Research Resources

New associate VP for Research Integrity and Compliance

Dear Colleagues,

Dr. Jeff Botkin will officially step down from his role as the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance as of July 1, 2019.  Dr. Botkin was appointed to the position by Ray Gesteland, Vice President for Research, in 2002. Over the past 17 years, Jeff has been instrumental in establishing the conflict of interest policy and committee, the institutional conflict of interest policy, the expansion of our Institutional Review Board (IRB) office, the ERICA system, and the biosafety committee. Under his tenure, Research Education and the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) was created. As the Research Integrity Officer, he managed a number of research misconduct cases from across campus. Dr. Botkin has been a leader at the national level of issues of research ethics including service as chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, chair of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) stem cell review committee, and service on two committees for the National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Botkin is a Professor of Pediatrics and will continue his research and teaching at the University with a focus on bioethics and the ethical, legal and social issues in human genetics.

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Erin Rothwell, Ph.D., from the role of Assistant Vice President to Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance for the University of Utah, effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Rothwell will have oversight for the Human Subjects Protection Program and the related compliance offices, including the Intuitional Review Board (IRB), Conflict of Interest (COI), Research Misconduct, Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research (RGE), Research Education, and the Biosafety Committee.

Dr. Rothwell completed a competitive bioethics fellowship from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has extensive experience in bioethics and human subjects protections having served on the IRB and hospital ethics committees. Dr. Rothwell also brings a wealth of experience from her successful program of research on informed patient decision making and the ethical implications of emerging technologies within the context of genomics, population screening, and public health across the reproductive continuum of care. She is currently the contact principal investigator on an NIH grant to improve the consent process for the storage and research use of residual newborn screening blood spots, and recently completed another clinical trial, also funded by the NIH, to improve patient decision-making for prenatal screening. Currently, she is a member of the leadership teams for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the NIH Center in Excellence for Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in Genetics. Dr. Rothwell will retain these positions in her new role.

Dr. Rothwell is looking forward to leading efforts across our campus to improve transparency and accountability of our research enterprise, including clinical trials tracking, improving awareness of research integrity, and growing our national leadership reputation in research ethics and human subjects protections.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Botkin for his exceptional service of 17 years and in welcoming Dr. Rothwell as she assumes full responsibility for this role.


Andrew S. Weyrich, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Professor of Internal Medicine
H.A. & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair

Important laboratory safety updates

The offices of the Vice President for Research (VPR) and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) would like to bring attention to several major recommendations and changes to lab safety programs around campus. The following items were reviewed by three different groups regarding lab safety culture, procedures and compliance at the University of Utah:

  • A review of Environmental Health & Safety functions was conducted by our peer institutions in fall 2017.
  • A State Legislative Lab Safety Performance Audit was released in May 2019.
  • A Presidential Lab Safety Culture Task Force, led by Associate Vice President for Research Cynthia Furse, convened in 2018-2019 and just released its final report.

The results and recommendations of these reviews call for additional processes to monitor safety compliance and address labs with repeat safety deficiencies. The university is in the process of implementing enhanced laboratory management and mandatory training system, as well as a committee structure to support communication and review of safety policies and procedures. You can read the full Lab Safety Culture Task Force report here and a summary of the State Audit recommendations here.

University students and employees do not need to wait until these changes are implemented or rely solely on inspections to improve safety on campus. If you ever have a concern with the safety of a task or operation, you have the right to stop work until your concerns are addressed. The first course of action is to discuss it with your supervisor and address the issue together. If the response does not satisfy you, or you do not feel comfortable going to your supervisor, you may contact EHS or the VPR office. Concerns about lab safety can also be reported anonymously to EHS through the Hazard Near Miss Report online form.

Clinical Research Compliance and Education (CRCE)

The Clinical Research Compliance and Education (CRCE) Office is a core team within Compliance Services at the University of Utah. The CRCE team facilitates processes, provides training and education, and engages in oversight activities designed to ensure that clinical services associated with human subjects research are charged to the correct party, that claims submitted to government health care programs comply with the requirements of the applicable program, and that human subjects research complies with expectations imposed by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The Clinical Research Compliance and Education team manages the University Tracking of Clinical Research (uTRAC) system, our clinical trial management system which play a crucial role in efforts to meet clinical research compliance obligations.

Educational opportunities:

The CRCE team offers many educational opportunities to provide study teams and research investigators the tools that they need to meet compliance needs in research.

  • Webinars and Workshops to assist with uTRAC applications.
  • Epic CRC End User training for certain billing functions.

To register for any of these classes, please see our CRCE Pulse calendar. See below for upcoming dates and times.

Please feel free to reach out at any time if your department has any specific needs. The CRCE team can develop training catered to your needs. Please contact Tonya Edvalson with questions.

