Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Revised NSF Proposal Deadlines
  2. TVC Boot Camp
  3. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  4. Patent Databases
  5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  6. Grant Writing Crash Course
  7. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  8. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Revised NSF Proposal Deadlines

Please go to the following link to see NSF’s revised proposal deadlines: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown/reviseddates_oct22.pdf

2. TVC Boot Camp

Technology & Venture Commercialization will be hosting a lower campus “Boot Camp” for U faculty, post-docs and interested parties to discuss recent changes to the U’s intellectual property policy, what TVC is and the services it performs, and how the technology commercialization process works. Click here for more information and to register.

3. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Finding Collaborators

One of the most fun, interesting, challenging and creative aspects of research is collaboration. ‘Team research‘ is likely to be cited more often, funded more often, and lead to additional creative ideas. Getting started in a research collaboration may be as serendipitous as meeting someone at the gym, or it may require a detailed search for the right research team.

Here are a few questions often asked about finding a collaborator and getting started in team research:

What ideas do I have that would benefit from collaboration?
How could I get involved in a collaborative group where we could generate ideas together?
What ideas do you have that would benefit from someone helping you? Where might your skills help someone else?
How can I find a collaborator? Or be found by one?
What should I look for in a good collaborator?
How do you organize and run a collaborative team? What goes well, and what might not?

Here are a some resources at the U to help you find collaborators:
OSP Collaboration Page
Find a Researcher
MBM Researcher Database

Also talk with the research dean in your college for ideas on finding and enhancing collaborations. (For a complete list of research deans, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research).

And a couple of good national resources:
Thriving in an Era of Team Science
Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide

Finding out about research projects that are going on in your college, university and elsewhere can help spark new creative applications and ideas for your research. Check out your college newsletters, the UofU research news, and research updates from federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, AFOSR, and others.

To Do:
Talk with your mentor/mentee about research ideas that might benefit from collaborations, and what types of collaborators would be good.
Find out more about different research projects going on in your college, the university, and outside of the university. (See links above) Sign up for any that you find particularly interesting, or mark your calendar to check them out on a regular basis.
Remind yourself to be curious and creative. Schedule time to think. Check out the resources on the OSP ‘Generate your idea’ page.
Check out the resources above, and bookmark the ones you find most useful.
Invite a colleague to lunch! Go have lunch with someone you don’t know too well, whose research interests you. Find out more.

4. 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

5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
Internal Deadline: November 15

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Deadline: November 15

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Deadline: November 15

David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program
Internal Deadline: November 15

Mallinckrodt Scholar Award
Internal Deadline: November 15

MetLife Awards for Medical Research
Internal Deadline: November 15

External Funding Opportunities
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.

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

6. 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 tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu.



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.

7. 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

Investigator Training Workshop: Responsible Conduct of Research
Wednesday, November 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Thursday, November 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Thursday, November 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Source Documentation for Clinical Data Management

Monday, November 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight

Tuesday, November 19, 2:00-4:00p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Establishing an Umbrella IRB Application for Secondary Data Analyses

Tuesday, November 19, 10:00-10:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards

Wednesday, November 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements

Thursday, November 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Patent and Trademark Searching

Tuesday, November 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

8. 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.

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