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July 2012

The Phase I seminar is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience.
Date:  Thursday, September 6, 2012, IMU Main Lounge
Time:   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost:  $150/person (includes grant writing workbook & lunch)

November 2011

The Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research are hosting a breakfast and orientation program titled “Research @ Iowa” for new faculty members on Thursday, November 10, 8:00-10:00am in 2520D UCC.

Participants will be introduced to senior staff in the Research Office and various sources of information that will assist them in obtaining extramural funding and running a more productive and compliant research program. A panel of early to mid-career faculty who have obtained external funding for their research, scholarship and creative activities will share ideas about balancing research and teaching and best practices for establishing a strong research program. Among the topics covered will be:

  • Research Development -- identifying funding sources, proposal development assistance
  • Research Administration – proposal routing, pre and post-award administrative issues
  • Research Compliance – use of human, animal subjects or hazardous materials, responsible conduct of research, conflict of interest

October 2011

The goal of the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards program is to raise the level of teaching and learning at The University of Iowa by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects that have the potential to directly impact student success and retention.
A workshop will be held on Friday, October 28 from 11:30am -12:30pm at the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory. The Elevator Pitch Competition will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 12:00-4:00pm in the Pappajohn Business Building.

September 2011

The Helen Johnson Faculty Scholar Program
The Carver College of Medicine has developed the Helen Johnson Scholars Program to support highly motivated Tenured Associate or Full Professors who are currently unfunded, but wish to reenergize and reorient their research program into new areas of study.  Deadline: October 15, 2011.  Contact Angie Robertson for further details.
Want better-prepared undergraduates? If so, encourage every child you know to attend iExploreSTEM, a FREE festival to nurture the interests of Iowa's K-12 children in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Research shows that imaginative, unstructured play--think pretending a cardboard box is a castle, or using a banana as a telephone--helps children's brains develop. But how exactly does that happen?

August 2011

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and the Iowa Centers for Enterprise are pleased to announce solicitations for the Grow Iowa Values Fund (GIVF) Seed Grant program.  The GIVF program is designed to expand the commercialization of UI technology and is supported by Iowa Economic Development appropriations to the Board of Regents.
The Research Professional Development Work Team invites you to attend the remaining Applied Sciences Sessions for this year’s Research Professional Development Series. 

July 2011

American Cancer Society to deliver presentation on research funding
The University of Iowa-based Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of ACS Program Director Virginia Krawiec, who will lead a presentation and discussion of ACS funding for research and training on Thursday, August 25, 2011, from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the Kelch Conference Room, 1289 CBRB. 
The new electronic routing process (eRouting) is available campus wide. This process replaces the traditional, paper procedure, reducing the administrative burden on faculty and staff and streamlining the grant/contract submission process.
Cohen Writes About 'New Biology' Initiative (Iowa City Press-Citizen, July 31)
Officials at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University say their funding from grants and federal contracts dropped slightly in the last fiscal year. UI vice president for research and economic development, Jordan Cohen, says they are still happy with the results. He says the year was “surprisingly strong” given federal cutbacks and the loss of stimulus funds, as they ended up with nearly $457 million, which was down just two-percent from their record year last year.
July 28, 2011
University of Iowa grant and contract funding totaled $456.6 million in fiscal year 2011, remaining remarkably steady despite a significant downturn in overall federal funding for research. The number marks the UI's second-highest yearly total ever, just 2.2 percent below the record total of $466.5 million received in 2010.
July 23, 2011
The Office of the State Archaeologist is sending a team of bicyclists on the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. During the ride and at stops on the way, the cyclist-archaeologists will share information about the state's history and archaeological resources. This year's focus is on the historic Iowa byways, which crisscross the RAGBRAI route.
July 7, 2011
Twenty new faculty will be hired in seven different colleges to work jointly with existing faculty at the University of Iowa to study both the challenges of the obesity epidemic and the expanding needs of the study of genetics and genomics.

June 2011

June 9, 2011
The director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa has been nominated by President Obama for a seat on the National Council of the Humanities.


May 2011

May 13, 2011
Three parcels in the University of Iowa Research Park were awarded Shovel Ready Iowa status during a ceremony at the BioVentures Center. Joe Raso, President of the Iowa City Area Development Group and Kelly Hayworth, Coralville City Manager, presented the certification to Dr. Jorden Cohen, Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the Univesity of Iowa.

April 2011

Biology professor Logsdon appointed director of UI Pentacrest Museums
April 28, 2011
John Logsdon, University of Iowa associate professor of biology, has been appointed to a three-year term as director of the UI's Pentacrest Museums: the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
April 25, 2011 
Each year twelve Fellows are selected competitively: six are in residence during the fall semester and six during the spring semester. For residency in fall 2011, the application deadline is Tuesday, May 17.
Translational genomics will be the focus of Health Sciences Research Week 2011, which will take place from April 12 to 14 in the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility on the University of Iowa health sciences campus.

March 2011

Making Sense of the Science: A Workshop on Effective Scientific Writing 
March 30, 2011
Judith Swan, Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering of the Princeton Writing Program will lead a workshop titled "Making Sense of the Science: A Workshop on Effective Scientific Writing" on April 28th at 1:00pm
March 28, 2011
The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa is seeking research proposals for two grant programs that address safety and health of farmers and others in the agricultural community. The deadline for applications is May 2.
March 21, 2011
University of Iowa graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines will showcase their research during the 13th annual James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference Saturday, March 26, at the Iowa Memorial Union.
March 15, 2011
Students are invited to submit a research abstract for the 12th Annual Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Poster Session. The poster session will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the First Floor Atrium, Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB). For further information, please contact: rudy-marcelino@uiowa.edu or visit http://ppc.uiowa.edu/news/2011/03/15/12th-annual-student-interdisciplinary-health-research-poster-session.


