June 2019 Newsletter
From the Vice President
I just returned from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) 2019 Summer Meeting of the Council on Research, hosted by Penn State University. It was an exciting meeting and wonderful to have the opportunity to interact with peer vice presidents/chancellors for research from around the nation.
There was a very important discussion at the meeting on “Responding to Undue Foreign Influence and Security Concerns on Campus” where APLU was joined by Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes for Health, Michael Lauer, the for an agency perspective about the increasing concern regarding the theft of intellectual property, breaches in scientific integrity, and other forms of foreign interference relating to research performed at U.S. universities.
At the same meeting, I had a great opportunity to showcase what the University of Idaho has been doing in two sessions that I co-facilitated: “Public Impact-Focused Research (PIR)” and “Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Research Enterprise.” ORED Faculty Fellow Scott Slovic was a featured speaker.
APLU also held a session on “Best Practices for Centers and Institutes” that was quite timely, as the University of Idaho just held the ribbon-cutting celebration of the new $2.6 million Aquaculture Research Facility on the Moscow campus. This facility extends the reach of the U of I Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) and will greatly improve the educational experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students who will learn how recirculating aquaculture systems operate and be able to conduct research on a wide range of important farmed fish species.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer, and as always, GO VANDALS!
Janet E. Nelson Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
New, Innovative Aquaculture Research Facility Officially Opens
Nearly 100 faculty, students, staff and industry representatives learned about U of I’s new aquaculture research programs and engaged in conversation while enjoying trout sliders during a dedication event for the Aquaculture Research Institute’s brand-new research facility. The facility is the only facility of its kind in the Western United States, capable of research on freshwater and marine species more than 1,000 miles inland.
ORED Leaders Facilitate Discussions at APLU Joint Summer Meeting
Vice President Janet Nelson (far right) co-facilitates the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ final session on “Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in the Research Enterprise.” Also during this session, U of I Professor and ORED Faculty Fellow Scott Slovic (far left) presented his talk “What Research Administrators Can Do to Support Research and Disciplinary Cross-Pollination in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Beyond: Four Stories.”
IRIC Building Gets National Architectural Industry Attention
Last year, the University of Idaho’s Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) was prominently discussed at a Tradeline architectural conference in Boston, Massachusetts. IRIC was one of several building designs from across the nation featured as case studies for their support of operations, productivity and interactivity through innovative design. IRIC Facility Manager Russ McClanahan, and several of the building’s architects, spoke in detail about the building during the conference. Tradeline produced a feature article summarizing their presentation. The article, titled “Designing a University Space for Collaboration—Then Making It Happen,” is available for viewing.
IBEST/NKN Lead Collaborations for New Supercomputing Facility
This fall, a new facility in southeastern Idaho will connect U of I, Idaho State University (ISU), Boise State University (Boise State), the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and other research partners with Sawtooth, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Sawtooth will be housed in the 64,000-square-foot Collaborative Computing Center (C3), which will soon be connected to U of I and its partner institutions through the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON), a dedicated high-speed fiber-optic network infrastructure capable of data speeds up to 100 gigabits per second. The new facility will allow for unprecedented research collaboration between Idaho’s research universities.
ORED’s Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) kicked off collaborative efforts by hosting the inaugural U of I Research Computing and Data Science Symposium May 15-16, as well as the half-day collaborative “C3+3 Working Group” planning meeting on May 17, during which representatives from U of I, ISU, Boise State, INL and IRON discussed research, education and cyberinfrastructure as they prepared to connect with Sawtooth and the C3 facility.
IBEST’s Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN) unit, which provides data management and application development services for U of I researchers, will be the first academic unit in Idaho to install research cyberinfrastructure in the new INL C3 datacenter when it opens in October. In the meantime, researchers with high performance computing needs can visit northwestknowledge.net/high-performance-computing or contact the IBEST Computational Resources Core (CRC) at crc.ibest.uidaho.edu.
Questions about C3 or Sawtooth? Contact NKN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORED Faculty Fellow Brings Unique Perspective to Climate Change
ORED Faculty Fellow Scott Slovic in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, a pioneer in the field of ecocriticism, shared his environmental humanities-focused perspective to teaching climate change as part an article series highlighting U of I’s broad expertise on the topic. Slovic is one of five U of I faculty featured in the article, all of whom teach climate change in their fields of expertise, including literary and cultural studies, anthropology, geography and law. Read the article.
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A Dynamic Duo
New sponsored program specialists team up to supercharge OSP’s workflow
Catie Maas and Kelly Bergeron are relatively different people.
Bergeron is reserved, enjoys running and has an English degree. Maas is more outgoing, loves animals and was trained as an accountant. Differences aside, they are teaming to make pre-award and post-award processing in the University of Idaho’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) more beneficial for faculty and staff.
Through a new “dual-role” training structure created for Maas and Bergeron, the duo will master both pre- and post-award duties, allowing extra support on the busiest side of the grant cycle at any given time. Previously, experts worked exclusively with the pre-award group, which ensures researchers comply with terms, conditions and university guidelines before submitting proposals to sponsors; or the post-award group, which ensures researchers carry out their work according to the terms and conditions of agreements after funding is sponsored.
