Research Resources

  1. Upcoming limited submission deadlines
  2. University of Utah is ranked No. 1 for Technology Commercialization
  3. Marriott Library: Grant will foster creation of newspapers platforms
  4. Research Federal Funding fact sheet
  5. Summer 2017 Postdoc Workshop Series
  6. NSF CAREER Grant Writing workshop
  7. Arts-in-Health Inventory survey
  8. LabArchives training
  9. HHMI New Investigator Competition
  10. University of Utah Research Profiles
  11. National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Online Mentoring Program
  12. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
  13. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  14. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  15. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)  
  16. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Upcoming Limited Submission Deadlines
Deadline: May 16, 2017

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Scientific Innovations Award
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.

Mallinckrodt Grants
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

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.

The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and who are in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained.  Applicants with current R01 funding should not apply.

Pathway to Stop Diabetes
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

Pathway solicits nominations for candidates in all disciplines as applied to diabetes including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. In addition, nomination of scientists from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, is strongly encouraged.

Pew Biomedical Scholars
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Searle Scholars Program
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.

William T. Grant Scholars Program
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.


2. University of Utah is ranked No. 1 for Technology Commercialization

On April 20, 2017, the Milken Institute released a report announcing the University of Utah as the top rated research university for commercializing innovative technologies. The university’s lead ranking is based off of the Milken Institute’s University Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index, which includes the following key indicators for ranking universities:

  • Maintain basic scientific research funding.
  • Incentivize technology transfer through a new federal commercialization fund.
  • Increase technology transfer capacity through federal matching grants.
  • Increase technology transfer efficiency by adopting best practices.

The report states in the original rankings from 2006 the University of Utah was ranked 14th . Milken Institute commends the university for its Technology and Venture Commercialization (TVC) office as “one of the best in the nation in evaluating and minimizing risk, as well as aiding in the commercialization process”.

For more information, read the full story here.


3. Marriott Library: Grant will foster creation of newspapers platforms

The J. Willard Marriott Library at The University of Utah has been awarded, along with the Boston Public Library (BPL), a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop open source software that will allow organizations worldwide to more easily make their historic newspaper collections digitally accessible.

The proposal, entitled “Historical Newspapers in Hydra: Building a platform to restore access to cultural treasures” with Principle Investigator (PI) Harish Maringanti (Utah) and co-PI Eben English (BPL), received a 2-year, $249,999 grant. As a founder of one of the nation’s first and largest public digital newspapers programs – the Utah Digital Newspapers – the Marriott Library is uniquely positioned to collaborate and lead in the development of this software. This work will support the needs of both the general public and scholars who use the content.

The Marriott Library and the Boston Public Library will work collaboratively, with input from peers across the nation, to develop newspaper specific functionality within the open source framework, Hydra. Originally developed by Stanford University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Hull (UK), the Hydra framework is highly scalable and sustainable, which is important for libraries and cultural heritage organizations that are just starting to build their digital collections platforms. With the IMLS grant funding, the staff at the Marriott Library and Boston Public Library will use Hydra in developing digital newspaper collections with peer institutions. Read more...


4. Research Federal Funding fact sheet

The Office of the Vice President for Research created a fact sheet on federal research funding. If you are interested in the fact sheet on U of U research funding, please contact Sonita Claiborne.


5. Summer 2017 Postdoc Workshop Series

The summer program is intended to assist postdocs in Career Planning and Core Competencies, which fulfill the professionalism competency component in the professional development plan recommended by The National Postdoctoral Association.

*All workshops will take place in the Marriott Library Administration Board Room on the 5th Floor. Lunch will be available.  

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Berzins.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
5/18/2017 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Marriott Library*

MBTI is a leadership development tool which, very simplistically, provides feedback in 4 main areas: where you primarily direct your energy; how you prefer to process information; how you prefer to make decisions; and how you prefer to organize your life. This workshop will provide insights which influence our interactions and participation in collaborative based environments. Prior to this class participants will complete the MBTI online. Participants must attend class to receive MBTI results.

Conflict Styles
6/01/2017 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Marriott Library*

We will explore the nature of conflict, how the need to be right undermines effective performance, identify ways to address conflict and identify skills to help you detach as a listener and manage the conflict. Participants will complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) to gain an understanding of their own and other conflict-handling styles. Participants must attend class to receive TKI results.

