Writing/Designing Winning NSF Proposals Workshop

The University of North Florida is hosting a live online workshop sponsored by the Grant Training Center. This workshop will provide information to support a successful grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The content will cover what to look for in a funding opportunity, how to compose each proposal component, mistakes to avoid, and more. The workshop registration is now available. The fee of $395 is not due at the time of registration.

– Tuesday, June 13, 2023

10:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

NSF Regional Workshop

Dr. Margaret Martonosi, National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), will lead a proposal-writing workshop focused on faculty, post-docs, and administrators in all disciplines conducting research in computer science, information science, engineering, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, statistics, mathematics, and technology policy. Dr. Martonosi and representatives from the CISE team will provide a limited number of 1:1 consultations reviewing specific proposal ideas. If interested in attending, RSVP by Friday, June 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Parking for the workshop is free, and lunch will be provided.

– Monday, June 12, 2023

11:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

Straughn Center

2142 Shealy Drive

Gainesville, FL 32608

UF’s Research Promotion Initiative

UF’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing (SCM) encourages submissions from all areas on campus to their Research Promotion Initiative. The competitive award is designed to help researchers connect with a broad audience. SCM awards selected authors $1,000 for use on research-related activities including travel, books, and supplies. Additional resources provided by SCM can be found here. Questions can be directed to Blake Trauschke, UF public relations specialist, at btrauschke@ufl.edu.

New Spencer Foundation Funding Program for Transformative Research in Equity

The Spencer Foundation recently announced a new grant program to support transformative research projects that reconceptualize education systems to achieve equity. In order to foster this kind of transformative research, it is necessary to set up spaces where scholars may work in a variety of innovative ways for the purposes of imagining new educational models at systemic level; interact with researchers, practitioners, community members, policymakers, and others. To do so, the Spencer Foundation will support this work through their new Vision Grants and Transformative Research Grants programs. More information about the programs can be found here.

New Federal Export Control Laws

In 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce implemented new export control rules on Advanced Computing and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items to the People’s Republic of China (RPC). The resulting restrictions extend to the transfer of technology, software, or other “support” for the fabrication of items in the PRC, also applicable to Hong Kong and Macau. Research, collaborations, tape-out, or fabrication services involving advanced computing, semiconductor, supercomputing, or integrated circuits where there is potential involvement at a facility in the PRC are likely to be affected by the regulations. UF Research Integrity, Security & Compliance (RISC) is reviewing active collaborations and may contact you for additional information. If your research project involves tape-out or fabrication services in the PRC, please contact UF RISC before proceeding further.

Resources and Programs for NIH Grant Applicants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) recently shared various tips to assist scientists seeking NIH grants. Tips include utilizing tools like the Assisted Referral Tool (ART) and Assignment Request Form; reviewing the targeted NIH institute or center (IC) sample applications; consulting with experienced colleagues; and submitting early to allow time to address unforeseen issues. Read all suggestions under the “Tips for Scientists” section of the Resources and Programs for NIH Grant Applicants infographic. For Early Stage Investigators (ESI), additional resources were shared, including enrolling in the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program, which helps scientists become more competitive for tenure, and extending your ESI status for certain life events.


Upcoming NSF Virtual Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be hosting the Spring 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, a 4-day virtual conference that aims to provide important insights into a wide range of current issues to all attendees, especially new faculty, researchers, and administrators. The conference will cover the most recent information on policies, procedures, and specific funding opportunities. Additionally, attendees will have opportunities to ask questions to NSF staff. Registration is free and will open on Wednesday, May 10, at 12:00 PM EST.

  • Monday, June 5, 2023, to Thursday, June 8, 2023Online

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Version 5.0 Training and Certification

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently launched online training and certification for the WWC Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 5.0. The training informs about key elements of the WWC group design standards, increase transparency of our review process, and trains reviewers wishing to become certified in the WWC’s group design standards. Three levels of certification are available for trainings – Group DesignAdvanced Group Design, and Single-Case Design. The trainings are free and available through a series of video modules online. For more information about online training, contact the WWC Help Desk.

New Dimensions and Almetric Research Tools

UF Research recently announced new subscriptions to Digital Science’s Dimensions database and Almetric tool, which will provide greater insights into the University of Florida’s research enterprise. The tools allow individuals to track their work’s impact, seek collaborative opportunities, and understand funding trends. Dimensions is a research information platform providing access to millions of publications, datasets, patents, and policy documents. Almetric is embedded in the Dimensions search results – tracking research mentioned in online articles, documents, and social media. Visit the UF Research Databases page to learn more and access the schedule of training sessions.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Alert

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) are warning the public about a fraud scheme that uses social media and fake websites to steal money from individuals by offering fake HHS grants. The scammers may pose as a friend or someone from the HHS. Although the exact message may vary, the scammer will send you a fake HHS employee’s information or a link to a fraudulent HHS website, tell you that you will receive a free grant from the government and then ask you for money or personal information. More information about the scam and ways to protect yourself can be found here.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Expanding Institutional Diversity in Support of STEM Research and Education Capacity

Proposals must be submitted in response to NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter: Expanding Institutional Diversity in Support of STEM Research and Education Capacity by June 1, 2023. “This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) highlights types of proposals that may be submitted to the following Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM (EES) programs: Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), HBCU-Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE), and Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) to align with the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (Public Law. 117-167). Section 10325 (b) of this Act authorizes the Director to support innovative approaches for building research capacity in order to engage and retain students from a range of institutions and diverse backgrounds in STEM.” Read more about the DLC here.