Research Alert | January 31, 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 Commerce

FY2013 Marine Debris Prevention, Education and Outreach Partnership Grants
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Department of Defense

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Science, Technology, Engineering
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
DoD Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Traumatic Brain Injury Research Award
Deadline: May 21, 2013

Department of Energy

Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
EMSL 2013 Call for User Proposals
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Department of Justice

Applied Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes (PDF)
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Basic Scientific Research to Support Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes (PDF)
Deadline: April 1, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 25, 2013; Application, April 25, 2013

Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants
Deadline: May 25, 2013

Nutrition and Diet in the Causation, Prevention, and Management of Heart Failure
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Functions of Skeletal Muscle beyond Contraction
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Safe and Effective Instruments and Devices for Use in Neonatal and Pediatric Care Settings
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 5, 2013; Application, April 5, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2013

Deadline: July 15, 2013

Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering
Deadline: April 29, 2013

Condensed Matter Physics
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Medici Archive Project
Medici Archive Project Fellowships for graduate students of the humanities or social sciences
Deadline: March 13, 2013

Naval History and Heritage Command
Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Graduate Research Grant
Deadline: April 1, 2013

College Art Association
Millard Meiss Publication Fund
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Alex C. Walker Foundation
Grants for Research in Addressing Economic Imbalances and Promoting a Sustainable Economy
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Association for International Cancer Research
Research Grants
Deadline: April 26, 2013

American Cancer Society
Health Disparities Research
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

UT Chemist Wins Japan Prize for Innovative Semiconductor Materials

Grant WillsonC. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the Japan Prize, an international award similar to the Nobel Prize, for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world.

He’s sharing the 50 million yen (approximately $560,000 in U.S. dollars) prize with his colleague and friend Jean M.J. Fréchet, who is now vice president for research and professor of chemical science at King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia. The winners were announced today in a ceremony in Tokyo. The Japan Prize Presentation Ceremony and Banquet, with the emperor of Japan in attendance, will take place in Tokyo on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Willson and Fréchet first conceived of “chemically amplifed resists,” the materials for which they are being recognized, in 1979. Willson was a researcher at IBM Corp., and Fréchet was spending a year with the company while on sabbatical from the University of Ottawa.


News and Information

Find Out What You Need to Know about Patents

The Office of Technology Commercialization holds a session on patents from 3-6 p.m., Feb. 7, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Go to the session's webpage, Are you up-to-date with patenting strategies and patent law basics? for more information.

Presenters are Bruce Kisliuk, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deputy commissioner for Patent Administration, and Kevin Meek, an intellectual property attorney at Baker Botts. They will present patent topics and real-world examples of how to patent university research successfully. Dan Sharp, associate vice president for research and OTC director, will moderate.

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants.The awards of up to $750 are made to tenured and tenure-track faculty. Nominations for the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards are being accepted through Feb. 18, 2013.


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.


Training Session on Responsible Conduct of Research to be Held

A training session on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15, 2013 in Avaya Auditorium in the ACE building.

The training, sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), is part of an effort by the university to provide undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty who require the training with superior educational opportunities for professional growth. This training has been developed to increase awareness of ethical issues that may occur while conducting research. At the end of this training, participants will have acquired skills that will help identify ethical dilemmas and resources available to you to help.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Yahoo News/Live Science
Jan. 27, 2013
Pay Dirt! Antarctic Drilling Reaches Lake Surface

Britney Schmidt (The role of Britney Schmidt, a research scientist associate at the Institute for Geophysics, was highlighted in an article about research in Antarctica.)

Planetary scientist Britney Schmidt of The University of Texas at Austin has deployed a small, tethered robotic submersible through the test borehole. Known as SCINI (Submersible Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging), it is outfitted with a lamp and a camera. "It looks for everything under the ice," Schmidt told me at her temporary office at McMurdo Station. "There's no reason that I could think of why we would not find interesting organisms."

Research Project

INSPIRE: Concentrated Dispersions of Equilibrium Protein Nanoclusters that Reversibly Dissociate into Active Monomers

Jennifer MaynardKeith JohnstonThomas TruskettRESEARCHERS: Thomas Truskett, professor, Keith Johnston, professor, and Jennifer Maynard, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $600,000

Protein-based drugs represent some of the most promising therapies for a wide range of diseases, including cancer. Subcutaneous injection is the preferred method of delivery, but its usefulness is currently limited by unwanted outcomes such as protein aggregation and gelation that occur for high doses. Previous attempts to address these problems by modifying the amino-acid sequence of potential therapeutics have been expensive and often unsuccessful.

The investigators have recently reported a new method for creating highly concentrated, low-viscosity dispersions of stable protein nanoclusters that are not only of great fundamental interest but also could provide a basis for an unconventional means for solving major challenges in the protein-based therapeutics. However, at present, the answers to basic questions about the origins of the nanoclusters are lacking. Furthermore, the relationships between specific nanocluster characteristics and physical properties of the resulting dispersions are currently unknown.

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