Research Tracks

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

August 15, 2017
by Baylor OVPR
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OSP to host informational sessions for faculty and staff

Staff members from the OVPR and the Office of Sponsored Programs will provide guidance and answer questions about research administration and the proposal and award process at a series of informational sessions next month.  They’ll cover topics including proposal preparation and submission, award setup, subcontract issues, compliance and updates on the latest grant guidelines.

Check out the schedule of sessions below and contact the OSP at 254-710-3817 with any questions.

Wednesday, Sept. 13
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E234

Thursday, Sept. 14
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E234

Tuesday, Sept. 19
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E234

Wednesday, Sept. 20
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Reynolds Conference Center

Wednesday, Sept. 27
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) symposium room 3160

August 7, 2017
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces 8th annual proposal development seminars

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

Registration is now open for the OVPR’s annual proposal development seminars!

This year, we will offer the all-day “Planning and Writing Successful Proposals” program on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, as well as two two special half-day sessions focused on federal career development grants. The first half-day session, on the morning of Friday, Jan. 5, is focused on STEM awards like the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 5, covers biomedical career development programs like the National Institutes of Health’s Career Development Awards, including the mentored K-awards and the F-series fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral students. Special eligibility requirements apply to the half-day sessions; see the program descriptions below for specific information.

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

Click here to register for the seminars. Contact Dr. Stacey L. Smith at 254-710-3252 with questions.

Session descriptions: Continue Reading →

November 17, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: OVPR Proposal Development Seminars

Click the flyer to learn more about the programs and to register.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to register for the 2016 OVPR Proposal Development Seminar series!

This year, we will offer the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” program on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015.

We will also be presenting two special half-day sessions focused on federal career development grants. The first session, on the morning of Friday, Jan. 8, is focused on STEM awards like the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 8, covers biomedical career development programs like the National Institutes of Health’s Career Development Awards, including the mentored K-awards and the F-series fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral students. Special eligibility requirements apply to the half-day sessions; see the program descriptions below for specific information.

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.

Click here to register for this year’s proposal development workshops.  Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

Session descriptions: Continue Reading →

September 24, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Office of Research Compliance to present second on-campus help session Oct. 21

The Office of Research Compliance will offer on-campus help sessions/workshops this semester for researchers who are planning to submit, or are in the process of revising, new applications (protocols) for IRB review, amendments, or continuing reviews of their human subject research projects.  The help sessions will be held at various locations on campus for the convenience of researchers in different departments, but all researchers are welcome to attend any of the scheduled sessions. All locations will have wireless Internet connections. Researchers should bring their own laptop.

The next help session is scheduled for:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Mary Gibbs-Jones Building, room 114

Office staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance in the following areas:

  • Explaining the various templates and forms available to researchers;
  • Answering questions about the information required in the protocol, consent forms, and/or application forms;
  • Addressing IRB required modifications appropriately;
  • Discussing options for recruitment, informed consent forms and processes, confidentiality/privacy practices;
  • Providing guidance on more complex research design issues:
    • Research using physiological devices or biomedical procedures
    • Investigator responsibilities for research on sensitive topics or use of deception methods
    • Use of mobile applications, social media, or other emerging technologies in research
  • IRBNet and CITI training

Watch for future sessions throughout the fall semester.

If you need help but are unable to attend to a help session, please contact Deb Penney at 254-710-3708 to make an appointment.

September 17, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: NIH Regional Seminar in San Diego, Oct. 14-16

NIH-SeminarThe National Institutes of Health will present the final regional seminar of the year next month in San Diego.  Dozens of NIH officials will be on hand to share information and strategies on every aspect of sponsored biomedical research.  For those new to NIH research, a newly redesigned new investigator track will provide step-by-step guidance for career advancement.

There will also be opportunities for one-on-one meetings with program officers as well as the chance to network with colleagues from around the country.

Regular registration rates apply until Sept. 14, so make plans to attend soon.  More information and registration information is available on the NIH Office of Extramural Research website.

