Submitted Projects for January 2022

Best wishes to Pavlo “Pasha” AntonenkoSwarup Bhunia, and Jeremy Wasiome for their proposal to NSF; Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko and Kara Dawson for their proposal to NSF; Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko for his two subcontract NSF Flow Through proposals to the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; Anthony Botelho for his proposal to NSF and his subcontract IES Flow Through proposal to Graspable Math, Inc.; Catherine Cavanaugh for her subcontract DHHS Flow Through proposal to Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Elif Akcali and Elayne Colon for their proposal to NSF; Frank Fernandez for his proposal to the American Education Research Association; Ashley Pennypacker Hill for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Herman Knopf for his subcontract ACF Flow Through proposal to Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Mostafa Reisi GahrooeiDavid MillerIoannis Ampatzidis, and Ute Albrecht for their proposal to NSF; Paige Pullen for her proposal to United Way Suncoast; Matthew Schmidt for his proposal to NSF and his subcontract NIH Flow Through proposal to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Carla Schmidt for her subcontract IES Flow Through proposal to Behavioral Technologies Consulting Organization; Idalis Villanueva Alarcon and Linda Searby for their proposal to NSF; Eunjin “Jinnie” Shin for her proposal to the American Education Research Association; Tina Smith-Bonahue for her subcontract NSF Flow Through proposal to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Wanli Xing for his proposal to NSF.

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DSP Reminder: Sponsor Communication

A reminder that the UF Research Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP), as the Authorized Official, is the appropriate office to contact the sponsor with requests for effort commitment changes, budgetary changes, no cost extensions, contractual negotiations, and other official administrative correspondence. Template letters are available on the DSP website to help draft notification to the sponsor, to be signed by the Principal Investigator or other appropriate party, and countersigned by DSP.

DSP reviews all requests and ensures that all information is included; this prevents additional follow-up or clarification requests that may add additional time and unnecessary delay to any sponsor approval request. It also ensures that the appropriate official at the sponsoring agency reviews and approves the request. Please contact the DSP Awards Team at if you have any questions about the request before engaging the sponsor.

Youth-Focused Research Partnership Between NSF and William T. Grant Foundation

The U.S. National Science Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation are launching a collaborative partnershipsupporting research that can improve the lives of youth. “Increasing the Use, Usefulness, and Impact of Research About Youth” aims to increase the effectiveness of youth-centered research and its capacity to foster widespread societal benefits. The partnership invites research proposals that can provide decision-makers and other leaders with new discoveries and evidence that are timely and relevant to local and national challenges faced by youth. Multiple types of fundamental research will be supported, including those that can increase the uptake and public value of interventions for youth-related issues such as school violence, mental health, and inequality in educational outcomes. NSF will manage the effort through its Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact program. The William T. Grant foundation will manage the effort through their Improving the Use of Research Evidence grant program. More information is available in the Dear Colleague Letter.

IES 2022 Annual PI Meeting Recap

Two weeks ago, the IES held its annual meeting for PIs. Upon reviewing the priorities of the Standards for Excellence in Education Research (SEER), the Director of the IES announced ongoing work to add a ninth principle related to equity in education. The IES will also soon publish a guide for researchers in education that encourages use of Bayesian estimates. Projects funded through IES will see increased monitoring for adherence to SEER principles, and researchers are encouraged to spend more time analyzing data. For more information about the ongoing development of SEER, read the IES Director’s recent blog post.

UF Mainspring: Inviting and Hosting International Visitors and Scholars

UF Mainspring is hosting an online session which will cover the University’s processes for inviting and hosting International Scholars & International Visitors. UF Research Integrity, Security and Compliance (UF RISC) and the UF International Center (UFIC) will provide an overview of the UF Policy on Hosting International Visitors and Scholars. They will discuss the hosting request submission and review process, and provide information on international scholar visa processing. Register here in advance.

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Request for Information: Tell IES About Your Science and Math Interventions

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is planning two new prize competitions: one for middle school science instruction and a second for improving mathematics achievement (specifically fractions) for elementary students with disabilities using digital instruction. IES continues to encourage the use of evidence-based practices in education and to spur new thinking about improving student performance. They encourage participation of developers and program providers to systematically test the effectiveness of their interventions. To share your invention, respond to their Request for Information by Monday, February 14, 2022. More information on IES’s STEM Learning Challenges is available on their website.

Awarded Projects for December 2021

Congratulations to Anthony Botelho for his subcontract NSF Flow Through award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Zandra de Araujo for her award from the National Science Foundation; and Philip Poekert, Catherine Cavanaugh, and Paige Pullen for their award from the Florida Department of Education.

