Research Resources

  1. Mellon Foundation
  2. New website for the Office of the Vice President for Research
  3. New University of Utah animal research website
  4. VPCAT Research Scholars program
  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. Mellon Foundation

The U has been invited to submit a single nominee for consideration by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the New Directions Fellowship.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recognizes that serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication. In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert.

Fellows will receive: (1) the equivalent of one academic year’s salary, (2) two summers of additional support, each at the equivalent two-ninths of the previous academic year salary, and (3) tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows’ training programs. To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars’ needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award. The award normally can be delayed for a maximum of one year, if circumstances require it. Awards typically range from $175,000 – $250,000 and will not exceed $300,000.

The internal deadline for interested applicants is Aug.31, 2018 via Infoready. The selected nominee must submit their final application, through the VPR office, no later than Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.


  1. New website for the Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is excited to announce the launch of the new VPR website. The new website is a resource for faculty, students, and administration as well as the general public who are interested in the university’s research enterprise. Visit research.utah.edu to access funding opportunities, research resources, facts and figures, highlights, updates, and more. Please share your feedback on the new VPR website to help us with improvements and website updates.


  1. New University of Utah animal research website

Many of us love animals and have pets that are part of the family, making it all that much more difficult to reconcile the need for research with animals. Written for the lay audience, the University of Utah’s new animal research website addresses misconceptions and answers common questions in a compassionate and straightforward way. Go to the website to learn about our procedures — from initial review of proposed research to partnerships with regulatory agencies — and cures, treatments, and knowledge made possible by animal research.

We encourage you to share the link with your colleagues and with family or friends who may have their own questions about research with animals. Please link to this resource from other websites where appropriate, and share your feedback by emailing  AnimalResearch@utah.edu.


  1. VPCAT Research Scholars program
    Deadline: Aug. 27, 2018

Application for the Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program Going Live Monday, August 27, 2018! The VPCAT Research Scholar Program is a competitive, 2-year mentoring program designed primarily for Instructor or Assistant Professor-level faculty within Health Sciences who are interested in taking their research, grant writing, and leadership skills to the next level.  Application information is available now at  http://UofUMedicine.org/vpcat . The full application will be available via a link on our website, from Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Jenny Cochrane, VPCAT Program Coordinator.


  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

National MS Society Accepting Applications for Pilot Programs
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2018

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research on a cure for and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

The society currently is accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program, which provides grants to quickly test novel ideas that may serve to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restore function, improve quality of life, and/or prevent MS. The program supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation.

Through the program, one-year grants of up to $55,000 will be awarded in support of innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding.

Researchers who have completed their postdoctoral training are invited to apply. Individuals who are currently postdoctoral fellows or the equivalent, or who are graduate/medical students are not eligible for support under this program.

See the National MS Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

 

Scleroderma Foundation Seeks Applications for New Investigator Grant Program
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018 

The Scleroderma Foundation is seeking applications to its New Investigator Grant program from promising investigators with a faculty or equivalent position who wish to pursue a career in research related to scleroderma.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to support promising research by new investigators likely to lead to individual research project grants.

Applications will be accepted from principal investigators at nonprofit organizations and public and private entities such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories. Applicants must have a doctorate degree in medicine, osteopathy, veterinary medicine, or one of the sciences; have completed a postdoctoral fellowship; and have been a principal investigator on grants from the Scleroderma Foundation or other national, private, or government agencies in the past.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Scleroderma Foundation website. 

 

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Accepting Applications for Synergy Awards in IBD Research
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2018

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is accepting proposals for its Synergy Awards program.

The annual program supports new, cross-disciplinary research collaborations designed to accelerate progress in the study of inflammatory bowel disease. Grants of up to $300,000 over three years will be awarded to projects that include a combination of basic, clinical, and translational science.

Researchers from any scientific discipline at both nonprofit and for-profit institutions worldwide can apply for a Synergy Award. Projects that demonstrate significant progress toward their research goal after one year may be eligible for additional funding.

For complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions, see the Rainin Foundation website.

 

The American Council of Learned Societies
Sept. 26, 2018

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.

 

The American Council of Learned Societies
Sept. 26, 2018

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

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.  

 

Research Instrument Fund
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2018

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

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

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

CORE and Faculty applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are available on InfoReady. For more details see the VPR website.


  1. Limited submissions

Sony Faculty Innovation Awards
Deadline: Sept,15, 2018 

This Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

We accept applications from Principal Investigators (PIs) who are full-time professors (adjunct professors are not eligible) or researchers and are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution in the USA or Canada. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply.

For more program details and submission information visit the Sony program page.

 

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 in the attached RFP or at: nitc.trec.pdx.edu/funding/small-starts.


  1. Extramural Funding Opportunities

Sony Faculty Innovation Awards
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018 

This Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

We accept applications from Principal Investigators (PIs) who are full-time professors (adjunct professors are not eligible) or researchers and are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution in the USA or Canada. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply.

For more program details and submission information visit the Sony program page.

 

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.

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.