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Office of Sponsored Programs Update

Office of the ProvostJan 20, 2016

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has a number of updates, including upcoming funding opportunities and funding proposal development workshops. 

Upcoming Workshops
Starting January 27, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is presenting a series of workshops to promote the development of stronger funding proposals, to address new federal changes that will affect the submissions you make this year, and to support grant/contract administration. Click here for the complete workshop schedule.

Funding Opportunities
The Faculty Research Committee is seeking applications for two internal funding opportunities for summer research projects: Eberhardt Research Fellowships (applications due February 5) and the Dreyfus Foundation Award for Student Research (applications due February 26). Click here for more information.

Pacific Eligible for Title III and Title V Funding
Due to the efforts of Chris Goff, Assistant Provost for Diversity, Pacific has again been designated an eligible institution to apply for new grants under any of the Title III and Title V programs of the U.S. Department of Education. This is a designation that Pacific must request annually, and has required extra effort on the part of Pacific, beyond the automated process the Department of Education uses, to determine eligibility. Our classification is AANAPISI - Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, based on the demographics of our enrollment.

The recurring competitive grants programs that we would be eligible for under our AANAPISI designation are U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Part A Programs - Strengthening Institutions Program and the U.S. Department of Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). These programs are likely to open for applications toward the end of April 2016. The OSP will announce these opportunities when they become available.

This eligibility also may aid in the scoring of applications Pacific submits to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The 5-year STEM education strategic plan from the White House lists a priority to "increase the number of underrepresented minorities that graduate with STEM degrees..." This priority has translated into focused federal funding programs from the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. With the recent boost in funding to federal agencies under the latest spending bill, these programs will likely continue and new programs are expected to be announced.

One upcoming opportunity from the NSF is its Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program, for which required letters of intent are due March 4. To learn more, view the solicitation here.

To learn more about these and other funding opportunities, please contact Barbara Sasso, Senior Grant Writer, at 209.932.3051 or bsasso@pacific.edu.

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