Research Resources

  1. Opportunities for research in zero gravity
  2. Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility
  3. NIH: Implementing a New Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information Form
  4. VPR website redesign survey
  5. Autism research survey
  6. USTAR news and funding opportunities
  7. ARPA-E Workshop
  8. Limited submission funding opportunities
  9. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  10. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) and other research administration news 

1. Opportunities for research in zero gravity

The Center for the Advancements of Science in Space (CASIS) runs the US national lab on the International Space Station.  CASIS seeks academic and industrial technical leaders to run experiments and prepare products on the International Space Station for the ultimate benefit of people on earth. If you would like to apply for this program, please contact AVP for Research, Cindy Furse.

2. Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility
Every Tuesday during Sept. 12, 2017-April 24, 2018, 12-1 p.m.
Location: Eccles Library, Synapse Level

Join us for a year of programming around Research Reproducibility. From September-June, we will be holding a weekly discussion to raise awareness about reproducibility issues, showcase Utah researchers’ work, and to create an open forum for discussions. In addition, we will also host an immersive workshop and conference.

For more information, please visit the Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility schedule.

Save the Date for the Research Reproducibility 2018: Building Research Integrity through Reproducibility on June 15, 2018. Follow the hashtag #MakeResearchTrue on Twitter.

3. NIH: Implementing a New Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information Form

The new PHS Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information form will flag trials, helping us to achieve a number of goals. The form consolidates into a single location information on human subjects that is currently scattered across a number of forms. It allows us to capture structured and semi-structured descriptive information for each study included in a grant application or contract proposal, which will allow us to clearly identify which funded studies will require registration and timely reporting of results. For more information, please visit Implementing a New Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information Form.

NIH: New Certificates of Confidentiality Policy in Effect

 NIH issued a new policy to enhance the privacy protections of individuals participating in NIH funded research studies. The policy eliminates the need for NIH funded investigators to apply for a certificate of confidentiality (CoC). As of October 1, 2017, NIH funded researchers no longer have to request a CoC. The CoC will be issued automatically to awards funded wholly or in part by the NIH that collect or use identifiable, sensitive information. For more information, please visit New Certificates of Confidentiality Policy in Effect.

4. 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.

5. Autism research survey

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to increase. ASD is characterized by persistence with sameness, routine, or pattern, atypical patterns of processing sensory information from the environment, and impairment in social interactions and communication skills (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). These characteristics affect the daily lives of children with ASD, but also professionals they interact with.

To better understand the experiences that health care professionals are having with patients with autism, we are conducting a survey of health care professionals (e.g. pediatricians, nurses, medical techs, CNAs, receptionists, phlebotomists, etc.).

We are interested in your perspectives on challenges and supports for your patients with ASD. Please complete the following anonymous survey.

6. USTAR news and 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.

7. 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

8. Limited submission funding opportunities

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation-Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards
Internal submission deadline: Nov. 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 are in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where other independent funding can be obtained. Candidates may have an R01.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2017

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Dana Foundation-David Mahoney Neuroimaging Grant Program
Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2017

Emphasis in the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program is on assisting promising early career investigators to obtain pilot study data concerning novel hypotheses that will help them compete for larger-scale funding from other sources. To be eligible, applicants must have faculty appointments. Early career investigators most often are investigators at the assistant professor level and those who are in their early years of their associate professor appointments. Senior investigators may apply only if the proposed study represents a new research direction. Please see eligibility criteria specified in the RFP. Post-docs are not eligible to apply unless they can provide evidence that they will have a faculty appointment prior to the start of the grant period.

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2017

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big and follow new ideas wherever they lead.

Moore Inventor Fellows
Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2017

Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be within 10 years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. The foundation’s policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project.

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2017

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Awardees are typically in departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. Nominees must hold a full-time, tenure-track academic appointment, be after the fourth and not after the 12th years of their independent academic careers, and be engaged in research and teaching primarily with undergraduates.

