Mellon Foundation

The U has been invited to submit a single nominee for consideration by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the New Directions Fellowship.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recognizes that serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication. In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert.

Fellows will receive: (1) the equivalent of one academic year’s salary, (2) two summers of additional support, each at the equivalent two-ninths of the previous academic year salary, and (3) tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows’ training programs. To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars’ needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award. The award normally can be delayed for a maximum of one year, if circumstances require it. Awards typically range from $175,000 – $250,000 and will not exceed $300,000.

The internal deadline for interested applicants is August 31, 2018 via Infoready. The selected nominee must submit their final application, through the VPR office, no later than Monday, October 1, 2018.

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Writing Your First R01

Submitting your first successful R01 is a major challenge, and here is a great way to make that task more productive and enjoyable. The University’s KL2 program, a part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science,  is organizing R01 writing groups that will include up to five junior faculty members pursuing their first R01 NIH award (or equivalent). Each group will be headed by one or two senior faculty members with extensive success with NIH awards and study section reviewer experience.  The groups will foster peer and senior mentoring to produce top quality grant submissions.

The Plan

  • The kick-off meeting for the groups is scheduled for the week of August 21 and will focus on the specific aims of each faculty member pursuing their first R01 level grant.
  • After that, the groups will meet every other week to continue to revise their aims until the end of September.
  • In October and November groups will meet to provide guidance and feedback on the Research Strategy (significance, innovation and research plan).
  • In December there will be a mock study section.  The junior faculty’s content mentor or primary mentor will be expected to participate.
  • In February, the bright ambitious R01 pursuers will submit their grant.
  • This team approach has been used nationally to increase success with obtaining first R01s. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

If you are interested, or know of a junior faculty member who is, please have them contact Ruben Rocha  who will be providing administrative support for the program. If you have specific questions about program content or qualifications please contact us.

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UHELM- Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring

Effective mentoring and leadership development are some of the most critical components of a successful academic career. The University of Utah will launch the Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM) program in 2018 with the goal of enhancing the academic excellence and leadership capacity of faculty and postdocs from underrepresented populations in the health sciences as well as health equity researchers at UU. U-HELM will focus on some of the challenges that trainees from minority and underserved groups as well as other faculty whose research is addressing health equity may face.

Who?
Current UU postdocs and junior faculty from and/or working with minority or underserved populations who are interested in mentoring, leadership development, and networking.  This is not a research training program and fellows from all areas of University of Utah Health are encouraged to apply.

When?
U-HELM Application Deadline: Monday, August 20 at 12pm
Kickoff: Monday, September 17, 2018 from 12:00-4:30 pm
Monthly Seminar Series Sessions: 2nd Fridays of each month from 11:30-1:30 pm (October 2018-June 2019)

Visit the U-HELM webpage for more information and to apply.

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Los Alamos Regional Academic Collaborations (ReACt)

Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) recently formed a collaboration with universities in the western United States (ReACt) to explore collaborative faculty research and student recruiting opportunities. ReACt is sponsoring a series of workshops to develop details on research topics of interest to both LANL and the universities. The format for each topic is a one-day meeting that includes breakout sessions and panel discussions with participating faculty and LANL scientists and engineers. These workshops will be a great opportunity to work with LANL and colleagues at other universities to develop research projects that are relevant, collaborative, and fundable.

Dates
August 9:  Functional Materials Workshop
August 10:  Geosciences and Materials Applications Workshop
9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days

Location
BYU
Hinckley Alumni & Visitors Center
450 East 1250 North
Provo

Cost
Free!  Lunch included
Register at this link Los Alamos Regional Academic Collaborations (ReACt) Workshops.

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Research Help Delivered: Ask CCTS

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

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

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

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

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

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

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

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

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

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

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

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

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

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

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

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

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

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

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

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

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

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

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

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

Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

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

Please contact Chris Ostrander if you are interest in applying.

National MS Society Accepting Applications for Pilot Programs
Deadline: September 12, 2018

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research on a cure for and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

The society currently is accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program, which provides grants to quickly test novel ideas that may serve to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restore function, improve quality of life, and/or prevent MS. The program supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation.

Through the program, one-year grants of up to $55,000 will be awarded in support of innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding.

Researchers who have completed their postdoctoral training are invited to apply. Individuals who are currently postdoctoral fellows or the equivalent, or who are graduate/medical students are not eligible for support under this program.

See the National MS Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Scleroderma Foundation Seeks Applications for New Investigator Grant Program
Deadline: September 15, 2018

The Scleroderma Foundation is seeking applications to its New Investigator Grant program from promising investigators with a faculty or equivalent position who wish to pursue a career in research related to scleroderma.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to support promising research by new investigators likely to lead to individual research project grants.

Applications will be accepted from principal investigators at nonprofit organizations and public and private entities such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories. Applicants must have a doctorate degree in medicine, osteopathy, veterinary medicine, or one of the sciences; have completed a postdoctoral fellowship; and have been a principal investigator on grants from the Scleroderma Foundation or other national, private, or government agencies in the past.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Scleroderma Foundation website. 

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Accepting Applications for Synergy Awards in IBD Research
Deadline: September 17, 2018

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is accepting proposals for its Synergy Awards program.

The annual program supports new, cross-disciplinary research collaborations designed to accelerate progress in the study of inflammatory bowel disease. Grants of up to $300,000 over three years will be awarded to projects that include a combination of basic, clinical, and translational science.

Researchers from any scientific discipline at both nonprofit and for-profit institutions worldwide can apply for a Synergy Award. Projects that demonstrate significant progress toward their research goal after one year may be eligible for additional funding.

For complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions, see the Rainin Foundation website.

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.

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Intramural Funding Opportunities

Driving Out Diabetes
Deadline: August 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact Bridget Hughes with any questions!

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

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

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

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

American Dream Ideas Challenge
Deadline: August 30, 2018 

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

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

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

Research Instrument Fund
Internal Deadline: September 17, 2018

The Research Instrumentation Fund 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.

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.

CORE and Faculty applications for the Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) competition are available on InfoReady. For more details see the VPR website.

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Limited Submissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Extramural Funding Opportunities

Sony Faculty Innovation Awards
Deadline: September 15, 2018
This Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

We accept applications from Principal Investigators (PIs) who are full-time professors (adjunct professors are not eligible) or researchers and are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution in the USA or Canada. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply.
We invite you to nominate your peers and colleagues. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.

For more program details and submission information visit the Sony program page.

National Institute for Transportation and Communities – Request for Proposals
Deadline: September 17, 2018
The purpose of the Small Starts grants is to assist researchers who are interested in transportation but have not had an opportunity to undertake a small project consistent with NITC’s theme of Improving the Mobility of People and Goods to Build Strong Communities. Awards will be no larger than$20,000. The following are examples of some of the kinds of activities we hope to support but are not meant to restrict proposals:

  • Demonstrate a proof of concept aimed at additional research.
  • Activity aimed at assisting local agencies in implementing research results.
  • Release time for a faculty member to work on research.
  • Preliminary data collection to support research concept.

Items that will not be supported by this initiative:

  • Travel not essential to conducting research or performing project tasks.
  • A student-led activity or research.
  • Equipment over $5,000.
  • Long-term personnel support.

Eligibility:
Faculty members and research faculty eligible to serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) at Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah may submit proposals.

NEW: NITC is now requiring a Institutional Letter of Commitment with each proposal. Full details can be found in the attached RFP or at NITC website.

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Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

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

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

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

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.

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.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives to Increase the Efficiency and Reproducibility of Research
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

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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