Research Resources

  1. U of U Lab Safety Task Force open house (For students and post-docs)
  2. Fourth Annual Frontiers in Precision Medicine Symposium
  3. Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases Initiative Spring Symposium
  4. Marriott Library honors women scientists
  5. NSF Career Workshops (updated)
  6. Research Roundtable announcement
  7. National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR-STTR Workshop
  8. Major security flaw discovered in Drupal Core
  9. University strategy for Oracle Java cost model change
  10. Clinical Research Compliance and Education (CRCE)
  11. Undergraduate Research Information—Spring 2019
  12. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities
    1. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—Quantum Materials
    2. Sloan Foundation-Sensor Technologies to Monitor Energy or Env. Systems
    3. Sloan Foundation-Net-zero and negative emissions technologies
  13. Intramural funding opportunities
    1. Center on Aging Annual Grant Program
    2. “Innovations in Aging Research” Request for Proposals
    3. University Seed Fund Application Period Opens in Spring
    4. Call for Applications of Pilot/Small Research Projects in Occupational Safety and Health
  14. Extramural funding opportunities
    1. PhRMA Foundation 3rd Annual Challenge Awards RFP
    2. Clinical and Biological Measures of TBI-related Dementia
    3. Neuropathological Assessment of TBI-related Neurodegeneration and Neurocognitive Decline-Center Without Walls
    4. Department of Defense Advanced Computing Initiative (ACI) FY 2019
    5. Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR): Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities
    6. Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture-2019
    7. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
    8. Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
  15. Research Administration & Training (RATS)

  1. U of U Lab Safety Task Force open house (For students and post-docs)

Lab Safety Open House (For students and post-docs)
Monday, March 18, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m.
Student Union; Saltair Room

The Vice President for Research Office and the newly established University of Utah Lab Safety Culture Task Force are hosting a Lab Safety Open House for all students (undergraduate and graduate) and post-docs on March 18, 12-1:30 p.m., in the Student Union Building, Saltair Room. We will provide cookies and coffee (or cocoa if you prefer).

Your voice as a lab student (whether that be a STEM lab, a photo lab, a mechanics workshop or any other place where research is conducted) is critical to our pursuit of top-notch campus-wide lab safety. Come give us your feedback.


  1. Fourth Annual Frontiers in Precision Medicine Symposium

Frontiers in Precision Medicine IV – Artificial Intelligence, Assembling Large Cohorts and the Population Data Revolution
Friday, March 22, 2019 | 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
University of Utah Alumni House

Register here.

Personalized medicine promises to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right price. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have the potential to accelerate discoveries and the implementation of personalized medicine. To maximize the potential of AI and ML, researchers and healthcare providers will need to obtain data from large patient cohorts and apply the latest AI and ML algorithms and techniques. Please join nationally-renowned experts in personalized medicine, AI & ML, computer science, genomics, epidemiology, regulatory science and bioethics at this full-day symposium. Our invited speakers will cover a range of topics from the complexities of expansive research cohorts (e.g., the All of Us research program) to cutting-edge computational techniques.


  1. Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases Initiative Spring Symposium

3i Initiative Spring 2019 Symposium
Friday, April 26, 2019 |9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium Varsity Room (6th Floor)

The Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative will be hosting its second spring symposium on April 26, 2019, at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The event will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and includes talks from eight U of U researchers and an evening poster session/reception. The event is open to all U of U personnel.

Registration will open in early March. Additional information can be found here. Any questions can be sent to the 3i Associate Director, Nicole Frank.


  1. Marriott Library honors women scientists

Since March is women’s history month, the Marriott Library is honoring women scientists with their “Unrequired” reading exhibit. “Unrequired” reading exhibits feature materials, usually books, from the library’s collections concerning the monthly theme. This month, the Marriott Library is displaying books about and by women scientists.

The Women Scientists exhibit will run from March 1 to March 31. Read the full announcement of the exhibit, and check out resources for women in science here.


