Research Alert | December 13, 2012

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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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Text Analytics for Data to Decisions (PDF)
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development (PDF)
Deadlines: White Paper, Jan. 15, 2013; Application, April 15, 2013

DoD Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Assistive Technologies Research Award
Deadlines: White Paper, Jan. 8, 2013; Application, March 13, 2013

Department of Energy

Electrochemical Storage Technologies Suitable for Automobile Industry Applications
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013


Kepler Participating Scientist Program
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, Jan. 18, 2013; Proposal, March 1, 2013

National Institutes of Health

NIAMS Small Grant Program For New Investigators
Deadline: March 20, 2013

NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Research on Men's Health
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 6, 2013; Application, Feb. 6, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, please contact]

National Science Foundation

David Laude


Political Science
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Collaborative Opportunity for Research Between I/UCRCs
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Biological Oceanography
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Deadlines: Jan. 15, 2013, regular research; Feb. 15, 2013 dissertation research

Cognitive Neuroscience
Deadlines: Jan. 24, 2013, regular research; Feb. 15, 2013 dissertation research

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Darwin College Cambridge
Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellowship
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

New York University
Center for the United States and Cold War Fellowships
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

The Welch Foundation
Research Grants
Deadlines: Initiate Proposal Review Form and submit the signed original application, including a signed original budget, to the Office of Sponsored Projects no later than Jan. 16, 2013; Feb. 1, 2013, foundation deadline

Gloeckner Foundation
Foundation Grants (in floriculture and related fields)
Deadline: April 1, 2013

National Academies
Research Associateship Programs

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Developers of Manufacturing Technology Named Inventors of the Year

SV SreenivasanGrant WillsonThe University of Texas at Austin honored two researchers whose collaboration led to a company that aims to change how electronics are made.

Professors C. Grant Willson and S.V. Sreenivasan received the Inventor of the Year award for developing a nanolithography process used for manufacturing computer chips, hard drives and other electronic components.

They took their research beyond the laboratory in co-founding Molecular Imprints Inc., an Austin-based company with more than 100 employees.

Researchers who received patents during the year also were recognized at a reception organized by the Office of Technology Commercialization.

News and Information

OSP Expects High Proposal Volume in January 2013

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) Proposal Team expects a heavy proposal load in early 2013 due to many competing deadlines.

OSP requests that those planning a submission between now and Feb. 5, 2013 give Proposal Specialists as much lead time as possible to review and submit applications on their behalf.

If your completed proposal is not received by OSP within four full business days before the funder's submission deadline, OSP cannot guarantee that your proposal will be reviewed and submitted. Proposals will be reviewed and submitted in the order in which they are received.

OSP Offers Grant Lifecycle Classes

Sign up via TXClass. Find more information at the Office of Sponsored Projects website.

SP101-Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant-Pre-award

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Feb. 27, 2013

NOA 5.318
Cost: Free

SP102-Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant-Post-award
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Feb. 27, 2013
NOA 5.318
Cost: Free

Sponsored Projects, Industry Engagement Offices Set Winter Break Schedule

The Offices of Sponsored Projects and Industry Engagement will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 24, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013. Researchers must work with OSP and OIE to submit proposals and finalize award actions prior to close of business on Dec. 21, 2012.

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants and Subvention Grants. Also, nominations for the Hamilton Book Awards competition and the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards are being accepted.

Find information about these programs at Resources for Researchers page on the Vice President for Research website.

Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough or 471-2877.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Austin American-Statesman
Dec. 9, 2012
HEADLINE: Digital Savant: Grieving increasingly being expressed and supported online

Barbara Jones (In an article in the Austin American-Statesman, Barbara Jones, associate professor and co-director of the Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work, talked about how people can use the Web to keep memories alive.)

Since the rise of the Internet, there have been online support groups to express grief and connect with others who are mourning. But social media has accelerated the input and output of even that kind of information. Is it possible that such a high-volume medium is beneficial to the grieving process beyond simply making someone feel more connected when they might otherwise feel alone?

“Grief can be isolating for people,” said Barbara Jones, an associate professor and co-director of the Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work. “Using the web to memorialize someone you care about means that your grief is seen and witnessed by others. The person you cared about is still virtually living in some way.”

Research Project

Error Estimation, Data Assimilation and Uncertainty Quantification for Multiphysics and Multiscale Processes in Geological Media

Sanjay SrinivasanMary WheelerRESEARCHERS: Mary Wheeler, director, Center for Subsurface Modeling in ICES, principal investigator, and Sanjay Srinivasan, associate professor, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, co-principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $260,952

The application of high performance computing to model subsurface processes occurring over multiple spatial and temporal scales is a science grand challenge that has important implications to society at large. Research on this grand challenge is at the confluence of advanced mathematics, computer science, fluid and solid mechanics and applied probability and statistics.

The researchers propose a fresh new perspective by investigating and formulating rigorous error estimators for the numerical schemes employed to model multiphysics, multiscale processes in subsurface media. These error estimators when coupled with advanced computational methods can significantly speed up the task of uncertainty assessment and feedback control of subsurface processes. The uncertainty quantification scheme will use a computer framework that rigorously takes into account the dynamic and complex communication and coordination patterns resulting from multiphysics, multinumerics, multiscale and multidomain couplings. In addition, this project investigates realistic physical models such as carbon sequestration in saline aquifers with real field data from the Cranfield Mississippi demonstration site.

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