Happy New Year from Your OER Team!

Welcome Back! We want to congratulate the COE faculty for their accomplishments in 2020 and look forward to continued success in 2021. 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 2019 fiscal year:

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UF DSP Reminder: Revisions to Proposals after Internal Routing but Prior to Submission

When a Department/College approves a proposal, they are certifying that the resources disclosed in the proposal are appropriate for the faculty and the Department/College. Resources include but are not limited to the budget, time/effort, cost share, facilities, equipment, and any other commitments. If there needs to be a change to a proposal after any approvals have been obtained but prior to DSP submission to the sponsor, the following guidance will determine what reviews are required.

View the complete guidance on the Division of Sponsored Programs website: Revisions to Proposals after Internal Routing But Prior to Submission

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From the IES Director: Operation Reverse the Loss, Redux

Since Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider announced Operation Reverse the Loss in October 2020, IES has been working to flesh out some of the key ideas. A valuable thought partner in this work is Kumar Garg, current Managing Director of Schmidt Futures and previous leader of President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign. Dr. Schneider invited him to co-author this blog.

Dr. Schneider and Mr. Garg have identified three main “buckets” of actions that IES should pursue to help reverse pandemic-related learning loss:

  • Understanding the crisis and accelerating discovery
  • Responding to the crisis with new tools to help students catch up
  • Making sure the most high-need students don’t get left behind

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U.S. ED Offers New Open Data Platform

The Open Data Platform (ODP), at is the U.S. Department of Education’s comprehensive data inventory, including metadata and other documentation describing the data. The ODP makes it easier for educators, researchers, and the public to access the U.S ED’s data in a single location.

The site’s functionality allows users to search by broad categories, like “graduation rates” or “teachers,” as well as to target searches. ODP uses CKAN, a powerful open source data management system that makes data more accessible. Moreover, the data inventory indexed will continue to grow as the U.S ED publishes new data and further catalogs older data.

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eRA Reminder: New eRA Commons Login and Landing Screens Coming January 12

The new eRA Commons home screen (log-in screen) and landing screen (screen when first logged in) will be available on January 12, 2021. As part of the new design, once authenticated, you will be able to navigate to various eRA modules within Commons via the apps icon in the upper left corner. The modernized screens provide a simpler interface that reflect user feedback and come with enhanced security and stability for the Commons module.

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eRA Will Require the Use of to Access eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, and Commons Mobile in 2021

Users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR), and Commons Mobile are encouraged to begin their switchover now to the new two-factor authentication login method to access those modules, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.

The new secure two-factor authentication login method involves users creating an account at, a centralized government portal, and associating their eRA Commons or ASSIST account with it.  The user must initiate the process from eRA Commons or ASSIST by clicking the login option on the Commons or ASSIST home screen, which will then redirect the user to Users only need to do this association one time.

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Awarded Projects for December 2020

Congratulations to Jennifer Park-Jadotte for her award from Episcopal Children’s Services and her award from Richland County School District One; and Philip Poekert, Catherine Cavanaugh, and Pengfei Zhao for their award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for December 2020

Best wishes to Latoya Haynes-Thoby for her proposal to the American Educational Research Association; Maya Israel for her subcontract proposal National Science Foundation Flow Through from New York University; Hyunyi Jung and Chonika Coleman King for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; and Zuchao Shen and Walter Leite for their proposal to the American Educational Research Association.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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