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Research notebook1. FY2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Review

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

3. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

4. Grant Writing Crash Course Update


1.     FY2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Review

The AFOSR Spring Review is available to all faculty via streaming webcast. This review includes information on what the program managers are supporting now and what their interests are for the future. This is likely to be useful to any faculty who are potentially interested in finding research through AFOSR. You can find out more about the streaming video and the agenda here.


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

For any questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietticall 801-585-3492,  or visit the website

Electronic Application Through Grants.gov
Wednesday, January 25
HSEB Rm. 1730

Mandatory Effort Reporting Training
Thursday, January 26
HSEB Rm. 1730

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA
Tuesday, January 31
HSEB Rm. 1730

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects
Thursday, February 2
HSEB Rm. 1730

Investigator Training Workshop:  Pre-award Session
Wednesday, February 8
3:30-5:30 pm
RAB, Rm. 117


3.     Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities

Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program
Deadline: February 15, 2012

URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant Awards
Deadline: February 15, 2012

Research Instrumentation Fund
For 2012, only core research facilities that meet certain qualifications will be eligible to compete for central equipment funds. To allow time for core facilities to meet the new standards described below, the due date for RIF applications has been extended to Monday, February 20, 2012. For the full RFP, please go to the website.

To be eligible for central funding, core facilities must have the following characteristics:

  1. A website (linked to the Health Sciences Core Facility website or other campus-wide core facilities website) providing basic information about the core facility, including available instruments and technical assistance, names of the core director and faculty oversight committee, user fees, and information about scheduling use of the facility.
  2. All research at the University of Utah may use the facility.
  3. A recharge facility approved by the Research Accounting department.
  4. A sign-up process to reserve time on the instruments, with an open queue (i.e. first come, first served).
  5. Everyone who uses the facility pays user fees and all on-campus users are charged the same rates
  6. There is a faculty or staff person with responsibility for supervising day-to-day operation of the facility
  7. There is an oversight committee comprised of at least three faculty members whose research programs use the facility. The oversight committee should have a chair and meet at least twice per year.

To apply for recognition as a qualified core research facility, please submit the following information in PDF format to the Core Facilities Executive Committee c/o Angela Stone. The current Core Facilities Executive Committee members are Profs. Bradley Cairns, Jerry Kaplan, Joel Miller, and Florian Solzbacher and the committee is chaired by the Vice President for Research.

  1. Name of the facility.
  2. Technical descriptions of the instruments and services available.
  3. Names of the supervising faculty or staff person (core director) and at least three faculty users who have agreed to serve as an oversight committee for the facility.
  4. Best available information about users and hours of usage of the facility during the past year.
  5. The facility’s current (FY12) budget, listing separately all sources of income/funding and the budgeted expenditures for personnel, service contracts and other maintenance costs, expendable supplies, and equipment over $1000.

Technology Commercialization Projects
Deadline:  March 15, 2012


Limited Submission Opportunities (apply through CIS in the Limited Submission Application link)

Identifying Reasons for Racial/Ethnic Disparities With Completing the HPV Vaccine Series Among Adolescent Females
Internal submission deadline: February 9, 2012

Intervention Study to Increase Use of Standing Orders Programs for Vaccinating Adults in Physician Office Settings
Internal submission deadline: February 9, 2012

Planning a Partnership Model for a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope
Internal submission deadline: February 23, 2012

NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K12)
Internal submission deadline: March 22, 2012

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal submission deadline: March 29, 2012

NEI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) for Statistical Genetics and Genome Informatics
Internal submission deadline: March 29, 2012

Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)
Internal submission deadline: March 29, 2012


4.   Grant Writing Crash Course Update

Registration for the Spring 2012 “Grant Writing Crash Course” is now available.

June 8 – 10, 2012
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

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 Crash Course, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding.  Attendance is highly limited and we encourage you to approach your department chair to request funding for your participation. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend).

Attendance is highly limited and you are encouraged to reserve your place as soon as possible.  To register, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, director of Research Education or call 801-585-3492.

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

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