Negotiating Essentials
6/08/2017 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Marriott Library*

In this workshop we will explore a number of concepts integral to effective negotiation. We will explore what makes some experiences more effective than others and examine the how and when of negotiation preparation. In this session, we will also explore the behavioral aspects of negotiation including dealing with emotion. Whether negotiation is part of your everyday work or something you are preparing for in the future, you will take away insights and strategies to build or enhance your effectiveness.

Mentoring and Professional Development
6/22/2017 11:30 a.m.- 2: p.m.Marriott Library*

We will discuss the nature of mentoring and professional mentoring relationships, the respective mentor and mentee roles and learn how to maximize the mentoring relationship for professional development. This session will also include the mechanics of giving and receiving feedback 


6. NSF CAREER Grant Writing workshop
May 10: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location:  Eccles Board Room (1850 WEB)

The College of Engineering, The College of Science, and the VP 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 2017 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.

BEFORE THE WORKSHOP 

Dr. Richard Inouye, NSF Biology Directorate

Schedule:

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

                    Overview of Resources (online) for NSF proposal writing

10 a.m.       Research Plan & Your Killer App (bring a one-paragraph description of what you would like to accomplish in your grant)

10:40 a.m.  Advice from a Chair  (Education plans, Department Letter of Support)

11 a.m.     Education Plans — U Resources for Education & Outreach

12 p.m.       Lunch provided (please RSVP) — Examples of Successful Career Grants (recent awardees joining us for lunch)

Resources:

U Grant Writing Resources:  OSP.utah.edu (Grants LifeCycle)

NSF CAREER website

NSF Grant Application Writer’s Workbook (order online) 

NSF Career Grant Writing Workshop (canvas site)


7. Arts-in-Health Inventory survey

The University of Utah’s Arts-in-Health Think Tank is working to identify arts-in-health* activities on campus, including research, teaching, and community engagement.

If you are currently engaged in this work, or are interested in getting involved in it, please complete our survey. It should take 5-10 minutes.

We plan to use the information we gather to direct institutional efforts to advance arts-in-health at the U by identifying current strengths and future opportunities and by connecting interested members of the campus community with one another. We will not share your information with anyone without prior written consent.

If you have questions about this survey or the Arts-in-Health Initiative, please contact Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell, Associate Dean for Research, College of Fine Arts.

*What is Arts-in-Health?

There are many different activities that fall under the umbrella of “arts-in-health,” but they all focus on the ways in which active engagement in the arts impacts health and wellbeing of both individuals and communities. Arts-in-health includes arts in healthcare environments, participatory arts programs, arts in medical training, arts therapy, and arts on prescription, among other things.


8. LabArchives training

LabArchives is an electronic lab notebook for managing your research. These classes will help familiarize you with LabArchives and how to use it, so remember to bring your laptop. The webinar is for people who are familiar with the basics of LabArchives and wanting to learn about advanced features. If you have questions, this is a great place to get them answered.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (upper campus)
10-11:30am
HSEB, Room 2680

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Thursday May 11, 2017 (lower campus)
10-11:30 a.m.
Marriott Library, Room 1705A

LabArchives Advanced Training via Webinar
May 10, 2017
10-11 a.m.

*link to the webinar will be sent by email to all of LabArchives registered users


9. HHMI New Investigator Competition
Deadline: June 27, 2017, by 3 p.m. EST

We invite researchers to apply who bring original and innovative approaches to the investigation of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Physician scientists are encouraged to participate in the competition. We expect to appoint up to 20 new investigators.

We ask that you encourage appropriate scientists to participate in HHMI Investigator Program. Eligible candidates apply directly without an institutional nomination, and there are no limits on the number of applicants or awardees from any of the over 200 eligible institutions.

In brief, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of the application deadline:

  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. (or the equivalent).
  • Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible U.S. institution, which would become the host institution.
  • More than three, but no more than 12, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s professional appointment(s) must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2005, and no later than Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with an initial duration of at least three years, such as an NIH R01 grant. Mentored awards, career development and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

The deadline for submission of all application materials is June 27, 2017, at 3 p.m., Eastern Time.

The HHMI review process will include evaluation of applications by distinguished scientists, leading to the selection of semifinalists by early 2018. Following further review, finalists will be selected in the spring of 2018, with appointments to begin as early as Sept. 1, 2018. Institutions with finalists who have not previously hosted an HHMI investigator will be required to enter into a collaborative agreement with HHMI.

HHMI welcomes a diverse and broad applicant pool. Individuals from gender, racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research at the career stages targeted by this program are encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, HHMI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement to colleagues at your institution.


10. University of Utah Research Profiles

Research Profiles (also known as PURE) is a research management system available at the University of Utah, which aggregates information about faculty and researcher outputs – including publications, projects, awards, teaching activity, datasets, press clippings, posters. etc. Research Profiles includes a searchable web portal that enables you to find and discover University of Utah experts across all disciplines. Research Profiles automatically pulls publication data from Elsevier’s Scopus and combines it with data from other databases (Web of Science, PubMed) to create comprehensive profiles, allowing you to find and be found by potential collaborators at the University of Utah and beyond. You can verify, add, or update the information in your profile – including checking for new publications – at any time. Data in Research Profiles can also be used to generate up-to-date CVs, including NIH Biosketches, with a single click.

Am I included in Research Profiles?  

Currently, the University of Utah’s subscription is limited to 800 faculty profiles. If you are not currently profiled and would like to be added to University of Utah Research Profiles, please contact Mary Richardson for options. Research Profiles also works synchronously with SciVal Funding, allowing researchers to use their profile to setup automated funding searches based on research goals and experience, and find collaborators who match specific grant opportunities.

Want more info? Visit the user guide to see tutorial videos on managing your profile, searching for experts on campus, or how to use the Funding Discovery feature.

Contact Mary Richardson with any additional questions.


11. National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Online Mentoring Program

The College of Education has sponsored the University of Utah’s Institutional Membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring. Our faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars now have access to a large variety of services and resources including webinars, multi-week courses, guest lectures, accountability writing buddy matches, discussion forums, and much more.

If you have any questions, please contact Nadia Granados.


12. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Scientific Innovations Award
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.

Mallinckrodt Grants
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

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.

The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and who are in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained.  Applicants with current R01 funding should not apply.

Pathway to Stop Diabetes
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

Pathway solicits nominations for candidates in all disciplines as applied to diabetes including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. In addition, nomination of scientists from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, is strongly encouraged.

Pew Biomedical Scholars
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Searle Scholars Program
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.

William T. Grant Scholars Program
Internal submission deadline: May 16, 2017

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.


13. Intramural Funding Opportunities

Occupational Safety and Health Pilot/Small Research Projects
Application deadline: May 8, 2017

The purpose of this program is to enhance worksite-based occupational safety and health (OSH) and builds on the NIOSH “National Occupational Research Agenda” (NORA). The goals of the pilot/small research program are to improve workplace OSH, reduce the burden of workplace injuries, improve health, and lower workers’ compensation costs. Novel ideas as well as collaborative, interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Biomedical Image and Data Analysis Core (BIDAC) Seed Funding
Deadline: TBA

The BIDAC Core provides advanced image and data analysis along with scientific visualization services to support activities likely to have a sustainable impact on research technology. These services leverage the R&D strengths of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.

For 2017, BIDAC will be providing limited funding ($2,500-$5,000) for 3-5 projects to use our services and seed larger project collaborations. We are currently welcoming new applications.


14. Extramural Funding Opportunities

NSF- Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research

 This Dear Colleague Letter describes an initial set of opportunities to explore Convergence approaches within four of the research-focused NSF Big Ideas:

Another Big Idea, Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, is actively promoting Convergence research through other mechanisms.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Mary Richardson in OSP.

Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program
LOI Deadline: May 15, 2017

Interested faculty from the University of Utah can apply for the Oligonucleotide Medicine Research section of this solicitation, but not the Chemical Biology Research section.

