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Research Resources

  1. Associate vice president for research (internal posting)
  2. M. Keck Foundation—call for concept papers
  3. Army Research Lab
  4. 2019 VPCAT Scholar announcement
  6. BRAIN Initiative Request for Information (RFI)
  7. Research Roundtable
  8. Vitae 2018
  9. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
  10. Limited Submissions Opportunities
  11. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  12. 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 Ph.D., M.D. 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. M. Keck Foundation—call for concept papers

The Vice President for Research and the Corporate and Foundation leadership team are seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete the form here and submit a one-page concept paper using the template attached. The deadline to submit concept papers is Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 (this is the first of three steps needed for an award decision in December 2019). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives 60-80 submissions for each Phase I call for proposals and ultimately funds 3-6 Phase II requests in each category.


Science/Engineering research

  • Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under. Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.
  • Proposals should indicate that other avenues of funding have been sought but declined to demonstrate the need for Keck support.

Medical research

  • Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under. Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.
  • Proposals should indicate that other avenues of funding have been sought but declined to demonstrate the need for Keck support.

Undergraduate education

  • Grants range from $200,000 to $300,000. Except in very rare cases, the Foundation typically funds at the $200,000 level. Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.
  • Project must be unique to a research university and cannot be replicated at a private liberal arts or predominately undergraduate institution.

TIMELINE: (for awards in December 2019 – this varies from the timeline on the website)

Dec. 3, 2018: Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers
December / January 2019: Internal submission review / Keck Foundation consultation*
Feb. 16, 2019: Faculty and areas notified of concept paper status**
April 9, 2019: Phase I application due (internal deadline)
July 15, 2019:  Notification of invitation to submit Phase II full proposal
Aug. 1, 2019: Phase II full proposal (internal deadline)***

*The University is permitted to initially present no more than 12 concepts to the Foundation this round. These may include up to 4 concepts in each of the program areas: 1) Science / Engineering Research, 2) Medical Research and 3) Undergraduate Education Program.

**University is only allowed to submit one Phase I application per category.

***Site-visit and/or call with the foundation to follow.

To learn more about The W. M. Keck Foundation and their current funding interests and past grant abstracts, please visit their website. You can also review the W. M. Keck Foundation’s

FAQ and Grantee Responsibility sections for additional information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contacts us:

Dhiraj Chand | Corporate and Foundation Relations | 5-9847 |d.chand@utah.edu
Chris Ostrander | National Foundation Relations | 5-7220 | chris.ostrander@utah.edu
Lynn Wong | U of U Health Foundation Relations | 7-1066 | lynn.wong@hsc.utah.edu

  1. Army Research Lab
    You Are Invited
    Army Research Lab to visit U of U on Thursday, Dec. 6

The Army Research Lab works closely with collaborators to solve the Army’s current and future challenges. We are honored to welcome special guest Peter Khooshabehadeh, the Army Research Director of the Western United States.  By partnering with research universities, the Army leverages regional expertise and facilities to accelerate the discovery, innovation and transition of science and technology.  A complete list of AL visitors is below.

Agenda (all session at the law school)

7:30 – 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 9:30 General Session – Opening remarks by U of U AVPR Cindy Furse  and Presentation by five ARL visitors, led by Peter Khoshabehadeh, Director of ARL West
9:45 – 11:00 Breakout sessions (5)- separate room for each ARL visitor
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch & presentations (research overview) by U of U research deans. Hosted by VPR Andy Weyrich.
1:00 – 3:00 1:1 meetings with individual ARL directorate/office (up to six 20-minute meetings)
3:00 – 5:00 lab visits
5:00 – 6:30 Reception/networking

ARL visitors

  • Kathy Kehring, Technology Transfer and Outreach Office
  • Michael Geuss, Human Research and Engineering Directorate
  • Brent Kraczek , Computational and Information Sciences Directorate
  • Peter Khooshabehadeh, ARL-West Regional Lead
  • Steven Taulbee, General Engineer, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate

To participate, please complete this form at your earliest convenience.

Email Gay Cookson with any questions at gay.cookson@utah.edu.

  1. 2019 VPCAT Scholar announcement

Announcing the 2019 Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Scholars: The VPCAT Research Scholar Program is excited to announce our new 2019 scholar cohort. The official announcement provides links to additional information on each scholar. Further information regarding the VPCAT Program can be found on our website at UofUMedicine.org/vpcat. We look forward to working with these excellent young investigators.


