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Science by Cyborg Teams: Destiny of Science Modeled and Explained in New Study

Integrating knowledge from multiple scientific disciplines to form new overarching knowledge that propels modern civilization is known as science convergence. UH researcher Ioannis Pavlidis modeled the evolution of convergence through machine learning and advanced data analytics to predict the future of science.

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Shaun Zhang

Study Finds Low Vitamin D Levels in Young People of Color

Results from a University of Houston College of Nursing study find 61% of Black and Hispanic adolescents have vitamin D deficiency and higher incidence and worse outcomes for cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and renal disease, all of which have been linked to vitamin D levels.

Are Your COVID-19 Vaccinations Up to Date? It Might Depend on Your Politics, New Study Suggests

Many people in Texas are updating their COVID vaccine with a fourth dose, while some still say no to any shot at all. Why the difference? A new survey from University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs points to political ideology as the biggest influencer.

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History Ph.D. Student Wins National Research Award

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) doctoral student, Shine Trabucco, has been awarded the Crossing Latinidades Mellon Humanities Fellowship by the Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative, acquiring funding for tuition, medical insurance and fees for the 2022-23 academic year and paving the way for her heritage dissertation research.

Upcoming Events

Applying the Scientific Method to Entrepreneurship
Thursday, June 30
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Meet MemComputing and CEO John Beane
Thursday, June 30
Noon – 1 p.m.

HEALTH-RCMI Innovative Research Talks
Tuesday, July 5
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Gulf Coast Consortia Events

The Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) delivers important advances in bioscience research and training by empowering individuals to go beyond the limitations of any single institution, discipline, or degree program. Located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, GCC is one of the largest inter-institutional cooperatives in the world with a focus on building strong collaborative research groups and interdisciplinary training opportunities for PhD students and postdocs. The University of Houston is a member of the GCC.

IDDD Round Table Workshop: 3rd Annual COVID/Vaccine Update
Wednesday, June 29
3:30 p.m. — 5 p.m.



HEALTH-RCMI Innovative Research Talks

The HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention is hosting its inaugural Innovative Research Talks. Associate Professor of Pharmacology Samina Salim will discuss the results of her pilot research project, "Examining Health Disparities and Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention in Syrian Refugee Women in the United States."

The discussion will also include audience feedback which will help determine the next steps for her project.

Tuesday, July 5
4 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Online Event

View past announcements on the Division of Research website.

Featured Funding Opportunities

Health Science, Engineering & Technology Social Sciences, Art & Humanities Education
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Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Advancing Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (ADRD) (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Optional) and (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional

Application Deadline: Multiple deadlines


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to the National Institute on Aging's (NIA) Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) program. The aim of this FOA is to support research that may lead to the development of innovative products and/or services with the potential to advance progress in preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD) and/or caring for and treating patients living with AD/ADRD.    


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Transformative Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning-Based Strategies to Identify Determinants of Exceptional Health and Life Span (R21/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline: October 21, 2022


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications seeking to develop novel, transformative artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) strategies, and computer automation, to integrate, extract, and interpret multi-omic (i.e., genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, microbiome, phenome) data sets from human exceptional longevity (EL) cohorts and multiple non-human species that display wide variation in life span and decipher the relationships between DNA, RNA, proteins, metabolites, and other cell variables, as well as links to disease risks and exceptionally healthy aging. The investigative team(s) for this FOA is/are expected to be multi-disciplinary, encompassing expertise in AI/ML and a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, aging biology, comparative biology, and bio/chemo informatics.    


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Cancer Prevention and Control Clinical Trials Planning Grant Program (U34 Clinical Trials Optional) and (R34 Clinical Trials Optional)

Application Deadline:  Multiple deadlines


The purpose of this FOA is to facilitate well-planned clinical trials across the cancer prevention and control spectrum aimed at improving prevention/ interception, cancer-related health behaviors, screening, early detection, healthcare delivery, management of treatment-related symptoms, supportive care, and the long-term outcomes of cancer survivors.

Image Science, Engineering, & Technology

Funding Agency: Beckman Foundation

Title: Young Investigator Program 

Application Deadline: LOIs are due by August 1, 2022.


This program provides research support to promising young faculty members in the early stages of their careers in the chemical and life sciences to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of science research.


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2022


Large-scale simulations and the ability to accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized science and engineering. The goal of the CDS&E meta-program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data-analysis approaches and best practices. The CDS&E meta-program supports projects that harness computation and data to advance knowledge and accelerate discovery above and beyond the goals of the participating individual programs. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline, or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Divisions and Directorates. A CDS&E proposal should enable and/or utilize development and adaptation of advances in research and infrastructure in computational and data science.    


