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  September 2011  |  Volume 2, Issue 4
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Fall is in the air. Welcome back to another academic year at NDSU! A special welcome goes to our newest faculty and staff. The Research Update newsletter is one way the Office of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer (RCATT) communicates the latest research and grant-related information to campus and to others.

I'd like to call your attention to the companion newsletter that accompanies each issue. In the right hand column, please note the link to Research Development & Grant Writing News. A subscription-based newsletter available only to faculty, staff, and students with your NDSU email log-in, it is packed with valuable tips for developing your research program and winning grants - DON'T MISS IT. This month is a special new faculty issue.

Help us get the word out about NDSU research and creative activities! Click on Submit a Story Idea, also in the right hand column, to let us know about your research, so it can be shared with the public.

Each issue of Research Update links to many resources, so take some time to click in and check it out. Contact us at any time if we can be of assistance in your research efforts.

Philip Boudjouk
Vice President for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer

New Grant Proposal Writing Awards Now Available

With funding from ND EPSCoR, RCATT and the NDSU Center for Writers are sponsoring a new pilot program for the 2011-2012 year: Grant Proposal Writing Awards. This program will operate similarly to the RCATT Travel Awards Program by offering matching funds to faculty.

Under this new program, awards of up to $1,000 each are paid to the NDSU Center for Writers (CFW) on behalf of a faculty member for writing assistance on a specific grant proposal. Of the total grant amount, half must be committed by the faculty member’s department, college dean, and/or another NDSU source. The remaining half will then be committed by the RCATT Office. Awards range from a few hundred dollars to the maximum $1,000, depending on the amount of writing assistance required. Assistance can range from a final review of a fairly complete proposal to more intensive writing assistance throughout the drafting process.

Initially, assistance is restricted to the following grant programs:

For more information, see the Grant Proposal Writing Awards Web page. To initiate the process, contact the CFW’s assistant director, Enrico Sassi, at enrico.sassi@ndsu.edu to discuss your proposal needs and to determine if this program is appropriate for you.

Feds Issue Revised Rules on Financial Conflicts

The Federal Register of August 25, 2011, published new rules which will significantly alter the nature and extent of the information that researchers must report to their employers and that institutions must report to the government, as well as the extent to which the public will be made aware of possible conflicts of interest.

According to Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Insitutes of Health (NIH), the new regulatory scheme aims to ramp up the reporting that researchers do to the universities that employ them, and that those institutions do to the government and to the public. The goal is to build the public's trust through transparency.

Under the new rules, for instance, before receiving any federal money for a particular grant, an institution will be required to submit a conflict of interest report "regarding any [significant financial interest] found by the institution to be conflicting and to ensure that the institution has implemented a management plan in accordance with the regulations."

The new rules will take effect in August 2012.
See Inside Higher Ed, September 2011.

Upcoming Events

SBIR/STTR Funding Proposal Writing Workshop
September 27-28, 2011

UND Center for Innovation, Idea Lab—Grand Forks, ND
North Dakota entrepreneurs have an opportunity to participate in a free SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer) Proposal Writing Workshop facilitated by Jim and Gail Greenwood from Sanibel Island, Florida. Small businesses and individual entrepreneurs seeking to start a small business are eligible to apply for these funds. The purpose of this program is to create new technologies that offer solutions to the nation’s most pressing scientific and engineering problems. Registration must be received by September 23. More information >>

ND-SD 2011 Joint EPSCoR Conference
October 4, 2011

NDSU Memorial Union—Fargo, ND
North Dakota and South Dakota EPSCoR programs join for an annual conference. This year's featured speaker is Julie Arslanoglu, Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA-NYC), who will discuss the transfer that can occur between branches of science and how her own research has applications to the study of art. The MMA is exploring a new approach to employing immunological techniques, which were primarily developed to study biological materials. The conference will also feature federal agency program directors and a POSTER SESSION showcasing graduate and undergraduate research projects. More information >>

Gear Up for Grants Seminar

"Building a Nationally Competitive Research Program at NDSU"
October 11, 2011, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Arikara Room
Vice President Philip Boudjouk will offer tips on getting started with a research program, getting grants, and building a research career based on extensive experience as a chemistry researcher and as a research administrator.
To register, email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu

Research Labs Open House
October 12, 2011, 12 Noon2:00 P.M.

Core Biology Facility, IACC 316
Core Synthesis Facility, Dunbar 156
AIM: Advanced Imaging and Microscopy Core Laboratory, Hultz 203

Three NDSU research laboratories will host concurrent Open House sessions. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to tour the labs, watch demonstrations of key equipment, and enjoy refreshments. These facilities are available to scientists for research, data analysis, consultations, and teaching purposes. Stop in at all three labs during the open house for more information on how these labs can be helpful for your research. More information >>

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
"Using Grants.gov and Other Key Grants Processes"
November 10, 2011, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Room of Nations
Staff members will describe grant proposal approval, budget development, and other grants processes handled by the Sponsored Programs Administration Office.  Significant time will be spent demonstrating use of the online federal Grants.gov website to find and apply for government grants.
To register, email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu

Office of Research, Creative
Activities & Technology Transfer
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P.O. Box 6050—Dept. 4000
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


Phone 701.231.8045
Fax 701.231.8098


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