Happy New Year from Your OER Team!

Welcome Back! We want to congratulate the COE faculty for their accomplishments in 2019 and look forward to continued success in 2020. We are constantly on the lookout for opportunities for external funding to share. Contact us. We are here to help!

Listed below are some noteworthy statistics from the 2018 fiscal year:

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U.S. Congress Releases Text to Finalize FY 2020 Appropriations

In December, the U.S. Congress released text for two conference bills to finalize FY 2020 appropriations, including the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) received a total of $623.5 million, an increase of $8 million, or 1.3%, over FY 2019:

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Newly Proposed Discretionary Grant Priorities

The U.S. Department of Education (US ED) has announced several proposed priorities for discretionary grant programs.

First, the Final Priority for Discretionary Grant Programs supports alignment between the US ED discretionary grant investments and the Trump Administration’s Opportunity Zones initiative in an effort to support students, teachers, and parents in economically distressed communities officially selected as Opportunity Zones.

Second, six Administrative Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs expand the department’s flexibility to support a broader range of applicants with varying experience in managing federal funds (Priorities 1 and 2), applicants proposing to serve rural communities (Priorities 3 and 4), applicants demonstrating a rationale for their proposed projects (Priority 5), or applicants proposing to collect data after the grant’s original project period (Priority 6).

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Important Reminder: UF Policy on International Travel

When planning for international travel, COE faculty should complete their departmental approval process and follow these steps:

  1. Review the guidance on the UF Research International Travel webpage and contact the Division of Research Compliance and Global Support for assistance with export licenses or other authorizations.
  2. Register your travel with the UF International Center.
  3. Request pre-approval from UF Asset Management if you are traveling with any UF-owned equipment, including your laptop.

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Important Notice: Exchange Visitor Services English Proficiency Requirements Are Changing

To better uphold the U.S. Department of State’s requirement for proving appropriate English proficiency for sponsored exchange visitors within the J-1 Program and to strengthen UF’s compliance with the federal guidelines for English proficiency, the UF International Center Exchange Visitor Services (EVS) will be instituting new options for English proficiency for scholar, professor, and student intern category DS-2019 requests.

The new options go into effect on February 17, 2020.

Current English proficiency options will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, February 14, 2020. Please note the current “Required Documents” PDF indicates the faculty confirmation letter is accepted only until 01/01/2020; this has changed to February 14, 2020. The PDF will be updated shortly.

See the following for a list of the upcoming changes:

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NSF Is Changing Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Documents

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently finalizing a revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for use in 2020, and anticipates that the revised PAPPG will be released in the coming months. As is standard practice, the PAPPG will be effective 90 days after its release. This new version incorporates changes to the preparation and submission of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending documents using SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae.

Use of the SciENcv NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending documents will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG.

The UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) strongly encourages proposers to begin using SciENcv now for preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending documents in anticipation of the upcoming NSF requirements.

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Application Is Open for 2020 Strategic Communications Academy for UF Leaders and Scholars

UF’s College of Journalism and Communications and UF Training & Organizational Development are pleased to offer a unique professional development program for faculty and staff ready to take their communication and leadership skills to the next level.

Participants will be selected via a competitive application process. The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 program is January 22, 2020.

Please see the Strategic Communications Academy Application webpage to apply.

For more information, see

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Request for Information: American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in February

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hold its annual meeting Thursday, February 13, 2020 – Sunday, February 16, 2020, 8:00am – 8:00pm in Seattle, WA.

UF would like to know beforehand which UF faculty are attending the AAAS meeting in order to help promote their research. Department chairs or faculty can contact Dr. David Reed directly at if they know of someone who is attending. Dr. Reed will be reaching out to all AAAS Fellows directly including the new inductees for this year. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Advance registration rates are available now through January 24, 2020.

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Call for Proposals: Spring 2020 NAFSA Research Symposium

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the eighth one-day Research Symposium, A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education to be held Friday, April 24, 2020, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

The deadline for paper submissions is January 26, 2020. Please submit your 1-page proposal via the online form for proposal submissions.

The deadline for poster submissions is March 1, 2020. Please submit your poster presentation with a 250-300 word research summary via the online form for poster submissions.

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Common Rule sIRB Mandate

The revised Common Rule went into effect on January 21 2019, except for the single IRB requirement (sIRB) which becomes effective on January 20, 2020. The single IRB requirement entails that all federally funded, nonexempt, multisite studies must use a single IRB review model. On the single IRB review model, a single IRB of record provides regulatory oversight for an entire multisite study while other engaged domestic institutions cede regulatory review to it.

NOTE: The revised Common Rule sIRB mandate is separate from the NIH single IRB policy, which went into effect in January 2018.

For more information, see the following FAQs:

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Awarded Projects for December 2019

Congratulations to Maria Coady for her award from the Spencer Foundation; Carrie Geiger for her award from Major League Baseball; Herman Knopf for his subcontract award U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Flow Through from the University of South Carolina; and Wanli Xing for his subcontract award National Science Foundation Flow Through from the Concord Consortium.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.
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Submitted Projects for December 2019

Best wishes to Ester de Jong for her proposal to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education; Ashley Pennypacker Hill for her subcontract proposal Florida Department of Education Flow Through from the University of South Florida; Catherine Paolucci and Darryl Chamberlain for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Philip Poekert for his proposal to Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Paige Pullen and Philip Poekert for their proposal to the South Carolina Department of Education; Paige Pullen and Philip Poekert for their proposals to the Colorado Department of Education; Matthew Schmidt for his subcontract proposal National Institutes of Health Flow Through from Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center; Darbianne Shannon and Herman Knopf for their subcontract proposal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Flow Through from the Alachua County School Board; and Jacqueline Swank, Sondra Smith, and Elliot Woehler for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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