Info for Researchers

1. SciVal Funding update
Research Updates2. Oh SNAP! Changes coming to NIH progress reporting for Streamlined Non-competing Awards
3. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
4. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

 1.    SciVal Funding update

We are pleased to announce that SciVal Funding, a new online tool for grant funding opportunity searches and matching, is now available to all University faculty and staff.

The search menu on the home page is available from U of U IP addresses. In addition to this basic search, advanced features can be accessed after you create a user profile. Online tutorials can be found on the home page.

We will be arranging for web-based and in-person training over the course of the next few months. Details will be announced as they become available and related news will also be posted on the OSP, VPR, and RATS websites.

2.    Oh SNAP! Changes coming to NIH progress reporting for Streamlined Non-competing Awards

The NIH announced a new format for progress reports for most Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards: the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). Grantees can start using RPPR in October 2012; it will likely be mandatory, replacing the eSNAP format, in Spring 2013.
Please register for training for NIH’s new Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) here.

3.    Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
URC Faculty Fellow Awards
Deadline to applicant’s department chair: October 16, 2012

URC Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Awards
Nomination deadline: October 15, 2012

Limited Submission Opportunities
Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)
Internal submission deadline: Sept. 6, 2012

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

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.

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Tuesday, Sept 11
HSEB Rm. 1750

Introduction to ClinicalTrials.Gov
Wednesday, Sept 12
HSEB Rm. 1730

Investigator Training Workshop: Pre-Award Session
Wednesday, Sept 12
117 RAB

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Thursday, Sept 13
HSEB Rm. 1750

Preparing for a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Audit
Tuesday, Sept 18
HSEB Rm. 1750

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Tuesday, Sept 18
HSEB Lab 3100C

Purchasing and Procurement
Wednesday, Sept 19
HSEB Rm. 1730

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Thursday, Sept 20
HSEB Rm. 1750

Sept. 4, 2012 FYI Poll

It’s live until Sept. 17 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.


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Upcoming on campus

Wednesday, Sept. 6
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Marriott Library Plaza 
The College of Fine Arts invites everyone to celebrate the second annual Arts Bash, highlighting arts event opportunities on campus. Includes live performances from fine arts students in theatre, music, and dance as well as free food. For more information, contact Sara Pickett, call 801-585-6237, or visit the fine arts website.


Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
As the award-winning music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and a world-renowned pianist, Jeffrey Kahane has spent a lifetime sharing his musical prowess. Recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Grand Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Kahane has spent the last several decades making solo appearances with major orchestras worldwide and accompanying musicians including Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell. He will play works by Bach, Schumann and Gabriel Kahane. $18 general/FREE for U students/$8 outside students/$13 seniors. Contact Lindsay Kite or call 801-581-6762.


IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
The September Project
Wednesday, Sept. 12
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium
This year’s September Project features a conversation with Thomas W. Mann, author, and Norman J. Ornstein, author and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Call 801-581-8501 for more information. 



Photo copyright Joe Riis

STEGNER GREENBAG: Pronghorn Passage and Other Conservation Photography Stories from Around the World
With Joe Riis, National Geographic Wildlife Photographer
Wednesday, Sept. 12
12:15 p.m.
Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Court Room
Joe Riis will share his photographs and talk about his project photographing the Grand Teton pronghorn migration, celebrating the beauty of one of the longest remaining mammal migrations in the U.S. Riis is an award-winning cinematographer whose work is shaped by science and conservation and his belief that photography can connect our culture to critical issues facing wildlife and wild places today. Find out more about him here. Free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Questions? Call 801-585-3440.


With Ovidio Bermudez
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:00 p.m.
Eccles Health Sciences Education Building
Ovidio Bermudez is an internationally recognized advocate and lecturer in the field of eating disorders and childhood obesity. The seminar will focus on advances in refeeding practices with anorexia nervosa. Refeeding syndrome can result from a potentially fatal shift in electrolytes that may occur in malnourished patients as they start eating to recover from starvation. Without proper treatment, anorexia patients can suffer heart attackand other potentially fatal complications. Attendees may register for the seminar here or at the door. The event is co-sponsored by the U’s Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness and Knowledge.


