VPR Website Redesign Survey

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is in the process of a website redesign. As a part of the redesign, the VPR office has launched a quick survey to provide content that will benefit the UU research community and enhance the web user experience. Please take a moment to fill out this survey to help us improve our website. Thank you for your participation.

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USTAR News and Funding Opportunities


 

 

 

SBIR/STTR RATS Class
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 GOALI, GOED, USTAR, etc.), and University Technology Venture and Commercialization (TVC) resources and services will be described.

Funding Opportunities:

    • Next call for TAP proposals opening in early August

    The next round of USTAR’s Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) is expected to open in early August.  There are significant changes to the application process including a required letter of intent.  Look for more details to come.

      • 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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ARPA-E Workshop – November 28, 2017

 

 

 

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
Registration

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, helpful advice on how to both develop and write winning ARPA-E proposals, how to manage a proposal, and execute successful ARPA-E projects will also be provided.  Participants will have a chance to network and see how different entities can team up on projects.

The Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory will host this workshop.  Since 2007, the Collaboratory is an energy research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University & National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Expected attendees: Collaboratory researchers, faculty & staff; industry in energy-related markets; state partners; state organizations; military; federal agencies. To register, please visit the ARPA-E workshop registration website. For additional questions, please contact Maury Dobbie at 970-682-5707 or maurydobbie@coloradocollaboratory.org.

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Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (U54)
Internal Submission Deadline: October 19, 2017

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). Ag Centers are expected to conduct high quality research and help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to improve worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and fishing.

NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (U19)
Internal Submission Deadline: October 19, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide funding for Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. Support of this program will further advance an emerging field of science and practice and address the needs of the 21st century workforce by means of research, intervention, and outreach activities.

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation-Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

The mission of the 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. The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and are in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where other independent funding can be obtained. Candidates may have an R01.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

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. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Dana Foundation-David Mahoney Neuroimaging Grant Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

Emphasis in the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program is on assisting promising early career investigators to obtain pilot study data concerning novel hypotheses that will help them compete for larger-scale funding from other sources. To be eligible, applicants must have faculty appointments. Early career investigators most often are investigators at the assistant professor level and those who are in their early years of their associate professor appointments. Senior investigators may apply only if the proposed study represents a new research direction. Please see eligibility criteria specified in the RFP. Post-docs are not eligible to apply unless they can provide evidence that they will have a faculty appointment prior to the start of the grant period.

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

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
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. The foundation’s policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project.

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Submission Deadline: November 16, 2017

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Awardees are typically in departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, be after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and be engaged in research and teaching primarily with undergraduates.

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Intramural Funding Opportunities

Faculty Fellow Awards
Internal Submission Deadline: October 23, 2017

The Faculty Fellow Awards are available to tenure track faculty in all disciplines to provide a semester of release time on full salary for scholarly pursuits of research or creative projects. Release time can be taken no earlier than fall semester of the next academic year and must be taken within 2 years from the date of the award. Faculty who have held a regular University of Utah faculty appointment for one year or more are eligible to apply.

Biomedical Image and Data Analysis Core (BIDAC) Seed Funding
Deadline: TBA

The BIDAC Core provides advanced image and data analysis along with scientific visualization services to support activities likely to have a sustainable impact on research technology. These services leverage the R&D strengths of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.

For 2017, BIDAC will be providing limited funding ($2,500-$5,000) for 3-5 projects to use our services and seed larger project collaborations. We are currently welcoming new applications! 

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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 return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Since tomorrow’s medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation.  For more information, please visit NIH Loan Repayment Program.

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.

NeTS Core
Deadline: September 27, 2017 (large projects), November 15, 2017 (small projects)

The NeTS Core Solicitation is now accepting submissions. Medium/Large proposal deadlines are due September 27th, and Small projects are due November 15th.  If you are submitting a proposal, please strongly consider suggesting reviewers in the “Suggested Reviewers” section. We may not use them necessarily, but it gives us a sense of reviewer expertise needed to review inter-disciplinary proposals, in particular, and also helps add new reviewers to our list, especially from industry.  For more details, please visit the  Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs website.

Alan T. Waterman Award
Deadline: October 23, 2017

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip to Washington, DC, to receive the award.  For details about the Waterman Award’s history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria, please visit the Alan T. Waterman call for proposal.

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF’s FastLane system.

Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to waterman@nsf.gov.

US-Japan JUNO2
Deadline: November 30, 2017

The US-Japan JUNO2 solicitation is calling for collaborative research proposals enabling trustworthy networks supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). The deadline for proposals is November 30th. For more details, please visit Japan-US Network Opportunity (JUNO).

DARPA – Young Faculty Award (YFA)
Deadline: December 4, 2017

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. For more information, please visit Federal Business Opportunities.

Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3CSP) funding program
Mandatory Concept Paper Deadline: November 3, 2017

The Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3CSP) funding program will take successful, high temperature, lab-scale sub-component concentrating solar power technologies, develop them into integrated assemblies, and test these components and systems through a wide range of conditions. The Gen3CSP funding program will flow through two phases to de-risk various aspects of CSP technologies. Phase 1 addresses the gaps in technology pathways and retiring the most important risks through applied research and development. Phase 2 consists of building a test facility for the selected pathway where tests can be performed for future use in a large scale CSP plant development.

Awards will be separated into three topics, each of which will overlap the two phases:

  • Topic 1 awardees will perform overall integration and systems analysis, then finalize a design before down-selection to one single pathway. The down-selected awardee will construct a test facility and conduct research and risk retirement activities; and
  • Topic 2 awardees will design and build components for CSP systems and conduct cross-cutting, foundational testing to complement the Topic 1 pathways.

For more information, please visit the Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3CSP) funding opportunity.

Solar Desalination Funding Program
Mandatory Concept Paper Deadline: December 4, 2017

The Solar Desalination funding program will develop novel technologies or concepts using solar thermal energy to assist in creating freshwater from otherwise unusable waters. Awards will be separated into four topics:

  • Innovations in thermal desalination technologies;
  • Low-cost solar thermal energy collection and storage;
  • Integrated solar thermal desalination systems; and
  • Analysis for solar desalination.

For more information, please visit the Solar Desalination funding opportunity.

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.

 

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

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 Tony Onofrietti 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 Tony Onofrietti at 801-585-3492 for complete information.

Tissue Banking in Research
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Collaborative Research and the Roles of the Scientist in Society
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Cultural Competency, Diversity and Equity in Research Participation
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 5100A

Source Documentation for Clinical Research
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable:  Cost Share
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Investigator Training Workshop: Researcher Resources Session
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Lab 3100C

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 (Webcast Available)
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Managing the Return of Incidental Findings in Research
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Best Practice Roundtable: Managing Risk with Contracts
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects (OSP) Training
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
10:00am-12:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
10:00am-12:00pm
M.Lib, Room 1705A

Small Business Innovation in Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant Programs and Non-Dilutive Funding Sources
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Clinical Research Budget Development, Negotiation and Oversight
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Grant-Writing Workshop: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education!

Questions about the GWA or RATS? Contact Tony Onofrietti at (801) 585-3492.

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Apply for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Grant

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
Deadline: October 13, 2017

The Center for Medical Innovation would like to invite you to apply for the NSF I-Corps grant.

The University of Utah has become a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site.  Through this program, the NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundament research.  It wants to benefit society by identifying promising research and projects with a potential to impact the great society through commercialization.  Investigators selected for seed grants will receive support – in the form of mentoring, funding and education – to accelerate innovations that can attract subsequent third-party investment.

To apply for the grant please click here.

For the grant information containing requirements and tentative schedule for the educational programs please click here.

Please feel free to direct any questions to:

Megan McIntyre

Associate Director, CMI
megan.mcintyre@utah.edu
O:801.587.7281
M:801.808.2724

or

Tomasz Petelenz
Research Associate Professor, Bioengineering
tomasz.petelenz@utah.edu
801-585-1804

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NSF NeTS Program Relocation – Alexandria, VA

The NSF NeTS program has relocated to 2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Please note that additional security procedures are in place now (baggage screening and X-rays), so if you are visiting NSF, plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your appointment, if your first appointment is before 10 am. You will also need to be escorted inside the building, unless you are here for a panel. Therefore, if you plan to meet multiple folks while at NSF, please make sure that you have confirmed appointments with each person.

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Army Research Laboratory Open House – Save the Date (October 18-19, 2017)

 

 

 

 

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is planning to host an Open Campus Open House at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD on October 18 & 19, 2017, pending approval.

Details will be posted on US Army Research Laboratory website.

ARL has been a national leader in fundamental research since its founding in 1992.  ARL’s exploration spans the entire research spectrum from high strain rate mechanics and novel materials manufacturing, to cyber defense and advanced electronics, to atmospheric sciences and translational neuroscience.  ARL’s successful Open Campus business model is building an international science and technology ecosystem among government, academia, small business, industry, and entrepreneurs. Research hubs such as ARL West, located in the greater Los Angeles area, and ARL South located in Texas are being established with the goal of accelerating discovery and innovation.

This year’s Open Campus Open House will once again provide members of the science and technology community an opportunity to:

  • Learn about ARL’s Open Campus business model
  • Hear details of ARL’s strategic research areas
  • Interface with ARL’s scientists and engineers to discover opportunities for side-by-side collaboration
  • Visit ARL’s specialized laboratory facilities
  • Participate in technical presentations and poster sessions
  • Meet one-on-one with some of the Army’s leading researchers
  • Engage with regional leaders from ARL’s extended sites
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