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Research Updates

  1. Travel Grants Available to Visit DARPA Program Managers
  2. Pilot Ends for Open Access Publishing Fund
  3. Summer 2014 Post-Doc Professional Development Series
  4. Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos
  5. Mentoring Topic of the Month: Sign-up for 2nd Year Mentoring
  6. Professional Development Orientation
  7. OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New Omni-Circular
  8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  9. Research and Scientific Management Workshop, Fall 2014
  10. Grant Writing Crash Course
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  12. Research News and Publicizing Research

 

1.    Traveling Grants Available to Visit DARPA Program Managers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon, known as DARPA, provides funding for research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas, now including the new Biotechnology area. Please click here  for information on opportunities including the broad BAA: DARPA-BAA-14-46.

STEP 1: If you see a potential match for your research, Cynthia Furse can help you make contact with a DARPA program manager.

STEP 2: Once you have made contact by email and/or phone with your program manager, it may make sense for you to visit your program manager.

At this stage, you are eligible to apply to the VPR for a travel grant of up to $1000 to visit a program manager who has expressed interest in your idea.

Submission Guidelines

To apply for travel funds, email the following information to AskVPR@utah.edu:

  1. Your name and contact information
  2.  Your program manager’s name and contact information
  3. Submit a 1-2 page white paper detailing the project you are proposing to your program manager.
  4. What contact you have had with the program manager (email/phone) and attach any email correspondence.
  5. When (approximately) would you plan to visit DARPA?
  6. Explain whether or not other funds are available to support your travel.  (If startup, overhead return, etc. are available to you, please use those first.)

 
Travel Grant Submission Deadline:  Aug. 30, 2014 and Ongoing

 

2.    Pilot Ends for Open Access Publishing Fund

Marriott Library’s pilot open access publishing fund ended in June 2014 since no additional budget money was allocated. The fund supported the direct payment of article processing fees in open access journals. The library encourages researchers to utilize grant money to defray the cost. Based on the pilot, the average fee was $1300.

If your current grant doesn’t include a line for open access (OA) publishing, you could choose a journal with no publishing fee and the library could provide public access to your article (in accordance with the terms of the author agreement) by means of USpace, the U’s digital archive. 

For a list of journals in your field–both OA and non-OA–click here.

And for a list of OA journals without an article processing fee, use the Publication Charges search feature available from the Directory of Open Access Journals > Advanced Search > Publication Charges.

For more information, contact Allyson Mower, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Librarian, Marriott Library, (801) 585-5458, allyson.mower@utah.edu.

 

3.    Summer 2014 Post-Doc Professional Development Series

Post doctoral development summer workshop dates are now available. All workshops will take place at the Human Resources Building in the Training Room. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Berzins.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Friday, August 1, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The MBTI workshop will provide insights, which influence our interactions and participation in collaborative-based environment. Prior to this class participants will complete the MBTI on-line. Participants must attend class to receive MBTI results. Please click here to register for this workshop:

Conflict Styles
Friday, August 8, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Conflict Styles workshop will explore the nature of conflict and identify skills and ways to address conflict. Participants will complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI). Participants must attend class to receive TKI results. Please click here to register for the workshop:

Negotiating Essentials
Friday, August 15, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Negotiating Essentials workshop will explore a number of concepts integral to effective negotiation and the behavioral aspects of negotiation including dealing with emotion. You will take away insights and strategies to build or enhance your effectiveness. Please click here to register for the workshop:

Mentoring and Professional Development
Friday, August 22, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm 

The Mentoring and Professional Development work ship will discuss the nature of mentoring and professional mentoring relationships, the respective mentor and the mentee roles, and how to maximize the mentoring relationship for professional development. Please click here to register:

Time Management
Friday, August 29, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Time Management workshop will give helpful insight on time management, controlling the use of resource-time, and understand your unique style and ways to manage your day-to-day commitments. Please click here to register:

 

 4.    Sex and Gender Differences Subcontract Call for Videos

Need peers to connect with to work on your research topic that relates to sex and gender differences?  Why not create a video that highlights your research and the type of partner(s) you are seeking?  Here’s a sample.   Contact Jean Shipman or 801-581-8771 to arrange a free video appointment.

