Faculty research training opportunities available
- NSF Announce Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)
- EPSCoR International Collaboration Sabbatical
- BBSRC US Partnering Awards
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Review Process Explained
- University of Utah PI Reference Guide
- NSF Regional Conference
- Limited submission grant opportunities
- New Faculty Research Orientation Materials
- Project Administration and Management (PAM) Initiative feedback link
- Funding opportunity deadlines
- Investigator training workshops
1. NSF Announces Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)
Research Coordination Networks aim to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. Funding is available to support groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research across disciplinary and international boundaries. It is anticipated that 15-35 projects of around $500K each will be supported through this program.
Concerning International Participation - NSF encourages international collaboration, and we anticipate that many RCN projects will include participants from outside the US. International collaborations should clearly strengthen the proposed project activities. Network participants from institutions outside the US are encouraged to seek support from their respective funding organizations. NSF funds may not be used to support the expenses of the international scientists and students at their home organization. However, for RCN projects that involve international partners, NSF funds may be used for the following:
- Travel expenses for US scientists and students participating in exchange visits integral to the RCN project
- RCN-related expenses for international partners to travel to, and participate in, networking activities in the US
- RCN-related expenses for US participants to conduct networking activities in the international partner’s home laboratory
2. EPSCOR International Collaboration Sabbatical
The Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering Programme invites applications for International Collaboration Sabbaticals. This new initiative aims to foster long-term “best-with-best” international collaboration between leading UK researchers and their international peers, and break down some of the barriers to extended international collaboration.
The scheme will allow UK-based researchers to undertake visits to overseas centres of excellence of 6-12 months in duration, built around a high-quality research agenda. Funding is available to cover the applicant’s salary, travel, and subsistence and research costs. Resources can also be requested to cover stays for members of the applicant’s family and research team.
As this is a pilot call the scope is limited. Applications will only be considered for collaboration with investigators in US institutions.
Assessment will be by the standard process (postal peer review of full proposals with decisions made at the regular Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering responsive mode panels). Potential applicants should contact Stephen Kemp to discuss their plans in detail before submitting a proposal.
Contact Dr. Stephen Kemp
Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering Portfolio Manager
Tel: 01793 444040
This EPSRC program will support 6-12 month visits by UK researchers to US centers of excellence. Priority areas will be in Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering. The funding will cover salary, travel, subsistence and research costs. This is a new trial program and is currently focused on UK-US partnerships. It looks to be an excellent opportunity to build some lasting UK-US relationships that I’ve spoken with many of you about. If you are a US academic reading this, please think about contacts/colleagues in the UK you would like to encourage to come for a sabbatical. Deadline: Rolling deadlines over the next 12 months.
3. BBSRC US Partnering Awards
The BBSRC US Partnering Awards program offers up to £50k over four years for UK researchers to build links with US life science laboratories. The focus of this program is to develop new links and support the exchange of research scientists. Funds are to be used to support travel, subsistence, and other networking activities (i.e. workshops and exchanges). Deadline: November 2010.
- To set up partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories
- To promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists
- To promote access to facilities
- Funds can only be used for travel, subsistence and other activities, such as workshops or exchanges. They are not to fund salary costs, consumables, items of equipment or other research costs, nor to link ongoing single collaborative projects.
- Typically up to £50k over a four-year period for partnerships with one or more US life science laboratories
- Research groups should try to access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award.
- US partners may wish to explore mutual funding from the following agencies, which have signed formal agreements with BBSRC:
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Department of Energy (DoE)
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Applications are reviewed internally against the following criteria:
- The value added to BBSRC science through the partnership by enhancing priority areas
- The benefits and future joint research likely to accrue from the collaboration
- The uniqueness of the opportunity and expertise of the US partners
- The opportunities for early career scientist exchanges
- Whether the collaboration is a new linkage or an ongoing partnership (if collaboration is ongoing, what new aspects are brought to the partnership?)
- The level of the contribution made by the UK institution towards the development of the award
- Alignment of the award to current BBSRC strategy priorities
- Open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at institutes of BBSRC who are in receipt of BBSRC funding.
- Consortia of academics may apply, with one person acting as the lead.
HOW TO APPLY
- Read the guidance and regulation notes (see downloads section on right sidebar of web page).
- Complete the application form (see downloads section on right sidebar of web page).
- E-mail your application to the address given at the end of the application form.
4. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Review Process Explained
Want to better understand the NIH review process? Check out this YouTube video featuring U of U Professor David Grainger. This video provides an in depth tutorial on how the review process functions.
5. University of Utah PI Reference Guide
Click here to view great resources and a guide pertaining to research projects.
6. NSF Regional Conference
The University of Utah and Utah State University will co-host the National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Grants Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City on October 25-26, 2010. The conference will bring together key representatives from NSF and faculty, researchers, and grant administrators from many institutions across the Western region.
Because this is an invaluable opportunity for U of U faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research administrators who wish to gain insight into current issues at NSF, the Office of the Vice President for Research has arranged for a $100 discount on the $310 registration fee for the first 100 U of U registrants. Please distribute this information to your colleagues immediately so that they can take advantage of this rare local opportunity.
NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer any questions you may have in regard to:
- New programs and initiatives
- Future directions and strategies for national science policy
- Proposal preparation
- NSF’s merit review process
- Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs
- Conflict of interest policies
- Breakout sessions by discipline
Full details on the conference, including links for registration and hotel reservations, are available online.
7. Limited submission grant opportunities
For the past year there has been a new process for applying for research grants or fellowships where the number of applicants from the university is limited by the sponsor. From the Campus Information System home page, go to the Research Administration section on the left and choose Limited Submission Applications; when this opens, choose View Opportunity List. You may also access this list (and a calendar showing deadlines for all grant opportunities) via the Research Portal, which is also a choice in the Research Administration section of the Campus Information System home page. Please contact our office or call (801) 581-7236 if you have questions about this.
8. New Faculty Research Orientation Materials
The Office of Sponsored Projects and Vice President for Research Office will be providing all new faculty with the following updated information. Each semester we will query the Human Resources database for new faculty hires, and will contact them with this information. Since this has not been done for several years, will you please forward the following information to all new investigators and any other faculty you think may benefit from the updated information:
Updated Research Handbook
A web-based reference tool to assist new and established researchers in the conduct of research
New Faculty Funding Link
PI Quick Reference Guide
The PI’s quick reference guide to Sponsored Projects
Intramural and extramural funding opportunties, limited submission, etc., and proposal preparation tools
Extramural Agency Support
Extramural funding opportunities separated by agency, along with information, templates, video workshops, etc. on how to apply for funding from NSF,NIH, DOE, foundations and more
9. Project Administration and Management (PAM) Initiative feedback link
Leave feedback or comments regarding the Project Administration and Management (PAM) Initiative.
10. Funding opportunity deadlines
Upcoming deadlines for funding opportunities through the Vice President for Research Office are listed below. For more detailed information, please go to the Research funding opportunities webpage.
- Technology Commercialization Projects – September 15
- Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award nominations – October 15
- Faculty Fellow Awards – October 16
11. Investigator training workshops
Investigator training workshops are offered to all University faculty members and postdoctoral scholars. The workshops are designed to support both new and veteran investigators with the administration of their research. Among the topics to be discussed at the workshops are:
- Tips for conducting funding searches and developing effective proposals
- Understanding the organizational structure of research administration and the management of sponsored projects
- Financial reporting standards and requirements
- Responsible conduct of research (RCR) and conflict of interest policies
- University regulations regarding clinical trials, sponsor requirements, good clinical practices and data management
You may register online, or for additional information, contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, at (801) 585-3492.