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March 2016 Newsletter

Quarterly Research Project Discussion Meeting March 31

Sponsored Research Administration will host its first quarterly Research Project Discussion Group meeting from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 31, in the Student Services Building Room 208. This group will discuss topics of interest to the FSU research community with input from experts in that particular area.

The meeting is open to all faculty, departmental staff, and others involved in research project activities. So mark your calendars and join us March 31. Your attendance is critical to its success! For additional questions, contact Pam Ray.

Collaborative Collision 2016: Research on Health-Related Issues

On April 12, 2016, the Office of Proposal Development will host an event designed to promote interdisciplinary research. The first annual Collaborative Collision aims to bring together health-focused faculty researchers from across campus in an effort to foster discussions with the ultimate outcome of more and better health research being conducted on our campus.

Health issues touch nearly all disciplines on campus and the hope is that all faculty members who have research that touches the health arena will participate. More information about this event will be distributed in the next few days throughout campus.

Sponsored Research Administration Open House

Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) will be hosting its annual open house/meet and greet event on Thursday, April 14, from 2p.m. to 5p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Student Services Building. Faculty members and departmental staff will have the opportunity to meet their pre and post-Award colleagues while enjoying an assortment of refreshments, courtesy of the SRA staff.

Sponsored Research Administration Revised Policies

Sponsored Research Administration has revised the following policies in order to update the federal regulation references:

  • 7A-4 Cost Sharing
  • 7A-5 Cost Transfer
  • 7A-6 Direct/Indirect
  • 7A-18 Participant Support
  • 7A-20 Program Income
  • 7A-25 Unallowable Costs on Federally Sponsored Agreements

These policies are located at

New Training Course on Research Administration

The Office of Research is pleased to provide access to a new training course entitled Essentials of Research Administration under its subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program). This new course provides an overview of research administration including the varying structures of sponsored programs, research advancement and development responsibilities, and award process specifics (pre-award, award negotiation and acceptance, and post-award). It also assists individuals working or seeking employment in research administration by discussing professional opportunities, various available resources, professional associations/organizations, advanced learning opportunities and more.

It is intended for research administration professionals (sponsored programs professionals and managers), principal investigators (PIs), project directors and others who are responsible for research administration. The course may also help individuals determine whether a career in research administration is right for them. Contact the Director of the Office of Research Compliance Programs, Diana Key, if you have questions about this or other CITI courses.

Sponsored Research Administration Certificate Series

Sponsored Research Administration Certificate Series will provide central and departmental staff with the skills and knowledge to manage sponsored projects fiscally and administratively. Space is limited for some classes; please register through OMNI HR Self Service. The following courses are offered during March:

DateCourse Code and NameLocation/Time
03/01/2016 SRA09 Effort Commitments/ Certifications SSB, 301 8:30-10:30
03/16/2016 SRA14 National Science Foundation Training Center, CL 02:30-4:30
03/17/2016 SRA03 SRA Financial Management Dirac 2:30-4:30
03/29/2016 SRA16 Project Closeout UCA 1203 2:30-4:30
03/31/2016 SRA17 Facilities and Administrative Costs / Auxiliaries Strozier Library, 005A 3:30-4:30

The entire course list can be found on the Sponsored Research website at and on the FSU HR training site at

Federal Lobbying Activities Report is Due April 5

Federal lobbying regulations require that FSU report to the U.S. House and Senate all time and expenses related to federal lobbying activities conducted by its faculty and staff. To aid us in completing those reports accurately, employees who participate in federal lobbying related to university activities should report those activities to the Office of Federal Relations.

The Federal Lobbying Activities Report covering the period January-March 2016 should be submitted to the Office of Federal Relations no later than April 5, 2016. To access the form and additional information, please visit the Federal Relations website.

Council on Research and Creativity Updates

Small Grant Proposals are due by March 16, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found at

Equipment & Infrastructure Enhancement Grant are due by March 24, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found

First Year Assistant Professor (FYAP) Grant Writing Workshop

This year’s First Year Assistant Professor grant recipients are required to attend the 2016 FYAP Grants Workshop scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the FSU Alumni Center. In addition, last year’s FYAPs will display posters representative of their accomplishments during their first year as an assistant professor at FSU.

University Libraries ready to assist with new federal open access policies

Over the last year major funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department of Defense, as well as others, have announced new public access policies for funded research. What this means is that many faculty and grad students at FSU will soon be required to make journal articles and data sets derived from funding openly accessible as a condition of continued or future funding. This is a major shift in the default research culture, and University Libraries are working to provide information, resources, and support as the campus adjusts to these requirements.

One key change is the requirement, by almost every agency, for a well-developed data management plan along with new proposals. University Libraries' Data Services team is available for consultations and assistance in preparing data management plans that meet the requirements of funders. Additionally, FSU researchers can utilize DMPTool, which provides templates for data management plans by agency.

