This year, we are looking forward to furthering Goal Two of Reigniting Our Strategic Directions, Strengthening Professional Formation for All, through our activities and resources to support your scholarship, research, and creative works. We'll kick off our quarterly events on October 13th with our first OSP Community Luncheon to celebrate the impressive sponsored projects achievements from academic year 2021-2022. Later this month, we'll host the first of our quarterly Lightning Talks - where we'll learn about the scholarship conducted over the summer by this year's Summer Faculty Fellows. We’ll close out the quarter with a virtual GrantForward pop-up to help set-up your profile so you can start receiving relevant funding opportunities.
As you'll see in our recently-published OSP 2021-22 Annual Report, the SU community continues to build on the significant momentum of recent years with an unprecedented 120% increase in grants awarded and 28% increase in proposals submitted over the last fiscal year. These results make it clear that the perseverance of our campus community in submitting, and re-submitting, proposals is paying off and we look forward to continuing that growth this year. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your OSP team to discuss how we might support your scholarly and grant-seeking goals!
Jenna Isakson, MPA
Director, Office of Sponsored Projects
The Summer Faculty Fellowship is an internal funding opportunity open to individual tenure-track/tenured faculty and full-time librarians who are actively engaged in scholarship, broadly conceived, and are seeking support to build upon their current work and/or to move projects in a new direction. Applicants across all disciplines are welcome to apply for the $7,100 fellowship. Applications are due via the online portal (here) by 5:00pm Friday, November 1st. Please note that proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered. Recipients will be notified in early 2023. More information a can be found here. Questions and applications can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs, October 13th 12:00-2:00pm | Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room (ADAL)
Whether you are a PI on a grant, have submitted or are interested in submitting grant proposals, support grant management, or are simply interested in learning about and celebrating the sponsored projects at SU, you are invited to join the OSP for our new quarterly lunch series! This fall, we'll be highlighting and celebrating the growth and success of sponsored projects over the 2021-22 academic year. This is a fun, informal event - stop by whenever you can, for as long as you are able!
Thurs, October 27th 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom (link provided in advance)
Co-sponsored with the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
Join us as we kick off this year’s Lightning Talk series! seven of the 2022 Summer Faculty Fellows will present their scholarship in this fast-paced format. Come and support your colleagues as you learn more about scholarship happening at SU and make interdisciplinary connections! Presenters include:
Thurs, November 17th 12:30-1:00pm via Zoom
Stop by this quarter's OSP Pop-up event to get started with GrantForward, a funding search database subscription service available to the SU community. After a brief tour of GrantForward’s many features, OSP staff will be available in this hands-on session to assist you with setting up and optimizing your researcher profile, creating saved searches, and/or setting alerts. Whether you are just getting started or would like to reserve dedicated time to spend with GrantForward, all are welcome to join for any portion of this event that suits your schedule.
OSP encourages faculty and staff interested in pursuing external funding in support of their scholarship to make use of the wealth of resources available on our website and on our Events and Workshops Materials Archive. Resources available to support SU investigators in identifying relevant funding opportunities are outlined below:
The Center for Faculty Development maintains a helpful list of funding opportunities internal to SU. The AY22-23 list is available here.
OSP encourages faculty to explore GrantForward, a funding opportunity database and recommendation service available to all members of the SU community. GrantForward has many helpful features, including a dynamic search engine with customizable filters and mechanisms for developing regular funding alerts that are sent directly to you on a regular basis of your choosing. An overview about GrantForward with instructions for getting started is available here, with additional step-by-step guides available here. If you would like OSP support in setting up your GrantForward profile, complete this brief form and/or reach out to OSP. Please also consider joining our Getting Started with GrantForward Pop-up on Thursday, November 17th!
OSP maintains a searchable database of funding opportunities relevant to the SU context (here) as well as a number of curated lists of opportunities, including those related to faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and racial and social justice.
The Library Funding Guide outlines a number of funding databases and directories that can be useful resources for identifying funding within specific disciplines.
OSP’s Sponsored Research Officers are available to offer expertise and support at all stages of research and proposal development, including exploring potential funding opportunities, early ideation and conceptualization of project aims, and developing well-specified budgets and compelling proposal narratives.
Sarah Bricknell, MBA, CRA (email@example.com) supports faculty and staff in Arts & Sciences, Center for Community Engagement, Education, Law, and Science & Engineering-Biology
Kara Luckey, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) supports faculty and staff in Albers, Nursing, Science & Engineering (except Biology), and all Institutional Offices
Congratulations to the below investigators who were recently awarded funding to support Seattle University research and initiatives*! With the below, SU has 97 active awards as of September 30, 2022, reflecting an 8% increase in active awards over last fiscal quarter.
