Research Resources

  1. Associate vice president for research (internal posting)
  2. Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization Announces Fall 2018 Seed Fund Recipients
  3. Taft-Nicholson Summer Fellow Residency Call for Applications
  4. Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Fellowship
  5. BRAIN Initiative Request for Information (RFI)
  6. Ask CCTS Open House Tuesday, November 13, 1:30
  7. Research Roundtable
  8. Army Research Lab
  9. Vitae 2018
  10. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
  11. Limited Submissions Opportunities
  12. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  13. Research Administration & Training (RATS)

  1. Associate vice president for research (internal posting)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) seeks a dynamic University of Utah faculty partner to serve as an Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) at 0.5 FTE, to assist in overseeing VPR administrative units committed to providing quality support, resources, and strategic investments to the University of Utah’s research community.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of federal, state, foundation and industry funding agencies, and have a proven track record of successfully obtaining funds for their own research program. In addition, the candidate will be familiar with non-biomedical and biomedical research across campus, and have demonstrated strengths in interdisciplinary research partnerships/relationships. A tenured faculty member at the University of Utah with academic leadership experience is preferred. A PhD, MD or other terminal degree is required. The ability to commit 0.5 FTE to the position is required.

For more details on this opportunity please see PRN18942B.


  1. Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization Announces Fall 2018 Seed Fund Recipients

 Link to TVC article

The University of Utah’s Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization has announced the recipients of its second round of seed funding. Awardees include an LED facial-recognition camera for mobile phones, a catheter-mounted microscope that helps diagnose cardiac disease and a high-voltage lithium battery that maintains consistent energy intensity.

TVC formed the seed fund in early 2018 to support early-stage technologies being developed by university faculty. “Our seed fund provides crucial financing for innovations that show promise but are not mature enough to attract outside investment,” said TVC Executive Director Keith Marmer. “Early stage funding is one example of our commitment to establishing long-term partnerships with our faculty inventors.”

Of 27 technologies submitted, six were funded. The applicants were evaluated on their proposed commercialization strategies, market differentiation, intellectual property status and plans for achieving developmental milestones, among other criteria.

“TVC helped us identify a market and develop a roadmap for commercialization, which has allowed me to narrow my research and development focus,” said Rajesh Menon, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and prolific inventor. “And the seed funding will provide enough runway to develop a working prototype to present to potential licensees.”

Each awardee will be paired with a TVC executive in residence, who will help the inventor draft an implementation plan. Next steps may include forming a startup, assembling an executive team, developing a marketing plan and identifying a licensing partner.

Following are the 2018 TVC Seed Fund grantees:

  • UU 3-D Metrology Tool: A device that optically measures the absolute 3D position of an object.
  • Novel Phase Optics: A three-dimensional camera and mobile phone facial-recognition LED camera that employ flat-lens technology.
  • Chemically Removable Cleavable Linker: A device that provides controlled delivery of chemotherapeutics.
  • Advanced Halloysite Nano-tube Solid Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium-Sulfur Battery: A high-voltage lithium battery that remains stable without solvents.
  • Thermoelectric Aerospace Power Generation Module: A high-efficiency, ultra-lightweight thermoelectric modules for aerospace applications.
  • Catheterized Confocal Microscope: A microscopic imaging tool that can diagnose cardiac disease.

To learn more about the TVC seed fund, visit tvc.utah.edu.

Media Contact: For more information and to arrange an interview with an inventor or TVC staff member, contact:

Elizabeth Quinn Fregulia
Director of Marketing & Communications
Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization
o/ 801.587.9619
m/ 415.203.5779
elizabeth.fregulia@tvc.utah.edu


 3. Taft-Nicholson Summer Fellow Residency Call for Applications

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018

The Taft Nicholson Summer Fellow Residencies are available to tenure-line faculty in all disciplines for 1-3 weeks of dedicated writing time for scholarly pursuits of research or creative projects.  Fellowships are available July 1 thru July 31.  Faculty who have held a regular U faculty appointment for 1 year or more are eligible to apply.  These fellowships are designed to provide intensive, dedicated, writing time for faculty to work on their research/creative agendas.

The Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center (TNEHEC) and the Vice President for Research will award the faculty member $1,000-$2,000 (depending on length of stay) which is intended to help defer the cost of travel to and from the TNEHEC and to cover per diem to purchase food and supplies.  Fellows will be housed in “Thoreauian-like” cabins in University Village.  The Village consists of 11 cabins, a bathhouse and a kitchen/dining cabin.  Fellows may purchase meals for $45/day when courses are in session at the TNEHEC.

