Research Resources

  1. W.M. Keck Foundation
  2. Research reproducibility
  3. International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health
  4. LabArchives
  5. OSHA Nature Magazine
  6. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities
  7. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  8. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  9. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

  1. W.M. Keck Foundation

Dear Colleagues,

The Vice President for Research and Development Office is seeking proposal concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete the form here and submit a one-page concept paper using the template attached. The deadline to submit concept papers is Friday, June 15, 2018 (this is the first of three steps needed before potential awards by the foundation in June 2019). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers, the foundation receives 60-80 submissions for each Phase I call for proposals and ultimately funds three to six Phase II requests in each category.

To learn more about the W. M. Keck Foundation, we invite you to attend one of two Q&A/Information sessions on either May 24 (2-3 p.m.) or May 29 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). This informal session is designed to familiarize you with the Foundation and the submission process. If you are planning on submitting a paper for the June 15, 2018, deadline, we recommend you attend either one of these sessions. Please RSVP to Chris Ostrander (chris.ostrander@utah.edu) if you would like to attend.

The following categories are eligible for funding:

  1. Science/Engineering Research

Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under. Please check the website for eligibility and priorities.

  1. Medical Research

Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under. Please check the website for eligibility and priorities.

  1. Undergraduate Education

Grants range from $200,000 to $300,000. Except in very rare cases, the Foundation typically funds at the $200,000 level. Please check the website for eligibility and priorities.

For awards to be made in June 2019, the following timeline has been established (this varies from the deadlines on the Keck website):

 Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers Internal review / Keck Foundation review* Faculty and areas notified of concept paper status** Phase I application due (internal deadline) Notification of invitation to submit Phase II full proposal Phase II full proposal (internal deadline)***
June 15, 2018 July / Aug. 2018 Aug. 17, 2018 Oct. 8, 2018 Jan. 15, 2019 Feb. 6, 2019

*The University is permitted to initially present no more than 12 concepts to the Foundation this round. These may include up to four concepts in each of the program areas: 1) Science/Engineering Research, 2) Medical Research and 3) Undergraduate Education Program,.

**University is only allowed to submit one Phase I application per category.

***Site-visit and/or call with the foundation to follow.

To learn more about The W. M. Keck Foundation and their current funding interests and past grant abstracts, please visit their website. We strongly advise you to review the website for additional information — particularly the FAQ and Grantee Responsibility sections. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Dhiraj Chand | Corporate and Foundation Relations | 5-9847 | d.chand@utah.edu

Chris Ostrander | National Foundation Relations | 5-7220 | chris.ostrander@utah.edu

Lynn Wong | U of U Health Foundation Relations | 7-1066 | lynn.wong@hsc.utah.edu


  1. Research reproducibility

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. Registration for the conference is only $10, or free for students. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Conference: Building Research Integrity Through Reproducibility
June 15, 2018, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, 6th Floor

Register for our FREE short course, which includes our conference.


  1. International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health

The International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health is convening our fourth annual conference in spectacular Park City this summer. Health professionals, researchers, teachers and student from many scientific disciplines from around the world will gather to share their ideas, approaches and research findings at the intersection of evolutionary biology, medicine and public health.

The main goals of this conference are to first, catalyze new discoveries in the rapidly growing field of evolutionary medicine — including evolutionary dynamics of cancer, the microbiome, antibiotic resistance, infectious disease, heath behavior and much more. Second, create new connections and increase the awareness of this exciting, important and high impact area of scientific inquiry.


  1. LabArchives

Issues With LabArchives?

For those folks on campus who have been working with LabArchives, have you run into problems you want LabArchives To address? Are any of the features not working the way you would like them to? Do you want assistance with developing widgets or redoing an existing widget for your specific research needs? If so, then please contact Daureen Nesdill and describe the issue or wants.


  1. OSHA Nature Magazine

The current issue of Nature includes a number of articles related to lab safety culture and lab management, as well as administrative burden in labs. They are worth perusing. If you have any questions or would like an OEHS specialist to contact you about your laboratory safety culture, please contact questions@oehs.utah.edu.

