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Answers About Reopening Research

Yesterday, President Khator announced the Phase 2 reopening of the UH campus on Monday, June 8. With more people returning to campus, it is important to follow the established health and safety guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

Read VP Elnashai's June 2 letter to the research community

Campus News

UH Ranks among Top 100 Global Universities for Patents

Reflecting its emphasis on commercializing technologies to improve society, the University of Houston is ranked among the top global universities for the number of utility patents issued in 2019. UH was No. 75 on the list, tied with Drexel University with 39 utility patents issued in 2019. UH was ranked No. 88 last year.

Researchers Take a Cue from Nature to Create Bulletproof Coating

Shrimp, lobsters and mushrooms may not seem like great tools for the battlefield, but three engineers from the University of Houston are using chitin – a derivative of glucose found in the cellular walls of arthropods and fungi – and 3D printing techniques to produce high-impact multilayered coatings that can protect soldiers against bullets, lasers, toxic gas and other dangers.

Although corn is better known as a sustainable, bio-based material, chitin offers promise as a commonly available material that could be processed and used in some products that now require petroleum-based plastics, said Alamgir Karim, Dow Chair Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Shaffer, Reed Awarded Grant to Study Houston Water Conservation

Two UH researchers have received a grant to study the potential water conservation savings for different types of land uses in the City of Houston.

Devin Shaffer, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will oversee the work done by his doctoral student, Dana Reed, in developing a model for water use and water conservation based on land use.

More Tips For Enhancing Your Virtual Call

When we last covered ways to make the most of your virtual call, there were some tidbits that we didn’t go over. Here, we’ll cover these tips to give you a more comprehensive understanding of just how you can maximize your virtual experience in the age of quarantine. 

Upcoming Events

Online: COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities for Research
Friday, June 5
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Online: Applications of AI/ML with Geophysical Data
Wednesday, June 10
11 a.m.-noon

Online: The James Webb Telescope
Thursday, June 11
11 a.m.-noon

Online: Optimizing Seismic in the Cloud for Performance and Cost
Thursday, June 25
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Help us promote safe and healthy campus behaviors with UH Research Zoom Toon backgrounds!

As we continue to have a positive experience reopening the campus, the DOR emphasizes the importance of safe and healthy behaviors across the research community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Every person back on campus should remember to:

  • Perform a daily health check
  • Wear a mask in close proximity to others
  • Wash hands regularly, according to CDC guidelines
  • Practice social distancing
  • Keep track of contacts

To help us emphasize these healthy behaviors, we've created a set of Zoom Toons for you to use in your online meetings. Download and use these toons to help us promote safe and healthy behaviors throughout our research community.

View past announcements on the Division of Research website.

Recent Grant Awards


PI/Department: Guan Qin, Petroleum Engineering
Sponsor: Petrochina
Amount: $619,000


PI/Department: Jeremy Palmer, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Co-PI: Jacinta Conrad
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $365,517


PI/Department: Hongyi Li, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Sponsor: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC / U.S. Department of Energy
Amount: $299,418


PI/Department: Vassiliy Lubchenko, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $240,000


PI/Department: Ding-Shyue Yang, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $240,000


PI/Department: T Randall Lee, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $240,000


PI/Department: Michael Zvolensky, Psychology
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Amount: $108,546

Featured Funding Opportunities

Health Science, Engineering & Technology Social Sciences, Art & Humanities Education
Image Health

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-Dept of the Army)
Title: DoD Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Idea Development Award
Pre-Application Deadline: 08/12/2020

The DMDRP Idea Development Award supports the development of innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate progress in improving outcomes for individuals with DMD.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-CDMRP)
Title: Virtual Cancer Center Director Award
LOI Deadline: 07/30/2020
Application Deadline: 08/20/2020

The goal of the PRCRP is to improve quality of life by decreasing the impact of cancer on active duty Service members, their families, Veterans, and the American public.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-CDMRP)
Title: Career Development Award - Fellow Option
LOI Deadline: 07/30/2020
Application Deadline: 08/20/2020

The goal of the PRCRP is to improve quality of life by decreasing the impact of cancer on active duty Service members, their families, Veterans, and the American public. Dependent on the accomplishments of candidates, the PRCRP will offer two distinct early career development options: the Fellow Option (CDA-FO) and the Virtual Cancer Center Scholar Option (CDA-SO). Under this award mechanism, the early-career investigator is considered the Principal Investigator (PI), and the application should focus on the PI’s research and career development. Preliminary data are not required.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-CDMRP)
Title: Behavioral Health Science Award
LOI Deadline: 07/30/2020
Application Deadline: 08/27/2020

The goal of the PRCRP is to improve quality of life by decreasing the impact of cancer on active duty Service members, their families, Veterans, and the American public.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-CDMRP)
Title: Translational Team Science Award
LOI Deadline: 07/30/2020
Application Deadline: 08/27/2020

The goal of the PRCRP is to improve quality of life by decreasing the impact of cancer on active duty Service members, their families, Veterans, and the American public.

