Research Resources


Research Education (REd)

The Office of Research Education (REd) provides “comprehensive training and learning opportunities and resources for faculty, students and staff engaged in responsible conduct of research at the University of Utah.”  The primary goals of the REd Office are to:

  • Offer up-to-date courses and seminars linked to the research enterprise
  • Ensure that faculty, students, and staff develop the necessary skills to implement best practices for research
  • Provide faculty, students, and staff with access to resources and tools to implement best practices for research

Please contact Research Education with questions regarding the below events and resources. For more information about REd classes and certificates, please visit Research Education website. 

Upcoming REd Classes & Best Practice Networks:

Class Title Date Time
Managing and Maintaining Your Scholarly Profile Tuesday, October 20th 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Best Practice Network: Cost Share Thursday, October 22nd 10:00am – 11:00am

 

 


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 Lynn Wong, 801-587-1066 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.

Russell Sage: Social, Political, and Economic Equality

Amount: Up to $175,000

Deadline: Noon on November 11, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including educational access, job opportunities, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations. Funding can be used for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. This round, the foundation is especially interested in research on the social, political, economic, and psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more!

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: 2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award

Amount: $495,000 over 3 years

Deadline: November 13, 2020 (pre-proposal applications)

Pre-proposal applications are being sought from physician scientists in their first faculty position conducting clinical research in any disease area. Approximately 12-18 grants of up to $495,000 each over 3 years ($150,000 direct cost and $15,000 indirect costs per year) will be awarded to early-career physician scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DO or foreign equivalent degree) at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank working at US degree-granting institutions to support clinical research that will enable their transition to independent research funding.

Click here to learn more!

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice

Amount: Up to $250,000

Deadline: November 24, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

The goal of this Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can decrease racial inequities in health and well-being in the United States. Research must: (1) focus on studying the potential impact of a specific federal, state, or local policy; (2) be intentional about maintaining a focus on racial equity and racial justice in its processes and outcomes; (3) use principles of equitable evaluation; (4) incorporate meaningful and authentic community engagement into the work; and (5) advance community driven solutions that come from the groups of people most directly impacted by structural racism. The foundation also encourages, but does not require, that research examines the impact of policy changes on health and well-being outcomes. Methods and designs may include natural experiments; implementation research; microsimulation studies; randomized controlled trials; linkages and analyses of existing data sources; mixed-methods analyses; and qualitative research. Various data sources can be proposed to be analyzed, such as social service and other public records; restricted-access survey or administrative data; social media data; and marketing data. Preference will be given to investigators who already have access to any restricted-use data proposed, as well as data that is disaggregated by race/ethnicity and relevant subgroups. Investigators may also propose research that would serve as a continuation or supplement to other existing programs or research studies.

Click here to learn more!


Limited Submissions

Limited Submissions are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number 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.  Failure to comply with this internal submission process may lead to the automatic rejection of a proposal selected by the University of Utah.

For a list of current Limited Submissions visit our Competition Space.

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program – Preliminary Internal Competition

Internal Deadline: Friday, October 30th 2020

External Deadline: To Be Announced

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on the research areas in NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL). A list of projects previously funded by this mechanism can be found HERE.

Important Note: The current NRT Solicitation (NSF 19-522) is under revision and will be available soon. The anticipated Letter of Intent deadline is late November. The program is also expected to be limited to 2 or less proposals per organization. In order to meet all required deadlines, the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) has elected to run a preliminary internal competition to collect information on investigators interested in applying to the NRT Program. Investigators selected to proceed with the full application to the solicitation, when published by the NSF, will be subject to all updated eligibility and program requirements. The VPR Office will not make any award selections until after the new solicitation publication, and will contact applicants with any revision or additional information requests, if necessary.

Required Application Materials

Research Narrative: PDF Format Only – 2-page maximum document that indicates the following:

  1. Research plan and strategy
  2. How your proposal meets the NSF objectives, including relevance to NSF’s 10 Big Ideas.
  3. The anticipated budget total and justification

BiosketchesPDF Format Only – 2 page, NSF-style biosketches for all PIs, and co-PIs responsible for the proposal.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a campus-wide committee who will evaluate the likelihood that the proposed project will be funded by NSF, and also ensure that a diversity of projects and disciplines are selected from different units on campus. Once the updated solicitation is published by NSF, applicants will be notified of final decisions within enough time to prepare a full proposal to the sponsor.

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation: Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards

Limited Submission: Two nominees

Award Amount: $400,000 for 4 years

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

The mission of the Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. Click here to learn more about the Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards. 

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars

Limited Submission: One nominee

Award Amount: $100,000 unrestricted funds

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Limited Submission: Two nominees

Award Amount: $875,000 over 5 years

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.  

Moore Inventor Fellows

Limited Submission: Two nominees

Award Amount: $675,000 over 3 years

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

Brain Research Foundation – Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Limited Submission: One nominee

Award Amount: $80,000 over 2 years

Internal submission deadline:  November 2, 2020

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

The Seed Grant program supports full-time Assistant or Associate Professors working in the field of neuroscience. The program aims to provide start-up money for new and innovative research projects that have the potential to become competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources.

 

 


Intramural Funding Opportunities

Distinguished Research Awards

Nomination Deadline: November 16th, 2020*
*10/1/2020 Update: The deadline for this opportunity has been extended to November 16, 2020 due to workflow changes caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly or creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty. The URC will provide up to three awards for creative or scholarly achievements. Nominations are received once per year for this award.

Click here to submit a nomination!


uTRAC Clinical Research Accrual Tracking Module Announcement

Beginning October 1, 2020, all clinical research teams will begin reporting accrual data in uTRAC, which serves as the University of Utah Health Sciences’ clinical trials management system. This new requirement will apply to all IRB approved projects that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial regardless of funding source (please click HERE for the NIH Definition of a clinical trial.) Study teams from Pediatrics and Internal Medicine have successfully piloted this system over the last year, and will now be expanded to the rest of the Health Science Campus. Early adoption is encouraged.

Accrual reporting takes approximately five minutes per study to complete, and will be required on a quarterly basis beginning in October 2020. Notification emails will be sent from uTRAC to investigators and to their designated study coordinators when the previous quarter’s accrual data entry is due and will contain a list of the investigator’s studies for review to determine those applicable for reporting accrual data. The required entry will include information such as:

  • Projected recruitment end dates (one time)
  • Expected number of participants (one time)
  • Participant accrual activity to date (i.e. patients screened, approached, consented, and randomized) (each quarter)
  • Number of research participant dropouts, withdrawals or patients lost to follow-up (each quarter).

The University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translation Science (CCTS) will use Institution-wide data from the accrual tracker to report an aggregated accrual ratio metric to National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and provide to University leadership. Data may be used to assess availability of recruitment resources that can help a study meet targets; identify trials with superior recruitment and retention; to mitigate enrollment-related issues; and proactively identify studies that may be at risk of not meeting enrollment goals.

The “Clinical Trials Accrual Tip Sheet” can be found HERE. To request a uTRAC Account, please contact your department Account Requestor, or contact uTRAC Support. All other questions can regarding this process can be directed to Trent Matheson.

Thank you for your participation in this important initiative!


Onboarding for new PIs: Submitting proposals at the University of Utah

We like to remind investigators that the course Onboarding for new PIs: Submitting proposals at the University of Utah is required for all PIs submitting proposals for the first time. This course guides new PIs through the process of preparing and submitting proposals, and describes campus resources for finding sources of funding, preparing proposal documents, and submitting proposals to all external sponsors. Please enroll HERE.


NSF Grant Writing Workshop

The Vice President for Research Office of Research Education (REd) is pleased to announce The NSF Grant Writing Workshop – a one-day, hands-on (virtual) workshop to assist researchers  and investigators in developing competitive proposals for NSF. The course will cover the grant writing process from framing research ideas, outlining and drafting the core proposal elements, and addressing intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria. Participants will share and receive feedback on their project ideas, research questions, and broader impacts activities from both peers and experienced grant writers. This six-hour workshop is designed for sharing ideas and obtaining professional feedback. The Grant Writing Foundation: The National Science Foundation (NSF) course must be completed in Canvas before attending the live workshop. A follow-up meeting will be held a couple weeks after the workshop to further develop proposal outlines and drafts. Enrollment is limited. Please register HERE.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Incentive Faculty Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is the premiere funder for research in the humanities. One of the core programs of NEH is the prestigious NEH Fellowship which provides researchers with 6-12 months of research leave to work on a major scholarly or creative project. NEH Fellowship applications are due every April. This year they are due April 14th, 2021.

The University of Utah also has an incentive program to encourage you to apply for NEH funding. Applications for the NEH incentive faculty fellowship are due June 1st, 2021. If you apply for any NEH funding mechanism between October 1st, 2020 and June 1st, 2021, then you are eligible to potentially win the NEH incentive faculty fellowship. Just forward your confirmation email from grants.gov to Kristina Bailey to be entered to win. Note: This is a great cycle to apply for funding. I know it is challenging to work under these conditions; however, that headwind will hinder everyone. That means the applicant pool will be smaller. If you can get an application in, then your odds of winning are considerably higher than normal.

An NEH program officer will be leading a virtual workshop for on October 23rd at 10 am. Please contact Kristina Bailey to RSVP. Questions regarding the NEH Fellowship Program or the UofU incentive component can also be directed towards Kristina. For help with the submission process, please contact Cindy Brown or Christine Gore.


F&A Town Hall Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting the Second Annual F&A Town Hall on October 20th at 10 am-11am. The town hall is open to all faculty, staff, post-docs, and students, and will consist of a presentation and open Q&A session.

The presentation will cover:

  • FY20 Research Awards and Expenditure data
  • How F&A will be used and distributed in FY21

We encourage all interested members of our Research community to attend. Space is limited, please RSVP HERE. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Andy Weyrich, Vice President for Research
Diane Pataki, Associate Vice President for Research
Erin Rothwell, Associate Vice President for Research


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 Lynn Wong, 801-587-1066 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Community Solutions for Health Equity

Amount: Up to $300,000 over 3 years

Deadline: October 7, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

Community Solutions for Health Equity is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched in the summer of 2019. It is focused on elevating the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy. Racism and bias are often at the root of communities of color and other communities being excluded from policy considerations, often by design. This program attempts to address those issues directly: by supporting communities to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers, envision solutions, and partner with health care systems to implement them.

