W. M. KECK FOUNDATION – Internal Call for Concept Papers

W. M. KECK FOUNDATION – Internal Call for Concept Papers (Apply)

The Vice President for Research and the Corporate and Foundation leadership team are seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. If you would like to submit an initial project idea, please complete the form here and submit a one-page concept paper using the template attached. The deadline to submit concept papers is Monday, December 3, 2018 (this is the first of three steps needed for an award decision in December 2019). The process is highly competitive, and after the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives 60-80 submissions for each Phase I call for proposals and ultimately funds 3-6 Phase II requests in each category.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

To learn more about the W. M. Keck Foundation, we invite you to attend one of two Q&A / Information sessions on either October 17 (3 – 4 pm) or October 24 (10:30 am – 11:30 am). The sessions are designed to familiarize you with the Foundation and the submission process. If you are planning on submitting a paper, we recommend you attend either one of these sessions. Light refreshments and beverages will be available. Please RSVP to Roda David (rodalyn.david@utah.edu) or use the voting buttons in Outlook if you would like to attend.

FUNDING CATEGORIES

Science/Engineering Research

  • Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under. Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.
  • Proposals should indicate that other avenues of funding have been sought but declined to demonstrate the need for Keck support.

Medical Research

  • Grants range from $500,000 to $1 million (typically no more than $1 million). Contrary to what is listed on the website, the Foundation has asked that we only submit papers for projects that are $1,000,000 and under. Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.
  • Proposals should indicate that other avenues of funding have been sought but declined to demonstrate the need for Keck support.

Undergraduate Education

  • Grants range from $200,000 to $300,000. Except in very rare cases, the Foundation typically funds at the $200,000 level. Please check the website for Eligibility and priorities.
  • Project must be unique to a research university and cannot be replicated at a private liberal arts or predominately undergraduate institution.

TIMELINE
(for awards in December 2019 – this varies from the timeline on the website)

December 3, 2018: Deadline to submit 1-page Concept Papers
December / January 2019: Internal submission review / Keck Foundation consultation*
February 16, 2019: Faculty and areas notified of concept paper status**
April 9, 2019: Phase I application due (internal deadline)
July 15, 2019:  Notification of invitation to submit Phase II full proposal
August 1, 2019: Phase II full proposal (internal deadline)***

*The University is permitted to initially present no more than 12 concepts to the Foundation this round. These may include up to 4 concepts in each of the program areas: 1) Science / Engineering Research, 2) Medical Research and 3) Undergraduate Education Program.
**University is only allowed to submit one Phase I application per category.
***Site-visit and/or call with the foundation to follow.

To learn more about The W. M. Keck Foundation and their current funding interests and past grant abstracts, please visit their website. You can also review the W. M. Keck Foundation’s FAQ and Grantee Responsibility sections for additional information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contacts us:

Dhiraj Chand | Corporate and Foundation Relations | 5-9847 |d.chand@utah.edu
Chris Ostrander | National Foundation Relations | 5-7220 | chris.ostrander@utah.edu
Lynn Wong | U of U Health Foundation Relations | 7-1066 | lynn.wong@hsc.utah.edu

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National Science Foundation: Policies on Sexual Harassment

National Science Foundation: Policies on Sexual Harassment

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will not tolerate sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault, within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites or anywhere science or education is conducted. NSF has taken steps to help ensure all NSF-funded research and learning environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering their policies, guidelines and communications so that organizations clearly understand expectations and individuals understand their rights.

The University of Utah seeks to provide a safe and healthy experience for students, employees, and others who make use of campus facilities. For more information on sexual harassment guidelines and support at the University of Utah, please see: https://registrar.utah.edu/handbook/campussafety.php

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LabArchives

UBox Integration with LabArchives

Now that Ubox is fully integrated with LabArchives, large files greater than 250MB can be accessed while using LabArchives. The maximum file size is now dictated by Ubox and is 15GB. As with LabArchives, storage of these large files is unlimited. Once files are loaded into Ubox via LabArchives they can only be accessed through LabArchives. Your files in Ubox/LabArchives do not count towards the 1TB storage limit when using Ubox. For additional information please see the LabArchives Subject Guide page on Ubox Integration.

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Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

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.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation
LOI Deadline: November 5, 2018

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is committed to leveraging the power of data, research, and innovation to improve community safety by reducing crime, increasing police effectiveness, and working to ensure that laws are enforced in a fair and equitable way.

