Research Resources

  1. Google: Al for Social Good
  2. Ask CCTS: Center for Clinical & Translational Science open house
  3. Research Roundtable: Visualizing Research Using Photography and Video for Proposal Development and Communicating Science
  4. Springer Nature Experiments: Now available to U community
  5. New NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
  6. LabArchives
  7. Hg Thermometer Exchange Program ending
  8. Corporate and Foundation Funding opportunities
  9. Limited Submissions opportunities
  10. Intramural funding opportunities
  11. Extramural funding opportunities
  12. Research Administration & Training (RATS)

  1. Google: Al for Social Good
    Deadline: Jan. 22, 2019

Google.org has issued an open call for ideas that use AI to help address societal challenges. Google is looking for projects across a range of social impact domains and levels of technical expertise, from individuals and organizations that are experiences in AI to those with an idea for how they could be putting their data to better use. Selected applicants will receive coaching from Google’s AI experts, Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool, credit and consulting from Google Cloud and more.

Please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220 in you are interested in applying.


  1. Ask CCTS: Center for Clinical & Translational Science open house

Center for Clinical & Translation Science open house
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Eccles Health Sciences Library, Garden Level (basement)

**Refreshments will be served.

Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is ready to answer your questions and provide resources to enhance your research.

Research Investigators, faculty and study coordinators are welcome!

  • Clinical Trials Support and Multi-Center Trial Support
  • Informatics
  • Socio-Technical and Natural language
  • Processing/Machine Learning Services
  • Data Science Services (DSS)
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW)
  • Self-service tools
  • Population Health Research
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • Qualitative Research
  • Health Measurement & Survey Design o Systematic Review
  • Health Economics
  • Precision Medicine
  • Collaboration & Engagement • Workforce Development
  • HealthInsight
  • Utah Department of Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare

DISCLOSURE: None of the faculty or planners or anyone in control of content for this continuing medical education activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not cover any products/ services of a commercial interest; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


  1. Research Roundtable: Visualizing Research Using Photography and Video for Proposal Development and Communicating Science

In an effort to foster new collaborations and research teams across campus, NEXUS and the VP of Research Office present monthly interdisciplinary Research Roundtables that center around a topic that is of interest to a broad range of disciplines.

“Visualizing Research: Using Photography and Video for Proposal Development and Communicating Science”
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 | 3-4:30 p.m.

Gardner Commons room 4700

Register here.

Discussion will be led by:

  • Nancy Green
    Award-winning, long-format documentary filmmaker and adjunct professor in the Film and Media Department
  • Jaclyn Wright
    Assistant professor in Photography and Digital Imaging in the Art Department

Research Roundtables are hosted by NEXUS in Gardner Commons.  Refreshments provided.  Please register here.

Research Roundtables are supported by the Research Development Office & the Office of Foundation Relations.  They are meant to:

  1. Catalyze faculty exploration of interdisciplinary research topics.
  2. Discuss strategies to advance research ideas.
  3. Explore potential federal and non-federal funders for interdisciplinary research.

Please suggest future topics. My suggestions for a future Research Roundtable.


  1. Springer Nature Experiments: Now available to U community

As of December 2018, the University of Utah research community has access to Springer Nature Experiments. This tool allows researchers to quickly find and evaluate protocols and methods in the life sciences.  The platform covers content from:

  • Nature Protocols
  • Nature Methods
  • Springer Protocols
  • Protocol Exchange

There are currently over 60,000 protocols and methods articles that can be searched by scientific technique or model organism. Search filters include technique, video, article category, source and year. Article evaluation pages display at-a-glance information about the article such as keywords, citation graphs and other metrics to help the user assess the protocol.

For more information or help getting started with Springer Nature Experiments, please contact the library.


  1. New NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

NSF has issued the 2019 edition of its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). It takes effect Jan. 28, 2019. Significant changes are highlighted in the beginning of the document. A recording of the webinar that introduces the new PAPPG to the community is available here. Please note that PIs are advised to list no more than five discrete events/activities in the Synergistic Activities section of the bio sketch; NSF will no longer accept five categories with lists of relevant events/activities (such as “editorial service,” followed by a list of journals). Contact the RDO with questions regarding the new PAPPG or for help with proposal preparation.


  1. LabArchives

Do you want to learn about the ELN, LabArchives?

A workshop teaching about the features and tools available in Labarchives and how to integrate it into your research group will be taught on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. in HSEB 3100C. Bring your questions and laptops.

Additional information about LabArchives is located in the library guide, LabArchives. Any questions or if you want a session for your research group, contact daureen.nesdill@utah.edu.


  1. Hg Thermometer Exchange Program ending

On Jan. 1, 2019, the university’s mercury thermometer exchange program ended and use of mercury-containing thermometers (or other mercury-containing devices) will require prior approval from Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS).

If you have need to use mercury-containing devices and wish to have their use reviewed please complete the approval application located on the OEHS website here.


  1. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities

Please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220 in you are interested in applying.

