Research Resources

  1. Campus Research Management Tools
  2. VPR website redesign survey
  3. Faculty writing fellows available to help with grant and paper writing/editing
  4. USTAR news and funding opportunities
  5. Utah Nonofab
  6. MATLAB site license has been renewed
  7. Options for storing your data
  8. NSF grants and supplements for liaisons with industry
  9. Arts-in-Health Inventory survey 
  10. Biosafety Office and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) information and registration
  11. Data management plans: Metadata standards directory
  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. 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.

2. VPR website redesign survey

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is in the process of a website redesign. As a part of the redesign, the VPR office has launched a quick survey to provide content that will benefit the UU research community and enhance the web user experience. Please take a moment to fill out this survey to help us improve our website. Thank you for your participation.

3. 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.

4. USTAR news and funding opportunities

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.

5. Utah Nonofab

The Utah Nanofab, located in the Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, comprises nano-scale imaging and surface analysis as well as a cleanroom thin film deposition and patterning (think: computer chip technology). These facilities bring together researchers, engineers, and scientists with interests in nano-fabrication, materials imaging/characterization, and advanced materials manufacturing for a very broad range of materials. 

“The vision for this building was to be a space where researchers from the life sciences and physical sciences disciplines could come together,” said Ian Harvey, Ph.D., Nanofab associate director.

Those taking advantage of Nanofab resources complete their work using a variety of highly technical instruments and microscopes – building and looking at things as large as hip joint replacements and as small as a stack of atoms.

“In the focused ion beam technique we’re using ions to blast away material,” explained Harvey, who likened it to using a sandblaster to remove paint. “But imagine, instead of sand particles, you’re using ions – the smallest solid particle we have that we can actually manipulate usefully.  The beam becomes a tiny scalpel for precision cuts the size of a red blood cell.”

6. MATLAB site license has been renewed

The University of Utah is pleased to announce that the campus-wide MathWorks MATLAB Total Academic Headcount site license has been renewed.

Students, faculty, and staff will continue to have access to MATLAB, Simulink, and 49 companion products through the Office of Software Licensing (OSL) web store, including the addition of a new toolbox, Simscape Fluids, and free consulting from a MathWorks engineer. The software is available to all for academic purposes, including academic research.

Please help us spread the word about this software offering by forwarding this email to all co-workers and students who may want access to these products.

Here you can find more detailed information regarding the available licenses and product pricing.

A list of available products along with activation instructions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Limited submission funding opportunities

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Internal submission deadline: Sept. 1, 2017

This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States.

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30)
Internal submission deadline: Sept. 7, 2017

This FOA supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs), centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research education to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons. The OAIC awards are designed to develop or strengthen awardee institutions’ programs that focus and sustain progress on a key area in aging research related to the mission of the OAIC program.

Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development
Internal submission deadline: Sept. 11, 2017

The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.


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.

13. Intramural Funding Opportunities

Research Instrumentation Fund-Faculty Competition
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah, and to University of Utah core facilities  There are separate applications for individuals and for the core facilities.  In order to apply as a core facility, you must have prior approval to be recognized as a core facility.  

Research Instrumentation Fund-Core Facilities Competition
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah, and to University of Utah core facilities  There are separate applications for individuals and for the core facilities.  In order to apply as a core facility, you must have prior approval to be recognized as a core facility.  

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.

14. Extramural Funding Opportunities

DARPA Fundamental Design (FUN DESIGN)
Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017 4 p.m. ET

The goal of the Fundamental Design (FUN DESIGN) program is to investigate new fundamental computational and mathematical building blocks to represent conceptual designs of mechanical systems and enable the generation of novel configurations through the exploration of various combinations of these design building blocks. 

DARPA Imaging Through Almost Anything, Anywhere (ITA3)
Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017 4 p.m. ET

The challenge posed here is to determine the practical and fundamental limits to which one can exploit these electromagnetic waves for all conceivable imaging scenarios, which could include space-based as well as ground-based receivers. Performers will be required to characterize the trade space linking material penetration to lateral and range resolution, assuming different configurations and numbers of detectors. They will also be required to consider coding schemes and inversion methods.

NASA Seeks Phase I Innovative Advanced Aerospace Concepts
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2017, 5 p.m. ET

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program is seeking Phase I proposals for 2018 through a solicitation released on August 2. The NIAC Program focuses on early studies of visionary concepts that address NASA’s and the nation’s goals and offers radically different approaches or leapfrog innovations to enable new missions or greatly enhance previous ones.

“NIAC concepts are often high-risk or far-term, but worth studying to inform NASA’s investments and planning,” said Jason Derleth, NIAC program executive for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “A concept typically includes new technology and it’s important that it be framed in a mission context.”

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 Ph.D.-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.

15. 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.

Also, you may be interested in joining the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) which provides a forum for colleagues to share ideas and to offer general peer support and guidance for the benefit of the University research community. The RAN further promotes opportunities for networking and potential research collaborations.

Research Education Micro-Credentialing Training Services

Principal investigators, lab supervisors, faculty and department managers may use the Research Education software platform to assign, track and document specific trainings and skills assessment required for their local environment!  The Research Education software platform interfaces with several other systems including PeopleSoft, Canvas, Moodle, CAS and Two-Factor Authentication.  Training classes and online instruction for Laboratory Safety, Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety, Institutional Review Board, Radiation Safety and the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) can be assigned to personnel by job code or job title.  Users receive regular email notifications and reminders, and local catalog rights can be provided to a designated manager(s).  PIs and departments may also create their own training modules or link to existing resources.  Full-time IT support is available from Research Education.  Please contact Tony Onofrietti at 801-585-3492 for complete information.

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

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments and Continuing Review
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Utilizing Startup Agreements for Clinical Trials 
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) and Radiation Safety
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Investigator Orientation: Post-Award Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
9-11 a.m.
RAB, Room 117
Webcast Available

Research Data Management and Sharing for Social & Behavioral Sciences and Humanities
Thursday, September 14, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA
Monday, September 18, 2017
2-4:30 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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

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 with a short description about your research and a PR coordinator will contact you.