Newsletter - The Wire (Fall 2005)  
Fall 2005   Vol 1, Issue 4

Revised August 25, 2005

Mercer University
Grants & Contracts Office
1400 Coleman Ave
Macon, Georgia 31207                            

OMB Circular A-21 Subpart B-General Sec. 2 Definitions
"Sponsored" includes all research, instruction, programs, projects, and development activities financed by Federal and non-Federal agencies and organizations


  • NIH Announces Initial Plans to Transition to the SF424(R&R) Application and Electronic Submission through
  • New Federally Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate.  Call X2328 or X2811 for new rate.
  • PHS 398 Forms have been updated (Form Approved through 9/30/2007)
Funding Opportunities

SPIN Plus Funding Database

InfoEd's SPINPlus is a Web-based subscription package that bundles SPIN, the most widely used funding opportunities database, with GENIUS, a flexible CV / Bio-Sketch database, and SMARTS, an automated alerts system that matches investigators with grant and contract announcements based on their user profiles. Please call Lucretia at X2328 for access to SPIN Database.
 SPIN Plus Funding Search Database
 SPIN Plus Tutorial


National Institutes of Health                   

NIMH Research Education Grants




Deadline:  Letter of Intent Submission Date: 30 days before the submission date (Not Required)

Application Submission Date(s): October , 2005 for new applications; January 2, 2006 for AIDS related applications


The overall goal of NIMH's research training and research education programs is to ensure that highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in
appropriate scientific areas to reduce the burden of mental disorders and HIV/AIDS through research on mind, brain, and behavior. The NIMH Research Education Grant is
a flexible and specialized mechanism designed to foster the development of mental health researchers through creative and innovative research educational programs
including regional and national programs.



NIA/NHLBI Anemia in the Elderly

Deadline Date:  Letter of Intent: December 30, 2005
Application Receipt Date: January 20, 2006
The goal of this program is to foster biomedical
research leading to a better understanding of the
epidemiology, pathophysiology, andclinical aspects of
anemia in the elderly. Ultimately, information from the
research supported by this initiative should improve the
health and well-being of elderly patients with anemia and
decrease the functional impairment and morbidity
associated with anemia in this population.

NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES)




Deadline: Letters of Intent: November 20, 2005
Application Receipt Date: December 21, 2005


The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award is intended to identify outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who intend to make a long term career commitment to research in the mission areas of the NIEHS and assist them in launching an innovative research program focusing on problems of environmental exposures and human biology, human pathophysiologyand human disease.







NIDA Pilot Clinical Trials of Pharmacotherapies for Substance Related Disorders




Deadline Date:  Letters of Intent: December 26, 2005
Application Receipt Date: January 24, 2006


The purpose of this RFA is to support pilot clinical studies of medications for investigation as possible treatments for Substance Related Disorders. Because the purpose of this RFA is to support pilot studies, preliminary studies are not required.




National Endowment of Humanities (NEH)

Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development

Deadline: October 1, 2005

This grant program support projects to improve specific areas of humanities education and are intended to serve as national models of excellence. They must draw upon scholarship in the humanities and use scholars and teachers as advisers. NEH is especially interested in projects that offer solutions to problems frequently encountered by teachers.
For more information about this grant program, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8380 or


Collaborative Research Grants

Deadline:  November 1, 2005

Collaborative Research Grants support: original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars; or research coordinated by an individual scholar that, because of its scope or complexity, requires additional staff and resources beyond the individual's salary.

Summer Stipends

Deadline: October 3, 2005

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly
knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly
articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site
reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

American Association of University Women

Community Action Grant

Deadline Date:  Jan. 15, 2006

One-year grants ($2,000-$7,000 over one year)
One-year grants provide seed money for new projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.

Two-year grants ($5,000-$10,000 over two years)
Two-year grants provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Two-year grants are restricted to projects focused on K-14 (including 2-year colleges) girls' achievement in math, science, and/or technology. Funds support planning activities, coalition building, implementation and evaluation.

The Spencer Foundation                                                    National Science Foundation                                

Small Research Grants

Deadline Date:  Ongoing

This program supports short-term research projects (two years or less) that require no more than $40,000 to complete.  It offers a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners in a broad range of institutions who are interested in educational research to obtain support for their work.



NSF 05-509

Deadline Date:  January 15, 2006

The Science of Learning Centers program (SLC) offers awards for large-scale, long-term Centers that will extend the frontiers of knowledge on learning of all types and create the intellectual, organizational, and physical infrastructure needed for the long-term advancement of learning research.

Centers will be built around a unifying research focus and will incorporate a diverse, multidisciplinary environment involving appropriate partnerships with academia, industry, all levels of education, and other public and private entities.





Mercer University Proposal Transmittal Form or "Routing Form"
   This form has been re-designed to better assist with the necessary compliance committee approval information.  A page has been added for clarification of any usage of human subjects, animals, radiation, hazardous chemicals, and/or biohazards.  Additionally, disclosures have been added to this page to better inform investigators of the requirements regarding submission.  Specifically issues regarding cost share/matching funds and indirect cost rate that must be used.

Cost Share/Matching Funds

  University procedure has been published by the Accounting Office effective October 1, 2000 regarding the inclusion of cost share/matching funds in a proposal submission.  The Principal Investigator or Project Director, prior to the submission of a proposal going to a sponsoring agency, must arrange for cost sharing, and/or the commitment  of matching funds by the University.  All requests for matching funds or cost sharing must be coordinated with, and approved in writing by the appropriate Dean or Department Head, and/or University Advancement  Office. 

Renewal and Continuation Applications
The monitoring of renewals and continuation
applications is needed to assure that policies of both Mercer University and the funding agency are being adhered to, thus avoiding conflicts, delays and any misunderstandings.  The Mercer University Proposal Transmittal Form or "Routing Form" is needed to process these applications.  For further questions, please contact GCO staff at x2328 or by e-mail at GCO.

For more detailed information, please link to staff directory

Cara Williamson, Director, Grants & Contracts Office
Lavonda Peavy, Post-Award Bookkeeper
Lucretia D. Hollingshed, Preaward  Specialist

Facilities and Administration costs (formerly indirect costs) University procedures have also been published regarding the requirement for proposals to include F&A costs into proposal budgets. If the funding agency does not allow these costs, documentation must be provided by the investigation upon submission. Clinical trial/drug study will be allowed an industry standard of 20%.







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