Sponsored Research Lunch & Learn classes are offered on certain Wednesdays throughout the year, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Student Services Building, Room 301. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide refreshments! The following courses are offered during December and January:
|Date||Course Code and Name||Presented By|
|12/14/2011||SPLL08 - SRAS Compliance Process||Roberta McManus|
|1/11/2012||SPLL09 - Subcontracting||Juel Kamke / Roberta McManus|
The entire course list can be found on the Sponsored Research website at http://www.research.fsu.edu/contractsgrants/workshops.html and on the FSU HR training site at http://www.hr.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=DepartReps_Training_Train. Registration can be done through OMNI HR Self Service.
So, you are an FSU employee and have created: 1) a piece of software and want to sell it; 2) the world’s best mobile app to simulate a breast self-exam or; 3) illustrator artwork to be used in a publication or created videos with an intent to sell to a publisher.
What do you do? Glad you asked. Here is useful information with web sites to dig deeper:
The Equipment Grant Committee and FSU Office of Research have agreed to fund the following EIEG Program Round 13 requests:
$50,000 to Steven Lenhert (Biological Science), Stephan von Molnár (Physics), Jingjiao Guan (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering), and Eric Lochner (Physics) for “Critical Enhancement of INSI/CMMP AFM Facility”
$36,610 to Henry Carretta (Family Medicine & Rural Health), Miles Taylor (Sociology), Dennis Tsilimingras (Center on Patient Safety, College of Medicine), Glenn Mitchell (The Claude Pepper Data Center, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy), and Daniel McGee (Statistics) for “Medicare Limited Data Set: Claim Data for Health Services and Health Policy Research”
$40,000 to William Landing (Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science) and Felicia Coleman (Biological Science) for “Separation of Monomethyl Mercury from Food Web Samples for Isotopic Analysis”
Congratulations to all the awardees. For more information about the Equipment and Infrastructure Enhancement Grant Program, please visit www.research.fsu.edu/techtransfer/eieg/.
This has been a turbulent and partisan year for the Obama Administration and Congress. Budget battles, deficit concerns, debt ceiling struggles, credit down-grades, a Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction--all in the shadow of the upcoming elections in November 2012. As the 2012 fiscal year comes to an uncertain conclusion in the coming months, it appears likely that the Administration's budget for FY 2013 and its reception on Capitol Hill will again be the subject of differences in priorities and philosophies that will be the focus of the November elections.
FSU's Office of Research recently re-competed its Washington representation and a new firm was selected. This firm--The Oldaker Group--has a strong focus on the Federal R&D agencies as well as the traditional experience necessary with the committees and members of Congress. Their first report to us is attached HERE and additional information is provided below.
If we can assist you as you consider future research opportunities, please let us know. Ray Bye (645-1410) and Beth Hodges (644-2257) are available to discuss Federal funding issues with you.
On Friday, November 18, the President signed into law the so-called “minibus” appropriations act for FY 2012. This legislation includes full year funding for FY 2012 for three different appropriations acts as well as an extension of the continuing resolution for agencies not covered by the minibus until December 16, 2011.
The three appropriations bills included in the minibus are:
During the month of November, House and Senate members met to negotiate and successfully resolve their respective differences for the agencies and programs in these three appropriations bills. The outcome of these negotiations is reflected in a conference report and joint explanatory statement that provides funding and programmatic guidance for all of these agencies and programs for the balance of FY 2012. While funding is tight and constrained, at least these agencies have some certainty about their budgets for the rest of the fiscal year and can manage and operate their programs accordingly.
All other agencies not included in this minibus (i.e. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, etc.) will continue to operate under the continuing resolution that has them operating at slightly below their FY 2011 levels through December 16, 2011.
