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Research Resources

  1. 2019 INL internship opportunities
  2. University of Utah Lab Safety Culture town hall
  3. Undergraduate research info spring 2019
  4. Springer Nature Experiments: Now available to U community
  5. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities
  6. Limited submissions opportunities
  7. Intramural funding opportunities
  8. Extramural funding opportunities
  9. Research Administration & Training (RATS)

  1. 2019 INL internship opportunities

In 2018, INL hosted 369 interns from 86 universities studying over 100 different majors. Their goal is to host more students in 2019. So far INL has only filled 110 positions. They use 15 general postings to find and select students to fill our individual positions. All general internship positions are currently live on their careers website, inlcareers.inl.gov. Students are encouraged to apply to as many postings as they have interest in.

Internship opportunities are available for undergrad and graduate students. The majority of INL internships are in STEM fields such as nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, renewable energy, chemistry, physics, computer science and cybersecurity. However, INL also offers internships in fields such as accounting, business, finance, marketing, communications, education, English, public health, fire protection, welding, logistics and many others.

INL interns are paid a nationally competitive wage based on the number of credits completed and degree program. Many of INL internships also offer travel reimbursements and a generous housing stipend. The timing and length of internships are based on the need of the mentor and the availability of the student.

Please email internships@inl.gov with any questions.

  1. University of Utah Lab Safety Culture town hall

Jan. 14, 2019

Dear All,

In August 2018, President Ruth Watkins initiated a University of Utah Lab Safety Culture Task Force, designed to evaluate the current state of campus laboratory safety programs, policies, and procedures for safe laboratory practices—including the acquisition, storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials. The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) has created a Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture, to provide recommendations for our campus.

We want to be sure all of our university systems are set up to support faculty and researchers who are legally and financially responsible for the safety of our students and colleagues in research, teaching labs, and off-campus research spaces. Changes are coming, and we need your ideas! We have organized two town hall meetings to gather input on how to create One Safe U!

Feb. 4, 2019 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG); Gesteland-White Auditorium

Each session will be one hour long, with an opportunity after the session to share direct, one-on-one feedback with the U of U Lab Safety Culture Task Force members.

Please share this invitation with your faculty, and encourage them to attend. We strongly recommend that at least one representative from your unit or college participate in one of the meetings above. Can’t attend the physical meeting? Please share your thoughts and ideas using this ONLINE SURVEY.

Feel free to contact Tyler Matsamas in the Vice President for Research Office with any questions. We hope to see you there!

  1. Undergraduate research info spring 2019

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their work in a scholarly setting to students, faculty and other members of the University of Utah community. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to present their research and creative work.

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Olpin Union Building

Undergraduate Research Education Series

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers educational events on topics of interest to undergraduate student researchers and their faculty mentors. These events are open to all and are designed specifically with undergraduate students in mind. Click here to download the spring 2019 URES flier.

Public Speaking – How to Present
Presented by Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sill, Room 120

Intro to the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Facilitated by Gary Henderson
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
3-4 p.m.
Sill, Room 120

Data Management
Facilitated by Daureen Nesdill
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Sill, Room 120

Writing an Abstract
Facilitated by Christie Toth
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Sill, Room 120

Letters of Recommendation
Presented by Matt Haber
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sill, Room 120

To view additional classes, see the Undergraduate Research Education Series events scheduled for spring 2019. Please also take advantage of some of the other ways we can support your work:

You can learn more about our various programs here:

  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. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities

Corporate & Foundation Relations

Corporate and foundation partners are looking to support projects and programs at the U that are unique, exciting, and stand out from the crowd. The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help facilitate the relationship between you and potential partners. Our team can advise strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Contact Chris Ostrander, ext. 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below.

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.

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation announce the opening of its 2019 competition for research fellowships in neuroscience.

Previously known as the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience, this year’s awards are the sixth from this joint project of the Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. The awards are among the nation’s oldest and most illustrious fellowships for young investigators in neuroscience research.

Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the $225,000 awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in young investigators’ careers, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship awards promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.

  1. Limited submissions

Diabetes Research Centers (NIH P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Diabetes Research Centers that are designed to support and enhance the national research effort in diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic diseases.  Diabetes Research Centers support two primary research-related activities:  Research Core services and a Pilot and Feasibility (P and F) program.  All activities pursued by Diabetes Research Centers are designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, and multidisciplinary nature of research in Diabetes Research Center topic areas.  The NIDDK Diabetes Research Centers program in 2018 consists of 16 Centers each located at outstanding research institutions with documented programs of excellence in diabetes-related research.  General information about the NIDDK Diabetes Research Centers program may be found at diabetescenters.org.


Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Because a Diabetes Research Center has a large and complex administrative structure, the PD/PI must have strong leadership abilities and demonstrated proficiency in managing large, multi-component programs. The Diabetes Research Center PD(s)/PI(s) must also be willing to participate in annual meetings of the Center Directors.