 

 5.    Mentoring Topic of the Month: Sign-up for 2nd Year Mentoring

Summer is a great opportunity to visit and talk with your mentors. ‘Most everyone is more relaxed, and it is a good time to talk about your research direction, how your teaching went, the level of service commitment you are engaged with and where your career is heading.

Please feel free to continue to use the mentoring resources.They will be up on this site forever. If you would like to be added to a ‘Year 2 Mentoring’ list, please email cfurse@ece.utah.edu. We’ll be expanding the topics and sending them out monthly as we have this year. If you have specific topics you would like to address, please send your thoughts.

 

6.    Professional Development Orientation 

Research Education is hosting a Professional Development orientation. This orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about a variety of research training and opportunities available through the Research Administration Training Series (RATS). Spots are filling up, so please register soon for this special event. The orientation will be held on:

Tuesday, July 29th
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
HSEB, Alumni Hall (Rooms 2110 & 2120)

For complete information and to register online, please visit the Special Events page on the Research Education website.

 

 7.    OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New Omni-Circular

Research Education and the Office of Research Management & Compliance are offering informational sessions on the new OMB Uniform Guidance, which becomes effective for all new federal awards, and new funding for existing awards, on December 26, 2014.  The new OMB Uniform Guidance will supersede administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements previously described in OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 for federal awards to educational institutions.  Participants will learn about the specific changes in regulations that impact the University and will have the opportunity to ask questions.  The following dates are open for registration:

Monday, September 8, 2014
2 – 4 p.m.
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB, Room 1750

Monday, September 29, 2014
1 – 3 p.m.
Intermountain Network Scientific CC (INSCC) Auditorium

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 1750

For complete information and to register online, please visit the Special Events page on the Research Education website.

 

 8.    Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-Stem)
Internal Deadline: July 21, 2014

Burroughs Wellcome-Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Burroughs Wellcome-Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (25)
Internal Deadline: August 28, 2014

Bridges to Doctorate (R25)
Internal Deadline: August 28, 2014

 

9.    Research and Scientific Management Workshop, Fall 2014

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Fellows from the Health Sciences and Main Campus. Registration is available at no cost. Attendance is expected at all six sessions.

Most new faculty members are surprised to learn of the overwhelming number of diverse new activities they need to manage as academicians. Although incredibly busy as postdocs, each was able to focus most of his or her energy on conducting their research and managing only one person: himself or herself. As faculty members, in addition to conducting research, they now often manage several different types of people (e.g., undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, etc.), and they need to successfully fulfill many other obligations such as classroom teaching, serving on committees, providing clinical care, advising and training students, and reviewing and writing manuscripts and grant proposals. As a result of these many demands, the management needs of the laboratory and one’s focus on the science often suffers.

Through a series of six 2-hour sessions, attendees will learn proven techniques and begin to apply these to their own research groups through in-class exercises. Attendees will better understand some of the critical factors that motivate people and to use this understanding to negotiate win-win situations with trainees and staff within the research group. Proven methods for increasing group productivity and using change to sustain and advance the group’s long-term success will be examined. The goal of the workshop in aggregate is to enhance individual and group productivity, achieve better work-life balance, reduce work-related stress, and increase the likelihood of having a satisfying, successful, and lifelong career as a scientist / laboratory director.

Session 1: Introduction & Overview
10:00am – 12:00pm / Tuesday, September 9th

Session 2: Managing People, Part 1: Motivation for Laboratory & Group Success
10:00am – 12:00pm / Thursday, September 11th

Session 3: Managing People, Part 2: Negotiation for Laboratory & Group Success
10:00am – 12:00pm / Tuesday, September 16th

Session 4: Managing Laboratory & Group Time
10:00am – 12:00pm / Thursday, September 18th

Session 5: Managing Change for Laboratory & Group Success
10:00am – 12:00pm / Tuesday, September 23rd

Session 6: Managing Laboratory & Group Productivity
10:00am – 12:00pm / Thursday, September 25th

All sessions will be held in the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 2110.  The workshop will be led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy.

For complete information and to register online, please click here or call visit  or contact Tony Onofrietti, director, research education at 801-585-3492.

 

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 Oct. 2014 program, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, director, research education, at 801-585-3492.

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.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects (OSP) Training

Tuesday, July 29th
10:00am-12:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2938

 

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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