The University Record, September 20 , 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 www.research.umich.edu. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Research Development and Administration.


Keck Foundation nominations due Sept. 22

The W.M. Keck Foundation has established the Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research award program to promote the early career development of a select group of young investigators, in cooperation with leading research institutions across the United States. The program emphasizes the fundamental mechanisms of human disease. A maximum of 30 institutions are invited to nominate one candidate. The institution’s nominee must be holding his or her first full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment and have held the faculty appointment for at least one year and for no more than four years as of Oct. 15. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is required. A Keck Scholar may not simultaneously hold another named fellowship or research award from another private foundation of $100,000 per year or more during the period of the grant. Nominations, including a curriculum vitae, one- or two-page research summary and a nominating letter from a department chair, must be submitted to Jan Rosan, 7313 Med Sci I, Box 0624 on or before Sept. 22. The deadline for submission to the Keck Foundation is Oct. 15.

General Education in Research Universities applications due Oct. 15

The Hewlett Foundation supports initiatives in research universities to improve the general education component of the undergraduate experience, with emphasis on proposals that accent attention to teaching and learning, faculty collaborations in curriculum and teaching, that focus student outcomes, and make effective use of the range and depth of the institution’s intellectual resources.

Only one letter of intent may be submitted per institution. Interested applicants must submit their letter of intent to DRDA no later than Oct. 15 to be considered for this year’s competition. An interdisciplinary panel convened by the Office of the Vice President for Research will review the letters of intent and select one for submission to the Hewlett Foundation. Program guidelines are available at www.hewlett.org/about.htm

Support available for faculty research on peaceful applications of nuclear science

The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project offers support for faculty research in peaceful applications of nuclear energy, science and technology and the associated social implications. This may include work in engineering; the physical, biological, health and social sciences; and the humanities. Applicants must be a member of the University’s regular teaching and/or research faculty. Deadline: Oct. 11. For additional information, call 764-6213. Application materials may be obtained from the Phoenix Project at the Phoenix Memorial Lab or from the Web at www.umich.edu/~mmpp.

NSF Grant Proposal Guide revised

The National Science Foundation has revised the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) (NSF 00-2) and the Proposal Forms Kit (NSF 00-3). These documents supersede the prior versions.

This revision incorporates the following significant changes:

  • Issuance of Important Notice No. 123, Working Toward a Paperless Proposal System, dated Sept. 3, 1998 ( www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?iin123). As a reminder, effective Oct. 1, 2000, all proposals will be required to be submitted to NSF via FastLane. Proposers, however, must check the FastLane Web site (https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a0/fldeadli.htm) prior to proposal preparation and submission to verify whether use of FastLane is required in preparation of all or part of a proposal;

  • Implementation of the approved cost-sharing policy;

  • Clarification of the importance of the second merit review criterion in the preparation and review of proposals submitted to NSF;

  • Revision of instructions on preparation of the biographical sketch; and

  • Clarification of instructions on submission of collaborative proposals to NSF.

    Other sections have been revised for clarity to make the Guide consistent with current NSF policies, practices and procedures. A complete summary of changes can be found at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf002/f4_changes.htm.

    The GPG is available on the NSF Web site at www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf002. The Proposal Forms Kit is at www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf003. Paper copies of the document may be obtained after Sept. 20 by writing to paperpubs@nsf.gov..

    The new GPG takes effect Oct. 1. Proposers are encouraged to view the document online in order to prepare for this effective date. Proposers may begin to use the new forms immediately. Proposals submitted on or after Oct. 1, will be required to use the new forms.

    Please address any questions or comments about the GPG to the Policy Office, Division of Contracts, Policy and Oversight, (703) 306-1243, or by sending e-mail to policy@nsf.gov.

    DRDA’s Proposal Writing Workshop set for Oct. 14

    The Proposal Writing Workshop is an intensive overview of the narrative portion of a proposal from the perspective of the reviewer. Areas covered will include approaching a sponsor, components of a narrative (including budget), matching the narrative to the sponsor’s priorities and guidelines, writing style and common errors to avoid. Sample proposals will be reviewed, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers. The workshop will be presented by Chris Kahan Black 8:30 a.m.–noon, Oct. 14 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. To register for this workshop, consult the Research Web site ( www.research.umich.edu) for on-line registration. Cost of the workshop is $10 for materials. If you have any questions, contact Janet Seegert, 764-7241 or jseegert@umich.edu).