Research Resources


Corporate and Foundations Funding Opportunities

The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help build a relationship between you and potential private funding partners. Our team can advise on strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Please contact Chris Ostrander at 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Deadline: March 11, 2020
Amount: $350,000

This call for applications (CFA) seeks teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant, action-oriented research to improve health and well-being. The applicant organization (the one group that will accept and distribute RWJF funds) will be represented by the team members listed on its application.

The broad goal of the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. Another central goal of the IRL program is to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations that will help build the evidence base for effective community interventions to improve health for all.

Click here to learn more! 

Retirement Research Foundation: LOI’s for Projects in Aging

Deadline: March 15, 2020
Amount: Up to $200,000

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, supporting advocacy, services, trained professionals, and other solutions to assist the elderly. RRF’s Responsive Grants program supports projects in the following major areas: Advocacy, Professional Education and Training, Research, and Direct Service. The program is increasing their funding scope to the following priority areas: Caregiving, Housing, Economic Security in Later Life, and Social & Intergenerational Connectedness.

Click here to learn more!

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Investigator Awards

Deadline: March 18, 2020
Amount: Approx. $7M over seven years

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint approximately 20 new investigators through a national open competition. This effort will expand HHMI’s community of nearly 300 investigators who perform basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI investigators receive a seven-year appointment, renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry. Investigators are employees of HHMI and receive salary and benefits from the Institute. Investigators are provided generous financial support for research as well as access to capital equipment funds. Appointments involve a collaborative agreement with the investigator’s host institution, where the researcher holds a concurrent appointment and the research is performed.

Click here to learn more!

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation — Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Deadline: April 2, 2020
Amount: The amount of support requested is determined by the applicant.

The Dreyfus program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering provides funding for innovative projects in any area of Machine Learning (ML) consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences and engineering. The Foundation anticipates that these projects will contribute new fundamental chemical insight and innovation in the field.

The Foundation encourages proposals to significantly stimulate and accelerate the development of the use of ML and other related aspects of data science to the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. Below are some examples this program may support:

  • molecular synthesis, including mechanisms, techniques, and applications
  • theory, computation, physical properties of molecules or materials
  • rates and mechanisms of new chemical processes
  • new or improved materials and materials applications
  • postdoctoral support for collaborations that combine chemical science research with ML expertise
  • collaborative sabbaticals, extended visits, and meetings
  • education, e.g., new courses, seminar series, MOOCs,…
  • public libraries of chemistry and chemical engineering data for use in ML

Click here to learn more!

Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Collaborative Awards for Sex Differences in Autism Research

Deadline: April 21, 2020
Amount: Up to $8,000,000 over 3 years

For this SFARI Collaboration, we welcome proposals that will use an array of modern technologies to examine sex differences in brain function, within and across species, including humans, to identify key differences in gene, cell and circuit function that account for the observed differential sensitivities of the two sexes to ASD. A successful Collaboration must enhance our understanding of the biological bases for sex-specific differences in ASD and set the stage for development of novel interventions.

Click here to learn more!

 

 


Research Roundtable

Mindfulness: Relevance and Application in Professional, Personal, and Interpersonal Settings

Tuesday, March 24th
3:30pm – 5:00pm
S.J. Quinney College of Law

Roundtable Goal: Mindfulness as a practice refers to the conscious effort or paying attention to whatever is happening in the present moment, from one moment to the next, without criticism or judgment. Practicing mindfulness has is linked to developing greater awareness, concentration, and acceptance—allowing those who practice it to reduce distractions and respond constructively to demands instead of reacting in the moment.

Topics:
– the relationship between the body and the mind in stress and relaxation responses;
– using mindfulness to examine one’s strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots;
– developing a mindful approach to an academic career.

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.


Reminder: Laboratory Health and Safety Equipment Fund

Internal Deadline: June 30, 2020
Application is available HERE, via Infoready

The Laboratory Health and Safety Equipment Fund (LHSEF) is a limited time opportunity to obtain funding for laboratory supplies or equipment necessary to address immediate health and safety needs or non-compliance conditions. The fund is intended to address urgent health and safety needs for which funding is not currently available or for which funding was not requested in the FY20 budgeting process. Beyond FY20 it is expected that funding for health and safety equipment would be included in the normal departmental budgeting process, course fees, and grant proposals. Up to $10,000 can be requested in each application.

