Research Resources

  1. Upcoming VPR Committee funding deadlines
  2. Faculty writing fellows available to help with grant and paper writing/editing
  3. USTAR news and funding opportunities
  4. Campus Research Management Tools
  5. Options for storing your data
  6. NSF grants and supplements for liaisons with industry
  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. Limited submission funding opportunities
  11. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  12. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  13. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)  
  14. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Upcoming VPR Committee funding deadlines

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.

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.


2. Faculty writing fellows available to help with grant and paper writing/editing

The University Writing Center (UWC) and the Vice President for Research are proud to 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 summer’s Writing Fellow is Justin Whitney, a Ph.D. student in Education. The fall and spring fellows will be Charlene Orchard, a Ph.D. student in Political Science, and Will Smiley, a Ph.D. student in English/Literature.  Please feel free to contact them via email and utilize this valuable service.  

Visit the Writing Center’s website for more information.


3. USTAR news and funding opportunities

SBIR/STTR RATS Class
When: Oct. 31, 2017 from 2-4 p.m.
Where: HSEB, Room 2948

This presentation will examine the process of developing non-dilutive funding opportunities for commercialization and partnerships between industry and research institutions.Small Business Innovation in Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs, participating agencies, company eligibility and requirements, and recent legislative updates will be discussed. An overview of SBIR/STTR application procedures including required registrations will be provided. Relevant University policies will be explained, additional federal and state grants which support commercialization efforts will be reviewed (NSF GOALI, GOED, USTAR, etc.), and University Technology Venture and Commercialization (TVC) resources and services will be described.

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.


4. Campus Research Management Tools

Being able to reproduce the research and also reuse the data for other research projects has become an issue with federal funding agencies. To improve the management of your research, the University now has research management tools to assist you – and they are FREE to use.

  • Emulab is a testbed for research on networked computer systems. Emulab was developed by the Flux Research Group, School of Computing. It provides researchers with computing, storage, and network resources on which to run a wide variety of experiments.
  • Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is a browser based tool that allows investigators and/or their staff to create web based case report forms (CRFs) and surveys to collect data from a variety of clinical research study types. REDCap use has been expanded for other uses such as mouse colony management. REDCap is on HIPAA and FERPA compliant servers at the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC).
  • The newest research management tool introduced to the university is LabArchives. It is FREE to use by anyone on campus. If you are collaborating with researchers off campus, then they can be included in any PI’s account as a user instead of a guest. You can find more information here.

For additional information about LabArchives and a listing of upcoming workshops see the LabArchives subject guide or email Daureen Nesdill to set up a workshop for your group.


5. 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.


6. 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.


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. Limited submission funding opportunities

 

 

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.


11. 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.

Miller Diabetes Initiative
Deadline: Aug. 23, 2017

In partnership with the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, University of Utah Health has launched a new 3-year initiative to battle diabetes in the state of Utah and across the region through education and prevention outreach, innovations in clinical care and cutting-edge research.


12. 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.

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. 

RWJF: Future of Nursing Scholars
Deadline: Sept. 14, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care. 

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.

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Deadlines: Oct. 3, 2017-Dec, 13, 2017, depending on your discipline

The goals of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. 

National Academy of Inventors: Call for Papers
Deadline: Jan.2, 2018

As the University of Utah is a member institution of the National Academy of Inventors, I wanted to bring to your attention a call for papers for an upcoming issue of Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors. The topic is Technologies for Disabilities, and the special editors are Sethuraman Panchanathan, Diane Cook, Forouzan Golshani, Troy McDaniel, and Shayok Chakraborty. 

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.


13. 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 eProposal
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2938

Best Practice Roundtable: Cost Transfers
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100A

Overview of Research Administration
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Data Management Plans (DMP): Creating a DMP that Funding Agencies Want to Read
Thursday, August 31, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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


14. 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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