Research Alert | May 17, 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 Agriculture

Integrated Research, Education and Extension Competitive Grants Program - National Integrated Water Quality Program
Deadline: June 28, 2012

Integrated Research, Education and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Methyl Bromide Transitions Program
Deadline: June 19, 2012

Department of Defense

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Armament Technology
Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Department of Education

Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 19, 2012; Application, Sept. 20, 2012

Department of Energy

Sustainable Cities: Urban Energy Planning for Smart Growth in China and India
Deadline: July 26, 2012

Department of State

University Research Program
Deadline: July 1, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Systems Developmental Biology for Understanding Embryonic Development and the Ontogeny of Structural Birth Defects
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 4, 2012; Application, Oct. 4, 2012

NIDA Program Project Grant Applications
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 25, 2012; Application, Sept. 25, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Deadline: Aug. 16, 2012

NSF/DOE Partnership on Advanced Combustion Engines
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, June 18, 2012; Proposal, Aug. 8, 2012

Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering
Deadlines: Mid-Scale Projects, June 13, 2012; Small Projects, July 11, 2012

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
Deadline: Preliminary Proposal, Jan. 10, 2013; Proposal, Aug. 10, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Fund for National Projects
Deadline: July 2, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Mazda Foundation
Deadline: July 1, 2012

International Fellowships Programme for Young Women in Life Sciences
Deadline: July 15, 2012

Spina Bifida Association
2012 Young Investigator Program
Deadline: June 8, 2012

LAM Foundation
LAM Research Funding
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 30, 2012; Proposal, Sept. 30, 2012

International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Translational Research Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 1, 2012; Proposal, Sept. 21, 2012

Engineering Information Foundation
Grant Programs
Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012

Research Awards Programs
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Elected to National Academy of Sciences

John GoodenoughJohn Goodenough, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He was one of 84 elected for 2012.

Goodenough, also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, invented and developed the lithium-ion battery, the rechargeable power supply for electronics including cellular and smart phones, music players, tablets and electric and hybrid vehicles. Goodenough received at least five U.S. patents from 1999-2003.

News and Information

Harry Ransom Center Awards More Than 50 Research Fellowships

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has awarded more than 50 research fellowships for 2012–13.

The fellowships support research projects in the humanities that require substantial on-site use of the center’s collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art and performing arts materials.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

NPR: Weekend Edition
May 13, 2012
HEADLINE: Mayan Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest

David Stuart (David Stuart, professor in the Department of Art and Art History and Mayan expert, talked about the significance of a wall of numbers at a Mayan site in Guatemala. Listen to the story here.)

But David Stuart, an anthropologist at The University of Texas, Austin, says the numbers are the most intriguing discovery. "The wall is covered in numbers and this is something that really got our attention very early on," he says. "This is an unusual thing about the Xultun mural."

Research Project

Coordinated Regulation of Floral Transition by Protein and Long NCRNA Components

Sibum SungRESEARCHER: Sibum Sung, assistant professor, Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institute of General Medicine
AMOUNT: $288,906

Long noncoding RNA-mediated regulation of gene expression is increasingly recognized as one of uncharted areas to fully understand epigenetic mechanisms to control developmental fates of cells. Floral transition regulatory pathways provide a model system to study the "environmentally"-induced epigenetic switch of a developmental program. Rich knowledge on protein components as well as recently recognized long noncoding RNA components makes the floral transition a suitable model to understand epigenetic mechanism of gene regulation. Epigenetic regulation of gene expression is a major regulatory theme in eukaryotic gene regulation, including yeast, drosophila and human. Thus our study is of broader scientific interest. Furthermore, the environmentally induced nature of floral transition will provide a unique opportunity to study the effect of environment on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in developmental programs.

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