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    Research News

    December 2004 Issue

    Table of Contents:

    Editor’s Desk

    Compliance Corner

    New Years Resolutions for Proposal Writers

    The Defense Technical Information Center - A Resource for IIT Proposal Writers

    Spotlighted Funding Opportunity: NSF CISE Cyber Trust

    Scholarship Announcements Online

    Holiday Closure Dates - Reminder

    Research Support Services 2005 Workshop Series Announced

    Recent IIT Awards

    Proposals Submitted By The Numbers


    Past Issues of Research News

    From the Editor's Desk

    Dear Readers,
    The entire staff of Research Support Services wishes all our readers a wonderful holiday season, and we hope you have an enjoyable winter break!

    When you return from break, we know you will be re-energized and ready to search for funding and to write a proposal to support your research. Please know that no matter your field of research, the Graduate College has tools and services that can help you find funding and get proposals submitted.

    With all best wishes for the holidays and the New Year,

    - Glenn Krell MPA, CRA
    Editor, Research News
    Director, Research Proposal Development

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    Compliance Corner
    By: Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

    When we think of “compliance,” we usually think of human participants, animal subjects or select agents. However, compliance also deals with ensuring that all technical and patent reports are submitted according to the sponsor guidelines.

    We have seen an increase of proposals that are rejected because reporting requirements have not been met. This not only hurts the principal investigator, but also hurts IIT as a whole.

    In many cases, final technical reports are due 90 days after the end of the project period. Some require an annual report. Each sponsor has its own rules. These rules are stated explicitly on the terms and conditions of the award document. When you receive a copy of your award, you also receive these terms and conditions.

    When you are ready to submit your technical report to the sponsor, we ask that you work with the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs. We will submit the report for you. If you are not certain what format is required, or when your report is due, please do not hesitate to contact us at 312-567-3035 or at

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    New Years Resolutions For Proposal Writers

    It’s that time of year again! Here are Ten New Years Resolutions for IIT Proposal Writers:

    1. I will contact the funding agency's program officer for advice before writing and submitting a proposal.

    2. I will follow IIT’s "five day rule" and submit my proposal to the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs five days before it's due at the sponsor.

    3. I will have a “second pair of eyes” look at my proposal: perhaps a colleague, chair, or mentor. I will use a spell checker on my proposal before I ask someone else to read it.

    4. I will attend a Proposal Development Workshop at IIT, if I haven't done so.

    5. I will make use of our Community of Science subscription to get funding opportunities sent to me directly via email. I will attend a Fund Searching Workshop at IIT, if I haven’t already done so.

    6. I will thoroughly read proposal guidelines issued by the funder and will familiarize myself with things like page limits, fonts, margins, and all the other requirements needed, so I can get my proposal written well before deadline.

    7. If my proposal is rejected, I will make sure to get copies of the proposal reviewers' comments so I can learn from them for the next proposal.

    8. Since crafting a sound budget is an important part of every proposal, I will attend a budgeting workshop, if I haven’t already done so.

    9. I will submit agency reports on time for my funded grants, so that my program, my fellow researchers, and my institution are not jeopardized by my actions.

    10. I will practice using NSF FastLane—before I actually need it for proposal submission--by using the demonstration site at:

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    The Defense Technical Information Center - A Resource for IIT Proposal Writers

    This article describes a vast resource for proposal writers at IIT: the Department of Defense’s DTIC, or Defense Technical Information Center. IIT Research News contacted DTIC’s Public Affairs Office, and they were happy to assist us in describing this immense resource:

    The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) is the premier provider of Department of Defense (DoD) technical information, and has served the information needs of the defense community for almost 60 years. DTIC’s collections include technical reports, summaries of research in progress, defense technology transfer agreements and DoD planning documents.

    DTIC helps to make research and development (R&D) dollars go further by:
    - Collecting, recording, reporting, and disseminating defense-related R&D;
    - Cataloging millions of technical documents detailing billions of dollars in research;
    - Providing information support to the federal and contractor communities;
    - Building on prior knowledge.

    Sharing resources can be a boon to researchers, engineers, students, and others who use information to develop new technologies, maintain quality operation, and produce new and better research that can lead to new and better technologies. DTIC maintains several collections; among these are:

    - Collections of technical reports

    - Summaries of ongoing research

    The gateway to DTIC’s products and services is its website, DTIC’s flagship Scientific and Technical Information Network (STINETÒ),, is one of DoD’s largest scientific, research, and engineering online information resources available today.

    So, what exactly does DTIC do?
    - Provides controlled access to DoD scientific, research, and engineering information
    - Serves as a vital link in the transfer of information among the defense-related government and civilian research and development communities
    - Designs and hosts more than 100 DoD Web sites

    Where does information in the DTIC collection come from?
    - DoD organizations (civilian and military) and DoD contractors
    - US government organizations and their contractors
    - Non-profit organizations working on DoD scientific, research, and engineering activities
    - Academia
    - Foreign governments

    Everyone can search DTIC's publicly accessible collections and display or download scientific, research, and engineering information, using the public Web site above. DTIC also makes sensitive and classified information available to registered users (Important: the level of access you are granted as a registered user may depend upon your citizenship status and other factors. –ed). For more information about registering, go to Registered users also have access to electronic information alerts, a customer service help desk, and reference and retrieval services. See for details.

    For more information on becoming a registered DTIC user, go to: Access to DoD classified and unclassified, limited information is controlled through this registration process. A variety of secure DoD Web sites can be accessed by the DTIC password.

