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Sponsored by Research Services, the blog is set up to assist the UTMB research community by disseminating information from various sources in one reliable, relatable and easy to locate place.  Users will be able to find updates from NIH, UT System and UTMB as well as special events and lectures taking place at the University, Galveston and in the area. Available funding opportunities are also included and in most cases broken down by career level for convenience and searching ease.

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Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Brain Research Foundation has UT Medical Branch to nominate one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.  Investigators interested in applying for this opportunity should email a one-page abstract and biosketch to Ericia Huff by Nov 23.

The objective of BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

Funding and award period: Based on the quality of applications, Brain Research Foundation anticipates the Seed Grant Program will fund a total of $800,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2017). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2018).  Funds must be utilized within the grant period. Final financial and progress reports, including a lay summary, will be required within 30 days from the end date of the grant period.

Funding Preferences:
1.) Funding is to be directed at pilot research projects that are both innovative and will likely lead to successful grant applications to NIH and other public and private funding entities.
2.) Assistant Professor – Junior faculty with a new research project that will generate pilot data that will lead to RO1 funding or a comparable outside grant will be first priority.
3.) Associate Professor – Faculty who are pursuing new research directions. Must explain how the project is a new research direction. Must provide abstract for current grant(s). (Note: A new technique is not considered a new direction unless it pertains to a different area of study.)
4.) Seed Grants are NOT to be used for bridge funding between grants.

To be eligible, PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor at an invited academic institution, working in the area of studies of brain function. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.

More information can be found here.

GCC Updates


News from the Gulf Coast Consortia

A Collaboration of Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Institute of Biosciences & Technology of Texas A&M Health Science Center


GCC Shared Core Facilities

Progress and Challenges in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance Conference, October 28

This conference will highlight chemical, biochemical, computational, and genomic approaches that provide insights into mechanisms of resistance, treatment strategies and drug discovery of antimicrobials. Confirmed speakers include Shahriar Mobashery, University of Notre Dame; Lingchong You, Duke University; Gerry Wright, McMaster University, Helen I. Zgurskaya, University of Oklahoma and Karen Bush, Indiana University. Chair: Tim Palzkill, Baylor College of Medicine; Co-Chairs: Julian Hurdle, Institute of Biosciences and Technology; Yousif Shamoo, Rice University; Lynn Zechiedrich, Baylor College of Medicine. This 26th Annual Keck Research Conference and poster session is open to all researchers.  On-site registration will be available the day of the conference. Add to your calendar here. More information here.

GCC Mentor Training Workshops, November 29 for Postdocs, December 7 for Faculty, Registration deadline October 31

These annual workshops are designed to develop skills and insight in mentoring young scientists and to provide the opportunity for interactions between mentors at different institutions and in different disciplines. Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm; lunch will be provided.  Location: BioScience Research Collaborative, Event Hall, 6500 Main Street.  Postdoc Mentor Training Information. Faculty Mentor Training Information. Spaces are limited.  To reserve a space, please email Dawn Koob, by October 31.

Keck Seminar, November 4

Please join us as Elmer Bernstam, UT Health, presents  Big [Clinical] Data in Health Care. Seminar at 4pm. Networking and refreshments will follow at 5pm, BioScience Research Collaborative, Auditorium, 6500 Main at University Blvd. Metro stop: Dryden. Map. Seminars are free and open to the public.  Upcoming seminars include Amina Qutub (11/11/) and Lesley Stolz (11/18). More information can be found here.

GCC Symposium on Precision Genome Editing, November 8

Significant strengths exist in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) member institutions in genome editing, including the Genome Editing Core at Rice, Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Core and Cell-Based Assay Screening Service at Baylor, Genetically Engineered Mouse Facility at MD Anderson, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at UT Health Houston, and Targeted Genomics Core at Texas A&M. The goals of this workshop are to showcase the genome editing activities in the TMC member institutions, help integrate the genome editing capabilities in TMC, and develop a consortium in precision genome editing research and education. This event will take place in the BRC Auditorium from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  Register here.

Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Medicine High Throughput Screening Seminar, November 9

This seminar will take place in the Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC) Event Space at 4:00 pm.  Richard Houghten from Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies will be discussing their rapid alternative hit/probe discovery platform that allows the exploration of 10s of millions of synthetic compounds while requiring the screening of only 300-600 samples. Reception will follow.  For more information on their platform/strategy, scientific publications, or to schedule a meeting with Dr. Houghten earlier in the day, please email Suzanne Tomlinson. RSVP

GCC Regenerative Medicine ‘Hour After Hours,’  November 10

This event will take place in BRC 280 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  It will begin with a presentation from Johnny Huard, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UT Health.  Dr. Huard’s expertise is in gene therapy, tissue engineering & regenerative medicine applications based on the use of muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs), and his primary areas of interest are in basic stem cell biology and their translation to clinic to aid in the healing and regeneration of a variety of tissues. This presentation will be followed by a networking reception.  All are welcome to attend, but space is limited.  For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson. RSVP

Register Now: Symposium: Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy, November 11

This Symposium on November 11 is part of the 72nd American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM), November 10-13, at the Galveston Convention Center as .  The keynote speaker will be Charalampos Kalodimos from the University of Minnesota.  Additional invited speakers include JaeHyun Cho, Texas A&M University; Dmitri Ivanov, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio; Sung Joon Kim, Baylor University; Ed Nikonowicz, Rice; John Putkey, UT Health; and Krishna Rajarathnam, UTMB. Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Consortia for Magnetic Resonance.  Conference information Registration

Register Now: Symposium: Functional Nucleic Acids, November 11

This Symposium will be held November 11 during the American Chemical Society’s  Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM), Galveston Island Convention Center.  Honoring Dr. David Gorenstein, the symposium will focus on the latest developments in the field of functional nucleic acids, such as aptamers, siRNA, and miRNA. Dr. Gorenstein served as the Associate Dean in the Medical School at UTMB, Galveston, before moving to UT Health Science Center- Houston.  He retired in February 2016. Invited speakers include Paloma Giangrande, University of Iowa, Andrew Ellington, University of Texas-Austin, Sherry Wu, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Ananth Annapragada, Texas Children’s Hospital,  Xianbin Yang, AM Biotechnologies; Hongyu Wang, UT Health, David Volk UT Health;  Thiviyanathan, UT Health. Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Consortia for Magnetic Resonance.  For conference information, click here.

Opening Ceremony and Launch for the  UT Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Genomics (CARMIG) and the GCC Cluster for Antimicrobial Resistance November 29

Please join us from 4:30 – 7pm in the BRC Auditorium. The evening will begin with a Keynote Address from Arjun Srinivasan, MD, Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Centers for Disease Control.  Following the Keynote, Director Michael Graziano will comment on the Netflix documentary, Resistance which will then be featured.  Reception and networking will follow.  Space will be limited, and RSVP will be required. For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson.

2016 CPRIT Therapeutic Antibody Core Symposium, December 1

The CPRIT Therapeutic Antibody Core Annual Symposium, 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  will showcase multiple successful research programs that have worked closely with the antibody core for identifying, validating, and developing cancer antibody drugs. Attendees will have opportunities to network with and learn about the core facilities, technology platform, and exciting opportunities to utilize the Antibody Core to advance your own translational research programs. This meeting will explore foundations and latest trends in identifying, validating and developing antibody drugs, especially for cancer therapies. Plan to attend to network and learn about exciting developments from leaders in the field. The flyer and preliminary agenda are available.  To register, click here.

