The UMaine Hutchinson Center is hosting a two-day grant writing workshop, “Writing Winning Grant Proposals: Nuts, Bolts and Assembly” (PDF) in Belfast August 12th and 13th. The workshop runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm both days. The $255.00 fee for attendance includes breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. To register contact Nancy Boyinton.
For awards subject to the February 2013 and subsequent Research Terms & Conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued the following:
“By accepting a NIFA award the grantee assures that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research and that documentation of such training will be maintained. Grantees are advised that the documentation of the training is subject to NIFA review upon request.” Full text can be found in NIFA’s April 2013 Agency-Specific Terms & Conditions (PDF).
UMaine’s current Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research plan (PDF) is being revised to reflect the NIFA requirement. In the interim, if you receive a NIFA award please contact our office, prior to expenditure of funds, to determine an appropriate training plan for your research team.
Effective April 1, 2013, all investigators must satisfactorily complete Conflict of Interest (COI) training using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. The training typically takes about 30 minutes to complete; certification is valid for four years.
Prior to submitting a request for funding from an extramural source, the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PIs must:
- Review UMaine’s revised Policies and Procedures for Financial Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest in Extramurally Sponsored Activities (PDF)
- Complete the COI training (Instructions for establishing a CITI account and completing COI training (PDF))
- Update their PARS User Profile with the COI training date of successful completion (Note: The PARS user profile can be accessed from the PARS homepage titled ‘User Activities Menu’)
- Complete the Financial Disclosure Statement/Investigator Certification in PARS (Note: This certification is project specific and can be found on the “Project Information” screen)
- Submit a Significant Financial Interest Disclosure Form (PDF) to ORSP, if applicable.
More information can be found at: http://umaine.edu/orsp/compliance/conflict-of-interest/
The April 2013 Foundation Tracker Bulletin (PDF) is now available.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Funding Opportunities Calendar has been retired in favor of PIVOT (formerly Community of Science), a comprehensive funding resource available to the UMaine community courtesy of Fogler Library. Pivot pinpoints funding opportunities based on an investigator’s unique profile, with searches that are:
- Accurate: Updated daily to add new information drawn from sources linked to profiles in publications from vetted sources and web content associated with a scholar’s profile, and to drop out expired opportunities.
- Automated: Users can receive alerts whenever new matching opportunities are posted that match their saved searches.
- Focused: Search just one database for funding in any discipline and country, rather than multiple sources or scattershot across the internet.
The Limited Competitions Registry (Registry), which replaces the Funding Opportunities Calendar, is a database of active RFP’s for limited competitions (RFP’s for which the University may submit only a certain number of proposals). Investigators wishing to be considered for a limited competition must sign up through PARS via the Registry. Please consult UMaine’s policy on limited competitions (Word) for more details.