Research Resources

  1. UHELM- Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring
  2. Workshops at BYU – Los Alamos Regional Academic Collaborations (ReACt)
  3. Sub-recipient monitoring – PI approval required on all invoices
  4. Cellular Translational Research Core (CTRC)
  5. Research Help Delivered: Ask CCTS
  6. Corporate and Foundation funding opportunities
  7. Intramural funding opportunities
  8. Limited submissions
  9. Extramural funding opportunities
  10. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

  1. UHELM- Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring

Effective mentoring and leadership development are some of the most critical components of a successful academic career. The University of Utah will launch the Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM) program in 2018 with the goal of enhancing the academic excellence and leadership capacity of faculty and postdocs from underrepresented populations in the health sciences as well as health equity researchers at UU. U-HELM will focus on some of the challenges that trainees from minority and underserved groups as well as other faculty whose research is addressing health equity may face.

Who? 

Current UU postdocs and junior faculty from and/or working with minority or underserved populations who are interested in mentoring, leadership development, and networking.  This is not a research training program and fellows from all areas of University of Utah Health are encouraged to apply.    

When? 

U-HELM Application Deadline: Monday, August 20 at 12pm

Kickoff: Monday, September 17, 2018 from 12:00-4:30 pm

Monthly Seminar Series Sessions: 2nd Fridays of each month from 11:30-1:30 pm (October 2018-June 2019)

Visit the U-HELM webpage for more information and to apply.


  1. Workshops at BYU – Los Alamos Regional Academic Collaborations (ReACt)

Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) recently formed a collaboration with universities in the western United States (ReACt) to explore collaborative faculty research and student recruiting opportunities. ReACt is sponsoring a series of workshops to develop details on research topics of interest to both LANL and the universities. The format for each topic is a one-day meeting that includes breakout sessions and panel discussions with participating faculty and LANL scientists and engineers. These workshops will be a great opportunity to work with LANL and colleagues at other universities to develop research projects that are relevant, collaborative, and fundable.

Dates:

  • Aug. 9:  Functional Materials Workshop
  • Aug. 10:  Geosciences and Materials Applications Workshop
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days

Location:
BYU
Hinckley Alumni & Visitors Center
450 East 1250 North
Provo

Cost:
Free!  Lunch included

Register at this link Los Alamos Regional Academic Collaborations (ReACt) Workshops.


  1. Sub-recipient monitoring – PI approval required on all invoices

As a result of findings from a recent sub-recipient monitoring audit, Principal Investigators, or approved alternates, will now be required to approve all sub-award invoices that are submitted for payment, regardless of the amount. Current practice has been that PI approval is only required for invoices over $50,000.  As of Aug. 1, 2018, UShop will route all sub-award invoices for approval by the PI of the award and approved alternates.

For questions or guidance on approving an invoice please contact the UShop help desk at ushop@utah.edu or 801-585-2255.


  1. Cellular Translational Research Core (CTRC)

The CCTS Cellular Translational Research Core (CTRC) houses a fully staffed Stem Cell Facility specializing in generating and characterizing human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for investigators at the University of Utah. The CTRC Stem Cell Facility generates iPSCs at cost effective prices, from any starting human cell, such as PBMCs, or skin fibroblasts. The CTRC not only provides material support but will also help train investigators or research staff on how to successfully maintain stem cell lines. For more information please visit the CTRC website or contact Core Director Colin T. Maguire, Ph.D.


  1. Research Help Delivered: Ask CCTS

Research investigators, faculty and study coordinators, the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is ready to answer your questions and provide resources to enhance your research.

Call our office at 801-581-6736 for assistance or visit our website.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) provides the following services:

  • Clinical Trials Support and Multi-Center Trial Support
  • Informatics
  • Data Science Services (DSS)
    • Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW)
  • Self Service tools
  • Population Health Research
    • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    • Qualitative Research
    • Health Measurement & Survey Design
    • Systematic Review
    • Health Economics
  • Precision Medicine
    • CTRC Core Lab
  • Collaboration & Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • HealthInsight
  • Utah Department of Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare

  1. Corporate and Foundation funding opportunities

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, the foundation has supported work in a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods.

