Google: Al for Social Good

Google: Al for Social Good
Deadline: January 22, 2019

Google.org has issued an open call for ideas that use AI to help address societal challenges. Google is looking for projects across a range of social impact domains and levels of technical expertise, from individuals and organizations that are experiences in AI to those with an idea for how they could be putting their data to better use.  Selected applicants will receive coaching from Google’s AI experts, Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool, credit and consulting from Google Cloud, and more.

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2019 Ono Initiative LOI

2019 Ono Initiative LOI
Deadline: January 25, 2019

The Ono Pharma Foundation was established to support academic research in relevant scientific fields, which have the potential of making significant impact on therapeutic approaches to disease and pain management.  The Foundation’s competitive awards program, the Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program (“Ono Initiative”), is the embodiment of the Foundation’s commitment to focus on and accelerate researcher-driven open innovation by supporting high-risk and high-reward science research projects which have potential to lead to science discoveries/solutions and, possibly, based on further research, to breakthrough treatments for patients.

 Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following requirements. LOIs and final Proposals from applicants not meeting the requirements listed below will not be considered.

  1. Each PI applying chemical biology area must be working in one of the nominating institutions. Nominating institutions might be replaced or added to in subsequent years.
  2. Each PI applying oligonucleotide medicine research area must be working in the United States or Canada.
  3. The PI must have a MD and/or a PhD degree.
  4. The PI may not already be engaged in other sponsored research with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and/or grant program with Ono Pharma Foundation.
  5. The PI may not apply for funding to amplify current work. However, PIs may research a new idea based on a prior findings of the PI.

As a US private foundation, Ono Pharma Foundation grants to Canadian institutions are conditioned on an equivalency determination by the Foundation. This may require additional documentation and information from the institution outside of the application process.

Applications for the 2018 Ono Initiative are available on InfoReady. This is a limited submission that allows 2 nominations from the University of Utah.

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Center for Clinical & Translational Science Open House

Tuesday, January 8, 2019,
1:30pm-2:30pm

Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is ready to answer your questions and provide resources to enhance your research.

  • Clinical Trials Support and Multi-Center Trial Support
  • Informatics
  • Data Science Services (DSS)
  • Precision Medicine
  • Collaboration & Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • HealthInsight
  • Utah Department ofHealth
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Population Health Research

DISCLOSURE: None of the faculty or planners or anyone in control of content for this continuing medical education activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not cover any products/ services of a commercial interest; therefore, there are not relevant financial relationships to disclose.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Research Roundtable: Visualizing Research

Visualizing Research: Using Photography and Video for Proposal Development and Communicating Science

In an effort to foster new collaborations and research teams across campus, NEXUS and the VP of Research Office present monthly interdisciplinary Research Roundtables that center around a topic that is of interest to a broad range of disciplines.

“Visualizing Research: Using Photography and Video for Proposal Development and Communicating Science”
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Gardner Commons room 2675
Register here.

Discussion will be led by:

Nancy Green
Award-winning, long-format documentary film maker & Adjunct Professor in the Film and Media Department
&
Jaclyn Wright
Assistant Professor in Photography and Digital Imaging in the Art Department

Research Roundtables are hosted by NEXUS in Gardner Commons. Refreshments provided. Please register here.
Research Roundtables are supported by the Research Development Office & the Office of Foundation Relations. They are meant to:

1. catalyze faculty exploration of interdisciplinary research topics,
2. discuss strategies to advance research ideas, and
3. explore potential federal and non-federal funders for interdisciplinary research.

Please suggest future topics! My suggestions for a future Research Roundtable.

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Springer Nature Experiments – Now Available to UU Community

As of December 2018, the University of Utah research community has access to Springer Nature Experiments.  This tool allows researchers to quickly find and evaluate protocols and methods in the life sciences.  The platform covers content from:

  • Nature Protocols
  • Nature Methods
  • Springer Protocols
  • Protocol Exchange

There are currently over 60,000 protocols and methods articles that can be searched by scientific technique or model organism.  Search filters include technique, video, article category, source, and year.   Article evaluation pages display at-a-glance information about the article – such as keywords, citation graphs, and other metrics to help the user assess the protocol.

For more information or help getting started with Springer Nature Experiments, please contact the Library.

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Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

SFARI 2019 Research Award – Request for Applications
Deadline: January 11, 2019 at 5:00pm EST

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce the 2019 Research Award request for applications (RFA).

