Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

January 29, 2015
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Reminder: OVPR internal grant application deadlines approaching

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides financial support for research and scholarly activity through a number of internal grant programs. In this post, we present an overview of the programs offered through our office and direct you to the relevant pages on our website for more detailed information and any guidelines that you may need to proceed.

Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin an application for any of these programs.  Applications for each of these programs are due by 12:00 noon on Feb. 18, 2015 for funding during fiscal year 2016 (June 1, 2015-May 31, 2016).

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
FRIP grants provide up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to help faculty compete more successfully for external funding. Proposals are peer reviewed by external faculty members with expertise in both the subject matter of the proposal and the funding agency to which the investigator plans to apply. Full-time Baylor faculty members, regardless of academic rank, are eligible to apply for FRIP grants.

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)
Similar to the FRIP, the YIDP program also provides up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to enhance competitiveness for external grants. These proposals are also externally peer reviewed. Tenure-track faculty members in their first four years at Baylor are eligible to apply for YIDP funding.

University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs (URC)
The University Research Committee distributes funds for the support and development of projects and programs promoting faculty research and scholarship and strengthening efforts to secure external funding. URC Small Grants provide up to $4,500 in funding, while the mid-range grants can provide up to $7,500. Faculty who receive funding under the mid-range grant program are required to apply for external funding following the completion of their URC-funded project. Proposals to the URC programs are peer-reviewed by faculty members who serve on the URC committee.

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research (Brown Fund)
A funding program that began in FY ’15, the Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin Brown IV.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)
Through the URSA Small Grant Program, the OVPR seeks to foster collaborative learning relationships between faculty members and students. URSA funds may be used to expand opportunities for research participation by undergraduates in a variety of ways including paying wages for student researchers, purchasing necessary supplies for student projects or supporting student travel to present research results at a conference or meeting.  For the first time this year, URSA also offers faculty travel grants and equipment grants in support of undergraduate research.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
AHFRP funds are designed to stimulate research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, humanities and education, where opportunities for external funding may be limited. While funding amounts are based on the needs of each project, the vast majority of AHFRP grants will be for $2,000 or less.

If you have questions, please contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

January 27, 2015
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URSA announces new grant programs for travel and equipment

Baylor’s Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) program is now offering two new grants: the Supplemental Travel Grant and the Supplemental Equipment and Supplies Grant. Both new programs are designed to broaden the scope of undergraduate research support provided to faculty and students

The Travel Grant Program will support faculty or student travel that enhances and expands undergraduate research opportunities at Baylor.  A travel grant may cover expenses for faculty travel to professional meetings to improve leadership in undergraduate mentoring and attract external funding to support undergraduate research. Travel grants may also support student travel to present research findings at a professional meeting or to conduct a short-term research project.

The Equipment and Supply Grant Program allows investigators to purchase equipment or supplies to provide long-term support for undergraduate research.

The deadline for submission of proposals to both programs is February 18, 2015.

Please click here for the grants’ guidelines and applications.  Contact Blake Thomas at Blake_Thomas@baylor.edu with questions.

January 14, 2015
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Upcoming event: Martin Museum of Art honors Baylor professor and artist-in-residence

Karl Umlauf: A Lifetime of Creativity

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Karl Umlauf: A Lifetime of Creativity

Beginning this month, the Martin Museum of Art presents a special exhibition of works by Karl Umlauf, professor of art and Baylor’s Artist-In-Residence.  Umlauf, who has taught painting and drawing at Baylor for 25 years, will be retiring at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

The exhibition runs from Jan. 20 through March 1, 2015 during regular museum hours.  A reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. with remarks from the artist at 6:00 p.m.  Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

WHERE
Martin Museum of Art, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center

WHEN
Exhibition: Jan. 20-Mar.1, 2015

Reception: Jan. 29, 2015, 5:30-7:00 p.m. with artist remarks at 6:00 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION
For more information, visit the Martin Museum of Art website or call 254-710-1867.

