Research Tracks

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

December 10, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

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
by Baylor OVPR

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
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: OVPR Proposal Development Workshops


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
by Baylor OVPR

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
by calebbarfield

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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November 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: Texas Tech University

Happy Thanksgiving from the OVPR! We hope you’ve been enjoying some relaxing time with friends and family.  On Saturday, the Bears will take on the Red Raiders of Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium, an annual neutral-site matchup that usually proves to be one of the most exciting games on the Bears’ schedule.  To help you prepare for the game, this week we present a Q&A with Dr. Robert V. Duncan, Texas Tech’s vice president for research, as part of our “Get to know Big 12 research” series.

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November 21, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: Oklahoma State University

Throughout this year’s Big 12 football season, we’ve been bringing you information on some of the great research going on at our counterpart schools in the conference.  To help you get ready for this week’s game against the Cowboys of Oklahoma State University, we present a Q&A with Jeff Joiner, research communications specialist in OSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

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November 14, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Dr. Thure E. Cerling to present lecture on the environmental context of human evolution in East Africa

Thure CerlingBaylor’s Geology Department, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Provost present a special lecture by Dr. Thure E. Cerling, a distinguished professor of biology and a distinguished professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah.

A member of the National Academy of Science, Cerling’s work primarily concerns the use of isotopes to study biological and geological processes occurring near the Earth’s surface. These studies include cosmic-ray produced isotopes to study geomorphology, the chemistry of lakes and lake sediments, stable isotope studies of diet and of soils, isotope forensics and studies of early hominin environments in Africa. He served for nine years on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

Friday, Nov. 21
3:00 p.m.

Baylor Sciences Building, room E.231

The event is free and open to the public.

November 13, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Funding Opportunity Announcement: NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge

NCAA-DOD3The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense have released the RFP for the “Mind Matters Challenge,” a program that funds research and education programs on concussion reporting and treatment.  The program has two focus areas: “Changing attitudes about concussions in young and emerging adults” (a research challenge) and “Educational programs targeting young and emerging adults” (an educational programs challenge).

The research challenge will award up to 10 grants of $400,000 each for projects aimed at studying the mechanisms influencing cultural change around concussion reporting in the target population.  The education challenge will award up to ten grants of $25,000 each to help investigators create compelling and impactful educational materials for student-athletes and other at-risk populations in the area of concussion education.

The deadline to apply for both the research and education programs is Thursday, Jan. 9, 2015.  Click here for more information about the programs and application instructions.

November 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Undergrad/grad internship opportunity: DOE Scholars Program

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

The U.S. Department of Energy offers ten-week, paid internships for college students or recent graduates who want to gain research experience while learning about the agency’s mission and operations.

Internships are offered in a variety of energy-related fields and hosted at DOE facilities around the country.

Applications to the program will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2015. Click here to learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures.