Research Tracks

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

August 25, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

OSP to present TRAX sign-up sessions for principal investigators

In response to recent changes to federally mandated Uniform Guidance for sponsored programs, Baylor’s procurement system for grants will be changing.  All principal investigators will need to have access to the TRAX financial system.

To assist PIs who may not yet have TRAX access, the Office of Sponsored Programs will be offering TRAX sign-up assistance and training opportunities this week.

The locations and times are:

Thursday, Aug. 27
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.234

Friday, Aug. 28
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.301

If you are unable to attend either of these sessions, please contact OSP to schedule a different time.

August 24, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Institutional Review Board annual fall seminar

The university’s Institutional Review Board has scheduled its annual fall seminar for:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Baylor Sciences Building E125

This seminar will provide beneficial information to both new and seasoned researchers, as well as anyone who signs into IRBNet as an advisor or departmental representative.

Among topics to be discussed are the role of the Institutional Review Board, requirements for a Principal Investigator, and accessing IRBNet and CITI for research purposes. The AVPR, Director of Compliance and the IRB Chair and Vice-Chair will be on hand to present information and respond to questions.

Additionally, the presenters will address the new submission and follow-up forms that are now required in IRBNet.

No RSVP needed, but seating is based on a first come, first serve basis.  Contact Deb Penney at 254-710-3708 with any questions.

August 4, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

OER and you: How NIH’s Office of Extramural Research supports biomedical research

NIH LogoThe Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health provides oversight and administration for research grants that help scientists answer important questions in biomedical fields.  The OER has a number of online resources that can help researchers and administrators carry out their work.

Click the links below for more information:

July 31, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces application deadlines for fall URC, AHFRP grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines for the next round of internal research grants.  The dates are listed below; click the program name for more information from the OVPR website.

FY 2016 Fall Cycle (for research to take place between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2016)

Due Sept. 30, 2015

FY 2016 Spring Cycle (for research to take place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017)

Due Oct. 7, 2015
Due Jan. 6, 2016
Due Feb. 17, 2016

Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.

July 29, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

YIDP grant contributes to Baylor participation in $4.9 million research project

This spring, Baylor University and partners from Texas A&M University’s School of Public Health, New Mexico State University, the Mariposa Community Health Center in Arizona, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received a five-year, $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant will support research aimed at improving the health of families living in colonias — unregulated neighborhoods in former agricultural areas — along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Baylor component of the research is led by Dr. Renée Umstattd-Meyer, an associate professor of health, human performance and recreation in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.  Umstattd-Meyer, who also directs the Robbins College’s master’s of public health program, will lead research, education and extension activities related to the role of physical activity and screen time (sedentary time spent using a screen device like television, computers or video games) on childhood obesity.

Prior to submission of the USDA grant, Umstattd-Meyer gathered preliminary data with funding from a Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP) grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

“The YIDP funding provided by Baylor greatly strengthened our proposal application,” she said. “In addition to supporting the collection of much needed pilot data regarding physical activity among families in south Texas border communities, the YIDP supported continued collaborations between myself and my colleague Dr. Sharkey at Texas A&M University and strengthened essential relationships between Baylor and our South Texas team.”

Ultimately, Umstattd-Meyer and her research colleagues hope to develop family-based interventions that will improve the health of immigrant communities in South Texas as well as other locations throughout the country.

Click here to read more about the research in a press release from Baylor University.

June 10, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

BRIC stakeholders briefed on progress

Dr. Hyde addresses representatives of area municipalities, economic development organizations, foundations and educational institutions at the June 3 stakeholders meeting.

Dr. Hyde addresses representatives of area municipalities, economic development organizations, foundations and educational institutions at the June 3 stakeholders meeting.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, provided representatives of a number of Waco-area organizations with an update on the growth of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) at a meeting on June 3.

Among the latest BRIC developments Hyde described was the formation of LEx Laboratories, a collaboration between Waco-based Education Service Center Region 12, Fort Worth architecture firm Huckabee, Inc., and Baylor University tasked with developing innovative and readily adaptable learning spaces. He also reported that aerospace giant L3, Inc. recently had doubled the size of its engineering footprint in the BRIC, and told attendees of engineering and innovation firm Birkeland Current’s just-completed move to the BRIC.

Click here to read the full story about the event on the BRIC website.

Video: Baylor faculty & graduate students explain what makes the BRIC an ideal setting for research and discovery

May 19, 2015 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

Faculty and graduate students explain how the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) benefits their research in a new video produced by the Baylor Graduate School.  Check out the video above, then click here to learn more about the BRIC.

April 28, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference


The U.S. Small Business Administration will host the 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference, June 15-17 in Washington, DC.  The event will feature presentations from leaders in business and government as well as opportunities to network with funding agency representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors from around the country.

Baylor faculty who are interested in pursuing SBIR/STTR funding or building partnerships with entrepreneurs are encouraged to consider attending.

Click here for more information on the conference from the SBA.

April 20, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

URSA recognizes support of undergraduate research with annual Awards in Excellence and Service

The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee, along with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, have announced the recipients of the 2015 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service. The awards are presented annually to faculty, students and administrators whose hard work has helped to enhance and expand the research opportunities available to Baylor undergraduate students.

The award recipients will be recognized at URSA’s annual award ceremony on Wednesday at 12:00 noon.  The winners of this year’s outstanding Scholars Week presentations and posters will also be honored at the event.

Please join the OVPR and URSA in congratulating these award recipients and thanking them for their service to Baylor! Continue Reading →

April 14, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

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.