  1. NSF Career Grant Writing Workshops (Three-part-series)—Updated

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Research Development Office are jointly sponsoring a three-part NSF CAREER Grant Writing Workshop. Faculty members planning to submit a NSF CAREER grant for the July 2019 deadlines should attend these workshops.

CAREER proposals are accepted by the following directorates:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer & Information Science & Engineering
  • Education & Human Resources
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
  • Office of Integrative Activities
  • Office of International Science and Engineering

Three-part series (Click each title to RSVP):

Part 2 – How to Nail Broader Impacts in your NSF CAREER (Register here)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, the Hub

Part 3 – How to make your NSF CAREER Stand Out with your Educational Plan
Date, Time & Registration Link: TBA

Before the Workshop:

  1. Review the NSF CAREER Website including the NSF Career Webinar on this site. (Strongly recommended)
  2. Bring a one-paragraph description of what you would like to accomplish in your grant. (Required)
  3. Get the NSF Grant Application Writer’s Workbook. (Recommended)

Resources:
UofU Grant Writing Resources: OSP.utah.edu (Grants LifeCycle)
NSF CAREER Website
NSF Grant Application Writer’s Workbook (order online)
NSF Career Grant Writing Workshop (canvas site)


  1. Research Roundtable announcement

To foster new collaborations and research teams across campus, the Office of the Vice President for Research hosts interdisciplinary Research Roundtables centered around a topic that is of interest to a broad range of disciplines.

Research Roundtables are faculty-driven priorities and faculty are encouraged to suggest thematic topics. Suggest an idea here.

These events are meant to:

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

To propose a topic, please complete and submit this form. If your topic is selected, we will invite you to speak at and/or emcee the event and to suggest 10 participants. These events are a program of NEXUS.


  1. National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR-STTR Workshop

National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR-STTR Workshop
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (MDT)
Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus, Miller Corporate Partnership Center
9690 S 300 W, Building 5, Room 101, Sandy, Utah 84070

Is your small business preparing a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF)?

Plan to attend USTAR’s SBIR Center National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR–STTR Workshop.


  1. Major security flaw discovered in Drupal Core

Website developers using Drupal should be aware that the company recently issued an advisory about a highly critical remote code execution flaw in the Drupal core that can lead to arbitrary PHP code execution. If exploited, it could allow criminals to inject code to hijack sites or servers, phish user credentials or spread malware.

For more information, please visit this announcement page.


  1. University strategy for Oracle Java cost model change

Oracle is changing the cost model for their Java products and support. While historically their Java products and support have been free, in the near future the company will begin charging fees for licensing, support, and maintenance of their implementations of Java. This will affect past, current, and future releases.

University of Utah and U Health IT leaders are actively investigating feasible solutions to this new challenge. We anticipate that the best solution will be a campus-wide license and are working toward that goal. The data so far show this will be the most cost effective and efficient way to proceed.

As the U’s IT leaders work toward a common solution, please help us with the following:

Please do not:

  • Pursue individual or department/college/office Oracle Java SE subscriptions
  • Invest effort or resources on Java testing and migration work related to alternate Java solutions (e.g., Azul, Amazon Corretto, AdoptOpenJDK, RedHat).

Please do:

  • Take stock of and document how your organization uses Java in the systems and applications you support.
  • Tell us as soon as possible if you have unique specific use cases that will help us develop the best possible solution. Let us know by contacting your local IT support staff or your central IT Help Desk (Main Campus email contact or 801-581-4000 x1; U Health: email contact or 801-587-6000).
  • Forward this message to colleagues who may be affected so that they are aware of the university’s strategy in response to Oracle’s cost structure changes.

If you have any questions, please contact your local IT support staff or your central IT Help Desk  (Main Campus email contact or 801-581-4000 x1; U Health: email contact or 801-587-6000).

For more information:


  1. Clinical Research Compliance and Education (CRCE)

The Clinical Research Compliance and Education (CRCE) Office is a core team within Compliance Services at the University of Utah. The CRCE team facilitates processes, provides training and education, and engages in oversight activities designed to ensure that clinical services associated with human subjects research are charged to the correct party, that claims submitted to government health care programs comply with the requirements of the applicable program, and that human subjects research complies with expectations imposed by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The Clinical Research Compliance and Education team manages the University Tracking of Clinical Research (uTRAC) software, which plays a crucial role in efforts to meet clinical research compliance obligations.

