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March 2015  l  Volume 6, Issue 1

TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2015 - Save the date and help us recognize and celebrate the innovative research and creative work of NDSU undergraduate students.

NDSU EXPLORE is an annual event that celebrates the scholarly accomplishments of NDSU undergraduate students.

Encourage your students to start thinking NOW about projects to showcase at this annual event.  Projects can be in-progress or completed.  Presentations can be in whatever format is appropriate – poster, oral presentation, video, table display, etc.

Registration for NDSU EXPLORE will open in the fall semester.  For more information, visit the NDSU EXPLORE webpage.

Watch for Limited Submission Restrictions in Grant Programs

Faculty and staff are advised to watch closely for limited submission restrictions as they are studying grant announcements and guidelines in anticipation of preparing a proposal for submission.  In many of these cases, just one proposal per institution is allowed to be submitted.  Such restrictions are part of the grant announcement, often explained in the eligibility information. 

Research Development staff in the Office of Research and Creative Activity provide pre-proposal management for such programs and ask that potential applicants notify RCA as soon as possible when they discover such a restriction in an upcoming grant program. If multiple PI's or groups are interested in a particular limited submission program, RCA will coordinate an internal NDSU selection process or pre-proposal competition to determine which proposal(s) merit selection and warrant further development for submission to the funding agency for that grant cycle. Those not selected are often encouraged to continue developing their ideas for consideration in a future grant cycle.

The RCA website offers a list of the limited submission grant programs that receive the most interest at NDSU, along with their latest available deadlines and limited submission criteria.  In many cases, RCA also announces upcoming limited submission grant deadlines by email across campus, asking for interested groups to notify the Office of intent to apply. This is important to allow enough time for a proposal selection process to take place, if necessary, well before the final grant application deadline at the funding agency.

As grant programs constantly change and evolve and new programs are created, Research Development staff ask for your help in letting us know as soon as you discover limited submission restrictions described in a grant program you are considering.  Notify Kay Sizer,, or as soon as possible about the grant program and your proposal plans.  The Research Development Office can then identify if others have also expressed interest in that program and determine whether a selection process is necessary.

NDSU Has New F&A Cost Rate Agreement

Negotiations have been completed for an updated NDSU Facilities and Administrative [F&A] Cost Rate agreement, which can be found on the Sponsored Programs Administration website under Forms.  The new rates, sometimes known as indirect cost rates or overhead rates, are effective immediately and should be used for all new proposals being submitted. However, any proposals for continuation awards or supplemental funding to an existing award should include F&A costs at the rate included in the original proposal submission. 

In the News

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

Clean snowmobile challenge winners

NDSU durum variety Carpio available

Student uses cockroaches to study Cyctic Fibrosis

North Dakota oil/gas economic output

RFID tech at NDSU

Federal research funding pipeline

Medical missions study released

NDSU professor shares experience of traveling to Cuba

Water Resources Research Institute names director

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

Upcoming Events

April 15, 2015 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

“Write Winning Grant Proposals”
Seminar sponsored by NDSU Research and Creative Activity-Research Development
. Presented by John D. Robertson, Ph.D., of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC.
NDSU Alumni Center, Reimers Room (The workshop will be made available to NDSU Research Extension Centers via IVN)

Intended for current faculty and researchers interested in submitting a proposal to at least one of two agencies - U.S. Department of Agriculture-NIFA and National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Attendees will receive extensive handouts, including the slides and examples used during the seminar, as well as a copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook.   For more information and to register >>

April 16-18, 2015

STEM Strategies Conference 2015
Hosted by the ND STEM Network
Cambria Suites & Conference Center-West Fargo, ND

Leading STEM experts from across the country will attend the summit and give presentations and hands-on workshops to address current and emerging trends for all levels of STEM education. Attendees will learn about how important STEM is for building a productive and competitive workforce. There also will be a variety of opportunities to learn about implementation of STEM strategies, policies and the importance of integrating STEM and the arts.  For more information and to register >>

April 22, 2015 - 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ND EPSCoR State Conference
Holiday Inn-Fargo, ND

The theme for this year's ND EPSCoR conference is "INSPIRE-ND (Innovative and Strategic Program Initiatives for Research and Education-North Dakota)" Registration is free.  Continental Breakfast and Lunch are provided.  The keynote speaker will be Heidi Baxter Lauffer, Ph.D., Director of The Wisconsin Fast Plants Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, with her presentation, "Building our capacity for tackling sustainability challenges by diversifying participation in STEM academics and careers." A Poster Session will feature undergraduates, graduates and postdocs.  Panel discussions will be led by core researchers of the newly awarded NSF RII Track-1 grant.   For more information and to register >>


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