Research Alert | September 6, 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 Agriculture

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012

Department of Defense

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AFRL Scholars Program
Deadline: Oct. 2, 2012

Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
Deadlines: White Paper, Oct. 9, 2012; Proposal, Dec. 10, 2012

Advanced RF Mapping (RadioMap) Program
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2013

Department of Energy

Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Environmental Influences on the Microbiome
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 14, 2012; Application, Jan. 16, 2013

Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Examination of Survivorship Care Planning Efficacy and Impact
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program
Deadline: Oct. 26, 2012
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Secondary Analyses and Archiving of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 14, 2013; Application, Feb. 14, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Innovation Corps Teams Program  (I-Corps Teams)
Deadline: Dec. 17, 2012

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
Deadline: Nov. 26, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Fellowships and Junior Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

National Endowment for the Humanities
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Deadline: Dec. 4, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Research Council of Norway
Research Program on Mental Health/Collaborative projects with research groups in the US
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2012

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2012

Horses & Humans Research Foundation
Equine_Assisted Therapies for Military Veterans with PTSD/TBI
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Specialized Center of Research Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 1, 2012; Proposal, by invitation, March 15, 2012

Leslie Munzer Neurological Institute
Brain AVM Research Grant
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Engineering Professors Honored as Two of the World's Top Young Innovators

Zheng Wang Nanshu LuZheng Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Nanshu Lu, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, have each been named to the MIT Technology Review's list of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 (TR35) for their health-related discoveries.

A panel of experts and Technology Review editorial staffers chose Lu and Wang from a pool of 250 nominees for the global list, which highlights young innovators who are changing the world.

News and Information

Research Grant Deadlines Approaching

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants, Subvention Grants, Undergraduate Research Fellowships and the Hamilton Book Award competition.

  • 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.
  • SUBVENTION GRANTS for 2012-2013 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty authors in a single competition. Preference will be given to assistant and associate professors. Please visit our website for detailed qualifications. The application deadline is Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
  • UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS in amounts up to $1,000 are awarded through two competitions, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Faculty and full-time research scientists and engineers may supervise undergraduate students in independent research projects. The deadline for the Fall 2012 competition is Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. The Spring 2013 deadline will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
  • 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

Runner's World
Aug. 30, 2012
HEADLINE: Brains of Regular Exercisers Should Age Better

Andreana Haley (Andreana Haley, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, talked to Runner's World about a research project that found that endurance exercise can assist in better brain function as people age.)

The significance, Haley said, is that "our results indicate that regular physical exercise is associated with a healthier brain--better neuronal viability, greater neural plasticity and higher metabolic efficiency. In other words, the brains of habitual exercisers appear to have a higher brain reserve and can be expected to age better, preserving cognitive function for longer periods of time and through a greater number of insults."

Research Project

Computing on Cryptographic Data

Brent WatersRESEARCHER: Brent Waters, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $399,983

This project is developing new techniques for manipulating sensitive data by exploring two related areas, computing on private keys and computing on authenticated data. Currently, a private key is an inert object that gives its holder the ability to perform a cryptographic operation on all messages, as may be the case when generating a signature. The project is exploring a new vision, in which computing on the private key itself creates new restricted private keys that can only perform restricted operations such as, for example, signing only some messages but not others. In the case of computing on authenticated data -- data for which integrity is important but secrecy is not -- the project is developing new tools to compute on such data and obtain authenticated results.

The project is committed to the dissemination of research results, education of students, and outreach to industry. Overall, the proposed project will produce a next generation of technology for managing authenticated and encrypted data while advancing the field of applied cryptography and educating the next generation of researchers.

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