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Scholarly Messenger
October 3, 2013

The Government Shutdown: Potential Impacts for Texas Tech University
Due to the federal government shutdown, grant proposal preparation and submissions, as well as grant awards or draw-downs are immediately affected. Read more >>

On Oct. 1, 2013, President Duane Nellis sent a memo to the campus community regarding Texas Tech's operational response to the Federal Government shutdown. Read the memo >>

Integrated Scholar Nominations
The Office of the Provost is now taking nominations for 2013-2014 Integrated Scholars. Read more >>
2013-14 Teaching Academy Members Announced
Ten faculty have been inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. Read more >>

Nominations for 2014 Transdisciplinary Research Academy Open Today
The Offices of the President and Vice President for Research welcome applications for the 2014 Texas Tech University Transdisciplinary Research Academy. Read more >>

Faculty Proposal Development Program
There is still time to get involved with the Faculty Proposal Development Program. The program is designed to help faculty write successful grant proposals. Apply Today >>

Safety@TTU Continues
If you missed any of the Safety@TTU messages in September, please check the blog. This month we'll have new information about cybersafety and fire prevention. Read the blog >>

New Guide to Research Available
The Office of the Vice President for Research has created a new guide to help faculty navigating through the complexities of sponsored research. Read more >>
Provost Calendar Updates
The Office of the Provost is providing a calendar of key deadlines for faculty.
View Calendar Here >>

Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit (FACE) on Display at University Library
The exhibit honors the innovation, talents and accomplishments of faculty as well as provides an opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with colleagues, students and other Texas Tech community members. An electronic exhibit will be on display in the Texas Tech University Library through mid-November.
Some of the entrants and their topics can be seen in this video.

RCR/Research Integrity

Reputation, Perception of Conflict of Interest and Potential for Bias in Research
The importance of reputation and perception in your research group and the importance of defending both to maintain research objectivity. Read more >>

10 Things to Know about Annual Disclosure of Financial Interests
Get your questions about financial disclosure answered such as who needs to disclose and the easiest way to get through the process. Read more >>

Environmental Health & Safety

Tips on Hand Truck Safety
Hand trucks are great to help move heavy equipment around. The TTU Environmental Health and Safety staff have some quick tips before you try to move a heavy load. Read more >>

AED Heart Machines
Do you know how to use the AED heart machines located across campus? This quick interactive video, courtesy of Heart Rescue from Medtronic Foundation, could help you save a life. View Video >>

New Online SDS Database Available
A new online database will help faculty members build safety data sheet libraries. Read more >>

Upcoming Events

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2013 Conference
Texas Tech is hosting the 14th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium on Oct. 8-9. Registration is now underway. For more on the conference >>

Second Annual West Texas Assessment Conference
The conference brings together higher education professionals across West Texas and the surrounding areas to share ideas and information about accreditation and assessment. The conference is set for Oct. 16 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock. For more information >>

IACUC Conducting Semiannual Inspections
The IACUC serves as the review body for animals used by Texas Tech University faculty, staff and students. The committee will begin inspections this month. For more information including the full inspection schedule >>

Cayuse 424 Training
The Office of Research Services is now using Cayuse 424 for proposal submission. The Cayuse system will track our research proposal and award activity, provide for streamlined internal routing and approval of proposals, facilitate submission to sponsor systems, and store proposal and award documents. This training session will walk you through the proposal submission process using Cayuse 424. If you are unable to attend the face-to-face meeting, online training videos are available with your eRaider login.
  • Oct. 18, 2013
    General Overview
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Nov 15, 2013
    General Overview
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 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
Learn the basics of proposal budget preparation including how to begin the process, what to include and how to use the ORS budget template. Registration is preferred as seating is limited to 15 per session.
  • Oct. 11, 2013
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Nov. 8, 2013
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Dec. 12, 2013
    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.

Research Orientation for New Faculty
ORS conducts periodic orientations for new and not-so-new faculty regarding the research process at TTU. While attendance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Topics covered include: where to find funding information, internal opportunities, proposal development and processing, responsible conduct of research, internal deadlines for proposals, post-award administration and budget issues.
  • Dec. 5, 2013
    1 - 3:30 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • Jan. 9, 2014
    9:30 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • Jan. 9, 2013
    1 - 3:30 p.m.
    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

NRUF Faculty Awards & Scholarships
Several NRUF faculty awards and scholarships have upcoming deadlines:
  • Oct. 15
    Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship
    The American Law Institute
  • Oct. 23
    Melton/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
    Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
  • Nov. 1
    Burroughs Welcome Fund Infectious Disease
  • Various
    Army Research Office Young Investigator (proposals may be submitted at any time through March 31, 2017)
    Woodrow Wilson Fellows
    Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships
    National Endowment for the Humanities
A number of 2014 NRUF faculty awards and scholarships deadlines have yet to be determined. More information on deadlines and applications can be found on the NRUF Faculty Awards & Scholarships Web page.

Limited Submissions
The following limited submissions have upcoming internal notice of intent deadlines:
  • Oct. 7
    Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
  • Oct. 21
    Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)(P20)
  • Jan. 10, 2014
    ORAU Events Scholarship Program
  • First Come First Served
    ORAU Travel Grants Program
More information on these and other limited submissions can be found on the OVPR Limited Submissions Web page.

Community of Science: Community of Science Pivot provides funding opportunities from federal sources as well as foundations.

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


Scholarly Messenger is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost