Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Imagination Institute a non-profit organization based in Pennsylvania dedicated to advancing the understanding of and research on imagination, has established under its initiative, Advancing the Science of Imagination: Toward an “Imagination Quotient,” a grants competition targeted to psychologists, neuroscientists, and educators who conduct research on theory of mind, mental imagery, mental simulation, perspective taking, prospective thought, daydreaming, mind wandering, counterfactual thinking, creativity, memory, curiosity, child development, aging, social cognition, and related fields, to support projects that seek to test and validate a proposed measure and develop an intervention for imagination/perspective. This initiative encourages such researchers to collaborate with individuals in corporate, military, school, health, university, governmental, and artistic settings to demonstrate that the proposed measure and interventions work in such a setting. Proposals from around the world will be welcomed.
In 2015, up to fifteen (15), two-year grants in the range of $150,000 to $200,000 will be awarded to scholars from around the world. The awards are intended to generate new scientific information in order to further clarify the construct of imagination and its measurement for the purpose of advancing an understanding of the human mind and its role in the optimization of human potential and flourishing. The award recipients will be brought together for a retreat at the conclusion of the program in the summer of 2017 in order to compare the results of their projects and to discuss longer-term efforts at generating an “Imagination Quotient”.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2015
For more information visit the Imagination Institute website.
Notice of Potential Delays to NIH Issuing Awards in May 2015
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a notice indicating that NIH's ability to issue competing and noncompeting awards may be delayed for two weeks from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015. During this time, a series of software upgrades will be made to NIH accounting and business systems that have widereaching
impacts across the NIH. These also connect to NIH grantmaking systems, and while every effort will be made to minimize the expected downtime, it may take up to two weeks to complete all the work.
No new or revised Notices of Award will be issued during this time. Submission and review of new applications through Grants.gov is not expected to be impacted.
Read the full notice at: Submission and review of new applications through Grants.gov.
NSF Announces Automatic Compliance Validation Checks on Proposals
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced that proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations in FastLane will undergo a series of automated proposal compliance validation checks to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2. of the Grants Proposal Guide (GPG)). These checks will automatically validate a proposal for compliance against proposal sections per type of funding mechanism. For example, an error message will appear if a project description or budget are not provided in proposals submitted in response to a Program Solicitation.
Checks will be triggered when proposers select the Check Proposal,Forward to SPO, or Submit Proposal functions. Depending on the rule being checked, a warning or error message will display when a proposal is found to be non-compliant. If an error message appears, the proposal cannot be submitted until it is compliant.
Please note that these automated compliance checks will not be conducted on proposals submitted to NSF via Grants.gov.
To view a detailed list of all compliance checks, see the following website: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/autocheck/compliancechecks_apr15.pdf.
Congratulations to the Research ShowCASE and Intersections Presentation Winners
Postdoctoral First Place Winners:
Postdoctoral Honorable Mention:
Graduate Student First Place Winners:
Graduate Student Honorable Mention:
Jang Ik Cho
Seyed Mohsen Seifi
Undergraduate First Place Winners:
Taylor Nguyen (Mentor - Mohan Sankaran)
Elishama Kanu (Mentor - Hillel Chiel)
Anisha Garg (Mentor - Barbara Kuemerle)
Raghav Tripathi (Mentor - Jeremy Bordeaux)
Diana Acosta (Mentor - Roger French)
Margaret Mack (Mentor - Zheng-Rong Lu)
Moriah Watts (Mentor - Marilyn Lotas)
William Qu (Mentor - Paul Tesar)
Logan Smith (Mentor - Julia Dobosotskaya)
Harini Ushasri and Liana Manuel (Mentor - John Paul Stephens)
Alayna Klco (Mentor - Katia Almeida)
Undergraduate Second Place Winners:
Paul Advincula (Mentor - Rigoberto Advincula)
Samantha Butler (Mentor - Chung-Chiun Liu)
Sara Mithani (Mentor - Leena Palomo)
Rachael Wieber and Breanon Glover (Mentor - Mary Quinn Griffin)
Arvind Haran (Mentor - Michael Jenkins)
Elishama Kanu (Mentor - Hillel Chiel)
Katie Pezzot (Mentor - Jiayang Sun)
Samir Shah (Mentors: Matthew Williams and Robert Kirsch)
Kathy Lin (Mentor - Amy Przeworski)
Lauren Pohl (Mentor - Amy Przeworski)
Lisa Richey (Mentor - Kathryn Rothenberg)
NIH Postpones New Biosketch Format Requirement until May 25, 2015
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that a new biosketch format will be required for all applications submitted for FY2016 funding, and will be required beginning May 25, 2015. Originally, the requirement was to go into effect beginning January 25, 2015, but in response to input from the research community, the mandatory change in format was postponed.
The NIH has been piloting a planned modification of the biosketch since June 2012. The new format increases the page limit from 4 to 5 pages and increases the number of peer-reviewed publications from 15 to 20. The new format allows investigators to include a link to a complete listing of their publications in SciENcv or My Bibliography.
Visit the NIH website under the heading “Additional Format Pages” to obtain templates for the new biosketch format: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm.
Local Assistance Available with New Biosketch Formatting
Contact Kathy Blazer, Interim Director, Cleveland Health Sciences Library, (216-368-1361 or email@example.com) if interested in having Kathy conduct a departmental information session, or to answer individual questions.
Review the Health Sciences Library's slide presentation at: http://www.case.edu/chsl/library/NIHBiosketch.pptx.
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