Research Resources

  1. Federal F & A Cost Study — Upcoming Space Inventory/Surveys
  2. VPR website redesign survey
  3. Update from CHPC and UIT on storage options for data
  4. National Research Mentoring Network 
  5. Frontiers in Precision Medicine III – Will Personalized Medicine Improve Population Health?
  6. Research Reproducibility 2018 – Call for Posters
  7. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
  8. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  9. Limited Submissions
  10. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series & Other Research Administration News

  1. Federal F & A Cost Study — Upcoming Space Inventory/Surveys

WHAT ?
An explanation of the important role that the upcoming SPACE SURVEYS play in maximizing the F&A rates that will be charged to sponsors in future years. Also, an Overview of the University’s current efforts to negotiate new F & A (Facilities & Administrative) rates with the federal government. These F&A Rates apply for federal agencies and others that sponsor organized research on our campus.
WHO ?
Anyone interested in learning about the process and how they can help. Faculty, Principal Investigators, Researchers, Deans, Chairs, Staff, and Administrators involved in organized (sponsored) research on campus would all benefit from attending.

WHY ?
Increasing the current F&A “on campus” research rate (51.5% until June 30, 2018; then 52.5% until June 30, 2019) will take some effort. Much of our success in increasing the rate(s) will be dependent on identifying and maximizing the space on campus identified as “research space” (buildings, labs, etc.). This session will help attendees understand how they can help.

Information Sessions are Now Scheduled – March 13, 14 and 15, 2018

Main Campus:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
3-4 p.m.
SMBB (Sorensen Molecular Biotechnology Building – USTAR) Auditorium

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
SMBB (Sorensen Molecular Biotechnology Building – USTAR) Auditorium

Sponsor: Andrew Weyrich, vice president, research

Health Science Campus:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:30-2:30 p.m.
EIHG (Eccles Institute of Human Genetics) 1st Floor Auditorium/Atrium

Thursday, March 15, 2018
9:30-10:30 a.m.
EIHG (Eccles Institute of Human Genetics) 1st Floor Auditorium/Atrium

Sponsor: Monica Vetter, Chair of Neurobiology and Anatomy; Adjunct Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Science; Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomy Labs

Please share this information with the appropriate personnel in your college/department/unit. We have important information to share with you. We would like to see a good turnout for these sessions. Come prepared to get further information and to ask additional questions related to your specific research.

Questions? Contact Jeffrey West (801-581-7520) – Associate VP, Financial & Business Services.


  1. VPR website redesign survey

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

Thank you for your feedback and participation.


  1. Update from CHPC and UIT on storage options for data

Looking for a place to store your research data? UIT and the Center for High Performance Computing, CHPC have recently added new and secure ways for storing your data while you are conducting your research. You already know about UBox, now there is UU Office 365 – 1TB of storage plus applications. Both are suitable for sensitive and restricted data.

The CHPC has recently introduced protected environments for storing your sensitive and restricted data. And if you do not know it CHPC also has Globus for secure data transfer. For additional information on these and other data storage options check out Data Storage for Research Activities.


  1. National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) supports your advancement at every career stage of research in the biomedical sciences. Experience mentorship and professional development programs designed to hone your practices and deepen your connection to the diverse nationwide scientific community. NRMN’s goal is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce.

Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, Department Chair for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, will introduce NRMN, give a short presentation, and answer any questions. Come, enjoy some pizza and learn what NRMN has to offer you!

For more information about this program please visit the NRMN website.

Wednesday, March 14 from 12pm-1pm at the Marriott Library in room 1170


  1. Frontiers in Precision Medicine III – Will Personalized Medicine Improve Population Health?
    Date: March 16, 2018 (8:00am-6:00pm)
    Health Sciences Education Building, Room 1730

Personalized medicine promises to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right price. Yet the highly individualized nature of personalized medicine — tailoring treatment and dosing to each person’s unique lifestyle, environment (exposures) and genetics (genetic profile)—and its potential costs, raises questions regarding the applicability of personalized medicine on a population-wide basis.  And, more specifically, whether personalized medicine, and the massive federal Precision Medicine Initiative and All of Us research program, are likely to have a significant impact on the health of the American public.  Join us for this full-day Symposium at which nationally-renowned experts in personalized medicine, genomics, epidemiology, health disparities, regulatory science and bioethics will wrestle with the question whether and how personalized medicine can improve population health.

For full details, including agenda, please visit the Frontiers in Precision Medicine event page.

