Research Tracks

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

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

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Click to view the program flyer.

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.

March 31, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities from US federal agencies

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Title: Life Course Research Network
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Sponsor ID: HRSA-16-033
Upcoming deadlines:
May 17, 2016

Title: Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center Program (Limited Submission)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Sponsor ID: HRSA-16-036
Upcoming deadlines:
May 5, 2016

Title: Bioengineering Research Partnerships (U01)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Sponsor ID: PAR-16-116, PA-16-040, PAR-13-137 (Re-issue of PAR-14-092, PA-12-284)
Upcoming deadlines:
May 18, 2016
Sep. 7, 2016
Sep. 13, 2016
Jan. 7, 2017
May 18, 2017
Sep. 13, 2017
May 7, 2018
May 18, 2018
Sep. 13, 2018
Note: The expiration date is January 8, 2019.

Title: Research Inititative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25) (Limited Submission)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Sponsor ID: PAR-16-118 (Re-issue of PAR-13-196)
Upcoming deadlines:
May 25, 2016
May 25, 2017
May 25, 2018
Note: The expiration date is May 26, 2018.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Title: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Emerging Worlds
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
Sponsor ID: NNH16ZDA001N-EW (Re-issue of NNH15ZDA001N-EW)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 3, 2016

Title: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Exoplanets Research Program
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
Sponsor ID: NNH16ZDA001N-XRP
Upcoming deadlines:
May 26, 2016

Title: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – NASA Data for Operation and Assessment
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
Sponsor ID: NNH16ZDA001N-NDOA (Re-issue of NNH13ZDA001N-NDOA)
Upcoming deadlines:
May 20, 2016

Title: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (OSTST)
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
Sponsor ID: NNH16ZDA001N-OSTST (Re-issue of NNH14ZDA001N-OSTST)
Upcoming deadlines:
April 29, 2016
May 27, 2016

Title: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
Sponsor ID: NNH15ZDA001N-RRNES, NNH16ZDA001N-RRNES (Re-issue of NNH14ZDA001N-RRNES)
Upcoming deadlines:
March 31, 2017

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Title: Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
Sponsor ID: NSF 16-550 (Re-issue of NSF 10-578)
Upcoming deadlines:
Varies- Confirmed / sponsor

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Title: Solicitation for Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities
Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Sponsor ID: RFA-OAA-16-000007 (Re-issue of APS-OAA-14-000003)
Upcoming deadlines:
April 25, 2016

Title: Pre-solicitation Notice – Moderate Voices of Peace
Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID/Ghana
Sponsor ID: PRE-SOLICITATION-624-16-000001
Upcoming deadlines:
To be announced- Confirmed / sponsor

Title: Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services (TAPAS) (Limited Submission)
Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Ukraine USAID-Kiev
Sponsor ID: RFA-121-16-000005
Upcoming deadlines:
April 18, 2016

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

Title: Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX) – Southeast
Sponsor: United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
Sponsor ID: NOAA-OAR-OWAQ-2015-2004475
Upcoming deadlines:
April 29, 2016

Title: Economic Impact of the Nation’s Precision Timing Infrastructure: The Global Positioning System
Sponsor: United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Sponsor ID: 2016-NIST-TPO-01
Upcoming deadlines:
May 6, 2016

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Title: Biological Control
Sponsor: United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Sponsor ID: DARPA-BAA-16-17
Upcoming deadlines:
April 29, 2016

Title: Aerospace Medicine, Clinical Research, Human Performance Research, and Expeditionary Medicine
Sponsor: United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Air Force (USAF)
Air Force Materiel Command
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Sponsor ID: BAA-AFRL-RQKHC-2016-0009 (Re-issue of BAA-11-01-HPW)
Upcoming deadlines:
Continuous- Confirmed / sponsor
Note: Full proposals are to be provided in response to the Requests for Proposals sent to offerors that submit white papers considered to meet the needs of the Air Force.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Title: Development of Technologies for Sensing, Analyzing, and Utilizing Novel Subsurface Signals in Support of the Subsurface Technology and Engineering (SubTER) Crosscut Initiative
Sponsor: United States Department of Energy (DOE)
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Sponsor ID: DE-FOA-0001445
Upcoming deadlines:
May 5, 2016

Title: Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development
Sponsor: United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Golden Field Office (GFO)
Sponsor ID: DE-FOA-0001418
Upcoming deadlines:
May 26, 2016

Title: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement: Industrial Assessment Centers
Sponsor: United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Golden Field Office (GFO)
Sponsor ID: DE-FOA-0001466
Upcoming deadlines:
To be announced- Confirmed / sponsor

