GCSC Faculty Think Tank

GCSC Faculty Think Tank
September 26, 5:00pm-7:00pm
College of Law : 6th Floor Flynn Workshop room 

Are you pursuing (or considering) place-based research on the Wasatch Front? Come to the GCSC Think Tank Mixer to share your work and ideas and learn about what other researchers are doing. At our Interdisciplinary Faculty Sustainability Research Mixers, we’ll enjoy refreshments, share interdisciplinary research, and examine strengths and opportunities around a variety of themes. The September theme is Environmental Research on the Wasatch Front.

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NSF Convergence Prospectus Gathering RSVP

Colleagues,

The academic community recognizes an increasing need to foster interdisciplinary research to address problems and questions that span more than a single field of knowledge. The National Science Foundation has issued a call for proposals regarding  Growing Convergence Research.  A two-page prospectus is due Oct. 15th.  We are holding an information and ideas exchange event on Sept. 26 at 10:30 to 11:30 AM in the Gardner Commons building (room TBD).

Two ideas have already been suggested (below).  If you are interested in these OR have additional directions on convergence research, we would like you to attend. Please RSVP using the button below and include a brief statement of your interest(s).

Nalini Nadkarni (UU Professor of Biology) has been involved in convergence research and will share her experiences.  We will then break into groups based on common interests and get back together to discuss prospectus plans and potential future interdisciplinary opportunities.

As examples, two ideas that Nalini is interested in are:

  1. Development of a faculty-driven process to cultivate interdisciplinary thinking and research projects, using her group’s case study on “Disturbance and Recovery
  2. Assessment of the impacts of NSF Broader Impacts activities (specifically public engagement) on science, scientists, and society

If you are interested in these or other interdisciplinary topics, please consider attending.  The gathering will be sponsored by NEXUS and held in the NEXUS research space in Gardner Commons.  Additional information from NSF regarding Growing Convergent Research is here.

Best Regards,

Rick

Richard Forster
NEXUS Interim Director
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons, Suite 3725
260 South Campus Drive
O: 801-581-8620; F: 801-585-5081
E: rick.forster@csbs.utah.edu

RSVP TODAY! 

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Paying Tuition Via Grant Funds

The University will now permit tuition remission payments from grants for graduate students when allowed by the sponsor. By extension, tuition benefits/remission may also be used as cost share. Tuition on grants should primarily be used when a graduate student is otherwise ineligible for the University’s Tuition Benefit Program.

The University is developing additional compliance infrastructure to broadly facilitate tuition payments from grants. However, in the short term, tuition from grants will be considered exceptional, requiring a case-by-case review and pre-expenditure approval by OSP.

For more information regarding tuition on grants visit OSP Policies & Compliance page.

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Writing Center Support for Your Grants and Publications

The University Writing Center 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 focus their arguments, organize their ideas, support their claims, cite others’ works, and maintain field conventions.  All correspondence is done via email.  

This year’s Faculty Writing Fellows are Will Smiley, from English, and Kyle O’Sullivan from Biomedical Engineering.  Please feel free to contact them and utilize this valuable service.  For more information, visit Writing Center website.

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Air Quality Research Roadmap

The Utah Division of Air Quality presents its first annual Air Quality Research Roadmap (AIR2) meeting. This meeting provides our research community a first chance to see what the State of Utah’s air quality goals and priorities are for the upcoming fiscal year.

But, this isn’t a talk…it’s a discussion. We’re asking the research community for help deciding what kind of projects should be considered for future State funding. This is your opportunity! Tell us what we’re missing and we aim to reduce emissions and attain federal pollution standards.

Agenda:

  • Why Air 2 is important
  • UDAQ research goals and priorities
  • Details of UDAQ annual research funding
  • Group Discussion

Please RSVP by October 1 and help the State of Utah in finding an avenue towards Science for Solutions.

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Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

The American Council of Learned Societies
Deadline: September 26, 2018

The American Council of Learned Societies is now accepting applications for their 2019 ACLS FellowshipsThe ACLS Fellowship program consists of a $40,000 to $70,000 award (amount dependent upon faculty rank) that is intended to serve as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.  The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. ACLS Fellowships do not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS will award up to 81 fellowships this year, including approximately 28 each at the Assistant and Associate Professor levels and 25 at the full Professor level.

ACLS invites applications from scholars pursuing research in any discipline of the humanities and related social science on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. ACLS continues to welcome applications from scholars proposing disciplinary or interdisciplinary work in international and area studies, as it has since, in the years after World War II, ACLS worked with the Social Science Research Council to develop and sustain scholarly expertise focused on particular areas or cultural regions of the world.

Please let Chris Ostrander (chris.ostrander@utah.edu) know if you plan to apply.

Whitehall Foundation – LOI’s for Bioscience Research
Deadline: October 1, 2018

The Whitehall Foundation provides assistance for scholarly research in dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by federal agencies or other foundations with a specialized mission, with an emphasis on the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest. The foundation is providing research grants for established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the US, and grants-in-aid for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established.