This event is free and open to the public. To register, please visit the RSVP link.


  1. Research Reproducibility 2018 – Call for Posters

Research Reproducibility Coalition:

Join the campus’s Research Reproducibility Coalition and help shape the campus conversation around improving reproducibility in all disciplines. The Coalition meets quarterly to discuss how to move reproducibility forward in the institution, meet colleagues in other fields working on the same issues, and strategize for the future. If you are interested in joining, please contact Melissa Rethlefsen. 

Call for Posters:

The Research Reproducibility Conference will bring together researchers, students, and administrators for a frank discussion on how to build research integrity through reproducibility. We hope to further the dialog around open science, open data, transparency, and good research practices. The conference will be held June 15, 2018 at The University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law.

The poster session will showcase cutting-edge research and works-in-progress in pursuit of making research reproducible. Presenting a poster is a great opportunity, especially for students and new researchers, to obtain interesting and valuable feedback on ongoing research from conference attendees. We strongly encourage student and industry submissions.

A committee of faculty and librarians will review all proposals. Accepted poster abstracts will be published on the conference website. Authors of accepted posters are expected to be present during the scheduled poster session.


  1. Corporate and 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.

Education:
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 (chris.ostrander@utah.edu, x57220) if you plan to apply. 

 

Brady Education Foundation
Deadline: April 1, 2018

The Brady Education Foundation (BEF) is accepting Stage 1 proposals under their Existing Program Evaluation (EPE) funding initiative.  The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement and resulting opportunity gap for children living in under-resourced and/or under-represented communities. Proposals in response to their EPE initiative must evaluate the effectiveness of (an) existing program(s) designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities.  BEF funds grants on the order of $100k per year for 2-4 years. They will fund higher amounts, and longer projects, on occasion. BEF funds approximately 13% of proposals received. Stage 1 proposals are due to BEF on 4/1/18.


William T. Grant Foundation
LOI deadline: May 2, 2018

WT Grant and is accepting LOI for research grants through May 2, 2018.  The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. Research grants typically range between $100,000 and $1,000,000, cover two to four years of support, and must inform programs, policies, or practices to reduce youth inequality or improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The foundation has released a very detailed application guide to inform letters of inquiry and proposals.


  1. Intramural Funding Opportunities

Catalyst Grants from College of Pharmacy
Deadline: March 12, 2018

The Utah Genome Center and the College of Pharmacy are pleased to announce the availability of Catalyst Grants supporting projects focused on early stages of therapeutic development. The purpose of these Catalyst Grants is to support early-stage therapeutic development at the University of Utah, and to encourage initiation of therapeutically-focused projects across the University.

Proposals requesting a one-time budget of up to $50,000 will be considered. It is anticipated that four proposals will be funded. Tenure- or career-line faculty from any department at the University of Utah are eligible to apply.

Proposals should be sent as a single .pdf file to Misti Christensen. Administrative and scientific inquiries may also be addressed to Misti Christensen. Please see the Catalyst Grant flyer for more information on this opportunity. 

Center on Aging – Pilot Grant Program
Funding Available: $100,000
Deadline: March 16, 2018 11:59pm MST

The Center on Aging sponsors an annual pilot grant program to promote the development of aging research at the University of Utah. The goal of this program is to encourage new investigator career development, attract established investigators to aging research, and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations – ultimately leading to new externally funded research.

Submissions form a wide range of disciplines from basic biology, clinical sciences, and social and behavioral aspects of aging are encouraged. There is priority given to supporting applications from individuals who are new to aging research and from two or more investigators who are establishing a new interdisciplinary research collaboration in an aging- related interest area.

Principal investigators must have a Career or Tenure line University of Utah Faculty appointment. For more details about the program or submission process, please contact Heather Podolan at (801) 213-4156.


  1. Limited Submissions 

Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes
Internal deadline: April 20

The Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes (TRIPODS + X) solicitation seeks to expand the scope of the TRIPODS program beyond the foundations community by engaging researchers across other NSF disciplines and the TRIPODS research teams in collaborative activities. TRIPODS + X projects will foster relationships between researchers in science & engineering domains and foundational data scientists by leveraging existing NSF investments in the TRIPODS organizations. Working in concert with a TRIPODS organization, a TRIPODS + X project would focus on data-driven research challenges motivated by applications in one or more science and engineering domains or other activities aimed at building robust data science communities.