National Science Foundation -- NSF will receive $7.0 billion, a 2.5 percent increase over FY 2011. Notably, this is more than either the Senate or the House of Representatives had previously agreed to in their respective spending proposals. The Research and Related Activities account will receive an increase of $155 million. The Major Research Equipment and Facility Construction account at NSF will receive $167 million, a $50 million increase. While below the request, this level is significantly above the levels originally proposed by the House and Senate. This funding should enable the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) as well as the Ocean Observatories Initiative to proceed. NSF does have the option to transfer up to $50 million from the research account to the equipment account in order to fully fund construction projects. The budget for the Education and Human Resources account will be cut by $32 million (3.7 percent). This reduction includes the termination of the Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education program which had been proposed by the Administration.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- The conference report would set aside just under $4.9 billion for NOAA, which received $4.6 billion last year. Satellite funding would grow from $1.4 billion in 2011 to $1.8 billion in 2012. With respect to NOAA’s ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes research and education programs, after initially faced with rather draconian reductions as proposed by the House, most ended up either level or with modest increases over FY 2011. For example, the Sea Grant program ended up with a 2.6% increase at $63 million; Ocean Exploration received a 2.3% increase at $26.2 million; and the ocean, coastal and Great Lakes; cooperative institutes in the NOAA research office received a 10% increase to $24.2 million; the Coastal Zone Management grant program in the National Ocean Service remained essentially level at $66.2 million as did the National Estuarine Research program at $22.3 million. The National Marine Sanctuary Program grew by nearly 5% to $47.6 million while NOAA education increased by 26% over last year to $31.5 million. Other programs within NOAA were not as fortunate with the National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science declining by 14.7%, and the competitive grants program for climate research in the NOAA research office declining by 20% to $120 million. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPPS) would receive $924 million in FY 2012, under the conference agreement –- which is slightly below the $1.06 billion requested and well above the $382 million it received last year. The conference agreement would also prevent NOAA from creating a new Climate Service, a plan the House has repeatedly blocked but Senate appropriators had endorsed during their work on 2012 appropriations. The White House wants to consolidate most of NOAA's existing climate activities in the proposed Climate Service, which it says would help the agency handle a growing demand for information on climate change science and impacts. Congressional denial on establishing the Climate Service means that NOAA will continue its current set of climate services that are currently spread out among the various existing line offices within NOAA.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- NASA will get $17.8 billion for FY 2012 under the agreement reached by conferees. NASA’s FY 2012 top line is $684 million below the agency’s FY 2011 level and $924 million less than the White House requested. The $17.8 billion for NASA would break down as follows:
The JWST allocation is $156 million more than the White House requested and consistent with the Senate’s recommendation. The extra money will be offset by cutting back NASA’s request for Earth science, planetary science and other astrophysics programs. Earth science would get $1.77 billion, $30 million below the request. Planetary science would get $1.5 billion, $40 million below the request. Astrophysics would get $672 million, $10.7 million below the request. The balance of JWST’s shortfall for 2012 would come out of NASA’s Cross Agency Support account, according to the conference report. Included in the $3.8 billion for human space exploration is $1.8 billion for the congressionally mandated heavy-lift rocket known as the Space Launch System, and $1.2 billion for its companion spacecraft, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is fostering development of astronaut taxis for the space station, will get $406 million in FY 2012, less than half of the $850 million the Administration requested and $94 million less than Congress authorized. Moreover, $100 million of the appropriated funds would be withheld until NASA Administrator Charles Bolden provides House and Senate appropriators with written notice that NASA is proceeding with its acquisition of the Space Launch System.
Department of Transportation – University Transportation Centers -- The purpose of the university transportation centers [UTC] program is to foster a national resource and focal point for the support and conduct of research and training concerning the transportation of passengers and property. Funds provided under the Federal Transit Administration’s UTC program are transferred to and managed by the Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) and combined with a transfer of funds from the Federal Highway Administration. The conference report provides a total of $44 million for Research and University Research Centers which is $14.8 million less than last year. Of the $44 million being appropriated, $4 million will be available for University Transportation Centers.
Department of Justice – National Institute of Justice (NIJ) -- The conference agreement provides NIJ with $40 million for FY 2012. The Congress expects NIJ is to carry out new initiatives proposed in fiscal year 2012 to the extent possible within the funds provided, including: maximizing the value of forensic evidence; establishing the effectiveness of criminal justice diversion methods and strategies; eliminating rape kit backlogs (pilots); Indian country crime and victimization research; improving prescription drug monitoring; improving inmate re-entry; improving risk-based decision-making in the criminal justice system; and establishing better understanding of the risk-based factors leading to domestic radicalization and related acts of violence/terrorism, among others. An additional $3 million is provided to NIJ via a transfer of funds from the Office on Violence Against Women for research and evaluation of violence against women and related issues.
