UGA research labs have reported issues with deliveries of liquid nitrogen (LN2) from Airgas, the State of Georgia’s mandatory supplier. Today Airgas informed UGA that they are experiencing shortages of 230L containers as well as labor challenges. While Airgas is low on 230L liquid nitrogen cylinders, they have a surplus of 180L cylinders. Airgas is working to resolve both of these issues. In the meantime:

Consider ordering 180L cylinders: Please consider temporarily ordering 180L cylinders of LN2 rather than 230L cylinders. This will help to balance supply and demand and expedite deliveries. In UGAmart, you can use the search term “liquid nitrogen” in the Airgas punchout to view various quantities and grades of LN2. A short video on the LN2 purchasing process is available here.

Be aware of emergency backup options: UGA’s Central Research Stores will continue to maintain emergency stock of LN2 to ensure that our researchers are protected in the event of delayed deliveries. In UGAmart, you will see a section at the top for “UGA Internal Stores & Forms.” UGA Central Research Stores (CRS) is listed as a punchout option, and they can provide emergency stock of LN2 in 10-liter increments. If you have a same-day emergency, please call the CRS warehouse at 706-542-2411.

Thank you for your partnership and collaboration as we work to resolve these issues.

Announcements Find Funding

The Office for Proposal Enhancement invites all UGA faculty to participate in an NIH MIRA (R35) Established Investigator webinar and Q&A presented by Dr. Zhongzhen Nie, branch chief of the Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences (PPS) Branch in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry.

Advance registration is required.

Abstract: MIRA provides support for the research in an established investigator’s laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS. The goal of MIRA for Established Investigators (PAR-19-367) is to increase the efficiency of NIGMS funding by providing investigators with greater stability and flexibility, thereby enhancing scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs. In this talk, Dr. Nie will review application requirements, offer guidance to craft strong applications, and answer questions about the program.

Bio: Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D., is branch chief of the Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences (PPS) Branch in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry, where he administers research grants in ion channels, GAP junctions, and structural and functional membrane proteins and lipids​. Prior to joining NIGMS, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Nie earned a Bachelor of Medicine from Wannan Medical College in China and a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he also conducted postdoctoral research prior to a research fellowship in the NCI Laboratory of Cellular Oncology.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Announcements From the VPR

One of the more unfortunate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, in terms of UGA campus operations, is the restrictions it has placed on our ability to gather as a community and celebrate each other. Just one example: For the last two springs, UGA Honors Week has featured no live award ceremonies, no podium walks, no handshakes as awards are bestowed, no ringing applause from colleagues and friends. I know we’ve all missed those simple symbols of community.

Next spring, I hope, will be different. And in keeping with those hopes, I encourage you to think about who will make those podium walks and hear that applause. Which of your colleagues deserve special recognition? Which junior faculty are making impacts in their field far beyond their years? Which senior faculty should be feted for decades of sustained contributions to the advancement of knowledge? Which faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students are tirelessly and enthusiastically committed to mentoring? Which students are already building research reputations even before they graduate?

The Office of Research website features a list of our internal Research Awards and the criteria for each. This year we’ve added a new Team Impact Award to recognize an entire research team for excellence in innovation and impactful scholarship that could not be accomplished by single individuals.

Formal nominations for all these awards are made by deans and center/institute directors, but please don’t wait for an invitation to nominate, our leaders need everyone’s help in identifying outstanding candidates. I encourage all of you, UGA researchers, to check with your school, college or research unit about the nomination deadlines and procedures.

Not only is honoring the great work of colleagues and students the right thing to do through our internal Awards mechanism, but it also lays the groundwork for nominations for prestigious external awards. So submit those nominations! You never know where one could lead.

Also: On the topic of research community, please mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 15, from 3-5 p.m., when we will hold our annual research orientation to help faculty learn about the programs and services offered from the Office of Research. This year’s event will be virtual, and it’s open to all faculty and postdoctoral researchers. To register, first log into UGA’s Professional Education Portal and then either search for “Keys to UGA: Launching Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities at UGA” or click this registration link. Hope to see you there!

Best wishes and many thanks,

Karen Burg
Vice President for Research
Harbor Lights Chair in Biomedical Research

Announcements From the VPR

Hello everyone,

First, let me say how thrilled and honored I am to be serving as the University of Georgia Vice President for Research. Having served as a UGA faculty member since 2016, I’m well aware of the quality of the work our faculty, staff and student investigators produce, and it’s a privilege to serve the UGA research community in this role.

