NSF’s FastLane is targeted to be removed as a submission option from all funding opportunities and being replaced by Research.gov. For several years NSF has worked to upgrade their submission system, and now NSF has shared that they are proceeding with removing FastLane from their application toolbox. Over the last two years, more and more NSF solicitations have excluded FastLane as a method of submission and now that transition will be completed in January 2023. This week NSF released the following announcement.
From: National Science Foundation, March 22, 2022 10:55 AM In accordance with Important Notice No. 147, many National Science Foundation (NSF) program solicitations now require the use of Research.gov for the preparation and submission of proposals. 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.
Program Descriptions in Research.gov
To assist the research community, NSF developed a dynamic listing of program descriptions that require submission in Research.gov. Follow these steps to determine if your proposal for a specific program description must be prepared and submitted in Research.gov:
The document will identify program descriptions requiring Research.gov preparation and submission and the associated effective date. This document will be updated on an ongoing basis as FastLane will be removed from all program descriptions as a proposal preparation and submission option when the PAPPG goes into effect in January 2023.
Since many program solicitations also require submission in Research.gov, proposers should pay close attention to the requirements identified in those specific funding opportunities.
Research.gov Proposal Capabilities and Transition from FastLane Proposal Preparation
NSF strongly encourages proposers to prepare and submit all supported proposals in Research.gov now, to facilitate a smooth transition from FastLane proposal preparation to Research.gov over the next several months. In addition, NSF relies on your vital feedback to help ensure the system is working as intended and to identify areas of improvement. Feedback may be submitted at https://www.research.gov/research-web/feedback.
Research.gov Proposal Preparation and Submission Training Resources
Questions? If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET; Monday - Friday except federal holidays) or via email@example.com. Policy-related questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regards, National Science Foundation
DER has been using Research.gov for many months, and is ready to help. If you would like more information regarding this transition, or have more questions regarding future NSF proposal processes, please send an email to email@example.com.
SUBJECT: Upcoming Training Sessions for the Kuali Upgrade
FROM: Laura Johnston
TO: SPA News Listserv
On April 25, 2022 an upgrade to the Research Administration System is being implemented. With this upgrade we are transitioning from Kuali Coeus (KC) to Kuali Research (KR).
The new version of Kuali includes:
Updated user interface
New and more intuitive Conflict of Interest module
System-to-System submissions will have:
NIH Validation and PDF Image services
Direct link to Grants.gov fillable forms
Final Grants.gov zip file in KR
Support and enhancements from Kuali
Training and Resources
Four virtual training sessions will be hosted on Zoom and will cover the significant changes in the Proposal Development and Budget modules of Kuali Research. The sessions will be recorded and made available on the Kuali Research Training webpage to be viewed at any time. To receive ERA credit, you must attend one of the virtual sessions.
Registration information: To register, please select the date that you would like to attend and click on the corresponding registration link. The link will take you to the Ability master calendar page where a popup will appear with the registration page for your desired course. Please make sure that you allow popups in order to complete the registration process. If you have any questions or problems with registration, please contact Amy Bane firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting in March references and training materials on the SPA/OSP/CGA website will start transitioning from Kuali Coeus (KC) to Kuali Research (KR) and new resources for KR will be added (e.g. PowerPoint Presentations, videos, etc.). Training for the Conflict of Interest module will be done through job aids and videos. Links to these resources will be provided in the upcoming weeks before go-live.
Please contact the Kuali Helpdesk if you have questions about training resources.
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ARPA-E announced $36 million for 11 projects seeking to increase the
deployment, and use of, nuclear power as a reliable source of clean
energy and limit the amount of waste produced from Advanced Nuclear
Reactors (AR). Nuclear power is one of the most reliable sources of
energy in America, and the largest domestic source of clean
energy—providing approximately 50% of the nation’s carbon-free
electricity, and about a fifth of U.S. electricity overall. Nuclear
power production, however, produces waste which must be disposed of and
safely stored. Mitigating these waste and storage concerns will support
the equitable expansion of the nation’s clean energy sources, including
“Developing novel approaches to safely manage nuclear waste will
enable us to power even more homes and businesses in America with
carbon-free nuclear energy,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
“ARPA-E is doing just that by supporting companies and universities
that are working on next-generation technologies to modernize advanced
reactors and strengthen the nation’s clean energy enterprise.”
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus honored
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Gary Cloud of Michigan State University has received two additional international recognitions for his diligent efforts and significant performance in service to the country’s mechanical engineering community.
The Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) presented Cloud with the 2022 C.E. Taylor Award, an honor granted for exemplary contributions to the field of optical methods and for ongoing leadership of the society.
The 2022 SEM award follows an international recognition bestowed in 2021. The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) named Cloud as a senior member – a distinction given for professional experience, active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and significant performance that sets them apart from their peers.
"SPIE senior members are members honored for their scientific excellence across the broad spectrum of optics and photonics research and applications,” said the 2021 Senior Member Subcommittee Chair and U.S. Army Research Laboratory Essential Research Program Manager Dimitra Stratis-Cullum. “Their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and their significant performance distinguishes them from their peers.”
In 2020, Cloud was granted the singular honor of being named an Honorary Member of SEM. The Society’s definition of an Honorary Member is: “… an individual of widely recognized eminence in some field in which the Society has interest, and who has also rendered exceptional and sustained service to the Society.”
The U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $48 million in funding for a new ARPA-E program that will support the deployment of Advanced Nuclear Reactor (AR) technology by providing safe and sustainable domestic fuel stocks.
The Converting UNF Radioisotopes Into Energy (CURIE) program focuses on substantially reducing the disposal impact of used nuclear fuel (UNF) and supporting a comprehensive national strategy to deal with waste safely and securely.
“CURIE will fuel advanced reactors and provide important clean energy elements, all while drastically reducing waste,” said Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, Acting Director of ARPA-E. “With this new program, we’re emphasizing safeguards and lowered costs as we provide clean energy technology options for the future.”
CURIE seeks to develop innovative separations, online monitoring, and materials accountancy technologies that would support the domestic production of AR fuel feedstocks or important commercial radioisotopes and critical minerals. CURIE also aims to support system design studies related to fuel recycling, separations technologies with improved proliferation resistance, and minimization of waste volumes.
Description: The first seminar of 2022 will engage individuals from DER, OSP, and CGA to provide an overview of the lifecycle of an award - from proposal development to award close-out. Join us for a clearer understanding of the roles and responsibilities at each stage. You will be better prepared to submit fundable proposals and to effectively and efficiently manage subsequent awards from start to finish with the help of your MSU support system. All researchers are welcome and are encouraged to be prepared with any questions. Watch it now on demand!!!