We can be reached at (801) 213-3601 or utrac-support@hsc.utah.edu. Please see our CRCE Pulse Page for resources available to assist with you accessing uTRAC, our calendar, FDA information, forms, policies, and tip sheets and guidelines.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

The CRCE team offers many educational opportunities to provide study teams and research investigators the tools that they need to meet compliance needs in research.

  • Webinars and Workshops to assist with uTRAC applications.
  • Epic training for certain billing functions.
  • Research Education department in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) regarding financial matters and FDA matters.
  • Individualized training to meet the needs of specific study teams and departments.

uTRAC WEBINAR TRAINING:

These webinars provide training to understand the application process necessary to track clinical research billing at the University of Utah. There are four webinars in the series. All webinars are offered once each month.

To register for these classes, please see our CRCE Pulse Calendar. See below for upcoming dates and times.

Draft Training: ​

This class covers the step-by-step process of creating a uTRAC application. Participants can watch as the instructor creates a new study application in uTRAC. We will discuss the history of uTRAC, how uTRAC integrates and interacts with other University systems, uTRAC requirements, and the uTRAC workflow. This webinar is not required; however, it is highly recommended for those completing applications in uTRAC.

Upcoming dates:

March 5, 2019 9-11 a.m.
April 4, 2019  11 a.m.-1 p.m.

MCA/PBG Training:

Studies that intend to bill insurance for any study-related procedures must complete a Protocol Billing Grid (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA).  Each study team is responsible for conducting its own MCA analysis. We will cover PBG completion, Medicare coverage of clinical services in research, prospective reimbursement analysis and Clinical Trials National Coverage Decision review, and budgeting considerations. This webinar is required for study team members who will be completing Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA) in uTRAC.

Upcoming dates:

March 10, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
April 16, 2019  9-11 a.m.

Active Training:

This webinar will review the step-by-step process of managing a uTRAC application after it has been reviewed, approved, and is advanced to the awarded state once IRB approval is in place for the study. Participants can watch as the instructor activates an awarded application and demonstrates the process of enrolling research participants in the study. We will review updating Chartfields (account numbers), tracking research participants, and amending the application in uTRAC.  This webinar is not required; however, it is highly recommended for those completing applications in uTRAC.

Upcoming dates:

March 14. 2019 2-4 p.m.
April 9, 2019  10 a.m.-12 p.m.

ePay Review Training:

For each study that has Epic billable charges routed to the study for payment, that study must assign at least one person to review and approve charges within uTRAC. This webinar will cover how these charges are reviewed and billed via an ePay in uTRAC (an electronic version of the original paper campus order). A step-by-step demonstration will show how this review and workflow occurs. We will also provide information about how individuals can become approvers (signatories) on a study account and other billing considerations.  This webinar is required for study team members who will be completing Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA) in uTRAC.

Upcoming dates:

February 27, 2019 2-4 p.m.
March 27. 2019  10 a.m.-12 p.m.

WORKSHOPS:

Workshops are weekly open sessions where CRCE subject matter experts are available to assist study teams and investigators with clinical research billing questions, uTRAC applications, and Epic charges. We meet in the Eccles Health Sciences Building (HSEB) computer lab (Room 3100) making computers are available.  No registration is necessary so please feel free to come at any time we are scheduled.

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday, Feb.26, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
 Wednesday, March 13, 2019  9 a.m.-12 p.m.

EPIC CRC END USER: RESEARCH WORKQUEUE:

This class will review will the requirements to ensure that research participants are correctly registered in uTRAC in order to be linked to Epic and charges linked to the study visit. This is all necessary so that charges are held prior to being released to the patient’s guarantor account. Step-by-step instruction of the Research Workqueue (RSH WQ) will identify appropriate routing of charges to the study account or research patient account, as appropriate. Research staff members who are responsible for clearing research charges from the Epic system are required to take the CRC End User training before getting access to the RSH WQ for their department.  Registration is managed through LMS.

