CSUPERB Call for Teams: Spring 2016 CSU I-Corps Cohort

CSUPERB is pleased to issue the Call for Spring 2016 CSU I-Corps Faculty-led Teams.


Teams must be formed before the Spring 2016 application deadline (Monday, February 1st, 5 p.m. pacific time).


More information on team formation, eligibility information, and weblink to the application can be found here:


The Spring 2016 CSU I-Corps call is for Faculty-lead Teams who will participate in program activities between March 26 and June 25, 2016


After CSU I-Corps participation, faculty PIs may be eligible for the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Teams program ($50,000), even if they had not been previously funded by NSF.


CSU I-Corps is for curious researchers and nascent academic entrepreneurs. This program is designed to educate researchers about biotechnology commercialization and entrepreneurship. Faculty researchers are eligible for CSU I-Corps whether or not they have current patents, invention disclosures, or plans for commercialization activities. An idea or guess about how you might commercialize your research is sufficient for an application.


To smooth the work of moving product concepts out of the lab, teams win CSU I-Corps microgrants ($2500). Microgrants can be used to interview and work with mentors and advisors, to attend industry meetings to meet and interview potential customers or partners, to fabricate prototypes or to buy research materials and supplies for proof-of-concept work suggested by industry experts and mentors.


Please email or call the program office (619-594-2822) if you have questions about this program. 


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Scott named associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs

Michael J. Scott was named associate vice president (AVP) for Research and Sponsored Programs effective April 25. Scott succeeds Jaylan Turkkan, who held the position from September 2008 until March 2015. Alison Sanders has served as interim AVP since April 2015.


Scott will oversee, broaden and expand all faculty research and scholarship activities to support the University's mission of providing its students with outstanding academic experiences. His responsibilities will also include attracting support at the state and national levels as well as oversight of the University's Institutional Review Board and University Animal Care and Use Committee.


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ORCID Requirement Growing for Grants from Top Sponsors

In step with numerous national governments and funding agencies, the Wellcome Trust and the Austrian Science Fund (starting 2016) require applicants to provide an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) number when submitting funding applications. These numbers are persistent digital identifiers ascribed to individuals that provide "a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs".


Other foundation and government funders that have integrated ORCID identifiers into their grant submission systems now include Autism Speaks, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Brazilian Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Qatar National Research Foundation, and the UK National Institute for Health Research.


While not yet mandating ORCID inclusion in its submissions, the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program requests that contributors be distinguishable through unique digital identifiers such as ORCID.


At present there are over 1.7 million ORCID registrants. Along with disambiguation, the effort boasts of "its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems".


Pivot has been integrated with ORCID since 2014, and uses the IDs to enhance the accuracy of profiles and improve funding recommendations for users. Pivot users can dynamically link to their ORCID profile and can also choose to enable Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID in the future.


For more on the benefit of ORCID identifiers to Pivot users.

For more about ORCID and the 30 second registration process, free to individuals.

National Endowment for the Arts Offers New Funding Opportunity, Creativity Connects

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the nation's only arts funder to award grants in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. As the first step in its funding process, the NEA has posted application guidelines for the Art Works and Challenge America categories for art projects anticipated to take place in 2017. New in this fiscal year is a pilot grant opportunity that is part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative, Creativity Connects.


Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, and promoting public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2015, the NEA awarded 1,870 grants totaling more than $52 million through this category.


Creativity Connects: Additional funding opportunity through Art Works

The Creativity Connects pilot grant opportunity supports partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors. Those sectors may include business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. Selected projects should:


  • Demonstrate the value of working with the arts
  • Support the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors
  • Build bridges that create new relationships and constituencies
  • Create innovative partnership projects to advance common goals


An organization that submits an application to Art Works: Creativity Connects is still eligible to submit an application to other National Endowment for the Arts categories including other areas of Art Works and Challenge America. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project from the other application.


Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations-those populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The program offers matching grants of $10,000. In fiscal year 2015, Challenge America funded 163 projects totaling $1.63 million.


Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the website.


The impact of the NEA's direct grants are significant. By the end of the current fiscal year 2016, the NEA anticipates it will support:


  • More than 30,000 concerts, readings, and performances and more than 3,000 exhibitions of visual and media arts with annual, live attendance of 20 million.
  • Performances on television and radio with additional audiences of at least 300 million.
  • Projects that generate more than $600 million in matching support through a ratio of matching to federal funds approaching 10:1.


In order to offer applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works and Challenge America funding categories, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q&A with NEA staff. The schedule below indicates Pacific Standard Time. To join any of the webinars, go to the webinar section of


Art Works guidelines workshop
Date: January 20, 2016 12:00 pm

Art Works: Creativity Connects guidelines workshop
Date: January 27, 2016 12:00 pm

Challenge America guidelines workshop
Date: March 9, 2016 12:00 pm


About the National Endowment for the Arts Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016.

Call for Applications to Attend Gender Summit 8 in Mexico

The Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity is currently seeking applicants who are interested in attending the Gender Summit 8 (GS8), in Mexico City, for one week travel from April 25 to May 1, 2016. The summit is focused on gender issues in scientific research and is organized under the theme of Science without Borders, Breaking gender, geographic, disciplinary and educational barriers throughout science.


With support and funding from the National Science Foundation, AAAS is releasing Travel awards to attend GS8. The goal is to encourage U.S. female faculty and researchers in STEM, at Minority Serving Institutions, to create and sustain international collaborations with counterparts abroad.


The call for applications targets U.S. female faculty and researchers in STEM at Minority Serving Institutions who do not have international research collaborators but are interested in creating new networks.


Are you a U.S. female faculty and researcher in STEM, at an MSI? Are you interested in start creating international research collaborations? Submit your application today!


The applications are due on January 7, 2016 by 11:59PM EDT. The selected applicants will be announced by January 15, 2016.


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