Public access mandates, including data management plans, shared open data and open access to research articles, will expand readership for the important research conducted at FSU, increase the impact of that research, and aid in examining related work at other institutions with whom we compete for grants and contracts.

University Libraries are closely monitoring these policy developments and collaborating with other campus units, such as the Office of Research Compliance Programs, to assist researchers in meeting these funder requirements. Researchers with questions about public access to funded research or data management planning should contact Devin Soper (Scholarly Communications Librarian, and Renaine Julian (Data Research Librarian, or find more info on the libraries website.

FSU Faculty Senate Passes University-Wide Open Access Policy

The Florida State University Faculty Senate, in consultation with its Library Committee and staff of the FSU Libraries, voted unanimously in February to adopt a university-wide Open Access (OA) policy.

FSU joins a growing list of major universities with similar policies designed to create a safe harbor for faculty intellectual property rights and dramatically increase the visibility of FSU journal scholarship. Many years in the making, this policy builds upon the Faculty Senate’s Open Access Resolution, which was adopted by a unanimous vote in 2011 and demonstrated the faculty’s support for open access in principle.

Read more about this important news at

University Libraries Launch Diginole: FSU’s Digital Library and Research Repository

University Libraries are proud to announce the launch of DigiNole, Florida State University's unified platform for FSU-created and maintained digital resources. DigiNole will enable users’ seamless access to a range of materials through two portals including the Digital Library and the Research Repository.

This research repository provides a platform for scholars to share the products of their research and creative output. Members of the FSU community are encouraged to submit their work to the repository, which can significantly increase citation impact and public engagement via search engines like Google Scholar. Additionally, authors also receive monthly readership reports with detailed statistics that can be used to help demonstrate the impact of their research.

The goal of DigiNole is to serve the FSU community as a single-source hosting and discovery portal. FSU Libraries’ are committed to leveraging the capacity of DigiNole to help FSU scholars achieve their goals.

Read more about this news at

FSU Awards Report

A monthly awards report is available online. This report will allow interested faculty, staff and others to learn more about who has been recently awarded research grants. Click here to access the latest report.

Funding Opportunities

Please click here to access some of the latest funding opportunities available for the arts, humanities, social sciences, STEM disciplines and medicine.

Submissions Welcome for Innovative Diabetes Research Journal

The People Living with and Inspired by Diabetes (PLAID) Journal (ISSN: 2374-4669) is an open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that promotes research and perspectives encouraging dialogue between clinicians, researchers, and people living with diabetes.

PLAID is dedicated to removing obstacles that impede better living with diabetes. As such, research, reviews, and perspectives published in The PLAID Journal are openly available and free to share worldwide thanks to support from the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library and the Florida State University College of Medicine.

Submissions are welcome at any time, and are encouraged in a growing number of topic areas relating to diabetes, including:

  • Communication
  • Pregnancy and family planning
  • Education
  • Healthcare policies, insurance, cost of care
  • Technology and innovation
  • Mental health
  • Measures of success

Please contact the PLAID editors at if you have any questions or suggestions for future topics. You can also visit The PLAID Journal website at:

New Faces in the Office of Research

Five new team members have recently joined the Office of Research family. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome.

Heather Cave
Give a big FSU welcome to Heather, the new Director of the FSU Research Foundation. Heather earned an MBA from Troy University with a concentration in International Economic Development. Heather previously worked for Enterprise Florida as a Manager of Military and Defense Programs. 

Kariem Diefenbach
The next time you visit the Office of Commercialization, say hi to Kariem, a technology specialist who will create a descriptive catalog of available FSU technologies for commercialization. Kariem graduated with a Materials Chemistry Ph.D. from Florida State University. He is also currently employed with Innovatech-Engineering where he develops and optimizes nanotechnologies and cosmetics.

Danette Feliciano
Sponsored Research Administration has added Danette as its newest accounting coordinator where she will assist with overflow on Compliance’s Garnet team. Danette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University. After spending four years in the Controller’s Office at FSU as an accounting specialist, she worked formore than four years for the FSU Foundation as the general accounting supervisor. Danette has more than ten years of accounting experience overall.

Christopher “Robby” Freeborn-Scott
Say hi to Robby, who has joined the Office of Commercialization as a Licensing Manager. Robby is responsible for managing a portfolio of FSU engineering and computer science-related technologies for commercial licensing. Robby most recently worked as a patent agent at a Tallahassee-based law firm where he drafted patents and designed invention prototypes to test patentability. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University in mechanical engineering, with concentrations in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. While at FSU, Robby also served as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion. Robby is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Joe Kowalski
If you are headed over to the FSU Research Foundation, say hello to Joe, a senior accountant who will be performing accounting, financial reporting, internal controls and other related tasks. Joe has extensive experience in governmental finance and accounting within the State of Florida. Joe is a certified public accountant, and well as a certified government financial manager.