Info for Researchers

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. REDCap Support
  2. Patent Databases
  3. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  5. Grant Writing Crash Course
  6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  7. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. REDCap Support

REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Using REDCap’s stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using 1) the online method from your web browser using the Online Designer; and/or 2) the offline method by constructing a ‘data dictionary’ template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap. Both surveys and databases (or a mixture of the two) can be built using these methods. If you have questions about REDCap, there are several videos and a Help & FAQ tab on its main page. There are also detailed descriptions for some of the most requested tasks available here.

Presentations about REDCap and it’s place as a research tool are given frequently. If you are a group, department etc. that would be interested in a presentation, you can contact Bernie LaSalle at 801-213-4093. You can also contact the main Biomedical Informatics Core (BMIC) at 801-587-8001 or the REDCap Manager, Mei Xue at 801-581-6442.

2. Patent Databases

Are you a campus researcher or PI? Have your students, staff, or assistants asked for suggestions for post-graduation employment or additional research opportunities? Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify future employers or research collaborators? Contact Dave Morrison in the Marriott Library to learn strategies to search patent databases for your students’ areas of research, and to learn shortcuts to identify, sort, and manage organizational information within the patent databases to provide you with further collaborative research or employment opportunities.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email at dave.morrison@utah.edu or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here. 

3. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Finding funding is one of a researcher’s biggest thoughts and concerns.

Here are a few questions sometimes asked about developing a research strategy and finding funding:

  • Where do people in my discipline commonly find funding?
  • Are there other creative places my work might be funded? Is there funding specific to an application of your idea rather than just the idea itself? What about foundations or corporations?
  • How many grants should I write? Should they be ‘big grants’ or smaller ones?
  • How can I find collaborators? How can I decide if I should be the PI or the coPI on these grants?
  • Should I start with a good idea, and then find funding that may or may not match it perfectly, or should I start with a good source of funding (an upcoming deadline, for instance), and then think of a good idea that matches that funding really well?

Here are resources available at the U:

  • Office of Sponsored Projects: Grants Lifecycle
  • Generate Your Idea: Creativity tools. Resources available on campus for finding facilities, equipment, and research databases, collaborators.
  • Find Funding: Information on federal agencies, foundations, corporations, etc. that sponsor research. Special opportunities for New Investigators. Internal (seed) grant programs. SciVal funding search tool.
  • Research Administration Training Series (RATS): includes finding funding, writing grants, etc.
  • My Research Assistant: Can’t find something? Don’t know whom to ask? Need help? Ask MyRA!

To Do:

  • First, please give us feedback! Feedback 1 We want to know if you contacted your mentor/mentee last month, how this online mentoring backbone is working for you, and any special questions you might like to see addressed that aren’t already in our list.
  • Plan your short and long term research strategy.
  • Talk with your mentor/mentee about it.
  • Sign up for SciVal funding search tool, if you haven’t already.
  • Sign up to receive Research Updates from the Vice President for Research. (If you are a currently funded PI, you will receive these automatically.)

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Energy Frontier Research Centers
Internal Deadline: October 16, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013

NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013

NIH Director’s New Innovation Program
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2013

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Records for Life Contest
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Explorations
Submission Deadline: November 12, 2013

The Role of Environmental Exposures in the Development of Autoimmune Disease
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2013

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Breast Cancer Research Program: Breakthrough Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

DoD Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
White Papers: October 15, 2013
Full Proposal: December 16, 2013

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
Letter of Intent Due Date: December 31, 2013
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

5. 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.

To register for the October 2014 program, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director, Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu.



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.

6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Data and Safety Monitoring: Plans, Boards & Committees
Tuesday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Mentoring for Fund and Profit
Wednesday, October 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Utah Population Database: Use of Pre-Research Query Tool
Thursday, October 17, 10:00-12:00n
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Institutional Review Board and Human Subject Research
Thursday, October 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Grant-Writing Workshop: Community-Based Participatory Research
Monday, October 21, 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Tuesday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB , Rm. 1750

Intro. To Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Wednesday, October 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources Session
Wednesday, October 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Utah Population Database: Access & Approval for Research Projects
Thursday, October 24, 10:00-12:00n.
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Registries, Databases and Secondary Data Analyses in Human Subject Research
Thursday, October 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities

Monday, October 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Troubleshooting Tissue Banking Issues
Tuesday, October 29, 10:00-12:00n.
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Tuesday, October 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grants Management Essentials
Wednesday, October 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Basics of Good Clinical Practices
Thursday, October 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Research Participants and the Informed Consent Process

Monday, November 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Effective Negotiation in Research: The Art of Advocacy and Agreement
Tuesday, November 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Thursday, November 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership

Monday, November 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Budget Preparation and Development

Tuesday, November 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

7. 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.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
  2. Research and Pharmaceutical Materials Stored in Cooling Units-An Ounce of Prevention
  3. Federal F&A Cost Study Information Sessions
  4. Interested in Translational Research Funding?
  5. Patent Databases
  6. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  8. Grant Writing Crash Course
  9. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  10. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

The University of Utah has now joined the Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU) group. This provides many opportunities for graduate student and postdoc fellowships, faculty/student/post doc research experiences, sabbaticals and internships. ORAU administers these programs for a variety of federal agencies including DOD (AF, Navy, Army, etc.), NASA, national labs, etc. so you can find a wide variety of opportunities here in business, engineering, science, life/health/medical science, communication & graphics design, earth/environmental/marine science, math, physical science, social & behavioral science. See ORAU’s website for faculty and student programs. There also is a searchable database of programs. Please check out these programs.

2. Research and Pharmaceutical Materials Stored in Cooling Units-An Ounce of Prevention

In the February 4, 1736 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin famously said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and then offered some fire prevention tips so that “at midnight, when your stairs being in flames, you [are not] forced to leap out of your windows and hazard your necks to avoid being oven-roasted.”

If you store research or pharmaceutical materials in a freezer or refrigerator, it is imperative that you take action to prevent losses due to equipment malfunctions or power outages. Please be aware that insurance coverage is very limited (past recoveries have been for a fraction of estimated values), and the University’s insurers will deny your claim entirely if you haven’t complied with their requirements. Requirements include installation and use of auto-dial alarms, contingency plans, regular inspections, and reporting the value of each unit’s contents to the Risk and Insurance Management Department at least annually.

For more information, including a comprehensive list of loss prevention protocols see the U Risk & Insurance Management website here or call 581-5590.

3. Federal F&A Cost Study Information Sessions

This is an overview of the University’s current efforts to renegotiate new F&A (Facilities & Administrative) rates with the federal government. Please see the announcement here.

4. Interested in Translational Research Funding?

Is your research ready to move from basic science to a more translational/commercial level? Check out this new page on OSP to help you find funding to get there. We’ve just added information on various bid mechanisms for federal and commercial entities, that are used for more translational research efforts. This may be of particular interest to post docs, research professors, and faculty teams who are interested in moving beyond the bench and into practice. We have several resources and centers on campus already working in this realm, also linked on this page.

5. Patent Databases

Are you a campus researcher or PI? Have your students, staff, or assistants asked for suggestions for post-graduation employment or additional research opportunities? Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify future employers or research collaborators? Contact Dave Morrison in the Marriott Library to learn strategies to search patent databases for your students’ areas of research, and to learn shortcuts to identify, sort, and manage organizational information within the patent databases to provide you with further collaborative research or employment opportunities.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email at dave.morrison@utah.edu or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here.

6. Mentoring Topic of the Month

A faculty career is challenging, rewarding, and interesting. There are many different paths to a great faculty career that depend on many things — discipline and areas of interest, your department/college/university and the expectations, collaborations, and opportunities available locally/nationally/internationally, plus personal preference and how you creatively take advantage of (and create!) opportunities for your work. Mentors — people who have experience with various aspects of a professional career — can be very helpful to share, talk, think through, and challenge ideas, and to provide supportive camaraderie and suggestions throughout your career.

How do you find good mentors? How can you become a great mentor? What do you want from your mentoring relationship? And once you have found a prospective mentor, how / when / how often will you contact your mentor / mentee, and what do you want to talk about?

