Research Alert | February 21, 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 Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs
Deadline: Rolling/continuing deadline

Department of Defense

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Military Medical Photonics Program
Deadline: May 15, 2013

FY13 - FY14 Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program: Military Specific HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program for PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Funded Countries
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014

Department of Education

Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities Program: Stepping-Up Technology Implementation
Deadline: March 18, 2013

Department of Energy

Advanced Reactor Research and Development
Deadline: April 16, 2013

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration
Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino/a Populations
Deadline: March 18, 2013

Department of Justice

Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation Research
Deadline: June 3, 2013


IceBridge Science Definition Team
Deadline: May 17, 2013

The Science of Terra and Aqua
Deadline: May 20, 2013

Origins of Solar Systems
Deadline: May 23, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine
Deadline: May 25, 2013

Influence of the Microbiome on Preterm Labor and Delivery
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 9; Application, May 9, 2013

High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 16; Application, May 16, 2013

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

National Science Foundation

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Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
Deadline: May 14, 2013

Cognitive Neuroscience
Deadline: Aug. 27, 2013

Water Sustainability and Climate
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2013

Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

Algebra and Number Theory
Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Society for Industrial Archeology
Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants
Deadline: March 1, 2013

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Wiener Laboratory Research Associateships (PDF)
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

BD Biosciences
Research Grants (fall award cycle)
Deadline: July 1, 2013

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Two Professors Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Joseph BeamanSharon WoodThe National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced that two professors from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been elected to the prestigious academy.

Joseph J. Beaman Jr., a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Sharon L. Wood, chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, were elected to the academy.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Also elected were two alumni: Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., and Gregory Deierlein, the John A. Blume Professor in the Stanford University School of Engineering.

News and Information

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

USA Today
Feb. 13, 2013
Mobile apps tap the changing face of online dating

Paul Eastwick (Paul Eastwick, assistant professor in the School of Human Ecology, urges online daters to meet potential matches as soon as possible.)

As with other world-changing technologies, part of the appeal of apps is speed.

"People should try to get to that face-to-face meeting as soon as they can," says psychologist Paul Eastwick, an assistant professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. His research found that the wish list of traits when searching online for a romantic partner doesn't matter as much as you might think.

Once you've met in person, you stop using your wish list to evaluate the person, he says, citing a 2011 study he co-authored that was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

"When you meet somebody you have a gut reaction to that person and that drives whether we pursue somebody romantically or not. Chemistry -- you can assess that in four minutes. That is the thing driving your responses," Eastwick says.

Research Project

Understanding and Modeling Customer Behavior in Distributed Photovoltaic Rooftop Markets

Varun RaiRESEARCHER: Varun Rai, assistant professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Department of Mechanical Engineering, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Department of Energy)
AMOUNT: $210,426

The objective of this effort is to perform data collection and analysis to improve the understanding of customer behavior, and its representation in distributed PV market penetration models. Accurately representing customer behavior in market penetration models is one of the challenges in modeling the distributed PV market. Existing models have very crude representations of customer behavior that are based on limited data sources. The project will focus on developing the data and methodologies to improve the representation of customer behavior in distributed PV models. The work will build on previous work which indicates that potential customers evaluate and respond to PV investment risk and returns in complex ways that are not well represented in market-penetration models.

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