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  March 2011  |  Volume 2, Issue 2
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NSF CAREER Webinar for Junior Faculty

Through the month of April, junior faculty who are potential National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER investigators may request access to a webinar at their own desktops called How to Write a Winning NSF CAREER Proposal. Produced by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, the recorded webinar is being purchased by the NDSU RCATT Office. An access code to the webinar recording will be provided by request, allowing anyone at NDSU to view the streamed recording as many times as they would like for a period of 30 days.

The webinar will cover:

  • How to decide when and if it's the right time to apply for a CAREER grant
  • How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
  • How to structure your proposal
  • How to develop an educational plan
  • Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
  • A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell the reviewers
  • Questions and Answers

Additional materials, including example proposal sections, proposal outlines and helpful resources, are also included. The webinar will be available ONLY for 30 days, so if interested, contact Kay Sizer to obtain the access code and materials.

Departments or colleges are encouraged to view the webinar as a group and follow up with discussion relevant to their disciplinary areas. One idea is to invite one or two past NDSU CAREER awardees who can provide valuable tips based on their own experiences. Since 1996, fifteen faculty members at NDSU have received NSF CAREER awards, receiving more than $5.7 million in grants to conduct research in biology, chemistry, civil and electrical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, and coatings and polymeric materials.

The National Science Foundation's Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

NDSU Reaches Top National Rank of Carnegie Commission on Higher Education

In case you missed it in the headlines recently, NDSU has achieved another research benchmark. NDSU has joined the nation's top 108 public and private universities in the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education's elite category of "Research Universities/Very High Research Activity." The complete story can be found here.

"The Carnegie Commission announcement is an exciting recognition of NDSU's emerging national status," said NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani, noting the university's annual research expenditures as measured by the National Science Foundation exceeded $114 million in 2008 and are anticipated to exceed that in upcoming 2009 NSF rankings.

New IRB Procedures to Protect Students, Employees

The IRB has drafted new procedures to better protect the rights and welfare of students and employees participating in research projects. Your comments are encouraged on the revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 10.3, Other Vulnerable Groups, section 4.0 Students and employees. Please post your comments on the discussion board of the IRB Updates Blackboard course. The IRB will consider the revised SOP at the April 8, 2011, IRB meeting.

Grant Reports Now Available via Peoplesoft

Instructions for generating NDSU Grant Proposal and Award Queries in Peoplesoft have just been added to the RCATT website and can be found on the Reports webpage. NDSU employees with access to ConnectND's finance module may follow the instructions to conduct searches for proposal and award data from 1/1/2005 to current date. The queries contain many data elements (i.e. PI name, project title, proposed award amount, amount awarded) that can be download to an excel file and then sorted as needed.

Upcoming Events

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
Budget Development, Grants.gov, and Grant Proposal Processing
March 31, 2011, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union—Hidatsa Room
Presented by Sponsored Programs Administration Staff
This seminar is for grant applicants who want to learn more about how to develop a grant budget correctly, how to navigate the Grants.gov website, and how to navigate NDSU's grant proposal approval process.
To register, email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu

Red River Valley Research Corridor
Navigating Federal Business Opportunities Workshop
April 1, 2011

Hilton Garden Inn—Fargo, ND, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Hilton Garden Inn—Grand Forks, ND, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
In response to the gloomy national budget outlook, two workshops are offered to talk about strategies and steps that can be taken by businesses, universities and other organizations to market their capabilities and products to the Federal government.
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Red River Valley Research Corridor
Life Sciences Action Summit
April 18, 2011

Hilton Garden Inn—Fargo, ND
Presenters including entrepreneurs, financiers, researchers, and scientists from the region and around the nation will discuss and explore actions the region can and is taking to foster strong, sustainable growth in the life sciences sector. George W. Korch Jr., Ph.D., a Senior Science Advisor with the Office of the Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be a featured speaker.
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NDSU Department of Physics
Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics 20th International Conference
August 8-12, 2011

NDSU Barry Hall—Fargo, ND
Contact: Dr. Alexander Wagner
At this annual conference, most recently held in Rome and Beijing, the distinguished invited international presenters come from a large variety of fields including physics, mathematics, engineering and geology. The Fargo conference focuses on the theory and applications of simulation methods for Fluid Mechanics that, in contrast to traditional Computational Fluid Dynamics methods, are derived from a microscopic model. These methods continue to increase in popularity because of the simplicity of the algorithms and their suitability for high performance parallel computations. Visit http://dsfd.org for more information and to register.

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