For more information and program details please visit the Whitehall Foundation website or contact Chris Ostrander.

Soros Justice Fellowships
Deadline: October 22, 2018

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the over reliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

Fellows receive funding through the following three categories: 

Advocacy Fellowships

The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken with the support of a host organization, and can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Advocacy Fellowships come with an award of either $87,000 or $120,000 (depending on level of experience), plus project-related expenses, for the 18 months.

Media Fellowships

The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Media Fellowships aim to mitigate the time, space, and market constraints that often discourage individuals from pursuing vital but marginalized, controversial, or unpopular topics in comprehensive and creative ways. Media Fellowships are 12 months in duration, and fellows are expected to make their projects their full-time work during the term of the fellowship. Projects can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Media Fellowships come with an award of either $58,000 or $80,000 (depending on level of experience), plus project-related expenses, for the 12 months.

Youth Activist Fellowships

The Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships, in partnership with the Open Society Youth Exchange, support outstanding individuals aged 18 to 25 to take on projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Projects can range from public education and training to grassroots organizing and policy advocacy to social media campaigns and other forms of creative communications. Youth Activist Fellowships must be undertaken in partnership with a host organization. Projects can be full-time or part-time, 12 or 18 months, and can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Youth Activist Fellowships come with an award of $52,500 for full-time, 18-month projects (the award is pro-rated for part-time or 12-month projects), plus project-related expenses, as well as access to a range of training and professional development opportunities.

For more information on applying please visit the Open Society Foundations website or contact Chris Ostrander.

Brady Education Foundation
Deadline: December 1, 2018 

The Foundation is currently focused on the development and evaluation of educational programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective and sustainable. This grant program focuses on 2 areas:

(1) New Program Development – where projects develop and test the feasibility of new programs for promoting positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities.

(2) Existing Program Evaluation to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities.

For program details and eligibility please see the Brady Education Foundation application guidelines. Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

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Intramural Funding Opportunities

Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Awards
Call for Nominations

The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly and creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty and provides up to three grants for research and creative pursuits.

Eligibility Criteria

Only tenured faculty who have held an appointment with the University of Utah for a minimum of eight years are eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be made by any faculty member, department or college within the University.

Nominees will remain in the nomination pool for three years. If a nominee does not receive an award within three years, a two year waiting period must pass before they can be re-nominated.

Nominees are evaluated on the significance and quality of their career research and the overall creative and distinctive impact their work has provided to their field, as well as to the improvement and enrichment of the human condition.

Nominations close October 15th at 5:00pm. Submission will be accepted on the VP for Research website. For questions or additional information please contact Mia Leonelli at 581-7237.

Freezers “Cash for Clunkers”

The SVPHS Research Unit, in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research is offering a freezer trade-in program, intended to increase the efficiency and reliability of -80 freezers on campus. Program pricing has been negotiated with ThermoFisher to provide high-efficiency freezers at the lowest possible cost to our programs. A $2,000 trade-in rebate will be offered by the VPR to all of campus, with an additional $2,000 rebate match being offered by the SVPHS Research Unit for all health sciences campus programs. To be eligible to receive the rebate, programs must trade in an older, energy-inefficient freezer at the time of purchase.

Freezer Information

Program Pricing:

TSX60086D TSX40086D
List Price:                   $24,692 List Price:                   $21,594
Program Price:          $11,399 Program Price:           $10,399
Program incentive:   $2,000 VPR Program incentive:     $2,000 VPR
$2,000 SVPHS  $2,000 SVPHS
Cost to lab:                $7,399  Cost to lab:                $6,399
Total Savings:       $17,293 Total Savings:     $15,195


Pricing includes 5-year parts and labor warranty, 12-year compressor parts warranty, and Device link connectivity.

Purchase Information:  

In coordination with their department, labs are responsible for purchase arrangements. Financing is offered through Fisher Scientific. For additional information, please contact Renn Thompson at  801-634-8497 or Steve Hawker at (801) 361-7535 and reference the Freezer Trade-In Program.

Freezer Disposal:
Trade-in freezers will be disposed of by the company at no additional cost to the lab. Arrangements must be made with Fisher Scientific when purchasing. Please select the “Environmental Disposal” option. A retirement/transfer form should also be completed for any freezers with University asset tags; select the “trade-in” transfer code. Staple a copy of your freezer purchase invoice to this form and submit to Surplus.

Rebate Process:

Please submit the following information to Abby Rooney:

  • PI Name and Department
  • New freezer invoice
  • Trade-in freezer information: Previous University location, brand, model and disposal date
  • Chartfield for rebate transfer; please note this must go into a 2000 fund account

Pricing is confirmed through end of Calendar 2018. Rebates are available while funding lasts. Please confirm availability with Abby Rooney prior to submitting purchase.

