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Welcome the New AVP for Research and

Director of Sponsored Research,

Dr.Mark Roltsch


Research and Sponsored Programs is excited to welcome the newest member of our team, Dr. Mark Roltsch.  As a University of Maryland alumnus with a Ph.D. in exercise physiology, Mark brings a depth of knowledge and diverse skills. For two years, he served as a postdoc for Howard University Cancer Center investigating the physiological and biochemical mechanism by which regular physical activity interventions lead to reducing the risk of cancer. After finishing his postdoc he accepted a position for a NASA contractor as a Peer Review Administrator in charge of all NASA grant reviews related to humans in space. Later, he served as Deputy Chief of the Clinical Trials and Training Branch in the Office of Scientific Review (OSR) at the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  In 2010, Mark moved from the OSR to the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences as a Program Director in the Office of Research Training and Career Development. He was responsible for promoting opportunities for investigators early in their research careers to perform basic, preclinical or clinical cardiovascular research.  Since 2012, Mark served as the Executive Director of the Office of Academic Research and Sponsored Projects at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.  During his time at St. Mary's University, he led an impressive funding success rate.  This past year he led two task forces to develop the university's two largest funded grants in history, a $2.6 million grant for undergraduate STEM students and a $2.9 million dollar grant to improve the graduate school from the Department of Education.

Please RSVP and join us in welcoming Dr. Mark Roltsch to UWF during a meet and greet scheduled December 1st from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Argonaut Athletic Club!

External Funding Opportunities

Please note that the list provided is not a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.  To find more opportunities please contact Research and Sponsored Programs.


Special Education Research: Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions (Deadline: January 12, 2016, LOI Due November 12, 2015)

NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants (Deadlines:  February 1, 2016 and June 1, 2016)



NIH:  AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

American Heart Association:  National and Affiliates Research Program (Deadline:  January 12, 2016)

NIH:  Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

Allen Foundation, Inc., for Human Nutrition (Deadline: December 31, 2015)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Deadline:  November 16, 2015)

Gerber Foundation, Research Grants (Deadline: December 1, 2015 )

NIH/NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention (Deadline: December 16, 2015)

NIH:  Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (Deadline:  February 25, 2016)

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Grants-in-Aid (Deadline: May 15, 2016)

List of all NIH Funding Opportunities



Harvard, Environmental Fellows Program (Deadline: January 13, 2016)

NSF 15-609, Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) (Preliminary Proposal Deadline: January 25, 2016)

PD 98-1321, Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS) (Deadline:  January 18, 2016)

NSF 15-527,  Research Coordination Networks (Deadline: January 6, 2016)

NSF-15-528, Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)  (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

NSF-15-504,  Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)  (Deadline: January 13, 2016)

NSF-15-542,  National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (Deadline: February 22, 2016)

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program (Deadline: May 2, 2016)

American Mathematical Society:  Centennial Research Fellowships in Mathematics (Deadline: December 1, 2015)

American Statistical Association: ASA/NSF/Census Bureau Research Fellow Program (Deadline: December 10, 2015)

National Physical Science Consortium:  Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences (Deadline: December 5, 2015)

NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) (Deadline: December 1, 2015)

NSF Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (Deadline: February 15, 2016)

NSF CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) (Deadline: December 18, 2015) 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:  Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (Deadline: April 1, 2016)

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program (Deadlines:  January 6, 2016 and January 21, 2016)

Environmental Research and Education Foundation:  Sustainable Solid Waste Management (Deadline:  January 6, 2016) 

Coastal Management Fellowship Program (Deadline: January 22, 2016)

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Gulf Research Program (Deadlines: various)

Florida Center for Cybersecurity: Seed Grant Program (Deadline:  December 1, 2015)


List of all NSF Funding Opportunities


Franklin Research Grants, (Deadline: December 1, 2015)

IBM Center for The Business of Government (Deadlines:  April 1, 2016 and October 3, 2016)

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation (Deadlines: May 15, 2016 or November 15, 2016)

Open Meadows Foundation Grants (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants (Deadline:  February 28, 2016)

Wabash Center Small and Large Project Grants (Deadlines: March 1, 2016 and October 1, 2016)

NSF PD 98-1391, Archaeology and Archaeometry (Deadlines: December 1, 2015, December 20, 2015, July 1, 2016)

NEH:  Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation Grants (Deadline: February 17, 2016)

ArtsLink Exchange Programs (Deadlines: January 14, 2016 and January 16, 2017)

Economic History Association Grants and Fellowships (Deadlines: various)

Internal Funding Opportunities

Interested in internal funding opportunities? Look no further than the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. We are here to provide both faculty and students with the necessary funding resources to support research across all disciplines. Please review the upcoming internal funding opportunities and navigate to the associated applications below to apply.

