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The Leading Culture Change through Professional Societies of Biology (BIO-LEAPS) program aims to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the biological sciences broadly by leveraging the leadership, broad reach and unique ability of professional societies to create culture change in the life sciences. This program is designed to foster the necessary culture change within biology to move towards an equitable and inclusive culture that supports a diverse community of biologists that more fully reflects the demographic composition of the U.S. population. To achieve broad, sustained and innovative approaches for meaningful and lasting changes to occur, society leaders will need to enable and support the establishment and definition of new norms and practices in biology and to encourage engagement with experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion-related organizational change.

Amount: $2,000,000

Deadline: July 1, 2022

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The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces a re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications from multi-disciplinary teams will be required to propose both discovery science and use-inspired basic research that addresses priority research directions and opportunities identified by a series of BES workshop and roundtable reports. DOE encourages applications that propose fundamental chemical sciences, materials sciences, geosciences and biosciences research that will enable future clean energy technologies and advanced manufacturing. Coordination across programs is a high priority for DOE. EFRCs under this FOA will include awards for fundamental science that underpins the Energy Earthshots Initiative.

Amount: $4,000,000

Deadline: May 3, 2022

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The Office of Animal Care and Use and the IACUC are excited to let UGA researchers know that the AUP Annual Renewals are no longer needed!

The Annual Renewals were required at the end of the first and second years of an AUP’s lifespan. Annual Renewals were required by USDA regulations, and the USDA removed that requirement as of January 2022.  As soon as USDA told us they were no longer required, we dropped that requirement for UGA researchers.

We are working with Office of Research IT to stop all Artemis automatic notifications about Annual Renewals. In the meantime, please ignore any Annual Renewal automatic notifications.

All AUPs will still expire three years after the approval date.

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By Donna Huber

With the generous financial support of The Office of Research, Cytometry Shared Resource Lab, Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, Department of Infectious Diseases, and UGA faculty members Rick Tarleton, Mark Tompkins, Chet Joyner, and Sam Kurup, the CTEGD Cytometry Shared Resource Laboratory (CSRL) recently added the Cytek Aurora Spectral Cytometer to its facility. This new instrument provides a high level of flexibility to the researcher and complements the other instruments available at the facility.

“It’s great to be able to bring this exciting new resource to campus in support of the incredible research UGA members are conducting,” said Julie Nelson, CSRL manager.

Flow cytometry is a technique for measuring characteristics of cells or particles using laser excitation and innate fluorescence emission or emission from dyes added to identify cells or particles and their function in experimental biology.  In the past 30 years, this technology has revolutionized many areas of cell biology research including the study of viruses, bacteria, infectious diseases, and cancer.  This technology has also proven useful in genetic studies of plants.

The Aurora Spectral Cytometer delivers high-resolution data at the single-cell level to resolve the most challenging cell populations, such as cells with high autofluorescence or low levels of expression of key biomarkers, regardless of assay complexity. With 64 emission detectors and 5 lasers for excitation, the Aurora can resolve almost any fluorescent marker currently on the market. It can also evaluate dyes under development that can be excited by one or more of the 5 lasers available.

“This cytometer expands our capabilities from a limit of 24 parameters to 64 making it ideal for high dimensional immunophenotyping,” said Nelson. “But because of its unique spectral emission detection, it is also the best instrument for looking at highly autofluorescent cells, such as macrophages and liver cells, regardless of how many markers are needed for the assay.”

For more than 20 years, the CSRL has provided access to state-of-the-art flow cytometry analyzers to researchers at the University of Georgia and across the scientific community. In addition to the instruments, the facility also provides expert advice and consultation for the design and analysis of flow experiments.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) released an updated Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) on June 22, 2021. The new PAPPG is effective on October 4, 2021. NSF requires the use of an NSF-approved format to prepare Current and Pending Support.

Current and pending support information must be separately provided through use of an NSF-approved format, for each individual designated as senior personnel on the proposal.  Current and pending support includes all resources made available to an individual in support of and/or related to all of his/her research efforts, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value.  Current and pending support also includes in-kind contributions (such as office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, employees, students. In-kind contributions not intended for use on the project/proposal being proposed that have associated time commitments also must be reported.

Current and pending support information must be provided for the proposed project, for ongoing projects, and for any proposals currently under consideration from whatever source irrespective of whether such support is provided through the proposing organization or is provided directly to the individual.  This includes, for example, Federal, State, local, foreign, public, or private foundations, non-profit organizations, industrial or other commercial organizations, or internal funds allocated toward specific projects.

NSF updated Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

FAQs on Current & Pending Support (nsf.gov)

https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/disclosures_table/jan2022.pdf

NSF-Approved Formats for Current and Pending Support

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Mentorship at the Laboratories Across all Career Levels and Types

Purpose of Workshop: The next event in the DOE Laboratories of the Future (LOTF) workshop series will be focused on mentorship at the laboratories as a mechanism for creating successful environments and inclusive cultures across all career levels and types. Panel speakers will address:

  • How can the labs encourage a culture of intentional, inclusive, & effective mentorship across all career levels and types?
  • What are the best practices, tools, and techniques for lab-based mentors?
  • What role can mentorship, including peer-mentorship, across all career levels and types play in creating inclusive environments and combating the effects of isolation?
  • What are the best ways to evaluate mentoring outcomes?
  • What are the innovative mentorship practices, including virtual mentorship, that can be implemented in a lab-based environment?

