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Research Resources

  1. F&A rates at the University of Utah – Important information for faculty, researchers and administrators
  2. NSF CAREER grant writing workshop
  3. NEH Grant Writing workshop
  4. Office of Sponsored Projects – Reduce stress on grant deadlines by submitting early
  5. Upcoming deadlines for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP)
  6. News from NSF
  7. Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU) 2016 conference
  8. Postdoctoral funding resources
  9. Humanities Fellowship & Grant Writing Group (FGWG)
  10. University faculty writing fellows
  11. Graduate and undergraduate internships
  12. Innovation (I-Corps) program lectures
  13. STEM education research funding opportunities
  14. Limited submission funding opportunities
  15. Intramural funding opportunities
  16. Extramural funding opportunities
  17. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  18. Research news and publicizing research

  1. F&A rates at the University of Utah – Important information for faculty, researchers and administrators

As you may know, the University of Utah recently compiled, prepared and submitted research-related costs and other data to the federal government in an “F&A Rate Study,” which is done every three to five years.  This review is now finalized.  New negotiated overhead (F&A) rates are now in place for the coming years:

Organized Research On Campus FY2016-17 51.0%
FY2017-18 51.5%
FY2018-19 52.5%
Off Campus FY-2016-19 26.0%
Instruction On Campus FY2016-19 47.5%
Off Campus FY2016-19 26.0%

Other Sponsored


On Campus FY2016-19 36.5%
Off Campus FY2016-19 26.0%

These rates are applied against the Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC) of a contract/grant in order to cover the overhead costs incurred to support research.

These new rates will apply to NEW or new-continuation contracts/grants submitted for funding on or after July 1, 2016.  EXISTING contracts/grants will still use the old rates set up with the project.  For questions about your specific project(s), contact your OSP officer.

For more information on F&A click here.

Details of the negotiated F&A rates found here.

We will be holding an “F&A Town Hall Meeting” on March 24, 2016, from 3-4 p.m. in the INSCC Auditorium, to address specific questions about these new rates or about their impact on your college/department. Research faculty, principal investigators, research staff, administrative personnel, deans, chairs and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

We recognize that these increases mean less funds are available for salaries and other direct research costs for the people actually doing the research.  We recognize that this will be a tighter pinch on already tight budgets.  We recognize the challenges this presents.  However, F&A is an essential part of maintaining the research support on campus – the buildings and labs, equipment, cores, and computing/IT resources, research education and administration, libraries and field stations, and more.  These new rates reflect actual expenditures on research support, as evaluated by an independent federal agency (DHHS).  We welcome your questions, feedback and discussion at the town hall meeting. Please join us then.

  1. NSF CAREER grant writing workshop
    When: May 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Location: Merrill Engineering Building Conference Room (MEB 2109)

The College of Engineering, The College of Science and the Vice President for Research Office are jointly sponsoring an NSF CAREER Grant Writing workshop. Any faculty on campus planning to submit an NSF CAREER grant for the July 2016 deadlines are welcome to join us for these workshops.

Workshop leaders:
Dr. Cynthia Furse (ECE and AVP for Research)

Dr. Eric Eddings (Assoc. Dean for Research, College of Engineering)

Aaron Fogelson (Assoc. Dean for Research, College of Science)

To register, please click HERE.



9 a.m.             Overview of the parts of your NSF Career Proposal

Overview of Resources (online) for NSF proposal writing

9:30 a.m.       Research plan and your killer app  (bring a one-paragraph description of what you would like to accomplish in your grant)

10 a.m.           Education plans – U resources for education and outreach

10:40 a.m.     Advice from a chair  (Education plans, department letter of support)

11 a.m.            Examples of successful research and teaching plans

12 p.m.           Lunch provided (please RSVP) and questions/answers


U grant writing resources  (Grants LifeCycle)

NSF CAREER website

NSF Grant Application Writer’s Workbook (order online) 

NSF Career Grant Writing Workshop (canvas site)

  1. NEH Grant Writing workshop

Research Education, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Utah Humanities, is pleased to offer an NEH Grant Writing Workshop at the Languages & Communications Building (LNCO), Room 1110.

Dr. Stefanie Walker, NEH Senior Program Officer, will present strategies for developing strong applications to the NEH followed by a mock panel review session. Private one-on-one consultations with Dr. Walker will also be available.  Make sure to register for the NEH Grant Writing Workshop.