    Free training is offered to DTIC registered users at its headquarters, located at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and at four regional offices (Midwestern office is in Dayton, Ohio, telephone 937-255-7905/DSN 785, Courses can also be scheduled off-site. In such cases, the instructor’s travel costs are borne by the user. (Editor’s note: if you are interested in arranging such training at IIT, contact

    For more information about DTIC, email:, call: 1-800-225-3842/703-767-8267/DSN 427-8267 or contact the regional office above.

    Editor’s Note: Special thanks to DTIC Public Affairs Officer Sandy Schwalb for supplying much of the above information.

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    Spotlighted Funding Opportunity: NSF Cyber Trust Program, NSF 05-518

    Program: National Science Foundation (NSF) CISE (Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering) Cyber Trust; NSF Solicitation Number 05-518 (Replaces NSF 04-524)

    DEADLINE: February 7, 2005; February 6, 2006
    Partial Synopsis: Networked computers reside at the heart of systems on which people now rely, both in critical national infrastructures and in their homes, cars, and offices. Today, many of these systems are far too vulnerable to cyber attacks that can inhibit their operation, corrupt valuable data, or expose private information. Cyber Trust promotes a vision of society in which networked computer systems are more predictable, more accountable, and less vulnerable to attack and abuse; developed, configured, operated and evaluated by a well-trained and diverse workforce; and used by a public educated in their secure and ethical operation. … (This program) supports projects that advance the relevant knowledge base; creatively integrate research and education for the benefit of technical specialists and the general populace; and integrate the study of technology with the policy, economic, institutional and usability factors that often determine its deployment and use.
    Award Information: Estimated number of awards will be 35 to 47: up to 2 center-scale awards; up to 20 team awards, and up to 25 single investigator awards, dependent upon availability of funds. Anticipated Funding Amount for the program: $30 million. Cost sharing not required.

    URL at NSF for Complete Details:

    (Note: as always, other extramural funding opportunities for your research are available via the funding opportunities gateway at:

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    Scholarship Announcements Available Online

    Throughout the year, the Graduate College receives various notices of fellowship opportunities for faculty. We also receive scholarship and fellowship opportunities for students. These notices are posted on the following Web page:

    (Note: as always, other extramural funding opportunities for your research are available via the funding opportunities gateway at:

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    Holiday Closure Dates - Reminder

    Just a reminder of this item, as previously announced via campus email to all faculty. As you are likely aware, the Illinois Institute of Technology, including the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, will be closed from December 24, 2004 through January 2, 2005.

    The deadline for all items with deadlines between December 18, 2004 and January 7, 2005 was Friday, December 17th , in order to allow sufficient time for submission. If you have any questions please contact us at 312 567-3035 or at

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    Research Support Services Announces Workshop Series for 2005

    Mark your calendars! IIT Graduate College Research Support Services will offer the following workshops in 2005. Workshop Descriptions are as follows; dates are below:

    Fund Searching workshop: Learn to search for funds for your research program. Set up automatic alerts so you learn of new solicitations in your field of research as soon as possible!

    Compliance workshop: Learn about IIT's review committees: IRB (Institutional Review Board) for human subjects research; IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) for research involving animal subjects; and IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee) for research involving biological materials and other potentially hazardous agents. Find out how to apply and how to make sure your project complies with institutional guidelines.

    Proposal Writing workshop: Learn to craft a high-quality, compelling, competitive research proposal.

    Budgeting Basics workshop: The workshop will cover budget item definitions and what a good budget justification should include. Participants will develop a typical budget used in proposal submissions.

    Tentative Schedule of Workshops, 2005:

    January: Fund Searching workshop, January 28th

    February: Compliance workshop, February 4th

    March: Proposal Writing workshop, March 11th

    April: Budgeting Basics workshop, April 8th

    May: Fund Searching workshop, May 13th

    July: Proposal Writing workshop, July 15th

    September: Fund Searching workshop, September 9th;
    Budgeting Basics workshop, September 16th;
    Compliance workshop, September 23rd

    November: Proposal Writing workshop, November 11th.

    The above are tentative dates; please watch for emails and future issues of Research News describing exact time, location, and signup procedures.

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    Recent IIT Awards

    Awards received during October 2004 at IIT

    Important Note: a “$0” next to an award indicates a no-cost extension has been granted.

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    Proposals Submitted By The Numbers
    This graph shows how IIT is doing compared to the prior 12 month period in regard to number of proposals submitted:

    Most recent 12 month period (Oct. 2003 - Sep. 2004): 439
    Prior 12 month period (Oct. 2002 - Sep. 2003): 384

    Difference: 55 more proposals compared to last 12 month period!

    Note: Figures have been adjusted per final monthly tallies

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    Editor: Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA

    Production Coordinator: Julia Chase

    Ali Cinar, PhD
    Dean of the Graduate College and
    Vice Provost for Research

    Alexander J. Flueck, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research

    Mary T. Spina, CRA
    Assistant Dean for Research
    Executive Director, Research Support Services
    312. 567.3035

    The Staff of Research Support Services:

    Toni R. Allen
    Associate Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs

    Pamela Andrews
    Research Coordinator
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs

    Janice D. Haney
    Administrative Assistant
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs

    Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA
    Office of Research Proposal Development

    Robert Lapointe, MBA
    Manager, Research Marketing & Business Development
    Graduate College

    Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs

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