Volume XXX, No. 26 • Aug. 25, 2006


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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Amber Wilde, library associate, Library Learning Center
     

CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Security officer

For additional information or to apply, visit http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.


CSA position open to Student Financial Services - top

The following Career Service position is open and limited to status Career Service employees of BHSU’s Student Financial Services:

  • Accounting assistant

For more information or to apply, visit http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.


Schallenkamp makes history with her first general assembly address - top

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp gives her first general assembly address as BHSU presidentDr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of Black Hills State University, clarified the university vision and welcomed faculty back to campus during a general assembly address last week. Her presentation was part of a week-long schedule of activities for faculty in-service.

Schallenkamp, who has been at the helm of the university for just six weeks, extended a special welcome to the new faculty and staff, praised the returning faculty and staff for their on-going efforts and reminded members of the university community of their opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students.

“As we know, it is the people who make an organization successful. Through the commitment and dedication of each of you here today, as well as the many individuals who have come before us, Black Hills State University is an outstanding educational institution that is responsive to the needs of its constituents,” Schallenkamp said. “Clearly, you make a difference for many. This is a remarkable university. In a semester, a class period, or maybe a split second, lives can be changed forever. It is a heavy responsibility and an awesome opportunity.”

The new president says she has spoken with many community members in the region who speak highly of the faculty and staff’s commitment to teaching and learning. She added that many people, community people as well as new faculty, have commented on the strength of the academic programs, the talents of the faculty in their departments, the state-of-the-art facilities, and the beautiful location of the university.

Schallenkamp says her vision for the university is for BHSU “to be recognized as an innovative, high quality institution of higher learning throughout the state, the greater Black Hills region, and the nation.”

Schallenkamp added that an effort will be made to standardize the university’s visual identity which will strengthen the university’s overall recognition in the state and region.

Another topic of Schallenkamp’s address was the university’s recruitment and retention of students. Schallenkamp commended the plan to combine the Freshmen Year Experience and an orientation course into the students’ early experience and stressed that it’s imperative for the university to continually refine the programs for new students. She also commented on the importance of student engagement and says that it is critical for student satisfaction and retention.

Schallenkamp says she been asked many times in recent months why she chose to come to BHSU.

“I saw a university that has a long history of responding to the needs of the students and the state. I saw a university that has wide support from the community, Board of Regents and state officials. I saw faculty and staff who are committed to our educational mission. I also saw a university that is poised to do great things, and I wanted to be part of that,” Schallenkamp said.


New faculty begin at Black Hills State University - top

New faculty members at Black Hills State University
New faculty in the Black Hills State University classrooms when classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 29 include: front row left to right, Faye LaDuke-Pelster, reading; Carrie Gray-Wood, geography; Jamalee Stone, math education; Scott Aloha, library media; Donald Anderson, mathematics; Mary Mock, physical education; Ken Schallenkamp, business; Mike Tolan, library media; Deaver Traywick, writing center; back row, left to right, Lee Pearce, special education; Karen Griffith, human services; David Scarborough, human resources; Dan Spencer, tourism; Pradosh Simlai, quantitative methods; Joseph Stephens, physical education; Amy Gurney, physical education and softball coach; and Eric Huntimer, chemistry. Not pictured are: Pam Arneson, biology; William Carper, accounting; James Castleberry, sociology; Patrick Heming, mathematics; Rita Herman, mass communications; Stephen Herman, mass communications; Trent Mack, physical education; Jesse Palczewski, art, Lorna Richey, humanities; Bradd Schafer, physical education; Monica Schmidt, history; Dee Sleep, mass communications; John Steen, sociology; and Bret Swanson, English.
 

The Spill Canvas will perform during Welcome Week - top

The Spill CanvasThe Spill Canvas, a band formed by Sioux Falls native Nick Thomas, will perform Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. on the Clare and Josef Meier Hall outdoor stage on the Black Hills State University campus. The concert is one of several events planned to welcome students to campus during the first week of the 2006-07 school year.

Band members include Thomas, Joe Beck, Scott McGuire and Don Ludeman. According to the band, their musical influences include Maroon 5, John Mayer, Dashboard Confessional, Atmosphere, and Killswitch Engage among others.

