Research Tracks

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

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.

April 9, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

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

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

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.

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.

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

Baylor Sciences Building
Rooms E.231 and E.234

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.

Click here for more information and online registration.