Info For Researchers

  1. Are You Conducting Surveys?
  2. P2P Announcement: Signature Cards Retire Soon – Need Online Signatures!
  3. Brown Bag Mentor Workshop
  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. Are You Conducting Surveys?

Do you have a secure server to store data? Do you know how to de-identify the data so it can be shared with other researchers and the public to accommodate federal mandates?

The University of Utah is affiliated with REDCap (Research Electronic Data CAPture) for managing online surveys and databases. REDCap is a free web-based application that allows users to build and manage online surveys while accessing databases quickly and securely. It is supported by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Biomedical Informatics Core and charges may apply.

For additional information about REDCap at the U, please visit the Biomedical Informatics Core website . For training, please contact Mei Xue in Biomed Informatics Core CCTS.

 2. P2P Announcement: Signature Cards Retire Soon – Need Online Signatures!

The Signature Authorization Form is going paperless! Grant Financial Authority (GFA) will be replacing the use of signature cards by November 30, 2014. FBS needs your help to meet this deadline to capture all needed signatures for the Electronic signature card. You can use you smartphone or tablet to capture signatures for all PIs and account executives, alternates, and ORG Heads. PIs and Account Executives can also designate and approve alternates online. Here are some more helpful hints:

  • We can deliver GFA styluses to your department and provide help with the process in either one-on-one or group training. Submit Request Form Here Invite us to your next staff meeting, or simply have styluses delivered for you and your staff.
  • PIs and Account Executives can save time approving alternates if all alternate signatures have already been captured.  (Approval will be “pending” until alternate signature is available.)
  • GFA is available on CIS under FBS|Processing, or login directly to GFA here.

Need to know more? Check out the GFA page and instructional videos!

3. 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 2014. 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

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.

Creating Effective Research Posters
Presented by Kristie Durham (Linguistics)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Union Den

Ethics of Human Subjects Research
Presented by Dennis O’ Rourke (Anthropology, Institutional Review Board)
Monday, October 27, 2014
3:30 PM– 4:30 PM
Location: Union Room 312

Developing the Research Abstract
Presented by Zac Chatterly (Writing & Rhetoric)
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
2:00 PM– 3:00 PM
Location: Union Den

The Institutional Review Board
Presented by John Stillman (Institutional Review Board)
Friday, November 7, 2014
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Union Room 312

Editing Workshops for Abstracts
Presented by Aaron Philips (Writing & Rhetoric)
Monday, November 24, 2014
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Union Den

Undergraduate Student Research Presentations
Friday, December 12, 2014
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Heritage Center 2A/B

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:

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 email Tony Onofrietti , Director, Research Education, or call 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 email Research Education Project Coordinator, Danny Trujillo, or call 801-585-3958.

8. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers (RED)
Internal Submission: October 14, 2014

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal Submission: October 30, 2014

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

Dana Foundation-David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation-Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards
Internal Submission Deadline: November 17, 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 . 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 

NSF: Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF – NCS)
Letter of Intent Deadline: December 10, 2014
External Deadline: January 26, 2015

This solicitation describes the first phase of a new NSF program to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems. NSF seeks exceptional proposals that are bold, potentially risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research programs. For additional information, please visit the Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) Proposal. 

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. 

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 (http://minerva.dtic.mil), 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. 

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.

 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
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

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Wednesday, Oct. 15
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Introduction to REDCap
Thursday, Oct. 16
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Pandemic Flu: What to Know & What to Do
Monday, Oct. 20
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Tuesday, Oct. 21
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Wednesday, Oct. 22
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Best Practice Roundtable: Onboarding Research Staff and Student Research Assistants
Thursday, Oct. 23rd
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Introduction to Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Thursday, Oct. 23
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Monday, Oct. 27
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Consent Document Simplification
Tuesday, Oct. 28
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HSEB, Rm. 3515D

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Tuesday, Oct. 28
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

 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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