Research Tracks

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

February 3, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

NIH institute provides guidance on writing better grant proposals

NIH_LogoAre you interested in applying for research funding from the National Institutes of Health?  If so, you’ll want to read Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application. While the publication is made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the advice it offers is applicable to proposals to any NIH institute.  It lays out a clear roadmap to help you organize your ideas and present them in a way that is persuasive to reviewers.

NIAID announces updates to Ten Steps (along with funding opportunities and other tips for biomedical researchers) in their NIAID Funding Newsletter. Both Ten Steps and the NIAID newsletter are great resources for anyone interested in seeking funding from any NIH agency.

Click here to read the latest newsletter issue. You can also subscribe to email alerts so you’ll receive the newsletters in your inbox as soon as they are released.

COS Pivot helps faculty find funding opportunities and connect with potential collaborators

September 6, 2013 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

Are you interested in seeking external funding for your research or scholarly activity? The OVPR can help through our campus-wide subscription to Pivot, an online database of funding opportunities and faculty profiles.

Pivot indexes grant announcements and RFPs from a wide variety of sponsors including federal agencies, non-profit organizations, private foundations and corporate entities. You can search for current opportunities or sign up for weekly alert emails with new opportunities that match your search terms. Pivot can also connect you to other researchers in your discipline to help you locate potential collaborators or keep up with the latest developments in the field.

Watch the video above for a brief overview of Pivot’s functionality.  When you’re ready to get started, click here to visit the Pivot homepage and click “Sign Up.” After setting up your account, feel free to try out the advanced search tools.  If you have any problems using Pivot or you’d just like some tips for crafting better searches, contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 710-3153.

April 30, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder – NSF project reporting transitions from FastLane to

The OVPR and the Office of Sponsored Programs would like to remind faculty that the National Science Foundation has transitioned its reporting functions from FastLane to  All required NSF reports, including final, annual and interim project reports, as well as the project outcomes report, must now be submitted through the new system.

To log in and submit reports, go to and select “NSF User” from the drop-down menu.  You will be prompted to log in using your NSF ID and password. These are the same as the ID and password which you previously used to sign into FastLane.  After you log in, you will be directed to your project report dashboard, where you can see any required reports for your awards.  From the dashboard, you can create, edit and submit reports for each award.

Investigators are responsible for submitting their own project reports for all NSF-funded research.  If you have questions about using the new system, click here for more information from, or contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator.