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Research Updates

  1. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  2. PI Planning Tool Now Live
  3. Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos
  4. NSF New IGERT Program
  5. 3rd Annual Science Filmmaking Workshop
  6. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  7. Grant Writing Crash Course
  8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  9. Research News & Publicizing Research

 

1. Mentoring Topic of the Month

The end of semester is a super busy time! But summer is right around the corner, and summer is often the most productive research ‘season’ on campus. Start thinking now about what you would like your graduate students to be able to accomplish over the summer. Helping to plan what should be done and just as important what should NOT be done will make a big difference in your students’ summer success. Since your students’ success is your success, developing great practices in graduate student mentoring will pay big dividends throughout your career.

So, this month’s topic is devoted to Best Practices in Graduate Student Mentoring. David Kieda, dean of the Graduate School, has provided some very good advice, resources and recommendations.  Please take a moment to read through these ideas, and think about them with others in your department. They will help you plan and execute an excellent research summer … and beyond.

2. PI Planning Tool Now Live

The PI Budget Planning Tool is an application that will be delivered in a series of releases that will increase in feature and function over time. The initial prototype is based on the budget management report that has been modified to include forecasting capabilities at the accounting line level for all years of the project. The PI Budget Planning Tool is now live. You can find the link here. Please test this out and/or have someone who routinely handles post award finances check it out and see what you think.  This link is live and anyone who has access to the management report for a project can access the planning tool for that project too. For more information on the PI Planning Tool, please visit this site.

3. Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos

Want to let others know what great research you are doing related to sex and gender differences? Volunteer to be videoed like several of your peers – check out this for a sample of how you could communicate your important research to others!  Contact Jean Shipman or 801-581-8771 to arrange a free video appointment.

4. NSF New IGERT program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is a new NSF graduate education initiative that will be replacing the Integrated Graduate Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme – Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme. In either case, proposals should identify the alignment of project research themes with national research priorities and the need for innovative approaches to train graduate students in those areas. NRT projects should develop evidence-based, sustainable approaches and practices that substantially improve STEM graduate education for NRT trainees and for STEM graduate students broadly at an institution. NRT emphasizes the development of competencies for both research and research-related careers. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, museums and academic partners that enhance research quality and impacts and that facilitate development of technical and transferrable professional skills are encouraged. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals accordingly are expected to describe how institutions will support the continuation and institutional-level scaling of effective training elements after award closure. For questions about the NRT program, contact Keith Roper or (703) 292-8769.

The NSF Research Traineeship program allows only two proposals per university. If you are interested in applying, please fill out a limited submission application. For questions regarding limited submissions, contact Melissa Johanson or 581-7236.

5. 3rd Annual Science Filmmaking Workshop

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Science Filmmaking Workshop May 5-9, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the University of Utah. This intensive workshop, taught by two National Geographic documentary filmmakers, provides effective tools and training for faculty, staff, students and other community members who wish to use the medium of film to disseminate scientific and/or mathematic information. Visit the CSME website or see this flyer for more information!

To register for the workshop, please fill out our online form and make your final payment at least two weeks before the event.

6. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program
Internal Deadline: May 6, 2014

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

NASA
Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2014 (ROSES-2014)
Deadline: April 30, 2015

NASA
Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2014

7. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 10-12, 2014

The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort

Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars!

Using a unique and proven method to learn how to write a fundable proposal, the Grant Writing Crash Course provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah faculty grant writers. Participants complete a series of short exercises prior to the Grant Writing Crash Course, drafting text that will be refined and assembled under the guidance of faculty mentors into critical sections of their proposal. Several essential topics are covered in focused brief lectures and discussions, including the strategies and mechanics of effective proposal writing, how to sell your project (and yourself as Principal Investigator) to a sponsoring agency, the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your proposal, pitfalls to avoid in grant writing, how to develop aims and justifications, the ins and outs of major funding agencies, and the political, social, and psychological aspects of “grantsmanship.” Focused, intensive work sessions provide participants with ample uninterrupted time to craft and recraft their thinking, writing and presentation based on real-time constructive feedback from faculty mentors, enhancing their proposals and increasing the likelihood of their success.

Attendance is highly limited. Registration fees for the October program include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse or partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your Department Chair or Research Dean.

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.

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

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Tuesday, April 15, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Wednesday, April 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Patent and Trademark Searching
Thursday, April 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

Mandatory Effort Reporting Training
Tuesday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Purchasing and Procurement
Wednesday, April 23, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Source Documentation for Clinical Data Management
Thursday, April 24, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Establishing an Umbrella IRB Application for Secondary Data Analyses
Tuesday, April 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
HSEB, RM. 3515D

Introduction to ClinicalTrials.Gov
Tuesday, April 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

9. Research News & Publicizing Research

Interested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news. If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how to, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Completed Enhancements to Research.gov
  2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  3. Grant Writing Crash Course
  4. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  5. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Completed Enhancements to Research.gov

Since October 2012, Principal Investigators (PIs) have used Research.gov to successfully submit over 47,000 project reports to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over that time, NSF has received feedback and suggestions from NSF awardees and Program Officers (POs) on how to further improve project reporting. The following enhancements, based on awardee and NSF staff feedback, were implemented on March 17th:

- POs will view project reports in HTML rather than PDF, which will allows POs and PIs to view the same layout for a project report.

- NSF will pre-populate the Products, Organization and Participants sections of a project report from information previously submitted in Research.gov. This will save awardees time and reduce redundant data entry.

- The progress report pages will be redesigned to optimize space, minimize scrolling efforts, and become more user-friendly. The default setting for non-critical sections will be “hidden”, users will be able to click “Show Report and Progress Summary” to view sections as needed.

- PIs will be able to edit reporting periods for an Interim Project Report (IPR). This will allow PIs to accurately report specific dates applicable to the task(s) being reported upon.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming events or future enhancements to Research.gov and/or FastLane, subscribe to our new System Updates NSF listserv. This listserv is available to both NSF staff and awardees. To subscribe, simply email:  NSF Updates and you will be automatically enrolled.

Where should PIs go for help with project reports?

Online Help

Project Report Information Page

- NSF Help Desk

If you have any additional feedback on project reporting, please email here.

2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

NASA
Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2014 (ROSES-2014)
Deadline: April 30, 2015

NASA
Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2014

3. 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/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.

4. 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

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Tuesday, April 1 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515C

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, April 2 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Wednesday, April 2 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Basics of Good Clinical Practices
Thursday, April 3 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515

Research Participants and the Informed Consent Process
Tuesday, April 8 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, April 9 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Tuesday, April 15 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

5. 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. SciVal Training Opportunity
  2. Symposium: Field Research and US Institutional Review Board Policy
  3. Need Help with Statistic Programs?
  4. Utah NASA Grant Consortium
  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. SciVal Training Opportunity

The Office of Sponsored Projects is hosting a “How to Use SciVal Experts and SciVal Funding to Expand Your Research Impact” seminar on Tuesday, March 18th.

Find the right experts and funding opportunities fast!  SciVal Experts and Funding will enable researchers at the University of Utah to:

  • Find new funding opportunities
  • Find collaborators to expand their research impact by searching across the SciVal Experts Community that connects users to researchers other experts in their field.

SciVal Experts will also benefit others including:

  • Administrators: Help researchers connect with other experts to form multidisciplinary teams, introduce new faculty members to potential collaborators and access up-to-date publication lists by researcher and department.
  • Students: Find mentors, discover articles to read and explore research areas.
  • Other universities, corporations and government agencies: Find researchers to collaborate with on grants and other research projects.
  • Sponsors/Donors: Identify researchers to sponsor by exploring their profiles and accomplishments.

The Office of Sponsored Projects has set up a webpage to provide additional information, training, and user guides, located at http://osp.utah.edu/grant-life-cycle/find-funding/scival-experts.php.  SciVal representatives will present the training and will provide hands-on tutorials, individual demonstrations, and funding and collaboration searches immediately after the session.

Two sessions are being offered.  To register, simply click the session below and follow the instructions provided.

