From the Office of the Vice President for Research


  1. Research notebookNSF Data Management Plans
  2. FAR System Update
  3. 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship NIST Boulder Announcement
  4. NASA EPSCoR Grant Opportunity
  5. Grant Writing Boot Camp
  6. Research Training Opportunities 


1.     NSF Data Management Plans

Commencing January 2011 the National Science Foundation (NSF) is requiring that all proposals include supplementary Data Management Plans of no more than two pages in length. These plans may address:

  1. The types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project
  2. The standards (where adequate) to be used for data and metadata format and content
  3. Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements
  4. Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives
  5. Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them

During spring semester, the Marriott Library Data Curation and Preservation Working Group is interested in collaborating with a small pilot group of faculty in the development of these plans for upcoming proposals. Of particular interest is jointly forging strategies for long-term data preservation, curation, and access after the grant performance period ends.

For more information, interested faculty should contact a working group co-chair, Daureen Nesdill (801-585-5975) or Steve Corbato (801-585-9464).

Click here for the NSF Data Management Plan Requirements webpage.

2.     FAR System Update

Dear FAR Administrators,

UIT has released an update to the Faculty Activity Report system. Based on feedback from colleges, departments, and faculty members, several enhancements have been made just in time for the 2010 FAR submission period (February – March for most colleges).

Enhancements include:

  • Separation of presentations from the publications section
  • Duplicate publications checker
  • New Research Groups section
    • Separation of sponsored research and proposals from non-sponsored research and proposals
    • New Upload Biosketch and Upload Research Nuggets features
      • Adjustable FAR reporting year – stay with the default Jan 1 – Dec 31 year, or change start and end dates according to your college’s annual merit review schedule
    • More URL fields to link entries to relevant Web sites
    • International and interdisciplinary flags
    • USpace (Institutional Repository) submission checkbox for publications


As a reminder, in September we released an administrative self-service feature enabling FAR administrators to log in and adjust FAR settings including due dates, department/college proxy assignments, etc. Self Service now has additional features, such as adjusting how often you receive submission notification emails.

Finally, the Aggregate Reports tool is currently unavailable as it undergoes an upgrade to reflect the changes made to the FAR. Should you require aggregate data for your department or college before the tool is restored, please contact Cassandra Van Buren (801-585-3918) for assistance.

3.     2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship NIST Boulder announcement

Dear Colleague: 

Your school is invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, engineering, and mathematics. This letter contains information about the program at NISTs Boulder, Colorado, campus. A similar program exists at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus.

Applications for participation in the SURF NIST Boulder program are accepted only from colleges or universities and not from individual students or faculty. We invite your office of sponsored programs or grants office to prepare a single proposal to the SURF NIST Boulder program. (A separate proposal would be required for NIST Gaithersburg.) This proposal will include a portion completed by an institutional representative and a set of materials provided by each student applicant. Please visit the Web site below for detailed application information.

Application due date: Feb. 15, 2011 (5:00 p.m. MST)
Students applying to the SURF NIST Boulder program will be matched to opportunities in the Boulder divisions:

  • Optoelectronics
  • Quantum Electrical Metrology
  • Electromagnetics
  • Thermophysical Properties
  • Time and Frequency
  • Quantum Physics
  • Materials Reliability
  • Mathematical and Computational Sciences

The student application form allows students to indicate the opportunities in which they are most interested. We will have positions for up to 20 students. Top ranked students will be matched to opportunities according to the student’s preferences and research interests. The SURF NIST Boulder program will run from May 23 through Aug. 5, 2011 with adjustments made to accommodate students on an academic quarter system.

Please circulate the information about this program to other appropriate academic departments and administrative staff at your institution. We encourage you to print and post our information poster. You may also download our poster from our Web site, given below.

Further information and application materials may be found online at SURF NIST Boulder and SURF NIST Gaithersburg.

Sincerely yours,
Joe Magee
NIST Thermophysical Properties Division   

Matt Pufall and Mitch Wallis
NIST Electromagnetics Division

4.     NASA EPSCoR Grant Opportunity

The NASA EPSCoR Grant Opportunity has been added to the Limited Submission Application system within the Campus Information System. You can find the Request for Proposals here . The optional Letter of Intent is due January 28, with the Full Application deadline of March 11. If you need assistance throughout the application process, please contact Vicki Alvey (801-581-7236).


5.     Grant Writing Boot Camp

April 29 – May 1, 2011

The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort

Park City, Utah

Experienced University of Utah faculty will provide individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective grant proposal writing, how to sell your idea to a sponsoring agency, how to develop specific aims and justifications, and the political and social aspects of “grantsmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the workshop, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding.  The $795 registration fee includes two nights lodging at Deer Valley Lodges, use of recreational facilities, and most meals.  Immediate family members are welcome to accompany the participant at no additional charge.  Attendance is highly limited and we encourage you to reserve your place no later than January 28, 2011.  To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492), Director of Research Education.

The “Grant Writing Boot Camp” is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

6.     Research Training Opportunities

The Research Administration Training Series (RATS) offers several opportunities to assist faculty and staff in the management of research activities, to identify funding sources and develop grant proposals, and to comply with sponsor requirements for the responsible conduct of research (RCR).  All members of the University research community are invited to attend individual classes or to earn a Certificate of Achievement in any of five specialized tracks of study: Pre-Award, Post-Award, Clinical Research, Research Investigator and RCR.  There is no cost to participate.  To register for classes, or for more information about research education and training opportunities, please visit RATS online or contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492), Director of Research Education.

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