Research institutions must put the health of labs first
Universities should take responsibility to ensure professional science is performed in an environment that is supportive, productive and rigorous.

Some hard numbers on science’s leadership problems
A Nature survey of 3,200 scientists reveals the tensions bubbling in research groups around the world.

Nine pitfalls of research misconduct

Academic leaders must audit departments for flaws and strengths, then tailor practices to build good behaviour, say C. K. Gunsalus and Aaron D. Robinson.
C. K. Gunsalus, Aaron D. Robinson

Go beyond bias training
Ambiguity in expectations and evaluations harms progress, say Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton and colleagues.
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Colette Patt, Mark Richards

Health tips for research groups
Nature asked scientists to recommend one thing that institutional and laboratory leaders could do to make science more productive, rigorous and happy.
David Norris, Ulrich Dirnagl, Michael J. Zigmond et al.

How lab heads can learn to lead
Lessons in leadership from outside the laboratory.
Roberta Kwok


  1. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities

Gates Foundation Issues RFP for Universal Flu Vaccine Development Grand Challenge
Deadline: June 22, 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has issued an Request for Proposals for research that will lead to the development of universal influenza vaccines.

This year marks the hundred-year anniversary of the most severe influenza pandemic in recorded history, an event that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide — more than the total deaths caused by World War I. The subsequent influenza pandemics of 1957, 1968, 1977 and 2009, though milder, demonstrated the potential of influenza viruses to cause excessive morbidity, mortality, and, more generally, severe disruptions of healthcare systems. Clearly, the threat of pandemic influenza is real, and influenza viruses pose a significant threat to humankind, with seasonal influenza disease causing an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 deaths annually.

Part of the foundation’s Grand Challenges program, the goal of the foundation’s Ending the Pandemic Threat: A Grand Challenge for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development initiative is to identify novel, transformative concepts that will lead to the development of universal influenza vaccines that offer protection from morbidity and mortality caused by all subtypes of circulating and emerging (drifted and shifted) Influenza A subtype viruses and Influenza B lineage viruses for at least three to five years. It is envisaged that such a universal influenza vaccine would address the threat from both seasonal and pandemic influenza, thus alleviating the need for annual seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns, averting significant global morbidity and mortality, and better preparing the world for the next influenza pandemic.

While other funders are supporting development of universal influenza vaccines, three things set this Grand Challenge apart. The Gates Foundation seeks to fund ideas that are bold and innovative, bridging the funding “valley of death” so as to translate these novel approaches into products ready for human clinical trials. It also seeks to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas from outside the traditional influenza research community. And it seeks completely transformative vaccine research approaches rather than support incremental research.

All projects must be aligned with the Gates Foundation’s intervention Target Product Profile (iTPP). The iTPP describes the desired characteristics of a universal influenza vaccine. Most importantly, new vaccines should have the potential to be used in all age groups around the world, especially in developing countries. The program is seeking affordable, effective vaccines that are suitable for delivery through existing immunization programs in-country, which has implications for product presentation and stability as well as for dosing route and schedule. The vaccines need to be broadly protective across Influenza A and B strains for a minimum of three to five years. Technologies will need to be scalable to meet worldwide demand.

Projects also should engage scientists across a variety of disciplines, including those new to the influenza field; demonstrate innovative thinking by incorporating concepts or technologies not currently being used within or addressed by the influenza vaccine field; and present concepts and strategies that are “off the beaten track,” significantly radical in conception, and daring in premise. Grantees will have access to a wide-range of Gates Foundation-funded resources and technology platforms to support their projects

In addition, the program will consider concept proposals related to use of DNA/RNA-based delivery of longer acting universal influenza monoclonal antibody for passive prophylaxis or use of such monoclonals for exploring appropriate epitopes for universal influenza vaccine.

The program intends to fund pilot awards of up to $2 million over two years, with the anticipation that one or more pilot projects, on demonstration of promising proof-of-concept data (e.g., from animal models), may be invited to apply for a full award of up to $10 million. Full awards would be intended to fund IND-enabling and clinical studies.

See the Gates Foundation website for complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions.

Link to Complete RFP.

AHA, Allen Frontiers Group Issue RFP for Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment
Deadline: July 6, 2018

As health advances allow people to live longer, healthy aging has become an urgent frontier for research. The burden of age-related cognitive impairment — whether from Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dysfunction, or other causes — is growing exponentially. To accelerate collaborative brain-aging research, the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are committing $43 million with additional partners to co-fund a new research initiative with the goal of shedding new light on how to better prevent, detect, and treat age-related cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The purpose of the American Heart Association/Allen Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment is to discover and fund highly promising teams of investigators who can expand the frontiers of bioscience, pursuing creative, transformative ideas with the potential to move brain health and cognitive impairment science forward. The initiative will award up to $43 million over eight years to one or more highly inspiring and innovative integrated team(s) for large-scale integrated research that identifies novel, early, actionable, biological/mechanistic contributors to age-related cognitive impairment.

First-stage applicants should propose a scope of research that could be completed at a minimum level of $15 million or larger. Awardees will be invited to and expected to attend symposia, conferences, and other gatherings of American Heart Association and/or Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group researchers. These events offer time for cross-fertilization of frontier bioscience ideas and new collaborative opportunities.

To be eligible, team lead applicants are expected to be PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent); have a faculty appointment at an eligible nonprofit institution in the U.S. or an equivalent faculty position at a foreign University that meets foreign equivalency determinants for a nonprofit in the United States; demonstrate the ability to develop new tools and methods that support creative experimental approaches to questions, utilizing techniques from other disciplines, if appropriate; and demonstrate creativity in their scientific ideas and commitment to take risks on forward-looking concepts of major scientific impact. The initiative seeks and strongly encourages applications from women and members of minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical sciences.

The AHA began accepting applications on May 21.

See the AHA website for complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions.

Link to Complete RFP.


  1. Intramural funding opportunities

Pilot/Small Projects Research Program
Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH), Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, invites applications for short-term research project funding in occupational health and safety for the 2018-19 academic year. Graduate student, junior investigators, and established investigators with new interests in occupational health and safety are encourage to apply.

This Pilot/Small Projects Research Program is supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the RMCOEH. It is anticipated up to six research projects will be funded at a level of approximately $5,000 to $10,000 per project. These 1 year projects are to be completed by June 30, 2018 and are non-renewable.

Pilot projects are intended to develop improvements in OSH and explore or develop new and creative OSH-related innovations and interventions. Projects may be exploratory, interventional or investigational.

For more information regarding eligibility and application submission please refer to the program announcement. Applications should be emailed electronically to Toni Chambers. Please contact Maureen Murtaugh if you have any questions about the Pilot/Small Projects Research Program.


  1. Extramural Funding Opportunities

NAI Fellows Nominations Are Open
Deadline: July 31, 2018 

We invite you to nominate your peers and colleagues. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

For more information on the NAI Fellows Program visit the NAI Fellows program page.

Nominations may be made through the NAI Inventors Portal.

Call for Nominations – The Holberg Prize 2019
Deadline: June 15, 2018

The Holberg Prize is an international research prize awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The prize money amounts to NOK 6 million (EUR 671,000/ appr. USD 760,000). The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Government in 2003 and is awarded annually.

How to nominate?

Scholars holding a position at universities or other research institutions are entitled to nominate candidates for the Holberg Prize.

The Holberg Committee will base its assessment on the letters of nomination (1 page maximum), which must state the reasons for the nomination. Nominations should also contain a brief CV for the candidate and suggestions for referees who know the scholar’s work. Joint nominations will not carry extra weight. Nominations are strictly confidential. The 2019 Holberg Prize Laureate will be announced in March 2019.

To submit a nomination, please visit the Holberg Prize website. Letters of nomination must be sent by 15 June 2018.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Solveig Stornes, Project Manager.

Solicitation Open for Intelligent Cognitive Assistants Proposals
Deadline: June 4, 2018

Program Overview

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting proposals in the area of Intelligent Cognitive Assistants (ICA).  The ICA program will provide supplemental funding* to the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF) program offered by the National Science Foundation.  At the bottom of this page is a description of the goals for this program and the research topics of interest.

