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Research Resources

  1. Planned Maintenance Agreements (PMA) for Freezers Insured at the U
  2. Important revisions for the Resumption of Operations for the National Science Foundation
  3. 2019 Translational Medicine Symposium: Partnerships for Propelling Clinical Translation
  4. NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution—deadlines and webinar
  5. NINDS Open House
  6. Undergraduate research info spring 2019
  7. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities
  8. Limited submissions opportunities
  9. Intramural funding opportunities
  10. Extramural funding opportunities
  11. Research Administration & Training (RATS)

  1. Planned Maintenance Agreements (PMA) for Freezers Insured at the U

This is an important message for University organizations that store valuable materials in temperature controlled units. 

Recently, university researchers have suffered losses of high value research material due to malfunctioning units.  It was extremely time consuming and difficult for researchers to fully document the specific items lost and justify claimed values, and in many cases, the materials could not all be recreated.  Insurance recoveries have amounted to a small fraction of researcher’s estimates, and it is likely that insurance coverage may be much more limited and/or may be unavailable in future years.

To assist you in preventing losses to your important research work, which in many cases is your life’s work, please refer to the Loss Prevention Protocols for Temperature Controlled Units.

To ensure that units are maintained to work their best, University administration has made PMAs a requirement for all units covered by insurance, effective July 1, 2019. Please arrange to have all units inspected, and preventative maintenance done, by July 1, 2019 and on an annual basis thereafter. Since the University is covering the cost of insurance, we ask that you cover the cost of annual preventative maintenance. In the event of a loss, evidence of a PMA that was in effect at the time of the loss will be required in order to process an insurance claim.

Based on an RFP conducted by University Purchasing, the (only) approved PMA vendor under contract is:

Automated Mechanical
1574 West 2650 South
Ogden, Utah  84401
801- 807-8644

Gerald (Jim) Page, Technician

You may also utilize internal departments to provide this preventative maintenance including:

  • Hospital F & E (Michael Berg 801-581-2781)
  • University Facilities Management (Dennis Nay 801-587-9265)

If you have further questions about this new PMA requirement, please contact Cynthia Furse. If your questions relate to insurance specifically, please call University Risk & Insurance Services at 801-581-5590.

  1. Important revisions for the Resumption of Operations for the National Science Foundation

Important revisions have been made to the Resumption of Operations at NSF page on the NSF website, including identification of new deadline dates for specific solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters.

  1. 2019 Translational Medicine Symposium: Partnerships for Propelling Clinical Translation

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
University Guest House & Conference Center

110 South Fort Douglas Boulevard

The 2019 Translational Medicine Symposium will address how clinicians’ ideas and research results can have an impact on patient care—if they are translated into clinical practice. Clinician innovators and entrepreneurs will share their experiences, and panels of experts in Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Medical Devices will discuss opportunities, barriers, and steps to creating impactful healthcare innovations. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit pending.

Speakers will include Dr. Michael L. Good, Kelvyn Cullimore, President & CEO of BioUtah, J. Michael McIntosh, and Kevin Lynch, Chief Business Officer, Recursion Pharmaceuticals.

Register today! (There is no charge for the symposium, but registration is required.) All University of Utah faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Please contact Kai Kuck, professor, Department of Anesthesiology, by email or 801-581-6393.

  1. NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution —deadlines and webinar

NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated set of activities and funding opportunities. Each of these efforts is designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of data science and engineering.

In view of the recent shutdown, here are some important updates regarding upcoming HDR solicitations and webinars.

