- U of U Treatment of Fringe Benefits Applicable to Grants and Contracts Effective Aug. 1, 2011
- Feds Giving Engineers and Scientists $50K to Learn to Start Companies
- New Program from NSF: NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
- Recently Released NSF Opportunities
- Letter from the Radiological Health Department
- Grant Writing Crash Course
- Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
1. U of U Treatment of Fringe Benefits Applicable to Grants and Contracts Effective Aug. 1, 2011
Fringe benefits are applicable to direct salaries and wages are treated as direct costs.
The University uses a fringe benefit rate for estimating direct fringe benefits costs on grant application and contract proposals. For reimbursement, the cost of each benefit is specifically identified to each employee. The following rates became effective Aug. 1, 2011. The rate for estimating purposes only is 37 percent of direct salaries and wages. For employees such as graduate, undergraduate, part time salaries etc. with limited benefits for estimating purposes the rate is 14 percent. The rate includes all fringe benefits treated as direct costs. The University may, on an individual grant or contract basis, negotiate a higher estimating rate if the rate can be substantiated.
Questions related to U of U fringe benefits procedures may be addressed to:
Associate Director of Compliance Accounting and Reporting
University of Utah
201 S Presidents Circle Room 408
Salt Lake City Utah 84112-9023
Email: Barbara Nielsen
2. Feds Giving Engineers and Scientists $50K to Learn to Start Companies
A national program was announced July 28, 2011. About 100 $50K supplements will be given to current NSF-funded PIs whose projects have commercial potential. Please review the full article here.
3. New Program from NSF: NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
Subra Suresh (NSF Director) and John Holdren (Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) announced a new NSF initiative, the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps). The I-Corps initiative seeks to invest in new entrepreneurial talent and help develop scientific and engineering discoveries into useful technologies, products, and processes.
To learn more about this new initiative, please see the attached link.
Link to the solicitation here.
4. Recently Released NSF Opportunities
Please find below a list of recently announced National Science Foundation (NSF) program solicitations. As these are important solicitations for the DMR Community, please read the solicitations carefully and forward to other interested individuals. If you have a question regarding a program solicitation, contact a DMR Program Director or the solicitation’s Cognizant Program Director(s). A list of the Program Directors for the Division of Materials Research is available here.
1. Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Program Solicitation 11-562 Proposal Deadline: October 25, 2011. Link here.
2. Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) Program Solicitation 11-560 First submission window: Aug. 17 – Sept. 9, 2011. Link here.
3. Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program Solicitation 11-564 Preliminary Proposal Deadline: October 19, 2011. Link here.
4. ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) Program Solicitation 10-593 Proposal Deadline: Nov. 7, 2011. Link here.
5. Research Coordination Networks (RCN) Program Solicitation 11-531 Proposal Deadline (SEES Track) Feb. 3, 2012. Link here.
6. NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST) Program Solicitation 11-066 No Deadlines (contact Program Officer). Link here.
5. Letter from the Radiological Health Department
DID YOU KNOW?
- X-rays are produced during the operation of an Electron Microscope!
- There are radiation safety concerns related to electron backscatter, as well as X-rays produced during the process.
- Most SEMs are typically well shielded and do not produce exposure rates greater than background.
- SEMs are considered radiation generating machines and should be inventoried by the Radiological Health Department (RHD) to insure State compliance.
- There are no registration fees to inventory your SEMs.
Typical instruments that may produce X-rays as a byproduct of operation:
- Electron Microscopes
- Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
- Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
- Reflection Electron Microscope (REM)
- Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM)
- Any instrument which is equipped with an Electron Gun
- Cold Cathode Gas Discharge Tubes
If you possess electronic equipment in this category (do not include television displays or computer monitors) please forward the Make, Model, Serial# and Location, along with contact information to:
Mario A. Bettolo
Radiological Health Department
75 S. 2000 East, Room 322
322 Research Administration Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9159
If you are unsure, or have questions, about a particular device, please contact Radiological Health at 801-581-6141.
6. Grant Writing Crash Course
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah
Experienced University of Utah faculty will provide individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective grant proposal writing, how to sell your idea to a sponsoring agency, how to develop specific aims and justifications, and the political and social aspects of “grantsmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the Crash Course, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. The $995 registration fee includes two nights lodging at Deer Valley Lodges, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. Immediate family members are welcome to accompany the participant at an additional charge. Attendance is highly limited and you are encouraged to reserve your place no later than Sept. 2, 2011. To register, or for more information, contact Tony Onofrietti, director of Research Education or call 801-585-3492.
The “Grant Writing Crash Course” is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.
7. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
The Research Administration Training Series (RATS) offers several opportunities to assist faculty and staff in the management of research activities, to identify funding sources and develop grant proposals, and to comply with sponsor requirements for the responsible conduct of research (RCR). All members of the University research community are invited to attend individual classes or to earn a Certificate of Achievement in any of six specialized tracks of study: Pre-Award, Post-Award, Clinical Research, IRB Human Subject Research Training, Research Investigator, and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). There is no cost to participate. To register for classes, or for more information about research education and training opportunities, please visit our website or contact Tony Onofrietti, director of Research Education, at 801-585-3492.