Research Alert | March 14, 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 Defense

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FY14 Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention (PDF)
Deadlines: White Papers, April 19, 2013; Proposals: June 28, 2013

Phoenix Operations
Deadline: April 19, 2013

Department of Energy

Fiscal Year 2013 Vehicles Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement (PDF)
Deadline: April 29, 2013

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on the Impact of Social Media on Policing (PDF)
Deadline: April 26, 2013

Research and Evaluation on Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals
Deadline: May 20, 2013


Carbon Cycle Science
Deadline: May 1, 2013

Outer Planets Research
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 7, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 1, 2013; Application, May 1, 2013

Advancing Eating Disorders Research through Dimensional Studies of Biology and Behavior
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 11, 2013; Application, June 11, 2013

NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 10, 2013; Application, May 10, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Scalable Nanomanufacturing
Deadline: June 3, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research Planning Grants
Deadline: June 3, 2013

Smart and Connected Health
Deadlines: Exploratory Proposals, May 28, 2013; Integrative Proposals, June 3, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

American Council on Germany
Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture
Deadline: July 1, 2013

American Historical Association
Fellowship in Aerospace History, 2013–14
Deadline: April 1, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Applying Behavioral Economics to Perplexing Health and Health Care Challenges
Deadline: April 17, 2013

Oncology Nursing Society
Doctoral Scholarships
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Assistant Professor Named Sloan Fellow

Zheng WangThe Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected Zheng Wang of the Cockrell School of Engineering as a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow.

Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is one of 125 outstanding researchers selected as recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2013. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars in the next generation of scientific leaders.

News and Information

Find Funding: Pivot Navigation Class

The Office of the Vice President for Research is sponsoring three sessions in navigating Pivot, the database of research opportunities, funding and people. It provides global and local connections for new avenues for funding and collaboration for faculty, staff researchers and students.

The sessions will be March 19, 2013 and will offer training to access Pivot and create user accounts; search for funding opportunities for research in any discipline; search for scholars’ profiles to identify potential collaborators; and track, share and create email alerts for funding opportunities.

A lecture format session will be 1-2 p.m. March 19, 2013 in AVAYA Auditorium (ACE 2.302). Hands-on sessions will be 9-10:30 a.m. at ECJ 1.300 – EIC  and 3-4:30 p.m. Flawn Academic Center 227.

Register via TXCLASS: Course ID: SP 802 for any of the sessions. Note that the material to be covered is similar in all three sessions, the difference being the hands-on component.


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
March 12, 2013
Facebook 'Likes' reveal more about you than you think

Sam Gosling(Sam Gosling, professor in the Department of Psychology, commented on a study about the accumulation of personal data on Facebook.)

Sam Gosling, a psychologist at the University of Texas-Austin, calls this a "landmark study" because it illustrates "how things are no longer ephemeral." He has been studying Facebook behavior since 2006.

"You 'like' something. You leave a comment on somebody's wall. They are now recorded in a way that machines can calibrate and measure them with great accuracy," he says. "Together, they add up to substantially more information from which you can make quite reasonably accurate predictions."

Research Project

Rheology of the Lithospheric Mantle Beneath the Mojave Region from Naturally Deformed Peridotite Xenoliths

Whitney BehrRESEARCHER: Whitney Behr, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $277,951

The aim of this project is to characterize the rheological properties of a lithospheric mantle section using a suite of naturally deformed peridotite xenoliths erupted from the dominantly Pleistocene Cima volcanic field in the tectonically active Mojave desert of California.

The compositional and rheological properties of the mantle lithosphere here are therefore critical to understanding what influences both the large-wavelength post-seismic signal, and the abrupt transition from lithospheric lid to low viscosity, low velocity asthenospheric mantle. The study will document how stress, temperature, water content, deformation mechanism, lattice preferred orientation and style of localization vary with increasing depth (down to at least 45 km and as much as 70 km) in the lithospheric mantle from which the Cima xenoliths are derived.

These natural measurements of rheological parameters will be used to a) test the applicability of experimentally derived flow laws and predictions of LPO development to mantle rocks, b) develop a naturally constrained stress profile of the upper mantle in the Mojave region and c) examine how the rheological parameters measured might influence a range of larger-scale geophysical models for the region. Some of the critical questions to be addressed include: is the mantle lithosphere beneath this region wet or dry? Does deformation in the mantle occur in narrow zones, or is it widely distributed? Is the mantle lithosphere the strongest load-bearing part of the continental lithosphere, the weakest, or perhaps somewhere in between?

Read more about Behr's research at the Jackson School website.

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