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Office of 
Grant and Research
Development

210 Showalter Hall
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA  99004

Phone:
509 359-6567

Fax
509 359-6693

http://www.ewu.edu/grants

Ruth Galm
Executive Director

Nancy Miller
Director for Post-Award Administration

Kim Crews
Assistant Director for Pre-Award Administration

Tracy Springberry
Associate for Communication & Grant Development

Bonnie Coyle
Grant Project Funding Manager

Audrey Anderson
Grant Project Funding Manager

Lori King 
Grant Project Funding Manager

Gail Potter
Program Coordinator


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Masons have the second highest injury rate in the construction trades.  More than 75% report lower back pain and/or shoulder pain.   Many must leave their jobs when injury makes the trade impossible.
Dan Anton, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, studies ways to improve the lives of these workers.   He is currently conducting a five year research project funded by the Center for Construction Research and Training and the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health on injury reduction for masons.  He is supported by  his colleagues, Ryan Mizner, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and two faculty from the University of Oregon.
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eastern faculty and staff have received over $9 million since July.
 
EWU and Stimulus Funding
 
In the two months since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), otherwise known as the “Stimulus Package”  was signed into law people have been asking how EWU might benefit.  The comprehensive list of opportunities available won’t be complete until early May.  However, the following list highlights some of the grant programs potentially available to Eastern.  
 
If  any of these possibilities intrigue you, please contact Tracy Springberry.  Project development must begin immediately, as the turn around time for specific programs from release of the RFP to deadline will be short. The most detailed and up-to-date information about each federal agency can be found at www.recovery.gov and about Washington state pass through funding at www.recovery.wa.gov.
 
Early Head Start
Administration for Children and Families
EWU’s Early Head Start program will be eligible to receive additional funding for training and technical assistance.
 
Demonstration Program To Integrate Information Technology Into Clinical Education
Health and Human Services
Provides funding to carry out demonstration projects to develop academic curricula integrating certified EHR technology in the clinical education of health professionals.
 
Information Technology Professionals In Health Care
National Science Foundation
These funds will establish or expand medical health informatics education programs, including certification, undergraduate, and masters degree programs, for both health care and information technology students to ensure the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies.  Opportunities exist in computer science, informatics, and health sciences.
 
Professional Science Master’s Program
National Science Foundation
$15 million was allocated for this program to develop a professional science master’s program.  An RFP will be announced this spring.
 
Research Equipment and Infrastructure Funding
National Science Foundation
NSF will hold two equipment competitions this spring: Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction Account (funded at $400 million) and the Academic Research Infrastructure program (funded at $200 million). This funding would be relevant for all STEM departments.  
 
Rural Business Enterprise Grants
US Department of Agriculture
Grants will fund, among other things, “training and technical assistance; distance adult learning for job training and advancement; rural transportation improvement; and project planning.”  This could fund community outreach.
 
Teacher Quality Partnerships
US Department of Education
These grants are intended to make lasting changes in the ways teacher are prepared and supported in their careers.  This funding could be used to strengthen our teacher education program.
 
 
Researching Pain-Free Work
The project explores inexpensive and practical ways to protect the bodies of masons as they lay brick sand blocks.  First the researchers surveyed mason contractors about common strategies to make the work safer.  They then studied several of the most promising methods to determine if the strategies really were less stressful on the masons’ bodies.
Masons regularly lay concrete blocks that can weigh up to 70 pounds.  Typically, an individual sets and lays the blocks, first at ground level, then waist level and finally over their shoulders as the wall grows.  However, on some crews, two masons lift the heavy block in order to protect their backs.  Anton and his fellow researchers wanted to know whether this method made a difference.
In order to figure out the answer scientifically, Mizner, Anton and their student research assistants loaded motion capture cameras and surface electromyography equipment in a van and hauled them to Seattle to the International Masonry Institute, a facility that trains masons.  Motion capture cameras determine where a body is in space and surface electromyography detects how much a person’s muscles work.  Combining the information, the researchers can then tell whether the person is moving in ways that would typically cause injury.
The research challenge was the motion capture cameras.  They are very sensitive and are rarely taken out of the lab because the real world provides too much distracting information. However, Anton and Mizner wanted data from real masons laying actual block, so they decided to see if they could make the cameras work at the Institute.
They painstakingly set up all the equipment, taking special care with the requirements for the camera, and attached sensors to the workers.  Then one mason laid a seven-layer wall with 12” 45 pound blocks.  Afterwards two masons laid a second wall.   To the researchers’ relief, and some surprise, the motion capture cameras worked.  
 
 
Masons lay bricks while attached to sensors to determine stress on body.
The real surprise came later.  The researchers had predicted, as seems intuitive, that the two-person lift would be significantly better for the workers’ bodies.  But after Anton, Mizner and EWU Physical Therapy students analyzed the data, they found that, while this was true at the low and waist level, once the blocks were over the heads of the workers, the one-person lift was easier on the body.  
Now in the last year of the grant, researchers are disseminating the results of these findings and others they discovered during the project. Afterwards Anton will stay busy with another grant he has that funds him to research via print sources the best methods for construction-related injuries and share information over the website, Construction Solutions.  He’s asked all the time though “how long can masons lay brick in a day before they are likely to get injured?”  He’s musing over the possibility of a grant that will answer that question.
 