Mohamed ElBaradei

Thursday, Sept. 13
3:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Mohamed ElBaradei has played a critical role in key crises in the recent history of the Middle East. As head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997 to 2009, he was intimately involved in the investigation of Iraq’s nuclear capabilities before the toppling of Saddam Hussein. He also has been at the forefront of efforts to confront Iran about its nuclear ambitions. Most recently, he has been a key figure in the Arab Spring, running briefly for president of Egypt on a pro-democracy platform. Call 801-581-7989 for more information. 


Sept. 14-29
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Score and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, In the Heights depicts three generations of Latino immigrants and their dreams of succeeding in America while at the same time holding on to their culture and heritage. An uplifting and joyous celebration of life. Call 801-581-6961 for tickets or check the website. 


Through Oct. 7
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, main level
A series of events celebrating the reopening of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the success of the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library will include this traveling exhibit as well as several presentations, including a panel discussion on “Across Generations, Across Disciplines,” on Sept. 10, and a presentation on “The Woman’s Face of Medicine in Frontier Utah,” with Will Bagley on Sept. 26. Details on the presentations are here.

Announcements of interest


The Piano Guys—the YouTube sensation—will perform at Red Butte Garden on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7:00 p.m. for a PBS concert special. The program is being produced by KUED-TV in collaboration with KBYU. The Piano Guys are actually a pianist (Jon Schmidt) and cellist (Steven Sharp Nelson), both Utah natives. Known for their YouTube videos filmed in majestic Utah settings, their next scenic stop is Salt Lake’s Red Butte Garden. The concert special will debut in December on KUED and KBYU and will go nationwide to other PBS stations in the spring of 2013. “Our vision is to create music and videos that inspire and uplift,” say the Piano Guys. “We want to take that music to the world and make a difference. We like to put a new spin on classic stuff and a classic spin on new stuff. Whatever we do, we put our hearts and souls into every note and frame.”

Tickets may be purchased online. A sellout is expected. 


A half-day seminar for all campus meeting planners
Wednesday, Sept. 19; 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University Guest House
Breakfast and lunch will be served; free parking at the Guest House and Officers Club

This free seminar will feature a host of experts to help you in planning that next department meeting or conference. Topics include:  

• Catering: great food = great meetings
• Scheduling events on campus: where to get answers
• Legal issues on campus: alcohol policies, events for children, safety risks, signing
contracts, and campus liability issues
• Special events on campus: races, weddings, book fairs, etc.
• Partnering on campus: parking, audio/visual, rentals, and more
• You are not alone: help and resources for registration, speaker management, poster sessions, transportation, hotel contract negotiation, managing a conference budget, audio/visual equipment for meetings
• Q&A with certified meeting professionals on campus 

Register online until Friday, Sept. 14. Or, if you have questions about the event, call 801-587-2980.



September Book of the Month from the Campus Store: Bossypants, by Tina Fey 

Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.  She has seen both these dreams come true. Fey’s compilation of memoirs gives a satirical illustration of her life from nerdy childhood to her latest successful project, “30 Rock.”  Fey defies the odds as a well-behaved, middle-class, white girl from the suburbs to make it in the comedy business. This book is available at the Campus Store for a discounted price of $11.19. 

Summer reading picks from FYI readers

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, from Melissa Yack Hall, MPA Program Manager

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, from Robin Perley, Biology

Casting a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa, by Wendy Kann, from Robin Perley

Saffron Kitchen, by Yasmin Crowther, from Robin Perley

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, by Gabrielle Giffords, from Robin Perley

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, by Christopher Matthews, from Robin Perley. 


U staff and faculty get discount tickets by showing their UCard ($13 instead of regular $18) to Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile, which ends Sept.16. Visit this link for more information. Purchase tickets in person at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts or the University Union building. Don’t miss your chance to view a century of legends on wheels, from Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar XK-SS to the 1938 “Mormon Meteor III” Bonneville racer.


