News and Information
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving its Data Center IT servers to the Foundation’s new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT through July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT, to prepare for NSF staff relocation in August 2017. This move has been scheduled around a holiday weekend to minimize the systems downtime and reduce the impact on the research community and NSF staff.
Please be advised that the NSF website, FastLane, and Research.gov will be unavailable from Friday, June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT until Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT. During this outage period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in Research.gov. However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and Research.gov, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move.
For additional information about NSF’s relocation, please see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in139.jsp.
NIH announced that it is implementing a new “Next Generation of Researchers Initiative” (NGRI), which seeks to support early stage investigators (ESI) and mid-career investigators. Effective immediately, the NIH Office of the Director will create an inventory of all ESIs and mid-career investigators within the fundable range and will track institute and center funding decisions for these two groups to evaluate if uniform decision making is occurring across the agency. NIH expects to reprioritize an estimated $210 million a year for 5 years to reach a steady state of $1.1 billion to support meritorious ESI and mid-career investigators. The presentation of NIH Principal Deputy Director Larry Tabak, DDS, PhD, explaining the plan is available at this link. NIH has also posted a statement from NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and a NGRI website, and invites feedback through the Open Mike Blog or the following email address: email@example.com.
The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at the National Science Foundation is pleased to release the second quarterly NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter. Please let the NSF know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org!
New Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) Pre-Award Staff Assignment Sheet Available
SRA has published a new staff assignment sheet effective immediately. Click here to access.
NIH announced that it will propose new procedures to limit the total number of grants going to an individual investigator through the use of a newly developed Grant Support Index. NIH plans to take feedback from the community as the final policy is developed over the next few months. Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer (our speaker at last year’s SUS R&D Workshop) posted a blog yesterday with extensive background on the concept: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2017/05/02/nih-grant-support-index/. NIH Director Francis Collins also posted a short announcement at this link: https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/new-nih-approach-grant-funding-aimed-optimizing-stewardship-taxpayer-dollars
This year’s workshop will take place on Thursday, May 11. This is a requirement for all first year Assistant Professors. Also attending will be last year’s FYAPs, who will be presenting posters of their research. Click here to register. For more information, contact Grace Adkison at email@example.com
This session will encompass compliance requirements and OMNI inquiry/OBI reporting tools for managing Sponsored projects including looking up available balances by project/department and running monthly reports. For more information, contact SRA-Pre@fsu.edu .
This year's event highlights the importance of improving human awareness of the tight linkages between healthy ecosystems and healthy societies. Active engagement in protecting our oceans and coastlines is something we all can do. We celebrate that ability and our scientific knowledge of the sea in our 2017 Open House, “Coastal Literacy - Connecting Marine Science and Society”. Please join us on April 22nd, 2017 - Earth Day - for a day at the lab with family and friends. Click here for more information.
In response to faculty requests for Broader Impacts assistance, OPD has organized the Broader Impacts Fair, an opportunity for FSU researchers to network with groups engaged in education and outreach work. Representatives from nearly twenty campus and community organizations will be available to meet with faculty. For more information, click here.