Dear friends and colleagues,
This year has challenged all of us to reimagine the start of the academic year – a virtual version of our annual gatherings, events, and, of course, classes. We have accepted this challenge, developing a calendar of programming to support and celebrate your scholarship. We start the quarter with Many Roads Travelled - Reflections on Research Funding ‘Roadmaps’ workshop featuring faculty perspectives on their funding journey. Later this month, we invite you to join your colleagues across campus in our first discussion hour of the year centered on racial justice scholarship – perhaps you’ll identify a cross disciplinary collaboration or make a connection with a new colleague. In November, we look forward to ‘Lightning Talks’ from seven of the 2020 Summer Faculty Fellows and finally, we’ll end the quarter by gathering our staff Peer Learning Group for community and a fun (virtual) activity. And, as always, we are available to meet individually – please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to building on the momentum from last year – which you can read about in our 2019-20 Annual Report – and hope to ‘see’ you soon!
Wishing you the best this quarter,
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. Fellows are supported with a summer salary stipend of $7,100.
Applicants across all disciplines are welcome to apply. Two stipends will be designated for environmental justice and sustainability scholarship. Applications are due by 5:00pm Monday, November 2nd.
The OSP is pleased to provide a new resource to support the SU community in grant-seeking: The Funding Opportunities Database hosted on the OSP website provides a continuously-updated list of external funding opportunities that are appropriate for the SU context and may be of interest to SU investigators. The database can be filtered based on discipline, deadline month, and sponsor. While not exhaustive, the list provides an excellent starting point for faculty and grant-seeking staff in identifying potential opportunities. Also available is a curated list of Arts & Sciences funding opportunities developed by the College of Arts & Sciences for their faculty.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to contribute additional funding opportunities to the database and/or have other suggestions for how to maximize its utility.
And, as always, please reach out to your unit’s Sponsored Research Officer if you would like to discuss any programs in the database and/or any other potential funding opportunities!
Held in partnership with the Center for Faculty Development
Please join us as SU faculty from a range of disciplines and career stages share the ‘roadmaps’ they have followed in developing their funded research programs, and the ways in which external support has shaped their trajectories. In addition to learning from colleagues, participants will gain practical insight into approaches to developing a research funding plan that maps pathways for achieving long-term research and funding goals.
We are grateful to the following faculty who will be joining us to share their perspectives:
All College of Education faculty are invited to sign up this fun event! Each “date” with your external funding support team will only last 10 minutes via a Zoom call. Representatives from the Office of Sponsored Projects, Corporate and Foundation Relations and University Advancement will be in each session to learn about your scholarship and funding needs and answer any questions you may have. We will then brainstorm on next steps and send you any potential funding opportunities that may be a good fit.
Please RSVP and/or direct any questions to email@example.com.
Held in partnership with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR)
Are you engaged in research, service, and/or creative works related to racial justice? Do you contribute to the scholarship of systemic racism, civil rights, social inequality, criminal justice reform, equitable education, or another related field, or are you interested in contributing to this body of work? Could you benefit from a community of like-minded colleagues to share practices, collaborate with, and/or advance your scholarly efforts? Join the OSP, CFR, and like-minded SU community members in an open discussion on racial justice scholarship. Please come prepared ready to share your work with your colleagues from across campus. The OSP and CFR will provide a list of funders and funding opportunities working to advance racial justice. We hope to see you there!
Back by popular demand! This round of Lightning Talks will focus on the work of seven of our 2020 Summer Faculty Fellows as they present their scholarship in this fun, fast-paced format. Join us to learn about your colleagues' research and make interdisciplinary connections! This round’s presenters include:
This session, for all staff budget and grant managers, will review internal sponsored project processes. Please join the OSP and your colleagues from across campus for a fun, interactive virtual scavenger hunt to locate the resources available to support you in your sponsored project work.
Please RSVP and/or direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slides and materials from the July Grant Managers Peer Learning Group focused on new post award tools, including the enhanced Sponsored Projects Expenditure Guide, as well as continued discussions about grant management during COVID-19 are available here. This event was part of the quarterly series OSP hosts for staff responsible for managing grant programs and/or budgets.
Congratulations to the below investigators who were recently awarded funding to support Seattle University research and initiatives*!
Colina Bruce and LaKesha Kimbrough | Seattle University Youth Initiative Redhawk Academic Mentoring Program | Safeco Insurance Fund (renewal)
Colina Bruce and LaKesha Kimbrough | Seattle University Youth Initiative Washington Middle School Redhawk Academic Mentoring | Seattle Public Schools Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy (renewal)
Michelle Cruver | Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | COVID-19: Support for Response in Seattle Public Schools
Julie Hurst | 2020-21 Jumpstart AmeriCorps Program | Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.
