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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov platform
called Workspace. For more information on Workspace and a list of
resources, see the Research
Budget Workbook Template
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
First, find out if your employers, funding agencies, professional
societies, or journals have authorship guidelines. For example, the
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
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the
work; or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important
- 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
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
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
from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Heather
Nachtmann, director of the Maritime Transportation Research
and Education Center, for MarTREC Tier 1 University
from the National Science Foundation to Paul D.
Adams, associate professor of biochemistry, for Path to
Graduation and Honors Achievement for STEM
from the National Institute of Justice to Brent Smith,
director of the Terrorism Research Center, for study on
innovative methodologies for assessing radicalization
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.
from National Science Foundation to Alan Mantooth,
Distinguished Professor of electrical engineering, for the
Center for Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic
all awards for January
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