Upcoming dates: March 21, 2019 | 9-11:30 a.m.

RATS PROGRAM:

CRCE participates in several RATS classes offered by the Research Education department.  Please refer to their website for full descriptions, schedules, and registration: Research Education.

INDIVIDUALIZED TRAINING:

Departments and/or study teams that would like a member of CRCE to work with their groups on a particular topic, please let us know. You can contact Tonya Edvalson to discuss the issue(s) you would like to address and plan an agenda to best meet your needs.


  1. Undergraduate Research Information—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 (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.

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.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—Quantum Materials
Deadline: March 22, 2019
Grant amount: up to $1,900,000

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces solicitation of pre-applications for Materials Synthesis Investigators of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative (EPiQS). Through EPiQS, the foundation strives to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials—solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons. Investigator awards are a cornerstone of EPiQS. They enable scientific breakthroughs by providing some of the field’s most creative scientists with substantial resources and freedom to pursue challenging and novel research directions of their own choosing. Twelve awards, ranging from $1.5M to $1.9M will be awarded, each with a five year performance window. Applications are due online by March 22, 2019.

The major classes of materials of interest to EPiQS are:

  • Strongly correlated systems (including high-Tc and other unconventional superconductors, Mott insulators, heavy fermion systems, multiferroics, correlated oxide heterostructures, etc.);
    • Frustrated magnets and other systems exhibiting exotic magnetic behavior;
    • Materials exhibiting topological order;
    • Two-dimensional crystals and layered systems (including graphene, dichalcogenide monolayers, van der Waals heterostructures, etc.);
    • Other low-dimensional systems including quantum wells and quantum wires with emergent electronic properties.

 

Organic-based materials exhibiting emergent electronic properties are currently not part of EPiQS, but the foundation will consider compelling applications in this area as well. While emphasis in this grant portfolio is on various methods for crystal and film growth, the foundation will also consider compelling applications focusing on emerging methods for creating synthetic materials and structures, such as atomic monolayer stacking and nanofabrication. EPiQS is primarily concerned with advancing fundamental understanding of emergent properties of quantum materials; therefore, applicants focused on fdevices and other near-term practical applications of materials will likely not receive high priority.

Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more.

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. Intramural funding

Center on Aging Annual Grant Program
Deadline: March 22, 2019 | 11:59pm (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.

RFP link.

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

“Innovations in Aging Research” Request for Proposals
Deadline: May 17, 2019 | 11:59pm (MST)

The Center on Aging is pleased to announce a new “Innovations in Aging Research” Request for Proposals (RFP).  This RFP is distinct from the Pilot Grant program RFP that was announced last month. The CoA leadership recognizes that today there are unprecedented opportunities to advance aging research, and that these advances will most likely be driven by new, interprofessional collaborations in team-based approaches. The target of this new Innovations RFP is to reach beyond a single investigator-initiated award by supporting the development of larger, multi-investigator projects based on a thematic area. The goal of this program is to promote collaborations and provide funding support to enhance preliminary/project data that will allow competitive applications for multi-PI extramural funding by the NIH or other agencies and foundations, such as multi-PI R01s and P01s and center grants (P30, P60 and others).

RFP link.

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.

Pilot/Small Research Projects in Occupational Safety and Health
Deadline: June 1, 2019

The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH), Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, invites applications for short- term research project funding in occupational health and safety for the 2019-2020 academic year. Graduate students, junior investigators, and established investigators with new interests in occupational health and safety are encouraged to apply.

Please see the Call for Applications PDF for full details and requirements.


  1. Extramural Funding

PhRMA Foundation’s 3rd Annual Challenge Awards RFP
Deadline: March 15, 2019

The PhRMA Foundation’s 3rd Annual Challenge Awards have kicked off, and the top prize for the winning paper is $50,000. The deadline is submitting your intent is March 15. The PhRMA Foundation is seeking concept papers on new or underused techniques to improve healthcare decision making. The Challenge Awards are open to individuals, teams, and organizations from all fields and backgrounds. Please note that the Foundation has specifically encouraged the health economics and research community (who would typically be candidates for this award) to reach out to innovative thinkers in non-traditional health fields.