A newly-formed Inter-American Seas Research Consortium (ISRC) has been established to address the confluence of economic, cultural, and ecological problems of the Inter-American Seas (including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the southeast U.S. Continental Shelf) that derive from the region's physical and social connectivity. The main thrust of the ISRC is threefold: (1) to address the leading physical, ecological, and socio-economic issues of our time through interdisciplinary workshops including FSU, national, and international scholars; (2) to train scholars with strong knowledge bases linking the natural and social sciences that underlie the most pressing coastal and marine conservation, economic, and management issues to evaluate and design marine-relevant policies at multiple jurisdictional levels and to become the academic and professional leaders of the next generation; and (3) to combine the capabilities and expertise of our faculty with both governmental and industry partners to address society's greatest social and ecological challenges.
The ISRC will have a Kick-Off Symposium Thursday, December 8th. This symposium is devoted to exploring the relevant "hot topic" research areas within each of the institute's three theme areas: Coastal and Marine Science; Societies, Culture, and Connections; Law, Risk, and Governance. This event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Law, the FSU FSUCML, and the Office of Research. For more information about the upcoming symposium, please visit: http://marinelab.fsu.edu/isrc/symposium/
The Office of Intellectual Property Development and Commercialization has created a Commercialization Fact Sheet. This easy-to-read document was created for use with the Legislature and other entities to explain how FSU, utilizing its research and creative expertise, is creating jobs through commercialization efforts. To view this document, click HERE.
Faculty members are reminded that the CRC has implemented a hiatus period for several of its programs. The hiatus requires that recent award recipients sit out for several years before applying again for the same program. This effort will allow the CRC to "spread the wealth" among FSU's eligible faculty. You are encouraged to carefully read the various requests for proposals to make certain you are eligible for each program’s current round. This office has a comprehensive list of all awards for the last several years. If you don't know when or if you received a specific award, contact Jan Townsend at email@example.com or 644-8636 or contact Lezlee Richerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 645-5751.
December 2011 and early 2012 CRC announcements and deadlines are:
Be thinking of who among your colleagues should be nominated for the three CRC honorary programs: Distinguished Research Professor, Developing Scholar, and Distinguished University Scholar. These awards have February deadlines. It is important to have a strong representation from your department, college or school. The CRC website link to programs is www.research.fsu.edu/crc/programs.html
Check FSU's STATE publication for listings of recently awarded grants from the CRC programs.
A final note from Jan Townsend: I have been working with the CRC and its programs since February 1992; to say it has been an exciting experience is an understatement. I will be retiring from FSU effective December 31, 2011. Lezlee Richerson is my replacement for all things CRC. Be as kind to her as you have been to me. And remember ‘Character is doing what is right when no one is watching.’ Jan
Happy Holidays to all from the CRC members and staff. Enjoy your time off!
The Office of Research will have a farewell gathering for Jan Townsend as she says goodbye to FSU after 30 years of service - the past 19 overseeing the CRC. Please plan to drop by to wish her well next Thursday, December 8 between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. in the Ruby Diamond South Lobby area.
FSU faculty and staff members are members are encouraged attend the fall 2011 Intellectual Property Seminar. This seminar will feature two sessions from visiting patent attorney Anton Hopen from the Smith & Hopen law firm:
Part I: Pitching University Technology
The most precious commodity for an investment banker is time. Successful entrepreneurs are able to convey the value of a new technology in seconds and are prepared for the specific and often indirect questions posed to them in the evaluation process. This presentation will provide information to help you in this area.
Part II: Digital Music and the Law
This unique presentation focuses on patents, trademarks and copyright issues related to the distribution of music online. Real world examples will include the rights of individual users to make digital copies of music to share, the rights of studios to litigate cases of piracy, and the patented technologies that dictated how music is digitized and distributed.
The workshop will take place Monday, December 5, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Turnbull
Center, Room 114. Those who wish to attend should RSVP to Vallie Stewart (email@example.com). For more information please click here to view the workshop flyer.
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The DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE SCGF) is now accepting applications for 2012. The SCGF is a three-year award, providing partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research allowance for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at U.S. academic institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, a first- or second-year graduate student, or an undergraduate senior at the time of application. Applicants must be pursuing or plan to pursue advanced degrees in areas relevant to the Office of Science research, e.g., physics, materials sciences, chemistry, biology, applied mathematics, computer and computational sciences, environmental sciences, and some areas of engineering.
Complete information about the program and a link to the online application can be found at science.energy.gov/scgf/. Applications are due Tuesday, January 3, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ping Ge, the DOE SCGF Program Manager, at SCGFInfo@science.doe.gov.