“The dual-role position will help ensure our university keeps its longstanding history of compliance while maintaining excellent customer service,” said Sarah Martonick, post-award manager for the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Maas and Bergeron began working at OSP in late 2018 as associate sponsored program administrators.
Bergeron began training with senior sponsored programs administrators in OSP’s pre-award group, where she learned how to review and prepare proposals with faculty and staff, submit those proposals to the sponsoring agency and other work. Maas trained with post-award contract administrators, learning to process approved agreements, process modifications to current agreements and perform various other administrative duties.
After roughly three months of training, Bergeron and Maas switched roles so each could learn the other side of the sponsored project process. To retain knowledge from their original training, they switch back and forth between positions at regular intervals.
“Knowing the whole picture and how it all connects definitely helps,” Maas said. “When the post-award group needs help at one time, I can give them that extra help — and vice-versa for the pre-award group.”
Bergeron said the dual-role training program has allowed her to learn quickly.
“I’m already becoming more comfortable with working in pre-award for part of the day and then walking to post-award for a couple hours for training,” Bergeron said. “The sponsored program administrators have been great. They’re very friendly and willing to train.”
The pair recently entered their final phase of training: the review and approval of new sponsored research agreements to ensure the terms and conditions are sound. This is the hardest piece of the post-award job, as trainees need to know state, federal and university policies and procedures on sponsored funding to ensure the agreement terms are in compliance.
So far, the two have learned a lot in a relatively short time.
“Catie and Kelly are far surpassing our expectations for this position,” Martonick said. “I look forward to seeing what they can do in the future.”
Have questions about your proposal or agreement? Contact OSP at email@example.com.
Summer NOI Deadlines for Limited-Submission Funding Opportunities
The Research and Faculty Development (RFD) team in the Office of Research and Economic Development is pleased to share its current list of limited-submission funding opportunities with internal notice of intent deadlines through September 2019. See the planning tool for links to one-page descriptions of current limited-submission funding opportunities and instructions for the submission of the Notice of Intent through RFD's online ticketing system.
- Faculty Invited to Apply to NSF ADVANCE. Deadline: July 15
- Faculty Invited to Apply for the NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program. Deadline: July 15
- Faculty Invited to Apply for NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program. Deadline: July 8
- Faculty Invited to Apply for NSF RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations Program. Deadline: July 1
Faculty Receive ORED Funding for Early Stage Collaborative Proposal Development
The Office of Research and Economic Development congratulates the first awardees of ORED’s Advancing Collaborative Efforts (ACE) program, which supports the acquisition of data, discussions about collaborative proposal ideas, and other activities that will result in the development of large, collaborative grant proposals.
Nearly $98,000 in ACE funding was distributed to:
- Assistant Professor Johanna Gosse in the College of Art and Architecture for her project, “Earthscapes: Broadening the Impact of the Humanities by Teaching Earth Science Concepts through Land Art.”
- Benjamin Richardson, research faculty in the College of Engineering, for his project, “Sensitivity of the Cerebellar Circuit to Autism-linked Factors.”
- Professor Chris Marx in the College of Science for his project, “Influence of Single-Cell Variation in Physiology Upon the Ability to Evolve in Response to Stress.”
ACE is one of several Research, Infrastructure and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) programs, which help enhance the competitiveness of future proposals and/or result in publications, patents, awards, performances or other scholarly deliverables related to the principal investigator’s discipline.
New ORED RISE Program Supports Four Arts and Humanities Projects in 2019
Congratulations to the recipients of the ORED RISE Arts and Humanities Project Support program, which provided more than $9,000 in ORED funding for scholarly and creative efforts in the Arts and Humanities that either increase the competitiveness of an external grant or support scholarship and creative work:
- Raffaella Sini, assistant professor in the College of Art and Architecture, for her project, “Palouse Railtowns’ Cultural Landscape. Actions from Local to Global That Want to Raise Awareness and Contribute to the Protection of Site-Based Tangible Heritage.”
- Tara MacDonald, associate professor in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, for her project, “Imagined Futures, Feminist Pasts.”
- Bal Krishna Sharma, assistant professor in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, for his work on “English Intercultural Communication in Tourism: Critical Perspectives.”
- Sarah Nelson, associate professor in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, for her scholarly work titled “Digital Publication of Marie Mancini Correspondence.”
Research, Infrastructure and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) funds are competitively awarded by the Office of Research and Economic Development to further the development of research, scholarly and creative activities across all disciplines.
ORED Tip of the Month
It pays to read the fine print. When a proposal is successful and an award is received, you will receive an award notice from firstname.lastname@example.org. This award notice is your perfect opportunity to review the sponsor’s agreement.
Look closely at the:
- Start and end dates
- Scope of work
- Deliverables (including reporting due dates)
- Any “prior approval” restrictions where the sponsor expects you to ask them before making project changes
This is the appropriate time to ask questions about the agreement terms and point out concerns that OSP should address in negotiations with the sponsor prior to signing the award. OSP will advocate for you and the university while ensuring compliance with state, university and federal requirements. We may not be able to successfully negotiate all items in question with the sponsor, but we will make every effort on your behalf!
Post Award Manager,
Office of Sponsored Programs