The 2019 Challenge Question is:

“What are innovative, patient-centered approaches to contribute to health care value assessment that move beyond the inherent limitations of analyses based on the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) metric?”

Have a great idea? The submission process is easy. The first step is writing a letter of intent (600 words or less) by March 15th to foundation@pharma.org. If your letter of intent is accepted, you will be asked to write and submit a full proposal due May 1, 2019.

For more information, download our brochure here.

Please contact the PhRMA Foundation at 202-572-7756 with any questions.

Clinical and Biological Measures of TBI-related dementia including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Letter of Interest Deadline:  30 days prior to application deadline
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2019

HHS/National Institutes of Health

Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-NS-19-026

Application Link:  RFA-NS-19-026

Estimated Total FY 2019 Value:  $2,700,000
Maximum Annual Direct Costs Per Award:  $1,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration:  5 years

Estimated Number of Awards:  4

Summary

The purpose is to support the investigation of biological and clinical measures of TBI-related progressive neurodegeneration and neurocognitive decline associated with increased risk for dementia and /or traumatic encephalopathy syndrome (TES). The overall goal is to advance knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology and clinical characterization of the chronic effects of TBI that distinguish static-chronic TBI cognitive impairment from those that lead to progressive neurodegeneration associated with TES and dementia. Investigations should be conducted in existing, well-characterized populations of patients with a history of TBI, enriched for increased risk of cognitive impairment or dementia, that have been and can continue to be followed longitudinally. A critical feature of this FOA includes the broad sharing of clinical, neuroimaging, physiological, and biospecimen data to further advance research in this area.

Neuropathological Assessment of TBI-related Neurodegeneration and Neurocognitive decline – Center Without Walls (NATBI CWOW) (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Letter of Interest Deadline:  March 15, 2019
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2019

HHS/National Institutes of Health

Funding Opportunity Number:  RFA-NS-19-030

Link:  RFA-NS-19-030

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  Unspecified
Maximum Annual Direct Costs Per Award:  $1,250,000
Estimated Contract Duration:  5 years

Estimated Number of Awards:  1

Summary

The purpose is to support a multisite study to comprehensively characterize the neuropathological features associated with neurodegeneration and neurocognitive decline in persons with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Investigations should elucidate the contribution of key individual and injury characteristics to describe associations between neuropathological burden and antemortem clinicopathologic symptoms, and outline the prevalence of TBI-related parkinsonism, TBI-related Alzheimers, and CTE in the participating brain banks.

Department of Defense Advanced Computing Initiative (ACI) Fiscal Year 2019 
Concept paper deadline:  March 25, 2019
Application deadline:  March 31, 2019

Department of Defense/Dept of the Army—Materiel Command

Funding Opportunity Number:  W911NF-19-S-0007

Application Link:  W911NF-19-S-0007

Estimated Annual Maximum Total Value:  $5,000,000
Range of Annual Values Per Award Type:  Short Term Awards: $5,000 – $50,000; Full Single investigator small team awards: $30,000 – $500,000; Full Large team awards: $500,000 – $2,000,000

Estimated Contract Duration:  3 years

Estimated Number of Awards:  Multiple

Summary

The ACI is a computing systems research program that focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in computing systems and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the computing research community. The end of CMOS transistor scaling, and the emergence of non-von Neumann architectures, portends an explosion of potentially valuable computing ideas across a wide range of applications, technologies, and system concepts. The ACI competition should target research related to one or more of the four thrust areas: a. Novel Methods of Computing, b. Hardware and Software Systems Components, c. Exploration of System Concepts, and d. Algorithms and Architectures.

