October 2020 | Information & Support for the BU Research Community


Insider Insights

  • A Resource to Make Your Next Proposal More Competitive 
    The BU Proposal Library is an ever-growing repository of successful grant applications submitted by BU faculty to external funders, available to BU’s research community for reference during proposal prep.
  • “Ten Simple Rules” for building an antiracist research lab
  • Tips for keeping collaborations alive during the pandemic

Find Funding

  • Faculty working toward large-scale research awards are invited to attend Going Big: Strategies for Securing Large-scale Federal Awards on Monday, November 2. Lewis-Burke Associates, a federal lobbying and consulting firm, will discuss strategies for researchers to ramp up from an individual federal grant to a center grant. Center grants support multi-researcher, multi-disciplinary, and sometimes multi-institutional research collaborations.
  • Technology Development is seeking pre-proposals for its Ignition Award program by Sunday, November 1. The awards support research projects with commercial potential.

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Manage an Award

  • Researchers and administrators booking airfare and charging to sponsored awards are reminded that travelers must comply with the Fly America Act, which mandates the use of “US flag” air carriers when traveling on federal funds. For example, flights on Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter Airlines are not permitted on federal awards. Learn more on the US General Services Administration website.
  • Department and grants administrators are encouraged to sign up for relevant upcoming trainings, including a training on sponsored research audits on Friday, November 6, and a cost share webinar on Wednesday, December 2 (Kerberos login required).

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Conduct Research

  • We continue to accept research recovery plans from faculty who wish to activate their research groups or increase lab density. Faculty investigators approved for on-campus research have been asked to review their current plan, post health and safety posters, and renew their agreement to uphold BU health and safety practices in their labs.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) now offers a daily log for researchers to track and coordinate cleaning with other lab members.
  • EHSEnvironmental Health & Safety has also introduced a safety reporting feature in BioRAFT called ObservNow (Kerberos login required). This new tool is an easy way to bring attention to non-emergency safety issues related to COVID-19 (social distancing, face masks, etc.), trip hazards, spills, or out-of-place chemical containers. You can also report positive findings (“We love our cleaning log!”). You have the option of reporting your observations anonymously or with contact information, and EHS will follow up as necessary or when requested.

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Promote Your Work

  • modern, up-to-date website is an important tool for faculty to showcase their research portfolio to internal and external audiences, including students, collaborators, and potential funders. The University recently rolled out a new web template to help BU faculty promote their work. Learn more on the Research Support site.
  • Research on Tap brings together groups of BU researchers for micro-lectures on important topics to catalyze collaboration across disciplines. Suggest a topic for a future event by filling out this form.

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Notes & News

  • The Office of Research is seeking input from the BU community on our two websites: bu.edu/research and bu.edu/researchsupport. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to complete a survey to help identify areas for improvement in the next two weeks. Thank you in advance for your feedback and insights.
  • A multi-institution team led by Assistant Professor Mark Bun, Assistant Professor Marco Gaboardi, and Professor Adam Smith, Computer Science (CAS), received $3.7M from the US Census Bureau to improve surveying and privacy practices.
  • Photonics Center Professor Luca Dal Negro, Electrical & Computer Engineering (ENG), received National Science Foundation funding to develop a new generation of ultra-compact, multi-functional, and inexpensive spectroscopic devices.
  • BU’s Global Development Policy Center launched China’s Global Power Database, an interactive map of China’s overseas energy projects with foreign direct investment and/or policy bank involvement, as well as their estimated carbon footprint.
  • Associate Professor Katherine Einstein, Assistant Professor Lauren Mattioli, and Assistant Professor Spencer Piston, Political Science (CAS), received a rapid response grant from the Social Science Research Council to study how court systems across 10 major metropolitan areas are responding to the pandemic.
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Simes, Sociology (CAS) and Associate Director of Research at the Center for Antiracist Research, received a rapid response grant from the Social Science Research Council for her project, “Policing Race and Place During a Pandemic: A Multi-City Study of Police Contact During COVID-19.”

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