Research Alert | January 10, 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 Agriculture

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 22, 2013; Application, March 21, 2013

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy Competitive Grants Program (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 28, 2013; Application, April 3, 2013

Department of Energy

Nonproliferation & International Security Research, Training, & Outreach
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 19, 2013; Application, March 19, 2013

Mechanisms of HIV-Related Lung Disease
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 19, 2013; Application, March 19, 2013

Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training for Diabetes Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 7, 2013; Application, March 7, 2013

International Traumatic Brain Injury Research Initiative: NIH Cooperative Program for Comparative Effectiveness of Clinical Tools and Therapies
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 1, 2013; Application, April 1, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Plant Genome Research Program
Deadline: March 13, 2013

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
Deadline: March 19, 2013

Deadline: March 26, 2013

Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime

Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Network Infrastructure and Engineering Program
Deadline: April 3, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

The Dirksen Congressional Center
Congressional Research Awards
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Sundance Institute
Documentary Fund
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Avon Foundation for Women
Breast Cancer Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 4, 2013; Application, April 1, 2013

Child Health Foundation
Innovative Small Grants Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 30, 2013; Proposal, Aug. 30, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Two Professors to Receive National Medal of Science

Two professors from The University of Texas at Austin will be honored by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Science. Allen Bard, in the College of Natural Sciences, and John Goodenough, in the Cockrell School of Engineering, are two of 12 eminent researchers who will receive the medal this year, bringing the university’s overall total to five since 1962.

Allen BardBard, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry and director of the Center for Electrochemistry, has been called the “father of modern electrochemistry” by his colleagues. His pioneering work in electrochemistry led to the development of the scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM), which is used as an analytical tool in chemistry labs around the world to discover new materials for technologies such as solar cells and batteries, and to investigate the inner workings of biological cells.

John GoodenoughGoodenough holds the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering and is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has made lasting contributions to materials science and technology, and he is best known for developing materials critical to the development of lightweight and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that have enabled the wireless revolution.

News and Information

UT Austin Names Director for Commercialization Efforts

Dan SharpThe University of Texas at Austin has appointed Dan Sharp, a veteran intellectual property and technology lawyer, to be the director of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) and associate vice president for research.

“My vision for OTC is to diligently work with partners inside and outside of the university to spur innovation and bring the research performed by our world-renowned faculty to the marketplace,” Sharp said. “We will continue working with faculty to identify and protect intellectual property (IP) and to market that IP. The efficient transfer of these innovations to the private sector is critical. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to work for my alma mater and to be able to help create jobs and spur innovation.”

Deadline for Hamilton Book Awards Submissions is Jan. 18

Faculty and staff members who published books and other published works in 2012 are eligible for the Hamilton Book Author Awards. Nominations for the awards must be made by Jan. 18, 2013.

The first prize is $10,000 and there are four prizes of $3,000.

Published works including scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g.,novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogues, textbooks, and edited collections, published during the 2012 calendar year may be nominated. Current faculty (tenured, tenuretrack, senior lecturers and lecturers), Code 1000, and staff are eligible to compete for these awards.

For more information and submission instructions, visit the Hamilton Awards website.

Deadline for Undergraduate Research Fellowships is Jan. 22

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) program provides support for specific scholarly research projects conducted by full-time UT Austin undergraduate students enrolled in any department. These fellowships are intended to cover costs associated with academic research projects proposed and written by student applicants and undertaken with the supervision of a university tenured or tenure-track faculty member, lecturer, senior lecturer or full-time research scientist/engineer. Some restrictions apply. See the URF guidelines for more information.


Applications must be in to the Office of the Vice President by 5 p.m., Jan. 22, 2013.

Webinar Details Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health has announced there will be changes to public access policy reporting requirements. As early as spring 2013, the NIH will hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy. The NIH is offering a webinar from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. CST to help grantee institutions better understand these changes.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Austin American-Statesman
Dec. 26, 2012
HEADLINE: As global pollinator crisis continues, UT researcher examines foraging habits of bees

Shalen Jha (Shalene Jha, an assistant professor in the Section of Integrative Biology, got right to the point when asked why people should care about her bee research.)

“If you have any connection to agriculture, or you eat, or you wear cotton, this is something you should care about,” she said. Exacerbating matters: A global, unsolved die-off of bees that Jha says “is as dire as ever.”

Research Project

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Constructing Spaceship Earth: UN Scientists and the Cold War Origins of Sustainable Development

RESEARCHERS: Philippa Levine, professor, Department of History, Perrin Selcer, postdoctoral fellow, Department of History, investigators
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $75,000


This study investigates a key problem in the field of science and technology studies: how and why transnational expert communities create global scientific knowledge, and with what consequences.

The study examines how the idea of global sustainable development became a vital concern for scientists, activists and politicians during the quarter-century following World War II. Based on multinational archival research, including records at the United Nations (UN), it investigates international social and environmental scientific projects coordinated by UN agencies to analyze the development of a transnational community of experts united by shared values, norms and practices that came to be known as sustainable development.

By studying scientific projects affiliated with UN agencies, the key role of technical experts in the transition from an imperial to an international world order is illuminated. The study enriches understanding of the reciprocal relationship between values and science, demonstrating that for post-war internationalist scientists, the objective of basic research was to cultivate a world community of shared values. More broadly, this research contributes social and historical understanding of how expertise and democracy can be reconciled during periods of globalization.


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