Ono Pharma Foundation announces the start of an annual Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program in the United States. Proposals from Principal Investigators will be considered for original research that can lead to science discoveries/solutions and, possibly, based on further research, to breakthrough treatment solutions for patients to transform human health. Applications will be considered from Principal Investigators nominated by some fifteen United States Universities and Pharmaceutical Research Institutes in each field for laboratory investigation to be carried out in the United States.

If you are interested in applying here are the Letter of Intent guidelines.

 USTAR Grants

  • Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG)
    Deadline: Rolling

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG) provide research funding to individual or teams of researchers from universities or colleges in Utah that eventually leads to the submission of proposals for larger federal grants, or private funding. Collaboration between researchers of different backgrounds, and institutions, is highly recommended. The program will fund technologies in the early development stages ranging from, basic observation to proof of concept.

Questions regarding the Science and Technology Initiation Grant must be submitted in writing via email, inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

  • Industry Partnership Program (IPP)
    Deadline: Rolling

Driven by industry demand, the Industry Partnership Program (IPP) promotes the development, acceleration and commercialization of innovative technologies by teaming industry and university research expertise to address specific technology problems or gaps identified by a company. The program is open to companies that have a substantial presence in Utah and have identified a specific technology challenge that, if solved, would result in a positive economic impact for the state.

Questions regarding the Industry Partnership Program must be submitted in writing via email. Inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science and Engineering Research (NSF CI 2030)
RFI contributions deadline: April 5, 2017, by 5 p.m. EST

In this Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information (RFI), NSF encourages community input to inform the Foundation’s strategy and plans for an advanced cyberinfrastructure that will enable the frontiers of science and engineering to continue to advance over the next decade and beyond (NSF CI 2030). This whole-of-NSF activity recognizes that researchers in different disciplines may need different resources; may have differing priorities for access, interoperability, and continuity; and may require external expertise to address the most critical problems in their discipline. We therefore strongly encourage researchers in all fields of science, engineering and education to respond to this Request for Information.

NSF invites both individuals and groups of individuals to provide input on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Deadline: May 16, 2017, at 5 p.m.EST

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between Oct. 30, 2017, and Feb. 28, 2018.

Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) (RM1)
Deadline: May 23, 2017

The Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) program establishes academic Centers for advanced genome research.  Each CEGS grant supports a multi-investigator, interdisciplinary team to develop innovative genomic approaches to address a particular biomedical problem.  A CEGS project will address a critical issue in genomic science or genomic medicine, proposing a solution that would be a very substantial advance.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2017 Request for Applications Sickle Cell Disease/Advancing Cures
Proposals due: May 25, 2017, by 3 p.m. EST

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is excited to announce a new funding opportunity called “Sickle Cell Disease/Advancing Cures.” This program will support research to advance curative approaches for sickle cell disease including gene modification and drug therapies to restore hemoglobin function.

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Inquires and questions deadline: Friday, June 16, 2017
Full proposal deadline: July 7, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).  DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation. For-profit organizations are not eligible for DURIP funding. We refer to eligible institutions of higher education as universities in the rest of this announcement. DURIP is part of the University Research Initiative (URI).

NSF Enabling New Collaborations Between Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Research Communities With this Dear Colleague Letter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing its intention to build upon the success of previous Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) in the areas supported by the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program and to encourage the submission of additional EAGER proposals that foster novel interdisciplinary research carried out in new collaborations between one or more Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) researchers and one or more Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) researchers.

 NSF leads federal effort to boost advanced wireless research

 The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to support fundamental wireless research and to develop platforms for advanced wireless research in support of the White House’s Advanced Wireless Research Initiative. These investments will support the research community in experimenting with and testing novel technologies, applications and services capable of making wireless communication faster, smarter, more responsive and more robust.


15. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Registration for the May 5-7, 2017, 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 through RATS online classes.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (upper campus)
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 2680

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Thursday May 11, 2017 (lower campus)
10-11:30 a.m.
Marriott Library, Room 1705A


16. Research News & 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.

Stay Connected with the Office of the Vice President for Research

Interested in the latest research updates at the University of Utah? Follow the Office of the Vice President for Research on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and sign up for Researcher’s Corner, a blog published by the VPR office, to stay up-to-date on research news, grant deadlines, policies, resources, and more. If you would like to us to highlight your research, please email FollowVPR@utah.edu with a short description about your research and a PR coordinator will contact you.