The new National Science Foundation Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) takes effect October 1, 2000. The GPG provides the basic and most complete information for submissions to NSF. This new version (NSF 01-2) accompanies the requirement, also effective October 1, that all submissions to NSF must be via FastLane; most revisions from last year’s GPG are to bring the GPG in line with that requirement. Full text is available at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf012. NSF is not issuing a Proposal Forms Kit any longer, since no hard copy submissions are accepted. Forms are still available on line, however, for reference purposes. Those can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/pubsys/browser/odbrowse.pl.
NSF has issued a report from a 1998 workshop offering “Guiding Principles for Mathematics and Science Education Research Methods.” The report, available at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf00113, offers suggestions for designing research studies and evaluating research proposals in the area of math and science education
Starting March 1, 2001, it will be possible to apply on-line for grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). For those who’d like to practice first, MAC is providing a trial version, eGRANT, for minigrant applications due on September 1 and December. To try it out, go to http://mac.egrant.org. MAC will still require hard copy submission of the certification page, budget itemization, and any support materials after the electronic submission of the proposal. Note that the hard copy of the certification page, with original signatures, must be received by the deadline for submission and may need to be mailed before the on-line application is sent. Remember, too, that even electronic submissions that can be handled solely by the Principal Investigator must still follow all UM procedures and approval processes BEFORE submission of the proposal.
The NIH recently announced several changes to the instructions for preparing modular grant applications. The changes are modifications and clarifications in response to concerns voiced during the trial period. The notice provides synopses of discussions and rationale for decisions. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-00-046.html for details or call Diane Lindley, Program Development Specialist (915-7482).
NIH’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Integrity (ORI) is co-sponsor (with AAAS, AMC, NSF, and NIH) of the upcoming Research Conference on Research Integrity. Participants will present and exchange “scholarly information on research integrity, the responsible conduct of research, and scientific misconduct.” The conference is scheduled for November 18-20, in Bethesda, Maryland. The ORI web site at http://ori.dhhs.gov/ provides further details.