UWF Florida Research Fellowship
Winter 2015
Call for Proposals:                   October 1, 2015
Submission Deadline:             December 31, 2015
Spring 2016
Call for Proposals:                   January 1, 2016
Submission Deadline:             March 31, 2016
Summer 2016
Call for Proposals:                   April 1, 2016
Submission Deadline:             June 30, 2016
Graduate Student Research Awards

Spring 2016
Call for Proposals:                   December 4, 2015
Submission Deadline:             January 29, 2016

Distinguished Research & Creative Activities Award
Call for Proposals:                   September 11, 2015
Submission Deadline:             January 15, 2016
Faculty SCAC Awards
Call for Proposals:                   January 22, 2016
Submission Deadline:             March 4, 2016

Undergraduate Project and Travel* Awards

Call for Proposals:                    Open
Submission Deadline:              November 16, 2015

*Travel Award applications can be submitted at any time at least two months prior to the date of travel

If you are interested in applying to the internal funding opportunities, please use the links below for direct access to the applications (you must be signed on to MyUWF to access the applications). Please note: do not submit an application until all documents, including required signatures are complete.  If you have questions or would like to request a 10 minute presentation for your graduate class, contact Katy Hendry, Senior Grant Specialist and SCAC/Internal Grants Coordinator, 850-474-2943. 
SCAC Application Guidelines
UWF Florida Research Fellowship Application
SCAC – Graduate Student Research Application
SCAC – Faculty Scholarly & Creative Activity Application
Undergraduate Project and Travel Awards

Video Tutorials
Finding the NSF program that best fits your research, by Lucy Deckard

NSF Grant Writing Workshop

NSF Criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts

Details of a Detailed Budget; Accurately Constructed and well Justified, by Freemind Experts
Indirect Costs 101 How NIH Supports Research

NIH Tips for Applicants

Pivot Training Videos

Searching for Grant Opportunities on

Research and Sponsored Programs News 


UWF, State Colleges Partner to Recruit STEM Teachers

Educators, business leaders and public officials have collaborated across counties in recent years to address what many have called a critical shortage of technical workers.

Now, a coalition of Northwest Florida higher education institutions is working to attack the problem at its root by increasing the number of middle and high school teachers in science, technology, engineering and math, commonly referred to as “STEM” fields.

The project — led by Drs. John Pecore and Jaromy Kuhl, of the University of West Florida — will involve faculty from Pensacola State College and Northwest Florida State College, as well as a half-dozen science learning centers and the Escambia, Okaloosa and Walton County school districts.

The work is made possible by a $125,000 grant awarded last month from the National Science Foundation. Pecore said the funding would allow him and his colleagues to step up recruitment and mentoring of STEM students interested in pursuing careers in secondary STEM education.  

To learn more read the full Pensacola News Journal Article

iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Software Available

RSP strongly encourages investigators to screen draft proposals through iThenticate prior to submitting them to the funding agency. Many federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, also use iThenticate to scan proposals.

Faculty can obtain an iThenticate account by emailing Christina Acosta in the Center for University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at  She will need your first and last name and your email address.  Please see the CUTLA iThenticate website for more information.  

UWF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) News and Events

OUR Workshops  

November 9th, 10-11 a.m. in Nautilus Chamber:  Getting Started in Undergraduate Research, Explorers Workshop

November 18th, 11-12 Room 123A, UWF Pace Library, How to Use Library Resources, Scholars Workshop

December 2nd, 10-11 a.m., in Room 272 Commons, Travel Awards & Conference Travel 101, Scholars Workshop


Congratulations to the 30 undergraduate students awarded travel funds and over 35 students awarded project funds for fall 2015

****Immediate Need:  Volunteer as an OUR Application Reviewer ****
Katie Greene to volunteer

UWF Post-Doctoral Appointments
To date, CREO has received significant interest in helping to sponsor new post-doctoral positions on campus. As part of the sponsorship, for Research Postdocs CREO will pay 60% of the cost, Academic Affairs will pay 20%, and the college will pay 20%.  For teaching postdocs, CREO will pay 40% of the cost, Academic Affairs will pay 30%, and the college will pay 30%.  The deadline for applying for a post-doctoral position for your department is November 30, 2015.  Please contact RSP for more information.


ASPIRE'S UWF Interactive Fact Book



Add value to your proposal by utilizing the UWF Interactive Fact Book!  Data includes: enrollment, degrees awarded, and program review.  A MyUWF account is required to use the Fact Book.  


NSF Automated Compliance Checking

NSF has implemented new features in the FastLane system for automated compliance checking.  All proposal submitted must adhere to the requirements listed in the Proposal and Award Policies Procedure Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).  Warning messages will appear if required sections are omitted, page counts are exceeded, and for various budget checks.  Please see the NSF Fastlane Errors and Warnings checklist for a complete list based on the funding mechanism type.  

Below are the most common reasons for return without review:

    • Should ONLY be uploaded as a PDF if the use of special character is required.
    • Must include separate sections labeled "Overview," "Intellectual Merit," and "Broader Impacts" if uploaded as a PDF.

    • Must include "Results from Prior NSF Support" over the past five years for each PI and Co-PI.
    • Must include a section — with a heading — for "Broader Impacts" of the proposed work.


NIH November Webinar

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will host a November Webinar for new NIH applicants.   The webinar will provide insight into the NIH application and peer review process.  Please visit the NIH Center for Scientific Review to register for the webinar or to view archived webinars.

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