Research Resources

 

  1. Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Awards
  2. The NSF 2026 Idea Machine
  3. National Science Foundation: Policy on Sexual Harassment
  4. LabArchives
  5. Air Quality Research Roadmap
  6. UCEER Pilot Grant Program
  7. Utah Genome Project
  8. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
  9. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  10. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  11. Research Administration & Training (RATS)

  1.  Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Awards
    Call for Nominations–Oct. 15

The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly and creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty and provides up to three grants for research and creative pursuits.

Eligibility Criteria

Only tenured faculty who have held an appointment with the University of Utah for a minimum of eight years are eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be made by any faculty member, department or college within the university.

Nominees will remain in the nomination pool for three years. If a nominee does not receive an award within three years, a two-year waiting period must pass before they can be re-nominated.

Nominees are evaluated on the significance and quality of their career research and the overall creative and distinctive impact their work has provided to their field, as well as to the improvement and enrichment of the human condition.

Nominations close Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Submission will be accepted on the Vice President for Research website. For questions or additional information please contact Mia Leonelli at 581-7237.


  1. The NSF 2026 Idea Machine

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “big ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It’s an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country’s global leadership in science and engineering.


  1. National Science Foundation: Policies on Sexual Harassment

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will not tolerate sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault, within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites or anywhere science or education is conducted. NSF has taken steps to help ensure all NSF-funded research and learning environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering their policies, guidelines and communications so that organizations clearly understand expectations and individuals understand their rights.

The University of Utah seeks to provide a safe and healthy experience for students, employees and others who make use of campus facilities. For more information on sexual harassment guidelines and support at the University of Utah, please visit registrar.utah.edu.


  1. LabArchives

UBox integration with LabArchives

Now that UBox is fully integrated with LabArchives, large files greater than 250MB can be accessed while using LabArchives. The maximum file size is now dictated by UBox and is 15GB. As with LabArchives, storage of these large files is unlimited. Once files are loaded into Ubox via LabArchives they can only be accessed through LabArchives. Your files in Ubox/LabArchives do not count towards the 1TB storage limit when using UBox. For additional information please see the LabArchives Subject Guide page on UBox integration.


  1. 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.

Agenda

  • 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.


 

  1. UCEER Pilot Grant Program

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018

 Overview Information

Funding Organization Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER)
Funding Source NIH Grant 1RM1HG009037-02
Funding Purpose The purpose of the UCEER small/pilot grant program is to provide funding for small scale research projects or scholarly activities that address ethical, legal or social issues in human genetics. We invite applications from a broad range of investigators and scholars across the University of Utah campus who seek to conduct innovative research and scholarly activities.
Funds Available $10,000 per project
Application Due date Nov. 15, 2018
Award Notification Dec. 15, 2018
Earliest Start Date Jan. 5, 2019

Funding opportunity description

The University of Utah Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social (ELSI) Issues in Genetic Research (UCEER) is accepting applications for small/pilot grants from students and scholars from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds including University of Utah graduate students, post-docs, and faculty. The small/pilot grant program supports small, well-defined projects that can be completed within one year and are within the scope of the UCEER.  Publication of results and the submission of an application for external funding is encouraged within one year of the completion of the project.

The UCEER will support research projects from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds that focus on ethical, legal, and social issues relevant to human genetics. Research is defined broadly to include scholarly activities conducted by those in disciplines such as humanities, fine arts, and health sciences. For example, the UCEER is currently supporting a communication analysis for carrier screening, theater techniques project for training health care providers and a gaming application to educate patients. Projects may include empirical, conceptual research, legal analysis or other creative endeavors.

Of particular interest are projects that address decision-making for genetic testing or screening.  As examples, topics in this domain of ELSI research might include carrier screening, genetic prenatal testing, the family experience with genetic testing, legal liabilities, and newborn screening. Other research topics of particular interest include ELSI issues in informed consent, confidentiality, and the communication of genetic information on topics such as genome scale sequencing, return of primary and incidental genetic results, biobanking and the communication of information between family members and across life stages.

