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UH Mechanical Engineer Pradeep Sharma Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Of the millions and millions of engineers across the world, this year the National Academy of Engineering chose 111 new members and 22 international members. UH's Pradeep Sharma, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor and department chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, was one of them.

Number of faculty in the national academies is one of the metrics that contribute to a university's national ranking. 

“Induction into the National Academy of Engineering is the latest of many distinguished honors achieved by Dr. Sharma over the last decade, including being named a Fulbright Fellow, receiving the ASME Melville Medal, the James R. Rice Medal and the Charles Russ Richards Medal. He is also the only engineer in 2020 to receive the nationally prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship,” said Amr Elnashai, UH vice president for research and technology transfer. “We are very proud of Dr. Sharma’s accomplishments culminating in being elected to the NAE. To be so comprehensively recognized is not only a testament to his intellect but also of the intellectual environment that exists in our great University.”

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UH Professors Named Senior Members of National Academy of Inventors

Six University of Houston professors have been named Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the most UH faculty members to earn the honor in a single election year.

Greg Cuny, Jeff Feng, James Flynn, Hadi Ghasemi, Luca Pollonini and Navin Varadarajan are among 83 academic inventors from institutions around the country chosen for their success in patents, licensing, and commercialization and for producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. The University of Houston now has 30 faculty members in the National Academy of Inventors.

50-in-5 Faculty Honored for Major Grant Awards and Patents

UH hosted its second 50-in-5 celebration event at the Wortham House on Monday, Feb. 7, honoring faculty members with major grant award and patent achievements.

President Renu Khator, Provost Paula Myrick Short and Vice President for Research Amr Elnashai recognized 148 faculty who received a major grant award or patent in Year 2 and Year 3 of UH’s 50-in-5 Program. The program was launched in 2018 to increase research and scholarly activity by 50% over the course of five years, aligning UH with other top research universities in the Association of American Universities (AAU) and supporting the University’s rise to become a Top 50 public university.

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Potential Biomarkers Identified for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Lupus

A globally renowned expert in autoimmune diseases and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) at UH has identified potential biomarkers for neuropsychiatric symptoms of lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own tissues, causing widespread inflammation and tissue damage in the affected organs. 

While most people with lupus experience a variety of symptoms that include fatigue, skin rashes, fever, and pain or swelling in the joints, about half of people with SLE suffer neuropsychiatric symptoms. Those include seizures, aseptic meningitis, acutely confused states, cerebrovascular disease psychosis and mood disorders.  

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Support for Election Reform Strong in Texas, UH Survey Finds

A new Hobby School of Public Affairs survey found a sizeable majority of Texans voicing strong support for several provisions in the proposed federal Freedom to Vote Act. When asked individually about 18 specific voting and election reforms – each a key part of the proposed law – most survey respondents expressed robust support for 11 provisions. The remaining seven sparked less unity, although they, too, managed to find significant pockets of support among both Republicans and Democrats.

“While the Freedom to Vote Act was not passed last year, this survey finds there is much common ground to address voting rights,” said Renée Cross, senior director of the Hobby School. “Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, Texas voters find value in many of these provisions.”

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Swarm Learning: A Privacy-Preserving ML Framework
Thursday, February 17
10 a.m.-11 a.m.

NIH: Cultivating Trainee Resilience
Tuesday, March 1
Noon-1:15 p.m. (EST)

New Faculty Lunch & Learn: Gifts, Grants, Contracts, IDC & Technical Reports

Thursday, March 10
Noon - 1 p.m.

Third Annual Port of the Future Conference
Presented by the UH College of Technology 
April 5-7


Port of the Future

Join us for February's R&I Forum!

The Division of Research is pleased to announce the lineup for this month's R&I Forum. The DOR launched the Forum as a means of engagement with our research and innovation community.

This monthly forum will keep you connected to the research leadership and staff in DOR, to the ongoing implementation of our research strategy and to tactical operational updates. The Forum is also intended to respond to questions from our faculty, and to share information on our successes and challenges.

Here is the agenda for this month:

  • Research and the Libraries
    Athena Jackson, Dean, University Libraries
  • Undergraduate Research
    Stuart Long, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research, The Honors College; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • My Award Action: What’s the Major mal-FUNCTION?
    David Schultz, Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Research Administration
  • How to Create a Recharge Center
    Cris Milligan, Assistant Vice President, Research Administration

VPR Amr Elnashai will provide a welcome and be available, along with the presenters, for a Q&A session toward the end of the session.

R&I Forum
Thursday, February 17
1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Zoom Webinar


Multicultural Success Initiative Grant Opportunities

The UH Asian American Studies Center is offering research grant opportunities to faculty and students. Research proposals should address the college experiences of Asian and Asian American students during the pandemic and/or the challenges and issues facing Asians and Asian Americans in the post-pandemic world.