Check out the UofU Research Mentoring Website, which talks about mentoring in general and how to get / give great mentoring.

In addition, it is meant to help raise good mentoring questions. Once a month both you and a mentor(s) will receive an email with a suggested topic, online resources, and common questions to get you started. So start here!

Step 1: Figure out what you want to know. Make a list of all of the things you wish you could talk with a mentor about today. Think about what you need to know today, this year, and for the next 5-7 years. Some common questions about an early faculty career revolve around tenure, which is based on teaching, research, and service.

Step 2: Find resources to help you think about your questions. It is always better to sit down having already thought about and learned much of the common and available information related to your questions. This way, you can discuss more specific aspects related to your specific work and career.

Some UofU resources:
Department / College Resources: Ask your departmental admin, chair, etc. what information is available for faculty in your department. This should include information on the RPT process specific to your department or college. Here is the university link to the Office for Faculty.
Research Resources:
o UofU Office of Sponsored Projects provides a centralized resource for information for faculty on sponsored research at the U. Especially check out the New Faculty resources, the Grants Life Cycle and Faculty Resources.
o The VP for Research Office administers and supports sponsored research on campus. Also look here for internal research funds.
o My Research Assistant: Can’t find something? Don’t know whom to ask? Need help? Ask MyRA!
Teaching Resources:
o Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
o Teaching and Learning Technologies

Step 3: NOW find mentors for various aspects of your career. Most professionals have multiple mentors at any given time, and these mentors may change throughout your career.
Talk with your department chair or college research dean about finding an initial mentor(s) to help you get started.

Step 4: Make contact! It is usually up to the mentee to make contact with the mentor and ask for advice. If you department has a set method of identifying and assigning mentors, start there. But do not feel constrained to one assigned mentor. It is up to you to find people with the skills you would like to emulate and ask them for advice as you want and need it throughout your career.

Step 5: Sign up: The UofU Online Mentoring Back Bone is one way to provide resources and generate discussion between mentors and mentees on campus. Email askVPR@utah.edu to join. Include the Mentee & Mentor(s) names, departments, emails, and the stage (first year assistant professor, tenure track, for instance) of the mentee. You will each then be added as a ‘student’ (both mentors and mentees) to this canvas course, and you will all be emailed a monthly suggestion for a topic of discussion. It will then be up to you to get together (over lunch perhaps?) and make contact.

7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientist
Deadline: October 1, 2013

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (U19)
Deadline: October 2, 2013

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Deadline: October 10, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
Whitehall Foundation
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

Beckman Young Investigator Program
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

ACLS Fellowship
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013

NIH Director’s New Innovation Program
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2013

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Records for Life Contest
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Explorations
Submission Deadline: November 12, 2013

The Role of Environmental Exposures in the Development of Autoimmune Disease
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2013

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Breast Cancer Research Program: Breakthrough Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

DoD Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
White Papers: October 15, 2013
Full Proposal: December 16, 2013

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
Letter of Intent Due Date: December 31, 2013
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

8. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
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 amply 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 include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse/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. To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu.

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

9. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Introduction to Research Integrity

Tuesday, October 1 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)

Wednesday, October 2 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, October 3 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches

Tuesday, October 8 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Wednesday, October 9 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, October 9 3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Rm. 117

Utah Population Database: Introduction and Overview

Thursday, October 10 10:00 a.m.-12:00n
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IBC

Thursday, October 10 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

10. 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.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Deadline Extended for MRSEC Seed Grant Program
  2. CHPC Leadership Transition
  3. Patent Databases
  4. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  6. Grant Writing Crash Course
  7. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  8. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Deadline Extended for MRSEC Seed Grant Program

The Executive Committee of the Utah MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) is pleased to announce the continuation of the MRSEC Seed Grant Program at the University of Utah. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2013 cycle. Instructions for the application are attached here, and also can be retrieved from the MRSEC web site

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee at mrsec@eng.utah.edu.

The application deadline has changed to Sept. 23, 2013.

This program was created as a part of the MRSEC sponsored by the NSF, USTAR, and the University of Utah, in response to the following NSF instructions:

“Seed funding: NSF intends to provide flexibility for the center to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities, and pursue high risk/high impact and transformative research. These may include (but are not limited to): seed support for junior faculty and for investigators changing fields; emerging areas of interdisciplinary research; programs to link the university effort in materials with industry, national laboratories, and other sectors; the development of tools and cyber infrastructure for remote access to instrumentation; and innovative interdisciplinary educational ventures.”

Seed funding through the MRSEC is not intended to provide a substitute for individual investigator funding from extramural agencies. Successful applicants are expected to use the results generated by seed funding to pursue extramural funding.

The MRSEC Seed Grant Program will support new basic and translational studies in all areas of materials research. The emphasis of this program is on developing new research directions that can either be integrated into one of the two existing Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)or developed into a third independent IRG. The two existing IRGs are focused on (i) Plasmonics, and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Applications should not have overlap with existing extramural research grants. The award can be up to $30,000 for an individual PI, although additional funding (up to a total of $50,000) may be considered for a proposal with two or more PIs. Funding is for one year with the possibility (on rare occasions) of extension for a second year of support. Only one application per faculty member as a PI or co-PI is permitted.

2. CHPS Leadership Transition

After over twenty years of leading the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the University of Utah, Julio Facelli will step down as director of the Center, effective October 1, 2013, in order to focus on his administrative and research responsibilities in the Health Sciences Center. He will remain professor and vice chair in the department of Biomedical Informatics. In addition, he will continue to serve as director of the Biomedical Informatics core within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).

Under Prof. Facelli’s leadership, CHPC has played a critical role in providing advanced computational services to a number of researchers across campus. Major research projects supported include the CCTS, the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, the Flux network and systems research group in the School of Computing, the Utah Genome Project, and the Utah/Wyoming EPSCoR CI-WATER project. Notably, CHPC’s reputation for service and its collaborative approach have assisted in attracting many leading computational science and engineering faculty members to the University. From 2003 to 2004, Prof. Facelli chaired the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), the national affinity group of over seventy campus high performance computing centers. His long affiliation with CHPC will continue as a research user of CHPC’s services and in a new role as senior scientific advisor.

Dr. Steve Corbató, the University’s deputy chief information officer, will serve as the interim director of CHPC until the permanent director is named. He has an extensive background in experimental astrophysics, advanced networking, and research cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Corbató holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the School of Computing and also serves as an active NSF principal investigator, reviewer, and advisor. Concurrently, Corbató and Prof. Thomas Cheatham of Medicinal Chemistry are co-chairing a CHPC futures subcommittee of the Research Portfolio within the new campus information technology governance structure.

3. Patent Databases

Are you a campus researcher or PI? Have your students, staff, or assistants asked for suggestions for post-graduation employment or additional research opportunities? Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify future employers or research collaborators? Contact Dave Morrison in the Marriott Library to learn strategies to search patent databases for your students’ areas of research, and to learn shortcuts to identify, sort, and manage organizational information within the patent databases to provide you with further collaborative research or employment opportunities.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email at dave.morrison@utah.edu or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here.

4. Mentoring Topic of the Month

A faculty career is challenging, rewarding, and interesting. There are many different paths to a great faculty career that depend on many things — discipline and areas of interest, your department/college/university and the expectations, collaborations, and opportunities available locally/nationally/internationally, plus personal preference and how you creatively take advantage of (and create!) opportunities for your work. Mentors — people who have experience with various aspects of a professional career — can be very helpful to share, talk, think through, and challenge ideas, and to provide supportive camaraderie and suggestions throughout your career.

How do you find good mentors? How can you become a great mentor? What do you want from your mentoring relationship? And once you have found a prospective mentor, how / when / how often will you contact your mentor / mentee, and what do you want to talk about?

Check out the UofU Research Mentoring Website, which talks about mentoring in general and how to get / give great mentoring.

In addition, it is meant to help raise good mentoring questions. Once a month both you and a mentor(s) will receive an email with a suggested topic, online resources, and common questions to get you started. So start here!

