- Mentoring Topic of the Month
- PI Planning Tool Now Live
- Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos
- NSF New IGERT Program
- 3rd Annual Science Filmmaking Workshop
- Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
- Grant Writing Crash Course
- Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
- Research News & Publicizing Research
1. Mentoring Topic of the Month
The end of semester is a super busy time! But summer is right around the corner, and summer is often the most productive research ‘season’ on campus. Start thinking now about what you would like your graduate students to be able to accomplish over the summer. Helping to plan what should be done and just as important what should NOT be done will make a big difference in your students’ summer success. Since your students’ success is your success, developing great practices in graduate student mentoring will pay big dividends throughout your career.
So, this month’s topic is devoted to Best Practices in Graduate Student Mentoring. David Kieda, dean of the Graduate School, has provided some very good advice, resources and recommendations. Please take a moment to read through these ideas, and think about them with others in your department. They will help you plan and execute an excellent research summer … and beyond.
2. PI Planning Tool Now Live
The PI Budget Planning Tool is an application that will be delivered in a series of releases that will increase in feature and function over time. The initial prototype is based on the budget management report that has been modified to include forecasting capabilities at the accounting line level for all years of the project. The PI Budget Planning Tool is now live. You can find the link here. Please test this out and/or have someone who routinely handles post award finances check it out and see what you think. This link is live and anyone who has access to the management report for a project can access the planning tool for that project too. For more information on the PI Planning Tool, please visit this site.
3. Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos
Want to let others know what great research you are doing related to sex and gender differences? Volunteer to be videoed like several of your peers – check out this for a sample of how you could communicate your important research to others! Contact Jean Shipman or 801-581-8771 to arrange a free video appointment.
4. NSF New IGERT program
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is a new NSF graduate education initiative that will be replacing the Integrated Graduate Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme – Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme. In either case, proposals should identify the alignment of project research themes with national research priorities and the need for innovative approaches to train graduate students in those areas. NRT projects should develop evidence-based, sustainable approaches and practices that substantially improve STEM graduate education for NRT trainees and for STEM graduate students broadly at an institution. NRT emphasizes the development of competencies for both research and research-related careers. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, museums and academic partners that enhance research quality and impacts and that facilitate development of technical and transferrable professional skills are encouraged. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals accordingly are expected to describe how institutions will support the continuation and institutional-level scaling of effective training elements after award closure. For questions about the NRT program, contact Keith Roper or (703) 292-8769.
The NSF Research Traineeship program allows only two proposals per university. If you are interested in applying, please fill out a limited submission application. For questions regarding limited submissions, contact Melissa Johanson or 581-7236.
5. 3rd Annual Science Filmmaking Workshop
The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Science Filmmaking Workshop May 5-9, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the University of Utah. This intensive workshop, taught by two National Geographic documentary filmmakers, provides effective tools and training for faculty, staff, students and other community members who wish to use the medium of film to disseminate scientific and/or mathematic information. Visit the CSME website or see this flyer for more information!
To register for the workshop, please fill out our online form and make your final payment at least two weeks before the event.
6. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
Limited Submission Opportunities
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program
Internal Deadline: May 6, 2014
External Funding Opportunities
Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2014 (ROSES-2014)
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2014
7. Grant Writing Crash Course
October 10-12, 2014
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah
Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars!
Using a unique and proven method to learn how to write a fundable proposal, the Grant Writing Crash Course provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah faculty grant writers. Participants complete a series of short exercises prior to the Grant Writing Crash Course, drafting text that will be refined and assembled under the guidance of faculty mentors into critical sections of their proposal. Several essential topics are covered in focused brief lectures and discussions, including the strategies and mechanics of effective proposal writing, how to sell your project (and yourself as Principal Investigator) to a sponsoring agency, the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your proposal, pitfalls to avoid in grant writing, how to develop aims and justifications, the ins and outs of major funding agencies, and the political, social, and psychological aspects of “grantsmanship.” Focused, intensive work sessions provide participants with ample uninterrupted time to craft and recraft their thinking, writing and presentation based on real-time constructive feedback from faculty mentors, enhancing their proposals and increasing the likelihood of their success.
Attendance is highly limited. Registration fees for the October program include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse or partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your Department Chair or Research Dean.
The Grant Writing Crash Course program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and are led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.
8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Tuesday, April 15, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110
Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Wednesday, April 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730
Patent and Trademark Searching
Thursday, April 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515B
Mandatory Effort Reporting Training
Tuesday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110
Purchasing and Procurement
Wednesday, April 23, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730
Source Documentation for Clinical Data Management
Thursday, April 24, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730
Establishing an Umbrella IRB Application for Secondary Data Analyses
Tuesday, April 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
HSEB, RM. 3515D
Introduction to ClinicalTrials.Gov
Tuesday, April 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730
9. Research News & Publicizing Research
Interested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news. If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how to, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.