Biomedical Engineering

Colleagues:

The University Board of Trustees has just approved this past week our proposed name change of Department of Bioengineering to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, including name change of the PhD in Bioengineering to PhD in Biomedical Engineering and the name change of the MS in Bioengineering to MS in Biomedical Engineering. This is all effective Summer 2018.   FYI – our department undergraduate major is currently a BS in Biomedical Engineering.  This BS degree naming remains the same.

We will now work on marketing our new name with university marketing resources and policies!  New logos, department brands and symbols are all subject to university approvals for circulation beyond internal use.   We will generate new materials and visibility as fast as possible now that it’s finally official.  I look forward to promoting this new branding and identity through our new social media efforts, our new department website, new logos and your own person-person communication with our international colleagues.  Our emphasis on “Biomedical” should be visible and easily recognized in what we do and how we brand our department mission, value and impact.   It’s a timely and highly appropriate name change for Utah’s flagship (and only) biomedical engineering program’s focus on current medical challenges and advanced biomedical training, and increasing presence in Utah’s flagship (and only) School of Medicine and our campus’ Health Sciences partners’ research.

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Cellular Translational Research Core (CTRC)

The CCTS Cellular Translational Research Core (CTRC) houses a fully staffed Stem Cell Facility specializing in generating and characterizing human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for investigators at the University of Utah. The CTRC Stem Cell Facility generates iPSCs at cost effective prices, from any starting human cell, such as PBMCs, o r skin fibroblasts. The CTRC not only provides material support, but will also help train investigators or research staff how to successfully maintain stem cell lines. For more information please visit the CTRC website or contact Core Director Colin T. Maguire, PhD.

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Subrecipient Monitoring – PI Approval required on all invoices

As a result of findings from a recent subrecipient monitoring audit, Principal Investigators, or approved alternates, will now be required to approve all subaward invoices that are submitted for payment, regardless of the amount.  Current practice has been that PI approval is only required for invoices over $50,000.  As of August 1, 2018, UShop will route all subaward invoices for approval by the PI of the award and approved alternates. For questions or guidance on approving an invoice please contact the UShop help desk at ushop@utah.edu or 585-2255.

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Research Help Delivered: Ask CCTS

Research investigators, faculty and study coordinators, the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is ready to answer your questions and provide resources to enhance your research.

Call our office at (801) 581-6736 for assistance or visit our website.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) provides the following services:

  • Clinical Trials Support and Multi-Center Trail Support
  •  Informatics
  • Data Science Services (DSS)
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW)
  • Self Service tools
  • Population Health Research
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Health Measurement & Survey Design
  • Systematic Review
  • Health Economics
  • Precision Medicine
  • CTRC Core Lab
  • Collaboration & Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • Health Insight
  • Utah Department of Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare
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International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health

Fourth Annual Meeting 
August 1st-4th, 2018

The International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health is convening our fourth annual conference in spectacular Park City, Utah this summer. Health professionals, researchers, teachers and student from many scientific disciplines from around the world will gather to share their ideas, approaches and research findings at the intersection of evolutionary biology, medicine, and public health.

The main goals of this conference are to 1.) Catalyze new discoveries in the rapidly growing field of evolutionary medicine – including evolutionary dynamics of cancer, the microbiome, antibiotic resistance, infectious disease, health behavior, and much more! 2.) Create new connections and increase the awareness of this exciting, important, and high impact area of scientific inquiry.

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Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2018

Amount: $50,000

In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, the foundation has supported work in a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods.

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

William T. Grant Foundation: Major Research Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2018
Amount: $100,000-$600,000

WT Grant will fund awards ranging from $100k to $600k for research proposals that inform programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequalities in youth development.  Awards generally cover a 2-3 year period.  They also will fund studies that explore how to improve the use of research evidence by policy makers and/or organizations in ways that benefit youth.  Awards in this focus area range from $100k to $1M and cover two to four years of support.  LOI are due to the Foundation by August 1, 2018.