University site license for Oracle Java products

The University of Utah has purchased a one-time, 12-month Oracle Java subscription license that covers Oracle Java product use by all of University of Utah campus and UHealth organizations. The 12-month subscription was purchased in order to give university organizations time to migrate to alternative no-cost Java products for in-house and vendor-provided software. University IT leaders strongly urge system administrators to migrate to alternative no-cost Java products as soon as possible, no later than May 2020.

Click here for more details.

New enterprise software approval process

University organizations must follow a new approval process in order to purchase, lease, develop or otherwise acquire enterprise software. The approval process includes completing the current version of the university’s technical Request for Proposal (RFP) document; gaining approval from the appropriate university IT governance committees; and completing a three-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) form, which must be approved by both the cognizant dean/administrative director and the university CIO.

Click here for more details.

Research Roundtable: Submit an idea

To foster new collaboration and research teams across campus, the Office of the Vice President for Research hosts interdisciplinary Research Roundtables that center around a topic of interest to a broad range of disciplines. Suggest a topic here.

Research Roundtable goals:

  1. Catalyze faculty exploration of interdisciplinary research topics.
  2. Discuss strategies to advance research ideas.
  3. Explore potential federal and non-federal funders for interdisciplinary research.

Contact Gay Cookson with any questions.

Find funding through Pivot

Looking for collaborators or funding for research? Pivot is a new searchable database that supports the research and scholarly community at the University of Utah. This helpful tool offers:

  • Funding opportunities
  • Collaborator identification
  • Scholarly profiles
  • Publishing opportunities

Pivot is available to all U faculty, staff, and students through CIS. In addition, check out the training materials for more information on how to utilize the database. If you have any questions regarding Pivot, please contact Gay Cookson.

Intramural Funding

CCTS Translational Research Community Initiated Pilot Program Grant
Letter of Intent deadline: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Submission deadline: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Application link: CCTS Community Initiated Pilot 

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.

Eligible applicants are leaders of a community organization in Utah, and at least one researcher that is affiliated with a Utah CCTS Organization, which include University of Utah, Utah Department of Health, Veterans Affairs—Salt Lake City, Intermountain Healthcare or HealthInsight.

Extramural Funding

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00 Clinical Trial Optional)
Deadline: Aug. 31, 2019

Application link: NIH – Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

The Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00 Clinical Trial Optional) offers the opportunity for a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities and contains two phases. In the first phase, Lasker scholars will receive appointments for up to seven years as tenure-track investigators within the NIH Intramural Research Program with independent research budgets. In the second phase, successful scholars will receive up to three years of NIH support for their research at an extramural research facility; or, the scholar can be considered to remain as an investigator within the intramural program. Applications open July 31 and are due Aug. 31.

The Research Development Office helps University of Utah researchers and scholars identify federal funding opportunities, form effective teams, and craft winning proposals, with the ultimate goal of increasing the quality and quantity of externally-funded research and scholarly activity at the University of Utah. Please contact Gay Cookson at 801-581-4168 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below.

OVC FY19 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams – Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime

Deadline: July 17, 2019
Categories: Law and justice

Application link: OVC FY19 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams – Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime

This solicitation seeks to develop or enhance statewide or regional telehealth programs to improve the quality of healthcare for sexual assault victims, increase the quality of forensic evidence collection, and expand the reach of SANE services through telehealth for communities with limited access to trained SANEs. This program furthers the Department’s mission of ensuring that more victims of sexual assault have access to higher quality health care and forensic examination.

FY20 Director’s Innovation Initiative (DII)
Deadline: July 19, 2019

Categories: Science and technology

Application link: FY20 Director’s Innovation Initiative

The DII Program funds fundamental and basic research efforts that substantially enhance mission performance and address these areas of interest:

  • Space-based sensing
  • Apertures
  • Communications
  • System design
  • Sense-making

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Strategic Technology Office LogX
Deadline: July 30, 2019

Categories: Science and technology

Application link: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Strategic Technology Office LogX

DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals in logistics and supply chain automated reasoning and information fusion, real-time demand forecasting, and system resilience assessment. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices or systems.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Public Humanities Projects
Deadline: Aug. 14, 2019
Categories: Education, Community, Arts

Application link here.

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine Research Award: Department of Defense

Deadline: Oct. 30, 2019
Categories: Science and technology

Application link: Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine Research Award: Department of Defense

Responsively and responsibly create, develop, deliver, and sustain medical capabilities for the Warfighter. The AIMM initiative was created to accelerate transformational biomedical research for our Armed Forces. The mission of the AIMM initiative is to encourage, identify, and enable innovative (highly creative, high risk) research that leads to cross-cutting solutions to a military health threat.

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Consortium on the Neurobiology of Adolescent Drinking in Adulthood (NADIA) Research Projects (U01)
Categories: Health

Deadline: Dec. 2, 2019

Application link: Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Consortium on the Neurobiology of Adolescent Drinking in Adulthood (NADIA) Research Projects (U01)

To solicit applications for collaborative research projects (U01) to investigate persistent changes in complex brain function-behavior relationships following adolescent alcohol exposure. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

Department of Health and Human Services/ National Institute on Aging
Early-Stage T1 Translational Aging Research (Bench to Bedside) for the Development of Novel Therapeutics (R33 Clinical Trial Optional)

Deadline: Please follow “Standard NIH Guidelines” for grant deadline.

