Research Tracks

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

April 16, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor faculty receive federal grant for research aimed at developing safer industrial chemicals

Dr. Bryan Brooks (Baylor University Photography)

Dr. Bryan Brooks (Baylor University Photography)

Dr. Bryan Brooks, a professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences will lead a team of scientists from four universities collaborating to make industrial chemicals that are less toxic to humans and the environment.

Brooks, along with Dr. Spencer Williams, a research assistant professor in Baylor’s Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR), will team with faculty at Yale University, George Washington University and the University of Washington on the four-year, $4.4 million dollar project, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The four-university research team, known as the  Molecular Design Research Network (MoDRN), will conduct research to develop computer models to help predict whether molecules will cause toxicity. Alongside the research, education and outreach efforts will help high school students, undergraduates, teachers and practitioners connect with the concepts being studied.

Click here to read more about the project.

April 15, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

CUR offers grants to offset travel costs for CUR Conference 2014 attendees


The Council on Undergraduate Research is offering a limited number of $250 grants to help offset travel costs for individuals attending the CUR Conference 2014, “Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All.”  The conference takes place June 28-July 1 in Washington, D.C.

According to the CUR website, preference will be given to individuals from historically under-represented institutions, first-time conference attendees and those who demonstrate financial need.

Click here for more information and application instructions.  The deadline to apply for the grants is April 25.

April 14, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields

National Institutes of Health

Collaborative Research in Integrative Cancer Biology (U01)
Deadlines: June 18, 2014; Nov. 13, 2014; June 18, 2015; Nov. 13, 2015.  Letter of intent due 30 days before the full proposal deadlines.

Image-Guided Drug Delivery in Cancer (R01)
Deadlines: June 19, 2014; Nov. 19, 2014; June 19, 2015; Nov. 19, 2015.

Research Education Grants for Statistical and Computational Training in the Genetics of Addiction (R25)
Deadline: Aug. 21.

National Science Foundation

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).

Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
Deadlines: July 16, 2014; Jan. 16, 2015.

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

Linguistics Program
Deadline: July 15.

Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (Limited submission)
Deadlines: Internal pre-proposal due May 13; full proposal due June 24.

U.S. Department of Defense

Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)
Deadline: May 23; Aug. 27.

Other organizations and foundations

American Heart Association
Scientist Development Grant (SDG) – National
Deadline: July 24.

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

Global Collaboration: 2014 GRO Program
Deadline: June 13.

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 7, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: BRIC Foundations Series presents lecture by Nick Farah of L-3 Integrated Systems Group


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. Continue Reading →

April 2, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor faculty member earns NSF CAREER award

Dr. Bryan shaw is an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Bryan Shaw is an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Baylor biochemist Dr. Bryan Shaw has received a prestigious “CAREER” award grant from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards grants to junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

Shaw received the five-year, $405,000 award to further his group’s current research in precisely determining—and ultimately modifying—the net electrical charge of proteins, especially those containing metal ions, or “metalloproteins.” A metalloprotein’s net charge remains one of most difficult properties to measure, but is suspected to play a central role in its chemistry and perhaps in its toxicity. Shaw hypothesizes that altering the charge of some metalloproteins may prove to be an effective way to prevent or even to reverse the clumping together of certain proteins that characterizes such devastating disorders as ALS—Lou Gehrig’s Disease—and Alzheimer’s.

Part of the award also will expand one of Shaw’s current outreach projects: a collaboration with school districts across Texas in which 3D printing is used to make atomically accurate models of proteins. The models are used to convey the dynamic structure of proteins to blind and visually disabled students who face great challenges in learning and conceptualizing structural biology.

In 2009, Dr. Lorin Swint Matthews, an astrophysicist in Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) was recognized with a five-year CAREER award, supporting her research into the aggregation of cosmic dust, a process thought to be crucial to the formation of planets.

April 1, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Baylor communication faculty discuss genre and zombie films at department’s ‘First Friday’ colloquium

Baylor’s department of communication invites Baylor faculty, staff and graduate students to their monthly First Friday research colloquium.

Dr. Jeff Bass and Josh Wucher discuss their latest research on genres and zombie films.  Bass is a professor of communication in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and Wucher is a graduate student in the communication department.

Friday, April 4
2:30 p.m.

Castellaw Communication Center, room 138

Contact Dr. Leslie Hahner for more information about the First Friday colloquium series.

Click here to visit the communication department’s website.  You can also keep up with the department’s news and events on their Facebook page.

April 1, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: End of fiscal year deadlines for internal grants

FY 2014 ends on May 31, 2014.

As the end of the 2014 fiscal year draws closer, the OVPR would like to remind faculty members who are funded through internal grant programs that the university’s end-of-year deadlines apply to all costs attributed to these grants.

Funds awarded for FY 2014 under the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA or AHFRP programs must be spent before the end of the fiscal year.  Investigators are responsible for adhering to the end-of-year deadlines and no exceptions or extensions can be made, so faculty are encouraged to process grant-related transactions as early as possible to avoid any problems that may result from last-minute purchasing.

Depending on the type of purchase and mechanism of payment (voucher, requisition, departmental purchasing card, etc.), different cut-off times apply to ensure the expenditures are allocated to the correct fiscal year.

Click here to view a full list of FY 2014 end-of-year deadlines on the university’s TRAX Help website.  Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator with any questions.