10:00am – 11:30am
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 3515B

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Warnock Engineering Building (WEB), Room 1230

2. Symposium: Field Research and US Institutional Review Board Policy

March 20 – March 21

The US Institutional Review Board policy with respect to human subjects was created to protect human participants from harms caused by research. It institutionalizes three ethical principles: respect for persons, beneficence (do no harm) and a just distribution of the benefits and burdens of research. The federal policy has been shaped in light of research following an experimental design, a model that often does not fit the exigencies of field research. This symposium is intended to explore the ethical dimensions of social scientific field research, including those not envisioned in the federal policy.

Click here for more information or contact Peregrine Schwartz-Shea.

3. Need Help with Statistic Programs?

Come see our Statistics Graduate Teaching Assistant Toni Yungai!

Available in Marriott Library Suite 2110:

Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm
Thursdays 1:00pm-5:00pm

By appointment: mlib-statistics@lists.utah.edu

4. Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium

Junior Faculty at the University of Utah is invited to submit proposals to the Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program. As an affiliate of the Utah NASA Space Grant (UNSG) consortium, the University of Utah has $15,000 to be awarded during 2014 for development of research infrastructure. The intent of the University of Utah NASA Space Grant Research Infrastructure Award is to develop interdisciplinary seed funding to build a sustainable capability at the University of Utah which supports NASA’s mission. UNSG will assist researchers in focusing their research toward NASA priorities while building ties with NASA Centers and aerospace contractors. The selected faculty research project will provide significant hands-on, authentic research opportunities for one or more students. Projects that emphasize active participation from NASA center researchers and women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.

Click here for more information on this grant and instructions on how to apply.

5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities

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

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

NASA
Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2014 (ROSES-2014)
Deadline: April 30, 2015

6. 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/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.

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

Budget Preparation and Development
Wednesday March 19 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Consent Document Simplification
Thursday March 20 10:00-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Tissue Banking in Research
Thursday March 20 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grants Management Essentials
Tuesday March 25 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Roles of the Scientist in Society
Wednesday March 26 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Troubleshooting Tissue Banking Issues
Thursday March 27 10:00-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements
Thursday March 27 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Tuesday April 1 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515C

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. Where are the Repositories for your Research Data?
  2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  3. Grant Writing Crash Course
  4. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  5. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Where are the Repositories for your Research Data?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00pm
1705F, Faculty Center, Marriott Library

Researchers are now expected to deposit research data into repositories for all to reuse and repurpose. So what repositories exist for this purpose? Come learn about the resources available to find a repository for your discipline. We will investigate what information about your research is needed for depositing data. In addition, we will discuss obtaining credit for publishing data and how to appropriately cite datasets in your publications.

For additional information please contact Daureen Nesdill

2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

National Institutes of Health
Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium
Deadline: March 6, 2014

Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World
Deadline: March 14, 2014

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

NASA
Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2014 (ROSES-2014)
Deadline: April 30, 2015

3. 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/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.

4. 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, March 4 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Wednesday, March 5 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subject Research

Thursday, March 6 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Developing Valuable Intellectual Property
Monday, March 10 10:00am-11:30am
WEB, Rm. 1650

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Radiological Health
Tuesday, March 11 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Tuesday, March 11 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, 3100C

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Wednesday, March 12 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IRB

Thursday, March 13 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

How to Use SciVal Experts and SciVal Funding to expand your Research Impact
Tuesday, March 18 10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

How to Use SciVal Experts and SciVal Funding to expand your Research Impact
Tuesday, March 18 1:30pm-3:00pm
WEB, Rm. 1230

5. 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. Where are the Repositories for your Research Data?
  2. NIH Salary Cap
  3. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  4. Grant Writing Crash Course
  5. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  6. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Where are the Repositories for your Research Data?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00pm
1705F, the Faculty Center, Marriott Library

Researchers are now expected to deposit research data into repositories for all to reuse and repurpose. So what repositories exist for this purpose? Come learn about the resources available to find a repository for your discipline. We will investigate what information about your research is needed for depositing data. In addition, we will discuss obtaining credit for publishing data and how to appropriately cite datasets in your publications.

