Research Alert | September 20, 2012

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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 Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
On-Farm Research Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Department of Defense

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RFI for Adaptive Red Team/Technical Support Operational Analysis Activity Supporting the Deployable Force Protection Technical Focus Team
Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013

RFI for Genomic Sequence Analysis Software
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Environmental Protection Agency

10th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2012


Research Opportunities in Space Biology
Deadlines: Step 1 Proposals, Oct. 31, 2012; Step 2 Proposals, Dec. 19, 2012

National Institutes of Health

AHRQ Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Pathway to Independence Award
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 19, 2012; Application, Dec. 17, 2012

HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Vulnerable Populations in the US
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013

Basic Social and Behavioral Research on Culture, Health and Wellbeing
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 16, 2012; Application, Dec. 17, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

French-US Collaboration in Computational Neuroscience
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012

Engineering and Systems Design
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012

2013 Jansky Fellowship Program
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Deadline: April 5, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture


Bibliographical Society of America
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

Texas State Historical Association
Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship in Texas History
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Recording Program
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation
Research Grants in Pharmacy
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Jan. 8, 2013; Application by invitation

National Academies
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships--For Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching
Deadline: Nov. 19, 2012


Greenwall Foundation
Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Nov. 1, 2012
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.]

Systems Biologist Receives Pioneer Award for Genome Research

Edward Marcotte Systems biologist Edward Marcotte, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to pursue cutting-edge research in the area of genome sequencing technology.

The five-year grant is one of 10 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards given this year. The Pioneer Award, established in 2004, challenges investigators at all career levels to develop innovative approaches that have the potential to produce a high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.


News and Information

OSP Urges Early Submission for Proposals with Oct. 5 Deadline

The Office of Sponsored Projects encourages researchers who plan to submit a proposal between now and Oct. 5, 2012 to work early with their proposal specialists. Please submit a Proposal Review Form as early as possible.

There are two major concerns for this deadline, especially those submitting to the Public Health Service (PHS)

The week leading up to Oct. 5 will see a peak in proposal activity. Submitting early will ensure proposals are submitted on time to the funding agency.

Those who are submitting grants to Public Health Service (PHS) agencies must satisfy the requirements of the updated PHS Conflict of Interest policy. Namely, all covered individuals listed on the project must complete a two-fold process before proposal submission: Complete training; and Submit a Financial Information Disclosure form. PHS requires that all covered individuals must have completed training AND submitted a financial disclosure form before an application can be submitted.

For more information, go the OSP website.

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants. Also, nominations for the Hamilton Book Award competition are being accepted.


  • 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.
  • 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

Los Angeles Times
Sept. 14, 2012
HEADLINE: MOCA's board: Deep pockets aren't a cure-all

Francie Ostrower (In an article about board members at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, Francie Ostrower, professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, commented on what members of such boards need to know to be effective.)

Francie Ostrower, a University of Texas professor who studies how cultural organizations function, says her own research on nonprofit boards has shown that such a feeling matters a great deal.

"We found that … one of the strongest things boards can do is be very clear about what's expected [of members] and hold them to it but also to give opportunities to feel they can participate and make a difference. You can have a gamut — people so dedicated to an organization that they eat, live and breathe it, and others who aren't going to do that much."

Research Project

US-France Collaboration: Exploratory Research on Artificial Immunity in High Speed Trains

Dragan DjurdjanovicRESEARCHER: Dragan Djurdjanovic, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $13,216

The research objective of this project is to explore the feasibility of utilizing the emerging computational intelligence discipline of artificial immune systems (AIS) in the realm of diagnostics in high-speed trains. The proposed research will catalyze a strong research collaboration between Djurdjanovic's team at UT Austin and Noureddine Zerhouni's team at the FEMTO-ST Institute of the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France.

The researchers will leverage prior achievements of the UT team in AIS-inspired diagnostics and ongoing research by the French team in the area of predictive maintenance of TGV trains. The team will explore the mechanisms of generation and distribution of "immunity carriers" across various subsystems of a TGV train, as well as the interaction mechanisms between the immunity carriers and the monitored system that would lead to precedent-free isolation of subsystems that behave abnormally. The term precedent-free pertains to the ability to deal with anomalies that were not foreseen during the design stage and for which fault models or training data do not exist. Such capability will be analogous to the biological systems ability to detect and isolate antigens (viruses, bacteria) that have never been encountered before. In the final weeks of the project, the team will devise a follow up proposal that will aim at deepening our understanding and perfecting the AIS paradigm in high-speed rail (HSR) systems.

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