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January 10, 2013

New Gateway System to Allow Better Chemical Inventory
Texas Tech will soon begin a new inventory and delivery method for chemicals ordered by campus units. Read more >>

Informational Videos Available to Assist Researchers with NSF Changes
New videos help explain the major changes NSF is making to how proposals for funding are prepared and submitted and how proposals are reported upon. Read more >>
SPAR News on Effort Certification and Closeout Checklist
SPAR offers training on eCRT system upgrade. A newly developed closeout checklist also is now available to assist researchers in award closeout. Read more >>

Answers to Annual Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure Questions
New financial conflict of interest disclosure and education requirements are in effect for all investigators on proposals submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Public Health Service (PHS) sponsors. Read more >>

JHAs, PHAs, and SOPs: I Just Want to do Research and Teach
Some thoughts from Environmental Health and Safety on how Job Hazard Analysis and Process Hazard Analysis can be used to improve safety in laboratories. Read more >>

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Issues New Report
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a new report to President Obama in November 2012 titled "Transformation and Opportunity: The Future of the U.S. Research Enterprise." Read the report >>

RCR & Research Integrity

The ‘Re-’s of Responsible Research
Some thoughts on all the "re-" words that are important to responsible research. Read more >>

Upcoming Events

SPAR eCRT System Upgrade Training
Training materials for the eCRT System upgrade will be available on the SPAR and eCRT website by Jan. 14. While not required, formal training also is available from SPAR.
  • Jan. 8
    2-4 p.m.
    Doak Hall, Room 153
  • Jan. 11
    10 a.m. - noon
    Doak Hall, Room 153
  • Jan. 8
    10 a.m. - noon
    Doak Hall, Room 153
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 requires a time commitment from the faculty member and support from the college and department.
  • Feb. 1
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • March 1 - Young Investigators Forum
    9 a.m. - 5 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.

Funding & Award Opportunities

National Research Council of the National Academies Research Associateship Programs
The National Research Council of the National Academies announces the 2013 graduate, postdoctoral and senior research associateship programs. Application deadlines are Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1. Read more >>

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