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NASA Announcements

The science community is invited to participate in an upcoming colloquium on the topic of “Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations from NASA”. Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, will be speaking Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT (2:00 to 4:00 PM MDT) from the University of Colorado Boulder campus and his talk will be live‐streamed. If you would like to attend in person, please RSVP at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D4FA9AE2FA1F85‐colloquium. The live‐stream is available: https://cires.colorado.edu/zurbuchen2019 and registration for viewing the live‐stream is not required. The colloquium will be recorded and made available on https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/new‐pi‐resources for those not able to participate.

NIH Announcements

FY 2019 NIH Salary Cap
The Office of Personnel Management has released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 6, 2019, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $192,300. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-099.html for additional information.

Upcoming Change in Federal-wide Unique Entity Identifier Requirements
Currently when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements, all applicant organizations must have a DUNS number as the Universal Identifier. The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that DUNS will be replaced by a new Government-owned unique entity identifier in all systems, including Grants.gov and eRA Commons. The new government unique identifier will be incorporated into the SAM registration process, eliminating the need for applicants to seek external identifiers in order to register. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-098.html for additional information.

Sample Grant Applications, Summary Statements, and More
If you are new to writing grant applications, sometimes seeing how someone else has presented their idea can help as you are developing your own application. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) makes available examples of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more. Check out NIAID’s resources at: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/grants-contracts/sample-applications. Remember these sample resources followed the NIH guidelines in effect at time they were submitted, your planned application may contain more recently updated guidelines.

Redesigned eRA Website Provides New Resources
A newly revamped eRA website that serves as an informational gateway to applicants, grantees and reviewers was launched April 30. The site provides new and updated ‘how-to’ information on navigating eRA systems like eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, xTrain and xTRACT; intuitive navigation; and improved accessibility. The below linked video provides additional information. Video Link: https://era.nih.gov/files/New-eRA-Website/index.html

The National Institutes of Health has established stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Kirschstein‐NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows. Information is available at:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-036.html.

The National Institutes of Health has announced upcoming changes to the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program. NIH is making these changes to focus AREA support on grants to undergraduate‐focused institutions that do not receive substantial funding from NIH, rather than all institutions with less than $6 million of NIH support. The current AREA Parent Announcement, PA‐18‐504, will expire after the January 7, 2019, AIDS due date and will not be reissued. Future funding opportunity announcements (FOA) for the AREA program will focus on supporting grants to undergraduate‐focused institutions. NIH will continue to provide R15 research  enhancement opportunities for health professional and graduate schools under separate announcements. A complete copy of the NIH announcement on the AREA program is more fully detailed at:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-015.html

NIH Policy for Review and Resubmission of New Investigator R01 Applications has been updated for R01 applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019; additional information is available at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-053.html .

NIH Invites Comments on the NIDA Strategic Plan for Research at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Substance Use, Misuse and Addiction; responses must be received by January 25, 2019. Additional information is available at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-19-015.html.

NSF Announcements

The National Science Foundation has updated the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The revised document, effective February 25, 2019, applies to proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after February 25, 2019. Additional Information, including significant changes to the PAPPG are available at: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg19_1/sigchanges.jsp .

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2017 Academic Award Winners

Each year, Academic Affairs recognizes faculty achievements in research, teaching, and service through the Spirit of Inquiry, Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Public Service, and Gerald Academic Advising awards. View a list of this year's award winners.

Spring 2017 Internal Grants Awards

Twice each year, the University Research Council (URC), Quality of Instruction Council (QIC), and Public Service Council (PSC) award grants to DePaul faculty. View the list of awardees for Spring 2017.

Academic Initiative Program Awards

Created in 2016, the Academic Initiative Program is designed to support faculty scholarship and new program development, In the 2016-17 academic year, funding went to 97 projects involving 133 faculty from across the university.