Research FAQ’s and Hot Topics

  • Welcoming new faculty
  • NIH continuous submission policy for reviewers
  • How to know which RSP Accountant to contact
  • Draper Technology Innovation Fund deadline update
  • NSF Dear Colleague Letters
  • Upcoming training opportunities
  • NIH Limits Award Amounts under Continuing Resolution

Welcoming new faculty

CALS offers an orientation for new faculty <> in the fall semester. For those faculty and staff who join the college in the spring or are not able to attend the fall session, the CALS Research Division would be happy to work with them one on one to help make sure compliance requirements are met and they receive essential information about college policies and resources.

For more information about scheduling a session for incoming faculty, contact your primary departmental contact <> at the CALS Research Division.

NIH continuous submission policy for reviewers

In an effort to recognize outstanding service and minimize disincentives to appointed members of chartered NIH study sections, the agency has implemented an alternate plan for submission and review of proposals submitted by study section participants.

If you currently serve as a reviewer for NIH you may be eligible for these special circumstances. For more information, please consult the NIH Modified Application Submission, Referral and Review for Appointed Study Section Members <> notice.

How to know which RSP Accountant to contact

RSP has updated their website search tools to list the RSP Accountants and the areas they are supporting. If you are looking to make a contact for a general concern or regarding a specific project for which the result returns “Contact Federal Accounting” or “Contact Nonfederal Accounting” please reference the charts located on the bottom of the Accountant Search tool at:

Draper Technology Innovation Fund deadline update

The Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) provides a mechanism to support the additional research often necessary to bring new concepts and inventions to the patent and licensing stage. The competition has several submission deadlines within 2008-2009.

If you are considering submitting for the Oct 29^th deadline, please be aware that your proposal must be received by the CALS Research Division by October 27^th .

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the funding profile <> on the CALS Research Division Funding Opportunities page.
NSF Dear Colleague Letters
The NSF has recently issued two “Dear Colleague Letters” that may be of interest to researchers and grant writers in CALS.

The first regards research that addresses Life in Transition (LiT) <> and outlines a new initiative that supports emerging areas of interdisciplinary research, often between life and physical science.

The second Dear Colleague Letter addresses Microbial Systems in the Biosphere (MSB) <>, offering augmentation to investigators who recently submitted proposals under the Microbial Observatories and Microbial Interactions and Processes. Please see the complete letter for more information.

Upcoming training opportunities

CALS Orientation for New Faculty – Part 2
October 27, 1-3pm

WISDM for Beginners
November 3, 1-3pm <>

WISDM for Department/Division Administration
November 4, 1-3pm <>

NIH Limits Award Amounts under Continuing Resolution

On September 30, 2008, President Bush signed the continuing resolution (H.R. 2638) to fund most of the federal agencies at FY2008 levels through March 6, 2009. The bill also includes the full FY2009 spending bills for defense, homeland security, and military construction-VA, as well as funds for disaster relief.
On Thursday, October 2, 2008 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided notice to its awardees of reductions in funding levels for non-competing grant awards under the continuing resolution. The approach outlined in the notice (NOT-OD-09-002) is consistent with NIH’s strategy in the past few years. The notice reads:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to operate on a continuing resolution (CR) [Public Law 110-329 Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009] that currently extends through March 6, 2009. The CR applies the terms of the FY2008 appropriations for the period covered by the CR. Until the final FY2009 appropriation is enacted, NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). This is consistent with our practice during the CRs of FY2006-2008. NIH will consider upward adjustments to these levels after the final appropriation is enacted, but expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period.

Additional details are available at < >