Deadline Updates for HDR Solicitations

Due to the recent 35-day lapse in appropriations and shutdown of the agency, NSF will be extending the deadline dates for the HDR solicitations noted below:

Pub ID Title Original Deadline Submission Type New Deadline Date
19-543 Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering – Ideas Labs (I-DIRSE-IL) 28-Jan-19 Preliminary proposals 4-Mar-19
19-518 Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC) 4-Feb-19 Full proposals 14-Feb-19

HDR Webinar

NSF has scheduled a webinar providing an overview of the current HDR funding opportunities:

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Information Webinar
Feb. 15, 2019 | 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Click on the registration link to sign up.
  • Audio Options:  Connect using computer audio.  Alternatively, choose call-me and enter your phone number to receive a call back, or call-in using USA/Canada Toll: +1-510-210-8882 or Toll-Free: 1-844-700-9959 and event number/access code 900 748 538.
  • Real-time Captions: View real-time captions the day of the event at: Federal Relay Conference by clicking “Join Now” and entering event ID # 3912679.

  1. NINDS Open House

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Amir Tamiz, Ph.D.
College of Pharmacy – L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, Auditorium

Since 1975, the University of Utah has been the primary contract site for the NINDS-­‐funded Anticonvulsant Screening Program (ASP; now ETSP), to perform preclinical studies to identify new treatments for epilepsy. Current efforts are focused on identifying treatments to address unmet needs in epilepsy, including pharmacoresistant epilepsy, comorbidities, and disease prevention/modification.

Please join Karen Wilcox, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) and other contract site staff in an open house of their testing facilities on Feb. 25, 2019, in the College of Pharmacy – L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, Skaggs Pharmacy Auditorium.

The morning session will also include a presentation from Dr. Amir Tamiz, Director of Division of Translational Research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NIH. Dr. Tamiz will speak on funding opportunities at the NINDS Office of translational research, including HEAL initiative opportunities.

  1. Undergraduate research info spring 2019

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 (URS) 
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.

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

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

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

To view additional classes, see the Undergraduate Research Education Series events schedule 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. 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.

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.

Health Effects Institute—Air Quality and Health Research
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

The Health Effects Institute is seeking to fund studies to assess the health effects of air quality actions, also known as accountability research. Accountability research refers to empirical studies assessing the effects of regulatory actions, other interventions, or “natural” experiments on air pollution and health (sometimes also referred to as intervention studies). Request for Applications (RFA) 18-1 solicits applications for studies designed to assess the health effects of actions to improve air quality and to develop methods required for, and specifically suited to, conducting such research. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

(1)     Long-term complex regulatory programs: studies that evaluate regulatory and other actions at the national or regional level implemented over multiple years;

(2)     Interventions at the local level: studies that evaluate actions targeted at improving air quality in urban areas, with well-documented air quality problems and programs to address them, including but not limited to low emission zones, congestion charging, and so-called diesel bans;

(3)     Ports and global transport: studies that evaluate regulatory and other actions to improve air quality around major ports (both marine and air) and transportation hubs and corridors;

(4)     Methods development and dissemination: studies that develop, apply and disseminate statistical and other methodology for conducting such research.

**HEI plans to award funding for four larger 3- to 4-year studies with a funding cap of $1,200,000 each and one or two smaller, 2- to 3-year methods development studies with a funding cap of $700,000 each.  LOI are due Feb. 15, 2019.

Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has established a new, dedicated component within its Energy and Environment program focused on supporting energy and environmental science. The Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Inquiry for innovative, collaborative academic research projects led by early- and mid-career scholars that use sensor technologies to monitor and analyze energy or environmental systems at a granular level in the United States.

A small number of full proposals will be invited from submissions responding to this Call. Award amounts are expected to range from $1-1.5 million over a 3-year period.

Sloan Foundation – Sensor technologies to monitor energy or environmental systems
Deadline: April 1, 2019

Opportunities for ongoing, cost-effective, and fine-grained monitoring of energy or environmental systems are being facilitated by a range of novel developments. These include widespread deployment of in situ or mobile sensors, improvements in remote sensing instrumentation, ability to integrate new data sources across scales, and the application of sophisticated data analysis techniques. Researchers are increasingly able to collect and integrate data from these multiple sources and across multiple scales to track and record environmental change in a variety of settings and measure the environmental impacts of energy systems. It is increasingly possible to use new sensor technologies to study defined localities—be they specific regions, cities, or ecosystem types—in great detail and across various temporal and spatial dimensions. These detailed measurements and analyses of environmental change, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions are critical to providing stakeholders in government, industry, and non-governmental organizations with information needed to make decisions related to climate adaptation and mitigation and to improve the management of energy or environmental systems. Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more.

