Research Tracks

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

August 15, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

OSP to host informational sessions for faculty and staff

Staff members from the OVPR and the Office of Sponsored Programs will provide guidance and answer questions about research administration and the proposal and award process at a series of informational sessions next month.  They’ll cover topics including proposal preparation and submission, award setup, subcontract issues, compliance and updates on the latest grant guidelines.

Check out the schedule of sessions below and contact the OSP at 254-710-3817 with any questions.

Wednesday, Sept. 13
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E234

Thursday, Sept. 14
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E234

Tuesday, Sept. 19
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E234

Wednesday, Sept. 20
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Reynolds Conference Center

Wednesday, Sept. 27
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) symposium room 3160

August 10, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor profs’ film earns festival honors

“Blur Circle,” the latest film by director Christopher J. Hansen, associate professor and chair of Baylor’s department of film and digital media, was recently named the winner of the audience award for best dramatic feature at the Woods Hole Film Festival. The eight-day festival, which featured 130 independent films from emerging filmmakers, was held earlier this month in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Brian Elliott, senior lecturer of film and digital media, wrote and produced the film.

The film tells the story of a single mother still frantically searching for her young son two years after his disappearance.  When she meets an unusual man with a shrouded past of his own, she is forced to reevaluate her life and the way she has responded to grief.

“Blur Circle” was previously screened at festivals across Texas and was named best feature film at the Deep in the Heart Film Festival in Waco this past February.  The work is scheduled to appear at events in Tennessee and Kansas later this year.

Check out the official trailer for “Blur Circle” above and visit the film’s website for information on future screenings.

August 7, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces 8th annual proposal development seminars

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 “Planning and Writing Successful Proposals” program on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 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. 5, is focused on STEM awards like the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 5, 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, 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 Dr. Stacey L. Smith at 254-710-3252 with questions.

Session descriptions: Continue Reading →

May 18, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR Proposal Development Award self-nominations due May 26

The OVPR has announced that self-nominations for the 2017 Proposal Development Award are due by Friday, May 26.

At this stage, no pre-proposal is required. To nominate yourself for this program, simply send an email indicating your desire to be considered for the program to Dr. Peg AtKisson at with a CC to Blake Thomas at

After the May 26 deadline, Dr. AtKisson will provide instructions to all nominees for completion of the program application, which will be due on July 28. Participation in the program will be based on evaluation of the applications. All nominees, whether selected for participation or not, will receive feedback on their applications.

The Proposal Development Award is open to full-time, tenure track Baylor faculty who have previously attended one of the OVPR’s proposal workshops led by Dr. AtKisson.

Click here to read more about the program. Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 254-710-3153 with any questions.

May 8, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

Change to IACUC/IBC 3-year review process

The Office of Research Compliance continuously works to provide efficient processes for our researchers while ensuring regulatory requirements for research are met. Therefore, we are implementing changes to the de novo review process for research under the purview of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The reason for the change is to make it easier for both researchers and our office to track the history of a research project for regulatory purposes.

IACUC and IBC protocols receive a 3-year approval. To renew the approval for the research at the end of the 3rd year, the review board must perform a de novo review of the research – i.e., the review board scrutinizes the research as if it is a brand new submission. Under our current process, researchers have been creating a completely new project in the IRBNet system and been provided with a new IRBNet number. Under the revised process, researchers will no longer be required to create a new project submission – instead, researchers should submit the research protocol as a subsequent package to their current IRBNet project.

This change is effective June 1, 2017. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance with any questions at 254-710-3708.

April 25, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

Self-nomination deadline for OVPR’s Proposal Development Award to be announced

Due to a change in the timeline for the OVPR’s Proposal Development Award, the deadline to submit self-nominations for the program will be pushed back.

Previously, the OVPR had announced self-nominations were due on May 1, but the deadline will now occur later in May.  The specific date will be announced soon after the new timeline is finalized.

Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions about the program or application procedures.

April 5, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR unveils newly redesigned website

The new and improved Research@Baylor website.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to announce a major update to the design and structure of its primary website, located at

Just like the old site, the redesigned site includes information on the OVPR’s internal funding programs and administrative functions.  The new site also features improved organization that makes important information easier for researchers to locate.

Continue Reading →

March 6, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

Did you know? The OVPR provides proposal development assistance

You probably know that the OVPR provides faculty with assistance in finding sources of research funding through our internal grant programs and a campus-wide subscription to the Pivot database.  What you may not know is that we also offer one-on-one and group-based proposal development services!

Check out brief descriptions of the services we offer and contact our office with any questions. Continue Reading →

February 9, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

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

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

January 13, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

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.