Monthly Update From the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation

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Encourage your undergraduates to apply for REU programs

The University of Arkansas has received funding from the National Science Foundation to implement seven Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs. The programs are designed to give students hands-on research experience in the STEM fields. Each REU program accepts approximately 10 students every summer from universities all over the United States. The selected students are enrolled in a one hour research class and work with faculty members on research projects of their choice during their 10-week stay at the U of A. For more information, see the Undergraduate Research website.

    RazorGrant: IRB Submission Training

    The Office of Research has rolled out a new RazorGrant module. This module changes the Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol submission process by utilizing the online RazorGrant system. The IRB is the body that ensures researchers use safe, ethical practices when engaging in research involving human subjects. Bring your laptop to the training.

    Early Career Opportunities From NSF and DOE

    The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is holding a workshop to help junior U of A faculty compete for early career opportunities. During the workshop, faculty will participate in activities designed to help them craft proposals for the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program, the Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program and others. All junior faculty who are eligible for these programs — typically, tenure track faculty in their first five years — are encouraged to participate.

    Research Over Easy

    The Vice Provost for Research would like to invite university faculty to have breakfast with members of VPR leadership team. Research Over Easy gives you an opportunity to discuss various topics related to the research enterprise at the University of Arkansas. The Vice Provost and VPR leadership team in attendance can provide specific information related to their areas. These breakfast sessions are limited to 25 faculty members. Due to limited seating, we encourage you to provide opportunity to the new participants if you have previously attended a session.

    • March 7 at 7:45 to 9 a.m.
    • ARKU 507-508
    • Register

    Funding Available for Arts and Humanities Projects

    The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is offering $25,000 to fund research, scholarly and creative activity in the arts and humanities. Tenured and tenure-track faculty from all University of Arkansas colleges and schools are eligible. Funded projects are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of the faculty member and the university, and result in new opportunities for research or other creative endeavors. Particular emphasis will be given to projects in those areas for which the opportunity for external funding is limited.

    Chancellor's Fund: Discovery, Creativity, Innovation and Collaboration

    The Chancellor's Fund aims to provide seed funding to support bold, collaborative thinking and risk taking that will not only lead to new academic directions, but will also increase the competitiveness of the university and faculty for external funding. Proposals are encouraged from all disciplines. Updated details about the 2018 Request for Proposals including how to apply, eligibility and updated example projects are available online. 

    RazorGrant: Proposal Training

    Learn how to create a proposal development in RazorGrant, completing PI and Co-PI certifications, working with your grant specialist and routing and approval completion.

    IACUC Protocol 

    The IACUC is charged with monitoring adherence the University's Policy on Animal Care and Use and federal and state statutes and regulations. All research or teaching using live vertebrate animals must have prior, written approval of a Vertebrate Animals Protocol (download Word document).

    The IACUC meets on the first Friday of each month. Investigators are not expected to attend the meeting unless specifically requested to do so. Protocols must be received at least seven working days prior to the meeting. See the Research Website for more information on IACUC. Proposal Submission Changes phased out their Legacy Application Package effective January 1, 2018. This means that applicants will no longer be able to apply using the older, single PDF package of forms. Applicants will apply for grants using the new, web-based platform called Workspace. For more information on Workspace and a list of resources, see the Research Website.

      Budget Workbook Template Updates

      The RSSP Budget Template Workbook has been updated. You can find the most recent version in the Investigator’s Toolbox section of the RSSP website, under “Proposal Preparation/Pre-Award.” Several items on the template have been updated to reflect changes that will go into effect in July 2018, including changes to F&A, fringe benefits and tuition, so be sure you are using the current version of the template.

      Authorship: Allocating Credit and Ensuring Accountability

      Whose name belongs in the list of authors? This question can become contentious, especially when members of an interdisciplinary or multicultural research team have different expectations. For this reason, before launching the project, you and your collaborators should discuss the criteria for authorship and the order of your names.

      First, find out if your employers, funding agencies, professional societies, or journals have authorship guidelines. For example, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends that each person listed as an author contributes to and takes responsibility for the research and the publication in four ways:

      • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work
      • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
      • Final approval of the version to be published
      • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

      Contributors who do not meet all of these requirements (e.g., lab directors, assistants, proofreaders) should receive recognition in the acknowledgments section.

      When your team reaches a consensus about the authorship criteria and the order of names, write down the terms upon which you’ve agreed and ask every member to sign and date the agreement. Then, throughout your project, document each individual’s contributions. As necessary, revisit the authorship conversation when individuals join or quit your team.

      All designated authors should review and approve a manuscript before submitting it for peer review and again before submitting the final version for publication. A journal may require the authors and the individuals named in the acknowledgments section to specify their contributions. Therefore, you want to provide clear information about which authors (and other participants) are responsible for specific portions of the research and sections of the publication.

      As the Council of Science Editors (CSE) points out, “The ultimate reason for identification of authors and other contributors is to establish accountability for the reported work.” If you accept credit as an author, you must also accept responsibility for the integrity of both the research and the resulting publication.

      There is no mathematical formula for determining authorship, but the principles outlined here will help your team to allocate credit and ensure accountability in an equitable, transparent way.

      Melody Herr, PhD
      Head, Office of Scholarly Communications

      Research Award Highlights

      $1,416,900  from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Heather Nachtmann, director of the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, for MarTREC Tier 1 University Transportation Center.

      $999,847 from the National Science Foundation to Paul D. Adams, associate professor of biochemistry, for Path to Graduation and Honors Achievement for STEM Students.

      $715,996 from the National Institute of Justice to Brent Smith, director of the Terrorism Research Center, for study on innovative methodologies for assessing radicalization risk.

      $410,630 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to Jamie Baum, assistant professor of nutrition, for study on breakfast, energy metabolism, protein turnover and skeletal muscle health in obese children.

      $200,000 from National Science Foundation to Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor of electrical engineering, for the Center for Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems.

      See all awards for January is the home of research news at the University of Arkansas. Recent topics include:

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