Associate Vice President for Research (Internal Posting)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) seeks a dynamic University of Utah faculty partner to serve as an Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) at 0.5 FTE, to assist in overseeing VPR administrative units committed to providing quality support, resources, and strategic investments to the University of Utah’s research community.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of federal, state, foundation and industry funding agencies, and have a proven track record of successfully obtaining funds for their own research program. In addition, the candidate will be familiar with non-biomedical and biomedical research across campus, and have demonstrated strengths in interdisciplinary research partnerships/relationships. A tenured faculty member at the University of Utah with academic leadership experience is preferred. A PhD, MD or other terminal degree is required. The ability to commit 0.5 FTE to the position is required.

For more details on this opportunity please see PRN18942B.

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Vitae 2018

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Upcoming opportunities with the Army Research Lab

Strengthening Teamwork for Robust Operations in Novel Groups (STRONG)
Cycle 1 Proposals Due: December 21, 2018

The goal of STRONG is to develop a foundation for enhanced teamwork within heterogeneous human-intelligent agent teams.

Army xTechSearch
Submission must be received by December 31, 2018

The Army is seeking innovative, paradigm-breaking technologies from the nontraditional defense community to support modernization priorities.

Army Research Lab West Internship
Deadline to apply: February 3, 2019

The Institute for Creative Technologies at USC will be accepting applications for summer internships at the Army Research Lab West (ARL West), located in Playa Vista at the ICT facilities. ARL West positions will begin with “ARL” in the job title. The ARL West internships are paid through ICT/USC payroll.

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Hg Thermometer Exchange Program Ending

On January 1, 2019, the University’s mercury thermometer exchange program will end and use of a mercury containing thermometers (or other devices) will require prior approval from Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS). If you have a need to use mercury containing devices and wish to have their use reviewed please complete the approval application located on the OEHS website.

For additional information on Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety, click on the image below.

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LabArchives

Do you want to learn about the ELN, LabArchives?

A workshop teaching about the features and tools available in LabArchives and how to integrate it into your research group will be taught on Thursday Jan 3rd at 10am in HSEB 3100C. Bring your questions and laptops. Additional information about LabArchives is  located in the library guide, LabArchives. Any questions or if you want a session for your research group, contact daureen.nesdill@utah.edu.

 

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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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uNID-based Account Archiving

In order to streamline centrally administered uNID-based account management and reduce risk for the University of Utah, starting Tuesday, December 18, 2018 and monthly thereafter, the Identity Access and Management team will archive the accounts of inactive users who meet all the following criteria:

  • Not a current employee/student/affiliate, and
  • Account has existed for at least 18 months, and
  • User has not logged in for at least 18 months, and
  • Password not changed in at least 18 months

In addition, accounts of university affiliates who are “current,” meet all the above selection criteria, and have no end date will be selected for archiving. If/when an archived user returns to the U and needs his/her account re-activated, an automatic process running twice per day will move the account out of archived status.

What won’t be affected as part of this project (out of scope):

  1. UMail account access and UMail forwarding capability for inactive users
  2. Accounts for systems managed locally (e.g., department, college, and business unit-specific accounts)
  3. Access changes on termination
  4. Access changes on org moves

The U’s Strategic Information Technology Committee approved this project and process. Currently there are a total of ~400,000 inactive personal accounts, ~172,000 of which have never been used, and ~270,000 of which meet all of the above criteria. A university-wide awareness campaign has begun, and individuals with inactive accounts will be contacted directly prior to the archive date and given instructions to keep their accounts active, if desired.

If you have any questions, please contact the UIT Help Desk at helpdesk@utah.edu or 801-581-4000.

UIT Help article: Archived uNID-based accounts

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BRAIN Initiative Request for Information (RFI)

The BRAIN Initiative®  aims to develop new tools and technologies to understand and manipulate networks of cells in the brain.  BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision  serves as the strategic plan for the BRAIN Initiative at NIH and outlines an overarching vision, seven high level scientific priorities, and many specific goals. Designed to be achieved over at least a decade, the first five years of BRAIN 2025 emphasizes development of tools and technology, and the next five years shifts emphasis to using these tools to make fundamental discoveries about how brain circuits work and what goes wrong in disease.

The BRAIN Initiative is well underway, and we are now approaching the midpoint. At this time, NIH is seeking feedback on the BRAIN Initiative’s progress and on opportunities moving forward given the current state of the science. NIH has established a new BRAIN Initiative Advisory Committee of the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group that will provide scientific guidance to the ACD on how best to continue to accelerate the ambitious vision for the BRAIN Initiative.

The ACD-WG will use the responses to this Request for Information (RFI), along with information gathered through a series of public workshops, to help inform their discussions of the BRAIN Initiative’s progress and potential updates to the plan moving forward.

The purpose of RFI (NOT-NS-18-075) is to solicit input on how best to accomplish the ambitious vision for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® set forth in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision. NIH is soliciting input from all interested stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, trainees, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, and patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public.

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2019 VPCAT Scholar Announcement

Announcing the 2019 Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Scholars: The VPCAT Research Scholar Program is excited to announce our new 2019 scholar cohort. The official announcement (attached) provides links to additional information on each scholar. Further information regarding the VPCAT Program can be found on our website at http://UofUMedicine.org/vpcat. We look forward to working with these excellent young investigators!

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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.

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.

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