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Answers About Reopening Research

The University of Houston reopened the campus for research on Tuesday as part of a four-phase plan, as explained in Chancellor Khator’s email to the UH community last week.

It is important follow the guidelines created by the DOR to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. The requirements and guidelines are published on the Reopening Research page. 

Read more from VP Elnashai's May 5 letter to the research community

Campus News

UH Survey Examines Challenges, Impact of COVID-19 on Harris County Residents

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted people across Houston/Harris County, through its radical transformations of everyone’s work experience and major changes around food access, childcare, education, living arrangements, household dynamics, and relationships, as well as health and mental health. The University of Houston Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality is working to understand how residents are experiencing and dealing with these challenges through the COVID-19 Experience Survey.

New Guidelines for Treating the Sickest COVID-19 Patients

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise and the deaths mount, the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) has drafted a set of recommendations for health care workers on the front lines, to help them make decisions on how to treat the most critical patients, those with severe lung or heart failure. 

“An urgent need exists to enhance our understanding of the roles of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and other types of artificial lung and heart support in the management of severely ill patients with COVID-19 who develop acute respiratory, and less commonly cardiac, compromise untreatable by conventional therapy,” reports lead author Dr. Keshava Rajagopal, professor of clinical sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine, in both Circulation: Heart Failure and ASAIO Journal. Dr. Faisal Cheema, associate professor of clinical sciences, is a co-author on the paper. 

Proper Face Mask Usage

Last week, Houston Judge Lina Hidalgo announced an order that would mandate Houstonians wear face masks for the next 30 days or else face a fine of up to $1,000. While this order drew its share of criticism, it sparked interest in the effectiveness of masks and face mask usage in general. Here, we will outline some important guidelines for optimizing face mask use, as put forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 

Making the Most of Your Virtual Meetings

Even in the pre-pandemic world, more employees were working remotely in America than ever before. Participating in virtual meetings is the norm, at least for now. But in 2020, there are myriad conferencing platforms that make it easier than ever to communicate virtually. From Skype and Zoom to Teams and Slack, there is no doubt that virtual work is more convenient than ever. Here are a few tips for how you can develop a personal and professional brand through virtual meetings. 

Upcoming Events

Online: VPR Virtual Office Hours
Friday, May 8
12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Accept the Zoom invite in the VPR Virtual Office Hours channel on the Research & Innovation Teams site

Online: COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities for Research
Friday, May 8
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Online: Applications of Data Science in Genetics
Thursday, May 14
11 a.m.-noon


Join us for this Friday's session!

Friday, May 8
1 p.m.-2 p.m. (CST)
Hosted via Zoom

This biweekly session will provide information on current grant opportunities specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as potential future opportunities based on the federal stimulus legislation.

This session is held in partnership with the UH Faculty Engagement and Development office.

The meeting will be held in Zoom. An email will be sent out before the event with a link to the session.




NSF Biographical Sketch Webinar

NSF recently recorded a webinar about the requirement to use an NSF-approved format for both the biographical sketch, and current and pending support documents as part of proposals submitted to NSF. The policy, outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), goes into effect for proposals submitted or due, on or after June 1, 2020.  The two NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, and an NSF Fillable PDF.  

  Webinar topics include: 

  • the policy guidance for preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of the proposal;   

  • a walk-through of the user experience in accessing these formats in NSF systems;  

  • detailed guidance from NIH on using SciENcv for preparing both documents; and  

  • answers to a number of frequently asked questions. 

For additional information, see the NSF pages for the biographical sketch and current and pending support.  

View past announcements on the Division of Research website.

Recent Grant Awards


PI/Department: Steven Lawrence, Small Business Development Center
Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration
Amount: $4,038,655


PI/Department: Craig Glennie, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Co-PI: Preston Hartzell
Sponsor: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Amount: $1,896,433


PI/Department: Loi Do, Chemistry
Sponsor: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Amount: $1,530,000


PI/Department: David Mayerich, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $500,000


PI/Department: Venkat Selvamanickam, Mechanical Engineering
Sponsor: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
Amount: $290,000


PI/Department: Susan Rogers, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts
Amount: $30,000


PI/Department: Andrew Hines, Human Development and Consumer Sciences
Sponsor: The Clorox Company
Amount: $25,500


PI/Department: Bruce Race, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity Houston
Amount: $9,030


Recent Patents

Exchange-Induced Remnant Magnetization for Label-Free Detection of DNA, Micro-RNA, and DNA/RNA-Binding Biomarkers

Inventors: Shoujun Xu, Yuhong Wang, Li Yao, Qiongzheng Hu, Haopeng Yang
Date Issued: May 20, 2020
Patent Number: 10,640,813


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: Breast Cancer, Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2
Pre-Application Deadline: 
Application Deadline: 09/22/2020

The intent of the Breakthrough Award is to support promising research that has high potential to lead to or make breakthroughs in breast cancer.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-Dept. of the Army)
Title: Breast Cancer, Innovator Award
Pre-Application Deadline: 06/24/2020

The Innovator Award supports visionary individuals who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovative work, and paradigm-shifting leadership in any field including, but not limited to, breast cancer. The Innovator Award will provide these individuals with the funding and freedom to pursue their most novel, visionary, high-risk ideas that could accelerate progress toward ending breast cancer.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-Dept. of the Army)
Title: Multiple Sclerosis, Exploration- Hypothesis Development Award
Pre-Application Deadline: 06/17/2020

The Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award supports the initial exploration of innovative, high-risk, high-gain, and potentially groundbreaking concepts in the multiple sclerosis research field. The studies supported by this award mechanism are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation. The proposed research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and study design. The presentation of preliminary and/or published data is not required.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-Dept. of the Army)
Title: Multiple Sclerosis, Investigator- Initiated Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: 06/17/2020

The Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to multiple sclerosis research and/or patient care. Research projects may focus on any phase of research, excluding clinical trials. The rationale for a research idea may be derived from laboratory discovery, clinical trial results, population-based studies, a clinician’s firsthand knowledge of patients, or anecdotal data. Applications must include preliminary and/or published data that are relevant to multiple sclerosis and the proposed research project.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-Dept. of the Army)
Title: Neurofibromatosis, Investigator- Initiated Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: 06/25/2020

The NFRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to NF research and/or patient care. Research projects may focus on any phase of research, excluding clinical trials. The rationale for a research idea may be derived from laboratory discovery, population-based studies, a clinician’s firsthand knowledge of patients, or anecdotal data. Applications must include preliminary and/or published data that are relevant to NF and the proposed research project.

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions and Administrative Supplements For Research on Biological Effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus on the Nervous System
Application Deadline: Rolling until 04/14/2021

NINDS is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and on biological effects on the nervous system of its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Research of interest must fall within NINDS’s scientific mission, which is to support basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience research to expand fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics  (RADx)
Application Deadline: Rolling until further notice

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities. Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx), is a fast-track technology development program that leverages the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN).

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Title: Multidisciplinary Studies to Improve Understanding of Influenza Transmission (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
LOI Deadline: 08/10/2020
Application Deadline: 09/10/2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for collaborative, multidisciplinary research to comprehensively investigate the dynamics and drivers of influenza transmission between humans. This FOA will support research to: (1) improve detection and sampling of influenza viral particles from the air; (2) develop novel assays to assess viability and infectivity of influenza viral particles collected from the air; and (3) comprehensively evaluate the contribution of viral, host, physical, and environmental factors to influenza transmission between humans.  

Image Science, Engineering, & Technology

Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-DARPA)
Title: Adaptive Warfighting Architectures
Abstract Due Date: Rolling until 03/15/2021
Application Due Date: Rolling until 04/14/2021

The Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO), working in close partnership with the military services, develops adaptive warfighting architectures that combine emerging technologies with new warfighting constructs to address the challenges faced by military forces in contested environments.


Funding Agency: Department of Defense (DOD-MTEC)
Title: Noncompressible Hemorrhage (NCH) Control Technology
Application Due Date: 05/19/2020

The primary deliverable of this project will be a prototype that can stop life threatening bleeding in the abdominal intracavitary region of patients who are delayed in receiving definitive surgical care.

Funding Agency: Department of Energy (DOE)
Title: Neuromorphic Computing for Accelerating Scientific Discovery
Pre-Application Deadline: 06/03/2020
Application Deadline: 07/01/2020

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in proposals for basic research that significantly advances Neuromorphic Computing as a brain-inspired, energy-efficient tool for scientific discovery. DOE has the responsibility to address the energy, environmental and nuclear security challenges that face our nation. SC’s mission is the delivery of scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. 

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science
Pre-Application Deadline: 10/05/2020
Application Deadline: 01/26/2021

NSF INCLUDES seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise such as African Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and women and girls.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title: Coastlines and People Hubs for Research and Broadening Participation (CoPe)
LOI Deadline: Focused Hubs 08/10/2020
Application Deadline: Focused Hubs 09/09/2020

Scientific research into complex coastal systems and the interplay with coastal hazards is vital for predicting, responding to and mitigating threats in these regions. Understanding the risks associated with coastal hazards requires a holistic Earth Systems approach that integrates improved understanding of and, where possible, predictions about natural, social, and technological processes with efforts to increase the resilience of coastal systems

Funding Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Title: Early Stage Innovations (ESI)
Application Deadline: 06/17/2020

STMD, and the Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program in particular, seek proposals from accredited U.S. universities to develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level — performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions. Although progress under an award may be incremental, the projected impact at the system level must be substantial and clearly defined.

Funding Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Title: ROSES 2020: The New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science
LOI Deadline: 08/18/2020
Application Deadline: 09/15/2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is chartered in the National Aeronautics and Space Act [51 U.S.C. § 20101 et seq.] with, among other objectives, the expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and space.

Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Funding Agency: National Archives and Record Administration
Title: Archives Collaboratives
Application Deadline: 06/10/2020

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will make collections from small and under-represented archives more readily available for public discovery and use. The grant program will fund Archives Collaboratives to share best practices, tools, and techniques; assess institutional strengths and opportunities; and promote management structures for long-term sustainability and growth.

Funding Agency: National Archives and Record Administration
Title: Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
Application Deadline: 06/10/2020

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as law (including the social and cultural history of the law), politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Title: Digital Projects for the Public
Application Deadline: 06/10/2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for the Digital Projects for the Public program. The purpose of this program is to support projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.

Funding Agency: Department of Justice (DOJ)
Title: BJA FY 20 Preventing School Violence: BJA's STOP School Violence Program
Application Deadline: 06/09/2020

BJA's STOP School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. The goal of this program is to address specific areas of concern related to preventing and reducing school violence.


Funding Agency: Department of Education
Title: Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Statistical and Research Methodology in Education
Application Deadline: 07/30/2020

Through the National Center for Education Research (NCER), the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. The Institute's research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all learners.

Funding Agency: Department of Education
Title: Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education Early Intervention and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs
Application Deadline: 05/29/2020

The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, and youth with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research, to be successful in serving those children.

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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