The UCEER also will support activities that strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources or strengthen the institutional base of the humanities. All proposed activities must be related to ELSI issues in human genetics.

Award Information

Award Budget Not to exceed $10,000 in direct cost, no indirect cost.
Award Project Period The total project period may not exceed one year.

Amount and description of the award       

A total amount of $20,000 is available for small/pilot grants. Awards will be provided for two or more projects. Each award will not exceed $10,000 in direct costs, to be used within one year of the award date. The funds should be used for project expenses only (e.g., materials, focus groups, transcription, research assistant, etc.). No salary support for faculty will be provided via these awards.  No travel cost for dissemination or project presentation will be supported through this mechanism.  However, upon the successful completion of the project, the applicant may apply for travel support from the UCEER. Grant funds will be administered through the UCEER.

Awardees will be expected to participate in other UCEER activities as a collaborator.  Awardees will receive support and mentorship, as appropriate. Awardees attend the annual UCEER Collaboratory meeting and are expected to present findings from their research at these meetings.  UCEER will provide support for the Project PI as needed, potentially including assistance with monthly project meetings, financial management, and guidance with IRB applications. Monthly progress reports are required to be submitted via REDCap (five item survey).

Eligibility Information

UCEER is interested in fostering future generations of ELSI scholars. University of Utah graduate students, post-docs and faculty who have not had NIH funding in the past will be given priority. Students need to submit their proposal in collaboration with a University of Utah faculty mentor, as documented in a letter of support. Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to contact UCEER leadership prior to submission to inform us of their intention to submit and/or for feedback on project ideas.

Cost Sharing

Projects that propose cost sharing with other University of Utah entities are encouraged.

 Application and submission information

Section of application Page limits
Abstract 1
Specific Aims 1
Research Strategy (please use template) 3
Timeline (please use template) 1
References 2
Budget (please use template) 1
NIH Biosketch 5
Letter of Support from Faculty Research Advisor (student applications only) 1

Please follow NIH guidelines regarding formatting. No less than 0.5-inch margins, no less than 11-pt font (tables may be 10-pt), and one of the following fonts: Arial, Palatino Linotype, Georgia, Helvetica.

Requesting an Application Template

Applicants must use the UCEER Research Strategy Template. Download the template from http://healthsciences.utah.edu/uceer/pilot-grant.php or email the UCEER Research Coordinator at erin.johnson@nurs.utah.edu. Submit applications via REDCap; the link to the application portal is: https://redcap01.brisc.utah.edu/nursing/redcap/surveys/?s=PWW8YNDHDE

Review Process

A review committee composed of UCEER investigators will review all grant applications. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to UCEER aims, ELSI issues and scholarship, including the importance of the research questions and the appropriateness of the proposed sample, data and methods to be used in addressing the question. The potential of the research to lead to future-funded ELSI research will also be a criterion for selection.

UCEER Small/Pilot Grant Review Criteria

  • Does the project address an ethical, legal, or social issue in human genetics?
  • Does the project address an interesting and important issue?
  • Are the proposed methods rigorous, appropriate, and feasible within the budget and timeline?
  • Do the Principal Investigator and collaborators have the qualifications to conduct the proposed project?
  • Does the UCEER, in collaboration with other University entities, have the necessary resources to support the proposed project?
  • If successful, does the proposed project have good prospects for publication and future external funding?

The UCEER Review Committee will make one of the following recommendations:

Recommended for funding

Revise and resubmit

Not eligible for funding

 Previously Funded UCEER Small/Pilot Grants

The BRCA War: Science, Law and Politics in the Struggle over Gene Patenting

Contreras, J., JD (PI) (Law)

Aims

  1. Collect primary data pertaining to the Myriad case from approximately thirty key stakeholders in the case.
  2. Elucidate the political factors contributing to the resolution of the Myriad case, including the intervention of administration officials in the case.
  3. Prepare a book-length analysis of the Myriad case for a general audience in order to provide an intellectual framework under which advocates, legislators and the public can improve public health while continuing to reward innovation and discovery.

