Funding Bulletin

For the week of December 16, 2014

News Items

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Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activity Announcement

The University of Houston is pleased to announce the Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activity Program for 2014-2015. Awards of $8,000 each will be made to six (6) faculty that include two (2) for each rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor.

Nominations will be sought from all units across campus, for those individuals who are clearly exceptional. An individual can receive this award once at any rank and no more than one award every three years. We trust that these awards, although limited in number, will provide visibility and appreciation for the excellent research, scholarship and creative activity found throughout the University.

Nominators must be faculty members at the University of Houston and may make no more than one nomination at each rank. Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 6, 2015. Submission will be electronic (through email).

GEAR Program Announcement

The Division of Research is soliciting applications for an internal grant opportunity, Grants to Enhance and Advance Research (GEAR). The guidelines for GEAR were developed and approved by the Research and Scholarship Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate.

The purpose of the program is to increase external funding. Accordingly, proposals should emphasize how the project will contribute to this goal; funds cannot be used as a supplement to currently funded research. If you have start-up funding, you must provide additional justifications for the request. Full-time faculty members who are tenured or tenure-track are eligible to apply for GEAR funds. Individual faculty members or groups of faculty members may apply. Deadline for submission of the pre-proposal application is Friday, January 30, 2015. Submission will be electronic (through email).

Core Facilities Competition

The Division of Research announces the 2014-2015 competition to fund the development of new core facilities and to enhance existing core facilities. There will be up to $1 million available for the program this year, with the goal of advancing the research infrastructure at the University of Houston. The Division of Research hopes to fund up to two proposals.

See Major Core Facilities Proposal Guidelines. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015, and must be submitted by paper copy to the Division of Research (316 Ezekiel Cullen Building).

Proposals will be reviewed by an internal panel comprised of members of the Research and Scholarship Committee. A subset of proposals recommended by this panel will then be sent to external reviewers that are subject matter experts in appropriate disciplines. The RSC panel and the entire RSC will recommend proposals for funding.


The Division of Research is re-introducing to the research community Pivot, a tool that connects researchers to available funding sources from a variety of sponsors, including public, private, and foundations.

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Benefits of using Pivot include these capabilities:

  • Access to a comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally.
  • Connection to researcher expertise from within or outside of the University of Houston.
  • Communication, monitoring, and tracking of funding opportunities among individual faculty, teams, or researchers and the UH Office of Research Development.
  • Ability to send personalized weekly updates on saved searches.
  • Ability to create groups for sharing funding opportunities on an ongoing basis.

Pivot replaces the current database, InfoEd SPIN, which will remain available until December 22, 2014. To assist you with familiarizing yourself with Pivot, refer to the Pivot Quick Start Guide (PDF).

Pivot can be accessed on campus from any UH network computer. Off-campus access and the ability to save searches and opportunities requires a Pivot account, which can be obtained by signing up using a UH email address.

Anyone wishing to get additional assistance with using Pivot may contact the Division of Research’s Office of Research Development; one-on-one or group introductions can be arranged.

Policy Items

NIH has published information concerning their implementation of the U.S. Government Policy on Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern.

A revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 15-1) has been issued. The PAPPG has been revised to implement 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). The PAPPG also has been revised to incorporate other significant changes and clarifications unrelated to the Uniform Guidance implementation. The new version of the PAPPG becomes effective on December 26, 2014. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 14-1) continue to apply. 

Funding Opportunities

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) RFP-V

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has released the GoMRI Request for Proposals for Individual Investigators or Small Collaborative Teams for 2016-2018. “The purpose of the RFP is to select the research activities for GoMRI Years 6–8 (1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018) involving individual investigators or collaborative efforts comprising a principal investigator and up to three co-principal investigators.”

The major research themes to be addressed in RFP-V are:

  1. Physical distribution, dispersion, and dilution of petroleum (oil and gas), its constituents, and associated contaminants (e.g., dispersants) under the action of physical oceanographic processes, air–sea interactions, and tropical storms.
  2. Chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant systems and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deep-water ecosystems.
  3. Environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, beach sediments, wetlands, marshes, and organisms; and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  4. Technology developments for improved response, mitigation, detection, characterization, and remediation associated with oil spills and gas releases.
  5. Impact of oil spills on public health including behavioral, socioeconomic, environmental risk assessment, community capacity and other population health considerations and issues.

View RFP (PDF).

  • Required letters of intent are due December 15, 2014
  • Full proposals are due March 13, 2015
Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research: Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
  • White Papers Due (not required but strongly encouraged): November 24, 2014
  • Full Proposals Due: February 23, 2015
  • The program contact encourages anyone interested to talk with the Topic Chief for the MURI Topic (topics beginning on page 22 of the solicitation) of interest before submitting a white paper.
  • Not a limited submission: There is no limit to the number of applications UH may submit.

If you would like to discuss these opportunities, contact Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger and Dr. Brooke Gowl.

Limited Submissions with Upcoming Internal Due Dates

DOS: Statements of Interests for North Korea Programs
  • Limitation on statements of interest (SOI): 2 per organization
  • UH internal due date: December 18, 2014
  • SOI Deadline (required): January 8, 2015

Dedalus Foundation: Master of Fine Arts Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture

  • Limitation on nominations/applications: 2 per organization
  • UH internal due date: December 18, 2014
    • Applicant must be nominated to receive instructions for the application
  • Full Proposal: January 15, 2015

DOS: Countering Closing Civic Space in Kenya and Uganda

  • Limitation on applications: 1 per organization
  • UH internal due date: December 18, 2014
  • Full Proposal: January 23, 2015

DOS: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in Ghana

  • Limitation on applications: 1 per organization
  • UH internal due date: December 18, 2014
  • Full Proposal: January 23, 2015

NIH: Cancer Center Support Grants (CCSGs) for NCI-designated Cancer Centers (P30)

  • Limitation on applications: 1 per organization
  • UH internal due date: December 18, 2014
  • Full Proposal: January 25, 2015

NSF: National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

  • Limitation on applications: 1 per organization
  • A US academic institution may submit or participate in only one individual site proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.
  • UH internal due date: January 5, 2015
  • LOI Deadline (required): February 2, 2015
  • Full Proposal: April 3, 2015

NSF: Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

  • Limitation on applications: 1 per organization
  • UH internal due date: January 5, 2015
  • Full Proposal: March 2, 2015

AACP: Award for Excellence in Assessment

  • Limitation on applications: 1 per organization
  • UH internal due date: January 5, 2015
  • Full Proposal: February 13, 2015