Research Alert | October 4, 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 Defense

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National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

Laser Radar Technology
Deadline: March 21, 2013

Department of Homeland Security

Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012

Department of the Interior

U.S. Geological Survey
The Educational Component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2012

Bureau of Land Management
JFSP 2013 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Research Answers to NCI’s Provocative Questions- Group A
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 4, 2012; Application, Dec. 4, 2012

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancer for Years 2013 and 2014
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 24, 2012; Application, Jan. 24, 2013

Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Drug Abuse Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 6, 2013; Application, March 6, 2013

Developmental Pharmacology
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 5, 2013; Application, Feb. 5, 2013

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude


SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Deadline: Oct. 29, 2012

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research
Deadline: Jan. 23, 2013

National Robotics Initiative
Deadlines: Small Proposals, Dec. 11, 2012; Large Proposals, Jan. 23, 2013

Ocean Acidification
Deadline: Dec. 4, 2012

Design of Engineering Material Systems
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Fellowswhips and Grants
Deadlines: See individual grants

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Art History Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012

Asian Civilisations Museum
Research Fellowship Grant 2013–14
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Preterm Birth Initiative
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2012

Cancer Research Institute

Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP) Grants

Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 1, 2012; Application (by invitation), Feb. 1, 2013

Brain Research Foundation
Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 9, 2013; Application (by invitation), April 1, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Research Prizes and Honors

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

National Academy of Engineering Honors Peppas with Founders Award

Nicholas Peppas The National Academy of Engineering has selected Nicholas Peppas as its 2012 Founders Award recipient in recognition of his pioneering work in the areas of polymer chemistry, bioengineering, pharmaceutical sciences and advanced drug delivery.

Peppas is the chair of the Cockrell School of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Department, and he holds the Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering with additional appointments in Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin. He is believed to be the first faculty member from a Texas university to receive the prestigious award since its inception in 1966. The award is given to one NAE member annually who has made a substantial impact on the engineering profession.

News and Information

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants. Also, nominations for the Hamilton Book Award competition 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.

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

USA Today
Sept. 28, 2012
HEADLINE: BPA damages chromosomes in monkeys

Andrea Gore (Andrea Gore, a professor in the College of Pharmacy, added the perspective from her research to an article about the influence of BPA in birth defects and miscarriages.)

That could limit the number of viable eggs, impairing fertility, (Patricia) Hunt says. BPA can affect multiple generations simultaneously, says Andrea Gore, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Texas at Austin. That's because BPA can affect a pregnant mother; her unborn fetus; and, if that fetus is female, the fetus' future offspring, who will develop from her eggs.

Research Project

Scalable Computational Tools for Discovery and Design – Excited State Phenomena in Energy Materials

James ChelikowskyRESEARCHER: James Chelikowsky, director of the Center for Computational Materials within the university’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.
AGENCY: Department of Energy
AMOUNT: $6.2 million

Researchers will develop computer software to design and discover materials for low-cost energy applications. Potential uses include economical battery materials to capture solar energy and materials that convert water to hydrogen using sunlight.

The wide range of materials problems associated with energy-related applications requires a team of physical scientists, materials engineers, computer scientists and applied mathematicians. This diverse research team will develop and implement scalable, open-source codes to be used across the scientific community.

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