External Funding Advisor
June 2017 Newsletter
In this Issue:
  1. Featured Funding Opportunity - NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
  2. NSF Updates - Relocation, FY 16 Highlights, New COA Template & Semiannual Report to Congress
  3. NIH Updates- Podcasts and Tutorials 
Featured Funding Opportunity 
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

With just one month until the CAREER deadline, please be sure to contact The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to let us know of your intention to submit and to review these resources. 

CAREER program solicitation NSF 17-537 (NEW!)

  • Eligibility requirements have been revised to clarify the required early-career status of applicants. 
  • Support for senior personnel other than PI that is commensurate with a limited collaborative role in the project is now allowed in the budget of the proposal or of a sub recipient. 


  • July 19, 2017 - BIO, CISE, EHR 
  • July 20, 2017 - ENG 
  • July 21, 2017 - GEO, MPS, SBE 

Talk to Division Contacts for more information 

Frequently Asked Questions about the CAREER program; and
NSF CAREER Program Webinar Presentation Slides

NSF Updates
Grantees Urged to Prepare for NSF's Relocation

Although the National Science Foundation (NSF) has not issued formal policy, agency officials are encouraging grant recipients to submit applicable post-award reports and grant applicants to turn in proposals for awards prior to the agency's move to its new headquarters later this year. 

NSF will be moving from its current headquarters office in Arlington, VA, to its new headquarters in Alexandria, VA, this fall. The phased-in move should be completed by October, starting with relocation - and temporary shutdown - of its data center from July 1-4. 

This move will impact everything at NSF. Proposal submission deadlines and application reviews are most likely to be moved forward to an earlier date, and funding drawdown schedules will be altered. Award recipients should keep an eye out for email notifications sent by programs managers asking to submit reports to NSF early, even if they are not due until late August.
FY 2016 Performance and Financial Highlights

NSF has recently released their FY 2016 Performance and Financial Highlights. Included in their highlights is a breakdown of the number of NSF competitive proposals, new awards, and funding rates starting at fiscal year 2012 and ending at fiscal year 2016:

Fiscal Year 2012: NSF received 48,623 competitive proposals, 11,534 of which were awarded, providing a 24% funding rate.

Fiscal Year 2013: NSF received 49,014 competitive proposals, 10,844 of which were awarded, providing a 22% funding rate.   

Fiscal Year 2014: NSF received 48,074 competitive proposals, 10,981 of which were awarded, providing a 23% funding rate. 

Fiscal Year 2015: NSF received 49,635 competitive proposals, 12,016 of which were awarded, providing a 24% funding rate. 

Fiscal Year 2016: NSF received 49,306 competitive proposals, 11,893 of which were awarded, providing a 24% funding rate. 

To view the full announcement and charts follow this link: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17003/nsf17003.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_124   
New Pilot Requiring the Use of a Template for Identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information is Now in Effect

On April 24, 2017, NSF initiated a new pilot requiring the use of a template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) information for Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on proposals submitted in FastLane.

The NSF Proposal and Awards Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) requires PIs, Co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on NSF proposals to individually upload COA information as a Single Copy Document (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.1e).   

Effective April 24, 2017, NSF requires the submission of a template to identify collaborators and other affiliations. Please note that the template is directly linked in FastLane. The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly at: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/coa.jsp

NSF's Semiannual Report to Congress

To review NSF's Semiannual Report to Congress click here: https://www.nsf.gov/oig/_pdf/OIG_SAR_317.pdf
NIH Updates
All About Grants Podcasts

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and other just curious about the application and award process, we provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. Episodes are available as mp3s for download here, via iTunes, or via RSS feed. 

Categories of topics covered: 

If you don't want to listen to the MP3 format, transcripts of each topic are also available. 

New Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your NIH Grant Application

NIH has provided four new interactive tutorials on the basics of preparing, writing, and submitting your NIH application. Tutorials take between 4 to 11 minutes each to listen through, and you can easily jump ahead to chapters of interest, or navigate back to review something you've missed. These tutorials link to additional resources and transcripts. 

From May 8, 2017 - August 18, 2017, the Office of Sponsored Programs will be following JMU's Summer Schedule: Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, and Friday 8:00am - 12noon

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