Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. REDCap Support
  2. Patent Databases
  3. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  5. Grant Writing Crash Course
  6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  7. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. REDCap Support

REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Using REDCap’s stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using 1) the online method from your web browser using the Online Designer; and/or 2) the offline method by constructing a ‘data dictionary’ template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap. Both surveys and databases (or a mixture of the two) can be built using these methods. If you have questions about REDCap, there are several videos and a Help & FAQ tab on its main page. There are also detailed descriptions for some of the most requested tasks available here.

Presentations about REDCap and it’s place as a research tool are given frequently. If you are a group, department etc. that would be interested in a presentation, you can contact Bernie LaSalle at 801-213-4093. You can also contact the main Biomedical Informatics Core (BMIC) at 801-587-8001 or the REDCap Manager, Mei Xue at 801-581-6442.

2. 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 or by phone at 5-6802. His ‘how-to’ guide is available here. 

3. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Finding funding is one of a researcher’s biggest thoughts and concerns.

Here are a few questions sometimes asked about developing a research strategy and finding funding:

  • Where do people in my discipline commonly find funding?
  • Are there other creative places my work might be funded? Is there funding specific to an application of your idea rather than just the idea itself? What about foundations or corporations?
  • How many grants should I write? Should they be ‘big grants’ or smaller ones?
  • How can I find collaborators? How can I decide if I should be the PI or the coPI on these grants?
  • Should I start with a good idea, and then find funding that may or may not match it perfectly, or should I start with a good source of funding (an upcoming deadline, for instance), and then think of a good idea that matches that funding really well?

Here are resources available at the U:

  • Office of Sponsored Projects: Grants Lifecycle
  • Generate Your Idea: Creativity tools. Resources available on campus for finding facilities, equipment, and research databases, collaborators.
  • Find Funding: Information on federal agencies, foundations, corporations, etc. that sponsor research. Special opportunities for New Investigators. Internal (seed) grant programs. SciVal funding search tool.
  • Research Administration Training Series (RATS): includes finding funding, writing grants, etc.
  • My Research Assistant: Can’t find something? Don’t know whom to ask? Need help? Ask MyRA!

To Do:

  • First, please give us feedback! Feedback 1 We want to know if you contacted your mentor/mentee last month, how this online mentoring backbone is working for you, and any special questions you might like to see addressed that aren’t already in our list.
  • Plan your short and long term research strategy.
  • Talk with your mentor/mentee about it.
  • Sign up for SciVal funding search tool, if you haven’t already.
  • Sign up to receive Research Updates from the Vice President for Research. (If you are a currently funded PI, you will receive these automatically.)

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Energy Frontier Research Centers
Internal Deadline: October 16, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
NIH Pioneer Awards Program
Submission Deadline: October 18, 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

5. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 10-12, 2014

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 ample 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 for the October program include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse or 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 for the October 2014 program, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director, Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at

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

6. 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

Data and Safety Monitoring: Plans, Boards & Committees
Tuesday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Mentoring for Fund and Profit
Wednesday, October 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Utah Population Database: Use of Pre-Research Query Tool
Thursday, October 17, 10:00-12:00n
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Institutional Review Board and Human Subject Research
Thursday, October 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Grant-Writing Workshop: Community-Based Participatory Research
Monday, October 21, 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Tuesday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB , Rm. 1750

Intro. To Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Wednesday, October 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources Session
Wednesday, October 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Utah Population Database: Access & Approval for Research Projects
Thursday, October 24, 10:00-12:00n.
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Registries, Databases and Secondary Data Analyses in Human Subject Research
Thursday, October 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities

Monday, October 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Troubleshooting Tissue Banking Issues
Tuesday, October 29, 10:00-12:00n.
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Tuesday, October 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grants Management Essentials
Wednesday, October 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Basics of Good Clinical Practices
Thursday, October 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Research Participants and the Informed Consent Process

Monday, November 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Effective Negotiation in Research: The Art of Advocacy and Agreement
Tuesday, November 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Thursday, November 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership

Monday, November 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Budget Preparation and Development

Tuesday, November 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

7. 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.

Education Center in Montana Gifted to the U

EHEC 2The College of Humanities announced the Environmental Humanities Education Center in Lakeview, Mont. has been gifted to the University of Utah and renamed the Taft Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center.

Through the generosity of John and Melody Taft and Bill and Sandi Nicholson, the interdisciplinary facility has hosted pilot programs and workshops for the past three years intended to engage the humanities and deepen and enliven environmental study. With the success of the partnership, the Environmental Humanities Education Center, which includes 16 acres of land in the Centennial Valley, will now become a fully approved center operated by the U.