GCC Translational Pain Research Cross-Consortia “New Ideas” Networking Event, December 6

The GCC Consortium for Translational Pain Research invites principal investigators from all areas of neuroscience, neuroengineering, addiction, etc. to a data blitz and networking event that will take place on December 6th in the Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC 1003) from 9 am to 2 pm.  The event will start with 5 minute short talks (each to include a very brief general introduction for nonspecialists) by participants followed by a lunch and “new ideas” brainstorming session.  Please RSVP early as space is limited. For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson. RSVP

Save the date: Why is n always 3? An Introduction to Statistics in Computational Biology in R, December 13

This hands-on workshop led by Charles Lin, Baylor College of Medicine, will introduce biostatistics approaches to novice users. The goal is to “de-mystify” approaches to manipulate, understand, and analyze large datasets that might otherwise seem like “black boxes”.  The workshop will have morning and afternoon sessions. R is required for the workshop, but no prior experience is needed.  Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Consortium for Bioinformatics.  More information available soon.

Save the date: Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop, January 18, 2017

This interactive workshop, with organizers and/or discussion facilitators from all GCC institutions, will take place in the BRC Event Hall from 10:00 am to 2:45 pm. Topics to be covered include Experimental Design (basic science, population science, and big data science), Analysis and Statistics, Data Management, and Publication and Reporting. Students and postdocs are encouraged to attend, and all are welcome. A certificate of completion will be provided.  More information available soon.

Save the date: Antibiotic Resistance Symposium: Novel Frontiers in Antimicrobial Research, January 19-20, 2017

BioScience Research Collaborative, Auditorium. Confirmed speakers include Robert Bonomo, Case Western; Vance Fowler, Duke University; Michael Rybak, Wayne State University; Eric Pamer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Clayton Huntley, NIAID;  Maria Villegas, Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas; Cesar Arias, UT Health; Robert Britton, Baylor; Ashok Chopra, UTMB; Magnus Hook, IBT; Julian Hurdle, IBT; Michael Lorenz, UT Health;  Barbara Murray, UT Health;  James Musser, Houston Methodist; Timothy Palzkill, Baylor; Adriana Rosato, Methodist Research Institute; Yousif Shamoo, Rice; Samuel Shelburne, MD Anderson; Vincent Tam, UH; and Lynn Zechiedrich, Baylor.  More information will be available soon.

Save the date: GCC Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience 14th Annual Conference, January 27, 2017

Confirmed speakers include Sean Escola, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Columbia Univ. Medical School; Joshua Gold, PhD, Professor, Neuroscience,  Perelman School of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Kathryn Hendrick, PhD, Assistance Professor, Mathematics, Southern Methodist University; and Ila Fiete, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Center for Learning and Memory, Univ. of Texas at Austin.  Location:  BioScience Research Collaborative.

GCC Job Board

Check out the new jobs posted recently. This job board provides an opportunity for job seekers and employers to learn more about each other. Job seekers may post their resumes.  Employers (GCC Recruiter) may post their job openings. http://jobs.gulfcoastconsortia.org/


Learn more about GCC’s and other TMC institutions’ core facilities and equipment on the VIICTR website (Search Core Facilities).  VIICTR = Virtually Integrated Institutions for Clinical and Translational Research.


Did You Know? NSF revises PAPPG

NSF has completely revised and issued the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1).

Did you KnowThe PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG).  The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.  The document will be sequentially numbered from Chapter I-XII and all references throughout have been modified to reflect this change. Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided at the beginning of the PAPPG.

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.  In addition to the significant change mentioned above, other revisions include:

  • Addition of new sections on Special Processing Instructions and Types of Proposals, including two new types, RAISE and GOALI;
  • Additional instructions for proposers on completion of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information;
  • Supplemental guidance on submission of proposals by organizations impacted by a natural or anthropogenic disaster;
  • Implementation of 45 CFR 690.118 for applications and proposals lacking definite plans for involvement of human subjects;
  • Update on the type of information that NSF may request from proposers with regard to Federal environmental statutes;
  • Supplemental information regarding treatment of NSF awards with canceled appropriations; and
  • Numerous other changes and clarifications throughout the document.

