V.P. for Research updates

Research notebook1. Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture – Bart Ragon

2. NSF’s Career-Life Balance Initiative

3. MyRA v. 2 (My Research Assistant) Recently Released

4. Find a Collaborator: Research MatchMaker/Find a Researcher/NSF CREATIV grants

5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

7. Grant Writing Crash Course Update


1. Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture – Bart Ragon

You are invited to join the faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library for the Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium or via the program link for viewing from a distance. This year’s Mayden lecturer is Bart Ragon, associate director for Library Technology Services and Development. Ragon’s lecture focuses on eScience and the Evolution of Library Services. Not just for librarians, eScience / eResearch potentially impacts faculty, staff and student access to the data, tools and resources needed to collaborate, share and move science forward.

Ragon’s topic description: “Science is changing and changing fast. Concepts like the data life cycle, data curation, translational science, high performance computing, and data sharing are having an impact on how science is conducted. At the same time, libraries are adjusting services to meet the needs of highly networked and technically savvy patron groups. eScience is a term that describes the dynamic re-shaping of collaboration and workflows in science and creating unique and important opportunities for librarianship. This presentation explores potential roles for librarians in eScience, how new collaborations might form, and the role of the libraries in the data life cycle.”

A conversation break with light refreshments is scheduled from 2:00-2:30 p.m. in the EIHG atrium. At 2:30 p.m. a Meet the Experts panel convenes to further define and discuss issues related to eScience and eResearch. Panelists include:

Bill Barnett, Ph.D.
Steve Corbato, Ph.D.
Donald McClain, M.D., Ph.D.
Daureen Nesdill, M.L.I.S.
Ellie Phillipo
Bart Ragon – moderator

There is no registration or fee to attend. The program is being broadcast live and archived for on-demand viewing. The program link will be available on the Mayden Lecture page for viewing from a distance.

For more information, contact Jeanne Le Ber at 801-585-6744.


2. NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative

At a time when other nations are increasingly developing and retaining their own science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent, it is critical that the United States develops its own globally competitive, domestic STEM talent in order to ensure future scientific and technological leadership. Although women comprise a significant and growing fraction of the U.S. STEM talent pool, recent studies demonstrate the adverse effects of attempting to balance the often extreme demands of career and life without adequate institutional support. Utilizing women’s talent and potential in STEM fields is critical to the nations future success in science and technology and to economic prosperity.

To address this challenge, NSF’s Career-Life Balance Initiative, a set of forward-looking policies and practices, will help to increase the placement, advancement, and retention of women in STEM disciplines, particularly women who are seeking tenure in academe. NSF aims to enhance existing- and implement new gender neutral, family-friendly policies, as it is important that our nation’s colleges and universities accommodate the needs of the largest growing segment of our science and engineering workforce. As part of our vision of OneNSF, the Foundation will pursue an agency-level pathway approach across higher education and career levels (i.e., graduate students, postdoctoral students, and early career scientists and engineers). We hope that the Career-Life Balance Initiative will lead to new and innovative ways in which NSF can partner with U.S. universities, colleges, and research institutions to help attract, nurture, and retain a much greater fraction of women engineers and scientists in the nation’s STEM workforce.

Please visit us online if you are interested in more details.


3. MyRA v. 2 (My Research Assistant) Recently Released

A new and improved version of MyRA – My Research Assistant, is available for your immediate use. MyRA is a central site where researchers can go to explore, manage, initiate, and direct their research. It provides information and guidance at every step of the research process. You can connect to valuable information supplied by our VP Office of Research, Office of Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contacts and the Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS). Information provided includes: Funding opportunities, grant writing, data sources, publication/dissemination, regulations, trainings and other relevant information. Through an AskMyRA feature, you can also pose research-related questions and you will be assisted.

MyRA is the electronic entréz to FURTHeR and other developed tools. FURTHeR is a statewide set of interconnected data resources that will eventually link genotypic, phenotypic, genealogic, and health care data from all three of the major healthcare delivery networks in Utah (the University of Utah Healthcare System; Intermountain Healthcare; and the Veterans Administration Salt Lake City Health System), as well as environmental and public health data from the Utah Department of Health. FURTHeR is available now to any U of U user and includes clinical data as well as limited data from the Utah Population Database (UPDB).

This enhanced version of MyRA builds on the contributions of many, including those who supplied information to the previous MyRA Unite site. It replaces the Unite site and the previous CCTS MyRA web site and is built on open source content management platforms (Drupal and Alfresco). Plans are to continue to refine the presentation of information within MyRA, but please feel free to send suggestions for additional content.

Check MyRA out and let us know what you think; we welcome your feedback!


4. Find a Collaborator: Research MatchMaker/Find a Researcher/NSF CREATIV grants

Collaborative research is becoming ever more popular, as it is well known to provide interesting opportunities for creative exchange, enhance the chance of funding success, and increase publications and research productivity.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a program specifically designed for collaborative, creative research. The NSF CREATIV program will fund projects across multiple NSF directorates for up to $1M. Short (3page) proposals can be submitted to NSF any time up to June 1, 2012 for the current solicitation. See the announcement and the CREATIV page.

Mark your Calendar for Feb 14 Valentines’ Day from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in MEB 3235 for a CREATIV MatchMaking Event:

Clinical Research + College of Engineering + College of Science

The Colleges of Engineering and Science are hosting a Research MatchMaker opportunity with the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS, medical) community on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the ECE Conference Room (MEB 3235). Carrie Byington, H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics Vice Chair Research Enterprise, will give a 10-15 minute presentation for faculty on the research and collaborative opportunities available in the CCTS program. We then invite faculty who are interested in collaborating with clinical researchers to (very) briefly describe their work or idea for which they might like to find a clinical collaborator. This is meant to be just a short snapshot introduction, 3 minutes (an ‘elevator pitch’), highlighting the research or idea. We can accommodate up to 10 faculty for ‘stand up’ introductions. If your presentation is not chosen for stand up introduction, your request will still be given to Byington, who will attempt to suggest potential collaborators off line. Please send 1 (yes, ONE) power point file describing your research to MatchMaker@utah.edu with a subject line something like ‘Electrical Engineer seeks Pediatric Neurologist.’

If you are interested in finding a collaborator for this or other projects, there are several ways to do this:

1) Find a Researcher: This site allows you to search the U of U FAR data base for any word describing the research you are interested in. If that word or words appears in someone’s FAR, they will appear on your list of potential collaborators. (If you want to be better found, update your FAR research interest to include any words you think someone might search to find you. This can be done online.

2) Research MatchMaker: Contact a College Research Dean. Your research deans have a good awareness of the research done in their college, and can often put you in contact with a researcher near your interest. Contact your research dean and the research dean in the college where you wish to collaborate. A list of research deans can be found at the bottom of this page.

3) If you would like to host a similar event in your college, contact your research dean. The VP for Research Office will be glad to help facilitate opportunities for researchers to meet and make connections.

4) If you have suggestions for other ways to help researchers find collaborators, please email Cindy Furse, Assoc. VP for Research.


5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities

Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant Awards
Deadline: Feb. 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, Feb. 20, 2012. The full RFP is online.

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 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: Mar. 15, 2012


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

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

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)
Internal submission deadline: Mar. 1, 2012

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

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

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


6. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For any questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti by phone (801-585-3492) or email, or online.

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Tuesday, Feb. 14
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Wednesday, Feb. 15
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Thursday, Feb. 16
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Introduction to IRB, IACUC, & IBC
Tuesday, Feb. 21
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Wednesday, Feb. 22
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Radiological Health
Thursday, Feb.23
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1750


7. Grant Writing Crash Course Update

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