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  January 2014  |  Volume 5, Issue 1
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New Faculty Opportunities in NSF CAREER Program

National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER program is the largest single grant program dedicated to junior faculty. The CAREER Program is a foundation-wide activity that offers 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. NSF will award about 600 CAREER grants in the next cycle. These grants provide five years of funding (a minimum of $500,000 total for proposals submitted to the Biology Directorate and a minimum of $400,000 for all other proposals) to tenure-track, untenured faculty holding an assistant professor or equivalent position.

NDSU has a growing list of past CAREER awardees who are often willing to share their experiences and advice with newcomers. With an annual July deadline, it is not too early to begin discussing, planning, and preparing proposals to be submitted this summer using the NSF Fastlane system. It is important to begin well in advance and take advantage of all available resources to be most competitive in this program.

Eligibility criteria for junior faculty are detailed in Section IV of the latest CAREER program guidelines. A listing of NSF-supported disciplines can be viewed here. The NSF CAREER webpage provides FAQ's and recent awards information, as well as a link to Solicitation 14-532, the program guidelines. For additional advice, click on Research Development and Grant Writing on the right menu bar and log in to see numerous articles in past issues providing CAREER proposal advice.

Pivot Tip: Update Your Profile

If you've noticed that your colleagues are receiving grant email alerts from the RCA Office and you're not, it could be that you need to update your Pivot expertise profile. Using the Pivot profile database, the RCA office is able to generate lists of faculty who may be interested in particular grant opportunities and distribute that information by email. It is important that you keep your profile updated so that it most accurately reflects your research and scholarly interests, and that will help you to receive relevant grant opportunities. The database is designed to be more inclusive rather than exclusive – so you may receive grant alerts that are not an exact match with your research expertise. That design is intended to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration.  If you receive grant alerts that don't interest you, simply delete them or forward them to colleagues who may be more interested.

To update your profile, log in to Pivot at http://pivot.cos.com/. Mouse over your name in the upper right hand corner to see a dropdown list and choose Your Profile. Once in your profile, click on Update Your Profile (see to the right of your name) to enable editing of the various fields.

It is likely you have a Pivot account and a profile even if you've not been aware of it. If you are not sure if you have a Pivot account, or you have forgotten your login and/or password, contact Kay Sizer, kay.sizer@ndsu.edu, so that an email can be generated providing that information. Please do not create a duplicate account.

NIH Grants Transition to New Progress Reporting

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is transitioning its grant progress reporting to the federal government-wide Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). Earlier in 2013, NIH began requiring the use of the RPPR for Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports, and as of January 31, progress reports for NIH multi-year funded awards will also transition to using the RPPR.

NIH awards most grant funding in 12-month increments. (See a description of the project period system for more information.) However, there are some grants that are multi-year funded, where the budget and project period are the same, and extend beyond one year.

For a summary of NIH’s implementation of the RPPR and helpful links, visit this one-page reference put together by the NIH Office of Extramural Research.

Researchers In the News

Interest continues in research underway at NDSU. Here’s just a sample of media coverage. Some links to these news outlets are available for a limited time.

NDSU Home to State-of-the-Art MicroCT System

Highly Efficient Phase Boundary Biocatalysis

NDSU Professor’s Work Helps Wheat Farms

Police Racial Profiling

Nostalgia and Well Being

If you’d like to suggest a story highlighting NDSU research, let us know. While we may not be able to use every suggestion, we would like to hear from you.

Upcoming Events

Shale Oil Innovation Conference and Expo
Produced by BBI International and The Bakken Magazine
February 10-12, 2014
Alerus Center-Grand Forks, ND
“Our goal with this conference is to look at how the techniques, strategies and technological know-how being employed in the Williston Basin today are accelerating the retrieval and movement of remote Williston Basin crude oil from resource to refinement,” says Luke Geiver, editor of The Bakken Magazine. “We think what’s happening here in North Dakota will have significant and lasting effects on the way shale oil and gas plays around the globe are explored, developed and extracted.” The conference breakout sessions will showcase 120+ industry experts who are currently utilizing or developing new innovations and approaches to yielding greater efficiencies in the Bakken-Three Forks shale formations. Attendees will learn upstream and downstream advancements in the Williston Basin that are impacting shale oil E&P and logistics globally. The show will also have an exhibit hall and numerous networking events. For more information >>

Gear Up for Grants Workshop
Using PIVOT for Customized Grant Searches and Your Expertise Profile

February 25, 2014, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Quentin Burdick (formerly IACC) Room 114
Presented by Kay Sizer, Office of Research and Creative Activity
NDSU subscribes to PIVOT, a database that provides several useful resources: (1) customized grant searches, and (2) a searchable inventory of faculty expertise profiles. This workshop will provide hands-on practice in using Pivot. The workshop will be held in a computer cluster so that attendees can practice using Pivot while it is being demonstrated on the big screen. Pivot is user friendly and free to faculty, staff, and students. Come find out how Pivot combines expertise profiles with grant information to provide relevant grant opportunities for you. Please Register >>

Small Business Innovations Summit
Co-Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor, U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, and Congressman Kevin Cramer
March 19, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (rescheduled from 10/18/13 & 2/21/14)
Hilton Garden Inn-Fargo, ND
The small business summit will bring together entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions related to policy and best practices. Companies at every stage of development will interact with experts and experienced professionals from business, government and education/training to share ideas, learn about and discuss strategies and next steps for improving their businesses. Participants will engage in discussions with experts spanning a wide variety of topics including Finance and Access to Capital, Women in Small Business, International Trade, Health Care, Marketing and Sales and many other compelling topics. For more information >>

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