UF Recommends All Dropbox Users Migrate to the UF Dropbox for Education Service

In 2016, UF licensed Dropbox for Education for faculty, and the service has now been expanded to include all staff. The use of the free, personal version of Dropbox for university business is not allowed. UF strongly encourages all Dropbox users sharing university or research data to migrate to UF Dropbox for Education.

To establish a free UF Dropbox for Education account, visit https://it.ufl.edu/services/dropbox-for-education. Click on “Go To Service” and login with your GatorLink ID and password. You must use your primary e-mail address username@ufl.edu rather than your username@coe.ufl.edu address to establish your UF Dropbox for Education account.

Anyone needing assistance in establishing a free UF Dropbox for Education account may contact the UF Help Desk at 352-392-HELP (4357). Read more

30 Reasons Your Grant Proposal May Not Have Been Funded

Why was my outstanding grant application disliked by the reviewer panel? Assuming that critiques of the proposal from the review panel are available, a careful and objective consideration of the comments provided will almost always provide an answer to this question.

One or more of the following 30 reasons may be identified. Among one of the easiest items in the list to address is failure to get a critical review from colleagues prior to submission, including a review of grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors that collectively detract from the quality of the proposal. Therefore, it is essential that every applicant receive critical feedback from others before submitting any grant application. Read more

Grant Writing Costs and Benefits

A new study of grant-writing costs and benefits finds that academics who wrote more grant applications did receive more funding for research. The study surveyed 195 researchers active in applying for federally funded grants between 2009-2012.

The survey found that
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Awarded Projects for June 2017

Congratulations to Joni Splett, Stephen Smith, and Sarah Lynne Landsman for their award from the UF Office of Research and Philip Poekert for his award from Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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

Submitted Projects for June 2017

Best wishes to Ashley Pennypacker-Hill for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Herman Knopf for his Subcontract—DHHS Flow Through to the University of South Carolina; Walter Leite and Corinne Huggins-Manley for their proposal to the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences; Philip Poekert, Susan Butler, and Alyson Adams for their proposal to the US Department of Education/OII; and Philip Poekert for his proposals to Orange County Public Schools, School Board of Clay County, and School Board of Seminole County.

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

Susan Butler

Research Spotlight: Susan Butler

Susan Butler
Q & A with Susan Butler
, Professor-in-Residence,
Palm Beach County, School of Teaching and Learning, Lastinger Center for Learning

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

The underpinning theme that drives my research is the need to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for students.  As noted by Honey, Pearson, & Schweingruber (2014, p. 53), “very little is known about how to organize curriculum and instruction so that emerging knowledge in different disciplines will mesh smoothly and at the right time to yield the kind of integration that supports coherent learning.” Therefore, my research seeks to find and validate pedagogical strategies that facilitate cross-curricular STEM instruction. To this end, I pursue studies of instructional innovations that may afford opportunities to enhance teacher quality, both in teacher content knowledge and in pedagogical content knowledge. Within this research frame, I draw upon my experiences in science education, problem-based teaching, and project-based learning. Read more

Don Pemberton

Research Spotlight: Donald Pemberton

Q & A with Donald Pemberton, Director, Lastinger Center for Learning

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

Our research at the Lastinger Center seeks to solve real problems in the world by focusing on improving child learning and developmental outcomes. We engage in translational research, that is, taking research from the cognitive and learning sciences, and applying this knowledge with evidence-based best practices to design and build scalable systems that have a significant impact on teacher practice and student learning. Read more

UFIRST: Updating Project IDC Returns

Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research returns indirect costs collected from grants and contracts during the preceding fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) to principal investigators, department chairs, and if appropriate, directors of certain authorized centers. The last day to make changes to FY2017 distributions is June 30. Read more

UFIRST: Subawards Update

The Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) would like to thank everyone for their patience as the outgoing subaward team undergoes transitions to new personnel and systems. This transition includes improvements to the process and procedures that will enhance the ability to issue subawards more efficiently and compliantly. Read more

NSF Explains Participant Support Costs

Excerpted from the NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter, Issue 2, May/June

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.C.2g(v) defines the participant support budget category as direct costs such as stipends, travel or subsistence allowances, and participant or trainee (but not employees) registration fees for NSF-sponsored conferences or training projects. Read more

NSF Implements Research Terms and Conditions

Excerpted from the NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter, Issue 2, May/June

As announced on March 14 in the Federal Register, the revised Research Terms and Conditions (RTCs) have been made available to research agencies for use with research and research-related awards. The RTCs address and implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200). Read more

NSF Provides ERA Forum Update

Excerpted from the NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter, Issue 2, May/June

In 2016, NSF launched the Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum to improve the quality and timeliness of NSF electronic research administration user input. The ERA Forum regularly engages the community to collect opinions and perspectives on NSF electronic research administration activities, particularly those related to reducing administrative burden. Read more

NSF Requests Public Comment on Future Policies and Procedures Guide

Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) publishes an updated version of its Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

The final version of the PAPPG is issued in the fall and each spring NSF encourages the research community to provide feedback on the proposed revisions. NSF has released a draft version of the 2018 PAPPG for review. The comment period ends on July 24, 2017. Read more

NSF Holds Grants Conference in Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at a to be determined date. Read more

A Guide to Incorporating Multiple Methods in Randomized Controlled Trials to Assess Intervention Effects

The American Psychological Association and the University of Virginia have published a guide and accompanying chart focusing on the design of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using mixed methods in educational and social interventions.

The guide includes three illustrative RCTs with multiple methods and provides a rationale for incorporating multiple methods, examples from the literature of the steps in the process, and assessments of the overall value of the data collected and research contributions, among other topics. Read more