- NIH Regional Seminar
- Patent Databases
- NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program
- MRSEC Seed Grant Program
- Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
- Lily Grant Office Notification
- Grant Writing Crash Course
- Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
- Research News & Publicizing Research
1. NIH Regional Seminar
To see materials and slides from the NIH Regional Seminar, click here
2. Patent Databases
The U.S. Patent Database is the single largest, cross-referenced technical database in the world. It contains more than 8 million inventions grouped into classifications by technical problems and solutions.
Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here.
3. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program
The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program was developed to:
• Train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers
• Help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review
• Enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research- intensive institutions
For more information, click here
4. 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.
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 (IRGs)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.
5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
Limited Submissions Opportunities
Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series
Submission Deadline: August 5, 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.
Extramural Funding Opportunities
EPA’s New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science
Funding: Up to $900K (direct & indirect), 5 awards anticipated.
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing innovative research to advance methods for characterizing real-world human exposure to chemicals associated with consumer products in indoor environments.
EPA’s Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
Funding: $1,000,000 over 4 years (direct and indirect), 6 awards
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness.
NIEHS’s Research on the Role of Epigenetics in Social, Behavioral, Environmental and Biological Relationships, throughout the Life-Span and across Generations (R21)
Funding: $150,000 per award (direct costs), $1 million in available funding
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to support development of basic research to elucidate the role of social (including cultural and socio-economic context) and behavioral, influences on the epigenome, and vice versa, and their relationship to external and internal, environmental and biological, factors throughout the life-span and across generations.
Nigh Rover Challenge
Registration is now open for teams wishing to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and managed by Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif. Registration for the competition will close October 25, 2013. The competition will be held January 20, 2014 through March 24, 2014.
For information about the Night Rover Challenge, Challenge rules, requirements, and how to register, click here:
“The goal of the Night Rover Challenge is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems here on Earth,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “NASA wants this challenge to generate new ideas that will allow planetary rovers the ability to take on a night shift, and possibly create new energy storage technologies for applications of benefit here on our home planet.”
To win, a team must demonstrate a stored energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness. During the Night Rover Challenge energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communication, and rover movement.
This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements. The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully. Since the program’s inception in 2005, NASA’s Centennial Challenges has awarded more than $6 million to 15 different competition-winning teams through 23 events. Competitors have included private companies, citizen inventors and academia working outside the traditional aerospace industry.
The Night Rover Challenge is part of the Centennial Challenges Program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in space technology, click here.
DoD Autism Pilot Award
The ARP Pilot Award supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will drive the field of ASD forward. Research projects should include a testable hypothesis based on a strong scientific rationale. To see the funding opportunity, click here.
DoD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
The Department of Defense (DoD) has released funding opportunities in the Prostate Cancer Research Program:
Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program Award
Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award
Dr. Barbara Terry-Koroma Health Disparity Research Award
Physician Research Training Award
Population Science Impact Award
Postdoctoral Training Award
Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
The Department of Defense has released funding opportunities in the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program:
Grant Opportunities in Stem Education
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.
6. Lily Grant Office Notification
Effective June 19, 2013 we will require that all grant request applications be submitted at least 60 days before the event date but not more than one year before the event date.
We are making this change to allow for more application review and processing time. However, we realize this will prevent organizations from submitting requests for programs occurring between July 19 – August 19, 2013. If this impacts you, please contact us so we can assist you.
Please check the portal for this and any additional future application requirement changes. If you have any questions, please contact the Lilly Grant Office at 1-877-545-5946.
Lilly Grant Office
7. 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 “granstmanship.” 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
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
Best Practice Roundtable: SciVal Funding Basics
Tuesday, July 30 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 5100
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.