2. NIH Salary Cap

The NIH salary cap has been increased by 1 percent to $181,500 as of today. NIH ties the salary cap to the Federal pay scale for employees in “Executive Level II” positions. The President increased the cap for these and other positions via executive order. Please see the NIH announcement.

3. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Community Based Research
Deadline: February 18

Funding Incentive Seed Grant
Deadline: February 18

University Research Committee Faculty Research & Creative Grant
Deadline: February 18

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

Department of Commerce
2014 Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program Modification 1
Deadline: February 28, 2014

National Institutes of Health
Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium
Deadline: March 6, 2014

Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World
Deadline: March 14, 2014

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

4. 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/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.

5. 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 Science Foundation (NSF)
Tuesday, February 18 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Registries, Databases and Secondary Data Analyses in Human Subject Research
Wednesday, February 19 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Post-Award Session

Wednesday, February 19 3:30pm-5:30pm
RAB, Rm. 117

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Thursday, February 20 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Use of Focus Groups in Research
Tuesday, February 25 10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Data and Safety Monitoring: Plans, Boards & Committees
Tuesday, February 25 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Mentoring for Fun and Profit!

Wednesday, February 26 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Wednesday, February 26 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Best Practice Roundtable: Establishing an Umbrella IRB Application for Secondary Data Analyses
Thursday, February 27 10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Thursday, February 27 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

6. 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. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  2. 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop
  3. Michelson Prize & Grants
  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. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Time & Stress Management/Work-Life Balance

Time is a most precious resource and few faculty feel they have enough of it.

Some common questions are:
How do you balance your professional time between teaching/research/service/clinical/other?
How do you efficiently balance just one day?
How to balance work and life ?
How did you DO it?
What do you say ‘no’ to, and how?

Obviously these answers are varied, personal, and constantly in flux.

Check out a few of these online resources:
Mind Tools
Time Management Tools

Mayo Clinic Stress Management
U of Illinois Time Management
NSFCareer-Life Balance Page (with funding help!)

It’s the end of the semester. Hang in there! This one is easy … Send an email today to your mentor/mentee to schedule a time AFTER the semester craziness is over, to go to lunch or have a cup of tea, an talk about the things you would most like to discuss at this point.

2. 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

Sponsored by the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, the 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held on April 7 and 8, 2014.  The workshop will be hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  This workshop will cover the basics of CAREER proposal writing and review.  It will include presentations by NSF Program Officers and recent CAREER awardees, a mock panel review using actual awarded and declined CAREER proposals, and a feedback session where small groups will review and discuss the draft CAREER proposal project summaries that each participant prepared.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with current and previous NSF Program Officers.  The workshop will be hands-on, requiring that all participants read and review six CAREER proposals, actively participate in the mock panel reviews, which are designed as a realistic simulation of actual CAREER proposal review panels, and provide a draft copy of the project summary page that they intend to submit as part of their own CAREER proposal.  In order to facilitate the mock panel reviews and the review of each participant’s project summary page, attendance is limited to 150.  Data from previous workshops suggest that the success rate of the participants is considerably higher than the overall NSF average.  Correspondingly, this workshop attracts far more applicants than we can admit, so early application is strongly recommended.  In order to provide sufficient time for these important sessions and to encourage networking among participants and facilitators, mealtime activities will be an important component of the agenda, and the workshop fee of $250 will be charged to help defray the cost of workshop meals and materials.

The application deadline is February 15, 2014. The application procedure and tentative agenda for the workshop can be found at http://aries.imse.ksu.edu/nsf/NSF2014/main.htm.

Workshop organizers:
Alison Flatau, University of Maryland, aflatau@umd.edu
Brad Kramer, Kansas State University, bradleyk@ksu.edu

NSF Coordinators:
George Hazelrigg, Deputy Division Director, CMMI, ghazelri@nsf.gov
Z.J. Pei, Program Director, MME/CMMI, zpei@nsf.gov

3. Michelson Prize a & Grants

Found Animals offers Michelson Grants of up to $750,000 USD for research in pursuit of a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilization product or technology for use in male and female cats and dogs. To qualify for a Michelson Grant, a proposed project must pursue a technology, mechanism, or pathway representing an innovative approach to nonsurgical sterilization. Investigators are encouraged to submit for “proof of concept” studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. Scientists from a wide range of fields are encouraged to apply.

