Research Alert | August 23, 2012

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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

Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosures

The revised Objectivity in Research policy is effective Aug. 23, 2012, and has been added to the UT Handbook of Operating Procedures. The Conflict of Interest (CoI) web page contains a link to the policy.

The revised policy contains significant revisions to the previous policy and incorporates changes that meet updated federal requirements governing disclosure and reporting of financial conflicts of interest. The revised policy affects all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research.

For information on the new Public Health Service policy, see the Frequently Asked Questions at the National Institutes of Health website. Also, the Office of Research Support has updates on its Conflict of Interest page.

Funding Sources

Department of Defense

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Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (PDF)
Deadlines: White Paper, Oct. 9, 2012; Proposals, Dec. 10, 2012

FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Minerva Research Initiative (PDF)
Deadlines: White Paper, Sept. 30, 2012; Proposal, Dec. 12, 2012

Department of Energy

Early Career Research Program (PDF)
Deadlines: Pre-application, Sept. 6, 2012; Application, Nov. 26, 2012

High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 1, 2012; Application, Nov. 16, 2012


Terrestrial Ecology
Deadlines: Step 1, Sept. 18, 2012; Step 2, Jan. 8, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Small Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2012

NIDCD Research On Hearing Health Care
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 28, 2013; Application, Feb. 28, 2013

Research Infrastructure for Demographic and Behavioral Population Science
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 30, 2012; Application, Nov. 30, 2012

National Science Foundation

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Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012

Ocean Acidification
Deadline: Dec. 4, 2012

Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems
Deadlines: Proposal, Nov. 1, 2012; Supplemental, April 1, 2013


Social Innovation Lab Kampuchea
Deadline: Sept. 11, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grants
Deadline: Sept. 24, 2012

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2012

Kress Foundation
History of Art: Institutional Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012
Each university is limited to two nominees per academic department. The nominees must be applying for different research centers.

Archeological Institute of America
Publication Preparation Grant
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Farms Research Campus Junior Fellow
Deadline: Sept. 4, 2012

American Association for Cancer Research
AARC Team Science Award
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2012

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

[Have you or a colleague won a research-related prize or honor? Let the Research Alert know.]

Religious Studies Professor Wins Book Award

Thomas TweedThomas Tweed, professor in the Department of Religious Studies, has been selected for the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Historical Studies category for his book, "America's Church: The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation's Capital."

Tweed will receive the award, which includes $1,000, at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago in November.

News and Information

Postdoc Orientation and Resource Fair is Sept. 5

New and current postdoctoral researchers are invited to a Postdoc Orientation and Resource Fair from 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012 at the Avaya Auditorium in the ACE building.

The session includes speakers, door prizes and food. Download the agenda here.

Register through TXClass, course number SP800.

Research Grant Deadlines Approaching

VPRFunding will soon be available for 2012-2013 Research Grants, Special Research Grants, Subvention Grants, and Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

  • RESEARCH GRANTS for 2012-2013 in amounts up to $6,000 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty in a single competition. The application deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
  • SPECIAL RESEARCH GRANTS for 2012-2013 in amounts up to $750 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty throughout the year until funds are expended. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
  • SUBVENTION GRANTS for 2012-2013 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty authors in a single competition. Preference will be given to assistant and associate professors. Please visit our website for detailed qualifications. The application deadline is Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
  • UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS in amounts up to $1,000 are awarded through two competitions, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Faculty and full-time research scientists and engineers may supervise undergraduate students in independent research projects. The deadline for the Fall 2012 competition is Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. The Spring 2013 deadline will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

Information and applications for all programs are available at the Vice President for Research website. Early application is recommended. Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough or 471-2877.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Austin American-Statesman
Aug. 21, 2012
HEADLINE: Old anti-fungal drug could have new use in treating cancer, UT researchers find

John Wallingford (In an article about research, John Wallingford, associate professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, described the nature of the discovery: serendipity backed up by dogged research. A team that included Wallingford, Edward Marcotte, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Hye Ji Cha, a graduate student in molecular and cell biology, conducted the research.)

"We didn't set out to find a vascular disrupting agent, but that's where we ended up," said John Wallingford, a developmental biologist at UT and an early career scientist with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. "It's a real testament to old-fashioned, curiosity-driven science."

Research Project

Efficient Test and Yield Enhancement Techniques for 3D Integrated Circuits

Nur ToubaRESEARCHER: Nur Touba, professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $360,000

Three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D-ICs) using through-silicon vias (TSVs) is an important new technology that overcomes barriers in interconnect scaling. It provides significant advantages including increased functional density, higher performance and lower power.

This research project will explore new ideas, concepts and directions for test and repair of 3D-ICs which hold promise to significantly reduce test costs and improve yield. The ability to select which dies/wafers are stacked together and in what order and with what rotational symmetry are degrees of freedom in constructing 3D-ICs that can be exploited. New strategies for using this to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of defect tolerance techniques will be investigated. To reduce test costs, new distributed test compression architectures will be developed which create a new paradigm for test scheduling enabling much greater flexibility and efficiency to shorten test time and improve product quality.

This research project will generate new theory, concepts, and techniques for significantly improving test costs and yield for 3D-ICs. This is a key factor for keeping down the manufacturing costs of 3D chips and allowing them to penetrate new markets and benefit society. Knowledge and experience generated from this project will be incorporated into courses in VLSI design and test. Students will be trained and prepared for the next generation semiconductor workforce. Undergraduate students will be involved in the project, including those from underrepresented groups, through undergraduate research projects, senior design projects and course projects based on this research.

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