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Student Research Highlighted at Statewide Competition

More than 200 student researchers from throughout the CSU presented at the 28th annual Student Research Competition at Cal State East Bay May 2-3. The contest showcases the significant research done by undergraduate and graduate students

In order to participate, the students have to be selected by their campus or take top honors in their own campus research competition. Their projects are judged by professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California.

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‘Explorations in Citizen Science’ Showcases Student Research

“Science Guy” Bill Nye is headlining the March 19-20 “Explorations in Citizen Science” symposium with the focus on inspiring interest in science and math careers and giving Cal State Fullerton students the opportunity to share their research projects and polish their presentation skills.

The 11th annual symposium features 16 student research presentations, 34 student research posters, a student research competition, and faculty and guest lectures.

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Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Student Wins CSU Statewide Research Competition

The California State University’s top award for graduate student research in Biological and Agricultural Sciences was given to Brian Maurer of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ Biological Oceanography Lab. This year’s competition was held May 10th and 11th at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Maurer was one of three graduate students from San Jose State University at the statewide event.

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SDSU Research No. 1 for Fourth Straight Year

According to Academic Analytics, SDSU is the most productive research university with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs.

For the fourth consecutive year, San Diego State University is ranked the No. 1 most productive research university in the nation among schools with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs, according to Academic Analytics*.

This will likely be the last time the university will be ranked in the “small research university” category. Beginning in fall 2010, SDSU will offer two new joint-doctoral programs in evolutionary biology and geophysics, and is expected to launch three additional engineering doctoral programs, exceeding the “small research” category’s maximum of 14 Ph.D. programs.

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$230,000 grant will enhance Hispanic education programs in the region

Efforts to improve Hispanic education in the region and raise awareness of post-graduate degree programs that prepare future education leaders will receive a welcome boost from a $230,000 U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to California State University, Stanislaus.

Teacher Education Professor Dr. Juan Flores coordinated the successful application for the highly competitive Fund for the Implementation of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) grant. As a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution with more than 25 percent of its students of Latino heritage, CSU Stanislaus facilitates innovative programs that focus on Hispanic education and leadership topics.

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NIH Correction Window Extended

Grant Week from the Grants Resource Center

Grants.gov was not able to complete the application process for five National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants that were due between April 27 and May 1, 2009. Therefore, the error correction window for those applications has been extended to May 8, 2009.  The affected NIH programs are the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RC1); Environmental Sensors for Personal Exposure Assessment (R44); Pre-Application for Dietary Supplement Research Centers: Botanicals (X02); Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Returning Combat Veterans in the Community (R01); Technological Innovations for Interdisciplinary Research Incorporating the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R41/R42); and Technological Innovations for Interdisciplinary Research Incorporating the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R43/R44).

COAST CSU-Wide Meeting May 1, 2009, Long Beach

The Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) second system-wide meeting will be held Friday May 1, 2009 at the Chancellor’s Offices in Long Beach. COAST invites two representatives from each campus to attend to discuss the COAST Draft Strategic Plan and proposed governance structure as well as Year Two goals and long-term funding models. Additionally, there will be a call for nominations for two more Executive Committee positions. For full details, please see the COAST System-Wide Meeting Invitation.

NIH’s AREA Program Finally Announced

Grant Week from the Grants Resource Center –

The National Institutes of Health’s much anticipated Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program was just announced, and interestingly, the new announcement is part of NIH’s American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding. Applications are due September 24, 2009.

The AREA program is designed to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the nation’s research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. In a major change, applicants may now request up to $300,000 per award, as opposed to the $150,000 limit in past competitions. An additional change to eligibility increases the total amount an applicant organization can receive in research grants and/or cooperative agreements from NIH to $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in each of four or more of the last seven years.

Approximately 50 awards will be made under this ARRA opportunity. A new Parent AREA R15 Program Announcement (PA) will be released in the coming months and will be in effect beginning with the October 25, 2009 receipt date. This new PA should continue the increased funding levels as well as continue the new eligibility requirements.

For more details, contact Denise Russo at 301/451-7972 or R151@mail.nih.gov.

CSU faculty and students unite to preserve coastline

The California State University (CSU) Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) is an organization dedicated to working towards the sustainability of California’s coasts.

Through extensive research and hands on efforts for improvement, COAST strives to address coastal and marine-related issues such as responsible natural resource management strategies and ocean and coastal policies, global climate change, the use of new and emerging technologies and many more.

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Stimulus Bill Gives Big Boost to NIH after Years of Flat Budgets

Grant Week from the Grants Resource Center – 02/23/09

The economic stimulus bill signed into law February 17, 2009 gives the National Institutes of Health (NIH) an additional $10.4 billion, pushing NIH’s total budget, depending on the outcome of NIH’s FY 09 regular appropriation, to near $40 billion in FY 09. The stimulus funding will turn around an NIH budget that has been in decline since 2004.

GRC attended a briefing on February 18 during which Raynard Kington, NIH Acting Director, spoke about how NIH will spend the $10.4 billion. He indicated that while the agency has two years to spend the money, it plans to distribute as much as feasible in FY 09 and will support “projects with the broadest impact, work that can be accomplished in two years, that relies heavily on [NIH’s] new streamlined, modernized peer review system. This is not a time for business as usual nor formulaic solutions-this is a time for true innovation, energy, and recovery.”

NIH’s $10.4 billion will be allocated as follows:
• $8.2 billion to the Office of the Director, of which $7.4 billion will be transferred to the institutes and centers, and $800 million will be left for the OD to use. No priorities have yet been set;
• $1.3 billion to NIH’s National Center for Research Resources, of which $1 billion will fund the construction and renovation of extramural research facilities and $300 million will support the acquisition of shared instrumentation and other research equipment;
• $500 million to NIH for its own buildings and facilities; and
• $400 million transferred from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for “health care comparative effectiveness research.”

There will be three main “buckets,” as Kington calls them, of NIH stimulus funding:
• Funding for R01 applications that have already been reviewed but not funded. Other funding mechanisms may be used as appropriate.
• Administrative supplements to currently funded projects. For example, NIH may competitively expand the scope of current research awards or supplement existing awards with additional support for infrastructure (e.g., equipment) that will be used in the two-year availability of these funds; and
• Challenge grants for projects focused on health and science problems that can be addressed within two years. From the OD funds, NIH will provide at least $100 million to $200 million in challenge grant funding-but the science will drive the actual level. Expect a new request for applications in the near future.

There will be no stimulus funds set aside for Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) projects.

All stimulus-funded NIH projects must be completed within two years. So, while there is a possibility that some new proposals will be considered, most projects funded will have already gone through NIH peer review.  Likewise, most awards will support basic research rather than clinical trials, which take longer than two years to show results.

Kington says, “We are well positioned to fund the best science…while at the same time stimulating the economy of the 50 states and territories, through more than 3,000 institutions we currently fund to conduct outstanding biomedical and behavioral research, institutions that have a direct impact upon the local economies in their towns, cities.” NIH is working with the White House to ensure transparency and accountability, and all stimulus-funded projects will be subject to multi-layered reporting requirements. NIH will post information about its role in the recovery on RECOVERY.gov.

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