Step 1: Figure out what you want to know. Make a list of all of the things you wish you could talk with a mentor about today. Think about what you need to know today, this year, and for the next 5-7 years. Some common questions about an early faculty career revolve around tenure, which is based on teaching, research, and service.

Step 2: Find resources to help you think about your questions. It is always better to sit down having already thought about and learned much of the common and available information related to your questions. This way, you can discuss more specific aspects related to your specific work and career.

Some UofU resources:
Department / College Resources: Ask your departmental admin, chair, etc. what information is available for faculty in your department. This should include information on the RPT process specific to your department or college. Here is the university link to the Office for Faculty.
Research Resources:
o UofU Office of Sponsored Projects provides a centralized resource for information for faculty on sponsored research at the U. Especially check out the New Faculty resources, the Grants Life Cycle and Faculty Resources.
o The VP for Research Office administers and supports sponsored research on campus. Also look here for internal research funds.
o My Research Assistant: Can’t find something? Don’t know whom to ask? Need help? Ask MyRA!
Teaching Resources:
o Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
o Teaching and Learning Technologies

Step 3: NOW find mentors for various aspects of your career. Most professionals have multiple mentors at any given time, and these mentors may change throughout your career.
Talk with your department chair or college research dean about finding an initial mentor(s) to help you get started.

Step 4: Make contact! It is usually up to the mentee to make contact with the mentor and ask for advice. If you department has a set method of identifying and assigning mentors, start there. But do not feel constrained to one assigned mentor. It is up to you to find people with the skills you would like to emulate and ask them for advice as you want and need it throughout your career.

Step 5: Sign up: The UofU Online Mentoring Back Bone is one way to provide resources and generate discussion between mentors and mentees on campus. Email askVPR@utah.edu to join. Include the Mentee & Mentor(s) names, departments, emails, and the stage (first year assistant professor, tenure track, for instance) of the mentee. You will each then be added as a ‘student’ (both mentors and mentees) to this canvas course, and you will all be emailed a monthly suggestion for a topic of discussion. It will then be up to you to get together (over lunch perhaps?) and make contact.

5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Microsoft PhD Fellowship Program
Deadline: September 23, 2013

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientist
Deadline: October 1, 2013

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (U19)
Deadline: October 2, 2013

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Air Quality Program Seed Grant Funding Opportunity
The Program for Air Quality, Health and Society is pleased to announce the availability of seed grant funding.

Funding is available at two levels: up to $25,000 and up to $50,000. Awards at the $50,000 will only be considered for proposals involving significant contributions from two or more faculty.

Applications are due on September 16th, 2013.

Complete details can be found here.

External Funding Opportunities
Whitehall Foundation
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

Beckman Young Investigator Program
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

ACLS Fellowship
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013

NIH Director’s New Innovation Program
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2013

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Records for Life Contest
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Grand Challenges: Explorations
Submission Deadline: November 12, 2013

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Breast Cancer Research Program: Breakthrough Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

6. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
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 amply 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 include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse/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. To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu .

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

7. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Tuesday, September 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Thursday, September 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Consent Document Simplification
Tuesday, September 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515D


Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety and Radiological Health

Tuesday, September 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm.1750

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Tuesday, September 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Introduction to Clinical Trials.gov
Wednesday September 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Post-Award Session
Wednesday, September 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Rm. 117

Tissue Banking in Research
Thursday, September 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to Research Integrity
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

8. 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..

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Grant Writing Help for Large Grants
  2. NSF Career-Life Balance Program
  3. Patent Databases
  4. NASA Request for Information
  5. NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation Systems (NSPIRES) Overview
  6. NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology
  7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  8. Grant Writing Crash Course
  9. Research Education
  10. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  11. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Grant Writing Help for Large Grants

The Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) provides support for groups of faculty interested in writing large, collaborative proposals. We have two excellent Grant Officers – Elizabeth Johnson and Dawn Thorn – who are very experienced and successful with a variety of grant types, programs, and agencies. Over $82M in grants have been awarded, with a remarkable success rate of 37%.

Recent wins in this program include:
• PSAAP II, Philip Smith – $22,222,222 – NNSA
• CDE3M Collaborative Research Alliance, Martin Berzins – $14,898,111 – U.S. Army Research Laboratory
• Center of Excellence for Materials Research and Innovation, Anil Virkar – $12,000,000 plus $6.5M in USTAR Support – NSF
• EPSCoR Track 2, Steve Corbato – $6,000,000 – NSF
• Innovative Geothermal Heat Recovery, Joe Moore – $5,000,000 – Department of Energy
• 2 MRI’s, Gabriel Bowen & Robert Ricci – $4,527,818, NSF
• Primary Care Redesign, Michael Magill – $2,984,096 – Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
• Integrative Signaling Models to Decipher Complex Cancer Phenotypes, Andrea Bild – $2,755,042 – NIH/NCI
• Contraceptive Clinical Network, David Turok – $2,625,829 – NICHD
• Extending Campus Networks, Steve Corbato – $1,176,470 – NSF
• Limb Loading Sensors, Erik Kubiak – $1,054,656 – CDMRP
• Geochemistry, Joe Moore – $999,654 – Department of Energy
• IBSS: Spatial and Age Changes, Elizabeth Cashdan – $999,868, NSF
• Developing Methods for High-res measurements of Enveloped Virus Budding, Saveez Saffarian – $721,526 – NSF

To find out more about this program, click here

2. NSF Career-Life Balance Program

Please see the announcement with the newest addition to the NSF career-life balance program. To see the announcement, click here.

3. Patent Databases

Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify research organizations or companies that might want to collaborate with you in your areas of technical research? The patent databases will let you find the U.S. Patent Classifications for your areas of research, then you can sort by names of organizations and companies who own the patent rights and licensed them from the original inventors. Leaving you with a handy list for collaborative research or licensing opportunities.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email at dave.morrison@utah.edu or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here

4. NASA Request for Information

A RFI has been issued in FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES for a new prize competition being considered by NASA. As currently envisioned the Extreme Environments Challenge would focus on finding innovative solutions to the problems surrounding the survival and operations of scientific probes in extreme environments, such as on the surface of Venus where temperatures approach 500° C, the atmospheric pressure is about 90 times that at the Earth’s surface, and the atmosphere is corrosive. The approach being considered would entail a series of competitions that would focus on 1) electronics and mechanisms, and 2) thermal management, and 3) power with a culminating systems integration competition.

The purpose of the RFI is to (1) gather feedback on the competition being considered, the prize amounts and distribution structure, (2) to determine the level of interest in potentially competing in various phases of this Challenge, and (3) understand the applicability of the challenge capabilities for other terrestrial applications.

Potential competitors, technical experts, interested parties, and the public are encouraged to review the RFI and to submit comments to NASA on the competition structure, requirements, and award metrics that should be added, modified, or deleted.

The potential challenge is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, in which NASA provides the prize purse and the competitions are managed by non-profit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. NASA’s Centennial Challenges seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation. Competitors have included private companies, student groups, and independent inventors working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike contracts or grants, prizes are awarded only after solutions are successfully demonstrated.

There have been 24 Centennial Challenges competition events since 2005. NASA has awarded almost $6 million to 16 challenge-winning teams. For more information about the Centennial Challenges program and descriptions of each of the challenge competitions, visit NASA’s website.

5. NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation Systems (NSPIRES) Overview

NASA’s Office of Education, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) along with NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) will conduct an overview of the NSPIRES application submission process on September 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST.

MUREP engages underrepresented populations through a wide variety of opportunities. Multiyear grants are awarded to assist Minority Serving Institution (MSI) faculty and students in research pertinent to NASA missions. The project focuses on recruiting underrepresented and underserved students in STEM disciplines through completion of undergraduate or graduate degrees to enable their entry into the scientific and technical workforce.

Submitting a proposal in NSPIRES is not a difficult process, however a tutorial of the process will assist with successful submission of your proposal.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please register by sending your name, email address and phone number to NSPIRESWebexRSVP@nasaprs.com.

