Research Alert | June 14, 2012

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Financial Conflict of Interest Policy Change Forthcoming

The University of Texas at Austin is in the process of finalizing a revised Objectivity in Research policy that must be implemented by Aug. 24, 2012. The new policy will incorporate changes to meet updated federal requirements governing disclosure and reporting of Financial Conflicts of Interest and will affect all UT Austin researchers.

The university’s revised policy requiring disclosure of financial interests applies to all individuals who are involved in the design, conduct or reporting of research. There are additional disclosure requirements for researchers funded by the Public Health Service (PHS) and staff working on PHS-funded studies.

For information on the new PHS policy, see the list of Frequently Asked Questions at the National Institutes of Health website. At the university, the Office of Research Support is providing updates on its Conflict of Interest page. The web page will soon contain links to a required training module, a web-based financial interest disclosure form and information on face-to-face training that will be offered.

The ORS will host a webinar about the policy. It will be from noon-1:30 p.m., July 11, 2012 at NOA 5.318. For more information and to register, go here.

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 Defense

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Air Force Fiscal Year 2013 Young Investigator Research Program
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2012

Intrachip/Interchip Enhanced Cooling Fundamentals
Deadlines: Abstract, June 27, 2012; Proposal, Aug. 30, 2012

I2O Office-Wide BAA
Deadline: June 7, 203

Department of the Interior

Last Canyon Cave Research in Montana
Deadline: July 1, 2012


Space Technology Research Opportunities - Early Stage Innovations
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, June 21, 2012; Proposal, July 12, 2012

National Institutes of Health

NEI Center Core Grants for Vision Research
Deadline: Sept. 27, 2012

Biomedical Technology Research Center
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2012

NICHD Program Project Grant
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2012

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancer for Years 2010, 2011 and 2012
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 20, 2012; Application, Sept. 20, 2012

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Program Project (P01) Applications
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 25, 2012; Application, Sept. 25, 2012

Translation of Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies for Blood Diseases
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science in NIDDK Research Areas
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Network Infrastructure Support for Emerging Areas of Research in the Basic Biology of Aging
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2012

National Science Foundation

Advances in Biological Informatics
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2012

Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences
Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Dedalus Foundation
Master of Fine Arts Fellowships
Deadline: Not listed

Other Funding Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Deadline: Aug. 9, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Professor Elected Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Christine Schmidt The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE) has elected Professor Christine Schmidt, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a 2012 Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE). She has been recognized with the honor for her contributions to cellular and tissue engineering, including the design of biomaterials to stimulate nerve regeneration.

News and Information

Research Grants Coming Soon

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 tenure-track and tenured faculty authors in a single competition (this is new for 2012-13.  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, January 22, 2013.

Information and applications for all programs are available at Early application is recommended. Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough at or 471-2877.

NIH Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Bio Sketch

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is considering changes to the biographical sketch format for researchers and wants input from the research community.

For information about the changes, see the NIH blog, Rock Talk (it's the second item), or the request for information the NIH issued.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Vaccine News Daily
June 11, 2012
HEADLINE: UT researchers develop pandemic toolkit

Lauren Meyers (Lauren Ancel Meyers, associate professor, Section of Integrative Biology, explained how a new tool she and colleagues developed to track epidemics will work.)

“While the forecasts will not be exact, they give a rough idea of how many people will be hospitalized around the state and when an epidemic may peak,” Meyers said. “Such information can lead to more timely and effective control measures.”

Research Project

In-Vivo Patch Clamp Study of Auditory Midbrain

George PollakRESEARCHER: George Pollak, professor, Section of Neurobiology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
AMOUNT: $321,742 (continuing grant)

The proposed studies focus on how the auditory system handles binaural information in complex acoustic environments, including how it deals with multiple sound sources in space. Such information could be translated into algorithms that might prove useful in robotics and/or in the construction of hearing aids for the hearing impaired.

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