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Fall 2016

Dr. Aceros
ORSP Spotlight: Dr. Juan Aceros

Dr. Juan Aceros joined the University of North Florida in January 2013 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Computing, Construction and Engineering. Aceros received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and finished his education as a senior research associate for the School of Engineering at Brown University.

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New ORSP Member: Hope Esposito


Welcome our newest ORSP member – Hope Esposito! 

Hope comes to ORSP with a background in research coordination and HIPAA compliance at many clinical and mental healthcare institutions. Prior to arriving at the University, Hope graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Health Education with a concentration in public and community health from the University of Cincinnati. During her undergraduate and graduate education, she was active with volunteering in public health related events in the Cincinnati area. Hope also holds membership with Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.


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Proposed Submission Requirements

The UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Development (RD) staff is responsible for facilitating the submission of proposals to external sponsors. ORSP can provide the greatest level of service when adequate lead time is given to review and process a proposal. 

To receive the most comprehensive level of service, please notify ORSP of your intent to submit one to two months in advance of the deadline. If a proposal is in response to a solicitation such as a Request for Application or Request for Proposal, you should provide a copy of the request document to ORSP. Its research staff will review the solicitation requirements and confer with the PI on a timeline for submission. Staff will also conduct a review of the proposal, particularly the budget, budget justification, and other supporting documents-to ensure conformity with sponsor guidelines. Staff will facilitate proposal representations and certifications and will respond to sponsor or University requests for administrative information.

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UNF Joins Federal Research Network


As of January 2016, UNF is a member of the Piedmont-South Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PSAC-CESU). The federal CESU program provides exclusive opportunities to university partners to collaborate with federal agencies under the U.S. Department of the Interior. UNF’s application to join was approved alongside those from Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern, based on the CESU’s evaluation of our potential to support federal research needs. We join a list of other university partners that includes Clemson, Duke, UF and UNC.


Funding for CESU projects is available through a number of mechanisms, many of which are unique to each federal agency. Agencies with specific research needs will often send out solicitations requesting proposals from member universities; ORSP will share these with UNF researchers when appropriate. Probably the best way to secure CESU funding is to reach out directly to agency contacts, especially those with whom you already have a relationship, and propose a research project that the organization may be interested in supporting. This is a good reason to take advantage of opportunities to network with federal agency personnel!


If you have questions about research through the PSAC-CESU, please contact John Kantner.

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Mayo Clinic-UNF Collaboration


John Kantner, associate vice president for research at UNF and Tushar Patel, dean for research at Mayo Clinic, invite you to participate in a research workshop on Friday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNF's Adam W. Herbert University Center at 12000 Alumni Dr.


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New Research Course Release Award Program


Academic Affairs is committed to increasing the amount of external funding obtained for faculty research, scholarship and creativity while also supporting the University’s mission to engage students in these activities. Accordingly, Research Course Release Awards (RCRAs) are available to support faculty engaged in externally funded projects by granting course releases, both to provide additional time to focus on funded work and to demonstrate to sponsors the University’s commitment to the proposed activities. Read more details on the RCRA Guidelines. Questions? Feel free to reach out to the ORSP Research Development staff.

Dawn Harmon-O'Connor Named 2016 A&P Gabor/UNF Foundation Employee Excellence Recipient


Dawn Harmon-O'Connor has been an employee and valued member of the ORSP staff for the past nine years. Serving as the assistant director of Research Integrity, she is responsible for the administration and facilitation of regulatory compliance and assurance efforts associated with research activities at UNF. The Research Integrity unit provides administrative assistance to the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. 

Harmon-O'Connor was recently recognized for her tremendous hard work and efforts when she received the 2016 A&P Gabor/UNF Foundation Employee Excellence Award. The award recognizes employees for outstanding job performance, professionalism, participation in professional development, dependability, contributions to the campus community and going above and beyond the requirements of the job. Although there were several outstanding candidates for the award, Harmon-O'Connor was selected as the recipient of this prestigious honor. She received a monetary award and plaque. Congratulations Dawn!

8th Annual Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium


On April 13, UNF Faculty and staff participated in the 8th annual Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS), which highlighted the achievements of researchers who play a vital role in promoting research and sponsored activities. STARS was one of many activities hosted during UNF’s Research Week.

The theme for this year’s STARS was Expanding Research Horizons and consisted of three major events: an Institute and Center Forum, a Junior Faculty Poster Competition, and a Faculty and Staff Reception and Awards Ceremony. During the Institute and Center Forum, participants were able to increase their understanding of UNF’s institutes and centers with a panel discussion from the directors of the Environmental Center, Digital Humanities Initiative, Florida Blue Center for Ethics, Small Business Development Center, Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives, Paper and Plastics Education and Research Institute, Public Opinion Research Laboratory, and the Taylor Engineering Research Institute. The Poster Competition provided an opportunity for junior faculty to share their research with colleagues and make connections across the campus. This year’s poster competition winner was Dr. Jason Haraldsen, assistant professor of Physics, who received a $5,000 research grant to enhance his research endeavors. STARS concluded with a reception and awards ceremony celebrating the contributions of UNF faculty and staff towards externally supported research and programs for the 2014-15 fiscal year:

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ORSP Spotlight: Dr. Juan Aceros
New ORSP Member: Hope Esposito
Proposed Submission Requirements
UNF Joins Federal Research Network
Mayo Clinic-UNF Collaboration
New Research Course Release Award Program
Dawn Harmon-O'Connor Named 2016 A&P Gabor/UNF Foundation Employee Excellence Recipient
8th Annual Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium


Recent Awards


Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members who received funding for their research projects!


Janice Donaldson, Small Business Technical Assistance to the City of Jacksonville, $98,940

Raphael Crowley, Application of Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation to Stabilize Florida High-Organic Matter Soils for Roadway Construction, $104,244

Nick HudymaApplication of Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation to Stabilize Florida High-Organic Matter Soils for Roadway Construction, $104,243

Jeffry Will, Phase 2 - Assessment of the Clarke Schools' A Sound Change, $5,000

Patrick O'Kreidl, Holistic decision systems for distributed enclave defense using configurable edges (DEDUCE), $26,370

Stuart ClarkSemantic Computation Chemistry, $17,778



Total December 2015: $356,575



Don Resio, DHS S&T Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence-Center Lead, $57,500

Christopher Brown, Independent External Peer Review for the Melvin Price - Wood River Supplemental Report, $6,050

Janice Donaldson, Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2016, $1,694,332

Janice Donaldson, Procurement Technical Assistance Center 2016, 147,960

Janice Donaldson, Florida SBDC Continuation Proposal - State Performance 2016, $521,265

Jeffry Will, The New Pathways for Fathers and Families Project, $62,000

Thobias Sando, Evaluation of Project Processes in Relation to Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O), $300,000


  Total January 2016: $2,789,107

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