In order to streamline centrally administered uNID-based account management and reduce risk for the University of Utah, starting Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, and monthly thereafter, the Identity Access and Management team will archive the accounts of inactive users who meet all the following criteria:

  • Not a current employee/student/affiliate, and
  • Account has existed for at least 18 months, and
  • User has not logged in for at least 18 months, and
  • Password not changed in at least 18 months

In addition, accounts of university affiliates who are “current,” meet all the above selection criteria, and have no end date will be selected for archiving. If/when an archived user returns to the U and needs his/her account re-activated, an automatic process running twice per day will move the account out of archived status.

What won’t be affected as part of this project (out of scope):

  1. UMail account access and UMail forwarding capability for inactive users
  2. Accounts for systems managed locally (e.g., department, college, and business unit-specific accounts)
  3. Access changes on termination
  4. Access changes on org moves

The U’s Strategic Information Technology Committee approved this project and process. Currently there are a total of ~400,000 inactive personal accounts, ~172,000 of which have never been used, and ~270,000 of which meet all of the above criteria. A university-wide awareness campaign has begun, and individuals with inactive accounts will be contacted directly prior to the archive date and given instructions to keep their accounts active, if desired.

If you have any questions, please contact the UIT Help Desk at helpdesk@utah.edu or 801-581-4000.

UIT Help article: Archived uNID-based accounts

  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.  

  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. 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

Rotary International — CART Fund for Alzheimer’s Research
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

The goal of the fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.


McKnight Endowment Fund — Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards support scientists who work on novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function.

The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. It does not support research based primarily on existing techniques.

The Endowment Fund is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered.

A goal of the Technological Innovations awards is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited.

Established in 1999, the Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards provide up to $100,000 per year for two years. Each year, up to three awards are given. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities but not the recipient’s salary.

  1. Limited submissions

FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety
Deadline: Dec. 7, 2018

The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

The objective of the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program is for grantees to carry out fire prevention education and training, fire code enforcement, fire/arson investigation, firefighter safety and health programming, prevention efforts, and research and development.

In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA is required to consider the following:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP);
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage

by reducing the risks associated with fire-related and other hazards; and

  • The extent of an applicant’s need for an FP&S Grant and the need to protect the

United States as a whole.

Internal applications are available on InfoReady.


Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2018

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The purpose of this program is to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students through academic and clinical training for practice with a focus on rural and underserved populations. The partnerships support traineeships as well as academic-practice program infrastructure for schools of nursing and their practice partners to deliver longitudinal primary care clinical training experiences with rural and/or underserved populations for selected advanced practice nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and nurse- midwifery students in primary care programs. The partnerships will also help link program graduates to the HRSA Health Workforce Connector and other existing support resources so they can find employment in rural and underserved community-based settings.

Internal applications are available on InfoReady.


NIH – Outstanding New Environmental Scientists (ONES) Award
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018

The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.

Internal applications are available on InfoReady. For more information please see NIH funding opportunity please see RFA-ES-18-001.

  1. Extramural funding

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


Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QII – TAQS)
LOI deadline: Jan. 7, 2019

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences/Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (MPS/OMA), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

The Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QII – TAQS) program is designed to support interdisciplinary teams that will explore highly innovative, original, and potentially transformative ideas for developing and applying quantum science, quantum computing, and quantum engineering. Proposals with the potential to deliver new concepts, new platforms, and/or new approaches that will accelerate the science, computing, and engineering of quantum technologies are encouraged. Breakthroughs in quantum sensing, quantum communications, quantum simulations, or quantum computing systems are anticipated. This Quantum Idea Incubator solicitation aims to support the process of translating such ideas into reality.

This solicitation calls for proposals focused on interdisciplinary research that includes elements from the following thrust areas: (i) fundamental science such as, but not limited to, physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, biology, or geoscience, as well as foundational concepts and techniques in quantum information science and engineering; (ii) communication, computation, and modeling; and (iii) devices and engineered systems. Proposals must articulate how the project leverages and/or promotes advances in knowledge in the selected thrust areas. Proposals should be innovative and must focus on quantum functionality and must result in experimental demonstrations and/or transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations. Competitive proposals will come from an interdisciplinary research team led by at least three investigators who collectively contribute synergistic expertise from one or more engineering domains, from mathematics, computational and/or computer and information science, and from one or more physical, chemical, biological, or materials science domains. Proposals will be judged on how likely the integrated effort is to lead to transformative advances in quantum systems. Both fundamental and applied topics are encouraged.


NSF—Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.a

PFI has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 (“the Act”, S.3084 — 114th CongressSec. 602. Translational Research Grants): (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.


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 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.


Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019 

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 Feb. 15, 2019. Selections will be announced in May. Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Ali Josephson.

  1. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

RATS classes:

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 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.

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, 2018
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.

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.