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TechShop in St. Louis -- Presentation: Would membership in a regional TechShop be valuable to your research and education? Let us know!
Join us for a presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 10am to noon (MSC, Student Government Chambers) to find out about what TechShop could bring to researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs in the St. Louis region, including UMSL faculty and students if the University becomes a member.
TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace, and part learning center, TechShop provides access to an extensive array professional equipment and software along with comprehensive instruction and expert staff.
Each TechShop facility includes laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metal working shop, a textiles department, welding stations and a waterjet cutter. Members have open access to design software, featuring the entire Autodesk Design Suite. Huge project areas with large work tables are available for completing projects and collaborating with others. We also offer a number of experience-driven corporate events developed specifically to bring teams together and engage them in the act of making.
Anyone may attend classes. For a monthly or annual fee, members can reserve and use TechShop's tools upon successful completion of equipment-specific Safety and Basic Use (SBU) classes. Talented staff members are available full time to help develop ideas and improve technical skills.
The St. Louis TechShop is planned for the CORTEX district in Midtown. Other TechShop facilities across the country are located in San Francisco, San Jose, Menlo Park, Pittsburgh, and several other cities from Arizona and Texas to Michigan and more.
For more information on TechShop, visit www.techshop.ws/index.html.
To register for the Dec. 3 presentation, please contact Abby Schulte at firstname.lastname@example.org/314-516-5899.
National Research Council of the National Academies
Annual Deadlines: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1, Nov. 1
The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
Internal Funding Opportunity
Next Submission Deadline: Feb. 11, 2014
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 leverage external funds by UM faculty by supporting promising new faculty and funding high-quality new initiatives of senior faculty.
Award limit: $75,000
Information & Guidelines
Contact Brenda Stutte (314-516-5897) with questions.
Internal Funding Opportunity
UM INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERCAMPUS (IDIC) PROGRAM
- SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 28, 2014
Award Notification: May 2, 2014
Award Period of Performance: May 2, 2014 - August 31, 2015 (time extensions beyond August 31, 2015 will not be approved)
Poster Presentations of Results: September 9, 2015
- OBJECTIVE: This program is intended to increase interdisciplinary and intercampus research collaborations to leverage the intellectual capital and resources at the four University of Missouri campuses.
- DESCRIPTION: Faculty are invited to submit short proposals using the template provided in the Proposal Submission webpage to investigate high-risk, high-reward research ideas that will eventually lead to extramural funding. Proposals must involve faculty from at least two UM campuses and from at least two different disciplines. Each faculty member may request up to $25,000; therefore, the maximum funding requested will depend on the number of faculty collaborating in the proposed study (with a maximum of $100,000). Faculty may use their networks to identify collaborators. Also, faculty will be responsible for obtaining required internal approvals before submitting their proposals. A faculty member can only be named a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on one (1) proposal per competition.
- BUDGET: The funding can be used to support undergraduate students, graduate students or post-doctoral fellows, and materials and supplies. The IDIC will NOT provide certain types of support. These include: academic or summer salaries for faculty on 9 or 11-month appointments (includes ranked, non-tenure track faculty whose title includes the word Professor); student tuition or fees; graduate research assistantship appointments for greater than 50 percent time; stipends for graduate students not enrolled at the University during the academic year; book publication subventions for non-refereed or commercial presses; computer time or data ports on University computers; dissertation preparation costs (copying, typing, binding); construction and remodeling of facilities, equipment maintenance costs; professional dues/memberships/subscriptions; secretarial support; and general departmental supplies. These examples are intended to be illustrative, not all-inclusive. Applicants are encouraged to present and justify only their most critical needs, recognizing that resources are limited in relation to the needs for research support.
- FUNDING: A total of up to $1M will be awarded with each campus receiving up to $250K. It is anticipated that 10 to 15 proposals will be funded.
- REVIEW CRITERIA: An internal panel consisting of the four research officers and the UM Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will serve as the chair, will review and select the proposals to be funded using the following criteria:
>> Novelty of the proposed research
>> Merit of proposed approach
>> Potential for follow-on extramural support
>> Extent to which the collaboration is new
SAFETY ON THE ROADS: MOBILITY TRANSITIONS
Dr. Tom Meuser, director of the Gerontology Graduate Program, is working on various ways to help elderly individuals transition from driver to non-driver mobility when needed. → Read More
How the Federal Government Shutdown Affects Your Grants
The federal government’s FY2014 fiscal year begins today, but no funding agreement is yet in place. Therefore, noncritical and nonessential services of the federal government are shut down for now.
How will this affect your current federal funding? Granting agencies will not take any actions on grant or contract awards, and some agencies will send a notice to their grant awardees stating that no payments will be made during a shutdown.
