News from the Office of Research and Innovation

News from the Office of Research and Innovation

The Arkansas Catalyst is published monthly during the fall and spring semesters. It contains important updates, announcements and deadlines from the Office of Research and Innovation. Subscribe to the Catalyst on the Research and Innovation website.

RazorGrant: Proposal Training

Learn about proposal development in RazorGrant, PI and Co-PI certifications, working with your grant specialist, and routing and approval completion.

  • Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
  • ADMN 206
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Research Over Easy

The Research and Innovation leadership team would like to invite you to have breakfast with them. Research Over Easy gives you an opportunity to discuss various topics related to the research enterprise at the University of Arkansas. In February, Dan Sui, vice chancellor of research and innovation, will lead a discussion on convergence research how it supports the university's signature research areas.

  • Feb. 6 at 7:45 a.m.
  • ARKU 507-508
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Razorgrant: IRB Submission Training

Learn about the online RazorGrant module for Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol submissions. The IRB ensures researchers use safe, ethical practices when engaging in research involving human subjects.

  • Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m.
  • ADMN 206
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REU Application Available

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Application for 2019 is now available. Interested applicants must submit all application materials by March 1, 2019. Some programs might have earlier deadline. Please check your individual program's deadline before applying.

research profileMichelle Bernhardt-Barry

Michelle Bernhardt-Barry

Bernhardt-Barry’s research focuses on improving the use of soil as a building material, which has applications locally, globally and someday, perhaps, beyond Earth. She uses patterns found in nature to produce materials that are as strong as possible, while using as few resources as possible.

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The Behavioral Business Research Lab

The Behavioral Business Research Lab

The Behavioral Business Research Lab is a world class behavioral business research facility in the Walton College of Business. Behavioral researchers use the facility to study a wide variety of business and economic topics including strategic behavior, worker-employer relations, information processing, group problem solving, and decision making under uncertainty. The lab provides many different spaces and technology resources for research, and staff at the lab provide research participants from their large subject pool.

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Research Award Highlights

Benjamin Babst, an assistant professor with the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, received $618,147 from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to study timing and cues for tree root dormancy and its implications for reservoir management.


Tim Cavell, professor of psychology, received $252,873 from Boston University for a study on school support, school connectedness and the educational outcomes of military-connected students.


Jia Di, a professor of computer science and computer engineering, received $199,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for research on securing cognitive edge computing for healthcare.


W. Dan Hendrix, president of the Arkansas World Trade Center, received $150,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the State Trade Expansion Program.


Donald Catanzaro, research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received $115,305 from the University of California, San Diego, to study ways to identify individuals at risk of progression to active tuberculosis.


Check our Announcements page for the latest news and updates on funding opportunities.

The Limited Submissions page has information on how to apply for grants when funding agencies limit the number proposals from each institution.

Interested in a particular type of funding opportunity? Check the Distribution Lists page and sign up for subject-specific email notices from our office.

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