Any questions you may have can be included with your registration, or sent separately to NSPIRESWebexRSVP@nasaprs.com, no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on September 11, 2013. Live questions will be answered during the session, however questions received in advance will allow the call leaders to prepare a more focalized discussion.

6. NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

Starting on September 5, 2013 we will for the third-time be a host site for the National Institutes of Health Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course. This course runs until April 24, 2014. This is an opportunity to get an overview of the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline.

Anyone can attend for FREE, you only have to have an interest in knowing more about Clinical Pharmacology.

Feel free to forward this on to anyone you may think would be interested in attending, especially any students or fellows. A Certificate of Participation is awarded for those attending a minimum of 75% of the lectures.

You can register for the course online here.

Please register by August 31, 2013.

If you have any questions about the course or about registering for the course, contact Jonathan Constance at 801-213-3745

7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)
Deadline: September 6, 2013

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)
Deadline: September 6, 2013

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Deadline: September 9, 2013

Faculty Fellowship
Deadline: September 10, 2013

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientist
Deadline: October 1, 2013

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Air Quality Program Seed Grant Funding Opportunity
The Program for Air Quality, Health and Society is pleased to announce the availability of seed grant funding.

Funding is available at two levels: up to $25,000 and up to $50,000. Awards at the $50,000 will only be considered for proposals involving significant contributions from two or more faculty.

Applications are due on September 16th, 2013.

Complete details can be found here

External Funding Opportunities
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery
Submission Deadline: September 4, 2013

Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2013

Whitehall Foundation
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

Beckman Young Investigator Program
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

ACLS Fellowship
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013

NIH Director’s New Innovation Program
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2013

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

EPSCoR RID Minigrant Proposal Opportunity
This is to fund 3 minigrants at $25K each.
Proposals due: September 16, 2013

EPSCoR RID Student Research Award Opportunity
This is to fund 2 graduate students doing research for $7,500 each teaming with industry and/or government.
Proposals due: September 16, 2013

Breast Cancer Research Program: Breakthrough Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

8. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013

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 amply 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 include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse/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. To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu .

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

9. Research Education

Research Education offers a variety of workshops, classes and online instruction for all University faculty members and postdoctoral scholars. Here are flyers describing our upcoming Fall Semester programs for your reference and distribution:


RATS Flyer Fall 2013

RATS Faculty Flyer

Best Practice Roundtables Fall 2013

GWCC Flyer October 2013

For more information, please visit our website or contact Tony Onofrietti directly at 801-585-3492

10. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments and Coninuiting Review

Wednesday, September 4th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects (OSP) Training

Friday, September 6th 1:30-3:30 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3430

Electronic Application through Grants.Gov
Tuesday, September 10th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA

Wednesday, September 11th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Pre-Award Session

Wednesday, September 11th 3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, RM. 117

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts

Thursday, September 12th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Tuesday, September 17th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

11. 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 Researchand Working with the Media.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. NSF Proposals Returned without Review
  2. Patent Databases
  3. New DARPA Program/Program Officer Contacts
  4. Mentoring
  5. NSF Broader Impacts
  6. Seed Grants and Funding for New and Transformative Research
  7. MRSEC Seed Grant Program
  8. The Engine Funding Program Application Due Dates
  9. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  10. Grant Writing Crash Course
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  12. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. NSF Proposals Returned without Review

Update on NSF Proposals Returned without Review

After last week’s update to faculty on proposals returned without review, based on noncompliance with the grant preparation guide. Particularly, we had one program manager who wanted the full name of authors. Since then, we have received feedback from several departments who have contacted their specific program managers at NSF, and have received some variety of responses. The consistent message is that the use of ‘et al.’ in author lists is unacceptable, and your proposal can be returned without review for this reason. Most program managers PREFER that full names be used in the 2 page faculty CV, so that they can better use this to identify conflicts of interest with reviewers. This is not difficult for faculty – these are your own publications, and you know the full names of your co-authors.

The specific information for the reference list (the references associated with the full proposal) says: ‘Each reference must include the names of all authors (in the same sequence in which they appear in the publication), the article and journal title, book title, volume number, page numbers, and year of publication.’ The common format of Initial.LastName (C.Furse) is sufficient. All authors should still be listed (do not use ‘et al.’), in order they are listed on the publication.

It is suggested that you follow up with your own program manager with any questions you have in proposal development. Your UofU OSP officer is also a good resource for proposal development questions.

NSF is now actively applying the ‘letter of the law’ in many divisions, and turning proposals away if they do not meet the requirements in the 2013 (new) NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). Yes, this has happened to at least one faculty at the UofU.

Common Reasons for Return without review:
– Proposal is a duplicate of, or substantially similar to, one already under consideration by NSF from the same PI/co-PIs.
– Proposal was previously reviewed and has not been substantially revised.
– Broader impacts are not addressed in separate section in (a) Project Summary, (b) Project Description – proposed work, and (c) Project Description –NSF support section
– Recent (last 5 years) NSF support section (up to 5 pages) is missing from Project Description – This is required for each PI and coPI and MUST include NSF award number, amount, time period; title; results of the completed work in two separate sections on Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact; publications/products and their availability; if renewal, relation of the completed work to the proposed work)
– Reference section: title missing; incomplete list of all authors of each Reference (Do not use et al.) . Also, include FULL NAMES of all authors (Cynthia Furse, not C. Furse) – PIs are cautioned to properly reference and quote published work (figures, tables, and text). There is no limit on the size of the reference section, so these changes will not cause problems with length limits.
– Bio Sketch section: incomplete list of all authors of each publication (Do not use et al., use full names); title missing
– Bio Sketch section incomplete (list full names and affiliations of: collaborators within 4 years; co-editors within 2 years; graduate advisors; postdoctoral sponsors; postdoctoral scholars within 5 years; all prior graduate students) – required for each PI, coPI, and senior project personnel. If these changes make your biosketch too long (2 page limit) (some researchers have hundreds of collaborators), contact your NSF program manager. Smaller font can be allowed in these sections, for instance.
– Current and Pending Support section incomplete – required for each PI, coPI, and senior project personnel. Include the project you are applying for now as ‘pending’
– Letter of Commitment that goes beyond a brief statement confirming collaboration; additional remarks about PI/co-PI’s past accomplishments or planned undertakings may not be included. (Program managers can request that you delete a letter even after you have submitted your application.)
– Small font size and margins. See GPG for allowed size/margins.

Be Sure Your Submitted Grant gets Reviewed:

1) CHECK for the changes and now-common mistakes above.
2) SUBMIT to OSP at least 5 days before the deadline. Your grant officer at the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) is trained and ready to help be sure your grant meets the GPG requirements for NSF and other types of grants. In order to provide this very important service, OSP needs to receive your grant 5 business days prior to the deadline. Please submit your grant to NSF, click ‘Allow SRO Access’, and also email your OSP grant officer to let them know your grant is ready to be checked.
3) SUBMIT to NSF at least 2 weeks before the deadline. (Yes, this is even earlier than the OSP 5 day deadline.) In many divisions, the NSF Program Officers look at the grants they receive, and contact the PI if they see problems with the grant. This increases the likelihood that you will have sufficient time to resubmit a modified proposal before the deadline. They are not required to provide this service, but many do.

2. Patent Databases

Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify research organizations or companies that might want to collaborate with you in your areas of technical research? The patent databases will let you find the U.S. Patent Classifications for your areas of research, then you can sort by names of organizations and companies who own the patent rights and licensed them from the original inventors. Leaving you with a handy list for collaborative research or licensing opportunities.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email at dave.morrison@utah.edu or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here

3. New DARPA Program/Program Officer Contacts

DARPA has a number of funding programs that may be of interest to researchers in science, engineering, medicine, social science, and possibly others as well. An updated list of programs and program officers can be found here. If you are interested in contacting one of these program officers, the VP for Research Office may be able to assist you.