Monday, March 14, 2016
3-6 p.m.: Private one-on-one consultations

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Presentation and mock panel review
1:30-4:30 p.m.: Private one-on-one consultations

To schedule a private, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Walker, please contact Danny Trujillo, project coordinator, 801-587-3958.

  1. Office of Sponsored Projects – Reduce stress on grant deadlines by submitting early

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) needs your help to successfully navigate grant deadlines.  Please prepare and submit applications early and give OSP at least 5 business days to review and process your grant proposal before the deadline. If interested here are the review and submission procedures followed by the OSP. For more information, please see this important reminder from the Vice President for Research Thomas Parks.

  1. Upcoming deadlines for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP)

The undergraduate assistantships offered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) are a great way for students to create their own projects or to help faculty members with their current ones. It is a semester long opportunity that has the possibility to extend through a second semester. If you, or students you know, would be interested in this program, here are some deadlines to be aware of:

Summer 2016
Student deadline: March 25, 2016
Faculty reference deadline: April 1, 2016

Fall 2016
Student deadline: July 1, 2016
Faculty reference deadline: July 8, 2016

  1. News from NSF
  • Research funding available: Joint DMS-NIGMS initiative to support research at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences

The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences.

  • Supplements for research experiences for undergraduates/teachers/veterans

If you have an active NSF award and have potential opportunities for engaging undergraduate students/teachers/veterans into the research (not simply data collection or system administration work), then you can request a REU supplement for this research work to employ undergraduate students.  NeTS will support up to two students per active award and also per PI, unless exceptional circumstances warrant the need for additional students.

  1. Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU) 2016 conference
    Proposal deadline: May 20, 2016

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is pleased to announce the 2016 a2ru national conference, hosted by the University of Colorado Denver, Nov. 3-5, 2016.

This year’s theme is “ArtsRx: Creative Venture, Wellbeing & the New Humanities.” a2ru is seeking proposals for panels, breakout sessions and workshops that explore and reflect arts-integrative interdisciplinary research and practice in higher education related to the following topics:

  • Arts and health
  • Arts and entrepreneurship
  • Science, Engineering, Arts & Design (S.E.A.D.)
  • New directions and applications in the Humanities

a2ru especially encourages librarians and museum professionals to join us, in addition to funders, national stakeholders and the faculty, staff, students, deans and other administrators from U.S. universities and abroad who engage in this work.

  1.  Postdoctoral funding resources        

Postdoctoral training and research may be funded through a variety of sources. Most postdocs are funded through research grants, and many postdocs receive internally or externally (national and international) competitive fellowships. Postdocs may be funded through other external sources, such as salary continuation while on sabbaticals from current employers or through scholarships and fellowships from foreign governments or institutions.

To learn more visit the Postdoctoral Funding page from the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP).

  1. Humanities Fellowship & Grant Writing Group (FGWG)
    Location: Languages and Communication Building room 2120 (Reading Room by the dean’s office)

The Fellowship & Grant Writing Group (FGWG) is a monthly meeting open to all faculty in the College of Humanities. FGWG is an opportunity to:

  1. Learn about upcoming fellowship and grant opportunities
  2. Share and develop application materials
  3. Meet with program officers from funding agencies

It is ideal for both junior and senior researchers, and is an excellent forum for developing proposals. Faculty from other colleges are also welcome to attend FGWG.

FGWG (pronounced “fig-wig”) is led by the Associate Dean for Research Jakob Jensen, and the College Grants Officer Kristina Bailey.


  • March 18, 2016: 2:30-4 p.m.
  • April 15, 2016: 2:30-4 p.m.

  1. University faculty writing fellows Graduate and undergraduate internships

The University Writing Center (UWC) and the Vice President for Research offer convenient – and free – writing assistance to faculty members working on grants, articles for publication and research reports. Faculty writing fellows can help faculty members with focusing arguments, organizing ideas, supporting claims, citing others’ works and maintaining field conventions.  All correspondence is done via email. This year’s writing fellows are Justin Whitney, a doctoral student in education and Karl Haase, a doctoral student in communications.

Please feel free to contact them via email and utilize this valuable service.

During the fall 2015 semester they assisted 17 faculty members on 20 different projects.

Also, if you’re interested in line-by-line copy editing support, please visit: Editors-for-hire.

  1. Graduate and undergraduate internships

Experience the thrill of research or technical projects at a cutting edge national laboratory and camaraderie with prestigious scientists, researchers and engineers. Meet and collaborate with the people who are world and international experts in fields that interest you. Contribute to the U.S. technical prowess that will enhance living standards and set the nation at the top of a global community. Work on solutions to pressing scientific problems.

