Research Tracks

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

November 30, 2013
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Selected funding opportunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

National Endowment for the Arts

The Big Read (Limited submission)
Internal preproposal due Dec. 17, 2013; full proposal due Jan. 28, 2014.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2014.

Media Projects: Development Grants
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2014.

National Institutes of Health

Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R03)
Deadlines: Feb. 16 and June 16, 2014.

National Science Foundation

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
Deadlines: Feb. 11 and Nov. 6, 2014.

Other agencies and foundations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Research Grants Program
Deadline: Jan. 14, 2014.

National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF)
Basic Preservation Grants
Deadlines: Jan. 24 and Feb. 28, 2014.

Procter & Gamble Company
Higher Education Grant Program (Limited submission)
Deadlines: Internal preproposal due Jan. 17, 2014; full proposal due Feb. 28, 2014.

Ransom Humanities Research Center, Harry
Research Fellowship Program – Travel Stipends
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014.

William T. Grant Foundation
Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice
Letter of inquiry deadlines:  Jan. 8 and April 16, 2014.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program (GFAF)
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014.
Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
Deadline: Jan. 24, 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.

November 27, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields

National Institutes of Health

Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21)
Deadlines: New applications due Feb. 16, June 16 and Oct. 16, 2014; resubmission and revision applications due March 16, July 16 and Nov. 16, 2014;
AIDS and AIDS-related applications due May 7 and Sept. 7, 2014 and Jan 7, 2015.

Implications of the Economic Downturn for Health, Wealth, and Work at Older Ages (R01)
Deadlines: New proposals due Feb. 5, June 5, and Oct. 5, 2014; Renewal, resubmission, and revision applications due March 5, July 5, and Nov. 5, 2014.

Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning (R01)
Deadlines: AIDS and AIDS-related applications due Jan. 7 and May 7, 2014; new applications due Feb. 5, 2014; renewal, resubmission, and revision applications due March 5, 2014.

National Science Foundation

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
Proposals accepted continuously.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
Deadlines: Feb. 11, 2014; Nov. 6, 2014.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Sites and Supplements
Deadlines: May 23, 2014 only for REU site proposals requiring access to Antarctica; Aug. 27, 2014 for all REU site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica.

Other organizations and foundations

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Foundation
Research Endowment
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2014.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Foundation
NASA Space Physiology Research Grants
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2014.

Grant Foundation, William T.
Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice
Letter of inquiry deadlines: Jan. 8, 2014; April 16, 2014.

Health Resources in Action (HRiA), The Medical Foundation
Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research
Deadline: Feb. 11, 2014.

Link Foundation
Advanced Simulation and Training Fellowships
Deadline: Jan. 15, 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.

November 26, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Internal pre-proposals due Dec. 12 for NSF MRI program

https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/The 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 Dec. 12, 2013.

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

November 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF releases updated procedures guide

The National Science Foundation has released the 2014 edition of its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.  The new edition is effective for all proposals submitted or due on or after Feb. 24, 2014.

The revised guide contains changes to policies that impact proposal preparation as well as updates and clarifications intended to make the proposal process more user-friendly.

Click the image at right to download a PDF copy of the new guide, or click here for a summary of significant changes in the new version.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 with any questions.

November 20, 2013
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Call for undergraduate research highlights: CUR spring quarterly

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” section of the spring 2014 CUR Quarterly.  The highlights contain brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications by undergraduate students 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 Dec. 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.

Video: Baylor and Harvard Medical School research shows how digital photography can make a rare pediatric eye cancer easier to detect

November 18, 2013 by Baylor OVPR | 1 Comment

New research by Dr. Bryan Shaw, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, suggests that digital photography can help parents and doctors detect a rare form of pediatric cancer.

