Research Tracks

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

November 13, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Funding Opportunity Announcement: NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge

NCAA-DOD3The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense have released the RFP for the “Mind Matters Challenge,” a program that funds research and education programs on concussion reporting and treatment.  The program has two focus areas: “Changing attitudes about concussions in young and emerging adults” (a research challenge) and “Educational programs targeting young and emerging adults” (an educational programs challenge).

The research challenge will award up to 10 grants of $400,000 each for projects aimed at studying the mechanisms influencing cultural change around concussion reporting in the target population.  The education challenge will award up to ten grants of $25,000 each to help investigators create compelling and impactful educational materials for student-athletes and other at-risk populations in the area of concussion education.

The deadline to apply for both the research and education programs is Thursday, Jan. 9, 2015.  Click here for more information about the programs and application instructions.

October 27, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Undergraduate research presentation opportunity: CUR Posters on the Hill

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is inviting students and their faculty mentors to apply for the 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 5. Those chosen for the event will be notified February of 2015 and the event itself will be at a date yet to be determined. Historically, Posters on the Hill has taken place in late April.

This program is designed for faculty and students who have a desire to learn about and advocate for government funding for research. Students will be given the opportunity to speak with members of Congress to voice their concerns, ask questions and learn about the legislative process in regards to research funding.

Click here to get more information from the CUR website.

October 7, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Call for proposals: Allocations on Blue Waters High-Performance Computing System


Blue Waters, housed on the University of Illinois campus, is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers and the fastest one located at a university.

Because of Baylor’s membership in the Southeastern Universities Research Association, our faculty are eligible to apply for time on the NSF-funded Blue Waters High Performance Computing System. This special program, managed by the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, awards time on the Blue Waters system outside the normal NSF allocation process.

The Blue Waters system performs 13 quadrillion calculations per second, making it capable of handling the most arduous data processing and modeling applications. Currently, researchers from around the world are using Blue Waters for analysis related to cosmology, biological sciences, astrophysics, engineering and more.

Short (five-page) proposals are due on Nov. 3, 2014.  Click here to read the full call for proposals.