Monthly Update From the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development

deadlines and critical information

We have a new name! The office of Research and Economic Development is now the Office of Research (VPRI). 

Apply now for Research Camp

New VPRI project management position

Research Over Easy--Have breakfast with the VPRI staff

Limited Submission--Major Research Instrumentation Program

  • Apply by September 8
  • Email Bob Beitle ( as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NSF MRI we hope to submit”
  • See all limited submissions

Limited Submission--NEH Summer Stipends

Limited Submission--NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S-STEM)


Room Survey

The VPRI office is meeting with department chairs and research deans to assess the quality of data in the Room Use Survey System (RUSS) as it relates to research space across campus. During our on-site visits, we are discussing quality of research space, and whether there is enough available to meet the current needs of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate researchers, post-docs and visiting scientists. We also want to assess space availability for incoming faculty in Fall 2017, as well as our ability to accommodate future faculty, post-docs and graduate students. To date we have met with primary units in Arts and Sciences that have significant dedicated research space, and will meet with units in Engineering in May, followed by meetings with units in Education and Agriculture

Changes Coming to the IRB Protocol Submission Process

As part of its ongoing effort to improve the RazorGrant electronic research administration system, the VPRI office will be rolling out a new, online Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission process in August. The IRB is the body that ensures researchers use safe, ethical practices when engaging in research involving human subjects.

Our office will provide two training opportunities for researchers to familiarize themselves with the new system. The first is an overview and walk through of the process, scheduled for August, for people who are already comfortable using RazorGrant. For investigators with protocols ready to submit, we are also offering hands-on training with the new online system in September and October.

Look for more details on the new IRB system on the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development’s website, and watch for announcements closer to the rollout.

Box Cloud Storage for Researchers

IT Services is proud to announce that Box will be available, free of charge, to University of Arkansas researchers starting September 12. A leading service among research universities, Box will bring world class collaboration and cloud storage resources to our campus.

We hope this service will enable greater collaboration with colleagues both around campus and around the world. Numerous support and training resources are available from Box University, and we encourage you to take advantage of them in order to get the most from this service.

What can Box do for you?

  • Transforms the way you store, access and share files – secure access on any device
  • Cloud storage that grows as your needs grow
  • Efficient sharing with fellow researchers, students and colleagues in under 30 seconds
  • Creates a centralized workspace for your team to collaborate
  • Keeps everyone up-to-date by tracking revisions and displaying file version history
  • Provides robust security settings
  • Delivers a simple experience through an intuitive user interface

Last Month's Top Awards

$3,030,390 from the Arkansas Department of Human Services to Debra Hood, clinical professor of social work, for Arkansas Academic Partnership in Public Child Welfare.

$2,338,940 from the U.S. Department of Energy to Ralph Henry, Distinguished Professor of biological sciences, for protein targeting to the chloroplast thylakoid membrane: structure and function of a targeting complex.

$1,597,367 from Arkansas Biosciences Institute to Roger Koeppe, Distinguished Professor, for science and research technology projects.



Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development
205 Administration Building
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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