BHSU students, faculty, and staff and members of the community are welcome to attend at no charge. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

Students begin arriving on campus Sunday, Aug. 27. BHSU faculty, staff and students will be available to help new students move into their residence halls Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Returning students will begin moving into the residence halls Monday, Aug. 28 after 8 a.m.

A complete list of Welcome Week events is listed below:

Monday, Aug. 28

  • Registration, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
  • Drop/Add, 12 noon to 4 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
  • ACT Residual Test, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Jonas Hall Room 105
  • Weekly night classes begin

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • Classes begin
  • Student check-in (according to schedule), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
  • Drop/Add, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
  • Drive In Movie Night, 8 p.m., BHSU campus green (Jonas Hall Room 305 in case of rain)

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Student check-in (according to schedule), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
  • Drop/Add, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
  • Concert performance by The Spill Canvas, 6:30 p.m., Clare and Josef Meier Hall outdoor stage
  • Capture the Flag, 8:30 p.m., BHSU campus green

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • Residence Hall Olympics, 3 p.m., BHSU campus green

Student activities are sponsored by the Black Hills State University Orientation Planning Committee and the University Programming (UP) Team. For more information on Welcome Week activities, contact the UP Team office at 642-6418.


More than 200 faculty and staff attend annual picnic - top

Fred Nelson, BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, and Terry Hupp award door prizes at the annual faculty and staff picnicPresident Kay Schallenkamp, center, draws the winning tickets for one of the door prizes at the annual faculty and staff picnic this week. Fred Nelson, left, and Terry Hupp, right, served as emcees for the event. More than 200 people attended the annual picnic at the Spearfish City Park. The event was the collaborative effort of several campus departments, according to Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life. She added that the gathering allows university staff and faculty to meet socially and begin the year on a positive note. New faculty and staff are guests at the picnic.



BHSU faculty attend collaborative learning workshop during in service - top

BHSU faculty listen as Dr. Wendy Klepetar presents "Teaching Millennial Students: What Boomer and Gen X Faculty Need to Know"Dr. Wendy Klepetar, right, and Dr. Virginia Arthur (not shown) from the College of Saint Benedict, presented a collaborative learning workshop titled “Teaching Millennial Students: What Boomer and Gen X Faculty Need to Know” as a part of faculty in service at Black Hills State University this week. This was one of several presentations and activities for the weeklong in service.



Residence hall leaders practice fire safety - top

BHSU sophomore Laura Seumanutafa uses a fire extinguisher during the recent residence assistant training at the universityLaura Seumanutafa, a Black Hills State University sophomore from Rapid City, practices using a fire extinguisher as a part of the recent residence assistant training held on campus. Myron Sullivan, director of safety and security, arranged for the fire safety training with a member of the Spearfish Fire Department. A group of 37 resident assistants, night assistants and hall directors attended training on a variety of topics including how to handle safety and security situations in the residence halls. Fall classes at BHSU begin Tuesday, Aug. 29; students will move into the residence halls Sunday and Monday.



Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 213, through Thursday, Aug. 10. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

AmeriCorps National Professional Corps

Subject to the availability of appropriations for fiscal year 2007, the Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) announces the anticipated availability of approximately $88,000,000 to award to new and re-competing AmeriCorps State and National grants. Professional Corps programs place members as teachers, nurses, and other health care providers, police officers, early childhood development staff, engineers, or other professionals providing service in communities with an inadequate number of such professionals. Grantees receive Corporation funding to support program costs, and use their own or other resources to pay the members’ living allowance and additional member costs. For more than a decade, the Corporation for National and Community Service—through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve programs—has mobilized a new generation of engaged citizens. This year, more than 1.8 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds will serve through these programs. They will help thousands of national and community nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies meet local needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other critical areas. For example, in 2005-2006, more than 21,000 national service volunteers contributed to hurricane relief and recovery across the country. AmeriCorps grants are generally awarded to eligible organizations to recruit, train, and manage AmeriCorps members who address unmet community needs. Special consideration is given to projects that address one or a combination of four strategic initiatives:

