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 March 2014  |  Volume 5, Issue 3
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NDSU Centers and Institutes Provide Outreach Beyond the Campus

According to ND State Board of Higher Education Policy, Section 307.1, a “center" or "institute” refers to a unit that has as a primary function or activity academic instruction, research, or service beyond the immediate campus community. The terms do not include space designations, or units that simply have the word “center” in their title, or units that provide non-academic services, such as dining centers.

Over 65 centers and institutes are affiliated with NDSU, providing a wide range of expertise and services to the state and the larger region. The Office of Research and Creativity maintains a list with web links. Although a number of the centers and institutes have been in existence for many years, new ones are being created and added to the list as NDSU's research portfolio grows.

Many of these centers and institutes have been officially reviewed and approved by the ND State Board of Higher Education (NDSBHE), the ND State Legislature, or the ND Centers of Excellence Commission. New centers and institutes are advised to apply for review and approval according to NDSU Policy Section 717: Research Units - Establishing/Evaluating. Application forms are available from the Provost's Office.

NIH Offers New Resources for Researchers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created a new YouTube video, NIH Grants Process: The Big Picture, designed to help new researchers get started on the road to NIH funding. This video produced by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides a high-level overview of the grants process from application to award.

Another resource, the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, now allows you to be notified when new NIH Guide funding opportunity postings match your search criteria. To get started, visit grants.nih.gov and perform your search, then from the Results page click “Save Your Search” to sign up for alerts based on that search criteria. The system can email you with new funding opportunity announcements and/or notices related to your search on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Researchers seeking NIH funds should be sure to bookmark grants.nih.gov for many more online resources. These include guidance on the various aspects of the grants process, podcasts, webinars, policy information, the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, and much more. More videos related to NIH grants information may also be found on YouTube.

Upcoming Events

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Forum
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Creative Activity
March 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fargodome Conference Room 203
Join us to learn more about North Dakota’s Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site (NP UAS TS), recently designated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Hear about NDSU research activities related to unmanned aerial systems and potential work in the test site. Attendees are free to come and go during this forum as their schedule permits. A tentative agenda is available upon request. For More Information and To Sign Up >>

Ethics Workshop
Sponsored by NDSU Northern Plains Ethics Institute
April 4, 2014, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center
Facilitator: Daniel Wueste, Professor of Philosophy, Clemson University, and Senior Fellow, International Center for Academic Integrity
This workshop will focus on how ethics can play a more central role in the academic and local communities. Wueste has led seminars on professional ethics for architects, lawyers, social workers, engineers, and hospital administrators, as well as workshops for researchers, faculty and professional academic staff at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. For Workshop Registration and Requests for Accommodation >>

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 discussing 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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Office of Research and Creative Activity
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P.O. Box 6050—Dept. 4000
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


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