The University Record, April 5, 1999

Research Reporter

Research opportunities, application deadlines, U-M policies concerning sponsored research, campus research resources and more are available on the Research Web site. Point your browser to Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Research Development and Administration.

Live Teleconference About Award Administration and Budget Costs

DRDA will sponsor "Straight Talk: A Primer on Award Administration" via satellite downlink 11:10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 8. The conference is presented by the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Council on Governmental Relations. "Sessions will provide the background for many of the policies and procedures which are in place regarding costing, compliance, approvals and the myriad of actions that make up life after winning an award." Five self-contained modules will cover:

  • Overview of Federal Regulations: 11:10 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

  • Roles and Responsibilities: 12:10-12:50 p.m.

  • A-21 Made Easy: 1:05-1:55 p.m.

  • What You Should Know About Costing: 2-3 p.m.

  • Day to Day Administrative Issues: 3:15-4:25 p.m.

  • Conference Wrap-up: 4:25-4:30 p.m.

    The conference will be summarized briefly and then turned over to DRDA staff for a question-and-answer period.

    The teleconference will be shown at the Anderson Room, Michigan Union, and the Teleconference Center, Room 1180, Media Union. These locations will be interactive with an opportunity for real-time questions from the audience through the use of 800 numbers and on-site handouts. There is no charge to participants. Interested staff and faculty members should register for modules of choice on the Research Web site under Workshop Registration. More information about the modules also is available on the Web at

    Staff and faculty members also will be able to access the conference on April 8 through UMTV Channel 12. If you are unsure whether you have UMTV in your area, contact your system administrator.

    Metabolic Engineering (NSF 99-85)

    The National Science Foundation is inviting applications for research to better understand and use metabolic processes under an interagency initiative involving federal agriculture, commerce, defense, energy, environmental and space departments. Projects typically involve redirecting cellular activities by rearranging enzymatic, transport and regulatory functions of cells using recombinant DNA and other techniques. Funds: $3 million each year for multiple awards. Deadline: May 17 for preproposals. NSF will notify applicants by June 15 to invite full proposal submissions. DRDA contact: David Plawchan, 764-7237, or Web site:

    Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science and Technology

    The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences is inviting applications under a newly-organized Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science and Technology (SDEST) program (NSF 99-82).

    The SDEST program includes two former NSF programs, "Ethics and Value Studies" and "Research on Science and Technology." Ethics and values projects may address such issues as scientific and professional ethics and equity issues in the development, use and effects of science or technology. An example of research on science-oriented topics is factors influencing the directions and impacts of scientific and engineering research and technological change at home and abroad. Funds: $2.5 million in fiscal 1999 for 25 to 30 awards. Deadline: Aug. 1 and Feb. 1 annually. DRDA contact: David Plawchan, 764-7237, or Web site:

    NIH Training Grants--How to Stay on Top of All the Paperwork

    This workshop, presented by Doreen Graden, will cover all the forms used for the training grants, as well as when to use them and where to send them. It also will address such issues as who qualifies to be a trainee and how to determine the stipend level. This workshop is designed for individuals who manage the day-to-day operation of NIH training grants. Please come and bring all your questions with you. The workshop will be held 10 a.m.-noon April 13 in Room G378, School of Dentistry. To register for this workshop, consult the research Web site ( for on-line registration or contact Janet Seegert, There is a $10 fee to cover materials.