The first step to apply for a Michelson Grant is submission of a letter of intent. Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline.

The Michelson Prize

The winning entry for the $25 million Michelson Prize will have, at minimum, the following characteristics:
• Single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant
• Safe and effective in male and female cats and dogs
• Ablates sex steroids and/or their effects
• Suitable for administration in a field setting
• Viable pathway to regulatory approval
• Reasonable manufacturing process and cost

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Community Based Research
Deadline: February 18

Funding Incentive Seed Grant
Deadline: February 18

University Research Committee Faculty Research & Creative Grant
Deadline: February 18

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

Environmental Education Grants
Deadline: February 4, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014

Department of Commerce
2014 Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program Modification 1
Deadline: February 28, 2014

National Institutes of Health
Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium
Deadline: March 6, 2014

Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World
Deadline: March 14, 2014

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

5. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 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/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

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities
Wednesday, February 5 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Pre-Award Session
Wednesday, February 5 3:30pm-5:30pm
RAB, Rm. 117

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, February 6 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership
Monday, February 10 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects
Tuesday, February 11 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Wednesday, February 12 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Thursday, February 13 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Tuesday, February 18 2:00pm-4:00pm
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. TVC Faculty Open House
  2. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  3. Michelson Prize & Grants
  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. TVC Faculty Open House

Technology & Venture Commercialization, TVC, is hosting a faculty open house. Come meet TVC’s team and learn about the “Commercialization Engine,” starting a company with TVC, getting companies to pay for research, software development center, grants, patents, online disclosure portal and more. Click here to register.

2. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Time & Stress Management/Work-Life Balance

Time is a most precious resource and few faculty feel they have enough of it.

Some common questions are:
How do you balance your professional time between teaching/research/service/clinical/other?
How do you efficiently balance just one day?
How to balance work and life ?
How did you DO it?
What do you say ‘no’ to, and how?

Obviously these answers are varied, personal, and constantly in flux.

Check out a few of these online resources:
Mind Tools
Time Management Tools

Mayo Clinic Stress Management
U of Illinois Time Management
NSFCareer-Life Balance Page (with funding help!)

It’s the end of the semester. Hang in there! This one is easy … Send an email today to your mentor/mentee to schedule a time AFTER the semester craziness is over, to go to lunch or have a cup of tea, an talk about the things you would most like to discuss at this point.

3. Michelson Prize & Grants

Found Animals offers Michelson Grants of up to $750,000 USD for research in pursuit of a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilization product or technology for use in male and female cats and dogs. To qualify for a Michelson Grant, a proposed project must pursue a technology, mechanism, or pathway representing an innovative approach to nonsurgical sterilization. Investigators are encouraged to submit for “proof of concept” studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. Scientists from a wide range of fields are encouraged to apply.

The first step to apply for a Michelson Grant is submission of a letter of intent. Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline.

The Michelson Prize

The winning entry for the $25 million Michelson Prize will have, at minimum, the following characteristics:
• Single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant
• Safe and effective in male and female cats and dogs
• Ablates sex steroids and/or their effects
• Suitable for administration in a field setting
• Viable pathway to regulatory approval
• Reasonable manufacturing process and cost

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

Environmental Education Grants
Deadline: February 4, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014

Department of Commerce
2014 Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program Modification 1
Deadline: February 28, 2014

National Institutes of Health
Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium
Deadline: March 6, 2014

Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World

Deadline: March 14, 2014

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

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

Overview of Research Administration
Thursday, January 23 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to RedCap
Tuesday, January 28 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to eProposal
Tuesday, January 28 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Lab 3100C

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

Wednesday, January 29 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA

Thursday, January 30 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Effective Negotiation in Research: The Art of Advocacy and Agreement

Tuesday, February 4 2:00-4:00pm
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. TVC Faculty Open House
  2. New Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry Core
  3. Updated U of U Fringe Rate Estimates
  4. What is your F&A/Overhead Return Used For?
  5. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  6. Updated NSF Funding Opportunity: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)
  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.TVC Faculty Open House

Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC) is hosting a Faculty Open House. Come meet TVC’s team and learn about: The “Commercialization Engine,” Starting a company with TVC, How do I get companies to pay for my research?, Our Software Development Center, Grants, Patents, Our online disclosure portal and more. Click here to register.