Title: Research and Development for Next Generation Nuclear Physics Accelerator Facilities
Sponsor: United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science (OS)
Office of Nuclear Physics
Sponsor ID: DE-FOA-0001556 (Re-issue of DE-FOA-0001082)
Upcoming deadlines:
May 2, 2016

U.S. Department of Justice(DOJ)

Title: National Initiatives: Reaching Criminal Justice Policymakers
Sponsor: United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Sponsor ID: BJA-2016-9098 (Re-issue of BJA-2014-3886)
Upcoming deadlines:
May 3, 2016

Title: Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative (Limited Submission)
Sponsor: United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Sponsor ID: BJA-2016-9324
Upcoming deadlines:
April 19, 2016

Title: Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS)
Sponsor: United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Sponsor ID: BJA-2016-8994 (Re-issue of BJA-2015-4196)
Upcoming deadlines:
April 20, 2016

Title: DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program
Sponsor: United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Upcoming deadlines:
May 18, 2016

Title: Longitudinal Cohort Study of Interpersonal Violence Among College-Aged Women and Men: Planning Phase
Sponsor: United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Sponsor ID: NIJ-2016-9032
Upcoming deadlines:
May 6, 2016

Title: New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sponsor: United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Sponsor ID: NIJ-2016-9152
Upcoming deadlines:
May 2, 2016

Title: Violence Against Women Research Consortium
Sponsor: United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Sponsor ID: NIJ-2016-9026
Upcoming deadlines:
May 2, 2016

U.S. Department of State (DOS)

Title: Media Educational Program
Sponsor: United States Department of State (DOS)
U.S. Mission to Georgia
Sponsor ID: DOSGEO-16-GR-003-GEO-030216 (Re-issue of DOSGEO-15-GR-003-GEO-070815)
Upcoming deadlines:
April 27, 2016

Title: Strengthen Citizen Security through Economic and Social Opportunity
Sponsor: United States Department of State (DOS)
Sponsor ID: PRMECON-16-GR-001-WHA-030116
Upcoming deadlines:
April 30, 2016

Title: Supporting Children’s Rights in Afghanistan
Sponsor: United States Department of State (DOS)
Sponsor ID: DRLA-DRLAQM-16-063
Upcoming deadlines:
April 29, 2016

Title: Central America Regional Security Initiative
Sponsor: United States Department of State (DOS)
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
Sponsor ID: INL-WHPCOSTARICA-16CA0017-03042016
Upcoming deadlines:
May 3, 2016

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Title: University Transportation Centers Open Competition 2016
Sponsor: United States Department of Transportation (DOT)
Research and Innovative Technologies Administration (RITA)
Sponsor ID: UTCOPENCOMP2016
Upcoming deadlines:
May 13, 2016


More opportunities
Additional selected opportunities are available on the OVPR website.

Limited submissions
For opportunities with limitations on submissions from a single institution, an internal review must be completed before an investigator may apply.  Click here for information on applying for limited submission opportunities.

Search for funding with COS Pivot
The OVPR maintains a subscription to COS Pivot, a searchable database of funding opportunities in all academic areas. To search for funding in your discipline and receive email alerts with newly listed opportunities, sign up with COS Pivot today. If you have questions or would like training on using COS Pivot, contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 254-710-3153.

Ready to apply?
If you’d like to apply for these, or other specific funding opportunities, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator for more information.

February 25, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal grant update: Brown Fund application 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 March 16 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

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.

February 8, 2016
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Limited submission opportunity: NEH Summer Stipends

Through its Summer Stipends program, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports individuals pursuing advanced research of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly materials. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars and support continuous, full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months during summer 2015.

Organizations are limited in the number of proposals they may submit to the NEH, so the OVPR holds an internal competition to determine which Baylor applications will go forward. Internal letters of intent are due to the OVPR by Aug. 22. Full proposals for the selected projects are due to the NEH by Oct. 1, 2016.

Click here for more information and application instructions for the internal competition. You may also click here to view information about the program from the NEH.

January 25, 2016
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Baylor art professor named an emerging artist by Musée Magazine

H. Jennings Sheffield, assistant professor of art, photography in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was recently named an “emerging artist” by Musée Magazine, an international photography publication. Her work, Tethered, appeared in the magazine’s November 2015 issue as one of 55 emerging artists alongside 39 established master photographers including Rineke Dijkstra, Lorna Simpson, Candida Hofer, The Guerilla Girls and Tina Barney.

H. Jennings Sheffield, 12:00pm-2:00pm (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Nov. 19, Feb. 18), 43” x 28" x 4.5", Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

H. Jennings Sheffield, 12:00pm-2:00pm (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Nov. 19, Feb. 18), 43” x 28″ x 4.5″, Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

“The idea that these are some of the top contemporary artists is really exciting,” Sheffield says. “The other artists in the issue are some of the photographers who I teach to students in my classes, so I was thrilled to have my work appear with theirs.”

