The Research Administrators Group Magazine, the RAG Mag, includes news about the activities of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) and the Sponsored Projects Accounting and Compliance (SPAC) Office, along with timely grants and contracts funding stories and deadlines.
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs is pleased to release the 2020-2021 OSRP Annual Report. Download the report to learn about 23 new MSU Denver grants and contracts, and read the success stories from the Principal Investigators, and Co-PIs, who made these new projects possible.
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs has moved to its new office space, Room 342 on the 3rd Floor of the Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB), just a door down the hall from our previous office in JSSB 350. We will also continue to be available via email, phone, Teams and Zoom meetings. To schedule an in-person visit in our new office please contact us for an appointment.
Join Pivot- RP for the Annual Virtual User Group Event, featuring a panel of guest speakers and fresh lightning talks from several of your peers and peer institutions. During this 2.5 hour WebEx event you will hear about a variety of topics, including best practices for utilizing the tools in Pivot-RP, overcoming challenges and creative uses of Pivot-RP, product updates and an introduction to the newly launched Research Professional News for the U.S. Register here.
Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Spring 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference! This virtual conference will be broadcast live on Zoom during the week of June 6 – 10, 2022.
Registration is open! To register for this free event, visit the conference website.
All presentations, handouts, and webinar recordings from last year’s Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference are posted on NSF’s YouTube page.
On February 21, 2022, users for the Grants.gov grant submission portal will be required to use the new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number assigned by the System for Award Management (SAM) and the use of a DUNS number will no longer be allowed in federal grant applications. OSRP has obtained the new UEI number for MSU Denver and will continue to manage the submission portals. This information is a notice to PIs who may receive announcements that MSU Denver is now compliant with UEI requirements.
On February 10, 2022, the NIH issued new Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements. The new salary cap for grant awards/contracts issued on or after January 2, 2022, is $203,700. Complete information is available here.
On October 4th the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The new guidelines contain significant changes to the disclosure requirements for BioSketches, Current and Pending Support, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR). All NSF current and potential future Principal Investigators should review and be aware of the new disclosure requirements. Information is available here.
Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer (IE) will be retiring on June 15, 2022. Thus, HRSA will no longer be able to support Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) compatibility with the IE browser after June 2022. Going forward, HRSA recommends the usage of other freely available browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. If you encounter any issues while using the recommended browsers, please contact EHBs Customer Support Center (CSC) Monday – Friday between 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST.
To comply with best practices for grants administration, potential PIs are now required to complete a Proposal Summary. This is a tool to assist PI’s to ensure that all items of a grant proposal have been addressed with the appropriate departments, chairs, deans, supervisors or directors. This tool must be filled out with approvals in place prior to submission of any proposals. Complete information with a link to the tool is available on the OSRP Authorization to Submit page.
In response to COVID-19, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs has instituted a university-wide Research Continuity Plan for all active grants as part of their grants management plan. We are requiring that all Principal Investigators on currently active grants work with their grant support staff to complete Research Continuity Plans in an effort to best prepare for, and anticipate, any interruptions in program progress as a result of COVID-19. For instructions, please refer to our Research Continuity Plan.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) brought back the NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, directly to your computer from November 1-4, 2021. This seminar was designed for those who are new to working with the NIH grants process – administrators, early stage investigators, researchers, graduate students, etc. For those with more experience, NIH experts provided a few sessions that are designed for participants that are more advanced and are focused on more in-depth polices and processes.
Seminar recordings, transcripts and slides are now available here.
Learn more about recent grants and how centering diversity, equity and inclusion has provided new opportunities for students and educators.
Read the story in MSU Denver’s Early Bird
Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. Maximum award: Up to $150,000. More information.
The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. Award ranges: Level 1 – up to $300,000 for up to three years; Level 2 – $300,001 to $600,00 for up to three years; Level 3 – 600,001 to $2 million for up to five years; Capacity Building – $150,000 (single institution) or $300,000 (multiple institutions) for up to two years. More information.
The goals of this program is to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education and to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students pursuing associate’s or baccalaureate degrees in STEM. IUSE: HSI offers three tracks: Track 1 is for Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP), Track 2 is for Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP), and Track 3 is for Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP). Limited submission: two proposals for PPP and IEP tracks, one proposal for ITP track.
*Prospective PIs are encouraged to send a one-page concept paper in advance of submitting a proposal.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research and practice. Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism. Proposals funded by this Program Description will: (1) advance the science and promotion of racial equity in STEM, (2) substantively contribute to removing systemic barriers that impact STEM education, the STEM workforce, and scientific advancement, (3) institutionalize effective and inclusive environments for STEM learning, STEM research, and STEM professionals, (4) diversify the project leadership (PIs and co-PIs), institutions, ideas, and approaches that NSF funds, and (5) expand the array of epistemologies, perspectives, and experiences in STEM. Award range not available. More information.
The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program seeks to: (a) strengthen institutional educational capacities to develop and enhance curriculum, faculty, instruction delivery systems, and infrastructure including libraries and scientific instrumentation, in order to respond and serve the needs of underrepresented students in identified State, regional, national, or international educational needs in the food and agricultural sciences; (b) recruit, retain, and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; (c) facilitate cooperative initiatives between two or more Hispanic-Serving Institutions or between Hispanic-Serving Institutions and public or the private sector, in order to maximize the development and use of resources and to improve the food and agricultural sciences teaching programs. Award range: $50,000 – $1 million. More information.
With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is continuing its support of research expansion for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The goal of the CISE-MSI program is to broaden participation by increasing the number of CISE-funded research projects from MSIs and to develop research capacity toward successful submissions to core CISE programs. MSIs are central to inclusive excellence: they foster innovation, cultivate current and future undergraduate and graduate computer and information science and engineering talent, and bolster long-term U.S. competitiveness. For the purposes of this solicitation, MSIs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal College & Universities (TCUs). Award range: $400,000 – $1.2 million. More information.
The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged. Award range: $100,000 maximum. More information.
STEM scholars at Metropolitan State University of Denver will begin to benefit from a $1 million Building Identity Leading to Diversity (BUILD) grant in June. The funds come from the National Science Foundation and are dedicated to bolstering minority students’ STEM access and opportunities at MSU Denver and Community College of Denver through May 2025.
MSU Denver is one of just 11 institutions taking part in the National Security Agency (NSA) grant-funded Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative.
Read the story in MSU Denver’s Early Bird
A new MSU Denver grant-funded program helps recruit students from rural and underserved communities, and provides support needed to succeed in college and their careers.
Read the story in MSU Denver’s RED.
New Lockheed Martin contract provides MSU Denver community with paid research and learning opportunities in space-related fields and beyond.
Read the story in MSU Denver’s RED.
Individuals in the STEM workforce make important contributions to improve a nation’s living standards, economic growth, and global competitiveness. This National Science Foundation (NSF) report, The STEM Labor Force of Today: Scientists, Engineers, and Skilled Technical Workers, details aspects of the U.S. STEM workforce, including growth, demographic makeup, earnings, and unemployment. Read the report.
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