Grants awarded through this program are intended to provide support for the investigation of key unresolved research questions in autism, particularly those that connect etiologies to brain function and behavior. Unlike SFARI Pilot Awards, risk and novelty are welcome but are not required criteria for the proposal to be considered meritorious. Competitive applications will have preliminary data or other relevant groundwork that justifies substantial investment on the proposed topic.

The deadline for applications is January 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST. The budget is $1,300,000 or less, over a period of up to four years. Applications selected for SFARI Research Awards will be announced April 17, 2019, with funding expected to begin in the summer of 2019.

More information about the RFA, including a discussion of the critical issues that SFARI considers relevant for the Research Award, is available here

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Burroughs Wellcome, Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Deadline: January 9, 2019

Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents.

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences.

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Soros Equality Fellowship
Deadline: January 10, 2019

The U.S. Programs’ Equality team seeks applicants for its Soros Equality Fellowship, which aims to support emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with a grant of $100,000 to support production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months.

Open Society seeks a diverse cohort of applicants, including but not limited to activists, artists, journalists, and organizers, to produce a project with meaningful impact. This approach recognizes the power of individuals to use a variety of tools, from traditional advocacy to the arts, to impact change and uplift the mission and values of an open society.

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Google: Al for Social Good
Deadline: January 22, 2019

Google.org has issued an open call for ideas that use AI to help address societal challenges.  Google is looking for projects across a range of social impact domains and levels of technical expertise, from individuals and organizations that are experiences in AI to those with an idea for how they could be putting their data to better use.  Selected applicants will receive coaching from Google’s AI experts, Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool, credit and consulting from Google Cloud, and more.

Please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220  in you are interested in applying.

Arcus Foundation: Social Justice Program
Deadline: January 22, 2019

Founded in 2000, the Arcus Foundation is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The foundation’s work is based on the belief that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all its inhabitants.

To that end, the foundation is accepting Proof of Concepts for its Social Justice Program, which gives priority to LGBTQ communities in the Americas and Africa that have been pushed to the margins based on racial, gender, or economic status and where evidence suggests potential for concrete change over a ten-year period. The program, which envisions a world in which all LGBTQ people live with dignity, safety, and opportunity in inclusive communities and societies, supports programs or initiatives that provide increased safety for LGBTQ people, increased LGBTQ-affirming protections, and increased inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ people.

For each of these goals, the foundation’s grantmaking addresses the following areas: cross-movement collaboration and coordination; the establishment of durable networks, especially among the most marginalized communities; efforts led by and for the communities most affected; initiatives led by faith, trans, and other groups with less access to resources and who are marginalized within LGBTQ communities; inclusion of those most marginalized in decision-making and organizational leadership; and work that increases the political power of constituencies to influence change through civic engagement and democratic participation.

Priority will be given to projects based in the southern United States (Arizona, California’s Central Valley), Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina) East and Southern Africa (Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda); the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, and Trinidad & Tobago).

Over the next two years, the foundation expects to award up to thirty grants of up to $200,000 per year, for a maximum of two years.

Proof of Concepts must be received no later than January 22, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 6, 2019.

Open Society Fellowship
Deadline: February 4, 2019

 Applicants for the Open Society Fellowship are invited to address the following proposition:

New and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality.

This proposition is intended as a provocation—to stimulate productive controversy and debate—and does not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with the proposition in their submissions. Though the proposition deals with economic issues, those without an economics or business background are welcome to apply, provided they have a relevant project in mind.

Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $100,000 for one year.

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience
Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation announce the opening of its 2019 competition for research fellowships in neuroscience.

Previously known as the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience, this year’s awards are the sixth from this joint project of the Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. The awards are among the nation’s oldest and most illustrious fellowships for young investigators in neuroscience research.

Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the $225,000 awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in young investigators’ careers, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship awards promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.

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Limited Submissions Opportunities

Information Webinar for Pew Scholars Program and Pew-Stewart Scholars
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET

The Pew Scholars Program and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research are national funding initiatives designed to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Each award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

This year, Pew Biomedical Programs staff will host an informational webinar for institutional nomination committees and potential applicants from the list of participating  institutions for each program so that they may learn more about both programs in advance of our summer 2019 call for nominations. We highly encourage you to register for this event, even if your institution has nominated a candidate in the past. Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of the Pew Charitable Trusts Mission and Current Work
  • Biomedical Funding Opportunities
  • Program Eligibility Criteria for both the Pew Scholars and Pew-Stewart Programs
  • Similarities and differences between the Scholars and Pew-Stewart programs
  • Keys to Selecting a Competitive Candidate
  • Application Process Overview and Timeline

There will also be a Q&A session for clarification of any additional questions you may have.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET. In order to join the program, please fill out this registration form.

NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards
Deadline: January 23, 2019

This FOA announces the renewal of the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program, established to facilitate and accelerate the translation of academic biomedical discoveries into products that improve patient care and public health. Through this program, NIH will provide the qualifying institutions with the funds to seed the creation of academic entrepreneurship Hubs. Hubs will be responsible for providing innovators with both the initial investment and resources to support the proof of concept work and the mentorship in product development and commercialization needed to develop high priority technologies that address the highest US disease burden within the NIH’s mission. Funded Hubs are intended to work as a consortium to enable: (1) the infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies, (2) funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, proof-of-concept studies) provided to individual researchers, (3) access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development (including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management), and (4) skills development and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship.  Establishing public-private partnerships and providing additional non-federal funds will be critical for success.

Internal applications for the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards are available on InfoReady. Investigators interested in applying must submit a 1.5 page abstract and cv.

2019 Ono Initiative LOI
Deadline: January 25, 2019

The Ono Pharma Foundation was established to support academic research in relevant scientific fields, which have the potential of making significant impact on therapeutic approaches to disease and pain management.  The Foundation’s competitive awards program, the Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program (“Ono Initiative”), is the embodiment of the Foundation’s commitment to focus on and accelerate researcher-driven open innovation by supporting high-risk and high-reward science research projects which have potential to lead to science discoveries/solutions and, possibly, based on further research, to breakthrough treatments for patients.

 Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following requirements. LOIs and final Proposals from applicants not meeting the requirements listed below will not be considered.

  1. Each PI applying chemical biology area must be working in one of the nominating institutions. Nominating institutions might be replaced or added to in subsequent years.
  2. Each PI applying oligonucleotide medicine research area must be working in the United States or Canada.
  3. The PI must have a MD and/or a PhD degree.
  4. The PI may not already be engaged in other sponsored research with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and/or grant program with Ono Pharma Foundation.
  5. The PI may not apply for funding to amplify current work. However, PIs may research a new idea based on a prior findings of the PI.

As a US private foundation, Ono Pharma Foundation grants to Canadian institutions are conditioned on an equivalency determination by the Foundation. This may require additional documentation and information from the institution outside of the application process.

Applications for the 2018 Ono Initiative are available on InfoReady. This is a limited submission that allows 2 nominations from the University of Utah.

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Intramural Funding Opportunities

Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF)
Deadline: January 15, 2019

The Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) provides support to faculty and core facilities for new equipment purchases and to replace or upgrade existing research instruments. Funding comes from the University’s indirect cost reimbursements. Equipment purchased with central funds is meant to be shared as broadly as possible.

Eligibility

The Research Instrumentation Fund is available to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Utah and to recognized University of Utah core facilities.  There are separate applications available for Faculty and Core Facilities. Please make sure you choose the correct application. Only core facility directors should initiate core equipment requests.

The grant period is for one year only and funds must be expended within that year. Only in unusual circumstances will a written request for an extension be considered. If awarded, please identify the PI on any/all requisitions. 

Matching Funds

Matching funds are required for an application to be considered for a RIF award, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Matching funds are an indicator of support and demonstrate the importance of the acquisition to those supporting the application. The amount and sources for the matching funds will be important in the evaluation and prioritization of a RIF request.  Unless there are documented exceptional circumstances, a minimum of 30% in matching funds is requested.

We highly encourage faculty and cores to seek the best price for equipment, and to provide documentation of this negotiation as support for their application.  Such discounts will be considered in the evaluation of the RIF application. Manufacture discounts and in-kind donations, however, are not considered matching funds.

CORE and Faculty applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are available on InfoReadyFor more information about the Research Instrumentation Fund please visit the VPR website.

Community- Based Research Program
Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant Program encourages collaborative research that involves both University and local, regional and/or statewide community partners.  This program is intended to promote scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge from existing University-community partnerships with the intent that they produce scholarly articles and/or demonstrate significant potential to receive extramural funding. The award is available to faculty in all disciplines and will provide up to $20,000 in funding.

Eligibility 

Career-line and Tenure-line faculty with a minimum of two years at the University who hold at least a 0.75 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.

An applicant is limited to one application per cycle, whether individually or in combination with others. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure collaborators do not have competing interests. In the case where an application is funded, the applicant is not eligible to compete in future CBR grant cycles for three years from the activation date of the successful proposal.

