Research Tracks

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

May 8, 2017
by Baylor OVPR
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Change to IACUC/IBC 3-year review process

The Office of Research Compliance continuously works to provide efficient processes for our researchers while ensuring regulatory requirements for research are met. Therefore, we are implementing changes to the de novo review process for research under the purview of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The reason for the change is to make it easier for both researchers and our office to track the history of a research project for regulatory purposes.

IACUC and IBC protocols receive a 3-year approval. To renew the approval for the research at the end of the 3rd year, the review board must perform a de novo review of the research – i.e., the review board scrutinizes the research as if it is a brand new submission. Under our current process, researchers have been creating a completely new project in the IRBNet system and been provided with a new IRBNet number. Under the revised process, researchers will no longer be required to create a new project submission – instead, researchers should submit the research protocol as a subsequent package to their current IRBNet project.

This change is effective June 1, 2017. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance with any questions at 254-710-3708.

December 13, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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It’s not too late! Register now for the OVPR proposal development seminars!

OVPR Proposal Development Seminar Flyer

Click the image above to download a flyer about the events.

Time is running out to register for the OVPR’s annual proposal development seminars.  Whether you’re a complete grant-writing beginner or you have years of experience, these events will help you to be more competitive for external research funding. The seminars are open to any Baylor University faculty member.

Check out the descriptions of each session below, then click here to access the registration form.

“Write Winning Grant Proposals”
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Participants will learn about articulating a research agenda, selecting funding opportunities and crafting proposals to turn reviewers into advocates for your project. This session is intended for faculty who plan to apply for funding from agencies such as the NSF, NIH, Department of Energy, etc.

“How to Write a Successful STEM Career Award Proposal”
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
A half-day session for faculty who plan to apply for STEM career awards like the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Faculty who are eligible to apply for the CAREER program and have attended the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” session before (either this year or in a previous year) are invited to this workshop.

“How to Write a Successful Biomedical and Health Career Award Proposal”
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
A half-day session for potential applicants for biomedical career development programs such as the NIH Career Development Award. The session will cover mentored grants (K series) and fellowship awards for pre- and post-doctoral students (F series). Open to CDA-eligible faculty and their mentors, as well as grad students and postdocs in NIH-eligible fields. Attendees must also have attended the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” session before, either this year or in a previous year.

Our speaker for each of the sessions is Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. Dr. AtKisson is a neuroscientist and former director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost at Tufts University.

Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

December 8, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program moving to annual application cycle

october5The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, through the OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, gives doctorate-granting departments the opportunity to apply for funding to support postdoc positions to expand and enhance research capabilities.

Previously, the OVPR Postdoc Fellowship Program accepted applications in odd-numbered years. Beginning in 2016, however, the program will move to an annual application cycle. The next application deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Departments who are approved under this round will receive funding for a 12-month fellowship position that runs from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. The award also carries the possibility of a second year extension for fellows who perform successfully in their first year.

Visit the OVPR website for more information, or contact Blake Thomas with any questions.

September 18, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal funding reminder: Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship

The OVPR would like to remind faculty that applications are currently being accepting for the Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship, an internal grant program that provides support for research and curriculum development projects.  The program is made possible by a generous endowment gift by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in honor of her late husband.

Applicants to the program may request up to $5,000 in funding for projects addressing issues of global significance, including, but not limited to:

  • Collaboration and conflict among followers of various world religions;
  • The interplay of religious beliefs/practices with civil society and political authority;
  • The eradication of illiteracy;
  • The impact of economic development on traditional societies; and
  • Global public health.

Brown Fund proposals are due at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 for funding during the 2016 fiscal year (June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016).

Click here for more information on the Brown Fund, or contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to apply.

August 11, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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On the Research@Baylor website: Spanish professor’s new book explores anti-fascist rites of passage in Francoist Spain

Dr. Michael Thomas

Dr. Michael Thomas

A newly released book by Dr. Michael Thomas, a professor of Spanish in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is providing fresh analysis of thematic elements in post-civil war Spanish literature.The book, Coming of Age in Franco’s Spain, presents Thomas’ analysis of six novels by five young and highly regarded Spanish authors of the 1940s and ’50s. The novels reveal not only a trove of insight into life under Generalissimo Francisco Franco, but also a sophisticated and at times dangerously defiant attitude toward the ruling fascists.

Thomas’ research, supported in part by a grant from the OVPR’s Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Development Program, suggests that the books’ controversial subject matter may have gone unnoticed by the government’s zealous censors because of the otherwise innocuous subject matter of the novels, which dealt with children on the brink of transitioning into adulthood.

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

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.