W. M. Keck Foundation Grants for Medical Researchers and Undergraduate Educators

W.M. Keck Foundation Grants
Concept Paper Deadline: December 22, 2017
The W. M. Keck Foundation is seeking Medical Researchers and Undergraduate Educators to apply for their grant programs:

Research Program
Funds Available: $500,000-$1,000,000
The W. M. Keck foundation is looking for innovative interdisciplinary researchers to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies in the medical field.

Undergraduate Education
Funds Avaliable: $200,000 -$300,000
The W. M. foundation is seeking educators to enhance student engagement and understanding in multiple disciplines to improve the quality of education and college curriculum.

For more details about the program and application please contact Dhiraj Chand (ex. 5-9847) in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

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NSF’s Big Ideas (Vision and Programs of Interest)

In 2016, NSF unveiled a set of “Big Ideas”—10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. With its broad portfolio of investments, NSF is uniquely suited to advance this set of cutting-edge research agendas and processes that will require collaborations with industry, private foundations, other agencies, science academies and societies, and universities and the education sector.

Visit the NSF website for more information.

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Center on Aging Pilot Grant Program

U Center on Aging
Funding Available: $100,000
Deadline: March 16, 2018 11:59pm MST

The Center on Aging sponsors an annual pilot grant program to promote the development of aging research at the University of Utah. The goal of this program is to encourage new investigator career development, attract established investigators to aging research, and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations – ultimately leading to new externally funded research.

Submissions form a wide range of disciplines from basic biology, clinical sciences, and social and behavioral aspects of aging are encouraged. There is priority given to supporting applications from individuals who are new to aging research and from two or more investigators who are establishing a new interdisciplinary research collaboration in an aging- related interest area.

Principal investigators must have a Career or Tenure line University of Utah Faculty appointment. For more details about the program or submission process, please contact Heather Podolan at (801) 213-4156

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Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact Chris Ostrander at (801) 585-7220 for more information about Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

http://chris.ostrander@utah.eduMisk Grand Challenges
Amount: up to $100,000

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation (the non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman), have partnered to launch the Misk Grand Challenges. This new effort, to run over the next three years, will offer 100 innovators $100,000 each to turn ideas into proof of concept, with the opportunity to seek more funding following the proof of concept.

The Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, with the two initial challenges available for applicants right now:

Global Citizenship:
Seeking bright ideas for how young people can help deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Education:
Seeking innovative solutions to transform our education systems and empower young people to succeed in the knowledge economy.

Applications are accepted online and must adhere to the application form guidelines. Funds are awarded over a two year period and will not exceed $100,000. There is no limit on the number of applications the U can submit, though only one proposal is accepted per applicant. Please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220 if you plan to apply.

Public Welfare Foundation: LOIs for Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, and Workers’ Rights
Amount: Generally up to $500,000
Deadline: Rolling

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. The Foundation focuses on three program areas: Criminal Justice – supporting groups that are working to end the over-incarceration of adults while also aiming to reduce racial disparities; Youth Justice – supporting groups working to advance a fair and effective community-based vision of youth justice, with a focus on ending the criminalization and incarceration of youth of color; and Workers’ Rights – supporting policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people, with a focus on securing their basic legal rights to safe, healthy, and fair conditions at work

Smith Richardson Foundation: Domestic Public Policy Program
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Rolling

The Foundation supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.  The funding opportunity supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Scholarly European Art Projects
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture and supports projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Art Conservation
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Digital Resources Program
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

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Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

NIH: Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Deadline: January 9, 2018

The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.

If you are interested in applying please visit the opportunity page for more details.

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Intramural Funding Opportunities

Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF)
Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) is a competitive program that provides support to faculty and to core facilities for new equipment purchases, or to replace or upgrade existing research instruments. 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.

For more information to apply please visit RIF program details.

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USTAR News and Funding Opportunities

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG)
Deadline: Rolling

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG) provide research funding to individual or teams of researchers from universities or colleges in Utah that eventually leads to the submission of proposals for larger federal grants, or private funding. Collaboration between researchers of different backgrounds, and institutions, is highly recommended. The program will fund technologies in the early development stages ranging from, basic observation to proof of concept.

Questions regarding the Science and Technology Initiation Grant must be submitted in writing via email, inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

Industry Partnership Program (IPP)
Deadline: Rolling

Driven by industry demand, the Industry Partnership Program (IPP) promotes the development, acceleration and commercialization of innovative technologies by teaming industry and university research expertise to address specific technology problems or gaps identified by a company. The program is open to companies that have a substantial presence in Utah and have identified a specific technology challenge that, if solved, would result in a positive economic impact for the state.

Questions regarding the Industry Partnership Program must be submitted in writing via email. Inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

For more information, please visit the USTAR programs page.