“We are truly grateful to the Tafts and Nicholsons as well as to the Conservation Endowment Fund for creating a center that allows all those who visit a rare opportunity to explore an environment with incredibly diverse ecosystems,” said Robert Newman, dean of the College of Humanities. “This gift represents a tremendous resource for the University of Utah as an education center for environmental research and transformative pedagogy.”

Located north and east of the Continental Divide along the Montana-Idaho border, the Centennial Valley contains the largest wetland complex in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The programs and workshops at the center provide an innovative educational experience that introduces students and visitors to the ecology, history, wildlife and conservation value of the area.

“The center allows students to go beyond the traditional classroom experience,” notes Mary Tull, director of the center. “Here, students take their classroom knowledge into the field, where they can apply what they’re learning to practical solutions for real-world ecological problems.”

Situated in a fully restored ghost town, the facilities include housing and meeting spaces for workshops, research activities, private events and corporate retreats. The center serves not only the University of Utah, but many other schools, non-profit organizations and private groups wishing to host programs that combine the humanities, arts and environmental studies.

John and Melody Taft are environmentalists with a passion for education. Beginning 40 years ago, they had a vision of protecting the Centennial Valley and creating a world-class education center in the unique ecosystem. To date, they have been the catalyst for successfully protecting more than 90 percent of the valley in conservation easements. As part of this effort, they purchased Lakeview, an old ghost town located on the stagecoach trail that cuts through the valley and leads into West Yellowstone. Over the past 12 years, they along with Bill and Sandi Nicholson, have invested millions of dollars restoring and furnishing buildings and installing infrastructure and additional facilities so it could function as an education center.

Establishing the U as a Leader in Global Education

Sabine Klahr 1The newly established Office for Global Engagement, or OGE, provides leadership for cross-campus coordination and support of global initiatives at the University of Utah. The OGE strives to provide the campus community with needed resources, coordination, advice, guidelines and services for global education, programs, research and partnerships. Michael L. Hardman leads the OGE as the Chief Global Officer.

Leading the OGE with Hardman is Sabine Klahr, who is not only the Deputy Chief Global Officer, but is also the President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). Through her leadership for AIEA, Sabine has established a valuable network of colleagues and has created visibility for the University of Utah with leaders in international higher education around the world. In this role, Sabine participates in dialogue and information sharing regarding innovation and best practices in the field of international higher education, which she connects to her work at the University of Utah.

“My leadership role for AIEA has not only been personally and professionally rewarding, but has also been helpful in developing the Office for Global Engagement and creating awareness for the University of Utah as a leader in global education,” said Klahr.

AIEA is a professional association focused exclusively on leaders in international higher education providing professional development, advocacy resources, and opportunities for information sharing and networking for its membership. AIEA’s annual conference provides information and stimulates dialogue on innovation, current trends, and future projections in international education.

Please click here for more information about the Office for Global Engagement.

Students Raise Awareness about Violence and Abuse

Clothesline2According to the Utah Department of Health, one in three Utah women will experience some type of sexual assault in their lifetime. To bring awareness to this issue and all other forms of abuse, the Associated Students of the University of Utah, or ASUU, will host the Clothesline Project, Oct. 21 – 22 in the A. Ray Olpin Union Building.

The two-day event will feature T-shirts designed by victims of abuse portraying their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Victims and their family members are invited to contribute a shirt for display.

“We aim to give the survivors a voice and create awareness about issues that are so often ignored,” said Braxton Dutson, director, ASUU student advocacy. “We display the shirts created by survivors on a clothesline so students and community members can read the experiences and hopefully be moved to help stop it.”

Decorating materials will be available at the Union on the days of the event, and a private space will be provided for those participating. T-shirts are currently available at the Rape Recovery Center, 2035 S. 1300 E., or people may bring their own shirts from home (no logos, please).

More information can be found on the Facebook page.

Employee Appreciation Day Photos

Employee Appreciation Day 2013








An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell

The Hinckley Institute of Politics is proud to announce the inaugural Sam Rich Lecture Series with celebrated author, and New Yorker staff writer, Malcolm Gladwell. Dubbed by Time magazine as “one of the world’s 100 most influential people,” Gladwell has written four phenomenally-successful best-sellers that have changed the way we think about our world and, in the case of his first book, The Tipping Point, our very vernacular. Three of Gladwell’s books have also been number one international best-sellers.

Gladwell’s address will cover his much-anticipated fifth book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants,” which was released on Oct. 1. It is already topping the charts and is being praised as his best work yet. Hinckley Institute guests will be some of the nation’s first to hear Gladwell discuss his new conclusions.

