Info for Researchers


  1. New Faculty IT Quick Start Guide Research Updates
  2. Data Management Plans and U
  3. What Can You Spend Grant Money On? Understanding the New Omni-Circular
  4. Research and Scientific Management Workshop, Fall 2014
  5. Grant Writing Crash Course
  6. Research Education Invites You to Join The Research Administrators’ Network (RAN)
  7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  9. Research News and Publicizing Research


1. New Faculty IT Quick Start Guide

The University Information Technology (UIT) department has created a quick start guide for all faculty members on digital resources available on campus. This includes video conferencing, telephone service, free or discounted software, IT help and more. Please visit the New Faculty Guide to Digital Resources website for more information.


 2. Data Management Plans and U

A recent ruling by NIH states that genomic researchers are required to not only store but also share the data gathered under NIH sponsorship quickly (within 6 months) in a government database or recognized alternative. Data management plans are required for grants from NSF (National Science Foundation), NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), NIH (National Institutes of Health), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), IMPS (Inst. Of Museum and Library Services), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and DOE (Office of Science).

This ruling helps set the standard and recommended practices in data management. Many disciplines have well-respected data repositories that are specific to their work, and if your discipline is one of these, you are probably already using that data. When it comes time to write your data management plan for your next grant, it is considered ‘best practices’ to store and share your data where similar data gathers.

If you are unfamiliar with a well-respected data repository, Repositories for Research Data can assist you in finding one for your data management plan.

The University of Utah also has an archival data repository (final data here for permanent archiving) and non-archival file sharing via (files or data you are sharing with current collaborators) that can be used by researchers, free of charge. For more information and assistance with your data management plan, visit the J. Willard Marriott data management link. If you do choose to indicate in your data management plan that you will be using USpace, please contact Daureen Nesdill before submitting the grant proposal.


3. What Can You Spend Grant Money On? 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 29, 2014
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Intermountain Network Scientific CC (INSCC) Auditorium

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
10:00am – 11:30am
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.


4. 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 two-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 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 contact Tony Onofrietti, Director, Research Education at 801-585-3492.


5. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 10-12, 2014
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members from the Health Sciences and Main Campus!

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.


 6. Research Education invites you to join the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN)!

The mission of the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) is to provide informative peer-to-peer networking, support and guidance for the benefit of the university research administrative community. By becoming a member of the RAN you will receive notifications about new funding opportunities, announcements about upcoming research-related events and will gain access to the RAN Canvas™ Site, which offers numerous resources including a real-time Peer Discussion Board. To become of member of the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) please contact Danny Trujillo, Research Education Project Coordinator, at 801-585-3958 or at


7. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

NEH Summer Stipends
Internal Deadline: September 10, 2014

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Sciences
Internal Deadline: September 17, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Internal Deadline: September 23, 2014

Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)
Internal Deadline: September 26, 2014

Intramural Funding Opportunities:

Seed Grant Program:
Internal Deadline: August 20 and February 15

University Research Committee:
Faculty Research and Creative Grant Program
Internal Deadline: August 20, November 20, and February 15

URC Faculty Fellow Awards
Internal Deadline: October 23

Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Awards
Internal Deadline: October 15

Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) Program:
Internal Deadline: December 15, 2014

MRSEC Seed Grant Program
Internal Deadline: October 15, 2014

The NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Utah is pleased to announce the fourth round of competition for Seed funding that will support new research related to the goals of the MRSEC. This program will potentially support basic and translational studies in materials science and engineering that would otherwise be considered eligible for support through the Division of Materials Research (DMR) of the NSF. The emphasis of this program is on developing new directions that can potentially form a third independent Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG). The current two existing IRGs are (i) Plasmonic Metamaterials and (ii) Organic Spintronics.

Successful proposals will discuss how the proposed research could lead to the formation of a new IRG, why the proposed research is a promising area for an independent new IRG, and whether or not other large-scale centers already exist in the area of the proposed research. Given the broad research topics covered within an IRG, Seed proposals from a group of investigators are strongly recommended.

One copy of the proposal should be submitted, along with the Document Summary Sheet, to the MRSEC Seed Program Committee at Proposals will not be returned. If human subjects or animal research is involved, provide one copy of the IRB or IACUC. Applications must be made and approved prior to funds being released.

The application must include the following:

  1. Abstract of the proposal: 1 page
  2. Technical proposal (including a statement of why the proposed research is a promising 
area for an independent new IRG): limited to 3 pages
  3. References: limited to 1 additional page
  4. Budget (Excel format)
  5. Current and pending support (list yearly direct funds for each grant)
  6. Biographical sketch: (limited to 3 pages)
  7. Letter of support from department chair
  8. List of 4 potential reviewers – 2 can be within your department and 2 outside your 
department; must be University of Utah faculty, excluding members of the MRSEC Executive and Seed Program Committees.

Any questions or concerns regarding eligibility of applicants and areas of research eligible for funding under this program should be directed to the chair of the MRSEC Seed Program Committee, Michael H. Bartl prior to preparing an application.

External Funding Opportunities

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
External Deadline: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5:00 pm ET

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2014 solicitation. 

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix
External Deadline: November 12, 2014

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) appendix. This effort was previously titled as the NASA University Research Centers Project and has now been consolidated into the MUREP Program within the NASA Office of Education.

MIRO awards aim to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education, which directly supports NASA’s four Mission Directorates – Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Space Operations, Science, and Space Technology. For more information, visit the NASA NSPIRES website for the MIRO solicitation.


8. 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

Electronic Application through Grants.Gov
Monday, Sept. 15th
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments and Continuing Review
Tuesday, Sept. 16th
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Collaborative Research and the Roles of the Scientist in Society
Thursday, Sept. 18th
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Monday, Sept. 22nd
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA
Tuesday, Sept. 23
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to
Wednesday, Sept. 24
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Investigator Training Workshop: Post-Award Session
Wednesday, Sept. 24
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
RAB, Main Conference Rm. 117

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Thursday, Sept. 25
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Thursday, Sept. 25
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Computer LAB 3100C

OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New OMNI-Circular
Monday, Sept. 29
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
INSCC Auditorium

Best Practice Roundtable: Establishing an Umbrella IRB Application for Secondary Data Analyses
Tuesday, Sept. 30
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Introduction to the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC
Tuesday, Sept. 30
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

9. 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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