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2018
Amount: $50,000

William T. Grant Foundation: Major Research Grants
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

WT Grant will fund awards ranging from $100k to $600k for research proposals that inform programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequalities in youth development.  Awards generally cover a 2-3 year period.  They also will fund studies that explore how to improve the use of research evidence by policymakers and/or organizations in ways that benefit youth.  Awards in this focus area range from $100k to $1M and cover two to four years of support.  LOI are due to the Foundation by Aug. 1, 2018.

Russell Sage Foundation: Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge (BioSS)
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

The foundation’s special initiative supports innovative social science research that explores how biological mechanisms interact with the environment to influence individuals’ social and economic outcomes. RSF seeks projects that take advantage of new theories, concepts, and indicators from neuroscience, endocrinology, immunology and physiology, genetics and epigenetics to further our understanding of socioeconomic attainment and other social science issues that are relevant to RSF’s core program areas. RSF is primarily interested in research that explores and improves our understanding of social and economic predictors and outcomes.

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

The foundation’s Behavioral Economics program supports research that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of real-life behaviors and decisions that deviate from the neoclassical economic standards of rationality. RSF is especially interested in behavioral economics research that contributes to our understanding of topics of interest under its other programs.

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Russell Sage Foundation: Future of Work
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

The foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers in the United States. The foundation is especially interested in proposals that address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the well-being of workers, today and in the future.

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Russell Sage Foundation: Social Inequality
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

The Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports research on the social, economic, political, and labor market consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Russell Sage Foundation: Non-Standard Employment
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

The Russell Sage Foundation/Kellogg Foundation’s Initiative on Non-Standard Employment seeks to support innovative social science research on the causes and consequences of the increased incidence of alternative work arrangements in the United States.

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Russell Sage Foundation: The Social, Economic and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act
Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interested in applying.

The foundation’s initiative supports innovative social science research on the social, economic and political effects of the Affordable Care Act. The foundation is especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the effects of the reform on outcomes such as financial security and family economic wellbeing, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, family and children’s outcomes, and differential effects by age, race, ethnicity, nativity, or disability status.

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

The American Council of Learned Societies

The American Council of Learned Societies is now accepting applications for their 2019 ACLS Fellowships.

The ACLS Fellowship program consists of a $40,000 to $70,000 award (amount dependent upon faculty rank) that is intended to serve as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.  The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. ACLS Fellowships do not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS will award up to 81 fellowships this year, including approximately 28 each at the Assistant and Associate Professor levels and 25 at the full Professor level.

ACLS invites applications from scholars pursuing research in any discipline of the humanities and related social science on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. ACLS continues to welcome applications from scholars proposing disciplinary or interdisciplinary work in international and area studies, as it has since, in the years after World War II, ACLS worked with the Social Science Research Council to develop and sustain scholarly expertise focused on particular areas or cultural regions of the world.

Please let Chris Ostrander (chris.ostrander@utah.edu) know if you plan to apply.


  1. Internal funding opportunities

Colleagues,

The Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative and the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center are pleased to announce a request for applications for FY2019 to catalyze novel research projects in the areas of diabetes, obesity, and metabolism, and to train the next generation of researchers. See attached RFA for full details.

Research scope:

We invite applications from all diabetes and obesity-related areas including basic, translational, clinical, health services, community-based participatory research and population health research. Applications involving the broad areas of the genetics of diabetes/metabolic disease, drug discovery, and diabetes prevention research are especially encouraged. While the focus of the Driving Out Diabetes Initiative is type 2 diabetes, additional funding has been provided by the Ardene Bullard “Of Love” Tennis Tournament and Jacobsen construction to support Type 1 diabetes research.

Funding mechanisms:

This RFP will fund three different types of awards with a maximum award amount of $50,000. Note that only one award will be funded per PI, but PIs are encouraged to submit a single proposal to all applicable mechanisms.

  1. Seed grant (≤$50K/1YR).
  2. Graduate Student Fellowship ($50K/2YR).
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowship ($50K/1YR).

Application instructions and due date:

Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted electronically through the University of Utah’s Competition Space interface here by Aug. 10, 2018. Application instructions are included in the attached RFA.

Please contact Bridget Hughes with any questions.

American Dream Ideas Challenge
Deadline: Aug. 30, 2018

The University of Utah, a member of the Alliance, is leading the American Dream Ideas Challenge for Utah. The challenge aims to find, fund, and develop policy and technology innovations from individuals or groups in Utah that have the potential to increase net income by 10 percent for 10,000 of the state’s middle-class households by 2020.