  1. Mobilizing more volunteers. The Corporation will invest in organizations that can effectively recruit, train, manage, and use volunteers who will ultimately have an impact on the success of their program. We will increase the capacity of faith-based and other community organizations to mobilize volunteers in communities to meet critical needs. We plan to support organizations that develop strong partnerships and collaborations with volunteer centers or other volunteer connector organizations in their service areas.
  2. Ensuring a brighter future for all of America’s youth. The Corporation will invest in organizations that provide caring adults as mentors for youth from disadvantaged circumstances, and opportunities for young people from disadvantaged circumstances to serve their communities. We plan to support organizations that recruit and manage at-risk youth serving in National Service Programs, and mentoring efforts, particularly those targeting children of prisoners.
  3. Engaging students in communities. The Corporation will invest in organizations that implement effective strategies for connecting their school, faculty, staff, and administration with their communities through service and volunteering. We plan to support K-12 and higher education institutions that effectively incorporate service-learning into their curricula, and the number of college students engaged in community service and service-learning. We will also help colleges and universities expand support for student service.
  4. Harnessing baby boomers’ experience. The Corporation will invest in programs that plan to capture the talents, skills, energy, and experience of baby boomers and older Americans to meet local and national needs. We plan to improve the capacity of nonprofits to attract and retain boomers via targeted training and technical assistance.

Additional programs and program models that may receive special consideration in the selection process are described in the AmeriCorps regulations. You will note that mobilizing volunteers, youth in disadvantaged circumstances, working with educational institutions, and baby boomers are priorities in the regulation as well as our strategic initiatives. You are encouraged to integrate the priorities and initiatives into your program design, as they logically align with your organizational mission and objectives.

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2007. For complete requirements and a link to the full announcement, see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=10587&mode=VIEW.


Discovery Research K-12 (NSF)

The National Science Foundation announces Discovery Research K-12 funds research, development, and evaluation activities through knowledge generation and application to improve K-12 learning and teaching. The program addresses this mission by funding activities in three major areas: * Applied Research that supports three categories of projects: Evaluative Studies of NSF-Funded Resources and Tools, Studies of Student Learning Progressions, and Studies of Teachers and Teaching. * Development of Resources and Tools that supports two categories of projects: Assessment of Students’ and Teachers’ Learning and Instruction of K-12 Students and Teachers. * Capacity Building that supports two categories of projects: STEM Systems Research and STEM Education Research Scholars. In addition to these three areas, conferences related to the mission of the program are also supported.

Deadlines: Nov. 1, 2006, is the deadline for the required Letter of Intent. The deadline for Exploratory Projects only in all categories is Nov. 15, 2006. The preliminary proposal deadline for Full Scale Projects only in all categories is March 9, 2007. The Full Proposal deadlines are: *March 20, 2007, for Component A: Applied Research (Exploratory and Full-Scale); *March 28, 2007, for Component B: Development of Resources and Tools (Exploratory and Full-Scale); and *Dec. 1, 2006, for Component C: Capacity Building (Exploratory and Full-Scale). The Full Proposal deadline for conferences related to Components A, B, and C is May 8, 2007. See www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=10548&mode=VIEW for more information and the link to the full announcement.


Student Applicants Sought for $1.25 Million in Sustainability Grants (EPA)

Everyone has a role in protecting our environment, including members of Generation Y. EPA is tapping into their innovation and creativity in finding solutions to environmental challenges through the agency's People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. The agency plans to award up to $1.25 million in grants that enable teams of college students to research, develop and design scientific and technical solutions to sustainability challenges that protect the environment while achieving continued economic prosperity.

EPA will award as many as 50 grants up to $10,000 each to student teams. The money will be used to research and develop sustainable solutions during the 2007-08 academic year. In spring 2008, the teams will be invited to bring their designs to Washington, D.C., to compete for EPA's P3 Award, which includes an additional award worth up to $75,000 to further develop and implement the project in the field. The competition will be judged by the National Academy of Engineering for design innovation and technical merit along with relevant social, economic and environmental considerations that are the keys to sustainable designs.

