The Cost of Doing Research: Importance of F&A

Reprinted from UF Explore
Research at UF, Updates from UF Vice President for Research David Norton

The research enterprise at the University of Florida has a rich history of contributing to the well-being of people across the state, the nation, and the world.  Every day, UF research faculty, staff, and students are working to solve prevalent challenges facing society, seeking cures for diseases, developing defenses to cybersecurity threats, and uncovering the mysteries of our physical world.  The research enterprise at the University of Florida is intent on making a difference, creating the future, making the world a better place. Read more

Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network

NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is an effort to enhance U.S. leadership in STEM and is one of the 10 “Big Ideas” for Future NSF Investment.

NSF is focused on ways new and currently funded projects can engage with the INCLUDES National Network and is encouraging the submission of funding requests in the following areas:

  • Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)
  • Conferences and Workshops
  • Supplements to Existing NSF-funded Grants

There are two submission deadlines for funding requests in response to this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL).

  • November 13, 2017
  • April 16, 2018

Before submitting EAGER or Conference proposals, eligible Principal Investigator(s) should email with a one-page description of their project to determine suitability for this NSF INCLUDES DCL and the appropriate deadline for the proposals.

To ensure proper processing, please begin the proposal title with: DCL: NSF INCLUDES. Read more

NSF Faculty Salary Policy: Two-Month Rule

The National Science Foundation (NSF) policy on faculty salary compensation states that compensation for senior project personnel is generally limited to “no more than two months of their regular salary in any one year. This limit includes salary compensation received from all NSF-funded grants… If anticipated, any compensation for such personnel in excess of two months must be disclosed in the proposal budget, justified in the budget justification, and must be specifically approved by NSF in the award notice budget.”

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Save the Date: The Fall 2017 NSF Grants Conference

The Fall 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will take place on November 13-14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The two-day event will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Registration will open on Thursday, September 7 at 12:00 PM EST. Read more

IES Invites Public Comment on Two Research Goals

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is seeking input on its education and special education research programs, specifically around two of its five research goals—Efficacy and Replication (Goal 3) and Effectiveness (Goal 4).

IES is requesting feedback on whether these goals, as currently configured, are meeting the needs of the field, or whether changes should be considered to incentivize and support more replication and effectiveness studies.

Those wishing to respond may send comments by email to by Monday, October 2, 2017. Read more

IES Announces Additional Research Funding Webinars

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) announces additional on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2018 funding opportunities and learning more about IES.

These pre-recorded webinars are hosted by staff from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and can be accessed on the IES Webinar Series website. The first round of on-demand webinars was posted in mid-July and a second round was posted this month. Read more

UF Research Computing Offers Wider Availability of ResearchVault

UF faculty are encouraged to utilize ResearchVault (or ResVault), UF’s secure computing environment enabling collaboration and research on restricted and confidential data. ResVault provides a secure, pre-approved information system with the capacity for large-scale data storage and computation. Read more

Awarded Projects for July 2017

Congratulations to Mary Brownell and Amber Benedict for their award from the US Department of Education/IES; Herman Knopf for his subcontract US DHHS Flow Through from the University of South Carolina; Dennis Kramer for his award from Take Stock in Children; Philip Poekert for his awards from the Mt. Vernon School District, School Board of Clay County, and Episcopal Children’s Services; and Patricia Snyder for her award from the Florida Department of Health.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table. Read more

Submitted Projects for July 2017

Best wishes to Mary Brownell, Meg Kamman, and Erica McCray for their proposal to the US Department of Education/OSEP; Susan Butler for her proposal to the Honda Foundation; Isaac McFarlin for his proposals to the Walton Family Foundation and the Spencer Foundation; Philip Poekert for his proposals to the Episcopal Children’s Services and to the National Career Academy Coalition; and Melissa Ralston for her subcontract Monique Burr Foundation Flow Through from the University of New Hampshire.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table. Read more