4. Mentoring
The UofU Mentoring Back Bone hosts a set of topics that have come up from commonly asked questions in workshops around campus. Each topic includes several of the common questions, and a few links to on and off campus resources to help generate the discussion.
To sign up, send contact information for you and your mentor / mentee to: askVPR@utah.edu

• Name, email, department, level of the mentee (first year assistant professor, tenure track, for instance)

5. NSF Broader Impacts

Wondering about NSF broader impacts? Check out this website.

To include education or diversity programs in your broader impacts, consider teaming up with these on campus programs: Outreach & Diversity Resource Directory

6. Seed Grants & Funding for New & Transformative Research

There is a new webpage at OSP that lists resources for funding on and off campus for seed ideas for new and transformative research

7. MRSEC Seed Grant Program

The Executive Committee of the Utah MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) is pleased to announce the continuation of the MRSEC Seed Grant Program at the University of Utah. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2013 cycle. Instructions for the application are attached here, and also can be retrieved from the MRSEC web site: http://www.mrsec.utah.edu/seed.

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee at mrsec@eng.utah.edu.

The application deadline is September 1, 2013.

This program was created as a part of the MRSEC sponsored by the NSF, USTAR, and the University of Utah, in response to the following NSF instructions:

“Seed funding: NSF intends to provide flexibility for the center to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities, and pursue high risk/high impact and transformative research. These may include (but are not limited to): seed support for junior faculty and for investigators changing fields; emerging areas of interdisciplinary research; programs to link the university effort in materials with industry, national laboratories, and other sectors; the development of tools and cyber infrastructure for remote access to instrumentation; and innovative interdisciplinary educational ventures.”

Seed funding through the MRSEC is not intended to provide a substitute for individual investigator funding from extramural agencies. Successful applicants are expected to use the results generated by seed funding to pursue extramural funding.

The MRSEC Seed Grant Program will support new basic and translational studies in all areas of materials research. The emphasis of this program is on developing new research directions that can either be integrated into one of the two existing Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)or developed into a third independent IRG. The two existing IRGs are focused on (i) Plasmonics, and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Applications should not have overlap with existing extramural research grants. The award can be up to $30,000 for an individual PI, although additional funding (up to a total of $50,000) may be considered for a proposal with two or more PIs. Funding is for one year with the possibility (on rare occasions) of extension for a second year of support. Only one application per faculty member as a PI or co-PI is permitted.

8. The Engine Funding Program Application Due Dates

The Engine Funding Program supports the development of ideas and technologies into marketable products or start-up companies. This program is managed through the Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC) office (previously TCO). For a detailed description of the program, please go here.

Below are the application deadlines and funding meeting dates. Decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the deadline.

2013
August 15
October 11
December 20

2014
January 17
March 14
May 09
June 26
August 21

9. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Deadline: September 9, 2013

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program
Deadline: September 2, 2013

Air Quality Program Seed Grant Funding Opportunity
The Program for Air Quality, Health and Society is pleased to announce the availability of seed grant funding.

Funding is available at two levels: up to $25,000 and up to $50,000. Awards at the $50,000 will only be considered for proposals involving significant contributions from two or more faculty.

Applications are due on September 16th, 2013.

Complete details can be found here

External Funding Opportunities
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery
Submission Deadline: September 4, 2013

Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2013

Whitehall Foundation
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

Beckman Young Investigator Program
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

ACLS Fellowship
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013

NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013

NIH Director’s New Innovation Program
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2013

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

EPSCoR RID Minigrant Proposal Opportunity
This is to fund 3 minigrants at $25K each.
Proposals due: September 16, 2013

EPSCoR RID Student Research Award Opportunity
This is to fund 2 graduate students doing research for $7,500 each teaming with industry and/or government.
Proposals due: September 16, 2013

EPA’s New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science

Due: 09/17/2013
Funding: Up to $900K (direct & indirect), 5 awards anticipated.
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing innovative research to advance methods for characterizing real-world human exposure to chemicals associated with consumer products in indoor environments.

EPA’s Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
Due: 10/08/2013
Funding: $1,000,000 over 4 years (direct and indirect), 6 awards
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness.

Department of Defense/Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Fiscal Year 2014 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

Due: 10/20/2013
Summary: This announcement seeks proposals to purchase instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter referred to collectively as “the administering agencies.” The research areas of interest to the administering agencies are available on-line. A proposal may be submitted to more than one administering agency; however, only one administering agency will fund the proposal, if selected, under the 2014 DURIP. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment to enhance research-related education. Therefore, proposals must address the impact of the equipment on the institution’s ability to educate students, through research, in disciplines important to DoD missions.

NIEHS’s Research on the Role of Epigenetics in Social, Behavioral, Environmental and Biological Relationships, throughout the Life-Span and across Generations (R21)
Due: 11/13/2013
Funding: $150,000 per award (direct costs), $1 million in available funding
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to support development of basic research to elucidate the role of social (including cultural and socio-economic context) and behavioral, influences on the epigenome, and vice versa, and their relationship to external and internal, environmental and biological, factors throughout the life-span and across generations.


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Information Innovation Office (I20) Office-Wide BAA

Due: 6/25/2014
Summary: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, undertaking directions that challenge assumptions and have the potential to radically change established practice.

10. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

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 GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. 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. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy

11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti T(801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Introduction to eProposal
Wednesday, August 28 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C


Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training

Wednesday, August 28 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Best Practice Roundtable: Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC)
Tuesday, August 27 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515D


Overview of Research Administration

Thursday, August 29th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

12. 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.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. NIH Regional Seminar
  2. Patent Databases
  3. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program
  4. MRSEC Seed Grant Program
  5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  6. Lily Grant Office Notification
  7. Grant Writing Crash Course
  8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  9. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. NIH Regional Seminar

To see materials and slides from the NIH Regional Seminar, click here

2. Patent Databases

The U.S. Patent Database is the single largest, cross-referenced technical database in the world. It contains more than 8 million inventions grouped into classifications by technical problems and solutions.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email  or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here.

3. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program was developed to:

• Train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers
• Help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review
• Enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research- intensive institutions

For more information, click here

4. MRSEC Seed Grant Program

The Executive Committee of the Utah MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) is pleased to announce the continuation of the MRSEC Seed Grant Program at the University of Utah. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2013 cycle. Instructions for the application are attached here, and also can be retrieved from the MRSEC web site.

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee.

The application deadline is September 1, 2013.

This program was created as a part of the MRSEC sponsored by the NSF, USTAR, and the University of Utah, in response to the following NSF instructions:

Seed funding: NSF intends to provide flexibility for the center to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities, and pursue high risk/high impact and transformative research. These may include (but are not limited to): seed support for junior faculty and for investigators changing fields; emerging areas of interdisciplinary research; programs to link the university effort in materials with industry, national laboratories, and other sectors; the development of tools and cyber infrastructure for remote access to instrumentation; and innovative interdisciplinary educational ventures.”

Seed funding through the MRSEC is not intended to provide a substitute for individual investigator funding from extramural agencies. Successful applicants are expected to use the results generated by seed funding to pursue extramural funding.

The MRSEC Seed Grant Program will support new basic and translational studies in all areas of materials research. The emphasis of this program is on developing new research directions that can either be integrated into one of the two existing Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)or developed into a third independent IRG. The two existing IRGs are focused on (i) Plasmonics, and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Applications should not have overlap with existing extramural research grants. The award can be up to $30,000 for an individual PI, although additional funding (up to a total of $50,000) may be considered for a proposal with two or more PIs. Funding is for one year with the possibility (on rare occasions) of extension for a second year of support. Only one application per faculty member as a PI or co-PI is permitted.

5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series
Submission Deadline: August 5, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development Program
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research

Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Extramural Funding Opportunities
EPA’s New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science
Due: 09/17/2013
Funding: Up to $900K (direct & indirect), 5 awards anticipated.
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing innovative research to advance methods for characterizing real-world human exposure to chemicals associated with consumer products in indoor environments.

EPA’s Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
Due: 10/08/2013
Funding: $1,000,000 over 4 years (direct and indirect), 6 awards
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness.