 
 
EWU policy requires all applications for external funding be approved by the Office of Grant and Research Development prior to submission.
Sensors being attached to mason.
Grant and Contract Awards January to March 2009
Project Director
Dept
Title
Agency
Amt. Funded
Dalla, Ron
ACAF
Transition Math Project
Community Colleges
6,000
Dalla,Ron
ACAF
Improving Teacher Quality Program
WSU
5,400
Emerson, Steve
AHS
Nepple Rd.
Grant County
6,525
Emerson, Steve
AHS
13th Ave Improvement Walla Walla
City of Walla Walla
5,988
Emerson, Steve
AHS
Yakima County Facilities
Yakima County
1,854
Gasseling, Gary
EWU Police
WASPC Traffic Grant
WASPC
1,500
Gough, Stan
AHS
WSPR-Cape Disappointment-CRS
WSPR
6,841
Gough, Stan
AHS
Bonneville Power Administration
DOE
9,486
Gough, Stan
AHS
Safe Routes to School-CRI
City of Walla Walla
11,377
Gough, Stan
AHS
John Wayne Pioneer Trail
WSPR
3,892
Gough, Stan
AHS
Grant County-R-NE Road
Grant County
13,089
Gough, Stan
AHS
Cape Disappointment
WSPR
2,923
Gough, Stan
AHS
Kanasket-Palmer
WSPR
13,965
Gough, Stan
AHS
Grandview Mine CRS
NewFields Co.
10,483
Gough, Stan
AHS
Discovery Playground
City of Spokane Valley
3,840
Gough, Stan
AHS
Cultural Resources Services
WSDOT
54,115
Gough, Stan
AHS
Restoration Work
DFWL
159,816
Gough, Stan
AHS
WSPR On Call Cultural Resource Services
WSPR
18,860
Gough, Stan
AHS
Conconully State Park
WSPR
15,600
Hallett, James
Biology
UCUT- Wildlife Monitoring & Evaluation
UCUT
115,250
Hinch, Virginia
Career Services
WA. Campus Compact-Student in Service Mini Grants
WA Campus Compact
4,000
Jones, Patrick
IPPEA
Dashboard Web Site for Walla Walla & Columbia Counties
Community Council
23,990
Hoss, Mary Ann
URP&HA
Medical Tourism  Phase 1
Regence Group
9,000
Richter, Donald
E&D
Rapid Prototyping Parts-Project 3
Transector Systems
337
Scholz, Allan
Biology
Analysis of fish in the San Poil River
Colville Tribe
88,379
Sieglock, Joetta
DSS
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership
NEA Foundation
5,000
Sola, Carolyn
CFOP
Early Head Start Child Care Center Food Program
OSPI
938
Winchell, D. & Rolland, R.
URP&HA
NW Tribal Technical Assistance-FHWA
DOT
140,000
Winters, Patrick
Music
Spokane Youth Symphony
Spokane Youth Symphony
3,100
 
 
 
 
 
IRB Schedule
 
This quarter Institutional Review Board meetings will be held on  Friday, May 8 and Friday, June 5.  Both are from 1:00 to 3:00 in Showalter room 201.  If full board review is required submit one original and 13 copies of the application to the Grants Office 10 days prior to the meeting.  For exempt or expedited applications, submit one original and two copies at any time.
To Supplant or Supplement...that is the Question
    
With ever-tightening budgets, we are all looking for alternative sources of funding.  In some cases, grant and contract funding may be a solution.  However, most grant funds may only be used to supplement, not supplant, existing funding.  When funds are used to supplement a program, it means they are being added to other existing funds to help better a program or build upon a program.  On the other hand, if funds are used to supplant, they are replacing existing funds.    
        For example, if EWU offers a series of freshman seminars, and a faculty member receives a grant to offer freshman seminars, it would not be appropriate to simply move the existing freshman seminar program to grant funding while using the university funds for another purpose.  What would be appropriate would be to offer an improved and expanded freshman seminar program. The question of supplanting versus supplementing can be confusing.  The Office of Grant & Research Development staff will be glad to assist Project Directors in determining what is appropriate.
 
Banner HR/Payroll Report Training
        Principal investigators and staff who assist with grant management are invited to learn to use common reports including leave balance reports, payroll organization detail activity reports, and position detail listing reports using the discoverer viewers.  Training can be scheduled through the Banner Training scheduler.
 
 
 
2009 Fiscal Year End

Spring is finally here and June 30, 2009 is just around the corner!   With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, the EWU Purchasing Department has set deadlines for processing purchase requisitions in this fiscal year.  If purchases need to be made on your grant prior to June 30, 2009, please be aware of the following dates:

•	Purchasing requisitions up to $3,300 are due by May 29, 2009. 
•	Purchasing requisitions from $3,300 to $46,200 are due by May 8, 2009.

These dates are especially important if you have a grant that ends June 30, 2009.  This is a reminder that all goods must be received on or before June 30, 2009 in order to be eligible for reimbursement on your grant.