Webinars to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on November 7th and January 19th at 1 PM EST.  Registration is required on the outreach events website.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 30, 2017, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 16-1) continue to apply.  We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by e-mail to policy@nsf.gov.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program 2017 Competition

hhmi-logoThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program encourages the development of future medical-scientists by providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research training to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program.  This program enables students to be immersed in a high-impact, intensive research experience at a critical time in their professional education, before they make plans for residency or postdoctoral training. Unique aspects of the program include national and regional professional development activities, mentorship by physician-scientists, interaction with HHMI investigators, and integration into a community of like-minded peers.

Each student selects and works with a mentor to develop a basic, translational, or applied biomedical research proposal. Both mentor selection and the research proposal are key components of the fellowship application; working with an HHMI scientist is encouraged but not required. Mentors can be at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States (excluding the National Institutes of Health and any other government agency) or at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA. There are special requirements for the Med Fellows Program at Janelia, including a prescreening application deadline in early November.

HHMI welcomes applications from all qualified students and specifically encourages applications from women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. Students may apply during any year of their studies, but applicants in the last year of school must defer graduation until completion of the fellowship year. The proposed project must be in the basic, translational, or applied biomedical sciences. HHMI does not fund clinical research, health services or health policy research.

  • Students must be in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school located in the United States
  • U.S. citizenship is not required, but students must have an appropriate work visa
  • Students cannot be enrolled in a combined medical, dental, or veterinary/PhD program or a PhD or ScD program. They cannot have earned a PhD or ScD in a laboratory-based biological science.
  • Previous bench experience is required, with applicants having had one or more substantial research experiences (summer or part-time). For placement at Janelia, students must have an especially strong record of research accomplishment and commitment.

Application deadline is January 11, 2017.  More information is available at the HHMI Medical Research Fellows website.