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Submitted Projects for December 2021

Best wishes to Stephen Flory, Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, and Sadie Ryan on their proposal to the Strategic Environmental Research and Developmental Program; Zandra de Araujo for her subcontract DHHS Flow Through proposal to Miami-Dade County; Frank Fernandez and Justin Ortagus for their proposal to Arnold Ventures; Justin Ortagus and Benjamin Skinner for their proposal to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Philip Poekert for his subcontract DHHS Flow Through proposal to the Florida Office of Early Learning; and Wanli Xing, Mary Jo Koroly, Sandip Ray, and Joseph Wilson for their NSF subcontract proposal to University of North Florida.

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Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops

Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops has updated their NIH, NSF, and USDA-NIFA Workbooks for 2022 due to changes in grant proposal requirements by these agencies in recent months. In addition to these changes were covid-19 adjustments, such as continuing to offer their workshops virtually for 2022 and beyond. More information is available on their website.

Improving Compliance with NSF Project Reporting Requirements

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires project reports for all assistance awards, yet 10% of NSF-funded PIs fail to provide these reports on a timely basis. Final project reports are due within 120 days of the award end date. Project reports demonstrate result-oriented accountability for grants, enhance stewardship, and ensure that the American people are receiving value for funds spent on grant programs. NSF takes project reporting compliance seriously and will explore all available mechanisms to ensure compliance. NSF requires awardees to comply with all terms and conditions of the award, which includes project reporting requirements. Failure to submit timely reports will delay NSF review and processing of pending proposals and processing of additional funding and administrative actions for all identified PIs and co-PIs on an NSF award. It is the responsibility of the grantee to actively monitor the status of their project reports. For additional information, please visit or contact the cognizant NSF Program Officer for any questions about a specific overdue project report.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Topics for Convergence Accelerator

The National Science Foundation has issued a Dear Colleague Letter to request information on future topics for their Convergence Accelerator for FY2023. The Convergence Accelerator builds upon NSF investments in fundamental research and discovery to accelerate solutions toward societal impact using a three-tiered approach: topic ideation, followed by convergence research phases 1 and 2. Topics aligned to a specific research focus are called “tracks” and funded teams constitute a cohort. The teams include multiple disciplines, expertise and cross-sector partnerships to stimulate innovative ideas and to develop long-lasting, sustainable solutions to support a variety of societal challenges. NSF seeks input from industry, institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profits, state and local governments, and other interested parties on potential NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks for the next round of funding. Responses must be submitted by February 28, 2022.

2022 Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) Awards Team Community Q&A

DSP is hosting an informal Awards Team Community Q&A session dedicated to UFIRST Awards and Award Management issues. Please come prepared with questions regarding UFIRST awards and award management. Join by accessing the Q&A Zoom Meeting Room (Meeting ID: 925 1347 9600/Passcode: 610395). You will need access to the Zoom virtual meeting software to join this Q&A. If you have any questions about the Q&A in the days leading up to the session, please contact UF Awards at We look forward to seeing our UF Research and campus partners on the Zoom meeting to answer your awards-related questions.

  • Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
    9:00 – 10:00 am EDT


From Thomasenia Adams, Ana Puig, Amanda Reifenrath, Brian Lane, and Che Williams

Awarded Projects for November 2021

Congratulations to Mary Bratsch-Hines for her award from the U.S. Department of Education/IES; Frank CurranChristopher Redding, and Philip Poekert for their award from Impact Florida; Frank CurranMaureen Conroy, and Patricia Snyder for their subcontract Buffett Early Childhood Flow Through award from Columbia University; Maya Israel for her subcontract NSF Flow Through award from New York University; Philip Poekert for his subcontract Louisiana Department of Education Flow Through award from Lafayette Parish School System; and Christopher Redding and Holly Lane for their award from the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS-OSEP.

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Submitted Projects for November 2021

Best wishes to Zandra de Araujo for her proposal to the National Science Foundation; Chelsey SimmonsKent Crippen, and Sarah Furtney for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Bruce CarrollKent Crippen, and Tracy Johns for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Frank Fernandez for his proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Lynda Hayes for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Nigel Newbutt for his proposal to Google; Philip Poekert for his two proposals, one to Children First Professional Development Center and one to the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County; Paige Pullen for her two proposals, one to Raymond School District for Lamprey River Elementary School and one to Riverside County; Christopher Redding for his proposal to the Spencer Foundation; and Megan EnnesJacqueline Swank, and Jacquelyn Micieli-Voutsinas for their proposal to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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