Activities & Outreach

External Events

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New NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF  16-1)

NSF has released a revised version of its Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

NSF is offering a webinar on October 29th at 2 PM EST to brief the community on the new PAPPG.

Registration is required at  

Faculty submitting proposals on or after January 25th are encouraged to register for this webinar and to discuss these changes with their RDS. 

Significant Changes Include:

  • Enforcement of 5 PM submitter's local time across all NSF funding opportunities;
  • Implementation of NSF's Public Access Policy;
  • Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission;
  • NSF's implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;
  • Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch;
  • Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;
  • Electronic signature and submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and
  • Numerous clarifications throughout the document. 

(In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 15-1) continue to apply until January 25, 2016, and will remain on the NSF website.)



Now on its seventh run, the Research Commercialization Introductory Course is a very popular online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Over 5000 students, faculty and researchers from across the US have taken this course since it's been offered.

Research commercialization involves taking articles, documentation, know-how, patents, and copyrights, which are created during research activities and getting them to users and patients for real societal impacts. In some cases, commercialization involved taking patents based on the research and licensing them to a company. This usually involves also having the researchers consult to the company. In other cases, commercialization involves forming of creating a startup and applying to federally funded commercialization programs. In all cases, though, research commercialization typically involves defining the nature of the research being commercialized (e.g., in a patent or intellectual property agreement), establishing a commercial relationship with another party (e.g., employment, a sale or license), and negotiating a contract (e.g., compensation).

Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs

Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A.

Course Schedule: October 7 to November 20, 2014.; Click here to Register

National Institutes of Health eRA Commons / Webinar on Personal Profile

This webinar offers faculty interested in NIH funding an opportunity to learn about the new format and design of the NIH Commons Personal Profile.  The Personal Profile in Commons is the central repository of information for all Commons registered users. Rather than thinking of the Profile as a simple directory entry, it can be thought of as a research planning tool.  What you put in the Commons Profile drives how NIH locates you and also how NIH-active colleagues from other universities can locate you.

Beginning in July, Commons users are required to use the re-designed Personal Profile module. The hope is that this new module will improve the user’s experience.  Follow the link for the webinar's presentation.

Knowledge Level: All

Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

IES Hosts FY 2013 Funding Opportunities Webinar Series Beginning in May

The Institute of Education Sciences ( anticipates the Request for Applications for FY2014 research and research training competitions to be released in early May. The Institute will host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning in May 2013.  These webinars will focus on a range of topics, including overviews of specific funding opportunities, the application process, and grant writing. For a complete description of these webinars and the registration process, go to

 NIH Regional Conference

The NIH Regional Conference will be held June 26-28, 2013, in Baltimore, MD.  Each year, the Office of Extramural Research (OER) sponsors the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration. These seminars are intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify Federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. The seminars serve the NIH mission of providing education and training for the next generation of biomedical and behavioral scientist. NIH policy, grants management, review and program staff provide a broad array of expertise and encourage personal interaction between themselves and seminar participants. The seminars are appropriate for grants administrators, researchers new to NIH, and graduate students.

The conference website is:

National Science Foundation

Webinar on changes to Merit Review Criteria

New NSF Merit Review Criteria are effective for proposals submitted on or after January 14, 2013. NSF provided extensive online materials to describe the revisions to the Merit Review Criteria. The new criteria, FAQ, and a recording of an NSF webinar are available at