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Office of Sponsored Projects Newsletter: October 2013


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FY13 Annual Report of NIU’s External Funding

NIU faculty and staff secured over $30 million in external funding for fiscal year (FY) 2013.


NIU Sustains External Funding in FY 2013; OSP and DRGS Look Forward to Supporting NIU Funding Efforts for FY 2014 

A description of support provided by OSP and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies is included, along with information on three new Division initiatives in FY14. 


NIU Deadlines for NSF Major Research Instrumentation Competition 

 NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation program is available.  There are limits on the number of proposals NIU can submit. Internal deadline dates are announced for this fall.   


Demystifying Facilities & Administrative Costs (aka “overhead” or “indirect costs”)

OSP developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help demystify the concept of F&A and how we manage these costs. 


NSF and USED Publish Guidelines for STEM Education Research & Development

In August, NSF and the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released a report that establishes common guidelines for the design of research and development studies in STEM education.   


Conference Report: Big Data and Implications for Corporations, Communities, and Research

Big data was one of the key issues discussed at a recent conference of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO), and it is something that will no doubt have a significant impact on NIU faculty, staff, and students.


Collaborative Grant Proposals:  Four Reasons to Collaborate 

As certain research questions and social needs have become increasingly complex, so have the projects that effectively address them.  Such complex projects often benefit from, or even demand, collaboration among partners with varying disciplinary backgrounds and skill sets.  


Tips for Submitting the New NSF RPPR on Research.gov 

Several Federal agencies have transitioned to the Research Performance Project Report (RPPR) format and NSF has transferred all report submissions from Fastlane to Research.gov.  Based on the RPPRs submitted by NIU, we have 5 tips for preparing progress reports.  


OSP Director’s Corner:  Announcing our FY13 Annual Report and What’s New in this Issue 


Research Integrity: Update on the Huskie Commons Digital Repository


Technology Transfer: Confidentiality and Non-disclosure Agreements


Archived issues of the OSP newsletter are available online. 
http://www.niu.edu/osp/newsletter/index.shtml