The P3 competition is open to teams of students attending colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, including representatives from multiple engineering departments and/or departments of chemistry, architecture, industrial design, economics, policy, social sciences, business, communication, etc.

The grants will be awarded for research related to the P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) sustainability competition, a national student design competition launched in 2004.

Several previous winners have already taken their innovations to new levels – including starting successful businesses, winning additional awards, and improving the quality of life in the United States, other developed countries plus those that are developing.

Deadline: Dec. 21, 2006. Details about the P3 competition can be found at www.epa.gov/P3. Application procedures and materials for this year's grants can be found at http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2007/2007_p3_4thannual.html.


Ecosystem Science Cluster (NSF)

The National Science Foundation’s Ecosystem Science Cluster supports research on natural, managed, and disturbed ecosystems, including those in terrestrial, freshwater, and wetland (including salt marsh) environments. Descriptive and manipulative approaches in field, mesocosm, and laboratory settings are supported, with the expectation that the bulk of the research is question- or hypothesis-driven. Proposals are encouraged, but not necessarily required to incorporate new or existing quantitative or conceptual models for the purpose of integration or synthesis. The Ecosystem Science Cluster funds research in the following areas. Ecosystem Studies: Supports investigations of whole-system ecological processes and relationships in ecosystems across a diversity of spatial and temporal (including paleo) scales. Proposals may focus on areas such as: biogeochemistry; decomposition of organic matter; belowground nutrient cycling and energy flow; primary productivity; radiatively active gas flux; element budgets on watershed, regional, continental, or global scales; relationships between diversity and ecosystem function; ecosystem services; and landscape dynamics. Proposals will be considered that focus on advancing ecosystem science through either the pursuit of new theoretical paradigms or novel modeling efforts. Proposals that, in whole or in part, strive to develop new techniques can be supported when a compelling argument exists that there is the potential for a major advance in ecosystem research. Inter- and multi-disciplinary proposals that fall across traditional programmatic boundaries are welcomed and encouraged. Proposals may focus on the cycling of non-nutrient elements, but proposals that are ecotoxicological in orientation will not be considered. Ecosystem-oriented proposals that focus on coastal marine or deep ocean habitats are reviewed by the Biological Oceanography Program in the Division of Ocean Sciences. Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER): Supports fundamental ecological research that requires long time periods and large spatial scales. This cluster supports a coordinated network of more than two dozen field sites. The general mission of LTER is to understand ecological phenomena that occur over long temporal and broad spatial scales; to create a legacy of well-designed and documented ecological experiments; to conduct major syntheses and theoretical efforts; and to provide information necessary for the identification and solution of environmental problems. The LTER network of sites conducts integrated research in five core areas: pattern and control of primary production; spatial and temporal distribution of populations selected to represent trophic structure; pattern and control of organic matter accumulation in surface soils and sediments; patterns of inorganic inputs and movements of nutrients through soils and waters; and patterns, frequency, and effects of disturbance. LTER also supports a Network Office [http://lternet.edu/sites/net/], whose mission is to coordinate and facilitate information technology development and implementation across the network, to facilitate management of the network, to aid efforts in research synthesis, and to conduct public outreach. LTER field sites represent a diversity of habitats in continental North America, the Caribbean, and the Antarctic, including deserts, estuaries, lakes, prairies, various forests, alpine and Arctic tundra, urban areas and production agriculture. This breadth is possible through coordinated funding from Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Polar Programs, and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Supplemental funding supports the LTER Schoolyard educational program, international collaborative research, and related activities at LTER sites. LTER does not solicit proposals, except when new LTER sites are initiated and does not accept unsolicited proposals from LTER or non-LTER PIs. For more information and announcements of opportunity, visit the LTER web page [www.lternet.edu/].

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2007. For the link to the full announcement, see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=10704.


