Research Alert | February 14, 2013

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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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ICECool Applications
Deadline: March 22, 2013

Research and Studies for the Office of Net Assessment
Deadline: June 17, 2013

Department of Energy

FY2013 NETL University Turbine Systems Research Program
Deadline: March 27, 2013

Automotive Fuel Cell Cost and Durability Targets
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Innovation for Increasing Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems - 2013
Deadline: April 5, 2013

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence - FY 2013 (PDF)
Deadline: April 22, 2013

Research on Firearms and Violence (PDF)
Deadline: May 2, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Obesity Policy Evaluation Research
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Mechanistic Insights from Birth Cohorts
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 5, 2013; Application, June 5, 2013

Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 13, 2013; Application, May 13, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Support of NIGMS Program Project Grants
Deadline: May 25, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations FY 2015-FY 2019
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 22, 2013; Proposal, May 24, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Dimensions of Biodiversity
Deadline: May 6, 2013

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

Solar, Heliospheric, and INterplanetary Environment
Deadline: Aug. 21, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Dirksen Congressional Center
Congressional Research Awards
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Potential recipients whose payments will be routed through UT must submit with their proposal an Overhead Waiver Letter, and route their proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form.  For questions, please call 471-6424 or email

Digging into Data Challenge
Round Three Request for Proposals (PDF)
Deadline: May 15, 2013

National Endowment for the Humanities
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Deadline: May 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

American Nurses Foundation
Nursing Research Grant
Deadline: May 1, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Southern Nursing Research Society Honors UT Austin Professors

Sharon BrownLinda YoderLinda Yoder and Sharon Brown were recently notified of special honors from the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS).

Linda Yoder, an associate professor of Nursing and the director of the Graduate Program in Nursing Administration and Healthcare Systems Management, has been honored with the 2013 SNRS Mid-Career Researcher Award. This award recognizes the contribution of a member whose scholarly work influences outcomes in nursing practice, nursing education, health policy, or population health and honors those dedicated to mentoring the development of scholarly work by the next generation of nurse scholars.

Sharon Brown, Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professor in Nursing, has been honored with the SNRS Award for Research in Minority Health, which recognizes the contributions of an individual conducting and/or promoting research that has significance for improving the health care of minorities and other under-represented groups in the southern region.

News and Information

Research Funding Available and Award Deadline Approaching

VPRFunding is still available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants. The awards of up to $750 are made to tenured and tenure-track faculty. Nominations for the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards are being accepted through Feb. 18, 2013 (to be nominated, please contact your dean's or VP's office).


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.

Now Available: Research Development & Grant Writing News

University researchers have another resource for navigating the world of research opportunities. It is Research Development & Grant Writing News, a monthly electronic newsletter for faculty and other members of the university community. It provides information about how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and private foundations.

Published by Academic Research Funding Strategies on the 15th of each month, each issue offers continuously updated information, including:

  • New funding opportunities
  • Grant writing web resources
  • Agency research news
  • Agency reports and research roadmaps
  • Writing competitive proposals: topics in brief
  • Funding for grad students and postdocs

You must have a UT EID to access the newsletter.

If you have questions, please contact Maria Nehring in the University Development Office at or 475-9625, or Liza Scarborough in the Office of the Vice President for Research at or 471-2877.

Training Session on Responsible Conduct of Research to be Held

A training session on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15, 2013 in Avaya Auditorium in the ACE building.

The training, sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), is part of an effort by the university to provide undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty who require the training with superior educational opportunities for professional growth. This training has been developed to increase awareness of ethical issues that may occur while conducting research. At the end of this training, participants will have acquired skills that will help identify ethical dilemmas and resources available to you to help.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

New York Times
Feb. 12, 2013
Report Faults Priorities in Studying Breast Cancer

Michele Forman (Michele Forman, professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, told the New York Times that the need for more preventive care in breast cancer is paramount. She was a leader of a report on breast cancer.)

The report is the result of the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act, which was passed in 2008 and required the secretary of health and human services to create a committee to study breast cancer research. A third of the members were scientists, a third were from government and a third were from advocacy groups. The advocates, Dr. Forman said, brought a sense of urgency to the group. “People who are not survivors need to have that urgency there,” she said.

Pointing to the vaccine now being offered to girls to prevent cervical cancer, Dr. Forman said, “I look forward to the day when we have an early preventive strategy for breast cancer.”

Research Project

Dynamic Self-Assembly of Glycolipids for Unveiling Complex Glycan-Protein Interactions

Xiaoyang ZhuBen LiuRESEARCHERS: Xiaoyang Zhu, former professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, principal investigator, and Hung-Wen Liu, professor, College of Pharmacy, co-prinicipal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $300,000

This research project seeks fundamental understanding of how cells in living organisms interact with their environment and, more specifically, how influenza A viruses attack the human body. Subtypes of influenza A virus have caused pandemics throughout history and pose grave danger due to the continuous evolution of avian and swine viruses. This concern is underscored by recent outbreaks of the H5N1 strain among avian population and the high fatality rate (60 percent) in infected human population. Should such animal strains acquire particular genetic mutations to allow human-to-human transmission, pandemics could result.

Understanding the targeting specificity of influenza A virus is important not only for the surveillance of such threats but also for the development of vaccines and treatments. In addition to fundamental science, Drs. Zhu and Liu will also collaborate with a high-tech company, MicroSurfaces Inc., in translating academic research to the commercial world and in developing new tools for biochemical research.

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