Research Resources

  1. Federal F & A Cost Study—Upcoming Space Inventory/Surverys
  2. Research Development Office
  3. Frontiers in Precision Medicine III – Will Personalized Medicine Improve Population Health?
  4. Why Science Communication Matters—An Afternoon Workshop on March 1
  5. Research Reproducibility 2018 – Call for Posters
  6. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
  7. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  8. Limited Submissions
  9. USTAR News and Funding Opportunities
  10. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  11. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) & Other Research Administration News

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

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. Announcement of New Research Development Office (RDO)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the new Research Development Office (RDO). The RDO supports the U of U’s research and scholarly community in identifying funding opportunities and developing strategic proposals.  In FY17, over 2,000 projects and 990 faculty were funded by $459 million in sponsored project awards, representing a 27% increase over the past five years. To support the U of U’s growing body of investigators, the RDO offers individual faculty and multi-investigator teams support for research proposals, complex training grants, and center grants.  The RDO’s goals are to increase competitiveness of proposals and externally-funded research and scholarship with the following services:

  • Proposal development and management
  • Identification of collaborators
  • Interdisciplinary team building
  • RFP review
  • Creation of templates and sample text
  • Assistance in accessing campus resources
  • Identification of funding sources
  • Research development workshops

The RDO is located at the Marriott Library Faculty Center (MLIB, Room 1705). See RDO.utah.edu

Meet the Team
Gay Cookson, Director

Drawing on over 25 years of experience in leadership positions at the University of Utah and state government, Gay is responsible for oversight of the team that helps faculty successfully compete for extramural funded research.

Prior to becoming Director of the RDO, Gay served in the executive branch of the State of Utah creating a new program within the Dept. of Heritage and Arts to build collaboration between the public and private sectors to increase funding for and broaden the impact of State programs.  She started her career in state government in 2015 when Governor Gary Herbert appointed her to lead the Division of Arts and Museums, where she managed seven program areas and represented the Division to the Governor’s office, Utah State Legislature, appropriation committees, federal delegation, media, and the community.  Before serving in State government Gay worked at the University of Utah for 25 years developing capital campaigns, private philanthropy, and public funding.

Gay received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Utah
801-581-4168
gay.cookson@utah.edu

Karen Krapcho, Broader Impact Specialist
Karen has been working at the University of Utah since 2010, first as the Project Manager for a large NSF STEP grant, and most recently as a Collaborative Research Support (CRSP) Manager with OSP. In her three years with CRSP, she specialized in STEM-related education, broader impacts and content development, and facilitated the submission of over $190 million in grants, of which $67 million has been awarded to date.  Karen came to the university after a 20-year career with NPS Pharmaceuticals, a successful, local biotech company. Karen has a MS degree in Biology and numerous patents and scientific publications. She brings her experience with sponsored collaborations, research design, milestone development, and deliverables to the Research Development Office.

801-585-0202
k.krapcho@utah.edu
Melanie Steiner-Sherwood, Manager

Melanie earned a PhD in Germanic Studies from Cornell University and taught at Brandeis University before moving with her family to Salt Lake City, where she worked as an arts administrator. Most recently, Melanie was the grants manager at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. She has substantial experience with federal and local funding agencies and private foundations, including NEA, NEH, IMLS, ZAP (Salt Lake County), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Melanie completed her undergraduate work in history in her native Germany. Her research interests include 20th-century German-Jewish intellectual history and postwar German national identity.

801-581-4285
m.steiner.sherwood@utah.edu

The search for a third grant manager is currently underway.  Please click on the employment requisition number (PRN15144B) for more information.

For more information, please visit the RDO website at RDO.utah.edu.


  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. Why Science Communication Matters—An Afternoon Workshop on March 1

Researchers, faculty, graduate students, and other practitioners are invited to attend this free workshop that will focus on learning science communication strategies that individuals can apply to meet their professional goals.

Developed as collaboration between iUTAH EPSCoR and the University of Utah’s Office of the Vice President for Research, this workshop will help individuals to reimagine science communication as a proactive rather than reactive effort. iUTAH team members will present their own experiences and connections made while working on a $24MM National Science Foundation water research, education, and outreach project statewide, as well as examples of successful, proactive science communication by other researchers.