LJAF is committed to working with jurisdictions to evaluate interventions that leverage partnerships between police, fire departments, and EMS/EMTs to divert individuals who are homeless or who experience mental illness and/or SUDs—with a particular attention to those with opioid use disorder (OUD)—to evidence-based treatment and services. We are specifically interested in approaches that: (1) seek to improve emergency responses for individuals in moments of crisis, (2) provide immediate post- crisis alternatives to arrest or unnecessary hospitalization, and (3) connect individuals with evidence- based treatment programs and services.

  • Emergency Response: We seek proposals to evaluate programs that aim to increase the capacity of police, fire, or EMS/EMTs to recognize signs of mental illness and/or substance misuse, safely de-escalate and stabilize emergency situations, and maximize diversion to treatment and services.
  • Post-Crisis Stabilization: Many communities have redesigned or are in the process of redesigning their crisis response system to include alternatives to jails or emergency rooms for people experiencing a mental health or substance induced crisis, with the goal of transitioning these individuals to targeted long-term treatment and services.
  • Treatment Programs and Services: We would like to continue to build the evidence base for treatment programs and services—for individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or who are homeless—that reduce unnecessary encounters with the criminal justice and emergency response systems, improve individual outcomes, and generate public cost savings.

For more information please see the attached RFP. If you are interesting in applying please contact Chris Ostrander.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deadline: November 14, 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Applications on the following six topics will be accepted until Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:30 am PST: 

We also invite all who have applied to Grand Challenges Explorations over its 10-year history to fill out a short survey. This survey was sent to you on August 2 from our research partner, the National Business Research Institute (NBRI). Thank you to the over 5,000 who have already responded. We will be resending the survey to those who have not yet responded. We hope to learn as comprehensively as possible what direct and indirect impact the initiative has had, whether the proposal was funded by the Gates Foundation or not – and we expect to identify ways we can improve this way of seeking and funding great ideas from all over the world.

If you are interested in applying please contact Chris Ostrander.

Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative
Deadline: November 13, 2018

The Human Cell Atlas is a global effort to create a reference map of all cells in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Helmsley Charitable Trust invite applications to support the continued development of the Human Cell Atlas.

CZI will seek applications to form Seed Networks consisting of at least three principal investigators that will support continued growth, solidify collaborations, and help generate valuable data and tools for the first draft of the Human Cell Atlas. Helmsley’s Crohn’s Disease Program, committed to improving the lives of Crohn’s patients while pursuing a cure, will seek applications from principal investigators that will contribute collectively to creating a Gut Cell Atlas, cataloguing the many cell types in the gut (Please note that CZI’s applications do not require a gut component). Full details here.

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

UCEER Pilot Grant Program
Deadline: November 15, 2018

The University of Utah Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social (ELSI) Issues in Genetic Research (UCEER) is accepting applications for small/pilot grants from students and scholars from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds including University of Utah graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.  The small/pilot grant program supports small, well-defined projects that can be completed within one year and are within the scope of the UCEER.  Publication of results and the submission of an application for external funding is encouraged within one year of the completion of the project.

Eligibility Information

UCEER is interested in fostering future generations of ELSI scholars. University of Utah graduate students, post-docs and faculty who have not had NIH funding in the past will be given priority. Students need to submit their proposal in collaboration with a University of Utah faculty mentor, as documented in a letter of support.  Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to contact UCEER leadership prior to submission to inform us of their intention to submit and/or for feedback on project ideas.

Utah Genome Project
Deadline: November 15, 2018

The mission of Utah Genome Project  is to investigate the genetic basis of human disease through genomic sequencing of Utah families to discover, understand, prevent and treat challenging medical conditions.

The goals of Utah Genome Project are to build infrastructure and best-practice standards and make this available to Utah clinicians and researchers to promote genomic discovery, discover novel disease-causing genes and pathways to improve diagnosis, testing and treatment of human disease.

Proposal Guidelines and Eligibility:

    • Only one research proposal per principal investigator will be reviewed.
    • Principal investigators must be at least 0.75 FTE tenure- or career-track faculty at the University of Utah.
    • Applications must articulate deliverables and plans for external funding.

Please submit applications as a single PDF document titled with “PI name_UGP2018” to Breanna Caruso breanna.caruso@hsc.utah.edu

Questions? Please contact: Deborah Neklason.

