OER Requests Notification for IES and Summer Grant Submissions

Due to the high number of proposals submitted during the summer, please let us know if you intend to pursue a grant, so we can arrange to provide services to all. The Capital Needs form has been updated and is located here: https://education.ufl.edu/educational-research/capital-needs-form. We will announce the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) summer deadline dates as soon as they become available.

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UF Research Offers NIH Bridge2AI Town Hall

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) will propel biomedical research forward by adopting artificial intelligence (AI) and generating new “flagship” data sets and best practices for machine learning analysis. The Bridge2AI program will bring technological and biomedical experts together with social scientists and humanists to solve complex challenges.

UF Research is organizing a town hall on June 11 (Friday), 11:00am – 12:30pm to facilitate teaming on one or more data generation projects and to identify potential working groups around each module.

To assist us with the organizing of the town hall, please fill out the Qualtrics survey at https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6fI3uTrsVGn5Rsy. Please complete the survey by June 10 at 10am.

Please note that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also recently opened registration for its town halls and teaming activities, please register here.

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

On May 28, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget. The budget proposes historic increases in funding for R&D across a range of scientific agencies—including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and others.

The president’s FY 2022 budget request to Congress includes $10.2 billion for the NSF; $102.8 billion for the U.S. ED, including $737 million for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES); $131.8 billion for the HHS; and $35.3 billion for the DOJ. Some key investment areas are as follows:

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NSF Offers IUSE Proposal Preparation Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will offer an Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) webinar focusing on opportunities for funding in the IUSE: EHR program, specifically associated with the new IUSE solicitation, NSF 21-579 due date July 21, 2021.

An audio archive and slides will be posted after the webinar at https://aaas-iuse.org. A proposal preparation toolkit and additional resources are also available. 

June 8, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Register here.

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U.S. ED Grants Offers Webinar for Funding Education Technology and Hybrid Learning

The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED) is host to a number of technology-friendly grant programs across a number of content areas that can be leveraged for hybrid learning classroom equipment and teacher training needs.

June 8, 2021
2 pm EDT
Register here.

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From the IES Director: Charting the Future of NCES: Our First NASEM Panel Discussion

On May 10, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) staff convened the first public panel meeting to discuss the future of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IES Director Mark Schneider shares some of the themes explored and invites you to attend the next panel. NASEM will solicit public comments at various times during their discovery and writing processes.

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NASEM and IES Convene for Next Panel Discussion Open to the Public

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will convene an expert committee to discuss the Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) on (a) critical problems where new research is needed; (b) new methods or approaches for conducting research; and (c) new types of research training investments.

The next meeting is open to the public. There may be an opportunity for formal public input as part of this meeting.

June 29, 2021
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET
For more information, email: IESResAgen@nas.edu

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From the IES Director: A Look at the New NAEP Science Scores

On May 25, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the latest results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment. IES Director Mark Schneider said that in the world of student performance as reflected in NAEP, “no change in scores” is about the best news there is. And so it is with the latest science results: little change overall, with students at the bottom of the score distribution falling even further behind.

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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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