2019-2020 Office of Sponsored Research and Programs Workshop Series

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) is pleased to offer a 2019-2020 Workshop Series!  Registration for each session will close one week prior to the scheduled session.  Space for each event is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If refreshments will be available for a session, it is denoted below. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate during the registration process.

Questions?  Please feel free to contact Ron Fleischmann, Director of OSRP (fleischmann@hope.edu).  

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships

Rachel Bernard of ACLS will provide an overview of ACLS Fellowships, which provide six to twelve months of salary to researchers in support of projects in the humanities and related social sciences. This session is a part of the Grants Resource Center webinar series. 

Date/Time: Thursday 14 November 2019, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Schaap 2002
Registration: Registration Form closes on Thursday 7 November 2019
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be available.

National Science Foundation (NSF) and the 2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

Considering an application to the National Science Foundation in 2020?  Changes are coming to proposal preparation in January.  This session will provide a high-level overview of NSF and key changes coming for 2020. 

Date/Time: Wednesday 4 December 2019, 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Martha Miller 226
Registration: Registration Form closes on Wednesday 27 November 2019
Refreshments: Lunch will be provided.

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv)

In 2020, applicants to the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health will be required to utilize SciENcv for proposals.  This session will provide you with an overview of the system, how to navigate and create a sponsor-compliant biographical sketch and current and pending support for proposals, and answer questions.  This may also be of interest to students pursuing masters or PhDs in research after Hope. 

Date/Time: Wednesday 5 February 2020, 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: Schaap 3002 Computer Lab
Registration: Registration Form closes on Wednesday 29 January 2020


These sessions will provide an overview on the use of SPIN and SMARTS, Hope College’s funding opportunity database and email notification system, respectively. Learn how to use the SPIN database, creating a SPIN account, and create/update your SMARTS notifications. Sessions will be held in campus computer labs.  The same session will be held on both days—there is no need to attend both.

Session 1

Date/Time: Wednesday 4 March 2020, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Location: Martha Miller 237 Computer Lab
Registration: Registration Form closes on Wednesday 26 February 2020

Session 2

Date/Time: Thursday 26 March 2020, 4 pm – 5 pm
Location: Schaap 3002 Computer Lab
Registration: Registration Form closes Thursday 19 March 2020

Proposal Development 101

Interested in pursuing external funding in support of your research, educational, or outreach activities but do not know where to begin?  It can be quite intimidating to apply for external grants and fellowships—but learn where to start in Proposal Development 101!  This session will provide you with a broad overview of the grantseeking process, developing your idea and project plan, and building a sponsored program budget. 

Date/Time: Tuesday 7 April 2020, 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Plaza Large Conference Room
Registration: Registration Form closes on Tuesday 31 March 2020
Refreshments: Lunch will be provided.

Join us for the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Showcase!

The Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences divisions will host a Summer Research Showcase on Wednesday 18 September 2019 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the Bultman Student Center Great Room.

Please join us for the event, which will feature the work of our student undergraduate students and their mentors. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet our talented students and learn about their projects and work.

I hope to see you at the Showcase!

Brooke Odle receives new award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America

Brooke Odle, Hope Faculty Fellow in Engineering, recently received a $7,480 award from the Paralyzed Veterans ofo America (via the Cleveland VA Medical Research and Education Foundation) for the project titled Feasibility of Neural Stimulation to Facilitate Independent Transfers after Paralysis. The project runs from 1 August 2019 through 31 May 2020.

Dr. Odle will explore the use of neural protheses employing functional neuromuscular stimulation to assist individuals with paralysis to better support transfers from beds, chair, or toliets. This work may lead to better options for these common and frequent transfers to reduce shoulder stress, injuries, and the use of sliding boards or immobile and expensive hoists and lifts.

Congratulations on your award, Brooke!

Notice to NSF FastLane Users with Multiple Accounts

If you have multiple NSF accounts linked to the same email address, you will have until 20 August 2019 to migrate all your data to ONE account.

How will I know if I have multiple accounts linked to an email address?
You will receive an error message when you login to FastLane indicating “Multiple Accounts Found” as a pop-up message.  If you do not receive the error message pop-up, no further action is required.

What do I do if I receive the message?
Contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 to merge your accounts into one.

What happens if I do not merge my accounts?
After 20 August 2019, NSF will suspend your access to their systems.  You will be unable to perform any NSF-related tasks on your proposals or awards.  It is critical that you contact the NSF Help Desk as soon as possible to clean-up your multiple accounts.

Why is NSF eliminating the ability of PIs to have multiple accounts?
NSF policy states that individual users may only have ONE NSF ID.  This allows better tracking of individual outcomes for data reporting purposes.  It also ensures that your accounts are attributed to the correct home institution.

