Research Tracks

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

May 23, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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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
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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
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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.

May 19, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal grant call for proposals: University Research Committee announces special fall competition

The University Research Committee will accept proposals this fall for a second round of FY 2015 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 the end of FY 2015 fiscal year (May 31, 2015).  Fall URC funding is offered at the discretion of the URC committee and may or may not be offered in subsequent 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 2015 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. 22, 2014 at noon.  To be considered for funding, proposals must be complete by the deadline, including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean.  The anticipated start date for funded proposals is Dec. 15, 2014.  Funds from this round must be expended by May 31, 2015.

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

May 16, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

Title: Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD)
Sponsor: American Sociological Association (ASA)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 15, 2014
Dec. 15, 2014

Title: Education Research Grants – Early Learning Programs and Policies
Sponsor: United States Department of Education (ED)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
National Center for Education Research (NCER)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014 (Letter of intent; optional but strongly encouraged)
Aug. 7, 2014 (Full proposal)

Title: Education Research Grants – Education Technology
Sponsor: United States Department of Education (ED)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
National Center for Education Research (NCER)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014 (Letter of intent; optional but strongly encouraged)
Aug. 7, 2014 (Full proposal)

Title: Special Education Research Programs – Reading, Writing, and Language Development
Sponsor: United States Department of Education (ED)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014 (Letter of intent; optional but strongly encouraged)
Aug. 7, 2014 (Full proposal)

Title: Education Research Grants – English Learners
Sponsor: United States Department of Education (ED)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
National Center for Education Research (NCER)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014 (Letter of intent; optional but strongly encouraged)
Aug. 7, 2014 (Full proposal)

Title: Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy – Continuous Improvement in Education Research
Sponsor: United States Department of Education (ED)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
National Center for Education Research (NCER)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014 (Letter of intent; optional but strongly encouraged)
Aug. 7, 2014 (Full proposal)

Title: Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy – Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research
Sponsor: United States Department of Education (ED)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
National Center for Education Research (NCER)
Sponsor ID: (Re-issue of ED-GRANTS-030612-007)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014 (Letter of intent; optional but strongly encouraged)
Aug. 7, 2014 (Full proposal)

Title: Occupational Safety and Health Research (R01)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Sponsor ID: PAR-13-129 (Re-issue of PAR-10-188)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014
July 5, 2014
Oct. 5, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Feb. 5, 2015
March 5, 2015

Title:Nutrition and Alcohol-Related Health Outcomes (R21)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Sponsor ID: PA-13-359, PA-13-360, PA-13-361 (Re-issue of PA-10-241)
Upcoming deadlines:
Feb. 16, 2014
June 16, 2014
Oct. 16, 2014
Note: This NIH announcement expires on January 8, 2017.

Title: Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R03)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Sponsor ID: PA-11-263, PA-11-265, PA-11-264
Upcoming deadlines:
Feb. 16, 2014
June 16, 2014
Note: This PA expires September 8, 2014.

Title: Implications of the Economic Downturn for Health, Wealth, and Work at Older Ages (R01)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Sponsor ID: PA-12-009
Upcoming deadlines:
Feb. 5, 2014
March 5, 2014
June 5, 2014
July 5, 2014
Oct. 5, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Note: This PA expires January 8, 2015.

Title: Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in the United States (R01)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Sponsor ID: PAR-13-188, PAR-13-187
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014
July 5, 2014
Oct. 5, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Feb. 5, 2015
March 5, 2015

Title: Outcome Measures for Use in Treatment Trials for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (R01)
Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Sponsor ID: PAR-13-213 (Re-issue of PAR-11-045)
Upcoming deadlines:
June 5, 2014
July 5, 2014
Oct. 5, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Feb. 5, 2015
March 5, 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.

May 15, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor professor elected to National Bureau of Economic Research

Dr. Jim West

Dr. Jim West

Hankamer School of Business economics professor Dr. Jim West has been elected to the post of research associate with the NBER’s Economics of Education Working Group, chaired currently by Dr. Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University.

A graduate of the University of Denver and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, West came to Baylor in 2011 after extended appointments at Seattle University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He currently holds Baylor’s W.H. Smith Professorship in Economics and recently was named the business school’s Robert and Robin Nitsche Outstanding Scholar for 2013.

Click here to read the full story on the Research @ Baylor website.

May 13, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Call for undergraduate research highlights: CUR fall quarterly

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” section of the fall 2014 CUR Quarterly on the Web.  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 May 31.

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 cost.  Click here to learn more about CUR.

May 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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CUR announces upcoming institutes

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research has announced dates for three upcoming workshops for faculty who are interested in developing or expanding undergraduate research programs. Click the links below for more information or application instructions for the programs.

Proposal Writing Institute

Next offering: July 17-21, 2014 – University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Application deadline: May 21, 2014

“This institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The four-day institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals. The institute has been developed to assist novice to experienced proposal writers in drafting complete proposals for submission. Prior to the institute participants will be able to access information that will help them begin to draft their proposal.”

Click here for more information.

Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute

Next offering: Nov. 7-9, 2014 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in July 2014.
Application deadline: Sept. 19, 2014.

“The Institute will assist teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators in developing transformative opportunities for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (URSC) in the arts and humanities.”

Click here for more information.

Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution

Next offering: Nov. 2014.
Registration opening soon.

“Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give individual pre-tenured faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses.”

Click here for more information.

May 9, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: final reports due August 1 for FY 14 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research would like to remind investigators that they are required to submit a final report on their internal grants no later than two months after the expiration of the grant.

For all FY 14 grants through the AHFRP, URC, URSA, FRIP and YIDP programs, final reports are due on August 1, 2014.  Note that investigators who do not submit final reports will not be eligible to apply for additional internal funding from the OVPR.

Click here to download the final report form.  Submit completed forms through email to Blake Thomas in the OVPR.

May 8, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: CASPER seminar with Dr. Ernesto Gomez

The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) presents a lecture by Dr. Ernesto Gomez, professor of computer science and engineering at California State University San Bernardino.

“Shortcutting algorithms for fun, profit and science”

Screenshot 2014-05-08 15.07.11ABSTRACT
“Parallelism is the main source of speedup in computing, scientific and otherwise. For over thirty years the fastest supercomputers have been parallel machines, and for the last ten we have been seeing the same thing in commodity machines. So why are we still mostly parallelizing sequential algorithms? Do we think the best algorithms are always sequential? Actually we do – and have fairly solid arguments for that belief.

“In this talk, we point to the holes in the standard arguments using a counterexample: ‘shortcutting.’ We started from an analysis of what is different between sequential and concurrent execution and designed a method to take advantage of the differences.

“We have experimental results, more theory on where our methods could work (and where they probably won’t), and future directions.”

WHEN
Friday, May 9
2:30 p.m.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building (BSB)
Room C.105

MORE INFORMATION
Contact Sherri Honza at 254-710-1271 for more information.