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Targeting New Treatments for Concussions by Transforming Brain Pathology

Badri Roysam, chair of the UH Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading a $3.19 million project to create new technology that could provide an unprecedented look at the injured brain.

New technology, combining multi-spectral imaging and supercomputing, allow researchers to see the effects of injury, treatments and the body’s own healing processes at once. Concussions have long confounded scientists who have faced technological limitations.

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Campus News

Money Talks. UH Professor Decodes Ancient Coins to Reconstruct History

UH Professor of History Frank Holt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Alexander the Great, Hellenistic Asia and new research methodologies such as cognitive numismatics.

Biotechnology Student receives Boren Scholarship for Language Studies Abroad

College of Technology student Kaylin Gant is one of three UH students to receive a $20,000 Boren Scholarship. Kaylin aims to conduct research in agricultural and conservational biosciences in chronically understudied regions.

We Have To Change How We Teach Science For The Future Energy Workforce

Associate Professor Sissy Wong stresses the importance of changing the way schools teach science in order to prepare students for "The Great Crew Change."

Upcoming Events

July 22-26: Moonshot: Historical Documents on Human Space Flight
2nd floor of MD Anderson Library

July 24: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Mission
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
UH Student Center

July 24: Human Space Exploration: Past and Future Challenges Panel Discussion
12 p.m.-2 p.m.
UH Student Center Theater

July 25: Machine Learning and Geophysical Inversion
11:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Classroom and Business Building (CBB), Room 310

July 25: Startup Pains: What I Wish I Knew
4 p.m.
UH Technology Bridge, Innovation Center, Building 4, Floor 2

July 25: Comedy Show: Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Graduate School
6 p.m.
UH Student Center Theater

August 6 & 7: Big Data & Machine Learning
10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Agrawal Engineering Research Building, Room 200

Announcements

Study on Deadline Stress of Faculty Call for Participation

The Computational Physiology Laboratory (CPL) at the University of Houston will be conducting a study about deadline stress in academic environments. Specifically, CPL aims to investigate how traits interact with tactics, behaviors, and stress levels in the days leading up to a proposal or paper deadline, as well as how these complex factor dynamics affect performance. For this study, CPL looks to recruit volunteer participants among the faculty population of the University of Houston – Main Campus. Read more

Division News

 

NSF Issued Dear Colleague Letter

The National Science Foundation issued a Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection on July 11 to seek input on recent and upcoming changes in their policies: (i) NSF rotators are required to be U.S. citizens or have applied for U.S. citizens if they work onsite at NSF (issued in April 2018); (ii) requirement to use an electronic submission of biographical sketches, including disclosure of all (foreign and domestic) appointments (proposed to become effective in January 2020); (iii) NSF personnel and IPAs cannot participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs; and (iv) clarification of reporting requirements for current and pending support and professional appointments (open for public comment through July 29, 2019)

View past announcements on the Division of Research website.

Recent Grant Awards

ASSESSING SLEEP QUALITY AMONG NURSING FACULTY

PI/Department: Sonya D. Wade, College of Nursing
Sponsor: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Phi Chi Chapter
Amount: $500


EVALUATION OF LEAD. PHASE III - PILOT TESTING MEASURES AND PROCEDURES

PI/Department: Bradley Smith, Psychological, Health & Learning Sciences
CO-PI/Department: Han Joe Kim, Psychological, Health & Learning Sciences
CO-PI/Department: Jorge E. Gonzalez, Psychological, Health & Learning Sciences
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Amount: $180,844


SOCOM LONG DISTANCE FACE RECOGNITION (LDFR)

PI/Department: Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, Computer Science
Sponsor: Secure Planet, Inc. flow thru from U.S. Special Operations Command, Headquarters (USSOCOM)
Amount: $65,517


COREFLOOD EXPERIMENTS FOR CHEVRON TECHNOLOGY VENTURES (CTV)

PI/Department: Konstantinos Kostarelos, Petroleum Engineering
Sponsor: Chevron Technology Ventures
Amount: $50,000


ION IRRADIATION OF STAINLESS STEELS PROCESSED BY EQUAL CHANNEL ANGULAR PRESSING

PI/Department: Di Chen, Physics
Sponsor: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC flow thru from U.S. Department of Energy
Amount: $39,999

