V.P. for Research Updates

Research notebook1. Warning about misleading solicitations from online journals and news organizations

2. Cayuse424 mandatory for Grant.gov submissions as of April 1, 2012

3. University of Utah’s Software Development Center

4. NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program

5. Spring 2012 NSF Webinar Series

6. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

8. Grant Writing Crash Course

 

1. Warning about misleading solicitations from online journals and news organizations

The university has become aware that faculty members have recently received solicitations from what are represented as new online scholarly journals or research news organizations. Some of the solicitations reflect specific knowledge about the faculty member’s research and make flattering comments about it. In all cases, a substantial fee (thousands of dollars) is requested from the faculty member to defray the journal or news organization’s expenses to publish or publicize his or her research. In the cases that have been researched by the university, these are not legitimate scholarly journals or news organizations but can be characterized at as falling into the range between vanity presses and scams. Caution is advised in dealing with any unfamiliar organization offering to publish or publicize your work for a fee. The Marriott Library or the Public Affairs Office may be able to provide help in determining if a particular organization is legitimate.

2. Cayuse424 mandatory for Grants.gov submissions as of April 1, 2012

On December 12, 2011 the Office of Sponsored Projects launched Cayuse424 to facilitate grant applications through Grants.gov. Cayuse simplifies the creation, review, and submission of these applications. Users find the new system easy to use and effective at ensuring timely submission. Accordingly, on April 1, 2012, use of Cayuse424 will become mandatory for ALL Grants.gov applications, other than for NSF. NSF applications may be created and managed either through the Fastlane system or through Grants.gov, in which case Cayuse should be used. Please see OSP’s website for further information about Cayuse, system training, and FAQs. Contact Todd Bjorklund of the OSP at 801-585-6946 for questions.

3. University of Utah’s Software Development Center

The University of Utah, in conjunction with the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute and the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), created the Software Development Center in the Fall of 2009. The SDC, a joint effort across campus, was established to find and develop promising University of Utah software projects, and to disseminate them to the public from one centralized source.

Mission Statement:

The SDC has a multifaceted mission of creating a clear development and distribution channel for University software projects and developing state of the art entrepreneurial applications to aid in broadening the impact of University of Utah research.

The SDC provides software development infrastructure and support for facilitating the management, development, and distribution of software projects from across the University. This includes a code repository and bug/feature tracking facilities. Additionally, the SDC provides access to software engineer professionals to work on complex computer software projects. Our computer professionals have extensive experience in developing software in areas ranging from scientific computer modeling, simulation, and visualization to database applications.

4. NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program

Just days ago, the Obama administration approved an additional $20 million budget for Innovation Corps Program

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, a public-private partnership, identifies NSF-funded researchers for additional support – in the form of mentoring and funding – to spur translation of fundamental research into emerging products and services that can attract subsequent third-party funding. NSF plans to fund up to 100 projects per year. Each project team accepted into the program will receive $50,000 for six months.

The grant is to connect NSF-funded researchers with the technological, entrepreneurial, and business communities to help create a stronger national ecosystem for innovation that “builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, and processes that benefit society.”

NSF I-Corps provides additional support to NSF-funded investigators, in the form of mentoring and funding, to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. NSF I-Corps grants will give project teams access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously or currently funded NSF projects.

Successful completion of an I-Corps grant is expected to contribute to one or more of the following:
• New start-up businesses
• Licenses
• SBIR proposals
• A business plan ready for review by third-party investors
• Students prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive
• New or improved curriculum

Resources:
NSF I-Corps Program Home
NSF Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) Announcement (NSF 11-560)
NSF I-Corps Q&A
NSF I-Corps Webinars
NSF Press Release I-Corps: To Strengthen the Impact of Scientific Discoveries

Presentations from Awardees:
http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/i-corps-in-their-own-words-powerpointlg
http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/photocatalyst-nsf-i-corps-video
http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/ground-flour-pharma-final-nsf-icorps-video
http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/carbon-cultures-final-nsf-i-corps-video
http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/mobidemics-final-nsf-icorps-video
http://www.slideshare.net/sblank/ino-serogen-corps-video

If you are interested in submitting an application, TCO may help in forming a team (e.g. finding a mentor), preparing marketing/business input, guiding through application process, etc.

For additional information please contact:
Danuta Petelenz, MS, MBA
Business and Grants Manager
d.petelenz@tco.utah.edu
801-213-3585 (direct line)
801-581-7792 (main office)

5. Spring 2012 NSF Webinar Series

The National Science Foundation is offering a webinar series focused on the Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education (TUES) Program as well as Proposal Writing Strategies, Project Evaluation, and Making an Impact: Building Sustainable and Transportable Projects. The workshops are scheduled for Mar. 6, 20, 27, and Apr. 17 each from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Please use the following links to register for the sessions.

S121 https://education.research.utah.edu/special_events.jsp?event_only=59#anchor59
S123 https://education.research.utah.edu/special_events.jsp?event_only=60#anchor60
S125 https://education.research.utah.edu/special_events.jsp?event_only=61#anchor61
S127 https://education.research.utah.edu/special_events.jsp?event_only=62#anchor62

Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

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

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

Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Internal submission deadline: Apr. 19, 2012

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

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti at 801-585-3492, by email, or online.

Grants Management Essentials
Wednesday, Mar. 28
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Thursday, Mar. 29
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2120

Informed Consent in Research
Tuesday, Apr. 3
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 2600

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, Apr. 4
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 1730

Investigator Training Workshop: Research Resources Session
Wednesday, Apr. 4
3:30-5:30 p.m.
HSEB Lab 3100C

Budget Preparation and Development
Thursday, Apr. 5
2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB Rm. 3515B

7. Grant Writing Crash Course

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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