UF Office of Research Announces 2021 Research Opportunity Seed Fund

The UF Office of Research has announced the 2021 Research Opportunity Seed Fund (ROF) competition. ROF targets interdisciplinary, faculty-initiated research projects with potential for extramural support. The program focuses on new projects and/or new collaborative partnerships.

The College of Education is allowed to submit four (4) proposals to the university-level for this competition. To participate in the college’s internal review and selection of proposals to move forward, submit your proposal (in a single-file PDF) to by December 15, 2020, 5:00 pm.

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UF Office of Research Provides Update on Implementation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has successfully migrated important research functions from FastLane to and is now taking proactive steps to incrementally move the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to with a tentative target date for completion by 2022.

In the coming weeks and months, NSF will begin making changes to specific funding opportunities to require the use of for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. NSF funding opportunities will clearly specify whether submission via is available or required. Please keep an eye on the UF Research NSF Updates webpage to stay informed on current changes.

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What Works Clearinghouse Offers Virtual Training

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is offering a virtual training in Design-comparable effect size (D-CES) for single-case design (SCD) studies. This webinar is intended primarily for researchers and applied analysts interested in quantifying SCD intervention effectiveness.
October 13, 2020
2:00 pm–3:00 pm EST
Register here:
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SAMHSA Offers Virtual Training

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering a webinar on How to Develop a Competitive Grant Application.
October 22, 2020
2:00 pm EST
To receive information on how to access the webinar contact

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2020 HiPerGator Symposium: Exploring AI and Machine Learning @ UF

The 2020 HiPerGator Symposium will be held virtually this year. This annual event showcases research from postdoctoral associates and graduate students who use HiPerGator, the university’s supercomputer. To build on UF’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative announcement this summer, the 2020 symposium focuses on research applications of AI and machine learning.

The HiPerGator Symposium is free, but registration is required to attend. Participants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information prior to the symposium.
October 27, 2020
9:00 am–2:00 pm
Anyone in the UF community is welcome to register and attend.

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NIH and NSF Offer Virtual Conferences

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are offering free professional development opportunities. These programs will provide in-depth information on proposals and awards direct from the agencies.

NIH is offering the 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration October 27–30, 2020.
See for more information.

NSF has announced that registration opens October 29, 2020 at 12 pm EST for the Fall 2020 NSF Virtual Grants Conference. Each conference session will have its own Zoom registration page. In the meantime, please feel free to check for the most up-to-date information.

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UF IRB Offers Virtual Training

Join the UF IRB via Zoom on October 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm for the next IRB Boot Camp. This training is designed for those new to research and the IRB process at UF. The invitation with Zoom link will be available soon. The UF IRB also offers educational courses and a monthly newsletterSign up for the IRB listserv for all UF IRB announcements and updates.

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Updating Consents in myIRB

When revising consent forms, assent forms, and information sheets, click on the link to the document (listed under Attachment ICF, circled in red) to revise or update an existing consent form so that changes can be tracked. Only use the Add button to add an additional type of consent form. Be sure to attach MS Word docs only.

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Save the Date: COE IRB Workshop

This spring the COE is planning to host a COE IRB Workshop February 2, 2021 from 11 am–12 pm. The workshop will include information specific to the College of Education.

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AERA Fellows Committee Seeks Nominations for 2021 Class of Fellows: Deadline Extended to October 30

In recognition of the time demands facing nominators putting together strong Fellow submission materials, AERA is extending the nominations deadline from September 30 to October 30. AERA members are encouraged to submit nominations for education researchers who have made significant scientific or scholarly contributions to the field to be honored as an AERA Fellow.

The Call for Nominations includes the requirements for submitting a nomination and the information that the Fellows Committee seeks in reviewing nominations. Nominations should be submitted through the nomination form on the AERA website.

