January 2013, Volume XII, Number 7
New ORA Newsletter and Web Site
The new Office of Research Administration web site was launched on January 3, so we're kicking off the New Year with a redesigned monthly newsletter. The "UMSL Innovator," as did our previous newsletter, will provide monthly reports on grants; funding opportunities; research, technology transfer and economic development news; and upcoming events and deadlines. If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact the ORA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UM Research Board Awards
The purpose of the UM Research Board is to enhance the long-term quality and quantity of scholarship throughout the University by supporting meritorious research projects. An important goal is to use the Research Board funds as seed money to improve chances of garnering external funding by promising new faculty engaged in independent research and by senior faculty interested in new lines of inquiry.
| Upcoming Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 by 5 p.m. → More Info
| Update: Eligibility of Non-Tenure Track Faculty for Research Board Support
During their December 2012 meeting, the UM Research Board approved recommendations to streamline the non-tenure track research faculty eligibility process. Highlights of the changes include:
- A simplified eligibility application form/packet
- NTT faculty already approved for eligibility will be grandfathered in under the new rules
- Application for eligibility can now be submitted approximately two months prior to UMRB proposal deadlines, allowing the applicant enough time from notification of eligibility to complete their proposal but much less time than an entire semester as was previously required. NTT research faculty can apply for eligibility in August (~1.5 months before the October proposal deadline), November (~2 months before the February proposal deadline), or April (just before the May meeting of the UMRB).
Monthly External Awards Report
Mental Health First Aid Course Receives Positive Feedback
In early December, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health presented a course designed to teach participants how to provide initial help to individuals experiencing challenges such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
With attendance at maximum capacity at UMSL's ITE facility, participants were overall very pleased with the session and information provided. Feedback included that "the course was very much needed and should be a requirement for new managers and faculty" at UMSL. Survey responses also conveyed that, even though the course included a substantial amount of information to get through in eight hours, the presentations were easy to understand and offered useful exercises and examples.
The ORA co-sponsored this event and intends to offer it again. Watch for more information.
Lobbying Disclosure Requirements
To ensure that the university is compliant with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 2007, it is important that faculty and staff adhere to policies outlined at www.umsystem.edu/ums/gr/disclosure.
UMSL employees must report expenses incurred in the process of lobbying to Tony Accurso (ext. 5859) either at the time of travel expense report submission or no later than the end of the quarter during which the expenses were incurred.
Plagiarism in Grant Proposals
(Posted 12/10/2012, Chronicle of Higher Education, by Karen M. Markin) "It's not news that software exists to check undergraduate papers for plagiarism. What is less well known is that some federal grant agencies are using technology to detect plagiarism in grant proposals." → Read More
The Office of Research Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis publishes The UMSL Innovator once each month. The online and e-mail publication is designed to inform the campus community of grants received; highlight the research and commercialization accomplishments of UMSL faculty, graduate students and staff; and provide information on important deadlines and events. Also included is recent news about research and commercialization at the University and elsewhere. Recipients are UMSL faculty, students and staff. E-mail email@example.com if you have questions, comments or suggestions on content.
The Office of Research Administration provides leadership and support in the development, execution and operation of programs in sponsored research, technology transfer and economic development throughout the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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