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Building Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biology, Mitigating Climate Change, Sustainability and Biotechnology

Application Deadline:  October 03, 2022


Microbes and communities of microbes have remarkable genetic, physiological, and biochemical diversity, allowing them to flourish in environments all over the planet and in a variety of substrates and hosts. Given their relative importance to ecosystems around the world, to the economy, and to health, researchers have studied microbial systems extensively and have a better understanding of their capabilities and impacts on hosts and the environment. In recent years, researchers have increasingly turned to microbes and their diverse capabilities for bioremediation and applications in biotechnology, agriculture, and medicine. Because of advances in molecular biology, synthetic biology, and bioengineering, researchers now have the ability to assemble synthetic microbial communities that have novel compositions, genetics, and phenotypes and to use these communities to address both fundamental biological questions and a range of societal problems. The goal of this solicitation is to support research that addresses one or more of the three themes: 1) define the underlying mechanisms or rules that drive the formation, maintenance, or evolution of synthetic microbial communities, 2) use synthetic microbial communities to address fundamental biological questions, including questions in molecular biology, cellular/organismal biology, ecology and evolution and/or 3) build synthetic communities with biotechnology, bioeconomy or environmental engineering applications, including but not limited to the production of novel biorenewable chemicals, biodegradation of recalcitrant or “forever chemicals,” enabling a circular bioeconomy, fostering sustainable agriculture and mitigating the impacts of climate change. For theme 3, the emphasis should be on designing communities with novel capabilities and understanding the underlying mechanisms that lead to these novel capabilities.    


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Synthesis Center for Molecular and Cellular Sciences

Application Deadline:  July 07, 2023


NSF seeks to establish a Synthesis Center for Molecular and Cellular Sciences (SCMCS) that will advance our ability to explain and predict complex molecular and cellular phenomena through innovative synthesis and integration of available biological data and related scientific knowledge. The Center will provide the vision, infrastructure, and expertise to support communities in drawing together information, including data, methods, conceptual frameworks, theories, and models that are currently dispersed across different scientific domains, in order to address compelling, multi-scale questions and open new avenues of inquiry in the molecular and cellular biosciences. To accomplish this vision, the Center will adopt open science principles and team science approaches that enable data sharing and effective, inclusive collaborations among researchers across biological, chemical, computational, mathematical, and physical sciences and engineering disciplines. In addition to supporting information synthesis to enable research, the Center will develop training programs that empower new generations of researchers to solve challenging problems using data-intensive, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative science. The Center is also expected to serve as an exemplar in engaging diverse scientists from different types of institutions and across disciplinary, demographic, and geographic lines. By creating a rich environment for researchers to share and create new knowledge, the Center will help catalyze a revolution in understanding the molecular and cellular underpinnings of life. In doing so, the Center will shape the future of many scientific fields and have a profound impact on the progress of science and society.


Funding Agency: Defense Advanced Research Project Agency

Title: Redefining Possible - 2022

Application Deadline:  June 21, 2023 (see full announcement for details)    


The Tactical Technology Office (TTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting executive summaries, proposal abstracts, and proposals for applied research, advanced technology development, platform demonstrations, or systems studies that aim to redefine the future of warfighting across four domains: Air, Ground, Maritime, and Space.


Funding Agency: Defense Advanced Research Project Agency

Title: Disruptioneering Program Announcement

Application Deadline:  June 20, 2023    


The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security. As part of this mission, DSO makes high-risk, high-reward investments in science and technology that have the potential to disrupt current understanding and/or approaches. The pace of discovery in both science and technology is accelerating worldwide, resulting in new fields of study and the identification of scientific areas ripe for disruption. In order to capitalize on these new opportunities, DSO looks to include rapid, targeted and limited scope investments as part of an overall balanced portfolio. DSO solicits these accelerated investments through our Disruptioneering program. Disruptioneering enables DARPA to initiate a new investment in less than 90 calendar days from idea inception.

Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Arts

Title: Independent Film and Media Arts Field-Building Initiative

Application Deadline:  August 09, 2022


The purpose of this program solicitation is to select a Cooperator to administer the NEA's Independent Film and Media Arts Field-Building Initiative.


Funding Agency: Department of Education (ED)
Title: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Project to Support America’s Families and Educators (Project SAFE) Grant Program Assistance Listing Number (ALN) 84.184N
Application Deadline: Rolling

The Project SAFE grant program provides grants to eligible LEAs to improve student safety and well-being by advancing strategies consistent with CDC guidance to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in schools. (must partner with an LEA).

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