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Scholarly Messenger
January 9, 2014

HRPP Post Approval Reviews
The Human Research Protection Program will launch a new post approval review program during the spring 2014 semester. Read more >>

New Vice President for Research
Robert V. "Rob" Duncan began his duties as vice president for research on Jan. 1.
Read more >>
Schovanec Named Provost/Senior Vice President
Lawrence Schovanec began his role as provost on Jan. 1.
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San Francisco Named Honors College Dean
Michael San Francisco began his new role in the Honors College on Jan. 1.
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NSF FastLane Changes
NSF announces two changes to FastLane. The first is a change to proposal checks for preliminary proposals and supplementary funding requests. Read more >>
A second change involves how to start a proposal in FastLane. Read more >>

Modifications to NIH's Planned and Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Forms
NIH has modified the forms used to provide information regarding planned enrollment and actual cumulative enrollment of individuals in clinical research studies. Read more >>

NIH Offers help on using eRA Commons.
For researchers submitting applications to NIH has developed videos that explain how to use eRA Commons. See videos >>
NIH also provides an overview of the NIH Grants website that provides frequently updated information about NIH proposals and awards. See more >>

Is your lab prepared for the unexpected?
The snowstorm that postponed Fall 2013 exams is a reminder that researchers need to prepare for the unexpected. This article from the December 2013 issue of The Scientist highlights ways to safeguard your data and prepare for the unexpected in your lab, studio, or research site. Read more >>

RCR/Research Integrity


Enhancing Communication and Understanding with the New ARRIVE Guidelines for Publication
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) has released new publishing guidelines for research conducted on animals designed to address ways to improve the reporting of experimental protocols. Read more >>

Financial Interest Disclosure Reminder
Faculty and staff who participate in externally sponsored projects must disclose their significant business or financial interests by Oct. 1 of each year. Read more >>

Environmental Health & Safety

Safety@TTU: Frostbite: The Icy Truth
The Division of Environmental Health & Safety offers advice on how to recognize frostbite. Read more >>

Upcoming Events

Undergraduate Research Conference
The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference is Feb. 16. Registration also is open for reviewers, non-presenters, volunteers and for the Graduate School Expo. Read more >>

Responsible Conduct of Research Conference
The deadline to submit proposals for the conference is Jan. 31. Submissions are invited for 50-minute or 30-minute workshops that address a broad disciplinary audience. Interactive sessions with active audience participation are strongly encouraged. Presentations could be led by a faculty member, or team of faculty members and graduate part-time instructors, graduate students, or professional staff involved in research. Conference proposals should deal with responsible conduct of research, research ethics, academic integrity, and/or ethical conduct of researchers. Speakers will be notified by Feb. 14 if selected to present. See the proposal submission form >>
Conference Details:
  • April 8
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
For more information, contact Justin R. Louder, director, Texas Tech Ethics Center.

Graduate Student Ethics Paper Awards
The deadline to submit an entry in the new Graduate Student Ethics Paper Award Competition is Jan. 31. The award is sponsored by the Ethics Center. Preference will be given to papers that focus on topics in responsible conduct of research, academic integrity, practical ethics, theoretical ethics or innovative and effective approaches for teaching and engaging students in research ethics. For more information email the Texas Tech Ethics Center or call (806) 742-1505. Award criteria and submission information can be found here.

Funding & Award Opportunities

2014 Gloria Lyerla Research Travel Grant
The deadline to apply for the Gloria Lyerla Research Travel Grant is Feb. 15. The purpose of the grant is to assist Texas Tech researchers in meeting the costs of travel to research collections of libraries, archives, museums and other repositories throughout the world. The award is open to full-time, tenure-track or tenured faculty. Two successful applicants will receive an award of up to $750 in a single payment. The award must be used for the exclusive purpose of helping to defray the researchers’ travel expenses, and is intended to be used in the 12 months immediately following the award announcement. Read more >>

NRUF Faculty Awards Several NRUF faculty awards and scholarships have upcoming deadlines:
  • 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
Please watch the Limited Submissions Web page for upcoming internal notice of intent deadlines:

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.


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