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    Research News

    August 2003


    Recent IIT Awards

    Tried and True: How to Obtain a Copy of a Successful IIT Proposal



    Agency Listservs: Funding Opportunity News Direct from the Fund Source

    Spotlighted Funding Opportunity: NRC's New Investigators Twinning Program

    Cornell Researcher Finds Institutional Costs
    Go Up Despite Increased Awards for Research

    Past issues of Research News

    From the Editor's Desk

    Dear Readers,

    Your feedback is invited on this August 2003 issue of Research News. This publication is here to serve you, the IIT researcher. Compliments or complaints are always welcome. Please let us know what you'd like to see more, or less of, and we'll do our best to meet your need for information that helps your research program. In this issue: recent IIT awards; how to obtain a copy of a funded IIT proposal; agency listservs; NRC's new investigators twinning program; and research on what it costs institutions to do research. Wishing you well in your research endeavors,

    - Glenn Krell M.P.A., C.R.A.
    Editor, Research News
    Director, Research Proposal Development

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    Recent IIT Awards

    Awards received during June 2003 at IIT.

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    Tried and True: How to Obtain a Copy of a Successful IIT Proposal

    The Graduate College encourages faculty to review copies of funded proposals. Examining the elements of a winning proposal can increase your own chances for success. You can see for yourself "what it takes" to be successful, while dispelling doubts you may have about what an agency would like to see. The procedure for faculty to request a copy of a funded IIT proposal is as follows:

    1. Call the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) at 567-3035. Give staff as much information about the proposal as you can, including the name of the principal investigator, the funding agency, and the year it was funded. Let them know whether you would like to have the proposal copy put into campus mail or would like to pick it up from the OSRP office, and tell them your desired timeframe. Important: note that you will need to allow an appropriate amount of time for your request to be processed; please see #2 below.

    2. OSRP will then contact the principal investigator as a courtesy, to get their approval prior to releasing a copy of the proposal to you. You will need to allow sufficient time for OSRP to obtain this approval. If a faculty member is out of town or cannot be reached, that will delay the processing of your request.

    3. A photocopy of the proposal will be made for you. Please note that it will not contain budget information pertaining to salaries because that information is confidential. There may be other proprietary information excluded, based on the request of the principal investigator.

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    Agency Listservs: Funding Opportunity News Direct from the Fund Source

    At IIT, faculty are encouraged to sign up for electronic notification of funding opportunities from the Community of Science ( via a paid subscription provided by the IIT Graduate College. See for details. However, this information can be supplemented with news available directly from many sponsors. Many federal agencies have electronic notification services, enabling you to subscribe directly to their bulletins. This can allow you to hear of a funding opportunity as soon as it is announced, thus increasing your window of opportunity to write a proposal.

    The following partial list shows the Web addresses of funding agencies where you can sign up for direct email news about funding opportunities. The information below was current as of August 2003:

    • The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers E-Bulletin Program Dates and Deadlines, sent via email through its Custom News Service:
    • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a listserv for the Guide to Grants and Contracts, the "official publication of NIH policies, procedures, and availability of funds." The listserv is called NIHTOC-L; the "toc" refers to the Table of Contents of the Guide. You can sign up at:
    • The US Department of Education has a service called "EDInfo" which provides 1-2 email messages a week on new learning resources, ED reports, and ED grant opportunities. Sign up at: Click "Subscribe to EDInfo" at the left side of the site.
    • The US Environmental Protection Agency National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) offers e-mail lists announcing new grant and/or funding opportunities or highlighting new documents in specific subject areas. When you register for their Grant and Funding Announcements mailing list, you will receive notifications of new Requests for Applications (RFAs) as they are posted on the NCER Home Page. The link is:
    • Another publication from the US Environmental Protection Agency is EnvirotechNews, a monthly listserv. The EnvirotechNews contains information on upcoming events, business opportunities, and technology opportunities. The business opportunities list upcoming solicitations from federal agencies. The technology opportunities give environmental technology developers the opportunity to connect with potential users such as facilities which have been subject to recent enforcement actions. See for subscription information.
    • NASA Offers "Research Opportunities Online" at To subscribe to their email notification, click "Proposal Site" at left. In addition, NASA Space Science Research Announcements can be subscribed to at:
    • The US Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) offers "CSREES UPDATE," a biweekly newsletter for research, education, and extension partners at land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions. You can view the newsletter at:
      To subscribe to CSREES UPDATE, send an e-mail message to In the body of the message, type: subscribe csrees-update.
    • The Illinois Board of Higher Education has an email list it uses for board meeting agendas, news releases, and other announcements--including funding opportunities. You may sign up for the list at:
    • The National Cooperative Highway Research Program and the Transit Cooperative Research Program send email bulletins for their Requests for Proposals. To register to receive e-mail notification when RFP's have been published on the NCHRP & TCRP Homepage, visit:
    • SSTI, the State Science and Technology Institute, is a national nonprofit organization in Ohio "dedicated to improving government-industry programs that encourage economic growth through the application of science & technology." It offers a weekly digest by email with a weekly Funding Supplement which features many different federal and private agency grants. Website to sign up:
    • The Foundation Center is an organization dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Foundation Center offers an "RFP Bulletin," at Click on the section at lower left that says "Subscribe to the RFP Bulletin."