January 6, 2015
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Selected funding opportunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

Title: Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for Research in U.S. Legal History
Sponsor: American Historical Association (AHA)
Research Grants
Upcoming deadlines:
Feb. 15, 2015

Title: Project Grants
Sponsor: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Upcoming deadlines:
Nov. 1, 2015

Title: Research Grant Program
Sponsor: Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation
Upcoming deadlines:
Continuous

Title: Nursing Education Research Grants
Sponsor: National League for Nursing
Upcoming deadlines:
Feb. 19, 2015

Title: Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Sponsor ID: NSF 15-523
Upcoming deadlines:
Feb. 23, 2015

Title: Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
Sponsor ID: NSF 15-506 (Re-issue of NSF 12-509)
Upcoming deadlines:
Feb. 2, 2015
Aug. 3, 2015

Title: Business History Travel Research Grants
Sponsor: Southern Methodist University (SMU)
William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Upcoming deadlines:
May 15, 2015

Title: Clements Center-DeGolyer Library Research Travel Grants
Sponsor: Southern Methodist University (SMU)
William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Upcoming deadlines:
May 15, 2015

Title: Ruth P. Morgan Women of the Southwest Research Fellowship
Sponsor: Southern Methodist University (SMU)
William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Clements Center-DeGolyer Library Research Travel Grants
Upcoming deadlines:
May 15, 2015

Title:Teacher at Sea Program
Sponsor: United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Upcoming deadlines:
Sep. 30, 2015

Title: Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Sponsor ID: PAR-15-048, PAR-15-047 (Re-issue of PAR-11-315)
Upcoming deadlines:
(Optional LOIs are due 30 days prior to application receipt date)
Feb. 1, 2015 – New applications are due.
March 16, 2015 – Resubmission and revision applications are due.
May 7, 2015 – AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due.
June 16, 2015 – New applications are due.
July 16, 2015 – Resubmission and revision applications are due.
Sep. 7, 2015 – AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due.
Oct. 16, 2015 – New applications are due.
Nov. 16, 2015 – Resubmission and revision applications are due.
Jan. 7, 2016 – AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due.

Title: Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Biomedical and Behavioral Research (R43/R44)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Sponsor ID: PA-15-052 (Re-issue of PA-11-335)
Upcoming deadlines:
April 5, 2015 – New, renewal, resubmission, and revision applications are due.
May 7, 2015 – AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due.
Aug. 5, 2015 – New, renewal, resubmission, and revision applications are due.
Sep. 7, 2015 – AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due.
Dec. 5, 2015 – New, renewal, resubmission, and revision applications are due.
Jan. 7, 2016 – AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due.
Note: The open date (earliest submission date) is March 5, 2015. The expiration date is January 8, 2018.

More opportunities

Additional selected opportunities are available on the OVPR website.

Limited submissions

For opportunities with limitations on submissions from a single institution, an internal review must be completed before an investigator may apply.  Click here for information on applying for limited submission opportunities.

Search for funding with COS Pivot

The OVPR maintains a subscription to COS Pivot, a searchable database of funding opportunities in all academic areas. To search for funding in your discipline and receive email alerts with newly listed opportunities, sign up with COS Pivot today. If you have questions or would like training on using COS Pivot, contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 254-710-3153.

Ready to apply?

If you’d like to apply for these, or other specific funding opportunities, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator for more information.

December 31, 2014
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Get to know Michigan State University research with our special Cotton Bowl preview

After claiming their second consecutive conference championship, the Baylor Bears have one final test this year when they face off with Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day. Dr. Steve Hsu, vice president for research and graduate studies at Michigan State University, joins us for a special Q&A to help us get ready for the game.

We’re excited for a great matchup on the field, and we’re also glad for the opportunity to learn more about Michigan State research!

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December 10, 2014
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IRB votes to require use of updated forms for protocol submission

Baylor’s Institutional Review Board has recently voted to require investigators to use a new set of forms and templates for protocol submission through the online IRBNet system.  The new forms were released in August, but old versions of the forms have remained in the system and use of the new versions has been optional during the transitional period.

