GO News–July 2022

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Policy updates:

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI).

The update to the FCOI policy was needed to achieve compliance with NIH/federal funding regulations.  Please click here to read over the complete policy; a few ways this will affect you/your research:

  1. All PIs and Co-PIs submitting proposals will be asked to complete, sign, and submit a FCOI disclosure form at the time of application (the grants office will send this to you as we prepare to submit your application and will retain the required file) and, for the NIH, again upon award and annually thereafter for the life of the award.
  2. PIs and all senior personnel on NIH funded projects must complete the NIH’s FCOI training program (training is strongly encouraged for PIs with non-NIH funded projects).  Training must be repeated every four years (the grants office will notify you if/when you should complete the training).

Indirect Cost/Overhead Rate – also referred to as F&A (facilities and administrative) costs. These are the ‘unseen’ expenses associated with research, not specifically attached to any one project but equally important; these include: research infrastructure, buildings and lab maintenance, electricity, staff time, and general office supplies and support.

Colleges, universities, hospitals, and many other entities funded by the federal government are required to negotiate an indirect cost rate every three years; this rate is then applied to proposal budgets as a means of recovering funds to support research across campus.  This year, Williams hired a specialist to negotiate with the federal government to determine our new rate.  Our new rate (as of July 1, 2022):

–          Will switch from a salaries and wages base to a modified total direct cost (MTDC*) base; this is the budget total to which our rate is applied.

–          New on-campus rate of 50.8%

–          New off-campus rate of 15.5%

*MTDC:  includes all direct salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials, supplies, services, travel, and up to the first $25K of each subaward.  Equipment, capital expenses, and rental costs are excluded.

No action is needed on your part!  The grants office will absorb the administrative burden for ensuring each proposal budget has properly incorporated the new rates (our template will auto-calculate the new rates for you), each proposal is compliant, and each award is administered effectively.

This change will also not have a big impact on your individual budget; it is a relatively small increase to the amount of funds the college will recoup each year (if this change had been applied to awards over the past 10 years we would have received, on average, an additional $12K/year from ALL awards combined).  The small amount of additional indirect recovery will support the college, the science center, and research across campus.

We encourage you to reach out to the grants office with any questions or concerns you may have.

Did you know?

The GO ‘policies, forms, & additional information’ web page has a link to the Faculty Grant Proposal Library (in GLOW), which contains a collection of successful grant proposals written by Williams faculty.

Upcoming Events:

Grant Writing Workshop – Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 10am – 2pm in Paresky 201.  The grants office is hosting a writing workshop focusing on the following topics:  how grant-writing is different, the importance of an abstract/elevator pitch, how the grants office can help.  Group work, sharing and receiving feedback, and time to write will be key ingredients of the session.  Lunch will be provided. Please let the grants office know if you plan to attend by RSVPing here.

 Upcoming Opportunities:

Spencer Foundation: Small research grants on education.  Support for education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.  Due August 9, 2022.

NEH Summer Stipends: (internal nomination process):  Aims to stimulate new research and publication in the humanities by supporting advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  The program awards $6K to support full-time work on a humanities project for two consecutive months; support can be for any stage of development, but NEH places emphasis on early-stage research or late-stage writing in which small awards can be most effective.

Williams’ internal deadline for a review of applications by the CAP will be Wednesday, August 24, 2022.  Applications can be submitted directly to the grants office via email attachment.  If selected by the CAP for nomination, we will work together to submit your proposal to the NEH via the grants.gov portal by September 21, 2022.

Fulbright US Scholar Program:  Fulbright offers over 400 awards in more than 130 countries for US citizens to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects around the world.  Applications accepted now through September 15, 2022.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Sloan Research Fellowships:  Seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  Two-year, $75K fellowships awarded to early career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.  Due September 15, 2022.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation – Guggenheim Fellowship:  Offered to exceptional individuals making their mark in the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts.  Portal for 2023 fellowship applications opens in August with a due date of September 17, 2022. 

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship: Open to untenured scholars who have earned a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after September 29, 2014.  Maximum award of $60K for six to twelve consecutive months devoted to full-time research and/or writing.  Applications due by 9pm September 28, 2022.

New York Public Library: Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowships:  Offers Fellowships to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies.  Applications due September 30, 2022, 5 p.m. EDT.

American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grants:  Designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.  Applications due October 3, 2022.