Maria Burnatowska-Hledin receives new American Heart Association award

Maria Burnatowska-Hledin, the Frederich Garrett and Helen Floor Dekker Professor of Biomedicine and Chemistry, recently received a $154,000 award from the American Heart Association for the project titled Regulation of VACM-1/CUL5 signaling in the endothelium by a novel peptide ligand.  The project runs from 1 January 2019 through 31 December 2020.

Dr. Burnatowska-Hledin’s research group will examine how an isolated, sequenced, and synthesized novel peptide will interact with the protein VACM-1/CUL5, which may be involved in the degradation of cellular proteins.  This work may lead to new therapeutic strategies for heart diseases and improve the treatment of disorders such as sepsis.  Undergraduate researchers will play a central role in this work.

Congratulations on your highly competitive award, Maria!

Paul DeYoung receives new NSF award

Paul DeYoung, the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Physics, recently received a $240,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the project titled RUI: Nuclear Physics at Hope College with Undergraduates: New Science Enhancing the STEM Workforce.  The project will run from 1 August 2019 through 31 July 2022.

Dr. DeYoung’s research group will examine the properties of nuclei as determined by the nuclear force.  The specific subtleties of the nuclear force can be extracted from the structure of neutron-rich nuclei near the neutron dripline.  The abundance of the elements in the universe, especially those with atomic number greater than iron, depend on the nuclear properties of a wide variety of neutron-rich nuclei, many of which are formed in supernovas and neutron star mergers. Nuclear physics techniques and technology will be combined with the Hope College accelerator to characterize a wide variety of samples ranging from electro-deposited films to superconductors to environmental samples.  Undergraduate researchers will play central roles in these efforts.

Congratulations on your award, Paul!

Brent Krueger receives new NSF award

Brent Krueger, Professor of Chemistry, recently received a $400,400 grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program for the project titled MRI: Acquisition of a High Performance Computing Cluster for Undergraduate Chemistry Research and Teaching by the Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium (MU3C).  The project will run 1 August 2019 through 31 July 2022.

This project involves a collaborative effort among 22 investigators at 17 college and universities affiliated with MU3C.  Jason Gillmore, Professor of Chemistry here at Hope, Daniella Kohen of Carleton College, Keith Kuwata of Macalester College, and Erin Speetzen of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, all serve as co-principal investigators on the project.

This project will enable Hope College and MU3C to purchase 40 compute nodes for quantum chemical calculations and four GPU nodes for molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations.  This project will enable all MU3C faculty to tackle significant computational chemistry research that would not otherwise be possible.  During the project period, participating faculty will train over 140 undergraduates to engage in meaningful research experiences using the computer cluster.

Congratulations on your award, Brent and colleagues!

Jordan VanHemert receives new Co-Op Press award

Jordan VanHemert, Assistant Professor of Music, recently received a new award from the Co-Op Press Commission Assistance Grant Program.  The award will run through 1 December 2020.

In collaboration with composer Sy Brandon, Jordan and the Hope College Saxophone Ensemble will develop and perform an original piece of music of five to ten minutes in length.  The premiere of this work is tentatively scheduled for the Hope College Saxophone Day in January 2020; additional venues may be added upon completion of the piece and as events become available.

Welcome to Hope, Jordan, and congratulations on the new award!

Jason Gillmore receives new award from the Petroleum Research Fund

Jason Gillmore, Professor of Chemistry, recently received a $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate Research Grant Program for the project titled Increasing Structural Diversity of Long-Wavelength Azo Dyes to Tune Wavelength and Synthetic Handles.  The project will run from 1 August 2019 through 31 August 2022.

This project will increase our fundamental understanding of the chemical synthesis from coal tar starting materials and novel azo dyes into higher value functional molecules and materials.  Since this award is provided under the Undergraduate Research Program, undergraduate students will participate in the project and play a significant role in the research.

Congratulations, Jason, on your new award!

NSF Proposers: SciENcv is Coming

Recently, NSF released its 2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for comment by the research community.   In the current draft PAPPG (with a tentative implementation in January 2020), NSF will require investigators to generate their biographical sketches through SciENcv.

What is SciENcv?
SciENcv stands for Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae.  The system is designed to assist researchers with assembling their professional information for biographical sketches required for grant proposals.

What is the intended purpose of SciENcv?
It’s intended to reduce the administrative burden of researchers in assembling a biographical sketch or CV for every grant proposal.  Additionally, SciENcv will assemble a file which is compliant with the various agency proposal requirements.

Are tutorials available for use of SciENcv?
Yes.  A SciENcv Tutorial is available on YouTube.

Will applicants still be able to upload a biographical sketch as a PDF directly into FastLane/Research.gov?
No.  From the PAPPG, it appears the only way to generate a biographical sketch as of January 2020 for NSF proposals will be through SciENcv.

Will additional trainings/updates be available?
Yes.  The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs plans to host a training session on SciENcv during the Fall 2019 semester.  Please watch this blog for additional details at a later date.