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September 2016 Newsletter

Fall CRC Funding Opportunities Workshop

On Friday, Sept. 9, an interactive workshop will be held to introduce new professors and other interested faculty to the guidelines, submission process, and policies of the Council on Research & Creativity (CRC) grants, as well as changes that have been made for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.  Highlights include:

  • Specifics and expectations for each program
  • Submission timelines
  • CRC Submission Website navigation

For more information and to register, please visit http:/

Basics of Grant Writing (with NIH breakout sessions) Workshop

The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) will host a Basics of Grant Writing Workshop with NIH break-out sessions on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. in the Psychology Building – A211.  The workshop will kick off with Mike Mitchell from OPD explaining the basics of grant writing, which will include topics like how to read a funding announcement, persuasive writing and common mistakes.  This is open to all faculty in all disciplines.

Then, Joe Grzywacz, the chair of the Department of Family & Child Sciences will lead a break-out session for faculty from the Social Sciences on specifics about applying to NIH. Concurrently, Professor of Psychology Alan Spector will lead a break-out session for faculty in the STEM fields.  

Please register here.

Applications Being Accepted for GAP Commercialization Grants

The FSU Office of Commercialization is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 GAP competition. This is a competitive program and pre-proposal applications are due by Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.  Don’t miss your chance to join the 60+ FSU professors who have already been GAP winners in the past 10 years of the program.  

Several grants will be awarded. To learn more about GAP and what it takes to qualify and compete, please visit the GAP website.  

Funding your Arts and Humanities Activities:  A Discussion with Florida Funding Agencies Workshop

The Office of Proposal Development will host a workshop, Discussion with Florida Funding Agencies, on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House. 

Diane Wakeman from the Florida Humanities Council, Hillary Crawford and Sarah Stage from the Division of Cultural Affairs, and Kevin Carr from COCA will lead a discussion about their respective agencies. This workshop will highlight potential funding opportunities with these agencies, ways to partner, and what these agencies look for in successful applications.

Please register here.

Quarterly Research Project Discussion Group Meeting

Sponsored Research Administration will host the quarterly Research Project Discussion Group meeting from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Student Services Building, Room 208.  This group will discuss topics of interest to the FSU research community with input from experts as necessary. 

The discussion group is open to all faculty, departmental staff, and others involved in research project activities.  Please forward any topics for discussion to Pamela Ray at or 850-644-8643.  We will cover as many topics as time permits and table the rest for the next meeting in December.

Build a “Boat” for Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta

Summer is a great time to build a vessel for the 5th Annual Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta at the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory. Challenge friends, family and colleagues to build boats out of stuff that any normal person would take to the dump. Just build ‘em and they will float… more or less. Gather recycled materials and get started! For more information and to register, visit:

Landlubbers will be busy ashore cheering on the captains and crews of these outrageously constructed vessels as they sail, row, or scull around the course, topple over, or slowly sink into Apalachee Bay. Enjoy good food, have loads of fun, all while learning about recycling and how to reduce the impact of plastics on marine environments.

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a day of racing fun. 

Sponsored Projects Education and Resources (SPEAR)
Workshops Coming Soon

This year, there will be two separate one-day workshops. One is for the pre-award activities from proposal review and submission to award set-up and non-financial post award activities.  The second workshop will cover post-award activities for managing a sponsored project and will include project financial management, re-budgeting, and the closeout process.

Pre-award SPEAR Workshop Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Post-award SPEAR Workshop Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Location Dirac Library Computer Lab-Room 208
Time 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Capacity 30 participants for each session

For more information, please contact Julie Wammack in Sponsored Research Administration at 644-8945 or

To register, please go to the FSU training website at

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 September:

Date Course Code and Name Location/Time
09/01/2016 SRA01 Proposal Basic / Electronic Submission Systems UCA, 1203 8:30-10:30
09/09/2016 SRA03 SRA Financial Management Dirac 2:30-4:30
09/12/2016 SRA02 Advances/Cost Transfers SSB301, 8:30- 10:30
09/14/2016 SRA04 Hands On Budget UCA, 1203 8:30-10:30
09/22/2016 SRA06 Hot Issues in Research SSB301 2:30-4:30
09/26/2016 SRA07 Cost Sharing SSB301, 10:00-12:00

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

Funding Opportunity:  Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research

ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years.  The deadline this year is Friday, Nov. 4.  For more details, please click here. Please contact the Office of Proposal Development if you have any questions about this opportunity.

Not All Agreements Provide Funding

Researchers often collaborate on research or share research tools with other scientists or institutions without receiving or providing funding. For many unfunded collaborations, a formal agreement is beneficial and/or necessary. Often these agreements are incorporated (by attachment or reference) within funded agreements. It is important to note that an unfunded agreement may involve the provision or exchange of something of value, and the relevant department will need to determine whether what FSU provides under the agreement is commensurate in value with what it is receiving.

Further, unfunded agreements sometimes contain restrictive language that may conflict with basic academic rights, intellectual property rights, and/or other terms that must be negotiated. All unfunded agreements are legal contracts between two parties; therefore, faculty members, chairs, and deans do not have the authority to sign these agreements on behalf of the university. Please visit to see a matrix of agreements and which person/office handles them.

5 Ways Supervisors Can Promote Research Integrity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity has published a new infographic titled, “5 Ways Supervisors Can Promote Research Integrity.” While these five tips may seem obvious, printing and posting this infographic in research labs would be a good visual reminder when working with research trainees.