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

Russell Sage Foundation: Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge (BioSS)
Deadline: August 20, 2018

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

The foundation’s special initiative supports innovative social science research that explores how biological mechanisms interact with the environment to influence individuals’ social and economic outcomes. RSF seeks projects that take advantage of new theories, concepts, and indicators from neuroscience, endocrinology, immunology and physiology, genetics and epigenetics to further our understanding of socioeconomic attainment and other social science issues that are relevant to RSF’s core program areas. RSF is primarily interested in research that explores and improves our understanding of social and economic predictors and outcomes. 

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics
Deadline: August 20, 2018

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

The foundation’s Behavioral Economics program supports research that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of real-life behaviors and decisions that deviate from the neoclassical economic standards of rationality. RSF is especially interested in behavioral economics research that contributes to our understanding of topics of interest under its other programs.

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

Russell Sage Foundation: Future of Work
Deadline: August 20, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

The foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers in the United States. The foundation is especially interested in proposals that address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the wellbeing of workers, today and in the future.

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

Russell Sage Foundation: Social Inequality
Deadl
ine: August 20, 2018

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

The Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports research on the social, economic, political, and labor market consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

Russell Sage Foundation: Non-Standard Employment
Deadline:
 August 20, 2018

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

The Russell Sage Foundation/Kellogg Foundation’s Initiative on Non-Standard Employment seeks to support innovative social science research on the causes and consequences of the increased incidence of alternative work arrangements in the United States.

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

Russell Sage Foundation: The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act
Deadline: August 20, 2018

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

The foundation’s initiative supports innovative social science research on the social, economic and political effects of the Affordable Care Act. The foundation is especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the effects of the reform on outcomes such as financial security and family economic wellbeing, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, family and children’s outcomes, and differential effects by age, race, ethnicity, nativity, or disability status.

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

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Intramural Funding Opportunities

Driving Out Diabetes
Deadline: August 10, 2018

The Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative and the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center are pleased to announce a request for applications for FY2019 to catalyze novel research projects in the areas of diabetes, obesity, and metabolism, and to train the next generation of researchers.  See attached RFA for full details.

Research Scope:
We invite applications from all diabetes and obesity-related areas including basic, translational, clinical, health services, community-based participatory research and population health research. Applications involving the broad areas of the genetics of diabetes/metabolic disease, drug discovery, and diabetes prevention research are especially encouraged. While the focus of the Driving Out Diabetes Initiative is type 2 diabetes,additional funding has been provided by the Ardene Bullard “Of Love” Tennis Tournament and Jacobsen construction to support type 1 diabetes research.

Funding Mechanisms:
This RFP will fund 3 different types of awards with a maximum award amount of $50,000. Note that only one award will be funded per PI, but PIs are encouraged to submit a single proposal to all applicable mechanisms.

  1. Seed grant (≤$50K/1YR).
  2. Graduate Student Fellowship ($50K/2YR).
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowship ($50K/1YR).

Application Instructions and Due Date:
Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted electronically through the University of Utah’s Competition Space interface at http://utah.infoready4.com/ by August 10, 2018. Application instructions are included in the attached RFA.

Please contact Bridget Hughes with any questions!

American Dream Ideas Challenge
Deadline: August 30, 2018 

The University of Utah, a member of the Alliance, is leading the American Dream Ideas Challenge for Utah. The challenge aims to find, fund, and develop policy and technology innovations from individuals or groups in Utah that have the potential to increase net income by 10 percent for 10,000 of the state’s middle-class households by 2020.

We are seeking innovative ideas to be developed through a multi-round review process, with the ultimate goal of forwarding up to three ideas to compete nationally for up to $1 million from Schmidt Futures. A selection committee will choose 10 ideas in the first round, each eligible for a $10,000 grant to help refine the proposal. In the second round, the selection committee will choose the three best ideas, each eligible for an additional $30,000 to use in further development of the proposal, which will advance to the national stage.