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Extramural Funding Opportunities

Michelson Prizes
Pre-Application: October 29th, 2018

The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive research concepts and inventive processes to advance vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

The 2019 Michelson Prizes have been expanded to include three focus areas: Human Immunology, Computational Biology and Protein Engineering, andNeglected Parasitic Diseases. All focus areas are aimed at supporting research with the potential to transform vaccine and immunotherapy discovery.

Applicants must be under the age of 35 at the time of pre-application submission (born on or after Oct 29, 1983) and affiliated with an academic, nonprofit, industry or government research organization. International researchers are encouraged to apply.

For more information and program details please visit the Human Vaccines Project website.

NASA Centennial Challenges Program
Deadline: January 24, 2019 

In accordance with the NASA Prize Authority, the NASA Centennial Challenges program has released Phase 1 of the CO₂Conversion Challenge.  Interested teams that wish to compete may now register on the official Challenge site at www.co2conversionchallenge.org.

NASA Centennial Challenges is a program of prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest and value to NASA and the nation.  NASA is providing the prize purse, and NASA Centennial Challenges will be managing the Challenge with support from Common Pool.

The CO₂ Conversion Challenge is devoted to fostering the development of CO₂ conversion systems that can effectively produce singular or multiple molecular compounds identified as desired microbial manufacturing ingredients and/or that provide a significant advancement of physicochemical CO₂ conversion for the production of useful molecules.  NASA envisions this competition having two phases with a total prize purse of up to $1 million.  Phase 1 (the current phase) is the Concept Phase with a prize purse of up to $250,000 to demonstrate capabilities to develop technologies to manufacture “food” for microbial bioreactors from CO₂ and hydrogen molecules, with the ultimate goal of producing glucose.   The initiation of Phase 2, a Demonstration Challenge with a prize purse of up to $750,000, is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieve the Challenge goals. The official rules for Phase 2 will be released prior to the opening of Phase 2.

Official documentation related to this Challenge can be found at www.co2conversionchallenge.org.

Interested teams should submit their registration by 5:00pm Central Time on January 24, 2019.  Submissions must be received by 5:00pm Central Time on February 28, 2019.  No further requests for review will be accepted after this date.

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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 is now open!

The 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.

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 review the attached flyer and contact Research Education at 801-587-3958 or Sam Ma with any questions.

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.

Fundamentals of Effort Reporting, Audits and Recharge Centers
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Introduction to Research Integrity
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Proposal Preparation, Processing and Review
Thursday, September 20, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

Grant Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities
Friday, September 21, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments and Continuing Review
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Investigator Orientation: Pre-Award Workshop
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
3:30pm-5:30pm
RAB, Main Conference Room 117

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subject Research
Thursday, September 27, 2018
2:00pm04:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

Patent Searching and Public Information Resources
Thursday, September 27, 2018
2:00pm04:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Investigator Orientation: Researcher Resources and Funding Searches Workshop
Monday, October 1, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3100C

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 5100A

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) and Radiation Safety
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Introduction to Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB Rm. 2120

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Thursday, October 3, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm 2110

Project Management: Implementing the Award Process
Monday, October 8th, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

Source Documentation for Clinical Research
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB Rm. 3515B

Investigator Orientation Clinical Research Workshop
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
3:30pm-5:30pm
RAB, Main Conference Rm. 117

Investigator Orientation: Post Award Workshop
Thursday, October 11, 2018
9:30am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 2958

Budget Preparation and Development
Monday, October 15, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm 3515B

Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs and Devices
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

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.

Getting Started in Research at the University of Utah
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Best Practice Roundtable: ePAR and Effort Reporting
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
1:30pm-3:30pm
HSEB Rm. 2120

Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know
Thursday, September 27, 2018
9:00am-11:00am
RAB, Conference Room 117

Best Practice Roundtable: eAward New Sub-Award Out Request
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
10:00pm-11:30pm
HSEB Rm. 2110

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
Computer Lab 3100C

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Monday, October 15, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
J. Willard Marriott Library (MLIB), Rm. 1705A

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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University of Utah hits $500M Milestone in Research Awards (FY18)

With the accumulated efforts of the University of Utah’s faculty, students and administrators in departments and colleges from all corners of campus, and with decades of building quality researchers and exemplary programs and institutes, the U achieved its most successful research funding year ever in 2018, passing a $500 million milestone.

Scholarly metrics across the university, including the number of citations, published books and journal articles, are also on the rise.

“I think the data speaks to the quality of the U’s remarkable faculty, trainees and staff whose increased scholarly activity has enabled us to achieve such a significant funding milestone,” said Vice President for Research Andy Weyrich. “The success of the U’s research community is also empowered through the support we receive from the federal and state government, donors and investors who are essential to the U’s growth and drive for research excellence.” Visit @theU to read the full announcement.

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