National Institutes of Health: Regarding administration of current NIH grants, HHS' NIH staff will not be available to provide routine administrative services. HHS will, however, maintain the Payment Management System in an operational status to continue processing grant drawdown requests. Given that you have received your award prior to the gap in funding, you may be able to continue drawing funds from prior awards during an appropriations lapse. If you received your notice of grant award with restrictive terms and conditions, or if your drawdown request triggers one of the Payment Management System edit checks and/or the drawdown limit controls, you will not be able to drawdown funds.
If you are considering submitting an application for additional HHS federal assistance funding, please be advised that the Grants.gov system will be operational during a lapse in funding and will be accepting applications from prospective grantees. However, for NIH applications the Grants.gov system will only accept and store applications. Applications will not be processed further until such time as the authority and funding to return to normal business operations are restored.
All Federal Government Agency Contingency Plans are posted online. The page will be updated as more plans are posted.
Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), Fall 2013 Newsletter
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New Year, New UMSL Researchers
More than three dozen new faculty started work at UMSL this fall, representing a wide range of academic areas from biology and chemistry to art, economics, English, accounting, nursing and more. Several are transferring research grants from the previous institutions to UMSL, including Dr. Elaine Doherty, associate professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Dr. Bettina Casad, assistant professor, Psychology. While Doherty and Casad represent two distinctly different academic fields, both are conducting research on human behavior. → Read More
Catalyzing Scientific Study
Eike Bauer receives NSF grant to improve important catalytic procedure for life sciences research, work that also will expand the pool of students in science and improve scientific literacy across disciplines. → Read More
How Did We Get Here?
UMSL researcher, Dr. Erika Gibb, associate professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, studies distant solar-mass stars for origins of Earth's molecules. → Read More
Senator Blunt Speaks on Mental Health
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) spoke about mental health services in Missouri during Research & Innovation Week at UMSL. → Read More
UMSL’s ITE incubator welcomes E.K.G. Life Science Solutions
E.K.G. Life Science Solutions is the latest tenant to join Innovative Technology Enterprises, an incubator for startup companies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. → Read More
SUCCEED: A new two-year certificate program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Post-secondary education and the experience of college living offer many opportunities for growth and a foundation for future employment in both the general population and among people with intellectual disabilities. → Read More
UMSL Research Working on Third-Generation Biofuels
Dr. Xuemin "Sam" Wang, Biology, is working with a consortium of scientists under a DOE grant on third-generation biofuels. → Read More
Pivot to Release New Database Interface
(Posted 01/16/2013) The new Pivot interface will be released Saturday, January 19, around 7 p.m. Central time. Pivot will not be available during the interface update, which should take less than one hour. The look and feel of Pivot has been improved (based on customer feedback) making it easier to navigate and use Pivot. The new interface also paves the way for improved profile updating and other enhancements coming later this year. Free webinars will be offered during the last two weeks of January to take you through the new interface. View the webinar schedule. A YouTube video also is available.
UMSL Technology Transfer and Innovation Marketplace LinkedIn Group Launched
(Posted 01/04/2013, ORA) This group highlights and features technology developments and licensing opportunities for discoveries and inventions developed at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Hosted by the UMSL Technology Transfer Office, this group provides an opportunity for early access to leading edge technologies available for licensing and commercialization. Members are able to comment and discuss these developments and offer guidance to the University regarding commercialization ideas. → Join the Group
Time to Take Another Look at Bayh-Dole
(December 2012 - January 2013, Innovation: America's Journal of Technology Commercialization, by Darrell West, Allan Friedman and Walter Valdivia) In a paper released recently, three fellows at the Brookings Institution identify promising policy ideas to encourage entrepreneurship and innovative growth in the technology industry. → Read More
Projects Planned for Benton-Stadler Science Complex
(Posted 12/10/2012, UMSL Daily) The fate of the University of Missouri–St. Louis science complex (pictured) is back in the hands of university administrators, who seek funding to construct a building and renovate existing space. → Read More
NIH Considers Anonymity for Grant Applicants
(Posted 12/10/2012, Chronicle of Higher Education, by Paul Basken) The National Institutes of Health, the largest provider of basic research money for universities in the United States, has long struggled with both the reality and the perception of bias in its grant awards. The agency said on Friday that it was considering a pilot program that would force its reviewers to evaluate grant applications without knowing who had submitted them. → Read More
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
FLARES: Reducing the Impact of Traumatic Stress in Kids
Jerry Dunn and colleagues receive SAMHSA grant to increase access to high-quality mental health services for Missouri children and families. → Read More
Electronic Signature Page Approvals Coming Soon
(Posted 11/01/2012) The University of Missouri sponsored projects offices (including the ORA) are developing the workflow for electronic signature page approvals (EA), which will significantly streamline the process and eliminate the need to carry printouts of the signature page from office to office to get approvals. In the next few weeks, the ORA will ask PIs and others who help with signature pages to test the electronic process to make certain routing has been correctly set up. More details coming soon.