Info for Researchers


Research Updates

  1. Travel Grants Available to Visit DARPA Program Managers
  2. Pilot Ends for Open Access Publishing Fund
  3. Summer 2014 Post-Doc Professional Development Series
  4. Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos
  5. Mentoring Topic of the Month: Sign-up for 2nd Year Mentoring
  6. Professional Development Orientation
  7. OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New Omni-Circular
  8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  9. Research and Scientific Management Workshop, Fall 2014
  10. Grant Writing Crash Course
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  12. Research News and Publicizing Research


1.    Traveling Grants Available to Visit DARPA Program Managers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon, known as DARPA, provides funding for research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas, now including the new Biotechnology area. Please click here  for information on opportunities including the broad BAA: DARPA-BAA-14-46.

STEP 1: If you see a potential match for your research, Cynthia Furse can help you make contact with a DARPA program manager.

STEP 2: Once you have made contact by email and/or phone with your program manager, it may make sense for you to visit your program manager.

At this stage, you are eligible to apply to the VPR for a travel grant of up to $1000 to visit a program manager who has expressed interest in your idea.

Submission Guidelines

To apply for travel funds, email the following information to

  1. Your name and contact information
  2.  Your program manager’s name and contact information
  3. Submit a 1-2 page white paper detailing the project you are proposing to your program manager.
  4. What contact you have had with the program manager (email/phone) and attach any email correspondence.
  5. When (approximately) would you plan to visit DARPA?
  6. Explain whether or not other funds are available to support your travel.  (If startup, overhead return, etc. are available to you, please use those first.)

Travel Grant Submission Deadline:  Aug. 30, 2014 and Ongoing


2.    Pilot Ends for Open Access Publishing Fund

Marriott Library’s pilot open access publishing fund ended in June 2014 since no additional budget money was allocated. The fund supported the direct payment of article processing fees in open access journals. The library encourages researchers to utilize grant money to defray the cost. Based on the pilot, the average fee was $1300.

If your current grant doesn’t include a line for open access (OA) publishing, you could choose a journal with no publishing fee and the library could provide public access to your article (in accordance with the terms of the author agreement) by means of USpace, the U’s digital archive. 

For a list of journals in your field–both OA and non-OA–click here.

And for a list of OA journals without an article processing fee, use the Publication Charges search feature available from the Directory of Open Access Journals > Advanced Search > Publication Charges.

For more information, contact Allyson Mower, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Librarian, Marriott Library, (801) 585-5458,


3.    Summer 2014 Post-Doc Professional Development Series

Post doctoral development summer workshop dates are now available. All workshops will take place at the Human Resources Building in the Training Room. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Berzins.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Friday, August 1, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The MBTI workshop will provide insights, which influence our interactions and participation in collaborative-based environment. Prior to this class participants will complete the MBTI on-line. Participants must attend class to receive MBTI results. Please click here to register for this workshop:

Conflict Styles
Friday, August 8, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Conflict Styles workshop will explore the nature of conflict and identify skills and ways to address conflict. Participants will complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI). Participants must attend class to receive TKI results. Please click here to register for the workshop:

Negotiating Essentials
Friday, August 15, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Negotiating Essentials workshop will explore a number of concepts integral to effective negotiation and the behavioral aspects of negotiation including dealing with emotion. You will take away insights and strategies to build or enhance your effectiveness. Please click here to register for the workshop:

Mentoring and Professional Development
Friday, August 22, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm 

The Mentoring and Professional Development work ship will discuss the nature of mentoring and professional mentoring relationships, the respective mentor and the mentee roles, and how to maximize the mentoring relationship for professional development. Please click here to register:

Time Management
Friday, August 29, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Time Management workshop will give helpful insight on time management, controlling the use of resource-time, and understand your unique style and ways to manage your day-to-day commitments. Please click here to register:


 4.    Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos

Need peers to connect with to work on your research topic that relates to sex and gender differences?  Why not create a video that highlights your research and the type of partner(s) you are seeking?  Here’s a sample.   Contact Jean Shipman or 801-581-8771 to arrange a free video appointment.


 5.    Mentoring Topic of the Month: Sign-up for 2nd Year Mentoring

Summer is a great opportunity to visit and talk with your mentors. ‘Most everyone is more relaxed, and it is a good time to talk about your research direction, how your teaching went, the level of service commitment you are engaged with and where your career is heading.

Please feel free to continue to use the mentoring resources.They will be up on this site forever. If you would like to be added to a ‘Year 2 Mentoring’ list, please email We’ll be expanding the topics and sending them out monthly as we have this year. If you have specific topics you would like to address, please send your thoughts.


