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NSF Tweaks Its Merit Review Rules

NSF Tweaks Its Merit Review Rules
Jeffrey Mervis | ScienceInsider
January 9, 2012

The National Science Board has made two subtle but potentially important changes in how grant applications are reviewed at the National Science Foundation (NSF). And while those procedural changes may seem relevant only to those hoping to win NSF funding, they also add to the never-ending debate about how best to measure the results of federally funded research.

Statistical Abstract to bite the dust

Slated for the chopping block is the Statistical Abstract and the Consolidated Federal Funds report:

http://www.osec.doc.gov/bmi/budget/12CJ/Census_Bureau_FY_2012_Congressional_Submission.pdf

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4. Terminate Federal Financial Statistics (Base Funding 6 FTE and $0.7 million; Program Change -6 FTE and -$0.7 million):
The Census Bureau requests a decrease of $0.7 million and 6 FTE to terminate the Federal Financial Statistics Program. The FY 2012 budget request is the result of a review of both ongoing and cyclical programs necessary to achieve Department of Commerce and Census Bureau goals and difficult choices had to be made in balancing program needs and fiscal constraints. This review resulted in the termination of the Federal Financial Statistics program in order to fund higher priority programs within the Census Bureau and Department. While the program funds the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, an important data collection, our focus is on filling gaps in other areas of the Government statistics program.

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1. Terminate Statistical Abstract (Base Funding 24 FTE and $2.9 million; Program Change
-24 FTE and -$2.9 million):

The Census Bureau requests a decrease to terminate the Statistical Abstract program. The FY 2012 budget request is the result of a review of both ongoing and cyclical programs necessary to achieve Department of Commerce and Census Bureau goals and difficult choices had to be made in balancing program needs and fiscal constraints. The availability elsewhere of much of the information in the statistical abstract has led the Department and Census Bureau to the difficult decision to terminate the program.

National Poverty Center 2011 Small Grants Competition

2011 Small Grants Competition: Research Related to TANF Reauthorization

Application Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2010 at 5PM Eastern Standard Time
Request for proposals (PDF)

Purpose

The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan seeks to fund research that will broaden and/or deepen our understanding of issues related to the future reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program. The NPC anticipates funding up to 4 proposals, up to a maximum of $12,500 per award. Funds for this competition are contingent on the funds being provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2011 Small Grants Competition: Research Related to TANF Reauthorization

2011 Small Grants Competition: Research Related to TANF Reauthorization
Source: National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Application Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2010 at 5PM Eastern Standard Time

Purpose:
The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan seeks to fund research that will broaden and/or deepen our understanding of issues related to the future reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program. The NPC anticipates funding up to 4 proposals, up to a maximum of $12,500 per award. Funds for this competition are contingent on the funds being provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More information
Request for Proposals (PDF)

NIH Opportunity Network to Expand Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

NIH Director Francis Collins recently announced the launch of the Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), a trans-NIH initiative to expand the agency’s funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR).

More at
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2009/od-18.htm

Center for Retirement Research 2010 Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2010 Dissertation Fellowship Program for research on retirement income and disability insurance issues. The program, funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration:
• Supports doctoral candidates writing dissertations on retirement income and disability insurance issues.
• Awards up to six fellowships of $28,000.
• Requires proposals be complete and submitted by January 29, 2010.
• Proposal guidelines can be found at the Dissertation Fellowship website.

For questions, please contact:
Marina Tsiknis
tsiknis@bc.edu
617-552-1092

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program seeks to advance knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States.

Identifying Neighborhood Level Protective and Promotive Factors for Youth Violence (U01)

This funding opportunity announcement solicits applications to conduct research to: develop and test novel measures of neighborhood boundaries, develop and test innovative measures of neighborhood level protective and promotive factors, and to test the extent to which these factors are associated with youth risk for violence perpetration and victimization. The results will inform violence prevention initiatives designed to strengthen these factors within communities to achieve broad reductions in youth violence.

Funding from National Institute of Justice

Data Resources Program 2009: Funding for the Analysis of Existing Data
NIJ is requesting proposals to replicate previous findings and conduct original research extending data from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). NACJD houses quantitative and qualitative data from NIJ-funded research and provides online access to downloadable, machine-readable (SPSS, SAS, or ASCII) files as well as data dictionaries, study abstracts and, in limited cases, MapInfo or ESRI geographic data. The archive is maintained by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan and is supported by NIJ. Learn more by visiting the Data Resources Program Web site at:
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/dataprog.htm.

NIH announces a change to resubmission of applications

NIH announces a change in the existing policy on resubmission (amended) applications. Beginning with original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications submitted for the January 25, 2009 due dates and beyond, the NIH will accept only a single amendment to the original application. Failure to receive funding after two submissions (i.e., the original and the single amendment) will mean that the applicant should substantially re-design the project rather than simply change the application in response to previous reviews. It is expected that this policy will lead to funding high quality applications earlier, with fewer resubmissions.