Received July 22 – October 13, 2016


PI Dept Title Sponsor Total All Years
Bourne, Nigel Pediatric Vaccinology Zika Virus Recombinant Subunit Vaccine Hawaii Biotech Incorporated  $   29,216
Buck, Era Educational Development Longitudinal Assessment of Humanism in Medical Students: An Observational Investigation Arnold P. Gold Foundation  $   15,000
Chen,Yan Ophthalmology mTORC1-TFEB pathway in degeneration of the RPE National Eye Institute  $1,943,788
Christadoss, Premkumar Microbiology And Immunology MuSK specific IgG4 B cells as biomarker for MuSK myasthenia gravis AFM-Telethon  $     44,655
Endsley, Janice J Microbiology And Immunology HIV-Induced Defects in Pulmonary Macrophages Exacerbate Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Co-Infection National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute  $2,130,673
Fofanov, Yuriy Pharmacology Bacterial and Fungal Detection in Industrial Enviroment Using HTS Industrial Metagenomics  $     49,999
Fofanov,Yuriy Pharmacology Mapping and Modeling Bacillus Anthracis and Clostridium Botulinum Across North Africa and the Middle East with High Resolution Genetic Sequencing and Spatial Analysis University of Florida (federal flow through from Department of Homeland Security)  $   442,888
Forrester, Naomi Lynne Pathology Engineering high fidelity mutations to increase safety of live-attenuated alphavirus vaccines University of California, Davis (federal flow through from NIAID)  $1,130,320
Freeman, Vicki Sue Clinical Laboratory Sciences Strengthening the Biomedical Engineering Technicians within the National Public Health Laboratory Services American International Health Alliance (flow through from HRSA)  $     50,000
Geisbert, Thomas W Microbiology & Immunology Modulation of Innate and Adaptive Immunity by Filoviruses in Macaques University of Georgia (flow through from NIAID)  $2,611,269
Goodwin, James S Internal Medicine-Geriatrics Care of the Elder Hospitalized patient: the role of the hospitalist National Inst on Aging  $   772,251
Islam, Jamal Family Medicine Improving Service Delivery to Cancer Survivors in Primary Care Settings University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer (flow through award from CPRIT)  $   192,580
Khan, M Firoze Pathology Mechanistic Roles of Cytochrome P4501A Enzymes in Hyperoxic Lung Injury Baylor College of Medicine (federal flow through from NHLBI)  $   130,609
Koo, Sue-Jie Microbiology & Immunology Macrophage metabolism in the prevention of Chagasic cardiomyopathy American Heart Association (Southwest)  $     51,900
Ksiazek, Thomas G Pathology Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Biological Research Repository (MID-BRR) American Type Culture Collection (federal flow through from NIAID)  $   620,228
Laezza, Fernanda Pharmacology Discovery of Chemical Probes for Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction National Inst of Mental Health  $1,629,261
Menon, Ramkumar Ob/Gyn-Perinatal Research Profiling of Placental Physiologic Signature During Pregnancy in Maternal Liquid Biopsies Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  $   250,949
Modis, Katalin Surgery-General Surgery Regulation of angiogenesis by the 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase / hydrogen sulfide axis American Heart Association (Southwest)  $   229,345
Nanovskaya, Tatiana Mat Fetal Pharm & Bio Dev Labs Ex vivo transplacental transfer of an antibody-based biological agent Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc  $   109,337
Price, Amanda Elizabeth Center for Addiction Research Insular Cortex 5-HT2CR Modulation of Cocaine Cue Reactivity National Inst on Drug Abuse  $   139,524
Pyles, Richard B Pediatric Vaccinology The Dynamics of Nasal Bacterial Ecology and S. aureus Antagonism George Washington University  $   775,000
Pyles, Richard B Pediatric Vaccinology Modeling Staphylococcus aureus antagonism in pediatric nasal communities George Washington University (federal flow through from NIAID)  $   209,250
Reistetter, Timothy Occupational Therapy Development and Evaluation of Rehabilitation Service Areas Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality  $1,236,543
Sarkar, Partha S Neurology The Pathogenic Role of DNA-Damage Response Pathway in the Diabetic Retina National Eye Institute  $1,395,000
Silvas, Jesus Alberto Pathology Hijacking of the Early Endosomal Pathway by novel tick-borne bunyavirus National Inst of Allergy & Infectious Diseases  $     63,286
Soong, Lynn Microbiology And Immunology Emerging and Tropical Infectious Diseases (T32) National Inst of Allergy & Infectious Diseases  $   736,585
Spratt, Heidi PMCH-Administration A Multi-Omics Approach to Identify a Biomarker Panel for the Early Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Hepatitis C + Individuals National Cancer Institute  $   155,000
Szauter, Karen E Educational Affairs Humanism and Simulated Patients: What can we measure and is there evidence that skills transfer beyond the measurement moment? Arnold P. Gold Foundation  $       5,000
Tang, Shao-Jun Neuroscience & Cell Biology Antiretroviral Therapy and Neuroinflammation in the CNS National Inst of Neurological Disorders  $2,634,320
Torres, Alfredo Microbiology And Immunology Perform Biological Experiments on Bacterial Penistence Los Alamos National Laboratory (flow through from Department of Energy)  $   184,125
Utay, Netanya Sandler Internal Med-Infectious Diseases Level Mediators of Inflammation and Fibrosis/ A5317 Brigham and Womens Hospital Inc (federal flow through from NIAID)  $   116,408
Vasilakis, Nikos Pathology Naturally-Acquired and Vaccine-Mediated Immunity to Leptospirosis Yale University (federal flow through from NIAID)  $     40,694
Volpi,Elena Internal Medicine-Geriatrics Identifying therapeutic targets of accelerated sarcopenia National Inst on Aging  $2,796,230
Weaver, Scott C Pathology Rapid and Simple Device for Point-of-Care Molecular Detection of Arboviruses Lucigen Corporation (flow through from NIAID)  $     74,997
Ye, Yumei Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ticagrelor improves remodeling, reduce apoptosis, inflammation and fibrosis and increase the number of progenitor stem cells after mycardial infarction AstraZeneca LP  $   175,215




One of the goals of UTMB Health is to support and promote technology transfer and commercialization of research discoveries. The Technology Commercialization Program (TCP) will provide seed funds to support the commercialization of discoveries created at the UTMB Health. The funds for this program will be made available from the UTMB Health President’s Royalty Fund. The program is developed and offered by a partnership between the Chief Research Office and Office of Technology Transfer. The distribution of funds will be handled by the Office of Sponsored Programs.