David Jackson | Summer Business Institute 2023 | U.S. Bank Foundation
LaKesha Kimbrough | Seattle University Youth Initiative Redhawk Academic Mentoring Program | Safeco Insurance Fund (competitive renewal)
LaKesha Kimbrough | Seattle University Youth Initiative Washington Middle School Redhawk Academic Mentoring | Seattle Public Schools Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy (competitive renewal)
Aileah Slepski | 2022-23 Jumpstart Program | Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. (competitive renewal)
Sarah Shultz and Sean Machak | The Influence of Midsole Material and Design on Running Economy | Diadora S.P.A.
Jacqueline Helfgott | Before the Badge (BTB) Longitudinal Evaluation | City of Seattle Police
Rachel E. Luft | From Transformative Practice to Transformative Movements: Building Power in the 21st Century | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mark Jordan, Jennifer Coogan, McLean Sloughter, and Jennifer Sorensen | Enhancing STEM Career Outcomes through Mentoring, Research, and Focused Career Discernment | National Science Foundation
Woo-Joong (Andy) Kim | RUI: Search for Non-Newtonian Gravity Using a High-Sensitivity Torsion Balance at Seattle University: A Continuation | National Science Foundation (continuation)
Woo-Joong (Andy) Kim | National Science Foundation-National Institute of Standards and Technology Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research | National Science Foundation (supplemental)
Shen Ren | Development of a Novel Urea Removal Technology for Portable Artificial Kidney | University of Washington (Northwest Kidney Centers)
Gillian Dutton and Ronald Slye | Transitional Justice Legal Exchange Program – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Supplement | Stevens Initiative (sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Aspen Institute) (supplement)
Margaret Fisher | Seattle Youth Traffic Court | Seattle Municipal Court (competitive renewal)
Jodi O’Brien | Assessing Differential Faculty Contributions and Aligning Faculty Advancement with Mission Values | National Science Foundation
In addition to the above awardees, we would like to congratulate the 23 investigators in Albers, Arts & Sciences, Center for Community Engagement, Education, Law, Nursing, Science & Engineering, Fostering Scholars, and the Provost’s Office who submitted 24 proposals this quarter!
*Note: This list comprises all new and renewed sponsored projects awarded in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (July 1 to September 30, 2022). For a complete list of funds awarded in previous fiscal quarters, please see past OSP Observers, here.
Congratulations to Dr. Jodi O’Brien, Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Development, who has led the SU ADVANCE team to a second award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions ‘Partnership’ program. Funding will support the SU ADVANCE team in extending its work institutionalizing faculty development and assessment structures that explicitly recognize traditionally hidden and/or under-valued work. In partnership with fellow Jesuit institutions Gonzaga University and Saint Louis University, the approximately $1M award will specifically support SU ADVANCE in developing a faculty assessment ‘toolkit’ that expands traditional evaluations of faculty success to include measures that – though more difficult to ‘count’ – are more inclusive of the mission-oriented, community-engaged, and student-centered activities that sustain institutional and Jesuit values.
This new award builds upon the recently-ended $2.3M ADVANCE ‘Institutional Transformation’ grant led by Dr. O’Brien which resulted to the successful revision of the SU Guidelines for Promotion to Full Professor, as well as implementation of new modes of holistic faculty formation and mentoring. The new ADVANCE Partnership will continue this work, with an intentional focus on generalizing and disseminating tools to promote cultural change across other mission-centered institutions, including those in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) network.
Congratulations also to the interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Mark Jordan, Associate Professor of Biology, which was recently awarded $1.4 million from the NSF to establish the SU Math and Science Scholars (SUMSS) Program! Funding comes from the NSF Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the goals of which are to enhance recruitment, retention, graduation, and career readiness for academically talented low-income students with unmet financial need. Over six years, the SUMSS program will provide critical scholarship aid to 24 SU undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in biology, chemistry, or math. SUMSS students will also engage in activities to bolster their success, including faculty and peer mentoring, and targeted academic and career planning support. All SUMSS students will also participate in a research course in data science in which they will gain fundamental skills that are highly in-demand across the STEM workforce. In addition to supporting low-income SU students in developing as well-qualified candidates for positions in STEM fields and/or graduate school, the SUMSS program will also generate important benefits to all students in the College of Science and Engineering by increasing capacity for connecting STEM majors to campus support resources and introducing innovative new programs to enhance student success.
For more on the latest sponsored research activity at SU, check out the News & Awards page on the OSP website!