 

Israel’s Immigration Policies and the Question of Genetic Testing: New Developments on a Controversial Topic

Devir, N., PhD, (PI) (Department of World Languages and Cultures)

Aims

  1. Conduct an interview-based study among rabbinical and government authorities in Israel to enhance my forthcoming manuscript on several different neo-Jewish communities, Between Law and Grace: Messianic Jewish Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa. Interviews will explore perspectives on proposals for genetic testing of isolated or “lost” Jewish communities claiming a Jewish connection for purposes of emigration

 

Family Communication of Multigene Panel results

Elrick, A., PhD Candidate, (PI) (Communications), Kaphingst, K., PhD (Communications), Kohlmann, W., MS (Genetic Counseling), Brown, T., JD (Law)

Aims

  1. Investigate the application of goals-plans-action model and legal consideration measures to family communication of genetic information through cognitive interviews.
  2. Examine the process of family communication of genetic test results through the goals-plans-action model, theory of planned behavior, and family characteristics.
  3. Investigate participants’ perspectives on legal issues related to family communication of genetic information.

  1. Utah Genome Project

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018

Purpose:

The mission of Utah Genome Project is to investigate the genetic basis of human disease through genomic sequencing of Utah families to discover, understand, prevent and treat challenging medical conditions.

The goals of Utah Genome Project are to build infrastructure and best-practice standards and make this available to Utah clinicians and researchers to promote genomic discovery, discover novel disease-causing genes and pathways to improve diagnosis, testing and treatment of human disease.

Research Scope:

We invite applications that build upon the mission of Utah Genome Project as stated above. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

    • Development of new cohorts for genetic discovery
    • Genetic discovery in well-phenotyped human cohorts.
    • Development of new treatment or diagnostics for human genetic conditions.
    • Development of novel methods to explore existing UGP data.
    • Methods to assess impact of non-coding variants.
    • Other areas that specifically relate to the mission of Utah Genome Project, for example, ELSI,

multi-omics, use of electronic health records, pharmacogenomics.
* Please note that call for pilot proposals for functional analysis of candidate genes will be coming out in January 2019.

Proposal guidelines and eligibility:

    • Only one research proposal per principal investigator will be reviewed.
    • Principal investigators must be at least 0.75 FTE tenure- or career-track faculty at the University of Utah.
    • Applications must articulate deliverables and plans for external funding.

Proposal preferences:

Preference will be given to projects that:

    • Have significant scientific merit.
    • Have a high potential for extramural funding, preferentially from the NIH.
    • Are not currently supported by extramural funding.
    • Build or strengthen interdisciplinary partnerships with Utah Genome Project and institutional initiatives (Diabetes and Metabolism; Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious disease; Cancer; Neuroscience).
    • Build upon a strong track record of publication and funding of the applicant.

Application Instructions:

Applications and all supporting documents to be submitted by November 15, 2018 as one PDF. Font and spacing should be NIH compliant. Plan and budget for all aspects of project including genomic data processing, storage, and analysis (see budget template for pricing guidelines). Grant administration is the responsibility of the principal investigators. All applications must include each item in the following order:

  1. Cover page. PI (department, title and contact information), co-investigators (department, title and contact information), project title, IRB/IAUC approval numbers if relevant.
  2. Lay abstract that will be publicly available (1/2 page)
  3. Specific aims of the research proposal (1/2 page)
  4. Detailed proposal. (Up to three pages, including figures). Please address significance, innovation, approach, timeline, deliverables, data sharing plan and plan for external funding
  5. References
  6. Budget justification (one page)
  7. Budget – use template and suggested genomic analysis costs (contact Breanna Caruso for this)
  8. NIH biographical sketch for investigators (current and pending support; five pages)
  9. List of investigator’s past University of Utah pilot grant funding (title, amount, dates, resulting publications and external grants).

Budget Guidelines:

Pilot grant funds may be used for salaries and benefits of non-faculty project personnel, supplies, miscellaneous expenses, and services. Funds cannot be used for faculty salaries, travel that is not directly related to project research (e.g., conferences cannot be supported by this grant); consultants; or office equipment, including computers (unless specifically justified).

