Research Alert | December 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

Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 31, 2012; Application, April 15, 2013

Department of Commerce

NOAA
FY 2012 - 2013 Broad Agency Announcement (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Department of Defense

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Advanced Biological Imaging and Measurement
Deadline: Jan. 4, 2013

FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Assistive Technologies Research Award (PDF)
Deadlines: Pre-Application, Jan. 8, 2013; Application (by invitation), March 13, 2013

Department of Energy

Academia-Industry Collaboration-Synchrophasor Engineering Education Program
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

National Institutes of Health

NIAID Resource Related Research Projects for AIDS, Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013

NINDS Cooperative Program in Translational Research
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2013

Small Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology
Deadline: Feb. 16, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Research Coordination Networks
Deadlines: March 4, 2013, RCN SEES Track; June 14, 2013, RCN UBE & UBE incubator Track

Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources
Deadline: Feb. 27, 2013

Engineering and Systems Design
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Nanomanufacturing
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Archaeological Institute of America
Site Preservation Grant
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

National Pancreas Foundation
Grants & Awards
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013

FACE Foundation
Partner University Fund Grants
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

Property and Environment Research Center
Graduate Fellows
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Seven Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Seven faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS fellows are chosen annually by their peers to recognize their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

  • This year’s fellows from The University of Texas at Austin are:
  • John Ekerdt, associate dean for research and professor of chemical engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.
  • Andrew Ellington, professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Neal Evans II, professor of astronomy in the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Brian Korgel, professor of chemical engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.
  • Robert Krug, professor and chairman of molecular genetics and microbiology in the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Rodney Ruoff, professor of mechanical engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.
  • Christine Schmidt, professor of biomedical engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

The new fellows will be honored during the AAAS Fellows Forum at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston on Feb. 16. They join 59 previously honored AAAS fellows at The University of Texas at Austin.

News and Information

OSP Offers Grant Lifecycle Classes

SP101-Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant-Pre-award
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Feb. 27, 2013
NOA 5.318
Cost: Free

Participants will learn about the services available from the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), which serves as the coordinating office for externally funded research projects submitted by UT Austin. OSP assists faculty and professional research staff in their efforts to secure external funding for their research. This presentation will provide an overview of the grant award process and will include information and tips on using electronic research administration tools, budget development, and other pre-award issues. Related university policies and procedures will also be discussed. This class is open to everyone but is most appropriate for entry-level research administrators.


SP102-Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant-Post-award
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Feb. 27, 2013
NOA 5.318
Cost: Free

This presentation will provide an overview of grant account administration issues. Related University policies and procedures will also be discussed. This class is open to everyone but is most appropriate for entry-level research administrators.

Sponsored Projects, Industry Enagement Offices Set Winter Break Schedule

The Offices of Sponsored Projects and Industry Engagement will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 24, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013. Researchers must work with OSP and OIE to submit proposals and finalize award actions prior to close of business on Dec. 21, 2012.

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants and Subvention Grants. Also, nominations for the Hamilton Book Awards competition and the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards 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.
  • UNIVERSITY CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS.  Nominations are being accepted for two prizes:  the Career Research Excellence Award (to recognize a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years) and the Best Paper Award (in recognition of a principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research).  Deadline is Feb. 18, 2013.
  • SUBVENTION GRANTS. Applications for 2012-2013 Subventions are being accepted until funds run out. The University of Texas at Austin Subvention Grants program, which provides a maximum award of $5,000, 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.

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

NPR/ All Things Considered
Nov. 29, 2012
HEADLINE: Which Came First: The Galaxy Or The Black Hole?

Karl Gebhardt (UT Austin astronomer Karl Gebhardt talked to All Things Considered host Robert Siegel about the discovery Gehardt and colleagues made of a massive black hole in an unusual galaxy. Research Alert recommends listening to the audio of the interview.)

SIEGEL: Well, is it possible that you've discovered something that is anomalous and that is a black hole but doesn't follow the rules that govern other black holes or would that be science fiction?

GEBHARDT: You're exactly spot on. And look, there are 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, approximately, you know, plus or minus a large factor. There's got to be some weird oddballs out there and this could be just a super weird oddball. So what we've been doing is we have a big survey and we have a handful now of other galaxies with very similar properties to NGC1277, the one with the big black hole.

Research Project

A Systematic Survey of Dual Supermassive Black Holes as a Signpost for Galaxy Evolution

Julie ComerfordRESEARCHER: Julie Comerford, NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $170,000

A wealth of observations have shown that galaxy mergers are common and that nearly all galaxies host a central supermassive black hole (SMBH); consequently, some galaxies must host two SMBHs as the result of recent mergers. The two SMBHs are known as "dual SMBHs" for the first 100 million years after the merger when they are at separations of more than one kiloparsec. These dual SMBHs have significant potential as probes of galaxy evolution, as they are observational tracers of galaxy mergers, the role of active galactic nuclei (AGN) in galaxy mergers, and SMBH mergers. However, the full potential of dual SMBHs for studies of these topics has not yet been realized, due to the small number of known dual-SMBH systems.

Comerford proposes to use optical spectroscopy to increase the number of known dual SMBHs several fold and build a statistical catalog of dual SMBHs. She will use her dual-SMBH catalog to constrain the galaxy merger rate, mechanisms for AGN fueling and feedback in galaxy mergers, and the number of SMBH mergers that should be detected by future gravitational-wave experiments such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

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