Criteria for evaluation of proposals

  1. Soundness and significance of the proposal
  2. Proposals potential benefit to the individual, the University and the community
  3. The chair’s evaluation of proposal

The application consists of the following:

  1. Part A completed by applicant
  2. Part B completed by department chair.
  3. Precise statement of what you intend to accomplish during the fellowship. The statement should be no more than 2 pages, single spaced.
  4. A 150 word abstract
  5. Statement of why the TNEHEC is an appropriate location for the fellow’s residency

Timeline/Deadlines:  Applications are due November 15th, 2018. Submit your application to Pat Aoyagi

Final Reports:  The recipient of the Taft-Nicholson Summer Fellow Residency must submit a 1 page, single-spaced, Final Report within one year after receiving the award.  The following information should be included in the final report:

  • What activities did you do with this fellowship?
  • What did you accomplish, discover, or create?
  • What kind of impact did the TNEHEC have on your research or creative project?

The committee will not consider a new application from an investigator until a final report from the previously awarded Taft-Nicholson Summer Fellow Residency is submitted.

Please submit your final report to Jake Jensen Chair, TNEHEC Summer Faculty Fellow Review Committee.


  1. Idaho National Laboratory (INL) FellowshipAsk CCTS Open House Tuesday, November 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is excited to announce that the INL Graduate Fellowship postings are now open. This year there are two INL Graduate Fellowship postings. The first is specific to National and Homeland Security research, the second is associated with other INL mission areas.

The INL Graduate Fellowship program is designed to identify exceptional talent in research areas aligned with INL’s strategic agenda to enable the current and future mission of the INL. The program, a collaboration between INL and universities, provides mentoring and financial support for outstanding students who plan to enroll in graduate degree programs.

Applicants are invited to apply online through inl.gov/careers job posting numbers 12535 and 12584. The postings will close February 15, 2019. Selections will be announced in May. Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Ali Josephson.


  1. BRAIN Initiative Request for Information (RFI)

The BRAIN Initiative® aims to develop new tools and technologies to understand and manipulate networks of cells in the brain. BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision serves as the strategic plan for the BRAIN Initiative at NIH and outlines an overarching vision, seven high level scientific priorities, and many specific goals. Designed to be achieved over at least a decade, the first five years of BRAIN 2025 emphasizes development of tools and technology, and the next five years shifts emphasis to using these tools to make fundamental discoveries about how brain circuits work and what goes wrong in disease.

The BRAIN Initiative is well underway, and we are now approaching the midpoint. At this time, NIH is seeking feedback on the BRAIN Initiative’s progress and on opportunities moving forward given the current state of the science. NIH has established a new BRAIN Initiative Advisory Committee of the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group that will provide scientific guidance to the ACD on how best to continue to accelerate the ambitious vision for the BRAIN Initiative.

The ACD-WG will use the responses to this Request for Information (RFI), along with information gathered through a series of public workshops, to help inform their discussions of the BRAIN Initiative’s progress and potential updates to the plan moving forward.

The purpose of RFI (NOT-NS-18-075) is to solicit input on how best to accomplish the ambitious vision for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® set forth in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision. NIH is soliciting input from all interested stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, trainees, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, and patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public.  


6. ASK CCTS open house Tuesday, Nov. 13

CCTS Open House
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Eccles Health Sciences Library, Garden Level (basement)

*Refreshments will be served

Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is ready to answer your

questions and provide resources to enhance your research.

  • Clinical Trials Support
  • Informatics
  • Population Health Research
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Health Measurement & Survey Design
  • Systematic Review
  • Health Economics
  • Precision Medicine
  • Collaboration & Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • HealthInsight
  • Utah Department of Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare

Research investigators, faculty and study coordinators welcome.


  1. Research Roundtable

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

First Research Roundtable.

“Rising Inequality: Determinants, Consequences, and Policy”
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2-3:30 p.m.

Discussion will be lead by:

Norman J Waitzman PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics

Research Roundtables are hosted by NEXUS in Gardner Commons.  Refreshments provided.  Please RSVP to rdo.utah.edu@gmail.com.

Research Roundtables are supported by the Research Development Office & the Office of Foundation Relations.  They are meant to:

  1. catalyze faculty exploration of interdisciplinary research topics,
  2. discuss strategies to advance research ideas, and
  3. explore potential federal and non-federal funders for interdisciplinary research.

To propose a future topic, please submit ideas here.


  1. Army Research Lab to visit University of Utah
    Dec. 6, 2018

The Army Research Lab works closely with collaborators to solve the Army’s current and future challenges.  By partnering with research universities, the Army leverages regional expertise and facilities to accelerate the discovery, innovation and transition of science and technology.

Agenda  

8-9:30      General Session

9:45-11    Breakout Sessions with ARL

11:30-12:45  Lunch

1-3    1:1 visits with ARL

3-5      Lab Visits

5-6:30      Networking Reception

ARL visitors:

  • Kathy Kehring, Technology Transfer and Outreach Office
  • Shashi Karna, Sr. Research Scientist, Weapon and Materials Research Directorate
  • Michael Geuss, Human Research and Engineering Directorate
  • Brent Kraczek , Computational and Information Sciences Directorate
  • Meredith Reed, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate
  • Peter Khooshabehadeh, ARL-West Regional Lead
  • Steven Taulbee, General Engineer, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate

To participate, please complete this form no later than Nov. 28, 2018.

