Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting February 23-24

The annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) will be held February 23-24, 2011, at the Thad Cochran Center on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Student and faculty researchers will present posters or 15-minute talks on research or class projects, network with peers and vendors in the exhibit hall, and attend the Dodgen Lecture, by UM Chancellor Dan Jones. MAS Travel Grants are available from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to reduce cost barriers to UM faculty and student participation (requests due November 14).

NSF's Career-Life Balance Initiative and 3 STEM Funding Opportunities

White House Press Release, and a new NSF Web page, highlight "NSF's efforts to clear the obstacles," such as marriage and childbirth, " from the STEM Career-Life pathways leading from graduate education to full professors." These efforts include foundation wide policies and procedures designed to provide more flexible pathways for STEM moms in academic careers, as well

Call for Pre-proposals and Collaborators NSF Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)


The SRN competition is to support the development inter-institutional multidisciplinary research teams to address large-scale questions and challenges within a nationally important theme in sustainability science, engineering, and education (SEES).

Nobel Laureate Professor to Visit University of Mississippi


The University community is invited to attend any or all of three events featuring Professor Roald Hoffman, 1981 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, in conjunction with his visit next week. (Press Release). There will be a book signing and staged play reading on Monday, and a lecture on Tuesday.


Book Signing

Oak Ridge Associated Universities: Value through Partnerships


An Oct 17 lunch presentation on research and education opportunities through partnerships and award opportunities with ORAU.

Regional Economic Modeling with REMI at the Social Science Research Laboratory

A resource for university offices and individual faculty projects requiring economic impact analyses of Mississippi policies and programs.

Date:            Wednesday, October 12
Time:            12:00 to 12:45 PM
Place:           Yerby Center
Speaker:      Jonathan Winburn

Workshop: Writing Winning GAANN Proposals, Part 1

Is your departmental discipline an area of national need? If so, an infusion of high paying graduate fellowships could strengthen, revitalize, and broaden your graduate program.

Date:            Monday, September 26
Time:            4PM – 5PM
Place:           Yerby Center
Speaker:       Gerard Buskes

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellows

SEES Fellows will partner across disciplines on sustainability challenges reflecting the fellows’ own research interests. The fellows will pursue discoveries that inform environmental, energy, and societal sustainability, while developing the professional skills to become part of a workforce that can address these challenges.

Key Dates: Nov 28, Dec 5

Nuclear Education Curricula Development Grant, FY2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Funding Opportunity
Nuclear Education Curricula Development Grant, FY2012

These grants are to support the development of courses, course modules, studies, training, and curricula pertaining to nuclear safety, nuclear security, & nuclear environmental protection.

NRC Nuclear Faculty Development Grant, FY2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Funding Opportunity
Nuclear Faculty Development Grant, FY2012

These grants are to attract and retain in teaching careers highly qualified individuals with expertise in nuclear engineering, heath physics, radiochemistry and related disciplines.

Key Dates (2011-12):

Charlie Church Selected for Research Administration Fellowship

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the selection of Charles Church, Ph.D., as Research Administration Fellow for the 2011-12 academic year. Dr. Church has been employed with UM since 2001, and currently serves as Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Physical Acoustics, and Associate Research Professor of Physics.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — Grand Challenges Explorations Round 8

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 8 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends

UM Internal Process and Deadlines

The UM internal deadline for proposals to this program has been extended to September 6, 2011.

Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) 2012 Request for Proposals

The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) invites proposals for water research from faculty and staff at any Mississippi research university. Key areas for this year’s priority research have been identified below. Three proposals will be funded as part of this RFP. Non-tenured faculty are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. The MWRRI strongly encourages applicants to collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies.

NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

July 2011

July Awards Received:
16 totalling $4,211,446.96
July Proposals Submitted:
24 from 24 Principal Investigators
FY12 Year-to-Date Active Sponsored Projects:
394 as of July 31, 2011
FY12 Year-to-Date Active Investigators:
238 as of July 31, 2011

Water Sustainability and Climate Research (NSF 11-551)

NSF, with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
August 26, 2011 Optional notice of interest to (for assistance w/ coordination & writing)
October 19, 2011 Full proposal due to NSF
To better understand and predict the impact of climate change and human activity on water availability and quality
Proposed projects should:
  • study water systems in their entirety

2012 Searle Scholars Program

Solicitation for Concept Papers

The purpose of this solicitation is to select one UM nominee for the 2012 Searle Scholars Program. The nominee selected will be expected to submit a full proposal to Searle by September 30, 2011. This is the seventh year UM has been invited to participate in this prestigious annual competition, whose prime objective is to support the research and career development of junior faculty with outstanding potential.

NIH High-End Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)


To purchase a single major item of equipment to be used for biomedical research that costs at least $750,000.

June 2011

June Awards Received:
32 totalling $5,987,283.36
June Proposals Submitted:
42 from 32 Principal Investigators
FY11 Year-to-Date Active Sponsored Projects:
583 as of June 30, 2011
FY11 Year-to-Date Active Investigators:
281 as of June 30, 2011

The Research Development & Grant Writing News Newsletter

The University of Mississippi has subscribed to Research Development & Grant Writing News newsletter. University employees and students can visit the WebID protected archive at

May 2011

May Awards Received:
26 totalling $6,818,107.00
May Proposals Submitted:
33 from 32 Principal Investigators
FY11 Year-to-Date Active Sponsored Projects:
570 as of May 31, 2011
FY11 Year-to-Date Active Investigators:
279 as of May 31, 2011

UM ORSP Solicitation for Proposals to Use REMI PI+ Regional Economic Models


To identify an individual at UM to use REMI PI+ software models for conducting regional economic impact analyses.

April 2011

April Awards Received:
20 totalling $3,184,616.75
April Proposals Submitted:
17 from 15 Principal Investigators
FY11 Year-to-Date Active Sponsored Projects:
563 as of April 30, 2011
FY11 Year-to-Date Active Investigators:
278 as of April 30, 2011

Campus Presentation: A Novel Integrative Genomics Approach To Biomarker Discovery In Breast Cancer

Chindo Hicks, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Director, Cancer Bioinformatics, Cancer Institute
Associate Director, Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
University of Mississippi Medical Center

To be presented Friday, April 29, 2011, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Overby Center Auditorium on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi.

The entire UM community is invited to this presentation.

Students interested in biomedical research opportunities are especially encouraged to attend.