Research Dimensions

Monthly Newsletter from Research and Sponsored Programs

Dear faculty:

RSP is always working to improve our customer service. That is why we are testing a new format for our monthly newsletter. We look forward to sharing our news with you in a fun and exciting format. We hope you all will enjoy it too! Let us know what you think by emailing the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.


We have been gathering templates, samples, and tips for grant-writers for years. Now these resources will be available online at the RSP Resource Library--an RSP Google Site. Check back regularly as we continually add more tools for our faculty and staff.

Make PIVOT Work for You

RSP will be hosting a PIVOT training session on Tuesday, February 24 at 2 PM in the Pace Library Classroom. Participants will engage in hand-on assistance in creating saved searches, editing user profiles, and more. For more information about this and other training, contact Christi Boddiford,

Small Internal Grants for Faculty Research

The 2015 call for faculty proposals for the Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant program will be issued in January 2015. Grant awards of up to $2000 will be given for faculty research and/or creative activities meeting the program criteria. Applications will be due March 6, 2015 at 5 PM CST.

For more information, visit the SCAC website or contact Kris Hall,


Congratulations to the following faculty and staff on their recent grant and/or contract awards:

  • Dr. Alexis Janosik, Biology
  • Mr. Joseph Vincenza, WUWF
  • Dr. Karen Rasmussen, Applied Science, Technology, and Administration
  • Dr. Jeffrey Eble, Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation

For details about these sponsored projects and activities, visit the RSP homepage.

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
This program supports projects that partner K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty with university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms. For FY2015, applications are due April 8, 2015.

Project Management Institute: Research Grants

This program support research on any topic related to project, program or portfolio management. The proposed research must have direct application to some aspect of the project management body of knowledge or its practice. Applications are due April 25, 2015.

Brady Educational Foundation: Education Research and Evaluation Grants

This program aims to close the educational achievement gap experienced by children living in poverty by funding research into the development of new educational models or the evaluation of existing programs. Applications are due April 15, 2015.

National Institute of Justice: Building and Enhancing Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships

This program supports criminal justice research and evaluation activities that include a

researcher-practitioner partnership component. Funding will be made available for both junior faculty researchers and more experienced faculty researchers. Applications are due April 20, 2015.

Josiah Macy Foundation: Grants

This program aims to advance the education and training of health professionals by supporting projects in key areas including interprofessional collaboration, curriculum development, and education for the care of underserved populations. Applications for projects with budgets of less than $35,000 are accepted at any time. Proposals for projects with larger budgets are invited to submit letters of inquiry on a continuous basis.

More funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines can be found on RSP's External Funding website or view RSP's Calendar of Funding Opportunities.


NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. Schools may apply to host an REU site. Explore RSP's 5 Minute Guide for details about this program.


The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting proposals for Student Project awards. These awards are to support mentored student research and creative activities. Proposals should be completed by the student(s) and the faculty mentor and emailed to The deadline for proposal submission will be February 5, 2015.

Starting January 26, 2015, students planning to participate in the 2015 Student Scholar Symposium may submit their abstracts online. Stay tuned to the OUR webpage for more information.


Congratulations to the UWF IRB for Excellent Performance!

Congratulations are due to the UWF Institutional Review Board (IRB) members for their outstanding performance record from 2012 to 2014. The UWF IRB has sustained a three-year record of averaging a one week or less response time for research applications that have been submitted in their complete form. In addition, the few IRB applications requiring full board review are processed within a 2 to 3 week period with applicants and advisors invited to attend the full board meeting for discussion and information. Overall, an average of 25 IRB reviews were completed each month during the three-year period. Read more about the IRB members and their excellent performance here.