Research Resources

  1. Updated NSF proposal and award policies and procedures guide
  2. Student Innovation @ the U
  3. National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
  4. U.S. Army Research Laboratory Open Campus Program
  5. Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility
  6. USTAR news and funding opportunities
  7. Caspar Wistar Fellows Program
  8. Foundation Funding opportunities
  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 

1. Updated NSF proposal and award policies and procedures guide
Effective: Jan. 29, 2018

NSF has recently announced that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued.  Significant changes include:

  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch campuses of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Revision of eligibility standards for foreign organizations;
  • Implementation of the standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template that has been in pilot phase since April;
  • Increase in the Budget Justification page limitation from three pages to five pages;
  • Restructuring of coverage on grantee notifications to and requests for approval from NSF, including referral to the Prior Approval Matrix available on the NSF website; and
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. EST.  Registration is now available. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the NSF Policy Office.

2. Student Innovation @ the U

Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is calling on faculty to nominate student inventors, artists, researchers, athletes and entrepreneurs to be featured in the 2018 edition of Student Innovation @ the U. They are seeking students from all departments who are innovating and make an impact at the University of Utah. Student nominations are due Wednesday, Dec. 5. If you have any students in mind that you would like to see featured please submit a nomination.

If you have any questions please contact Thad Kelling for more information.

3. National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an online mentoring program that offers a variety of resources for University of Utah graduate students, Postdocs and Faculty members. The NCFDD provides a multitude of career development resources such as, webinars, guest lectures, discussion forums, dissertation boot camp, multi-week courses and more. For more information about the NCFDD services and membership please visit the National Center for Faculty Development and Research website.

4. U.S. Army Research Laboratory Open Campus Program

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has introduced Collaboration Opportunities into its Open Campus program bringing scientists and engineers together to improve and revolutionize Army technology and defense strategy.

Please visit the ARL Open Campus page for more information and details.

5. Grand Rounds: Research Reproducibility
Every Tuesday through 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.

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. Caspar Wistar Fellows Program
Applications due: Jan., 29, 2018

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years.  Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record.

For more information on how to apply please contact Maria Colelli.

8. Foundation Funding opportunities

For more information about Foundation Funding Opportunities please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220.

Misk Grand Challenges

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation (the non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman), have partnered to launch the Misk Grand Challenges. This new effort, to run over the next three years, will offer 100 innovators $100,000 each to turn ideas into proof of concept, with the opportunity to seek more funding following the proof of concept.

The Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, with the two initial challenges available for applicants right now:

Global Citizenship:
Seeking bright ideas for how young people can help deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Seeking innovative solutions to transform our education systems and empower young people to succeed in the knowledge economy.

Applications are accepted online and must adhere to the application form guidelines. Funds are awarded over a two year period and will not exceed $100,000. There is no limit on the number of applications the U can submit, though only one proposal is accepted per applicant. Please contact Chris Ostrander (, x57220) if you plan to apply.

Public Welfare Foundation: LOIs for Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, and Workers’ Rights

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. The Foundation focuses on three program areas: Criminal Justice – supporting groups that are working to end the over-incarceration of adults while also aiming to reduce racial disparities; Youth Justice – supporting groups working to advance a fair and effective community-based vision of youth justice, with a focus on ending the criminalization and incarceration of youth of color; and Workers’ Rights – supporting policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people, with a focus on securing their basic legal rights to safe, healthy, and fair conditions at work
Amount: Varies, generally <$500,000
Deadline: Rolling

Smith Richardson Foundation: Domestic Public Policy Program 

The Foundation supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.  The funding opportunity supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Rolling

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Scholarly European Art Projects
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture and supports projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Art Conservation
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Digital Resources Program
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship
The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships support outstanding individuals — including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives — to undertake U.S. criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition-building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research.

Track I
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: Dec. 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $87,000 over 18 months
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must have at least two years of relevant experience, which may include: full-time and part-time employment; paid or unpaid internships; sustained volunteer work; or other pertinent experience (e.g. advocacy while incarcerated).

Track II
Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: Dec. 6, 2017
Award amount: Up to $120,000 over eighteen months
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must have at least 10 years of relevant advocacy experience.

Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Media Fellowship
The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Media Fellowships aim to mitigate the time, space, and market constraints that often discourage individuals from pursuing vital but marginalized, controversial or unpopular topics in comprehensive and creative ways.

Track I
Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: Dec. 6, 2017
Award amount: Up to $58,000 over 12 months
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must have at least two years of relevant full-time experience.

Track II
Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: Dec. 6, 2017
Award amount: Up to $80,000 over 12 months
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years of relevant full-time experience. Applicants with fewer than 10 years of relevant full-time experience may nonetheless be considered for a Media Track II fellowship, provided they can demonstrate that they have truly distinguished themselves over the course of their careers. 

9. Limited submission funding opportunities

NIF Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2018

The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.

If you are interested in applying please visit the opportunity page for more details.

10. Intramural Funding Opportunities

Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF)
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) is a competitive program that provides support to faculty and to core facilities for new equipment purchases, or to replace or upgrade existing research instruments. 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.  For more information to apply please visit RIF program details.

11. Extramural Funding Opportunities

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.

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 Research & Sabbatical Leave Program . 

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.

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.

NCI FOA: Research Specialist (Laboratory-based Scientist) Award
Earliest submission: Dec. 17, 2017
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2018 5 p.m. local

The Research Specialist (Laboratory-based Scientist) Award is designed to encourage the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to continue to pursue research within the context of an existing NCI-funded basic, translational, clinical or population science cancer research program, but not serve as independent investigators. These non-tenure track scientists, such as researchers within a research program, are vital to sustaining the biomedical research enterprise.

NCI FOA: Cancer Moonshot
Upcoming deadlines: January 2018

The Cancer Moonshot is a research initiative that strives towards making cancer treatments and therapies more readily available to patients, while at the same time improving methods of cancer prevention and early detection.

For more information on funding opportunities please visit the National Cancer Institute website.

12. 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.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 5100A

Patent Searching and Public Information Resources
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Introduction to SciVal Funding
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Effective Negotiation in Research: The Art of Advocacy and Agreement
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Managing and Maintaining Your Scholarly Profile
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2017
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, room 5100B

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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