SUBJECT: UD Research News
University of Delaware Research

Dear Colleagues,

I write to draw your attention to an important topic to us all, a safe and inclusive workplace, one that is free from all forms of harassment.

Recently, NSF issued Important Notice No. 144 to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Grantee Organizations:

“As the primary funding agency of fundamental science and engineering research in the United States, NSF is committed to promoting safe, productive research and education environments for current and future scientists and engineers. We consider the Principal Investigator (PI) and any co-PI(s) identified on an NSF award to be in positions of trust. The PI and co-PI and all grant personnel must comport themselves in a responsible and accountable manner, including during the performance of award activities conducted outside the organization, such as at field sites or facilities, or during conferences and workshops.”

The Notice included new award terms and conditions that require grantee organizations to report findings of harassment, including sexual harassment, by a PI, co-PI or any other grant personnel; NSF’s expectation of harassment-free research workplaces, including activities conducted at research facilities, field sites and during conferences and workshops; and enhanced web resources via this NSF portal.

Also, NSF has published a request for public comment, open through May 4th, on the new award requirements in the Federal Register.

I encourage you to review these resources as we all work to ensure research environments that are free of harassment and that promote learning and discovery.


Charles G. Riordan
Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation

In the Spotlight

UD art history doctoral students (from left) Meghan Angelos, Emelie Gevalt, Galina Olmsted and Tiarna Doherty are part of the curatorial track program that is supported by the Mellon Foundation.

Preparing future curators

A $700,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation will extend and expand the UD Department of Art History's Curatorial Track doctoral program through 2023. Alumni of the program hold positions in universities, museums and galleries across the United States and around the world.

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News Briefs & Coming Events

NIH Primer Workshop
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Clayton Hall
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Faculty Senate
Research Town Hall
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Lerner 230
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Faculty Senate
Research Town Hall
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Gore 104
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10 – 11:30 a.m.
Perkins Gallery
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Recent Award Recipients
Lena Mashayeky

Engineering's Lena Mashayeky wins early career research award

Dan Leathers

Dan Leathers honored with AAG Lifetime Achievement Award

Saleem Ali

Saleem Ali selected for United Nations panel

Saleem Ali

Jack Gillespie honored by Society of Plastics Engineers

Recently Funded Projects

Mapping the Structure and Kinematics of NGC 1624-2’s Giant Magnetosphere Alexandre David-Uraz Space Telescope Science Institute $ 17,586
Instructional Services for Yonkers Public Schools Employees David Santore Yonkers Public Schools $ 37,549
Prediction of Portal Pressure with Liver and Spleen MR Elastography and 4D Flow Phase-Contrast MRI Curtis Johnson Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai $ 60,255
On-Call Planning and Policy Support for Connected-Automated Vehicles and Smart Cities Philip Barnes Delaware Department of Transportation $ 61,923
Feasibility and Design of Very Low Emission Smart Microgrids in Delaware Steven Hegedus Delaware Department of Natural Resources $ 70,682
Aggregation and Determinism in Next Generation Wireless Networks Leonard Cimini Cisco Systems, Inc $ 101,000
Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Reactions for Novel Dental Composite Materials Christopher Kloxin University of Colorado $ 145,189
Synchronous Rendezvous for Heterogeneous Robotic Sensor Networks in Geophysical Flows Herbert Tanner University of Pennsylvania $ 223,077
RF Photonics, Hybrid Optical Apertures, and Integration Dennis Prather Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. $ 573,123
Expanding Cross-Agency Metrics to Aid in Combatting Delaware’s Heroin and Opiod Problems Tammy Anderson National Institute of Justice $ 588,717
Study of Chloroplast Stromules During PCD and Inter-organellar Communication Jeffrey Caplan University of California-Davis $ 1,056,659
Structural Biology of C-DI-AMP Signaling in Gram-Positive Bacteria Vijay Parashar National Institutes of Health $ 1,311,200
Listing of Funded Projects
Funding Opportunities

NEH Fellowships

$30,000 – $60,000 | Deadline: April 11, 2018

National Endowment for the Arts CHALLENGE AMERICA:
Grant Program Description

$10,000 | Deadline: April 12, 2018

Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects

$160,000 | Deadline: April 19, 2018

Expeditions in Computing

$2,000,000 | Deadline: April 25, 2018

The Application of Big Data Analytics to Drug Abuse Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Typically $250,000 per year for up to 5 years
May 7, 2018

Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)

$2,000,000 | Deadline: May 14, 2018

The Special Initiative:
Immigration and Immigrant Integration

$35,000 - $150,000 
Letter of Inquiry Deadline:
May 24, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2018

Women & Sex/Gender Differences in
Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence
(R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Typically $250,000 per year for up to 5 years
June 5, 2018

Planning Grants for
Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

$100,000 | Deadline: June 6, 2018

Mechanisms of Alcohol Tolerance
(R21/R33- Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

R21 – $275,000; R33 – $1,500,000
June 16, 2018

Faculty Early Career Development
(CAREER) Program

$400,000 – $500,000 | Deadline:
July 18 - July 20, 2018 depending on Directorate

Computational and Data-Enabled
Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

Varies by Directorate | Deadline:
August 31 - December 6, 2018 depending on Directorate

Spin inThe Spin In program is an initiative within OEIP whose primary objectives are to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the student community and to generate economic and social benefit. The approach is to provide challenge-based learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and to support faculty and staff in commercializing the output of their research.

In Spin In, early stage entrepreneurial companies partner with OEIP to develop their promising innovative ideas in circumstances where they don't have the resources or expertise to do it on their own. OEIP, working with faculty and the company management, assembles teams of students with the interdisciplinary skills (technical, marketing, business, design, policy, etc.) needed to address the challenge. The teams are coached to self-assemble into Product Development Teams that develop solutions that are spun back to the companies.

The Spin In program has completed over 20 projects, and more than 140 students have participated in the program. The program has spun out significant impacts: seven products have been commercialized, four startup companies have been founded, and 10 students have received jobs.

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For Research Administrators
NIH Salary Cap Increased
The federal Office of Personnel Management recently announced that the federal Executive Level II salary cap, which applies to all National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, has been increased from $187,000 to $189,600, effective Jan. 7, 2018. NIH announced on March 7, 2018, that no additional funds will be provided by NIH to accommodate the salary cap increase. However, if an NIH award has sufficient funds available, the budget may be modified to accommodate this increase in salary for individuals committing effort to an NIH award whose annual institutional salary exceeds the new $189,600 cap, retroactively to the effective date of 1/7/2018. Please see NOT-OD-18-137 for more details. If you have any questions about how to apply this change, please contact your contract and grant specialist in the Research Office.

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UD Financials Proposal Upgrade Training
The Research Office will be hosting two trainings on the UD Financials Proposal Upgrade. These trainings will highlight the new features and navigation of the upgraded systems ahead of the go-live date. Administrators who work in the system are encouraged to attend one of the trainings to familiarize themselves with the new look and feel.
April 16, 2018
Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
Location: Kirkbride 205


April 20, 2018
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Gore 304




NSF Account Management Update
Effective March 26, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is releasing a new account management system on which will update the process for new user registrations and the management of existing user profiles in FastLane and

Existing NSF users will be migrated to the new system when initially signing into FastLane or after the March 26th release. Users will be asked to verify their profile information during this process. Please note that each user will only be permitted to have one NSF ID; multiple NSF IDs associated with a single user will be combined into one NSF ID.

Up until March 26th, Authorized Organizational Representatives (AORs) must still initiate new NSF accounts. After the release of the updated system, new NSF users may register directly on


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