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Info for Researchers

1. NIH Common Fund’s High Risk Reward Program: New Funding Opportunity for the NIH Director’s Transformative Research AwardResearch Updates
2. Research Development and Grant Writing News July Issue
3. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
4. Grant Writing Crash Course
5. CAREER Workshop materials posted

1.    NIH Common Fund’s High Risk Reward Program: New Funding Opportunity for the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award

The Office of Sponsored Projects would like to invite you to a re-broadcast of the “NIH Common Fund’s High Risk Reward Program: New Funding Opportunity for the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award webinar on Wed., Jul. 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Research Administration Building (RAB), Conference Room 117.

The NIH Common Fund (formerly the NIH Roadmap) encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs. The NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards fund exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional clinical, basic, and/or behavioral/social science research with broad impact. Individual or multi-PI applications and research projects with large budgets are welcome. Little or no preliminary data is expected.

The deadline for submitting Transformative Research Project applications is Sep. 21, 2012 with Letters of intent due by Aug. 21, 2012. See the instructions in the RFA-RM-12.017.

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Johnsen by Tues., Jul. 17.

2.    Research Development and Grant Writing News July Issue

The Office of the VP for Research has subscribed to Research Development and Grant Writing News, a monthly electronic newsletter published by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC. The newsletter is content rich, and focused on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations. The newsletter is available for unlimited distribution within the University; we hope you will find this to be a good resource. The newsletter will be available in FYI, and posted to Unite.

Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities

Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program
Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant Award
Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

Limited Submission Opportunities
(apply through CIS in the Limited Submission Application link)

Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 2, 2012

Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

NIDCD Research Core Centers
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology (P50)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 30, 2012

Academic-Community Partnership Community Series (R13)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 30, 2012

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 30, 2012

Major Research Instrumentation Program
Internal submission deadline: Dec. 6, 2012


4.    Grant Writing Crash Course

Registration for the Fall 2012 “Grant Writing Crash Course” is now available.

Oct. 12-14, 2012
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Experienced University of Utah faculty will provide individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective grant proposal writing, how to sell your idea to a sponsoring agency, how to develop specific aims and justifications, and the political and social aspects of “grantsmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the Crash Course, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty to trainee (PI) ratio is provided, so the number of spaces available for attendees is restricted. 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 and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend).

Attendance is highly limited, so you are encouraged to reserve your place as soon as possible. To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, or call 801-585-3492.

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


5.    CAREER Workshop materials posted

Now Available! The archived videos and grant writing materials presented in the 2012 CAREER Grant Writing Workshop, sponsored by The College of Engineering in preparation for the July deadlines. The workshop meets every 2 weeks from May-Jul to work on grants, review each others’ grants, discuss issues related to the CAREER grants, etc. This workshop will be advertised yearly through RATS.

NSF Grant Writing Workshop (2012) archived videos
NSF Grant Writing materials (UNITE login is simply your UNID and CIS password): This includes the Richard Inouye Career grant presentation materials
Education Plan materials (UNITE login is simply your UNID and CIS password)

Fire safety

The Clay Springs Fire, burning more than 108,000 acres, is just one of the many recent human-caused fires in Utah.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department wants to make sure residents stay safe during the fire-danger season, especially high during Fourth of July and  Pioneer Day celebrations. The department has provided a brochure with rules and Utah State requirements on fireworksrestricted this year to prevent major fires in areas in Salt Lake City. See a map of the restricted areas here. Governor Gary Herbert has issued a statement that all lands in Utah, except incorporated towns and cities, are closed to fireworks.

In addition, Utah State Forester Dick Buehler has expanded the limits on his earlier order to ban target shooting in many rural areas, which was the first-ever initiative of its kind. The ban took effect July 11 and bars target shooting in nearly all of unincorporated Utah County, parts of Summit County, and scattered portions of Cache and Davis counties. Buehler previously banned the use of steel-jacketed bullets, tracers, and exploding targets. (Steel-jacketed bullets can create sparks when they hit rocks.) The new order forbids shooting in the areas where county officials requested bans because of fire danger. Read more about this in the Salt Lake Tribune article by Robert Gehrke here. Additional information on fire prevention around the state is here

Tips to keep in mind when handling fireworks:

  • Keep a 30-foot clearance area in all directions from the base of the device, with unimpeded clearance over head (trees, awnings, etc.).
  • Have a bucket of water nearby to place spent fireworks in for at least 12 hours before discarding into a garbage can.
  • Should a firework misfire or not light, do not attempt to re-ignite and do not place in water. Instead let sit for an extended period of time then return to vendor.
  • Never use fireworks during windy conditions or near wildland areas.
  • Brace all aerial cakes with noncombustible weight items to avoid tipping. 

