Research Alert | September 13, 2012

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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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Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) Award
Deadlines: Pre-Application, Oct. 25, 2012; Application (by invitation), Jan. 4, 2013

FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Special Program Announcement 2012 Basic and Applied Research in Sea-Based Aviation Aircraft Science and Technology
Deadlines: White Paper, Nov. 1, 2012; Proposal, Jan. 17, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Basic Behavioral Research on Multisensory Processing
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 1, 2012; Application, Oct. 31, 2012

Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2012

NEI Translational Research Program on Therapy for Visual Disorders
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude


Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2012

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012

Expeditions in Training, Research, and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

National Robotics Initiative: The realization of co-robots acting in direct support of individuals and groups
Deadlines: Dec. 11, 2012 for small proposals; Jan. 23, 2013 for large proposals

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Arts
Research: Art Works
Deadline: Nov. 6, 2012

Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon
2013 Fellowship Program
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Wenner-Gren Foundation
Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Getty Conservation Institute
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

Michelson Prize & Grants
Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology
Deadline: Letters of Intent accepted on ongoing basis

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2013
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Research Prizes and Honors

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

Engineering Professor Receives Environmental Association Award

Des Lawler Des Lawler, professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, has received the Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). The award recognizes excellence in teaching, advising, mentoring and research.

Lawler is the first recipient of this award named after Professor Charles R. O'Melia, who had a major role in the education of hundreds of students who studied environmental sciences and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, and Johns Hopkins University.


News and Information

Grant Establishes Center for Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing

The University of Texas at Austin has been selected to receive an $18.5 million grant over the next five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create and lead a nanosystems engineering research center.

The Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) will develop innovative nanomanufacturing, nanosculpting and nanometrology systems that could lead to versatile mobile computing devices such as wearable sensors, foldable laptops and rollable batteries.

This is the first time the university has been selected by the NSF to lead a prestigious and highly competitive engineering research center (ERC), and the first time since 1986 that a Texas university has been selected to lead an ERC. As of November 2011, there were 17 active ERCs across the United States.

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants, Subvention Grants, Undergraduate Research Fellowships and the Hamilton Book Award competition.

  • 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 are being accepted.
  • 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.
  • HAMILTON BOOK AWARDS PROGRAM is accepting all books, including scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g., novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogues, textbooks, and edited collections published in calendar year 2012 by university faculty and staff.  Deadline is Jan. 18, 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

Washington Post
Sept. 5, 2012
HEADLINE: Keynote speaker Julian Castro confronts his political future in a red state

Jim Henson (Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the university, handicapped the prospects for statewide office for San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.)

Texas has not elected a Democratic governor or senator since Ann Richards won the gubernatorial race in 1990. The last Democrats elected statewide in Texas were lieutenant governor and attorney general, in 1994.

“Were he to run statewide at this point, he would have more potential than any Democratic statewide candidate fielded in the last decade,” Jim Henson, a pollster and political science professor at The University of Texas, said of Julian Castro. “But whether the votes are actually there in a state where election turnout is still dominated by Republicans — and very conservative Republicans at that — is still a very difficult [question] for even a strong Democratic candidate like Castro.”

Research Project

Neuroimaging Obesity-Related Brain Vulnerability in Older Adults

Mitzi GonzalesRESEARCHER: Mitzi Gonzales, graduate student, Department of Psychology
AGENCY: National Institute on Aging
AMOUNT: $37,136

Obesity has been identified as an important risk factor for dementia and brain volume loss in old age. Given that almost two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, a better understanding of the extent to and the mechanisms by which obesity affects the brain is crucial for ensuring optimal health across the lifespan. The current proposal outlines a study that utilizes magnetic resonance imaging in order to examine obesity's impact on the brain in middle-aged and older adults with the ultimate aim of developing interventions to prevent cognitive decline.

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