It’s become something of a tradition for the weather to be less-than-ideal on the date of Research & Innovation’s Proposals & Awards Reception, and this year was no exception. Despite having experienced a very mild winter overall, the afternoon of February 12 began rainy and ended slushy and slippery. Still, close to 60 intrepid PIs, chairs, deans, and support personnel braved the elements to join Research & Innovation staff for drinks and appetizers in King Library’s AIS. In addition to temporary refuge from the increasingly solid precipitation, each attendee received a spiral notebook with an assortment of sticky notes and flags as a token of thanks from Research & Innovation.
National Science Foundation’s latest Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) has been released and takes effect for proposals submitted on or after June 1. One of the more notable changes in the new guide is a requirement for information about current and pending support (CPS). CPS information is used by reviewers to assess the “capacity of the individual to carry out the research as well as to help assess any potential overlap/duplication with the project being proposed.”
The new PAPPG includes a requirement that CPS information be submitted in an NSF-approved format. The two approved methods for generating CPS information in an approved format are through SciENcv and through a fillable-form PDF. Both of these options are still in development, with no definite word on when we’ll be able to take a look.
NSF has released an FAQ document on the topic, which explains that CPS information formatted in ways other than the two approved methods will not be accepted. In fact, submitting a CPS PDF prepared in any other way will generate an error message.
Most of the remaining FAQs focus on the content of the current and pending information, rather than the format. I’ve summarized some of the most relevant information here:
Gifts should not be reported in CPS. However, an item or service given with an expectation of a time commitment from a researcher is not considered a gift; it’s an in-kind contribution. Ask your Research & Sponsored Programs representative if you need help determining whether something is a gift or an in-kind contribution.
In-kind contributions with an associated time commitment should be included in CPS (even if the contribution is not to be used on the proposed project).
Start-up packages should not be included in CPS.
Federal funders are increasingly concerned with accurate reporting of CPS information. Falsely reported information can be a serious matter. If you have any questions on what should be reported, please contact your Research & Sponsored Programs representative.
Written by Amy Hurley Cooper, Associate Director of Proposal Development, Office of Research & Innovation, Miami University.
The Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) is a stop on the Make It Miami tour for accepted students.
We would love to have undergraduate researchers and graduate student and faculty mentors stop by and chat with accepted students and their parents who will be on campus for Make it Miami events. These events are on Fridays (and some Mondays), from 2:00 to 3:30pm. Come to one or many, but please sign up so we know to expect you.
What: ORU Spring Open House Dates for Make-It-Miami Visitors
Where: King Library AIS Room 134 [2-3:30 pm]
When: Feb 21 (Fri)
Feb 28 (Mon)
Mar 6 (Fri)
Mar 13 (Fri)
Apr 3 (Fri)
Apr 6 (Mon)
Apr 10 (Fri)
Apr 17 (Mon)
Bring a poster that was presented at the Undergraduate Research Forum. Faculty are invited too.
Last week’s session saw a steady flow of visitors, and our students have been doing a great job. Let us collectively showcase undergraduate research at Miami!
Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director of Undergraduate Research, Office of Research for Undergraduates, Miami University.
The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) invites Miami University’s tenure-eligible and tenured faculty (including librarians holding the M.S.L.S. degree or equivalent) to apply for support from the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance (PREP) Costs program. The PREP program provides reimbursement up to $500 for the following:
Journal page charges
Article or book chapter reprint costs
Exhibition or performance costs
Performance or composition costs
Applications to this program may be made at any time. Reimbursement is limited to $500 per faculty member per academic year.
Questions about the program may be directed to OARS or to Po-Chang Chen, 2019-2020 CFR Chair (513-529-2261).
CFR is charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University. In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS. Guidelines for all CFR programs — including detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures — are available on the OARS website.
For over three decades, the Miami University Senate has sponsored the URA to provide Miami undergraduates with a faculty-mentored experience in developing grant applications. The goal of these partnerships is to encourage discovery and stimulate creative activity.
Students with any major can apply for these awards, as long as they have an existing research experience with a faculty mentor. Both individual and team projects are eligible. In 2018-2019, 26 of 49 URAs went to student teams.
Typical awards range from $150 to $500, but individual projects of exceptional merit or projects involving student teams may receive up to $1,000. A faculty sponsor must certify that an individual or team project is worth doing, has educational value to the student(s) and can be accomplished in the proposed time frame. The aim and result of proposed projects may be modest as long as the work can reasonably be interpreted as research or a creative endeavor.
Applications for Fall 2020 projects are due March 2, 2020. Full program guidelines and application instructions are available here.
Updated February 11 to correct deadline in headline. The original headline listed a deadline of October 14. The correct deadline for projects for Fall 2020 is March 2.
Photo of Isabel Held and Associate Professor Jennifer Quinn by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services. Photo of Selina Davis and Associate Professor Joomi Chung by Ricardo Trevino, Miami University Photo Services.
OARS’ 10th Annual Proposals and Awards Reception will be held Wednesday, February 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Advanced Instructional Space (AIS) in King Library, Suite 134.
Miami faculty and staff who submitted proposals and/or received awards from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 have been invited to celebrate their accomplishments. Department chairs and deans have also been invited to join in the celebration, and we encourage invitees to extend an offer to the office support staff who assist with their grant-seeking endeavors.
Those who have not already done so, are encouraged to register no later than Monday, February 10.
We look forward to this opportunity to honor Miami’s researchers, scholars, and creative artists.