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News from Research and Sponsored Projects – October 9, 2020

The COE has been productive this fall, despite the many challenges facing all of us right now. The COE submitted over $20 million in funding proposals in the first quarter of FY21 and secured over $800,000 in new funds during this quarter. We are delighted to share that in the coming newsletters (once contracts and awards are finalized), we will have announcements about new awards stemming from that effort earlier this summer and fall. We recognize and applaud your work!

We also invite faculty and staff to continue to collaborate with us in the ORSP. You will note that we have launched a new student professional development discussion series, designed to provide another opportunity for students to discuss research-related topics. Please take a look at the upcoming topics and if you are interested in co-facilitating a topic, please reach out to Gwen Marchand. 

Finally, please remember to contact Francisco Mejia if you are seeking any new funding. This includes grants, contracts, and services. He is here to help you determine how to move forward, even if the funds end up not moving through the ORSP. 

Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities
Links for COE virtual meetings and other events can be found in the calendar at the ORSP website. Please submit COE, UNLV, or external events to

October 13th, 3 pm – COE Grant Development Group Meeting (GDG)
All COE faculty and staff are welcome to attend this meeting, which is focused on developing a funding-interested research community in the COE that can share knowledge, provide feedback, and develop skills related to grant activities. The link is available on the ORSP web calendar.

October 15th, 2 pm – COE Grant Workshop: Key Elements of a Grant Proposal
The ORSP will facilitate a 1.5 hour workshop beginning at 2 pm that provides an overview of the key elements of a grant proposal and tips for developing these components. The workshop will include a presentation and discussion. Please register here for the event by October 14th.

October 20th, 2:30 pm – Student Professional Development Discussion Series – Real-world Research Design
These sessions are designed to provide brief foundational information on each topic and guided discussion of student questions and experiences related to each topic. The format is intended for Q&A and guidance from experienced faculty, but the goal is for participants to learn from one another. These sessions offer a forum for students to discuss their own research needs and experiences with a broad representation of students from different programs and backgrounds throughout the COE. More information on the monthly sessions is located on the student page of the ORSP website. 
Description of 10.20.20 Session: In this session, participants will consider how research questions, designs, and methods unfold in real-world settings. Topics for the session may include: (1) translation of classroom learning about research methods to conducting research in the real-world; (2) how to deal with unforeseen obstacles in your research process, such as the onset of COVID-19; (3) thinking about pitfalls and promise of different types of designs in naturalistic settings. Please register here by October 16th. 

COE Research Accomplishments Funded
PI: Rebecca Nathanso
Title: Kid’s Court School Competency Remediation Program
Sponsor: Clark County, by and through its Department of Juvenile Justice Services
Award amount: $10,000 max

Call for Proposal from NITEP 
The Nevada Institute on Teaching and Educator Preparation (NITEP), aligned with UNLV and the College of Education’s missions, is a State of Nevada supported program designed to inspire selected fellows to lead and engage deeply in meaningful practices within K-12 education, while creating a space for innovative educational research. Education is critical to the well-being of society, and educators are at the forefront of that work. NITEP, created by Senate Bill 548 during the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session, intends to identify and train the next generation of future educators as research-to-practice educators. The goal of this initiative is to create a teacher leadership development program that focuses on developing culturally competent, thoughtful, and community connected educators who engage in evidence-based practice and stay abreast of current research. Concurrent with the 2020-2021 NITEP Program goals, we have three funding opportunities for: Faculty Mentors, Professional Development, and Research Mini Grants. Please click here to see the full call. 

Serials Review Project 2020
As UNLV moves into uncertain budget times, the Libraries is taking steps to be prepared and responsive to the impacts on our collection acquisitions funding. This review process impacts resources available to support your research. Please take some time to participate in this important process, as there will be a final opportunity for input forthcoming. For more information, click here

NSF and NIH Virtual Grant Conferences
Two national funding agencies, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are offering virtual grant conferences in the next two months. These are FREE events that are designed to give an overview of different funding programs and opportunities and geared toward graduate students, early career investigators, investigators new to the agency, and administrators. Please consider participating in these resources. The NIH conference registration is available here. The NSF conference registration opens on October 29th and the conference will be held the weeks of November 16th and 30th. 

Please remember to share your faculty and student research successes, such as your publications, and presentations.  
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