August 31, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Office of Research Compliance to present on-campus help sessions for human subjects research

The Office of Research Compliance will offer on-campus help sessions/workshops this semester for researchers who are planning to submit, or are in the process of revising, new applications (protocols) for IRB review, amendments, or continuing reviews of their human subject research projects.  The help sessions will be held at various locations on campus for the convenience of researchers in different departments, but all researchers are welcome to attend any of the scheduled sessions. All locations will have wireless Internet connections. Researchers should bring their own laptop.

The first help session is scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Marrs McLean Science Building, room 245

Office staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance in the following areas:

  • Explaining the various templates and forms available to researchers;
  • Answering questions about the information required in the protocol, consent forms, and/or application forms;
  • Addressing IRB required modifications appropriately;
  • Discussing options for recruitment, informed consent forms and processes, confidentiality/privacy practices;
  • Providing guidance on more complex research design issues:
    • Research using physiological devices or biomedical procedures
    • Investigator responsibilities for research on sensitive topics or use of deception methods
    • Use of mobile applications, social media, or other emerging technologies in research
  • IRBNet and CITI training

Watch for future sessions throughout the fall semester.

If you need help but are unable to attend to a help session, please contact Deb Penney at 254-710-3708 to make an appointment.

August 25, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OSP to present TRAX sign-up sessions for principal investigators

In response to recent changes to federally mandated Uniform Guidance for sponsored programs, Baylor’s procurement system for grants will be changing.  All principal investigators will need to have access to the TRAX financial system.

To assist PIs who may not yet have TRAX access, the Office of Sponsored Programs will be offering TRAX sign-up assistance and training opportunities this week.

The locations and times are:

Thursday, Aug. 27
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.234

Friday, Aug. 28
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.301

If you are unable to attend either of these sessions, please contact OSP to schedule a different time.

April 28, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference

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The U.S. Small Business Administration will host the 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference, June 15-17 in Washington, DC.  The event will feature presentations from leaders in business and government as well as opportunities to network with funding agency representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors from around the country.

Baylor faculty who are interested in pursuing SBIR/STTR funding or building partnerships with entrepreneurs are encouraged to consider attending.

Click here for more information on the conference from the SBA.

March 31, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Proposal development workshop for arts & humanities faculty

The OVPR invites Baylor faculty to a special grant-writing workshop specifically focused on research in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education.

WHAT
The seminar, “Write Winning Grant Proposals,” is intended to help faculty of all levels compete more effectively for external research funding.  Faculty who plan to apply for research funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Education, private foundations and other funding sources are encouraged to attend.

Attendees will receive a printed workshop handout and a copy of the “Successful Proposals to Any Agency” workbook.  Attendance at the seminar is a pre-requisite for faculty interested in applying for any of the OVPR’s Grant Development Program services, including writing and editorial assistance from OVPR staff and the new Mentoring Award, a competitive program that provides selected faculty with one-on-one proposal development assistance from a professional grant writer.

The seminar is open to any Baylor faculty member, but seats are limited and priority will be given to new faculty members (those who joined our faculty in the past year) and to untenured faculty with tenure-track appointments.

WHEN
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks provided.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building
Rooms E.231 and E.234

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops is an experienced researcher and grant-writer.  She is the former director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Tufts University, where she helped faculty win millions of dollars in competitive grant support for their research.  Click here to learn more about Dr. AtKisson.

REGISTRATION
Click here for more information and online registration.

February 2, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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NSF announces spring 2015 grants conference

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The National Science Foundation has announced its 2015 spring grants conference. The two-day event will feature presentations from NSF officials on topics including current agency priorities, upcoming funding opportunities, strategies for proposal development and administrative issues related to sponsored research.

There will also be breakout sessions organized by scientific discipline and opportunities for networking with program officers, colleagues and administrators from universities across the nation. Investigators who are considering applying for NSF research funding— especially new faculty members — are encouraged to attend.

WHEN
June 1-2, 2015.

WHERE
The conference will take place in Tampa, Florida, hosted by the State University System of Florida.

MORE INFORMATION
Click here to learn more on the NSF’s outreach website. Prospective attendees may also click here to sign up to receive notification when the conference’s registration is available.