Research Alert | November 29, 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

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Advanced Biological Imaging and Measurement
Deadline: Jan. 4, 2013

Autonomous Diagnostics to Enable Prevention and Therapeutics: Prophylactic Options to Environmental and Contagious Threats
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

FY12 Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program - Information Systems Development
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Department of State

Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in Europe and Eurasia
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders
Deadline: Dec. 13, 2012


NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship 2013
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Practical Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence in Primary Care
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

U.S.-Russia Bilateral Collaborative Research Partnerships on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Co-morbidities
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Ribosomal Disorders and Their Role in Inherited Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Obesity and Asthma: Awareness and Management
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Planning Grant for Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Planning Award
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 17, 2013; Application, April 17, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, please contact]

National Science Foundation

David Laude

United States/Ireland R&D Partnership
Deadline: Apply anytime

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects
Deadline: Jan. 30, 2013

National Radio Astronomy Observatory-Summer Student Research Assistantships
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Children's Literature Association
ChLA Faculty Research Grants
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

American Institute for Maghrib Studies
2013-2014 Grants Program for US Citizens
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Onassis Foundation
Scholarships for Foreigners
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
2012-2013 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

iSchool Dean Will Lead National Organization for Information Science & Technology

Andrew DillonAndrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information (iSchool), was inducted as president of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) during the organization’s annual meeting in Baltimore.

Dillon has been a member of ASIS&T since 1995 and has served as director at large for three years, as editorial board member of the ASIS&T journal, as program chair for both the ASIS&T annual conference and the Information Architecture (IA) Summit and as a member of the publications task force.

“A major part of the coming year's efforts will focus on increasing international membership in the society, ensuring greater connectivity to students and professionals across the information disciplines, and building bridges with related organizations such as the iSchools Caucus,” said Dillon.

News and Information

OPS Offers Grant Lifecycle Classes

SP101-Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant-Pre-award
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Feb. 27, 2013
NOA 5.318
Cost: Free

Participants will learn about the services available from the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), which serves as the coordinating office for externally funded research projects submitted by UT Austin. OSP assists faculty and professional research staff in their efforts to secure external funding for their research. This presentation will provide an overview of the grant award process and will include information and tips on using electronic research administration tools, budget development, and other pre-award issues. Related university policies and procedures will also be discussed. This class is open to everyone but is most appropriate for entry-level research administrators.

SP102-Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant-Post-award
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Feb. 27, 2013
NOA 5.318
Cost: Free

This presentation will provide an overview of grant account administration issues. Related University policies and procedures will also be discussed. This class is open to everyone but is most appropriate for entry-level research administrators.

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

Austin American-Statesman
Nov. 24, 2012
HEADLINE: UT nanotech experts develop new windows on human health

Zheng WangNanshu Lu(An article in the Austin American-Statesman highlighted nanotechnology research at UT Austin. It featured work by Nanshu Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and Zheng Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. In this quote, Wang explains a bit of his research.)

For instance, Wang has made inroads in the constant search to find better, faster, more efficient ways to transmit data. Recently, he and colleagues at Sandia National Laboratories demonstrated a better way to convert optical signals to acoustic signals than was previously known. The advance could have dramatic implications for communications technology.

“What we did in this work was to show, ‘OK, now, you can actually produce sound from light very, very efficiently,’” said Wang, explaining that ultrahigh-frequency acoustic waves can carry a signal used for communication.

Research Project

The Motivational and Learning Benefits of Autonomy-Supportive Classroom Practices

Erika PatallRESEARCHERS: Erika Patall, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology, principal investigator
AGENCY: William T. Grant Foundation
AMOUNT: $892,700

Do classrooms that support students’ feelings of autonomy improve student motivation, attitudes, and behaviors? Prior research has suggested some instructional practices facilitate such feelings, but little is known about how and why they work. One problem is that there are few existing cost-effective measures of the practices themselves. This study aims to create such a measure to provide a better understanding of how specific instructional practices support feelings of autonomy, motivate positive behavior, and foster learning among high school students.

Patall will identify which teacher practices support students’ psychological needs and whether they are related to greater student motivation, engagement, and achievement. The research will be conducted in high school science classrooms in the Austin Independent School District. Prompted by email reminders, students will use an Apple iPod Touch to report on their teachers’ practices. In addition to these reports, classrooms will be videotaped and trained observers will code data on a parallel set of teacher practices. The video data would be used to validate the students’ reports.

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