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 ORS will host a webinar about the policy from noon-1:30 p.m., July 11, 2012 at NOA 5.318. For more information and to register, go here.
Important University Research Deadlines
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.
Department of Energy
Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
Deadlines: Concept Paper, July 16, 2012; Application, Aug. 13, 2012
Land Cover/Land Use Change
Deadline: June 3, 2013
National Institutes of Health
Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 23, 2012; Application, Oct. 23, 2012
Development of Medical Countermeasures for Post-Exposure Mitigation/Treatment of Injuries Resulting from a Radiation/Nuclear Incident
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 18, 2012; Application, Oct. 18, 2012
National Science Foundation
Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 12, 2012; Proposal, Nov. 13, 2012
Metals and Metallic Nanostructures
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012
Solid State and Materials Chemistry
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012
Arctic Research Opportunities
Deadline: Oct. 18, 2012
Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012
Algebra and Number Theory
Deadline: Oct. 2, 2012
Arts, Humanities and Culture
Gerda Henkel Foundation
Research Projects: Security, Society and the State
Deadline: July 16, 2012
College Art Association
Professional-Development Fellowships for Graduate Students
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012
Brazilian Nuclear History Fellowship
Deadline: Dec. 21, 2012
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Deadlines: Aug. 28, 2012
Other Funding Opportunities
New Investigator Research Grant (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 26, 2012; Application, Aug. 21, 2012
Acoustical Society of America
Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Acoustics
Deadline: Sept. 4, 2012
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 email@example.com.
Research Prizes and Honors
[Have you or a colleague won a research-related prize or honor? Let the Research Alert know.]
Social Work Researcher Receives Grant to Study Mental Health of Latina College Students
M. Teresa Granillo, an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a $17,500 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to research mental health service utilization by Latina college students.
Her proposal was selected from a pool of 44 applicants from universities across Texas. In total, 10 tenure-track assistant professors in Texas were awarded a sum of $174,627 by the Hogg Foundation to advance innovative academic research in mental health.
News and Information
Research Grants Coming Soon
Funding 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 faculty authors in a single competition. This is new for 2012-13. Please visit our website for detailed qualifications; some exclusions apply. 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 the Vice President for Research website. Early application is recommended. Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough or 471-2877.
Office of Sponsored Projects Offers Training
The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) has several training programs coming up in July and August:
SP220 Transferring Awards, July 9, 2012
PRIM&R Webinar: Conflicts of Interest in the Wake of NIH’s New Policy , July 11, 2012
SP221 Subawards, July 26, 2012
SP101 Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant - Preaward, Aug. 7, 2102
SP102 Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant - Postaward, Aug. 7, 2012
Conflict of Interest, Aug. 9, 2012
Register for OSP classes through TXClass.
Quoted-UT Researchers in the News
(Chris King, director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, talked about consequences of a lack of jobs at all income levels of the economy.)
"There's a cost to not developing the economy in a balanced way," said Chris King, director of the University of Texas' Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources. "If you don't develop a balanced set of jobs with decent pay for families in those jobs, you fall into more participation in public programs. And if employers don't pay good wages, even employed people do the same."
RESEARCHER: James Erskine, Department of Physics, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
Electron spins in one-dimensional nanometer-scale structures of magnetic material (magnetic nanowires) form regions of uniform magnetization (domains) separated by a domain wall in which spin orientation reverses between the two opposing spin domains. The spin configuration in the nanostructure can be manipulated by the application of a magnetic field or an electric current. The ability to manipulate and probe electron spins (local magnetism) on nanometer scales at high speeds is technologically important: it provides the basis for magnetic cellular logic and related new device technology that could extend and improve existing microelectronic devices that digitally store and process information.
This project explores high-speed manipulation of electron spins in magnetic nanostructures. The objective of the work is to determine and understand the mechanisms that allow electric current manipulation of spins and discover how material composition and geometrical constraints govern and limit the control of local magnetism on nanometer scales. The project provides a good venue for training the next generation of scientists, technologists, and teachers because it involves new phenomena and requires application of current state-of the-art research instruments and materials science/nanoscience technology.