April 12, 2012 | Research Alert

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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

Biomass Research and Development Initiative
Deadlines: Pre-application, April 24, 2012; Invited Full Application, Aug. 3, 2012

Department of Defense

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Deadline: Open

DARPA Robotics Challenge (see more in News and Information)
Deadline: May 31, 2012

Department of Homeland Security

2012 Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Long Range Broad Agency Announcement
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Department of Justice

Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation Research
Deadline: June 4, 2012


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National Space Biomedical Research Institute
NSBRI Announcement Soliciting Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications
Deadline: June 8, 2012

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences
Deadline: June 3, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Development of a Vestibular Neural Prosthesis
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 4, 2012; Application, Oct. 4, 2012

U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 18, 2012; Application, Sept. 18, 2012

Genetic Screens to Enhance Zebrafish Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 19, 2012; Application, Sept. 19, 2012

Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 19, 2012; Application, Sept. 19, 2012

Cancer Diagnostic and Therapeutic Agents Enabled by Nanotechnology
Deadline: July 9, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Engineering
Deadline: July 3, 2012

I/UCRC Research Experiences for Veterans (Supplement to existing I/UCRC awards)
Deadline: July 13, 2012

Deadline: July 16, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Research and Development
Deadline: May 16, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Request for LOI: New Biomarkers for HIV Incidence Measurement
Deadline: May 18, 2012

Grand Challenges in Global Health

Deadline: May 15, 2012

Belmont Forum and G8 Research Councils
Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding International Opportunities Fund

Deadlines: Pre-proposals, July 20, 2012; Full proposals, Dec. 20, 2012

Toyota Foundation
Research Grant Program
Deadline: May 18, 2012 (by mail)

The Leakey Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: July 15, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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Architecture Professor Receives Excellence Award

Allan ShearerAllan W. Shearer, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, received the 2012 Excellence in Research & Creative Works Award (junior faculty level) from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). The award was announced and presented during the annual CELA Conference, held at the University of Illinois, March 28 to 31. CELA is the premier international organization for academics in landscape architecture.

Shearer's research centers on how individuals, communities and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions.

News and Information

DARPA Seeks Teams to Participate in Robotics Challenge

Darpa Bots

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to offer a $2 million prize to whomever can help push the state-of-the-art in robotics beyond today’s capabilities in support of the Department of Defense's disaster recovery mission.

DARPA’s Robotics Challenge will launch in October 2012.  Teams are sought to compete in challenges involving staged disaster-response scenarios in which robots will have to successfully navigate a series of physical tasks corresponding to anticipated, real-world disaster-response requirements. (Image from DARPA).

UT Austin Energy Poll Shows Strong Support for More Domestic Energy Production

Consumers strongly support increased production of energy from domestic sources, particularly natural gas and renewables, according to The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll released this week. It was the second release of the poll, a twice-annual national online survey of energy issues.

The poll also offered insights in how energy issues may affect the upcoming presidential election, with more than 65 percent of the 2,371 poll respondents saying that energy is important to them. Respondents generally favor candidates whose policies would increase domestic energy production, and expanded natural gas development had the most support among consumers, with 61 percent saying they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who backs this issue.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
April 5, 2012
HEADLINE: After a Rollicking Primary, a Different Kind of Fight in November

Daron Shaw(Daron Shaw, professor in the Department of Government, comments on why primary elections are different from general elections and that swing voters will be key.)

Daron Shaw, a political scientist at the University of Texas and a Republican campaign adviser, said “there’s no relationship” between the two phases of the 2012 campaign. Primaries are naturally volatile. They force partisans to choose among candidates of similar philosophies and platforms, which swells the importance of subjective, less predictable factors like personality and messaging.

Research Project

Mechanisms of In-vivo Remodeling in Tissue Engineered Heart Valves

Michael SacksRESEARCHER: Michael Sacks, professor, Institute of Computer Engineering and Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
AMOUNT: $2.48 million

Researchers will work to develop a novel approach for the computational simulation of the functional performance of bio-prosthetic heart valves. The research will be a highly collaborative effort integrating computational biomechanical simulations of biomaterial performance and novel data from large animal studies. The development of these models will enable researchers to determine how to improve the structural durability of bio-prosthetic heart valves, which deteriorate due to calcification and stresses from the mechanical demands of blood flow.

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