Research Alert | August 2, 2012

Research Alert
Research Alert

Quick Links

Requirement for Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosures

The University of Texas System has approved our revised Objectivity in Research policy, which will be effective Aug. 23, 2012. The Conflict of Interest (CoI) web page contains a link to the “Draft” policy that will be implemented.

The revised policy contains significant revisions to the previous policy and incorporates changes that meet updated federal requirements governing disclosure and reporting of Financial Conflicts of Interest. As we have said, the new policy will affect all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research.

The revised policy requires completion of Conflict of Interest training by all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research at least every four years. A web-based training module has been implemented and training may be completed at any time.

Upon completion of Conflict of Interest training, all affected researchers will be required to complete a web-based Financial Interest Disclosure form that is in the final stages of testing. Additionally, the revised policy requires completion of the Financial Interest Disclosure form annually or when changes occur.

For information on the new PHS policy, see the Frequently Asked Questions at the National Institutes of Health website. At the university, the Office of Research Support has updates on its Conflict of Interest page.

Research Opportunities

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

DOD logo

Research and Development: Enterprise Software
Deadline: Aug. 10, 2012

FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Fiscal Year 2013 University NanoSatellite Program
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2012

Department of Energy

Early Career Research Program (PDF)
Deadlines: Pre-Application, Sept. 6, 2012; Application, Nov. 26, 2012

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Research Program
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Secondary Analyses and Archiving of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 3, 2012; Application, Oct. 19, 2012

Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications
Deadline: Oct. 30, 2012

National Security Agency

Mathematical Sciences Program
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

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

Deadline: Continuous

Arts, Humanities and Culture

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Call for Concept Proposals
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2012

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grants
Deadline: Sept. 24, 2012

GRAMMY Foundation
GRAMMY Foundation Research Grant: scientific research projects (PDF)
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Oct. 1, 2012

Social Science Research Council
Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

American Society for Microbiology
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Computer Science Faculty Member Wins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Brent WatersBrent Waters, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has earned a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in cryptography and computer security from President Barack Obama.

Waters was nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) after winning an NSF CAREER award for "Foundations and Extensions of Public Key Cryptography.” A large part of this research focuses on a concept he developed called "Functional Encryption,” which is a new vision of how one encrypts data.

PECASE is the highest honor that the U.S. government awards to science and engineering researchers in the early stages of their careers.

News and Information

Research Grant Deadlines Approaching

VPRFunding will soon be available for 2012-2013 Research Grants, Special Research Grants, Subvention Grants, and Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

  • RESEARCH GRANTS for 2012-2013 in amounts up to $6,000 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty in a single competition. The application deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
  • 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 will be accepted beginning Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
  • 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.

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

July 25, 2012
HEADLINE: The Tea Party's Texas Strategy For 2012

Bruce Buchanan (Bruce Buchanan, professor in the Department of Government, was on NPR's "Political Junkie" to talk about the Republican run-off primary election for the U.S. Senate in Texas. The candidates are David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz.)

KEN RUDIN: Professor Buchanan, we saw earlier this year in Indiana, we saw a longtime Republican incumbent, Dick Luger, who had voted with the Democrats and Obama on many issues - not that many, but some issues - and the Tea Party picked up with Richard Mourdock, and he defeated him handily.

With everything I've seen about David Dewhurst, he's a reliable conservative. Rick Perry strongly backs him, and Rick Perry's hardly, you know, as Neal just said, a radical Republican. But I did see somewhere that Dewhurst is accused of cooperating with Democrats. Is that a sin? Is that what part of the problem is?

BRUCE BUCHANAN: Well, I'm not sure exactly what they have in mind, because while there were some votes on which he could have been described as moderate in his relatively distant past, and maybe on some of those issues Democrats joined the side he was voting on, so did many Republicans. And since then, as has happened to almost all establishment Republicans - you know, think of John Boehner for example, how he's changed his tune on a number of things, trying to manage the, you know, the feisty coalition of newcomers, many of whom are Tea Partiers, in his group.

And so Dewhurst has attempted to adapt and is - I think the main sin that he commits in the eyes of many of these folks is that he's been around too long, he's been in office too long. Having been a longtime public servant is not a plus in that Tea Party calculus.

Research Project

Evolving Occupations of Information Professionals

Diane BaileyRESEARCHER: Diane Bailey, professor, School of Information, principal investigator; William Aspray, professor, School of Information, co-principal investigator
AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services
AMOUNT: $498,359

Technological advances and demographic shifts are transforming the information landscape and much of the recent research in Library and Information Science (LIS) has been concerned with new information processes and tools. Research is needed on information institutions, particularly the emerging roles of librarians, and especially the skills and knowledge that LIS graduates will require to better meet the needs of future library users. The University of Texas at Austin, home of the only research group focused on studying information work, will educate six doctoral students who will study the emerging roles of information professionals and translate findings into teaching materials and scholarly publications.

This abstract is from the IMLS website. For a more detailed look, see this news release.

The Research Alert is an electronic publication from the Office of the Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin. It includes news of research honors and awards, news of research programs and deadlines, researchers quoted in news media, a listing of funding opportunities and a look at a current research project. It is available by e-mail and on the Web.

Subscribe to the Research Alert by sending an e-mail to with the following command in the body text: subscribe research_alert or by visiting and selecting the "Subscribe" link in the left navigation.

Unsubscribe to the Research Alert by sending an e-mail to with the following command in the body text: unsubscribe research_alert or by visiting and selecting the "Unsubscribe" link in the left navigation.

To send questions, comments or news items, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research.