Please email Gay Cookson with any questions.


  1. Vitae 2018

Vitae annually highlights investigators and their pioneering research programs. The program seeds new collaborations and development strategies by humanizing research through story.

Questions? Contact Abby Rooney: 801-585-9668.


  1. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities
    Doris Duke Charitable Trust
    Nov. 28, 2018The 2019 CSDA competition is now open and accepting pre-proposals. See the Request for Applications document for information on how to apply. The deadline to submit pre-proposals is Nov. 28, 2018 at 3 p.m. ET.Purpose

    The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to early-career physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.

    Rationale & History

    The transition to an independent research career is often more difficult for physician scientists than it is for other researchers, as these individuals must balance the demands of both seeing patients and conducting research. DDCF’s Medical Research Program created the Clinical Scientist Development Award to provide mentored research funding to early-career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independent and successful research careers.

    In 2018, the Medical Research Program awarded 18 grants to investigators working in a broad range of disease areas.

    Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 304 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $136 million.

    Award Details 

    The Clinical Scientist Development Award consists of $150,000 annual direct costs plus $15,000 (10 percent) annual indirect costs for three years. The priority of the CSDA program is to fund outstanding individuals with potential for clinical research careers, whose projects will address highly significant research questions and lead to career advancement. DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.

    In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke’s will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program.

    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 2 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.


     

  2.  Limited submissions
    Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
    Internal Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2018The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.Internal applications are due on InfoReady , the VPR competition site.


    Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
    Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2018

    Brain Research Foundation is inviting eligible US institutions to nominate one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program by January 8, 2019. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professorworking in the field of neuroscience.


  3. Extramural funding
    Energy Resource Centers: Convergent Research and Innovation through Inclusive Partnerships and Workforce Development
    LOI deadline: Nov. 30, 2018
    NSF expects to make four new ERC awards in the summer of 2020, for an initial lifespan of five years. Full proposals may be submitted only by invitation and only by the lead university designated in the preliminary proposal.The goal of the ERC program has traditionally been to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform and improve national prosperity, health, and security. Building upon this tradition, NSF is interested in supporting ERCs to develop and advance engineered systems that will have a high societal impact. The approach resonates with NSF’s emphasis on Convergent Research, one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas for future investment, as announced in May 2016. The complexity of convergent endeavors underscores the importance of purposeful team formation, including effective leadership/management, and the development and nurturing of stakeholder communities.

    Each proposed ERC must be multi-institutional, with a lead university and additional domestic university core partners. At least one of the institutions (lead or partner) must be a university that serves populations of traditionally underrepresented students interested in STEM.

    The NSF ERC team plan to broadcast a webinar in the coming weeks (date TBD). Questions should be submitted in advance of the webinar to nsferc@nsf.gov

    U of U faculty interested in developing a proposal may seek support from the Research Development Office.

    REMADE Institute
    LOI deadline: Dec. 6, 2018
    Full proposal: Feb. 11, 2019

    The REMADE Institute is a Manufacturing USA Institute launched in January 2017 that is focused on increasing the reuse, recycle, and remanufacture of metals, fibers, polymers, and electronic waste. The Institute will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (DOE-AMO) that will be matched by $70 million in cost-share commitments from industry, consortium members and partners.

    The Mission of the REMADE Institute is to enable the early stage applied research and development of key industrial platform technologies that could dramatically reduce the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing.

    This RFP process is open to all REMADE Members and organizations interested in becoming members of the REMADE Institute. To be eligible to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Project mmary, the lead organization must be a member of REMADE by the LOI due date (December 6, 2018). Do not include any proprietary information in the Project Summary as it may be subject to public release.

    National Science Foundation -Smart and Connected Health
    Deadline: Dec. 11, 2018

    The goal of the interagency Smartand Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program is to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information scienceand engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biomedical and biobehavioral research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this program is to develop next-generation multidisciplinary science that encourages existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as networking, pervasive computing, advanced analytics, sensor integration, privacy and security, modeling of socio-behavioral and cognitive processes and system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, barriers to change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems and an aging population.

    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 www.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 February 28, 2019.  No further requests for review will be accepted after this date.


  4. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

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.

Effective Negotiation in Research: The Art of Advocacy and Agreement
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2120

Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) and Radiation Safety
Monday, Nov. 26, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Collaborative Research and the Roles of the Scientist in Society
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2120

Introduction to REDCap
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2120

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2019
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 5100A

Special Events

Part of the Special Events offered through Research Education is membership in the Research Administrators’ Network, which provides a forum for colleagues to share ideas and offer general peer support and guidance for the benefit of the University research community. The RAN further promotes opportunities for networking, and potential research collaborations.

Best Practice Roundtable: Cultural Competency, Diversity and Equity in Research Participation
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100A

The Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
9-10:30 a.m.
RAB, Conference Room 117

The Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
2-3:30 p.m.
RAB, Conference Room 117

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