Research Tracks

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

August 30, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OSP announces update to university’s rate for facility and administrative cost reimbursement

The Office of Sponsored programs has announced an updated rate for facility and administrative (F&A) reimbursements on external grants.  F&A, also called indirect costs, are reimbursements for university expenditures that cannot be allocated to a specific research project.

The new rates are 38.5% for on-campus projects and 15.6% for off-campus projects. These rates apply to all future proposals and all proposals which have not yet been submitted to the sponsor.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 710-3817 with any questions.

August 29, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal funding announcement: OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fall, the OVPR  will accept applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program.  The program is intended to build on Baylor faculty members’ existing research strengths by providing funding for 12-month postdoctoral research fellowship positions. The positions carry minimal teaching responsibility with the intent that most of the fellows’ time and effort be spent helping faculty enhance and expand their research.

The postdoctoral positions are initially awarded for one year with a second year extension available for fellows who are successful. Fellowships are competitively awarded and all Ph.D.-granting departments are eligible to apply. Preference is given to proposals from research clusters (either within or across departments and colleges/schools) that allow the fellowship to be shared by two or more faculty members.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon; more information and application instructions are available on the OVPR website.  Contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153 with questions about the program.

August 28, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

National Endowment for the Arts

Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects
Deadline: Dec. 9, 2013

Research: Art Works
Deadline: Nov. 5, 2013

National Endowment for the Humanities

Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2013

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Deadline: Mar. 11, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development

All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Other organizations and foundations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Standard Research Grants
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
Multimedia History and Literature: New Directions in Scholarly Design Workshop for 2014-15
Deadlines: Application due Dec. 16, 2013; letters of recommendation due Jan. 15, 2014

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Project Grants
Deadlines: Prospective applicants must contact the appropriate director of studies by Oct. 1, 2013 to determine if the project is within the sponsor’s purview. If invited, full proposals are due on Nov. 1, 2013.

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
Leavey Awards Honoring Excellence in Private Enterprise Education
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Kress Foundation
History of Art: Institutional Fellowships (Limited submission)
Deadline: Internal proposal due Oct. 19, 2013.  Full proposal due to sponsor Nov. 30, 2013

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
Graduate Student Fellowships
Deadline:  Oct. 15, 2013

Wellcome Trust
Medical History and Humanities Travel Grants
Proposals accepted continuously

 

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.

August 27, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal grant reminder: University Research Committee announces special fall competition

The University Research Committee will accept proposals this fall for a second round of FY 2014 funding. Proposals may be submitted in either the small (up to $4,500) or mid-range (up to $7,500) categories for projects to be completed by May 31, 2014 — the end of the 2014 fiscal year (please note that a fall round of funding will not necessarily be available in future years).

All standard URC grant guidelines will apply to the fall round, including the leveraging requirement for mid-range grants and the per-investigator limit of four URC awards or $10,000 of total URC funding in a five-year period.  Additionally, faculty who have already received FY 2014 funding from the URC are ineligible to apply for the fall round. Faculty who applied for funding but were declined are encouraged to revise their proposals and consider re-submission.

The deadline to apply for fall URC grants is Oct. 23, 2013 at noon.  To be considered for funding, proposals must be complete, including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean, by the deadline.  The anticipated start date for funded proposals is Dec. 16, 2013.  Funds from this round must be expended by May 31, 2014.

Click here for more information on the URC grant programs, or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions.

August 21, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Call for undergraduate research highlights: CUR winter quarterly

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” section of the winter 2013 CUR Quarterly.  The highlights section contains brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications by undergraduates that appeared in journals in the last six months.

The publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate authors or co-authors.  The deadline for submission is Sept. 15, 2013.

Click here for formatting requirements and submission instructions.  Samples of past undergraduate research highlights are available on the CUR website.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students.  In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses.  Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no additional cost.  Click here to learn more about CUR.

August 21, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR releases 2013 Fall Update

2013 OVPR Fall Update

Click the image to download the 2013 OVPR Fall Update

As you begin the fall semester, you may be making plans for research or creative projects in the upcoming academic year.  To help you get off on the right foot, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides an annual update document that lists the major services we provide to support our faculty.  The update document is available on the OVPR website.

In addition to checking out the OVPR’s 2013 Fall Update, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you won’t miss any updates in the coming year.

August 20, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NIH to require eRA Commons IDs for graduate and undergraduate students

A new policy from the National Institutes of Health will require graduate and undergraduate students working on NIH-funded projects to set up eRA Commons IDs.

The new policy will be implemented in three phases over the next 14 months:

  • Currently, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to establish eRA Commons accounts.
  • On Oct. 18, 2013, the PHS 2590 and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) forms will start prompting for this information. Warnings will also appear in eRA Commons screens to alert students that they need to establish an ID.
  • By October 2014, all RPPRs must have eRA Commons IDs for graduate and undergraduate students or the reports won’t be accepted by NIH.

Baylor investigators working on NIH-funded research projects are encouraged to help their students establish eRA Commons accounts as soon as possible.

Click here to read the full notice from NIH. Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 for more information.

August 19, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields

National Institutes of Health

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Small Research Grant Program (R03)
Deadlines: Oct. 16, 2013; Feb. 16, 2014; June 16, 2014

Functions of Skeletal Muscle Beyond Contraction (R21)
Deadlines: Oct. 16, 2013; Feb. 16, 2014; June 16, 2014; resubmission and revision applications due Nov. 1, 2013; Mar. 16, 2014; July 16, 2014

NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Deadlines: Letter of intent due Oct. 26, 2013; full proposal due Nov. 26, 2013

Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning (R13)
Deadlines: Dec. 12, 2013; April 12, 2014

Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R01)
Deadlines: Oct. 5, 2013; Feb. 5, 2014; June 5, 2014

National Science Foundation

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Computational Mathematics
Deadlines: Dec. 15, 2013 for research projects; proposals for conferences and workshops should be submitted eight to 12 months before the requested starting date

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Deadlines: Nov. 4, 2013 (Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research), Nov. 5, 2013 (Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy), Nov. 7, 2013 (Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning), Nov. 8, 2013 (Life Sciences; Geosciences)

Linguistics Program
Deadlines: January 15, 2014; July 15, 2014

Theoretical Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2013

U.S. Department of Defense

Defense Sciences Research and Technology
Deadlines: White paper strongly suggested by Mar. 25, 2014; full proposal due May 22, 2014

Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction
White papers accepted continuously

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research (BAA) – Medical Training and Health Information Sciences Program
Preliminary proposals accepted continuously

U.S. Department of Energy

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

Wellcome Trust

Medical History and Humanities Travel Grants
Proposals accepted continuously

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadlines: Preliminary proposal due Sept. 27, 2013; full proposal due Dec. 6, 2013

Other organizations and foundations

Alpert Foundation
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Alpha-1 Foundation
Role of MicroRNAs in the Expression and Therapy of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Deadlines: Letter of intent due Sept. 30, 2013; invited full proposals due Feb. 21, 2014

American Institute of Physics (AIP)
AIP State Department Science Fellowship Program
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Project Grants
Deadlines: Prospective applicants must contact the appropriate director of studies by Oct. 1, 2013 to determine if the project is within the sponsor’s purview. If invited, full proposals are due on Nov. 1, 2013.

Merck Fund
Environmental Health Grant Program
Letters of inquiry accepted continuously

Waitt Foundation
Grants – Ocean Conservation
Proposals accepted continuously

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.

August 15, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF announces funds to provide mid-scale instrumentation for FY 2014 awards in physics division

The National Science Foundation has established a special fund to enable acquisition of instrumentation as part of research projects funded by the foundation’s physics division.

According to a recent “Dear Colleague” letter, the new Mid-Scale Instrumentation Fund will allow applicants who need specialized equipment to request funding for the instrumentation as part of their regular proposal without regard to the program’s funding cap. Should the project receive funding, the program officer may request that instrumentation funds be provided through the Mid-Scale Instrumentation fund if the investigator has justified the necessity of the equipment to the completion of the project. These one-time awards may be used for purchase or development of instrumentation when the funding needed exceeds the $4 million limit of the Major Research Instrumentation program.

The NSF encourages prospective applicants to contact the cognizant program officer before submitting a proposal that includes a request for mid-scale instrumentation funds. A full list of program officers and their contact information is located on the NSF physics division website.

Click here to read the “Dear Colleague” letter from C. Denise Caldwell, the director of the NSF’s physics division.

August 14, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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CUR announces new engineering division

The Council on Undergraduate Research has announced the formation of a new division to provide national leadership and discipline-specific expertise in developing undergraduate research in engineering and engineering-related fields.

Through the new engineering division, CUR plans to provide professional support and networking opportunities for engineering faculty engaged in undergraduate research, and to identify and disseminate best practices for embedding undergraduate research in engineering curriculum.

Faculty in any engineering area are invited to join the new division.  To change your divisional affiliation, click here to update your CUR profile.

Baylor maintains an enhanced institutional membership to CUR which allows our faculty members to join as individual members at no cost.  Any Baylor faculty member interested in undergraduate research is invited to visit the CUR website to learn more about the organization and the benefits of becoming involved.