Research Alert | March 7, 2013

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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

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension and Technology Transfer 2013

NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2013

Note: Complete proposals should be submitted directly to Mona Behl, research coordinator, Texas Sea Grant, at no later than 5:00 p.m. CST, Friday, March 29, 2013.


Department of Defense

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Directed Energy Bioeffects Research
Deadline: April 12, 2013

National Oceanographic Partnership Program
Deadline: April 12, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Genomes to Natural Products
Deadline: July 17, 2013

Predictive Multiscale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental and Clinical Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 30, 2013; Application, May 31, 2013

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Single Cell Studies in Aging Research
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Pilot studies in Pancreatic Cancer
Deadline: June 16, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Perception, Action and Cognition
Deadlines: Workshop and Conference Proposals, June 17, 2013; Research Proposals, Aug. 1, 2013

Deadline: July 1, 2013

Instrument Development for Biological Research
Deadline: July 26, 2013

Algorithms for Threat Detection
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2014

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Bogliasco Foundation
Bogliasco Fellowships
Deadline: April 15, 2013

Wenner-Grenn Foundation
Post-Ph.D. Research Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2013

The Leakey Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: July 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations
Request for Research Proposals
Deadline: April 1, 2013

John Templeton Foundation
New Assessments and Measures of Virtues
Deadlines: Online Funding Inquiry, April 1, 2013; Application (by invitation), Sept. 3, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Biologist Named 2013 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Camille ParmesanCamille Parmesan, a professor in the Section of Integrative Biology, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Texas Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science.

Parmesan’s research focuses on the current impacts of climate change on wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic.

News and Information

Summer Salary Exceeding the NIH or CPRIT Salary Cap

Annually, Congress legislatively mandates a provision limiting (capping) the direct salary that an individual may receive under a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Though the rate for calendar year 2013 has yet to be issued, it is anticipated that the calendar year 2012 rates (Executive Level II rate of $179,700; based on 100% effort) will continue. Due to these limitations imposed by the NIH on the ability to fully recapture salary on grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards, the university has created a pool to assist faculty who might be affected. Get more information at the website of the Office of Sponsored Projects.


Subvention Funding Available

VPRApplications for 2012-2013 Subventions are being accepted until funds run out. The university's subvention grants program provides a maximum award of $5,000. It is designed to assist faculty authors in the publication of scholarly books. Preference will be given to assistant and associate professors. Frequently, university and other scholarly presses demand that authors provide funds to underwrite the publication of scholarly monographs and books. Subvention awards provide financial assistance to faculty members when departments and deans are unable to provide needed support.

Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough, 471-2877.

Funding for another grant program, the Special Research Grants, has been depleted for the academic year.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

USA Today
Feb. 27, 2013
A year after Trayvon Martin death, families reflect

Keisha Bentley-Edwards (Keisha Bentley-Edwards, assistant professor in the colleges of Education and Liberal Arts, commented on a ripple effect of the Trayvon Martin case.)

Tens of thousands of Trayvon supporters have posted pictures of themselves wearing hoodies on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. While the rallies and protests seen in the weeks following the shooting have subsided, people continue to talk about the case as an example of the dangers of stereotyping.

"Trayvon Martin gave race in this country a very tangible representation of what it means to be a black man," said Keisha Bentley-Edwards, a professor at the University of Texas-Austin who studies race, adolescence and academic and social development. "It triggered the realization that America can't be post-racial when unarmed black children are being killed because they are perceived as a threat."

Research Project

Enzymology of Dimethylargininase

Walter FastRESEARCHER: Walter Fast, associate professor, College of Pharmacy, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
AMOUNT: $399,063

This application studies a key control point for the production of nitric oxide, a reactive chemical that can cause significant health problems such as promoting tumor growth in certain cancers and causing brain damage during stroke if it is not properly regulated. An understanding of the chemistry behind how this control valve works will allow us to understand how humans react to stressful physiological conditions, and will give us new biochemical tools that can be later developed into novel therapeutics.

For details, see the NIGMS abstract

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