Research Tracks

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

April 14, 2015
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NIH approves cloud storage and analysis for genomic data

NIH_LogoThe Office of Extramural Funding at the National Institutes of Health has announced a policy change related to use of cloud computing resources for genomic data storage and analysis.

According to the announcement, investigators may now request permission to use public or private cloud computing resources for storage and analysis of genomic and other phenotypic data under the auspices of the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy.

Applicants must describe the cloud computing resources they plan to use.  The resources must meet federal and institutional security and data use policies and institutions are responsible for any failure or security breach in cloud computing services.

Click here to read the full announcement.

April 9, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: End of fiscal year deadlines for internal grants

FY 2015 ends on May 31, 2015.

As the end of the 2015 fiscal year draws closer, the OVPR would like to remind faculty members who are funded through internal grant programs that these grants are subject to the university’s end-of-year deadlines for expenditures.

Depending on the type of purchase and mechanism of payment (voucher, requisition, departmental purchasing card, etc.), different cut-off times apply to ensure the transactions are recorded in the correct fiscal year.

Investigators are responsible for adhering to the end-of-year deadlines and no exceptions or extensions can be made, so faculty are encouraged to process grant-related transactions as early as possible to avoid any problems that may result from last-minute purchasing.

Click here to view a full list of FY 2015 end-of-year deadlines on the university’s TRAX Help website.  Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 with any questions.

April 1, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF supplies answers to FAQs about Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

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The National Science Foundation has released a helpful FAQ document on their website for investigators who are interested in applying to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program in 2015 and 2016.  The document provides due dates for CAREER proposals to the participating NSF directorates, as well as information on eligibility and tips for proposal writing, budget preparation and application submission.

Screenshot 2015-03-31 15.02.55Click here to view the FAQ page.  Contact OSP at 254-710-3817 if you are interested in applying for a CAREER award.

March 31, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Proposal development workshop for arts & humanities faculty

The OVPR invites Baylor faculty to a special grant-writing workshop specifically focused on research in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education.

WHAT
The seminar, “Write Winning Grant Proposals,” is intended to help faculty of all levels compete more effectively for external research funding.  Faculty who plan to apply for research funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Education, private foundations and other funding sources are encouraged to attend.

Attendees will receive a printed workshop handout and a copy of the “Successful Proposals to Any Agency” workbook.  Attendance at the seminar is a pre-requisite for faculty interested in applying for any of the OVPR’s Grant Development Program services, including writing and editorial assistance from OVPR staff and the new Mentoring Award, a competitive program that provides selected faculty with one-on-one proposal development assistance from a professional grant writer.

The seminar is open to any Baylor faculty member, but seats are limited and priority will be given to new faculty members (those who joined our faculty in the past year) and to untenured faculty with tenure-track appointments.

WHEN
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks provided.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building
Rooms E.231 and E.234

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops is an experienced researcher and grant-writer.  She is the former director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Tufts University, where she helped faculty win millions of dollars in competitive grant support for their research.  Click here to learn more about Dr. AtKisson.

REGISTRATION
Click here for more information and online registration.

March 12, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal grant update: Brown Fund deadline extended

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has extended the deadline to apply for the Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship (Brown Fund). Proposals to the program are now due by April 1 at noon.

The Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. Preference will be given to proposals for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects addressing issues of global importance.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration and conflict among followers of various world religions
  • The interplay of religious beliefs/practices with civil society and political authority
  • The eradication of illiteracy
  • The impact of economic development on traditional societies
  • Global public health

Now in its second year year, the Brown Fund is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV.

Click here for more information on the program.  Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.

March 2, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor scholar’s new book sheds light on Muslim-Christian relations

Defending Christian FaityChristianity and Islam, the world’s two largest religions, have been engaged throughout history and interconnected for thousands of years. The relationship between the two faiths has historically been marked by conflict, but despite differences, there have also been many successful attempts at peace, mutual understanding and harmony. Dr. Abjar Bahkou in Baylor’s department of modern language and cultures highlights these examples in his book, Defending Christian Faith: The Fifth Part of the Christian Apology of Gerasimus.

“Muslim-Christian relations have been subject to startling waves of events in history,” Bahkou said. “We can learn a lot and get ample food for thought and reflection when we look back at the past and examine the way Muslims and Christians lived and looked at each other. This book is a testimony of such interaction.”

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February 20, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR, URSA seek nominations for third annual URSA Awards in Excellence and Service

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee are currently accepting nominations for the 2015 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service.  The awards recognize Baylor faculty members, staff members and students whose hard work has made positive contributions to the university’s undergraduate research programs.

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February 9, 2015
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Baylor professor receives NIH grant to study connection between early-life seizures and autism

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Dr. Joaquin Lugo, who recently received a grant from the NIH for his research project, “Signaling mechanisms underlying epilepsy and autism comorbidity.”

Dr. Joaquin Lugo, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for research aimed at understanding the link between early-life seizures and autism-like behavioral problems later in life.  The three-year, $415,500 grant was awarded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH.

Children who suffer from epilepsy can carry a range of behavioral and mental problems into adolescence and adulthood, including changes in learning and memory, social difficulties and autism, Lugo says, but the mechanisms underlying these comorbidities is not fully understood.

To shed light on the relationship between these disorders, Lugo and his team will study the effect of seizures at different stages of development on later behavior in mice. They will also examine changes that seizures may cause in the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway – a neurological pathway involved in communication between neurons in the brain.

“We’re looking at the long-term effects of seizures that occur early in life to determine whether they contribute to autism on a molecular level,” Lugo says. “We know that molecular changes to the mTOR signaling pathway in the brain are associated with both epilepsy and autism, so this research will help to determine whether the processes may be related.”

In the longer term, Lugo hopes that understanding the role of the mTOR pathway in both epilepsy and autism could eventually lead to development of new treatments.

“This project is the first of many steps in a continuum of research that will systematically identify the autistic-like behavioral changes and alterations in the mTOR signaling pathway that occur after seizures,” he says. “Ultimately, the research could provide treatments for the behavioral and molecular alterations that occur in individuals with autism and epilepsy.”

Preliminary data for the proposal was gathered with funding from the Young Investigator Development Program, an internal research grant program that provides seed funding to help recently appointed, tenure-track faculty develop competitive proposals for external funding.

Click here to learn more about the research on Lugo’s lab website.

February 5, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Department of Energy offers Graduate Student Research Grants for 2015

DOEThe Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is now accepting applications for the 2015 Science Graduate Student Research Grants (SCGSR). Applications are due on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2015, for project periods beginning anytime between Oct. 2015 and Sept. 2016.

Click here to view detailed information about the program including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system.

February 4, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Call for proposals: Christian Scholars Networking Grants

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is offering networking grants to mobilize CCCU faculty to create and disseminate high-quality scholarship that brings Christian voices into contemporary academic conversations. Small teams of scholars (3-6) are invited to apply for 1-year Planning Grants ($3,000) or 3-year Initiative Grants ($18,000).

Applications are due March 2, 2015. To learn more, please go to the CCCU Networking Grants for Christian Scholars web page.