Funding Agency: Mark Foundation
Title: Emerging Leader Award
LOI Deadline: 06/04/2020

The Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards support innovative research from the next generation of leaders in cancer research. These grants are awarded to outstanding early career investigators to support high-impact, high-risk projects that are distinct from their current research portfolio.

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Title: Limited Competition: National Primate Research Centers (P51) (Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
Limited Submission Internal Deadline: 08/14/2020
Application Deadline: 09/25/2020

This FOA encourages grant applications that support the activities of the National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs). Nonhuman primates (NHPs) are most closely related to humans, both physiologically and genetically. Therefore, NHPs are critical animal models for basic and translational research aimed at understanding human biology, both in normal and diseased states.

Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Title: Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21)
Application Deadline: 06/16/2020

This FOA issued by AHRQ invites grant applications for funding to conduct exploratory and developmental research grants (R21) for projects in the early and conceptual stages of development that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology (IT) improves health care quality and outcomes.

Image Science, Engineering, & Technology

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs (CHE-DRP)

Application Deadline: 09/30/2020
Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B); Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC); and Chemical Synthesis (SYN)

Application Deadline: 11/02/2020
Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN)

 CHE supports a large and vibrant research community engaged in fundamental discovery, invention, and innovation in the chemical sciences. The projects supported by CHE explore the frontiers of chemical science, develop the foundations for future technologies and industries that meet changing societal needs, and prepare the next generation of chemical researchers.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-DARPA)
Application Deadline: 06/26/2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is issuing a new Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) Opportunity entitled COMBAT, which invites submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in the technical domain of Artificial Intelligence, Modeling, and Simulation.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-Air Force)
Title: Foundations of Trusted Systems
White Paper Deadline: Rolling with funding beginning December 2020

Seeking innovative research in technologies and techniques to establish trusted foundations for hardware and software that enabling secure, resilient and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, and Cyber (C4+1I) information processing systems.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-Air Force)
Title: Advancing Computing Technology and Applications
White Paper Deadline: Rolling with funding beginning May 2021

Seeking innovative research to explore and develop computational capabilities with greater sophistication, autonomy, intelligence, and assurance for addressing dynamic mission requirements imposed by Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and Cyber applications and size, weight, and power (SWaP) constrained Air Force Platforms.

Funding Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Title: FY 2021 Implementation of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®)
Application Deadline: 12/31/2020

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national and regional partnership working to produce, integrate, and communicate high quality ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes data that meets the safety, economic, and stewardship needs of the nation. NOAA is requesting proposals for coordinated regional efforts that further the IOOS in two topic areas; Implementation and Development of Regional Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (Topic Area 1), and Advancing the National Data Management and Cyberinfrastructure System Architecture (Topic Area 2).

Funding Agency: Department of Energy (DOE)
Title: Small-Scale Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems and Hybrid Electrolyzer Technology Development
LOI Deadline: 06/26/2020
Application Deadline: 07/08/2020

This FOA will solicit applications for multiple areas of interest and will correspond to research outlined in the Department's August 2019 Report on the Status of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program to Congress and could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Small-scale (nominally 5-25 kWe) distributed generation SOFC systems.
  • Hydrogen production from Solid State Electrolyzer Cell (SOEC) systems and reversible SOFC systems including improving and validating the materials and systems required for the improving the cost, performance and reliability of systems using natural gas or coal-derived syngas as fuel.
  • Cleaning of coal-derived syngas for use as SOFC fuel and testing of single and multiple cells on syngas.
Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
Title: NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions
Application Deadline: 08/18/2020

The United States’ National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), a component body of U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI), are accepting applications for the NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program. Awards made through this program will fund teams of researchers and cultural institution professionals in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions. Applications must be submitted by teams composed of at least one organization from the U.S. and one from the U.K., in which each country is represented by at least one cultural institution.

Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
Title: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Application Deadline: 07/15/2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access is accepting applications for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program. The purpose of this program is to support projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities.

Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
Title: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Application Deadline: 06/30/2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities is accepting applications for the Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program. The program supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability.

Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
Title: Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives program
Application Deadline: 07/09/2020

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history.


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources

Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. 

For more information about available grants, visit our Pivot system or

Lindsay Lewis | University of Houston Division of Research | | 713-743-0951


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