Number 5 on the list is “Know Your Research Integrity Officer.” FSU’s Research Integrity Officer is the Director of the Office of Research Compliance Programs, Diana Key. The infographic may be found at

Request for Feedback on the NSF’s Strategic Plan

The National Science Foundation is beginning the process of updating its Strategic Plan. As part of that process, the Foundation invites feedback on the Vision, Core Values, Strategic Goals and Strategic Objectives described in the current NSF Strategic Plan at

Those interested in providing comments on the updated plan should visit Please send any questions to

Council on Research & Creativity Updates

The Council on Research & Creativity (CRC) website has been updated with the program and policy information for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.  Some of the changes include:

  • COFRS Review panel selection process: COFRS recipients will now be required to serve on the COFRS review panel during their three-year hiatus period.
  • Dean/ Director/ Chair extended approval window: Deans, Directors, and Chairs now have an extended window of 24 hours after the proposal submission deadline to approve proposals.
  • Detailed budgets requirements: Proposals for all CRC grant programs, except the Distinguished University Scholar and Distinguished Research Professor honorary awards, must now be submitted with a detailed budget.  Any budget changes after the award has been granted must be cleared by the CRC prior to spending the funds.

The CRC website provides detailed information about the following CRC programs available to faculty:

  • Arts & Humanities Program Enhancement Grants (AHPEG)
  • Committee on Faculty Research Support (COFRS)
  • Developing Scholar Award (DSA)
  • Distinguished Research Professor (DRP)
  • Distinguished University Scholar (DUS)
  • Equipment & Infrastructure Enhancement Grant (EIEG) – Fall and Spring competitions
  • First Year Assistant Professor Support (FYAPS)
  • Funding Agency Travel (FAT)
  • Multidisciplinary Support (MDS)
  • Planning Grants (PG) – Fall and Spring competitions
  • Small Grant Proposals (SGP) – Fall and Spring competitions

Sign up for the CRC Workshop to learn even more about these programs and this year’s changes.

Examples of Successful Proposals Web Resource

The Office of Proposal Development has updated its website of proposals that have been successfully funded. Faculty across disciplines have given permission for their successful proposals to be posted to our secure site to aide other faculty members interested in applying to the same funding agencies. The site can be found here (note: OMNI login required).

Issuance of FAQs on NSF's Implementation of the Department of Labor's FLSA Final Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor recently announced the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) final overtime rule. The FLSA final overtime rule automatically extends overtime pay protections to millions of workers and could impact some personnel on NSF grants, including postdoctoral researchers. The National Science Foundation continues to acknowledge the important role of postdoctoral researchers on NSF-funded projects, and, in general, NSF postdoctoral programs already include a stipend or salary in excess of the new minimum established by the FLSA final overtime rule.

Since the announcement of the new rule, NSF has received many questions on how this rule will affect NSF-funded projects. NSF has created a set of frequently asked questions in order to address these questions. The FAQs are posted on the NSF Policy Office website at

Please direct any additional policy-related questions not addressed in the FAQs to

Discover DH: Introduction to Digital Humanities Theories and Methods

University Libraries Office of Digital Research and Scholarship is hosting a 10-week workshop series to acquaint attendees with the ins-and-outs of digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, framed by “Yack” sessions (discussion-based explorations on a topic) and “Hack” sessions (hands-on work with digital tools and humanities data). Please register by visiting

Course Scholars Commons Classroom - Strozier Library Academic Department
Getting Started in Digital Humanities Tuesday, Sept. 13 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 15 3-4 p.m.
Diffenbaugh 234
Introduction to Markdown and Github Tuesday, Sept. 20 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23 10-11 a.m.
2051 Dodd Hall
Managing Digital Projects Tuesday, Sept. 27 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 29 4-5 p.m.
G41 William Johnston Bldg
Text Analysis and Visualization Tuesday, Oct. 4 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 4-5 p.m.
Williams Common Room
Copyright and Digital Projects Tuesday, Oct. 11 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 14 4-5 p.m.
G41 William Johnston Bldg
Introduction to Text Encoding Tuesday, Oct. 18 11 am. -12 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20 3-4 p.m.
Diffenbaugh 234
Digital Tools in the Classroom Tuesday, Oct. 25 11 a.m. -12 p.m. TBA - Bellamy
Network Visualization Tuesday, Nov. 1 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4 10-11 a.m.
2051 Dodd Hall
Mapping Tuesday, Nov. 8 11 a.m. -12 p.m. TBA - Bellamy
Publishing in the Digital Humanities Tuesday, Nov. 15 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 16 4-5 p.m.
Williams Common Room

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. Access the latest report here.

Funding Opportunities

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

New Faces in the Office of Research

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

Annette Allman
Annette is a new program coordinator with the Human Subjects Committee where she will be responsible for coordinating the Human Subject Research Protection Program as it relates to the full committee process. She is in the position previously held by Angela Duke. Annette has many years of experience working in educational settings.

Grace Adkison
Grace is the Office of the Vice President for Research’s new Council on Research and Creativity coordinator, a position previously held by Patrice Williams. She is responsible for coordinating all of the programs and activities for the CRC. Grace joins the office after nearly five years as part of Sponsored Research Administration. A Tampa native, she took up residence in Tallahassee after earning her B.S. in Interior Design from Florida State.

Julia Marsh
Julia is the Office of the Vice President for Research’s newest grants compliance analyst. She will assist with pre and post award for faculty located at the Southwest Campus (Innovation Park) for an assigned group of PIs and their research teams. Julia previously worked for the Florida Department of Education as a program development specialist with 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Danielle Runtschke
Danielle is Sponsored Research Administration’s newest office manager, a position responsible for the oversight and management of all operational functions for SRA. Danielle is in the position previously held by Shasta Gainey (now Shasta Amiss). Danielle is coming to FSU from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation/Wildlife Impact. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration, and is a current member of the Tallahassee Community Choir.