Research Tracks

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

July 30, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor research in the news: Dinosaurs may have fallen victim to historically bad timing

Dinosaurs might have escaped extinction if the massive, prehistoric astroid strike that killed them had occurred at an earlier or later point in time, according to new research by a Baylor geologist working with an international team of scientists.

Dr. Daniel Peppe, an assistant professor of geology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Scientists, was part of a team of experts from the United States, Canada and Great Britain who found that the six-mile-wide astroid that wiped out the dinosaurs occurred at a time when the huge creatures were already facing disruptions in their food chain due to sea level changes, volcanic activity and temperature variations. These changes in the period leading up to the astroid strike left dinosaurs especially vulnerable to the tsunamis, earthquakes and other events caused by the astroid.

The study, published in the journal Biological Reviews, has been covered by a number of major news outlets.  Click the links below to read more about this research.

July 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Limited submission funding 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. 19. Full proposals for the selected projects are due to the NEH by Sept. 30, 2014.

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.

July 16, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Limited submission funding opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation program National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program provides funds for the acquisition or development of science or engineering instruments for research or research training.

Because applications to the program are limited, the OVPR conducts an internal competition to determine which proposals will be certified to represent Baylor with a full proposal to the NSF.  Internal pre-proposals are due to the OVPR on December 11, 2014.

Click here for information and instructions on submitting pre-proposals for the MRI program.  Click here for more information about the NSF MRI program.

June 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor music professor earns international award for tuba recording

Dr. Kent Eshelman

Dr. Kent Eshelman

"Flavors" features previously unrecorded works for tuba as well as transcriptions of works written for other instruments.

“Flavors” features previously unrecorded works for tuba as well as transcriptions of works written for other instruments.

Dr. Kent Eshelman, an assistant professor of instrumental studies in Baylor’s School of Music, has earned a prestigious international award for his recent album of tuba solos.

Eshelman received the International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording for the album “Flavors.” The recording, released in June 2013, was supported in part by a grant from the University Research Committee.

As its title suggests, “Flavors” showcases a diverse collection of music with varying styles and moods.  Some of the compositions were written specifically for Eshelman by prominent brass composers, while others are works which were written for other instruments and adapted for tuba by Eshelman.

Eshelman says the process of expanding the tuba’s repertoire through composition, performance and recording parallels the investigation, research and publication undertaken by faculty in science fields.

“For those in the performing arts, performing is research,” he explains. “Like other researchers, performers invest their time and energy exploring various aspects of their discipline and attain unique results that must be shared with peers and students.  In many ways, recording provides the ideal format for performance from both an academic and artistic standpoint.  It allows for wider dissemination than a live performance and it offers the possibility for the performance to be studied and consulted as a reference.”

Click here to read more about Eshelman’s award on the Baylor Media Communications website.

Baylor anthropologists make first positive identification of remains in Brooks County

June 11, 2014 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

In this report from KSAT-TV San Antonio, Baylor anthropologist Dr. Lori Baker discusses the work she and a team of students have undertaken to identify the bodies of undocumented immigrants in Brooks County, Texas.  Baker, an associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, leads Reuniting Families, an organization she started with the goal of recovering and identifying the remains of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.

Baker and her team recently made their first positive identification in Brooks County, determining the identity of a female from Honduras who was buried in a cemetery in Falfurrias, Texas, a small town approximately 160 miles south of San Antonio.

Learn more about this research:

June 10, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

NIH issues challenge for ideas to improve peer review

NIH_LogoThe National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review has announced a challenge program seeking ideas from the scientific community on ways to improve the fairness and impartiality of grant proposal peer review.

The program offers a $10,000 first prize and a $5,000 second prize for ideas in response to two challenge categories: ‘New methods to detect bias in peer review’ and ‘Strategies to strengthen fairness and impartiality in peer review.’

Submissions to the program may be submitted by email any time prior to the June 30 deadline.  Winners will be announced in September.

Click here for more information and complete rules.

June 3, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

CUR seeks applications for biology mentor award

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe biology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is currently accepting applications for their annual awards honoring biology faculty mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate researchers.

The awards are presented to one faculty member in each of three divisions — early career, mid-career and mature career. Each honoree will receive a cash award from CUR’s biology division. Faculty who mentor interdisciplinary research projects are eligible as long as the projects involve a significant biology component.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. CDT. For more information on applying for this award, visit the CUR website.

May 23, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor institute to host international conference on new religions

CESNUR_PosterScholars from around the world will visit Baylor’s campus next month when the Institute for Studies of Religion hosts the annual meeting of CESNUR — the Center for Studies on New Religions.  The conference, organized around the theme, “The Vitality of New Religions: Thinking Globally, Existing Locally,” takes place June 4-7 at the Truett Seminary.

The conference’s paper presentations are free to attendees, but there is a modest charge for meals and an optional Saturday field trip to the Homestead Heritage community north of Waco.  Click here for more information on the ISR website.



May 22, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces application dates for FY 2016 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines for fiscal year 2016 internal research grants. FY 2016 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

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.

Proposals to the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are considered throughout the year and may be submitted at any time.

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.

May 20, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields

Title: Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Sponsor ID: NSF 14-562
Upcoming deadlines:
Sept. 24, 2014

Title: Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
Sponsor ID: 14-545 (Re-issue of NSF 06-561)
Upcoming deadlines:
July 17, 2014

Title: Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RSB)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
Sponsor ID: NSF 14-557 (Re-issue of NSF 13-544)
Upcoming deadlines:
July 24, 2014

Title: Opportunities for Promoting Understanding Through Synthesis (OPUS)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
Sponsor ID: NSF 14-559 (Re-issue of NSF 12-506)
Upcoming deadlines:
Aug. 1, 2014

Title: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Sponsor ID: NSF 10-612 (Re-issue of NSF 07-598)
Upcoming deadlines:
Nov. 19, 2014

Title: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Sponsor ID: NSF 13-578 (Re-issue of NSF 12-596)
Upcoming deadlines:
Sep. 19, 2014

Title: Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)
Sponsor: United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Air Force (USAF)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Education and Outreach Programs
Upcoming deadlines:
May 23, 2014
Aug. 27, 2014

Title: NGA Academic Research Program (NARP)
Sponsor: United States Department of Defense (DOD)
National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Sponsor ID: HM0210-14-BAA-0001 (Re-issue of BAA HM0177-12-BAA-0001)
Upcoming deadlines:
Aug. 31, 2017 (White papers may be submitted at any time prior to the deadline; not required but strongly suggested)
Sep. 30, 2017 (Full proposals may be submitted at any time prior to the deadline)

Title: Dimensional Approaches to Research Classification in Psychiatric Disorders (R01)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Sponsor ID: RFA-MH-15-500 (Re-issue of RFA-MH-14-050)
Upcoming deadlines:
Sep. 3, 2014 (Letter of intent, not required)
Oct. 3, 2014 (Full proposal)
Note: The open date (earliest submission date) is September 3, 2014. The expiration date is October 4, 2014.

Title: Free-Electron Laser Science: Peter Paul Ewald Fellowships at LCLS in Stanford
Sponsor: VolkswagenStiftung / Volkswagen Foundation
Upcoming deadlines:
Jan. 30, 2015

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.