Click here to learn more!

Russell Sage: Social, Political, and Economic Equality

Amount: Up to $175,000

Deadline: Noon on November 11, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including educational access, job opportunities, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations. Funding can be used for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. This round, the foundation is especially interested in research on the social, political, economic, and psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more!

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: 2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award

Deadline: November 13, 2020 (pre-proposal applications)

Amount: $495,000 over 3 years

Pre-proposal applications are being sought from physician scientists in their first faculty position conducting clinical research in any disease area. Approximately 12-18 grants of up to $495,000 each over 3 years ($150,000 direct cost and $15,000 indirect costs per year) will be awarded to early-career physician scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DO or foreign equivalent degree) at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank working at US degree-granting institutions to support clinical research that will enable their transition to independent research funding.

Click here to learn more!

Research Education (REd)

The Office of Research Education (REd) provides “comprehensive training and learning opportunities and resources for faculty, students and staff engaged in responsible conduct of research at the University of Utah.”  The primary goals of the REd Office are to:

  • Offer up-to-date courses and seminars linked to the research enterprise
  • Ensure that faculty, students, and staff develop the necessary skills to implement best practices for research
  • Provide faculty, students, and staff with access to resources and tools to implement best practices for research

Please contact Research Education with questions regarding the below events and resources. For more information about REd classes and certificates, please visit Research Education website.

Upcoming REd Classes & Best Practice Networks:

Class Title Date Time
Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies Wednesday, October 7th 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audit and Recharge Centers Thursday, October 8th 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review Tuesday, October 13th 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Proposals: How to Prepare and Submit Wednesday, October 14th 10:00am – 11:00am
Rigor, Transparency, and Reproducibility in Research Wednesday, October 14th 2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

 

 


Limited submissions

Limited Submissions are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number 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.  Failure to comply with this internal submission process may lead to the automatic rejection of a proposal selected by the University of Utah.

For a list of current Limited Submissions visit our Competition Space.

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) – NSF 18-513

Internal Deadline: Monday, October 19th 2020

External Deadline: Friday, January 1st, 2021
Award Amount: Varies

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations.

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation: Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards

Limited Submission: Two nominees

Award Amount:  $400,000 for 4 years

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

The mission of the Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. Click here to learn more about the Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards.

Click here to apply via InfoReady! 

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars

Limited Submission: One nominee

Award Amount: $100,000 unrestricted funds

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Limited Submission: Two nominees

Award Amount: $875,000 over 5 years

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

Moore Inventor Fellows

Limited Submission: Two nominees

Award Amount: $675,000 over 3 years

Internal submission deadline: November 2, 2020

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

Click here to apply via InfoReady!

Brain Research Foundation – Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Limited Submission: One nominee

Award Amount: $80,000 over 2 years

Internal submission deadline:  November 2, 2020

The Seed Grant program supports full-time Assistant or Associate Professors working in the field of neuroscience. The program aims to provide start-up money for new and innovative research projects that have the potential to become competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources.

Click here to apply via InfoReady!


Opportunity for free exhibit space for startups

Opportunity for free exhibit space for startups at SLAS International Conference and Exhibition 2021, via the SLAS Innovation AveNEW program. Each year the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) invites start-up technology and life sciences companies to apply for an exhibition kiosk located in a specially-designated area within the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition. The 24 companies chosen for Innovation AveNEW do not have to pay exhibition fees or travel costs and benefit from a prime location on the exhibit floor allowing for a direct connection to purchasing influencers and decision-makers from across the globe. Applications for SLAS2021 are being accepted until October 12, 2020.


Research quality compliance network meeting

The Office of Quality Compliance (OQC) invites research administrators from all corners of the University of Utah to join the Research Quality Compliance Network. The network provides a forum for people involved in research to share and seek advice from their peers and hear the latest in quality compliance-related issues.

The next quarterly meeting of the network is Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 at 2:00pm via Zoom. To join the network, please write a request to OQC.


New NSF grant writing resources

The Vice President for Research Office of Research Education (REd) is pleased to announce new courses and services to guide researchers in writing proposals for the National Science Foundation.

The NSF Grant Writing Foundations course is the first step in learning to prepare a competitive NSF proposal for funding. This foundation course is a prerequisite for participants who will continue on to the NSF Grant Writing Workshop, and is highly recommend prior to participating in the NSF Grant Writing Consultations. Please click here to register.

The NSF Grant Writing Consultation is a 60-minute Q&A session for researchers and investigators at any point in the grant writing process. This in-person forum allows for participants to ask brief questions about any aspect of preparing NSF proposals. Researchers can bring their draft proposal outline/research questions for feedback, ask questions about the grant writing or review process, or share and learn tips to make proposals more competitive. An expert in grant writing will facilitate the discussion. Please click here to register.

The NSF Grant Writing Workshop is a one-day, hands-on workshop to assist researchers  and investigators in developing competitive proposals for NSF. The course will cover the grant writing process from framing research ideas, outlining and drafting the core proposal elements, and addressing intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria. Participants will share and receive feedback on their project ideas, research questions, and broader impacts activities from both peers and experienced grant writers. This six-hour workshop is designed for sharing ideas and obtaining professional feedback. The next Workshop will be held on Friday, October 30th from 11am-5pm. Please click here to register.

We would also like to remind investigators that the course Onboarding for new PIs: Submitting proposals at the University of Utah is required for all PIs submitting proposals for the first time. This course guides new PIs through the process of preparing and submitting proposals, and describes campus resources for finding sources of funding, preparing proposal documents, and submitting proposals to all external sponsors.


Research Education (REd)

The Office of Research Education (REd) provides “comprehensive training and learning opportunities and resources for faculty, students and staff engaged in responsible conduct of research at the University of Utah.”  The primary goals of the REd Office are to:

  • Offer up-to-date courses and seminars linked to the research enterprise
  • Ensure that faculty, students, and staff develop the necessary skills to implement best practices for research
  • Provide faculty, students, and staff with access to resources and tools to implement best practices for research

Please contact Research Education with questions regarding the below events and resources. For more information about REd.

Upcoming REd Classes & Best Practice Networks:

Class Title Date Time
Introduction to Research Integrity Tuesday, September 22nd 10:00am – 11:00am
Best Practice Network: eProposal – Guided Tour Wednesday, September 23rd 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Source Documentation for Clinical Research Thursday, September 24th 10:00am – 11:00am
Financial Management in Clinical Research Tuesday, September 29th 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts Wednesday, September 30th 2:00pm – 3:00pm


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 Lynn Wong, 801-587-1066 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.

Simons Foundation — Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 

Amount: Up to $100,000

Deadline: September 24, 2020

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics programs, to make sabbatical research leaves more productive by extending them from a single term to a full academic year.

A Simons Fellowship provides salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over 9 or 12 months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave. The Fellow’s home institution will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Please note that the foundation’s indirect cost policy allows up to 20 percent of direct cost expenditures.

Click here to learn more!

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Community Solutions for Health Equity

Amount: Up to $300,000 over 3 years

Deadline: October 7, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

Community Solutions for Health Equity is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched in the summer of 2019. It is focused on elevating the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy. Racism and bias are often at the root of communities of color and other communities being excluded from policy considerations, often by design. This program attempts to address those issues directly: by supporting communities to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers, envision solutions, and partner with health care systems to implement them.

Click here to learn more!

Russell Sage: Social, Political, and Economic Equality

Amount: Up to $175,000

Deadline: Noon on November 11, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including educational access, job opportunities, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations. Funding can be used for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. This round, the foundation is especially interested in research on the social, political, economic, and psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more!

 

 


Limited submissions

Limited Submissions are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number 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.  Failure to comply with this internal submission process may lead to the automatic rejection of a proposal selected by the University of Utah.

For a list of current Limited Submissions visit our Competition Space.

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) – NSF 18-513

Internal Deadline: Monday, October 19th 2020

External Deadline: Friday, January 1st, 2021
Award Amount: Varies

Program Synopsis

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations.

An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below:

  1. Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000. The University of Utah is limited to two Track 1 proposals.
  2. Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000. The University of Utah is limited to one Track 2 proposal.

The number of MRI proposal submissions allowed per institution continues to be a maximum of three, but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from NSF.

Please see solicitation NSF 18-513 for full program details and eligibility requirements.

Required Application Information

Research Narrative: PDF Format Only – 2 page maximum research statement that identifies the following:

  1. Whether the proposal will be submitted to Track 1 or Track 2
  2. A summary of the instrumentation to be purchased
  3. Significance of the instrumentation to the University of Utah
  4. Potential users of the instrumentation
  5. Project participants and qualifications of the PI and co-PIs
  6. Relevance of the instrumentation to the goals and priorities of NSF and the MRI program
  7. The anticipated budget total

Biosketch: PDF Format Only – 2 page, NSF-style biosketch for all PIs, co-PIs, and senior personnel

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a campus-wide committee who will evaluate the likelihood that the proposed project will be funded by NSF, and also ensure that a diversity of projects and disciplines are selected from different units on campus. Applicants will be notified of the final decisions by Monday, November 2nd, 2020, in time to prepare a full proposal to the sponsor.

Click here to apply via InfoReady!


Intramural Funding Opportunities

Distinguished Research Awards

Nomination Open Date: September 1st, 2020

Nomination Deadline: October 15th, 2020

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly or creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty. The URC will provide up to three awards for creative or scholarly achievements. Nominations are received once per year for this award.

Click here to submit a nomination!


2021 Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholar Program application

The Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program is a holistic, two-year competitive mentoring program designed to offer intensive mentorship and support to early-stage faculty members engaged in clinical and translational research in transitioning to accomplished, funded principal investigators. VPCAT leverages the resources of our institution to augment departmental resources in support of junior faculty investigators using a multi-level Matrix Mentoring Model that includes self, scientific, peer, senior, and staff mentorship. The program incorporates formal and informal mentoring; a structured curriculum focused on leadership competencies, essential knowledge, and practical skills to be an effective clinical or translational researcher; and access to resources to facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data, and preparation and submission of competitive grant applications.

This program is open to junior faculty from all University of Utah Health colleges and schools and the College of Social and Behavioral Science, as well as nominated researchers from Intermountain Healthcare.

