Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Completed Enhancements to Research.gov
  2. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  3. Grant Writing Crash Course
  4. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  5. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Completed Enhancements to Research.gov

Since October 2012, Principal Investigators (PIs) have used Research.gov to successfully submit over 47,000 project reports to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over that time, NSF has received feedback and suggestions from NSF awardees and Program Officers (POs) on how to further improve project reporting. The following enhancements, based on awardee and NSF staff feedback, were implemented on March 17th:

– POs will view project reports in HTML rather than PDF, which will allows POs and PIs to view the same layout for a project report.

– NSF will pre-populate the Products, Organization and Participants sections of a project report from information previously submitted in Research.gov. This will save awardees time and reduce redundant data entry.

– The progress report pages will be redesigned to optimize space, minimize scrolling efforts, and become more user-friendly. The default setting for non-critical sections will be “hidden”, users will be able to click “Show Report and Progress Summary” to view sections as needed.

– PIs will be able to edit reporting periods for an Interim Project Report (IPR). This will allow PIs to accurately report specific dates applicable to the task(s) being reported upon.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming events or future enhancements to Research.gov and/or FastLane, subscribe to our new System Updates NSF listserv. This listserv is available to both NSF staff and awardees. To subscribe, simply email:  NSF Updates and you will be automatically enrolled.

Where should PIs go for help with project reports?

–  Online Help

–  Project Report Information Page

NSF Help Desk

If you have any additional feedback on project reporting, please email here.

2. 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

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

NASA
Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2014

3. 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 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.

4. 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

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

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Wednesday, April 2 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Wednesday, April 2 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Basics of Good Clinical Practices
Thursday, April 3 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515

Research Participants and the Informed Consent Process
Tuesday, April 8 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, April 9 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Tuesday, April 15 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

5. 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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