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  • The Office of Research is now publishing an e-newsletter to keep faculty and staff involved in research aware of the latest policies and procedures.  To be added to the mailing list, click Subscribe to Newsletter.  To see past issues, click here (note:  a Tennessee Tech username and password must be provided). 
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  • The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Chemical Engineering Department are hosting Tech Alum David Nicholas, CEO of Earth Science Laboratories in Rogers, Arkansas, at 11 a.m., Thurs., Apr. 29, in Room 113 of the Stonecipher Lecture Hall (SLH).  Nicholas will be discussing ESL’s research and development ventures.  ESL has found that a unique chemical composition accounted for many distinctive features of its products and is now the basis of the company’s rapidly growing technology platform.  The primary acid comprising the company’s chemical composition is a polymeric arrangement of ammonium bisulfate, or PABS.  The PABS has multiple unique characteristics that provide for specific benefits in water treatment, agriculture, metal plating, battery electrolytes, pharmaceuticals, and more.  ESL is exploring opportunities for collaborative research as the company sees many opportunities for the chemistry that are outside its founding expertise in water treatment.
  • NIH announces upcoming changes to biographical sketch and the other support documents, effective May 25.  Summary of changes:
    Biosketches (Biosketch resources)
    1.  Section B, Positions and Honors, has been renamed Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors.  Entries should be in reverse chronological order.
    2.  Non-fellowship Biosketch: Section D has been removed.
    3.  Fellowship Biosketch: Section D has been updated to simply say Scholastic Performance.
    4.  Ongoing and completed research projects now goes in the part A. Personal Statement. NIH has provided a sample biosketch (Word document).
    Other Support (usually for part of the JIT document requirement)
    1.  Funding and in-kind support are now separate
    2.  Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their Other Support section as a PDF prior to submission
    3.  Undisclosed Other Support must be immediately reported.
    4.  Copies "of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution as supporting documentation. If they are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies."
  • VentureWell is hosting two informational webinars at 2 p.m. (central time) on April 6 and 19 for those interested in the current Faculty Grants opportunities.  Visit the Venturewell website for more information.  
  • If you are interested in applying for an SBIR/STTR federal grant and want feedback on your proposal plan, Launch Tennessee is hosting a virtual opportunity to speak with two commercialization experts, Mr. Earle Hager and Dr. Jim Stefansic on Wednesday, April 7.  Click here to register for a session with Mr. Hager.  Click here to register for a session with Dr. Stefansic.  
  • The NSF is hosting a narrated webinar on its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) new solicitation (NSF 21-550). This year S-STEM has a deadline of April 7th, 2021. 

    S-STEM potential proposers are advised to watch the narrated webinar in advance to participating in office hours with NSF program officers. 

    The webinar link and information to register for office hours can be found at the S-STEM program website:  

    The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income, talented domestic students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program wants to increase the number of low-income students who graduate and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. We encourage prospective S-STEM PIs to bookmark the program website link above, which includes the contact information for S-STEM program officers.

  • NSF has issued a new Future Manufacturing program solicitation for 2021
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently issued the 2021 Future Manufacturing program solicitation (NSF 21-564).  For Fiscal Year 2021, the NSF seeks proposals from multidisciplinary groups of researchers to address challenges in three thrust areas: Cyber Manufacturing, Eco Manufacturing, and Biomanufacturing. Full proposals are due May 14, 2021. No Letters of Intent are required this year.

    Interested researchers can find a description of the opportunity and a link to the details on the solicitation's web page, and the full details, requirements and review criteria can be found in the solicitation itself. The NSF has also posted an overview of the Future Manufacturing awards made in 2020. If you have questions after reading this material, please submit them to

  • NSF has revised the following sets of award terms and conditions:
    1.  NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms and Conditions (ASR)
    2.  Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC)
    3.  Cooperative Agreement Modifications and Supplemental Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions for Major Multi-User Research Facility Projects and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
    4.  Grant General Conditions (GC-1)
    5.  Special Terms and Conditions (FL 26) for Administration of NSF Conference or Travel Grants
    6.  Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Grant General Conditions (SBIR/STTR-I) 
    7.  SBIR/STTR Phase II Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (SBIR/STTR-II CA-FATC)

    All of the terms and conditions have been updated to include a new article that establishes a post-award disclosure requirement for undisclosed current support and in-kind contribution information.  Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a summary of changes made to that document. 

    The revised terms and conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards mande on or after October 5, 2020, except for the SBIR/STTR-I and SBIR/STTR-II CA-FATC which became effective July 6, 2020. 

    Questions regarding NSF terms and conditions may be sent to the DIAS Policy Office at

    A few nonsubstantive technical corrections have been made to the Research Terms and Conditions Overlay to 2 CFR § 200.  The updated Overlay does not contain any new requirements or policies that were not already addressed by the previous version that went into effect on November 12, 2020.   These technical corrections were made to maintain consistency throughout the document by including the full citation for the following Uniform Guidance sections:

    § 200.407 Prior written approval; 
    § 200.430 Compensation - personal services;
    § 200.439 Equipment and other capital expenditures; and 
    § 200.447 Insurance and Indemnification. 

    Please visit the Research Terms and Conditions website for full information. 

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