  • All UTMB employees are eligible to submit the application to the UTMB Health TCP.
  • The technology to be developed and commercialized is based upon efforts of a present UTMB employees, and has the potential to provide meaningful healthcare benefits.
  • A UTMB Invention Disclosure (ID) Form describing the technology is submitted to the Office of Technology Transfer 45 days prior to the date pre-proposal is due.


It is anticipated that a project will be funded for a maximum of $50,000 for a year. The extension of funding for second year will be on competitive basis and will take into consideration the recipient achieving the set milestones and showing adequate progress during the first year. Awards are anticipated to be made by January 31, 2017.

Special Notes:

  • We encourage the inter-disciplinary approach and special consideration will be given to applicants who will engage junior scientists and/or junior faculty in TCP pilots.
  • Recipients are expected to participate in the Institute of Translational Sciences (ITS)/CTSA-Supported Innovations in Molecular Therapeutics and Devices Workgroups. These workgroups are designed to aid the recipients in commercializing their technologies.


  1. I) Pre-proposal package (two pages maximum) is required and must include the following:

(i) Preproposal title, Name of the Principal Investigators and Collaborators

(ii) Background of Technology

(iii) Problem

  • What is the market problem that your technology will address?
  • Who (industry, consumer type) is having the problem?

(iv) Solution

  • What is your solution? Give a brief description of the technology.
  • How is it unique and why it is better than the existing solutions?

(v) Market

  • What markets can be addressed by the products from your technology?
  • Indicate the size of your market and any market drivers, if known

(vi) Potential Commercialization Partners (i.e. transition plan)

  • What industries and companies would be logical commercialization partners?
  • Have you contacted potential commercialization partners? If so, share feedback received.

(vii) Proposed Use of Funding

  • Briefly outline the project, indicating the amount of the requested funds.

The Pre-proposal submission: Please submit electronically to Ms Jacqueline Ramos, E: jrramos@utmb.edu no later than 9:00 AM on the due date (Nov.7th, 2016).

Pre-proposal package will be reviewed by the TCP committee for its relevance to the TCP mission, and suitable concepts will be invited by Nov 21st 2016 for full application using the guidelines below.


Applicants should complete the package incorporating following information in the order listed

1) Background and Proposed Plan: This section should not exceed four pages:

(i-vi) Elaborate on the pre-proposal sections i-vi as needed

(vi) Statement of work: Please provide preliminary data if available, describe the methods of study, expected results and alternatives. A collaboration with technology developing/managing partner or plans to in-house develop such capacities will be weighed positively.

(vii) Milestones

2) Transition plan: What you will plan after completion of this funding (e.g. new extramural funds, licensing, new start-up company etc.)

3) Additional documents

  1. a) A list of cited literature: This section is not considered in page limitations.
  2. b) Biographical Sketch: A current 4 page NIH-style biographical sketch including other support information) should be included for the principal investigator and all co-investigators. Junior investigators should also list start-up funds available for their research program.
  3. c) Budget and budget justification. Please cite any additional funds that may have been received for developing the proposed technology.
  4. e) OSP proposal routing form: An Office of Sponsored Programs Proposal Routing form must accompany all intramural research grant applications (copies of this form are available at the OSP web page: http://research.utmb.edu/osp/forms.shtm)

Grant Submission: Please submit as a single PDF file to Ms Jacqueline Ramos, E: jrramos@utmb.edu no later than 5:00 PM on the due date (Dec. 19th, 2016).

Late applications will not be reviewed unless there are extenuating circumstances and an extension is approved by Dr. David Niesel (Vice President and Chief Research Officer).


The TCP Executive committee (and invited Ad hoc members) will evaluate the grant applications using an oral review process. The applicant will be scheduled for a 10-minute oral presentation describing the proposal, followed by 10 minutes for questions. The applicant is expected to describe the technology, problem, solution, market, potential commercialization partners, proposed use of funds and milestones.