NIEHS’s Research on the Role of Epigenetics in Social, Behavioral, Environmental and Biological Relationships, throughout the Life-Span and across Generations (R21)
Due: 11/13/2013
Funding: $150,000 per award (direct costs), $1 million in available funding
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to support development of basic research to elucidate the role of social (including cultural and socio-economic context) and behavioral, influences on the epigenome, and vice versa, and their relationship to external and internal, environmental and biological, factors throughout the life-span and across generations.

Nigh Rover Challenge
Registration is now open for teams wishing to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and managed by Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif. Registration for the competition will close October 25, 2013. The competition will be held January 20, 2014 through March 24, 2014.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge, Challenge rules, requirements, and how to register, click here:

“The goal of the Night Rover Challenge is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems here on Earth,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “NASA wants this challenge to generate new ideas that will allow planetary rovers the ability to take on a night shift, and possibly create new energy storage technologies for applications of benefit here on our home planet.”

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness. During the Night Rover Challenge energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communication, and rover movement.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements. The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully. Since the program’s inception in 2005, NASA’s Centennial Challenges has awarded more than $6 million to 15 different competition-winning teams through 23 events. Competitors have included private companies, citizen inventors and academia working outside the traditional aerospace industry.

The Night Rover Challenge is part of the Centennial Challenges Program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in space technology, click here.

DoD Autism Pilot Award
The ARP Pilot Award supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will drive the field of ASD forward. Research projects should include a testable hypothesis based on a strong scientific rationale. To see the funding opportunity, click here.

DoD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
The Department of Defense (DoD) has released funding opportunities in the Prostate Cancer Research Program:

Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program Award
Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award
Dr. Barbara Terry-Koroma Health Disparity Research Award
Physician Research Training Award
Population Science Impact Award
Postdoctoral Training Award

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
The Department of Defense has released funding opportunities in the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program:

Discovery Award

Grant Opportunities in Stem Education

NSF has a new funding opportunity: the EHR Core Research (ECR) program seeks proposals that will synthesize or expand research in STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and participation in STEM. The full ECR proposal target deadline is July 12.

6. Lily Grant Office Notification

Effective June 19, 2013 we will require that all grant request applications be submitted at least 60 days before the event date but not more than one year before the event date.

We are making this change to allow for more application review and processing time. However, we realize this will prevent organizations from submitting requests for programs occurring between July 19 – August 19, 2013. If this impacts you, please contact us so we can assist you.

Please check the portal for this and any additional future application requirement changes. If you have any questions, please contact the Lilly Grant Office at 1-877-545-5946.

Thank you,

Lilly Grant Office

7. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

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 “granstmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. 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. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy

8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Best Practice Roundtable: SciVal Funding Basics
Tuesday, July 30 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 5100

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.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Find Funding for Commercialization
  2. Research Collaboration
  3. Improve your Broader Impact and Education Sections
  4. Right Sizing Research
  5. Patent Databases
  6. Office of Undergraduate Research
  7. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program
  8. AFOSR Spring Review
  9. MRSEC Seed Grant Program
  10. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  11. Lily Grant Office Notification
  12. Grant Writing Crash Course
  13. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  14. Research News & Publicizing Research

 

1. Find Funding for Commercialization

Check out the new OSP website with opportunities for funding for commercialization, innovation and collaboration with industry.

2. Research Collaboration

The University has a number of resources to find collaborators. Check out the new page on collaboration and links to local and national collaboration resources.

3. Improve your Broader Impact and Education Sections

Many grants require or encourage broader impact, outreach, diversity, education, K12, or similar outreach activities. Leveraging and teaming with existing programs can often help you leverage and enhance these sections in your proposal. The Office of Sponsored Projects now has a page of campus, local, and national resources to help you with these sections of your grants.

4. Right Sizing Research

Please see the recent article by Vivian Lee.

5. Patent Databases

The U.S. Patent Database is the single largest, cross-referenced technical database in the world. It contains more than 8 million inventions grouped into classifications by technical problems and solutions.

Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email at dave.morrison@utah.edu or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here.

6. Office of Undergraduate Research

There are many options to involve undergraduates in your research at the U. You can help your students obtain funding or many departments offer credit-for-research programs. See the Office of Undergraduate Research page for more details.

7. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program was developed to:

• Train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers
• Help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review
• Enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research- intensive institutions

For more information, click here

8. AFOSR Spring Review

The AFOSR Spring Review provided an opportunity for AFOSR funding managers to discuss their programs, what they have funded, what they hope to fund, changes, and items of interest. Videos are posted here.

9. MRSEC Seed Grant Program

The Executive Committee of the Utah MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) is pleased to announce the continuation of the MRSEC Seed Grant Program at the University of Utah. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2013 cycle. Instructions for the application are attached here, and also can be retrieved from the MRSEC web site

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee at mrsec@eng.utah.edu.

The application deadline is September 1, 2013.

This program was created as a part of the MRSEC sponsored by the NSF, USTAR, and the University of Utah, in response to the following NSF instructions:

“Seed funding: NSF intends to provide flexibility for the center to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities, and pursue high risk/high impact and transformative research. These may include (but are not limited to): seed support for junior faculty and for investigators changing fields; emerging areas of interdisciplinary research; programs to link the university effort in materials with industry, national laboratories, and other sectors; the development of tools and cyber infrastructure for remote access to instrumentation; and innovative interdisciplinary educational ventures.”

Seed funding through the MRSEC is not intended to provide a substitute for individual investigator funding from extramural agencies. Successful applicants are expected to use the results generated by seed funding to pursue extramural funding.

The MRSEC Seed Grant Program will support new basic and translational studies in all areas of materials research. The emphasis of this program is on developing new research directions that can either be integrated into one of the two existing Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)or developed into a third independent IRG. The two existing IRGs are focused on (i) Plasmonics, and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Applications should not have overlap with existing extramural research grants. The award can be up to $30,000 for an individual PI, although additional funding (up to a total of $50,000) may be considered for a proposal with two or more PIs. Funding is for one year with the possibility (on rare occasions) of extension for a second year of support. Only one application per faculty member as a PI or co-PI is permitted.

10. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities
Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development Program
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Night Rover Challenge
Registration is now open for teams wishing to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and managed by Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif. Registration for the competition will close October 25, 2013. The competition will be held January 20, 2014 through March 24, 2014.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge, Challenge rules, requirements, and how to register, visit here 

“The goal of the Night Rover Challenge is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems here on Earth,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “NASA wants this challenge to generate new ideas that will allow planetary rovers the ability to take on a night shift, and possibly create new energy storage technologies for applications of benefit here on our home planet.”

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness. During the Night Rover Challenge energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communication, and rover movement.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements. The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully. Since the program’s inception in 2005, NASA’s Centennial Challenges has awarded more than $6 million to 15 different competition-winning teams through 23 events. Competitors have included private companies, citizen inventors and academia working outside the traditional aerospace industry.

The Night Rover Challenge is part of the Centennial Challenges Program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in space technology, visit here

DoD Autism Pilot Award
The ARP Pilot Award supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will drive the field of ASD forward. Research projects should include a testable hypothesis based on a strong scientific rationale. To see the funding opportunity, click here.

Grant Opportunities in Stem Education
NSF has a new funding opportunity: the EHR Core Research (ECR) program seeks proposals that will synthesize or expand research in STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and participation in STEM. The full ECR proposal target deadline is July 12.

GE-NFL Head Health Challenge I
General Electric and the National Football League have established a joint initiative to advance the detection and management of mild traumatic brain injuries. In this Head Health Challenge I, they will award up to $10 million for improved technologies and methods that enable more accurate diagnoses of mild brain injury and prognosis for recovery following acute and/or repetitive injuries. In addition to benefiting athletes, this program also will benefit soldiers and civilians who suffer head trauma.
NineSigma is hosting the Head Health Challenge. More information is available here. To submit a proposal, please register here. Download and complete the required Response Template. Follow the instructions in the Template to submit your proposal online. No proposals will be accepted via email. The submission deadline for brief non-confidential proposals is July 1, 2013. Award decisions will be announced in early 2014.