February 2011

February 23, 2011
The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) seeks proposals for grants that will provide partial support for education programs focusing on environmental health issues.
Proposals for public education programs related to contaminant exposure prevention, assessment and awareness, and improvement of environmental health are encouraged. Proposals for professional education programs on environmental health issues promoting cooperation and collaboration between disciplines are also encouraged.
A total of $7,500 is currently available for CHEEC education grants. There is a maximum award of $2,500 per grant. Awards are for partial support of educational programming; CHEEC will provide no greater than 50 percent of a program budget. There is no submission deadline; proposals are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information visit http://www.cheec.uiowa.edu or contact Peter Weyer at 319-335-4014 or at cheec@uiowa.edu.
February 3, 2011
The University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health is requesting proposals for research related to rural health promotion. The center funds up to four one-year projects starting Aug. 1, 2011, and each project may be granted up to $20,000.
The program is open to any faculty member, research scientist, doctoral candidate or post-doctoral trainee at the UI, University of Northern Iowa or Iowa State University with an interest in this area. Proposals submitted by a student or fellow must have a faculty sponsor and a letter confirming that support. Study proposals involving animals, basic bench science or evaluation of existing programs or services will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 30.
For more information on how to apply, visit


 January 2011

January 23, 2011
Interested in Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research? Join the Research Ambassadors to learn about finding positions, getting started, and presentation and funding opportunities. 
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award, due February 24, 2011.  These awards, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, recognize outstanding undergraduate accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation, or performance.
ICRU Fellows Award, due March 23, 2011 (summer application) or April 1, 2011 (academic year application).  The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Fellows program encourages the direct involvement of undergraduate students in the scholarly efforts of faculty by providing financial support for a student involved in research.
ICRU Distinguished Mentor Award, due February 24, 2011. These awards recognize outstanding mentoring of undergraduate students in research and creative projects at the University of Iowa.
OVPR/ICRU Travel Grants, due Friday, Feb 18, 2011. For travel related to undergraduate research and its' presentation.
Visit ICRU at www.uiowa.edu/icru or contact us at ICRU@uiowa.edu with questions.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and The University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) announce the Spring 2011 IOWA Centers for Enterprise New Venture Challenge with $60,000 in total cash prizes!  The New Venture Challenge is a business plan competition that is open to ALL University of Iowa Faculty, Staff, and Students, as well as Startup companies whose principal address is at the UI Research Park.  Submission deadline: Thursday, February 24.  For more information about the competition, please contact the JPEC office at 319-335-1022.
The staff of the Iowa Social Science Research Center will host an Open House on Wednesday, January 26th from 2:00-4:00 pm on the 8th floor of the Jefferson Building. Please stop by to meet the center’s staff, take a tour of the newly-renovated space, and enjoy refreshments.
UI Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Are you interested in conducting research abroad this summer or over next year? An information session for awards will be held on Monday, January 24, 2011.  Contact: Joanna Wiese, Graduate Assistant.
January 10, 2011
"Those Who Can: The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Studio Faculty Exhibition" will be on view Jan. 27 through March 6 in the third-floor gallery space of the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St. in Davenport.

December 2010

 The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce solicitations for four of its Internal Funding Initiative (IFI) programs: Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI) Biological Sciences Funding Program (BSFP), Mathematical & Physical Sciences Funding Program (MPSFP) and Social Sciences Funding Program (SSFP). 
Submission deadline: Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
Research Professional Development Series
December 22, 2010
The Research Professional Development Work Team is pleased to announce the launch of its second offering to UI research and other interested staff -- the Research Professional Development Series.
Would you like to expand your field of expertise, learn more about the diversity of research at Iowa or network with other UI researchers?  This series -- targeted specifically for UI research Professionals -- will provide you these opportunities.
The new NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) goes into effect for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 18, 2011.  
The significant changes to the PAPPG include 1) a requirement that all proposals submitted to NSF contain an up to two page Data Management Plan as a Supplementary Document and 2) implementation of the National Science Board’s recommendations regarding cost sharing.  A complete list of significant changes accompanies the PAPPG.
December 15, 2010
Sarah Tallman doesn’t mind leaving her comfort zone.
Tallman, business manager for the compliance units under the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), ran for Staff Council, even though the prospect didn’t sound particularly enjoyable at the time. (She has served for six years now, and it turned out to be a wonderful experience.) Her family recently started a new business in North Liberty, investing money in this venture during times of economic uncertainty.
December 8, 2010
The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) hosted the second annual Fall Undergraduate Research Festival (FURF) on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the University Capitol Centre, 2nd floor north atrium.

Grant Writing Seminar by Dr. David Morrison
December 6, 2010
Recent changes in the NIH application format and review criteria have drastically changed how applications to the NIH will be written and scored.  The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to welcome David Morrison back to campus to provide insights regarding these and other trends in federal funding.  Dr. Morrison will  present his seminar titled "Write Winning Grants" from 8:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., on Monday, December 6, 2010, in the IMU Main Lounge.  Contact staff in the Office of the VP for Research (384-3332) with questions.  Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 17, 2010. 

November 2010

November 1, 2010
 On or around November 1, 2010, the UI Routing Form will be revised to include a new question: "Will the project involve stem cells?"