The applicant may utilize the Grant application or Power-point document for oral presentation. If using power-point, please send your presentation to Ms Jacqueline Ramos, E: jrramos@utmb.edu no later than 5:00 PM on Jan 10th, 2016. The scheduled date for the presentation is 9 AM- 12 noon, Jan 12th, 2017. Every effort will be made to accommodate the applicant’s schedule in choosing a time for the presentation. If you are not available on this date, please arrange to send your collaborator or co-I.

Reporting Requirements

The Principal investigator will be responsible for monitoring the deliverables, progress of the project, and providing 1 page six-month status update and a final report. Reports should include current status of the project, resources committed and the benefit of the results to commercialization. The final report is due 45 days after the termination of the project.

Please contact Dr. Nisha J Garg (E: nigarg@utmb.edu) or Dr. Sundeep Mattamana (E: sumattam@utmb.edu) for any questions or further information.

Funding Announcements – State, Local and Other Federal Funding

Funding Announcements

Graduate/Post Doc

Deadline  Sponsor Name/Link Amount/Time Frame
November 3, 2016 National Academy of Education NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half-time.
November 14, 2016 Association for Frontal Temporal Degeneration Postdoctoral Research Fellowship $55,000/year for two years
November 18, 2016 Autism Science Foundation Pre/Post graduate & Medical student Research Training Award For predoctoral and medical students: $25,000

For postdoctoral students: $35,000

January 31, 2017 Horowitz Foundation PhD Dissertation in Social Sciences* $7,500 – $5,000 initially and $2,500 upon completion
February 28, 2017 American Chemical Society Robert M. Scarborough Graduate/Postgraduate Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry Honorarium plus $500 travel Expenses

New Investigator

Deadline  Sponsor Name/Link Amount/Time Frame
November 1, 2016

(Letters of Intent)

Greenwall Foundation Bioethics Scholars Program (limited submission) 50% of scholar’s salary plus $5000 limited project support
November 1, 2016 Howard Hughes Medical institute Medical Research Fellows Program* $32,000 stipend, $5,500 enrichment & benefits allowance
November 15, 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows $165,000 for salary, fringe and stipend
December 1, 2016 Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Scientific Scholar Awards $60,000 for one year
December 1, 2016 National Blood Foundation Early-Career Scientific Research Grants Program $75,000

$160 Application Fee

December 1, 2016 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Physician-Scientist Training Award $460,000 Total over 4 years
December 1, 2016 American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship $80,000 per year for 2 years
December 31, 2016 American Physical Therapy Assn Health Policy and Administration Grant Program $15,000 for one year
March 7, 2017 American Society for Reproductive Medicine ASRM Research for New Investigators Grants in amounts of $10,000 to $50,000
March 15, 2017 American Psychological Foundation John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant for Psychologists Investigating Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) $17,000 for one year


Established Investigator

Deadline  Sponsor Name/Link Amount/Time Frame
October 15, 2016 Angelman Syndrome Foundation Research Proposals $100,000/year for 1-2 years
October 21, 2016 University of Pittsburg 2017 Dickson Prize in Medicine $50,000 along with medallion
November 14, 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Pilot Innovator Grants $60,000 to $120,000 over a one- or two-year term
November 14, 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation Bridging Grants for Physician-Scientists in MS Research $620,000 in support over five years
November 18, 2016

(Letter of Intent)

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Biomarker-Based Clinical Trials in Humans Up to $3 million
December 1, 2016 Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Pilot Study Program $75,000 for one-year
December 15, 2016 McGovern Institute for Brain research at MIT 14th annual Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience $150,000 award, plus an inscribed gift
January 5, 2017 American College of Psychiatrists Mood Disorders Award Award only


