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Research News - September 2023

Aug. 31, 2023
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Inside this Issue

  • Happy Research Administrator Day, a message from Dr. Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education
  • FY24 Internal Grants Program Graduate and Undergraduate RFP Now Available
  • 2023-2024 Research Administration for Departmental Staff Training Series
  • How is the NIFA Indirect Cost Rate of 30% TFFA calculated on grant proposals?

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Funding Opportunties 

As funding opportunities are announced we will compile a full list on our website. The web page will be updated periodically as new opportunities are discovered.

  • FY2024 Ohio Water Resources Center Request for Pre-Proposals
    The Ohio Water Resources Center (WRC) is seeking research pre-proposals to address current water resources issues in Ohio. The aim of these grants is to stimulate water-related research relevant to Ohio to the point where a highly competitive external proposal can be developed.
    Deadline: September 28, 2023

  • North Central Region SARE - Research and Education Grant
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the CDC invites apps for the Centers for Ag Safety & Health. These centers will conduct high quality research and disseminate their findings and recommendations to improve the safety and health of ag, forestry, & fishing workers.
    Deadline: October 24, 2023

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Diverse team celebrating showing hands clapping and giving a thumbs upHappy Research Administrator Day

Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education

September 25th marks National Research Administrator Day, a day dedicated to acknowledging the invaluable contributions of research administrators. These professionals play a pivotal role in ensuring the seamlessoperation of the research enterprise.

Research administrators are essential drivers of success within our research enterprise. These indispensableteam members adeptly navigate the complex landscape of proposal submission, refinement, resubmission,compliance, and award spending. They skillfully guide us through intricacies such as effort reporting,procurement, payroll management, IRB and IACUC protocols, export controls, data utilization, and beyond. Their expertise ensures our adherence to a myriad of federal and state regulations that would be challenging tonavigate alone. In essence, they are catalysts for significant progress in our research undertakings.

I invite you to unite with me in extending a heartfelt appreciation to our research administration staff on September 25th. Their unwavering dedication upholds our principles of research integrity and compliance,anchoring us as a world-renowned research institution.

Let us convey our gratitude by sharing a virtual token of appreciation via Kindness at Ohio State.

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  • New CFAES Off Duty Pay (ODP) Resources
    CFAES HR has an updated 23-24 ODP calendar, college request form, and calculator that are ready for use. Contact your HR Consultant or Cost Center Manager with any questions.

  • CFAES IGP Faculty Proposals Due
    As a reminder, the CFAES Internal Grants Program faculty proposals for FY 2024 are due October 11, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Contact with questions.

  • Funding at NSF
    NSF offers hundreds of funding opportunities -- including grants, cooperative agreements and fellowships -- that support research and education across science and engineering.

College students studying togetherFY24 Internal Grants Program Student RFPs Now Available!

Alex Maddox, CFAES IGP Coordinator

The CFAES R&GE Office is pleased to announce the FY 2024 Internal Grants Program (IGP) Request for Graduate and Undergraduate proposals. Please be sure to review the RFP and application templates for the full list ofproposal requirements.

Graduate Student Competition (maximum of $5,000 per award)
Graduate Student IGP awards are intended to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Provide graduate students with an opportunity to gain experience with research methods in food, agriculture, environmental sciences, human ecology and related social sciences.
  • Introduce graduate students to the grant-writing and peer-review processes.
  • Stimulate faculty-graduate student collaborations and mentoring of graduate students by CFAES faculty.

To be eligible for this program, students must:

  • Be enrolled throughout the duration of the project as a graduate student in one of the following colleges at Ohio State: CFAES, Education and Human Ecology or Veterinary Medicine.
  • Have a primary faculty advisor with a CFAES appointment.
  • Be in good academic standing, have at least nine months left in their program and not plan to graduate prior to December 2024.
  • Students are eligible to receive only one grant every three years.

Undergraduate Student Competition (maximum of $3,500 per award)
Undergraduate Student IGP awards are intended to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain experience with research methods in food, agriculture, environmental sciences, human ecology and related social sciences.
  • Stimulate faculty-undergraduate student collaborations and mentoring of students by CFAES faculty.
  • Help identify students who have the potential for graduate school and research careers.

To be eligible for this program, students must:

  • Be enrolled throughout the duration of the project as a student in CFAES. Have a primary faculty advisor with a CFAES appointment.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have completed the first year of studies.
  • Students are eligible to receive only one undergraduate grant.


All proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on the deadline date.

Learn More
Interested in learning more? Please direct all questions to or visit for more information. You can also join us for an info session on:

  • Tuesday, November 14 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. – Register 
  • Wednesday, November 15 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. – Register
  • Thursday, November 16 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. – Register

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In the News

2023-2024 Research Administration for Departmental Staff Training Series
New training opportunities for researchadministration staff have been announced for the2023-2024 academic year.

Basic session information can be found below. All sessions are available for registration in BuckeyeLearn. Additional details about each session can also be found there. New and notable sessions this year include a session all about subawards and a three-part series about appointing personnel.

All sessions are offered virtually via CarmenZoom.You must register in BuckeyeLearn in order to attend. For any questions or additional information, please contact Karla Gengler-Nowak.1.

  • September 12, 2023, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Contract Negotiation
  • September 20, 2023, 9:00-10:00 - Conversations with Research Administration Leaders – Peter Mohler
  • October 10, 2023, 9:30-11:00 - Budgeting on Sponsored Programs Proposals
  • October 24, 2023, 12:00-1:00 - Appointing Personnel Part 1
  • October 31, 2023, 12:00-1:00 - Appointing Personnel Part 2
  • November 7, 2023, 12:00-1:00 - Appointing Personnel Part 3
  • January 9, 2024, 9:30-11:00 - Cost-sharing on Sponsored Programs
  • January 16, 2024, 10:00-11:00 - Introduction to Office of Knowledge Enterprise
  • February 6, 2024, 2:00-3:30 - An Overview of Compliance Issues in Sponsored Programs
  • February 22, 2024, 9:00-10:00 - Introduction to Office of Secure Research
  • March 7, 2024, 2:00-3:30, Purchasing on Sponsored Programs
  • March 19, 2024, 9:30-11:00 - Subawards
  • March 26, 2024, 2:00-3:00 - Introduction to the Office of Research Compliance
  • April 9, 2024, 9:30-11:00 - Managing Sponsored Programs Awards
  • April 25, 2024, 9:30-11:00 - Supporting Development of Large Proposals
  • May 15, 2024, 9:30-10:30 - Open Science for Research Administrators


Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge (ERIK) Seeking Volunteers for Upcoming President's Research Excellence (PRE) Competitions
OSU's Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge (ERIK) is seeking volunteers for the upcoming President’s Research Excellence (PRE) competitions. Recognizing the heavy workloads of faculty, the estimated review windows are listed below. Note that by volunteering to serve in this capacity, reviewers will not be eligible to apply for a PRE award as PI or Co-PI during that cycle.

  • 2023 Accelerator Review Period: November 6 – November 17, 2023
  • 2024 Catalyst Concept Paper Review Period: January 15 – February 2, 2024
  • 2024 Catalyst Full Proposal Review Period: March 11 – March 22, 2024 (reviewers of concept papers advanced to the full proposal stage will review the same team’s full proposals)
  • 2024 Accelerator Review Period: May 13 - 24, 2024

If you or any potential reviewers have any questions, please contact Laurie Neer.57 directly for assistance.

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Micro-purchase Threshold Increased to $75,000 on OSP Procurements
The Office if Research Request for Sole Source form and the Office of Research Request for Sole Source for Individuals have both been updated with the new thresholds. The Simplified Acquisition Threshold (competitive bids) will remain at $250,000+.

This increase to $75,000 for the micro-purchase coincides with University Purchasing’s increase of their bid/waiver threshold also to $75,000 for both goods and services.

If you have questions on research related purchases, please reach out to the Grants Shared Service Center.


NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan UpdateCalculator and notepad on top of US dollar bills
Currently, grant applicants submitting detailed budgets must request costs to support Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan activities. This requirement will be rescinded for due dates on or after October 5, 2023 (NOT-OD-23-161).

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How is the NIFA Indirect Cost Rate of 30% TFFA Calculated on Grant Proposals?
NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides grants and funding for various agricultural research and education projects. The NIFA Indirect Cost Rate is an important factor in grant proposals as it determines the percentage of indirect costs that can be charged to the grant. The Term and Condition Federal Assistance refers to the USDA's terms and conditions for federal assistance agreements.

The indirect cost rate is a mechanism used to reimburse organizations for the indirect costs they incur while conducting federally funded projects. Indirect costs are not directly tied to a specific project but still contribute to the organization's overall operations and administrative expenses. These can include things like facility maintenance, utilities, general office supplies, and administrative staff salaries.

