Research Alert | July 5, 2012

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Requirement for Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosures

The University of Texas at Austin has submitted its revised Objectivity in Research policy, to be implemented by Aug. 24, 2012, to the University of Texas System for approval. The new policy will incorporate changes to meet updated federal requirements governing disclosure and reporting of Financial Conflicts of Interest and will affect all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research. There are additional disclosure requirements for researchers funded by the Public Health Service(PHS) and staff working on PHS-funded studies.

The revised policy requires completion of Conflict of Interest (CoI) training by all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research at least every four years. A web-based training module is in the final stages of implementation and a link will beprovided to all affected researchers when available.

Upon completion of CoI training, all affected researchers will be required to complete a web-based Financial Interest Disclosure (FID) form, also in the final, stages of development. The revised policy requires completion of the FID form annually or whenever changes occur.

For information on the new PHS policy, see the list of Frequently Asked Questions at the National Institutes of Health website. At the university, the Office of Research Support is providing updates on its Conflict of Interest page.

The ORS will host a webinar about the policy. It will be from noon-1:30 p.m., July 11, 2012 at NOA 5.318. For more information and to register, go here.

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 Commerce

Marine Fisheries Initiative (PDF)
Deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

Department of Energy

Diagnostic Systems for Magnetic Fusion Energy Science (PDF)
Deadline: Letter of Intent, July 27, 2012; Application, Aug. 14, 2012


Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA
Deadline: July 18, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Understanding Clinical Information Needs and Health Care Decision Making Processes in the Context of Health Information Technology
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

NIAMS Building Interdisciplinary Research Team Revision Awards
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Oct. 15, 2012; Application, Nov. 15, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Control Systems
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

Service Enterprise Systems
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Social Science Research Council
Abe Fellowship
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2012

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation
Fitch Mid-Career Grant in Historic Preservation
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Deadline: Sept. 4, 2012

Scleroderma Foundation
New Investigator Grant
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2012

PhRMA Foundation
Pre Doctoral Fellowships
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Astronomer Shares Gruber Cosmology Prize

Eiichiro Komatsu The Gruber Foundation and the International Astronomical Union recently announced that the members of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) team, including University of Texas at Austin professor Eiichiro Komatsu, are the recipients of the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize. Komatsu is the director of the university's Texas Cosmology Center.

WMAP is a NASA satellite launched in 2001 to take measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the three-Kelvin background radiation left over from the Big Bang. The satellite operated through 2010, and has released multiple datasets over the years.

News and Information

Research Grants Coming Soon

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, January 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
July 2, 2012
HEADLINE: Research Team Hacks Surveillance Drone With Less than $1,000 in Equipment

Todd Humphreys (An experiment in which Todd Humphreys, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, hacked into an unmanned aerial vehicle received a lot of press in the past week. In Slate, he explained the ramifications of unsecured drones.)

Humphreys, head of the University of Texas’s Radionavigation Lab in Austin, believes a hacked drone is “really just one example of things that can go wrong” as we become increasingly more reliant on GPS technology. He explains that while military UAVs run off of secure, tightly encrypted GPS systems, civilian equivalents—which will be used by non-military drones—are “completely open.” This applies to virtually all GPS-reliant technologies currently in use, from commercial aircraft, to your cell phone and even Google’s driverless cars.

Research Project

Molecular Photoacoustic Imaging Using Multi-targeted Contrast Agents

Carolyn BayerRESEARCHER: Carolyn Bayer, principal investigator, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering
AGENCY: National Cancer Institute
AMOUNT: $51,098

The development of non-invasive molecular imaging methods capable of providing detailed information on diseased tissues would enable the earlier diagnosis of disease, the development of tailored treatment plans, and improved monitoring of disease progression. To achieve this goal, this research proposes the use of a combination of photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging using cellularly targeted gold nanorods as uniquely distinguishable imaging contrast agents.

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