Following the recent IRB announcement, the old forms will be removed from the website at the end of the current semester.  As of Jan. 12, 2015 only the new forms will be accepted for review. Researchers who have used the old forms in the past and may have saved them for future use should be aware that those forms will not be accepted in new submissions beginning with the Jan. 12 date.

The research website and associated links are still undergoing preparation for future change as we continue to develop web pages that are informative and user-friendly for our researcher community. We continue to offer our thanks to you for your patience during this transition. Contact Deb Penney at 710-3708 with any questions.

December 9, 2014
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NIH, AHRQ announce new format for biographical sketches

NIH_LogoThe National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality have announced a change to the required format for biographical sketches submitted with applications for research grant funding.

Changes in the new format include an increase in the page limit from four pages to five, as well as new fields that give investigators the opportunity to provide background information for their proposed project.  The new form allows investigators to highlight their most significant contributions to science, outline the historical context for their research and describe their roles in Team Science projects. Applicants may also support these descriptions with lists of publications or other research products.  The new biosketch format also allows a link to a full list of the applicant’s published work in a publicly available online database.

The revised forms and instructions are available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page.

Implementation date pushed back

The original announcement of the new biosketch requirements indicated that the new format would be required for applications submitted for due dates on or after Jan. 25, 2015. Following public comment, however, the NIH and AHRQ have provided flexibility by delaying full implementation of the new requirement. The agency now encourages applicants to use the new biosketch format, but will require the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

Click here to read the full announcement.

December 8, 2014
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Reminder: OVPR Proposal Development Workshops

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Click the flyer to access the registration form.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to register for the 2015 OVPR Proposal Development Workshop series!

Just as in prior years, we will offer two sessions of the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” program: one on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, for science faculty and another on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 for faculty in the arts and humanities.

In addition to these seminars, this year, for the first time, we will also be presenting two special half-day sessions focused on federal career development grants.  The first session, on the morning of Friday, Jan. 9, is focused on the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.  The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 9, covers the National Institutes of Health’s Career Development Awards, including the mentored K-awards and the F-series fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral students.  Special eligibility requirements apply to the half-day sessions; see the program descriptions below for specific information.

Our speaker for each of the workshop sessions is Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.  Dr. AtKisson is a neuroscientist and former director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost at Tufts University.

Click here to register for this year’s proposal development workshops.  Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

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December 5, 2014
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Get to know Big 12 research: Kansas State University

This weekend, the Baylor football team closes out their regular season with a home contest against Kansas State University. Anticipation for the game is high, as both teams have a chance to claim at least a share of the conference title with a win!

Before the Bears and Wildcats take the field, we’re bringing you the final entry in this season’s “Get to know Big 12 research” series.  Dr. Karen Burg, the vice president for research at Kansas State, answered a few questions to help us learn a little more about our friends in Manhattan (Dr. Burg frequently shares news and information on the @KState_RSCAD account, so she’s provided her answers in tweet format!).

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December 3, 2014
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Baylor research helps provide resolution to families of missing immigrants found near the border

Stevie Hope, a 2014 Baylor anthropology graduate, and Cole Lindeberg, a senior anthropology major, work to exhume an unmarked grave at a cemetery in South Texas.

Stevie Hope, a 2014 Baylor anthropology graduate, and Cole Lindeberg, a senior anthropology major, work to exhume an unmarked grave at a cemetery in South Texas.

Every year hundreds of immigrants attempt to cross over the United States’ southern border; the road is long and arduous and for many it proves to be fatal. Many of the deceased do not bare any pieces of identification, so when they are discovered, the authorities have now way to return their remains to their families; consequently, the bodies are buried in unmarked graves. These disappearances unfortunately leave many families with questions and without resolution as to whether or not their loved one died crossing. For a select group of Baylor of students, led by Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Lori Baker, the opportunity to meet a humanitarian need while doing research for their field of study is highly appreciated. With that need in mind, every year Baker and her students travel to locations near the border in South Texas to recover and identify the bodies of those who died crossing over, so that their remains may be returned to their families.

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