Awarded Projects for January 2023

Congratulations to Christy Gabbard for her awards from the Florida Department of Education; Philip Poekert, Paige Pullen, and Shaunte Duggins for their award from the University of Florida Foundation; Philip Poekert for his award from the Lafayette Parish School System; Paige Pullen for her award from the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County; Anne Seraphine and David Miller for their award from the Florida Department of Education; and Wanli Xing, Anthony Botelho, and EunjinJinnieShin for their award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation.

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Submitted Projects for January 2023

Best wishes to Richard Lind, PavloPashaAntonenko and Jason Arnold for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Bruce Carroll and Kent Crippen for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Herman Knopf for his Administration for Children and Families flow through proposal to the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County; Kathrin Maki for her NSF flow through proposal to Texas A&M University College Station; Elliot Douglas and Erica McCray for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Philip Poekert for his proposal to the Children First Professional Development Center; Paige Pullen for her proposals to the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County and Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties; Tina Smith-Bonahue and Elayne Colón for their Florida Department of Education flow through proposal to Seminole State College of Florida; and Patricia Snyder for her California Department of Education flow through proposal to Napa County.

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Technical Writer Expanded Services

The OER is always seeking to improve its faculty support services. In accordance with this goal, we have expanded our Technical Writer services to include editorial supports needed for non-proposal and faculty-related activities.


We are excited to announce these new services and our Technical Writing Support form on the OER website. Completing this form is required to receive support and alert our Technical Writers. Once your request is received, you will be contacted by the designated Technical Writer. Audrey serves SESPECS, AZCEES, and LC. Piper serves SHDOSE, STL, PKY, and PIN. Please direct any questions to Audrey ( or Piper (

NIH Extramural Nexus January Issue Topics

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Extramural Nexus January Issue  covers several topics and tips, including Data Management Sharing (DMS) plans and samples, timelines, and revisiting funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). NIH recommends that DMS Plans do not include hypertext in the DMS Plan attachment, and provide sample DMS plans to act as guides. The January Issue also released a new podcast episode focusing on timelines to keep in mind when preparing an NIH grant application. Lastly, due to FOAs having multiple due dates each year, NIH recommends revisiting the FOA within 30 days of the application due date to remain aware of the latest requirements before finalizing the application.

Revised NSF Proposal Formats

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently updated the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support formats to better align with the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1). Submissions must use the revised formats to better align with the PAPPG, effective for proposals due on or after Monday, January 30th, 2023. The forms are available in the SciENcv system and on the NSF Policy Office website.

NSF Prize Challenge for Innovative Learning Technologies

The National Science Foundation (NSF) launched a $6 million prize challenge for the development of innovative learning technologies for K-12 students, titled the Visionary Interdisciplinary Teams Advancing Learning (VITAL) Prize Challenge. The challenge comprises four steps: concept paper, discovery round, semi-final round, and final round, with the focus on providing interdisciplinary teams the funding and training to build K-12 learning technologies at the speed and scale for adoption nationwide. Applicants can choose one of three K-12 technology translation tracks – Rapid and Continuous Learning Assessment, Mathematical Literacy to Promote a Future STEM Workforce, or Other Innovations in Translational Learning Technologies.

New Policy Surrounding Employment of Graduate Students

As announced by Provost Glover this past summer, all Ph.D. students are to be appointed at .50 FTE (half-time, 20 hours per week). The Graduate School has revised the “Principles for Employing Graduate Students at the University of Florida” document to reflect the policy change. The updated document contains information on the types of employment, eligibility, compensation, and FTE and waivers that should be considered when hiring graduate students.

U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Years 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026. In this plan they outline six areas of research to strengthen the nation’s education system:

Focus Area 1: Address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, educators, and faculty.

Focus Area 2: Promote equity in student access to educational resources, opportunities, and inclusive environments.

Focus Area 3: Support a diverse and talented educator workforce and professional growth to strengthen student learning.

Focus Area 4: Meet students’ social, emotional, and academic needs.

Focus Area 5: Increase postsecondary value by focusing on equity-conscious strategies to address affordability, completion, post-enrollment success, and support for inclusive institutions.

Focus Area 6: Effectively manage federal student aid programs.

These areas have been selected with the needs of every student in mind, especially as it concerns the effects of COVID-19 on education. Within each of these areas, there are anticipated problems, largely including the availability of data and the effects of COVID-19 on evidence building activities. The Department of Education is focused on “ the development of novel evidence-based strategies, adaptations of those strategies in response to emerging evidence of promise, and the application of successively more rigorous evidence building techniques to evaluate the capacity to improve student outcomes” (p. 91). We suggest considering the Department’s strategic plan when writing future proposals. You may access the full plan here.

Forecasted Notice of Funding Opportunity for Secondary Analyses of Head Start Data Grants

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) plans to solicit applications in 2023 for Secondary Analyses of Head Start Data grants. These grants aim to support researchers using secondary analyses of Head Start data to address key questions relevant to Head Start’s programs and policies. To view the estimated application date and further information on the grant opportunity, follow this link.

Analytics for Equity Initiative

The Analytics for Equity initiative is a partnership between eight federal agencies to build “on the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act and E.O.13985 by creating a new way to support social, economic, and behavioral sciences research that leverages federal data assets (ensuring privacy is protected and data are secure) and scientific advances in researching equity-related topics for greater public benefit.” The initiative seeks to answer research questions in areas aligned with the Learning Agendas of the partnering agencies. There are 5 proposed areas of focus:


  1. Equity of access to STEM Research and Education Opportunities (Agency Partner: NSF)
  2. Environmental Stressors and Equity (Agency Partner: EPA)
  3. Equity in service delivery and supports including childcare, food security, or economic support (Agency Partner: HHS ASPE)
  4. Health Equity in the Wake of Climate Change (Agency Partner: HHS CDC)
  5. Equity considerations for Workplace Safety and Workers (Agency Partner: DOL)


A solicitation for proposals will be posted on 01/16/23 and be available for at least 45 days. For more information please visit the Analytics for Equity webpage.

UF Research Promotion Initiative

UF’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing (SCM) is accepting submissions for its Research Promotion Initiative (RPI). The RPI supports researchers by sharing works that have been accepted but not yet published to be featured on UF news and social media platform, as well as pitched to external media organizations. Additionally, winners of the RPI will receive a funding award of $1,000 for research-related activities. Research from all areas is invited to apply, and research related to artificial intelligence is strongly encouraged to enter. Every two weeks, the RPI committee selects a winner to be highlighted on UF news and marketing channels. Entries that are not selected for the funding award may still be considered to be promoted by SCM and/or the applicant’s college or unit communications office.