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  • The Office of Research is now publishing an e-newsletter to keep faculty and staff involved in research aware of the latest policies and procedures.  To be added to the mailing list, click Subscribe to Newsletter.  To see past issues, click here (note:  a Tennessee Tech username and password must be provided). 
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  • NSF has provided a link to the presentations for its Spring 2022 Grants Conference. 
  • Please be advised that NSF will now start requiring the use of Research.gov for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to program descriptions. As a reminder, FastLane is targeted to be removed as a submission option from all funding opportunities when the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) goes into effect in January 2023. Grants.gov will remain a submission option for most NSF proposals.
  • Anyone planning to submit a TBR SERS proposal MUST submit the internal
    online Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal form as soon as possible.

    2023 Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS) Grant

    Program Narrative: The primary purpose of the SERS grant is to provide
    funding for innovative and effective outside-of-the- classroom programs or projects that increase success rates and improve educational outcomes for traditionally underserved students or underrepresented populations.

    Program Scope: SERS grants (up to $50,000) are available for new or existing services or programs that align with and/or support the campus or system’s overarching equity, diversity, and inclusion goal(s) as well as the goals and objectives identified in any campus or system operational plans (i.e., Strategic Plan, ATD action plan, SEM plan, Drive to 55, etc.) It is expected that the grant proposal will specifically focus on individuals from underserved or targeted populations including, but not limited to, students of color, low-income students, adults, veterans, students with disabilities.

    Who may apply: Individuals or teams from TBR Community and Technical Colleges and the six locally governed public Universities in Tennessee are eligible to apply. Applications for collaborative projects with other institutions of higher education, non-profits, business partners, LEAs, or other entities are allowed. The project director on collaborative applications must be a representative of a Technical College, Community College, or LGI employee.

    URL: Grant Opportunities | Tennessee Board of Regents (tbr.edu)

    Grant Application Timeline:
    Application Submission Deadline: April 29, 2022

    Notice of award decisions: by May 20, 2022
    Program Timeline: The grant period will run from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023

    The Office of Research will coordinate obtaining legal counsel’s review and all required signatures (including Tech’s Diversity/Equity Officer, authorized representative for grants and sponsored programs, and business officer) but we must have advance notice of your planned submission via the internal Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal form.

    Questions?  Please send your questions to preaward@tntech.edu 

  • NSF has issued an updated version of the table entitled NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support.  The updated table dated January 10, 2022, includes information regarding start-up packages provided by proposing organizations as well as outside organizations.  Any questions regarding the contents of the table should be directed to the Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov.
  • NSF announced a number of enhancements for proposals submitted in Research.gov, Fastlane and Grants.gov. 
  • The OMB has released the 2021 Subpart F Compliance Supplement for audits of federal awards.  The Supplement can be found on OMB's website
  • NSF has revised the following sets of award terms and conditions:
    1.  NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (ASR)
    2.  Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC)
    3.  Cooperative Agreement Modifications and Supplemental Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions for Major Multi-User Research Facility Projects and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
    4.  Grant General Conditions (GC-1)
    5.  Special Terms and Conditions (FL 26) for Administration of NSF Conference or Travel Grants
    6.  Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grant General Conditions (SBIR/STTR-I) 
    7.  SBIR/STTR Phase II Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (SBIR/STTR-II CA-FATC)

    All of the terms and conditions have been updated to include a new article that establishes a post-award disclosure requirement for undisclosed current support and in-kind contribution information.  Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a summary of changes made to that document. 

    The revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards mande on or after October 5, 2020, except for the SBIR/STTR-I and SBIR/STTR-II CA-FATC which became effective July 6, 2020. 

    Questions regarding NSF terms and conditions may be sent to the DIAS Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov

    A few nonsubstantive technical corrections have been made to the Research Terms and Conditions Overlay to 2 CFR § 200.  The updated Overlay does not contain any new requirements or policies that were not already addressed by the previous version that went into effect on November 12, 2020.   These technical corrections were made to maintain consistency throughout the document by including the full citation for the following Uniform Guidance sections:

    § 200.407 Prior written approval; 
    § 200.430 Compensation - personal services;
    § 200.439 Equipment and other capital expenditures; and 
    § 200.447 Insurance and Indemnification. 

    Please visit the Research Terms and Conditions website for full information. 

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