The event will take place at Abravanel Hall on Nov. 5 and promises to sell out well in advance. General tickets are available for purchase on Art Tix. Discounted  University of Utah student and staff tickets are available at the Hinckley Institute office (OSH 253) with a valid ID.

If you are interested in securing exclusive VIP tickets which include a dinner/reception with Gladwell prior to his speech, please contact Ellesse S. Balli for more information.

Academic Senate Information


Meeting of the Academic Senate
October 7, 2013

Volume 44
Number 2


President David Pershing updated the Academic Senate on the State Board of Regents meeting that was held on Sept. 12 an 13 at Utah State University. The Board of Regents agreed to the President’s Council recommendation for the request for a 3 percent increase of salaries for the faculty and staff and the increase will be requested at the legislative session. Items approved for funding at the meeting included Crocker Science Center (George Thomas Building Renovation, Addition and Seismic Upgrade), Distinctive mission, Utility Distribution Infrastructure Replacement Phase II and the Utah Academic Library Consortium. Non-state funded items approved include Alumni House Expansion and Renovation and Lassonde Living Learning Center.

A workshop for the Deans, Department Chairs and Directors was held on Thursday, Oct. 3 by President Pershing and Senior Vice President Ruth Watkins. The workshop focused on missions and goal setting.

Overall undergraduate enrollment is down by one percent. This decrease shows mostly in the freshman class and almost directly related to the LDS missionary age change. This year, 500 students deferred their enrollment.

The College of Law celebrated its one-hundredth birthday with a Centennial Gala and Symposium on September 20th. The keynote address was given by Former Utah Law Professor and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Michael McConnell. The College of Fine Arts held its Distinguished Alumni Awards on October 3rd at Kingsbury Hall. Honorees are presented with a bronze medal designed by faculty from the Art & Art History Department. During their return to campus, alumni shared their talents and expertise teaching master classes and lectures in their former departments.

The Block U party will be held Saturday, October 12th on the Library Plaza from 1pm to 4 pm before the U plays Stanford.


ASUU President Sam Ortiz gave an update to the Academic Senate of ASUU events. The PAC 12 Student Leaders Summit has been moved to January. Paint the Campus Purple event will be held October 9th 11 am to 2 pm at the Library Plaza. The Block U party will be held on Saturday with music, kid zones, lots of food and MUSS tailgate.


Proposed Revision to University Policy 6-101

A major revision was completed to Policy 6-404 Undergraduate Admission and during this revision it was determined that the one paragraph section of 6-404 covering department and college admission criteria did not belong in the Undergraduate Admission Policy and should be moved to the appropriate policy location. In order to expedite the revisions to the Policy 6-404 it was decided that the paragraph in question should be moved to Policy 6-101, and any substantive revising should be dealt with as a later project. Now the passage has been reviewed and changes are recommended. Perhaps the most significant change is to eliminate the requirement that special criteria for admission to undergraduate majors and minors be subject to Senate “approval”— and instead merely require that they be “reported to” the Senate. The proposal was reviewed by Student Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, General Counsel’s office, and Credits & Admissions Committee. This was moved to the Debate Calendar and the new wording approved.


Name Change for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

This name change is to align the name of the Division with the name of its Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship and with national norms consistent with the nomenclature now being used within the profession.

Discontinuation of Revitalization of Endangered Languages Certificate

The Department of Linguistics is no longer able to offer the courses required for the certificate due to recent changes in the faculty. Because the courses are no longer offered, students are unable to pursue this certificate.

Proposal Data Center Engineering Certificate

This certificate would prepare students to deal with the specific needs and challenges of the complex environment of modern data centers in government, industry, and academia. The certificate will require students to complete 27 credit hours. The interdisciplinary combination of classes addresses the specific need of this industry sector for a skilled workforce with knowledge in power and thermal energy, computer science, general management, and best practices for managing large scale facilities.

Senate Career-line elections exception

This special exception is for the limited purposed of the elections occurring from now through spring 2015, for a Career-line representative to the Senate Elected from the Interdisciplinary Teaching Programs, Dentistry College and Architecture + Planning. The ordinary requirement of Policy 6-002 limiting eligibility to “members of the faculty who, continuously for the three years preceding the date their term of Senate membership would begin, have had career-line faculty appointments of at least .75 percent Full-Time-Equivalent within a single area of representation” shall be modified to require only one year rather than three years with such an appointment.


Procurement Policy Revisions were accepted and no recommendations made.

The next Academic Senate meeting is Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3 p.m., Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Room 110 (SFEBB).