Evaluation and Funding of Proposals:

Proposals will be reviewed by the UGP Scientific Advisory Board to assess innovation, scientific merit, likelihood for success and external funding, and alignment with the mission of Utah Genome Project. If human subjects or animal research are involved, one copy of the IRB or IACUC approval will be required prior to release of funds.

Mid-Year Progress Report:

After the first six months of funding, a one-page progress report will be required for review by the research committee to assure adequate scientific progress.

Final Report:

Funded proposals must provide a progress report of no more than two pages in length describing the results and deliverables of the research, future directions, and plans to secure additional funding.

Please submit applications as a single PDF document titled with “PI name_UGP2018” to Breanna Caruso breanna.caruso@hsc.utah.edu

Questions? Please contact: Deborah Neklason, deb.neklason@hci.utah.edu


  1. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

 Soros Justice Fellowships
Oct. 22, 2018

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

Fellows receive funding through the following three categories:

 ADVOCACY FELLOWSHIPS

 The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken with the support of a host organization, and can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Advocacy Fellowships come with an award of either $87,000 or $120,000 (depending on level of experience), plus project-related expenses, for the 18 months.

MEDIA FELLOWSHIPS

The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Media Fellowships aim to mitigate the time, space, and market constraints that often discourage individuals from pursuing vital but marginalized, controversial, or unpopular topics in comprehensive and creative ways. Media Fellowships are 12 months in duration, and fellows are expected to make their projects their full-time work during the term of the fellowship. Projects can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Media Fellowships come with an award of either $58,000 or $80,000 (depending on level of experience), plus project-related expenses, for the 12 months.

YOUTH ACTIVIST FELLOWSHIPS

 The Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships, in partnership with the Open Society Youth Exchange, support outstanding individuals aged 18 to 25 to take on projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Projects can range from public education and training to grassroots organizing and policy advocacy to social media campaigns and other forms of creative communications. Youth Activist Fellowships must be undertaken in partnership with a host organization. Projects can be full-time or part-time, 12 or 18 months, and can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Youth Activist Fellowships come with an award of $52,500 for full-time, 18-month projects (the award is pro-rated for part-time or 12-month projects), plus project-related expenses, as well as access to a range of training and professional development opportunities.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

LOI Deadline: Nov. 5, 2018

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is committed to leveraging the power of data, research, and innovation to improve community safety by reducing crime, increasing police effectiveness, and working to ensure that laws are enforced in a fair and equitable way.

LJAF is committed to working with jurisdictions to evaluate interventions that leverage partnerships between police, fire departments, and EMS/EMTs to divert individuals who are homeless or who experience mental illness and/or SUDs—with a particular attention to those with opioid use disorder (OUD)—to evidence-based treatment and services. We are specifically interested in approaches that: (1) seek to improve emergency responses for individuals in moments of crisis, (2) provide immediate post-crisis alternatives to arrest or unnecessary hospitalization, and (3) connect individuals with evidence-based treatment programs and services.

  • Emergency Response: We seek proposals to evaluate programs that aim to increase the capacity of police, fire, or EMS/EMTs to recognize signs of mental illness and/or substance misuse, safely de-escalate and stabilize emergency situations, and maximize diversion to treatment and services.
  • Post-Crisis Stabilization: Many communities have redesigned or are in the process of redesigning their crisis response system to include alternatives to jails or emergency rooms for people experiencing a mental health or substance induced crisis, with the goal of transitioning these individuals to targeted long-term treatment and services.
  • Treatment Programs and Services: We would like to continue to build the evidence base for treatment programs and services—for individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or who are homeless—that reduce unnecessary encounters with the criminal justice and emergency response systems, improve individual outcomes, and generate public cost savings.