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in nuclear engineering and science. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers students on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.

  1. Innovation (I-Corps) program lectures STEM education research funding opportunities

The NSF uses I-Corps to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon academic research efforts. The Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) will be providing the Lean Launchpad curriculum tailored to healthcare technologies.

Everyone is welcome to attend the I-Corps Program Lectures.

Dates: Check the I-Corps flyer
Location: Large auditorium in the USTAR Bldg.
Time: 5 p.m. Networking and refreshments
5:30 p.m. Two 30-minute interactive lecture presentations

  1. STEM education research funding opportunities

STEM education is a hot national topic, and there are many funding opportunities in this area.  If you, or anyone you know is interested in STEM education research opportunities here is a list of upcoming opportunities from NSF and NIH that you may want to look at.  This list was compiled by Karen Krapcho, a CRSP grant development specialist, here at the university. Please contact her if you are interested in pursuing one of these collaborative grants. 

  1. Limited submission funding opportunities

Moore Inventor Fellows
Deadline: March 17, 2016

We seek ideas grounded in science that promise to transform activity in an area of interest to the foundation: natural science, environmental conservation and patient experience and care. We seek a combination of demonstrated promise of the individual and a compelling idea in which marked progress toward a defined goal can be measured during the three years of support. We aim to support ideas at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept or advance an existing prototype toward application.

W.M. Keck Foundation Grant
Deadline: March 18, 2016

Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been our mandate from the beginning. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, we are laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants
Internal submission deadline: March 21, 2016

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices and colleges and universities — improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects and digital materials.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Internal submission deadline: April 4, 2016

The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

Pathway to Stop Diabetes
Internal submission deadline: May 19, 2016

To accelerate the research needed to discover solutions and ultimately cure this deadly epidemic, the American Diabetes Association has launched a bold initiative, Pathway to Stop Diabetes, to inspire a new generation of diabetes researchers. Pathway will provide crucial support to individuals focusing on innovative ideas and transformational approaches that will lead to ground-breaking discoveries in diabetes prevention, treatment and cures.

  1. Intramural funding opportunities

Center for Aging pilot grants
Deadline: March 18, 2016

The Center on Aging is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2016 pilot grant program.

The goals of the program are to promote the development of externally funded aging research, encourage new investigator development, attract established investigators to aging research and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations.

The Center’s seeks high quality applications representing the full spectrum of its disciplinary backgrounds. Applications will be reviewed in two tracks: those related to biological and health sciences and to behavioral science, social science and policy.

If you have questions contact the Center on Aging.

  1. Extramural funding opportunities

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
Deadline: March 22, 2016

The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to advance scientific understanding of the coupled physical resources and natural systems of the Earth on which humanity relies for the provision of food, energy, and water.  The program is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water (FEW) system through quantitative and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure.
  1. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability.
  1. Enable research that will lead to innovative system and technological solutions to critical FEW problems.
  1. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

Research supported by the INFEWS program will help to improve FEW system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability.

Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT)
LOI deadline: Sept. 8, 2016

This PFI: AIR-TT solicitation is designed to support innovative ideas and partnerships in the translation of NSF-funded fundamental science and engineering discoveries toward market-valued solutions. The program outcomes will be more research discoveries translated onto a path toward commercial reality, more connections between faculty and persons knowledgeable about market need (e.g., potential customers, individuals with business experience, potential investors, etc.) and the engagement of faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
Deadline: Sept. 14, 2016

The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences.

  1. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website.

The May 2016 Grant Writing Academy program has reached capacity and registration for the Oct. 28-30, 2016 Grant Writing Academy (GWA) is now available. For information please visit the Research Education website or contact Tony Onofrietti, director, Research Education.

Also, if you are interested in knowing more about how to write a proposal for the National Science Foundation online materials are available on the Research Education website, but you MUST be logged in to view them.

NEH Grant Writing Workshop
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
LNCO, Room 1110

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
M Lib, Room 1705A

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Introduction to REDCap
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Best Practice Roundtable: Cost Transfers
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100A

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Radiological Health
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Thursday, March 24, 2016
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Thursday, March 24, 2016
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Monday, March 28, 2016
2-4 op.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

  1. Research news and publicizing research

Interested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news.  If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how-to, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

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