NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Office of Research Update

If you haven’t already done so, please review our submission timetable. We routinely have multiple grants due at or near the same time, so it is imperative that everything is in order well ahead of the deadline. This also gives us time to properly check for errors.

For those of you who submit or plan to submit proposals to NSF, please create an account with SciENcv. As of October 5, 2020, you need to use SciENcv to create your biosketch and current and pending support documents. There are YouTube videos on the SciENcv webpages that explain how to use the service.

Let us create your budgets! Many of you like to fill in the UH budget worksheet yourself, but we end up transferring that information to the most current version and looking up everyone’s salary and benefits information anyway. It is simpler to just send us an outline of what you would like in the budget, and let us create it for you. A great way to do this is to make a draft of your budget justification. We can use that to create the budget.

Please check out the NSM Office of Research website for useful links and information.

– The NSM Research Team

Awarded Research Grants

Congratulations to the following faculty members for their recent awards:

Weiyi Peng (Biology & Biochemistry, CNRCS) was awarded a $1,201,213 grant from Massachusetts General Hospital: “From Cancer Associations to Altered Immunity in the Pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease.”

Alan Brandon (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) was awarded a $650,794 from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: “Constraining Nucleosynthetic Components in the Solar System from Combined Measurements of Os, Mo, Ru, and Pd Isotopes.”

James Flynn (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) was awarded a $380,000 grant from TCEQ: “Air Quality Data Collection Support for Tracer-AG in Houston.”

Kerri Crawford (Biology & Biochemistry) was awarded $19,057 and $9,222 grants from Braun & Gresham Attorneys at Law: “Can Naturally Adapted Soil Communities Buffer Ecosystem Multifunctionality Against Drought Effects? (Graduate Student: Jan Dudenhoeffer)” and “Soil Microbial Communities of Two Sister Oaks: Quercus fusiformis and Quercus virginiana (Graduate Student: Hannah Locke).”

Rich Meisel (Biology & Biochemistry) was awarded a $1,000 grant from Sigma Xi: “Understanding the Effect of Host Genotype-by-Temperature Interactions on the Microbiome (Graduate Fellowship: Kiran Adhikari).”


NIH Upcoming Changes to the Biosketch and Other Support Format Page

In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment.

As a result, this NIH Guide Notice informs the extramural community that NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic.

The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

The revisions serve as updates to the Biosketch and Other Support format page templates used as attachments in the NIH’s current Forms-F application packages and RPPRs. The forms updates do not change the policies for Biosketch or Other Support.

Guide Notice: Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021

Hanover Bimonthly Grants Calendar

As part of efforts to monitor the funding landscape and facilitate strategic planning, Hanover produces a bimonthly Grants Calendar centered on certain funding interests. The linked calendar reviews upcoming programmatic grant opportunities focused on STEM Education, covering a range of federal grant-making agencies and private funders. Short-term targets with set deadlines are included alongside longer-term opportunities projected to occur across the next year and beyond. This year, Hanover will produce two Grants Calendars each month, while also holding a monthly grantsmanship webinar.

Please view Hanover’s upcoming schedule and double check that you’re are signed up for updates that are of most interest to you.

UH Research Data Management Librarian

Did you know that UH has a Research Data Management Librarian? UH Libraries offers a range of support for research data management, archiving, and sharing. Contact the Research Data Management Librarian, Reid Boehm, for questions about the following:

  1. Guidance on data management planning for grant proposals or any research project. Let her help you to prepare the Data Management Plan for your next proposal!
  2. Assistance for sustained compliance with funder and university policies.
  3. Workshops and consultations for graduate students on collaborative work practices and strategies for handling data throughout research.
  4. An institutional data repository for archiving and sharing data and related content at no cost for up to 10 GB per project.

For more information about data management, see UH Libraries Research Data Resources or reach out to Reid at riboehm@uh.edu.

NIH New COVID-19 Website

The new NIH COVID-19 website launched recently. The site provides a central location for trusted, up-to-date, accurate information about NIH research and the NIH’s strategic role in COVID-19 research. The site complements information made available on the COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding webpage.

The new site includes information about key programs such as the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines public-private partnership and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative to develop state-of-the-science diagnostic tests for COVID-19. Users are also able to search information on funded research by state, institution, Congressional district, and more.

NIH New Vertebrate Animals Section Training Module

Calling all applicants proposing research with vertebrate animals – check out the latest online learning module on the Vertebrate Animals Section in grant applications. This interactive module will assist applicants in preparing this section of the application and will serve as a valuable resource for reviewers in evaluating the Vertebrate Animal Section of applications and proposals.

This engaging module takes 30 minutes or less to complete and includes:

  • An overview of the requirements,
  • A checklist for applicants and reviewers,
  • Detailed instructions, and
  • Responsibilities of applicants, reviewers, and NIH staff.

See additional resources on the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research on NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) website.

Internal Awards

Update: Limited Submissions

The Limited Submissions page has been updated to clarify the documents that are required for an internal limited submission application. Specifically, the requirements include a two-page limit for the abstract.

Click on the “Apply for Limited Submissions” button on the right-hand side of the page to find a list of open, internal limited submission opportunities and/or to apply for an internal limited submission opportunity.