Research Alert | August 16, 2012

Research Alert
Research Alert

Quick Links

Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Submission of Financial Interest Disclosures to assure compliance with federal regulations and UT policy has been underway for about two weeks and is moving forward. The revised Objectivity in Research policy will become effective on Aug. 23, 2012, and it will be added to the UT Handbook of Operating Procedures. Currently, the Conflict of Interest (CoI) web page contains a link to the 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 at least every four years by all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research. 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 (FID) form. There is a delay of 24-48 hours from completion of the training module until the training database is updated and the FID form is available for completion and submission. Additionally, the revised policy requires completion of the Financial Interest Disclosure form annually or within 30 days of when changes occur.

For information on the new Public Health Service 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 Commerce

FY 2013 Joint Hurricane Testbed
Deadline: Dec. 7, 2012

Department of Defense

DOD logo

Defense Sciences Research and Technology
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2013

FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Request for Information (RFI) for Sense-Through-The-Wall (STTW) Technologies and Sensors by The US Army, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2012

Department of Energy

Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production
Deadline: Sept. 28, 2012

Department of Transportation

Exploratory Advanced Research Program Broad Agency Announcement
Deadline: Oct. 4, 2012


2013A NASA KECK Call for Proposals (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2012

National Institutes of Health

NIMH Short Courses for Mental Health-Related Research Education
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 25, 2012; Application, Sept. 25, 2012

Estimating the Economic Costs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 5, 2012; Application, Oct. 5, 2012

2013 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program
Deadline: Oct. 9, 2012

Global Partnerships for Social Science AIDS Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 7, 2012; Application, Dec. 7, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 20, 2012; Proposal, Nov. 13, 2012

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
Deadlines: Medium Projects, Nov. 30, 2012; Small Projects, Dec. 14, 2012; Cybersecurity Education Projects, Dec. 14, 2012; Frontier Projects, Jan. 30, 2013

Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2012

Coastal SEES
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2013

National Security Agency

Grants for Research in Mathematics
Deadline:Oct. 15, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Archaeological Institute of America
Publication Preparation Grant
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs
Truman-Kauffman Research Fellowship
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative
US-India Institutional Partnership Grants
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Nursing Professors Receive One of Nursing’s Highest Honors

Three faculty members in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in nursing.

Linda Carpenter, Alexandra Garcia and Gayle Timmerman are among 176 nurse leaders selected to be inducted during the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting on Oct. 13, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

Linda CarpenterCarpenter is associate professor of Clinical Nursing and assistant dean for Student Affairs. She teaches graduate courses for students in the nursing education concentration, serves on the Education Advisory Committee and conducts faculty development programs and orientations.

Alexandra GarciaGarcia is associate professor in the Family and Public Health Nursing and Nursing Administration Division. Her research focuses on the symptom experience of Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes and the exploration of social, cultural and economic influences on health promotion practices; and diabetes self-management and quality of life.

Gayle TimmermanTimmerman is associate dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor at the School of Nursing. Her research has targeted eating patterns in women that influence weight (binge eating, dieting, emotional eating), a critically important health issue.

News and Information

Postdoc Orientation and Resource Fair is Sept. 5

New and current postdoctoral researchers are invited to a Postdoc Orientation and Resource Fair from 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012 at the Avaya Auditorium in the ACE building.

The session includes speakers, door prizes and food. Download the agenda here.

Register through TXClass, course number SP800.

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

Los Angeles Times
Aug. 13, 2012
HEADLINE: Lupe Velez: Early Hollywood path-paver

Charle Ramirez Barg (Charles Ramírez Berg, professor of media studies, commented in an article about movie star Lupe Velez.)

"She did the Mae West thing, which is to say pushing the boundaries of what you could do or say in a film at a time when Hollywood was trying to police itself," said Charles Ramírez Berg, professor of media studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of "Latino Images in Film."

Research Project

A Metric for Measuring and Quantifying Wind Power Variability

Surya SantosoDavid MortonRESEARCHERS: Surya Santoso, associate professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, principal investigator, and David Morton, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, co-principal investigator.
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $296,727

The merit of the proposed work lies in a novel metric to quantify and forecast intra-hour wind power variability and methods to manage it to the desired level. The new metric, appropriately termed conditional range metric, provides the largest wind power excursion over a given duration, wind power production level and coverage rate. New methods for allocating system reserve and sizing and control of distributed energy storage systems will be developed to demonstrate the efficacy of the metric in managing variability at the transmission and distribution system levels, respectively.

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.