Burroughs Wellcome, Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2019

Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents.

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences.

Soros Equality Fellowship
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2019

The U.S. Programs’ Equality team seeks applicants for its Soros Equality Fellowship, which aims to support emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with a grant of $100,000 to support production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months.

Open Society seeks a diverse cohort of applicants, including but not limited to activists, artists, journalists, and organizers, to produce a project with meaningful impact. This approach recognizes the power of individuals to use a variety of tools, from traditional advocacy to the arts, to impact change and uplift the mission and values of an open society.

SFARI 2019 Research Award – Request for Applications
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. EST

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce the 2019 Research Award request for applications (RFA).

Grants awarded through this program are intended to provide support for the investigation of key unresolved research questions in autism, particularly those that connect etiologies to brain function and behavior. Unlike SFARI Pilot Awards, risk and novelty are welcome but are not required criteria for the proposal to be considered meritorious. Competitive applications will have preliminary data or other relevant groundwork that justifies substantial investment on the proposed topic.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 11, 2019, 5 p.m. EST. The budget is $1,300,000 or less, over a period of up to four years. Applications selected for SFARI Research Awards will be announced April 17, 2019, with funding expected to begin in the summer of 2019.

More information about the RFA, including a discussion of the critical issues that SFARI considers relevant for the Research Award, is available here.

Open Society Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2019

Applicants for the Open Society Fellowship are invited to address the following proposition:

New and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality.

This proposition is intended as a provocation—to stimulate productive controversy and debate—and does not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with the proposition in their submissions. Though the proposition deals with economic issues, those without an economics or business background are welcome to apply, provided they have a relevant project in mind.

Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $100,000 for one year.


  1. Limited submissions

The Pew Scholars Program and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research are national funding initiatives designed to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Each award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

This year, Pew Biomedical Programs staff will host an informational webinar for institutional nomination committees and potential applicants from the list of participating  institutions for each program so that they may learn more about both programs in advance of our summer 2019 call for nominations. We highly encourage you to register for this event, even if your institution has nominated a candidate in the past. Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of the Pew Charitable Trusts Mission and Current Work
  • Biomedical Funding Opportunities
  • Program Eligibility Criteria for both the Pew Scholars and Pew-Stewart Programs
  • Similarities and differences between the Scholars and Pew-Stewart programs
  • Keys to Selecting a Competitive Candidate
  • Application Process Overview and Timeline

There will also be a Q&A session for clarification of any additional questions you may have.

For complete program information visit:

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET. In order to join the program, please fill out this registration form.


  1. Intramural funding

Research Instrumentation Fund
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchases and to replace or upgrade existing research instruments. Funding comes from the University’s indirect cost reimbursements. Equipment purchased with central funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible.

Eligibility

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah and to recognized University of Utah core facilities. There are separate applications available for Faculty and Core Facilities. Please make sure you choose the correct application. Only core facility directors should initiate core equipment requests.

The grant period is for one year only and funds must be expended within that year. Only in unusual circumstances will a written request for an extension be considered. If awarded, please identify the PI on any/all requisitions.

Matching funds

Matching funds are required for an application to be considered for a RIF award, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Matching funds are an indicator of support and demonstrate the importance of the acquisition to those supporting the application. The amount and sources for the matching funds will be important in the evaluation and prioritization of a RIF request. Unless there are documented exceptional circumstances, a minimum of 30 percent in matching funds is requested.

We highly encourage faculty and cores to seek the best price for equipment, and to provide documentation of this negotiation as support for their application. Such discounts will be considered in the evaluation of the RIF application. Manufacture discounts and in-kind donations, however, are not considered matching funds.

CORE and Faculty applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are available on InfoReady. For more information about the Research Instrumentation Fund please visit the VPR website.


  1. Extramural funding

BRAIN Initiative Request for Information (RFI)

The BRAIN Initiative® aims to develop new tools and technologies to understand and manipulate networks of cells in the brain. BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision serves as the strategic plan for the BRAIN Initiative at NIH and outlines an overarching vision, sevenhigh-levell scientific priorities and many specific goals. Designed to be achieved over at least a decade, the first five years of BRAIN 2025 emphasizes development of tools and technology, and the next five years shifts emphasis to using these tools to make fundamental discoveries about how brain circuits work and what goes wrong in disease.

The BRAIN Initiative is well underway, and we are now approaching the midpoint. At this time, NIH is seeking feedback on the BRAIN Initiative’s progress and on opportunities moving forward given the current state of the science. NIH has established a new BRAIN Initiative Advisory Committee of the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group that will provide scientific guidance to the ACD on how best to continue to accelerate the ambitious vision for the BRAIN Initiative.

The ACD-WG will use the responses to this Request for Information (RFI), along with information gathered through a series of public workshops, to help inform their discussions of the BRAIN Initiative’s progress and potential updates to the plan moving forward.

