Archive for October, 2010


Fulbright-Hays deadline reminder

October 20, 2010

Hi Everyone,

If you’re applying for a fulbright-hays, please keep in mind that the e-grants website (and application site) has funky hours of operation.

Monday – Wednesday: 6:00am – 7:00pm (Washington, DC time)
Thursday – Sunday: 6:00am – 8:00pm (Washington, DC time)

Please note that, because of maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and 6:00 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site.

Our UCSD internal deadline is Friday, October 22 (which means you need to submit by 4:59pm, Cali time so that the e-grants system doesn’t lock you out).  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!


Fulbright-Hays: Internal Deadline Reminder and Human Subjects Narrative Tips

October 14, 2010

For everyone interested in applying for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA, please remember that UC San Diego’s internal deadline is October 22, 2010

Also, there seems to be some general confusion about the human subjects narrative.  If you know that you will need IRB approval, you must submit a completed Human Subjects Narrative to me . Full IRB approval is not needed at the time of application.  This narrative must be submitted to me (by our internal deadline)for uploading into the Project Director’s portion of the application. The instructions for completing the narrative can be found in the instructions for the ED Supplemental Form to the SF 424.

Below, you will find some clarification on exempt and non-exempt narratives.  For full instructions, please review the instructions for human subjects.

Instructions for Exempt and Nonexempt Human Subjects Research Narratives

A. Exempt Research Narrative
The “exempt research” narrative must contain sufficient information about the involvement of human subjects in the proposed research to allow a determination by ED that the designated exemption(s) are appropriate. The narrative must be succinct.

B. Nonexempt Research Narrative
The narrative must address the following seven points. Although no specific page limitation applies to this section of the application, be succinct.

(1) Human Subjects Involvement and Characteristics: Provide a detailed description of the proposed involvement of human subjects. Describe the characteristics of the subject population, including their anticipated number, age range, and health status. Identify the criteria for inclusion or exclusion of any subpopulation. Explain the rationale for the involvement of special classes of subjects, such as children, children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, persons with mental disabilities, pregnant women, prisoners, institutionalized individuals, or others who are likely to be vulnerable

(2) Sources of Materials: Identify the sources of research material obtained from individually identifiable living human subjects in the form of specimens, records, or data. Indicate whether the material or data will be obtained specifically for research purposes or whether use will be made of existing specimens, records, or data.

(3) Recruitment and Informed Consent: Describe plans for the recruitment of subjects and the consent procedures to be followed. Include the circumstances under which consent will be sought and obtained, who will seek it, the nature of the information to be provided to prospective subjects, and the method of documenting consent. State if the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has authorized a modification or waiver of the elements of consent or the requirement for documentation of consent.

(4) Potential Risks: Describe potential risks (physical, psychological, social, legal, or other) and assess their likelihood and seriousness. Where appropriate, describe alternative treatments and procedures that might be advantageous to the subjects.

(5) Protection Against Risk: Describe the procedures for protecting against or minimizing potential risks, including risks to confidentiality, and assess their likely effectiveness. Where appropriate, discuss provisions for ensuring necessary medical or professional intervention in the event of adverse effects to the subjects. Also, where appropriate, describe the provisions for monitoring the data collected to ensure the safety of the subjects.

(6) Importance of the Knowledge to be Gained: Discuss the importance of the knowledge gained or to be gained as a result of the proposed research. Discuss why the risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefits to subjects and in relation to the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result.

(7) Collaborating Site(s): If research involving human subjects will take place at collaborating site(s) or other performance site(s), name the sites and briefly describe their involvement or role in the research.


Pacific Rim Research Program

October 8, 2010

The call for the Pacific Rim Research Program is now out!

ADVANCED GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS – Advanced Graduate Research Fellowships support graduate students—the next generation of scholars—for a year of dissertation research or its equivalent.

Students may apply for a maximum of $20,000 in funding for a year of research, with budget justification. Budget requests for less than a year of funding should be adjusted proportionally. Graduate students whose research is part of a larger group project should clearly identify their individual roles in the project. In some cases it may be more appropriate to apply under a faculty grant, which can support graduate students. The Advanced Graduate Research Fellowships program will award 10 or more grants for 2011-2012.  Grants are awarded on a fiscal-year basis (July 1 – June 30).

To apply, submit the following items via e-mail to

• narrative proposal
• itemized budget
• narrative budget
• CV
• letters of recommendation
• Other funding applied to or forthcoming
• Transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)

The following information should accompany the documents on a separate cover page:
• Applicant’s Title (Mr., Ms.):
• Applicant’s Name:
• Department:
• E-mail address:
• Project Title:
• Grant type:
• Requested amount:
• ABD by July 1, 2011?:

Please visit for more information.

UCSD’s internal deadline is December 1, 2010.


Intel PhD Fellowship Program Awardees Announced

October 4, 2010

One of our students, Eitan Yaakobi, was awarded an Intel PhD Fellowship for 2010.  These are extremely competitive fellowships, with winning students being recognized as being tops in their areas of research.  Among the winners are students from schools such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Princeton.  Please find the link to the announcements here

Congrats, Eitan!