Grant Development Support Unit Offers Free Services

The Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) is a resource available to all CFAES faculty to assist with grant proposal development and submission. Some of you may remember when there was a proposal fee associated with this service, but GDSU’s services are now FREE. GDSU has three grant specialists: Lori Kaser (CFAES Grants and Contracts Administrator), Pam Schlegel, and Melissa Burant. The GDSU has locations on the Columbus and Wooster campuses. You can contact any of these individuals directly or through the general GDSU email address:

It is always best to contact GDSU early in the proposal process and notify them of your needs and timeline. Our services are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we recommend trying to get on our schedule as soon as you know you will be pursuing a funding opportunity. Otherwise, the staff may be fully booked and will direct you to other resources. As part of the engagement process, your GDSU grant coordinator will start with a review that outlines roles, responsibilities, requirements, and limitations when working with the GDSU.  Once there is agreement to move forward, she will set up a Buckeye Box with forms and templates tailored specifically to your proposal needs. The templates will include a budget worksheet with Office of Sponsored Program’s (OSP) most current fringe and F&A (indirect cost) rates.  The team has worked with a wide range of granting agencies and have a great working relationship with OSP.

In addition to assisting with grant proposal development, GDSU offers a New Researcher Onboarding packet and hosts a variety of training opportunities. The GDSU staff is always available to answer general grant-related questions. The website offers a wealth of information and resources.  If you are not receiving the monthly newsletter, Research News, please email Kayla Arnold (, Grants Office Associate, to be added to the listserv.


InFACT Guest Lecturer

The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) is hosting a guest lecture with A.G. Kawamura. His presentation, Envisioning an Agricultural Renaissance, will be Jan. 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Animal Sciences Building, Room AS0210.

InFACT Guest Lecturer

Global food systems are changing in dynamic and remarkable ways.  The nexus between food, water, energy and changing climate is forcing agriculturists to re-imagine how they will provide sustenance to a hungry world.  The challenges and opportunities that are emerging with the advent of expanding knowledge, technology and information systems are forcing us to re-think all aspects of agriculture.  In a complacent world of abundance, the urgency to adopt, adapt and transform the global food system may seem remote, more like an indulgence.  However, the very real threats to food security that confront our attempts to manage life systems and resources in a sustainable way are revealing themselves in concerning, even alarming pathways.  The global agricultural community must become united and aligned in both thinking and strategic intent.  The need for interactive and collaborative work is vital.  The capacity to share, learn and expand the general capability of farmers while enhancing the predictability of their agricultural activities on a planet with changing climate regimes has never been more exciting.  As we begin to envision new ways of approaching and accomplishing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, a new age of agriculture is unfolding as a necessary compliment to how we achieve those transformational aspirations!

A.G. is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County. He is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). He is co-chair of Solutions from the Land, a non-profit organization that is currently working to organize and convene the North American Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture.

InFACT Linkage and Leverage Grant Program

The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), a Discovery Themes program, invites teams of faculty, staff, students and external partners to submit proposals for our Linkage and Leverage grant program. Projects should focus on addressing food insecurity.

Three grant cycles will be offered during the 2017-18 academic year with multiple awards of up to $35,000 funded each cycle. The second cycle closes Wednesday, Jan. 31. Click here for more information.

iPad Digital Flagship Program

Digital Flagship, in collaboration with the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, is pleased to announce the Digital Flagship Educators cohort, a new opportunity for instructors and graduate students teaching general education courses to enrich their courses with technology.

Accepted instructors will receive professional development, technology and support in creating an “iPad Required” section of their 1000- or 2000-level course(s). Applications are due Thursday, Feb. 15. Click here for more information.

SAS Renewal

For those individuals that use SAS, please see the below email from Michael J. Dangler:

Subject: SAS Renewal – Temporary extension files

You are receiving this email because you have requested a copy of SAS in since 9/1/2017. We’ve experienced a delay in receiving new codes from SAS due to a contract issue that has been resolved, but we are still pending codes that will function through the remainder of 2018. Because our codes are expiring, I’ve requested an extension to bridge the gap; additional codes will be forthcoming, and you will receive new codes as soon as we have received and tested them.

The attached codes will extend the license 30 days. They have also been loaded into OCIO Self Service, where they will be provided with new copies that are downloaded until the new codes arrive.

We currently expect arrival of new, fully functional codes before the end of the week, but we requested these codes because SAS could create them immediately, and if SAS cannot provide codes until early next week, we wanted to ensure your copy would run through the end of the month.

