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 February 2014  |  Volume 5, Issue 2
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Research ND Encourages Joint Projects with Industry

The Centers of Excellence Commission of the North Dakota Department of Commerce has created a new program to encourage ND researchers to work with industry in the state. The program is called Research ND, and its goal is to create economic activity through the development of new technologies. Through Research ND, private sector partners have the opportunity to leverage their research, development and commercialization funds to gain access to the extensive research base of North Dakota's research universities - North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.

By providing matching dollars to the universities, Research ND assists private companies in performing research, development and commercialization of specific projects. These projects are a joint effort by the research university and the private sector to meet the research, development and commercialization needs of the private sector partner. Research ND matching funds are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based on proposals submitted jointly by researchers from North Dakota research universities and private partners.

Twelve million dollars was designated for the Research ND Fund by the ND Legislature in 2013. Multiple application deadlines have been established to accept proposals; the next two deadlines are May 23, 2014 and August 22, 2014. For more information, see the Department of Commerce website. Jolynne Tschetter, Commercialization Manager with the ND Department of Commerce, will be a presenter at the upcoming Gear Up for Grants seminar which will focus on "Working with Industry" - see Upcoming Events below.

SPA Adds More Staff for Pre-Award Services

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is pleased to announce that two additional staff members have been hired to provide services related to grant proposal review, award negotiation and non-financial award administration. Jill Mackenzie began duties in her new position as Award and Program Officer on Thursday, February 20. She will be working on grant award negotiation and backup proposal review. Jill was most recently employed in NDSU's Grant and Contract Accounting Office.

Also joining the staff on March 3 will be Shelly Sandstrom in the position of Program Assistant.  She will be working on processing grant awards and assisting with non-financial award administration.  Shelly will join SPA after working in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, where she was Administration Technician.

Other SPA staff members who work directly with grant proposals, awards and non-financial grant award administration include Amy Scott, Assistant Director; Marie Slanger, Budget and Program Officer; and Faye Klein, Administrative Secretary and Receptionist.

Proposal Documents to Be Purged

Beginning in 2014, all proposal documents that have been pending in Sponsored Programs Administration files for over two years without notice from the grant agency will be destroyed. This purging process will take place on a regular basis in the future, so faculty and staff who would like any of the hard copy documents from their submitted proposals should contact the Sponsored Programs Administration Office before the two year anniversary of the proposal submission.

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 Research Foundation Licenses Technology to Elinor Specialty Coatings

Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting

Goodbye, Chromium

Hoeven Tours NDSU Research Facilities

Researchers Find Bad Bacteria Reducer

The Energy to Find Answers

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

Proposal Writing Workshop
Preparing NSF CAREER Proposals and Large Multi-Investigator Proposals
April 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NDSU Interactive Video Network (IVN) - EML Room 170-171
Presenters: The Implementation Group (TIG), consulting firm from Washington, D.C.
ND-EPSCoR is sponsoring this workshop at UND in Grand Forks, but it will also be available via IVN at NDSU. Faculty and postdocs who are or will be potential applicants for the NSF-CAREER grants program are especially encouraged to attend; however, faculty at all stages are welcome. In addition to speaking about the CAREER program, presenters will discuss large multi-investigator proposals and the planning needed for such efforts. Focus will be in the STEM disciplines. Please Register >>

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
Working with Industry
April 16, 2014, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
NDSU - Sudro Hall Room 21
Presenters: Jolynne Tschetter, Commercialization Manager, ND Dept. of Commerce; Dennis Anderson, NDSU Assoc. Vice President for Business Development & Industrial Relations; Dale Zetocha, Director of NDSU Technology Transfer; and Joycelyn Lucke Love, Sponsored Programs Administration. To contribute to economic development in the state, joint projects between NDSU and the private sector are encouraged. This seminar will provide information about the new Research ND program and the Venture Grants program available from the ND Department of Commerce. If you'd like to know more about how NDSU researchers can work with industry, please plan to attend. Please Register >>

ND EPSCoR / IDeA 2014 State Conference
Innovations and Expressions
April 29, 2014, 7:30 a.m.–4:20 p.m.
Alerus Center-Grand Forks, ND
ND-EPSCoR will hold its annual conference in Grand Forks this year. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Stan Atcitty, Department of Energy - Sandia National Laboratory, with his talk entitled, "From the Rez to World-Class Research." Another featured speaker will be Dr. Sian Mooney, Program Officer from the National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR Office. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in student poster presentations, focus group discussions, and networking with other researchers in the state. NDSU researchers are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register >>

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