Research News
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UNL Office of Research  Jan. 2012
Research News

NUgrant improvements launch Feb. 1

Improvements to NUgrant will simplify navigation and enable users to quickly find their most recently viewed projects and other critical items for managing grants and fulfilling reporting requirements.

On Feb. 1, the Office of Research and Economic Development will launch NUgrant 6.0, an upgrade that will allow users to personalize the look and feel of NUgrant once they’ve logged into the site.
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Faculty forums set for research growth plan

Faculty are invited to offer their ideas and advice for UNL's proposed research and economic development growth plan during two open forums.

The Research and Economic Development Growth Initiative has been initially drafted and reviewed by the deans. Feedback from faculty and administrators campuswide will help shape this plan, which will guide efforts to increase the excellence and stature

of research and economic development at UNL. Specifically, the initiative addresses a plan to reach some of the key goals recently set by Chancellor Perlman, including reaching $300 million in total research expenditures by 2017, doubling the number of faculty receiving prestigious national awards and increasing faculty engagement with the private sector. more ...

New director sees energy research potential

Energy research at UNL should double within three to five years with the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research as a catalyst.

That's the vision of the center's new director, Mike Nastasi. An accomplished materials scientist, Nastasi joined UNL in January from Los Alamos National Laboratory where he directed the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes.
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New director sees energy research potential
From the vice chancellor

We need faculty feedback on growth initiative

UNL is embarking on an ambitious growth initiative that will literally shape our university's future.

Our overall goal remains the same – the strong commitment to excellence in research, scholarship

and creative activity envisioned in the report of the Future Nebraska Task Force, "A 2020 Vision: The Future of Research and Graduate Education at UNL."
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News & Notes

Internal funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams

Internal funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams

March 1 is the application deadline for a new internal funding competition designed to enhance the competitiveness of interdisciplinary research teams at UNL.

The Pathway to Interdisciplinary Research Centers Competitive Grant Program aims to foster or support interdisciplinary research teams and enhance their competitiveness for large-scale or center grants. more ...

Water for Food update

Water for Food update
Roberto Lenton, founding executive director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, assumes his duties Feb. 1. more ...

UNL leads $25 million project
to reduce E. coli

UNL leads $25 million project <br />to reduce <em>E. coli</em>
UNL will lead a $25 million project to reduce throughout the beef production chain the occurrence of E. coli strains that pose a major threat to public health.  more ...

$3.5 million grant supports transportation center

$3.5 million grant supports transportation center
A recent $3.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant enables UNL to continue hosting the Mid-America Transportation Center, a four-state regional center researching various aspects of transportation safety.

Since 2006, UNL has hosted MATC for transportation research in collaboration with universities and state transportation agencies in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. The $3.5 million grant means UNL will continue hosting the center for at least the next year. more ...

Grant Writing Seminar
March 16

The Office of Research and Economic Development will offer a grant writing seminar, "Write Winning Grants," March 16, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Nebraska Union auditorium.

The seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal writing process and emphasizes idea development, identification of appropriate granting agencies, and tips and strategies of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. David Morrison, co-founder of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops LLC will lead the session. more ...
Top Tip

Traveling to Cuba

Top Tip
While the Obama administration has made efforts to improve U.S. relations with Cuba, travel to the country is still highly regulated. Travelers to Cuba need to obtain a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
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Making News
The expertise and research, creative and scholarly activities of UNL faculty members often garner media coverage. University Communications highlights some of the national media attention for UNL faculty on its In the News website. Here you can find the latest media mentions of UNL faculty or search for information.

Recent awards, recognition and accomplishments by UNL faculty for research, scholarly and creative endeavors. We highlight faculty accomplishments in each issue of Research News. Let us know about yours by emailing the information to

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Research Resources

Conflict of interest policy changes

UNL is updating its conflict of interest policy to reflect recent changes in the Public Health Service (PHS) regulations and to be consistent with the University of Nebraska Board of Regents policy for Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment (RP 3.2.8), which was updated in 2010. more ...

Exempt IRB protocol guidance available

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews human subjects research as exempt when the research poses no known risks to study participants. In this case, the research is subject to only a select set of federal regulations. To help investigators submit protocols for exempt review, a guidance document is available from the Office of Research Responsibility.
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Self-enroll for online RCR training

Individuals may now self-enroll in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course available through Blackboard. Previously, faculty conducting National Science Foundation research and graduate students in departments eligible to receive NSF funding were automatically enrolled in the RCR training course by Research Compliance Services and Graduate Studies. more ...

Research Council proposals due March 19

Proposals for UNL Research Council Visiting Scholars and Symposia/Distinguished Lecturer grants are due March 19. This competition provides funding for visiting scholars, symposia and distinguished lecturers from July 1 through Dec. 31. Details are available on the Research Council website.
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NURAMP workshop info coming soon

The NURAMP (Research Administration Management Program) workshop series will be offered again in spring 2012. Dates and details will be available on the NURAMP website the first week in February.
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NUtech Ventures series continues

Thinkers & Tinkerers, the innovation and entrepreneurship series hosted by NUtech Ventures, continues this semester.
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Subscribe to receive Funding Announcements

Each week the Office of Research and Economic Development distributes Funding Announcements, an e-mail list of funding opportunities appropriate to UNL compiled from those offered by federal funding agencies, private foundations and other funding sources. more ...

Using NUgrant to route proposals

The Office of Research and Economic Development will offer monthly hands-on workshops demonstrating the procedure for routing proposals through NUgrant. more ...

Top Awards
The following list includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more awarded to UNL between Oct. 21, 2011, and Jan. 15, 2012, as reported through NUgrant, UNL's electronic research administration system. more ...

Internal Funding Awards

Feb. 8:  Faculty forum on Research and Economic Development Growth Initiative, Nebraska East Union, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 9:  Faculty forum on Research and Economic Development Growth Initiative, Nebraska Union, 2 p.m.

Feb. 14: Listening session on Conflict of Interest Policy update, Nebraska Union, 1 p.m.

Feb. 16: Listening session on Conflict of Interest Policy update, Nebraska East Union, 11 a.m.

Feb. 19: Thinkers and Tinkerers, "How to Conduct a Patent Search," Leon Castro, Nebraska Union

Feb. 20: Deadline for letters of intent for WFI Education and Outreach and Curriculum Development grants

Feb. 29: NUgrant Basics Workshops – "Routing Proposals" and "Filing IRB Protocols," Alexander West

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About Research News

Research News is an electronic and Web-based newsletter for the UNL research community that features information to enhance the success of our research, scholarship and creative activities. The UNL Office of Research and Economic Development electronically publishes the newsletter to provide news about research, faculty resources, services, policies and procedures, accomplishments and coming events. It is emailed to research-intensive faculty, staff, administrators and other interested parties. Feel free to share it with UNL colleagues.

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