Get a $5 haircut and help cure cancer.
Monday, Sept. 17, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Need a haircut? Now’s your chance to get a $5 cut and help cure cancer at the same time. More than a dozen hair stylists will come together on the Union Patio to participate in Rock the U’s Cuts for the Cure. All proceeds from the haircuts will be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) for research. Salon participants include Array Salon, Great Clips, and Hair Candy. Now in its third year, Cuts for the Cure is one of several fundraisers sponsored throughout the academic year by ASUU’s Rock the U, whose mission is to raise awareness about cancer and to engage people as allies in the fight for a cure. Event organizers for Cuts for the Cure hope to raise $1,000 at this event and $100,000 through other events during the academic year. 



University TV (UTV) is partnering with the new Pac-12 Networks and is now providing a direct satellite feed for TV programming from the San Francisco offices to the University of Utah. The Pac-12 Mountain Region is on channel 64. According to John Wardle, manager of UTV services, this first year, the Pac-12 Networks will be covering about 850 games—everything from men’s football and basketball to Olympic sports including women’s soccer, volleyball, and softball. Here are some of the U’s live sports events on UTV coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Football – Friday, Sep. 7, Utah @ Utah State, 5 p.m., ESPN2 on UTV Ch. 66
  • Football – Saturday, Sep. 15, BYU @ Utah, 7p.m., ESPN2 on UTV Ch. 66
  • Volleyball (W) – Friday, Sep 7, Stanford @ Utah, 6 p.m., PAC-12 on UTV Ch. 64
  • Soccer (W) – Friday, Sep. 28, Washington State @ Utah, 12 noon, PAC-12 on UTV Ch. 64

UTV includes over 120 channels of TV programming from sports, movies, and music, to news and informational programming.



We all have an alter-ego. Connect with yours (and put it through a little training) in Campus Rec’s intramural sports leagues, fitness classes, or outdoor adventure trips! 

Fitness Program: Classes begin Sept. 4. Register for classes or buy a FITpass online or at the Field House. 

Intramural Sports: Get involved with a team and play in a semester league. Don’t have a team? Join as a free agent and Campus Rec will put you on a team! Registration deadline is Sept. 5 with sports starting on Sept. 11. 

Outdoor Adventure Trips: Get involved with Campus Rec’s Outdoor Recreation Program and go on an outdoor adventure trip. They can also outfit you and provide you with helpful resources to take your own trips! 

Open Recreation: Not ready for a long term commitment? Stop by the Field House or the HPER Complex and work out or catch a pick-up game at your own pace. 

Check out all the programs at Campus Recreation.



HOPE: Home Observation of Periconceptional Exposures Study
Are you hoping to become pregnant in the next three months? If you are a couple (woman 18–35 years; man 18–40 years) planning to conceive with no history of infertility or medical conditions likely to cause sub-fertility (unable to conceive a child after a year or more of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse), you may be eligible to participate in the IRB-approved Home Observation of Periconceptional Exposures (HOPE) Study. Participants will be provided with materials to learn a simple method for fertility tracking. Compensation will be provided. There are no blood draws or clinic visits. For more information and to take a simple eligibility questionnaire visit online, find more information on Facebook at HOPE STUDY UTAH, call or text 801-641-7056, or send email.

U students contribute Wikipedia articles

For some students at the U, term papers end up not in a file or at the bottom of their backpacks, but published—on Wikipedia. Students in Günseli Berik’s graduate economics class this fall will continue to participate in the Wikipedia United States Education Program, which encourages professors to assign their students to edit or create new articles on the popular Web-based encyclopedia as part of their coursework. Participating for the first time in the Wikipedia program this past spring, Berik assigned her students to write an article in lieu of a term paper for their course on Gender and Economic Development in the Third World. By the end of the semester, students had contributed 15 new articles that explored topics such as maternal health in Uganda, child marriage in India, women’s rights in Tonga, the Gender Inequality Index, and women’s education in Pakistan. They also learned important lessons in research, publishing and editing on Wikipedia. Read more here.

