This year's annual university-wide teaching conference will take place on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20 on the Boston Health Sciences Campus. We look forward to welcoming keynote speaker Barbara Oakley, PhD, from Oakland University, who will discuss how recent insights into brain science and memory can inform our teaching practice.
This event is a celebratory showcase of the pedagogical efforts occurring at Tufts. Faculty across Tufts are invited to submit proposals for conference workshops or posters that describe their practices, approaches, and/or research related to teaching and learning. In light of this year's theme, those who are deliberately incorporating learning science are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information about the conference, or to submit a proposal, click here.
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020CELT Faculty Fellows Seminar, offered through the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). The intent of the CELT Fellows Seminar is to create a learning community where faculty can reflect on effective teaching to enhance learning, and share insights and best practices from their teaching through conversation and teaching observation. This is a unique opportunity for Tufts faculty to increase their knowledge about student learning and to enhance their teaching skills. The interdisciplinary collegial relationships built during the seminar last beyond the program. For more details please click here: CELT Faculty Fellows Fall 2020
To apply to become a CELT Faculty Fellow, please fill out the online form on the CELT website by Friday, March 6, 2020.
Applications are due by March 16, 2020. Awards will range from $500 to $25,000. For more information about the program, please visit the initiative's website.
In response to the nation-wide crisis, Tufts Initiative on SubstanceUse and Addiction seeks to support programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of addiction and substance use.
In alignment with Tufts University’s vision and mission, this initiative is an opportunity for members of our research and scholarship community to generate bold ideas and innovate in the face of the complex challenges associated with the increase in substance use and addiction both locally and nationally. From the brain disease model to social programs that reduce stigma, increase civic engagement, improve education, and catalyze research, Tufts Initiative onSubstance Use and Addiction offers a path to use our greatest resource—our expertise as a student-centered research university—to make a difference in the world around us.
Successful proposals will encourage education, community-based participatory research, and civic engagement programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. The goal of this initiative is to establish sustainable efforts using Tufts’ unique constellation of Schools and resources in civic engagement, education, and research to help the countless individuals and families who have suffered as a result of the opioid crisis.
Proposals due date: Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5PM.
Awards are expected to range from $500 to $25,000. Funding decisions will be made through a peer-review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation and collaboration, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks. No cost extensions are discouraged.
Any member of the Tufts community, including faculty, staff, and students active in scholarship, research, and/or creative works with a primary appointment at a Tufts University school or unit is eligible to apply for funding to the Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction. The lead principal investigator on the application must be a Tufts University employee, but applicants may partner with collaborators at community-based, local non-profit organizations (preferably in Tufts host communities of Boston, Grafton, Medford or Somerville) to develop and/or implement the proposed project.
All applications must be submitted electronically to SubstanceUseInitiative@Tufts.edu by 5 pm on March 16, 2020, for funding available July 1, 2020.
Applicants must prepare and convert to PDF as a single attachment with the following components:
A new intramural grant program sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), Tufts Springboard is the next generation of the popular Tufts Collaborates and Tufts Innovates programs. While both Tufts Collaborates and Innovates encouraged the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by underwriting new pilot projects, the goal of Tufts Springboard is to stimulate high impact research, scholarship and educational initiatives that have an explicit plan leading to extramural funding or other outcomes that influence research, scholarship, pedagogical outcomes, and/or policy. Moreover, the Tufts Springboard program aims to further the priorities of the University and its schools and to fortify Tufts’ status as a R1, very-high research activity university.
Applications will be reviewed two times each year—in March and September.
Projects should be built on the applicant’s prior work and lead to a long-term research or scholarship endeavor. The program is not intended for one-off research projects or educational projects.
In addition to providing funding, members of the OVPR will work with awardees prior to the project start date to develop a funding support strategy that best suits the project and individual(s).
Any Tufts faculty or research staff that is actively contributing to scholarship, research, and/or creative work is eligible to apply. All applicants must hold a primary appointment at a Tufts’ School or unit. While Tufts faculty members with a primary appointment at Tufts Medical Center are encouraged to serve as collaborators, they are not eligible to serve as the lead principal investigator.
Full disclosure of current and pending extramural and intramural funding must be included at the time of application. Work associated with the RSSP Priority Area Research Groups will not be funded.
