Research Alert | January 17, 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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Special Program Announcement for 2013: Basic Research Challenges in the Science of Autonomy
Deadline: April 8, 2013

Research Initiatives at The Naval Postgraduate School
Deadline: May 14, 2013

FY12 Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Information Systems Development
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Department of State

Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Unconventional Gas Technical Engagement
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013


NASA Request for Information (RFI) on Development of Strategies for the Collection, Management, and Distribution, or access to, “Omics-type” Data Collected in the Course of Space Biology Research (PDF)
Response date: Feb. 11, 2013

Research Opportunities in Complex Fluids and Macromolecular Biophysics (PDF)
Deadlines: Step 1 Proposals, Feb. 6, 2013; Step 2 Proposals, April 10, 2013

Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (PDF)
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, Feb. 7, 2013; Proposals, April 10, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, June 14, 2013; Application, July 15, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

International Research Scientist Development Award
Deadline: March 4, 2013

NIDA Research Education Program for Clinical Researchers and Clinicians
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 22, 2013; Application, May 22, 2013

Bridging the Gap Between Cancer Mechanism and Population Science
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 8, 2013; Application, March 8, 2013

National Institute of Justice

Basic Scientific Research to Support Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes (PDF)
Deadline: April 1, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Catalysis and Biocatalysis
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2013

Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2013

Chemical and Biological Separations
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2013

Deadline: Sept. 17, 2013

United States Agency for International Development

Feed the Future Food Security Innovation Lab: Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet
Deadline: March 8, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Library of Congress
Kislak Short-term Fellowship 
for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Wenner-Gren Foundation
Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: May 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

National Center for Responsible Gaming
Addiction Fellowship
Deadline: June 3, 2013

William T. Grant Foundation
Social Settings
Deadline: April 16, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Physics and Math Major Earns Marshall Scholarship

Wiliam BerdanierPhysics and mathematics major William Berdanier has been selected as a Marshall Scholar for 2013 and intends to earn two master’s degrees at Cambridge University through the scholarship.

Berdanier, who will graduate in May from The University of Texas at Austin, is one of 34 scholars from across the nation awarded the scholarship. It covers all expenses for at least two academic years (with a possible extension to a third year) at any university in the United Kingdom.

Berdanier, who plans to eventually return to the U.S. to earn a doctorate in physics, says that he looks forward both to the learning he’ll do in England and to the chance to participate in the culture and the history.

News and Information

Deadline for Hamilton Book Awards Submissions is Jan. 18

Faculty and staff members who published books and other published works in 2012 are eligible for the Hamilton Book Author Awards. Nominations for the awards must be made by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Bring nominating materials to the Office of the Vice President for Research, Room 426, Flawn Academic Center.

The first prize is $10,000 and there are four prizes of $3,000.

Published works including scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g.,novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogues, textbooks, and edited collections, published during the 2012 calendar year may be nominated. Current faculty (tenured, tenure-track, senior lecturers and lecturers), Code 1000, and staff are eligible to compete for these awards.

For more information and submission instructions, visit the Hamilton Awards website.

Deadline for Undergraduate Research Fellowships is Jan. 22

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) program provides support for specific scholarly research projects conducted by full-time UT Austin undergraduate students enrolled in any department. These fellowships are intended to cover costs associated with academic research projects proposed and written by student applicants and undertaken with the supervision of a university tenured or tenure-track faculty member, lecturer, senior lecturer or full-time research scientist/engineer. Some restrictions apply. See the URF guidelines for more information.

Applications must be in to the Office of the Vice President for Research by 5 p.m., Jan. 22, 2013.

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

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Jan. 14, 2013
HEADLINE: Will Les Misérables Bring Back the Big Budget Movie Musical?

James Buhler (James Buhler, associate professor in the School of Music, commented on the costs associated with producing large-scale musicals for the movies.)

But “musicals take a lot of resources—a huge amount of rehearsal, a lot of preproduction costs,” says James Buhler, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin and co-author of "Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History." And talent is hard to come by; most movie stars do musicals for the challenge and experience, then move on.

Research Project

Interactive Retrieval of Constitutional Text

Zachary ElkinsRESEARCHERS: Zachary Elkins, associate professor, Department of Government, UT Austin; Tom Ginsburg, professor, the University of Chicago law school; and James Melton, lecturer, University College London.

The researchers propose the development of a new web application that leverages seven years of intensive data collection and provides access in a rather incisive and powerful way -- to a unique repository of national constitutions. The application will be of use to scholars, educators, and most importantly, actors in developing democracies who are revising national constitutions. Seed funding and support for this project is provided by Google Ideas.

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