March 23, 2015

Grant Connections - March 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
11:00 a.m. – noon
Room 171 (Reading Room) of the Bond Life Sciences Center

  • Hot Topics
  • SciENcv and the new NIH and NSF biosketch formats. Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, or SciENcv, is a researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive, or are associated with federal research funding. Sheryl Koenig will demo how to create a SciENcv profile and how SciENcv generates biosketches in NIH, NSF, and other formats. 
  • Pivot Funding Opportunities Database. Pivot is a subscription database of funding opportunities and a scholar database designed to help researchers collaborate. Jill Ferguson will demo Pivot’s funding search and scholar profile functionality and talk about efforts around campus to support its use. 
Mark your calendars! Meetings are scheduled for the following dates.
  • April 22, 2015 
  • May 27, 2015 
  • June 24, 2015 
  • July 29, 2015 
  • August 26, 2015 
  • September 23, 2015 
  • October 28, 2015
Grant Connections Organizational Crew (send your suggestions)
Please forward this email to anyone associated with research who you think might be interested in attending.

March 19, 2015

Proposal Submission Deadlines

The following notice was issued by Craig David, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, on February 27, 2015.

The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) implemented submission guidelines for sponsored project proposals to government agencies, foundations, and corporations in 2011. Under this policy, a complete and final proposal, accompanied by the necessary internal approvals, must be received by the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) at least five (5) business days prior to the sponsor’s due date and time. These requirements are intended to provide OSPA adequate time to review proposals so that any problem areas can be identified and corrected before submission.

The proposal submission deadlines are instrumental to the success of the University’s research enterprise for the following reasons:

Ensure successful on-time submission of accurate and responsive proposals. Adherence to these deadlines ensures that all proposals receive complete review. Such review includes consideration of project narratives for consistency with budgets, staffing, and scopes of work.

Maintain fairness among faculty. Adherence to the submission guidelines ensures that all faculty benefit from full pre-award support and all proposals receive proper review in the order received by OSPA.

Safeguard compliance. In this era of increased focus on regulatory compliance, it is essential that the University take adequate measures to address federal-wide and sponsor-specific submission requirements.

Thank you for your efforts and, in advance, for your adherence to the proposal submission and review policies. If you have questions, please contact me at (573) 882-7560.

Craig David

March 12, 2015

NSF System Update: Email Concerning Deleted Funding Opps

The following notice from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was issued on March 11, 2015.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your OSPA Pre-Award staff.

We are writing to let you know that some of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awardees and applicants may have received an email from stating the following:

“A grant opportunity you have previously downloaded from has been deleted. National Science Foundation will no longer be accepting applications for this opportunity…”

Although some funding opportunities are legitimately deleted for various reasons, it may be the case that this email was sent about funding opportunities that are actually still available on and FastLane. For consistency with revisions made to FastLane resulting from issuance of the FY2015 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), some funding packages with outdated forms needed to be deleted from and replaced with updated forms. Unfortunately, this deletion process created an automatic email from the system. NSF is working with to determine if this situation can be prevented in the future.

If you received this message from or you receive questions about this message, please direct awardees and applicants to use the same federal grants opportunity number to search for the same grant opportunity on to see if it is still active. If it is not, then it has likely been deleted for a legitimate reason and we are asking that applicants and awardees contact the cognizant Program Officer for more information.

For additional questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk.

7 AM to 9 PM

Thank you,
The National Science Foundation