Please see the PDF info sheet for more details.

Note: This is a rolling award that is available throughout FY20. If equipment is needed, you do not need to wait for the deadline to apply.


New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide – NSF 20-1

Please see the below letter from the National Science Foundation

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. Significant changes include:

  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

A PDF version of the PAPPG will be available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office.

Regards,

Jean Feldman

Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support

Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

National Science Foundation


Qualtrics Campus-wide License Announcement

The University of Utah has signed a five-year campus-wide software agreement for Qualtrics CoreXM, an online survey tool for collecting and analyzing data for a variety of purposes – including academic research, market research, customer satisfaction and loyalty, product and concept testing, and website feedback.

Eligible University faculty, staff, students, and organizations may now purchase the following licenses via the Office of Software Licensing (OSL).

  • CoreXM Trial License – Free for eligible faculty, staff, and students. (Note: With this option, users are limited to two surveys with up to 10 responses per survey.)
  • CoreXM – Single User License ($500)
  • CoreXM – Single OrgID License ($5,500)
  • CoreXM – OrgID + Rollup OrgID’s License ($9,600)

Click here to learn more!


NIH, NSF, and CDA Grant Workshop Opportunity

Please join the Center for Clinical and Translational Services at our upcoming Grant Workshops being offered on March 9th and 10th, 2020.  There will be a half day “core” seminar on the morning of March 9th, for everyone attending, followed by an option to attend either an NIH focused workshop for the 2nd half of the day, or returning the morning of March 10th for an NSF focused workshop. Finally, for those who attend the NIH workshop (or attended the NIH workshop offered by the CCTS in October 2019), there is a Career Development Award (CDA) workshop for the afternoon of March 10th . The NIH workshop is a pre-requisite for this portion of the event. These will be incredibly informative and information filled workshops and we encourage attendance by all.


Science of Synthesis / Houben-Weyl: New Library Database

The Marriott Library recently purchased Science of Synthesis / Houben-Weyl with endowment funding. This database is the largest collection of evaluated and vetted methods for organic and synthetic chemistry in the world. It includes more than 1.2 million references, from the early 19th century electronic backfiles to present-day synthesis protocols. Our subscription includes access to all volumes of Houben-Weyl and Science of Synthesis in German, as well as the latest volumes in English. Access this database and others through the library’s database list HERE.


Reminder Regarding Limited Submissions Policies & Procedures at the University of Utah

Limited Submissions are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number of applications submitted per institution. Faculty that are interested in applying for a limited submission that is not posted on Infoready must contact the Office of the Vice President for Research to verify their eligibility and ensure that another application has not been selected to submit.

The VPR Office asks that interested applicants of external limited submission opportunities notify VPR Grantsat least 8 weeks in advance of the external deadline. If the limited submission opportunity cannot be posted 8 weeks in advance of the external deadline, your notification must include proper and reasonable justification of the late announcement. We will then follow up by posting the opportunity as an Infoready competition.

For a current list of available Limited Submission opportunities, please visit the Infoready competition space.


Corporate and Foundations Funding Opportunities

The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help build a relationship between you and potential private funding partners. Our team can advise on strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Please contact Chris Ostrander at 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.

Retirement Research Foundation: LOI’s for Projects in Aging

Deadline: March 15, 2020
Amount: Up to $200,000

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, supporting advocacy, services, trained professionals, and other solutions to assist the elderly. RRF’s Responsive Grants program supports projects in the following major areas: Advocacy, Professional Education and Training, Research, and Direct Service. The program is increasing their funding scope to the following priority areas: Caregiving, Housing, Economic Security in Later Life, and Social & Intergenerational Connectedness.

Click here to learn more!

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Investigator Awards

Deadline: March 18, 2020
Amount: Approx. $7M over seven years

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint approximately 20 new investigators through a national open competition. This effort will expand HHMI’s community of nearly 300 investigators who perform basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI investigators receive a seven-year appointment, renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry. Investigators are employees of HHMI and receive salary and benefits from the Institute. Investigators are provided generous financial support for research as well as access to capital equipment funds. Appointments involve a collaborative agreement with the investigator’s host institution, where the researcher holds a concurrent appointment and the research is performed.

