Research Tracks

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

September 27, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Funding opportunity: Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has released a request for applications for the 2013 Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program.  The program provides two-year grants of up to $100,000 for basic research at Texas universities.

This year’s NHARP program targets two areas: basic research in biomedicine and basic research in energy and the environment.  Any early career principal investigator — a non-tenured, tenure track faculty member or research professional — may apply to the program.

Prospective applicants to the program must submit a pre-proposal by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Oct. 31. Full proposals from selected applicants will be due on Feb. 20, 2014.

More information and full guidelines are available on the NHARP website.  To begin the application process, contact your academic unit’s OSP coordinator.

Baylor researchers discover secrets hidden in whale ear wax

September 24, 2013 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

Scientists have known for years that the layers of ear wax produced by whales can help determine an animal’s age. But now, research by two Baylor faculty members has shown that there is a lot more we can learn from these foot-long plugs of waxy buildup.

Dr. Sascha Usenko, assistant professor of environmental science, and Dr. Stephen Trumble, assistant professor of biology, discovered that blue whales’ ear wax plugs function as a sort of time capsule, storing traces of contaminants and hormones that can yield knowledge about the whale’s development and exposure to pollutants throughout its lifetime.

Whales produce a new layer of ear wax every six months, so the placement of chemicals in the wax plug allowed Usenko and Trumble to pinpoint chemical exposure to a particular time in a whale’s life.  This knowledge will greatly improve scientists’ ability to measure the timing and impact of pollution on whales and their ecosystems.

The groundbreaking study, published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, has received attention from news outlets around the world.  Click the links below to read more coverage of this exciting research.

September 17, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

National Science Foundation

Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12)
Deadline: Dec. 6, 2013

Research on Education and Learning (REAL)
Deadlines: Optional letter of intent due by Oct. 25, 2013; full proposal due Jan. 10, 2014. Conference and workshop proposals accepted at any time one year in advance of the proposed event.

U.S. Department of Defense

Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Deadline: Jan 13, 2014

Office of Naval Research Minerva Research Initiative
Deadlines: White paper strongly suggested by Nov. 18, 2013. Full proposal due Feb. 14, 2014.

Other agencies and foundations

American Council on Education
ACE Fellows Program
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Asian Cultural Council
Individual Grants
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Georgia State College of Law, Center for Law, Health & Society
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowships Program
Application period: Sept. 3-Dec. 13, 2013; letters of reference due Dec. 6, 2013.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Museums for America
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2013

Paul J. Getty Trust
Getty Predoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Policy Fellows
Deadlines: Reference letters due Nov. 12, 2013; application due Nov. 13, 2013; full proposal from selected finalists due Jan. 31, 2014.

Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Academic Research Grant
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013

Simons Foundation
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Awards
Deadlines: White paper required by Oct. 11, 2013. Full Proposal due Feb. 14, 2014.

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.

September 13, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: OVPR internal research funding opportunities

Last week, Research Tracks brought you an overview of COS Pivot, a database provided by the OVPR to help Baylor faculty seek external funding for their research.  In addition to helping faculty find external funding, we also provide financial support for research and scholarly activity through a number of internal grant programs. In this post, we present an overview of the programs offered through our office and direct you to the relevant pages on our website for more information. If you have questions, contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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)
Fall round applications due Oct. 23, 2013 for funding from mid-December through May 31, 2013. Applications due Feb. 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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)
Applications due February 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
A new funding program beginning 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 $5,000 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)
Applications due February 5, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
Applications accepted continuously
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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications due Oct. 2, 2013 for funding during FY ’15, award extension possible for FY ’16
Through this competitively awarded program, the OVPR provides 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships for Ph.D.-granting departments. Initial appointments are funded for one year, with a second year extension allowed for successful fellows.

Faculty Travel Assistance Grant Program
Applications accepted continuously
The OVPR provides matching funds to help defray the cost of faculty travel to promote or support the development of new or expanded research programs at Baylor. Tenured/tenure-track faculty and funded principal investigators are eligible to apply.

VPR Colloquium Support
Applications accepted continuously
The program provides travel/honorarium funding and logistical support to help bring major national and international speakers to campus.

Conference Support Program
Applications accepted continuously
Provides seed money and logistical support to bring major regional, national or international conferences to Baylor.

 

September 11, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: OVPR Proposal Development Workshop

The OVPR would like to invite all Baylor faculty members to attend our 4th annual proposal development workshop on Jan. 9 and 10, 2014. The workshop is designed to help faculty members of all experience levels become more effective proposal writers.

