Cost Analysis in Practice: IES Offers Resources for Cost Analysis Studies

The Cost Analysis in Practice (CAP) Project is a 3-year initiative funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to support researchers and practitioners who are planning or conducting a cost analysis of educational programs and practices. This blog, Cost Analysis in Practice: Resources for Cost Analysis Studies, is the first of a series of blogs that discusses practical details regarding cost studies.

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Overcoming Challenges in Conducting Cost Analysis as Part of an Efficacy Trial

The second blog in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) cost analysis series, Overcoming Challenges in Conducting Cost Analysis as Part of an Efficacy Trial, discusses the challenges of conducting cost analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis as part of an efficacy trial and offers potential solutions.

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Update on NASEM Panel to Discuss the Future of Education Research at IES

As the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) approaches in 2022, the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has convened a panel of experts to inform IES on The Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. The panel has held sessions open to the public and will continue to meet in closed sessions with the goal of producing a report by the end of January 2022. Some topics explored so far include the following:

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Biden’s FY22 Budget Request Prioritizes STEM

The Biden administration is requesting budget increases for STEM education programs across federal agencies for fiscal year 2022. Several agencies are proposing stronger emphasis on diversity and inclusion initiatives in accordance with President Biden’s executive order on advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities.

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NSF Releases Updated PAPPG Effective October 4, 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published a revised version of Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1). The PAPPG will be effective for applications submitted or due, on or after October 4, 2021.

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NSF Seeks Reviewers for Proposals

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently seeking reviewers for proposals. If you are interested, please complete the survey using the following link: Reviewer Interest Survey. You can also find more information here about reviewing for the NSF.

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NSF EHR Directorate Offers Town Hall – Data Science in Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) invites you to participate in a town hall meeting to stimulate a national conversation on the topic of Data Science in Education. This town hall meeting will explore Data Science and its impact across all levels of education from K-12 through higher education, including community colleges, minority serving institutions, and graduate institutions. The town hall will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

October 8, 2021
10:00 am – 3:45 pm EDT
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NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for FY 2021-2025 Is Now Available

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2021-2025. This updated plan articulates NIH’s highest priorities over the next 5 years.

The plan is organized around a framework of three key objectives:

  • Advancing Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences
  • Developing, Maintaining, and Renewing Scientific Research Capacity
  • Exemplifying and Promoting the Highest Level of Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science.

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Save the Date: Fall 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold its Fall 2021 Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration Monday, November 1 – Thursday, November 4. Mark your calendar for an opportunity to learn, share, and meet virtually with NIH and HHS experts.

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NIH Provides Additional Clarifications to Biosketch and Other Support Policies

Effective January 2022, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require updated formats for the biosketch and other support documents. NIH recommends transitioning now to the updated formats and instructions. Resources are accessible from the biosketch and other support webpages.

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Top 3 Most Used NIH Applicant and Grantee Systems Resources

To help navigate the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants systems, the electronic Research Administration (eRA) website provides numerous resources. Here are the three most commonly accessed resources you may find helpful:

  1. eRA Commons Online Help for step-by-step instructions
  2. eRA Video Tutorials for quick overviews
  3. eRA Commons Frequently Asked Questions for helpful answers

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UF Leadership Roundtable on Ethical Decision Making – NOW VIRTUAL

Join UF senior leaders for an interactive discussion on research integrity and ethical decision making. Spots are limited. Register at You will receive a link to the livestream once registration is confirmed.

Don’t forget to submit your questions to the panelists here!

August 24, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT

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UF IT Offers Free Self-Paced Statistical Software Training

Two free, fully online trainings on statistics software will be offered during the fall term. Faculty, staff, postdocs, TAs, and graduate students can learn how to perform statistical analyses on research data while earning a certificate in SPSS and SamplePower 3 or the R programming language. Pre-registration is required. Use the links below to view the course flyer and to register:

SPSS and SamplePower 3
Aug. 23 – Oct. 7, 2021

R Programming Training: An Introduction for Data Analysis and Graphics
Oct. 4 – Dec. 3, 2021

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UF DSP: What You Need to Know about CDAs and NDAs

You have been approached by a company that is interested in your research work and potentially sponsoring a research project. They want to meet with you to discuss the possibilities. They send you a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) or a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to be signed and sent back. You are about to sign the CDA and then you think, “Should I sign this CDA? And what does it cover?” The answer to the first question is a definite “no.” CDAs and other agreements related to your sponsored research require the signature of an authorized signatory of the university obtained via submission of the document to UFIRST.

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UF IRB Best Practices: Updating Documents

Updating documents is at the heart of many revisions and changes requested in myIRB. Whether it is the study protocol, the informed consent document, recruitment flyers, or questionnaires, making sure the IRB has the most recent version of your study documents is key to compliance. Learn more about how to update documents in myIRB to ensure that your changes can be processed quickly and smoothly.

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