Research Alert | August 30, 2012

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Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosures

The revised Objectivity in Research policy became 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.

Research Opportunities

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 Defense

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Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
Deadline: Dec. 10, 2012

Program in Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering (PULSE)
Deadline: Nov. 6, 2012


Department of Energy

FY 2013 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Transgenerational Inheritance in Mammals After Environmental Exposure
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 19, 2012; Application, Dec. 18, 2012

TaRGET I: Chromatin Structure, Genomics, and Transcriptional Responses to the Environment
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 19, 2012; Application, Nov. 19, 2012

Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa): Collaborative Centers
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 28, 2012; Application, Oct. 29, 2012

National Science Foundation

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Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2013

  • Flexible Bioelectronics Systems (BioFlex)
  • Origami Design for Integration of Self-assembling Systems for Engineering Innovation (ODISSEI)
  • Photosynthetic Biorefineries (PSBR)

Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 6, 2012; Preliminary Proposal, Oct. 10, 2012; Proposal, Feb. 8, 2013

Environmental Sustainability
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2013

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Jan. 12, 2013; Proposal, Aug. 2, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Film Scholars Program
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Conference Awards
Deadline: Sept. 28, 2012

Gerber Foundation
Pediatric Research
Deadlines: Concept Paper, Dec. 1, 2012; Proposal, Feb. 15, 2013

American Cancer Society
RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Mathematics Professor Wins ICES Research Award

Irene GambaIrene Gamba, professor in the Department of Mathematics, received the $100,000 Distinguished Research Award for 2012 from the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES).

Gamba was selected from ICES core faculty for having demonstrated a sustained level of distinguished research in computational sciences and engineering. Recipients receive $25,000 per year for up to four years of discretionary funds to support research within the institute.

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

Aug. 28, 2012
HEADLINE: Latina Teen Suicide Rates On the Rise - What You Need to Know

Louis Zayas (An article on the "Latina" magazine website about suicide among young Latinas in the magazine "Latina," focused on the research of Luis Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work.)

“Our girls never talk about social rejection but about family crises, tensions, and dysfunctions that seemed to be the triggers for a suicide attempt,” he said. “For attempters, many reasons were issues regarding dating, not completing household chores, problems that a sibling was favored, or simply that parents did not understand.”

Research Project

Collaborative Research: Measuring International Nongovernmental Organizations and World Polity Network Embeddedness

Pamela PaxtonRESEARCHER: Pamela Paxton, professor, Department of Sociology and Population Research Center, principal investigator; Melanie Hughes, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, co-principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $93,383

For this project, the investigators will link world polity and social networks to inform the development of a new over-time measure of country-level connectedness to the world polity, labeled the "INGO (International Nongovernmental Organizations) Network Country Score." This measure will score countries by their centrality in the world country-INGO network. The resulting published dataset will be useful to a cross-disciplinary audience.

In a second part of the project, an in-depth analysis is carried out on one domain of INGOs-Women's International Nongovernmental Organizations, or WINGOs. The investigators draw upon theories of the international women's movement to provide testable theories about expected changes in the WINGO network structure over time.

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