Info For Researchers

  1. Additional Grant Writing Support Now AvailableResearch Updates
  2. Brown Bag Mentor Workshop
  3. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  4. Undergraduate Research Training
  5. What Can You Spend Grant Money On? Understanding the New Omni-Circular
  6. Grant Writing Crash Course
  7. Research Education Invites You to Join The Research Administrators’ Network (RAN)
  8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  9. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  10. Research News and Publicizing Research


 1. Additional Grant Writing Support Now Available

Grant Development Team

Building on the success of the Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) the vice president for research has increased the level of grant writing support available to faculty through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the creation of a new Grant Development Services team. Grant Development Services will support faculty on strategic, catalytic and capacity building research development activities by matching funding opportunities with resources, promoting new and junior faculty research, promoting large center grants and facilitating multi/interdisciplinary research programs.

The Grants Development team will provide services in three key areas:

Opportunity Matching  

  • Identify new and diverse funding opportunities
  • Assist in identifying research affinity groups and resources
  • Train faculty and staff on funding opportunity identification tools
    • Evaluate opportunities and match to available resources (i.e., people, equipment, and centers of expertise)

Program Development 

  • Support establishment of collaborative multi/interdisciplinary research teams and strategic alliances for major programmatic grants and contracts
  • Coordinate research development events to foster new research initiatives and opportunities
  • Facilitate and coordinate meetings and communications between university team members
  • Facilitate and coordinate external partner relationships for both pre-award and post-award activity
  • Draft institutional elements of programmatic proposals and coordinate individual elements
  • Review and evaluate proposals for competitiveness vis-a-vis funding agency and funding program guidelines and missions
  • Provide institutional guidance on long-term proposal and program planning

Proposal Development 

  • Provide grant writing training and proposal development tools and templates
  • Facilitate pre-submission review
  • Maintain a database of successful proposal and reviewer feedback to increase proposal quality and competitiveness
  • Support proposal preparation for new and junior faculty by:
        • Matching new faculty with successful mentors
      • Providing customized funding opportunity searches
      • Providing hands-on grant writing consultation

Grant Development Space in the Faculty Center at the Marriott Library-

In partnership with the J. Willard Marriott Library, the new home for the Grant Development Services team will be in the Faculty Center on the 1st floor of the Marriott Library. This centrally located space is convenient for a significant portion of campus. Through this collaboration, the Faculty Center is able to offer a significant variety of research development services in a single location.

The Grant Development team is comprised of:

Kathy Christiansen
Karen Krapcho
Dawn Porter
Ceceilia Tso

For more information, please contact any member of the team or Brent Brown, director, Office of Sponsored Projects, or visit OSP Grants Development Team & Grant Resource Center.


 2. Brown Bag Mentor Workshop

The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research & the Grant Resource Center is pleased to announce a new Brown Bag Research Series to be held in the Marriott Library beginning this October. Come learn what the Grant Resource Network has to offer you as you prepare your next research proposal. Grab a lunch at the library café, network with your colleagues and discover the possibility of new collaborations.

All workshops will be held in the Marriott Library Rm, 1170.

Finding Funding
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
12:15 am – 1:15 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Generating Research Ideas
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Grant Writing – Support Available
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Time and Stress Management/Work-Life Balance
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170

Mentoring Graduate Students
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MLIB, Rm. 1170


 3. Mentoring Topic of the Month 

First Year Faculty: Finding Funding

Finding funding is one of a researcher’s biggest thoughts and concerns. Here are a few questions sometimes asked about developing a research strategy and finding funding:

  • Where do people in my discipline commonly find funding?
  • Are there other creative places my work might be funded?  Is there funding specific to an application of your idea rather than just the idea itself?  What about foundations or corporations?
  • How many grants should I write? Should they be ‘big grants’ or smaller ones?
  • How can I find collaborators? How can I decide if I should be the PI or the coPI on these grants?
  • Should I start with a good idea, and then find funding that may or may not match it perfectly, or should I start with a good source of funding (an upcoming deadline, for instance), and then think of a good idea that matches that funding really well?

Here are resources available at the U:

To Do:

  • First, please give us feedback. We want to know if you contacted your mentor/mentee last month, how this online mentoring backbone is working for you, and any special questions you might like to see addressed that aren’t already in our list.
  • Plan your short and long term research strategy.
  • Talk with your mentor/mentee about it.
  • Sign up for SciVal funding search tool , if you haven’t already.
  • Sign up to receive Research Updates from the vice president for research (if you are a currently funded PI, you will receive these automatically).

Second Year Faculty: Publication 

Publication of your research results is an exciting way to share your ideas with other researchers in your area, with people who might apply your findings and with the general public. The culture of publication can be different from discipline-to-discipline, so it is especially useful to talk with your mentor/mentee and other colleagues about this. If you are working in a new area, talk with your collaborators and others in that discipline to learn more.

Here are some common questions about publication:

Here is a link to resources for aspects of sharing your research on the OSP Grants LifeCycle.

Choosing a journal:

  • Which publication(s) are most highly respected in your area? Information on Citation and Metrics may be helpful, but seasoned experience can also help choose the right journal for your work.
  • Which are most appropriate for your research results? For example, if you find yourself ‘referencing’ papers from a particular journal, maybe that is where you work would fit as well. If you have no references from a particular journal, the editor may wonder if your work fits there.
  • Check out UofU RATS training on this subject.

Culture and Changes in Publication:

  • How much should I put in my paper?  Some disciplines complete several years of work before publicizing results, and others expect more incremental updates along the way.  What is yours like?

Self-Plagiarism:  Your publications are likely to naturally build upon each other.

  • Can you re-use figures, introductory material, etc. from one paper to the next? What about writing a journal article to follow a conference presentation (how much can you re-use)?  What about writing a paper for a technical journal and similar material for an application-specific journal or the popular press, as well? What are the standards of self-plagiarism in your particular discipline? See the ORI Link on Ethics in Writing .

Open-Access / OA / Publically-Available Research:

  • Many sponsors (most notably NIH) require public access to publications, data, etc. created under their funding.  There are many discussions about Open Access Publications, where the material is free for the reader, but the author pays the publication costs.  Many faculty want to put links to their publications, so prospective students, colleagues, etc. can find their work quickly and easily. What are the standards and discussions within your discipline?

Your Career:

  • Expectations for publication vary from discipline to discipline and therefore from department to department.  What are the expectations in your department?
  • How can you increase the IMPACT and VISIBILITY of your work? Check out the UofU RATS training on this subject.
  • What are the relative merits of journal articles, conference presentations, performances, recordings, books or book chapters, invited presentations, keynote presentations, patents, mass media and other public outreach, etc.?
  • Check out ‘Things I Wish They Had Told Me’ by Richard Felder.


  • How do you find the time to write???!  See ”How to Write Anything “ by Richard Felder.
  • How can you write better?
  • How can you help your students be better writers, so you can publish together more easily?
  • The UofU Writing Center is here to help you and your students with writing and editing grants, papers, and thesis/dissertations.

To Do:

  • Start by making a list of all of the past/existing work you may not yet have ready for publication, and ideas for future work that will hopefully lead to additional publications.
  • Talk with your mentor about publication in your discipline.
  • Find out about publication expectations in your department and college.  Talk with your mentor, chair, and others.
  • Decide how you want to create and measure the IMPACT and VISIBILITY of your research. How is this typically done in your field? If applicable in your area, check out the citations on your current publications, and metrics on journals you have published in or are considering publishing in.  Citation and Metrics 
  • Plan your publication strategy (what publications you want to do, and when).  Put this on your calendar.
  • Find out more about copyright and self-plagiarism in your discipline.
  • Schedule regular to time(s) to write on your weekly calendar.


 4. Undergraduate Research Training

All University of Utah undergraduate students are invited to attend the upcoming OUR seminars and workshops. For any questions regarding details on upcoming events, please contact Rachel Hayes-Harb.

The Art of Abstract Writing
Mon, Oct. 6, 2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Union Den

Are you planning to submit an abstract to UCUR, NCUR, or Research Posters on the hill? Would you like help polishing your UROP abstract? The Art of Abstract Writing presentation will acquaint students with the basic conventions of abstract writing. Zac Chatterley and Aaron Philips will be the presenters at this event.

Community-Based Research
Thurs, Oct. 9, 2014
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Union Room 323

Come learn about the opportunities for Community-Based Research from the new director of the Bennion Center, Dean McGovern. Please invite your friends and colleagues!


5. 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.