Wasted wood sees new life

Architecture professor Ryan Smith discusses how faculty and students are reclaiming forest timber destroyed by pine beetles to use as construction material. Rather than letting the wood go to waste, it is being reconstituted into a much higher value product for the market place—interlocking cross-laminated timber. To assess its quality for future use by the public, the beetle-killed pine is being used to construct a bathhouse at the Rio Mesa Center—one of the U’s research field stations—located in a remote area in southeastern Utah. The interdisciplinary timber project is supporting students in architecture, engineering, fabrication, and construction. Watch the video here: Wasted Wood Sees New Life.

Upcoming on campus

Access the University events calendar here.

By William Shakespeare
Babcock Theatre
July 19-22 and 26-28
Performance time: 7:30 p.m.

The Green Show begins at 6:45 p.m. before each evening performance. Patrons may arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. to “Picnic on the Plaza.”

Salt Lake Shakespeare presents this hilarious tale about mistaken identity, love, and the power of family. The production is set in mystical Arabia, where two sets of twins—two masters and two servants—are separated at birth in a terrible shipwreck. Each pair presumes their double is dead. But when one the pair shows up in the other pair’s city, mishaps due to mistaken identities lead to mayhem. Comedy of ErrorsShakespeare’s first comedy, is an outrageous, farcical example of his comic genius.

Tickets: General Admission: $15; U faculty/staff: $13, U students: free with their UCard; all other students with valid student ID: $10. Tickets can be obtained now by calling 801-581-7100, online, or at the Kingsbury Hall box office. Please note that Kingsbury Hall charges an additional $3 handling fee for all tickets purchased by phone or online, and a $1.50 handling fee for all tickets purchased at the box office window.


Art Activity: Car Sun Prints and Tire Prints
Saturday, July 21
1-4 p.m.
Celebrate the fantastic race cars on exhibit in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on this family day. Be inspired by the photographs of cars in our “Photo Finish” exhibition to create your own photograms using the sun. Make abstract art with toy car tire tracks and then relax and hear a car story from the Salt Lake Public Library. Admission to the museum and the family day are free but tickets must be purchased for Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile. Third Saturdays are funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks fund. For more information contact Shelbey Lang or call 801-581-7332. 


Thanks to Salt Lake County voters and the Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund, Red Butte Garden admission will be free on Tuesday, July 24. 

Sundance Institute free film screenings
View these films on a giant screen outside in the cool summer air.
July 25 – Filly Brown, 9 p.m.
Aug 1 – Bones Brigade, 8:45 p.m.
Films are free. Admission to the Garden is extra.

Free lectures
Horticulture Lectures presented by Red Butte Garden and the Salt Lake County USU Extension. Please register with Jessica.buxton@usu.edu.
July 30 – Western wildflowers of the Mountain West.
Attend the lecture for free. Admission to the Garden is extra.

Additional information is online here


All are welcome to volunteer in the Edible Campus Gardens on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, during the summer. Whether you are a greenthumb or a greenhorn, you are welcome to help in the gardens and learn organic gardening skills. Fill out the form here, contact garden coordinator Alexandra Parvaz, or call 801-585-9352 to RSVP. Meet at the Pioneer Garden on Webster’s Lawn, immediately east of Pioneer Memorial Theater.



Announcements of interest


Bringing home a trophy from a Provo parade might just be more difficult than winning a Sugar Bowl, but that’s what the U did on July 4. Yes, there were hecklers and a few small objects were thrown toward the route (although the one Provo police officer who yelled “Go Utes!” seemed to draw more ire from the crowd than the U float ever did). But organizers say that all in all it was an amazing experience with very vocal supporters all along the route. One woman ran into her house and brought out a giant Utah flag to wave right at the end. Check the U’s Facebook post—one of the U’s most successful—here.



  • There have been approximately 2.2 million transit trips to and from the U during 2011 using TRAX, FrontRunner, bus, and express bus. That number is most likely higher because not everyone tapped on and off.
  • Between regular bus and express bus service, there were more than 500,000 trips to and from the U in 2011. That number is accurate because of the enforcement of tap on/off.
  • The campus shuttle is moving about 42,000 people per week when school is in session.
  • On average 6,600 UCards are used daily on the system.



University Marketing & Communications is offering complimentary stickers for staff and faculty to wear during the first week of school to help make it easier for new students and employees to ask for help in finding their way around campus. If you would like stickers for your staff, please email your request, including quantity and  campus mail address, by Aug. 1.