Amount and Duration
The duration of the award is one year. For applications submitted in March, projects will start on July 1, 2020 and will end on June 30, 2021. For applications submitted in September, projects will start on January 1, 2021 and will end on December 31, 2021. All expenditures must be made by the project end date and any unused funds must be returned. No-cost extensions will not be permitted except under special circumstances. The feasibility of completing the proposed work and submission for extramural funding opportunity in one year are key review criteria.
There are three funding tiers.
Funding up to $50,000 may be requested to support large collaborative efforts. Successful applications will identify center or multidisciplinary grants that will bring $1M directly to Tufts. Examples of opportunities that are strongly encouraged for tier 1 funding include: MacArthur 100M & Change; NSF S-STEM, ERC/STC/MRSEC, NRT; NIH (and other federal government) Center of Excellence or SPORE grants (e.g. P50); and NIH program project and training grants (P01; T32).
Additional activities that could be supported by TIER 1 awards include:
Proposal development consulting (proposal coordinator, technical editor, graphic designer, production manager, site visit preparation)
External workshops and external red team reviews
Travel for participating organizations’ researchers
Collaborator travel to site visit
Funding up to $25,000 may be requested to support field-defining and ambitious research projects that will amplify long-term research, scholarship, and educational endeavors. These distinct projects should give rise to activities and events such as major symposia or other events that draw international attention to Tufts as a leader in the field and strongly position investigators to secure extramural funding.
Funding up to $10,000 may be requested to support a range of research, scholarly, and/or pedagogical activities—from developing a new project or curriculum calibrated to a specific program or sponsor, to expanding pilot data to respond to grant application review critiques, or small workshops to developing further research and scholarship. Applications must be accompanied by evidence of potential success (e.g., relevant grant pink sheet scores, or other supporting material that suggests likelihood of next stage success).
Does the proposal position Tufts to secure funding and other vital support? For Tier 1:Is it responding to or targeting a specific RFA?
Does the proposal provide opportunities for cross- or multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and/or translational research, scholarship, and/or educational programming inside and/or outside Tufts?
Does the proposal have potential for field-advancing innovation and societal impact?
Can the activities outlined in the proposal be completed within one year?
Are the resources requested appropriate?
Is the post-completion plan to ensure enduring impact (and sustained financial support) of the work practical and credible?
Research and Scholarship Review Process: Tufts Springboard will utilize a Distributed Peer Review process in which the applicants serve as the reviewers. This process was successfully trialed in the final cycle of Tufts Collaborates and was also used successfully at the NSF and USDA. Each PI must review the proposals submitted by 5-8 of their peers and you will have your application reviewed by the same number of your peers. You will have 30 days to complete the reviews. Failure to submit reviews may result in disqualification.
Educational/Pedagogical Review Process: Funding decisions will be made through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff and based on several criteria, including degree of educational innovation, potential impact on learning by Tufts students, likelihood for sustainability, and viability within departmental, school, and/or programmatic frameworks.
The PI or designate (admin) will be responsible for financially managing the award. Funds will be disbursed to the School/unit where the lead PI is primarily affiliated based on the approved budget. The budget should follow the policies of the University and the applicable School(s). Expenses will be periodically reviewed to ensure allowability of funds and that the project is progressing in a timely manner.
Funds can only be used for the activities or experiments described in the proposal. Re-budgeting can be requested if there are line item reallocations that are necessary to complete the project or will provide a superior result. All funds must be utilized within the project period, any unused funds must be returned. No-cost extensions will not be permitted unless there is strong justification and must be requested 90 days before the project end date. Re-budget and no-cost extension request should be submitted to Springboard@tufts.edu.
Reasonable requests to cover faculty and non-faculty researcher salaries may be made to ensure that investigators can dedicate sufficient time to the project.
Expenditures for course releases are permitted according to School policies and appropriate approvals. Fringe benefits charges for personnel must be included in preparing the project’s budget based on the University’s established rates. Post-doc, technician, and student salaries are allowable expenses.
If core services are required (e.g. sequencing or imaging), preference must be given to Tufts core facilities if those capabilities exist. If funding for outside cores is requested, a justification is required. For a full list of Tufts core facilities please see: https://viceprovost.tufts.edu/core-facilities/
Funds can be requested for equipment if the equipment will be primarily used by Tufts faculty, students, and staff for the proposed activities or experiments described in the proposal. Equipment purchased is property of the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research; transfer of property ownership will be considered at the end of the grant period. Reasonable requests for travel will be permitted.