Categories: Health

Application link here.

Basic and applied research in aging into novel therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of clinical conditions related to aging or multiple chronic conditions in older people, immunosenescence, pulmonary fibrosis, metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease. This includes the development of pharmacological strategies such as new classes of compounds, natural products, biologics, stem/progenitor cell-based therapies, and the repurposing of FDA-approved drugs.

Limited Submissions

Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists
Internal deadline: Aug. 23, 2019

External deadline: November 2019

The Blavatnik National Awards celebrate America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers in Chemistry, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Life Sciences. Nominations are accepted from U.S.-based research institutions and the Blavatnik Awards Scientific Advisory Council. The University of Utah can nominate one individual in each have of the three categories. Every year, one nominee in each category is named a Blavatnik National Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Click here to apply via infoready.

Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars in Bioethics
Internal application deadline: Aug. 23, 2019

External application deadline: late-September, 2019

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. It supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy, and creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae.

Each year, the U can nominate 2 faculty members for consideration. The Foundation selects approximately three Greenwall Faculty Scholars to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.

Click here to apply via infoready.

Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program
Internal application deadline: Aug. 23, 2019

External application deadline: late October, 2019

The Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program will help develop female leaders and support innovations in the STEM2D disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, and Design) by funding six women at critical points in their careers through a Scholar’s Award. Award Amount: $150,000 ($50,000 per year for three years).

Six awards will be made in 2019 with the aim to fund one woman per areas of STEM2D concentration in the early career stages where they have concluded their advanced degree training but are not at the level of tenure in their accredited university or design school institutions. The early-career support is aimed to be a catalyst for women to become leaders in their organizations and fields. The program will help build a larger pool of highly-trained researchers to meet the growing needs of academia and industry.

Click here to apply via infoready.

Corporate and Foundation Funding

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.

Quantum Systems Initiative, Moore Foundation

Deadline: July 26, 2019

Grant Amount: $1,500,000 to $1,900,00

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is now accepting pre-applications for experimental investigators of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative (EPiQS). Through EPiQS, the foundation strives to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials—solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons.

The EPiQS experimental investigator awards support U.S. experts in experimental studies of quantum materials to pursue the discovery of new emergent electronic and magnetic phenomena in materials, elucidate the origin of previously known emergent phenomena, develop new experimental techniques for probing quantum materials, or significantly improve the performance of the existing techniques. The foundation currently supports 19 experimental investigators through grants that extend through early 2020. The 2019 competition will result in a similar number of investigator awards, with a total portfolio budget of about $34 million. Awardees will receive five years of funding with streamlined reporting requirements and the freedom to choose their own research directions and to allocate their grant budget to achieve maximum scientific impact.

Click here to learn more.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Essential Open Source Software for Science
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2019

Grant amount: Up to $250,000
Categories: Engineering, Health Sciences, Science

Beginning June 18, this initiative will accept the first round of applications for open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research, with a goal to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for these tools. Software projects should have already demonstrated impact and show potential for continued improvement. Grants are for a one-year period with the potential to apply for renewal in future cycles.

Click here to learn more.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Research Grants
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2019

Grant amount: up to $1.5M
Categories: Health Sciences, Social Science

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is accepting letters of inquiry for innovative, high-risk, potentially high-yield projects that focus on a specific area of suicide prevention. These areas have been determined by AFSP and its Scientific Council, and are reviewed and updated annually. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by August 1st to be eligible to apply.

Focus Grant applications should involve:

  1. Short-term risk: to develop identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be implemented in clinical settings;
  2. 20% by 2025: Universal, selective and indicated interventions that target one or more specific risk factors for suicide and that, if implemented on a large scale, would reduce the annual U.S. suicide rates; or
  3. Blue sky research grants: innovative, impactful study in an area of suicide research that will achieve significant goals. This mechanism is intended for studies that, by their very nature, are clearly beyond the financial scope of our Innovation Grants.

Click here to learn more.

Simons Foundation — Autism Research Initiative Bridge to Independence Award
Deadline: Aug. 8, 2019

Grant amount: $495,00
Categories: Health Sciences, Neuroscience, Science

The BTI Award program promotes talented early-career scientists by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships. Annual Request for applications (RFA) open each spring and are aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the upcoming academic year. Awardees will receive a commitment of $495,000 over three years, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. or Canadian research institution.

The BTI Award program welcomes applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science. For reference, please see past BTI awardees and a list of all SFARI Investigators, as well as Simons Foundation postings on SFARI scientific priorities.

Click here to learn more.

Contact Chris Ostrander, ext. 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed above or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.