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Research Resources

  1. University of Utah obtains Department of Energy Grant
  2. Paying tuition via grant funds
  3. Writing Center support for your grants and publications
  4. Air Quality Research Roadmap
  5. VPCAT Research Scholars Program
  6. Center for Clinical & Translational Science Open House
  7. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
  8. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  9. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  10. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)  

 1. University of Utah obtains Department of Energy Grant

Energy Frontier Research Center Proposal assisted by the Research Development Office

The University of Utah’s College of Engineering and College of Mines and Earth Sciences recently received a four-year, $10.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). The center will study how fluids interact with porous solids, vital research that could benefit the future production of oil, gas and other energy resources. It is the first time the University of Utah has received a prestigious EFRC award. Dr. Darryl Butt, dean of the College of Mines & Earth Sciences, is the director of the new center.

Regarding the Research Development Office support the proposal, Milind Deo, chair of chemical engineering said, “We started working with the Research Development Office (RDO) on the EFRC proposal once we were notified that we were invited to submit a full proposal. This was a complex proposal involving six institutions and about 20 investigators. We worked primarily with Dr. Melanie Steiner-Sherwood. Immediately, Melanie took on the responsibility of collecting and formatting, CVs and other required documents. She corresponded with all the investigators, arranged conference calls and collected required documents. I was able to focus on the technical writing. Melanie was also very effective in helping integrate and proof the technical document. She worked with me in making the document comprehendible and smooth. She went above and beyond by working late hours knowing how proposal deadlines are met. She was a good team player and made the proposal better. This collaboration with RDO helped us bring an EFRC to the University of Utah!”

To request services of the Research Development Office, click here.

2. Paying tuition via grant funds

The university will now permit tuition remission payments from grants for graduate students when allowed by the sponsor. By extension, tuition benefits/remission may also be used as cost share. Tuition on grants should primarily be sued when a graduate student is otherwise ineligible for the University’s Tuition Benefit Program.

The university is developing additional compliance infrastructure to broadly facilitate tuition payments from grants. However, in the short term, tuition from grants will be considered exceptional, requiring a case-by-case review and pre-expenditure approval by OSP.

For more information regarding tuition on grants visit OSP Policies & Compliance page.

 3. Writing Center support for your grants and publications

The University Writing Center and the Vice President for Research are proud to offer convenient–and free–writing assistance to faculty members working on grants, articles for publication, and research reports. Faculty Writing Fellows can help faculty members focus their arguments, organize their ideas, support their claims, cite others’ works and maintain field conventions.  All correspondence is done via email.

This year’s Faculty Writing Fellows are Will Smiley, from English, and Kyle O’Sullivan from biomedical engineering.  Please feel free to contact them and utilize this valuable service.  For more information, visit writingcenter.utah.edu.

 4. Air Quality Research Roadmap

The Utah Division of Air Quality presents its first annual Air Quality Research Roadmap (AIR2) meeting. This meeting provides our research community a first chance to see what the state of Utah’s air quality goals and priorities are for the upcoming fiscal year.

But, this isn’t a talk…it’s a discussion. We’re asking the research community for help deciding what kind of projects should be considered for future state funding. This is your opportunity. Tell us what we’re missing and we aim to reduce emissions and attain federal pollution standards.


  • Why Air 2 is important
  • UDAQ research goals and priorities
  • Details of UDAQ annual research funding
  • Group discussion

Please RSVP and help the state of Utah in finding an avenue towards Science for Solutions.


Application for the Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program available now. The VPCAT Research Scholar Program is a competitive, two-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. The full application is available here. Application information, including a link to the full application, is available on our website. If you have any questions regarding the VPCAT Program or application, please contact Jenny Cochrane, VPCAT program coordinator, at jenny.cochrane@hsc.utah.edu.

6. Center for Clinical & Translational Science Open House

When: Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Eccles Health Sciences Library Garden Level (basement)

Refreshments will be served.

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

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

  • Clinical Trials Support and Multi-Center Trail 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
  • Health Insight
  • Utah Department of Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare

7. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities

National Multiple Sclerosis 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 Multiple Sclerosis.

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 Multiple Sclerosis progression, restore function, improve quality of life and/or prevent Multiple Sclerosis. 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
Deadline: 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.

8. Internal funding opportunities

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.

Freezers “Cash for Clunkers”

The SVPHS Research Unit, in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research is offering a freezer trade-in program, intended to increase the efficiency and reliability of -80 freezers on campus. Program pricing has been negotiated with ThermoFisher to provide high-efficiency freezers at the lowest possible cost to our programs. A $2,000 trade-in rebate will be offered by the VPR to all of campus, with an additional $2,000 rebate match being offered by the SVPHS Research Unit for all health sciences campus programs. To be eligible to receive the rebate, programs must trade in an older, energy-inefficient freezer at the time of purchase.

Freezer Information

Program Pricing:

TSX60086D                                   TSX40086D
List Price:           $24,692               List price:            $21,594
Program Price:            $11,399               Program Price:             $10,399
Program incentive:        $2,000 VPR       Program incentive:        $2,000 VPR
$2,000 SVPHS                              $2,000 SVPHS
Cost to lab:                  $7,399                 Cost to lab:                  $6,399

Total savings:               $17,293               Total savings:               $15,195

Pricing includes five-year parts and labor warranty, 12-year compressor parts warranty and device link connectivity.

Purchase Information:

In coordination with their department, labs are responsible for purchase arrangements. Financing is offered through Fisher Scientific. For additional information, please contact Renn Thompson at  801-634-8497 or Steve Hawker at (801) 361-7535 and reference the Freezer Trade-In Program.

Freezer Disposal:
Trade-in freezers will be disposed of by the company at no additional cost to the lab. Arrangements must be made with Fisher Scientific when purchasing. Please select the “Environmental Disposal” option. A retirement/transfer form should also be completed for any freezers with University asset tags; select the “trade-in” transfer code. Staple a copy of your freezer purchase invoice to this form and submit to Surplus.

Rebate Process:

Please submit the following information to Abby Rooney:

  • PI Name and Department
  • New freezer invoice
  • Trade-in freezer information: Previous University location, brand, model and disposal date
  • Chart-field for rebate transfer; please note this must go into a 2000 fund account

Pricing is confirmed through end of calendar year 2018. Rebates are available while funding lasts. Please confirm availability with Abby Rooney prior to submitting purchase.

9. 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.


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 an Institutional Letter of Commitment with each proposal. Please see the RFP for further details.

Full details can be found in the RFP or here.

10. 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 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 Oct. 26-28, 2018, May 17-19, 2019, and Oct. 25-27, 2019

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

Research Education offers training and instruction through several methods to support your individual profession 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.

Upcoming Classes

Overview of Research Administration
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
2-4:30 p.m.
HSEB, room 1750

Research Data Management and Sharing for Social & Behavioral Sciences and Humanities
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, room 2110

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, room 2120

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Introduction to Research Integrity
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, room 2600

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, room 3515B

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.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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