As a new year begins, perhaps you are contemplating your new year's intention(s) – if building upon or reinvigorating your scholarship is amongst your goals, we have several offerings to support you. Later this month, we're offering our Research @ SU 101 workshop to connect faculty and staff to the resources available within OSP and across campus to support your scholarship. In February, we'll hear from seven faculty who have recently returned from sabbatical to share how they spent their time in our Lightning Talks; and later in the month, we'll host our first Fulbright Info Session and Faculty Panel for those interested in international endeavors. To close the quarter, we invite you to join this quarter's OSP Community Luncheon for an informal opportunity to share a meal with other sponsored projects-engaged community members. It is an honor to accompany you on your scholarly journeys – We look forward to seeing you online and in-person in 2023!
Jenna Isakson, MPA
Director, Office of Sponsored Projects
Thurs, January 26th 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom (link provided in advance)
Join OSP as we provide an overview of the ‘landscape’ of supports available to faculty in pursuing their scholarship, and in seeking external funding should they desire to do so. Resources relevant to all points of the research lifecycle will be highlighted, including those provided through the OSP and across multiple offices at SU. All faculty members are encouraged to participate, whether new to SU or in need of a better understanding of how resources can support their work!
Please RSVP here by Tues, January 24th and/or direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues, February 7th 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom (link provided in advance)
Co-sponsored with the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
Join us for our Winter Quarter Lightning Talk where faculty from across SU will present their sabbatical research. Learn more about your colleagues’ scholarship and make inter-disciplinary connections! OSP will also provide a brief overview of sabbatical funding resources.
Please RSVP here by Thurs, February 2nd and/or direct any questions to email@example.com.
Wed, February 15th 10:00-10:45am via Zoom (link provided in advance)
The OSP invites all staff budget and grant managers to reconnect with colleagues from across campus, hear updates from OSP, and engage in a fun, interactive activity to acquaint you with new resources available to support you in your work with sponsored projects.
Please RSVP here and/or direct any specific questions on this topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues, February 28th 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom (link provided in advance)
The OSP is proud to now support faculty interested in applying to the suite of Fulbright Programs! In partnership with Fulbright faculty alumni, the OSP is hosting an info session and faculty panel in preparation of the 2024-25 Fulbright application window. Attend this session to learn more about the breadth of Fulbright programs, and hear from past Fulbright Scholars about the application process and their experiences abroad.
Please RSVP here by Monday, February 27th and/or direct any questions to email@example.com.
Thurs, March 9th 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 this quarter’s Community Luncheon! There is no formal program planned, simply a shared meal with colleagues across campus - stop by whenever you can, for as long as you are able!
Please RSVP here by 12:00pm Fri, March 3rd and/or direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 27th, the OSP and Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons hosted seven of the 2022 Summer Faculty Fellows. Many thanks to those who presented their work: Alexandra Adame, Serena Cosgrove, Julie Crow, Brittany Heintz Walters, and Alexander Johnston (Arts & Sciences); and John Carter and Dylan Helliwell (Science & Engineering).
Recordings and slides from each talk are available here on Seattle University’s ScholarWorks.
Congratulations to the below investigators who were recently awarded funding to support Seattle University research and initiatives*! With the below, SU has 92 active awards as of December 31, 2022.
In addition to the above awardees, we would like to congratulate the 13 investigators in Albers, Arts & Sciences, Center for Community Engagement, Education, Law, Nursing, and Science & Engineering who submitted 15 proposals this quarter!
*Note: This list comprises all new and renewed sponsored projects awarded in the second quarter of the current fiscal year (October 1 to December 31, 2022). For a complete list of funds awarded in previous fiscal quarters, please see past OSP Observers, here.
Congratulations to the SU College of Nursing (CON) and Dr. Carrie Miller, who recently secured nearly $300,000 from the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), the state government agency that oversees higher education in Washington. Funds from WSAC will provide critical support to the SU CON Clinical Performance Lab (CPL), enhancing clinical education of students through simulation-based scenarios facilitated by experienced faculty-clinicians. The CPL is a state-of-the-art facility located at Swedish Cherry Hill Medical Center that houses nursing simulation suites, skills laboratory areas, teaching spaces, and a research commons. WSAC funds will specifically enable the purchase of nine simulation manikins for the CPL, expanding learning opportunities for realistic and standardized clinical scenarios and increasing the capacity of health assessment and skills courses.
Support from WSAC complements another recent award from The Hearst Foundation, which enables the CPL to provide new simulated learning programs with ethnically-diverse trained actors simulating patients and embedded family members that focus on emotionally- and technically-complex nursing care, culturally-aware communication, and setting priorities within a team-based approach.
Taken together, the WSAC and Hearst awards significantly enhance evidence-based simulation experiences in the CPL, thus advancing students’ ability to translate theoretical knowledge into clinical competence and enabling them to develop skills that are responsive to diversity, equity, and inclusionary considerations.
For more on the latest sponsored research activity at SU, check out the News & Awards page on the OSP website!