Red, White, and U: Homecoming 2012

Homecoming at the U is slated for Sept. 8 to 15.

You won’t want to miss out on any of the festivities leading up to the showdown game versus Brigham Young University.

The week kicks off with the annual Legacy of Lowell Community Service Day on Saturday, Sept. 8, with many opportunities for volunteers to donate their time and help. The following Tuesday, Sept. 11, alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago are invited to attend the Emeritus Reunion, at the Natural History Museum of Utah.    

Highlights for the rest of the week include the Crimson Rally on the Union Plaza the evening of Thursday, Sept. 13. And alumni and others are invited to compete in the Homecoming Scholarship Scramble golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Bonneville Golf Course in Salt Lake City. The proceeds will go to help fund University scholarships for students.

Early on Saturday, Sept. 15, the U community and alumni will have yet another opportunity to have fun raising money for scholarships, with the Young Alumni 5K and Kids 1K Fun Run.

Everyone will head toward the stadium later Saturday for the Alumni Association’s pre-game tailgate party on Guardsman Way that afternoon and then the big football game against BYU.

See more on Homecoming here. View a calendar of this year’s Homecoming events and register for the 5K and golf tourney here.

How USTAR contributes to Utah’s economy

In March 2006 the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 75 creating the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR). The bill provided money for investments in Utah’s public research universities to promote the commercialization of innovative technologies, which in turn generates more technology-based start-up firms, creates higher paying jobs, and expands Utah’s tax base.

The bill provides to USTAR funding to recruit top-level researchers to the U and to Utah State University to assemble research teams that will create new businesses in Utah through commercialization of innovative technologies created by these teams; and build research and development facilities to be used by these teams; provide technology outreach to encourage the development and commercialization of technologies within the private sector.

The current issue of Utah Economic and Business Review, published by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the David Eccles School of Business features a report on USTAR’s estimated economic contribution to the Utah economy. The report is by Jan Elise Stambro, senior research economist.

Report Highlights

  • From FY 2007 through FY 2011, USTAR received $60.6 million in state funding and $27 million in federal pass through funding for a total of $93.6 million. USTAR has leveraged these funds with $69.7 million in external research grants and contracts.
  • In FY 2011, USTAR research teams spent almost $52 million. The operation of USTAR research teams in that year supported 1,102 jobs in Utah and generated $41.9 million in labor earnings for Utah workers. Contributions to Utah’s gross state product (GSP) totaled $80.9 million and fiscal impacts included $3.7 million in state tax revenue.
  • In 2011, the economic impacts associated with USTAR’s Technology, Outreach, and Innovation Program and Technology Commercialization Grants Program included 91 jobs, $3.9 million in earnings for Utah workers, $5.9 million in gross state product GSP.

See the full report here.


Faculty award and grant deadlines coming soon

University Distinguished Teaching Award

Deadline for nominations: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 

To recognize significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University of Utah, up to four faculty members are chosen each year to receive the University Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students, and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.  

Nominations for this award are now being accepted on behalf of faculty with at least eight or more years of teaching service at the U. Students, faculty, administrators, and alumni are welcome to submit nominations for this award. Details, including the nomination form and submission information may be found on the University Teaching Committee website.  

PLEASE NOTE: Departments may want to pass this memo on to members of their SAC, or may choose to distribute their own memos to encourage students and faculty to participate in the nomination process.


Teaching Grants Program

Next deadline for proposals: Sept. 28, 2012

The University Teaching Committee reviews teaching grant proposals three times a year. The next deadline is Sept. 28, 2012. Successful applications present a well-formulated plan that clearly describes a way to improve teaching, either in an individual course or over a wider area of the curriculum. Proposals with a broad, long-term influence on undergraduate students are especially welcome. 


Tenured, tenure-track, and auxiliary faculty may propose individual and group grants. Preference is given to applicants whose primary affiliation is at the University of Utah. 

