Research Resources

  1. New director of Radiation Safety
  2. USTAR Grant Seminar and funding opportunities
  3. Options for storing your data
  4. SciFinder login and 2-factor authentication
  5. NSF grants and supplements for liaisons with industry
  6. U of U Research Federal Funding and Fact Sheet available
  7. Arts-in-Health Inventory survey 
  8. Biosafety Office and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) information and registration
  9. Data management plans: Metadata standards directory
  10. National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Online Mentoring Program
  11. Limited submission funding opportunities
  12. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  13. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  14. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)  
  15. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. New director of Radiation Safety

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Fred A. Monette, M.S., as the director of Radiation Safety for the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Utah, effective July 1, 2017.

Please see the memorandum regarding the newly appointed director of Radiation Safety.

2. USTAR grant seminar and funding opportunities


Ivy Estabrooke will be hosting a seminar on USTAR grant opportunities on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Warnock Engineering Building in room 2250. 

Please contact Cynthia Furse’s assistant, Mandi Peterson, if you have any questions. 

Funding Opportunities:

  • 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.

For more information, please visit the USTAR programs page.

3. Options for storing your data

CHPC currently offers four different types of storage: home directories, group space, scratch file systems and archive store space.  Of these four options, the group and archive options can be readily used for data storage for groups even if they are not using CHPC compute resources to generate and/or process the data. Below are additional details on these two options, as well as a description of the University of Utah Google Drive storage option.

As you explore these , please note that these options are not for restricted or regulated data (such as HIPAA or FERPA).  CHPC does have storage options, currently group space with archive storage to be available early in 2018, for HIPAA and other forms of sensitive data.

If you have any questions on the information provided below, or want to discuss your specific storage needs and how CHPC can help, please contact CHPC.

4. SciFinder login and 2-factor authentication

The 2FA has been integrated with the Scifinder login. As a result the URL for Scifinder has changed. To login to SciFinder please use either: OR

The URLs have been updated in the Library’s list of Research Databases. UIT has implemented 2FA for all faculty and staff on both, main and health science campuses. Students are not involved in the 2FA, therefore, when students logon to Scifinder or any other Library resource, they bypass the 2FA login.

Some people have been having issues with the new URL’s for SciFinder, the solution seems to be to clear your browser’s cache, and then shut down, and reopen it. Some browsers (e.g. Firefox) may take a few minutes to catch up. If this does not work please contact Shane Wallace. For additional information on 2FA see the UIT webpage.

5. NSF grants and supplements for liaisons with industry

GOALI is a program that seeks to stimulate collaboration between academic research institutions and industry. It requires the participation of an industrial partner. Starting Jan. 30, 2017, the GOALI program has changed, significantly, and now offers two separate options:

  • A GOALI proposal – must be submitted to an active NSF funding opportunity, AND must be submitted in accordance with the deadlines specified therein.
  • GOALI supplemental funding – adds GOALI elements to a currently funded NSF research project.

If you have questions about the NSF GOALI program please email or call Danuta Petelenz at 801-213-3585.

6. U of U Research Federal Funding Fact Sheet available

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 research funding, please contact Sonita Claiborne.

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. Biosafety Office and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) information and registration

The Biosafety Office of the University of Utah primary purpose is to provide guidance to Principal Investigators on practices to minimize laboratory hazards while working with biological agents.

Our support is designed to help Investigators meet regulatory requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Biosafety Office supports the University of Utah Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in the oversight of research involving hazardous biological materials.

9. Data management plans: Metadata standards directory

Are you looking for a metadata standard to include in the data management plan of your grant proposal? The RD-Alliance now has a listing of disciplinary metadata standards, extensions and tools. Use cases are included and include engineering, fine arts, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and the social and behavioral sciences.

10. 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.

11. Limited submission funding opportunities

Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)
Internal submission deadline: July 17, 2017

The Bridges to Doctorate Program is intended to provide these educational activities to Master’s level students to increase transition to and completion of Ph.D.’s in biomedical sciences. A program application must include each educational activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program.

Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS)
Internal submission deadline: July 20, 2017

The aim of these awards is to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology, computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders in this field. Space Science is interdisciplinary in nature and the Faculty Development in the Space Sciences awardees will be expected to establish partnerships within the university community.

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
Internal submission deadline: July 26, 2017

The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM[1] careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers. The ADVANCE program contributes to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce because of the focus on equity for STEM academic faculty who are educating, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

NEH Summer Stipends
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 7, 2017

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both.

Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 8, 2017

The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RII and the partner institution(s) through research and teaching collaborations.

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 15, 2017

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 15, 2017

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.

Simons Foundation Investigator Programs
Internal submission deadline: Sept. 12, 2017

The Simons Investigators program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake longterm investigations of fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

12. Intramural Funding Opportunities

VPR Seed Grant Program
Internal submission deadline: Aug. 21, 2017

The Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program will support only new areas of research for a principal investigator. Research that is already supported by other sources will not be approved for funding. Gap funding to bridge support between external grants or contracts will not be considered. The applicant must clearly and convincingly demonstrate that the proposed project represents a new research direction in an area likely to generate extramural funding. Thus, the proposal must not overlap with any existing grants (i.e. you cannot receive funding from the URC and the SEED Grant mechanisms for the same, or a similar project). Seed funding under this program is to be used to successfully compete for extramural funds to support the project in the long term. Awards will be up to $35,000 for one year only.

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 three to five projects to use our services and seed larger project collaborations. We are currently welcoming new applications.

13. 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.


Nomination deadline: July 30, 2017

The Prize is awarded annually to researchers, scientists and developers (up to three people) being the authors of scientific-technological discovery or discoveries in the field of nanotechnologies, and to the company being the first to apply the discovery (discoveries) to mass production.

In 2017 the prize will be awarded for the developments in Nanotechnology and Surface Modification.

NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys)
Letter of Intent Deadline (required): Aug. 10, 2017
Full proposal deadline: Sept. 29, 2017

The NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys) is to enable innovative collaborative research at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, to establish new connections between these two disciplines and to promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training. 

The Berlin Prize: Residential Fellowships
Application deadline: Sept. 29, 2017, by 12 p.m. EST

The American Academy in Berlin is now accepting applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2018-19.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2018-19, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, as well as questions of race in comparative perspective.

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.

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

Registration for the Oct. 27-29, 2017, Research Education Grant Writing Academy is now open

Given the increasingly competitive environment for federal funding, it is essential that the University provide clear guidance and strong mentorship for our junior faculty members in refining their grant proposals and enhancing their likelihood of funding.

Attendance is highly limited! Please contact Tony Onofretti with any questions.

(Future program dates are May 18-20, 2018, and Oct. 26-28, 2018  /  May 17-19, 2019, and Oct. 25-27, 2019)

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.

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
2-4 p.m.
WEB. Room 1230
Webcast available

Best Practice Roundtable: Processing Intergovernmental Personnel Acts (IPA) with the Salt Lake Veterans Affairs (VA) 
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB,  Room 2600

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects (OSP) Training
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 4100A

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

Questions about the GWA or RATS classes? Contact Tony Onofretti at 801-585-3492.

15. 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.

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