For those who meet the specified criteria and are interested in applying, there will be a VPCAT Application Workshop held on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 pm via Zoom to review the application and answer questions. Additional details are attached in Competition Space and available on the VPCAT Research Scholars Program’s website, including examples of accepted applications. Applications are reviewed and candidates selected by VPCAT Senior mentors and members of the VPCAT Alumni Advisory Committee. The program begins January 1, 2021 and concludes December 31, 2022.

For questions about the VPCAT Research Scholars Program and/or faculty eligibility, please contact Ms. Jenny Cochrane, (801) 585-9354.


Research Quality Compliance Network meeting

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
2:00pm (MST) via Zoom

The Office of Quality Compliance (OQC) invites research administrators from all corners of the University of Utah to join the Research Quality Compliance Network. The network provides a forum for people involved in research to share and seek advice from their peers and hear the latest in quality compliance-related issues.

The next quarterly meeting of the network is Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 at 2:00pm via Zoom. To join the network, please write a request to OQC.


Continuation of “Orange” restrictions status for University of Utah

On September 4, 2020, the Governor’s Office issued an executive order to move Salt Lake County to Yellow restrictions status, while the University of Utah remains in Orange restrictions status until October 10, 2020.

Throughout this period, our emergency management, facilities, and academic leadership teams will continue to review and provide information about appropriate policies and protocols that will guide our operations at the University of Utah.

For more information, consult the Research Alert Levels table outlining current allowable research operations and research specific policies & procedures HERE.


New practices for cost sharing and matching

In order to coordinate and facilitate the provision of central funds for cost sharing, the university has developed new policies and practices for handling these requests.

The university wants to support as many proposals as possible, but resources are limited. For this reason, the responsibility for funding the cost-share commitment lies with the department/college. However, after maximizing department and/or college resources, the university may provide funding for the remaining difference (“Institutional Cash Contribution”) to meet the cost-share requirements.

The Institutional Cash Contribution provided by the university may alter the F&A distribution to a department/college. The University anticipates the cost-share amount will be less than or equal to the anticipated F&A collected from the project. If the Institutional Cash Contribution is more than the anticipated F&A collected, approval is unlikely. Please also note that if the anticipated F&A is less than 5% of the Institutional Cash Contribution, the department/college will support the administrative burden of tracking commitments and actual allocations by providing a Chartfield to pay the difference.

Units are encouraged to maximize pre-existing allowable resources, which will have the net effect of reducing the Institutional Cash Contribution and increasing the amount of returned F&A. For additional information, please visit OSP.


Research Instrumentation Fund

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchases, or to replace/upgrade existing research equipment. The VPR Office runs two cycles of the RIF Program: one for fall semester, and one for spring semester. Equipment purchased with RIF funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible and used to facilitate externally funded research and scholarship.


Eligibility requirements

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to:

  1. Individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah
  2. Recognized University of Utah core facilities. (Note: Only core facility directors should initiate core equipment requests. Only one request per core facility each cycle.)

Length of grants

All RIF funds must be expended within one year. In exceptional circumstances, the VPR Office may consider a single written request for an extension. Meaningful justification is required.

A final report must be submitted (via InfoReady) within three months of the award end date. Any applicants who have not submitted the final report for a previous RIF award will not be considered for award.

Program information

  • Matching funds: Matching funds are required for an application to be considered for a RIF award. Matching funds are an indicator of the support from the applicant’s Department/College and/or equipment users, and demonstrate the importance of the acquisition to those supporting the application. A minimum of 30% in matching funds is required, except in well-documented and exceptional circumstances. The source of matching funds should be identified in the application. Failure to provide amount and source information for all matching funds may negatively affect the RIF application.
  • Best Price Documentation: The VPR Office highly encourages faculty and cores to seek the best price for equipment, and to provide documentation of this negotiation as support for their application.  Such discounts will be considered in the evaluation of the RIF application. Manufacture discounts and in-kind donations, however, are not considered matching funds.
  • Instrumentation for Teaching/Training: RIF funds arise from indirect cost reimbursements from research contracts and grants, and hence are earmarked solely for research and not for teaching/training purposes.  If requested instrumentation will also be used for teaching/training, the fraction of use for teaching/training must be provided and the funding for that fraction of the acquisition, maintenance, and use must be identified.  Matching funds for teaching/training purposes are independent from the matching funds for research purposes.
  • Equipment Verification: RIF is designed to provide new research instrumentation, OR to replace/upgrade existing research instruments. Please verify that similar equipment is not currently available on campus through the Find Equipment If similar equipment is available, the applicant will need to provide meaningful justification why additional equipment is needed.
  • Equipment Replacement Requests: Requests for replacement equipment must provide documentation on prior use, e.g. logbook if it is a core device then show revenue and user base.
  • RIF Resubmission Requests: Resubmitted proposals must include a point-by-point response to all previous reviewer comments.

Important deadlines

Cycle Deadline
Fall FY21 Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
Spring FY21 Friday, Jan. 15, 2020

Note: Applications are due by 5 p.m. MST.

Application process and requirements

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Equipment Name and Overview
  3. Equipment Total Cost
  4. Matching Funds Total
  5. Matching Funds Source
  6. Additional Costs (Note: must be itemized and well-justified)
  7. Total Amount Requested from VPR
  8. Proposal Narrative:
    • How the equipment will be managed and maintained (including anticipated lifespan and continued maintenance needs of equipment)
    • How ongoing/recurring costs will be supported
    • Plan to provide access to other researchers (including timeframe, costs/recharge, etc.)
    • Where equipment will be housed (note: Core applicants must provide justification if equipment would not be housed in a Core facility)
    • How equipment can/will be shared by more than one laboratory
    • Impact of equipment/RIF award on scholarship and productivity
    • Probability of increased extramural funding resulting from equipment/RIF award
    • Verification that equipment is unique/new to the University, OR a replacement or upgrade to existing equipment.
    • Any additional benefits the equipment would provide to the University of Utah.
  9. Letter(s) of Support Upload
    • Faculty applicants must include a letter of support from the College Dean, Department Chair, and any additional supporting faculty users, including those who are providing matching funds.
    • CORES applicants must include a letter from the Director of the core Facility indicating 1) support of the equipment, and 2) how the equipment will impact the strategic priorities of your College.
  10. Instrumentation Quote Upload
    • All applicants must upload a price quote for requested equipment.

Submit an application

CORE and Faculty applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are hosted on InfoReady. Please double-check that you are applying to the appropriate competition using the below application buttons.

Click here for a faculty application.
Click here for a cores application.


Distinguished Research Awards

Distinguished Research Awards
Nomination deadline: Oct. 15,  2020 (5 p.m. MST)

Click here to submit a nomination.

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly or creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty. The URC will provide up to three awards for creative or scholarly achievements. Nominations are received once per year for this award.

Eligibility requirements

Only tenured faculty who have held an appointment with the University of Utah for a minimum of five years are eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be made by any faculty member, department, or college within the university.

Nominees are evaluated on the impact and significance of their career research or scholarly work to their field, as well as to the improvement and enrichment of the human condition. Evidence of impact and significance generally includes one or both of the following:

  • A long and sustained record of research and scholarly publications, creative works, research grants or community-engaged research.
  • A breakthrough, innovation, or achievement that has had a transformative effect on the nominee’s scholarly discipline and/or on society.

Nominees will remain in the nomination pool for three years. If a nominee does not receive an award within three years, a two year waiting period must pass before they can be nominated again.
Priority for awards and recognition will be given to nominated faculty belonging to historically underrepresented groups. Deans are encouraged to guide award nominations committees to any available training programs in implicit and unconscious bias hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO).

Nomination Submission Process & Requirements
  1. Nominee (recipient) information
    • First & Last Name
    • Email (UMail addresses only)
    • Full Title
    • Department & College
    • Tenure home (if nominee holds appointments in multiple departments)
  1. Nominator (applicant) information
    • First & Last Name
    • Email (UMail addresses only)
    • Full Title
    • Department & College
  1. Letter of Nomination
    • Two pages maximum in PDF format only.
    • Summarize the nominee’s relevant accomplishments, contributions to their field of research, and evidence of creativity or originality in their scholarship.
  1. Nominee’s CV – PDF Format Only
  2. Reference letter writers
    • Please submit contact information for five individuals external to the University of Utah who would be willing to submit a letter of reference on behalf of your nominee. These recommendations should be people of stature in the nominee’s field, and will be asked to speak to the impact of the nominee’s work. The URC will solicit these references to evaluate the body of nominees’ work.
    • Please reach out to letter writers well in advance of your nomination submission to ensure they are willing to submit a letter of reference. Nominations with few submitted reference letters may receive less consideration.
    • Please include complete contact information for each of the proposed references.
      • Full Name
      • Title
      • Affiliation/Organization
      • Email
      • Phone Number
      • Affiliation to the nominee

Trent Foxley appointed to Associate Director Research and Science

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Trent Foxley to the role of Associate Director, Research and Science for Research Integrity and Compliance for the University of Utah, effective July 27, 2020.  Foxley will lead the Foreign Influence unit as the Risk Manager for International Engagement and Compliance.

Foxley has been extensively associated with the research industry.  His range of experience extends across laboratory; trial coordination; regulatory affairs; training/education; team, site, and trial management; quality assurance and compliance.

Foxley is looking forward to leading efforts across our campus to educate, identify, and implement best practices and reporting requirements to prevent and combat undue foreign influence; while remaining committed to the advancement of research and discovery on a global level.

Please join us in welcoming Trent Foxley as he transitions into this new role. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Erin Rothwell, Associate Vice President for Research Integrity & Compliance
Andrew S. Weyrich, Vice President for Research


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.


2021 Sloan Research Fellowships
Amount: $75,000 over two years
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020

The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Successful candidates for a Fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. Nominated candidates are normally several years past the completion of their Ph.D. in order to accumulate a competitive record of independent, significant research. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physics or a related field.

Click here to learn more.


Simons Foundation: Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Sept. 24, 2020

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics programs, to make sabbatical research leaves more productive by extending them from a single term to a full academic year.

A Simons Fellowship provides salary replacement for up to 50% (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over 9 or 12 months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave. The fellow’s home institution will receive an additional 20% overhead on allowable expenses. Please note that the foundation’s indirect cost policy allows up to 20% of direct cost expenditures.

Click here to learn more.