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Limited Submissions Opportunities

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program
Internal submission deadline: November 9, 2018

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Internal applications are due on InfoReady , the VPR competition site.

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program PDF
LOI Deadline: November 12, 2018 

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2018, proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high priority areas: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) and (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). HDR is expected to continue as a priority research area for FY2019 and FY2020 competitions, along with a new priority area to be announced in 2018.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp). Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.

Internal applications are due on InfoReady , the VPR competition site.

Dana Foundation: David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program
Internal submission deadline:  November 16, 2018
Award Amount: $200,000 over 3 years

The Dana Foundation supports research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells.

The Dana Foundation allows one submission per institution. Please visit the Dana Foundation website for more information. Internal applications are available on InfoReady

David and Lucille Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal submission deadline: November 16, 2018
Award Amount: $875,000 over 5 years 

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.

The David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering allows two nominations per institution. Faculty must be in the first three years of faculty career to be eligible. Please see the Packard website for program details. Internal applications are available on InfoReady

Moore Inventor Fellows
Internal submission deadline:  November 16, 2018
Award Amount: $675,000 over 3 years

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

The University of Utah can nominate up to two faculty no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree. For eligibility requirements and program detail please see the Moore Inventor Fellows guidelines. Internal applications are available on InfoReady

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars
Internal submission deadline:  November 16, 2018
Award Amount: $60,000 unrestricted funds

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching.

The University of Utah can nominate one full time tenure-track faculty between their fourth and twelfth year of research and teaching for this award. For program details and information visit the Dreyfus Foundation website. Internal applications are available on InfoReady

Edward J. Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation-Mallinckrodt Scholar Awards
Internal submission deadline: November 16, 2018
Award Amount:  $100,000 for 4 years

The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.

Up to two faculty members can apply and must be in their fifth to eighth year of tenure-track position. For more details please see the Mallinckrodt Foundation website. Internal applications are available on InfoReady

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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.

Inventors at University of Utah Eligible for New NAI Membership Program

Faculty, staff and students at University of Utah are now eligible to apply for the National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) newest membership category, the Senior Member Program.

The University of Utah is a member of the NAI, which recognizes and honors invention and innovation within the academic community. As a member institution, individuals within our community have an exclusive eligibility for the NAI’s Senior Member Program.

“The Senior Member Program is an incredible opportunity for our member institutions to involve inventors and innovators at every point in their careers,” said Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, President of the NAI. “We are eager to welcome the first class of Senior Members, who will have access to singular opportunities for networking and career growth.”

The Senior Member Program recognizes active researchers with success in patents, licensing and commercialization who aspire to make a positive impact on the welfare of society. The eligibility requirements state that nominees must be affiliated with a Member Institution of the NAI, such as University of Utah.

Nominations for the Senior Member Program open on Oct. 1, 2018 and will continue on a rolling basis. Notices of election will be announced quarterly. For more information, contact Jacquie Burckley, NAI Senior Member Coordinator.

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF ENG, GEO, and SBE Directorates Accepting Proposals for Research Related to the 2018 Hurricane Season 

Dear Colleagues:

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) encourage the submission of proposals that address challenges related to Hurricane Florence, similar events that could occur in the coming weeks, and their aftermaths. These directorates support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results enable families, communities, businesses, institutions, and governments to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from future catastrophic events. With this DCL, NSF seeks to support research on new science and engineering questions posed by such natural disasters, primarily those that require immediate, time-sensitive data collection and other research activities to advance basic science.

The ENG, GEO, and SBE directorates invite proposals to support time-sensitive research seeking to address the challenges related to Hurricane Florence and any other hurricanes that might occur in the United States prior to October 31, 2018. Rapid Response Research (RAPID) proposals may be submitted to conduct new research related to these hurricanes. Although NSF accepts RAPID proposals at any time, Hurricane Florence-related RAPID awards proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. submitter’s local time on October 15, 2018.

Submission Guidelines: The RAPID funding mechanism supports projects for which there is an urgent need for data, facilities, or specialized equipment that can be utilized for quick-response research about natural disasters. RAPID proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief. They may not exceed five pages. Requests may be up to $200,000 and up to one year in duration. See the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.E.1 for instructions on preparation of a RAPID proposal. Proposals submitted pursuant to this DCL must designate the proposal as being related to this DCL by including “2018 Hurricane Season:” at the beginning of the proposal title.

