Research Alert | December 20, 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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Special Program Announcement for 2013: Basic Research Challenges in the Science of Autonomy
Deadlines: White Paper, Feb. 1, 2013; Full Proposal, March 18, 2013

Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Department of Energy

Nuclear Energy University Programs - Reactor Upgrades
Deadline: May 20, 2013


Astrophysics Research and Analysis
Deadline: March 22, 2013

National Institutes of Health

NIA Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 16, 2013; Application, Feb. 16, 2013

AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
Deadline: Feb. 12, 2013

National Science Foundation

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Science of Organizations
Deadline: Feb. 2, 2013

Manufacturing Machines and Equipment
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Civil Infrastructure Systems
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

Physics of Living Systems
Deadline: Oct. 23, 2013

Physics at the Information Frontier
Deadline: Nov. 29, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Association for Computing Machinery
ACM History Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

LBJ Foundation
Moody Research Grant
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

The Welch Foundation
Research Grants
Deadlines: Initiate Proposal Review Form and submit the signed original application, including a signed original budget, to the Office of Sponsored Projects no later than Jan. 16, 2013; Feb. 1, 2013, foundation deadline

Prostate Cancer Foundation
2013 Young Investigator Awards
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013

Smith-Lemli-Opitz | RSH Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Computer Science Professor Selected for Humboldt Research Award

Lorenzo AlvisiLorenzo Alvisi, professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been selected for a prestigious Humboldt Research Award. The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

News and Information

OSP Expects High Proposal Volume in January 2013

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) Proposal Team expects a heavy proposal load in early 2013 due to many competing deadlines.

OSP requests that those planning a submission between now and Feb. 5, 2013 give Proposal Specialists as much lead time as possible to review and submit applications on their behalf.

If your completed proposal is not received by OSP within four full business days before the funder's submission deadline, OSP cannot guarantee that your proposal will be reviewed and submitted. Proposals will be reviewed and submitted in the order in which they are received.

OSP Offers Grant Lifecycle Classes

Sign up via TXClass. Find more information at the Office of Sponsored Projects website.

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

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

Sponsored Projects, Industry Engagement 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.

Find information about these programs at Resources for Researchers page on the Vice President for Research website.

Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough or 471-2877.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Dec. 17, 2012
HEADLINE: Mexico's Maya 'Armageddon' a boon for tourism

David Stuart (In a Reuters article about the Mayan calendar and end-of-world scenarios, David Stuart, a Mayan scholar at UT Austin, said that even outlandish ideas can have an impact.)

Still, the mix of religion, ancient inscriptions and media-driven speculation about impending doom remains potent.

"I got an email the other day from a mother who was contemplating taking her own life, because she didn't know what was really going to happen, she didn't want her children to live through this ordeal," said David Stuart, a Maya expert at the University of Texas. "We can dismiss it as a kooky idea, which it is, but they're still ideas and they still have power."

Research Project

Autograph: A System for Synthesizing Concurrent Data Structure Implementations

Keshav PingaliRESEARCHER: Keshav Pingali, professor, Institute for Computational Engineering and Science and Department of Computer Science,
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $399,998

Most electronic devices today are built from multicore processors, which consist of four to eight small cores (computers) that cooperate to perform computational tasks. Programming such multicore processors is much more difficult than programming a single computer, so one of the major research challenges in Computer Science is to design and implement tools that make this programming task easier.

The Autograph project focuses on one aspect of this problem, which is the implementation of data structures that can be read and written safely by multiple cores at the same time. When completed, the Autograph tool will permit multicore programmers to specify the properties of the desired data structure, leaving it to the tool to synthesize the parallel data structure automatically. This tool will simplify the parallel programming task substantially.

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