Report by Shawnee Worsley, Office of Academic Senate, University of Utah


Campus Construction and Commuter Updates

Campus Construction and Commuter Updates:

Snow Removal Season

  • As colder weather approaches, the landscape maintenance crews prepare for snow and ice removal season. Clearing the ADA-accessible and main routes through campus is a top priority. If you see an area in need of attention, please call dispatch at 801-581-7221.



  • The parking lots behind Carlson Hall and the Law Building continue to be closed with a limited number of parking spots available in the lots between the Law Building and Chemistry Building. More than 200 spots have opened since school began. Vehicles can park in the stadium lot while construction is underway.

Public Transportation

  • Commuter Services and UTA have partnered to sponsor two “commuters of the month.” Starting Nov. 1, two winners will be chosen on the first day of every month and will receive an iPad. Click here for official contest rules.
  • The campus shuttle and UTA bus stop at the Fieldhouse will be closed for the duration of construction on the Law Building (through early 2015). Instead, use the existing stop around the corner on University Street to catch red and green shuttles.

Sidewalks and Pedestrian Traffic

  • A new sidewalk will be installed on the west side of Connor Road, which runs east of Sage Point campus housing. During the installation, there will be interruptions to the entrances to the parking lots north and south of Sage Point. At least one entrance will remain open at all times.
  • There is a sidewalk disruption on the south side of Milton Bennion Hall as a result of a project to connect chilled water service to Sorenson Arts & Education Complex. This project is expected to be completed by Oct. 18.
  • The sidewalk and road along the east side of the George S. Eccles Student Life Center are closed. Pedestrians approaching from Trax or Legacy Bridge are routed south and east between the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community and the soccer field.
  • The south entrance to the Law Building remains closed for the duration of construction (through early 2015). The sidewalk on the north side of the Law Building is open and has been reconstructed to be accessible for people with disabilities.

More Information:

  • A map of construction zones and timeframes is available here.
  • For more information on current or upcoming projects click here.
  • Connect with Facilities Management on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Visit Commuter Services’ new website for detailed information about parking, alternative transportation, events and more.

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Announcements of Interest

labUniversity of Utah Awarded $20.4 Million from NIH to Advance Translational Research in Medicine

The University of Utah’s track record of success this month has earned it a $20.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that will allow it to provide support for all aspects of translational research over the next five years.
The University of Utah is just one of 15 institutions in the U.S.
selected this month to receive an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award or CTSA.

Read more here.

salt 8 Artist Shigeyuki Kihara to Appear at UMFAGalu Afi Waves of Fire
Oct. 23-24

Shigeyuki Kihara, a Samoan-born performance artist whose work is currently on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, will give a performance and discuss her work, Oct. 23–24 at the UMFA.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., Kihara will perform “Taualuga: The Last Dance,” in which she reinterprets the traditional celebratory Samoan dance. A public reception will follow. On Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m., Kihara will discuss her work in conversation with Whitney Tassie, UMFA curator of modern and contemporary art. Both events are free and open to the public.

Photo credit: “Galu Afi; Waves of Fire,” 2012, single-channel HD digital video. Collection of the James Wallace ArtsTrust, Auckland. Courtesy Shigeyuki Kihara Studio and Milford Galleries Dunedin, New Zealand.

University of Utah Awarded $2.83 Million as Part of U.S. DOT Center for  Livable Communities

University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center has earned a $2.83 million federal grant as part of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC. The grant marks the center’s designation as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national university transportation center for livable communities.

As a member of the NITC team, University of Utah was one of 142 applicants competing for 35 grants from the federal University Transportation Centers program. Five national centers were designated, one for each of the Department of Transportation’s strategic goals: livable communities, safety, state of good repair, economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.

University Information Technology Newsletter

University Information Technology has published the first issue of Node 4, a monthly newsletter aimed at keeping UIT staff and IT professionals abreast of news and happenings from around the department. The October issue, which can be found here, contains articles on Kuali community-sourced software, a $2.4 million grant for a computing research testbed, a UIT employee’s viral YouTube video, and U of U CIO Eric Denna’s thoughts on the important intersection of teaching and technology.

PEAK Nutrition Workshopspeak1[1]

This year, you can fulfill a WellU requirement by attending a PEAK Nutrition Workshop.  The interactive workshops always include delicious snacks. Pre-registration is required. Register here,
click on registration, and use coupon code WELLU to get the class at no cost!

Fall Nutrition Workshop schedule (Tuesdays 5:30-6:15 PM)
November 5  – Nutrition for Strength Training
November 19  – Nutrition for Strength Training
December 3  – How to Eat Well on Long Travel Days







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