Proposers may request up to $600,000 total for Research Track awards; $200,000 total for Visioning Track awards; $200,000 total for Education Track awards. For each track, the duration may be up to three years. Approximately 6-12 awards in each of three tracks are anticipated. The number of awards of each type will be based on quality of proposals, availability of funds, and responsiveness to priorities of the participating directorates/divisions.

Each TRIPODS Phase I organization may participate in at most five proposals. Each TRIPODS Phase I organization may participate in at most three proposals in any of the three tracks.

For more information on program details and submission please visit the NSF 18-524 solicitation page.


  1. Extramural Funding Opportunities

Dear Colleague Letter: Signals in the Soil (SitS)

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) in collaboration with its Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Geosciences (GEO), aims to encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic near-surface processes through advances in sensor systems and dynamic models. The goal of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage submission of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals for early-stage, high-risk, high-reward research on technologies, models, and methods to better understand dynamic soil processes, including interactions of the macro- and microbiomes with soil nutrients, the rhizosphere, and various abiotic and biotic processes within the soil. In addition, for proposals that include topics relevant to both this DCL and the NSF “Rules of Life Big Idea, submissions of Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) proposals are encouraged. Researchers who are interested in submitting a SitS EAGER or RAISE proposal must first submit a SitS Research Concept Outline, as described below. Selected submitters of these Outlines will be invited to submit full EAGER or RAISE proposals for funding consideration.

Questions about this DCL should be directed to: SitSquestions@nsf.gov.

Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)

The ideas, tools, and language of mathematics and statistics play important roles in every area of science and engineering research supported by the National Science Foundation, and it is widely recognized that interactions between the mathematical sciences and other fields catalyze developments in both.  The NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences wishes to foster the participation of more mathematical scientists, from every area of mathematics and statistics, in such important interdisciplinary work.  In support of this goal, the Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII) activity provides funding to support the involvement of mathematical scientists in research areas where the mathematical sciences are not yet playing large roles.

The MSII activity emphasizes scientific research areas of high national priority that would benefit from innovative developments in mathematics and statistics.  For example, modern communication, transportation, medicine, manufacturing, security, and finance all depend on the mathematical sciences.  Success in meeting crucial challenges currently facing the nation in these areas will rest on advances in mathematical sciences research.  Collaborative research projects involving mathematical scientists have the potential to transform the nation’s ability to lead advances in these and many other areas.

Areas of national high-priority scientific research in fiscal year 2019 identified by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy include:

  •  Security and Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Innovative Energy Technology
  • Foundational Biological and Health Research

The MSII activity will support research projects in these and other areas of national priority that are managed by NSF programs outside of DMS and that involve new collaborations among mathematical scientists and other scientists or engineers in the research.

For more information and program details please see the MSII opportunity page.

2018 Yidan Prize – Call for Nominations

Founded in 2016, Yidan Prize is an international prize that gives recognition to individuals whose work makes profound contributions to education research and development, with the ultimate aim of creating a better world through education.

The Yidan Prize is divided into two categories:

  • Yidan Prize for Education Research recognizes outstanding research that amounts to significant contributions to education
  • Yidan Prize for Education Development recognizes innovative ideas that tackle pressing challenges in the field of education

Nominations for the Yidan Prize are due March 31, 23:59 HKT. To register as a Nominator and submit a nomination please visit the Yidan Prize nomination page.


  1. 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 Corrie Harris 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 Corrie Harris at 801-587-3958 for complete information.

Special Events

Best Practice Roundtable: ePAR and Effort Reporting
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 2958

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Thursday, March 15, 2018
10-11:30 a.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library (M Lib), 1905A

Best Practice Roundtable: Cultural Competency, Diversity and Equality in Research Participation
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
10-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Room 2958

Best Practice Roundtable: Managing Risk with Contracts
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 5100D

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Upcoming RATS Classes

Introduction to the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Principles of Contracts Subcontracts and SubAwards
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Investigator Orientation: Clinical Research Workshop
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Main Conference Room 117

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Thursday, March 8, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Introduction to Research Integrity
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Patent Searching and Public Information Resources
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Thursday, March 15, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subject Research
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) and Radiation Safety
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Thursday, March 22, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Introduction to Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2600

Investigator Orientation: Researcher Resources and Funding Searches Workshop
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
3:30-5:30 p.m.
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Budget Preparation and Development
Thursday, March 29, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 4100A

Foundation Grant Searching Using Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Grants Management Essentials
Thursday, April 5, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

Questions about the GWA or RATS? Contact Corrie Harris at 801-587-3958.