9. Intramural Funding Opportunities


URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant (FRCG)
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017

The Faculty Research & Creative Grant Program (FRCG) has a new application system. Please submit your FRCG application to the University of Utah’s Infoready Competition Space.

FRCG supports significant scholarly and creative research projects, particularly in the School of Business, Colleges of Architecture and Planning, Education, Fine Arts, Health, Humanities, Law, Social and Behavioral Science, and Social Work, where extramural funding is difficult to obtain. In the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Mines and Earth Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Science strong preference will be given to junior faculty who have not yet achieved tenure. For more information, please visit the FRCG program details.

10. 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 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research Program
Deadlines: Dec. 8, 2017 for the 2018 award year

The ONR Summer Faculty Research Program is accepting applications for 2018. ONR sponsors the Summer Faculty Research Program for US citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. These programs provide an opportunity for faculty members to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories.

The Summer Faculty Research Program awards qualified faculty from Majority and Minority Serving Institutions (MI’s) –  (HBCU’s, TCU’s, HSI’s) – the opportunity to conduct research for 10-weeks at one of 20 participating ONR facilities. Travel, housing and a competitive stipend are provided for awardees. All work must be completed on site at the sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory.

For more information, please visit the Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Reseach & Sabbatical Leave Program.

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.

NeTS Core
Nov. 15, 2017 (small projects)

The NeTS Core Solicitation is now accepting submissions. Medium/large proposal deadlines are passed due, and small projects are due Nov. 15. If you are submitting a proposal, please strongly consider suggesting reviewers in the “Suggested Reviewers” section. We may not use them necessarily, but it gives us a sense of reviewer expertise needed to review inter-disciplinary proposals, in particular, and also helps add new reviewers to our list, especially from industry.  For more details, please visit the  Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs website.


US-Japan JUNO2
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017

The US-Japan JUNO2 solicitation is calling for collaborative research proposals enabling trustworthy networks supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). The deadline for proposals is Nov. 30. For more details, please visit Japan-US Network Opportunity (JUNO).

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
Deadline: Accepting applications Sept. 1- Nov.r 30 2017

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) will start accepting applications for FY2018 on 1 September 2017 from qualified faculty members interested in conducting research at Air Force (AF) Research Labs/Centers.

The AFRL SFFP is managed and administered by Systems Plus, Inc and offers hands-on exposure to faculty members (i.e., Assistant, Associate and Full Professor levels) at U.S. colleges and universities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at AFRL Directorates, the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), or the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) during the summer months (May through September) for an 8- to 12-week period. Research Fellows use the residencies for full-time research in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering fields. Research Fellows are highly encouraged to bring a graduate student with them for the research period.

Information on all aspects of the program can be found on the AFRL SFFP website.

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.


Solar Desalination Funding Program
Mandatory concept paper deadline: Dec. 4, 2017

The Solar Desalination funding program will develop novel technologies or concepts using solar thermal energy to assist in creating freshwater from otherwise unusable waters. Awards will be separated into four topics:

  • Innovations in thermal desalination technologies;
  • Low-cost solar thermal energy collection and storage;
  • Integrated solar thermal desalination systems; and
  • Analysis for solar desalination.

For more information, please visit the Solar Desalination funding opportunity.

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.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2018

HHMI is working to increase diversity in biomedical science. The Hanna Gray Fellows are early career scientists from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this grant competition. The competition is open to all eligible applicants, and no nomination is required. Please note that Fellows do not need to be working in HHMI labs. For more information, please visit the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program.

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

Registration for the May 18-20, 2018, 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 Oct. 26-28, 2018 / May 17-19, 2019, and Oct. 25-27, 2019)

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.


Budget Preparation and Development
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Institutional Review Board and Human Subject Research
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB,Room 1750

Research Participants and the Informed Consent Process
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB,Room 2948

Grants Management Essentials
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Purchasing and Procurement
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB,Room 1750

Introduction to Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Cost Transfers
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 5100A

Informed Consent:  Models and Requirements
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Foundation Grant Searching Using Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 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.