Generally, the budget may not be used to pay for:
Indirect costs and overhead
Refreshment costs or meals
Student Health Insurance
Salary for collaborators outside of Tufts
The proposal review committee retains the right to veto any budget item it deems unallowable. The receipt of an award may be conditioned on budget modifications.
Awards involving human research participants, biohazards, use of animals, hazardous materials, and radiation sources must be approved through the respective regulatory office in the OVPR.
NB: Tier 1 and Tier 2 awardees must commit to participating in 3 consultations with the OVPR team during the life of the award in addition to a final report and presentation:
Pre-award planning meeting to tailor a support strategy (June / December)
Launch meeting (July / January)
Half-way check-in (Jan / June)
Final report and presentation (Sept / March)
All applications must be submitted electronically via RAS by 5 pm on the submission due date. Submit by March 16, 2020, for funding available July 1, 2020; or on September 16, 2020 for funding available January 1, 2021. Please work with your local research administrator to prepare and submit your proposal in RAS.
In addition to completing the proposal demographic data (PI, collaborators, etc.) and budget document in RAS, applicants must prepare and upload a single PDF attachment to the proposal in RAS with the following components:
Timeline: Give a detailed description of the timeline for the proposed activities. Please include milestones and deliverables.
Practical and credible post-completion plan to ensure enduring impact (and sustained financial support) of the work.
Feasibility of completing the work within the School or unit environment (timeline, space, equipment and other resources available).
Is there cost-share available at the school or unit level?
Details explaining the necessity of each budget item.
Description of each person’s role in the project, percentage of effort, and estimated costs.
List of any in-kind (no cost to the grant) contributions from Tufts central services and any other school or department (e.g. salaries and supplies).
Justify use of non-Tufts service of cores when similar resources are available at Tufts.
Abbreviated CV or NSF/NIH-style Biosketch (no more than five single-spaced pages per collaborator). Include an abbreviated two-page maximum CV or NSF/NIH-style Biosketch for each collaborator.
Letters Committing Support of Collaborators and Service Providers
References/Bibliography. A list of references relevant to the project may be included but is not required.
For your convenience, please use the Tufts Springboard Proposal Template to prepare the above components. Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. Use standard paper size (8 ½” x 11).
The Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Symposium is a 2-day professional conference in Boston, Massachusetts! Sponsored by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). This conference was developed to bring together female oral and maxillofacial surgeons from across the country to discuss career development and personal success in our evolving, but still male-dominated profession. The aim of this conference are to provide a platform to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges faced by female surgeons throughout their career. The conference will be focused on skill building in leadership, conflict management and career development. We have built in time for panel Q&As as well as a networking reception to provide the space for practitioners, trainees and staff to establish lifelong friendships and mentorships.
In addition, the Academy for Academic Leadership is offering the Leadership Essentials for Advanced Program — which is designed to prepare new and incoming directors from advanced dental education programs for the different leadership, administrative, teaching and mentoring challenges they encounter while serving in their roles. The two-day program, presented by experienced past and present program directors, academic executives and leadership consultants, will be held May 7-8 in Atlanta. Accordingly, the Council on Dental Education and Licensure is seeking nominations and sponsoring one director of a Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited advanced dental education program for the workshop. Applications for the LEAP workshop are due March 15. The scholarship will be granted by April. The scholarship will be in the amount of the AAL tuition.
For more information on the ADA CDEL scholarship to the Academy for Academic Leadership, including the complete list of criteria and eligibility requirements, visit ADA.org and search “CDEL LEAP Scholarship.”
Applications for the ADA CDEL tuition scholarship to the Institute for Teaching and Learning are due March 31. Scholarships will be granted by June 18. Each scholarship includes ITL tuition and airfare expenses. For more information on the ADA CDEL tuition scholarship to the Institute for Teaching and Learning, including the complete list of criteria and eligibility requirements, visit ADA.org and search "Dental Educator and Teaching Scholarships from the ADA."
To learn more about the Institute for Teaching and Learning, visit aalgroup.org/itl.