Info for Researchers

Research Updates

  1. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  2. National Research Priorities for 2015
  3. NIH Changes Application Submission Policy
  4. Work Smarter, Not Harder! Contact your Librarian!
  5. For Scifinder Users
  6. Core Facility Available
  7. Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution
  8. 3rd Annual Science Filmmaking Workshop
  9. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  10. Grant Writing Crash Course
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  12. Research News & Publicizing Research


1. Mentoring Topic of the Month

The end of semester is a busy time! Summer is right around the corner and it is often the most productive research “season” on campus. Start thinking now about what you would like your graduate students to accomplish over the summer. Since your students’ success is your success, developing great practices in graduate student mentoring will pay big dividends throughout your career.

So, this month’s topic is devoted to Best Practices in Graduate Student MentoringDavid Kieda, dean of the Graduate School, has provided some very good advice, resources and recommendations.  Please take a moment to read through these ideas and think about them with others in your department. They will help you plan and execute an excellent research summer.


2. National Research Priorities for 2015

At a recent meeting of the ASEE Engineering Research Council in Washington, DC representatives from many of the government funding agencies made presentations about their funding priorities and anticipated funding levels for FY2015. PDF copies of their presentations available for your review are located here.


3. NIH Changes Application Submission Policy

On April 17, the National Institutes of Health made a major change to its application submission policy. Previously, NIH had a ‘two strikes’ policy that gave investigators only one additional chance to resubmit a proposal to the NIH before being required to substantially change the scientific focus of any subsequent applications. Under the new relaxed policy an investigator will still be given a second chance to resubmit a research proposal after incorporating reviewer’s comments. However, if the proposal still fails to be accepted after a second review, investigators now will be able to resubmit the same research idea as a new application multiple times. As noted in a Science Insider article, this is a significant change that should help new investigators in what can be a very competitive process.


4. Work Smarter, Not Harder! Contact your Librarian!

Librarians at the University of Utah are available to help you navigate the information maze. We invite you to schedule a one-on-one research consultation with library experts and subject liaisons. Areas we can help you with include:

  • Identifying appropriate databases and resources to locate information for research grants, projects and assignments, and developing successful search strategies
  • Using citation management tools like EndNote, EndNote Basic and Zotero to organize citations and full-text articles, and writing papers with correctly cited references
  • Setting up monthly, weekly or daily saved searches and alerts
  • Using citation metrics to determine the impact of your research
  • Partnering with you to create a thorough literature search for grant proposals including writing data management plans and searching patents
  • Uploading  your presentations, posters and articles to USpace (our institutional repository)
  • Providing access to and help using technology, including 3D printing, a Bloomberg Terminal, and a wide variety of software applications

The above list is just a summary of how we can help! Librarians are committed to supporting and facilitating the research activities of the University; we organize, maintain and provide access to literature and information resources in order to ensure 24/7 access to online resources and offer consultations to ensure your success in using these tools.

If you need help finding information you can schedule an appointment to meet with your academic librarian, or just stop by the service desk.

Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

  • Phone: 801-581-5534
  • Email:
  • Consultations:
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J. Willard Marriott Library


5. For Scifinder Users

Have you learned to use the Sciplanner and incorporated it into your workflow? What is CAS doing about the Java issue? Have you noticed that structure drawing has been simplified by the integration of Scifinder into ChemDraw? Are you not getting the results you want from your searches of Scifinder and can use some assistance?

Representatives from CAS are coming to present on Scifinder, May 8, 2014,10:00-11:30 a.m. in HEB room 4429TBBC and again, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in HSEB room 3515C. Please RSVP Daureen Nesdill  letting her know which session you will attend.