You will receive a second set of codes to run through 2018 as soon as we are able to obtain them from SAS.

OCIO provides SAS renewal instructions for 9.x versions in this knowledgebase article (

 Additionally, there are further instructions contained in the attached .zip file. If you have difficulty, or if the .zip file is somehow stripped from this message when you receive it, you can obtain the file from the following BuckeyeBox link (

Please refer to the KB article or the ReadMe file with any questions regarding the renewal.

Michael J Dangler | Category Leader – IT Contracts and Licensing
The Ohio State University
OSU Purchasing | Strategic Purchasing
Purchasing & Receiving Building | 2650 Kenny Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-688-4031 Office

Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Training

There are  two new Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training modules for CFAES employees. The WPS training modules cover two types of employees:

  • Pesticide handlers: those who mix, load, or apply agricultural pesticides; clean or repair pesticide application equipment; or assist with the application of pesticides
  • Agricultural workers: those who perform tasks related to growing (planting, weeding, pruning) and harvesting plants on farms or in greenhouses, nurseries, or forests

The WPS training is a three step process:

  1. Online training session through the OSU EHS Training website
  2. Comprehensive test following the online session (80% correct to proceed with the final step)
  3. Supervisors must go over site specific content using the appropriate CFAES WPS checklist

Click here for the full details of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training.

Thank you to OSU EHS and BuckeyeLearn for hosting the training online. This will allow the training to also be utilized for OSU employees outside of CFAES, such as OSU facilities and grounds care employees.

Please pass this announcement on to those in your departments or work areas that need to utilize the information.

Continuum Magazine Available Online

The Winter 2017-08 issue of Continuum is available online.

In this issue, see how we are attacking hunger in the world and at home. Learn how our friends support students — our future leaders — and research that is solving the world’s grand challenges. Read about our programs to support One Health, for people, animals and the environment.

Continuum is a biannual magazine from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Every day faculty, staff and students in our college impact the lives of people in Ohio and beyond through amazing discoveries, powerful extension programming, and classroom learning.


Enrollment Deadline for Dependent Tuition Assistance

The Ohio State University offers eligible employees and their dependents the opportunity to advance their education at Ohio State. For dependent tuition assistance, applications must be submitted each semester.

The enrollment window for spring semester 2018 closes Friday, Jan. 12. Faculty and staff can apply online using Employee Self Service.

Click here for more information about dependent tuition assistance.

Academic Enrichment International Research Grants

The Office of International Affairs is seeking applications for its Academic Enrichment International Research Grants, which support activities with lasting impact across the globe. The grant competition is open to faculty, graduate students and undergraduates whose applications focus on research projects that address global issues, connect discipline-specific research to programs in diverse cultural settings, explore the languages, cultures, arts, social sciences and area studies and/or promote active collaborations with institutional partners.

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 9.

Click here for more information about the grants and to apply.

Excellence in Safety Awards – Nominations Open

The University Laboratory Safety Committee’s “Excellence in Safety” awards recognize a university faculty or staff member (Individual Award), student (Individual Student Award) and a laboratory research group (Group Award) who have made a considerable contribution to improving laboratory safety on the Ohio State campus.

Nominations for 2017 individual, group and individual student awards will be accepted Tuesday, Jan. 2 through Saturday, Jan. 17.

Click here for more information on the awards and to access the nomination forms.

15th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum – Judges Needed

The CFAES Undergraduate Research Office is excited to announce opportunities for the university community to participate in the 15th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum! This event will be held on Thursday, March 1 in the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Faculty members and postdocs from all departments are invited to judge undergraduate research poster presentations at the annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. Judges will be asked to judge three to four student posters.

Graduate students from all departments are invited to judge undergraduate research poster presentations at the annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. Graduate Students will be asked to judge two to three student posters.

  • Lunch will be provided for all student participants, judges and reviewers from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Judging will be from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m.

Click here to register to be a judge for the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum.

January Issue of Research News Available

The January 2018 edition of Research News, the GDSU monthly newsletter for grant writing tips, resources, and updates is now available. Please share with those in your area who may not check email regularly.

Research News January 2018

Here is a new educational opportunity that is being offered this month:

Demystifying NSF Grant Applications and Using Fastlane
Wednesday, January 17, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Video-linked Kottman Hall 200 (Columbus) – Research Services 130 (Wooster)
Please register if you plan to attend.

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