After becoming familiar with the description of desired research, if you wish to submit a proposal, first submit your proposal to NSF, and then follow these steps to submit the same proposal to SRC. In summary:

  1. Submit your proposal to NSF, and save the PDF file that you receive from NSF FastLane.

(letter of intent was due to NSF by April 16 and full proposal is due by June 4, 2018)

  1. Obtain a proposal ID from SRC (this will be different from the NSF proposal ID).
  2. Generate a cover page for your proposal.
  3. Prepare your proposal by creating a PDF file with the signed SRC proposal cover page incorporated with the NSF proposal as submitted.
  4. Upload your completed SRC proposal PDF

Research Overview

The program goals, future applications, and research space for the Intelligent Cognitive Assistant (ICA) initiative are vast, from production to social life.  Enhancing human physico-cognitive capabilities, while respecting social, ethical and legal concerns, is a main goal.  The ICA program is focused on creating the foundations for holistic artificial intelligence for supporting physical and cognitive human activities, creating modular ICA system architectures and devices enabling scalability and adaptability, and improving the human-intelligent machine interface. This will be achieved with a wide range of domain expertise and should revolve around the common themes from the ICA workshop. The detailed research needs can be found in the ICA workshop report.

Research Themes

  1. Contextual knowledge: Contextual knowledge is the key to aggregating the ever-growing volume of stimuli and limiting feedback to the user. Contextual knowledge is also temporal meaning context can change quickly over time. Need to develop a common ‘world model’ of knowledge.
  2. Holistic AI: Cognitive AI must have a combination of long-term, machine learning and fast, one-shot learning. Future “Holistic AI” systems will combine different reasoning and learning methods with end-to-end intelligence.
  3. Social Science: Humans are complex, emotional and dynamic; any future Intelligent Agent will need to be adaptable to a given user. Enhancing human physico-cognitive capabilities, while respecting social, ethical and legal concerns, is a main goal.
  4. Natural Human-ICA Interaction: Future human-computer interaction needs to be seamless, comfortable, empathic, trustworthy, and transparent. New paradigms are need beyond screen and keyboards. Humans should be able to query and modify future Intelligent Agents.
  5. Edge Processing: Future Intelligent Agents will need to do much more locally, which requires significant improvements in low power, edge processing. New computing architectures will be needed. User context and knowledge will need to stay local to ensure privacy concerns.

(*) Contingent of sufficient interest of the proposed research suitable to SRC membership agreements 

For more information regarding the funding opportunity please contact Leslie Faiers at 919-941-9455.

NSF Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
Deadline : June 6, 2018 (5 p.m. local time)

The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant pilot initiative is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community’s thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in the upcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.

This funding opportunity is available to Engineering faculty whose main appointment is in an engineering school/college. For more information about this NSF opportunity please visit the program solicitation page.


  1. Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Grant Writing Academy
Future program dates include Oct. 26-28, 2018, May 17-19, 2019, and Oct. 25-27, 2019.

The Research Education Grant Writing Academy is an intensive weekend-long program which applies proven strategies and techniques to develop successful proposals for a variety of funding agencies. This program offers a valuable and unique opportunity to focus on one’s writing, to receive educated and constructive critique, to rewrite and recraft, and to repeat the evaluation and editing process toward a final draft. The Grant Writing Academy provides a high faculty-to-participant ratio to facilitate the development of productive and independent research scientists.

Attendance is highly limited. Please contact Corrie Harris with any questions.

Research Education offers training and instruction through several methods to support your individual profession needs, including live instruction, online classes, best practice roundtables and many special events including the Research Administrators’ Network meetings. These trainings are a free service that provide professional development opportunities for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, students and members of the university research community. For more information please go to our website, or contact the Office of Research Education at 801-587-3958 or by emailing Corrie Harris or Sam Ma.

Part of the special events offered through Research Education is membership in the Research Administrators’ Network, which provides a forum for colleagues to share ideas and 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.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

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