VPR Research Updates-September 5, 2017

Cell Line Authentication – NIH Requirements

The NIH has recently started requiring researchers to authenticate their key biological and chemical resources for any NIH funded work.  In addition, many journals are also requiring authentication prior to accepting manuscripts for publication.  The DNA Sequencing Core has brought on testing to authenticate human cell lines used in research on campus.  The standard is currently evolving and is likely to do so for some time, but currently 8 loci tested by STR is what is required.  We have brought on a kit that tests these 8 plus others (to a 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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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

Core Facility Highlight:Utah Nanofab

The Utah Nanofab, located in the Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, comprises nano-scale imaging and surface analysis as well as a cleanroom thin film deposition and patterning (think: computer chip technology). These facilities bring together researchers, engineers, and scientists with interests in nano-fabrication, materials imaging/characterization, and advanced materials manufacturing for a very broad range of materials.

“The vision for this building was to be a space where researchers from the life sciences and physical sciences disciplines could come together,” said Ian Harvey, Ph.D., Nanofab associate director.

Those taking advantage of Nanofab resources complete their Read more

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 computer 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.

Principles for Data-Driven Decision Making Symposium

Principles for Data-Driven Decision Making Symposium (WEBINAR)
Thursday, September 14, at 9 am-5pm ET
Webcast Available

The abundance of large and complex data, coupled with powerful modeling techniques and analytic methods, creates tremendous opportunity for organizations and individuals to base their decisions on empirical evidence.  However, to appreciate both the capabilities and limitations of these data and tools, decision makers need some understanding of data science principles.

Meeting Goals:

  • Describe government, business, and DOD applications of data analytics to inform decision-making.
  • Call attention to methodological and organizational challenges in using analyses based on

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Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science – Open House



CCTS Open House
Tuesday, September 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: Eccles Health Science Library (Garden Level basement)
Refreshments will be served

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is ready to answer your questions and provide resources to enhance your research. Research investigators, faculty and study coordinators are welcome to attend an open house event. CCTS will assist with:

  • Clinical trials support
  • Informatics
  • Population health research
  • Precision medicine
  • Collaboration & engagement
  • Workforce development
  • HealthInsight
  • Utah Department of Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare

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2nd Annual STEM Ambassador Celebration





STEM Ambassador Celebration
October 5, 2017, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Aline Skaggs Biology (ASB) Building Lobby
257 W 1400 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
RSVP by September 15th to m.m.young@utah.edu

Join us for the 2nd Annual STEM Ambassador Celebration to recognize the 2017 STEM Ambassador cohort. The cohort consists of 20 scientists from 15 departments across campus. Please RSVP by September 15th to m.m.young@utah.edu.

The STEM Ambassador Program is an ongoing NSF-supported research and implementation program that was initiated in 2016 at the University of Utah. The goal of the Read more

Spinning into the Future – Lecture




Spinning into the Future – Lecture
Presenter: Sarah Li, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy
September 20, 2017, 5:30 PM-6:00 PM
Location: Sky Lounge
149 Pierpont Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Computers, cellphones, and other electronics have become more powerful, faster, and smaller. Many people think that the capability of electronics grows continuously forever, and try to keep up with the best technology by buying the newest gear and gadgets. However, the inevitable trend is that the current information technology based moving electron charges around is approaching its limits in speed and miniaturization. Fortunately, electrons Read more

Pioneers of Science Lecture: Ten Thousand Pages That Shook the World





Pioneers of Science Lecture: Ten Thousand Pages That Shook the World
Presenter: Luise Poulton, Managing Curator, Rare Books, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah
September 28, 2017, 6:00 PM
Location: Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building, Room 220

Euclid’s Elements of Geometry was first printed in 1482, just as soon as one of the early masters of movable type figured out how to do it. Not only does the Marriott Library have this first edition, but also first editions of books by other pioneers of science: Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Galileo, Antoine Lavoisier, Carl Gauss, Read more

ARPA-E Workshop


ARPA-E Workshop
Host: Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
November 28, 2017, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM MT
Location: Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex (SEEC)
4001 Discovery Drive
Boulder, CO 80303

The purpose of the ARPA-E workshop is to educate public and private sector researchers and entities interested in submitting proposals to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) upcoming open solicitation planned in early 2018.  Current and former ARPA-E Program Directors, tech-to-market advisors, and Colorado ARPA-E award recipients will provide information on the agency’s approach to transformational energy research.

Lessons-learned, Read more

Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30)
Internal Submission Deadline: September 7, 2017

This FOA supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs), centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research education to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons. The OAIC awards are designed to develop or strengthen awardee institutions’ programs that focus and sustain progress on a key area in aging research related to the mission of the OAIC program.

Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Read more

Intramural Funding Opportunities

Research Instrumentation Fund-Faculty Competition
Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah, and to University of Utah core facilities www.cores.utah.edu.  There are separate applications for individuals and for the core facilities.  In order to apply as a core facility, you must have prior approval to be recognized as a core facility.

Research Instrumentation Fund-Core Facilities Competition
Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the Read more

Extramural Funding Opportunities

NIH Loan Repayment Program
Apply September 1, 2017 – November 15, 2017

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher’s qualified educational debt in Read more

Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) & Other Research Administration News

**There are only two spots remain** 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 Onofrietti 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)

If you are interested in 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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