Research Alert | April 4, 2013

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Important University Research Deadlines

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.

Funding Sources

Department of Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 29, 2013; Application, July 17, 2013


Department of Defense

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Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Deadline: Open

RFI for Space Systems Cyber Resiliency
Deadline: May 6, 2013

Department of Health and Human Services

Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 21, 2013; Application, May 21, 2013

Department of Justice

Evaluation Research on Police and Technology in Schools (PDF)
Deadline: June 3, 2013

Research and Evaluation on Radicalization to Violent Extremism in the United States (PDF)
Deadline: June 5, 2013


Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, April 19, 2013; Proposal, June 14, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Postdoctoral Research Training in Obstetric  Fetal Pharmacology
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 25, 2013; Application, May 25, 2013

Scalable Assays for Unbiased In Vitro Analysis of Neurobiological Function
Deadline: June 16, 2013

Utilizing the PLCO Biospecimens Resource to Bridge Gaps in Cancer Etiology and Early Detection Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 20, 2013; Application, June 20, 2013

Drug Target Development and Validation for Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, June 18, 2013; Application, July 18, 2013

Innovative Research Methods: Prevention and Management of Symptoms in Chronic Illness
Deadline: June 25, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Social Psychology
Deadline: July 15, 2013

Future Internet Architectures -- Next Phase
Deadline: June 7, 2013

Deadline: July 6, 2013

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2013

Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2014

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics
Deadline: June 12, 2013

RGK Foundation
Grant Program: Education, Community and Health/Medicine
Deadline: June 14, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Aspire Hemophilia Program
Deadline: May 20, 2013

Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA Research Grants Programs
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, June 15, 2013; Application, July 15, 2013

General Research Grants
Deadline: Continuous

Research Prizes and Honors

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RTF Professor named Academy Film Scholar

Thomas SchatzThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently named Radio-Television-Film Professor Tom Schatz an Academy Film Scholar. He joins 14 other Academy Film Scholars who are working on projects.

Schatz received a $25,000 grant toward a study of Hollywood's "conglomerate era," which began with the 1989 creation of Time-Warner and Sony-Columbia.

News and Information

Texas Unleashes Stampede

TACC dedication

Stampede, the newest supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and one of the most advanced scientific research instruments in the world, was formally dedicated on March 27, 2013. The computer, which resides in a new 11,000-square-foot data center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, serves scientists and engineers nationwide.

On hand for the dedication were, left to right, Marius Haas of Dell, Diane Bryant of Intel, Farnam Jahanian of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Reps. John Carter, Michael McCaul and Lamar Smith, UT Austin President Bill Powers, Juan Sanchez, vice president for research, and Jay Boisseau, director of TACC.

NSF Launches $10,000 BREAD Ideas Challenge

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have initiated the BREAD Ideas Challenge, a prize competition for the Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program.

The BREAD Ideas Challenge is an opportunity for researchers in the agricultural sciences to identify, in 100 words or fewer, what they believe are today's most pressing issues facing smallholder farmers in the developing world. Up to 25 winners will receive $10,000 USD each and their ideas will be showcased on the BREAD Ideas Challenge website to draw international attention to these important challenges. Ideas are now being accepted at the BREAD Ideas Challenge website from applicants in the United States and around the world. The deadline is April 30, 2013.

Subvention Funding Available

VPRApplications for 2012-2013 Subventions are being accepted until funds run out. The university's subvention grants program provides a maximum award of $5,000. It is designed to assist faculty authors in the publication of scholarly books. Preference will be given to assistant and associate professors. Frequently, university and other scholarly presses demand that authors provide funds to underwrite the publication of scholarly monographs and books. Subvention awards provide financial assistance to faculty members when departments and deans are unable to provide needed support.

Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough, 471-2877.

Funding for another grant program, the Special Research Grants, has been depleted for the academic year.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

New York Times
March 29, 2013
Who Wanted to Take the Case on Gay Marriage? Ask Scalia

H.W. Perry (H.W. Perry Jr., associate professor in law and government, pointed out that the Supreme Court has judicial leeway that would allow it to not make decisions in the same sex marriage cases presented last week.)

Still, said H. W. Perry Jr., a law professor at the University of Texas, “it is a case that allows a lot of exit points.” The one that seemed most attractive to a majority of the justices on Tuesday was that supporters of Proposition 8 did not have standing to appeal from a decision entered against state officials.

Research Project

Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact

Francie OstrowerRESEARCHER: Francie Ostrower, professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Department of Theatre and Dance, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Endowment for the Arts
AMOUNT: $20,000

The study will examine current levels of diversity among arts boards and audiences, and identify factors associated with fostering or inhibiting greater board and audience diversity. The research will utilize the Urban Institute National Survey of Nonprofit Governance, a dataset of 476 arts, culture, and humanities organizations, as well as 4,639 nonprofit organizations in other fields of activity, thus allowing for comparative analysis.

Arts organizations and their supporters have increasingly expressed a commitment to greater diversity. This study will provide arts organizations, funders, and policymakers with information to help them assess and improve strategies for achieving that goal. The study will extend and enlarge the current line of research and policy interest in arts participation, which has focused on individuals’ attendance, to include membership on boards of arts and cultural organizations, where cultural organizational policy is made. Likewise, it will expand current empirical research on the demographics of cultural participation, which focuses on individuals’ patterns of participation, by shifting the focus from what individuals attend, to whom organizations serve. 

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