Panel Speakers 

Dr. Jennifer Stanford,  Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence – Importance of Mentorship in Effective and Inclusive STEM Education 

Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates, University of Texas at El Paso – Developing the Next-Generation Researcher through Inclusive Excellence 

Dr. Jeanita Pritchett, National Institute for Standards and Technology – How to Leverage Mentoring and Coaching to Cultivate an Inclusive Workplace

Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research – Building Cultures of Inclusive Mentorship at National Laboratories

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

1 to 3 p.m. ET

Link to registerhttps://science-doe.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_8RZ-cvQlRyiz8JPeK2m13A

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On Dec. 20, 2021, the Department of Energy issued an interim conflict of interest (COI) policy that addresses both financial and organizational conflicts of interest, which will be incorporated in and made enforceable through the Special Terms and Conditions for DOE financial assistance awards. The interim COI policy establishes standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of projects wholly or in part funded under DOE financial assistance awards (e.g., a grant, cooperative agreement, or technology investment agreement) will be free from bias resulting from financial conflicts of interest or organizational conflicts of interest. As used in this announcement, reference to DOE includes both DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

The interim policy requires each Investigator who is planning to participate in the DOE award to disclose the Investigator’s significant financial interests (and those of the Investigator’s spouse and dependent children) to UGA no later than the time of proposal for the DOE award.  Disclosures must be made at least annually, thereafter, and within 30 days of acquiring a new significant financial interest.  Disclosures of significant financial interests should be made to UGA via the Grants Portal.  In addition, an Investigator may need to disclose the significant financial interest on UGA’s Compensated Outside Activities Approval Form.  See UGA’s Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities Policy.

Finally, the DOE interim policy requires Investigator complete COI training prior to engaging in projects related to any DOE financial assistance award and at least every four years.  Investigators can complete the CITI COI training module through UGA’s Professional Educational Portal (PEP).

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Starting Jan. 25, 2022, Investigators identified as senior/key personnel on new National Institutes of Health projects and renewals will need to provide expanded disclosures of other support including third party contracts and agreements.

Other Support includes all resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Resources and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities, that are available to the researcher. This includes but is not limited to, financial support for laboratory personnel, and provision of high-value materials that are not freely available (e.g., biologics, chemical, model systems, technology, etc.). Institutional resources, such as core facilities or shared equipment that are made broadly available, should not be included in Other Support, but rather listed under Facilities and Other Resources.
  • Consulting agreements, when the PD/PI or other senior/key personnel will be conducting research as part of the consulting activities. Non-research consulting activities are not Other Support.
  • Honoraria in support of an individual’s research endeavors must be reported.
  • In-kind contributions, e.g. office/laboratory space, equipment, supplies, or employees or students supported by an outside source. If the time commitment or dollar value of the in-kind contribution is not readily ascertainable, the recipient must provide reasonable estimates.

NIH will require the following:

  • Supporting documentation, which includes copies of contracts/agreements specific to senior/key-personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources that are reported in Other Support. If the contracts/agreements are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies.
     
  • Immediate notification of undisclosed Other Support. When a recipient organization discovers that a PI or other Senior/Key personnel on an active NIH grant failed to disclose Other Support information outside of Just-in-Time or the RPPR, as applicable, the recipient must submit updated Other Support to the Grants Management Specialist named in the Notice of Award as soon as it becomes known. 

The information required by NIH should also be disclosed to UGA via the Grants Portal.  In addition, an Investigator may need to disclose the significant financial interest on UGA’s Compensated Outside Activities Approval Form.  See UGA’s Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities Policy.

NIH- Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support

Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components

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NIH Other Support FAQs

Updated NIH Biosketch instructions

NIH Disclosure table

Protecting U.S. Biomedical Intellectual Innovation (NIH)

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The Office of Research announces the FY2023 cycle for the Faculty Seed Grants in the Sciences: Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering.

The goal of the Faculty Seed Grants in the Sciences is to enable faculty to launch new, promising lines of research for which resources are currently not available. These seed grants are intended to fund pilot research generating preliminary data that will be leveraged to compete for externally-funded grant/contract opportunities and contribute to a sustainable program of research and scholarship. Basic and applied research in the social, life, physical and engineering sciences are eligible for funding through this program. 

Tenure-track faculty at all ranks are eligible to apply, with the following exceptions:  1) Applicants may not have access to more than $15,000 in institutional or discretionary research funding (e.g. start-up, salary, or IDC returns) during the award year and 2) Tenured applicants may not have received more than $50,000 in institutional research support in the past three years (e.g. bridge funding or other matching funds).

See the guidelines at https://research.uga.edu/docs/policies/iga/FSG-Guidelines.pdf (the most up-to-date guidelines will list “Revised 12-2021” in the footer).  Answers to frequently asked questions, award conditions and other information are on the FSG FAQs page.

The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, March 1, 2022. Grants for successful applications will be awarded with start date of July 1, 2022 (FY2023).

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The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor requests Statements of Interest from organizations interested in developing programs that support Internet Freedom. Successful projects will promote fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support for civil society by providing technology, digital safety, policy and advocacy, and applied research programs that counter censorship, enable secure communications, or otherwise protect and strengthen digital safety for human rights defenders, including civil society, human rights defenders, journalists, and other vulnerable populations in Internet-repressive societies.

Amount: $3,000,000

Deadline: March 11, 2022

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