VPR Research Updates-August 8, 2017

Upcoming VPR Committee and/or Funding Deadlines

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal Submission Deadline: August 15, 2017

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal Submission Deadline: August 15, 2017

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical Read more

Faculty Writing Fellows (available to help with grant and paper writing/editing)

The University Writing Center (UWC) and the Vice President for Research are proud to offer convenient – and free – writing assistance to faculty members working on grants, articles for publication, and research reports. Faculty Writing Fellows can help faculty members with focusing arguments, organizing ideas, supporting claims, citing others’ works, and maintaining field conventions.  All correspondence is done via email.   This summer’s Writing Fellow is Justin Whitney, a Ph.D. student in Education. The fall and spring fellows will be Charlene Orchard, a Ph.D. student in Political Read more

USTAR News and Funding Opportunities

When: October 31, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: HSEB, Rm 2948

This presentation will examine the process of developing non-dilutive funding opportunities for commercialization and partnerships between industry and research institutions.Small Business Innovation in Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs, participating agencies, company eligibility and requirements, and recent legislative updates will be discussed. An overview of SBIR/STTR application procedures including required registrations will be provided. Relevant University policies will be explained, additional federal and state grants which support commercialization efforts will be reviewed (NSF Read more

Campus Research Management Tools


Being able to reproduce the research and also reuse the data for other research projects has become an issue with federal funding agencies. To improve the management of your research, the University now has research management tools to assist you – and they are FREE to use.

  • Emulab is a testbed for research on networked computer systems. Emulab was developed by the Flux Research Group, School of Computing. It provides researchers with computing, storage, and network resources on

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Options for Storing Your Data

CHPC currently offers four different types of storage: home directories, group space, scratch file systems and archive store space.  Of these four options, the group and archive options can be readily used for data storage for groups even if they are not using CHPC compute resources to generate and/or process the data. Below are additional details on these two options, as well as a description of the University of Utah Google Drive storage option.

As you explore these , please note that these options are not for restricted or Read more

NSF Grants and Supplements for Liaisons with Industry

GOALI is a program that seeks to stimulate collaboration between academic research institutions and industry. It requires the participation of an industrial partner. Starting January 30, 2017 the GOALI program has changed, significantly, and now offers two separate options:

  • A GOALI proposal – must be submitted to an active NSF funding opportunity, AND must be submitted in accordance with the deadlines specified therein.
  • GOALI supplemental funding – adds GOALI elements to a currently funded NSF research project.

If you have questions about the NSF GOALI program please email Read more

Arts-in-Health Inventory Survey

The University of Utah’s Arts-in-Health Think Tank is working to identify arts-in-health* activities on campus, including research, teaching, and community engagement.

If you are currently engaged in this work, or are interested in getting involved in it, please complete our survey. It should take 5-10 minutes.

We plan to use the information we gather to direct institutional efforts to advance arts-in-health at the U by identifying current strengths and future opportunities and by connecting interested members of the campus community with one another. We will not share your information with anyone Read more

Biosafety Office and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Information and Registration

The Biosafety Office of the University of Utah primary purpose is to provide guidance to Principal Investigators on practices to minimize laboratory hazards while working with biological agents.

Our support is designed to help Investigators meet regulatory requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Biosafety Office supports the University of Utah Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in Read more

Data Management Plans: Metadata Standards Directory

Are you looking for a metadata standard to include in the data management plan of your grant proposal? The RD-Alliance now has a listing of disciplinary metadata standards, extensions and tools. Use cases are included and include engineering, fine arts, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)
Internal Submission Deadline: August 8, 2017

The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RII and the partner institution(s) through research and teaching collaborations.

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal Submission Deadline: August 15, 2017

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize Read more

Intramural Funding Opportunities

VPR Seed Grant Program
Internal Submission Deadline: August 21, 2017

The Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program will support only new areas of research for a principal investigator. Research that is already supported by other sources will not be approved for funding. Gap funding to bridge support between external grants or contracts will not be considered. The applicant must clearly and convincingly demonstrate that the proposed project represents a new research direction in an area likely to generate extramural funding. Thus, the proposal must not overlap with any existing grants Read more

Extramural Funding Opportunities


NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys)
Letter of Intent Deadline (required): August 10, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: September 29, 2017

The NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys) is to enable innovative collaborative research at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, to establish new connections between these two disciplines, and to promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training.

Beckman Young Investigators Program
Letter of Intent Deadline (required): August 14, 2017

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most Read more

Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Registration for the October 27-29, 2017 Research Education Grant Writing Academy is now open! 

Given the increasingly competitive environment for federal funding, it is essential that the University provide clear guidance and strong mentorship for our junior faculty members in refining their grant proposals and enhancing their likelihood of funding.

Attendance is highly limited!  Please contact Tony Onofretti with any questions.

(Future program dates are May 18-20, 2018 and October 26-28, 2018  /  May 17-19, 2019 and October 25-27, 2019)

Also, if you are interested in knowing more about how to write Read more

Research News & Publicizing Research

newsInterested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news.  If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how-to, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

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