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Scholarly Messenger
September 11, 2012

New NIH Conflict of Interest Training and Disclosure Now in Effect
All principal investigators and key personnel on NIH and other Public Health Service applications face major changes in financial disclosure requirements. Read more >>


Research Division Moves to the Administration Building
Four areas of the Office of the Vice President for Research have moved to the 3rd floor of the Administration Building. Read more >>

Interim Vice President for Research Named
Michael San Francisco has been named to fill the position. He will begin his duties immediately as acting vice president for research and become interim effective Oct. 1, 2012. Read more >>

Recipients of Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity Award Announced
Fifty-two faculty members receive awards in Texas Tech’s second internal competitive funding opportunity to advance scholarship in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Read more >>

Faculty Leaving TTU with Active IRB Protocols
The Human Research Protection Program needs help to identify faculty members who may have left your department in the last year with open human subjects protocols. Read more >>

New Experts Guide Available
A new Experts Guide is available to help faculty members find collaborators across campus.
Read more >>

New National Research Council on STEM Education
The NSF-funded report looks at Successful K-12 STEM Education. Read more >>

Accessing eRA Commons
eRA has an important clarification for researchers attempting to accessing eRA Commons using bookmarks and search engines. Read more >>

RCR & Research Integrity

Superheroes and Responsible Research
Making good decisions. The rules of Responsible Research when it comes to fabrication, falsification and plagiarism. Read more >>


Environmental Health & Safety

Working with Ammonia
Ammonia is a health hazard -- it is corrosive to the skin, eyes, and lungs. Some safety tips for working with this chemical. Read more >>


Upcoming Events

An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Environment and Evolution in honor of Lynn Margulis
The 2012 Donald R. Haragan Lectures

Animal Care Use Committee Generic Training
If you are a new animal handler or have not attended a generic training session before, you are required to attend one training session before working with animals. If you have completed the online training, you are still required to attend one generic training session. The generic training sessions are only offered once during the fall and spring semesters, so mark your calendar to attend this training. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Karin Fritz at 742-3722, ext. 286 or iacuc@ttu.edu
  • September 14, 2012
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Student Union Building, Senate Room, Room 125
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.
  • September 21, 2012
    9:30 a.m. - noon OR 1-3:30 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • December 6, 2012
    9:30 a.m. - noon OR 1-3:30 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • January 5, 2013
    9:30 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning 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.
  • September 14, 2012
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • October 12, 2012
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • November 9, 2012
    10 - noon
    Teaching, Learning Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • December 14, 2012
    10 am - noon
    Teaching, Learning 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.
Library Services Fair
Learn about Library services, tour the new Crossroads Recording Studio, meet Personal Librarians.
  • September 19
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Library's Croslin Room
National Outreach Scholarship Conference


Funding & Award Opportunities

FY 13 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP): DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment.  In FY 2012, 190 awards totaling $54.7 million were made ranging from $50K to $1.9M, averaging $289.879.  For FY13, DoD intends to award approximately $42M subject to availability of funds.  The full proposal deadline is 4 p.m. EST, on September 28, 2012. Proposers are advised to refer to the on-line sites cited in the announcement and encouraged to contact DoD program managers listed at those sites to explore mutual interest before submitting proposals. The announcement specifies there is no cost share this year. Read more >>

The Minerva Initiative: The Minerva Initiative is a Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored, university-based social science research initiative launched by the Secretary of Defense in 2008 focusing on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. The goal of the Minerva Initiative is to improve DoD's basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S. Read more >>

Faculty Grants: Faculty grants are available through the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement. Proposals are being accepted for the $5,000 College Diversity Development Grant and the $2,000 Faculty Diversity Development Grant. Application materials are due by September 19.
  • The College Diversity Development Grant requires proposals for discipline-specific diversity programs within any Texas Tech academic college. Proposals should have college-wide support.
  • The Faculty Diversity Development Grant requires proposals from tenure-track faculty to support scholarship and creative activities necessary for promotion and tenure.
For more information, call 742-7025 or send an e-mail to diversity@ttu.edu.

Funding Opportunities: Browse various funding resources or search the Funding Opportunities Database at the Texas Tech funding resources website.