Click here to learn more!

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation — Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Deadline: April 2, 2020
Amount: The amount of support requested is determined by the applicant.

The Dreyfus program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering provides funding for innovative projects in any area of Machine Learning (ML) consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences and engineering. The Foundation anticipates that these projects will contribute new fundamental chemical insight and innovation in the field.

The Foundation encourages proposals to significantly stimulate and accelerate the development of the use of ML and other related aspects of data science to the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. Below are some examples this program may support:

  • molecular synthesis, including mechanisms, techniques, and applications
  • theory, computation, physical properties of molecules or materials
  • rates and mechanisms of new chemical processes
  • new or improved materials and materials applications
  • postdoctoral support for collaborations that combine chemical science research with ML expertise
  • collaborative sabbaticals, extended visits, and meetings
  • education, e.g., new courses, seminar series, MOOCs,…
  • public libraries of chemistry and chemical engineering data for use in ML

Click here to learn more!


Research Roundtable

Driving Out Diabetes

Wednesday, February 19th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Gardner Commons, Room 4150

Roundtable Goal: To identify interdisciplinary researchers across the University of Utah campus interested in learning more about Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative. The Driving Out Diabetes team will discuss current programs, including possible community-engaged research opportunities related to diabetes prevention and care. Relevant campus fields include, but are not limited to: Communications, Economics, Education, Family and Consumer Studies, Geography, Marketing, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Health, Social and Behavioral Science, Nursing, and Medicine. For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.

Mindfulness: Relevance and Application in Professional, Personal, and Interpersonal Settings

Tuesday, March 24th
3:30pm – 5:00pm
S.J. Quinney College of Law

Roundtable Goal: Mindfulness as a practice refers to the conscious effort or paying attention to whatever is happening in the present moment, from one moment to the next, without criticism or judgment. Practicing mindfulness has is linked to developing greater awareness, concentration, and acceptance—allowing those who practice it to reduce distractions and respond constructively to demands instead of reacting in the moment.

Topics:
– the relationship between the body and the mind in stress and relaxation responses;
– using mindfulness to examine one’s strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots;
– developing a mindful approach to an academic career.

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.


Call for Abstracts for the 15th Annual Health Sciences Research Conference

Health services research examines the use, costs, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services to improve knowledge and understanding of the structure, processes, and effects of health services for individuals and populations.

This conference is an opportunity to share and learn about topics most important to Utah. We will tackle topics that address use, costs, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services. The Health Sciences Research Conference will host National and local keynote speakers, facilitated panel discussions with community members, health providers, policymakers, and health science researchers. The 2020 national keynote will be Dr. Alex Ortega.

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15th Annual Health Sciences Research Conference: Advancing Health and Well-being through Community and Research Partnerships

Thursday, March 26th, 2020
8:00am – 4:00pm
Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center, Intermountain Medical Center Campus
5026 State Street, Murray UT


Huntsman Mental Health Seed Grants

This Request for Proposals represents a new initiative by the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). We are seeking proposals for one-year pilot projects that focus on mental health with the goal of deepening our understanding of mental health disorders and/or improving the quality, impact, and sustainability of optimized interventions for mental health care.

This RFP will provide one year of funding for all selected pilot projects involving Principal Investigators from a wide range of departments at the University of Utah. Investigators may request up to $75,000 for a proposed project. The Principal Investigator must be a faculty member at the University of Utah. Proposals that include at least one clinical investigator are strongly encouraged. Investigators may compete for a second year of funding depending on research progress and the plan for obtaining sustained funding.

Click here to apply!


Call for Distinguished Mentor Award Nominees

Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Mentor Award are now open. The Graduate School established the Distinguished Mentor Award in 2006 to honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Distinguished Mentor Award is for faculty from any discipline. For more information about the award and nomination process, please click HERE. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 14, 2020.


Reminder Regarding Limited Submissions Policies & Procedures at the University of Utah

Limited Submissions are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number of applications submitted per institution. Faculty that are interested in applying for a limited submission that is not posted on Infoready must contact the Office of the Vice President for Research to verify their eligibility and ensure that another application has not been selected to submit.