“U Got Talent” is coming back with a new twist at this year’s Employee Appreciation Day (EAD) on Thursday, Sept. 27. Auditions will be held the last week in August and the first week in September so get practicing. We are looking for all types of acts that will be performing more than one number at EAD and also two more times throughout the year—more details to come. If this sounds interesting to you, polish up those vocal chords, dance routines, poetry/acting skills, or whatever you would like to do and watch for the application and more details in the next FYI News.



The internationally sanctioned, professional cycling stage race, the Tour of Utah, set for Aug. 7-12, will include 550 miles of racing over six days. On Thursday, Aug. 9, Stage Three of the race is presented by University Health Care and will finish at Research Park. A post-race press conference will take place between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. See the finish map here.



The 5th annual campus Farmers Market will link local growers and artisans with the campus community to provide fresh, healthy, local produce and unique arts and crafts.

  • Where: Tanner Plaza, between the Student Services Building and the Union.
  • When: Thursdays, Aug. 16 – Oct. 4
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additional information is available here.



Air quality remains an ongoing health concern along the Wasatch Front and vehicle emissions are a significant source of pollution. Your travel choices make a difference. The Clear the Air Challenge is a great way to set your own goals and be part of the solution. In 2011, participants saved an estimated 2.1 million pounds of emissions, 1.2 million vehicle miles, and $700,000 in costs. Many U employees contributed to this success, with teams from ARUP, Facilities Management, and Biochemistry placing in the Top 20 for single occupant vehicle trips saved. To join this year’s Challenge, register here. For more information, contact Jen Colby, Sustainability Coordinator.


Photo courtesy of KSL.com.

Big Bus is a new tourist transportation option with a handful of stops on campus. The open-air bus takes people on a 90-minute hop-on, hop-off loop around Salt Lake’s major attractions. Campus highlights include Red Butte Garden, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum of Utah, Fort Douglas, and Rice Eccles Stadium. Tickets may be purchased online or at the visitor information center at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Adult fares are $31 for a one-day pass, and $35 for a two-day pass. Family passes — good for two adults and all kids under 12 years old — may be purchased for $70 or $80 for one or two days respectively. See the listing of all Big Bus tour stops at KSL.com.



  • People living near North Temple between 200 West and 2200 West

The Department of Family and Consumer Studies is looking for participants for an IRB-approved study to determine if Salt Lake City residents benefit from “complete streets” (streets that are designed not only for vehicles, but also for walking and biking) and to measure current travel and activity patterns, and residents’ perceptions and feelings about their neighborhoods. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, live 1.2 miles north or south of the segment of North Temple between 200 West and 2200 West. For more information contact Barbara Brown or call 801-581-7111.

  • People with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome

The Department of Anesthesiology is seeking participants for a study to investigate the effects of Lyricaa drug approved for treatment of fibromyalgiaon blood biomarkers. Researchers hope to learn more about why Lyrica is effective for some patients and not for others. Volunteers with fibromyalgia (FMS) or chronic fatigue syndrome and FMS who are not currently using Lyrica are needed to participate in this IRB-approved trial. Eligible volunteers will receive Lyrica for five weeks and a placebo for five weeks, and will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact Andrea White.

  • Female adolescents with Major Depression

The Brain Institute is conducting an IRB-approved study for depressed females, ages 13-21, with Major Depressive Disorder who are taking an SSRI medication but are not feeling better. While maintaining current SSRI treatment regimen, subjects will be treated with the nutritional supplement, creatine. After a screening visit, subjects will participate in seven study visits, including two MRI scans of their brain, over a 10-week period. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, call 801-587-1549 or contact Lauren Forrest.

President Pershing hits the road

President Dave Pershing has kicked off the first leg of a state-wide tour this summer. Over the coming weeks, The Great Red Road Trip will take President Pershing to nearly every corner of Utah–to learn from leaders in the wide variety of communities that make up our state and to showcase what the U has to offer its citizens.

In the last week of June, visiting from St. George to Salina, the president visited operations that make products as diverse as ice cream and rocket propellent (started by U alumni), that hire the U’s mining engineers, and that make use of telemedicine connections to the University Hospital. He spent time at Dixie State College, Southern Utah University and Snow College to build on connections with leaders, faculty and students for collaborating now and in the future.

From July 9-July 11, Pershing met with officials from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, leaders of corporations investing millions in Uintah Basin oil shale resources, Ute Tribal leaders, as well as local community, business, and education leaders.

