Research Alert | June 21, 2012

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Financial Conflict of Interest Policy Change Forthcoming

The University of Texas at Austin is 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.

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 Commerce

Deadline: July 20, 2012

Department of Defense

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In Vivo Nanosensors for Therapeutics
Deadlines: Abstract, July 18, 2012; Proposal, Sept. 18, 2012

FY12 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Programs (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Department of Energy

FY 2013 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Research Education Grants for Statistical and Computational Training in the Genetics of Addiction
Deadline: Sept. 14, 2012

U.S. – India Bilateral Collaborative Research Partnerships (CRP) on the Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Co-morbidities
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 4, 2012; Application, Sept. 4, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude


Systems Science
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

Advances in Biological Informatics
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2012

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program
Deadlines: Regular Proposal, Sept. 13, 2012; Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Proposal, Oct. 11, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2012

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Deadlines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Oct. 1, 2012; Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Nov. 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor and Spallation Neutron Source
Deadline: Sept. 5, 2012
Proposals for this grant should be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email

Research Prizes and Honors

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Sociology Doctoral Candidate Awarded Moore Fellowship to Study Forced Relocation

Esther Sullivan The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded the $20,000 Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship to Esther Sullivan, a doctoral candidate in sociology.

The fellowship was established in 1995 in memory of Dr. Harry E. Moore, a University of Texas at Austin professor and sociologist who specialized in disaster studies, including tornadoes and hurricanes in Texas. The fellowship is awarded annually to doctoral students completing dissertations on the human experience in crises caused by natural or other major disasters or, in a broader sense, stress and adversity.

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, Jan. 22, 2013.

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

Austin American-Statesman
June 15, 2012
HEADLINE: Obama's dramatic policy change for young immigrants brings glee and anger

Luis Zayas(Luis Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work, talked about the impact of a change in U.S. policy that would allow thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation.)

"The consequences will be kind of incredible," said Luis Zayas, dean of UT's School of Social Work. "It is a chance for these kids to continue their lives as Americans. The guidelines are set. We want well-trained, law-abiding kids who are already doing incredible things for themselves and their families."

Research Project

Cross-language Outcomes of Bilingual Experience in Typical and Atypical Development

Elizabeth PenaRESEARCHER: Elizabeth Pena, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
AMOUNT: $687,200

One goal of the Healthy People 2010 program is to reduce health disparities across different segments of the population. Identification of specific language impairment (SLI) and careful description of its trajectory during the school-age years is one area where disparities continue to exist. One large population that is currently understudied is the Spanish-English bilingual school population. We propose to study bilingual children with and without language impairment in order to reduce health disparities. Understanding the relationships among phonology, semantics and morphosyntax will provide insights about possible supports these children need for making gains in their two languages. Documenting changes in language processing over time in both languages will contribute to the scientific knowledge base about expected trajectories.

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