The VPR Office asks that interested applicants of external limited submission opportunities notify VPR Grants at least 8 weeks in advance of the external deadline. If the limited submission opportunity cannot be posted 8 weeks in advance of the external deadline, your notification must include proper and reasonable justification of the late announcement. We will then follow up by posting the opportunity as an Infoready competition.

For a current list of available Limited Submission opportunities, please visit the Infoready competition space.


Community-Based Research Program – Now Accepting Applications

Deadline: February 15th, 2020 by 5:00pm via Infoready.
Amount: Up to $20,000

Program Purpose

The Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant Program encourages collaborative research that involves both University and local, regional and/or statewide community partners.  This program is intended to promote scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge from existing University-community partnerships with the intent that they produce scholarly articles and/or demonstrate significant potential to receive extramural funding. The award is available to faculty in all disciplines and will provide up to $20,000 in funding.

Eligibility

Career-line and Tenure-line faculty with a minimum of two years at the University who hold at least a 0.75 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.

An applicant is limited to one application per cycle, whether individually or in combination with others. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure collaborators do not have competing interests. In the case where an application is funded, the applicant is not eligible to compete in future CBR grant cycles for three years from the activation date of the successful proposal.

If an application has been turned down by the review panel, the applicant is allowed one re-submission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must indicate changes from the previous proposal and respond to reviewer comments in a point-by-point fashion.

Criteria

Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, competence and merits. Proposals that exhibit evidence of strong collaboration with community partners, potential to build or strengthen cross-disciplinary research partnerships with in the university and/or community, and potential to lead to extramural funding will be highly considered.

Length of Grant 

Community Based Research Grants will remain open for one year. If the work cannot be completed in the initial 12-month period, the principal investigator may request one 6-month extension by submitting a written request to the Vice President for Research at least one month prior to the end of the project.

Required Documents:

  1. Abstract/Body of Proposal/References (5 pages)
  2. Budget Page (Budget Guidelines PDF)
  3. Current and Pending Support
  4. CV or Biographical Sketch
  5. Letters of Support from Department Chair or Equivalent to the Vice President for Research
  6. Letter of Support from Community Partner(s) Involved with the Project to the VPR

Submission of Proposals

Application materials must be submitted using Infoready. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., February 15.

Note: When a submission date falls on a weekend, Federal holiday, State holiday, or a University closure date, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.


Reminder: Laboratory Health and Safety Equipment Fund

Internal Deadline: June 30, 2020
Application is available HERE, via Infoready

The Laboratory Health and Safety Equipment Fund (LHSEF) is a limited time opportunity to obtain funding for laboratory supplies or equipment necessary to address immediate health and safety needs or non-compliance conditions. The fund is intended to address urgent health and safety needs for which funding is not currently available or for which funding was not requested in the FY20 budgeting process. Beyond FY20 it is expected that funding for health and safety equipment would be included in the normal departmental budgeting process, course fees, and grant proposals. Up to $10,000 can be requested in each application.

Please see the PDF info sheet for more details.

Note: This is a rolling award that is available throughout FY20. If equipment is needed, you do not need to wait for the deadline to apply.


New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide – NSF 20-1

Please see the below letter from the National Science Foundation.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) has been issued.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. Significant changes include:

  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes on February 6 at 2PM EST. Visit the webinar website to register for this event.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

A PDF version of the PAPPG will be available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office.

Regards,

Jean Feldman
Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management
National Science Foundation


Qualtrics Campus-wide License Announcement

The University of Utah has signed a five-year campus-wide software agreement for Qualtrics CoreXM, an online survey tool for collecting and analyzing data for a variety of purposes – including academic research, market research, customer satisfaction and loyalty, product and concept testing, and website feedback.

Eligible University faculty, staff, students, and organizations may now purchase the following licenses via the Office of Software Licensing (OSL).

  • CoreXM Trial License – Free for eligible faculty, staff, and students. (Note: With this option, users are limited to two surveys with up to 10 responses per survey.)
  • CoreXM – Single User License ($500)
  • CoreXM – Single OrgID License ($5,500)
  • CoreXM – OrgID + Rollup OrgID’s License ($9,600)

Click here to learn more!


Understanding the Role of Intellectual Property in the Academic Research Environment

Thursday, February 20th
9:00am to 10:30am
Moot Court Room, SJ Quinney College of Law

Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, will give speak on the importance of “Understanding the Role of Intellectual Property in the Academic Research Environment”. As the Director, Ms. Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiative and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. Also joining us will be the Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), an excellent campus resource available to the research community. Feel free to Contact TVC with any questions, (no RSVP is necessary for this event.)