The OSP is your partner in submitting grant proposals, letters of intent, subawards to other institutions, and contract proposals to external entities. In order to enable the OSP team to effectively support investigators in the submission and institutional review process – as well as ensure compliance with sponsor and internal policies – SU requires that investigators follow an established procedure. For those new to this process (or in need of a refresher), please visit the OSP website for an overview of the internal submission process, which is initiated by submitting a Notification of Intent to Apply. Please also be aware of our internal deadline policy. Please also feel to contact us with any questions!
A reminder that all Principal Investigators (PIs) with active grants must complete a Disclosure of Financial Conflict of Interest Form at the start of each fiscal year. If you lead or co-lead an active external grant or sponsored project and have not already done so, please complete this form, sign, and return to email@example.com.
The OSP has developed new guidance for investigators seeking to incorporate meals or other refreshments as part of projects/programs supported by external funding, including (but not limited to) conferences and other workshop-style events. Particular attention is paid to budgeting for food as part of proposals to the National Science Foundation. The full guidance can be found here.
A reminder that many sponsors, including private foundations, are beginning to require the use of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), a persistent digital identifier that the investigator owns and controls. For example, the National Science Foundation will require ORCIDs beginning in October 2023, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) highly encourages– and requires, for some programs – that investigators provide an ORCID. OSP recommends that active SU investigators register for an ORCID so that you’re prepared for future requirements!
Research.gov required as of January 1, 2023: NSF has announced that Research.gov will be required for the preparation and submission of all proposals as of January 1, 2023. Proposals to most programs are currently available in Research.gov (see full list here). NSF’s old grant submission and management portal, FastLane, will be removed in January 2023. NSF has posted additional training resources for submitting to Research.gov, including short video tutorials about setting up proposals, uploading documents, and checking for compliance with NSF formatting requirements. Of course, OSP staff are also available to support any prospective NSF investigators who are new to Research.gov.
NSF 101: Five Tips for Broader Impacts: NSF recently posted several helpful tips to support investigators in developing and articulating compelling Broader Impacts, which – along with goals around broadening participation in STEM fields – are becoming increasingly pivotal to the competitiveness of NSF proposals.
As always, your Sponsored Research Officer is available to help faculty understand all requirements of the NSF!
Two recent webinars hosted by Hanover Consulting may be of interest:
Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research: Explores how to use grant funding to support undergraduate research and curriculum development of interest (recording here).
Building Strong Grant Collaborations: Tips for fostering effective collaboration and teamwork for developing competitive proposals (recording here).
The Center for Faculty Development is hosting several workshops in fall quarter as part of their regular series, all of which offer excellent opportunities for professional and personal growth. Registration for all events is here. The following are particularly relevant to supporting faculty research and scholarship:
Affinity Group for Tenure-track Faculty of Color
Wednesdays: October 12th, October 26th (9:30-10:45) | Register here for Zoom link
Affinity Group for Faculty Parents
Wednesdays: October 5th and October 19th (11:00-12:00) | Register here for Zoom link
Faculty Writing Groups
Connect with a group of colleagues to structure and support your steady progress toward your individual research and scholarship goals. Starting Fall 2022, groups will be convened on an on-demand basis. Sign up to join a group using this short online form and/or learn more about CFD’s Faculty Writing Groups here.
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) – dedicated to advancing diversity in academia and supporting faculty in successfully navigating academic careers – provides many excellent resources, all of which are available to faculty through SU’s institutional membership. Instructions for activating your membership are here. Upcoming programs that may be of interest:
5 Secrets to a Super-Productive Semester | Wed, Oct 12th (11:00-12:00) – More information and registration here
Maximizing Productivity and Sparking Synergies among Teaching, Research, and Service at Small Liberal Arts Colleges | Thurs, Oct 25th (11:00-12:00) – More information and registration here
Indigenous Time Management | Tues, Nov 29th (11-12:00) – More information and registration here
Fall 2022 14-Day Writing Challenge – NCFDD’s quarterly program which provides a structured and supportive environment to commit and be accountable to daily writing | Oct 17-30th – More information and registration (open through October 12th) here.
The Office of Sponsored Projects is here to help!
We are here to support the full life-cycle of your research and scholarship – from identifying funding opportunities and creating a research plan, developing and submitting competitive proposals, and managing awards. Please reach out to us to request a consultation, notify us of your intent to apply for a funding opportunity, or for help with managing your award!
Your OSP support team:
Sarah Bricknell, MBA
Sponsored Research Officer
Supports CAS, CCE, COE,
Kara Luckey, PhD
Sponsored Research Officer
Supports ALB, CSE (not Bio), CON & Institutional Efforts
Jenna Isakson, MPA
Please direct any suggestions about how we can make the quarterly OSP Observer most useful to Kara Luckey – we welcome your thoughts!