Research Alert | July 12, 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 be provided 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 Defense

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DARPA
Maximum Mobility and Manipulation
Deadline: Aug. 21, 2012

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (PDF)
Deadline: Pre-Application, July 25, 2012; Application, Nov. 7, 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

Biomarkers:  Bridging Pediatric and Adult Therapeutics
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Atmospheric Chemistry
Deadline: Continuous

Workforce Program in the Mathematical Sciences
Deadline: June 15, 2013

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Aug. 27, 2012; Proposal, Sept. 27, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Enduring Questions
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Target Validation
Deadlines: Pre-Proposal, Sept. 26, 2012; Full Proposal (by invitation), Feb. 6, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Chemistry Professor Wins Frasch Foundation Award

Guangbin DongGuangbin Dong, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will receive a 2012 Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research Award. The award carries with it $250,000 in research funding over 5 years.

The Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research is a trust created under the will of Elizabeth Blee Frasch, administered by Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Trustee. The American Chemical Society advises the trustee on the Frasch program.

 

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

The Atlantic
July 9, 2012
HEADLINE: Why Only Yuppies Feel Busy: An Economic Theory

Daniel Hamermesh (In an article, Daniel Hamermesh, professor in the Department of Economics, explains why people with money can't buy time.)

That isn't to say the rich are necessarily more stressed overall. While the poor are less likely to complain about a lack of time, they are much more likely to complain about a lack of money. "One of them is always going to be scarce for you. If you're rich, it's time that's scarce. If you're poor, it's the money that's scarce," Hamermesh says.

Research Project

Genetic Influences on Dual Processing Modes of Reward and Punishment Learning

Todd MaddoxRESEARCHER: Todd Maddox, professor, Department of Psychology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institute on Drug Abuse
AMOUNT: $418,803

Deficiencies in reward and punishment processing are theoretical cornerstones of alcohol and substance dependence, addiction, and other psychopathology, yet little is known about how these are affected by task goals, genetic variation or stress. The overall goal of the proposed research is to provide a detailed understanding of the genetic underpinnings of dual processing modes of reward and punishment which is critical to improving our theories of addiction and psychopathology and to translational work focused on developing interventions.

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