Research Office Newsletter Spring 2009
Montana Tech and Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
(March 26, 2009) Montana Tech is gearing up for the Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) II Project expected to begin May 1, 2009, pending funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Montana INBRE program is comprised of 15 higher education institutions across the state. The program seeks to increase health-related research and promote student research opportunities to foster student development in biomedical sciences. Montana Tech’s portion of the project is expected to be over one million dollars in research funding over five years, depending on the final grant award from NIH. The upcoming INBRE II cycle will include 26 research projects, with three projects at Montana Tech. Funding for each project is divided up over the 5 years of the program. MORE
MBMG 2009 Research Seminar Series
Each Spring the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology hosts a Seminar Series featuring a variety of presentations from both on campus faculty and professionals in various fields. Seminars are each Thursday at 4 PM in Room 101 of the Chemistry and Biology Building on the Montana Tech campus. Contact Peggy Delaney or Colleen Elliott in the Bureau for more information.
Tech's Biology Department Restoring Native Plant Diversity on the Butte Hill
by Richard Douglass
The reclamation and remediation of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin, after more than a century of ecological abuse, is an unprecedented and absolutely historic event. What is done in the basin will provide a model for restoration activities world wide.
Much has been done in stabilizing disturbed sites and isolating mining related toxic chemicals. However, the goal is and should be to return the damaged areas the environment to as close to its original state as possible. Our project’s aim is to assist in the remediation of damaged areas by providing ways to restore native plant diversity and hopefully reduce the need for continued weed spraying. MORE
Grants.gov Warning: Submit Early to Avoid System Delays!
Grants.gov has been experiencing extreme system slowness due to the large number of users submitting proposals. This problem is expected to get worse as submission of economic stimulus package proposals begins. Many institutions are experiencing timeouts and multiple errors when attempting to submit research proposals.
If you are preparing a proposal to be submitted through Grants.gov, please notify the Research Office as soon as possible. It is imperative to submit the final proposal to Grants.gov several days in advance of the deadline, in order to fix errors and work through the system problems. Proposals submitted on the deadline date may not be completed in time causing you to miss the agency’s deadline, and some agencies will not accept late proposals even if it is a result of Grants.gov issues.
Associate Vice Chancellor's Corner
The year has been full of wonder and excitement so far. The economic meltdown, no doubt caused by the ongoing global warming, has brought many opportunities. Congress has placed a very large bet on the research community and allocated $3 billion of new research money to the NSF and $10 billion of the same coin to the NIH to name a few. As I am telling folks, this represents a once in a lifetime opportunity (at least I hope it is once in a lifetime) for the research community across the country to bring their best ideas forward. The Research Office is distributing the information it receives and is making special services and workshops available over the next several months to maximize your chances of success in capturing some of these opportunities. MORE
Montana Tech Research By the Numbers
In March, the Research Office released the Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2008
Research Funding data was analyzed and compared to previous years to determine the ‘health’ of Research at Montana Tech.
For more information, check out the full Annual Research Report for 2008 online at www.mtech.edu/research.
Papers, Publications & Presentations
The Research Office monitors faculty publications as one way of tracking scholarly activity on campus. All publications are self-reported by the authors. The chart below illustrates the number of papers in press, presentations, and published works submitted to the Research Office over the past 5 years. This data includes Research Faculty and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Click here to view the publications list for 2008.
New Fringe and Indirect Cost Rates: Effective September 1, 2008
New Funding August 2008 - March 2009
List of New Funded Projects since August 2008. MORE
Did you know? Tips and Tricks
All Montana Tech Employees have to fill out a Conflict of Interest Declaration Form. Find the form and details at http://www.mtech.edu/research/policies/policies_and_procedures.html
Only the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) can submit grant proposals and sign contracts on behalf of Montana Tech. Dr. Joseph Figueira, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research is Montana Tech’s AOR.
You need a login and password to upload documents to the National Institutes of Health eRA Commons. Contact the Research Office to get signed up.
Make sure you are using the correct version of Adobe Reader when working on a package for Grants.gov. Using an unsupported version of Adobe Reader will result in corrupt files. All computers working on a package MUST USE THE SAME version of Adobe Reader. Check the Grants.gov software page for compatible versions. http://www.grants.gov/help/download_software.jsp