- Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
- Research and Pharmaceutical Materials Stored in Cooling Units-An Ounce of Prevention
- Federal F&A Cost Study Information Sessions
- Interested in Translational Research Funding?
- Patent Databases
- Mentoring Topic of the Month
- Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
- Grant Writing Crash Course
- Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
- Research News & Publicizing Research
1. Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
The University of Utah has now joined the Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU) group. This provides many opportunities for graduate student and postdoc fellowships, faculty/student/post doc research experiences, sabbaticals and internships. ORAU administers these programs for a variety of federal agencies including DOD (AF, Navy, Army, etc.), NASA, national labs, etc. so you can find a wide variety of opportunities here in business, engineering, science, life/health/medical science, communication & graphics design, earth/environmental/marine science, math, physical science, social & behavioral science. See ORAU’s website for faculty and student programs. There also is a searchable database of programs. Please check out these programs.
2. Research and Pharmaceutical Materials Stored in Cooling Units-An Ounce of Prevention
In the February 4, 1736 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin famously said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and then offered some fire prevention tips so that “at midnight, when your stairs being in flames, you [are not] forced to leap out of your windows and hazard your necks to avoid being oven-roasted.”
If you store research or pharmaceutical materials in a freezer or refrigerator, it is imperative that you take action to prevent losses due to equipment malfunctions or power outages. Please be aware that insurance coverage is very limited (past recoveries have been for a fraction of estimated values), and the University’s insurers will deny your claim entirely if you haven’t complied with their requirements. Requirements include installation and use of auto-dial alarms, contingency plans, regular inspections, and reporting the value of each unit’s contents to the Risk and Insurance Management Department at least annually.
For more information, including a comprehensive list of loss prevention protocols see the U Risk & Insurance Management website here or call 581-5590.
3. Federal F&A Cost Study Information Sessions
This is an overview of the University’s current efforts to renegotiate new F&A (Facilities & Administrative) rates with the federal government. Please see the announcement here.
4. Interested in Translational Research Funding?
Is your research ready to move from basic science to a more translational/commercial level? Check out this new page on OSP to help you find funding to get there. We’ve just added information on various bid mechanisms for federal and commercial entities, that are used for more translational research efforts. This may be of particular interest to post docs, research professors, and faculty teams who are interested in moving beyond the bench and into practice. We have several resources and centers on campus already working in this realm, also linked on this page.
5. Patent Databases
Are you a campus researcher or PI? Have your students, staff, or assistants asked for suggestions for post-graduation employment or additional research opportunities? Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify future employers or research collaborators? Contact Dave Morrison in the Marriott Library to learn strategies to search patent databases for your students’ areas of research, and to learn shortcuts to identify, sort, and manage organizational information within the patent databases to provide you with further collaborative research or employment opportunities.
Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library’s expert on patent searching, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here.
6. Mentoring Topic of the Month
A faculty career is challenging, rewarding, and interesting. There are many different paths to a great faculty career that depend on many things — discipline and areas of interest, your department/college/university and the expectations, collaborations, and opportunities available locally/nationally/internationally, plus personal preference and how you creatively take advantage of (and create!) opportunities for your work. Mentors — people who have experience with various aspects of a professional career — can be very helpful to share, talk, think through, and challenge ideas, and to provide supportive camaraderie and suggestions throughout your career.
How do you find good mentors? How can you become a great mentor? What do you want from your mentoring relationship? And once you have found a prospective mentor, how / when / how often will you contact your mentor / mentee, and what do you want to talk about?
Check out the UofU Research Mentoring Website, which talks about mentoring in general and how to get / give great mentoring.
In addition, it is meant to help raise good mentoring questions. Once a month both you and a mentor(s) will receive an email with a suggested topic, online resources, and common questions to get you started. So start here!
Step 1: Figure out what you want to know. Make a list of all of the things you wish you could talk with a mentor about today. Think about what you need to know today, this year, and for the next 5-7 years. Some common questions about an early faculty career revolve around tenure, which is based on teaching, research, and service.