Let me also acknowledge that we begin 2021-22 with some of the same uncertainty we faced a year ago. We’re all anxious about the ongoing pandemic and how it will affect our health and that of our families, students, friends—and, yes, our research programs. Many of you continue to face significant challenges to your work due to COVID-19. I can’t promise that I will erase those challenges in the weeks and months ahead, but I can pledge that the Office of Research (OoR) will do all we can to support you.

Over the past couple of years, there have been multiple surveys, gathering feedback on OoR processes and services—thank you to all of you who provided input—I’ve been carefully reviewing that data; much of this year will be devoted to being responsive to your suggestions and our own self-assessment. When we can fix or improve something, we will. When we’re unable to address a problem, I’ll be upfront about that and the reasons why.

Finally, I want to expand and improve our channels of communication to better exchange information and opportunities. We will spend this fall working on the major Office of Research internal communications vehicles, and every month I will send a personal message highlighting a process or policy improvement, spotlighting a particular OoR office or individual, explaining a research office function, or simply singing the praises of you, our terrific investigators, and the work you do.

Thank you again for the privilege of serving as UGA’s Vice President for Research. We are here in OoR to help you succeed. If you have a question or concern, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Karen Burg
Vice President for Research
Harbor Lights Chair in Biomedical Research

Announcements Find Funding Limited Submissions


The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL, or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $5,000,000 total costs (subject to the availability of federal funds) for one cooperative agreement to fund a technical assistance project in Ethiopia to reduce child labor in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender mainstreaming approach.1 The project will focus on vulnerable women and adolescent girls (ages 15-17) working in agriculture. The project will aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Increased capacity of the Government of Ethiopia to address child labor in the agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender mainstreaming approach.
  • Outcome 2: Improved ability of communities to reduce child labor using a gender mainstreaming approach.
  • Outcome 3: Increased economic stability of households vulnerable to child labor, with a focus on women and girls.
    • Outcome 3.1: Members of vulnerable households have enhanced technical and life skills, and employment services.
    • Outcome 3.2: Members of vulnerable households have diversified income.
    • Outcome 3.3: Members of vulnerable households have increased access to social protections.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Approximately $5,000,000 total costs is expected to be available to fund approximately one award. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $5,000,000 total costs.
  • The period of performance is a maximum of 4.5 years (54 months) from the effective date of the award


The following organizations are eligible to apply:

U.S. organizations:

  • Nonprofits, including any faith-based organizations or community-based organizations
  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education
  • For-Profit Organizations

Non-U.S. organizations:

  • Non-U.S. Entities, including PIOs, as described in 2 CFR 200.46.

Applicants do not need previous experience managing federal awards, but they must speak persuasively about their ability to leverage other previous experience and bring it to scale in support of a large federal investment.

Cost sharing or matching is not required for this program.

Selection Criteria

Application review criteria are on pages 37 – 38 of the FOA. Please refer to the table at the bottom on page 37 for criteria.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Sue Levenstein

Grants Management Specialist

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Announcements COVID-19 Opportunities Find Funding

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Brief Description: Mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change by creating sustainable solutions using open source technology. 

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Announcements COVID-19 Opportunities Find Funding

Deadline: August 13, 2020

Brief Description: The TD Ready Challenge is an annual North American initiative, which supports organizations developing innovative solutions for a changing world. The 2020 TD Ready Challenge focuses on supporting innovative solutions that address the impacts of the pandemic.

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Announcements COVID-19 Opportunities Fellowships & Student Opportunities

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Brief Description: A research opportunity is currently available in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Carlson in the Office of Vaccine Research and Review at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA.

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Announcements COVID-19 Opportunities Find Funding Foundation Funding Opportunities

Deadline: LOI August 5, 2020

Brief Description: Due to the effects of COVID-19 on all facets of American life, the foundation is changing its immediate priorities for LOI for the August 5 deadline.

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Announcements COVID-19 Opportunities Find Funding Foundation Funding Opportunities

Deadline: August 5, 2020

Brief Description: This call for proposals (CFP) will provide supplemental research funding to teams that are already engaged in the study of a promising system alignment mechanism, with the objective of learning how this mechanism performs in addressing health and social needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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