ORSP's PAF Checklist is here! Also, stay tuned for FLSA updates and read on for UROP and funding opportunity deadlines.
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               August RAPid Announcements

ORSP PAF/Proposal Review Checklist

Curious about what the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects reviews before submission?

Take a look at our new PAF/Proposal Review Checklist!

When a finalized proposal is received within ORSP’s internal deadline, ORSP will review, verify and work with project teams to resolve issues as necessary with respect to the items in the following list.

Note that many of these checks do not apply when sponsor guidelines are not applicable (e.g., contract negotiations). Learn even more in the Route and Submit Proposal section of our website.

FLSA Impact on Research Grant Budgeting

Budget $47,476 for post-doctoral fellows or research faculty

This year the U.S. Department of Labor announced changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) raising the salary threshold below which employees are eligible for overtime pay to $47,476, up from the previous threshold of $23,660 per year. This new threshold takes effect December 1, 2016. The federal government will review the salary threshold every three years for future adjustments.

This will impact the university’s approach to compensation for post-doctoral research fellows and research faculty in light of recent changes to the FLSA. 
New Guidelines
The university recognizes that paying overtime to post-doctoral fellows and research faculty is not feasible, given the nature of their duties. Effective December 1, 2016, all full-time, currently appointed post-doctoral fellows and research faculty whose actual, annual compensation is less than $47,476 will have their salaries adjusted to this figure. “Research faculty” job titles that will be impacted include research investigator, research scientist series, research professor series, associate librarian, associate curator and associate archivist (including adjunct and visiting positions).
Budget Considerations
The university will cover a portion of the initial salary increases to assist in modifying budgets to accommodate these added costs. The Provost’s Office has committed to providing 50% of the aggregate increase for all currently funded positions for the period between December 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, with units covering the balance. This commitment extends to post-doctoral fellows that could be appointed if pending grant requests that were submitted before June 1, 2016 are approved. After July 1, 2017, salary costs will be paid through grant funding or by the funding unit.
All research grants that include funding for post-doctoral fellows or research faculty should budget a minimum of $47,476 for annual, actual compensation going forward. New post-doctoral fellows or research track faculty should only be appointed if there are sufficient funds to meet the minimum salary threshold of $47,476.
Part-Time Positions
To meet our FLSA compliance obligations for individuals with part-time post-doctoral or research appointments, the university will implement written employment agreements that define projected hours to be worked, with a central system established to track instances of dual institution funding. New administrative processes will change how living expenses will be covered for part-time positions, when applicable. Additional guidance about how to implement these agreements will be forthcoming.
Timing and additional information
FLSA salary adjustments may take place at any time before the December 1, 2016 effective date (however, additional funding from the Provost’s Office will only be available for the period between December 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017).
More information is available at hr.umich.edu/2016-flsa-changes or by emailing umichflsa@umich.edu.

As changes impact the research community, we will keep you posted.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

UROP is again actively looking for research opportunities for our 1300 admitted students  for the coming academic year. Faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows at all levels including lecturers are all eligible to be UROP research mentors. Staff engaged in research activities can also participate as UROP research mentors. If you are interested in involving a student in your research, we encourage you to read more about the program, give us a call to talk about a project idea, and complete our on-line one-page application.

To have access to the largest pool of applicants please submit your application by August 26th or before.  However, we will be accepting projects until mid-September.

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Funding Opportunities for August and September


Be sure to also check the University of Michigan Find Funding Portal: http://funding.research.umich.edu.




American Heart Association

While the Summer 2016 deadlines for many programs have passed, there are still a few additional opportunities.

Obesity Research Network Request 

The full Request for Applications is now available online! Prospective applicants are requested to submit a Letter of Intent for the AHA Obesity Network on or before, via Grants@Heart. View the Letter of Intent Instructions for more details.

For more information, including the full request for applications, visit the Obesity Research Network website.

AHA Strategically Focused Research Network Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Postdoctoral graduates interested in a fellowship opportunity with one of AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Networks should submit an application to the center(s) of interest.

Aug. 25, 2016

U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund

Letters of Intent

The third cycle of the U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund will prioritize innovation in manufacturing processes for textiles manufacturing including weaving, fabric dyeing, and cut-and-sew with an emphasis on sustainability. Direct questions to: WMFDRFP@walmart.com.

For more information please visit: http://corporate.walmart.com/article/walmart-us-manufacturing-innovation-fund

August 25, 2016

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Up to $85,000 in competitive grants through several programs - please visit aaacf.org/grants to learn more about our process and priorities.

AAACF grant programs available during this first fall round include:

All prospective applicants are required to contact AAACF staff before submitting a proposal to ensure appropriate focus and scope. Please contact Maryellen Ferro to schedule a phone call by September 8th.

September 13, 2016

5 p.m. EST

Delta Dental Foundation

Request for Applications

Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) provides $150,000 in grants through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children and/or adults. Grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000 each. View completed grant guidelines online.

Each prior grant recipient must complete and submit a grant reporting form by the grant submission deadline of September 30, 2016.

For more information, please contact the Delta Dental Foundation at (517) 347-5333 or ddf@deltadentalmi.com.

September 30, 2016

Michigan State University's (MSU)
Department of Forestry and USAID LESTARI

Funded Sabbatical in Indonesia

MSU is leading an initiative on university engagement for capacity building in low-carbon forest management and REDD+ in Indonesia. This is part of the large USAID LESTARI project focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving biodiversity in carbon rich and biologically significant forest and mangrove systems in Indonesia.

Direct inquiries to Dr. Larry Leefers, or review document for details. 

Fall 2016

The Gairdner Foundation

Nominations for the 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award

The Gairdner Foundation are accepting nominations from qualified scientists from any branch of biomedicine. The award recognizes an original, seminal contribution or discovery to biomedicine. Review information for details.

October 1, 2016
American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

Request for Applications

Fellowships and Grants Program for the 2017/2018 academic year. The ASF will offer around $300,000 to outstanding American students, scholars, professionals, and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.

November 1, 2016
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