All Inclusive

Deadline  Sponsor Name/Link Amount/Time Frame
October 28, 2016 (Letters of Intent) Hearing Health Foundation Emerging Research Grant Amount based on Application
November 1, 2016 Oxalosis & Hyperoxaluria Foundation Research Grant  Program $200,000 for up to 2 years
November 1, 2016 Tourette Association Tourette Research Projects $150,000 over 2 years
November 1, 2016

(Letters of Intent)

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Innovation Pediatric Oncology Research $250,000 for 2 years
November 3, 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize $25,000 cash prize to local leaders and community members coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses
November 30, 2016

(Letters of Inquiry)

Russell Sage Foundation Computational Social Science Proposal Up to $150,000
December 1, 2016

Concept Paper Only

Gerber Foundation Pediatric Research Project $350,000
December 1, 2016 Burroughs Wellcome Fund’ Preterm Birth Initiative $150,000 per year for 4 years
December 1, 2016

(Letter of Inquiry)

Retirement Research Foundation Projects to Improve the Lives of Older Americans Amount based on Application
December 5, 2016

(Letters of Intent)

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience 2017 Technology Awards $100,000/year for 2 years
December 9, 2016 SFARI


2017 Autism Pilot Awards $150,000/year for two years
December 9, 2016 SFARI 2017 Autism Research Awards $275,000/year for three years
January 1, 2017 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine AOSSM/Sanofi Osteoarthritis Grant $50,000 for either a clinical research study or a lab/basic science project
January 4, 2017 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation Medication-Use Safety Award $50,000 one-time award
January 17, 2017 Macula Society New research in retinal vascular and macular diseases $30,000 per year for 1 year

*No Citizenship Requirements 


All research applications should go through the Office of Sponsored Programs prior to submission. Please contact your pre-award analyst (http://research.utmb.edu/AboutUs/PrePostSpecialists.aspx ) if you plan to apply for this opportunity.

PI must submit all material to the Office of Sponsored Projects ten (10) working days prior to the submission deadline.  http://research.utmb.edu/AskForFunding/Files/PolicyStatementDeadlines2013.pdf

Altmetrics to include Book Reviews

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Those researchers at UTMB who use the Influuent database will soon see an addition to the Altmetrics(c) visible on research output (publications).  Currently, the Altmetrics “donut” displays when a publication has been picked up by news outlets, blogs. social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Google plus.  These are each represented by a different color in the donut making it easy for for viewers to see where the publication is having an impact as shown in the graphic.The number inside the donut and the colors correspond to the metrics.


The number inside the donut and the colors correspond to the metrics.


It was announced last week that starting soon, Altmetrics will start displaying book reviews as well.  As the company recently started looking and tracking how books are shared and discussed online, they came to the conAltmetric book reviewclusion that these online reviews were important to share as a metric on published work.  They are also pulling reviews from scholarly journals like CHOICE an London Review of Books.  Book reviews will be displayed with a green circle inside the donut.  Reviews will also be added as a tab to the top of the Altmetrics details screen.  Reviews will be base weighted similarly to the way news outlets are handled.  The more impactful the journal listing the review the darker the green line.


Currently, the volume of reviews being seen is relatively low, but Altmetrics is planning further development with this tool.  With that they expect to add other book-specific attention sources.  Check out your research output in the Influuent database today and see how your publications are performing using the Altmetrics tool.

Texas Regional Immunology Conference Registration Open


MD Anderson Cancer Center 

South Campus Research Building 2  *  7455 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054

Keynote Speaker:  James Allison, PhD

Session 1:   Immune Responses in Disease
Session 2:   Innate Immunity and Inflammation
Session 3:   Adaptive Immunity and Tumor Immunology
Session 4:   Inflammation
For the full program and to register please go to: MD Anderson Center for Inflammation and Cancer  —>  Seminars & Events
Or click link Texas Regional Immunology Conference

For more information contact your institution’s lead:

Shao-­Cong Sun, PhD
Stephanie Watowich, PhD

UTMB Health
Roberto Garofalo, MD

Texas A&M
Koichi Kobayashi, MD, PhD