Ecological Biology Cluster (NSF)

The Ecological Biology Cluster supports research on natural and managed ecological systems, primarily in terrestrial, wetland, and freshwater habitats. Research areas include experimental, observational, theoretical, and modeling studies on the structure and function of complex associations that focus on biotic components, and the coupling of small-scale systems to each other and to large-scale systems. Projects are encouraged that develop conceptual and synthetic linkages among theoretical, modeling, and empirical approaches; that are conducted at one or more scales of ecological or geographic organization; and that synthesize empirical and theoretical findings into new paradigms. The Ecological Biology Cluster funds research in the following areas. Ecology: Supports studies of community ecology and population interactions at diverse spatial and temporal scales. These include (1) dynamics and processes within particular habitats; (2) food-web structure; (3) landscape patterns and processes; (4) paleoecology; (5) biotic interactions, including mutualism, competition, predation, and parasitism; (6) mechanisms of coexistence and community assembly, (7) co-evolution, and (8) chemical ecology. Ecology particularly encourages studies that reveal causal mechanisms, patterns, and ecological processes or that apply to a wide range of habitats and taxa. Studies focusing on population dynamics of single species should be directed to the Population and Evolutionary Processes Cluster. Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB): Focuses on evolutionary or ecological phenomena that require long-term investigation. Awards are designed to provide base funding to help maintain an on-going long-term research project in any area supported by the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). These awards are not a source of start-up funds to initiate long-term research, nor should they be the main source of extramural support for investigators. LTREB proposals are reviewed by disciplinary panels that have target dates on July 9 and January 9. Visit the LTREB program description page for additional details [www.nsf.gov/bio/progdes/ltreb.htm]. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is an NSF-funded research center located in downtown Santa Barbara, California. The core activities of the center include the development and testing of important ecological ideas and theories using existing data; cutting-edge analysis of ecological information; research on data access and use; promoting the use of sound science in policy and management decisions; investigating sociological issues that pertain to the science of ecology; projects involving the state of California; and education and outreach. Several kinds of activity are supported by the center including Working Groups that convene at NCEAS, Center Fellows (sabbatical visitors), and Postdoctoral Associates. NCEAS solicits proposals in January and August. Proposals may be submitted between these dates under unusual circumstances, after consultation with the Director. Proposals are reviewed by the NCEAS Science Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for support. Visit the NCEAS home page for additional details [www.nceas.ucsb.edu]. Inter- and multi-disciplinary proposals that fall across traditional programmatic boundaries are welcomed and encouraged. Studies focusing on the ecology of marine organisms should be directed to the Biological Oceanography Program in the Division of Ocean Sciences. Studies focusing on human disease or health are not supported.

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2007. The full announcement is accessible at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=10705.


Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories (NSF)

Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories Cluster through the National Science Foundation: Supports the general science of systematics, whose three main missions are: to discover, describe, and inventory global species diversity; to analyze and synthesize the information derived from this global discovery effort into predictive classification systems that reflect the history of life; and to organize the information derived from this global program in efficiently retrievable forms that best meet the needs of science and society. The Cluster manages review panels each fall and spring, which include the review of Revisionary Systematics (REVSYS) proposals; as well as special competitions for Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET) and Planentary Biodiversity Inventories (PBI), which rotate biennially. The Cluster also works in conjunction with Emerging Frontiers (EF) on the Assembling the Tree of Life (AToL) program. Supplementary grants for existing awards and other opportunities for funding are offered by the Cluster: see Supplements & Other Opportunities for more information. Systematic Biology: Supports the scientific study of biological species diversity, and encompasses taxonomy, classification, and phylogenetics, for all groups of organisms and for all habitats on Earth, including marine environments. Activities include the discovery and description of species, the organization of taxonomic information into hierarchical predictive classifications associated with efficient, reliable identification keys, and the analysis of evolutionary relationships among groups of species and across the tree of life. Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories: Supports expeditionary work to discover, describe, and document plant, animal, and microbial diversity throughout the world, whether terrestrial, freshwater, or marine, and with emphasis on well-vouchered natural history collections, or stocks and cultures including associated databases. Supported surveys may be primarily area-based (i.e., focusing on species inventory and discovery, including biogeographic or evolutionary hypothesis testing), clade-based (i.e., continental-scale to global species inventory for a particular taxonomic group), or guild-based (i.e., surveys that couple species inventory and discovery with ecological hypothesis testing). Revisionary Synthesis in Systematics (REVSYS): Seeks to revitalize revisionary and monographic research on species so that it fully utilizes modern information technology at all stages of the taxonomic enterprise from data capture and analysis to electronic dissemination of results. Each proposal must bring together all specimens available of a particular group of organisms in order to compare the distribution of spatial and temporal attributes of these specimens, distinguish populations of different species, determine relationships among the species, and establish highly predictive classifications that allow generalizations from the known attributes. Partnership for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET): Biennial special competition to address three biodiversity-related goals: monographic research on poorly known groups of organisms; training of at least two new taxonomic experts; and web-based bioinformatics for taxonomic resources. The deadline in March of odd-numbered years precedes panel review in late spring. Planetary Biodiversity Inventories (PBI): Biennial special competition to accelerate the discovery and study of the world's biodiversity. Proposals are invited from teams of investigators to conduct a worldwide, species-level systematic inventory of a major group of organisms. Each project should conduct fieldwork necessary to fill gaps in existing collections, produce descriptions, taxonomic revisions, web-searchable databases, and interactive keys (or other automated identification tools) for all new and known species in the targeted group, analyze their phylogenetic relationships, and establish predictive classifications for the group. Proposals may target any particular group of organisms, from terrestrial, fresh-water, or marine habitats, at any feasible level in the taxonomic hierarchy.