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Extramural Funding Opportunities

Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) has released a Board Agency Announcement on Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM) (HR001118S0014). DARPA/DSO is soliciting innovative research proposals that advance our knowledge and understanding of lightmatter interactions. In particular DARPA seeks to develop new and systematic approaches to the design of engineered structures and materials that change how we manipulate electromagnetic waves and capitalize on nascent wave-matter interactions.
For more details regarding this DSO opportunity please visit the Federal Business Opportunities page. 

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Deadlines: October 3, 2017-December 13, 2017, (depending on your discipline)

The goals of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy.

National Academy of Inventors: Call for Papers
Deadline: January 2, 2018

As the University of Utah is a member institution of the National Academy of Inventors, we wanted to bring to your attention a call for papers for an upcoming issue of Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors. The topic is Technologies for Disabilities, and the special editors are Sethuraman Panchanathan, Diane Cook, Forouzan Golshani, Troy McDaniel, and Shayok Chakraborty.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
Deadline: January 10, 2018

HHMI is working to increase diversity in biomedical science. The Hanna Gray Fellows are early career scientists from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this grant competition. The competition is open to all eligible applicants, and no nomination is required. Please note that Fellows do not need to be working in HHMI labs. For more information, please visit the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program.

NCI FOA: Research Specialist (Laboratory-based Scientist) Award
Earliest Submission: December 17, 2017
Deadline: January 17, 2018 5:00 p.m. local

The Research Specialist (Laboratory-based Scientist) Award is designed to encourage the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to continue to pursue research within the context of an existing NCI-funded basic, translational, clinical or population science cancer research program, but not serve as independent investigators. These non-tenure track scientists, such as researchers within a research program, are vital to sustaining the biomedical research enterprise.

NCI FOA: Cancer Moonshot
Upcoming Deadlines: January 2018

The Cancer Moonshot is a research initiative that strives towards making cancer treatments and therapies more readily available to patients, while at the same time improving methods of cancer prevention and early detection.
For more information on funding opportunities please visit the National Cancer Institute website.

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program
Applications Due: January, 29, 2018
(Seeking researchers in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics)

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years.  Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record.
For more information on how to apply please contact Maria Colelli.

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

RATS: Special Events
Workshops to Learn About the ELN, LabArchives
Have you wanted to investigate implementing Labarchives into your research workflow, but haven’t had the time? Two workshops have been scheduled for December and January. Take advantage of this time to learn how a ELN can improve your efficiency, manage your research and facilitate collaboration. For additional information about LabArchives see the library guide. For a hands-on introduction attend one of the RATS workshops please register first and please bring your laptop.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Taught by Daureen Nesdill 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00am-12:00pm 
J. Willard Marriott Library, Rm. 1008 (located on the first floor next to the central staircase.)

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Taught by Daureen Nesdill
Thursday, January 4, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3100C

Research Education

Registration for the May 18-20, 2018 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 Corrie Harris with any questions.
(Future program dates are October 26-28, 2018  /  May 17-19, 2019 and October 25-27, 2019)

If you are interested in knowing more about how to write a proposal for the National Science Foundation online materials are available through RATS Online Classes.

Also, you may be interested in joining the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) which provides a forum for colleagues to share ideas and to offer general peer support and guidance for the benefit of the University research community. The RAN further promotes opportunities for networking and potential research collaborations.

Research Education Micro-Credentialing Training Services
Principal investigators, lab supervisors, faculty and department managers may use the Research Education software platform to assign, track and document specific trainings and skills assessment required for their local environment!  The Research Education software platform interfaces with several other systems including PeopleSoft, Canvas, Moodle, CAS and Two-Factor Authentication.  Training classes and online instruction for Laboratory Safety, Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety, Institutional Review Board, Radiation Safety and the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) can be assigned to personnel by job code or job title.  Users receive regular email notifications and reminders, and local catalog rights can be provided to a designated manager(s).  PIs and departments may also create their own training modules or link to existing resources.  Full-time IT support is available from Research Education.  Please contact Corrie Harris at 801-587-3958 for complete information.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects
Thursday, December 14, 2017
10:00am-12:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Upcoming Classes in 2018:
Enrolling Soon

Introduction to eProposal
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 5100B
Overview of Research  Administration
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments, and Continuing Review
Thursday, January 18, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education!
Questions about the GWA or RATS? Contact Corrie Harris at (801) 587-3958.

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Updated NSF Proposal, Award Policies & Procedures Guide

Updated NSF Proposal, Award Policies & Procedures Guide
Effective: January 29, 2018

NSF has recently announced that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued.  Significant changes include:

  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch campuses of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Revision of eligibility standards for foreign organizations;
  • Implementation of the standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template that has been in pilot phase since April;
  • Increase in the Budget Justification page limitation from three pages to five pages;
  • Restructuring of coverage on grantee notifications to and requests for approval from NSF, including referral to the Prior Approval Matrix available on the NSF website; and
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST.  Registration is now available. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the NSF Policy Office.

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