Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
AWARDS REPORTS 
External Awards, Monthly Report: Dec. 2020
External Awards, Annual Report: FY21 to date
FEATURED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

UMSL Research Awards

The UMSL Research Awards are designed to strengthen faculty research and creative activities. Awards also are given to help faculty in all disciplines maintain an active research program, even if external funding is difficult to obtain. Awards are intended to promote research innovation and the long-term success of an applicant’s program rather than be a vehicle for student support. 
Award amount: $1,000 to $12,500  |  Deadline: Feb. 16, 2021 (5pm). |  Guidelines  |  Form
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NSF Funding Opportunities

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Applications Due Aug. 25, 2021
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
ITEST is an applied research and development program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future. ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments, in close collaboration with strategic partnerships. ITEST proposals should broaden the participation of all students, particularly those in underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. ITEST supports three types of projects: (1) Exploring Theory and Design Principles (ETD); (2) Developing and Testing Innovations (DTI); and (3) Scaling, Expanding, and Iterating Innovations (SEI). ITEST also supports Synthesis and Conference proposals.
ITEST Proposal Development Course:
An online, self-paced, and resource-rich course in which novice NSF proposal writers will develop a full proposal for the ITEST program to be submitted for the Aug. 13th, 2021, solicitation deadline.
Introduction to the New Proposal Development Course (Webinar), Thursday, Feb. 18, 2 – 3 p.m. (CST)  Webinar Information  |  Registration
Research Coordination Networks (RNC) Submission deadlines vary by program. 
The RCN program goal is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries. The RCN program provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, training, broadening participation, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. RCN awards are not meant to support existing networks or collaborations; nor are they meant to support primary research. Rather, the RCN program supports the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas. 

Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Geosciences (GEO), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) will accept RCN proposals. PIs are encouraged (for CISE required) to discuss the suitability of an RCN topic with a program officer that manages the appropriate program. RCN proposals should be submitted to a particular program according to the program's submission dates; PIs should consult program web sites and contact cognizant program officers for guidance.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Applications Due Aug. 25, 2021
The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. 
NEWS & RESOURCES

Annual COI Disclosures Due

If you are a faculty member or exempt staff, and you have not yet submitted the mandatory annual Outside Interest Disclosure form, please do so online at UMSL eCompliance at https://umsl.ecompliance.umsystem.edu/login. If you have questions about the submission process, please contact coi@umsl.edu

External Review Service Now Available to Support Grant Proposals

UMSL Investigators now have access to a competitive external review service for investigators submitting competitive proposal submissions or resubmissions to NIH, NSF, and IES. 
This service will be of most benefit for:
  • competitive resubmissions on proposals that received good reviews but were not funded, and
  • proposals in very competitive fields for which agencies make few awards.
The service is available by application only, and the number of reviewers is limited to available funding. Contact Cynthia Jobe at jobec@umsl.edu with questions. More Information  Application Form

NIH Update:

The National Institutes of Health to accept preliminary data as post-submission materials through Aug/Oct councils


Because COVID-19 may still be adversely affecting the ability of applicants to generate preliminary data, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will continue to accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted for the August/October 2021 councils, beginning with applications submitted for the Jan. 25, 2021, deadline for summer 2021 review meetings, but ONLY if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application (NOT-OD-20-179).
The deadline for submitting all post-submission materials, including preliminary data, will be 30 days before the study section meeting. Because applications for emergency competitive revisions and urgent competitive revisions undergo expedited review, post-submission materials will not be accepted for those applications. For a visualization of the peer review process and timelines during COVID-19, see the updated infographic

SciENcv Tool for Approved-Format Biosketches

You can now use the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) tool for your official, approved-format NIH, NSF, and IES biosketches.
My NCBI users can create multiple SciENcv profiles in official biographical sketch formats, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which can be used for grant submissions. In addition, the SciENcv application can be used to create the official NSF Current and Pending Support document.
NIH eRA Commons, NSF, and ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to NCBI can populate their SciENcv profiles with the information stored in their eRA, NSF, or ORCID accounts. The information transferred to SciENcv can be changed, hidden, augmented, or deleted. SciENcv users control the content displayed in their SciENcv profiles.
How to Use SciENcv
  1. Start here and login using your UM System credentials: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sciencv/ navigate to “other logins”
  2. Add publications, patents, etc. under My Bibliography
  3. Create a new CV for NSF or NIH under “SciENcv”
  4. Edit required sections, i.e. personal statement, contributions to science, education, etc., pulling from My Bibliography as necessary. BONUS: allow someone else to edit your bio sketch by making them a delegate!
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EVENTS

UMSL Qualitative Workshops, Spring 2021 Schedule

All discussions are held the first Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon via Zoom. The Zoom ID for these meetings is 463-660-8088. For questions or comments, contact Florian Sichling at sichlingf@umsl.edu.
  • Feb. 05, 2021: Fieldwork during a global pandemic – a conversation. Presenter: Vuya Mazibuko, Ph.D. Candidate, Social Work, University of Fort Hare (Alice, South Africa)
  • March 05, 2021: Topic TBD. Presenter: Sujin Kim, Assistant Professor, Education, George Mason University
  • April 03, 2021: Advocating The Voice of The Elderly in A Super-Aged Community: What is threatening their sustainable daily living? Presenter: Yuichi Watanabe Professor, Social Work, Musashino University, Tokyo
  • May 07, 2021: Smart Pens, Apps, and Smart Phones: How to Harness Technology in Ethnographic Research. Presenter: Julian Thompson, Assistant Professor of Criminology, University of Illinois at Chicago

ABOUT US

The Office of Research and Economic & Community Development research units strive to enhance the campus research enterprise, from maintaining an investigator-focused infrastructure and streamlining research processes to facilitating and diversifying investigators' avenues for funding and commercializing research discoveries. Please feel free to stop by (341 and 346 Woods Hall) to find out more about how we can help you succeed. Or visit umsl.edu/research, email ora@umsl.edu or call 314-516-5899. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Research Development, Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), and Research Compliance units administer grants and contracts for sponsored research and other activities at UMSL. Staff can assist you with many aspects of both internal and external funding, including the following:
  • funding opportunity identification
  • grant writing
  • research compliance
  • pre-award budgeting and submission
  • post-award financials
  • project close-out
To find your pre- or post-award accountant, download the Staff Responsibilities chart.
The Office of IP Management & Commercialization, also known as "Technology Transfer" or the "TTO," assists faculty in protecting and bringing their research discoveries and inventions, whether patentable or copyrightable, to market. 
So, why do universities engage in Technology Transfer? Watch this quick video by the Association of University Technology Managers:
Video: About Technology Transfer
Your tech transfer staff work to analyze the technology regarding intellectual property protection and the market need to determine whether patent applications should be filed and/or copyrights should be registered. For those inventions that can be protected (and even some that cannot), we then look for potential industry partners, which could include established companies and/or startup ventures, to license and commercialize the discovery.
We also process all Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), and research-related fee-for-service agreements, among others, for UMSL. 
Please visit our website for more information or to disclose an invention. Feel free to visit us at 346 Woods Hall. Email: wilgerst@umsl.edu