Research Alert | March 28, 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

Cyber Security Research Alliance (PDF)
Deadlines: White Paper, April 26, 2013; Proposal, July 19, 2013

Department of Energy

Atmospheric System Research Program
Deadlines: Pre-Application, April 15, 2013; Application, May 29, 2013

Big Data-Aware Terabits Networking
Deadline: April 19, 2013

Reducing Emissions Using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy
Deadline: Concept Paper, April 22, 2013

Modern Electro/thermochemical Advances in Light-Metal Systems
Deadline: Concept Paper, April 22, 2013

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Transnational Issues: Trafficking in Persons, Organized Crime, and Violent Extremism
Deadline: June 5, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Development of Assays for High-Throughput screening for use in Probe and Pre-therapeutic Discovery
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Enhancing Tumoricidal Activity of Natural Killer (NK) Cells by Dietary Components for Cancer Prevention
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Effects of Adolescent Binge Drinking on Brain Development
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Virtual Reality Technologies for Research and Education in Obesity and Diabetes
Deadline: June 5, 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

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology
Deadline: July 18, 2013

Integrated Earth Systems
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2013

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Request for Information (RFI): Using Alternate Reality Environments to Help Enrich Research Efforts (UAREHERE)
Deadline: April 19, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Boston Athenæum
Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship
Deadline: April 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Robert E. Shope International Fellowship in Infectious Diseases
Deadline: May 22, 2013

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
SCAR Fellowship Scheme 2013-14
Deadline: June 4, 2013

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

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Chemistry Professor Receives Award from International Society Of Heterocyclic Chemistry

Stephen MartinStephen Martin, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected to receive the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC) Senior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry for 2013. This international award, which has been sponsored by Pfizer, recognizes significant impact on heterocyclic chemistry and is presented every two years at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Congress. He will receive the award, which consists of $5,000 and a plaque, at the 24th International Congress on Heterocyclic Chemistry this September in Shanghai, China.

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.

Commercialization Forum Explores Corporate Partnerships

The Office of Technology Commercialization holds a forum that explores corporate partnering strategies that bridge the transition from lab to market. It runs 3-6 p.m. April 10 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. A networking reception follows presentations.

Speakers from Ebay, Merck and Shell and a licensing attorney will walk faculty through the ins and outs of a licensing agreement and what corporations are looking for in a partner.

For more information, visit OTC's Colloquium on Commercialization website.

Workshop on SBIR and STTR Awards

The Texas Foundation on Innovative Communities is holding a workshop on April 8, 2013 on Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research grants. Sponsors include the Austin Technology Incubator and the Office of Technology Commercialization. The cost is $49.

For information and registration, follow this link.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2013
Lil Wayne seizure puts spotlight on rappers' use of 'sizzurp'

Jane Maxwell (Jane Maxwell, a senior research scientist in the Center for Social Work Research in the School of Social Work, explains what sizzurp really is.)

That Lil Wayne, one of hip-hop's cash kings, would find escape in something as down-market as prescription cold medication may seem at odds with the genre's blinged-out excesses.

"Codeine is an opiate," said Jane Maxwell, senior research scientist at The University of Texas at Austin's Addiction Research Institute. "When you're sipping on syrup, you're sipping on a synthetic narcotic analgesic."

Research Project

Genomic and Functional Analysis of Circadian Rhythms and Growth Vigor in Maize

Frank HarmonJeffrey ChenRESEARCHERS: Z. Jeffrey Chen, professor, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, principal investigator; Frank Harmon, adjunct associate professor, University of Calfornia-Berkeley, co-principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $538,417

This project will test how circadian rhythms control metabolism and development in maize, as well as how circadian and other regulatory networks affect growth vigor in maize hybrids. Specific objectives are to (1) determine direct targets of clock genes in biological pathways including metabolism in maize hybrids and their inbred parents; (2) test how circadian clock gene expression and growth vigor in maize hybrids are controlled at levels of chromatin and metabolism; and (3) elucidate molecular bases for circadian regulation of metabolism and growth vigor in maize inbreds and hybrids.

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