Research Tracks

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

February 9, 2017
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Drawings and raffles are not allowable forms of participant incentives

"Raffle Tickets" by alykat is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Raffle Tickets” by alykat is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The OVPR would like to remind researchers that while it is acceptable to provide compensation to research participants, it is not appropriate for that compensation to take the form of entry into a drawing or raffle for a prize. The restriction is based on a Baylor policy that prohibits raffles or drawings as campus activities.

This policy most often applies to campus groups who might wish to hold raffles as fund-raising activities, but the Office of General Counsel has advised that the policy also applies to research participant raffles.

Brian Spry, research compliance specialist in the OVPR, can advise faculty on the appropriateness of planned participant compensation and help them develop alternatives that satisfy all applicable requirements.  He can be reached by phone at 254-710-3147, or by email at Brian_Spry@Baylor.edu.

Contact the Office of General Counsel with questions about the policy.

January 13, 2017
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Internal grant proposals are due Feb. 15

This is a reminder that the application deadline for internal grant funding is coming soon!  Applications for each of the programs below are due by 12:00 noon on Feb. 15, 2017 for funding during fiscal year 2018 (June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018).

Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin an application for any of these programs.

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 $7,500 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.

December 13, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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It’s not too late! Register now for the OVPR proposal development seminars!

OVPR Proposal Development Seminar Flyer

Click the image above to download a flyer about the events.

Time is running out to register for the OVPR’s annual proposal development seminars.  Whether you’re a complete grant-writing beginner or you have years of experience, these events will help you to be more competitive for external research funding. The seminars are open to any Baylor University faculty member.

Check out the descriptions of each session below, then click here to access the registration form.

“Write Winning Grant Proposals”
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Participants will learn about articulating a research agenda, selecting funding opportunities and crafting proposals to turn reviewers into advocates for your project. This session is intended for faculty who plan to apply for funding from agencies such as the NSF, NIH, Department of Energy, etc.

“How to Write a Successful STEM Career Award Proposal”
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
A half-day session for faculty who plan to apply for STEM career awards like the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Faculty who are eligible to apply for the CAREER program and have attended the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” session before (either this year or in a previous year) are invited to this workshop.

“How to Write a Successful Biomedical and Health Career Award Proposal”
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
A half-day session for potential applicants for biomedical career development programs such as the NIH Career Development Award. The session will cover mentored grants (K series) and fellowship awards for pre- and post-doctoral students (F series). Open to CDA-eligible faculty and their mentors, as well as grad students and postdocs in NIH-eligible fields. Attendees must also have attended the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” session before, either this year or in a previous year.

Our speaker for each of the 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.

Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

October 4, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces 7th annual proposal development seminars

OVPR Proposal Development Seminar Flyer

Click the image above to download a flyer about the events.

Registration is now open for the OVPR’s annual proposal development seminars!

This year, we will offer the all-day “Write Winning Grant Proposals” program on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, as well as two two special half-day sessions focused on federal career development grants. The first half-day session, on the morning of Friday, Jan. 6, is focused on STEM awards like the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 6, covers biomedical career development programs like 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 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 the seminars. Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

Session descriptions: Continue Reading →

July 14, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF to expand automated compliance checks on submitted proposals

NSF LogoLater this month, the National Science Foundation will begin performing additional compliance checks on proposals submitted through the FastLane system.  In many cases, these automated checks will help to identify potential issues so applicants can correct the problems before proposal submission, reducing the chances that a proposal is rejected due to noncompliance with technical requirements. Investigators should note that the checks will NOT be conducted on proposals submitted through Grants.gov and that noncompliant proposals submitted through Grants.gov will be returned without review.

Click here to view a full list of auto-compliance checks that run on FastLane proposals (including the new checks). Contact your department’s OSP coordinator with any questions.

June 29, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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RFP: Temple Health & Bioscience Economic Development District’s NanoString nCounter Research Project

Click the image to download the full RFP document (PDF).

Click the image to download the full RFP document (PDF).

The Temple Health & Bioscience Economic Development District (THBD) is seeking proposals for research projects that will feature the NanoString nCounter NCT-SYST-200 Analysis System, located in the THBD’s Common Laboratory in Temple, Texas.  The program will award three grants of $25,000 each, with funds to be used primarily for the purchase of pre-made or custom panel kits and payment of THBD NanoString nCounter Analysis System cost center fees.

Click here to download the full RFP document, which includes more information on the program and instructions for application.

June 6, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Funding opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation program

https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program provides funds for the acquisition or development of science or engineering instruments for research or research training.

Because applications to the program are limited, the OVPR conducts an internal competition to determine which proposals will be certified to represent Baylor with a full proposal to the NSF.  Internal pre-proposals are due to the OVPR on Oct. 11, 2016.

Click here for information and instructions on submitting pre-proposals for the MRI program.  Click here for more information about the NSF MRI program.

May 13, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Video: Baylor engineering students create a swing to help a local child with special needs

Waco’s KWTX recently reported on a group of Baylor engineering students who used their senior capstone project to improve the life of a local child with special needs. Under the guidance of Dr. Brian Garland, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Ian Gravagne, associate professor of electrical & computer engineering, the students designed a custom swing for seven-year-old Camille Witt, who was born with a genetic condition that limits her mobility. Camille is the daughter of Dr. Jason Witt, the associate director of the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning.

While the finished product may look simple, its design was more complicated than it might appear because the swing needed to be not only stable and motorized, but also able to Camille’s weight all the way through adulthood.

In isolation, Gravagne says, either of these specifications can be easily met — standard playground swings can support adults and common baby swings are motor-driven — but in combination, they present more of a challenge. Continue Reading →

May 11, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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USRA announces undergraduate scholarship opportunities

USRA Flyer

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The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is currently accepting applications for its annual undergraduate scholarship program. The program provides up to four scholarships per year to students who have demonstrated interest in careers in space or aeronautics related science, research or education. Each awarded student receives a one-time, $4,000 scholarship.

Applications to the program are due by August 12, 2016, with letters of recommendation from the applicants’ references due one week later. More information on the program is available on the OVPR website.

April 7, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces application deadlines for FY 2018 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines for fiscal year 2018 internal research grants. FY 2018 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

The deadlines are:

Please note that to be accepted for consideration, proposals must be complete (including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean) no later than noon on the applicable deadline.

Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions about the grant programs.  To begin the application process, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator.