April 7, 2016

Board of Regents Grants Tenure and Promotion to Faculty Members
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents granted tenure and promotion to a number of faculty during its meeting on February 25. After these appointments, the percentage of tenure track faculty who have been awarded tenure will be 74 percent. Read more >>

Annual Report for Office of the Vice President for Research Now Available
The 2015 Annual Report for the Office of the Vice President for Research is now available. Texas Tech continues its success in research growth and developing strategies for innovation and development. See the report here >>
Faculty Needs Survey on External Funding Proposals
In October, the Office of the Vice President for Research conducted a Faculty Needs Survey on External Funding Proposals. An overview of the results of this survey are now available. See more here >>

Board of Regents Designates New Horn Professor
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents designated Eric Hequet, chairman of the Department of Plant and Soil Science, as a Horn Professor during its February meeting. Read more >>

Development Leaves for Faculty Approved by Board of Regents
At its March meeting, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents granted faculty development leaves for 28 faculty members. Development leaves with salary are meant to further the faculty member's scholarly and professional growth. Learn more >>

IACUC Semiannual Inspections Scheduled
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will conduct their semiannual inspections April 18-19. The inspections will include all facilities in which animal activity occurs at the university. Learn more >>

Early Investigator Proposal Development Workshops Continue
Registration is open for the Proposal Ideation, Proposal Preparation or Revision and Mock Review sections of the Early Investigator Proposal Development Workshop. Register here >>

April SBIR/STTR Webinar Series
Throughout the month of April, there will be a series of webinars exploring various aspects of Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research grants and contracts. Learn more >>

Applications Open for 2017-2018 Fulbright Competition for American Scholars
More than 40 opportunities are available in Canada for applicants interested in being a Fulbright scholar. Gain international experience, collaborate with colleagues, and participate in this prestigious program. Read more >>

Are You Ready to Take the GLEAMM Challenge?
The GLEAMM Challenge is coming in September. The GLEAMM Challenge is an energy technology competition where you or your team have a chance to showcase your world-changing ideas. For more information >>

The SBIR Road Tour Kicks Off in April
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through SBIR/STTR programs. Find out more about tour dates and locations >>

Opportunities Through Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Group
Several opportunities are available through the ORAU consortium. They include:

  • The Centers for Disease Control Evaluation Fellowship Opportunity
    Application deadline: April 15, 2016
    The CDC is accepting applicants for their Evaluation Fellowship Program which aims to improve CDC host programs. Learn more >>
  • Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Call for User Proposals
    Application deadline: May 4, 2016
    The CNMS at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is asking for proposals focused on user-initiated nanoscience and cane make full use of CNMS facilities and staff expertise. Learn more >>



RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH

Academic Communication: Just the Facts or Are We Salesmen?
When it comes to presenting research, substance matters over style. Read more >>



UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Budget Basics (ORS Training & Outreach)
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    April 8
    Room 151, TLPDC
    Participants will learn how to begin the proposal budget process, what to include, what not to include, tips and shortcuts, and how to use the MS Excel ORS budget template. Seating is limited to 15 per session, so please RSVP early. To register, click here >>

  • Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning
    12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    April 12
    Room 333B, Texas Tech Administration Building
    This is part of a series of SBIR/STTR webinars sponsored by the Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization and the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center. Learn more >>

  • What You Need to Know About Government Audits
    12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    April 14
    Room 333B, Texas Tech Administration Building
    This is part of a series of SBIR/STTR webinars sponsored by the Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization and the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center. Learn more >>

  • Practical Strategies for Indirect Rate Development
    12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    April 21
    Room 333B, Texas Tech Administration Building
    This is part of a series of SBIR/STTR webinars sponsored by the Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization and the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center. Learn more >>

  • Forum on Teaching Excellence and Student Success
    2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    April 22
    Red Raider Ballroom, Student Union Building
    The second Forum on Teaching Excellence and Student Success will feature structured small and large group discussions around several core topics that emerged from the first forum, among them considering and prioritizing actionable steps toward an institutional culture of teaching excellence. Learn more >>

  • QuickBooks & Compliance for SBIR/STTR Awardees
    12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    April 28
    Room 333B, Texas Tech Administration Building
    This is part of a series of SBIR/STTR webinars sponsored by the Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization and the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center. Learn more >>

  • April Faculty Research Club
    4 p.m.
    April 29
    East Suite Level, Texas Tech Club (NEW LOCATION)
    The Faculty Research Club is intended to provide a social setting to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, promote informal discussions about research and disseminate information about campus resources to faculty. This month's meeting is sponsored by the College of Media and Communication. Learn more >>

  • 3.2 Workshop: Document Delivery
    11 a.m.
    May 2
    Room 150, Library Instruction Lab
    This workshop is ideal for anyone who finds a research article or book that is not owned by the University Libraries. Document Delivery can get these items for researchers in a quick turnaround most of the time. For more info >>

  • NSF FastLane (ORS Training & Outreach)
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    May 4
    Room 151, TLPDC
    FastLane is the National Science Foundation's (NSF) online proposal submission system through which potential and current researchers, reviewers, and research administrators and their organizations relate to the sponsor. Participants will learn how to prepare temporary proposals, assign proposal access to ORS and other users, review and edit their profiles, and keep track of proposals submitted to NSF. The workshop is limited to 15 participants so advance registration is required. Keep in mind that a minimum of 3 people is needed in order for the training to be conducted. To register, click here >>



FACULTY AWARDS

Targeted Faculty Award Deadlines

National Medal of Science
April 27
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows
April 28
AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program
April 28
TAMEST: Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards
April 30
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
June 2
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
June 3

Please see the Faculty Targeted Awards page for upcoming award deadlines.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

National Institute of Standards and Technology Calls for SBIR Proposals
Deadline: April 14, 2016
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce has released a solicitation for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposals on the following topics: advanced sensing for manufacturing, bio-manufacturing, cryptography and privacy, cyber physical systems, lab to market, materials genome, quantum-based sensors and measurements. View the full copy of the solicitation here. For questions or more information, please contact Susan Back at susan.back@ttu.edu.

NIDILRR Accepting Applications for SBIR Program
Deadline: April 17. 2016 (Anticipated)
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is a small HHS agency with an important mission – to improve the lives of people with disabilities. NIDILRR focuses on generating new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promoting its use and adoption. NIDILRR (http://www.acl.gov/Programs/NIDILRR/) is located within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDILRR is now accepting SBIR Phase I applications! If you are developing a device or service that can improve the lives of people with disabilities, learn how NIDILRR SBIR funding can help. Each year, NIDILRR's SBIR program funds up to ten Phase I feasibility (or proof-of-concept) projects for approximately six months (for up to $75,000 each). After completion of the Phase I stage, most of these businesses can compete for Phase II awards. Phase II awards can last up to 24 months for a total of up to $575,000. For more information >>

Nominations Needed for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Deadline: June 17, 2016
PAESMEM is the highest honor bestowed upon mentors who work to expand STEM talent.The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the honorary awards program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP selects both individuals and organizations to receive the honor. Each awardee receives $10,000 and a presidential citation at a White House ceremony, among other activities and recognition events held in Washington. For more details >>

Limited Submissions & Internal Deadlines

Please watch the Limited Submissions 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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