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February 2010 - The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Research Integrity has posted an interactive movie and facilitator’s guide on research misconduct entitled " The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct.” To view this movie or download the guide go to http://ori.hhs.gov/TheLab .
Board of Regents Travel Grants for Emerging Faculty (TGEF)
The TGEF program, which consists of two components (I and II), was established to assist emerging faculty (tenure track but non-tenured) in the science and engineering disciplines by providing travel funds needed to further their research and build strong collaborations.
The eligible disciplines include: biological sciences (all); mathematical & computer sciences; earth & environmental sciences (geology, oceanography, environmental); engineering (all); physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics); and the social & behavioral sciences.
TGEF I provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty seeking to visit a federal funding agency program officer to discuss their research proposals. The award amount can be increased to $2,400 if the applicant is accompanied by an established tenured professor.
TGEF II provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty who have been invited to present plenary or major invited talks at national or international meetings.
Submission deadline: TBA.Applicants must submit proposals to LA EPSCoR at the Board of Regents at least 30 days prior to the requested start date of travel.
Go to RFP - www.laregents.org
National Science Foundation Program Number: 02964
Title:Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
SYNOPSIS: The RAPID funding mechanism is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.
Program URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf10_1/gpg_2.jsp#IID1
Award Type(s): Equipment , Facilities-Access To Research Grants/R & D
OBJECTIVES: The RAPID funding mechanism is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. The applicant must include clear statements as to why the proposed research is of an urgent nature and why a RAPID award would be the most appropriate mechanism for supporting the proposed work.
FUNDING: Requests may be for up to $200K and of one year duration. The award size, however, will be consistent with the project scope and of a size comparable to grants in similar areas. Cost sharing is not required. Indirect Costs are unspecified.
Louisiana Sea Grant has an online forum or bulletin board system (BBS) through which researchers collecting samples subsequent to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill can coordinate their efforts.
The forum section can be accessed directly either at http://sg-server.lsu.edu/forums/ or at LSG’s website (www.laseagrant.org, scroll to the bottom; look to the left). Researchers wanting to coordinate their collection trips should post threads under the “Research Sample Collection” topic.Using the forum requires registration, which only takes a few minutes to complete. Once registered, users can create threads, post and respond to messages, and maintain a profile. Louisiana Sea Grant does not share forum user information. Other registered users, however, can access certain profile information.Users also have the ability to upload photos and other attachments up to 500K in size.
In addition, in response to consumer concerns about oil contaminated seafood from the Gulf of Mexico reaching the marketplace, Louisiana Sea Grant has produced a short video outlining the precautions taken to ensure tainted shell and finfish don’t end up on the table.Thevideo demonstrates how trained inspectors detect oil contaminated seafood as part of the daily screening process. The one-minute LSG Seafood Safety Video is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/user/LouisianaSeaGrant. A high-definition version of the video also can be viewed or downloaded from Louisiana Sea Grant’s website at http://www.laseagrant.org/comm/media.htm. The HD video is an AVI file and may require a plug-in for your media viewer.
Contact Roy Kron (email@example.com, 225-578-6564) if you have questions.
Oil Spill Sites -The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System products site under the GCOOS-RA
project has been developed and redesigned. http://gcoos.tamu.edu/products/
This site, as a guide, covers oil-spill related web sites including news, current conditions and forecast models.
Subject: [LFW] Follow-up NSF LF Workshop 2010: Question Regarding Food, Intramural Meetings, and Employee Morale
At the 2010 LFO Workshop, a question was raised about the meaning of of intramural meetings as used in the NSF Award and Administration Guide (AAG), Ch. V.C.5, Meetings and Conferences, and whether the NSF provision is more restrictive than the OMB cost principles stated in the circulars. The AAG states, in part:
Meeting and conference costs identified below, are only allowable if such costs are specifically and clearly identified in the proposed scope of work and budget, as modified and approved by NSF. NSF funds are not otherwise to be spent for meals or coffee breaks for intramural meetings of an organization or any of its components, including, but not limited to, laboratories, departments and centers.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines intramural as being or occurring within the limits usually of a community, organization, or institution. Thus, meetings attended only by individuals from that organization or institution may not provide food paid for with NSF grant funds, absent some other authority (for example, if several employees from the same institution meet over lunch while on travel status, per diem applies and the food is an allowable expense up to the established amount because the individual is on travel status, not because the individual is meeting with other employees of the institution). Moreover, the awardee may provide food paid for with NSF grant funds at conferences only if such costs were specifically and clearly identified in the proposed scope of work and budget (including modifications) approved by NSF and only when meals are an integral and necessary part of a conference (e.g., working meals where business is transacted). AAG, Ch.V, C.5. This has been NSF consistent policy since 1991 and it is consistent with the OMB circulars, which provide that costs of meetings and conferences, the primary purpose of which is the dissemination of technical information, are allowable. This includes costs of meals, transportation, rental of facilities, speakers' fees, and other items incidental to such meetings or conferences. (OMB Circulars A-21 and A-122, emphasis added.) NSF does not believe its provision is more restrictive than the OMB circulars on cost principles. Rather, the AAG and other NSF policy documents provide awardees with additional explanation and guidance for use in determining the allowability of this category of costs.
Several individuals at the LFO Workshop expressed confusion about whether food could be part of employee morale expenses (an allowable cost under the OMB circulars) and how that differed from food at meetings. Employee morale, health, and welfare expenses are costs included as part of an organization indirect cost pool. Meeting and conference expenses are direct costs. Employee morale, health, and welfare costs, under both the circulars and NSF guidance, must be incurred in accordance with the organization established practice or custom for improving working conditions, employer-employee relations, employee morale, and employee performance. For example, if the organization has an award ceremony to recognize exceptional employees/work, and wants to have light refreshments at the ceremony to encourage employee attendance (and therefore heighten recognition) the light refreshments may be an allowable expense if the award ceremony with the light refreshments is an established practice or custom of the organization, and if it is for the purpose of improving employee morale or performance.
All costs, regardless of category, must be reasonable. Indirect costs for organizations or divisions that receive most or all of their support from NSF will be looked at especially closely for reasonableness of specific costs, in accordance with OMB Circular A-122.
Also, please keep in mind that when NSF states an expense is unallowable it does not mean the organization cannot expend funds on this type of cost category. It only means NSF grant funds may not be used to pay for such costs.
Sandy Scholar, Assistant General Counsel, National Science Foundation
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