Applications will be collected on InfoReady.

  1. Intramural funding

Community-Based Research Program
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

Program Purpose

The Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant Program encourages collaborative research that involves both University and local, regional and/or statewide community partners.  This program is intended to promote scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge from existing University-community partnerships with the intent that they produce scholarly articles and/or demonstrate significant potential to receive extramural funding. The award is available to faculty in all disciplines and will provide up to $20,000 in funding.


Career-line and Tenure-line faculty with a minimum of two years at the University who hold at least a 0.75 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.

An applicant is limited to one application per cycle, whether individually or in combination with others. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure collaborators do not have competing interests. In the case where an application is funded, the applicant is not eligible to compete in future CBR grant cycles for three years from the activation date of the successful proposal.

If an application has been turned down by the review panel, the applicant is allowed one re-submission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must indicate changes from the previous proposal and respond to reviewer comments in a point-by-point fashion.

For more information of the Community-Based Research Program please visit the Community Based Research Program page. Applications for the Community-Based Research Program are due on InfoReady.

Faculty Scholarly Grant Program
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019 

Program Purpose

Formerly known as the Faculty Research and Creative Grants (FRCG), the Faculty Scholarly Grant Program (FSGP) seeks to support significant research and creative scholarly projects in colleges where extramural funding is difficult to obtain. This program will provide faculty with grants up to $6,000 for a period of two years to support scholarly projects and publications. In exceptional circumstances, the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding. Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, competence and merits.

Eligibility Criteria

Faculty who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply. Recipients of University Research Committee (URC) grants must submit a final report and close out any remaining URC funds before they are eligible to reapply for the program. If an application has been turned down by the committee, the PI is allowed one resubmission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must include a description of all changes made to the original proposal in a point-by-point fashion.

For more information please visit the Faculty Scholarly Grant Program page on the VPR website. All applications for this program are due on Erica.

Please note that department chairs must approve submitted applications on Erica by the posted deadline, Feb. 15, 2019.

  1. Extramural Funding

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, we’ve awarded 75 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $4 million in grants. We’re seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their doctorate and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Rachel Pacifico.

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.

Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF)
Deadline: March 6, 2019

The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), one of the Big Ideas, is one mechanism by which NSF is responding to the challenges and opportunities for the future of jobs and work. The overarching vision is to support convergent research to understand and develop the human-technology partnership, design new technologies to augment human performance, illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of new technologies, understand and influence the impact of artificial intelligence on workers and work, and foster lifelong and pervasive learning.

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are:

  1. To facilitate convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of computer science, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training and social, behavioral and economic sciences.
  2. To encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and supportive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces) and benefits for social, economic and environmental systems at different scales.
  3. To promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent work technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment.
  4. To understand, anticipate and explore ways of mitigating potential risks arising from future work at the human-technology frontier.

A proposal for a research grant in this program must focus on advancing fundamental understanding of future work, and potential improvements to work, workplaces, workforce preparation, or work outcomes for workers and society. It must be convergent research that addresses the technological as well as the human and societal dimensions and potential impact of future work, and in doing so, make significant contributions to both intellectual merit and broader impact. Achieving this goal requires integration and convergence of disciplines across computer science, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral and economic sciences.

  1. Research Administration & Training Series (RATS)

Grant Writing Academy Workshop
Registration for the May 17-19, 2019 Research Education Grant Writing Academy is now open.

The Grant Writing Academy is an intensive weekend-long program which applies proven strategies and techniques to develop successful proposals for a variety of funding agencies. This program offers a valuable and unique opportunity to focus on one’s writing, to receive educated and constructive critique, to rewrite and recraft, and to repeat the evaluation and editing process toward a final draft. The Grant Writing Academy provides a high faculty-to-participant ratio to facilitate the development of productive and independent research scientists. Future program dates include May 17-19, 2019 and Oct. 25-27, 2019.

Given the increasingly competitive environment for federal funding, it is essential that the University provide clear guidance and strong mentorship for our junior faculty members in refining their grant proposals and enhancing their likelihood of funding.

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.

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 4100B

Grants Management Essentials
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to eProposal
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2908

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2971

Introduction to Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Investigator Orientation: Post-Award Workshop
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Research Administration Building (RAB), Main Conference Room 117

Clinical Trial Contract Processes with The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 2958

Investigator Orientation: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
2-4 p.m.
Research Administration Building (RAB), Main Conference Room 117

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Wednesday, Feb.13, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Thursday, Feb. 21, 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: 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

Getting Started in Research at the University of Utah
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
2-4 p.m.
J Willard Marriott Library (MLIB), Room 1150

Best Practice Roundtable: Cost Transfers
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100B

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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