Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes are large-scale interdisciplinary research projects that aim to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering.
Conceptualization Grants (CGs) funded at a level of $100,000 – $150,000 for 12 months. Challenge Institute (CI) awards funded at a level of up to $5,000,000/year for 5 years.
Due date: Varies based on type of grant. LOIs required. First LOI due April 1, 2019.
For more information: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19559/nsf19559.htm
NIH has revised the instructions for applications with due dates beginning Jan. 25, 2019, to clarify the “Scientific Premise” review criterion, NOT-OD-18-228. This criterion has been re-named “Rigor of the Prior Research,” and NIH instructions have been revised to clarify the meaning as the strengths and weaknesses in the prior research that serve as the key support for the proposed project. Investigators are further instructed to describe plans to address weaknesses in the rigor of the prior research within the Research Strategy of applications. Instructions to Reviewers have also been updated to clarify these points.
If you have questions about addressing this review criterion within your proposal, contact Rebecca Terns in Proposal Enhancement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new file storage option is now available for UGA researchers through the Institutional File Storage (IFS) services provided by EITS.
Research IFS is an affordable option for researchers who want a centrally managed file storage option for large amounts of data. Researchers can share data with internal UGA colleagues and externally with non-UGA collaborators (with a guest MyID). This cost recovery service is available to UGA faculty, postdocs and research staff for $10 per month for each terabyte (TB). Other IFS options include Standard IFS and Secure IFS.
More information on Research IFS.
Request Research IFS. Contact: Jonathan Hardy email@example.com.
Four UGA colleges are partnering with the Office of the Vice President for Research to provide small grants to investigators who narrowly miss getting their external research proposals funded.
Investigators in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine may apply for small, one-year grants of $2,000 to $10,000 to help strategically improve a proposal’s viability upon re-submission.
For complete details on the program for each college, see links below.
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Grants on the Edge: Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis.
College of Engineering Awards Within Reach: Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis.
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Grants on the Edge: Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis.
College of Veterinary Medicine Grants on the Edge: Applications are due November 1st, 2016, with awards available in January 2017. The program also will consider small grants for new proposals if the investigator is able to demonstrate that they have a nearly completed competitive grant application with a specific and surmountable weakness.
All chemicals that are brought onto University of Georgia property must be purchased through Central Research Stores (CRS). This ensures that each chemical container receives a unique barcode label and that it can be easily tracked as it moves between labs or once it becomes designated as waste ready for disposal.
However, if you have chemicals in your lab that were not purchased through CRS, you can manually add them to your inventory by purchasing unassigned barcode labels and following the procedure outlined by the Environmental Safety Division.
As research and research collaborations continue to increase and diversify, it is important for us to remain well-informed of regulations that may apply to our activities. Shipping hazardous materials and dangerous goods by land, by air, or by vessel are all highly regulated activities. Shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods can pose danger to anyone who may come into contact with the shipment, therefore, it is critical to follow the rules and regulations so that any unsafe condition is minimized or eliminated. Shipping regulations are becoming more and more complex and include mandatory training and record-keeping requirements for anyone presenting a package containing hazardous materials or dangerous goods for transport.
It is the policy of UGA that the shipment of any hazardous materials or dangerous goods off campus through a public contractor is to be coordinated through the Hazardous Materials Program of the Environmental Safety Division. Hazardous Materials Program personnel are fully trained and have materials to handle the shipment of most hazardous materials. They are available to answer any questions you may have about shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods and to assist you in determining if your shipment contains hazardous materials or dangerous goods. These include (but are not limited to): flammables, corrosives, oxidizers, toxic materials, compressed gasses, and miscellaneous hazardous materials or substances. Also included are laboratory chemicals, radioactive materials, biological agents, diagnostic specimens, refrigerants or cooling agents such as dry ice, and instruments or equipment that might contain hazardous materials. Hazardous materials or dangerous goods that are shipped to labs for testing or analysis, to a colleague for collaborative research, to another research facility, returned to the manufacturer or sent to a field research site are included. More information is available from the ESD website.
Please take time to visit the ESD website and contact them with any questions you have about current or planned projects that may involve shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods. If you are unsure about any items or packaging materials you plan to ship, the ESD Hazardous Materials Program can assist you in making a proper determination. Brian Adams,Hazardous Materials Program manager, can be reached at 706-713-2729 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your time spent to properly package and ship these items is very important to everyone involved in the safe and timely pick-up, transport, and delivery of your package.
Peroxide-forming compounds (peroxide formers) are among the most hazardous chemicals found in university laboratories. Over time they can become unstable and potentially explosive. Some of the more hazardous peroxide formers should be used within three to six months of opening.
Georgia Fire Code requires that all peroxide forming chemicals be dated upon opening. The Office of Research Safety encourages additional precautions by labeling the containers with the date of receipt and the last date of peroxide testing, if applicable. Chematix is set up to help you keep track of expiration dates for these chemicals.
For more information, see Appendix I of the Lab Safety Manual, Particularly Hazardous Substances, or contact the Office of Research Safety at 706-542-9088.
The White House has announced a new nationwide project, the National Microbiome Initiative, to advance understanding of microbiomes in order to aid in the development of useful applications in areas such as health care, food production, and environmental restoration.
The federal government is investing $121 million in FY 2016 and 2017 into the program. Several agencies will chip into that number, including NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Agriculture. Additionally, more than 100 external organizations will add additional funding, including $100 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the next four years.
Read NSF Dear Colleague Letter.