For more information please see the attached RFP. If you are interested in applying please contact Chris Ostrander.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deadline: Nov. 14, 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Applications on the following six topics will be accepted until Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 11:30 a.m. PST: 

We also invite all who have applied to Grand Challenges Explorations over its 10-year history to fill out a short survey. This survey was sent to you on Aug. 2 from our research partner, the National Business Research Institute (NBRI). Thank you to the over 5,000 who have already responded. We will be resending the survey to those who have not yet responded. We hope to learn as comprehensively as possible what direct and indirect impact the initiative has had, whether the proposal was funded by the Gates Foundation or not–and we expect to identify ways we can improve this way of seeking and funding great ideas from all over the world.

If you are interested in applying please contact Chris Ostrander.

Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative

Deadline: Nov. 13, 2018

The Human Cell Atlas is a global effort to create a reference map of all cells in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Helmsley Charitable Trust invite applications to support the continued development of the Human Cell Atlas. 

CZI will seek applications to form Seed Networks consisting of at least three principal investigators that will support continued growth, solidify collaborations, and help generate valuable data and tools for the first draft of the Human Cell Atlas. Helmsley’s Crohn’s Disease Program, committed to improving the lives of Crohn’s patients while pursuing a cure, will seek applications from principal investigators that will contribute collectively to creating a Gut Cell Atlas, cataloguing the many cell types in the gut (Please note that CZI’s applications do not require a gut component). Full details here.

Brady Education Foundation

Dec. 1, 2018 

The Foundation is currently focused on the development and evaluation of educational programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective and sustainable. This grant program focuses on two areas:

(1) New Program Development – where projects develop and test the feasibility of new programs for promoting positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities.

(2) Existing Program Evaluation to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities.


  1. Internal Funding Opportunities

Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Awards
Call for Nominations – Oct. 15

The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly and creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty and provides up to three grants for research and creative pursuits.

Eligibility Criteria

Only tenured faculty who have held an appointment with the University of Utah for a minimum of eight years are eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be made by any faculty member, department or college within the university.

Nominees will remain in the nomination pool for three years. If a nominee does not receive an award within three years, a two-year waiting period must pass before they can be re-nominated.

Nominees are evaluated on the significance and quality of their career research and the overall creative and distinctive impact their work has provided to their field, as well as to the improvement and enrichment of the human condition.

Nominations close Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Submission will be accepted on the Vice President for Research website. For questions or additional information, please contact Mia Leonelli at 581-7237.

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 5-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 2018. Rebates are available while funding lasts. Please confirm availability with Abby Rooney prior to submitting purchase.


  1. Limited Submissions

 Dana Foundation: David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

Internal submission deadline:  Nov. 16, 2018

Award Amount: $200,000 over 3 years

 The Dana Foundation supports research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells.

The Dana Foundation allows one submission per institution. Please visit the Dana Foundation website for more information.

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2018

Award Amount: $875,000 over 5 years 

 The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.

The David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering allows two nominations per institution. Faculty must be in the first three years of faculty career to be eligible. Please see the Packard website for program details.

Moore Inventor Fellows

Internal submission deadline:  Nov. 16, 2018

Award Amount: $675,000 over 3 years

 The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

The University of Utah can nominate up to two faculty no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree. For eligibility requirements and program detail please see the Moore Inventor Fellows guidelines.

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars

Internal submission deadline:  Nov. 16, 2018

Award Amount: $60,000 unrestricted funds

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching.

The University of Utah can nominate one full time tenure-track faculty between their fourth and twelfth year of research and teaching for this award. For program details and information visit the Dreyfus Foundation website.

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation-Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards

Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2018

Award Amount:  $100,000 for 4 years

 The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.

Up to two faculty members can apply and must be in their fifth to eighth year of tenure-track position. For more details please see the Mallinckrodt Foundation website.


  1. Extramural Funding

 Inventors at University of Utah Eligible for New NAI Membership Program

Nominations Now Open- Rolling

TAMPA–Faculty, staff and students at University of Utah are now eligible to apply for the National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) newest membership category, the Senior Member Program.

University of Utah is a member of the NAI, which recognizes and honors invention and innovation within the academic community. As a member institution, individuals within our community have an exclusive eligibility for the NAI’s Senior Member Program.