Sloan Foundation–Net-zero and negative emissions technologies
Deadline: April 1, 2019

Given the need to substantially decarbonize multiple sectors throughout the economy and reduce the stock of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, scholars are increasingly interested in a host of new science and engineering questions associated with net- zero interventions and negative emissions technologies. While there is much debate over how to define these kinds of approaches, “net-zero energy systems” are generally considered to be those that do not add carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. “Negative emission technologies” are generally categorized as attempts to mitigate or adapt to climate change by reducing or removing greenhouse gases that already exist in the atmosphere. The intention of this Call is to be broad in scope, encompassing natural, ecological, biological, technological, or engineered approaches for the utilization, storage, or sequestration of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more.

  1. Limited submissions

Diabetes Research Centers (NIH P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
Limited submission deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
External deadline: June 20, 2019

The National Institute of Health 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.  For general information visit the NIDDK Diabetes Research Centers program.


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.

Center on Aging
Deadline: March 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (MST)

The Center on Aging sponsors an annual grant program to promote the development of aging research at the University of Utah. The goal of this program is to encourage new investigator career development, attract established investigators to aging research, and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations – ultimately leading to new externally funded research.

New this year, to complement the Vice President for Research Office’s new seed grant application process that supports competitive seed grant programs within each college that aligns with that college’s specific needs, we especially encourage applications from two or more investigators (ideally from two or more colleges) who are establishing an interdisciplinary research collaboration in an aging-related interest area. We anticipate awarding up to five one-year $20,000 projects.

Any questions please contact either Dr. Mark Supiano or Heather Podolan.

University Seed Fund Application Period Opens in Spring
Contact TVC if you are intending to apply

The university’s seed fund, administered by the Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC), fills a funding gap in the commercialization process between provisional patent application and the licensing of a technology. The fund helps faculty inventors achieve critical commercialization milestones that are needed to attract potential licensees, entrepreneurs, and investors. The previous funding cycle (Fall 2018) resulted in six awards with an average award of $30,000.

The next funding cycle will be announced in the spring. If you are planning to apply, please send a brief letter of intent to your TVC technology manager, who will apprise you of the current status of your intellectual property and advise you on your potential application. If you are not currently working with a technology manager, please contact Danuta Petelenz, Grant Manager, at 801.213.3585, who will direct you to the appropriate faculty liaison. Danuta can also answer any questions about the process.

We look forward to working our faculty and staff to help advance your technologies and inventions.

  1. Extramural Funding

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.

2019 Novel Outcome Measures in ASD – Request for Applications
Letter of Intent: Feb. 15, 2019
Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce its 2019 Novel Outcome Measures in ASD request for applications (RFA).

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to support the development and validation of clinically relevant outcome measures that will sensitively and reliably distinguish treatment effects from placebo response on the core symptoms of ASD (i.e., impairments in social communication and social interaction; restricted/repetitive behaviors, interests and activities; sensory symptoms).

For more information visit the program details.

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.

Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research
Deadline: March 6, 2019

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC), a committee established in 2004 by DANONE NUTRICIA RESEARCH and YAKULT HONSHA CO., LTD., has announced the twelfth annual Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research (YIGPRO).  The Council is offering two grants in the amount of $50,000 each for 2019. The purpose of these grants is to support new research on probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota in the United States.  Young Investigators committed to basic research on gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics and their role in health and wellness should apply.

For more information visit the program details.

  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.

Clinical Trial Contract Processes with The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Tuesday, Feb. 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.

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.