For more information, or to submit your idea please visit the American Dream Ideas Challenge page. 

The Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program 2019
LOI Internal Deadline: August 17, 2018
Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2018

Since 2015, the Pac-12 has made approximately $3,500,000 available on an annual basis for the Pac12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program (the “Grant Program”) awards and direct institutional athletic department support. Any unused funds from one fiscal year of the Grant Program will roll over to the next Grant Program cycle. Multi-year projects will be considered.

Principal Investigators (“PIs”) and Co-Investigators (“Co-PIs”) must be employed by a current Pac-12 member institution or an organization that is directly affiliated with a Pac-12 member institution, and must meet their employer’s requirements for such status. Third-party entities/partners are eligible to receive Grant Program funding provided that its submission is sponsored by, and the research is coordinated with, a Pac-12 member institution(s) involving only Pac-12 athletes.

For more information about the program and submission details, please see the program details pdf. Applications are available on InfoReady

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Limited Submissions

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2018

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories of science and engineering. Every year, one nominee in each category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry) will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Applications for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the Blavatnik Awards website. 

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2018

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.  Each year about three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.  Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series or its equivalent at a university or non-profit research institute in the United States.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice. 

Applications for the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the Greenwall Foundation website.

Johnson and Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award
Internal Submission: August 15, 2018

The J&J WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program will help develop female leaders and support innovation in the STEM2D disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, Design)  by funding six women at critical points in their research careers through a Scholar’s Award. The Scholars Award is a 3-year award in the gross amount of $150,000, which will be paid to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the J&J Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds. The Scholars Award will be paid in three (3) installments of US $50,000 per year over the 3-year award period, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the program’s Agreement.

Applications for the Johnson and Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the Johnson and Johnson Foundation website.

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Extramural Funding Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
Deadline: July 16, 2018

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters.

The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

Please visit the Burroughs Wellcome website for program and submission details.

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
Deadline: July 18-20, 2018; depending on department

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future.

For more information about NSF CAREER please see the program details page.

NAI Fellows Nominations Are Open!
Deadline: July 31, 2018

We invite you to nominate your peers and colleagues. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

For more information on the NAI Fellows Program visit the NAI Fellows program page.

Nominations may be made through the NAI Inventors Portal.

Beckman Young Investigators
Deadline: August 6, 2018

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences. Tenure Track Start Date for the 2019 program must be after8/15/2015.

Please visit the Beckman Young Investigators sight for more program details.

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Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Grant Writing Academy Workshop
Registration for the October 26-28, 2018 Research Education Grant Writing Academy
 coming soon!

The Research Education Grant Writing Academy is an intensive weekend-long program which applies proven strategies and techniques to develop successful proposals for a variety of funding agencies. This program offers a valuable and unique opportunity to focus on one’s writing, to receive educated and constructive critique, to rewrite and recraft, and to repeat the evaluation and editing process toward a final draft. The Grant Writing Academy provides a high faculty-to-participant ratio to facilitate the development of productive and independent research scientists. Future program dates include October 26-28, 2018, May 17-19, 2019 and October 25-27, 2019.

Attendance is highly limited!  Please contact Corrie Harris with any questions.

Upcoming RATS Classes

Research Education offers training and instruction through several methods to support your individual profession needs, including Live Instruction, Online Classes, Best Practice Roundtables, and many Special Events including the Research Administrators’ Network meetings. These trainings are a free service that provide professional development opportunities for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, students, and members of the University research community. For more information please go to our website, or contact the Office of Research Education at 801-587-3958 or by emailing Corrie Harris or Sam Ma.

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
Warnock Engineering Building (WEB), Room 1230

Special Events

Part of the Special Events offered through Research Education is membership in the Research Administrators’ Network, which provides a forum for colleagues to share ideas and 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.

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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