In the video above, Shaw explains how he and his wife noticed early in their son Noah’s life that in some pictures, his right eye glowed white instead of red — a condition called leukocoria or “white eye.”  Noah would later be diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer.  Leukocoria has long been known as a marker of advanced retinoblastoma, but Shaw and his wife had noticed the effect in some of their earliest baby pictures, beginning when Noah was just 12 days old.  The discovery made Shaw curious as to whether white eye in an infant’s pictures might indicate retinoblastoma early enough to improve treatment options for children with the disease.

In collaboration with Noah’s doctors at Harvard Medical School, Shaw analyzed thousands of photographs of Noah and other retinoblastoma patients.  Their research revealed that the white glow can show up in pictures earlier in the disease’s progression than was previously believed, and that the degree of leukocoria correlates with the size of tumors present.  The discovery may help parents seek diagnosis sooner and improve the prognosis for children afflicted with this serious form of cancer.

Shaw’s research, published recently in the journal PLOS ONE, has been covered in a variety of media outlets.  Click the links below to learn more.

November 12, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming Event: Colloquium on Medical Imaging

This week, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, along with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Computer Science, presents the Colloquium on Medical Imaging.

WHAT
The Colloquium on Medical Imaging will feature speakers from Baylor and other top research institutions who will discuss the current state of medical imaging research and directions for future study.

Applications of physics, mathematics and computer science to challenging problems in proton and ion therapy
Reinhard W. Schulte, M.D.
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif.

Superiorization via feasibility-seeking projection methods and applications
Yair Censor, D.Sc.
Department of Mathematics, University of Haifa, Israel

PROton FUTURIS: What Baylor can bring to proton and ion therapy 
Keith Evan Schubert, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Baylor University

WHERE
Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC)
Suite 3160

WHEN
Friday, Nov. 15, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION
Click here to read abstracts and short bios on each speaker.  Click here to view the full event schedule.  Contact Dr. Keith Evan Schubert at  254-710-3348 for more information.

November 6, 2013
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Former General Tire employees return to the BRIC

Former General Tire employees and their families learned about the renovation that turned the former manufacturing plant into a state-of-the-art research facility.

Nearly two dozen former employees of the General Tire Co. visited the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) last week as part of “General Tire Fridays at the BRIC,” a series of tours offered by Baylor and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

The BRIC inhabits a building that was used as a manufacturing facility for General Tire from the 1940s until the mid-1980s. The building and surrounding land were donated to Baylor in 2008 by the Clifton Robinson family and H. Bland Cromwell. After extensive renovations, the former General Tire plant is now the cornerstone of the planned Central Texas Technology and Research Park.

Bobby Cryns, the BRIC’s facilities manager, led former General Tire employees and their family and friends through the BRIC, discussing the building’s renovation and the attributes of the structure that make it so well-suited to scientific research. Along the way, he pointed out General Tire artifacts that have been incorporated into the BRIC’s design.

While former employees said the sleek, newly remodeled research facility bears little resemblance to the factory where they worked, remaining features like heavy concrete support columns and high-capacity freight elevators brought back memories of people and events from years gone by.

Wayne Davidson, a tire builder and security officer at General Tire from 1966 to 1975, recalled a time when an elevator malfunctioned during an overnight shift, leaving a worker trapped with no way to summon help.

Prior to beginning the tours, groups paused for a group picture in front of the historic General Tire sign that now hangs in the BRIC’s lobby.

“There wasn’t a phone for him to call anyone, but he had a pistol with him,” said Davidson. “So he pried the door open enough to get his hand out and fire off some rounds to let us know he was stuck.”

Jack Pedigo, who worked as head of maintenance for the entire facility until the plant closed in 1985, smiled as he recalled his time at General Tire.

“It was a great job,” he said. “I’d go back to work tomorrow.”

Cryns said hearing personal stories from those who worked at General Tire decades ago gives him a stronger sense of the history of the building and its place in the community, both then and now.

“More than anything, these tours are about letting the folks who worked here tell us their stories about what made this place meaningful to them,” said Cryns. “It makes me really proud to honor that history with the work we do at the BRIC.”

November 4, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Registration is open for the OVPR Proposal Development Workshop

The OVPR invites 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.