2021 Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholar Program application

The Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program is a holistic, two-year competitive mentoring program designed to offer intensive mentorship and support to early stage faculty members engaged in clinical and translational research in transitioning to accomplished, funded principal investigators. VPCAT leverages the resources of our institution to augment departmental resources in support of junior faculty investigators using a multilevel Matrix Mentoring Model that includes self, scientific, peer, senior and staff mentorship. The program incorporates formal and informal mentoring; a structured curriculum focused on leadership competencies, essential knowledge and practical skills to be an effective clinical or translational researcher; and access to resources to facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data, and preparation and submission of competitive grant applications.

This program is open to junior faculty from all University of Utah Health colleges and schools and the College of Social and Behavioral Science, as well as nominated researchers from Intermountain Healthcare.

Additional details are attached in Competition Space and available on the VPCAT Research Scholars Program’s website, including examples of accepted applications. Applications are reviewed and candidates selected by VPCAT Senior mentors and members of the VPCAT Alumni Advisory Committee. The program begins Jan. 1, 2021, and concludes Dec. 31, 2022.

For questions about the VPCAT Research Scholars Program and/or faculty eligibility, please contact Jenny Cochrane, 801-585-9354.


A letter to the U research community

As the Fall 2020 Semester begins, we would like to take a moment and thank our entire research community, including all VPR unit staff, for keeping research operations running smoothly and safely this summer under the extraordinary and difficult circumstances. Your enormous efforts and cooperation with many evolving safety guidelines kept the campus community safe and healthy, while continuing many critical research operations.

Because of all your important work, the University of Utah research community has celebrated another historic high of $603M in research funding for FY20. Despite these challenging times, the U submitted the most proposals ever for the month of June and received a substantial boost in funding related to COVID-19 research. Congratulations to all of the remarkable faculty, students, staff, and research partners who helped us achieve another research funding milestone this year. You can find more details about the FY20 campus research accomplishments here.

With the return of more students and personnel to campus, it will be essential to continue to stay diligent and follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines to keep our campus safe and healthy for the remainder of the pandemic. As a reminder, university research is still restricted to “Limited Research Activities” ONLY while the U remains in the Orange Phase (see the Research Alert Levels table for more information). We will continue to keep our website current with new information and announce updated policies when the campus moves to a different risk phase.

We greatly appreciate all of your efforts and achievements during this difficult summer semester. Together we will continue to navigate through these challenging times while advancing the university’s critical missions of fostering innovation, creativity, knowledge transfer, and entrepreneurship that leads to positive transformation.

Sincerely,

Andy Weyrich, Vice President for Research

Diane Pataki, Associate Vice President for Research

Erin Rothwell, Associate Vice President for Research


Limited submissions

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.  Failure to comply with this internal submission process may lead to the automatic rejection of a proposal selected by the University of Utah.

For a list of current Limited Submissions visit our Competition Space.


Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) – NSF 18-513
Internal deadline: Oct. 19, 2020
External deadline:  Jan. 1, 2021
Award amount: Varies

Program Synopsis

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations.

An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below:

  1. Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000. The University of Utah is limited to two Track 1 proposals.
  2. Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000. The University of Utah is limited to one Track 2 proposal.

The number of MRI proposal submissions allowed per institution continues to be a maximum of three but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from NSF.

Please see solicitation NSF 18-513 for full program details and eligibility requirements.

Required Application Information

Research narrative: PDF format only. Two-page maximum research statement that identifies the following:

  1. Whether the proposal will be submitted to Track 1 or Track 2
  2. A summary of the instrumentation to be purchased
  3. Significance of the instrumentation to the University of Utah
  4. Potential users of the instrumentation
  5. Project participants and qualifications of the PI and co-PIs
  6. Relevance of the instrumentation to the goals and priorities of NSF and the MRI program
  7. The anticipated budget total

Biosketch: PDF format only. Two-page, NSF-style biosketch for all PIs, co-PIs, and senior personnel

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a campus-wide committee that will evaluate the likelihood that the proposed project will be funded by NSF, and also ensure that a diversity of projects and disciplines are selected from different units on campus. Applicants will be notified of the final decisions by Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in time to prepare a full proposal to the sponsor.

Click here to apply via InfoReady.


Intramural funding opportunities

CCTS Translational and Clinical Studies Pilot Program
Letter of Intent deadline: Sept. 23, 2020 (by 5 p.m. MST)
Application deadline: Oct. 19, 2020 (by 5 p.m. MST)

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is pleased to announce that we are requesting proposals for the 2021 award cycle of the CCTS Translation and Clinical Studies Pilot Program. The CCTS provides intramural awards to support the growth of interdisciplinary and investigator-initiated clinical and translational research across U Health’s broad range of scientific disciplines. It is expected that all research supported by CCTS pilot project awards will result in one or more publications in a peer-reviewed journal and will provide critical preliminary data to support extramural applications.

Click here to view the full program details and eligibility requirements.


Faculty Scholarly Grant Program
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020
Amount: $6,000

The Faculty Small Grant Program (FSGP) seeks to support significant research and creative scholarly projects in colleges that experience difficulty obtaining extramural funding. This program will provide faculty with grants up to $6,000 for a period of two years to support scholarly projects and publications. In exceptional circumstances, the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding. Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, merit, and likelihood of successful completion.

Click here to apply.


Distinguished Research Awards
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly or creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty. The URC will provide up to three awards for creative or scholarly achievements. Nominations are received once per year for this award.

Click here to submit a nomination.


Research Instrumentation Fund
Fall deadline: Sept. 18, 2020

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchases, or to replace/upgrade existing research equipment. The VPR Office runs two cycles of the RIF Program – one for Fall semester, and one for Spring semester. Equipment purchased with RIF funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible and used to facilitate externally funded research and scholarship.  The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to:

NOTE: Both Faculty and Cores applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are hosted on InfoReady. Please double-check that you are applying to the appropriate competition using the below application buttons.

Click here for a faculty application.
Click here for a cores application.


Faculty Scholarly Grant Program (FSGP) – applications open August 7th, 2020

Deadline: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
Click here to apply! (Note: The FSGP Spring 2020 application cycle will open August 7th 2020)

The Faculty Small Grant Program (FSGP) seeks to support significant research and creative scholarly projects in colleges that experience difficulty obtaining extramural funding. This program will provide faculty with grants up to $6,000 for a period of two years to support scholarly projects and publications. In exceptional circumstances the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding. Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, merit, and likelihood of successful completion.

Eligibility requirements

Faculty who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply. Recipients of University Research Committee (URC) grants must submit a final report within three months of the award end date, and close out any remaining URC funds before they are eligible to reapply for any URC program. Any applications received from an applicant who has not closed out a previous URC grant, or has not submitted the final report for any previous projects, will not be considered by the URC. The funding for a Faculty Fellowship Award and a Faculty Small Grant Program may be used jointly.

Length of grants

The grant activity will close two years after the award date. Any remaining funds will be returned to the URC. A single, 6-month no-cost extension will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Recipients of the URC grants must submit a Final Report (via InfoReady) within 3 months of the award end-date.

Final report information

The recipient of any University Research Committee (URC) grant mechanism (FSGP, FFA, or CBR awards) is required to submit a one-page, single-spaced Final Report within three months of the project’s end-date, as outlined in your original award letter. The URC will not consider new applications from an investigator until a final report is received for ALL previous URC grants awarded to that investigator.

If the award produces a tangible product, the recipient should send a copy of the product to the University Research Committee, (please contact VPR Grants to coordinate). Tangible product includes, but is not limited to: scholarly articles, books, photographs, or other appropriate material. Tangible products submitted with final reports will be returned.

If the award results in an event or performance, the recipient should provide documentation of the event or performance. Documentation includes, but is not limited to: event advertisements, website or registration links, or event programs.

The recipient of any URC award is required to acknowledge the URC grant in any published results, catalogs, videos or other products using the following URC Acknowledgment Statement: “This project was supported by the University Research Committee (URC) at the University of Utah. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the official views of the URC, the Vice President for Research Office, or the University of Utah.”

Important Deadlines

Deadline Project Begins
September 15 Spring
November 15 Summer
March 15 Fall

Each deadline is tied to a specific semester when the grant funds will be transferred. This is to ensure enough time is given to review and process the transfer before the project begins. Please refer to the table below to know the deadline for the application.

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. 

Application requirements

Abstract (up to 1.0 page max)

  • Abstract should include project goals or research questions, plan of action or research methods, planned outcomes, and plan for dissemination.

Recommended Faculty Reviewers

  • Please list five recommended University of Utah affiliated faculty reviewers (with a title, department , e-mail address, and phone number for each reviewer.) Two of your recommended reviewers should affiliated with your department, and three should be external to your department. Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Chairs cannot be reviewers. Do not recommend anyone with a potential conflict of interest.
  • The URC strongly urges that recommended reviewers be notified by the applicant prior to being listed in the application. Failure to receive the required faculty reviews may negatively affect the application.

Proposal Narrative (up to 3 pages max)

  • The proposal narrative must be limited to three typed, single-spaced pages with a font size of 12 points. A one-page bibliography may also be submitted. Those with more than 3 pages will be returned to the applicant without committee review.
  • The proposal narrative must include; a clear description of the project with strong objectives, specific research questions/creative objectives, justification for the project, and a detailed, concise description of methodology and procedure.
  • The proposal narrative should also contain references or a review of the relevant literature to demonstrate the applicant is knowledgeable about background material, and that the proposed project will not duplicate research already undertaken by other researchers.

Budget Outline

  • Please use the FSGP Budget Guidelines and Restrictions as well as the URC Budget Template Sheet when completing this section. Budgets should be well-justified, accurate, and reflect the full scope of the proposed work. In general, budgets should not exceed the $6,000 award amount. In exceptional circumstances the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding. If additional funding is needed, substantial justification is required.

CV/Biographical Sketch

  • Please provide the CV or biographical sketch of each investigator listed on the project. Bio sketches are not required for associated parties who will not be considered PI or Co-PI on the project. Note: abbreviated CV’s are encouraged.

Health, Safety, and Compliance Documentation

  • The applicant must submit evidence that the proposal has been submitted to the required health, safety, and compliance officials, including; Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for research on human subjects, and IACUC approval for research involving comparative medicine.
  • The URC will not release funds for an awarded project if not approved by the relevant health, safety, and compliance officials. Documentation of relevant IRB and/or IACUC application submissions must be provided with grant application for the application to be considered.

