Info for Researchers

  • Attention NSF Awardees: Please stop submitting project reports on FastLane starting Feb 1, 2013Research Updates
  • NSF Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) funding opportunity
  • Grant Writing Crash Course
  • Community-Based Research Grant Opportunity
  • Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  • Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)


1.    Attention NSF Awardees: Please stop submitting project reports on FastLane starting Feb 1, 2013


As you may know, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is transitioning annual, final, and interim project reporting from FastLane to NSF is committed to continuing to work with the research community and NSF awardees on achieving a smooth transition.

What do I Need to Know Now?
Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs must stop submitting new project reports in FastLane starting on Feb 1, 2013. On Mar 18, 2013, NSF will transfer its current project reporting service from FastLane to You should pay particular attention to your reports that are currently in progress and reports previously submitted and returned by your NSF Program Officer.

Project reports that are in progress as well as those reports that are returned by NSF program officers should be revised and resubmitted prior to Feb 1. To assist the research community with this transition, the overdue dates have been extended for all project reports originally scheduled to become overdue between Jan 31 and Apr 30, 2013. Starting Mar 18, 2013, you can use to submit project reports.

NOTE:  If you are in the Project Report Pilot, this message does not apply to you.

Where Can I Find Out More?
For more information about the transition of annual, final, and interim project reporting to, please visit the Project Report Informational Page or see our Online Help

For technical assistance, contact the Help Desk, 7:00a.m.-9:00p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays):
You can email the Help Desk or call 1-800-381-1532

Thank you,
The Team at the National Science Foundation

2.    NSF Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) funding opportunity

Summary of the INSPIRE funding opportunity: The INSPIRE awards program was established to address some of the most complicated and pressing scientific problems that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines. It is intended to encourage investigators to submit bold, exceptional proposals that some may consider to be at a disadvantage in a standard NSF review process; it is not intended for proposals that are more appropriate for existing award mechanisms. INSPIRE is open to interdisciplinary proposals on any NSF-supported topic, submitted by invitation only after a preliminary inquiry process initiated by submission of a required Letter of Intent (LOI). In fiscal year 2013, INSPIRE provides support through the following three pilot grant mechanisms:

INSPIRE Track 1: This is essentially a continuation of the pilot CREATIV mechanism from FY 2012, which was detailed for 2012 in Dear Colleague Letter NSF 12-011.

INSPIRE Track 2: These are “mid-scale” research awards at a larger scale than Track 1, allowing for requests of up to $3,000,000 over a duration of up to five years. Expectations for cross-cutting advances and for broader impacts are grater than in Track 1, and the review process includes external review.

Director’s INSPIRE Awards:  These are prestigious individual awards to single-investigator proposals that present ideas for interdisciplinary advances with unusually strong, exciting transformative potential.

All NSF directorates and programmatic offices participated in INSPIRE in FY 2012 and are continuing their participation in FY 2013.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due Dates
INSPIRE Track 2 Inquiries: Letter of Intent Due Date Feb 20, 2013
INSPIRE Track 1 Inquiries (also for Director’s INSPIRE Awards): Letter of Intent Due Date Mar 29, 2013
Full proposal submission is by invitation only, based on evaluation by NSF staff of the required Letter of Intent.

3.    Grant Writing Crash Course

Apr 26-28, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

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 GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your Department Chair or Research Dean. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

4.    Community-Based Research Grant Opportunity

Due Feb. 15
The Community-Based Research Grant seeks to fund research that has emerged from community-engaged work done in collaboration with community partners, and with reciprocal benefit from the research for both U and community partners (it does not fund the partnership/program work itself). The grant provides either one award of $20,000 or two of $10,000. If you have been involved in community-engaged work, you are encouraged to consider whether the grant could fund collaborative research projects you or your students are interested in pursuing. Those interested in applying should plan to attend the CBR Grant workshop on Thursday, Jan. 24, 12:30 p.m., at UNP (1060 South 900 West). Link to the CBR Grant here. RSVP to Sarah Munro or call (801) 972-3596.

5.    Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant
Deadline: Feb 15, 2013

Funding Incentive Seed Grant
Deadline: Feb 15, 2013

6.    Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website.

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Tuesday, Feb 12 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, Feb 14 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Tuesday, Feb 19 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, Feb 20 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Post-Award Session
Wednesday, Feb 20 2:00-4:00p.m.
RAB Rm. 117

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC, and IBC
Thursday, Feb 21 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

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