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SJSU Research Foundation January 2021 Newsletter
Research-Related News, Resources, and Funding Updates

SJSU Research Foundation 


January 2021 Edition

 We're Welcoming New Members to our Team

Please join us in warmly welcoming our newest team members to the SJSU Community!


Office of Sponsored Programs

Proposal Development Manager, Andrea Hubbard
Research Communications Student Assistant, Venkatesh Chari Ramachandran

Finance & Accounting

Senior Financial Analyst, Johnny Huynh
Accounts Payable Student Assistant, Nicholas Tran


Science at the Forefront of the
New Administration 

Newly elected President Biden has announced the White House science team that will help him address some of the greatest challenges seen in modern times, including the pandemic, racial inequity, climate change, the economy, and advancements in future technologies and industries. The team includes:
  • Dr. Eric Lander who will serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and as the Presidential Science Advisor. For the first time in history the Presidential Science Advisor will also be a member of the Cabinet.
  • Dr. Alondra Nelson will serve as OSTP Deputy Director for Science and Society
  • Dr. Frances H. Arnold and Dr. Maria Zuber will serve as external Co-Chairs of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
  • Dr. Francis Collins will continue in his position as Director of the National Institutes of Health
President Biden has stated, Science will always be at the forefront of my administration, and these world-renowned scientists will ensure everything we do is grounded in science, facts, and the truth."
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COGR Reports Research Impact
Under COVID-19

In August 2020, the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) issued a paper on the impact of COVID-19 on research in the United States, establishing a Research Impact Metric (RIM) model which estimates losses to research output, describes the challenges of conducting research during the current crisis, and "advocates for renewed commitment and a substantial infusion of new research investment."

Earlier this month COGR issued an addendum with updated data, which demonstrate the following: 1) research output losses between 20 and 40 percent, 2) financial disinvestment impact in the hundreds of millions of dollars at individual institutions, and 3) potential impact approaching tens of billions of dollars across the entire U.S. research enterprise. 
Read the Full Addendum

Frequently Asked Questions for Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) 

The National Science Foundation has posted frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the cross-directorate Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program. Scientists and engineers at the associate professor or equivalent rank, with at least three years at that rank, are offered an opportunity to advance their research program and career trajectories through partnerships at an institution other than their home institution.

View the Complete List of FAQs

NIH Releases Updated Guidelines for Increasing Diversity at Conferences  

The National Institutes of Health has released guide notice NOT-OD-21-053 Updated Guidelines for Enhancing Diversity and Creating Safe Environments in Conferences Supported by NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements. The new conference grant policy describes plans to enhance diversity by increasing the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds in all aspects of conferences. Plans will be required, as a separate attachment, for applications received beginning for the April due date. Applications that do not include a plan to enhance diversity will not be reviewed. 
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NEA Releases Two New Publications on Arts and COVID-19
The National Endowment for the Arts has released two new publications related to the current pandemic. American Artscape, the agency’s magazine, gives us a glimpse of how the country's arts organizations are dealing with their challenges, the status of  reopening plans, and how the National Endowment for the Arts and their partners have worked together to strengthen the sector during this crisis.

NEA has also released The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practices Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19 a new research report, based on  surveys of national interviews with arts organizations and consultants about reopening practices of organizations that have resumed in-person programming in 2020 during the pandemic. 

Monthly Awards & Proposals At-A-Glance 

December 2020 Totals
20 Awards Received; Valued at $4,055,477
28 Proposals Submitted; Valued at $11,703,766

Recent Research Awards

Congratulations to the following investigators:

View the Complete List of Recent Awards

Fellowship & Scholarship NEWS

Society of Women Engineers 
Mary V. Munger Scholarship  Due 2/15/2021

Western Reserve Herb Society
Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship Due 2/28/2021

California Library Association
CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory
of Edna Yelland
 Due 3/18/2021

Silicon Valley Community Foundation 
Samsung@First Scholars Due 3/19/2021

National Environmental Health Association & American Academy of Sanitarians
Graduate Scholarship Program Due 3/31/2021

Sociologists for Women in Society
Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Due 4/1/2021

A Word About...


Fringe Benefits, Assembly Bill 5, and Anti-Racist Tools and Techniques
Click the links below to view the full presentations presented at the Annual AOA Conference earlier this month. 


New Salary Cap for NIH

Effective January 3, 2021, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $199,300.

Mileage Rate Change

Effective January 1, 2021, the IRS standard mileage rate for business travel is 56 cents per mile, decreased from 57.5 cents per mile in 2020. 

Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

  • Proposal Planning and Writing: Getting Started
    February 3, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

  • Write a RSCA Narrative with a Competitive Advantage 
    February 5, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

  • Tools for Identifying Funding Opportunities and Managing Scholarly Online Identity 
    February 9, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. and February 11, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Grants
    February 12, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Early Career Grants (All Agencies) 
    March 12, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Register for Workshops
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