Texas Tech University
Scholarly Messenger
September 3, 2013

OVPR and Provost Launch Safety@TTU
Safety@TTU is an internal communications campaign that will provide information, tips and reminders about safety on our campus. Read more >>

Integrated Scholar Nominations
The Office of the Provost is now taking nominations for 2013-2014 Integrated Scholars. Read more >>
From the President: Faculty Awards
The president makes a commitment to bring recognition to deserving faculty, students and staff. Read more >>

FY2014 CAHSS Winners Announced
More than 20 proposals were awarded funding in the FY2014 Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity to Advance Scholarship in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Read more >>

New Faculty Members Receive Tenure
Six new faculty members were granted tenure at the August Board of Regents meeting. Read more >>

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 at Texas Tech. Read more >>
SPAR and ORS Launch Raider Research University
Raider Research University is designed to help department research administrators and other support staff administer sponsored project funding. Read more >>

Are You Writing a New Funding Proposal?
Two recent Chronicle of Higher Education stories may be useful. For new faculty members >>
A second article is written for administrators, but offering information for faculty members on what to look for in a grant proposal. Read more >>

NIH Offers Tips on Successful Proposals
NIH offers sample applications and summary statements from successful proposals. Read more >>
Grant reviewers like plain language and thoughts about how to translate your ideas. Read more >>

RCR/Research Integrity

Defining Authorship: Thoughts on a Necessary Conversation
The importance of having an early discussion with your mentor about how authorship is handled in your research group. Read more >>

ILSC Works to Improve University's Safety Culture
The Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee's chairman talks about the committee's goal and accomplishments. Read more >>

Environmental Health & Safety

Health and Safety at Texas Tech University
Health and safety requirements are changing and expanding. As Safety@TTU kicks off, EH&S takes a look at the strides the university has made. Read more >>

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

Chemical Hygiene Plan Training Deadlines
Faculty, staff and students who work with chemicals and other hazards in our laboratories, studios and other facilities must take the Chemical Hygiene Plan online training. 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 and registration >>

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 information and registration >>

Fall ACUC Generic Training
All current and future animal handlers who have not attended the ACUC Generic Training must plan to attend this session. All animal handlers are required to attend one Generic Training. Individuals who have completed the online training are still required to attend the Generic Training. Email Karin Fritz, IACUC coordinator, or phone (806) 742-3722 x. 286 for more information.
  • Sept. 6, 2013
    Noon - 2 p.m.
    Animal and Food Sciences Building, room 101
Ethics and Safety in Research Leadership
The Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC), the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Texas Tech University Ethics Center are sponsoring the TLPDC/TTU Ethics Center: Ethics Series during the Fall 2013 semester.
  • Sept. 19, 2013
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning, Professional Development Center, room 151 in the Library
This session will meet part of the NSF requirements for RCR Training. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required >>

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.
  • Sept. 20, 2013
    General Overview
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • 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.
  • Sept. 13, 2013
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • 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.
  • Sept. 27, 2013
    9:30 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • Sept. 27, 2013
    1 - 3:30 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
  • 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

College and Faculty Diversity Development Grants
Faculty grants are available through the Office of the Senior 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 Sept. 20, 2013.

The College Diversity Development Grant requires proposals for discipline-specific diversity programs within any TTU college. Proposals should have college-wide support. The Faculty Diversity Development Grant requires proposals from tenure-track or tenured faculty to support scholarship and creative activities necessary for promotion and tenure. For more information, call (806) 742-7025 or email diversity@ttu.edu.

NRUF Faculty Awards & Scholarships
Several NRUF faculty awards and scholarships have upcoming deadlines:
  • Sept. 15
    Beckman Young Investigators Program
  • Sept. 16
    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Sept. 19
    Guggenheim Fellow
  • Sept. 26
    Sloan Research Fellowship
    Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
    Fredrick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
    ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships
    ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
  • Sept. 27
    Searle Scholars Program
  • Oct. 1
    National Humanities Center Fellowship 2012-2013
  • Oct. 15
    Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship
    The American Law Institute
  • Oct. 23
    Melton/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
    Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Disseertation Fellowships in American Art
  • Nov. 1
    Burroughs Wellcome 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