Kevin C. Cooke, Ph.D.

Director, Research Policy

Ny’lyjah Cain
Senior Associate, STEM Education & Research Policy

May 17, 2016


CoR NEWSMay 17, 2016

To: APLU Council on ResearchFrom: APLU CoR Staff

  • Call for Comments: Newly Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

From NSF:

Dear Colleagues:
NSF published a notice today in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a “For comment” draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The Foundation is accepting comments from the external community until cob July 15, 2016.

To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document and explanatory comments have been included in the margins, where appropriate.

The following are links to the draft PAPPG and associated Federal Register Notice:

Any questions should be directed to the Division of Institution and Award Support (DIAS)/Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov.

We appreciate the research and education community’s interest and look forward to your input.



Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution & Award Support
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
voice: 703.292.8243
email: jfeldman@nsf.gov

  • NSF CAREER Program Webinar (May 26)

Topic: NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) proposal development and submission process.

Webinar Date and Time: May 26, 2016 1 – 3 PM (EDT)

Background: The NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee hosts a webinar to answer participants’ questions about development and submission of proposals to the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The webinar will give participants the opportunity to interact with members of the NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee in a question-and-answer format. Because the current CAREER program solicitation (NSF 15-555) describes the necessary information about the next competition in July 2016, this webinar will not include a program overview presentation.

In preparation for the webinar, participants are strongly encouraged to consult material available on-line concerning the CAREER program. In particular, the CAREER program web page has a wealth of current information about the program, including a link to slides from a webinar presentation about the CAREER program. Additionally, there is a video of a live presentation about the CAREER program at an NSF Grants Conference held in November 2015.

How to Submit Questions: Participants may submit questions about CAREER proposal development and submission in advance of and during the webinar by sending e-mail to: careerwebinarqs@nsf.gov. Please note that questions requiring determinations of eligibility for the CAREER program will not be addressed during the webinar. Other questions about the CAREER program that are not covered during the webinar should be directed to the appropriate NSF Divisional contact shown on the web page: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/career/contacts.jsp

How to Access the Webinar (Video and audio for the webinar are provided separately):

Video (no sound provided):
Event number: 745 269 994
Event password: Career2016

1-877-951-7311 (USA toll free)
Participant passcode: 8248000
For real-time closed captioning: http://fedrcc.us/ and input event confirmation number 2940305.

US-based participants who are out of the country during the webinar may obtain an international dial-in number by sending a request to careerwebinarqs@nsf.gov

Contact: Henry Warchall, (703) 292-4861, hwarchal@nsf.gov (email preferred)

  • Administration Launches the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI)

On May 13, the Administration announced the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), with the aim of “advancing microbiome science in ways that will benefit individuals, communities, and the planet.” Recent research has explored the composition of and interactions among communities of microorganisms and the environments they inhabit, be they oceans, forests, or the human body. Advances in microbiome research are expected to impact human health and environmental protections.

From the announcement:

“Specifically, the NMI will have three goals, which were developed through a year-long fact-finding process that involved Federal agencies, non-government scientists, and a broad community of citizens. These goals are:

  1. Supporting interdisciplinary research to answer fundamental questions about microbiomes in diverse ecosystems.
  2. Developing platform technologies that will generate insights and help share knowledge of microbiomes in diverse ecosystems and enhance access to microbiome data
  3. Expanding the microbiome workforce through citizen science and educational opportunities.”

Federal agencies have committed $121 million in FY16 and FY17 funds towards this initiative, and outside partners have committed $400 million in cash and in-kind support. For a full listing of funding pledges, see the NMI Fact Sheet

  • Administration’s Cancer Moonshot Updates

A message from OSTP about recent activity with the Cancer Moonshot Initiative:

“On May 9, the Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative launched the official Moonshot website and made a call for commitments around collaborations.

  • You can see the Moonshot website here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/cancermoonshot, it will continue to grow and become the hub for information about the initiative.
  • If you plan to launch a pioneering collaboration aimed at breaking down a barrier that is impeding progress in cancer research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or care, we’d like to hear about it. In the coming months, we will be highlighting new, specific, and measurable steps that organizations and communities across the country are taking. Learn more, share with your colleagues and submit your commitment today here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/make-cancer-moonshot-commitment-1

The Vice President spoke about cancer at Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC. You can hear his remarks here (go to 46:15 for the start of the audio): https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/vice-president-biden-delivers-remarks-datapalooza-2016