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.
New ORSP Member: Hope Esposito
Welcome our newest ORSP member – Hope Esposito!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Read here for list of awards:
|IN THIS ISSUE
|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|
to the following faculty and staff members who received funding for their research
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 Hudyma, Application 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 Clark, Semantic 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