6.    Professional Development Orientation 

Research Education is hosting a Professional Development orientation. This orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about a variety of research training and opportunities available through the Research Administration Training Series (RATS). Spots are filling up, so please register soon for this special event. The orientation will be held on:

Tuesday, July 29th
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
HSEB, Alumni Hall (Rooms 2110 & 2120)

For complete information and to register online, please visit the Special Events page on the Research Education website.


 7.    OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New Omni-Circular

Research Education and the Office of Research Management & Compliance are offering informational sessions on the new OMB Uniform Guidance, which becomes effective for all new federal awards, and new funding for existing awards, on December 26, 2014.  The new OMB Uniform Guidance will supersede administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements previously described in OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 for federal awards to educational institutions.  Participants will learn about the specific changes in regulations that impact the University and will have the opportunity to ask questions.  The following dates are open for registration:

Monday, September 8, 2014
2 – 4 p.m.
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB, Room 1750

Monday, September 29, 2014
1 – 3 p.m.
Intermountain Network Scientific CC (INSCC) Auditorium

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 1750

For complete information and to register online, please visit the Special Events page on the Research Education website.


 8.    Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-Stem)
Internal Deadline: July 21, 2014

Burroughs Wellcome-Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Burroughs Wellcome-Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (25)
Internal Deadline: August 28, 2014

Bridges to Doctorate (R25)
Internal Deadline: August 28, 2014


9.    Research and Scientific Management Workshop, Fall 2014

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Fellows from the Health Sciences and Main Campus. Registration is available at no cost. Attendance is expected at all six sessions.

Most new faculty members are surprised to learn of the overwhelming number of diverse new activities they need to manage as academicians. Although incredibly busy as postdocs, each was able to focus most of his or her energy on conducting their research and managing only one person: himself or herself. As faculty members, in addition to conducting research, they now often manage several different types of people (e.g., undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, etc.), and they need to successfully fulfill many other obligations such as classroom teaching, serving on committees, providing clinical care, advising and training students, and reviewing and writing manuscripts and grant proposals. As a result of these many demands, the management needs of the laboratory and one’s focus on the science often suffers.

Through a series of six 2-hour sessions, attendees will learn proven techniques and begin to apply these to their own research groups through in-class exercises. Attendees will better understand some of the critical factors that motivate people and to use this understanding to negotiate win-win situations with trainees and staff within the research group. Proven methods for increasing group productivity and using change to sustain and advance the group’s long-term success will be examined. The goal of the workshop in aggregate is to enhance individual and group productivity, achieve better work-life balance, reduce work-related stress, and increase the likelihood of having a satisfying, successful, and lifelong career as a scientist / laboratory director.

Session 1: Introduction & Overview
10:00am – 12:00pm / Tuesday, September 9th

Session 2: Managing People, Part 1: Motivation for Laboratory & Group Success
10:00am – 12:00pm / Thursday, September 11th

Session 3: Managing People, Part 2: Negotiation for Laboratory & Group Success
10:00am – 12:00pm / Tuesday, September 16th

Session 4: Managing Laboratory & Group Time
10:00am – 12:00pm / Thursday, September 18th

Session 5: Managing Change for Laboratory & Group Success
10:00am – 12:00pm / Tuesday, September 23rd

Session 6: Managing Laboratory & Group Productivity
10:00am – 12:00pm / Thursday, September 25th

All sessions will be held in the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 2110.  The workshop will be led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy.

For complete information and to register online, please click here or call visit  or contact Tony Onofrietti, director, research education at 801-585-3492.


10.    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/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 Oct. 2014 program, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, director, research education, at 801-585-3492.

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.


11.      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.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects (OSP) Training

Tuesday, July 29th
HSEB, Rm. 2938


12.        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.


