Monday, March 31, 2014

NSF Day June 4 on Long Island, NY

The National Science Foundation will present a one-day proposal workshop for researchers June 4 at
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, NY. Registration is required.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This year's one and only NIH grant seminar

The National Institutes of Health will present a grant seminar June 25-27 in Baltimore. The session will cover the application and review process as well as federal policies. It's the only seminar NIH will give all year.

Monday, February 10, 2014

COFAR: It will affect you

The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) is a federal task force that has combined more than a dozen sets of grant rules into a single document called Uniform Guidance. Some provisions will make the life of grant writers easier. For example, funding announcement will have to be released 60 days before the deadline in most cases. The grant administration community is less pleased with some other provisions, though.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

No surprises: NIH award rates down

The National Institutes of Health has released  award data for 2013. It won't come as a surprise to investigators that the success rate for proposals inched down from 17.6 percent in 2012 to 16.8 percent in 2013. The size of awards also decreased.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NSF plans June grants conference in Mile High City

Colorado State University will host the NSF Grants Conference scheduled for June 23-24. Visit the site to sign up to receive email when registration opens.

Monday, December 02, 2013

NIH regional seminar possible in spring 2014

The National Institutes of Health says it will have just one regional seminar on grants next year. It is scheduled for spring 2014 in a location to be announced -- possibly Baltimore. Stay tuned.

More tales of the NSF OIG

 The latest Semiannual Report to Congress from the Office of the Inspector General at the National Science Foundation contains discussion of a variety of research misconduct investigations. They include falsification of data and instances of plagiarism. In two instances, investigators allowed their collaborators to prepare the bulk of the proposal and didn't review it before submission. Moral of the story: Be sure to carefully review anything that's got your name on it.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Feds reopen; what's next

The National Institutes of Health has posted guidance for grantees and grant seekers now that the federal government has reopened. New deadlines have been established.

The National Science Foundation also has posted some brief information on what to expect now that it is once again open for business.

Stay tuned for details.