Proposal types

  • Individual Teaching Grants are proposed by a single faculty member and provide up to $3,500 for allowable items.
  • Group Teaching Grants are proposed by a group of faculty that may span departments or colleges. The goal is usually the creation of a new, substantially modified, or improved course taught by the group. One member of the group serves as principal investigator. The budget may exceed $7,000 if well justified. 

Proposal submission

Application forms, detailed instructions on assembling and submitting proposals, as well as examples and abstracts of recently funded proposals, are available from the University Teaching Committee website.


Get the latest updates on EAD

Employee Appreciation Day
Sept. 27, 2012 

Save the date!  Employee Appreciation Day is Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 

Remember, your UCard is your ticket to get in. If you are a student employee, please send an email; you will receive a confirmation email in return. Please bring a copy of the confirmation email and your student UCard to the main gates for entry.    

Flu shots, for employees only, will be available during EAD for as long as supplies last.

U Got Talent!

Does your singing move people to tears (in a good way)?  Think you have the dance moves to dazzle the crowd?  Do you ever go to the comedy club and think “I could do better than that”? Here’s your chance to prove it!

Auditions for the “U Got Talent!” show at Employee Appreciation Day will be held during the last week of August and the first week of September, so if you have a talent you would love to share with your co-workers, come show us what you’ve got! For more information and to sign up for auditions, please visit our Employee Appreciation Day website. 

Volunteers Needed

We are currently looking for volunteers who are willing to fill in wherever needed. Please register on our Volunteer Registration Site and a member of the committee will contact you regarding your assignment. 

Hooked on Books

Time to spring clean your book shelves at home and bring in your books for the Hooked on Books annual book drive!  Books collected will be given away to faculty and staff at Employee Appreciation Day. Collection boxes are located at the east and west entrances of the Marriott Library. Also look for drop off boxes at various locations across campus. Please visit the Hooked on Books website to learn more.

Preparing students for a global society

With new undergrad major in religious studies, the U joins the national conversation.

The diversity and enthusiasm of the students who are coming to the program and declaring the major is exciting! Two weeks after the major was officially approved I had approximately 10 inquiries from students.
     —Muriel Schmid, Director, Religious Studies

The Board of Regents in July approved a new religious studies undergraduate major for U students that will help prepare them to live and work in a pluralistic and global society. Through the program, students will receive the analytical tools they’ll need to interpret events and public discourse, taking into account religious references, ethical values, and cultural identities. Today, the study of religion is an intrinsic part of the education of students who are interested in the global world. Religious studies minors are now in place at Utah Valley University, Utah State University, and Westminster College. With its new program, the University of Utah is joining this important dialogue. 

The initiative to develop a religious studies undergraduate major at the U began in in 2005, when  Muriel Schmid, an assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literature and director of the new program, first brought together a small group of faculty and administrators to discuss the idea. This past July, Schmid was officially appointed director of religious studies and the program was endorsed by the College of Humanities. 

Based on data from a survey by the American Academy of Religion and the Teagle Foundation, both of which influenced Schmid in her development of the new major, the following five characteristics are associated with religious studies majors:

  • The major explores more than one religious tradition and engages the phenomena of religion comparatively across and within cultures.
  • It promotes a range of approaches to religious phenomena.
  • It teaches students to examine and engage religious phenomena—including issues of ethical and social responsibility—from a perspective of both the other and the self.
  • It applies theoretical knowledge of religious phenomena to practical contexts, both historical and current.
  • The major employs knowledge of religious phenomena and the skills of religious studies in solving complex problems, including those of life, death, love, violence, suffering, and meaning.

“I had positive encouragement at every level,” says Schmid. In collaboration with her colleagues, she would like to add new minors to the major during this first year—Jewish Studies and Islamic Studies—and establish stronger collaborations with the College of Humanities’ new program in peace and conflict studies. She also plans to include a service-learning course and to develop the public relations elements of the program.

For additional information, see the Religious Studies website or contact Muriel Schmid.


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