September 2014

University Awards Grants Through Arkansas Biosciences Institute

Paul Adams, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received Arkansas Bioscience Institute grants totaling $69,000 during the past two fiscal years.

The University of Arkansas, with funding from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, has awarded grants for 37 science and technology research projects for fiscal year 2015.
The institute is a partnership of scientists at five research institutions across Arkansas, including the state’s flagship university in Fayetteville, with a focus on supporting biomedical research and agricultural research with medical implications.


The fiscal 2015 grants at the U of A totaled $1.58 million, said Roger Koeppe II, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who represents the flagship on the institute’s scientific coordinating committee. Additionally, the campus received $208,000 in matching funds from the National Institutes of Health for mutual support of pilot projects, Koeppe said.

“The Arkansas Biosciences Institute is important for promoting broadly based university research in areas such as biomedicine and biotechnology,” Koeppe said. “A review panel evaluates the initiatives based on their anticipated impact on the scientific community and potential for eventual publication.”

Institute-supported investigators explore many different body and cellular processes in their search for answers to challenging basic science- and health-related questions.

Koeppe said the institute chooses projects that are both innovative and may need preliminary results in order to compete for research funding on a national level, from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation.

The committee also considers funding for shared equipment and bridge funding. Multiple researchers may request funding for major instrumentation that they will share, Koeppe said.

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Taylor Appointed Leader of RSSP Office


Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor, who has more than 15 years of experience as a research administrator in higher education and health-care settings, has been appointed assistant vice provost for research and sponsored programs.

“Dr. Taylor combines a solid background in research administration with a record of scholarship that includes more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and publications and being part of a team that has received more than $3 million in research funding,” said Jim Rankin, associate vice provost for research and economic development. “She will instill effective support for our campus investigators at a time when the number of our research proposals is growing and the number of our research awards is at an all-time high. We look forward to her leadership as the University of Arkansas research enterprise continues to grow.”

Taylor was most recently interim co-director in the Office of Sponsored Programs at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, which merged elements of several units from the university and the medical center.

Taylor holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the National Council of University Research Administrators and Society of Research Administrators, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research Administration.

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Research Camp Application Deadline Nears

Faculty have until Sept. 30 to apply for a two-day research camp sponsored by the offices of the vice provost for research and economic development and vice provost for faculty development and enhancement.

The research camp intends to introduce faculty members who are starting their research programs to strategies and techniques that will make these programs successful.

In addition, participants will be introduced to the University of Arkansas research development and research compliance policies, procedures and resources. All tenure-track faculty in their first, second or third year are eligible to apply. The camp will be held off-campus on Oct. 21-22. Transportation, housing and meals will be provided.

Approximately 30 faculty members will be selected based on the strength of their applications, their commitment to pursuing funding (by agreeing to submit a future proposal for external funding) and department chair/head recommendations.

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Workshop to Focus on NIH Grant Proposals


The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development will host a National Institutes of Health proposal-writing workshop on Thursday, Oct. 9, for University of Arkansas researchers in health-related fields.

The workshop, to be moderated by grants specialists from Hanover Research Inc., is open to all U of A faculty and post-doctoral research associates. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 203 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development.

The meeting will consist of two 90-minute sessions. The first will focus on grant-writing basics for researchers new to NIH and the second will center on graduating to the agency’s R01 submissions.

Any researcher is welcome to attend one or both sessions. Seating is limited, however, so please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 2, by e-mail to, with the subject line: NIH Academy.



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Taylor Appointed Leader of RSSP Office

Research Camp Application Deadline Nears

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Grant Award Winners

The following is a sampling of grants awarded to faculty in August, with the principal investigator, the award amount and the sponsor.
� Rick McMullen, $496,948, National Science Foundation
� Alan Mantooth, $454,875, National Science Foundation
� Jamie Hestekin, $230,000, Flexible Water Solutions
� Malcolm Williamson, $168,398, EAST Initiative Inc.
� Wesley Stoner, $88,068, National Science Foundation


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