Research Resources

  1. Apply for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Grant
  2. NSF NeTS Program Relocation – Alexandria, VA
  3. Army Research Laboratory Open House – Save the date (Oct. 18-19, 2017)
  4. Wiley Peer Review Training
  5. Communicating Science – Free resources
  6. USTAR news and funding opportunities
  7. NSF grants and supplements for liaisons with industry
  8. ARPA-E Workshop
  9. Limited submission funding opportunities
  10. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  11. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  12. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) and other research administration news 
  13. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Apply for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Grant

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017

The Center for Medical Innovation would like to invite you to apply for the NSF I-Corps grant.

The University of Utah has become a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site.  Through this program, the NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundament research.  It wants to benefit society by identifying promising research and projects with a potential to impact the great society through commercialization.  Investigators selected for seed grants will receive support – in the form of mentoring, funding and education – to accelerate innovations that can attract subsequent third-party investment.

To apply for the grant please click here

For the grant information containing requirements and tentative schedule for the educational programs please click here.

Please feel free to direct any questions to:

Megan McIntyre
Associate Director, CMI


Tomasz Petelenz
Research Associate Professor, Bioengineering

2. NSF NeTS Program Relocation – Alexandria, VA

The NSF NeTS program has relocated to 2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Please note that additional security procedures are in place now (baggage screening and X-rays), so if you are visiting NSF, plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your appointment, if your first appointment is before 10 a.m. You will also need to be escorted inside the building, unless you are here for a panel. Therefore, if you plan to meet multiple folks while at NSF, please make sure that you have confirmed appointments with each person.

3. Army Research Laboratory Open House – Save the date (Oct. 18-19, 2017)

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is planning to host an Open Campus Open House at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD on Oct. 18 -19, 2017, pending approval.

Details will be posted on US Army Research Laboratory website.

ARL has been a national leader in fundamental research since its founding in 1992.  ARL’s exploration spans the entire research spectrum from high strain rate mechanics and novel materials manufacturing, to cyber defense and advanced electronics, to atmospheric sciences and translational neuroscience.  ARL’s successful Open Campus business model is building an international science and technology ecosystem among government, academia, small business, industry, and entrepreneurs. Research hubs such as ARL West, located in the greater Los Angeles area, and ARL South located in Texas are being established with the goal of accelerating discovery and innovation. 

This year’s Open Campus Open House will once again provide members of the science and technology community an opportunity to:

  • Learn about ARL’s Open Campus business model
  • Hear details of ARL’s strategic research areas
  • Interface with ARL’s scientists and engineers to discover opportunities for side-by-side collaboration
  • Visit ARL’s specialized laboratory facilities
  • Participate in technical presentations and poster sessions
  • Meet one-on-one with some of the Army’s leading researchers
  • Engage with regional leaders from ARL’s extended sites

4. Wiley Peer Review Training

 Are you expected to be a peer reviewer, but never had any training? Wiley conducted a survey in 2015 and found that most reviewers would appreciate some training. To address this ACS Publications, a division of the American Chemical Society has initiated a FREE online course consisting of six interactive modules in English and Chinese. Each module provides examples and exercises to test your skill and knowledge. These modules are designed for peer review of any chemistry subject area. To get started access the ACS Reviewer Lab.

5. Communicating science – free resources

Get access to free resources on communicating science. Download the following PDFs below:

The Science of Science Communication II: Summary of a Colloquium

Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda

Communicating to Advance the Public’s Health: Workshop Summary

Using Narrative and Data to Communicate the Value of Science: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief

Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments

Public Engagement on Genetically Modified Organisms: When Science and Citizens Connect: Workshop Summary

Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary

Communicating Chemistry: A Framework for Sharing Science: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide

6. USTAR news and funding opportunities

When: October 31, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: HSEB, Rm 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

  • Next call for TAP proposals opening in early August

The next round of USTAR’s Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) is expected to open in early August.  There are significant changes to the application process including a required letter of intent.  Look for more details to come.

  • 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.

7. 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, or if you would like help or advice on this or any other grants working towards commercialization, please email or call Danuta Petelenz at 801-213-3585.

8. ARPA-E Workshop
Host: Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
Nov. 28, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. MT
Location: Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex (SEEC)
4001 Discovery Drive
Boulder, CO 80303


The purpose of the ARPA-E workshop is to educate public and private sector researchers and entities interested in submitting proposals to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) upcoming open solicitation planned in early 2018. Current and former ARPA-E Program Directors, tech-to-market advisors, and Colorado ARPA-E award recipients will provide information on the agency’s approach to transformational energy research.  

Lessons-learned, helpful advice on how to both develop and write winning ARPA-E proposals, how to manage a proposal, and execute successful ARPA-E projects will also be provided. Participants will have a chance to network and see how different entities can team up on projects.

The Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory will host this workshop. Since 2007, the Collaboratory is an energy research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University & National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Expected attendees: Collaboratory researchers, faculty and staff; industry in energy-related markets; state partners; state organizations; military; federal agencies. To register, please visit the ARPA-E workshop registration website. For additional questions, please contact Maury Dobbie at 970-682-5707 or


9. Limited submission funding opportunities

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Internal submission deadline: Oct. 2, 2017

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (U54)
Internal submission deadline: Oct. 19, 2017

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). Ag Centers are expected to conduct high quality research and help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to improve worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fishing.

10. Intramural Funding Opportunities

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.

11. Extramural Funding Opportunities

NIH Loan Repayment Program
Apply Sept. 1-Nov. 15, 2017

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.
The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Since tomorrow’s medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation.  For more information, please visit NIH Loan Repayment Program.

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-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. 

Alan T. Waterman Award
Deadline: Oct. 23, 2017

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to receive the award. For details about the Waterman Award’s history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria, please visit the Alan T. Waterman call for proposal. 

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF’s FastLane system.  

Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to

DARPA – Young Faculty Award (YFA)
Deadline: Dec. 4, 2017

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. For more information, please visit Federal Business Opportunities.

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.

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

**There are only two spots remaining** 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.

Mandatory Effort Reporting (ePAR) Training
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Best Practice Roundtable: ePAR and Effort Reporting
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100B

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Pre-Award Session
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
3:30-5:30 pm
RAB, Room 117

Advanced Considerations of Reportable Events in Human Subject Research
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2958

Introduction to Research Integrity
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 4100A

Best Practice Roundtable: Consent Documentation Simplification
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Introduction to the IRB, IACUC & IBC
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Investigator Training Workshop: Clinical Research Session
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 (webcast available)
3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Room 117

Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Basics of Good Clinical Practices
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 (webcast available)
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Tissue Banking in Research
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Collaborative Research and the Roles of the Scientist in Society
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Cultural Competency, Diversity and Equity in Research Participation
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100A

Source Documentation for Clinical Research
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
2-4 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.

13. 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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