NIH, NSF, and CDA grant workshop Opportunity

Please join the Center for Clinical and Translational Services at our upcoming Grant Workshops being offered on March 9th and 10th, 2020. There will be a half day “core” seminar on the morning of March 9th, for everyone attending, followed by an option to attend either an NIH focused workshop for the 2nd half of the day, or returning the morning of March 10th for an NSF focused workshop. Finally, for those who attend the NIH workshop (or attended the NIH workshop offered by the CCTS in October 2019), there is a Career Development Award (CDA) workshop for the afternoon of March 10th . The NIH workshop is a pre-requisite for this portion of the event. These will be incredibly informative and information filled workshops and we encourage attendance by all.

Please contact Sarah Elliot by February 24, 2020 in order to register for this event.


Corporate and Foundations Funding Opportunities

The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help build a relationship between you and potential private funding partners. Our team can advise on strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Please contact Chris Ostrander at 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.

National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research – Call for LOI

Deadline: February 4, 2020

The mission of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR) is to fund and disseminate nonpartisan scientific research that offers the public and policymakers a factual basis for developing fair and effective gun policies. NCGVR seeks to fund research that will produce scientific knowledge that can be used to save lives and reduce injuries due to gun violence while minimizing harms to gun owners and other stakeholders

Click here to learn more!

Retirement Research Foundation: LOI’s for Projects in Aging

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Amount: Up to $200,000

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, supporting advocacy, services, trained professionals, and other solutions to assist the elderly. RRF’s Responsive Grants program supports projects in the following major areas: Advocacy, Professional Education and Training, Research, and Direct Service. The program is increasing their funding scope to the following priority areas: Caregiving, Housing, Economic Security in Later Life, and Social & Intergenerational Connectedness.

Click here to learn more!

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Investigator Awards

Deadline: March 18, 2020

Amount: Approx. $7M over seven years

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint approximately 20 new investigators through a national open competition. This effort will expand HHMI’s community of nearly 300 investigators who perform basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI investigators receive a seven-year appointment, renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry. Investigators are employees of HHMI and receive salary and benefits from the Institute. Investigators are provided generous financial support for research as well as access to capital equipment funds. Appointments involve a collaborative agreement with the investigator’s host institution, where the researcher holds a concurrent appointment and the research is performed.

Click here to learn more!


uTRAC Clinical Research Accrual Tracking Module Requirement

Beginning in January 2020, clinical research teams will begin reporting accrual data in uTRAC. This will apply to all IRB approved projects that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial, regardless of funding source. Study teams from Pediatrics and Internal Medicine have successfully piloted this system over the last year. Early adoption is encouraged.

Read more here:  uTRAC Clinical Research Accrual Tracking Module – Final 12-18-19


Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program

The Spring 2020 Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program (URMDP) registration for graduate students and post-docs is now open, and will close when all spots are filled. Registration can be found HERE. Before registering, please review the details of the Spring 2020 program and make sure you will be able to attend at least four of the five in-person meetings.

Program Structure

  • Six online (Canvas) modules plus five in-person discussion sessions
  • NOTE: For the purpose of postdoctoral researchers and graduate studentswho are participating in order to serve as UROP mentors, successful completion of the Mentor Development Program is defined as follows: Completing all Canvas modules by their deadlines and attending at least four of the five in-person sessions. Those who successfully compete the Mentor Development Program during the Spring 2020 semester are eligible to serve as Summer 2020 UROP mentors (student deadline in March 2020).
  • Required work is due prior to the beginning of the associated in-person meeting.

Mentoring Modules

We are pleased to offer two sections of the URMDP this Spring! The AM section (facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Archuleta, Ethnic Studies) will meet 10-11:30 and the PM section (facilitated by Dr. Alexis Christensen, World Languages & Cultures) will meet 2-3:30. See meeting dates below. All in-person meetings will take place in Sill Center Room 120.