If an application has been turned down by the review panel, the applicant is allowed one re-submission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must indicate changes from the previous proposal and respond to reviewer comments in a point-by-point fashion.

For more information of the Community-Based Research Program please visit the Community Based Research Program page. Applications for the Community-Based Research Program are due on InfoReady 

Faculty Scholarly Grant Program
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Formerly known as the Faculty Research and Creative Grants (FRCG), the Faculty Scholarly Grant Program (FSGP) seeks to support significant research and creative scholarly projects in colleges where extramural funding is difficult to obtain. This program will provide faculty with grants up to $6,000 for a period of two years to support scholarly projects and publications. In exceptional circumstances the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding. Proposals are evaluated on their significance, soundness, competence and merits.

Eligibility Criteria

Faculty who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply. Recipients of University Research Committee (URC) grants must submit a final report and close out any remaining URC funds before they are eligible to reapply for the program. If an application has been turned down by the committee, the PI is allowed one resubmission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must include a description of all changes made to the original proposal in a point-by-point fashion.

For more information please visit the Faculty Scholalry Grant Program page on the VPR website. All applications for this program are due on Erica.

Please note that Department Chairs must approve submitted applications on Erica by the posted deadline, February 15, 2019.

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Extramural Funding Opportunities

NSF—Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Deadline: January 17, 2019

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

PFI has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 (“the Act”, S.3084 — 114th CongressSec. 602. Translational Research Grants): (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.

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.

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program
Deadline: February 1, 2019

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, we’ve awarded 75 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $4 million in grants. We’re seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Rachel Pacifico.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Fellowship
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is excited to announce that the INL Graduate Fellowship postings are now open. This year there are two INL Graduate Fellowship postings. The first is specific to National and Homeland Security research, the second is associated with other INL mission areas.

The INL Graduate Fellowship program is designed to identify exceptional talent in research areas aligned with INL’s strategic agenda to enable the current and future mission of the INL. The program, a collaboration between INL and universities, provides mentoring and financial support for outstanding students who plan to enroll in graduate degree programs.

Applicants are invited to apply online through inl.gov/careers job posting numbers 12535 and 12584. The postings will close February 15, 2019. Selections will be announced in May. Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Ali Josephson.

Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF)
Deadline: March 6, 2019

The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), one of the Big Ideas, is one mechanism by which NSF is responding to the challenges and opportunities for the future of jobs and work. The overarching vision is to support convergent research to understand and develop the human-technology partnership, design new technologies to augment human performance, illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of new technologies, understand and influence the impact of artificial intelligence on workers and work, and foster lifelong and pervasive learning.

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are:

  1. to facilitate convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of computer science, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences;
  2. to encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and supportive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, and environmental systems at different scales;
  3. to promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent work technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and
  4. to understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks arising from future work at the human-technology frontier.

A proposal for a research grant in this program must focus on advancing fundamental understanding of future work, and potential improvements to work, workplaces, workforce preparation, or work outcomes for workers and society. It must be convergent research that addresses the technological as well as the human and societal dimensions and potential impact of future work, and in doing so, make significant contributions to both intellectual merit and broader impact. Achieving this goal requires integration and convergence of disciplines across computer science, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

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Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Grant Writing Academy Workshop
Registration for the May 17-19, 2019 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 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. 

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.

Overview of Research Administration
Monday, January 14, 2019
2:00pm-4:30pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments and Continuing Review
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Introduction to the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC
Wednesday, January 15, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Introduction to Research Integrity
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subject Research
Thursday, January 24, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Financial Management in Clinical Research
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 4100B

Grants Management Essentials
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Thursday, January 31, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Introduction to eProposal
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2908

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
10:00am-12:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2971

Introduction to Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Investigator Orientation: Post-Award Workshop
Thursday, February 7, 2019
9:30am-11:30am
Research Administration Building (RAB), Main Conference Room 117

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.

Best Practice Roundtable: Managing Risks with Contracts
Thursday, January 17, 2019
10:00am – 11:30am
HSEB,  Room 5100B

Best Practice Roundtable: Utilizing Startup Agreements for Clinical Trials
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
10:00am – 11:30am
HSEB, Room 5100D

The Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know
Thursday, January 31, 2019
9:00am – 11:00am
Research Administration Building,  Conference Room 117

Getting Started in Research at the University of Utah
Monday, February 11, 2019
2:00pm-4:00pm
J Willard Marriott Library (MLIB), Rm. 1150

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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