“The Senior Member Program is an incredible opportunity for our member institutions to involve inventors and innovators at every point in their careers,” said Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, President of the NAI. “We are eager to welcome the first class of Senior Members, who will have access to singular opportunities for networking and career growth.”

The Senior Member Program recognizes active researchers with success in patents, licensing and commercialization who aspire to make a positive impact on the welfare of society. The eligibility requirements state that nominees must be affiliated with a Member Institution of the NAI, such as University of Utah.

Nominations for the Senior Member Program open on Oct. 1, 2018 and will continue on a rolling basis. Notices of election will be announced quarterly. For more information, contact Jacquie Burckley, NAI Senior Member Coordinator.

Michelson Prizes
Pre-Application: Oct. 29, 2018

The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive research concepts and inventive processes to advance vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

The 2019 Michelson Prizes have been expanded to include three focus areas: Human Immunology, Computational Biology and Protein Engineering, and Neglected Parasitic Diseases. All focus areas are aimed at supporting research with the potential to transform vaccine and immunotherapy discovery.

Applicants must be under the age of 35 at the time of pre-application submission (born on or after Oct. 29, 1983) and affiliated with an academic, nonprofit, industry or government research organization. International researchers are encouraged to apply.

For more information and program details please visit the Human Vaccines Project website.

NASA Centennial Challenges Program
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2019 

 In accordance with the NASA Prize Authority, the NASA Centennial Challenges program has released Phase 1 of the CO₂Conversion Challenge. Interested teams that wish to compete may now register on the official Challenge site at co2conversionchallenge.org.

NASA Centennial Challenges is a program of prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest and value to NASA and the nation.  NASA is providing the prize purse, and NASA Centennial Challenges will be managing the Challenge with support from Common Pool.

The CO₂ Conversion Challenge is devoted to fostering the development of CO₂ conversion systems that can effectively produce singular or multiple molecular compounds identified as desired microbial manufacturing ingredients and/or that provide a significant advancement of physicochemical CO₂ conversion for the production of useful molecules.  NASA envisions this competition having two phases with a total prize purse of up to $1 million.  Phase 1 (the current phase) is the Concept Phase with a prize purse of up to $250,000 to demonstrate capabilities to develop technologies to manufacture “food” for microbial bioreactors from CO₂ and hydrogen molecules, with the ultimate goal of producing glucose.   The initiation of Phase 2, a Demonstration Challenge with a prize purse of up to $750,000, is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieve the Challenge goals. The official rules for Phase 2 will be released prior to the opening of Phase 2.

Official documentation related to this Challenge can be found at www.co2conversionchallenge.org.

Interested teams should submit their registration by 5 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 24, 2019.  Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Central Time on Feb. 28, 2019.  No further requests for review will be accepted after this date.


  1. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

 Grant Writing Academy Workshop
Registration for the Oct. 26–28, 2018 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 Oct. 26-28, 2018, 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.

Attendance is highly limited! Please review the attached flyer and contact Research Education at 801-587-3958 or Sam Ma with any questions.

RATS Classes

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.

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 3515B

Source Documentation for Clinical Research
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Room 3515B

Investigator Orientation Clinical Research Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Main Conference Room 117

Investigator Orientation: Post Award Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
9:30-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 2958

Budget Preparation and Development
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 3515B

Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs and Devices
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2120

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB Main Conference Room 117

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB Computer Lab 3100C

Clinical Research Budget Development Negotiation and Oversight

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2120

Advanced Consideration of Reportable Events in Human Subject Research

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Introduction to the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 3515B

Tissue Banking in Research

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Utah Population Database: Use of a Pre-Research Query Tool

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2120

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.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency andReproducibility of Research
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
2-4 p.m.
Computer Lab 3100C

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library (MLIB), Room 1705A

Best Practice Roundtable: Cost Transfers
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
1:30-3 p.m.
HSEB Room 3515B

Best Practice Roundtable: Managing Risk with Contracts
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB Room 5100A

The Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

2-3:30 p.m.
RAB, Conference Room 117

Grant Writing Academy
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.
Questions about the GWA or RATS? Contact Corrie Harris at (801) 587-3958.