You’ll attend just one of the two days depending on your academic area and target funding agency. Faculty in science disciplines (those primarily interested in applying for funding from the NIH, NSF, DoD, NASA, etc.) will attend on Thursday, Jan. 9, while those in the arts & humanities (those targeting funding from the NEH, NEA, Dept. of Education, private foundations, etc.) will attend on Friday, Jan. 10. The seminar will be held on the Baylor campus (exact location TBA) and each day’s session will last from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided by the OVPR.

Our presenter is Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. A neuroscientist by training, Dr. AtKisson is the former director of proposal development at Tufts University. Click here to learn more about Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.

The workshop is sponsored by the OVPR, so there is no cost to attend. Seats are limited and we typically have a full house, so sign up early to ensure you are able to join us.

To register for the workshop, click here and fill in the online form. Contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153 with any questions about this event.

September 10, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor professor gives keynote at major international symposium

Dr. Tim Sheng, professor of mathematics and member of CASPER.

Dr. Tim Sheng is in England this month presenting his research and meeting with outstanding scholars from around the world at a trio of international conferences.

Dr. Tim Sheng, a professor of mathematics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, presented a keynote lecture on computational mathematics this week at the 12th International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Applications to Business, Engineering and Science (DCABES 2013) in London, England.

Sheng, who is also a faculty member in Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER) gave a presentation entitled Modern ADI, LOD and adaptive decomposition algorithms for highly effective and efficient computations, in which he discussed the latest high performance computational strategies in sequential and parallel computations in multi-physics applications, as well as multiple scale distributions and splitting structures.

In addition to presenting at the DCABES symposium, Sheng’s itinerary also includes attending the New Mathematical Directions for Quantum Information conference at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology (COSMO 2013) at the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in Cambridge.

September 9, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields

National Institutes of Health

Health Promotion for Children With Physical Disabilities Through Physical Activity and Diet: Developing an Evidence Base (R21)
Deadlines: AIDS and AIDS-related applications due Jan. 7, 2014 and May 7, 2014; New applications due Feb. 16, 2014 and June 16, 2014; Resubmission and revision applications due March 16, 2014 and July 16, 2014.  Letters of intent due 30 days prior to applicable submission date.

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
Deadlines: Oct. 25, 2013; Oct. 17, 2014; Oct. 16, 2015

National Science Foundation

Catalysis and Biocatalysis
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2014

Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS)
Deadlines: Jan. 15, 2014; July 15, 2014

Mentoring Through Critical Transition Points in the Mathematical Sciences (MCTP)
Deadline: June 3, 2014

Ocean Acidification (OA)
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2013

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity
Deadlines: Letter of intent due Nov. 18, 2013; full proposal due Jan. 27, 2014

Process and Reaction Engineering
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2014

U.S. Department of Defense

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
Deadline: Jan 3, 2014

Other organizations and foundations

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

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

Welder Wildlife Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013 (letters of intent accepted prior to the deadline to gauge sponsor interest in the proposal)

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.

COS Pivot helps faculty find funding opportunities and connect with potential collaborators

September 6, 2013 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

Are you interested in seeking external funding for your research or scholarly activity? The OVPR can help through our campus-wide subscription to Pivot, an online database of funding opportunities and faculty profiles.

Pivot indexes grant announcements and RFPs from a wide variety of sponsors including federal agencies, non-profit organizations, private foundations and corporate entities. You can search for current opportunities or sign up for weekly alert emails with new opportunities that match your search terms. Pivot can also connect you to other researchers in your discipline to help you locate potential collaborators or keep up with the latest developments in the field.

Watch the video above for a brief overview of Pivot’s functionality.  When you’re ready to get started, click here to visit the Pivot homepage and click “Sign Up.” After setting up your account, feel free to try out the advanced search tools.  If you have any problems using Pivot or you’d just like some tips for crafting better searches, contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 710-3153.

September 3, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Human Subjects in Research seminar

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in collaboration with the Institutional Review Board, will offer a seminar next month to help faculty, staff and students learn more about research involving human subjects.

WHAT
IRB Chair Dr. David Schlueter and Vice-Chair Dr. Wade Rowatt will discuss the basics of IRB protocol submission and Baylor’s institutional requirements, including CITI training and the IRBNet online submission system.  Time will be allocated for questions and answers.

WHEN
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
3:00-4:00 p.m.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building
Room A-108
(Video conferencing will be available for LHSON faculty in Dallas)

WHO MAY ATTEND
The seminar is open to all Baylor faculty, staff and students.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Deb Penney in the OVPR with questions about this event.