The purpose of RFI (NOT-NS-18-075) is to solicit input on how best to accomplish the ambitious vision for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® set forth in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision. NIH is soliciting input from all interested stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, trainees, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups and patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public.  

Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QII – TAQS)
LOI deadline: Jan. 7, 2019

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences/Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (MPS/OMA), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

The Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QII – TAQS) program is designed to support interdisciplinary teams that will explore highly innovative, original, and potentially transformative ideas for developing and applying quantum science, quantum computing, and quantum engineering. Proposals with the potential to deliver new concepts, new platforms, and/or new approaches that will accelerate the science, computing, and engineering of quantum technologies are encouraged. Breakthroughs in quantum sensing, quantum communications, quantum simulations, or quantum computing systems are anticipated. This Quantum Idea Incubator solicitation aims to support the process of translating such ideas into reality.

This solicitation calls for proposals focused on interdisciplinary research that includes elements from the following thrust areas: (i) fundamental science such as, but not limited to, physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, biology, or geoscience, as well as foundational concepts and techniques in quantum information science and engineering; (ii) communication, computation, and modeling; and (iii) devices and engineered systems. Proposals must articulate how the project leverages and/or promotes advances in knowledge in the selected thrust areas. Proposals should be innovative and must focus on quantum functionality and must result in experimental demonstrations and/or transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations. Competitive proposals will come from an interdisciplinary research team led by at least three investigators who collectively contribute synergistic expertise from one or more engineering domains, from mathematics, computational and/or computer and information science, and from one or more physical, chemical, biological, or materials science domains. Proposals will be judged on how likely the integrated effort is to lead to transformative advances in quantum systems. Both fundamental and applied topics are encouraged.

NSF—Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.a

PFI has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 (“the Act”, S.3084 — 114th CongressSec. 602. Translational Research Grants): (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.

NASA Centennial Challenges Program
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2019 

In accordance with the NASA Prize Authority, the NASA Centennial Challenges program has released Phase 1 of the CO₂Conversion Challenge. Interested teams that wish to compete may now register on the official Challenge site at co2conversionchallenge.org.

NASA Centennial Challenges is a program of prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest and value to NASA and the nation. NASA is providing the prize purse, and NASA Centennial Challenges will be managing the Challenge with support from Common Pool.

The CO₂ Conversion Challenge is devoted to fostering the development of CO₂ conversion systems that can effectively produce singular or multiple molecular compounds identified as desired microbial manufacturing ingredients and/or that provide a significant advancement of physicochemical CO₂ conversion for the production of useful molecules. NASA envisions this competition having two phases with a total prize purse of up to $1 million. Phase 1 (the current phase) is the Concept Phase with a prize purse of up to $250,000 to demonstrate capabilities to develop technologies to manufacture “food” for microbial bioreactors from CO₂ and hydrogen molecules, with the ultimate goal of producing glucose. The initiation of Phase 2, a Demonstration Challenge with a prize purse of up to $750,000, is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieve the Challenge goals. The official rules for Phase 2 will be released prior to the opening of Phase 2.

Official documentation related to this Challenge can be found at co2conversionchallenge.org.

Interested teams should submit their registration by 5 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 24, 2019. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Central Time on Feb. 28, 2019. No further requests for review will be accepted after this date.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019 

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is excited to announce that the INL Graduate Fellowship postings are now open. This year there are two INL Graduate Fellowship postings. The first is specific to National and Homeland Security research, the second is associated with other INL mission areas.

The INL Graduate Fellowship program is designed to identify exceptional talent in research areas aligned with INL’s strategic agenda to enable the current and future mission of the INL. The program, a collaboration between INL and universities, provides mentoring and financial support for outstanding students who plan to enroll in graduate degree programs.

Applicants are invited to apply online through inl.gov/careers job posting numbers 12535 and 12584. The postings will close Feb. 15, 2019. Selections will be announced in May. Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Ali Josephson.


  1. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

RATS classes:

Research Education offers training and instruction through several methods to support your individual professional needs, including Live Instruction, Online Classes, Best Practice Roundtables, and many Special Events including the Research Administrators’ Network meetings. These trainings are a free service that provide professional development opportunities for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, students, and members of the University research community. For more information please go to our website, or contact the Office of Research Education at 801-587-3958 or by emailing Corrie Harris or Sam Ma.

Overview of Research Administration
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
2-4:30 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments and Continuing Review
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to Research Integrity
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subject Research
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Special Events

Part of the Special Events offered through Research Education is membership in the Research Administrators’ Network, which provides a forum for colleagues to share ideas and offer general peer support and guidance for the benefit of the University research community. The RAN further promotes opportunities for networking, and potential research collaborations.

Best Practice Roundtable: Managing Risks with Contracts
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100B

Best Practice Roundtable: Utilizing Startup Agreements for Clinical Trials
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100D

The Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
9-11 a.m.
Research Administration Building, Conference Room 117

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

Questions about the GWA or RATS? Contact Corrie Harris at 801-587-3958.