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Research Week

Join us for 14th Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS). STARS is a showcase of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) highlighting the work of faculty and staff across all disciplines within the University community. This year, STARS is virtual featuring Research NOW chats, a poster competition, and an awards ceremony.
At STARS, we celebrate UNF stars! You will be amazed to see the research and scholarly excellence at the University of North Florida. Don’t miss this informative and exciting symposium. All STARS events are free to the UNF community, but preregistration is requested.



Monday, April 17, 2023      

Poster Viewing                                                                                          10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Discussions with Poster Presenters                                                                 2 – 3 p.m.

All UNF tenured and junior faculty are invited to submit a poster for the 2023 STARS Faculty Research Poster Competition. There will be two categories of awards presented for this year’s poster competition: 1) Tenured Faculty and 2) Junior Tenure-Track Faculty. For each category, there will be a Faculty and Staff Choice Award in which $3,500 will be presented to the winner voted by UNF faculty and staff. All awards will be presented during the STARS Awards Ceremony.



Monday, April 17, 2023                                                                                   3 - 4 p.m.


The STARS Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony recognizes faculty and staff who have been engaged in excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity during the fiscal year. The ceremony also pays tribute to faculty and staff who play a vital role in our University’s research enterprise. During the ceremony, the STARS Faculty Research Poster Competition winners will be announced.


RESEARCH NOW: The Revised Common Rule and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2023                                                                                      3 - 4 p.m.

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Do you wonder what is the Revised Common Rule and what those federal guidelines mean to you as an investigator? This session will provide (1) an overview of the Revised Common Rule and the major regulatory changes focused on protecting human subjects involved in research. The session will also highlight (2) a brief history of the Common Rule revisions, (3) reasons for the changes, (4) what those changes mean to investigators engaged in human subjects research, (5) what is and is not human subjects research (HSR), and (6) what federal guidelines apply for research to meet an exempt, expedited or full board review (45 CFR 46). If you conduct human subjects research, this session is for you!


RESEARCH NOW: Solicitation Review

Wednesday, April 19, 2023                                                                              9 - 10 a.m.

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So, you’ve found a proposal funding opportunity that fits your research interest but there is 30+ pages in the solicitation. Yikes! Have no fear because ORSP wants to sit down with you in this training session to point out the need-to-know items you should look for when reviewing a proposal solicitation for major federal agencies, such as NSF, NIH, and DOE just to name a few. Program Officers are your friends. Things to look out for: •Eligibility • Submission deadline • Institution limitations • Required documents needed for submission • How to submit the proposal • Limitation on duration and funding amount • Limitation on F&A (mainly non-federal agencies) • Page limitations • Language used for Letters of Collaboration • Letters of collaboration vs Letters of support • and Type of budget to submit.


RESEARCH NOW: PI Responsibilities in Post-Award Administration

Thursday, April 20, 2023                                                                                   9 - 10 a.m.

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While the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is responsible for support related to the financial administration of contracts and grants, the Principal Investigator (PI) is ultimately responsible for the proper oversight of project supported activities. We work together on proper oversight of operations, reporting standards, compliance requirements, and budget restrictions. This session will provide detailed guidance for the PI to ensure effective and efficient stewardship of sponsored funding.

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