Appendices & Attachments (up to 2 pages max – optional) 

  • Appendices & Attachments should be kept to a minimum. Examples of relevant attachments include; applicant’s relevant publications, descriptions of how the project will be disseminated to the public, plans and strategies for seeking extramural funding, etc.

New practices for cost sharing and matching

In order to coordinate and facilitate the provision of central funds for cost sharing, the University has developed new policies and practices for handling these requests, effective August 1, 2020.

The University wants to support as many proposals as possible, but resources are limited. For this reason, the responsibility for funding the cost share commitment lies with the department/college. However, after maximizing department and/or college resources, the University may provide funding for the remaining difference (“Institutional Cash Contribution”) to meet the cost share requirements.

The Institutional Cash Contribution provided by the University may alter the F&A distribution to a department/college. The University anticipates the cost share amount will be less than or equal to the anticipated F&A collected from the project. If the Institutional Cash Contribution is more than the anticipated F&A collected, approval is unlikely. Please also note that if the anticipated F&A is less than 5% of the Institutional Cash Contribution, the department/college will support the administrative burden of tracking commitments and actual allocations by providing a Chartfield to pay the difference.

Units are encouraged to maximize pre-existing allowable resources, which will have the net effect of reducing the Institutional Cash Contribution and increasing the amount of returned F&A. For additional information, please visit OSP.


Research Instrumentation Fund – now accepting applications

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchasesor to replace/upgrade existing research equipment. The VPR Office runs two cycles of the RIF Program – one for Fall semester, and one for Spring semester. Equipment purchased with RIF funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible and used to facilitate externally funded research and scholarship.

Eligibility requirements

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to:

  1. Individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah
  2. Recognized University of Utah core facilities(Note: Only core facility directors should initiate core equipment requests. Only one request per core facility each cycle.)

Length of grants

All RIF funds must be expended within one year. In exceptional circumstances, the VPR Office may consider a single written request for an extension. Meaningful justification is required.

A final report must be submitted (via InfoReady) within three months of the award end date. Any applicants who have not submitted the final report for a previous RIF award will not be considered for award.

Program Information

  • Matching funds: Matching funds are required for an application to be considered for a RIF award. Matching funds are an indicator of support from the applicant’s Department/College and/or equipment users, and demonstrate the importance of the acquisition to those supporting the application. A minimum of 30% in matching funds is required, except in well-documented and exceptional circumstances. The source of matching funds should be identified in the application. Failure to provide amount and source information for all matching funds may negatively affect the RIF application.
  • Best Price Documentation: The VPR Office highly encourages faculty and cores to seek the best price for equipment, and to provide documentation of this negotiation as support for their application.  Such discounts will be considered in the evaluation of the RIF application. Manufacture discounts and in-kind donations, however, are not considered matching funds.
  • Instrumentation for Teaching/Training: RIF funds arise from indirect cost reimbursements from research contracts and grants, and hence are earmarked solely for research and not for teaching/training purposes.  If requested instrumentation will also be used for teaching/training, the fraction of use for teaching/training must be provided and the funding for that fraction of the acquisition, maintenance, and use must be identified.  Matching funds for teaching/training purposes are independent from the matching funds for research purposes.
  • Equipment Verification: RIF is designed to provide new research instrumentation, OR to replace/upgrade existing research instruments. Please verify that similar equipment is not currently available on campus through the Find Equipment If similar equipment is available, the applicant will need to provide meaningful justification why additional equipment is needed.
  • Equipment Replacement Requests: Requests for replacement equipment must provide documentation on prior use, e.g. log book if it is a core device then show revenue and user base.
  • RIF Resubmission Requests: Resubmitted proposals must include a point-by-point response to all previous reviewer comments.

Important Deadlines

Cycle Deadline
Fall FY21 Friday, September 18th, 2020
Spring FY21 Friday, January 15th, 2020

Note: Applications are due by 5:00pm MST.

Application Process & Requirements

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Equipment Name and Overview
  3. Equipment Total Cost
  4. Matching Funds Total
  5. Matching Funds Source
  6. Additional Costs (Note: must be itemized and well-justified)
  7. Total Amount Requested from VPR
  8. Proposal Narrative– must include;
    • How the equipment will be managed and maintained (including anticipated lifespan and continued maintenance needs of equipment)
    • How ongoing/recurring costs will be supported
    • Plan to provide access to other researchers (including timeframe, costs/recharge, etc.)
    • Where equipment will be housed (note: Core applicants must provide justification if equipment would not be housed in a Core facility)
    • How equipment can/will be shared by more than one laboratory
    • Impact of equipment/RIF award on scholarship and productivity
    • Probability of increased extramural funding resulting from equipment/RIF award
    • Verification that equipment is unique/new to the University, OR a replacement or upgrade to existing equipment.
    • Any additional benefits the equipment would provide to the University of Utah.
  9. Letter(s) of Support Upload
    • Faculty applicants must include a letter of support from the College Dean, Department Chair, and any additional supporting faculty users, including those who are providing matching funds.
    • CORES applicants must include a letter from the Director of the core Facility indicating 1) support of the equipment, and 2) how the equipment will impact the strategic priorities of your College.
  10. Instrumentation Quote Upload
    • All applicants must upload a price quote for requested equipment.

Submit an Application

CORE and Faculty applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are hosted on InfoReady. Please double-check that you are applying to the appropriate competition using the below application buttons.

Click here for Faculty Application!

Click here for Cores Application!


Distinguished Research Awards (DRA) – Nominations Open September 1st

Nomination Open Date: September 1st, 2020

Nomination Deadline: October 15th, 2020

Click here to submit a nomination!

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly or creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty. The URC will provide up to three awards for creative or scholarly achievements. Nominations are received once per year for this award.

Eligibility requirements

Only tenured faculty who have held an appointment with the University of Utah for a minimum of five years are eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be made by any faculty member, department, or college within the University.

Nominees are evaluated on the impact and significance of their career research or scholarly work to their field, as well as to the improvement and enrichment of the human condition. Evidence of impact and significance generally includes one or both of the following:

  • A long and sustained record of research and scholarly publications, creative works, research grants, or community-engaged research.
  • A breakthrough, innovation, or achievement that has had a transformative effect on the nominee’s scholarly discipline and/or on society.

Nominees will remain in the nomination pool for three years. If a nominee does not receive an award within three years, a two year waiting period must pass before they can be nominated again.

Priority for awards and recognition will be given to nominated faculty belonging to historically underrepresented groups. Deans are encouraged to guide award nominations committees to any available training programs in implicit and unconscious bias hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO).

Important Deadlines

The FY21 nomination cycle will open September 1st, 2020. Nominations are due on October 15th, 2020 (by 5:00pm MST).

Nomination Submission Process & Requirements

Nominee (Recipient) Information, including;

  • First & Last Name
  • Email (UMail addresses only)
  • Full Title
  • Department & College
  • Tenure home (if nominee holds appointments in multiple departments

Nominator (Applicant) Information, including;

  • First & Last Name
  • Email (UMail addresses only)
  • Full Title
  • Department & College

Letter of Nomination: 2 pages maximum– PDF Format Only

  • Summarize the nominee’s relevant accomplishments, contributions to their field of research, and evidence of creativity or originality in their scholarship.

Nominee’s CV – PDF Format Only

Reference Letter Writers

  • Please submit contact information for five individuals external to the University of Utah whowould be willing to submit a letter of reference on behalf of your nominee. These recommendations should be people of stature in the nominee’s field, and will be asked to speak to the impact of the nominee’s work. The URC will solicit these references to evaluate the body of nominees’ work.
  • Please reach out to letter writers well in advance of your nomination submission to ensure they are willing to submit a letter of reference. Nominations with few submitted reference letters may receive less consideration.
  • Please include complete contact information for each of the proposed references, including:
    • Full Name
    • Title
    • Affiliation/Organization
    • Email
    • Phone Number
    • Affiliation to the nominee

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.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Focus Grants

Deadline: August 1, 2020

Amount: Up to $1.5 million over three years

AFSP has a goal to reduce our nation’s suicide rate 20% by 2025. The Focus Grant program seeks applications that address potential biological, psychological, social, and/or environmental pathways and interventions that can significantly reduce the national suicide rate if ultimately implemented on a large scale.

Click here to learn more!

 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation — Young Investigator Award

Deadline: August 3, 2020

Amount: Up to $600,000 over four years

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

Click here to learn more!

Russell Sage Foundation — Social Science Research

Deadline: August 5, 2020

Amount: Up to $175,000

In response to the crises of 2020, the foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change.

Click here to learn more!

Templeton Foundation

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Amount: Up to ~$1M over multiple years

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in six major funding areas. Templeton invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Templeton funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity. Core funding areas include Science & the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, Genetics, and Voluntary Family Planning.

Click here to learn more!

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — New Directions Fellowship

Internal Deadline: August 28, 2020

Amount: Up to $300,000

The U has been invited to submit a single nominee for consideration by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the New Directions Fellowship. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them2 most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.

Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences between 2008 and 2014 and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. It may take place either at fellows’ home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate. Although it is anticipated that many fellows will seek to acquire deeper knowledge of other fields within the broadly defined sphere of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, proposals to study disciplines farther afield are eligible.

The principal criteria for selection are:

  1. The overall significance of the research
  2. The case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research
  3. The likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed, and (4) a well‑developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time.

Click here to learn more!

2021 Sloan Research Fellowships

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Amount: $75,000 over two years

The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Successful candidates for a Fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. Nominated candidates are normally several years past the completion of their Ph.D. in order to accumulate a competitive record of independent, significant research. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physics, or a related field.

Click here to learn more!

 

 


Call for applications – R01 writing groups

Submitting a first successful R01 is a major challenge. The University’s KL2 program, a part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, is organizing R01 writing groups that will include up to five NIH-defined new investigators who are pursuing their first R01 NIH award (or equivalent). Each group will be headed by one or two senior faculty members with extensive success with NIH awards and study section reviewer experience. The groups will foster peer and senior mentoring to produce top quality grant submissions. This team approach has been used nationally to increase success with obtaining first R01s.

The plan

  1. The first meeting for the groups will be scheduled during the week of August 17, 2020.  This meeting will focus on the specific aims of each faculty member pursuing their first R01 level grant.
  2. After that, the groups will continue to meet every other week to revise their aims until the end of September 2020.
  3. In October and November 2020, groups will meet to provide guidance and feedback on the Research Strategy (research plan, significance and innovation, budget and other materials).
  4. On December 16th2020 there will be a mock study section from 1-5 PM. The junior faculty’s content mentor or primary mentor will be expected to participate.
  5. In February 2021, the R01 will be submitted.