Step 2: Find resources to help you think about your questions. It is always better to sit down having already thought about and learned much of the common and available information related to your questions. This way, you can discuss more specific aspects related to your specific work and career.
Some UofU resources:
• Department / College Resources: Ask your departmental admin, chair, etc. what information is available for faculty in your department. This should include information on the RPT process specific to your department or college. Here is the university link to the Office for Faculty.
• Research Resources:
o UofU Office of Sponsored Projects provides a centralized resource for information for faculty on sponsored research at the U. Especially check out the New Faculty resources, the Grants Life Cycle and Faculty Resources.
o The VP for Research Office administers and supports sponsored research on campus. Also look here for internal research funds.
o My Research Assistant: Can’t find something? Don’t know whom to ask? Need help? Ask MyRA!
• Teaching Resources:
o Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
o Teaching and Learning Technologies
Step 3: NOW find mentors for various aspects of your career. Most professionals have multiple mentors at any given time, and these mentors may change throughout your career.
Talk with your department chair or college research dean about finding an initial mentor(s) to help you get started.
Step 4: Make contact! It is usually up to the mentee to make contact with the mentor and ask for advice. If you department has a set method of identifying and assigning mentors, start there. But do not feel constrained to one assigned mentor. It is up to you to find people with the skills you would like to emulate and ask them for advice as you want and need it throughout your career.
Step 5: Sign up: The UofU Online Mentoring Back Bone is one way to provide resources and generate discussion between mentors and mentees on campus. Email askVPR@utah.edu to join. Include the Mentee & Mentor(s) names, departments, emails, and the stage (first year assistant professor, tenure track, for instance) of the mentee. You will each then be added as a ‘student’ (both mentors and mentees) to this canvas course, and you will all be emailed a monthly suggestion for a topic of discussion. It will then be up to you to get together (over lunch perhaps?) and make contact.
7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
Limited Submissions Opportunities
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientist
Deadline: October 1, 2013
International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (U19)
Deadline: October 2, 2013
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Deadline: October 10, 2013
External Funding Opportunities
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013
Beckman Young Investigator Program
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013
NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013
NIH Director’s New Innovation Program
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2013
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Records for Life Contest
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013
Grand Challenges: Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013
Grand Challenges: Explorations
Submission Deadline: November 12, 2013
The Role of Environmental Exposures in the Development of Autoimmune Disease
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2013
Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Breast Cancer Research Program: Breakthrough Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013
DoD Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
White Papers: October 15, 2013
Full Proposal: December 16, 2013
NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
Letter of Intent Due Date: December 31, 2013
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013
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!
Using a unique and proven method to learn how to write a fundable proposal, the Grant Writing Crash Course provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah Faculty Grant Writers. Participants complete a series of short exercises prior to the Grant Writing Crash Course, drafting text that will be refined and assembled under the guidance of faculty mentors into critical sections of their proposal. Several essential topics are covered in focused brief lectures and discussions, including the strategies and mechanics of effective proposal writing, how to sell your project (and yourself as Principal Investigator) to a sponsoring agency, the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your proposal, pitfalls to avoid in grant writing, how to develop aims and justifications, the ins and outs of major funding agencies, and the political, social, and psychological aspects of “grantsmanship.” Focused, intensive work sessions provide participants with amply uninterrupted time to craft and recraft their thinking, writing, and presentation based on real-time constructive feedback from faculty mentors, enhancing their proposals and increasing the likelihood of their success.
Attendance is highly limited. 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). 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. To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director of Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at email@example.com.
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
Introduction to Research Integrity
Tuesday, October 1 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750
Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Wednesday, October 2 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730
Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, October 3 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750
Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Tuesday, October 8 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750
Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Wednesday, October 9 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110
Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, October 9 3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Rm. 117
Utah Population Database: Introduction and Overview
Thursday, October 10 10:00 a.m.-12:00n
HSEB, Rm. 5100B
Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IBC
Thursday, October 10 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750
10. 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.