Featured Funding Opportunities

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

Funding Agency: DOD
Title: Naval Medical Research Center: Austere Environment Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO) Award
Application Deadline: 8/5/19

The NMRC sepsis research program (and thus ACESO) is intended to reduce the threat of severe sepsis and its causative agents to DoD forces deployed in resource-limited settings. Understanding the pathogenesis and immunology of severe sepsis syndrome (SSS), and developing appropriate clinical management to reduce mortality from SSS-causing diseases will directly enhance the mission of the DoD biodefense/emerging infectious disease enterprise to protect service members and the nation from biological threats. This information would also have implications within the fields of civilian public health and global health and security, as the economic and social impact of severe sepsis in developing countries is significant.

The intent of this award is to fund an organization that can continue serving as the integrating coordinator for ACESO and work closely with NMRC to develop and implement scientific efforts of the consortium. The award is designed to maintain a hub that can bring together the expertise of military research laboratories with relevant accomplished civilian scientists (i.e., from the fields of infectious disease, critical care, computational biology, systems biology, and global health) at outstanding organizations and with appropriate patient populations in resource-limited and resource-replete settings.

Image Science, Engineering, & Technology

Funding Agency: UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Title: Gynecologic SPORE in Uterine Cancers
Pre-Proposals Deadline: 8/5/19

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Uterine SPORE solicits applications for development awards to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the broad area of uterine cancer. These awards are intended to provide funding for the career development of individuals who wish to receive the advanced research training that will prepare them to conduct independent research in this area.

Awards will cover direct and indirect costs of up to $50,000 total for one year, with the opportunity for competitive renewal of one additional year. Please note that the $50,000 is all inclusive of direct and indirect costs and is subject to change depending upon available funds. Please check with your institution regarding current F&A rates and policies.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: Critical-Zone Collaborative Network
Internal Deadline: 10/18/19
Full Application Deadline: 12/2/19

NSF seeks proposals to establish an adaptive and responsive research network that supports investigations of the Earth's Critical Zone. This network will consist of two components that will work together to advance knowledge, education, and outreach in this convergent science: 1)Thematic Clusters of fixed or temporary locations will conduct basic research on significant, overarching scientific questions concerning the structure, function, and processes of the Critical Zone.

These U.S.-based Clusters could include existing observatories engaged in collecting environmental data, other monitoring locations that have been in operation for extended periods of time, and new sites that will support the scientific goals of the Cluster; 2) A Coordinating Hub that will oversee the compatibility and archiving of the data resulting from the Thematic Clusters, coordinate outreach and community-building activities, support the use of network facilities by outside researchers, and plan for infrastructure needs of the network. This solicitation invites proposals for either of the two components: 1) Thematic Cluster or 2) Coordinating Hub.

The Thematic Clusters will carry out interdisciplinary research on scientific questions and manage part of the network infrastructure; the Coordinating Hub will serve as the national center for the network. The infrastructure of the network will be accessible to other research teams pursuing research in the Critical Zone. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Funding Agency: NIH
Title: Diversity Program Consortium Dissemination and Translation Awards (U01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: 8/30/19
Application Deadline: 10/8/19

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications from sites not currently part of the Common Fund Enhancing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce initiative, also known as the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC), to expand the national impact of the program. The purpose is to provide funds to institutions to implement DPC scientific approaches to understanding the effectiveness of biomedical research training, mentoring or research capacity building interventions aimed at enhancing diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Funding Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Title: Norman Medal
Internal Deadline: 8/23/19
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

The Norman Medal recognizes a paper that makes a contribution to either practical or research aspects of engineering disciplines. The practical value of contribution and its impact on engineering practice are important considerations. The award may be presented annually to the authors or authors of an original paper not previously contributed in whole or in part to any other association or otherwise appeared in print prior to its publication by the Society.

Papers published in a print issue of an ASCE journal in the twelve-month period ending with June of the year preceding the year of award are eligible. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Funding Agency: Greenwall Foundation
Title: Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal Deadline: 8/9/19
LOI Deadline: 9/23/19
Full-Application Deadline: 1/8/20

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. It supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice, and creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae.

Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their works in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars and Alumni/ae, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback, and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Funding Agency: DARPA
Title: Intent-Defined Adaptive Software (IDAS)
Abstract Deadline: 7/24/19
Application Deadline: 9/10/19

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to create novel software engineering technologies that enable automated adaptation of the resulting software system to radical changes in requirements and/or the computational environment. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, software technologies, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs
Large and Medium Projects Deadline: 9/30/19
Small Projects Deadline: 11/14/19

This is a revision of NSF 18-567, NSF 18-568, NSF 18-569 and NSF 18-570, the solicitations for the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering's Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) Core Program, Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Core Programs, Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Core Program, and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Core Programs, respectively.

The NSF CISE Directorate supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, as well as advanced cyberinfrastructure.

Funding Agency: DARPA
Title: Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT)
Abstract Deadline: 7/24/19
Application Deadline: 9/6/19

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of intense, tunable, narrowbandwidth, and transportable gamma-ray sources for varied national security applications.

Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that can achieve or exceed the performance of current state of the art user facilities with a form factor that allows multiple defense applications to be achieved. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: Critical Aspects of Sustainability
Application Deadline (Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A/B (CSDM-A/B); Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC); and Chemical Synthesis (SYN) in the Division of Chemistry (CHE)): 9/30/19

Application Deadline (Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) in the Division of Chemistry (CHE)): 10/31/19

Application Deadline (Biomaterials, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Metals and Metallic Nanostructures, Polymers, and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry in the Division of Materials Research (DMR)): 11/1/19

This program seeks to support basic research through core disciplinary programs aimed at improving the sustainability of resources for future generations while maintaining or improving current products in order to offer technologically-advanced, economically competitive, environmentally-benign and useful materials to a global society.

In order to address these challenges, the program aims to identify opportunities for innovation in a wide range of contributing disciplines as well as integrative activities. This program encourages the development of new experimental and theoretical/modeling approaches that will aid in both reductionist and whole-systems approaches.

Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Funding Agency: American Society for Quality
Title: Philip B. Crosby Medal
Internal Deadline: 8/23/19
Nomination Deadline: 10/1/19

The Crosby Medal is presented to the individual who has authored a distinguished book contributing significantly to the extension of the philosophy and application of the principles, methods, or techniques of quality management. The work must have been published in English (where a work was originally published in another language, the three years will be considered based on its initial publication date in English).

Books that have been self-published by the author, or an affiliated organization, will not be considered for this award. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Funding Agency:  DHS
Title: DHS S&T Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research (TPCR) Center of Excellence (COE) - Lead
Internal Deadline:8/2/19
Application Deadline:9/13/19

The DHS S&T Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from accredited U.S. colleges and universities to lead a consortium of universities for a TPCR COE. OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit single project proposals for consideration as a partner to this COE. The DHS COEs are university consortia that work closely with DHS Components and their partners to conduct research, develop and transition mission-relevant science and technology, educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts, and train the current workforce in the latest scientific applications.

Each COE is led by an accredited U.S. college or university and involves multiple partners for varying lengths of time. COE partners include other academic institutions, commercial industry, DHS Components, Department of Energy National Laboratories and other Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), other federal agencies that have homeland security-relevant missions, state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) governments, non-profits, and first responder organizations.

DHS envisions the COEs as long-term trusted partners that provide an array of resources to help DHS improve operations. OUP maintains both financial assistance and contract mechanisms for DHS to access COE capabilities. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Funding Agency: HUD
Title: Continuation of Care Program Competition
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

The FY 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program (24 CFR part 578) is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

Funding Agency: Organization of American Historians (OAH)
Title: David Montgomery Award
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

The David Montgomery Award is given annually by the OAH with co-sponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history. Eligible works shall be written in English and deal with United States history in significant ways but may include comparative or transnational studies that fall within these guidelines.

The award is given in recognition of David Montgomery's crucial role in pioneering new approaches to the study of working people and their history. Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

Funding Agency: Organization of American Historians
Title: Lawrence W. Levine Award
Submission Deadline: 10/1/19

The Lawrence W. Levine Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book in American cultural history. Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

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

Lindsay Lewis | University of Houston Division of Research
lrlewis@uh.edu | uh.edu/research | 713-743-0951

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