Announcing Interdisciplinary Research Origination Awards

To encourage the creation of new interdisciplinary (IDR) research projects geared towards the capture of external funding, the University is funding IDR Origination Awards. Proposals should be submitted by teams of faculty from at least 3 different departments and 2 or more colleges. Proposals should:
• Create a strong potential for external funding following the IDR award
• Demonstrate the potential to produce significant scientific and societal impacts
• Have a clearly articulated problem statement
• Identify measures of success and achievable milestones
• Build or strengthen diverse interdisciplinary research partnerships

Anticipated funding is for 3 awards of up to $60K each year for 2 years. A Letter of Intent should be submitted by December 1, 2017. Full proposals should be submitted by January 16, 2018. Award decisions will be announced by March 15, 2018. For more information about this exciting new opportunity, sign up Research Networking Sign Up and attend the Research Networking Event on August 29, 2017 (there will be a presentation about the IDR Origination Awards), or go to the Research Development Website IDR Origination Award, or contact Conrad Monson (, Kristen Kellems ( or Jaynie Mitchell (

Faculty Research Networking

The 6th Faculty Research Networking Event provides faculty an opportunity
to learn about research across the university and look for possible research
collaborators.  The event features three-minute research presentations by
twenty to thirty faculty members with additional attendees who will listen
but not present.  Faculty from all colleges are encouraged to participate. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Research Presentations
9:30-11:30 AM
Lunch and Networking following in W170 BNSN


DARPA Webinar

Discover DSO Day
DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO), which identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines, will host Discover DSO Day (D3) on June 15, in Arlington, Virginia.
The event is designed to:
(1) familiarize attendees with DSO’s mission and the nature of the efforts we support;
(2) promote understanding of how to do business with DSO and
(3) facilitate discussions with potential performers.

More Information

Webinar will be available in our conference room – 270 M 7:00AM – 2:00PM
6:30 am – 7:00 am Welcome/Intro
7:00 am – 8:00 am DARPA 101: Engaging DARPA
8:00 am – 9:00 am DARPA 102: Working with Universities
9:00 am – 10:00 pm DARPA 103: Doing Business with DARPA
10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Science – is it time to redefine the endless frontier?
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm DARPA 201: How Programs Are Developed

NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

The second issue of the NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter is now available on the Policy Office website.

In This Issue

NSF Pilots a New Collaborator and Other Affiliations Template …. Page 1

Research Terms and Conditions Implementation …. Page 2

Public Comment on Future Changes to NSF Policies and Procedures …. Page 3

Upcoming NSF Outreach …. Page 3

Participant Support Costs Explained …. Page 4

ERA Forum Information …. Page 5

This newsletter is produced by the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at the National Science Foundation to provide information about upcoming changes and clarifications to policies and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals and manage NSF awards. We hope this will be a welcome addition to your inbox. Please let us know what you think at!

Proposal Writing Bootcamp

BYU Faculty Proposal Development Bootcamp (May 15-18)
On May 15-18, 2017 from 9am-2pm (lunch provided) in 270 MB, there will be an instructor-led program for learning and applying proposal writing skills. Faculty who attended in the past have found this “bootcamp” to be very helpful in their proposal development efforts At the end of this writing-focused experience, you will have created the first draft of a proposal. Dr. Jon Balzotti, a BYU expert in proposal writing, will provide hands-on writing instruction.
Day 1 -May 15: How do I create logically structured proposals?
Day 2 -May 16: How do I use proposal slots to answer the funder’s major question?
Day 3 -May 17: How do I create a value proposition?
Day 4 -May 18: How do I tailor my proposal to catch the attention of busy reviewers?
Look for sign up information coming from Faculty Center.
For questions, email Conrad Monson or Kristen Kellems