When:   Thursday, March 1, 1 – 4 p.m.
Where:  Eccles Boardroom (Rm. 1850),
Warnock Engineering Building (WEB), 72 S. Central Campus Dr. Salt Lake City, UT

This workshop is offered free of charge. Preregistration is encouraged, as space is limited. Walk-up registration on the day of the workshop is also an option, but we cannot guarantee available space.


  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. 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenge: Saving Lives at Birth
Deadline: February 28, 2018

The goal of the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge is to find the tools and approaches to help mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours. Gates are partners are looking for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery. Gates seeks innovative ideas that can leapfrog conventional approaches in three main domains: 1) technology; 2) service delivery; and 3) “demand-side” innovation that empowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of, and access, health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postnatal period, especially, the first two days after birth.

Please contact Chris Ostrander (chris.ostrander@utah.edu) or Lynn Wong (lynn.wong@hsc.utah.edu) if you are interested in learning more or 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.


  1. Intramural Funding Opportunities

Faculty Research & Creative Grants (FRCG)
Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Faculty Research & Creative Grants were created to support 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. Faculty that hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.

Applications for the Faculty Research & Creative Grants are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the VPR website.

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

IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) (P20)
Internal Deadline: February 21, 2018

The purpose of the INBRE program is to augment and strengthen the biomedical research capacity of an IDeA-eligible state. The INBRE program represents a collaborative effort to sponsor research between research intensive institutions and institutes, primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), as appropriate. 

Applicants should have an established state-wide network before submission. Since only one award will be made per IDeA-eligible state, only one application should be submitted per state.

The primary goals of the INBRE program are to: 1) build on the established multi-disciplinary research network with a scientific focus to strengthen the biomedical research expertise and infrastructure of the lead and partner institutions; 2) build and increase the research base and capacity by providing support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the participating institutions; 3) provide research opportunities for students from primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges and TCCUs as appropriate and serve as a “pipeline” for these students to continue in health research careers within IDeA states; and 4) enhance science and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce. 

For more information about this funding opportunity please visit the NIH solicitation page. Internal applications are available on InfoReady.

INBRE seeks to strengthen and expand the biomedical research initiative and infrastructure, while providing opportunities for students and enhancing the science and technology workforce.

NSF INCLUDES
Internal Deadline: February 21, 2018 

NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations by focusing on broadening participation in these fields at scale. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to collaboratively work for inclusive change, which will result in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation.

All NSF INCLUDES Alliance proposals should describe the results they expect to achieve in broadening participation in STEM. Each proposal must explain how they will build the infrastructure to foster collaboration and achieve impact by emphasizing the following five characteristics of the NSF INCLUDES Program: a) Vision, b) Partnerships, c) Goals and Metrics, d) Leadership and Communication, and e) the Potential for Expansion, Sustainability and Scale. 

For more information about the NSF INCLUDES opportunity please visit the NSF funding page. Internal applications for this limited submission are available on InfoReady.


  1. 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.


  1. Extramural Funding Opportunities

Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) has released a Board Agency Announcement on Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM) (HR001118S0014). DARPA/DSO is soliciting innovative research proposals that advance our knowledge and understanding of lightmatter interactions. In particular DARPA seeks to develop new and systematic approaches to the design of engineered structures and materials that change how we manipulate electromagnetic waves and capitalize on nascent wave-matter interactions.

For more details regarding this DSO opportunity please visit the Federal Business Opportunities 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. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) & Other Research Administration News

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

Getting Started in Research at the University of Utah
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
2-4 p.m.
Warnock Engineering Building (WEB), Rm. L102

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

Upcoming RATS Classes

Investigator Orientation: Post-Award Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
9-11 a.m.
RAB, Room 117

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects (OSP) Training
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB Room 2110

Investigator Orientation: Pre-Award Workshop
Wednesday, Feb.28, 2018
3:30-5:30 p.m.
RAB, Main Conference Room 117

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Thursday, March 1, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2110

Managing and Maintaining Your Scholarly Profile
Monday, March 5, 2018
2-4 p.m.

HSEB, Room 2958

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

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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