. For deadlines on or after May 25, 2021, UF supports the use of the new Biosketch and Other Support forms.

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Reminder: UF Research Offers Proposal Development Assistance

UF Research Development (RD) is available to assist faculty in planning and coordinating large interdisciplinary research initiatives. There is no charge to departments or colleges for the services. Services include identifying appropriate collaborators, grant coordination, assistance with preparation of administrative (non-technical) sections of the proposal, review and editing, and graphics assistance. After initial contact to discuss grant coordination needs, RD staff will meet with the PI(s) to establish a grant writing timeline for submission and to develop a contract for service. View a checklist of potential services with typical timelines.

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UF IRB Best Practices: What Is the Difference Between a Minor and a Major Revision?

Why is it important to distinguish between minor and major revisions? Question 3.0 on the Revision Smart Form asks teams whether the revision they are submitting is a minor revision or a major revision. Giving the best answer to this question is important because major revisions to studies that have been heard by the Full Board have to go back to the Full Board for approval.

Marking changes as minor when they are major causes delays in the review process. This extra time means your revision may not be eligible for review at the next Full Board meeting.

See the following differences between minor and major revisions:

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eRA Information: All Senior/Key Personnel Required to Have a Commons ID for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is targeting submission dates on or after January 25, 2022 for a new requirement that all Senior/Key Personnel on a grant application must enter a valid eRA Commons username (Commons ID) in the credential field. A valid eRA Commons username will be required to be entered in the “Credential, e.g. agency login” field for all Senior/Key Personnel listed on the Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) form. Reminder: Use of Internet Explorer for eRA modules will be phased out by July 19, 2021. Please switch to other eRA supported browsers when using eRA modules.

To get applicants accustomed to this change, starting April 21, 2021, applicants will receive a warning if a valid eRA Commons username is not provided for senior/Key Personnel for submissions with due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

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Nvidia Workshop 2021: DLI Accelerated Data Science with RAPIDS

Traditional CPU-driven data science workflows can be cumbersome, but with the power of GPUs, researchers can make sense of data quickly to drive business decisions. Nvidia, Research Computing, and the UF Informatics Institute are offering a Deep Learning Institute (DLI) workshop. Using the RAPIDS accelerated data science libraries, developers will apply a wide variety of GPU-accelerated machine learning algorithms.

June 8, 2021
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Fee: $10
Register here

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Awarded Projects for May 2021

Congratulations to Carma Bylund-Lincoln, Alyson Adams, and Jason Arnold for their award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; Mary Bratsch-Hines for her subcontract award IES Flow Through from the University of North Carolina; and Lynda Hayes for her awards from the Florida Department of Education.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for May 2021

Best wishes to Frank Fernandez for his proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Ashley MacSuga-Gage and Nicholas Gage for their subcontract proposal OSEP Flow Through from the University of Oklahoma; Philip Poekert, Taryrn Brown, and Chonika Coleman King for their proposal to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Philip Poekert for his proposal to Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Philip Poekert for his proposal to Bright From the Start Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning; Philip Poekert and Paige Pullen for their proposal to the Stranahan Foundation; Philip Poekert for his subcontract proposal Administration for Children and Families Flow Through from Episcopal Children’s Services; Philip Poekert for his proposal to the School Board of Seminole County; Christopher Redding for his proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Christopher Redding for his proposal to the American Educational Research Association; Joni Splett for her proposal to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; Wanli Xing for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Hitomi Greenslet, Kent Crippen, Shinsuke Agehara, and Jonathan Scheffe for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; and Kimberly Driscoll and Matthew Schmidt for their proposal to the National Institutes of Health.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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U.S. Office of Management and Budget Releases President’s FY 2022 Discretionary Budget Request

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget request. The discretionary funding proposes $10.2 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $102.8 billion for the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED), $131.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and $35.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Some key investment areas are as follows:


  • Enhance fundamental research and development.
  • Address racial equity in science and engineering.
  • Advance climate science and sustainability research.
  • Strengthen U.S. leadership in emerging technologies.
  • Construct additional major research facilities.


  • Make a historic investment to support students in high-poverty schools.
  • Prioritize the physical and mental well-being of students.
  • Increase support for children with disabilities.
  • Support full service community schools.
  • Foster diverse schools.
  • Increase funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCUs), minority-serving institutions (MSIs), and community colleges to enroll, retain, and graduate students.


  • Strengthen national and global readiness for the next public health crisis.
  • Prioritize mental health.
  • Promote health equity by addressing racial disparities.
  • Expand access to affordable, high-quality early child care and learning.
  • Address racial inequity in the child welfare system.
  • Support survivors of domestic and gender based-violence.
  • Support research to understand disparate health impacts of climate change.
  • Protect rural healthcare access and expand the pipeline of rural healthcare providers.


  • Reinvigorate federal civil rights enforcement.
  • Combat the gun violence public health epidemic.
  • Invest in efforts to end gender-based violence.
  • Invest in community policing, police reform, and other efforts to address systemic inequities, including funding to support juvenile justice programs.

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NSF Announces the Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold its Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, June 7–11, 2021. Registration is open and the webinar is free of charge. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event.

Register here: https://nsfpolicyoutreach.com/spring-21-registration/

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NSF EHR Directorate Identifies Priorities for the Future of STEM Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate has released a report STEM Education for the Future: A Visioning Report identifying three priorities for the future of STEM education. The report also includes challenges and action recommendations for addressing each priority. To be successful, the nation will need to invest in new research and innovation infrastructures. Additionally, investments must be made that include all people, regardless of their backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and income levels.

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NSF SBE Directorate Provides Statistics about Underrepresented Groups in STEM Education and Employment and Offers Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate has released a report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering providing statistical information about the participation of these three groups in STEM education and employment.

The SBE is offering a webinar: Understanding Diversity in STEM: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities (WMPD) Day. The virtual event will highlight the report and celebrate WMPD in STEM.  

May 12, 2021, 11 am
Register here: https://sri.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_uhopx_4dSryY9LyAzIY1vw

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NSF 101 Blog Series Provides Answers to FAQs about Applying to NSF Funding Opportunities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides an informational blog series NSF 101 to answer frequently asked questions for applicants who may be new to applying for NSF funding opportunities or who want to learn more about communicating with NSF.

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NSF Offers CAREER Program Webinars

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing information on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program solicitation NSF 20-525 on the following dates:

May 14, 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm
May 20, 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm

Register in advance for the webinar at https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_CdBfoDo9QqCEV2h3roKiGQ

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NSF and NASA Sign Collaborative Agreement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have signed a collaborative agreement to expand activities for broadening participation in engineering. The collaboration will involve NASA’s Minority University Research and Education program, which engages underrepresented populations through numerous types of initiatives, and NSF’s Broadening Participation in Engineering and NSF INCLUDES programs.

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