2.New Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry Core

The Department of Chemistry is now home to a USTAR-funded core directed at Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry. The facility, directed by Dr. Paul Sebahar and Prof. Ryan Looper, is aimed at providing lead compounds and analogs for biological testing. Please see today’s press release for more information.

3.Updated U of U Fringe Rate Estimates

We have recently updated the fringe benefit rate estimates to use when preparing your grants. Please use the following estimates.

The full set of resources and information for preparing your budget can be viewed here.

4.What is your F&A/Overhead Return Used For?

When you get a grant or contract, F&A/Overhead (49.0% for standard research grants) has to be included in the budget. Sometimes, faculty might see this as a ‘tax’ on their research, or wonder where ‘their’ F&A goes. But what is this F&A, really? F&A – Facilities and Administrative costs – support or contribute to facilities such as research labs, buildings, space, equipment, core facilities, vivariums, libraries, etc. and federally-mandated administrative costs including the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), Institutional Review Board (IRB), Radiation Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, and more. Without these facilities and administrative support, it would be impossible for researchers to do research.

F&A rates are set by the federal government after reviewing and negotiating actual expenditures (money already spent) on these services at the U. They are re-negotiated every 3 years, and this is the year. The space study is one very important part of this assessment, and most departments are already involved in this review. This is a survey of all space used for funded research, so that we can accurately portray our existing expenditures on this space. We recognize that higher rates do impact researchers. Spending more money on overhead means spending less money on direct costs (salaries, benefits, equipment, etc.) in grants with limited budgets. It is not our goal to either increase or decrease our F&A rate, but to be sure it accurately portrays expenditures. If the rate is inappropriately low, then something else has to subsidize the research on campus. If the rate is inappropriately high, well, the federal government makes sure that can’t happen because of the depth of their review.

To find out more about the specifics of F&A and where it is spent at the U, see here.

5.Mentoring Topic of the Month

Time & Stress Management/Work-Life Balance

Time is a most precious resource, and few faculty feel they have enough of it.

Some common questions are:
How do you balance your professional time between teaching/research/service/clinical/other?
How do you efficiently balance just one day?
How to balance work and life ?
How did you DO it?
What do you say ‘no’ to, and how?

Obviously these answers are varied, personal, and constantly in flux.

Check out a few of these online resources:
Mind Tools
Time Management Tools

Mayo Clinic Stress Management 
U of Illinois Time Management 
NSFCareer-Life Balance Page (with funding help!)

It’s the end of the semester. Hang in there! This one is easy … Send an email today to your mentor/mentee to schedule a time AFTER the semester craziness is over, to go to lunch or have a cup of tea, an talk about the things you would most like to discuss at this point.

6.Updated NSF Funding Opportunity: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the third year of a national materials initiative, Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF). DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness [1]. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.” As a national initiative, MGI integrates all aspects of the materials continuum, including materials discovery, development, property optimization, systems design and optimization, certification, manufacturing, and deployment, with each employing a toolset to be developed within a materials innovation infrastructure. The toolset will synergistically integrate advanced computational methods and visual analytics with data-enabled scientific discovery and innovative experimental techniques so as to revolutionize our approach to materials science and engineering.

NSF will support DMREF through well-coordinated activities involving the Directorates of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG) and Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Within MPS, the Divisions of Chemistry (CHE), Materials Research (DMR), and Mathematical Sciences (DMS) will participate in DMREF. The Divisions of Civil, Mechanical, Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Electrical, Communication & Cyber Systems (ECCS), and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) in ENG will also participate. All the divisions of CISE will engage in the DMREF initiative.