    Remember, personal help is available for your automatic funding searches through the paid Community of Science subscription ( provided by the Graduate College. Please contact Glenn Krell at if you would like to set up a time to fine-tune your automatic funding alert for maximum results.

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    Spotlighted Funding Opportunity: NRC�s New Investigators Twinning Program

    The following funding opportunity was announced by the National Research Council. Please note that participating U.S. researchers must have received the PhD within the past 10 years. However, senior researchers can participate if they include a co-PI who has received the PhD within the past 10 years.

    What: New Investigators Twinning Program 2004-2005, Supporting Scientific Collaboration with Central/Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States. Proposals will only be accepted in two topical areas: the science of learning; and human and social dynamics.
    Amount: Grants will generally be in the $15,000-$17,000 range.
    Deadline: October 17, 2003
    Link to Complete Info:

    Overview: The Office for Central Europe and Eurasia of the National Research Council (NRC), operating arm of the National Academies, is accepting proposals for two-year collaborative research projects that link individual U.S. scientists with their counterparts in one or more countries of Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Newly Independent States (NIS). The goal of the Twinning Program is to foster the development of new international research partnerships whose participants will subsequently apply to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for longer-term support.

    In order to serve as a catalyst for projects in line with major NSF research initiatives, this year the Twinning Program will accept proposals only within the following two topical areas of particular current interest (For further detailed descriptions of these topical areas, click on the links for each topic below):

    Science of Learning: research aimed at understanding what learning is and how it is affected at all levels, ranging from the digital to the societal. The science of learning emerges from the intersections of diverse disciplines across the biological, cognitive, computational, mathematical, physical, and social sciences, engineering, and education. Areas include psychological, social and pedagogical aspects of learning, the biological basis of learning, machine learning, learning technologies, and mathematical analyses and modeling of all of these.

    Human and Social Dynamics: research aimed at better understanding the causes and ramifications of change, the dynamics of behavior and the human mind, and the cognitive and social structures that create and define change; increasing our ability to anticipate the complex consequences of change; or helping people and organizations better manage profound or rapid change. Themes within this topical area include human performance enhancement, decision making, agents of change, modeling of human and social dynamics, spatial social science, and instrumentation and data resource development.

    Link to Complete Info for this program:

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    Cornell Researcher Finds Institutional Costs Go Up Despite Increased Awards for Research

    Ronald G. Ehrenberg, professor of industrial and labor relations and economics at Cornell University, is director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (Cheri). In an article titled, "Who Pays for the Growing Cost of Science?" in the August 15, 2003 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dr. Ehrenberg reports that over a period of three decades, "in spite of the generous external support that universities have received for research 'the average institutional expenditure on research per faculty member more than tripled.'" You can see details of his research at in working papers 27, 33, and 35.

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    Editor: Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA

    Ali Cinar, PhD
    Dean of the Graduate College and
    Vice Provost for Research
    (312) 567-3637

    Alexander J. Flueck, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research
    (312) 567-3625

    The Staff of Research Support Services:

    Toni R. Allen
    Assistant Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035

    Pamela Andrews
    Research Coordinator
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3022

    Janice D. Haney
    Administrative Assistant
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035

    Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA
    Office of Research Proposal Development
    (312) 567-7141

    Robert Lapointe, MBA
    Research Projects Coordinator
    Graduate College
    (312) 567-7135

    Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Associate Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035

    Mary T. Spina, CRA
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035

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