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December 10, 2012

NSF Makes Major Changes To Proposal Submission, Review, Reporting
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is making major changes that will affect how researchers will prepare and submit proposals for funding. There is also a change to the way proposals are reported upon. Changes will go into effect January 14. Read more >>

New NIH Guidelines on Submitting Videos
The National Institutes of Health is revising the policy and guidelines for investigators contemplating the submission of nontraditional materials, such as videos, devices, or other media. Read more >>
NIH Public Access to Research Results
The National Institutes of Health will begin to hold processing of noncompeting continuation awards if publications arising from the grant awards are not in compliance with existing public access policy. Read more >>

Texas Tech Announces First Proposal Stimulus Program
The university is making $250,000 available to faculty in all disciplines to enhance the quality of currently unfunded grant proposal applications made to extramural entities during the past 24 months. Deadline is Jan. 14. See details and instructions >>

More Than Music: Texas Tech Unveils Revitalized iTunes University Platform
To better utilize the explosion of user-generated Web content, Texas Tech University is relaunching the Texas Tech on iTunes U platform. The enhanced site features new and familiar content covering a range of academic interests. Read more >>

Latest Texas Tech Discoveries Research Magazine Now Available
The Office of the Vice President for Research has released the fall 2012 edition of Texas Tech Discoveries: Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. The online research publication provides an outlet for an emerging research institution such as Texas Tech to tell the stories of its scholars, who are engaged in disciplines ranging from the physical and social sciences to the arts and humanities. Read Texas Tech Discoveries >>

Texas Tech University Library Provides Many Theses and Dissertations Online
Theses and dissertations submitted to the Texas Tech Graduate School after Jan. 1, 2005, are only available electronically. And most of the older print theses and dissertations collection is also available in the online collection. The Library also provides access to the ProQuest Dissertation & Thesis database that includes citations and the full text of dissertations and theses from participating universities around the world. Read more >>

RCR & Research Integrity

Promoting a Safety Culture
A recent speech on research safety sparks a discussion of the differences in lab safety in industry and in academia, and how to create a safety culture at Texas Tech. Read more >>

Upcoming Events

NSF Proposal Changes Workshop
As the National Science Foundation (NSF) changes how researchers prepare and submit proposals for funding, a series of information sessions have been scheduled to review these changes and to answer any questions.
  • Dec. 13
    9:30-11 a.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • Dec. 20
    2-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • Jan. 4
    9:30-11 a.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • Jan. 10
    2-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
Faculty Proposal Development Program
The Office of the Vice President for Research offers a proposal development program for all faculty, but primarily aimed at junior faculty interested in learning more about writing proposals. The program is a series of nine one and a half hour seminars. The program requires a time commitment from the faculty member and support from the college and department. For more information, contact Heather Morris, director of the Research Development Team.
  • Jan. 4
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • Feb. 1
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • March 1
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • April 5
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • May 3
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
Research Orientation for New Faculty
In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the research process at Texas Tech, the Office of Research Services is conducting a research orientation for all incoming faculty and research staff. Faculty who are new to campus or those who have never attended a research orientation are encouraged to attend. The session will cover proposal development and processing; review institutional policies and procedures affecting research at Texas Tech; internal and external funding opportunities; and inform attendees about compliance issues. Attendance is not mandatory but strongly encouraged, especially in light of recent changes to various compliance regulations.
  • Jan. 15
    9:30 a.m.-noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
    Register here >>
    Registration is required as seating is limited. Please indicate the time and date of the session you will attend.
Budget Basics
The Office of Research Services is conducting a Budget Basic workshop to help faculty and research staff. The session will cover types of budgets, personnel costs, fringe benefits, indirect costs, subcontract requirements, graduate student tuition and fee remission, cost sharing, budget justification and the ORS budget worksheet. Attendance is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged.
  • Dec. 14
    10 a.m.-noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
    Register here >>
    Registration is required as seating is limited. Please indicate the time and date of the session you will attend.
Presenting: Capabilities and Services for Companies and Researchers, Including a Q&A Regarding CPRIT Funding of Projects
The Texas Tech University System Office of Research, Commercialization and Federal Relations will host this free Texas BioAlliance seminar.
  • Dec. 12
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • Room 115, Rawls College of Business Administration, 703 Flint Ave. on the Texas Tech campus.
Register online at www.texasbioalliance.org or email Jeffrey Larson to schedule a post meeting one-on-one meeting.

Funding & Award Opportunities

Information Institute Visiting Faculty Research Program
The Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate and its Information Institute solicits applications for its visiting faculty research program. Deadline is Jan. 25. Read more >>

TTUS Commercial Development Grants
The Commercial Development Grant Program is designed to help bridge the gap between scientific discovery and commercial invention by providing researchers with the early stage funding that is needed to attract commercial interest to university technologies. Deadline Jan. 4, 2013. Read more >>

Funding Opportunities: A listing of external and internal funding opportunities is available on the OVPR's Funding Resources website.