Beatrice Lawrence and Jaisy Joseph | Study of U.S. Institute of Scholars on Religious Freedom and Pluralism | Institute for Training and Development, Inc. (U.S. Department of State)
Heidi Liere | Ecological Networks, Management Shifts and Ecosystem Services in Urban Agricultural Landscapes | University of California-Santa Cruz (U.S. Department of Agriculture & National Institute for Food and Agriculture)
Cinda Johnson | Center for Change in Transition Services-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Transition Services Collaboration and Support | Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Cinda Johnson | Special Education State Needs Project | Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (renewal)
Mary Alberg | RUI: Hadron Structure and Interactions | National Science Foundation
Margaret Fisher | 2020-21 Judicial Institute | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (renewal)
Margaret Fisher | Seattle Youth Traffic Court | Seattle Municipal Court (renewal)
Robert Dullea | Reimagining our Curriculum: Academic Calendar & Academic Program and Portfolio Review | M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
In addition to the above awardees, we would like to congratulate investigators from the seven colleges, schools, programs, and centers who submitted 14 proposals this quarter! We commend these investigators’ commitment in these most challenging times.
*Note: This list comprises all new and renewed sponsored projects awarded in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (July 1-Sept 30, 2020). For a complete list of funds awarded in previous fiscal quarters, please see past OSP Observers, here.
Cinda Johnson, CCTS Principal Investigator and Associate Professor of Special Education
CCTS-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Transition Services Collaboration and Support |Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services
Special Education State Needs Project | Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS) at the College of Education empowers educators and administrators to improve transition services for youth with disabilities by providing training, data analysis, resources and materials, and technical assistance to educators, school districts and local education agencies throughout Washington state. Cinda Johnson, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, recently received renewal funding through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and a new award from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to support this work. In addition to these recent awards, Dr. Johnson is also currently supported by OSPI to provide statewide professional development and support to educators, district leaders, and other personnel around improving the inclusion of students ages 6-21 with disabilities in general education settings. These three awards follow a long and fruitful history of external funding: Just in the past decade, the CCTS has received over $7.86 million from multiple sponsors to advance the center. “Building upon initial funding for CCTS year after year has been a successful endeavor mostly due to the excellent services that we provide statewide and our reputation and collaboration with state and federal organizations,” says Cinda. “It is important to have a clear mission that is aligned with the research agenda which then makes proposals much easier to write.” Congratulations to Dr. Johnson, CCTS Director Elaine Marcinek, and their team!
Please visit the recently-established “News & Awards” page on the OSP website to learn more about current research activity at SU, including external grants awarded to SU investigators.
OSP continues to be available to support investigators in understanding implications of ongoing and evolving impacts of COVID-19. In addition to the OSP homepage – which provides an up-to-date and comprehensive inventory of SU and sponsor policies and guidance – your Sponsored Research Officer is able to help think through approaches to addressing challenges associated with managing current awards and pursuing new opportunities, as well as to work with funding agencies as needed.
The OSP is your partner in submitting grant proposals (preliminary and full), 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 set of steps. 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 Notice of Intent to Apply. Please also feel to contact us with any questions!
New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), with additional changes effective October 5, 2020: The NSF has released its annual revision to the PAPPG which all applications submitted on or after June 1st must follow. Significant changes include:
As always, OSP is available to help faculty understand these new formats and requirements!
The NIH will be holding their annual seminar designed for researchers new to NIH and grants administrators on October 27-30. Registration is free and a number of sessions may be of interest to SU investigators, including those covering the fundamentals of NIH, grant writing, mock study section review, and the Academic Research Enhancement (R15) Award (AREA). A detailed agenda is here.
The NSF has announced that the annual Grants Conference will be held virtually this fall. Dates and details are pending. Sign up here to be notified about final dates.
The Center for Faculty Development is hosting several virtual workshops in Fall quarter as part of their regular series, all of which offer excellent opportunities for professional and personal growth. The following may of particular interest to research-active faculty:
Research Practice Reboot: Writing Rocks
Monday, October 26th(2:30-3:30pm)
Affinity Group for Tenure-Track Faculty of Color
Tuesdays, October 20th & November 17th (1:30-2:45pm)
Affinity Group for Faculty Parents
Tuesdays, October 20th & November 10th (3:30-4:30pm)
More information, registration, and Zoom links for all of the above are available here.
Three excellent seminars in which faculty from peer institutions who were recently awarded grants through the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Guggenheim Fellowship, and NSF CAREER programs shared their experiences and advice are available through the generous work of colleagues at Grinnell and Carleton Colleges. We highly recommend that SU faculty interested in pursuing any of these opportunities take advantage of the expert insights shared in the below panels:
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) – an organization 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 NCFDD membership are provided by the SU Center for Faculty Development here. Four upcoming programs that may be of interest to SU faculty are:
“Five Secrets to a Super-Productive Semester” – Led by Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles, Professor of Higher Education at North Carolina State University
Thursday, October 15th (11-12:00pm) – More information and registration here.
“How to Manage Stress, Rejection, and Haters in Your Midst” – Led by Dr. Carlita Favero, Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience at Ursinus College
Thursday, November 12th (11-12:30pm) – More information and registration here.
“Engagement Matters: Developing a Career as a Community Scholar” – Led by Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education at University of Maryland
Tuesday, November 24th (11-12:00pm) – More information and registration here.
Fall 2020 14-Day Writing Challenge – NCFDD’s quarterly program which provides a structured and supportive environment to commit and be accountable to daily writing.
October 19th – November 1st – More information and registration (open through October 14th) 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
Senior Administrative Assistant
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!