MOD Offers Flexible Application Deadlines

July 1, 2008

The March of Dimes has kindly agreed to accommodate University of Iowa investigators who, due to the flood emergency, will be unable to meet their original submission deadlines. Those in need of a deadline extension should contact Debbi Bailey-Graff, Director of Grants Administration – – as soon as possible, please.


University of Iowa investigators are also welcome to contact Linda Meyer in the UI’s Division of Sponsored Programs – or 335-2129 — if the DSP can help in any way.


Muscular Dystrophy Association Offers Deadline Extension

June 30, 2008

Karen Mashburn, MDA Grants Manager, has invited UI applicants to contact her if, due to the flood emergency, they are unable to meet the original, July 15 application deadline. Dr. Mashburn will work with each applicant on an individual basis to decide an extended deadline and procedure. If you’re in need of the deadline extension, please contact Dr. Mashburn immediately at


University of Iowa applicants are also welcome to contact Linda Meyer in the UI Division of Sponsored Programs —, 335-2129 — if the DSP can assist in any way.


ADA Offers Short Deadline Extension

June 30, 2008

Due to the University of Iowa’s emergency flood situation, the American Diabetes Association is offering a short deadline extension for UI investigators preparing submissions for the July 2008 application cycle: The July 15 deadline has been extended to July 18. Those in need of this extension should e-mail Magda Galindo with the ADA Research Programs office — — as soon as possible, so that Dr. Galindo can know who requires the extension and how many applications to expect.


University of Iowa applicants are welcome to contact Linda Meyer in the UI Division of Sponsored Programs —, 335-2129 — if the DSP can assist in any way.

NSF Researchers at the UI: Flood-Related Information

June 20, 2008


The National Science Foundation is awaiting guidance from the federal Office of Management & Budget (OMB) to determine the types of flexibility that may be granted to UI’s NSF-funded researchers affected by the 2008 flood.  During the Katrina disaster, federal research agencies worked closely with OMB to identify a set of flexibilities for disasters of a long-term duration, dealing with (1) charging salaries to grants, (2) ongoing non-salary expenses, (3) reporting deadlines, etc.   The NSF Policy Office will be in touch with the UI when it has received more information from the OMB. 



If you feel that you need additional time to meet a specific NSF deadline or target date, contact your NSF Program Officer ( via e-mail and include the following information: (1) What NSF program you are applying to, (2) How the flood has affected your research (lab access denied; personnel disruptions, etc.), (3) How much additional time past the listed deadline/target date you will need as a result of the flood disruptions.  Obtain an e-mail reply from the NSF Program Officer and place this e-mail in the “Deviation Authorization” section of your NSF FASTLANE proposal.  Contact  (319-335-2108), if your extension request is refused by NSF, or if you have any questions.


Additional funding information titled “Resources for Recovery from Flood Disaster” can be found in the Grant Bulletin at:

Limit Chemical Fume Hood Use

June 18, 2008

Chemical fume hoods, critical to research, are major energy consumers. To help attenuate the current energy shortage expected to continue throughout the summer due to the shutdown of the Power Plant, the campus’ 950 operating fume hoods will require active management by departments and individual users. Fume hood energy consumption will be reduced using the following methods:

     Unnecessary fume hoods should be shut down.

     Fume hood sashes should be kept in closed positions when hood is not in use (sashes will be labeled to remind users to keep the systems closed).

     Where possible, hoods should be shared to reduce hood usage by 50%.

     Departments and users will be contacted by Facilities Maintenance and/or Health Protection Office personnel regarding fume hood use; additional guidance for fume hood intensive buildings such as Chemistry, Med Labs and BSB will be received from CLAS and CCOM.

     Hoods should be routinely monitored by departments and laboratory operations to ensure reduced energy consumption is occurring.

 Full restoration of normal service will not occur until early fall. Please note east campus and west campus systems are separate. If you have questions, please contact the Work Control Center or the Health Protection Office at 5-8501.

NIH Notified of UI Flooding Situation

June 16, 2008

The National Institutes of Health has been informed of the heavy flooding experienced across the State of Iowa and its specific impact on The University of Iowa, and has acknowledged that we may have problems in submitting grant applications due to the disruption in UI activities.


The NIH published a notice in the NIH Guide indicating that late submissions due to flood-related delays will be considered, provided they include a cover letter of explanation. Late submissions will not require advance permission from the NIH, but delays in submission are generally not expected to extend beyond the period the UI remains closed due to flooding. The full NIH announcement is available at


The Office of the Director also forwarded a list of UI actively funded research projects to each of its Institutes and Centers. While NIH does not offer a standard, uniform response to such situations, addressing each situation individually, we have every reason to believe our NIH-funded researchers can expect some flexibility as they seek new accommodations and resume their research projects.


The Division of Sponsored Programs will be in continuous communication with NIH staff and our research community, relaying additional information as damage from the flood is assessed and addressed. 


CDC Accepts Late Applications

June 15, 2008

The Centers for Disease Control has indicated that late submissions due to flood-related delays will be accepted from the University of Iowa, provided that the CDC is notified in advance.  Delays in submission are generally not expected to extend beyond the period the UI remains closed due to flooding.


Individuals needing an extension to upcoming CDC deadlines should contact Jennifer Lassner (335-3710) in the Division of Sponsored Programs.