Admission will be competitive based on a review of the specific aims, biosketch, and preliminary data. Application documents should include:

  1. Current Specific Aims Draft
  2. Biosketch
  3. Preliminary Data supporting the aims.

Applications are due August 6, 2020 by emailing necessary documents to Jennifer Zitterkoph and/or Maureen Murtaugh.

Please encourage your faculty who meet new investigator status (never had an R01 or equivalent as PI) to participate.  For questions about program content, or for administrative support, contact  Jennifer Zitterkoph.


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.

Russell Sage Foundation — Social Science Research

Deadline: August 5, 2020

Amount: Up to $175,000

In response to the crises of 2020, the foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change.

Click here to learn more!

Templeton Foundation

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Amount: Up to ~$1M over multiple years

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in six major funding areas. Templeton invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Templeton funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity. Core funding areas include Science & the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, Genetics, and Voluntary Family Planning.

Click here to learn more!

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — New Directions Fellowship

Internal Deadline: August 28, 2020

Amount: Up to $300,000

The U has been invited to submit a single nominee for consideration by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the New Directions Fellowship. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them2 most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.

Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences between 2008 and 2014 and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. It may take place either at fellows’ home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate. Although it is anticipated that many fellows will seek to acquire deeper knowledge of other fields within the broadly defined sphere of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, proposals to study disciplines farther afield are eligible.

The principal criteria for selection are:

  1. The overall significance of the research
  2. The case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research
  3. The likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed, and (4) a well‑developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time.

Click here to learn more!


CCTS Community-Initiated Translational Research Pilot Program

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is pleased to announce that we are requesting proposals for the 2020 award cycle of the CCTS Community-Initiated Translational Research Pilot Program. Please see the attached funding opportunity announcement for full details.

Summary of the Funding Opportunity Purpose

Community-initiated translational research pilot projects that focus on community-identified health-related needs and involve collaborations between community organizations and researchers. It is expected that the research supported by each of these pilot awards will result in one or more publications and/or presentations, and will collect data that will be used to apply for funding from NIH or other funders to expand and continue the projects.

Eligibility Criteria

A collaboration between the following:

  1. Leader(s) of a community organization located in Utah
  2. Researcher(s) affiliated with a Utah CCTS organization – University of Utah, Utah Department of Health, Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System, Intermountain Healthcare, or Comagine Health.

Award Budget

  • Up to $60,000
  • Requested budgets should be based on the proposed project needs. No proposal may exceed a request of $60,000. Awards will be given based on merit and funding availability. Funds must be used within the granting period –no extensions will be granted.

CCTS Community-Initiated Translational Research Pilot Program Award Cycle

August 31, 2020 Joint letter of intent due date (by 5:00pm MDT)
November 13, 2020 Application submission deadline (by 5:00pm MDT)
December 18, 2020 Award Notification
March 1, 2021 Earliest start date (pending NIH/NCATS prior approval)

 


CCTS Peer Grant Review Program

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is now accepting research proposals for pre-submission peer review. The program accepts proposals from investigators conducting research at any point along the translational science spectrum aiming to improve the health of individuals and the public. Please limit one proposal submission per investigator to the PGR. NIH review criteria will be used to score each submission. Formal reviews will be returned to the investigator by September 4th, 2020.

Purpose 

Rigorous grant review prior to the submission of a proposal to a funding agency is an essential component of successful applications. The goal of the CCTS Peer Grant Review program is to provide useful pre-submission feedback regarding the proposal’s strengths and weaknesses in order to aid the investigator in submitting the strongest application possible. Each research proposal will receive a thorough and impartial review by at least one reviewer. Proposals will be scored independently using the NIH review criteria. Investigators will be provided reviews by September 4th, 2020, allowing for adequate time to incorporate reviewer comments into their final agency submission.

Eligibility 

All investigators conducting research at any point along the research spectrum are eligible to submit their research proposal for pre-submission peer review. At minimum, investigators must submit their NIH Biographical Sketch, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, and Bibliography & References Cited. For enhanced feedback for the overall proposal, it is highly advisable to also include ancillary items as outlined in the following guidance checklists. Additionally, if the proposal is for a career development award, the investigator is required to submit the Candidate Sections (see Career Development Guidance Checklist). The program particularly welcomes proposals that investigators previously submitted to a funding agency, reviewed but not awarded, and are being prepared for resubmission. Resubmission applications must include any agency reviews (i.e., “pink sheets,” summary statement, etc.).

Submission Requirements

Investigators are required, via email, to submit a) the completed CCTS Peer Grant Review Face Page form (see fillable version); b) their NIH Biographical Sketch, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, and Bibliography & References Cited as word documents; and c) any other appropriate ancillary documents as a single PDF (see Research Award Guidance Checklist and Career Development Award Guidance Checklist) to Lyalya Sultanova no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, August 3rd, 2020.

If you have additional questions that the included guidance checklist does not answer, please contact Lyalya Sultanova. For further details about the Utah CCTS Peer Grant Review Program available, please click here.


COVID-19 Research Operations Update from the VPR

As a reminder, University of Utah’s onsite research is still restricted to “Limited Research Activities” ONLY while the U remains in the Orange Phase, (see the Research Alert Levels table for more information.) As the number of positive Coronavirus cases increases in Utah, we strongly urge our research community to remain diligent in all hygiene and protective efforts, and practice caution with all onsite research activities.

Here are this week’s updates:

Executive Order from White House on Immigration Restrictions:

On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order  titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”. As of this moment, the order will go into effect on June 24, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Please see the full statement from Vice President Weyrich on the impacts of this Executive Order on our University of Utah community.

Face Coverings Required in all Utah Higher Education Buildings:

Face masks are required in all higher education buildings, as mandated by Utah State Governor Herbert. The campus-wide face covering policy described at the University’s return to campus website is in full effect, and applies to everyone who comes to campus.

Dr. Good Addresses the Latest Utah Coronavirus Numbers in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please take a moment to view the COVID-19 video update from Dr. Michael Good, SVP of Health Sciences, on case counts in Utah, how the UofU Health system is handling hospitalization rates, updates on how to prevent community transmission, and how the state of Utah continues to respond to the pandemic.

VPR Website Update: 

The main VPR website and Research Community Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been updated.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to provide updated information and guidance on the VPR website as quickly as possible. We appreciate all of your hard work to keep limited research operations running smoothly and safely during these challenging events.

Sincerely,

Andy Weyrich
Vice President for Research

Diane Pataki
Associate Vice President for Research

Erin Rothwell
Associate Vice President for Research Compliance & Integrity


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.

Templeton Foundation

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Amount: Up to ~$1M over multiple years

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in six major funding areas. Templeton invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Templeton funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity. Core funding areas include Science & the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, Genetics, and Voluntary Family Planning.

Click here to learn more!


Vice Presidents Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Application Information

Application Information for the Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program is Out Now! The VPCAT Research Scholars Program is a competitive, 2-year mentoring program that offers intensive mentorship and support to primarily Instructor or Assistant Professor-level faculty members engaged in clinical and translational research who aspire to achieve research independence.

Application information for this program is available HERE.


CCTS Community-Initiated Translational Research Pilot Program

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is pleased to announce that we are requesting proposals for the 2020 award cycle of the CCTS Community-Initiated Translational Research Pilot Program. Please see the attached funding opportunity announcement for full details.

Summary of the Funding Opportunity Purpose

Community-initiated translational research pilot projects that focus on community-identified health-related needs and involve collaborations between community organizations and researchers. It is expected that the research supported by each of these pilot awards will result in one or more publications and/or presentations, and will collect data that will be used to apply for funding from NIH or other funders to expand and continue the projects.

Eligibility Criteria

A collaboration between the following:

  1. Leader(s) of a community organization located in Utah
  2. Researcher(s) affiliated with a Utah CCTS organization – University of Utah, Utah Department of Health, Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System, Intermountain Healthcare, or Comagine Health.

Award Budget

  • Up to $60,000
  • Requested budgets should be based on the proposed project needs. No proposal may exceed a request of $60,000. Awards will be given based on merit and funding availability. Funds must be used within the granting period –no extensions will be granted.

CCTS Community-Initiated Translational Research Pilot Program Award Cycle

August 31, 2020 Joint letter of intent due date (by 5:00pm MDT)
November 13, 2020 Application submission deadline (by 5:00pm MDT)
December 18, 2020 Award Notification
March 1, 2021 Earliest start date (pending NIH/NCATS prior approval)

 

We invite you to join us for a FREE workshop on developing collaborative research projects and preparing to submit a joint grant proposal.

Please see the attached workshop flyer for more information


COVID-19 Research Update

Dear Colleagues,

As a reminder, University of Utah’s onsite research is still restricted to Limited Research Activities” ONLY while the U remains in the Orange Phase, (see the Research Alert Levels table for more information.) As the number of positive Coronavirus cases increases in Utah, we strongly urge our research community to remain diligent in all hygiene and protective efforts, and practice caution with all onsite research activities.

The Face Covering PolicyBridge Training and Attestation Form for Faculty and Staff, and the Undergraduate Employees in Onsite Research Guidelines are now in effect for any individual currently conducting research onsite under Orange Phase. Please also note that face coverings are now mandatory in all UofU campus buildings.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to provide updated information and guidance on the VPR website as quickly as possible. We appreciate all of your hard work to keep limited research operations running smoothly and safely during these challenging events.

Sincerely,

Andy Weyrich
Vice President for Research

Diane Pataki
Associate Vice President for Research

Erin Rothwell
Associate Vice President for Research Compliance & Integrity


Bulletin Board for Childcare Services During Covid-19 Pandemic (U-Match)

The Center for Child Care and Family Resources has a virtual bulletin board called U-Match to help connect potential child care providers with families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U-Match is a way to help faculty, staff and students find alternative options to meet their child care needs. By participating in the program, you can view a list of members in the University community who are willing to provide care as babysitters and/or nannies. If you want to participate, fill out the appropriate form and you will have access to the U-Match information within two business days.

This service does not provide any background on any listing participants. It is the sole responsibility of the user to acquire any necessary information, determine if registered participants meet appropriate criteria, legal and otherwise, and use best judgment before making any arrangements.

