Info for Researchers

Research Updates

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


1.             New Publication Link on the OSP Grants Lifecycle

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

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


2.             NSB Request for Information on Faculty Administration

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

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

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


3.             Schlumberger Corporation

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

Thank you,

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

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


4.             BRAIN Initiative

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

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

White House Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative

White House Infographic: BRAIN Initiative

DARPA Press Release on White House BRAIN Initiative: DARPA

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

NSF Participates in White House BRAIN Initiative: NSF

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

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

Agencies include:

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

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


5.             Marriott Library Open Access Funding

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

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

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

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

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


6.             MRSEC Seed Grant Program

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

Proposals should be submitted to the MRSEC Executive Committee at

The application deadline is September 1, 2013.

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

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

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

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

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


7.             Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

Brain Research Foundation
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2103

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

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

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

Searle Scholars
Internal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

External Funding Opportunities

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

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

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

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: The Fund for Discovery

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

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

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

Grant Opportunities in Stem Education

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

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

GE-NFL Head Health Challenge I

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

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

Grant Modifications

Click here to see modifications to grant opportunity postings


8.             Grant Writing Crash Course

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

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars

Experienced University of Utah faculty will provide individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective grant proposal writing, how to sell your idea to a sponsoring agency, how to develop specific aims and justifications and the political and social aspects of “grantsmanship.” Participants will work on their grant proposals at the GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. A high faculty-to-trainee (PI) ratio is provided and attendance is highly limited. If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your department chair or research dean. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education at 801-585-3492.

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


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

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

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


10.         Research News and Publicizing Research

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

Campus Construction and Parking Updates

Building Foundations (2)Open House to Discuss New Campus Shuttle Route

Commuter Services is planning a new shuttle route to connect Campus Center Drive with Central Campus Drive, which involves constructing an eight-foot shuttle lane with one eight-foot sidewalk.

Anyone interested is invited to a public open house to discuss these planned improvements.

  • Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
  • Time: 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Location: A. Ray Olpin Union Building, East Panorama Room (Room 404), 200 Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Sidewalks Closed around Sorenson Arts and Education Building

During June and July, many of the sidewalk entrances around the Sorenson building construction site will be closed to accommodate utility work.

  • The sidewalk between the HPER building and the construction site will remain open along with the sidewalk to the west of the construction site.
  • Bike lanes and wheelchair ramps are located to the north of the construction site and west of Milton Bennion Hall.

Parking Changes Accommodate Law School Construction

The College of Law breaks ground on its new building, located on the corner of University Street and South Campus Drive, Tuesday, June 4, and utility work and construction begin immediately. Look for the following short-term changes:

  • Beginning June 2, only a limited number of parking spots will be available in the lots between the law building and the chemistry building. Additional spots will become available when fall semester begins. Vehicles can park in the stadium lot during construction this summer.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of the law building has been reconstructed to make it accessible for people with disabilities. This entrance opens June 2. The south entrance, which was accessible for people with disabilities, will be closed for the duration of construction.

Library Fountain Closed for Renovation

The Marriott Library fountain will be closed while it is refurbished and the mechanical and electrical components are upgraded. The fountain project will take place in phases and is scheduled to be completed by the start of fall semester.

Sidewalk Closures and Planned Outages

In January, Facilities Management began a sizable upgrade to electrical infrastructure and substations. The Critical Infrastructure Project provides modern, safe and reliable electrical service to campus buildings.

  • There are no scheduled outages during June. However, some sidewalks will be closed while an underground electrical duct bank is installed. For more details and locations, visit the Construction Impacts map.

Utah Athletics Summer Camps

baseballSummer time is approaching and it’s time to get outside and play! Utah Athletics would like to encourage your family members to participate in camps this summer offered by each of our own Utah athletic teams. Faculty/Staff discounts are available for camps, check each individual camp for details and offers. The teams are offering the following camps for youth of all ages, with more info at Registration for each camp can be completed on the appropriate website, a feature that has been added for your convenience.