It is significant that Tethered appears in a special issue of Musée that showcases female photographers. The master artists featured in the magazine provide role models for young female photographers, something Sheffield says was in short supply early in her career.

“I came up in photography when it was a male-dominated field,” she says. “I didn’t have anyone to show me how to have a family, be an artist and teach students. When I went to photography conferences as a student, it was all men.  Now when I take students to those same meetings, there are lots more women.”

H. Jennings Sheffield, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1), 43” x 28" x 4.5", Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

H. Jennings Sheffield, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1), 43” x 28″ x 4.5″, Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

Tethered is an exploration of the complexities of modern life drawn from Sheffield’s own experience balancing her roles as an artist, teacher, wife, mother and daughter.

“There was a time when it was possible to separate our roles to discrete times of day,” she says. “We went to work in the morning, then spent time with families in the evenings and on weekends. Now, technology has created a tethering effect where our work and family lives become intermingled and confused.”

Sheffield created the images by blending together photographs she took over the course of four months as she performed some of the many roles in her own life. She used software to combine images taken at the same time of day, creating a single image that represents a two-hour block of time.

Viewed at full size, the vertical striping in the images creates a lenticular effect that makes different elements stand out depending on the angle and distance of the observer. The effect underscores Sheffield’s message and reinforces the limitations of trying to represent the complications and connections of modern life using traditional photographic methods.

“I wanted to capture real moments that happen over time,” she explains. “We’re all very tethered and we can’t separate our roles, and I don’t feel that a single image can capture all of those layers.”

A selection of Sheffield’s work is currently on display at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art as part of the Department of Art’s Faculty Biennial Exhibition, which runs through February 28.

January 22, 2016
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Research opportunities for faculty and doctoral students at DOE’s Jefferson Lab

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Jefferson Science Associates, LLC has announced two funding programs to support temporary research appointments for graduate students and faculty members at the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virgina.

For faculty: Sabbatical and Research Leave Support

The Sabbatical and Research Leave Support program provides funding for faculty to conduct full-time research at Jefferson Lab for a period of up to nine months. Applications are due by March 31, 2016. Click here to learn more about the program and application processes.

For graduate students: Graduate Fellowship Program

The Graduate Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral students to work alongside Jefferson Lab researchers on projects related to the lab’s mission. Applications are due by Feb. 29, 2016. Click here for more information on the program and its application procedure.

January 21, 2016
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Social science funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Defense

United_States_Department_of_Defense_Seal.svgThe U.S. Department of Defense is accepting proposals for social science research on topics related to the nation’s security policy under its Minerva Research Initiative.

Under the current funding announcement, DoD seeks to support projects in the following five areas listed below:

  1. Identity, influence and mobilization; culture, identity and security; influence and mobilization for change
  2. Contributors to societal resilience and change; governance and rule of law; migration and urbanization; populations and demographics; environment and natural resources; economics
  3. Power and deterrence; global order; power projection and diffusion; beyond conventional deterrence; area studies
  4. Analytical methods and metrics for security research
  5. Innovations in national security, conflict and cooperation

Click here to learn more about the program. Contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator for information on how to apply.

January 20, 2016
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Greater Waco Chamber recognizes BRIC start-up with 2015 Business Innovator Award

John Fitch, founder and owner of Birkeland Current, looks on as a machine assembles components of

John Fitch, founder and owner of Birkeland Current, looks on as a machine assembles components of the company’s automated proximity control system.

The OVPR joined business and community leaders from across Central Texas last month at a luncheon to honor the nominees for the 2015 Business Innovator Award. Presented annually by the Greater Waco Chamber, the award recognizes individuals or organizations that help make Central Texas a hub for creative excellence.

We would like to congratulate Birkeland Current and Pruf Energy Solutions on being named the 2015 Business Innovator Award winner. The two companies are working together to develop a wireless energy monitoring and control system that will bring energy savings through automated proximity controls and solid-state LED lighting technology.

The other nominees for this year’s award were: CollegeChoiceToday, Chariot Innovations, and Birkeland Current/Langerman Foster Engineering.  All four nominees are based in the Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) and have participated in coaching provided by LAUNCH: The Innovative Business Accelerator.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, says the recognition of these firms is an important validation of the BRIC’s role in driving innovation in Central Texas.

It’s exciting to see the hard work and tireless support of so many in the Waco community coming to fruition in such a tangible fashion.  It’s also wonderful to see this occurring with the BRIC and LAUNCH not yet three years old.  As Baylor, the Chamber and the business community continue to move forward, I feel certain our best days are ahead.