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From the IES Director: On Learning and Loss in a Time of COVID

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is reviewing how to fund more high-quality research to identify and support ways students can learn when they are not able to attend school in person, including online and hybrid learning models. IES Director Mark Schneider discusses this topic in his September 28, 2020 blog, On Learning and Loss in a Time of COVID.

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10 Things to Know About ED/IES SBIR

Excerpted from Seed Funding for the Next Generation of Education Technologies
Presented by SBIR Program Manager Dr. Edward Metz, September 3, 2020

#1    What is SBIR?
• The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is America’s Seed Fund operated by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (ED IES). Purpose: (1) Stimulate technology innovation to address critical national needs, and (2) Invest in and build the small business sector

#2    Overview of ED/IES SBIR
• Awards to for-profit firms for R&D and evaluation of commercially viable ed tech products
• ~$10M annual budget, awards made in phases:
° Phase I for $200K for 8-months for prototype R&D and pilot testing
° Phase II for $900K for 2-years for full-scale R&D and pilot testing
• Three key program elements: (1) Rapid R&D of cutting-edge solutions for education, (2) Research, and (3) Commercialization
• 2021 Timeline (anticipated): RFP release late 2020; proposals due early 2021; awards in Spring

#3    Awardees Usually Follow One of Two Tracks
• Track 1: To Industry Entrepreneurs
• Track 2: To Current or Former Academics: Awards to current or former academic researchers who start or partner with a small business to transfer research to practice
° Researchers often partner with technology developers.
° See this blog for examples.

#4    Provides a Wide Array of Technologies for Students, Teachers, & Administrators in Education and Special Education
• Some examples include: Games and simulations to personalize learning; Assessments (diagnostic, formative); Technologies to facilitate collaborative learning; Special Ed tools; Virtual and augmented reality delivered interventions

#5    A Research-Centric R&D Program
ED/IES SBIR is a “research-centric” funding program as follows:
Every awardee has a well-qualified education researcher on the team.
• Projects have 2.5 years from start to finish, allowing the resources and time to do the research.
• All products are developed and iteratively refined with user-feedback, and tested through pilot studies in real-world implementations.
• All projects generate “Research Briefs” at the project’s end, and some publish findings.
• More research is needed after ED/IES SBIR projects. Several SBIR products are being evaluated for efficacy through IES Research Grants.
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Developing Teams for Collaborative Grant Proposals

On September 22, 2020, Hanover Research presented a webinar on Developing Teams for Collaborative Grant Proposals, discussing the differences between a traditional collaboration and an integrated research team.

In a customary collaboration, each member typically works on separate parts of the research, and then the parts are integrated. The sharing of ideas can be limited. In contrast, the integrated research team meets regularly to discuss project goals and plans. Team members share leadership responsibilities. The ideal integrated research team encourages unconventional approaches and facilitates networking among PIs from diverse fields and career levels to enhance innovation.

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UF Faculty Insights Tool Helps Locate Potential Collaborators Across Campus

UF Faculty Insights is an online portal into the research portfolio of UF. This new collaboration tool is available to provide information on the research expertise of UF faculty. The tool is set up with two views: one for faculty, staff, and students and one for the public.

You can select a research topic, an individual scholar, a department, or a doctoral program. You can also “Browse UF Academic Units” to help you locate potential collaborators across campus. With proxy edit access, tool developers can work with departments on research summaries for faculty. Faculty can also edit their profile and add additional scholarly content.

Access the tool on the UF Institutional Planning and Research website:

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Awarded Projects for September 2020

Congratulations to Alice Kaye Emery for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Lynda Hayes for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Maya Israel for her award from the National Science Foundation; Maya Israel for her subcontract award U.S. Department of Education/OESE:EIR Flow Through from the Technical Education Research Center; Justin Ortagus for his subcontract award Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Flow Through from Pennsylvania State University; Philip Poekert and Thomasenia Lott Adams for their subcontract award NSF Flow Through from the Technical Education Research Center; and Philip Poekert for his award from the Alachua County School Board.

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