NSF is interested in activities that accelerate materials discovery and development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to progress towards designing and making a material with a specific and desired function or property from first principles. Also of interest to NSF is research that seeks to advance fundamental understanding of materials across length and time scales to elucidate the effects of microstructure, surfaces, and coatings on the properties and performance of materials and devices. The DMREF goal is to control material properties through design: this is to be accomplished by understanding the interrelationships of composition, processing, structure, properties, performance, and process control. The approach envisioned to achieve this goal involves modeling, analysis, and computational simulations, validated and verified through measurement, experimentation, or device demonstration, and requires new data analytic tools and statistical algorithms; advances in predictive modeling that leverage machine learning, data mining, and sparse approximation; data infrastructure that is accessible, extensible, scalable, and sustainable; and new collaborative capabilities for managing large, complex, heterogeneous, distributed data supporting materials design, synthesis, and longitudinal study.

It is anticipated that many proposed efforts will bridge program and divisional interests and that these will be coordinated, co-reviewed, and funded by the programs and divisions, as appropriate. The complexity and challenge of activities addressed by this initiative require a transformative approach to discovering and developing new materials, predicting and optimizing properties of materials, and informing the design of material systems. Accordingly, the proposed research must be a collaborative and iterative process wherein theory guides computational simulation, computational simulation guides experiments, and experiments further guide theory. The proposal should provide a plan for enhanced data management that ensures transparency, data sharing, and open source software. While not required, ties with industry, national laboratories, engineering partners, or other organizations are encouraged. If there are strong collaborations with industry, please see the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) program solicitation, which can be used in conjunction with this effort [2]. Because this DMREF approach emphasizes a more integrated approach to materials research, cross-disciplinary educational activities are encouraged, as are public outreach activities.

DMR, CHE, DMS, CMMI, CBET, ECCS and all the divisions in CISE invite proposals based on MGI principles in FY 14.

DMREF proposals must be submitted to the Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program (PD 12-8086) within the applicable submission window (15 January to 18 February 2014). The title of the proposal should begin with “DMREF”.

Participants interested in submitting proposals are strongly encouraged to first contact one of the following program officers:

CHE, Timothy Patten; DMR, John Schlueter, Linda Sapochak; DMS, Michael Steuerwalt; CMMI, Mary M. Toney; CBET, William Olbricht ; ECCS, John Zavada , Dimitris Pavlidis ; CISE, Ralph Wachter.

We are excited by the opportunities created by the national Materials Genome Initiative and the contribution made to it by this joint venture.

7.Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

Agency for International Development
Kosovo USAID-Pristina
Transformational Leadership – Scholarships and Partnerships Program Modification 2
Deadline: January 21, 2104

Department of Education
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs): Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Disabilities CFDA Number 84.133A-4 (Research) Grant
Deadline: January 28, 2014

Department of Education
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs): Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Disabilities CFDA Number 84.133A-9 (Development) Grant
Deadline: January 28, 2014

Department of Education
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs): Health and Function of Individuals with Disabilities CFDA Number 84.133A-3 (Research) Grant
Deadline: January 28, 2014

Department of Education
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs): Health and Function of Individuals with Disabilities CFDA Number 84.133A-8 (Development) Grant
Deadline: January 28, 2014

Department of Education
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs): Employment of Individuals with Disabilities CFDA Number 84.133A-1 (Research) Grant
Deadline: January 28, 2014

Department of Education
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs): Employment of Individuals with Disabilities CFDA Number 84.133A-7 (Development) Grant
Deadline: January 28, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014

Department of Commerce
2014 Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program Modification 1
Deadline: February 28, 2014

National Institutes of Health
Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium
Deadline: March 6, 2014

8. 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.

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

Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training
Wednesday, January 15 11:00am-12:00pm
HSEB 1750

Electronic Application through Grants.Gov
Thursday, January 16 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB 1750

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments and Continuing Review
Tuesday, January 21 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB 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. Teaching with the Flipped Classroom
  2. SciVal Experts
  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. Teaching with the Flipped Classroom

Cynthia Furse, professor of electrical and computer engineering, veteran ‘flipper’, and associate VP for Research at the University of Utah is piloting an online (and flipped!) class called “Teaching with the Flipped Classroom.” It will run from Nov. 24, – April 27, 2014. The goal is to teach faculty how to effectively flip their own classes and incorporate active learning.

