Research Tracks

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

April 30, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

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

National Institutes for Health

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

School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes (R03)
New applications due June 16 and Oct. 16, 2014, Feb. 16, 2015; Resubmission applications due July 16, 2014, March 16, 2015, Nov. 16, 2015; AIDS and AIDS-related applications due Sept. 7, 2014, Jan. 7, 2015.

National Science Foundation

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Deadlines: Science Learning+ Planning proposals due July 10; AISL proposals due Nov. 14; proposals for conferences, symposia, and workshops above $50,000 are now due on the solicitation deadline. Proposals under that threshold may be submitted at any time.

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Deadlines: July 21 (BIO, CISE and EHR directorates), July 22 (ENG directorate), July 23 (GEO, MPS and SBE directorates).

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS)
Deadline: Dec. 2.

Linguistics Program
Deadline: July 15.

U.S. Department of Education

Education Research Grants – Early Learning Programs and Policies
Deadlines: Optional letter of intent due June 5; full proposal due Aug. 7.

Education Research Grants – Education Technology
Deadlines: Optional letter of intent due June 5; full proposal due Aug. 7.

Education Research Grants – English Learners
Deadlines: Optional letter of intent due June 5; full proposal due Aug. 7.

Statistical and Research Methodology in Education
Deadlines: Optional letter of intent due June 5; full proposal due Aug. 7.

U.S. Department of Justice

Social Science Research on Implementation, Dissemination, and Translation FY 2014
Deadline: June 9.

Other organizations and foundations

National Geographic Society
Committee for Research and Exploration Grants (Hypothesis-Driven Grants)
Pre-applications accepted continuously.

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.

April 29, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

URSA honors top student research from 2014 Scholars Week

The 2014 edition of Scholars Week was one of the largest ever, with 165 students presenting the results of their independent research and scholarly activities.  The event included two days of platform presentations and two days of poster sessions where students had the chance to present their research findings to their peers.  The OVPR thanks the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee as well as students involved in Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology (BURST) for all their hard work.

This year, for the first time, the URSA Steering Committee and Baylor University Libraries presented awards for the most outstanding platform presentations.  Library staff attended each presentation and selected the most outstanding student research in four divisions: Arts and humanities, nursing, social science and STEM.

As in previous years, the top research posters in a number of departments were recognized by faculty with outstanding poster designations.  The anthropology, biology, environmental science, geology, physics and psychology & neuroscience departments, along with the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, recognized top posters presented by students mentored by their faculty.  These posters are currently on display in the walkway between the Moody and Jones libraries.  The exhibition will continue through commencement weekend, May 16 and 17.

Click “Continue Reading” to see a full list of outstanding platform presentations and posters from Scholars Week 2014.
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April 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

URSA presents 2014 Awards in Excellence and Service


Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor University’s vice provost for research, presents the URSA Exceptional Service Award to Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Baylor University’s executive vice president and provost.

Last week, the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee, along with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, presented the 2014 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service.  The awards recognize faculty, students and administrators who have made meaningful contributions to undergraduate research at Baylor.

At a special ceremony in the Bill Daniel Student Center, URSA presented the Exceptional Service Award, Mentors of the Year Awards and the Leadership Award in Undergraduate Research.  In addition to presenting these awards, the committee also presented certificates to students who presented the most outstanding platform presentations and posters at Scholars Week 2014 (Click here to check out more pictures from the event on the OVPR Facebook page).

Please join the OVPR and URSA in congratulating these award recipients and thanking them for their service to Baylor!
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April 24, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Baylor students screen films at 15th annual Black Glasses festival


Baylor Film and Digital Media presents Black Glasses Film Festival, an annual showcase of student filmmaking and screenwriting.

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Jones Theatre, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building

$5 for adults / $3 for students, seniors, military; available at the door or Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Castellaw Communication Center, room 150.

Click the flyer above or call Melanie Ferguson at 710-1511


April 24, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: CASPER seminar with Dr. Keith Schubert

The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) presents a lecture by Dr. Keith Schubert, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.

“Microbial engineers in space!”