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR): Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities
Letter of Interest Deadline:  March 26, 2019
Application Deadline:  April 24, 2019

Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Funding Opportunity Number:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960

Application Link:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  $1,500,000
Maximum Total Value Per Award:  $100,000
Estimated Contract Duration:  1 – 2 years

Estimated Number of Awards:  16

Summary

Sea Grant anticipates support for Sea Grant-led aquaculture projects to catalyze work in a range of topics or geographies. This competition will fund diverse, and at times, high-risk, developmental projects that will envision, explore and advance aquaculture opportunities where a minimal foundation currently exists. Projects may focus on diverse topics and/or geographies that are innovative, under-explored or would otherwise benefit from a focused developmental effort.

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture – 2019 
Letter of Interest deadline:  April 2, 2019
Application deadline:  May 1, 2019

Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)

Funding Opportunity Number:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953

Link:  NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  $3,000,000
Maximum Total Value Per Award:  $250,000
Estimated Contract Duration:  2 years

Estimated Number of Awards:  13

Summary

The National Sea Grant Office will fund research to address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge as it relates to U.S. aquaculture and the communities impacted and served by it. The initiative is informed by the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research; the Sea Grant 10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision; and previous research from federal, state, and university scientists.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions with NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)
Application Deadline:  April 8, 2019

HHS/National Institutes of Health

Funding Opportunity Number:  PA-19-191

Application Link:  PA-19-191

Estimated Maximum Total Value:  Unspecified
Maximum Total Value Per Award:  Unspecified
Estimated Contract Duration:  6 years

Estimated Number of Awards:  Unspecified

Summary

The purpose is to support students at institutions with NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA, dual-doctoral degree, predoctoral fellowship (F30) is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD or other dual-doctoral degree training program, and who intend careers as physician/clinician-scientists. Applicants must propose an integrated research and clinical training plan and a dissertation research project in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

PROJECTS RELATED TO THIS TITLE:

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31), Link:  PA-19-195

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32), Link:  PA-19-188

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30), Link:  PA-19-192

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31), Link:  PA-19-196

Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
Deadline: May 8, 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. 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 Office of Integrative Activities, once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

Growing Convergence Research (GCR) at the National Science Foundation was identified as one of 10 Big Ideas. Convergence research is a means for solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation.

GCR identifies Convergence Research as having two primary characteristics:

  • Research driven by a specific and compelling problem. Convergence Research is generally inspired by the need to address a specific challenge or opportunity, whether it arises from deep scientific questions or pressing societal needs.
  • Deep integration across disciplines. As experts from different disciplines pursue common research challenges, their knowledge, theories, methods, data, research communities and languages become increasingly intermingled or integrated. New frameworks, paradigms or even disciplines can form sustained interactions across multiple communities.

A distinct characteristic of convergence research, in contrast to other forms of multidisciplinary research, is that from the inception, the convergence paradigm intentionally brings together intellectually diverse researchers and stakeholders to frame the research questions, develop effective ways of communicating across disciplines and sectors, adopt common frameworks for their solution, and, when appropriate, develop a new scientific vocabulary. Research teams practicing convergence aim at developing sustainable relationships that may not only create solutions to the problem that engendered the collaboration, but also develop novel ways of framing related research questions and open new research vistas.

This GCR solicitation targets multi-disciplinary team research that crosses directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs, initiatives and research-focused Big Ideas. Proposers must make a convincing case that the research to be conducted is within NSF’s purview and cannot be supported by existing NSF programs and multidisciplinary initiatives. Proposals involving convergence in areas covered by existing programs and solicitations will be returned without review.

The proposers should outline a five-year research plan delineated in two phases, Phase I: years 1-2, and Phase II: years 3-5.  Successful proposals will be funded initially for two years and then each team’s progress will be evaluated based on a report and presentation that the team will make to a panel of reviewers at NSF.  Teams that show significant progress during the first two years will receive funding for an additional three years. Interested researchers may request up to $1,200,000 total for the first two years and $2,400,000 for the last three years.


  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.

Investigator Orientation: Pre-Award Workshop
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
2-4 p.m.
RAB, Conference Room 117

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements
Thursday, March 14, 2019
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

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: ePAR and Effort Reporting
Thursday, March 14, 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.