Campus Construction Updates


  • UTA is in the process of upgrading safety measures at the Fort Douglas and Medical Center TRAX stops. Work on the Fort Douglas stop began July 13 and will continue for approximately two weeks. Work at the Medical Center stop will follow. Both stops will remain open while improvements take place.
  • Construction began on the 800-stall Business Loop Parking Garage in late June. The garage will be complete by April 2015. Alternative parking options are listed here. There will be a road impact on the east end of Campus Center Drive as a utility line moves from the corner near HPER West to the Business Loop Garage construction site. One lane will remain open at all times, and work will be completed by July 24.
  • A project to upgrade the Ivor Thomas labs in the Mining Systems Research Lab began in mid-June. The parking lot to the west will be closed to the public through November. This project will also impact Central Campus Drive as a utility pipe crosses the road to connect to the labs. The road disruption will begin Aug. 4 and will conclude before fall semester begins.
  • A project to install a chilled water distribution system began May 25 and will continue to move through the southeast quadrant of campus. The chilled water is piped to buildings to provide cooling and air conditioning. Installation of the system will begin near the Field House and will move north toward the Emery Building on Presidents Circle.
    • A new phase of this project will begin near the Life Sciences building on July 21. The chilled water pipes will be placed in the parking lot to the west side of Life Sciences. The lot will be closed until the end of August. Reserved parking spots in the area will be temporarily moved.
    • During this project, the parking lot between the S. J. Quinney Law Library and Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry will be closed. It is scheduled to reopen Aug. 25. The stadium parking lot can be used instead.
  • Construction on the Northwest Parking Garage, located between the Naval Sciences and Sutton buildings on 100 South, will begin in mid-August. For a comprehensive map of parking alternatives, click here.
  • The Critical Infrastructure Project now begins an extensive electrical distribution project in the Health Sciences area of campus. The project will move across Medical Drive East, to the west of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The area will remain open to vehicles; however, through traffic may be reduced to one lane at times. In early August, the project will move to the front of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and traffic will be reduced, but the road will remain open.



  • The lower lot to the east of the S.J. Quinney College of Law building will reopen on Aug. 25.

Ten parking spaces on the west end and 10 spaces on the northeast corner of the parking lot to the north of Merrill Engineering will be closed as part of a staging area for campus construction projects. The parking spaces in the northeast corner will be unavailable through 2015.

Public Transportation

  • The campus shuttle and UTA bus stop at the Field House 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

  • The south entrance to HPER West is closed for remodeling and creation of a strength and training area. The sidewalk near the door is also closed. The area will reopen in early 2015.
  • A waterline connection project will disrupt a large portion of the Social and Behavioral Sciences plaza, to the north of the Film and Media Arts building; however, foot traffic will still be able to move through the area. The project will be complete by the end of October.
  • Construction for the new Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Training Facility has begun to the north of the Huntsman Center. Construction for this project closed a portion of the sidewalk directly to the south of HPER East. Eight parking stalls in the northeast corner of the parking lot east of the Huntsman Center will be closed to serve as staging for construction materials. A wheelchair-accessible route has been temporarily construction to the south of the construction site.
  • One of the sidewalks between the Union and Orson Spencer Hall will be closed temporarily while improvements are made that will enhance accessibility for people with disabilities. Construction will be completed before the start of fall semester.
  • 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 pedestrian route between the soccer field and the new Student Life Center will be open for the start of fall semester. 
  • 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. 

Construction and New Buildings

More Information

  • See a sprinkler that needs adjustment? Call Facilities Management at 801-581-7221 with the issue and location of the problem.
  • Have a maintenance issue that needs to be addressed? Fill out a work request to get the project started.
  • 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.
  • Connect with Commuter Services on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Visit Commuter Services’ website for detailed information about parking, alternative transportation, construction impacts, events and more.


New Executive Director for Bennion

dean-mcgovern (2)The University of Utah announced that Dean McGovern will be the next executive director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center beginning Aug. 13. As executive director, McGovern will be responsible for managing the many operations of the center in the community and across campus, serving as the main liaison to U administration and the community advisory board.

Since 1999, McGovern has served as the director of Montana Campus Compact, a national state-based higher education consortium dedicated to campus civic engagement. He has also served as an assistant professor at the University of Montana since that time instructing courses in civic leadership, community health and systems ecology.

“Dean comes to the U with a wealth of experience in service, community engagement and higher education,” said Kari Ellingson, associate vice president for student development. “His experience with grant writing and fundraising will be invaluable as will his expertise in civic engagement. During his time at Montana Campus Compact, he has worked with all three past directors of the Bennion Center and has a strong admiration for the organization.”

Read more here.

Christian Gardner Elected New Trustee

GardnerThe Utah State Senate voted today to confirm Christian K. Gardner as trustee of the University of Utah Board of Trustees. Gardner’s appointment was proposed by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert to replace Clark Ivory and fill the remainder of his term, which expires June 30, 2015.

Gardner is president and CEO of The Gardner Company, a full-service real estate company specializing in the development of corporate office, retail, industrial and medical buildings. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and holds a master of science in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“We are pleased to have Christian join the U of U’s Board of Trustees,” said Michele Mattsson, chair of the governing board. “He brings valuable experience in business, management and finance, as well as having a longstanding connection to the U.”

Gardner is active in many community and charitable causes including the Board of Directors of the United Way, and a member of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the board of the Pioneer Theatre Company and a member of the National Advisory Board of the David S. Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

New Chair of U Board of Trustees

Michelle_cropMichele Mattsson has been elected chair of the University of Utah’s Board of Trustees, effective immediately. Mattsson, the first woman to hold the position, has served as vice chair since 2009.

