Research Alert | March 21, 2013

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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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Vanishing Programmable Resources
Deadline: May 14, 2013

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Deadline: Open


United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic, Applied, and Advanced Scientific Research
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2018

Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications
Deadline: Aug. 20, 2013

Department of Energy

Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 12, 2013; Application, May 22, 2013

Reducing Emissions Using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy
Deadlines: Concept Paper, April 15, 2013; Application, to be determined


Sea Level Rise
Deadline: May 31, 2013

Cryospheric Science
Deadline: June 17, 2013

Kepler Guest Observer – Cycle 6
Deadline: Jan. 16, 2014

National Institutes of Health

Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 14, 2013; Application, May 14, 2013

Establish Sharing of Human Brain Image Data Relevant to Drug Addiction (Administrative Supplements)
Deadline: May 9, 2013

Regional and International Differences in Health and Longevity at Older Ages
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement & Management in Pain Research
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Fatigability, Activity Limitations and Bioenergetics in Aging
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 10, 2013; Application, Oct. 10, 2013

Improving Health and Reducing Premature Mortality in People with Severe Mental Illness
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 7, 2013; Application, Nov. 7, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Developmental and Learning Sciences
Deadline: July 15, 2013

Law & Social Sciences
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2013

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2013

Biological Anthropology
Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

Political Science
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2013

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Gilder Lehrman Institute
Gilder Lehrman Fellowships
Deadline: May 1, 2013

American Institute of Indian Studies
Research fellowship programs
Deadline: July 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

American Society for Microbiology
ASM-IUSSTF INDO-US Professorship in Microbiology
Deadline: April 15, 2013

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
ASHRM 2014 Research Grants - Call for Letters of Intent
Deadline: April 21, 2013

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc
Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences
Deadline: Initial Inquiry, June 5, 2013; Proposal, Aug. 21, 2013

Gerda Henkel Foundation
Special Programme Security, Society and the State
Deadline: May 31, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Engineering Professor to receive award from plastics organization

Benny FreemanBenny Freeman, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, will receive the Society of Plastics Engineers' International Award, the society's top honor at its annual technical conference in April.

The society said Freeman has made important contributions in engineering, research, service and education involving polymer membranes for low-energy gas and liquid separations.

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

Center for Public Integrity
March 14, 2013
Mental-health study of U.S. kids affected by surge in deportations

Luis Zayas (In an article about a research project, Luis Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work and lead researcher on the project, talked about the impact the deportation of parents has on their children born in the United States.)

A deportation-related move to Mexico “tears away” children from “peers, schools and communities they know. And it is done under government coercion,” Zayas said. “In all of the cases I’ve studied and evaluated, families would have gone to small towns and hamlets [in Mexico] with minimal schooling and to impoverished conditions.”

Research Project

The Coexistence of Scientific and Religious Explanations across Cultures and Development

Cristine LegareRESEARCHER: Cristine LeGare, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, principal investigator
AGENCY: John Templeton Foundation
AMOUNT: $200,000

The common assumption that scientific and religious explanations are incompatible is psychologically inaccurate. Our research has demonstrated that individuals use both scientific and religious explanations to interpret the same events and that there are multiple ways in which both kinds of explanations coexist in individual minds. Contrary to traditional psychological accounts, we propose that religious explanations often increase with age and that reasoning about supernatural phenomena is an integral and culturally universal aspect of human cognition.

Our objective is to build upon research on explanatory coexistence by collecting developmental data from diverse cultural contexts in three existentially arousing domains of human thought: the origin of species, illness, and death.

This work will break new ground in the science-religion dialogue through its interdisciplinary, cross-cultural examination of scientific and religious explanations. Our project will also result in an interdisciplinary conference to be held at The University of Texas at Austin that will bring together leaders within the fields of psychology, anthropology, theology, and philosophy to disseminate research to a broad academic and general audience. We intend to pave a new path for research, one that treats supernatural thinking as an integral part of cognitive developmental theory and a core feature of human cognition.

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