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Research Updates

  1. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  2. 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop
  3. Michelson Prize & Grants
  4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  5. Grant Writing Crash Course
  6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  7. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Time & Stress Management/Work-Life Balance

Time is a most precious resource and few faculty feel they have enough of it.

Some common questions are:
How do you balance your professional time between teaching/research/service/clinical/other?
How do you efficiently balance just one day?
How to balance work and life ?
How did you DO it?
What do you say ‘no’ to, and how?

Obviously these answers are varied, personal, and constantly in flux.

Check out a few of these online resources:
Mind Tools
Time Management Tools

Mayo Clinic Stress Management
U of Illinois Time Management
NSFCareer-Life Balance Page (with funding help!)

It’s the end of the semester. Hang in there! This one is easy … Send an email today to your mentor/mentee to schedule a time AFTER the semester craziness is over, to go to lunch or have a cup of tea, an talk about the things you would most like to discuss at this point.

2. 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

Sponsored by the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, the 2014 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held on April 7 and 8, 2014.  The workshop will be hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  This workshop will cover the basics of CAREER proposal writing and review.  It will include presentations by NSF Program Officers and recent CAREER awardees, a mock panel review using actual awarded and declined CAREER proposals, and a feedback session where small groups will review and discuss the draft CAREER proposal project summaries that each participant prepared.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with current and previous NSF Program Officers.  The workshop will be hands-on, requiring that all participants read and review six CAREER proposals, actively participate in the mock panel reviews, which are designed as a realistic simulation of actual CAREER proposal review panels, and provide a draft copy of the project summary page that they intend to submit as part of their own CAREER proposal.  In order to facilitate the mock panel reviews and the review of each participant’s project summary page, attendance is limited to 150.  Data from previous workshops suggest that the success rate of the participants is considerably higher than the overall NSF average.  Correspondingly, this workshop attracts far more applicants than we can admit, so early application is strongly recommended.  In order to provide sufficient time for these important sessions and to encourage networking among participants and facilitators, mealtime activities will be an important component of the agenda, and the workshop fee of $250 will be charged to help defray the cost of workshop meals and materials.

The application deadline is February 15, 2014. The application procedure and tentative agenda for the workshop can be found at

Workshop organizers:
Alison Flatau, University of Maryland,
Brad Kramer, Kansas State University,

NSF Coordinators:
George Hazelrigg, Deputy Division Director, CMMI,
Z.J. Pei, Program Director, MME/CMMI,

3. Michelson Prize a & Grants

Found Animals offers Michelson Grants of up to $750,000 USD for research in pursuit of a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilization product or technology for use in male and female cats and dogs. To qualify for a Michelson Grant, a proposed project must pursue a technology, mechanism, or pathway representing an innovative approach to nonsurgical sterilization. Investigators are encouraged to submit for “proof of concept” studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. Scientists from a wide range of fields are encouraged to apply.

The first step to apply for a Michelson Grant is submission of a letter of intent. Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline.

The Michelson Prize

The winning entry for the $25 million Michelson Prize will have, at minimum, the following characteristics:
• Single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant
• Safe and effective in male and female cats and dogs
• Ablates sex steroids and/or their effects
• Suitable for administration in a field setting
• Viable pathway to regulatory approval
• Reasonable manufacturing process and cost

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Intramural Funding Opportunities
Community Based Research
Deadline: February 18

Funding Incentive Seed Grant
Deadline: February 18

University Research Committee Faculty Research & Creative Grant
Deadline: February 18

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

Environmental Education Grants
Deadline: February 4, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014

Department of Commerce
2014 Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program Modification 1
Deadline: February 28, 2014

National Institutes of Health
Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium
Deadline: March 6, 2014

Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World
Deadline: March 14, 2014

National Science Foundation
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)
Deadline: April 8, 2014

5. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 11-13, 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.

6. 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

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities
Wednesday, February 5 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Pre-Award Session
Wednesday, February 5 3:30pm-5:30pm
RAB, Rm. 117

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Thursday, February 6 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership
Monday, February 10 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects
Tuesday, February 11 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Wednesday, February 12 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Thursday, February 13 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Tuesday, February 18 2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

7. 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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