The 30% NIFA Indirect Cost Rate of Total Federal Funds Awarded (TFFA) means that, for the grant proposal, the organization can claim indirect costs equivalent to 30% of the direct costs of the project. Read this handy tip sheet to better understand the 30% TFFA rate.

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Office of Research Compliance Reminders
The Office of Research Compliance is reminding all researchers to review the following policies:

  • eCOI Disclosure Form - disclose outside activities, financial interests, and relationships from previous 12 months on annual eCOI Disclosure Form.
  • Outside Activitiy Approval - be sure to submit this form before beginning the activity and include a signed OSU Intellectual Property addendum.
  • Export Control - contact the export control team at for questions.
  • International Engagements & Research - always disclose current domestic and foreign appointments and affliations.

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Welcome Linda Michel to the R&GE Team!Linda Michel portrait in front of greenery
We are pleased to welcome Linda Michel to the R&GE team! Linda is an administrative specialist responsible for managing NIFA federal reporting requirements for CFAES. She supports faculty with project initiations and technical reports for competitive and capacity grants. Additionally, she collaborates with OSU Extension personnel to create the NIFA Annual Report of Accomplishments and NIFA Plan of Work on behalf of CFAES. She also develops and writes research impact statements and oversees the CFAES Wooster Campus website.

Linda has a BS in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a PhD in microbiology from Michigan State University. She previously worked as a research associate in the Center for Food Animal Health on the CFAES Wooster Campus.

Buck-IRB Initial Submissions
The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a session on the Buck-IRB initial submission application. At the end of the offering, attendees will be able to:

  • Navigate through the Ohio State IRB initial application (not external or exempt)
  • Identify documents that typically accompany a complete application
  • Anticipate common pitfalls and create strategies for a successful submission

The session will be tailored to medical researchers; however, anyone preparing IRB submissions is welcome to attend. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 19th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is required.


Research Development & Grant Writing News
We invite you to access the current issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News. The Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge | Research Development Office provides access to this subscription-based newsletter for the entire campus community.

  • Using ChatGPT When Writing Proposals: What It Can and Can’t Do – Can we use it to help us with our proposals?
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – The new solicitation for the NSF GRFP is out. Read on for an overview of this fellowship program for early-stage graduate students and a discussion of changes.
  • Basic Grant Writing Training Presentation – Basic grant writing training for new faculty, advanced graduate students, and postdocs. (Reprinted from July 2016 issue)
  • Writing the 1.5-Page Practice Proposal – How starting with a 1.5-page practice proposal can help PIs ease into the grant writing process. (Reprinted from July 2013 issue)
  • It’s Not Easy to Disinvite a Team Member – How to build teams strategically and intentionally so that you don’t find yourself in the difficult position of having to disinvite a team member. (Reprinted from July 2018 issue)

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Recent Awards

  • Devin Peterson - FST, et al (Kubota, Simons, D. Francis, Fresnedo Ramirez), $1,800,000: Advancement of strawberries for indoor environments: Mapping chemical compositions, genetics, and growing conditions for premium flavor, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
  • Audrey Dimmerling - OSU Extension, $2,100: Columbiana County Healthy Living Lunch and Learn, Columbiana County Board of Commissioners
  • Teresa Johnson - OSU Extension, $3,600: Students taking action and responsibility for success, Williams County Court of Common Pleas
  • Sami Khanal - FABE, et al (L. Lindsey, Ortez, Karhoff, Haden), $749,939: Closing the cover crop yield gap: Using big data analytics to identify environmental and management factors to maximize cash crop yield and ecosystem services, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Jon Witter - ATI, et al (Winston), $100,000: Evaluate sources and reduction potential for nitrogen and phosphorus in vegetated and un-vegetated ditches, OH Dept of Transportation
  • Tammy Jones - OSU Extension, $50,000: Social Media Diversion, Pike County Juvenile Court
  • Amanda Osborne - OSU Extension, $83,218: Produce prescription: Exploring participant engagement and retention in voucher vs. home delivery incentive distribution models, Produce Perks Midwest
  • Francesca Hand - Plant Path, $31,400: Beauty is only skin-deep, Horticultural Research Institute
  • Garrett Owen - HCS, $102,588: Strategies and technologies to optimize resources in controlled environment agriculture, USDA Agricultural Research Service

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