Research Alert | September 27, 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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Medical Practice Initiative
Augmented Reality for Medical Applications

Deadlines: Pre-Proposal, Nov. 1, 2012; Proposal (by invitation), March 21, 2013

Clinical Trial Award - Regenerative Medicine, Pain, Sensory System (PDF)
Deadline: Pre-Application, June 1, 2012; Invitation to Submit an Application, June 2012; Application, Aug. 25, 2012

Department of Energy

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


Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Materials Testing in the Extreme Environment of Space

Deadline: Letter of Intent, Oct. 8, 2012; Proposal, Oct. 24, 2012/>

Astrophysics Explorer U.S. Participating Investigator
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Increase Diversity
Deadline: Dec. 21, 2012

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 14, 2012; Application, Jan. 14, 2013

NHLBI Systems Biology Collaborations
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 14, 2012; Application, Jan. 14, 2013

Advanced Development of Informatics Technology
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 22, 2012; Application, Jan. 22, 2013

National Science Foundation

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Integrated Earth Systems

Deadline: Nov. 14, 2013/>

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program
Deadline: Dec. 10, 2012

Computing Education for the 21st Century
Deadline: March 13, 2013

Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

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

Other Funding Opportunities

The Welch Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013


Career Development Grants
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012/>

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network/American Association for Cancer Research
Research Acceleration Network Grant
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 8, 2012; Application (by invitation), Jan. 15, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Historic Preservation Team Places First in NPS Peterson Prize Competition

The School of Architecture's Historic Preservation Program announced that the 2010 and 2011 graphic documentation students won first place in the National Park Service's Charles E. Peterson Prize competition. The team submitted measured drawings of Austin's North-Evans Chateau (1874-1960), now the Chateau Bellevue and home of the Austin Woman's Club, 708 San Antonio Street in the Bremond Block National Register Historic District. There were 20 entries from 13 programs in the 2012 competition; UT Austin tied for first with Louisiana State University.

Members of the winning team were 2012 graduates Yuanjing Du, Thomas Garcia, Andreea Hamilton, Rebecca Lapham, Julie McGilvray, and Payal Vora, and second-year students Jessica Anderson, Serena Bolliger, Kalan Contreras, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell, Emily Ray, Samantha Smith, Miriam Tworek-Hofstetter and Katherine Yester.

News and Information

NIH Announces New Forms for Reports

The National Institutes of Health has announced the availability of newly revised forms and instructions used to submit interim and final progress reports, and other post-award documents associated the monitoring, oversight, and closeout of an award.


Also announced: As NIH’s fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, 2012, NIH encourages grantee officials to verify the accuracy of the FY2012 award information reflected in NIH systems to ensure the most complete and accurate information is reflected in FY12 reports. Any corrections to the data must be received by 5:00 PM EST Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 to be reflected in NIH reports.


Please see the NIH Guide notices below for more complete information.

Revised Pre- and Post-Award Forms and Instructions Available

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Review of Grants Information for Fiscal Year 2012

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Translational Neuroscience Symposium on Tap

The NeuroTexas Institute Research Foundation, along with The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Neuroscience, hosts the second annual Austin Translational Neuroscience Symposium on Oct. 26 and 27, 2012. Designed for academic and medical researchers and students, this symposium series is intended to highlight the latest in neuroscience research, as well as provide a venue for clinicians and researchers to meet and discuss collaborative opportunities. 

This year's conference will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Terrence Sejnowski of UC-San Diego/Salk Institute, as well as presentations by an additional six invited speakers.


For more information about speakers and registration, please visit Austin Translational Neuroscience Symposium.

OSP Urges Early Submission for Proposals with Oct. 5 Deadline

The Office of Sponsored Projects encourages researchers who plan to submit a proposal between now and Oct. 5, 2012 to work early with their proposal specialists. Please submit a Proposal Review Form as early as possible.

There are two major concerns for this deadline, especially those submitting to the Public Health Service (PHS)

The week leading up to Oct. 5 will see a peak in proposal activity. Submitting early will ensure proposals are submitted on time to the funding agency.

Those who are submitting grants to Public Health Service (PHS) agencies must satisfy the requirements of the updated PHS Conflict of Interest policy. Namely, all covered individuals listed on the project must complete a two-fold process before proposal submission: Complete training; and Submit a Financial Information Disclosure form. PHS requires that all covered individuals must have completed training AND submitted a financial disclosure form before an application can be submitted.

For more information, go to the OSP website

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

New Scientist
Sept. 25, 2012
HEADLINE: Mimicry beats consciousness in gaming's Turing test

Risto Miikkulainen (Risto Miikkulainen, professor in the Department of Computer Science, talked about making robotic game characters seem to be human--at least more than half the time.)

Still, Miikkulainen says that intelligence is made of up of components, at least one of which has now been solved. "In terms of spatial reasoning, it is possible to act human," he says. "Language is a much bigger problem, but it's nice to know that in this part of intelligence, we can do well."

Research Project

Institute for High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship

Tanya ClementRESEARCHER: Tanya Clement, assistant professor, School of Information
AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities
AMOUNT: $235,000

A professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to develop the tools to sort and analyze recordings of poetry, speeches and folk tales in much the way that music files are already routinely analyzed.

The work could make hundreds of thousands of audio files more accessible to scholars and researchers.

The research by assistant professor Tanya Clement is, in part, a response to an August 2010 report by the Library of Congress and the Council on Library and Information Resources titled, “The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age” that says our culture will not preserve what it does not know how to use.

According to Clement, libraries and museums across the United States have tremendous collections of audio files that are, for the most part, inaccessible.

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