We are seeking innovative ideas to be developed through a multi-round review process, with the ultimate goal of forwarding up to three ideas to compete nationally for up to $1 million from Schmidt Futures. A selection committee will choose 10 ideas in the first round, each eligible for a $10,000 grant to help refine the proposal. In the second round, the selection committee will choose the three best ideas, each eligible for an additional $30,000 to use in further development of the proposal, which will advance to the national stage.

For more information, or to submit your idea please visit the American Dream Ideas Challenge page.  

The Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program 2019
LOI deadline: Sept. 17, 2018
Proposal deadline: Oct. 1, 2018

Since 2015, the Pac-12 has made approximately $3,500,000 available on an annual basis for the Pac12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program (the “Grant Program”) awards and direct institutional athletic department support. Any unused funds from one fiscal year of the Grant Program will roll over to the next Grant Program cycle. Multi-year projects will be considered.

Principal Investigators (“PIs”) and Co-Investigators (“Co-PIs”) must be employed by a current Pac-12 member institution or an organization that is directly affiliated with a Pac-12 member institution and must meet their employer’s requirements for such status. Third-party entities/partners are eligible to receive Grant Program funding provided that its submission is sponsored by, and the research is coordinated with, a Pac-12 member institution(s) involving only Pac-12 athletes.

For more information about the program and submission details, please see the program details pdf.


  1. Limited submissions

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal deadline: Aug. 15, 2018

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories of science and engineering. Every year, one nominee in each category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry) will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Applications for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the Blavatnik Awards website. 

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal deadline: Aug. 15, 2018
Limited submission: 
Up to two applicants from the university

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.  Each year about three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.  Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series or its equivalent at a university or non-profit research institute in the United States.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.

Applications for the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the Greenwall Foundation website.

Johnson and Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award
Internal submission: Aug. 15, 2018
Limited submission: One applicant in each category; up to six nominations

The J&J WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program will help develop female leaders and support innovation in the STEM2D disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, Design)  by funding six women at critical points in their research careers through a Scholar’s Award. The Scholars Award is a 3-year award in the gross amount of $150,000, which will be paid to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the J&J Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds. The Scholars Award will be paid in three (3) installments of US $50,000 per year over the 3-year award period, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the program’s Agreement.

Click here to visit the website.

Applications for the Johnson and Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the Johnson and Johnson Foundation website.


  1. Extramural Funding Opportunities

NAI Fellows nominations are open
Deadline: July 31, 2018

We invite you to nominate your peers and colleagues. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

For more information on the NAI Fellows Program visit the NAI Fellows program page.

Nominations may be made through the NAI Inventors Portal.

Beckman Young Investigators
Deadine: Aug. 6, 2018

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences. Tenure Track Start Date for the 2019 program must be after Aug. 15, 2015.

Please visit the Beckman Young Investigators sight for more program details.

National Institute for Transportation and Communities—Request for proposals
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2018

The purpose of the Small Starts grants is to assist researchers who are interested in transportation but have not had an opportunity to undertake a small project consistent with NITC’s theme of Improving the Mobility of People and Goods to Build Strong Communities. Awards will be no larger than$20,000. The following are examples of some of the kinds of activities we hope to support but are not meant to restrict proposals:

  • Demonstrate a proof of concept aimed at additional research.
  • Activity aimed at assisting local agencies in implementing research results.
  • Release time for a faculty member to work on research.
  • Preliminary data collection to support research concept.

Items that will not be supported by this initiative:

  • Travel not essential to conducting research or performing project tasks.
  • A student-led activity or research.
  • Equipment over $5,000.
  • Long-term personnel support.

Eligibility

Faculty members and research faculty eligible to serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) at Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah may submit proposals.

NEW: NITC is now requiring a Institutional Letter of Commitment with each proposal. Please see the RFP for further details. 

Full details can be found here or here.


  1. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Grant Writing Academy

The Research Education 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 re-craft, 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 October 26-28, 2018, May 17-19, 2019 and October 25-27, 2019.

Attendance is highly limited.  Please contact Corrie Harris with any questions.

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 provides 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 Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 4100A

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.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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