Module 1. Elements of Effective Mentoring/Developing a Mentoring Philosophy

  • Required Work: URMDP Pre-Survey, Mentoring Philosophy Draft, due Friday, January 17, 2020

Module 2. Establishing Expectations and Maintaining Effective Communication

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, January 24, 2020

Module 3. Assessing Understanding and Fostering Independence

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, February 7, 2020

Module 4. Academic Literacy & Writing

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz,” Mentoring Philosophy Draft 2
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, February 21, 2020

Module 5. Research and Mentoring Ethics

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, March 6, 2020

Module 6. Professional Development

  • Required Work: URMDP Post-Survey, Final Mentoring Philosophy
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, March 20, 2020

NIH Writing Retreat

This spring we are offering several writing retreats to help faculty craft external applications for funding. The first retreat targets National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, with a focus on pursuing funding in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) research. The retreat will be led by Jakob Jensen, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Humanities

Who: Faculty (from any university or college in Utah)
What: A two-day writing retreat focused on NIH grant applications
When: February 27th – 28th from 9 am – 5 pm each day
Where: Nexus space in the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons Building (Room 3380)
Cost: Free, but if you wish to attend, please RSVP Austin Westley


Research Roundtable

Restorative Justice

Wednesday, January 29th
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Sorenson Arts and Education Complex Hub

Roundtable Goal: To build an interdisciplinary team organized around the common interest of thinking differently about systems of punishment and justice, the incarcerated, and higher education in prison. For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.

Driving Out Diabetes

Wednesday, February 19th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Gardner Commons, Room 4150

Roundtable Goal: To identify interdisciplinary researchers across the University of Utah campus interested in learning more about Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative. The Driving Out Diabetes team will discuss current programs, including possible community-engaged research opportunities related to diabetes prevention and care. Relevant campus fields include, but are not limited to: Communications, Economics, Education, Family and Consumer Studies, Geography, Marketing, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Health, Social and Behavioral Science, Nursing, and Medicine. For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.

Mindfulness: Relevance and Application in Professional, Personal, and Interpersonal Settings

Tuesday, March 24th
3:30pm – 5:00pm
S.J. Quinney College of Law

Roundtable Goal: Mindfulness as a practice refers to the conscious effort or paying attention to whatever is happening in the present moment, from one moment to the next, without criticism or judgment. Practicing mindfulness has is linked to developing greater awareness, concentration, and acceptance—allowing those who practice it to reduce distractions and respond constructively to demands instead of reacting in the moment.

Topics:
– the relationship between the body and the mind in stress and relaxation responses;
– using mindfulness to examine one’s strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots;
– developing a mindful approach to an academic career.

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.


Call for Abstracts for the 15th Annual Health Sciences Research Conference

Health services research examines the use, costs, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services to improve knowledge and understanding of the structure, processes, and effects of health services for individuals and populations.

This conference is an opportunity to share and learn about topics most important to Utah. We will tackle topics that address use, costs, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services. The Health Sciences Research Conference will host National and local keynote speakers, facilitated panel discussions with community members, health providers, policymakers, and health science researchers. The 2020 national keynote will be Dr. Alex Ortega.

Abstracts can be either oral or poster presentation.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 10th, 2020

Please submit all abstracts to Nick Baker

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15th Annual Health Sciences Research Conference: Advancing Health and Well-being through Community and Research Partnerships

Thursday, March 26th, 2020
8:00am – 4:00pm
Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center, Intermountain Medical Center Campus
5026 State Street, Murray UT


Huntsman Mental Health Seed Grants

This Request for Proposals represents a new initiative by the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). We are seeking proposals for one-year pilot projects that focus on mental health with the goal of deepening our understanding of mental health disorders and/or improving the quality, impact, and sustainability of optimized interventions for mental health care.

This RFP will provide one year of funding for all selected pilot projects involving Principal Investigators from a wide range of departments at the University of Utah. Investigators may request up to $75,000 for a proposed project. The Principal Investigator must be a faculty member at the University of Utah. Proposals that include at least one clinical investigator are strongly encouraged. Investigators may compete for a second year of funding depending on research progress and the plan for obtaining sustained funding.Click here to apply!


Call for Distinguished Mentor Award Nominees

Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Mentor Award are now open. The Graduate School established the Distinguished Mentor Award in 2006 to honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Distinguished Mentor Award is for faculty from any discipline. For more information about the award and nomination process, please click HERE. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 14, 2020.