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Research Prizes and Honors

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The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, one of the most well-endowed visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation, and the most prestigious fellowship program at The University of Texas at Austin, is beginning its ninth year with a new group of 12 outstanding scholars.

The fellows are six faculty members, two doctoral fellows, two master’s fellows and two dissertation fellows.

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News and Information


The Vice President for Research Office of Federal Relations and the University of Texas System are calling for proposals for new and continuing federal initiatives for FY 2011. This opportunity is ideal for advanced research for which there is currently no federal funding available through any federal agency.

Requests for funding that focus on issues of current national significance and have institutional and regional economic development potential will have a higher probability of success. Proposals should be first submitted to the researcher’s dean, who will prioritize three to five new requests and forward those to the Federal Relations Office for further consideration.

Find more information, instructions and the application form online.

Also, contact Ellyn Perrone at 512-471-5925 with questions.



Julia Clarke 

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (Opens PDF) is seeking proposals for its High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards 2009-2010 program.

The University of Texas at Austin can submit three proposals. The university deadline is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 2009. Send applications to limitedsub@austin.utexas.edu.

Submission materials are a dean’s letter of nomination; an abstract of one to two pages written in lay language describing the aims of the proposed research project; and a bio sketch of the lead researcher.


Funding will soon be available for 2009-2010 Research Grants, Special Research Grants, Subvention Grants, and Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

Find information and applications online. Early application is recommended.

The grants are:

Research Grants for 2009-2010 in amounts up to $6,000 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty in a single competition. The application deadline is Monday, Sept. 8, 2009.

Special Research Grants for 2009-2010 in amounts up to $750 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty throughout the year until funds are expended. Applications will be accepted beginning Sept. 1, 2009.

University Cooperative Society Subvention Grants for 2009-2010 are awarded to faculty authors and members of the research staff (Code 1000). These grants have no submission deadline, and are available until current fiscal year funding is expended.

University Cooperative Society Undergraduate Research Fellowships in amounts up to $1,000 are awarded through two competitions, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. Faculty, lecturers, and full-time research scientists/engineers may supervise undergraduate students in independent research projects. The deadline for the Fall 2009 competition is Sept. 28, 2009. The Spring 2010 deadline will be Feb. 1, 2010.

Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough at liza@austin.utexas.edu or 471-2877.

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QuotedUT Researchers in the News

[A sampling of recent quotes by university faculty members and researchers. To be included in this section, let the Research Alert know when you or a colleague have been quoted.]

The New York Times
Sept. 1, 2009
HEADLINE: First Trace of Color Found in Fossil Bird Feathers


Julia Clarke 

(From an article about a the discovery of color-producing molecules that have survived for 47 million years in the fossil of a feather.)

“I really do think we are moving from dinosaurs in black and white to dinosaurs in Technicolor,” said Julia Clarke, a University of Texas paleontologist who was a co-author of the new paper, published in the journal Biology Letters.

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Research Opportunities

Important university research deadlines:
Awards and Grants
Limited Submissions

The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.

National Oceanographic Partnership Program and Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management Integration(Opens pdf)
Deadline: Nov. 23, 2009

2010 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program
Deadline: Oct. 27, 2009

National Cancer Institute Program Project Applications
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 28, 2009; Application, Jan. 28, 2010

Computational Mathematics
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2009


Museums for America
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2009

National Center For Preservation Technology And Training
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2009

Social Science Research Council
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Faculty Field Competition
Deadline: Oct. 2, 2009

German Research Foundation /National Endowment for the Humanities Bilateral Symposia and Workshops
Deadline: Oct. 29, 2009

Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowship Programs
Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowships (Art History)
Deadline: Nov. 6, 2009

American Historical Association
Fellowship in Aerospace History
Deadline: March 5, 2010


Society of Toxicology
Colgate-Palmolive Awards for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods
Deadline: Oct. 9, 2009

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Grand Challenges Explorations grantRound 4
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2009

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Deadlines: Creative arts, humanities and social sciences, Oct. 1, 2009; Natural sciences and mathematics, Nov. 15, 2009

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Scholar Award Programs
German Chancellor Fellowships Programme for Prospective Leaders from the USA
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009

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Research Project

[Let the Research Alert know about your research projects.]

Collaborative Research: Subglacial Controls on Greenland Ice Sheet Marginal Acceleration

RESEARCHER: Ginny Catania, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and Tom Neumann of NASA.
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $344,845


Ginny Catania 

The project will examine the nature and cause of short-term ice sheet velocity changes. The work field would occur near Swiss Camp, Greenland and focus on the interactions between the ice sheet, the atmosphere and the bed through an integrated observational approach which involves borehole geo- physics, surface-based GPS and modeling.

The principal investigators propose to: (1) measure changes in the subglacial water system over the summer season using borehole water pressure transducers; (2) measure the ice sheet response to changes in basal conditions with surface-based GPS and measured rates of borehole deformation; (3) measure englacial and basal temperatures for input into flow models and to constrain estimates of ice deformation and; (4) correlate these data to melt and surface water volume proxies based on remote sensing data and meteorological data available from GC-Net and measured lake volume.

The PIs intend to collaborate with Drs. Martin Funk and Martin Luthi, who have submitted a proposal to the Swiss Nation Science Foundation.

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