Next Steps in UF Research Resumption Plan: Progressing to Stage 2

Research activities of over 3,000 UF faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students were successfully reviewed and approved through the Research Activity Approval Portal. Beginning June 1, 2020, UF is progressing to Stage 2 of the UF Research Resumption Plan. For many, the most significant change will be an increase in the allowed density of people per laboratory.  For human subject research, the allowed resumption of diagnostic, screening, and interventional studies will expand activities as UF moves to Stage 2.

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UF IRB Offers Guidelines for Research Resumption

As UF Research moves to Stage 2 of research resumption, the UF Institutional Review Board (IRB) has provided guidelines for IRB requirements related to research resumption. For more information, please visit the UF Research Resumption Plan and UF IRB COVID-19 Response websites.

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Reminder for UF Faculty: Protocol Compliance

As you all know, the research conditions at UF are not exactly normal as we resume research on campus. It is particularly critical during this time that researchers comply with their approved protocols and not assume that restrictions due to the pandemic automatically grant any kind of flexibility when complying with approved protocols. If pandemic-related restrictions (or any other factors) impact protocol compliance, faculty should contact applicable oversight offices (e.g., IRB, IACUC, OCR, etc.) to ask if they need to submit a modification request before deviating from their protocol.

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From the IES Director: New Directions for Next Year’s Funding Opportunities

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider has published a blog post on new directions for next year’s funding opportunities. IES just released FY 2021 RFAs for its largest grant programs. A guiding principle has been to simplify RFAs to allow researchers more freedom to pursue new ideas and approaches leading to improved education outcomes within budget constraints. As RFAs are simplified, IES continues to emphasize the need for cost analysis and more dissemination activities. Given these heightened demands, most RFAs have higher funding limits than in the past.

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From the IES Director—IES Centers: A Reassessment

At the end of March, the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) sent a joint letter to Congress focused on shortfalls in the budget and staffing levels for the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). In that letter, ASA and AERA also dismissed the proposal that a new center focused on education assessments be created within IES, moving NAEP and the international assessments (such as TIMSS, PISA, and PIAAC) out of NCES into this center. In a recent blog, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider explains why he supports this move.

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IES Announces Help Desk for Cost Analysis

A cost analysis Help Desk is now available to help Institute of Education Sciences (IES) applicants and grantees prepare and implement their cost analysis plans. Researchers can request technical assistance with planning or conducting their cost analysis from the Cost Analysis in Practice (CAP) Project Help Desk at

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IES Reduces the Burden to Grantees While Increasing the Public’s Access to IES-Funded Research

In 2011, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) adopted the IES Public Access Policy. This policy requires all IES grantees and contractors to submit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts through the ERIC Grantee and Online Submission System portal. ERIC then makes the work freely available to the public 12 months after publication. As part of an effort to minimize burden for IES grantees and contractors, ERIC has negotiated agreements with the publishers of over 600 education journals to display publicly funded articles in ERIC 12 months after publication or sooner. See ERIC’s list of participating journals. If grantees or contractors publish their work in a participating journal, the journal will submit the full text to ERIC on their behalf. Grantees and contractors will not need to submit their work to ERIC. This policy takes effect for work published after January 1, 2020. If an article was accepted by a journal that was participating in this program, but then the journal moved to a publisher that is not participating, then the grantee or contractor will have to submit the article to ERIC.

To ensure that their work is included, grantees and contractors are responsible for the following:

  • Including their grant or contract number(s) in the acknowledgements section of the published article.
  • Confirming that the journal title, publisher, and year matches ERIC’s list of participating journals.
  • Informing their publishers that they are subject to IES policies when their manuscript is submitted.

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Reminder: NIH Has Transitioned to FORMS-F

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has transitioned to the updated application FORMS-F. Use FORMS-F for grant application due dates on or after May 25, 2020.

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NSF Releases Prospective New Awardee Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a revised Prospective New Awardee Guide effective June 1, 2020. The new awardee guide contains helpful information for preparing documents and for understanding the requirements of managing a federal award. In addition to complying with all NSF regulations, recipients of NSF awards are required to comply with all applicable federal requirements set forth in 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

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NSF Delays Requirement of New Templates

As you may know, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 20-1 effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. To assist the UF community, the UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) has highlighted some of the key changes in PAPPG Summary of Changes. However, you are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. NSF has provided helpful resources related to these changes, which can be found on the DSP National Science Foundation Updates webpage.

NSF has delayed the requirement to use the NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals until October 5, 2020. NSF encourages everyone to begin using these formats prior to the October effective date. For FAQs on the new templates, see NSF Biographical Sketch and Current & Pending Support Fillable PDF Document FAQs. NSF has listened to community feedback and has made improvements to the biographical sketch and current and pending forms as follows:

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NSF Releases FAQs for Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released FAQs for its Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The FAQs focus on (1) Eligibility and Support, (2) Repayment of Scholarship or Fellowship, (3) High-Need School District, (4) General Inquiries, and (5) Track 4: Noyce Research. The full proposal deadline date is August 25, 2020, Solicitation 17-541. For more information, see the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program on the NSF website.

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Applications Are Open for the Summer 2020 Career and Technical Education Research Training Institute

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Research Network, supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), seeks to expand the evidence base on the impact of CTE programs on student outcomes. The CTE Research Network is now accepting applications for its first training institute. There is no cost to attend. Accepted participants will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the course. All applicants will be notified of placement by July 15, 2020. Visit the CTE Research Network website to learn more and apply.

Date: August 17–21, 2020
Location: Virtual
Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
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Using State Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking: A Research Webinar

This webinar describes the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking grant program (84.305S) which supports state education agencies’ (SEAs’) use of their longitudinal data systems to generate evidence for making policy decisions. It also offers a potential opportunity for researchers outside of state government to collaborate with SEA staff. Please register here.

Date: June 11, 2020
Time: 4:00–5:30 PM (EDT)


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AERA 2021 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions Is Open

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced its 2021 Annual Meeting call for paper and sessions submissions. The 2021 AERA Annual Meeting will be held on April 9–12, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. The overall theme is “Accepting Educational Responsibility.”  The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm PDT on July 22, 2020.

How to Submit:

Please review the Call for Submissions (PDF).
Log in.
Click “My AERA” at the top of the page.
Scroll down to the 2021 Annual Meeting and click “Online program portal.”

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UF 2020 Summer Seminar Series: Research Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research

This summer, UF Research Integrity, in collaboration with Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) on Campus, is hosting a seminar series on Research Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research. Participants may enroll in one class, the whole series, or any combination of classes. If participants enroll in and attend the full series, they will earn an RCR certificate, satisfying NSF and USDA RCR requirements. Classes are open to all UF faculty, staff, and graduate students. Due to the high demand, the deadline for enrollment in all classes is June 15, 2020 or when the registration cap is reached. There is no fee to participate in the seminars or to receive the certificate. If you would like to participate, be sure to register soon at

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