6. Grant Writing Crash Course

May 1-3, 2015
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 May 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 May 2015 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.


 7. 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.


8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities 

Limited Submission Opportunities

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:

  • Abstract of the proposal: 1 page
  • Technical proposal (including a statement of why the proposed research is a promising 
area for an independent new IRG): limited to 3 pages
  • References: limited to 1 additional page
  • Budget (Excel format)
  • Current and pending support (list yearly direct funds for each grant)
  • Biographical sketch: (limited to 3 pages)
  • Letter of support from department chair
  • 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

Minerva Research Initiative
White Papers Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2014 by 3:00 PM EST
Full Proposal External Deadline: January 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-led Minerva Research Initiative (, a DoD-sponsored, university-based social science research program initiated by the Secretary of Defense.

The program focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities, research institutions, and individual scholars and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of Defense. The Minerva Research Initiative aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community.

White papers and full proposals are solicited which propose basic research in the following four topics / eleven subtopics listed below.  The detailed descriptions of each — found in Section VIII of the BAA referenced above — are intended to provide the proposer a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive. Topics are not mutually exclusive and proposals may consider issues relating to questions, scope, or regions beyond those listed.

(1) Identity, Influence, and Mobilization

(1-A)   Culture, identity, and security

(1-B)   Belief formation and influence

(1-C)   Mobilization for change

(2) Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change

(2-A)   Governance and rule of law

(2-B)   Resources, economics, and globalization

(2-C)   Additional factors impacting societal resilience and change

(3) Power and Deterrence

(3-A)   Power projection and diffusion

(3-B)   Beyond conventional deterrence

(4) Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

(4-A)   Analytical methods and metrics for security research

(4-B)   Emerging topics in conflict and security

Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams.  This competition is open to institutions of higher education (universities), including DoD institutions of higher education and foreign universities.  Non-profit institutions and commercial entities are also eligible to compete as collaborators on university-led proposals. For more information, visit the Minerva Research Initiative Proposal at GRANTS.GOV.

Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research. Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose:

  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.
  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.
  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

To receive funding as an INSPIRE-appropriate project, all three criteria must be met. INSPIRE is not intended to be used for interdisciplinary projects that can be accommodated within other NSF funding mechanisms or that continue well-established practices.

Prospective Principal Investigators must receive approval to submit a proposal from at least two NSF Program Officers, in intellectually distinct programs, whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topics. Consultations with Program Officers prior to submission are required in order to aid in determining the appropriateness of the work for consideration under the INSPIRE mechanism. Only after approval is provided by at least two NSF Program Officers in distinctly different research areas may a proposal be submitted. For more information, please visit the INSPIRE Proposal at NSF.GOV. 

Alan T. Waterman Award
External Deadline: October 24, 2014

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2015 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip for two to Washington, DC, to receive the award. Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering and must be submitted electronically through the NSF Fastlane System. For more information, visit the Alan T. Waterman Award Proposal at NSF.GOV.

NIH: Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01)
External Deadline: February 5, 2015

NIH: Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R21)
External Deadline: February 16, 2015

NIH: Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R15)
External Deadline: February 25, 2015

The purpose of this initiative is to support research in self-management focused across conditions. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identifies the epidemic of chronic condition as the nation’s leading health challenge and calls for cross-cutting, coordinated public health actions for “living well with chronic illness”.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) addresses that recommendation by describing an initiative that focuses on self-management as a mainstream science in order to reduce the burden of chronic illnesses/conditions. Self-management is the ability of the individual, in conjunction with family, community, and healthcare professionals, to manage symptoms, treatments, lifestyle changes, and psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual consequences associated with a chronic illness or condition. For more information, please visit Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R21) Proposal at GRANTS.NIH.GOV.


9. 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 

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

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, Oct. 1
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Thursday, Oct. 2
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities
Friday, Oct. 3
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Marriott Library, Rm. 1170

Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training
Monday, Oct. 6
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to Research Integrity
Tuesday, Oct. 7
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Radiological Health
Wednesday, Oct. 8
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, Oct. 8
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
RAB, Main Conference Room 117

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Thursday, Oct. 9
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 4100B

OMB Uniform Guidance: Understanding the New OMNI-Circular
Tuesday, Oct. 14
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Tissue Banking in Research
Tuesday, Oct. 14
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 175


10. 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 howto, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.


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