Proposal Development Workshop for the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s
Major Research Instrumentation
(MRI) Program and Research Initiation Awards (RIA) Strand
of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel
1739 West Nursery Road • Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 • Tel: (410) 694-0808
August 14-15, 2015



8:30         Registration and Continental Breakfast                                              Outside Concourses C&D
9:00         Welcome, Introductions, Review of Workshop Purposes and Packet             Concourses C&D
                         Shirley McBay, President, QEM Network

 9:15         Overview of the National Science Foundation (NSF)
                          Kathleen McCloud, Program Director, Division of Physics
                                 Directorate for Mathematics & Physical Sciences (MPS), NSF

                        Claudia Rankins, Program Director, Historically Black Colleges and
                               Universities–Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
                               Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
                               Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), NSF

 9:45        NSF’s Merit Review Criteria and Proposal Review Process
                        Costello Brown, Former Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and
                              Professor of Chemistry (Retired), California State University-Los Angeles and QEM Consultant

10:15        Break

10:30        Program-focused Concurrent Sessions

                 MRI Session:                                                                                                  Concourses C&D
                 - Overview
of NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
- Specific Review Criteria for MRI Proposals
                 - Strengths
/Weaknesses of Funded/ Non-funded MRI Proposals
                 - Establishing the Need for Major Research Instrumentation
                            Kathleen McCloud, NSF

                 RIA Session:                                                                                                               Heathrow
                 - Overview of HBCU-UP Research Initiation Awards (RIA) Strand
                 - Specific Review Criteria for RIA Proposals
                 - Strengths
/Weaknesses of Funded/ Non-funded RIA Proposals
Claudia Rankins, NSF

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14  (continued)

12:00     Luncheon Plenary Session: Research Opportunities at NSF-funded                   Concourses C&D
              Research Centers, National Laboratories, and Research-Intensive Institutions

              Moderator:  Althea Burns, Associate, QEM Network
                       Noel Blackburn, Manager, University Relations and DOE Programs
                               Brookhaven National Laboratory
                       Janet Rutledge, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
                               University of Maryland Baltimore County

     1:30     Program-focused Concurrent Sessions continue

                 MRI Session:                                                                                                    Concourses C&D
                 Preparation of the Proposal Narrative, Budget, and Timeline

                        Edward Thomas, Jr., Professor, Department of Physics,     
                            Auburn University, and QEM Consultant

                 RIA Session:                                                                                                                Heathrow
                Preparation of the Proposal Narrative, Budget, and Timeline

                        Casonya Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Biology,
                              Georgia State University, and QEM Consultant

  2:30        Discipline-focused Concurrent Sessions        (See Assignment Sheet)

                 Session Focus: Initial Discussion of Project Summaries, Timelines, and Budgets

                 –Biological Sciences      
                        Casonya Johnson, QEM Consultant

                 –Chemistry and Social Sciences
                        Natalie Arnett, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Fisk University,
                                2011 RIA and 2015 CAREER Awards recipient, and QEM Consultant
                       Costello Brown, QEM Consultant

                         Garrick Louis, Associate Professor, Systems Engineering,      
                               University of Virginia, and QEM Consultant

                 –Computer and Information Science & Engineering/Mathematics/Physics
                        Edward Thomas, Jr., QEM Consultant

  3:45        Break

  4:00       Discipline-focused Concurrent Sessions continue

                        -Biological Sciences                                 (Heathrow)
-Chemistry and Social Sciences               (Concourse C)
                        -Computer & Information Science & Engineering/Mathematics/Physics  
(Concourse D)
(Coal Harbour)

  5:30      Plenary Session: Integrating Research into Teaching                         Concourses C&D
                       Garrick Louis, QEM Consultant

6:00         Dinner Plenary Session:                                                                                  Concourses C&D
               Developing Research Collaborations and Sharing Research Instrumentation

                       Solomon Bililign, Professor, Department of Physics
                             North Carolina A&T State University

 7:00         Adjournment, Day One

                 Overnight Assignment:  Participants revise their one-page project summaries, and draft their project timelines and budgets



 8:00         Buffet Breakfast                                                                                   Outside Concourses C&D

 8:30         Enhancing Research Training with MRI/RIA Support:                                  Concourses C&D
                 - Involving Undergraduate Students in MRI/RIA-funded Research
Casonya Johnson, QEM Consultant
                - Nurturing/Sustaining Campus Support for Undergraduate Research Participation
                          Costello Brown, QEM Consultant

                 Mentoring in STEM Research:
                 - Preparing Research Mentoring Plans for Students Engaged in Research
                - Suggestions for Consideration When Seeking a Research Mentor
Natalie Arnett, QEM Consultant

10:15        Break

10:30        Preparing Evaluation and Management Plans for MRI/RIA Projects            Concourses C&D
                         Ed Thomas, QEM Consultant

11:00        Discipline-focused Breakout Groups Resume    (same locations as on Friday)

                 Session Focus:  Discussion of Revised Project Summaries, Timelines, Budget, Management Plans, and Project Evaluation


12:30        Working Lunch:                                                                                               Concourses C&D

                 Promotion and Tenure – Sharing Successes and Challenges
                 Remarks: Garrick Louis and Casonya Johnson, QEM Consultants
                       Table Discussions on Promotion and Tenure

 1:45         Closing Comments and Discussion of Next Steps  
                        NSF Program Officers, QEM Consultants, and QEM Staff

 2:00         Using NSF’s FastLane/Research.gov for Submitting Proposals/Required Reports
                        Evelyn Baisey-Thomas, Computer and Information Specialist, Office of
                            Information and Resource Management, NSF (retired), and QEM Consultant

 3:30         Adjournment