Research Alert | July 19, 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.

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 Agriculture

Critical Agricultural Materials
Deadline: Aug. 3, 2012

Department of Defense

DOD logo

Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text
Deadline: Aug. 20, 2012

Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research (PDF)
Deadline: March 31, 2013

Department of Homeland Security

FY 2012 Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2012


Science Objectives and Requirements for the Next NASA UV/Visible Astrophysics Mission Concepts (PDF)
Deadline: Aug. 10, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Biology of Manual Therapies
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Basic Research on HIV Persistence
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Advancing Community-level Approaches to Reduce HIV Infection in Highly Impacted Communities
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 11, 2012; Application, Jan. 11, 2013

Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 17, 2013; Application, April 17, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 26, 2012; Proposal, Dec. 12, 2012

Critical Zone Observatories
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

International Collaborations in Organismal Biology Between US and Israeli Investigators
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Sept. 4, 2012; Proposal, Dec. 3, 2012

Nitrogen: Improving on Nature
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal (required for participation in Ideas Lab, otherwise optional), Sept. 7, 2012; Proposal, Feb. 1, 2013

Computer and Network Systems
Deadlines: Medium Projects, Oct. 9, 2012; Large Projects, Nov. 30, 2012; Small Projects, Dec. 17, 2012

Computational and Data driven Materials Research
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 4, 2013 for Institutional Transformation (IT) and Institutional Transformation Catalyst, Oct. 5, 2012 for Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination;
Proposal, Nov. 8, 2012 for Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination, Nov. 12, 2013 for Institutional Transformation and Institutional Transformation Catalyst

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program
Deadline: Sept. 27, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

PhRMA Foundation
Pharmaceutics: Research Starter Grants
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2012

Ashoka Changemakers
G2012 Mexico Financial Inclusion: Innovative Solutions for Unlocking Access competition
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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

School of Social Work Graduate Student Wins Community Development Society award

Tim Bailey University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work graduate student Wm. Tim Bailey is the 2012 recipient of the Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award from the Community Development Society.

The $1,000 award is presented each year to a Community Development Society member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research that exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field.

Bailey, a student in the Master of Science in Social Work program’s Community and Administrative Leadership concentration, was honored for his community-based asset and needs assessment research project in Patriensa, Ghana.

News and Information

OSP Asks: Get Submissions in Early

The Office of Sponsored Projects' Proposal Team is experiencing a heavy submission volume in advance of July 25 proposal deadlines. OSP requests that researchers planning a submission between now and July 25, 2012, give Proposal Specialists as much lead time as possible to review and submit applications on their behalf.

If your completed proposal is not received by OSP within four full business days, OSP cannot guarantee that your proposal will be reviewed and submitted. Proposals will be reviewed and submitted in the order in which they are received.


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, Jan. 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

New York Times
July 13, 2012
HEADLINE: Why the Higgs Boson Matters

Steven Weinberg (In an op-ed, Steven Weinberg, professor in the Department of Physics, wrote about the discovery of the Higgs Boson as well as the importance of doing research that might have no apparent immediate value -- other than to explain how the universe works.)

A case can be made for this sort of spending, even to those who don’t care about learning the laws of nature. Exploring the outer frontier of our knowledge of nature is in one respect like war: It pushes modern technology to its limits, often yielding new technology of great practical importance.

Research Project

Integrated HPC Systems Usage and Performance of Resources Monitoring and Modeling

William BarthRESEARCHERS: William Barth, director of High Performance Computing, Texas Advanced Computing Center, principal investigator, James Browne, professor emeritus, Department of Computer Science, co-principal investigator.
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $457,919

Today's high-performance computing systems are a complex combination of software, processors, memory, networks and storage systems characterized by frequent disruptive technological advances. In this environment, system managers, users and sponsors find it difficult if not impossible to know if optimal performance of the infrastructure is being realized, or even if all subcomponents are functioning properly. Users of such systems are often engaged in science at the extreme where system uncertainties can significantly delay or even confound the scientific investigations. Critically, for systems based on open source software systems which includes a large fraction of XSEDE resources, the data and information necessary to use and manage these complex systems is not available. HPC centers and their users are to some extent flying blind, without a clear understanding of system behavior. Anomalous behavior has to be diagnosed and remedied with incomplete and sparse data. It is difficult for users to assess the effectiveness with which they are using the available resources to generate knowledge in their sciences. NSF lacks a comprehensive knowledge base to evaluate the effectiveness of its investments in HPC systems.

This award will address this problem through the creation of a comprehensive set of tools for developing the needed knowledge bases. This will be accomplished by building on and combining work on HPC systems monitoring and reporting currently underway at the University at Buffalo under the Technology Audit Service (TAS) of the XSEDE project and University of Texas/ Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) as part of the Ranger Technology Insertion effort with many elements of existing monitoring and analysis tools. The PIs will provide the knowledge bases required to understand the current operations of XSEDE, to enhance and increase the productivity of all of the stakeholders of XSEDE (service providers, users and sponsors), and ultimately to provide open source tools to greatly increase the operational efficiency and productivity of HPC systems in general.

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