Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. SciVal Training Opportunity
  2. Symposium: Field Research and US Institutional Review Board Policy
  3. Need Help with Statistic Programs?
  4. Utah NASA Grant Consortium
  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. SciVal Training Opportunity

The Office of Sponsored Projects is hosting a “How to Use SciVal Experts and SciVal Funding to Expand Your Research Impact” seminar on Tuesday, March 18th.

Find the right experts and funding opportunities fast!  SciVal Experts and Funding will enable researchers at the University of Utah to:

  • Find new funding opportunities
  • Find collaborators to expand their research impact by searching across the SciVal Experts Community that connects users to researchers other experts in their field.

SciVal Experts will also benefit others including:

  • Administrators: Help researchers connect with other experts to form multidisciplinary teams, introduce new faculty members to potential collaborators and access up-to-date publication lists by researcher and department.
  • Students: Find mentors, discover articles to read and explore research areas.
  • Other universities, corporations and government agencies: Find researchers to collaborate with on grants and other research projects.
  • Sponsors/Donors: Identify researchers to sponsor by exploring their profiles and accomplishments.

The Office of Sponsored Projects has set up a webpage to provide additional information, training, and user guides, located at  SciVal representatives will present the training and will provide hands-on tutorials, individual demonstrations, and funding and collaboration searches immediately after the session.

Two sessions are being offered.  To register, simply click the session below and follow the instructions provided.

10:00am – 11:30am
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 3515B

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Warnock Engineering Building (WEB), Room 1230

2. Symposium: Field Research and US Institutional Review Board Policy

March 20 – March 21

The US Institutional Review Board policy with respect to human subjects was created to protect human participants from harms caused by research. It institutionalizes three ethical principles: respect for persons, beneficence (do no harm) and a just distribution of the benefits and burdens of research. The federal policy has been shaped in light of research following an experimental design, a model that often does not fit the exigencies of field research. This symposium is intended to explore the ethical dimensions of social scientific field research, including those not envisioned in the federal policy.

Click here for more information or contact Peregrine Schwartz-Shea.

3. Need Help with Statistic Programs?

Come see our Statistics Graduate Teaching Assistant Toni Yungai!

Available in Marriott Library Suite 2110:

Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm
Thursdays 1:00pm-5:00pm

By appointment:

4. Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium

Junior Faculty at the University of Utah is invited to submit proposals to the Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program. As an affiliate of the Utah NASA Space Grant (UNSG) consortium, the University of Utah has $15,000 to be awarded during 2014 for development of research infrastructure. The intent of the University of Utah NASA Space Grant Research Infrastructure Award is to develop interdisciplinary seed funding to build a sustainable capability at the University of Utah which supports NASA’s mission. UNSG will assist researchers in focusing their research toward NASA priorities while building ties with NASA Centers and aerospace contractors. The selected faculty research project will provide significant hands-on, authentic research opportunities for one or more students. Projects that emphasize active participation from NASA center researchers and women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.

Click here for more information on this grant and instructions on how to apply.

5. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities

Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2014 (ROSES-2014)
Deadline: April 30, 2015

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/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

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

Budget Preparation and Development
Wednesday March 19 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Consent Document Simplification
Thursday March 20 10:00-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Tissue Banking in Research
Thursday March 20 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grants Management Essentials
Tuesday March 25 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Roles of the Scientist in Society
Wednesday March 26 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Troubleshooting Tissue Banking Issues
Thursday March 27 10:00-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements
Thursday March 27 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Tuesday April 1 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515C

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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