To submit a RAPID request, investigators must contact the ENG, GEO, or SBE Program Officer most closely related to the proposal topic before submitting to determine if the proposed activities meet NSF’s guidelines for these types of submissions or whether the proposed work is more suitable for submission as a regular research proposal.

Proposals submitted pursuant to this DCL may request the use of NSF-funded advanced computing resources such as Blue Waters or Stampede2. In these cases, investigators must contact the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) prior to submission of the proposal.

Research proposals relating to a better fundamental understanding of storms and their impacts (physical, biological and societal), human aspects of natural disasters (including first responders and the public), means of improving emergency response methods, and approaches that promise to reduce future damage also are welcome. NSF continues to support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results on the topics listed above are not time-sensitive. Such proposals should be submitted to standing programs and competitions according to their established deadlines.

Investigators with general questions are advised to contact one of the following Directorate liaisons:

ENG: Joy Pauschke, jpauschk@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7024
GEO: Chungu Lu, clu@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8524
SBE: Robert (Bob) O’Connor, roconnor@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7263

Arthur Lupia
Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Dawn Tilbury
Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering

William Easterling
Assistant Director, Directorate for Geosciences

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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.

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

Governing Regulations for Grants and Contracts
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Investigator Training Workshop: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
3:30pm-5:30pm
RAB Main Conference Room 117

Researcher Resources and Funding Searches
Thursday, October 18, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB Computer Lab 3100C

Clinical Research Budget Development Negotiation and Oversight
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Advanced Consideration of Reportable Events in Human Subject Research
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Thursday, October 25, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Introduction to the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC
Monday, October 29, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

Tissue Banking in Research
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Utah Population Database: Use of a Pre-Research Query Tool
October, October 31, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Research Participants and the Informed Consent Process
Thursday, November 1, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2110

Principles of Contracts, Subcontracts and SubAwards
Monday, November 5, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

Protocol Billing Grids (PBG) and Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA)
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Utah Population Database: Access and Approval for Research Projects
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 5100B

Foundation Grant Searching Using Foundation Directory Online
Thursday, November 8, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2948

Grants Management Essentials
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2600

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 2120

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424
Thursday, November 15, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Purchasing and Procurement
Thursday, November 15, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Rm. 3515B

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: Cost Transfers
Monday, October 22, 2018
1:30pm-3:00pm
HSEB Rm. 3515B

Best Practice Roundtable: Managing Risk with Contracts
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
10:00pm-11:30pm
HSEB Rm. 5100A

The Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know
Thursday, October 25, 2018
2:00pm-3:30pm
RAB, Conference Room 117

Grant Writing Academy
Friday, October 26, 2018

Best Practice Roundtable: Cultural Competency, Diversity and Equity in Research Participation
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
10:00am-11:30am
HSEB, Rm. 5100A

The Revised Common Rule: What Study Teams Need to Know
Thursday, November 29, 2018
9:00am-10:30am
RAB, Conference Room 117

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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Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Awards Call for Nominations – October 15

Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Awards

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.

 

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The NSF 2026 Idea Machine!

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine!

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It’s an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country’s global leadership in science and engineering.

What is the NSF 2026 Idea Machine?

 A mechanism to set the stage for breakthrough research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM education through the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026 and beyond;

 A competition to inform the U.S. agenda for fundamental science, engineering, and STEM education research by proposing new “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF); and

 An opportunity to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research that drives the nation’s economy, enhances its security, and advances knowledge to sustain U.S. global leadership in science and engineering.

What is a “Big Idea”?

 A Big Idea is a compelling research challenge in fundamental STEM or STEM education that is large in scope, innovative in character, and requires a long-term commitment (i.e., 10 years or more) to address.

 It has (a) worthwhile objective(s), is ambitious and challenging, and may require a paradigm shift in our thinking.

 It requires high risk/high reward, transformative exploration at the frontiers of research in science, engineering, and STEM learning.

 It will attract creative contributions from many researchers.

 It crosses traditional scientific boundaries, fills recognized gaps, or takes advantage of new opportunities, and it does not fit within the current programs of any particular NSF directorate or division.

 Progress toward addressing it would have significant societal and scientific impact that would benefit many stakeholders, both inside and outside the research community.

Some of the other research Big Ideas that NSF is currently pursuing are Harnessing the Data Revolution, Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, Navigating the New Arctic, Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics, and The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution.

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