Research Alert | November 21, 2012

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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 Energy

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Post-doctoral Appointments
Deadlines: Mid-December, Mid-April, Mid-July and Mid-October for quarterly reviews

FY 2013 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Department of Homeland Security

Wireless Broadband Technology Demonstrator
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Environmental Protection Agency

Request for Proposals: Increasing Community Awareness and Use of Environmental Information through Education and Outreach
Deadline: March 1, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity
Deadlines: Feb. 12, 2013 for new submissions; March 12, 2013 for renewals, resubmissions and revisions

The NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity
Deadline: Deadlines: Feb. 12, 2013 for new submissions; March 12, 2013 for renewals, resubmissions and revisions

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Deadline: Jan. 6, 2013

Computational Mathematics
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

Developmental and Learning Sciences
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Hydrologic Sciences
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012

Perception, Action & Cognition
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies
Grant Program 2013
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Whatcom Museum
Jacobs Research Funds
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Mary Kay Foundation
Cancer Research Grant Program
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Earthwatch Institute
Request for Research Proposals
Deadline: Concept Note, Jan. 27, 2013

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
Globalization and Socio-Environmental Systems
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Honors Dean and Professor

Luis ZayasDiana DiNittoUniversity of Texas School of Social Work Dean Luis H. Zayas and Professor Diana DiNitto have been selected as 2012 Fellows to the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, an honorific society of scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the fields.

The Academy Board recently selected 17 Fellows for their distinguished accomplishments as scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in high-impact work that advances social good.

Zayas was appointed dean of the School of Social Work in January 2012, the culmination of a long career in social work practice, research and education.

DiNitto is the School of Social Work Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education and University Distinguished Teaching Professor.

News and Information

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 for two prizes:  the Career Research Excellence Award (to recognize a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years) and the Best Paper Award (in recognition of a principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research).  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.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Washington Post
Nov. 16, 2012
HEADLINE: Toll roads toss the coins for electronic methods

Chandra Bhat (In an article about toll roads, Chandra Bhat, a professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, talks about trade offs of time and money.)

Of course, back roads can be more time-consuming and head-scratchingly confusing. Chandra Bhat, director of the Center for Transportation Research at The University of Texas at Austin, says that travelers need to weigh the cost of travel against the value of time and reliability. A vacationer in the mood for a leisurely canter through the countryside, for instance, might not mind a slow, circuitous route; a family with a two-day pass to Disney World, however, will begrudge every stoplight and school crossing.

“If you’ve invested a good bit of money in your trip,” said Bhat, “you don’t mind paying an additional amount if you can get there faster.”

Research Project

Developing a Culturally Relevant Model of Smoking Cessation Among Latinos

Yessenia CastroRESEARCHER: Yessenia Castro, assistant professor, School of Social Work, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Cancer Institute
AMOUNT: $139,896

Although Latinos are less likely to smoke, they exhibit more difficulty quitting, are less likely to seek or receive help with quitting, and are at high risk of developing tobacco related chronic illnesses. Further, very little is known about the determinants of smoking cessation among Latinos, or how factors specific to minority status influence determinants of cessation. Advancing knowledge in these areas would help to identify treatment targets, improve current smoking cessation interventions, and ultimately aid in eliminating health disparities among Latinos.

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