Grant Modifications
Click here to see modifications to grant opportunity postings

11. Lily Grant Office Notification

Effective June 19, 2013 we will require that all grant request applications be submitted at least 60 days before the event date but not more than one year before the event date.

We are making this change to allow for more application review and processing time. However, we realize this will prevent organizations from submitting requests for programs occurring between July 19 – August 19, 2013. If this impacts you, please contact us so we can assist you.

Please check the portal for this and any additional future application requirement changes. If you have any questions, please contact the Lilly Grant Office at 1-877-545-5946 or grantinfo@lillygrantoffice.com.

Thank you,

Lilly Grant Office

12. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

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 GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. 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. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy

13. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Conflict of Interest Compliance Challenges
Tuesday, June 25 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 5100A

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Wednesday, July 17 2:00-4:00 p.m.
WEB, Rm. 1230

14. 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.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. New Publication Link on the OSP Grants Lifecycle
  2. NSB Request for Information on Faculty Administration
  3. Schlumberger Corporation
  4. BRAIN Initiative
  5. Marriott Library Open Access Funding
  6. MRSEC Seed Grant Program
  7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  8. Grant Writing Crash Course
  9. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series
  10. Research News and Publicizing Research

 

1.             New Publication Link on the OSP Grants Lifecycle

The Office of Sponsored Projects is expanding its information for faculty on all aspects of the grants lifecycle. The most recent addition is a link to Sharing Your Research. This page includes information on collecting and analyzing data, authoring and journal selection, Publishing and Peer Review, Archiving and Preservation and Citation and Metrics. Check out this and other upcoming faculty resources on the OSP website.

Want something you can’t find?  Have an awesome resource you think we should include? Tell us! By emailing My Research Assistant

 

2.             NSB Request for Information on Faculty Administration

Over the past decade two Federal Demonstration Partnership Faculty Workload Surveys indicate that administrative burdens associated with Federal research funding consume roughly 42% of an awardee’s available research time. The National Science Board, which establishes the policies of the National Science Foundation and recommends and encourages the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering, recently established a Task Force on Administrative Burdens that is charged with examining faculty administrative workload as it relates to federally sponsored research. The Task Force is also interested in identifying opportunities to reduce burden while maintaining accountability and oversight.

The NSB Task Force has released a Request for Information seeking recommendations from principal investigators for reducing the administrative workload associated with their Federal awards. Responses to the RFI will be considered as the Board develops recommendations to ensure investigators’ administrative workload is at an appropriate level.

We encourage you and your faculty to provide the NSB with your valuable insight. The RFI is available here through June 7th.

 

3.             Schlumberger Corporation

The Schlumberger Corporation recently visited the U and expressed interest in a number of active research areas at the U. They have opportunities available for corporate – sponsored research, student and faculty internships, and other types of research collaborations. If you might be interested in working with them in one of the research areas listed below, please send an email with a brief description of your research. Web links and attachments can also be included. Please also include your full contact information. We will be providing this information directly to several groups in Schlumberger, in the hopes of helping forge some interesting research collaborations.

Thank you,

Cindy Furse, Associate VP for Research
Eric Eddings, Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering

– mobile computing: mobile@unite.utah.edu
– cloud computing: cloud@unite.utah.edu
– robotics: robot@unite.utah.edu
– wireless power: wireless@unite.utah.edu
– energy harvesting: harvesting@unite.utah.edu
– subsurface technologies/sensors: sensors@unite.utah.edu
– materials science: material@unite.utah.edu
– biotechnology: biotechnology@unite.utah.edu
– water treatment: treatment@unite.utah.edu
– enhanced oil recover: oil@unite.utah.edu
– utilization of CO2: CO2@unite.utah.edu
– new manufacturing techniques (e.g., 3-D printing): manufacturing@unite.utah.edu
– nanotechnology: nano@unite.utah.edu
– nano- or micro-fabrication: fabrication@unite.utah.edu

 

4.             BRAIN Initiative

Below are reports and articles in regards to The White House BRAIN Initiative:

White House Blog: Brain Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

White House Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative

White House Infographic: BRAIN Initiative

DARPA Press Release on White House BRAIN Initiative: DARPA

NIH: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

NSF Participates in White House BRAIN Initiative: NSF

We have additional information from several agencies on the following opportunities in this initiative:

·         Instrumentation & Measurement
·         Data analysis, statistical modeling, informatics
·         Conceptual & Theoretical approaches
·         Building brain-like devices and systems

Agencies include:

·         White House
·         NIH
·         NSF
·         Darpa
·         Other White house initiatives
·         Private sector partners

This information is available in hardcopy form in our office for review.  Please contact Melissa Johanson (801-581-7236).

 

5.             Marriott Library Open Access Funding

The J. Willard Marriott Library is pleased to make funds available, on a limited basis, to offset open access article processing fees where outside funding is not otherwise available. Proposals from faculty and students on main campus (excluding law) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning immediately and ending May 31, 2013.

The purpose of the Open Access Publishing Fund is to foster seamless access to U of U-authored journal articles and to help re-envision traditional scholarly journal publishing.

Open Access means free to read, download, copy, distribute, print-out, or link to without any legal, economic, or technical barriers short of an Internet connection.  However, open access does not mean free to produce and this fund helps address this aspect of open access publishing.

Many universities and research institutions make their scholarly research available free to the public online through an institutional or disciplinary repository such as USpace at the University of Utah. This “green” route allows for public access, but does not always address the exclusive assignment of copyright within scholarly publishing. The “Gold” route allows for both free access as well as open reuse allowing authors to retain their copyright while sharing some rights with publishers and readers.

This library-supported fund helps further the trend to explore new ways of facilitating seamless access to research published in journals. For more information and to apply, click here or contact Allyson Mower, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, 801-585-5458.

 

6.             MRSEC Seed Grant Program

The Executive Committee of the Utah MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) is pleased to announce the continuation of the MRSEC Seed Grant Program at the University of Utah. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2013 cycle. Instructions for the application are attached here, and also can be retrieved from the MRSEC web site: http://www.mrsec.utah.edu/seed.

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee at mrsec@eng.utah.edu.

The application deadline is September 1, 2013.

This program was created as a part of the MRSEC sponsored by the NSF, USTAR, and the University of Utah, in response to the following NSF instructions:

Seed funding: NSF intends to provide flexibility for the center to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities, and pursue high risk/high impact and transformative research. These may include (but are not limited to): seed support for junior faculty and for investigators changing fields; emerging areas of interdisciplinary research; programs to link the university effort in materials with industry, national laboratories, and other sectors; the development of tools and cyber infrastructure for remote access to instrumentation; and innovative interdisciplinary educational ventures.”

Seed funding through the MRSEC is not intended to provide a substitute for individual investigator funding from extramural agencies. Successful applicants are expected to use the results generated by seed funding to pursue extramural funding.

The MRSEC Seed Grant Program will support new basic and translational studies in all areas of materials research. The emphasis of this program is on developing  new research directions that can either be integrated into one of the two existing Interdisciplinary Research Groups or developed into a third independent IRG. The two existing IRGs are focused on (i) Plasmonics, and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Applications should not have overlap with existing extramural research grants. The award can be up to $30,000 for an individual PI, although additional funding (up to a total of $50,000) may be considered for a proposal with two or more PIs.  Funding is for one year with the possibility (on rare occasions) of extension for a second year of support. Only one application per faculty member as a PI or co-PI is permitted.

 

7.             Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

Brain Research Foundation
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2103

William T. Grant Scholars
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Diabetes Research Career Initiator Award and Diabetes Research Accelerator Award
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Searle Scholars
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

External Funding Opportunities

Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development Program
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

To see the weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices, click here

Grant Opportunities in Stem Education

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has announced $65 million in funding for a new round of science education grants to help research universities improve the persistence of students studying STEM disciplines and reinvigorate introductory science courses. Universities may apply by invitation only. Institutions must register their intent to submit an application by June 4. If you are interested, please see the limited submission opportunity list to apply.

