Texas Tech University
Scholarly Messenger
September 4, 2014

2015 Integrated Scholar Nominations Open
The Office of the Provost has opened nominations for 2015 Integrated Scholars. Integrated Scholars are defined as faculty who not only demonstrate outstanding teaching, research and service, but are also able to generate synergy among the three functions. Read more >>

TTU Participates in National Biosafety Stewardship Month
All institutions receiving NIH funding are asked to participate. How does this affect TTU researchers? Read more >>
TTU Kicks Off Second Annual Safety@TTU
Safety@TTU is a campaign designed to provide safety information, tips and reminders to faculty, staff and students. Read more >>

New Appointments in the Office of the Provost
As the fall semester gets underway, there are new appointments and transitions in the Office of the Provost. Read more >>

NWI Director Change Announced
The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced a change in leadership at the National Wind Institute. Read more >>

What is Research Development?
The Research Development Team fosters new and innovative initiatives to increase competitiveness and move Texas Tech to the forefront of top research universities. Read more >>

FBI Agent Speaks on Export Control
FBI agent to speak on export control issues and what researchers need to know to stay out of legal trouble. Read more >>

New Report on Faculty Workload Released
The Federal Demonstration Partnership study shows the amount of time faculty report spending on administrative issues of federal projects. Read more >>

Responsible Research

Ethical Treatment of Human Subjects in Research Should be Important to Everyone
Some thoughts on training students and new researchers in the importance of human subject ethics. Read more >>

Environmental Health and Safety

What is Safety Month?
Texas Tech's EH&S interim director looks at what safety month means to him. Read more >>

Protecting Your Eyes from Injury
Reminders from the National Safety Council about protecting your eyes. Read more >>

Upcoming Events

Institutional Animal Care and Use Generic Training
All current and future animal handlers are required to attend at least one training session. This training is only offered once in the fall and once in the spring.
  • Friday, Sept. 5
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Agricultural Education and Communications Building, Room 102
  • Contact Karin Fritz for more information.
OVPR Discussion Series: Entrepreneurialism and Innovation
  • Sept. 11
    noon-1 p.m.
    Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120
    Speakers: Robert V. Duncan, vice president for research
    Jennifer Horn, director of translational research and entrepreneurialism
    Deans or representatives from colleges
    Summary: Texas Tech is expanding its horizons through the creation of innovative entrepreneurial initiatives on campus in order to become a great research university. This OVPR Discussion Series event will focus on the importance of entrepreneurial and innovative opportunities. The format will consist of presentations by several speakers followed by an open discussion time. Please feel free to bring a lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided.
OVPR Discussion Series: Student Entrepreneurialism
  • Oct. 2
    noon-1 p.m.
    Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120
    Summary: A recent survey conducted by TTU research shows students are interested in entrepreneurial activities and want to know more about resources available. If you are interested in the development of a stronger student entrepreneurial culture at Texas Tech, please join us for the next OVPR Discussion Series. Representatives from the OVPR and student entrepreneurial organizations will be on hand to talk about available opportunities and answer questions. Please feel free to bring a lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided. If you would like to attend, RSVP to vpr.communications@ttu.edu by Sept. 25.
OVPR Discussion Series: TTU Research Park
  • Nov. 6
    noon-1 p.m.
    Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120
    Summary: The construction of the Texas Tech Research Park is a tangible example of how Texas Tech is growing as a top tier research university. Join us for the OVPR Discussion Series where representatives directly involved with the building and implementation of the research park will discuss details of the new facility and what is available to researchers. The format will consist of presentations by several speakers followed by an open discussion time. Please feel free to bring a lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided. If you would like to attend, RSVP to vpr.communications@ttu.edu by Oct. 30.
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. 10
    2:30-4:30 p.m. - noon,
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Oct. 3
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Nov. 5
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Dec. 5
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
Registration is required as seating is limited. Register here >>

Cayuse and SP Training
Cayuse is entirely Web-based and provides for streamlined internal routing of proposals (paper routing is no longer accepted by ORS), ability for multiple users to view proposals simultaneously, approve routing sheets simultaneously, advanced validation of Grants.gov proposals based on sponsor rules, internal tracking of our research proposal and award activity, storing of proposal and award documents, and many more features. Registration is preferred as seating is limited.
  • Sept. 26
    10 a.m. - noon,
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Oct. 8
    10 a.m. - noon,
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Nov. 14
    10 a.m. - noon,
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • Dec. 10
    10 a.m. - noon,
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
Registration is required as seating is limited. Register here >>

A series of video training modules designed to introduce you to the Cayuse 424 Research Suite are available.

NSF FastLane
This workshop offers a hands-on experience in using the FastLane system for proposal submission to the National Science Foundation. The workshop is limited to 15 participants so advance registration is required.
  • Oct. 17
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 153 in the Library
Registration is required as seating is limited. Register here >>

For more training and outreach activities, visit the Office of Research Services website.

SBIR and STTR Proposal Webinars
A series of free webinars are available to faculty and staff considering submitting an SBIR or STTR proposal. Read more >>

Funding & Award Opportunities

Newly Created Scholarship Catalyst Program Deadlines Worldwide eLearning Grants to Support Distance and Online Program
  • Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Request for Proposals for the Development of New Distance/Online Programs with max award of $20,000 to develop new online or distance degree programs, certificates, minors, concentrations, or certification preparation programs.
  • Course Development Grants of up to $5,000 for course redesign/development as a blended, online, or regional site course.
  • Faculty/Staff/Graduate Travel Stipend Grants of up to $1,000 to support faculty, staff, or graduate student travel to attend or present at a national or international conference on distance/online education.
More information on each of the programs can be found by going to the eLearning website and clicking on Funding Opportunities. Applications for the RFP program and the course development grant are due on Nov. 1, 2014. The travel grant stipend is ongoing and interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as funds are limited.

College Diversity Development Grants
  • Deadline: Sept. 29
  • The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement is currently accepting proposals for the $5,000 College Diversity Development Grant and the $2,000 Faculty Diversity Development Grant. Apply here >>
Award Deadlines
Find other prestigious award opportunities here >>

Limited Submissions
  • Institutional Project Support Program in Japanese Studies
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 8
  • Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program (I-Corps Node)
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 8
  • Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 11
  • Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 11
  • IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 16
  • Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC)
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 16
  • Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 16
  • Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (2015-2019)(NHERI)
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 18
  • Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
    TTU Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 29
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.


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