One Day Showcase Camp, Grades 10-12: June 15

Youth Competitive League Camp, Grades 1-6: June 17-19

Middle School Development Camp, Grades 7-9: June 17-19

Youth Recreational League Camp, Grades 1-6: June 24-25

Men’s Basketball

Skills Camp, Grades 6-12: June 10-11

Team Camp, Grades 10-12: June 12-15

Utes Day Camp, Grades K-6: June 15-17

Women’s Basketball

Team Camp: June 19-22

Team Tournament: June 28-29

Advanced Skills Camp, Grades 10-12: June 24-26

Fundamental Camp, Grades 5-9: June 24-26

Day Camp, Grades 1-12: July 29-21

Cross Country

Cross Country/Distance Running Camp, Grades 7-12 Coed: July 31-August 2 (limit 25)


Youth Football Camps

Jr. Ute Football Fundamentals Camp: June 7

Youth Football Session I: June 10-12

Youth Football Session II: June 20-22

High School Football Camps

UteShoot 7-on-7 Passing Camp and Linemen Challenge: June 1

High School Kicking and Long Snapping Specialist Camp: June 17

High School O-Line/D-Line Camp: June 17

High School Skills Positions Camp (QB, WR, TE, RB, LB, DB): June 18


High Performance Camp, Grades 4-12: June 19-22


Ute Kickers 1, Grades K-6 Coed: June 10-14

Ute Kickers 2, Grades K-6 Coed: July 29-August 2

-Additional girls only and advanced camps can be found on website


Kids Camp, Grades K-6: June 25

Advanced Camp, Grades 7-12: June 26-27


Performance Camp, Grades 4-12 Coed: June 17, 19, 24, 26, July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 & 25

Swimming & Diving

Swimming Camps, Grades 2-12 Coed: June 9-13, June 16-20

-Day camp, extended day camp and overnight camp options offered


Skills Camp, Grades 7-12: July 1-3

Ute Day Camp 1, Grades 3-6: July 1-3

Position Camp, Grades 7-12: July 5

Advanced Skills Camp, Grades 9-12: July 8-10

Ute Day Camp 2, Grades 3-6: July 8-10

Position Camp 2 day, Grades 7-12: July 11-12

High Octane Camp, Grades 9-12: July 13

Team Prep Camp, Grades 9-12: July 18-20

Utah Grad Photo Contest

Prior to graduation, students were encouraged to submit photos via Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win prizes and to have their photo featured during the 2013 commencement ceremony. Below are the finalists and winners…

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First Place Winner

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Second Place Winner

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Third Place Winner

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Insta 3


Insta 1


Kathryn Stockton Receives 2013 Rosenblatt Prize

Rosenblatt-PrizeKathryn Bond Stockton, distinguished professor of English at the University of Utah, was honored at the commencement ceremonies with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious award. The $40,000 gift is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research and administrative efforts.

The Rosenblatt Prize Committee, a group of distinguished faculty members, recommends selected candidates for the award. University of Utah President David W. Pershing made the final selection.

“Kathryn Stockton is counted among the top humanities scholars in North America and her brilliance in the classroom is widely recognized,” Pershing says. “Our students and campus are enriched by her talents, and it is a distinct honor to recognize her with the Rosenblatt Prize.”

Click here for more information.

Twins Earn Doctorates while Redefining Beauty

Lexie and Lindsay Kite GraduationUniversity of Utah doctoral candidates Lexie and Lindsay Kite have dedicated most of their college education to studying the stereotypes of beauty perpetuated by popular culture and its negative effects on women and girls. Wanting to make a difference in their area of study, the identical twin sisters launched Beauty Redefined in 2009, a campaign to help replace distorted ideals of body image with more positive concepts of beauty and wellness.

Through advocacy and education, the 27-year-old sisters deliver their message with doctoral level research to help women realize their value and worth are not based on their physical appearance. Lexie and Lindsay connect with girls and women across the country through speaking engagements, their website and their 13,000 followers on Facebook.

Click here for more.

New Mineral Named for U Geologist

NashHandlensA new bluish-green mineral discovered in abandoned uranium mines in Colorado and Utah has been named nashite in honor of University of Utah geology and geophysics Professor Barbara Nash, who has studied related minerals.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have received this recognition from my colleagues,” says Nash. “But I can understand that for most people it probably isn’t obvious just how satisfying it can be to have ‘ite’ added to your last name.”

The mineral was named for Nash by Salt Lake City mineral collector Joe Marty, a retired medical technologist at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and three other researchers who wrote a study describing and characterizing nashite.

“Since she has been so involved in describing these new minerals, the authors felt it was important for her to be recognized,” says Marty, who explores old mines and also discovered related “decavanadate” minerals named rakovanite, hughesite, postite and gunterite.

Click here for more information.

Food Lovers Get a Tour of Utah’s Best Fare

chocolate0412_46Lifelong Learning at the University of Utah introduces A Taste of Utah, a culinary excursion to savor some of the best food and drinks the state has to offer. The new series will be offered this summer along with a large variety of other non-credit courses ranging from crafts and cooking to business and finance.

A Taste of Utah begins June 3 with an evening in Park City at High West Distillery for a tour and sampling of their various blends of whiskey and vodka. The second course held in July, takes participants to Cache County to experience fine food producers with a full-day of adventures including tours of Rockhill Family Creamery, Crumb Brothers and Slide Ridge Honey. The series comes to an end in August with an evening dedicated to Epic Beer and Millcreek Chocolates, where participants will learn the process of creating these popular local products.

To register or learn more about summer classes, click here.

Announcements of Interest

EAD icon-final_horz_color-01Save the Date for Employee Appreciation Day!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Rice-Eccles Stadium
More details to come



U Home to First LEED-Certified Residence Hall in UtahHousing

The University of Utah’s newest residence hall recently received gold certification using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, making it the first LEED-certified university residence hall in Utah.The 167,000-square-foot Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community, which opened its doors in August 2012, exceeded minimum efficiency standards by more than 30 percent, resulting in $55,000 annual energy savings. Click here for more information.


U Appoints New Chief Information Security OfficerDanBowden_large

University Information Technology has named Dan Bowden chief information security officer, effective May 16. Bowden brings 25 years of information technology experience in the health care, higher education, banking and military fields. Most recently, he served as the associate director of the University of Utah IT Infrastructure and Operations Unit. This is a new position that will oversee IT security for the university’s academic campus as well as the University Hospital.



Guidelines for Carts on CampusU_golf_cart

An increased number of utility and golf carts are sharing campus walkways with pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards and vehicles (see Policy 3-233: Operation of Motorized Vehicles on Pedestrian Walks).  To promote the safe operation of the carts, U Risk and Insurance Management developed guidelines addressing operator qualifications, cart identification, speed limit and departmental responsibility.  Please review the cart guidelines online here or contact U Risk Management at 801-581-5590 for additional information.


Patriot Award

KristyKristy Reese, program manager for the Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise Program received the Patriot Award from the Secretary of Defense for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve “for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”  Ms. Reese was recognized  for helping MIAGE graduate student Dane Sawyer when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 with a leave of absence from his studies. After Dane’s one-year deployment, Kristy helped him transition back to the University of Utah and worked with faculty members to allow Dane to start his course work several weeks after the semester began.

Upcoming on Campus

iStock_books_pileCampus Store Sale
June 3 – 27

Save 20% on the supplies you need from the Campus Store. Save on hundreds of in-stock items when you purchase with a Campus Order. Discount valid on office supplies, University logo gear and apparel, general reading books and reference books and much more. Stop by the University of Utah Campus Store, Health Sciences Store or any of our Utah Red Zone locations and save. Call Hilary for additional information at 801-581-4693. Visit us here.  

*Excludes computers, computer accessories, electronics, software, special orders, Staples supply orders, services and textbooks.


Monday Family Nights at Red Butte GardenRedbutte-logo[1]

Bring your family and a picnic dinner to Red Butte Garden and enjoy cool summer evenings filled with diverse cultural entertainment, crafts and activities. There are two performances per night at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre. Regular Garden admission. Special price $38 for a family of six (2 adults & 4 kids). Garden Members free.

June 10 – Native American Flute Circle
June 17 – Best of Africa Cultural Group
July 1 – Divya School of Dance (Bollywood)
July 8 – Red Desert Ramblers
July 22 – Salt Lake Scots



Randall Davey (American), Horse & Rider, n.d., ink on paper. Gift of E. Frank Sanguinetti.

UMFA Drawing Lab

A new hands-on interactive exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts invites visitors to create the artwork themselves. Drawing Lab, which opens May 17, is inspired by the idea that mark-making is a fundamental human impulse and that there is no wrong way to do it. Museum visitors of any age or artistic ability are welcome to participate. The exhibition, which will also feature a collaborative drawing created by University of Utah art students in a three-day “marathon,” will be on view until August 25 in the Emma Eccles Jones Education Gallery in the UMFA’s Marcia and John Price Museum Building. For more information, please click here.


UMFA Installs Major Work by Groundbreaking Contemporary Artist

Lawrence-Weiner-2013_20A fascinating work of language sculpture by groundbreaking artist Lawrence Weiner has made its American debut at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, where it joins the Museum’s growing permanent collection of important contemporary works of art. Weiner, considered one of the founders of the Conceptual art movement challenges conventional notions of what constitutes art by using language exclusively as his medium. The UMFA acquisition is an enigmatic phrase—BENT TO A STRAIGHT AND NARROW AT A POINT OF PASSAGE (1976)–rendered in bright blue, nearly five-foot-tall, cut-vinyl capitalized letters across three walls of the G. W. Anderson Family Great Hall in the UMFA’s John and Marcia Price Museum Building. A time-lapse video of the installation can be viewed here. Lawrence Weiner’s artwork has been the subject of a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and has been displayed in solo exhibitions at major fine arts institutions worldwide.



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