“Michele possesses a deep understanding of the institution and an unwavering commitment to our students,” said David W. Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “The entire U community will benefit from her insight, judgment and leadership.”

Since 2001 Mattsson has been chief appellate mediator at the Utah Court of Appeals, having mediated over 1,300 cases, helping people resolve their disputes instead of continuing to litigate. Mattsson holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a juris doctor from the University of Utah. She has also served in many volunteer positions at the U since 2005, including the president of the Alumni Association, and on the boards of Red Butte Garden, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and KUED. Mattsson’s daughter is currently a student at the U, representing the fourth generation of her family to attend the U.

“I am honored to serve the state’s flagship university, which has meant so much to me and my family,” says Mattsson. “I am committed to ensuring that as the U gains wider prominence for excellence in research and teaching, it will continue to offer students one of the nation’s greatest values in higher education.”

Mattsson takes the reins from Clark Ivory who announced in January that he would resign to serve as a mission president in Romania and Moldova for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Trustee Phillip W. Clinger was elected as vice chair. Clinger is retired from Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and has served the U through the National Advisory Council, on the boards of the Crimson Club, University Hospital, Bennion Center and Alumni Association.

“The Horse” at Natural History Museum of Utah

HorseOpening Monday July 21 at the Natural History Museum of Utah–“The Horse”–the fascinating story of how human have shaped the horse and how the horse, in turn, has shaped us.

This special exhibition includes cultural objects from around the world, a hand-painted diorama depicting the evolution of the horse, and interactive displays that invite  you to test your strength in horsepower, identify different breeds, and look inside a life-size, moving horse. Part of the exhibit explores the special connection of the Ute people to horses and how the early adoption of horses made them powerful and prosperous.

The exhibit, organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, runs until January 4, 2015. Click here for more information.

A Hotspot for Powerful Cosmic Rays

Credit: Ben Stokes

Credit: Ben Stokes

An observatory run by the University of Utah found a “hotspot” beneath the Big Dipper emitting a disproportionate number of the highest-energy cosmic rays. The discovery moves physics another step toward identifying the mysterious sources of the most energetic particles in the universe.

“This puts us closer to finding out the sources – but no cigar yet,” says University of Utah physicist Gordon Thomson, spokesman and co-principal investigator for the $25 million Telescope Array cosmic ray observatory west of Delta, Utah. It is the Northern Hemisphere’s largest cosmic ray detector.

“All we see is a blob in the sky, and inside this blob there is all sorts of stuff – various types of objects – that could be the source” of the powerful cosmic rays, he adds. “Now we know where to look.”

A new study identifying a hotspot in the northern sky for ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays has been accepted for publication by Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Thomson says many astrophysicists suspect ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays are generated by active galactic nuclei, or AGNs, in which material is sucked into a supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy, while other material is spewed away in a beam-like jet known as a blazar. Another popular possibility is that the highest-energy cosmic rays come from some supernovas (exploding stars) that emit gamma rays bursts.

Lower-energy cosmic rays come from the sun, other stars and exploding stars, but the source or sources of the most energetic cosmic rays has been a decades-long mystery.

Read more here.

Project Helps New American Moms

Babie BootiesImagine giving birth in a country where you don’t speak the language.  You have no close family or friends by your side and the medical practices are uncomfortably foreign.  These experiences are not uncommon among African refugee women in Salt Lake City, but a new research project based at the University of Utah hopes to change that.

A three-year pilot program and study, Perinatal Community Health Workers to Support African Refugee Women and Families, will establish a community-based program that provides support, information and cultural liaison services for pregnant African refugee women in Salt Lake City.

The project begins July 1 and will be run by Jane Dyer and Aster Tecle, the U’s College of Social Work’s newly-selected Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair and Chair-elect.  Keri Gibson, a physician at the U’s Redwood Health Clinic, where the enrolled patients will be treated, will join Dyer and Tecle as a co-researcher on the project.

Refugee women often experience pregnancy in isolation because they may not speak English, may be unfamiliar with prenatal care and have left extended family and friends in their country of origin or in refugee camps in Africa.

“While African refugee women are certainly not all alike, most do share similar cultural traditions,” explained Tecle.  “Preventative care or health screenings are unknown concepts.  Health concerns, cultural beliefs and preferences about pregnancy and birth may be in opposition to those common in western healthcare.”  Many of these women find themselves without culturally appropriate explanations and support, and experience poorer pregnancy outcomes when compared to other Utah women.

Read more here

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