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The Princeton Researcher
Quarterly news and events for the University's research community

April 2014
Princeton Conducted $199M of Sponsored Research in FY 2013
FY 2013 annual reports from the Office of Research and Project Administration and the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) are now available. Sponsored research expenditures grew from $138 million in 2003 to $199 million in 2013 on Princeton University's main campus. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is managed by the University, saw sponsored research expenditures grow from $69 million in 2003 to $81 million in 2013. Over the past decade, Princeton's licensing income increased steadily. OTL oversaw the issuance of 33 patents and the licensing of 29 technologies in FY 2013. To read a summary or download the full report, go to the Office of the Dean for Research
Annual Report page.

Proposed FY 2015 Federal Budget for R&D Funding
Released on March 4th, President Obama’s budget request for U.S. R&D funding agencies projects essentially flat spending for FY 2015. The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, Princeton’s two biggest federal funders, would receive a 0.7% and 1.2% increase their budgets, respectively, compared to FY 2014. On the upside, several Department of Energy programs are projected to see increases well above inflation in areas such as energy efficiency, renewables, and grid technology. More information and analysis are available on the
AAAS website.

ORPA Expands Grants Management Support
The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) has expanded its support by providing three full-time shared grants managers to numerous academic units that previously lacked dedicated support. Like department-based grants managers, the shared grants managers' primary responsibilities are to assist faculty and researchers with the proposal development and submission process, as well as manage their sponsored research awards.
See full article.

NSF’s Four-year Strategic Plan
On March 13th, the National Science Foundation released its strategic plan to Congress. The plan sets out three major strategic goals along with specific objectives for each goal that will guide the agency’s decisions through FY2018. The
full text of the plan as well as a summary document are available on the NSF website. An NSF press release accompanying the strategic plan is also available.

Inaugural DFR Innovation Funds Announced
The first annual Dean for Research Innovation Funds have been awarded to a group of projects that push the boundaries of research in the natural sciences, encourage research partnerships with industry, and facilitate collaborations between investigators in the arts and the sciences or engineering.
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Funding Opportunities from Corporate and Foundation Relations
Looking for alternative funding sources for your research? Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) maintains a list of
featured funding opportunities from private foundations and corporations that are relevant to a wide range of researchers at Princeton. Contact CFR staff for more information on these and other funding opportunities.

Overview of Q-APS, a program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science. Apr 17, 12:00 pm, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level.

Turning Freshmen into Scientists: Hardware, Software and Hands-on Technology in the Field. Apr 24, 4:30 pm, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level.

► Coffee with ORPA: the year in review, roundtable Q&A. May 7, 9:30 am, 91 Prospect Ave.

► Art of Science exhibit and awards. May 8, 4:30 pm, Friend Center Atrium.

► Learn more about the National Science Foundation:
NSF Day at Cold Spring Harbor, Jun 4.
NSF Grants Conference in Denver, Jun 23-24.


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