External Funding Advisor
August 2017 Newsletter
In this Issue:
  1. Director's Note - Office of Sponsored Programs' Recognition Reception
  2. Featured Funding Opportunity - For New and Young Investigators
  3. NSF Updates - COA FAQs, Project Reporting & New Project Description Requirement
  4. Timely Topic- Broader Impacts Statements Resources
Director's Note
The Office of Sponsored Programs' Recognition Reception

Please join us and invited speakers in honoring all involved in the pursuit of external funding at James Madison University. 

Friday, October 6, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Festival Ballroom 

We will be presenting selected awards to faculty and staff for their accomplishments during fiscal year 2017 (July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2017) and throughout their entire career at JMU. 

Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and refreshments will be served. 

Welcoming remarks from JMU's new Provost, Heather Coltman, will begin at 2:30pm, followed by our faculty highlight speaker, Caroline Lubert from the Mathematics and Statistics Department, and award announcements. 

Based on the survey feedback from last year, the formal program will be shortened to allow more time for guest mingling. 

If you are unable to attend the event in its entirety, please feel free to come as you are able. 

Please RSVP no later than October 2nd by emailing Megan Resch at reschmm@jmu.edu  

We hope to see you there! 

Please submit a photo and a short bio when you RSVP, to be displayed on our slideshow during the event. 
Featured Funding Opportunity 
Funding Opportunities for New and Young Investigators

UC Berkeley has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities targeted at young and new investigators. It is organized by federal agency and also lists private sources of grants for this sector of faculty. Check out this resource here .
NSF Updates
Collaborators and Other Affiliations Pilot - FAQs

This spring, NSF began piloting use of a spreadsheet template for submission of Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) information. While the draft PAPPG does implement this pilot activity, and the change will go into effect for proposals submitted or due beginning next year, NSF has been fielding a number of questions from the community Additional information about the pilot program is available on NSF's website.

´╗┐Click here to view NSF's recent newsletter to review the common questions from the community and NSF's responses on page 4 .
Project Reporting Policies and Reminders

Project reporting is required for all awards made by NSF. These reports provide program and administrative offices with information on the progress of supported projects and how the funds are used in support of those projects.

Project reporting is not only essential to provide updates to NSF on the progress of NSF funded grants, failure to submit them in a timely manner can have wide-reaching effects on Principal Investigators (PI) and Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs). Consequences for an overdue project report includes no future funding for the PI and all associated Co-PIs. In addition, no administrative functions can be performed on awards that have overdue reports.

For more information on NSF's project reporting policies and reminders, view NSF's recent newsletter on page 5 .
New Header Requirement in the Project Description

The draft PAPPG now specifies that the Project Description for proposals submitted to NSF must include a separate section within the narrative labeled "Intellectual Merit." This mirrors the current requirement to have a separate section labeled "Broader Impacts."
Timely Topic
  Broader Impacts Statements Resources

Stumped on writing your NSF Broader Impacts Statement? As you may know, Broader Impacts along with Intellectual Merit are the two key components of any NSF proposal.

The National Science Foundation funded a grant in 2012 to establish the Broader Impacts Network (BIN) at the University of Missouri in response to the NSF's emphasis on the integration of education and outreach into research projects. The BIN's mission is to assist researchers in the development , implementation , and evaluation of high-quality broader impacts activities.

OSP staff watched an informative webinar with the BIN Director and gleaned this advice:
  • BI is here to stay. NSF is putting more resources behind this and it is an important part of panel reviews. Other federal agencies will adopt.
  • PI's must budget appropriately for the costs of a strong BI plan. BI plans must be Achievable, Substantive, Assessable (think evaluator), and Personal to be successful.
  • Of a 15 page project description, set aside "at least 2 pages" to cover your BI and evaluation plan and be specific.
  • For a CAREER grant BI plans are crucial; set aside up to 5 pages.
  • View funded proposals' summary pages to see what has been funded.

Here we offer you free resources available to assist you in creating your own Broader Impacts Plan:

Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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