Research Tracks

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

July 14, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

NSF to expand automated compliance checks on submitted proposals

NSF LogoLater this month, the National Science Foundation will begin performing additional compliance checks on proposals submitted through the FastLane system.  In many cases, these automated checks will help to identify potential issues so applicants can correct the problems before proposal submission, reducing the chances that a proposal is rejected due to noncompliance with technical requirements. Investigators should note that the checks will NOT be conducted on proposals submitted through and that noncompliant proposals submitted through will be returned without review.

Click here to view a full list of auto-compliance checks that run on FastLane proposals (including the new checks). Contact your department’s OSP coordinator with any questions.

June 6, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

Funding opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation program 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 Oct. 11, 2016.

Click here for information and instructions on submitting pre-proposals for the MRI program.  Click here for more information about the NSF MRI program.

January 21, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

Social science funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Defense

United_States_Department_of_Defense_Seal.svgThe U.S. Department of Defense is accepting proposals for social science research on topics related to the nation’s security policy under its Minerva Research Initiative.

Under the current funding announcement, DoD seeks to support projects in the following five areas listed below:

  1. Identity, influence and mobilization; culture, identity and security; influence and mobilization for change
  2. Contributors to societal resilience and change; governance and rule of law; migration and urbanization; populations and demographics; environment and natural resources; economics
  3. Power and deterrence; global order; power projection and diffusion; beyond conventional deterrence; area studies
  4. Analytical methods and metrics for security research
  5. Innovations in national security, conflict and cooperation

Click here to learn more about the program. Contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator for information on how to apply.

September 17, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

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 4, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

OER and you: How NIH’s Office of Extramural Research supports biomedical research

NIH LogoThe Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health provides oversight and administration for research grants that help scientists answer important questions in biomedical fields.  The OER has a number of online resources that can help researchers and administrators carry out their work.

Click the links below for more information:

April 14, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

NIH approves cloud storage and analysis for genomic data

NIH_LogoThe Office of Extramural Funding at the National Institutes of Health has announced a policy change related to use of cloud computing resources for genomic data storage and analysis.

According to the announcement, investigators may now request permission to use public or private cloud computing resources for storage and analysis of genomic and other phenotypic data under the auspices of the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy.

Applicants must describe the cloud computing resources they plan to use.  The resources must meet federal and institutional security and data use policies and institutions are responsible for any failure or security breach in cloud computing services.

Click here to read the full announcement.

April 1, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

NSF supplies answers to FAQs about Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

NSF Logo

The National Science Foundation has released a helpful FAQ document on their website for investigators who are interested in applying to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program in 2015 and 2016.  The document provides due dates for CAREER proposals to the participating NSF directorates, as well as information on eligibility and tips for proposal writing, budget preparation and application submission.

Screenshot 2015-03-31 15.02.55Click here to view the FAQ page.  Contact OSP at 254-710-3817 if you are interested in applying for a CAREER award.

February 2, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

NSF announces spring 2015 grants conference

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.

June 1-2, 2015.

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

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.

December 9, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

NIH, AHRQ announce new format for biographical sketches

NIH_LogoThe National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality have announced a change to the required format for biographical sketches submitted with applications for research grant funding.

Changes in the new format include an increase in the page limit from four pages to five, as well as new fields that give investigators the opportunity to provide background information for their proposed project.  The new form allows investigators to highlight their most significant contributions to science, outline the historical context for their research and describe their roles in Team Science projects. Applicants may also support these descriptions with lists of publications or other research products.  The new biosketch format also allows a link to a full list of the applicant’s published work in a publicly available online database.

The revised forms and instructions are available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page.

Implementation date pushed back

The original announcement of the new biosketch requirements indicated that the new format would be required for applications submitted for due dates on or after Jan. 25, 2015. Following public comment, however, the NIH and AHRQ have provided flexibility by delaying full implementation of the new requirement. The agency now encourages applicants to use the new biosketch format, but will require the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

Click here to read the full announcement.

November 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Undergrad/grad internship opportunity: DOE Scholars Program

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

The U.S. Department of Energy offers ten-week, paid internships for college students or recent graduates who want to gain research experience while learning about the agency’s mission and operations.

Internships are offered in a variety of energy-related fields and hosted at DOE facilities around the country.

Applications to the program will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2015. Click here to learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures.