Research Tracks

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

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 →

October 4, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces 7th annual proposal development seminars

OVPR Proposal Development Seminar Flyer

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 “Write Winning Grant Proposals” program on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 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. 6, is focused on STEM awards like the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 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 the seminars. Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

Session descriptions: Continue Reading →

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.

February 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR, IBC unveil online biosafety training through CITI

IBC CITI Training

Click the image to visit the IBC’s CITI training website.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in conjunction with the Institutional Biosafety Committee, has launched a new, online training program for investigators in BSL-1 or BSL-2 labs who submit research protocols to the IBC.  The training is provided through a campus-wide subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Dr. Chris Kearney, associate professor of biology and chair of Baylor’s IBC, says the new CITI training is intended to reinforce existing campus-wide standards for biosafety.

“Many peer institutions use CITI training because it allows access to appropriate compliance instruction in an easy-to-use, online format,” says Kearney. “Having this training in place ensures that our procedures meet all federal and institutional guidelines, and gives our investigators and committee members the most relevant and up-to-date information.”

Investigators planning to submit new IBC protocols for review at the committee’s spring meeting must complete CITI training prior to submission.  Those investigators working on projects with current IBC approval will be required to complete the training prior to submitting their renewal applications in the fall.

Click here to access the CITI training on the IBC website.  Contact Dr. Chris Kearney with any questions about the new training requirements.

January 13, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Learn to search for research funding opportunities at the OVPR’s COS Pivot workshop

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in conjunction with Baylor University Libraries, presents a hands-on workshop to help faculty search for funding opportunities more effectively using the COS Pivot database.

WHAT
Pivot is an online system that contains thousands of funding opportunities from a wide range of sponsors including federal agencies, private foundations, non-profit organizations and more. The workshop will cover a number of topics including:

  • Establishing a Pivot account.
  • Viewing pre-selected funding opportunities based on prior research.
  • Searching for currently available opportunities and narrowing results with advanced search techniques.
  • Setting up weekly funding alert emails with newly listed opportunities.

WHEN
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
12:20 – 1:10 p.m.

WHERE
Moody Library
Room G-42

RSVP
All Baylor faculty members are invited to attend, but seating is limited.  To RSVP for the event or for more information, contact Blake Thomas by email or by phone at 710-3153.

LIVE WEBINAR
Can’t make it in person?  The session will also be presented as a live webinar session using Blackboard Collaborate.  Contact Blake Thomas for login information.

December 19, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Last chance to register for the OVPR proposal development workshop

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s almost time for the OVPR’s annual proposal development workshop. This is your last chance to reserve your seat!

WHAT
Fourth annual OVPR Proposal Development Workshop. The workshop is intended to help faculty members at all levels of grant-writing experience compete more successfully for external funding.

WHEN
January 9 & 10, 2014. The session on Thursday the 9th will be geared toward faculty in the sciences (those primarily interested in applying to the NSF, NIH, Dept. of Energy, etc.), while the session on Friday the 10th will be aimed at faculty in the arts and humanities (those primarily interested in applying to the NEH, Dept. of Education, private foundations, etc.).  The sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided by the OVPR.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.231

REGISTRATION
Click here to register:  Seats are limited, and preference will be given to tenure-track faculty.

QUESTIONS?
Contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153 for more information.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
The presenter for this event is Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops. Dr. AtKisson is a neuroscientist by training and made significant contributions to over $140 million in funded grants while working as the director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost at Tufts University.

July 8, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Limited submission funding opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation 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 December 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.