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Office of Sponsored Projects to host
information session on stimulus money

April 13, 2009

The Federal Stimulus Package (ARRA), the FY09 federal budget and the FY10 federal budget all contain significant new funds to support university-based research and development efforts.

The ARRA alone will add roughly 30 percent ($21.5 billion) to research and development funding available in the coming year. The federal FY09 research and development budget calls for $151 billion in spending for the rest of the fiscal year.

NIU faculty should position themselves to be prepared to compete for these funds in areas that support their existing research and development funds.

If NIU is competitive, the university could see an increase in federal research funding of as much as $4 million.

To facilitate this effort, the Office of Sponsored Projects will host an informational presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. The session is open to all faculty in order to direct them to funding possibilities available through the ARRA, key funding possibilities in the FY09 budget and an overview of the FY10 budget to help faculty begin to think ahead for next year.

Presentations will cover the NSF, NIH, DOD, DHS, NASA, Department of Energy, USDA, Department of Education, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, DOJ and HUD as well as discussions of funds that might be available through the State of Illinois and the outlook for funding from foundations for the coming year.

Slide presentations will be posted on the OSP Web site after presentations are given.

Call (815) 753-1581 for more information.