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NSF Proposal Clinic – Preparations

We are busily confirming our plans for ASU’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Clinic to be held on ASU’s Main Campus at ISTB 4 on January 9, 2014.

The event targets associate and full professors seeking to improve their NSF award portfolio. Highlights of the day include, a presenter with extensive experience in single investigator and center proposal preparation, a panel discussion featuring experienced faculty members, and a networking lunch. NSF_ProposalClinicFlyerDownload the flyer: NSF-ProposalClinic.

Register here by January 6, 2014.

Questions? Email researchstrategy@asu.edu.

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NSF Day at ASU

ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) was pleased to host the National Science Foundation (NSF) on December 5, 2013.

ASU began as a teacher’s college. Since the turn of the century, we have evolved to become a leading institution of research and discovery. In fiscal year 2013, over 11 hundred ASU investigators submitted proposals requesting $1.25B in funds. In that same year, almost a thousand investigators received $321.5M in award obligations. And last fiscal year our research expenditures reached $405M, up from $343M the year before. While these are impressive numbers, it has always been our local and global impact that matters most.

ASU faculty and their research are regularly featured in leading peer reviewed journals; our students are nationally recognized for their innovation and entrepreneurship and academic achievements; and ASU is internationally ranked for the quality of our education. We connect with teachers and students across the state in order to find ways to improve education and experience in the classroom. At the same time, we send highly sensitive instruments to the moon and Mars to characterize its atmosphere and geology. As you know, this is not possible without continued federal funding, and in particular, funding from the NSF.

Two of these presenters are returning to ASU. Dr. George Gilchrist credits an introductory zoology course taught by Dr. Ronald Rutowski as his inspiration for pursuing a career in biology.  Dr. Marjorie Zatz has continued ASU’s comittment to public service, joining NSF in 2012. While at ASU, she held many leadership positions, but was noted for her dedication to students and researchers in the School of Social Transformation.

We also welcomed Dr. Pat Knezek, a leader among astronomy professionals; Dr. Russ Kelz, who has worked tirelessly for many years at NSF to improve earth sciences instrumentation and facilities; Dr. Beth Mitchneck, a ADVANCE program advocate and faculty member from our neighbor down south; and Dr. Weisong Shi, a rising star in computer science and a very recent addition to NSF.

Preparations began several months earlier, after a call from George Wilson, Legislative Specialist at the NSF, to Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Senior Vice President of OKED. They culminated in delivery of 300 folders to an empty ballroom:

20131204_211512_resizedWhich was then filled with over 250 attendees from across Arizona’s educational landscape:

20131205_105933_resizedIt was a great success and dovetails with our next event, the NSF Proposal Clinic on January 9, 2014, where investigators will learn crucial tips and tricks for their NSF proposals from a very experienced grants writer.

 

 

 

NSF is coming!

We’ve been working all week: cross checking reservations, emailing confirmations, printing and collating! It all comes to fruition tomorrow.

Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development is pleased to be hosting the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their NSF Day on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Memorial Union on Tempe’s campus from 7:30am until 4:30pm. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to become more familiar with NSF policy and funding priorities. Almost 300 people will be coming from across the southwest to learn more about the NSF. It will be an exciting time for all!

For more information on the NSF, check out the following sites:

National Science Foundation Scales Up Entrepreneurship Program

The National Science Foundation said today that it will fund a major expansion of its Innovation Corps program, an effort to teach NSF-funded university researchers how to build profitable startups around their technologies.

In its initial stages, the two-year-old “I-Corps” program has been flying researchers to Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and Georgia Tech for prototype versions of the “Lean Launchpad” course originally developed at Stanford by serial entrepreneur and startup guru Steve Blank. Now the program is spreading to nine more universities, which have been singled out for three-year grants totaling $11.2 million.

Read entire article here.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes…

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has changed its policies and procedures for proposals  due after January 14, 2013. Click here for the comprehensive guide and here for FAQ‘s.

Changes of special note:

  • Three  text boxes that comprise the Project Summary, which is limited to 4,600 characters total. (There is an exception for disciplines that require specialized formatting.)
  • Broader Impacts is now a separate section within the Project Description.
  • Publications within the Biosketch has been renamed “Products” and can include items of scholarship such as software, patents, and copyright.
  • The Results from Prior NSF Support is a section within the Project Description.
  • Personnel available for the project can be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources.

How these changes will benefit you:

  • Broader impacts aligns with the mission of NSF, via Congress, and ultimately from the public. That is, while basic research must be completed and will advance knowledge – there is also a requirement to improve the education and experience of the workforce. A separate, dedicated section within the proposal will allow you to adequately expand upon your competitive plan to accomplish these goals .
  • The Biosketch can now accurately reflect ALL of your scholarly activity that is pertinent to the submission.
  • Including a description of prior results can contribute to establishing a record of accomplishment with awards.
  • Describing the personnel available to support the proposed project may assist reviewers in assessing the infrastructure and committed resources that will be applied to the proposed project.

These changes are relatively small, but can be used to your advantage. A clear, compelling, and cohesive proposal utilizes the requirements wisely, while remaining compliant to all sponsor guidelines.