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Pushing the Bounds of Memory

Moores Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Chemistry, Margaret Cheung, predicts that understanding the molecular structure of the second a memory is seared in the mind will open a new world in increasing memory and the use of the brain.

The work is funded by a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science from the National Institutes of Health.

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Campus News

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

A University of Houston engineer is reporting in eNeuro that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense when its user is expecting a reward by examining the interactions between single-neuron activities and the information flowing to these neurons, called the local field potential.

Bauer Faculty Recognized For Research Impact

Bauer’s incoming dean, Paul A. Pavlou and Assistant Professor of Marketing Seshadri Tirunillai, earn American Marketing Association awards in unprecedented dual college recognition.

Geology Student Wins First Place in AAPG Student Poster Competition

Jack Kenning, a second-year Ph.D. student, won first place in the student poster competition at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention and Exhibition.

Upcoming Events

June 20: Startup Pains: What I Wish I Knew
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
UH Technology Bridge, Innovation Center, Building 4, Floor 2

June 28: UT Austin Computing Tour
1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
The Advanced Computing Building (ACB) - 10100 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78758


Submissions for Basic Biomedical Science Funding Due Soon

The HEALTH Research Institute was established at the University of Houston to address the health challenges faced by our communities by leveraging transdisciplinary team science to provide innovative, empirically-grounded, culturally-informed and community-embedded solutions. Our goal is to become a model for advancing transdisciplinary health science through strong partnerships with communities, organizations, and other key stakeholders.

The purpose of the pilot research program is to strategically seed feasibility and proof of concept studies that will lead to the development of novel findings that address one or more health challenges faced by our local, state, or national communities. This request for pilot project applications is intended to expand the HEALTH Research Institute in the area of basic biomedical science.

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Division News

UH DOR's Comm Team Meets NASA

On Friday, June 7th, the Division of Research’s communication team visited NASA to discuss everything from space flight to social media. The goal was to find out how NASA maintains interest in all the activities and events they are constantly working on. The DOR’s communication team sought to reveal NASA’s methods for continuing to successfully engage the public.

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View past announcements on the Division of Research website.

Recent Grant Awards


PI/Department: Craig Len Glennie, Civil Engineering
CO-PI/Department: Jennifer Telling, Civil Engineering
Sponsor: U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center
Amount: $150,970


PI/Department: Shaun Xiaoliu Zhang, Center for Nuclear Receptor & Cell Signaling
Sponsor: William & Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation
Amount: $100,000


PI/Department: Jeffrey Rimer, Chemical Engineering
Sponsor: ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Amount: $99,990


PI/Department: Paige K. Evans, Mathematics
Sponsor: National Math and Science Initiative
Amount: $90,000


PI/Department: Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, Electrical Engineering
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $15,000


PI/Department: Rodney Rodgers, Campus Recreation
Sponsor: USA Swimming Foundation
Amount: $3,960

Featured Funding Opportunities

Health Science, Engineering & Technology Social Sciences, Art & Humanities Education
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Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Title: "Clinical Trials" on a Chip: Tissue Chips to Inform Clinical Trial Design and Implementation in Precision Medicine (UG3/UH3 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
LOI Deadline: 9/9/19
Application Deadline: 10/9/19

This FOA invites applications for projects designed to test the effectiveness of microphysiological systems (MPS), also called “tissue chip,” technology, for clinical trial frameworks by demonstrating their applied use in clinical trial planning and execution, addressing both safety and efficacy in late-stage preclinical studies. This approach is to provide evidence of the utility of tissue chip technology for precision medicine in informing trial design, establishing recruitment criteria and stratification of patient populations in identifying the best responders to candidate therapeutics.

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Title: T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
LOI Deadline: 8/4/19
Application Deadline: 9/4/19

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to enhance the participation of individuals from nationally underrepresented backgrounds in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic and sleep disorders research across the career development continuum by providing support to institutions that promote diversity.

The NHLBI's T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Program intended to support training of predoctoral and health professional students and individuals in postdoctoral training institutions with an institutional mission focused on serving health disparity populations not well represented in scientific research, or institutions that have been identified by federal legislation as having an institutional mission focused on these populations, with the potential to develop meritorious training programs in cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases, and sleep disorders. These institutions are uniquely positioned to engage minority and other health disparity populations in research, translation, and implementation of research advances that impact health outcomes, as well as provide health care for these populations.

Funding Agency: Craig H Neilsen Foundation
Title: Creating Opportunity and Independence Project Grants
Internal Deadline: 11/1/19
LOI Deadline: 1/1/20

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation was established in 2002 as a private foundation dedicated to spinal cord injury (SCI) research and quality of life programs for people living with SCI. The goal of the Creating Opportunity and Independence Project Grant is to enhance quality of life for individuals and their families living with SCI through grants to support innovative programs/projects that improve participation and independence.

Areas of focus include: arts, sports and recreation, assistive technology, education, employment, independent living, and rehabilitation. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

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Funding Agency: Department of Defense
Title: DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement
Abstract Deadline: Continuous until 6/12/2020

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security.

In support of this mission, the DSO Office-wide BAA invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts that address one or more of the following technical domains: (1) Frontiers in Math, Computation and Design, (2) Limits of Sensing and Sensors, (3) Complex Social Systems, and (4) Anticipating Surprise. Each of these domains is described below and includes a list of example research topics that highlight several (but not all) potential areas of interest. Proposals must investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. DSO is explicitly not interested in approaches or technologies that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Funding Agency: DARPA
Title: Disruptive Capabilities for Future Warfare
Proposal Deadline: Continuous until 6/11/2020

The Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting executive summaries, proposal abstracts and proposals for applied research, advanced technology development, and platform demonstrations that aim to enable disruptive capabilities for future warfare. Focus areas include: undeterrable air presence; breaking the symmetry of ground combat (e.g., autonomous swarms); innovative methods of naval force projection; and proliferated architectures of commodity spacecraft, sensors, and systems.

Funding Agency: Simons Foundation
Title: Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science
Internal Deadline: 6/3/19
Nomination Deadline: 10/31/19

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites nominations for Simons Investigators in Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science. The Simons Investigators program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding midcareer scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of fundamental questions in their fields.

The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing new research directions, providing leadership in the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists. Simons requests that nominations be treated confidentially; nominees should not know they are being nominated, if possible. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Funding Agency: Department of Justice
Title: Longitudinal Research on Delinquency and Crime, FY 2019
Application Deadline: 8/13/19

The Longitudinal Research on Delinquency and Crime solicitation is intended to support the expansion or extension of one or more ongoing/existing longitudinal research studies that focus on delinquency and crime throughout the life-course, which may include childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Applicants are encouraged to adopt a holistic approach to the study of child and adolescent development and the emergence, persistence, and desistance of delinquent and criminal offending.

The research findings are intended to identify malleable risk and protective factors, which can be effectively targeted in efforts to prevent the onset of delinquency and to intervene in the lives of juvenile and young adult offenders. This solicitation supports the U.S. Department of Justice strategic goal to reduce violent crime and promote public safety.

Funding Agency: Department of Justice
Title: Establishment of a National Center on Restorative Justice, FY2019
Application Deadline: 8/12/19

Within the funds available for the NIJ, the Committee provides $3,000,000 for NIJ to enter into a partnership with an accredited university of higher education and/or law school for the purposes of establishing a National Center on Restorative Justice with the purpose of (1) educating and training the next generation of justice leaders. The Center shall also (2) support research focusing on how best to provide direct services to address social inequities, such as simultaneous access to substance abuse treatment and higher education.

The Center shall (3) engage and challenge undergraduate, Masters, and law students, in conjunction with criminal justice professionals, community members, educators, and social service providers, at the State, regional, and national level, aiming to broaden their understanding of justice systems and restorative approaches through a degree program, a summer institute, or short courses, while encouraging access to educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals.

Funding Agency: NEH
Title: Media Projects
Proposal Deadline: 8/14/19

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for the Media Projects: Development Grants and Production Grants program. This program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship.

The Media Projects: Development Grants program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. The Media Projects: Production Grants program supports the production and distribution of documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.

Funding Agency: NEH
Title: Summer Stipends
Internal Deadline: 8/6/19
Application Deadline: 9/25/19

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Division of Research is accepting applications for the Summer Stipends program. The purpose of this program is to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

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