U-Match requires that you are affiliated with the University of Utah and have a uNID.  This service is available for use by any University affiliate and their immediate family members.  To participate, immediate family members must be an adult legally related to the University affiliate, live with the University affiliate, and be willing to provide a current home address and phone number.  U-Match administrators reserve the right to remove the name and contact information of any participant for any reason.  Registration and/or participation in this service implies no right or expectation of remaining on the registry lists.

Please contact Shauna Lower, (801) 585-5421 with any questions.


VPR Update: Executive Order on Immigration Restrictions

Dear Research Community,

On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order  titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”. As of this moment, the order will go into effect on June 24, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The Executive Order will NOT impact the following visas:

  • J alien physicians (medical residents and fellows)
  • J research scholars (including post docs) or visiting professors
  • F-1 students, including those on OPT or STEM OPT
  • Individuals with H-1B status who are currently in the U.S.
  • Individuals outside the U.S. with H-1B visas in their passport where the visa is valid on June 24
  • Individuals in the United States seeking to change status to H-1B or seeking to extend their H-1B status with a current or new employer

This Executive Order WILL impact:

  • Individuals outside the U.S. needing a U.S. consulate to issue an H-1B visa (entry document) in their passport. These visas will not be issued by the consulates between June 24 and December 31, 2020.
    • Exceptions to this restriction may be granted for persons whose work is “critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of the United States; are involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized; are involved with the provision of medical research at United States facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19; or are necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States.”

The University of Utah values and encourages international relationships and collaboration. We understand that challenges to legal immigration is of significant concern to our research community.  If you are aware of an employee outside the U.S. who has been impacted by the Executive Order, please reach out to:

We caution any J-1 or H-1B employees planning to depart the U.S. prior to 2021 to seek the advice of the relevant office prior to departure so that individual circumstances may be evaluated. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Andrew S. Weyrich, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Professor of Internal Medicine
The University of Utah


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.

Spencer Foundation — Research Grants on Education

Deadline: June 18, 2020

Amount: Up to $500,000

The Spencer Foundation invites proposals for its large research grants on education. These support education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program supports proposals with multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives that develop new foundational knowledge that may also have a lasting impact on policy-making, practice or educational discourse.

The principal investigators and co-PIs must hold a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. They must also be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility or non-profit cultural institution. Graduate students are not eligible to apply as PI or co-PI. Proposals are accepted from the US and internationally.

PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for a given deadline in this program.

Click here to apply!

W.M. Keck Foundation Internal Call for Concept Papers

Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2020

Amount: $1,000,000

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in a field.  Funding requests are for $1,000,000 in direct costs over three years. Indirect costs are not supported. Larger budget requests and award extensions are not allowed.

If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete and submit a one-page concept paper using the template attached via Infoready. The deadline to submit concept papers is Friday, June 19, 2020 (this is the first of three steps needed for an award decision in June 2021). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives ~150 Phase 1 proposals and ultimately funds 8-10 projects.

Click here to learn more!

Foundation for Child Development — Young Scholars Program

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Amount: $225,000

The Young Scholars Program supports scholarship for early career researchers working to implement policy and practice-relevant research in the field of the early care and education workforce. The funder is committed to diversity and equity in scholarship and encourages applications from underrepresented groups such as researchers of color, first generation college graduates, culturally and linguistically diverse students, and those from low incoming communities who represent a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches.

Click here to learn more!

Templeton Foundation

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Amount: Up to ~$1M over multiple years

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in six major funding areas. Templeton invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Templeton funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity. Core funding areas include Science & the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, Genetics, and Voluntary Family Planning.

Click here to learn more!

 

 

 

 


Extramural Funding

CARES Act Funding in Support of COVID-19 Treatments
Deadline: June 22nd, 2020 by 11:59pm
 

The Utah Legislature has set aside $2M of CARES Act funding to support efforts focused on partnerships with companies developing treatments for COVID-19 antiviral development, and has charged the University of Utah with evaluating and prioritizing Utah projects for funding.  Public and private Utah entities developing therapeutics or diagnostics with potential to improve treatment of COVID-19 are invited to apply.

Funding priority will be given to entities whose work offers the potential to aid directly in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  Development of new therapeutic agents and repurposing of existing agents will be considered, as will all therapeutic modalities, including small molecules, biologics, and nucleic acid-based technologies.

For details on qualifications and application submission please click HERE.


Tracking Grant Expenses during COVID-19 Pandemic

University of Utah Financial & Business Services has worked in tandem with the Vice President for Research Office to refine an existing report in the Financial Information Library to assist tracking expenditures on 5000 fund grants and contracts. Accessible via CIS and Financial Information Library, the report is titled “Monthly Summary by Org – FY”The intention is for units to have easier access in tracking their monthly expenditures to see how money has been spent before and after the COVID-19 epidemic. Access to the tool will follow Management Reports security access and can be done on a fiscal year basis. For questions about the query tool, contact Business Analysis & Support Services. For the most up to date information regarding research during COVID-19, please visit the VPR Website.


Vice Presidents Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Application Information

Application Information for the Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program is Out Now! The VPCAT Research Scholars Program is a competitive, 2-year mentoring program that offers intensive mentorship and support to primarily Instructor or Assistant Professor-level faculty members engaged in clinical and translational research who aspire to achieve research independence.

Application information for this program is available HERE.


COVID-19 Research Continuity Planning for the University of Utah

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) remains operational as we continue to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updates from May 27th through June 12th are below.

Face Covering Policy: There is a campus-wide face covering policy described at the University’s return to campus website. While many resources on this site are provided in anticipation of the Fall semester, the face covering policy is in effect now and applies to everyone who comes to campus. 

Bridge Training and Attestation Form for Faculty & Staff: There is a new, mandatory safety training video and attestation form that must be completed for all faculty and staff who come to campus.

Guidelines & Procedures to Request Undergraduate Employees in Onsite Research Activities: There is a new approval process for undergraduate students to participate in onsite research activities (on campus or at other University of Utah research sites or facilities). Students must be university employees paid from external grants (5000 funds). In addition, the PI must receive approval from (1) their Department Chair, (2) their Dean’s Office, and (3) the Dean’s Office of the student’s major, if different. Approvals must be sent to SVP’s designee, not to the VPR office. Please see the attached PDF for more details.

Eccles Institute of Human Genetics is reopened

The Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG) has been thoroughly disinfected due to a positive COVID-19 case in the building. The EIHG building is now reopened to Limited Research Activities Only under the university’s Orange Phase conditions.

Return to Campus

Information about campus instructional activities for Fall Semester 2020 is now available on the university’s Return to Campus website.

Thank you for all of your input as we strive to provide needed information and guidance on the VPR website as quickly as possible. We appreciate all of your hard work to keep research operations running smoothly as much as possible during these challenging events.

Sincerely,

Andy Weyrich
Vice President for Research

Diane Pataki
Associate Vice President for Research

Erin Rothwell
Associate Vice President for Research Compliance & Integrity


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.

W.M. Keck Foundation internal call for concept papers

Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2020

Amount: $1,000,000

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in a field.  Funding requests are for $1,000,000 in direct costs over three yearsIndirect costs are not supported. Larger budget requests and award extensions are not allowed.

If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete and submit a one-page concept paper using the template attached via Infoready. The deadline to submit concept papers is Friday, June 19, 2020 (this is the first of three steps needed for an award decision in June 2021). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives ~150 Phase 1 proposals and ultimately funds 8-10 projects.

Click here to learn more!

Russell Sage Foundation — Social Science research grants

Deadline: May 21, 2020

Amount: Up to $175,000

The Russell Sage Foundation invites letters of inquiry for four of their core program areas:

  • The program on Behavioral Economics supports research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States
  • The Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration program is concerned with the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American.
  • The program in Social, Political, and Economic Inequality focuses on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions in the U.S., and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage
  • In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture, and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations.

Click here to learn more!

Templeton Foundation

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Amount: Up to ~$1M over multiple years

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in six major funding areas. Templeton invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Templeton funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity. Core funding areas include Science & the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, Genetics, and Voluntary Family Planning.

Click here to learn more!

Spencer Foundation — Research grants on education

Deadline: June 18, 2020

Amount: Up to $500,000

The Spencer Foundation invites proposals for its large research grants on education. These support education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program supports proposals with multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives that develop new foundational knowledge that may also have a lasting impact on policy-making, practice or educational discourse.

The principal investigators and co-PIs must hold a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. They must also be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility or non-profit cultural institution. Graduate students are not eligible to apply as PI or co-PI. Proposals are accepted from the US and internationally.

PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for a given deadline in this program.

Click here to apply!


Intramural funding opportunities

NEXUS Pilot Grant Program 2020

Deadline: May 15, 2020, 5:00pm (MST)

The NEXUS Program is pleased to announce its second annual interdisciplinary research pilot grant program focused on interdisciplinary research that will seed the creation of knowledge, and solutions to society’s grand challenges.

Criteria:

Proposals are sought from all colleges/departments at the University of Utah where research teams must comprise two or more regular, full-time faculty members at the University of Utah from different departments and different disciplines and that clearly articulate the interdisciplinary perspective.

The NEXUS Pilot Grant Program is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research by encouraging new research teams or enhancing existing teams. Only current NEXUS members are eligible to apply for these funds. Membership applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For membership instructions see the NEXUS website.

Innovations in Aging Research

Deadline: May 18, 2020

This “Innovations in Aging Research” Request for Proposals (RFP) differs from the “traditional” pilot grant program (described above) the CoA has sponsored since 2016. The CoA leadership recognizes that today there are unprecedented opportunities to advance aging research, and that these advances will most likely be driven by new, interprofessional collaborations in team-based approaches. Moreover, the target of this RFP is to reach beyond a single investigator-initiated award by supporting the development of larger, multi-investigator projects based on a thematic area. The goal of this program is to promote collaborations and provide funding support to enhance preliminary/project data that will allow competitive applications for multi-PI extramural funding by the NIH or other agencies and foundations, such as multi-PI R01s and P01s and center grants (P30, P60 and others). We invite applications from all areas of collaborative aging research that will lead to competitive extramural multi-PI grant applications.

Please contact Dr. Mark Supiano or Heather Podolan with questions.

Click here to apply!