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2007. For a link to the full announcement, see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=10706.


CISE Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) (NSF)

The National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) program supports the acquisition, development, enhancement, and operation of research infrastructure that enables discovery, learning, and innovation in all computing fields supported by CISE. Supported infrastructure includes instrumentation needed by research or research and education projects, major experimental facilities for an entire department or for multi-institutional projects, and testbeds or data archives for an entire subfield of CISE researchers.

The CRI program aims at providing infrastructure that enables high-quality computing research and education and extending the set of individuals and departments that are able to conduct such activities. The CRI program is committed to maintaining a broad portfolio that supports research and education across a diverse population and lessens the digital divide. The program encourages proposals that are from or that include minority-serving institutions.

The CRI program is designed to complement the funding available in CISE research programs: Infrastructure Acquisition/Development awards support infrastructure that is used for the proposing team's research; and, Community Resource Development awards support the development of resources that serve broad research communities.

The CRI program will support a variety of infrastructure needs, such as general or specialized research equipment, technical support, and/or software. CRI will also support the development of infrastructure that can be used by others, such as data archives or libraries of software tools. The infrastructure must facilitate high-quality research and related education, and cannot be acquired or developed without funding resources beyond those available from individual research and education grants and the host institution.

The CRI program will make three kinds of awards:

  • Infrastructure Acquisition/Development. These awards have budgets from $50,000 and up to $2,000,000.
  • Community Resource Development. These awards have budgets from $300,000 to $2,000,000. Community Resource Development projects create a resource for an entire CISE research community, such as a testbed for evaluating research results or a large data resource for use by a research community (e.g., annotated speech data).
  • Planning. These awards facilitate the preparation of a proposal for a medium or large Infrastructure Acquisition/Development or Community Resource Development grant. They have budgets up to $50,000 for one institution or up to $100,000 if more than one institution is involved.

The program supports projects in four size categories: large projects have budget requests from $800,000 and up to $2,000,000; medium projects have budget requests from $300,000 and up to $799,999; small projects have budgets from $50,000 and up to $299,999; planning proposals may request budgets up to $50,000 for one institution or $100,000 for two or more institutions. Project sizes affect page limits, review processes, and eligibility.

The CRI program replaces and expands upon three previous CISE programs: Minority Institutional Infrastructure (MII), Research Infrastructure (RI), and Research Resources (RR). The most significant changes from the former programs are that CRI will support Community Resource Development grants in addition to Infrastructure Acquisition/Development grants.

Deadlines: The deadline for the Letter of Intent is Oct. 2, 2006. The deadline for the Full Proposal is Nov. 15, 2006. For details, visit www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12810&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund.


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