NSF has a new funding opportunity: the EHR Core Research (ECR) program seeks proposals that will synthesize or expand research in STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and participation in STEM. The full ECR proposal target deadline is July 12.

GE-NFL Head Health Challenge I

General Electric and the National Football League have established a joint initiative to advance the detection and management of mild traumatic brain injuries. In this Head Health Challenge I, they will award up to $10 million for improved technologies and methods that enable more accurate diagnoses of mild brain injury and prognosis for recovery following acute and/or repetitive injuries. In addition to benefiting athletes, this program also will benefit soldiers and civilians who suffer head trauma.

NineSigma is hosting the Head Health Challenge. More information is available here. To submit a proposal, please register here. Download and complete the required Response Template. Follow the instructions in the Template to submit your proposal online. No proposals will be accepted via email. The submission deadline for brief non-confidential proposals is July 1, 2013. Award decisions will be announced in early 2014.

Grant Modifications

Click here to see modifications to grant opportunity postings

 

8.             Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

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 GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. 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. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy

 

9.             Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Best Practice Roundtable: Conflicts of Interest
Tuesday, June 25 10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 5100A

 

10.         Research News and 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.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. NSB Examines Regulatory Burden on PIs
  2. Electronic Lab Notebooks
  3. Writer’s Workshop
  4. Science Filmmaker’s Workshop Announced
  5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  6. Grant Writing Crash Course
  7. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series
  8. Research News

 

1.            NSB Examines Regulatory Burden on PIs – Please comment

The National Science Board, the National Science Foundation’s policy and advisory board, has issued a request for information for principal investigators with Federally funded research activity to identify those Federal policies and institutional requirements that increase the investigator’s administrative workload. The request for information, published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2013 (78FR19329) and available on the NSB website requires comments no later than May 24, 2013.  Please go to the website and comment. To read more, click here.

 

2.           Electronic Lab Notebooks

The market for ELNs has changed drastically and for the better. They are more versatile and can address more than the bio/chem tests used in pharmacy – like engineering. They can be cloud-based and tablet/smartphone compliant. A number of vendors and researchers on this campus have contacted Daureen Nesdill about these new ELNs as a result of a library guide that was developed.

In May, three of the vendors (IrisNote, iLabber and eCat) will be demonstrating their products via webinar. If you would like to attend one or all the presentations, please let Daureen Nesdill know. The room seats 45, so if you bring additional folks let her know. A 1.5 hour time frame has been scheduled for each session just in case they need extra time.

IrisNote:
Monday, May 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,1170 Marriott Library

iLabber:
Wednesday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.,1170 Marriott Library

eCat:
Thursday, May 23, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., 1170 Marriott Library

 

3.             Writer’s Workshop

Women in Medicine & Science and the Center for Clinical & Translational science presents the Writer’s Workshop. They are providing a dedicated space for writing. You can write in peace or bounce ideas off of peers. There’s no need to sign up beforehand; just stop by when you can.

When: Friday, April 26 – May 31, 2 – 4 p.m.

Where: CCTS Conference Room-Garden level, Eccles Health Sciences Library

For questions, please email or call Gina Bacon, 801-587-8559

 

4.             Science Filmmaker’s Workshop Announced

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is pleased to announce the Filmmaking Workshop. This intensive workshop provides effective tools and training for University of Utah faculty, staff and students who wish to use the medium of film to disseminate scientific and/or mathematic information. For more information, click here.

 

5.             Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

CDMRP Research Funding for 2013
The Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. This is a pre-announcement from the following programs:

Autism Research Program
Bone Marrow Failure Research Program
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program
Lung Cancer Research Program
Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Ovarian Cancer Research Program
Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements and funding can be found in the respective program pre-announcement.  FY13 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page.

Limited Submission Opportunities
Scalable Nanomanufacturing
Internal Submission Deadline: May 3, 2013

Brain Research Foundation
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2103

William T. Grant Scholars
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Diabetes Research Career Initiator Award and Diabetes Research Accelerator Award
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Searle Scholars
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development Program
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

NASA asks Universities for early stage innovation tech proposals.  To view the NASA press release click here.

 

6.             Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all faculty members and postdoctoral scholars

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 “granstmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. 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. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, distinguished professor of neurobiology and anatomy

 

7.             Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Best Practice Roundtable: Strategies for Supporting Junior Faculty
Monday, April 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 4100A

Roles of the Scientist in Society
Tuesday, April 20, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Effective Negotiation in Research: The Art of Advocacy and Agreement
Wednesday, May 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

 

8.             Research News

For the latest news on research, go to news

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. NSB Examines Regulatory Burden on PI’s
  2. Direct PI/Account Executive Email & Researchers Corner
  3. BRAIN Initiative
  4. Research Opportunities at Various Federal Agencies
  5. NIH & NSF Proposal Success Rates
  6. Writer’s Workshop
  7. Science Filmmaker’s Workshop Announced
  8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  9. Grant Writing Crash Course
  10. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series
  11. Research News

 

1.             NSB Examines Regulatory Burdon on PIs – Please comment

The National Science Board (NSB), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) policy and advisory board, has issued a request for information (RFI) for principal investigators with Federally funded research activity to identify those Federal policies and institutional requirements that increase the investigator’s administrative workload. The RFI, published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2013 (78FR19329) and available on the NSB website requires comments no later than May 24, 2013.  Please go to the website and comment. To read more, click here.

 

 2.             Direct PI / Account Executive Email & Researchers Corner

There is a new email that gets sent out biweekly to all PI/AEs that includes information items regarding research. If you don’t receive this email and would like to, click here.

There is also a new website that is a great resource to account executives and researchers. To view the website click here.

 

 3.             BRAIN Initiative

Below are reports and articles in regards to The White House BRAIN Initiative:

White House Blog: Brain Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

White House Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative

White House Infographic: BRAIN Initiative

DARPA Press Release on White House BRAIN Initiative: DARPA

NIH: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

NSF Participates in White House BRAIN Initiative: NSF

 

 4.             Research Opportunities at Various Federal Agencies

Several weeks ago Eric Eddings (associate dean for research, College of Engineering) attended the ASEE Engineering Research Council meeting in Washington, DC. Representatives from many federal agencies came and made presentations providing an overview of that agency, as well as their research priorities for the coming year. The presentations vary in terms of what is covered, but they are useful to review for the areas of interest. While most agencies were represented, NIH and DOE were notably absent. NSF sent quite a few individuals and they represented most key divisions/directorates.

We have been able to get PDF copies of most of their presentations, and they can be found here.

 

5.             NIH & NSF Proposal Success Rates

NIH proposal success rates: click here

NSF proposal success rates: click here

 

6.             Writer’s Workshop

Women in Medicine & Science (WiMS) and the Center for Clinical & Translational Sscience (CCTS) presents the Writers’ Workshop. They are providing a dedicated space for writing. You can write in peace or bounce ideas off of peers. There’s no need to sign up beforehand; just stop by when you can.

When: Friday April 26 – May 31, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: CCTS Conference Room-Garden level, Eccles Health Sciences Library

For questions, please email or call Gina Bacon, 801-587-8559

 

 7.             Science Filmmaker’s Workshop Announced

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) is pleased to announce the Filmmaking Workshop. This intensive workshop provides effective tools and training for University of Utah faculty, staff and students who wish to use the medium of film to disseminate scientific and/or mathematic information. For more information, click here.

 

8.             Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities
Brain Research Foundation
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

William T. Grant Scholars
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Diabetes Research Career Initiator Award and Diabetes Research Accelerator Award
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Searle Scholars
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
Alfred P. Sloan: Research Fellows
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development Program
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

NASA asks universities for early stage innovation tech proposals. To view the NASA press release click here.

 

9.         Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 2013
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all faculty members and postdoctoral scholars

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 “granstmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. 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. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

The Grant Writing Crash Course is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, distinguished professor of neurobiology and anatomy

 

 10.         Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Mandatory Effort Reporting Training
Tuesday, April 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2110

Source Documentation for Clinical Data Management
Wednesday, April 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Thursday, April 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

 

 11.         Research News

For the latest news on research, go to news

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