Monthly Update 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.


Starting a Business in Arkansas

This seminar is aimed at first-time small business owners. It covers essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, issues that affect success and common pitfalls. Cal Rose from Wright Lindsey Jennings will address the legal issues affecting small businesses and Nathan Harris of United Bank will address small business lending.

  • Nov. 29 at 11 am
  • Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development
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Responsible Conduct of Research

This workshop will address topics including research integrity and research misconduct. 

RazorGrant: Proposal Training

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

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.

Animal Care and Use

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee is charged with monitoring adherence to the university's Policy on Animal Care and Use and federal and state statutes and regulations. Researchers must have an approved Animal Use Protocol (AUP) before initiating any research or teaching activities involving the use of live, vertebrate animals.

The next IACUC meeting will be Dec. 14. Investigators are encouraged to attend the meeting to answer any questions about their protocol(s) that the committee may have. Protocols must be received at least seven working days prior to the meeting.

Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) Labs Now Available in the Central Laboratory Animal Facility

The Central Laboratory Animal Facility, or CLAF, located in the basement of the Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Building, now has two Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratories available to researchers with approved animal protocols. This expands the type of biomedical research that can be conducted in the lab.

RazorGrant Now Sends Email Reminders

Based on feedback from our end users, there is now a new email feature in RazorGrant. Researchers who have either proposals or IRB protocols in a RazorGrant Action List awaiting approval will automatically receive an email reminder after two days. To adjust the frequency of the email reminders, see this document. It is also posted on the RazorGrant webpage under RazorGrant: General Information.

Reminder About Materials Transfer Agreements

All Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) for biological materials should be reviewed and signed by the Office of Research Compliance, and researchers buying materials from the ATCC repository in Manassas, Virginia, should do so using the institutional account rather than establishing new accounts. For more information about research compliance, contact Jason Ramage, assistant vice provost for research compliance.

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 went 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.

The Center for Communication Research 

This center supports the diverse research in the Department of Communication and provides resources for collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. The center includes a recently renovated research lab with nine independent research spaces occupying 1,347 square feet of space in Kimpel Hall. This lab features: 

  • Spaces for focus groups and dyadic research
  • A 15-seat viewing room
  • Audio and video recording
  • State of the art software and hardware to facilitate physiological data collection, content analysis, live TV recording and more.

Read more about this center.

For more information, contact Lindsey Aloia.


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205 Administration Building
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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October Research Award Highlights

Min Zou, professor of mechanical engineering received a total of $6,543,902 from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to support the Center for Advanced Surface Engineering.

Jay Greene, Distinguished Professor of education reform, received $1,763,203 from the Walton Family Foundation for a longitudinal evaluation of Crystal Bridges’ School Partnership Program.

Feng Wang, professor of physical chemistry, received $1,594,946 from the National Institutes of Health to develop efficient and accurate force fields for computer-aided drug design.

W. Dan Hendrix, president & CEO of the Arkansas World Trade Center, received $592,357 from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for a project entitled “2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity.”

Michael Thomsen, professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness, received $524,831 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to support the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention.

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