Research Alert | April 11, 2013

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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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Broad Agency Announcement for Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School (PDF)
Deadline: May 14, 2013

Broad Agency Announcement for the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction at the Naval Postgraduate School (PDF)
Deadline: July 1, 2013

Department of Justice

Testing Geospatial Predictive Policing Strategies (PDF)
Deadline: June 17, 2013

NIJ FY 13 Research on Offender Decision-Making (PDF)
Deadline: June 17, 2013


Space Technology Research Opportunities-Early Stage Innovations
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, April 29, 2013; Proposal, May 21, 2013

SmallSat Technology Partnerships FY13 CAN
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, May 1, 2013; Proposal, June 5, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
Deadline: March 31, 2014

National Institutes of Health

Improving HIV Prevention and Treatment Outcomes Among HIV-Infected Persons by Integrating Community Pharmacists and Clinical Sites into a Model of Patient-centered HIV Care
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 22, 2013; Application, May 15, 2013

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research
Deadline: June 16, 2013

Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program
Deadline: June 16, 2013

Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 19, 2013; Application, Sept. 19, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Hydrologic Sciences
Deadline: June 3, 2013

Critical Zone Observatory National Office
Deadline: Sept. 16, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Expeditions in Training, Research, and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data
Deadline: Nov. 6, 2013

Cyber-Physical Systems
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2014

Arts, Humanities and Culture

American Musicological Society
The Thomas Hampson Fund Supporting Research and Publication on Classic Song
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

American Heart Association
National Innovative Research Grant
Deadline: July 18, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Engineering Professor Receives Medal for Optics

Anrea AluAndrea Alù, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the 2013 OSA Adolph Lomb Medal "for outstanding contributions to the fields of optical metamaterials and plasmonic optics, and for development of the concept of plasmonic cloaking."

The medal recognizes noteworthy contributions made to optics before reaching the age of 35. Alù is being honored for outstanding contributions to the fields of optical metamaterials and plasmonic optics, and for development of the concept of plasmonic cloaking.

News and Information

Leader of Folger Shakespeare Library Appointed New Ransom Center Director

Stephen Enniss Head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library Stephen Enniss has been appointed as the new director of the Harry Ransom Center.

Enniss will take over the duties of current Director Thomas F. Staley, who will retire Aug. 31. Staley, who has been responsible for scores of notable acquisitions and the Center’s enormous growth during his 25-year tenure, had announced plans to retire in 2011, but later agreed to postpone his retirement date. Staley, who is also the Harry Huntt Ransom Chair in Liberal Arts, will remain on faculty and plans to teach in the College of Liberal Arts. Enniss will start at the Ransom Center Aug. 1 to allow time for a smooth transition.

Subvention Funding Available

VPRApplications for 2012-2013 Subventions are being accepted until funds run out. The university's subvention grants program provides a maximum award of $5,000. It 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.

Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough, 471-2877.

Funding for another grant program, the Special Research Grants, has been depleted for the academic year.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

New York Times
April 4, 2013
Rewrite the Second Amendment

Zachary Elkins (In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Zachary Elkins, associate professor in the Department of Government, wrote that it is possible to rewrite the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution in a way that appeals to advocates of gun regulation and advocates of gun rights.)

Lost in this confusion and anxiety is the possibility that a basic consensus on guns exists among Americans. Opinion polls suggest that a majority recognize a right to bear arms, subject to reasonable regulations protecting public safety. This strong dual commitment, if clarified and entrenched in our Constitution, could reassure most, though not all, of us.

Research Project

Collaborative Research: Green Foundations for Green Energy

Robert GilbertRESEARCHER: Robert Gilbert, professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $298,061

This work is advancing a fundamental understanding of soil-structure interactions to develop a novel and sustainable foundation concept for offshore wind turbines: a Flying Wing Anchor. This anchor is a steel plate in the shape of an aerodynamically efficient winged aircraft. The anchor is installed silently and efficiently using gravity from free fall through the water column and penetration into the sea floor. Tension in the line that attaches the wind turbine structure to the anchor causes the anchor to dive and pitch toward the horizontal in service, maximizing the available holding capacity in bearing over the full wing surface in an extreme load.

The research plan comprises a comprehensive approach to physically testing scale models of a Flying Wing Anchor during penetration and in-service loading and numerically modeling the three-dimensional behavior with time of a Flying Wing Anchor with the Finite Element Method (FEM) and advanced constitutive models. It capitalizes on a U.S.-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Program to bring together a multidisciplinary, multiple-institution team that represents the European state-of-the art in offshore wind development and the U.S. state-of-the-art in offshore foundations.

The project partners include The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Rhode Island, University College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast. With external funding from Invest NI and Science Foundation Ireland, the U.S. investment in this project is leveraged at a ratio of nearly $3 for each dollar invested from NSF.

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