Research Alert | November 8, 2012

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.

Funding Sources

Department of Defense

Autonomous Diagnostics to Enable Prevention and Therapeutics: Prophylactic Options to Environmental and Contagious Threats
Deadlines: Proposal Abstract, Nov. 29, 2012; Proposal, Jan. 15, 2013

Department of Energy

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2013

Department of State

Mexico Merida Initiative Diagnostic Study for the Drug Court in Guadalupe, Nuevo León
Deadline: Nov. 26, 2012

National Institutes of Health

NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity
Deadline: Feb. 12, 2013

Advances in Patient Safety through Simulation Research
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013

Technology Development for High-Throughput Structural Biology Research
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013

Research Using Biosamples from Selected Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Studies
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 2, 2013; Application, April 2, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Jan. 10, 2013; Proposal, Aug. 1, 2013

Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2013

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Arts
Research: Art Works
Deadline: Nov. 20, 2012

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
Also see listing at the Graduate School
Deadline: Mid-January 2013

Harry Ransom Center
Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 16, 2013; Proposal (by invitation), June 12, 2013

American Asthma Foundation
AAF Scholar Awards
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2013
[Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email]

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Fisheries Innovation Fund
Deadlines: Pre-Proposals, Nov. 26, 2012; Proposals (by invitation), Jan. 31, 2013

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
URM Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013
[Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email]

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Ph.D. Students Selected for International Award to Fund Dissertation Research

Miki TeshPaula GertenblattTwo students in the School of Social Work Ph.D. Program at The University of Texas at Austin are recipients of the 2012 Social Work Education Research Student Award (SWERSA) sponsored by Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Paula Gerstenblatt and Miki Tesh will each receive £8,000 ($12,800) to support their dissertation research. They are among 11 doctoral students selected by Social Work Education through an international, competitive application process. The University of Texas at Austin is the only Ph.D. program in social work to have two of its students selected for the 2012 SWERSA.

The journal sponsors SWERSA dissertation awards to support the development of early career researchers through providing doctoral students with substantial funding to complete research specifically related to social work education.

News and Information

Prop 1 Vote Clears Way for UT Austin Medical School

Voters in the Central Health district on Tuesday approved Proposition 1, which will raise revenue to support health care services. The vote will allow The University of Texas at Austin to establish a medical school.

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants and Subvention Grants. Also, nominations for the Hamilton Book Awards competition and the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards are being accepted.


  • 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 are being accepted.
  • HAMILTON BOOK AWARDS PROGRAM is accepting all books, including scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g., novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogues, textbooks, and edited collections published in calendar year 2012 by university faculty and staff. Deadline is Jan. 18, 2013.
  • UNIVERSITY CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS. Nominations are being accepted to recognize a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years (Career Research Excellence Award), or is the principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research (Best Paper Award). Deadline is Feb. 18, 2013.
  • SUBVENTION GRANTS. Applications for 2012-2013 Subventions are being accepted until funds run out. The University of Texas at Austin Subvention Grants program, which provides a maximum award of $5,000, 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.

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.

NIH Loan Repayment Applications Due Nov. 15

The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue research careers by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year. Researchers and scientists conducting research at universities and other nonprofit organizations are eligible for the NIH's Extramural LRPs.

For more information, visit the Loan Repayment Program website. The deadline for making an application is Nov. 15, 2012.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News
Nov. 2, 2012
HEADLINE: Found: The Very First Stars

Volker Bromm (Volker Bromm, associate professor in the Department of Astronomy, described the state of the universe that an international team of scientists explained in a paper in Science. The paper cited Bromm's research.)

“The universe,” says Volker Bromm of The University of Texas at Austin, “underwent a crucial transition from a very simple state into a state of ever more complex structure.”

Research Project

Geophysical Investigations of Marie Byrd Land Lithospheric Evolution

John HoltDon BlankenshipDuncan Young

RESEARCHERS: Duncan Young, research associate scientist, principal investigator, Donald Blankenship, research scientist, and John Holt, research scientist, all from the Institute for Geophysics.
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $886,972

The researchers propose to use airborne geophysics to provide detailed geophysical mapping over the Marie Byrd Land dome of West Antarctica. They will use a Basler equipped with advanced ice penetrating radar, a magnetometer, an airborne gravimeter and laser altimeter.

They will test models of Marie Byrd Land lithospheric evolution in three ways: 1) constrain bedrock topography and crustal structure of central Marie Byrd Land for the first time; 2) map subglacial geomorphology of Marie Byrd Land to constrain landscape evolution; and 3) map the distribution of subglacial volcanic centers and identify active sources.

Marie Byrd Land is one of the few parts of West Antarctica whose bedrock lies above sea level; as such, it has a key role to play in the formation and decay of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), and thus on eustatic sea level change during the Neogene. Several lines of evidence suggest that the topography of Marie Byrd Land has changed over the course of the Cenozoic, with significant implications for the origin and evolution of the ice sheet.

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