Research Tracks

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

April 1, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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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.

March 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces recipients of FY 2015 URSA Small Grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee have announced the recipients of the FY 2015 URSA Small Grants program.  The grants are intended to provide opportunities for faculty-student interaction through mentored research experiences.  Students who work on URSA-funded projects also develop presentation skills through participation in URSA Scholars Week. Continue Reading →

September 13, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: OVPR internal research funding opportunities

Last week, Research Tracks brought you an overview of COS Pivot, a database provided by the OVPR to help Baylor faculty seek external funding for their research.  In addition to helping faculty find external funding, we also provide financial support for research and scholarly activity through a number of internal grant programs. In this post, we present an overview of the programs offered through our office and direct you to the relevant pages on our website for more information. If you have questions, contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
FRIP grants provide up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to help faculty compete more successfully for external funding. Proposals are peer reviewed by external faculty members with expertise in both the subject matter of the proposal and the funding agency to which the investigator plans to apply. Full-time Baylor faculty members, regardless of academic rank, are eligible to apply for FRIP grants.

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
Similar to the FRIP, the YIDP program also provides up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to enhance competitiveness for external grants. These proposals are also externally peer reviewed. Tenure-track faculty members in their first four years at Baylor are eligible to apply for YIDP funding.

University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs (URC)
Fall round applications due Oct. 23, 2013 for funding from mid-December through May 31, 2013. Applications due Feb. 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
The University Research Committee distributes funds for the support and development of projects and programs promoting faculty research and scholarship and strengthening efforts to secure external funding. URC Small Grants provide up to $4,500 in funding, while the mid-range grants can provide up to $7,500. Faculty who receive funding under the mid-range grant program are required to apply for external funding following the completion of their URC-funded project. Proposals to the URC programs are peer-reviewed by faculty members who serve on the URC committee.

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research (Brown Fund)
Applications due February 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
A new funding program beginning in FY ’15, the Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin Brown IV.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)
Applications due February 5, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
Through the URSA Small Grant Program, the OVPR seeks to foster collaborative learning relationships between faculty members and students. URSA funds may be used to expand opportunities for research participation by undergraduates in a variety of ways including paying wages for student researchers, purchasing necessary supplies for student projects or supporting student travel to present research results at a conference or meeting.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
Applications accepted continuously
AHFRP funds are designed to stimulate research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, humanities and education, where opportunities for external funding may be limited. While funding amounts are based on the needs of each project, the vast majority of AHFRP grants will be for $2,000 or less.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications due Oct. 2, 2013 for funding during FY ’15, award extension possible for FY ’16
Through this competitively awarded program, the OVPR provides 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships for Ph.D.-granting departments. Initial appointments are funded for one year, with a second year extension allowed for successful fellows.

Faculty Travel Assistance Grant Program
Applications accepted continuously
The OVPR provides matching funds to help defray the cost of faculty travel to promote or support the development of new or expanded research programs at Baylor. Tenured/tenure-track faculty and funded principal investigators are eligible to apply.

VPR Colloquium Support
Applications accepted continuously
The program provides travel/honorarium funding and logistical support to help bring major national and international speakers to campus.

Conference Support Program
Applications accepted continuously
Provides seed money and logistical support to bring major regional, national or international conferences to Baylor.

 

July 1, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Final reports due August 1 for FY 2013 internal grants

The OVPR would like to remind faculty who received funding through the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA, or AHFRP programs in the 2013 fiscal year that final reports on the grant projects are due by August 1, 2013.

The report form, available on the OVPR website, asks investigators to briefly summarize the outcome of the funded project and report on any publications or external grant submissions that occurred or are planned as a result of the grant.

Click here to access the final report form (DOC format), or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.

June 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces application dates for FY 2015 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines to apply for funding for internal grant programs in the 2015 fiscal year. FY 2015 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply for the Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP), Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP) and Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Small Grant Program is Feb. 5, 2014 at noon.

Proposals to the University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range grant programs are due on Feb. 19, 2014 at noon.

To be accepted for consideration, proposals must be complete (including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean) no later than noon on the applicable deadline.

Proposals to the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are considered throughout the year and may be submitted at any time.

Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions about the grant programs.  To begin the application process, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator.

May 30, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Final reports due August 1 for FY 13 internal grants

The OVPR would like to remind faculty who received funding through the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA, or AHFRP programs in the 2013 fiscal year that final reports on the grant projects are due by August 1, 2013.

The report form, available on the OVPR website, asks investigators to briefly summarize the outcome of the funded project and report on any publications or external grant submissions that occurred or are planned as a result of the grant.

Click here to access the final report form (DOC format), or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.

May 3, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces URSA Small Grant Program awards for FY 2014

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee are proud to announce the results of the FY 2014 URSA Small Grants program. URSA Small Grants provide funding to faculty mentors who support undergraduate students conducting independent research or scholarship in their field.

Undergraduate students Josh Flores, Gabrielle Leonard, Rachel Calhoun, and Chris Gerac field questions from the audience following their presentation at the 2013 Scholars Week event.

Students who participate in URSA-funded research have the opportunity to work alongside graduate students and faculty on research projects that expand knowledge and help to solve real-world problems. Through exposure to research, students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis that make them better prepared to pursue graduate, medical or professional education after college. URSA-funded students also have the chance to hone their communication and presentation skills by participating in URSA Scholars Week, an annual campus-wide celebration of undergraduate scholarship (click here to read more Research Tracks coverage from the 2013 Scholars Week).

Please join the OVPR in congratulating each of this year’s URSA Small Grant recipients!

FY 2014 Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Small Grants Program

Dr. Tamarah Adair
Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology
College of Arts & Sciences
Variation of the effect of blue light on different strains of Staphylococus aureus
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Lori Baker
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
College of Arts & Sciences
Morphometric and Biogeochemical Skeletal Analysis of Deceased Undocumented Border Crossers
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Donna Burnett
Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Why College Students Gain Weight: A Qualitative Investigation
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Clay Butler
Senior Lecturer, English Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Managing Conflict Talk
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Pat Danley
Assistant Professor, Biology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
The Genetic Basis of Conspecific Aggression in Lake Malawi Cichlid Fishes
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Nathan Elkins
Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Art History
College of Arts & Sciences
Coinage and Power in the Reign of Nerva (AD 96-97)
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Shelby Garner
Lecturer, Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Picture This! The Use of Photovoice to Illuminate Perceived Challenges and Rewards of Nursing Identified by Future Nurses in Bangaluru, India
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Karol Hardin
Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Foreign Languges
College of Arts & Sciences
An Analysis of Spanish Language and Culture Education for Health Care Personnel
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Bill Hockaday
Assistant Professor, Geology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
An Analysis of Sampling Techniques for Particulate Organic Matter and Implications for Understanding River Carbon Cycling
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Bob Kane
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
College of Arts & Sciences
Characterization of Islet Surface Modification Chemistry
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Joaquin Lugo
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
College of Arts & Sciences
Pharmacological Optimization of Learning and Memory
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. Kevin Pinney
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
College of Arts & Sciences
Structure Activity Relationship Studies Related to Small-Molecule Tubulin Binding Analogues
Abstract (PDF)