The President was also able to tour Dinosaur National Monument where the University is engaged in a collaborative research effort, and visit an active oil-drilling rig owned by a Corporate Associate of the Energy & Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah.

Keep up with the journey online at The Great Red Road Trip.

From RedThread, the blog of the University of Utah.

Construction, maintenance, and roads


Newly-resurfaced South Campus Drive has been accessorized with bicycle-friendly bling. Sharrows have been added to the road to help motorists be more aware of cyclists. Sharrows are icons placed directly on the asphalt to indicate shared use of the lane for motorists and cyclists. The sharrows on South Campus Drive are pre-made thermoplastic graphics melted directly onto the asphalt. The Utah Department of Transportation uses this material instead of paint so the icons last longer and require less maintenance. Read the complete Daily Utah Chronicle article by Marjorie Clark here.


Through Aug. 15, utility line construction for the Ambulatory Care Complex will affect traffic on Exploration Way (the new east/west road between Wasatch Drive and Central Campus Drive). During the construction, the O Zone shuttle route will be on detour. See the detour map here.  Details from Jacobsen Construction are here. Thank you for your patience as we build a better U. Contact Christopher Nelson in the health sciences public affairs office with any questions. 


In order to complete the construction of the main campus high temperature water (HTW) lines and perform preventive maintenance on HTW facilities, the main campus HTW system will be shut down from 5:00 p.m., July 12 to 8:00 a.m., Aug. 18. The shutdown does not include buildings east of Mario Capecchi Drive, which includes the majority of health sciences, and housing and residential education facilities. 

In most cases hot water will not be available for the following facilities:

  • Rest rooms and showers
  • Custodial sinks 
  • Laboratories 
  • Humidification in certain ventilation systems 
  • Swimming pool heating 
  • Food service outside of Olpin Union   

Further details are available here, including information about back-up hot water and steam service that has been arranged for critical activities within some buildings.

A detailed shut down notice with additional information has been sent to all departments located in the buildings affected by the shutdown. 

Although this project will be inconvenient, it is critical and will enable reliable HTW service for years to come. To minimize the disruption, the work has been scheduled during the time of year when fewer people are on campus and, in general, when there is a reduced need for HTW service. 

For clarification or for additional information, contact Tom Christensen or call the Facility Operations Dispatch at 801-581-7221. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Faculty—your GO LEARN tour could be next.

Go Learn’s 2012 tour group in Italy

Italian expert and languages and literature professor Guiliana Marple in early May led a tour of 15 people on a journey into the heart of Italy for the U’s Go Learn program. The group stayed in the 14th century Palazzo Dragoni in Spoleto; learned local Umbrian culinary secrets and tasted the local wine; made a trek to Francis of Assisi’s home town; went on a truffle hunt in the woods of Montelucco; and walked through the Vatican. Now, if that doesn’t whet your appetite…

“I believe that  the immersive nature of cultural exchange remains one of the most effective mediums for the learning and growing process for everyone,” says Marple. “I encourage faculty members at the U to lead and guide groups for the Go Learn program. Let us be the educators who maintain a passion for our field and see it is as its own reward to teach our specialty while traveling.”

In September, Stephen Trimble, an award-winning writer and professor at the U’s Honors College will teach a week-long writing and photography workshop titled Tutored by the Land, in Montana’s Centennial Valley. In early October, Kirk Jowers and Lindsay Zizumbo, with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, will take a group to Washington D.C. for an Inside the District tour prior to the presidential election this fall.

Go Learn, Continuing Education’s newest program, encourages faculty-led travel and learning experiences for adult learners of the general community. All faculty who would like to create exceptional learning experiences while traveling may contact Go Learn’s director, Christoph Dressler, with their ideas. Read more about Go Learn here.

Water conservation

From an article by Ross Chambless in the summer 2012 issue of Continuum magazine

Xeriscaping around new buildings is part of the U’s sustainability efforts. (Photo courtesy Office of Sustainability)

For decades, the University of Utah irrigated its manicured Kentucky bluegrass lawns using culinary water from Salt Lake City. Excess rain and snowmelt runoff was channeled away through storm drains, sometimes adding to erosion or pollution problems downstream. But in recent years, the U’s Plant Operations realized that the campus could save money while keeping the lawns green by capturing the runoff water.

“We asked, ‘What would it take for campus to run all of its operations without using any more water than what naturally falls on campus all year?’ ” says Cory Higgins, director of Plant Operations. The idea grew into a goal of achieving “water neutrality” by 2020: The campus aims to harvest and retain for irrigation the annual average 18 inches of rain and snow that falls on its 600 acres of land.

But there are challenges to becoming water neutral. Find out more here.

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