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ORDA Weekly Update

Updated November 20, 2017





2018 NIH Regional Seminar

May 2-4, 2018, Washington, DC

The NIH Regional Seminar serves the NIH mission of providing education and training for the next generation of biomedical and behavioral scientists. This seminar is intended to:

  • Demystify the application and review process
  • Clarify federal regulations and policies
  • Highlight current areas of special interest or concern

Who Should Attend? The seminar and optional workshops are appropriate for those who are new to working with the NIH grants process – administrators, early stage investigators, researchers, graduate students, etc. For those with more experience, the seminar offers a few more advanced sessions, updates on policies and processes direct from NIH staff, as well as valuable presentation resources to share with your institution.

Who are the Presenters? The NIH Regional Seminar involves approximately 65 NIH and HHS staff who are brought to a central location in order to educate, share, and hear your questions over the course of two days, plus the pre-seminar workshops. (Faculty Page with pictures and bios will be posted this spring, so keep watching this website!)

This seminar is your opportunity to make direct contact with NIH policy officials, grants management, program and review staff, and representatives from the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and others. In addition, take advantage of discussions involving more than 600 fellow attendees from around the world.

In addition to learning more about the NIH grants processes and policies through the optional workshops and 2-day sessions, there are opportunities throughout the seminar to Meet the Experts 1:1. These 15 minutes chats are a great way to get more specific questions answered by NIH & HHS experts.  You’ll have the opportunity to sign up in advance or on-site to speak with the expert(s) of your choice participating in the seminar.  With the Washington location in the backyard of the NIH, expect even more NIH & HHS experts to join us.

Early Registration ends December 15, 2017


Revised NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide

This new revision (NSF 18-1) includes several significant alterations from past years, including but not limited to:

  • Increase in the Budget Justification page limitation from three pages to five pages;
  • Implementation of the standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations template that has been in pilot phase since April;
  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch campuses of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Revision of eligibility standards for foreign organizations; and
  • Restructuring of coverage on grantee notifications to and requests for approval from NSF, including referral to the Prior Approval Matrix available on the NSF website

The new PAPPG is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018 .



Internal Award Proposal Writing Workshops at the Faculty Development Center

Faculty who attend these 2-part workshops have a PROVEN track record for receiving awards, because they get important feedback on how their proposals will be reviewed. On Day 1, a University Research and Sabbatical Leave Committee (URSLC) representative will go over the application requirements and strategies for writing successful proposals. On Day 2, bring your draft proposal, and peers will provide valuable feedback for revising application narratives.

Workshop dates:

                            DAY 1                                                            DAY 2

E:   Wednesday, Nov. 29, 9:00-10:30 AM      AND Wednesday, Dec. 6, 9:00-10:30 AM

F:   Tuesday, Jan. 9, 12:30-2:00 PM                AND Tuesday, Jan. 16, 12:30-2:00 PM

G: Thursday, Jan. 18, 3:00-4:30 PM              AND Thursday, Jan. 25, 3:00-4:30 PM

H: Monday, Jan. 22, 11:00-12:30 PM            AND Monday, Jan. 29, 11:00-12:30 PM


Logistic Regression Using SPSS

Logistic regression is used when the dependent variable is dichotomous. As a result, the interpretation of the results differs from those of multiple regression. This workshop will give a hands-on introduction on how to carry-out logistic regression using SPSS, as well as interpreting the results.

Tuesday, November 28 OR Wednesday November 29 ( 1:00-2:00pm ); G11 Halle Library



Department of the Interior, 2018 Preservation Technology and Training Grants

Notice seeking proposals for Preservation Technology and Training grants, which support innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources; specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs; and how-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice.

Next Deadline: January 4, 2018


National Institutes of Health, Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Data

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite  applications proposing the innovative analysis of existing social science, behavioral, administrative, and neuroimaging data to study the etiology and epidemiology of drug using behaviors (defined as alcohol, tobacco, prescription and other drug) and related disorders, prevention of drug use and HIV, and health service utilization. This FOA encourages the analyses of public use and other extant community-based or clinical datasets to their full potential in order to increase our knowledge of etiology, trajectories of drug using behaviors and their consequences including morbidity and mortality, risk and resilience in the development of psychopathology, strategies to guide the development, testing, implementation, and delivery of high quality, effective and efficient services for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and HIV.

Next Deadline: February 5, 2018


National Institutes of Health, Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R01, R21)

Notice supporting innovative research to enhance the quality of measurements of dietary intake and physical activity. Applications are encouraged to include development of: novel assessment approaches; better methods to evaluate instruments; assessment tools for culturally diverse populations or various age groups, including children and older adults; improved technology or applications of existing technology; statistical methods/modeling to improve assessment and/or to correct for measurement errors or biases; methods to investigate the multidimensionality of diet and physical activity behavior through pattern analysis; or integrated measurement of diet and physical activity along with the environmental context of such behaviors.  Funds support large research projects (R01) and Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21).

Next Deadline: February 5, 2018


Statistical Consultation

ORDA welcomes back Dr. Grigoris Argeros (Sociology Anthropology Criminology) and Dr. Kathy Chu (Mathematics) as Faculty Associates for research statistics and Matthew Dick, Graduate Assistant for research statistics.  Consultation is available for faculty, as well as graduate students working with faculty on independent research projects and theses with the goal of publication of results.

Contact for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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