“In resource constrained environments, microbial communities form highly structured patterns to optimize resource utilization. In this talk, Dr. Schubert will present his work studying and modeling their patterns, emphasizing microbial structures in both a sulfuric acid cave — Cueva del Villa Luz in Mexico, which will be the subject of an article in National Geographic Magazine this July — and biological soil crusts in the Mojave Desert. Applications to the search for life in the universe and climate change will also be discussed.”

Friday, April 25
2:30 p.m.

Baylor Sciences Building (BSB)
Room A.207

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

April 23, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: BRIC Foundations lecture tomorrow with Nick Farah of L-3 Communications


As a reminder, tomorrow’s BRIC Foundations lecture will take place at the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB), and NOT at the BRIC.  The BSB is located at 101 Bagby Avenue in Waco.  

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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to present Mr. Nick Farah, the president of the Platform Systems Sector in L-3 Communications’ Integrated Systems Group, for the second event in the BRIC Foundations Lecture Series.
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April 22, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

NSF increases minimum award size for engineering CAREER program

NSF LogoThe National Science Foundation has announced an increase in the minimum amount of awards made by the Directorate of Engineering under the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

According to a Dear Colleague Letter released this morning, the minimum five-year CAREER award size will be $500,000 beginning with the FY 2015 program (July 22, 2014 proposal deadline).  The change applies to CAREER proposals submitted to all programs in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET); Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI); Electrical, Computer and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) within the Directorate of Engineering.

Click here to read the Dear Colleague Letter, which contains contact information for NSF officials who can answer any questions about the change.


April 22, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor undergraduate conducts research to improve on a natural tumor-fighter

Cassie Robertson displayed a poster of her research at the 2014 URSA Scholars Week.

Cassie Robertson displayed a poster of her research at the 2014 URSA Scholars Week.

Many times when we think of modern medicine, we think of synthesized chemicals, complex laboratories and doctors in white coats. In this mindset, we often forget where medicine at its most basic form is found: nature.

Senior Business Fellow and pre-med major Cassie Robertson, under the advisement of Dr. Kevin Pinney, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has employed this simple philosophy in her investigation of the cancer fighting ability of a compound found in the African Bush Willow Tree.

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April 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR releases 2014 Research Magazine

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to announce the release of the 2014 issue of Research magazine!  This year’s magazine brings you stories about some of the great research and scholarly activity undertaken by Baylor faculty and students and their collaborative partners outside the university.

In this year’s magazine, you can read about:

  • A Baylor environmental scientist and the university’s artist in residence, both of whom draw inspiration from geologic formations to enhance our understanding of the world around us;
  • Two Baylor chemists performing leading cancer research while providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain real-world laboratory experience;
  • The dean of Baylor’s Honors College, who takes a philosophical approach to popular culture and encourages students to think more deeply about the media they consume;
  • Faculty in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, who improve the practice of patient care through their research and teaching;
  • The Green Scholars Initiative, which provides Baylor faculty and students with unprecedented opportunities to examine ancient texts first-hand;
  • Baylor’s culture of mentorship that helps prepare the way for future scholars, artists and professionals;
  • Partnerships between Baylor and other, nearby research institutions, which open the door for faculty and students to make world-changing biomedical discoveries; and
  • A partnership that allowed Baylor students to team with industry leaders to improve a product that protects our most precious natural resource.

Click here to read the 2014 Research magazine online, or contact the OVPR to request a printed copy.


April 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

NIH announces change to proposal resubmission policy

NIH_LogoThe National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have announced a change to their policy regarding resubmission of unfunded research grant proposals.

Since 2009, NIH and AHRQ policy has limited unsuccessful proposals to one resubmission.  If a resubmission was also not funded, investigators were required to substantially change the content and scope of their project in order to submit it as a new proposal.

The latest change, announced today on the NIH website, allows unsuccessful resubmissions to be presented as new applications without a redesign of the project’s content and scope. While applicants are encouraged to take advantage of previous reviewers’ comments and suggestions, they will not be required to specifically address them in the proposal.

For more information on this new policy, check out today’s blog post by Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research.