 


UofU temporary policy on universal masking for human subjects research related to COVID-19 outbreak

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Vice President for Research is providing guidance related to human subjects-related research visits to align clinical research practice with the required Universal Masking Policies for all clinical and non-clinical faculty, staff and administrators.

  1. It is the responsibility of the Study PI to ensure that appropriate PPE, including masks for all staff, is available to the coordinator or research staff.
  2. Essential research visits, those with therapeutic benefit and performed in the University Hospitals and Clinics or in other areas of the Institution, MUST comply with Universal Masking policies.
  3. In-person non-essential research visits should cease.

Please click here for a downloadable PDF from UHealth outlining the “Universal Masking and Essential Clinical Research Study Activities”.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Andrew S. Weyrich, Ph.D.


Language support: Interpretation and translation support for researchers during COVID-19

The Office of Research Participant Advocacy is working round the clock to support University researchers.  The team is here 24/7 to ensure that non-English speaking patients are able to participate in COVID-19 research.  We provide over the phone interpretation via 3-way calls to facilitate consenting into COVID-19 research and study visits.  We are translating study documents including informed consents, surveys, and informational material to help end the pandemic.  Call the office at (801) 585-6745 to connect with our highly trained research interpreters and to learn how we can support your research efforts.


2020 NAI fellowship nominations are open

Call for NAI Fellow Nominations! 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. 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 government agency.

Click here for more information on the NAI Fellows Program. 

Send your NAI Fellow Nomination HERE.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominees should have made outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
  • Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patents and Trademark Office. (The median patent count among current NAI Fellows is 20).
  • Nominees should have reached professional maturity and be recognized as pioneers in their field.
  • Nominees must be affiliated with an academic organization, e.g., university, college, non-profit research institute, or governmental agency.
  • Nominees do not have to be current members of, nor affiliated with a Member Institution of the National Academy of Inventors (although recommended).
  • All U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are qualified for nomination.
  • Deceased nominees are not eligible.
  • Self-nomination, team submissions and nominations submitted by relatives are not eligible.
  • Nominations do not have to be submitted by an individual affiliated with an NAI Member Institution (although recommended).

Contact Cheryl Hedrick, Member Coordinator, with any questions.


COVID-19 Research Resources from NIH

The NIH has established a website of resources for COVID-19 research, including Datasets specifically related to COVID-19 research, computational resources for your research, and clinical research platforms. Click here to access the resource list!


W.M. Keck Foundation internal call for concept papers

Apply here.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in a field.  Funding requests are for $1,000,000 in direct costs over three years. Indirect costs are not supported. Larger budget requests and award extensions are not allowed.

If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete and submit a one-page concept paper using the template attached via Infoready. The deadline to submit concept papers is Friday, June 19, 2020 (this is the first of three steps needed for an award decision in June 2021). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives ~150 Phase 1 proposals and ultimately funds 8-10 projects.

Timeline

 Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers Internal submission review / Keck Foundation consultation* 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 19, 2020 June and July, 2020 August 15, 2020 October 30, 2020 January 15, 2021 February 12, 2021

*The University is permitted to present no more than 8 concepts to the Foundation this round. These may include up to 4 concepts in each of the program areas: 1) Science / Engineering Research and,  2) Medical Research.

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

To learn more about the W. M. Keck Foundation and their current funding interests and past grant abstracts, please visit their website. You can also review the W. M. Keck Foundation’s FAQ and Grantee Responsibility sections for additional information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contacts us:

Chris E. Ostrander | Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | 5-7220 |

Lynn Wong | Director, Foundation Relations | 7-1066 |


COVID-19 research continuity planning for the University of Utah: April 25 – May 11

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) remains operational as we continue to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Here are our most recent research community updates:

Health and Safety Requirements for Level Orange (Limited Research Operations)

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has sent out an important memorandum on Health and Safety Requirements for Level Orange (Limited Research Operations). It is essential that all personnel comply with the additional safety measures to help minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. 

Research Alert Levels Table

The Research Alert Levels table was recently updated on May 7th, 2020. This table is a living document and will change as university guidelines and policies continue to evolve.

Research Town Hall Materials

Thank you to everyone who attended the Research Town hall on May 6. You can access the town hall recording and materials in the Ubox folder.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Frequently Asked Questions page was posted on the VPR COVID-19 website. The FAQ page references information on limited research activity, telecommuting, PPE, and more.

Health and Safety Posters

The Resources for Researchers webpage has posted a few helpful documents from the Center for Disease Control and Salt Lake County Health Department.

Hiring Policies and Salary Increases Funded by Grants

memorandum was recently sent out regarding hiring policies and salary increases funded by grants and contracts.

COVID-18 Research Activities Reporting

As a reminder, please check to see if your COVID-related research project is already captured at the COVID-19 research activities page. If it’s not listed, please fill out the VPR COVID-19 web form below to be added to the database and the mailing list for the 3i weekly COVID research newsletter.

“Why Research Univeristies Matter”

President Ruth Watkins and Vice President for Research Andrew Weyrich published an op-ed piece in the Deseret News regarding Why Research Universities Matter.

Thank you for all of your input as we strive to provide needed information and guidance on the VPR website as quickly as possible. We appreciate all of your hard work to keep research operations running smoothly as much as possible during these challenging events.

Sincerely,

Andy Weyrich

Vice President for Research

Diane Pataki

Associate Vice President for Research

Erin Rothwell

Associate Vice President for Research Compliance & Integrity

 


Health and safety requirements for level orange (limited research operations) and EHS compliance measures

As the University research operations move from Red (essential operations only) to Orange (limited operations), it is essential that all personnel comply with the additional safety measures meant to minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The primary goal of these measures is to allow you to maintain your research, while at the same time taking prudent steps to minimize the risk of transmission if someone who is infected comes to work. Remember, the vast majority of people are NOT contagious, but it is prudent to assume everyone is, including yourself.

You should only come to campus for work that absolutely has to be completed onsite, and your visit should be as brief as possible. Carefully schedule your visits with your supervisor and co-workers to minimize the number of people who are onsite at any given time. In addition, only healthy individuals should report to work. Irrespective of whether you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may only come to campus if:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), AND
  • You do not have any other Flu-like symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath), AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. AND
  • You have not had contact with anyone who is COVID positive (including the 5 days before they were positive) for 14 days.
  • Please note that these guidance points are expected to change as the CDC updates and releases new information. CDC guidance for COVID-19 may be adapted by federal, state, and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. For the most up-to-date CDC guidance, please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/return-to-work.html

The specific health and safety requirements for laboratory work include:

  • Small rooms (e.g., office, procedure room, tissue culture room) should have no more than one occupant.
  • Occupants must always maintain at least 6-feet of separation between people AND work areas. For example, only one person per bay or one person per half bay, depending on lab configuration.
  • In person interactions should be limited to < 10 people with at least 6 feet of separation at all times.
  • Everyone is expected to wear face coverings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • To avoid physical overlap, time at the lab should be scheduled, such as through calendaring.
  • Each lab should maintain a check list of surfaces to sanitize at the start and end of each shift, including shared equipment and fridge doors/handles, etc.
  • Try to avoid bringing food or drink to work. No eating or drinking in laboratories. As a reminder, equipment (refrigerators, microwaves, etc) in break rooms are NOT sanitized by custodians.

It is helpful to keep in mind that if an infectious person does come to work, all those who had close contact with that individual will be required to self-quarantine for 2 weeks. The protection measures are meant to keep the number of those contacts to the lowest number possible, and reduce the chances of transmission if contact does occur.

Compliance with these requirements is absolutely essential to the collective health and safety of the campus. Therefore, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will take the following actions:

  • Research Building Walk-Throughs: EHS personnel will conduct frequent and random walk-throughs of all research buildings with the primary purpose of checking compliance and issuing reminders and suggesting corrective actions, when necessary.
  • Anonymous Reporting of Concerns: Workplace hazards and health and safety concerns, including non-compliance with physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety protocols, can be reported through the EHS hazard form:
    https://oehs.utah.edu/resource-%20center/forms/hazard-report
    All reports will be treated as confidential and followed up on as soon as possible.

Violations of the health and safety protocols will be reported to the Vice President for Research Office and will result in immediate suspension of laboratory operations.

Protecting the health and safety of our research and greater campus community is our number one priority and one we take very seriously. Working together, we can accomplish great things, safely.


Research administration assessment: Survey response needed from all researchers and research administration

Dear Colleagues,

A key objective for the University of Utah is to provide an effective infrastructure to serve faculty and researchers engaged in seeking, applying for, receiving, and managing competitively awarded grant funding. Starting next month, the University of Utah will begin working with Huron Consulting Group to assess the university’s administration of externally funded proposals and awards. The broad goal of this assessment is to identify opportunities to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative processes at the U in order to optimize our resources to better support and advance our research mission.

As part of this assessment, Huron will be administering an online survey to a representative sample of faculty, researchers and administrators engaging with or supporting externally funded proposal and award administration. The objective is to solicit feedback focused on the following research administration functions: 1) proposal development, review, and submission, 2) award set up, and 3) non-financial award management.

You were identified by Utah’s research leadership as a stakeholder who can provide valuable information to the Huron team, and we would appreciate if you would agree to providing feedback and input via the survey. Your candid feedback will help us to identify successful operations as well as areas for further improvement to research administration for both researchers and administrators. Responses are strictly confidential and will not be identified with any specific individual. The summary feedback and findings from this survey will be shared with Utah research administration leadership.

Qualtrics Survey Link

The survey should not take more than 15 minutes of your time, and will be available through Friday, May 22nd.

Huron will also plan to meet with a number of key stakeholders from both central and departmental units to conduct interviews to collect additional feedback centered on the themes identified through the online survey. The purpose of these interviews is to gain insights into our proposal and award management processes in order to evaluate current-state opportunities, challenges, strengths, and weaknesses. You may receive a follow-up request to participant in a virtual interview.

Huron is a national leader in the field of research administration and has worked with 99 of the top 100 research universities in the country, including many of the U’s institutional peers. Huron will help us benchmark our existing practices and identify best in class models that can be successfully implemented across campus. Marisa Zuskar and Lianne Seyferth from Huron will be the primary contacts for the project. If you have any additional comments or specific details to share with them, you may email them directly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. We very much appreciate your participation in this effort.

Thank you,

Andrew S. Weyrich, Ph.D., Vice President for Research,

Diane E. Pataki, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research


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.

Save the date

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

SAVE THE DATE:

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.