6. Core Facility Available

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance:  Providing Answers to Scientists and Engineers for 60 Years

Rabi and coworkers made the first observations of the intrinsic angular momentum of nuclei (nuclear spin) by applying resonance techniques to molecular beam experiments in the late 1930’s. The phenomenon was named Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). A decade later Block and Purcell made the first observations of NMR in the condensed phase (liquids and solid materials). Based on an extensive early characterization of nuclear spin properties, it was recognized that the local chemical environment of the nuclei influenced the signals recorded by the NMR experiment. Pake, Freeman, and Richards established that NMR could be used as a tool for determining molecular structure by analyzing the NMR spectra of gypsum samples.  Martin Packard made the first high resolution NMR observations in the liquid state in 1960, and within a couple of years the first commercial NMR instruments appeared. The field has been driven by a continuous and remarkable series of innovations through to the current time.

NMR provides strategically important answers in two main areas of research. One area involves confirmation of the presence of a specific molecule. For example, a researcher may wish to confirm that a specific (previously known) molecule is present in a sample. Over the past decades the NMR spectra of virtually all commercially available small molecules have been recorded in one of several spectral databases. Many research compounds have also been included in the spectral databases. Comparison between the spectrum of the research compound and the reference data can be used to confirm the presence of the compound. In some case, the NMR spectra can serve as a fingerprint for the sample, which can be compared with spectra of other samples to confirm identity. Fingerprinting is especially useful in application to complex materials which include mixtures. Another common use for NMR is to identify an unknown compound. Imagine that you have obtained material from a natural source and have identified components that have interesting physical or chemical properties. Detailed analysis of NMR data of the purified fractions can be used to determine complete structure of organic natural products and both homo- and heteropolymers.

Samples can be liquids, most commonly solutions, or solid materials. Solution NMR analysis can be conducted on sub-milligram quantities of material in favorable cases. Solid state NMR analysis generally requires more material than does the solution NMR case, in the range of 100mg to 300mg.  Analysis most commonly focuses on the NMR spectra of protons (1H nuclei) and the 13C isotope of carbon, but virtually isotope with a non-zero spin is a candidate for NMR investigation (2H, 11B, 15N, 19F, 17O, 23Na, 29Si, 31P, and more).

The University of Utah maintains excellent NMR facilities, with state of the art instrumentation, easy access, and abundant opportunities for training. The best way to determine whether NMR can aid your research program is with a consultation, which costs nothing other than a few minutes of your time.  For further information please contact Dr. Peter Flynn, Director, D.M. Grant NMR Center by telephone at 801-581-3828, or via Email.


7. Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution

Please read the Dear Colleague Letter regarding Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution


8. 3rd Annual Science Filmmaking Workshop

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Science Filmmaking Workshop, May 5-9, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the University of Utah. This intensive workshop, taught by two National Geographic documentary filmmakers, provides effective tools and training for faculty, staff, students, and other community members who wish to use the medium of film to disseminate scientific and/or mathematic information. Visit the CSME website or see this flyer for more information!

To register for the workshop, please fill out our online form and make your final payment at least two weeks before the event.


9. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Internal Deadline: May 6, 2014
NEA Art Works
Internal Deadline: May 19, 2014

Diabetes Research Career Initiator Award
Internal Deadline: June 1, 2014

Diabetes Research Accelerator Award
Internal Deadline: June 1, 2014

Brain Research Foundation
Internal Deadline: June 1, 2014

Edward J. Mallinckradt Jr. Grants
Internal Deadline: June 1, 2014

William T. Grant Scholars
Internal Deadline: June 1, 2014

Searle Scholars Program
Internal Deadline: June 1, 2014

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

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

Faculty Research Infrastructure Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2014


10. 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.


11. 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

Establishing an Umbrella IRB Application for Secondary Data Analyses
Tuesday April 29 10-00-11:30am
HSEB, RM. 3515D

Introduction to ClinicalTrials.Gov
Tuesday April 29 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Utah Population Database: Use of a Pre-Research Query Tool
Wednesday April 20 11:00am-1:00pm
HSEB, Lab 3100A

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Thursday May 1 2:00-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Publishing Smart: How to Make Your Article Visible
Thursday May 8 10:00am-12:00n
M Lib, Lab 1735

Utah Population Database: Access and Approval for Research Projects
Thursday May 15 10:00am-12:00n
HSEB, Rm. 3515C


12. 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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