Donna Ziegenfuss, associate librarian, Marriott Library, and Stacy Bamberg, associate professor of mechanical engineering will also instruct and coordinate class discussions.

Check out the Canvas site, module topics and schedule here.

There is no cost associated with the class. We will be piloting 12 online modules covering the basics of the flipped class, active learning strategies, flipped course design, video lecture design/capture/upload, helping your students learn flipped, and assessment. Each module will include video and written instructional material, an ‘assignment’ to try out in your class, and a chance to interact with other faculty through the online Canvas site. By the time you have completed all 12 modules, you should have the skills to successfully flip your class. This is a PILOT test, our first time through these modules. We will request your feedback as we go through each module.

To register for the pilot class, please email: melissa.johanson@utah.edu

Teaching with the Flipped Classroom is designed for faculty with teaching experience. It does not cover introductory pedagogy. It is not recommended for new faculty or those teaching a class for the first time.

This project is generously funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE-1245904).
Additional support provided by the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.

2. SciVal Experts

SciVal Experts Now Live at the U!

In order to help our researchers form partnerships, demonstrate our expertise to the global research community, and increase research activities at the University of Utah, the Office of the Vice President for Research has implemented SciVal Experts, an expertise profiling and research networking tool. SciVal Experts will make it easier for our researchers and administrators to find expertise and enable collaboration within the university and across other participating institutions by automatically creating individual profiles for faculty included in the system. Profiles are pre-populated with publication histories from the Scopus abstract and citation databases. SciVal Experts then produces a visual semantic index, or Fingerprint, of relevant concepts that instantly reveals each of our researcher’s distinctive expertise, and uses this information to expose valuable potential connections between faculty members. 800 of the most active university researchers from all areas of campus are included in the system, which is now accessible at http://www.experts.scival.com/utah.

The Office of Sponsored Projects has set up a webpage to provide more information, training, and user guides, located at http://osp.utah.edu/grant-life-cycle/find-funding/scival-experts.php.

Please contact Brent Brown at 801-581-3003 or brent.brown@osp.utah.edu if you have any questions or feedback.

3. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Finding Collaborators

One of the most fun, interesting, challenging and creative aspects of research is collaboration. ‘Team research‘ is likely to be cited more often, funded more often, and lead to additional creative ideas. Getting started in a research collaboration may be as serendipitous as meeting someone at the gym, or it may require a detailed search for the right research team.

Here are a few questions often asked about finding a collaborator and getting started in team research:

What ideas do I have that would benefit from collaboration?
How could I get involved in a collaborative group where we could generate ideas together?
What ideas do you have that would benefit from someone helping you? Where might your skills help someone else?
How can I find a collaborator? Or be found by one?
What should I look for in a good collaborator?
How do you organize and run a collaborative team? What goes well, and what might not?

Here are a some resources at the U to help you find collaborators:
OSP Collaboration Page
Find a Researcher
MBM Researcher Database

Also talk with the research dean in your college for ideas on finding and enhancing collaborations. (For a complete list of research deans, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research).

And a couple of good national resources:
Thriving in an Era of Team Science
Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide

Finding out about research projects that are going on in your college, university and elsewhere can help spark new creative applications and ideas for your research. Check out your college newsletters, the UofU research news, and research updates from federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, AFOSR, and others.

To Do:
Talk with your mentor/mentee about research ideas that might benefit from collaborations, and what types of collaborators would be good.
Find out more about different research projects going on in your college, the university, and outside of the university. (See links above) Sign up for any that you find particularly interesting, or mark your calendar to check them out on a regular basis.
Remind yourself to be curious and creative. Schedule time to think. Check out the resources on the OSP ‘Generate your idea’ page.
Check out the resources above, and bookmark the ones you find most useful.
Invite a colleague to lunch! Go have lunch with someone you don’t know too well, whose research interests you. Find out more.

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Internal Deadline: December 13, 2013

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

6. 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.

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

Patent and Trademark Searching
Tuesday, November 26 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Unrelated Business Income and Sales Tax

Tuesday, December 3 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515A

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Tuesday, December 3 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Laboratory Leadership and Staffing

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

Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training

Thursday, December 5 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.

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