IRB Sets Fall 2011 Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) has set its Fall 2011 semester meeting schedule, available at http://www.unh.edu/research/irb-meeting-schedule.  

Please contact Julie Simpson (603/862-2003) in Research Integrity Services with any questions.

Read about Space, Ocean and Earth Systems Science Research and Education at UNH in Spheres Online - Summer 2011 edition

The Summer 2011 issue of Spheres Online is now available.  Spheres is the electronic newsletter of the University of New Hampshire Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.

Network New Hampshire Now Begins Building NHSafeNet, A Statewide Public Safety Broadband Network

Network New Hampshire Now (NNHN) has awarded a contract to NH-based Green Mountain Communications Inc. to construct NHSafeNet, a wireless public safety microwave network  that will improve the communications, efficiency and emergency readiness of state and local agencies.

DOE Webcast July 7: Improving the Energy Performance of Labs, Data Centers, and High-Tech Facilities

A live webcast, titled Labs, Data Centers, and High-Tech Facilities,will be presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on July 7, 2011, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Experts Dale Sartor and Paul Mathew of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Will Lintner of DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), will present best practices to meet Federal mandates to improve the energy performance of laboratories, data centers, and other high-tech facilities and examine trends across these facilities.


Find Your GCA

Research Administration has completed an analysis of workload and will be changing the Grant and Contract Administrator (GCA) for several departments, effective July 1st.


The revised “Find your Grant and Contract Administrator” listing includes two notable changes:  New Hampshire State agreements for all departments will now be handled by a single GCA, Dianne Hall, and each department is now paired with both a primary GCA and an alternate.

National Robotics Initiative - New Multi-agency Program of NSF, NASA, NIH, and USDA

To accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people, several federal agencies have jointly announced the National Robotics Initiative.  

New Fringe Benefits rates for FY’12

New fringe benefit rates for FY12 sponsored programs have been finalized and should be used immediately in proposal budgeting.  

The primary changes reflect the following:

US ED Cancels FY 2011 Competitions for 7 Programs

The US Department of Education (US ED) has determined that, as a result of final Congressional action on FY 2011 appropriations, there are not sufficient funds available in 2011 to support new awards under these programs:


  • Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program

  • International Research and Studies (IRS) Program

  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program

  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program

UNH Materials Science Program to Host International Polymer Conference June 24 - July 1, 2011

About 100 scientists and engineers from academia and industry in Europe, Asia, and both North and South America will be coming to UNH for an an international research conference on the subject of polymer nanoparticles. The International Polymers Colloid Group (IPCG) Polymer Colloids Conference 2011 has been organized by Professor John Tsavalas and Emeritus Professor Donald Sundberg of the UNH Materials Science Program.

June 16 Webinar -- SBIR/STTR: Do You REALLY Understand the Differences?

In a free webinar at 2:00 PM (EST) on June 16, 2011, Lisa Kurek (Managing Partner of Biotechnology Business Consultants [BBC]) will discuss both the differences and similarities between Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grants and Contracts.

This 40-minute webinar will cover:

- Real vs. perceived differences between SBIR and STTR
- Common Misconceptions – especially as it pertains to University participation


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