In order to ensure a smooth contracting process, OSP now requires that the OSP Contract Coversheet be completed for any subcontract to be paid in part or whole by a sponsored project, including for independent contractors. The checklist is also required for all addenda authorizing additional funds to be paid from sponsored projects. The completed coversheet, approved and signed by OSP, must be uploaded with the fully-executed contract to ProcureSU in order to process payment.
As a reminder, per the SU Contract Review and Approval Policy, all contracts funded by sponsored projects must be approved by OSP prior to routing it for execution by either the contractor or SU’s authorized signatory. Additional details about the checklist and contracting procedure are here.
Per our Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Disclosure Policy, all Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and Senior Personnel on all externally funded awards are required to submit an annual FCOI disclosure form to the OSP by May 1.
If a significant financial interest is identified on the FCOI Annual Disclosure Form, an FCOI Disclosure Attachment must also be completed and submitted. The May 1st disclosure due date enables individuals to use their annual income tax return information, if needed, to complete the form(s). However, the Annual Disclosure Form should reflect any material changes up to the time an Investigator submits the form.
If you are a PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel on any externally funded sponsored project, please complete this form and return to OSP. OSP will send a reminder to affected personnel later this month.
Research.gov required as of January 30, 2023: NSF has announced that Research.gov will be required for the preparation and submission of all proposals as of January 30, 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. OSP staff are also available to support any prospective NSF investigators who are new to Research.gov!
Updated NSF Proposals & Awards Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): NSF has published a revised version of the PAPPG (here), effective for proposals due on or after January 30, 2022. Changes to policy and procedures are outlined here, the two most significant of which are the (1) shift to exclusive use of Research.gov for proposal submission and (2) required use of SciENcv for preparation of Biographical Sketches (more here) and Current & Pending Support (more here), effective October 2023. Please contact OSP with any questions about these new formats and requirements!
Fall Virtual NSF Grants Conference – Materials Available: Recordings and slides from the NSF annual conference held November 14-17 are now available here. Sessions include informative presentations by Program Officers on the funding priorities of specific NSF Directorates, as well as overviews of the proposal preparation and Merit Review processes.
Tips from a Former NSF Program Officer: This recent discussion with a former Program Officer for the NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) offered helpful insights for faculty at undergraduate-focused institutions, including around the Facilitating Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. Slides are available here; A recording is here.
How to Write a Great NSF Proposal: Investigators working in NSF-funded fields are encouraged to review slides recent webinar held by the Division of Environmental Biology, which provided many excellent tips that are widely applicable beyond the biological sciences.
New grant application forms required: The NIH has released their new grant application forms (“FORMS-H”), which are required for all submissions with due dates on or after January 25, 2023. Grants submitted prior to that date must use FORMS-H. More details are here.
2022 NIH Grant Writing Webinar Series – Materials Available: Investigators working in the human health space are encouraged to take advantage of the recent NIH Grant Writing Webinar Series hosted by program staff from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The three sessions offer an excellent primer on pursuing NIH funding and preparing a competitive proposal. Recordings and slides are now available here for: Session 1 - Faculty Readiness and Submission Considerations; Session 2 - Determining Whether a Funding Opportunity is Right for You; and Session 3 - Writing a Competitive Application.
ResearchDataGov.org: This new online portal provides centralized access to data from 16 federal agencies, making it easier for social scientists in particular to find and/or request data to support their research. Participating agencies include the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Census Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, and many others.
The Center for Faculty Development is hosting several workshops in winter 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 Faculty Parents
Wednesdays: January 18th, February 1st, and February 15th (11:00-12:00) | Register here for Zoom link
Affinity Group for Tenure-track Faculty of Color
Thursdays: January 26th, February 9th, and February 23rd (2:00-3:00) | Register here for in-person meeting information
Faculty Learning Community: Helen Sword’s Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write
Mondays: January 30th, February 13th, and February 27th (11:00-12:15) | Register here for in-person meeting information
Sessions Supporting Faculty Applying to Full Professor in 2023-24
Co-sponsored by SU ADVANCE and the Center for Faculty Development
Informational Session: Thursday, Jan 26th (12:00-1:30)
Writing Workshop: Thursday, Feb 23rd (12:00-1:30)
Workshop Series on Pathways and Challenges Toward Promotion to Full Professor as a Faculty of Color: Thursdays: February 9th, March 9th, April 20th, and May 25th (10:00-11:00)
Register here for Zoom links
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:
Every Semester Needs a Plan | Thurs, Jan 12th (11:00-12:30) – Registration here
Intro to Academic Publishing Contracts & Negotiation | Tues, Jan 24th (11:00-12:00) – Registration here
5 Secrets to a Super-Productive Semester | Wed, Feb 8th (11:00-12:05) – Registration here
How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities | Thurs, Feb 9th (11:00-12:30) – Registration here
Power Your Research: Academic Branding | Tues, Feb 21st (11:00-12:00) – Registration here
Producing Scholarship and Publishing with Undergraduate Students | Tues, Mar 21st (11:00-12:00) – Registration here
Spring 2023 14-Day Writing Challenge – NCFDD’s quarterly program which provides a structured and supportive environment to commit and be accountable to daily writing | Feb 20th to March 5th – More information and registration (open through February 15th) 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!