Proposals are due March 1, 2022. Email proposals to Gayle Curtis at and Amy Murdock at For faculty, five $6,000 grants are available. For students, four $5,000 grants are available. The opportunity is funded by the Provost’s Multicultural Success Initiative Program. For additional information, please review the faculty grant flyer and the student grant flyer.

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 (NIH)

Title: BRAIN Initiative: Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects- TargetedBCP (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline: July 01, 2022; October 06, 2022 (twice annually thereafter)

(Reissue of RFA-NS-18-030) This FOA solicits applications for research projects that use innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior. The goal is to support projects that can realize a meaningful outcome within 5 years. Applications should address circuit function in the context of specific neural systems such as sensation, perception, attention, reasoning, intention, decision-making, emotion, navigation, communication or homeostasis. Projects should link theory and data analysis to experimental design and should produce predictive models as deliverables. Projects should aim to improve the understanding of circuits of the central nervous system by systematically controlling stimuli and/or behavior while actively recording and/or manipulating dynamic patterns of neural activity.  Projects can use non-human and human species, and applications should explain how the selected species offers ideal conditions for revealing general principles about the circuit basis of a specific behavior.


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Early-Stage Preclinical Validation of Therapeutic Leads for Diseases of Interest to the NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline: July 14, 2002; November 14, 2022 (twice annually thereafter)

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support translational research that provides strong justification for later-phase therapeutics discovery and development efforts in health-related outcomes relevant to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This includes outcomes relevant to obesity, diabetes and related aspects of endocrinology and metabolism, digestive diseases, liver diseases, nutrition, kidney and urological diseases, and hematology.


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Integrating Mental Health Care into Health Care Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Deadline: June 22, 2022

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks research project grant (R21 and R01) that explore the utility of established services/platforms structure for treatment of chronic communicable and non-communicable diseases for providing integrated mental health care model / interventions for the treatment of patients with co-morbid mental and chronic conditions in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Specifically, this FOA will support research that builds on existing chronic conditions care and treatment platforms to incorporate management of mental illness, employs a multi-disease and multi-levels care management approach with potentially high impact for improving patient- and system-level outcomes, and establishes feasible methods to evaluate and manage multi-disease treatment in LMICs. Findings should have relevance for patients with mental illness across low-resource settings, including in the U.S.


Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control - NCIPC

Title: Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program- NEW

Application Deadline: April 11, 2022

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20). The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. The purpose of the DFC Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.

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Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Future Manufacturing

Application Deadline: May 10, 2022

The goal of Future Manufacturing is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic, and social barriers in order to catalyze new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today. Future Manufacturing imagines manufacturing decades into the future. It supports research and education that will enhance U.S. leadership in manufacturing by providing new capabilities for established companies and entrepreneurs, by improving our health, quality of life, and national security, by expanding job opportunities to a diverse STEM workforce, and by reducing the impact of manufacturing on the environment. At the same time, Future Manufacturing enables new manufacturing that will address urgent social challenges arising from climate change, global pandemics and health disparities, social and economic divides, infrastructure deficits of marginalized populations and communities, and environmental sustainability.


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Strengthening American Infrastructure

Application Deadline: May 05, 2022

Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI) is an NSF Program seeking to stimulate human-centered fundamental and potentially transformative research aimed at strengthening America’s infrastructure. Effective infrastructure provides a strong foundation for socioeconomic vitality and broad quality of life improvement. Strong, reliable, and effective infrastructure spurs private-sector innovation, grows the economy, creates jobs, makes public-sector service provision more efficient, strengthens communities, promotes equal opportunity, protects the natural environment, enhances national security, and fuels American leadership. Achieving these objectives requires the integration of expertise from across all science and engineering disciplines. SAI focuses on how fundamental knowledge about human reasoning and decision-making, governance, and social and cultural processes enables the building and maintenance of effective infrastructure that improves lives and society and builds on advances in technology and engineering. Successful projects will represent a convergence of expertise in one or more SBE sciences deeply integrated with other disciplines to support substantial and potentially pathbreaking, fundamental research applied to strengthening a specific and focal infrastructure.


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Civic Innovation Challenge

Application Deadline: May 05, 2022

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition that accelerates the transition to practice of foundational research and emerging technologies into communities through civic-engaged research. By addressing priorities at the local scale that are relevant across the US, CIVIC is laying the foundation for a broader and more fluid exchange of research and technology capabilities and civic priorities through joint partnerships involving civic stakeholders and the research community. CIVIC funds projects that pilot state-of-the-art solutions over 12 months, following a six-month planning phase, and have the potential for lasting impact in the partnering community as well as the potential to be scaled and implemented in other communities.


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Algorithms for Modern Power Systems

Application Deadline: May 11, 2022

The Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for improvement of the security, reliability, and efficiency of the modern power grid. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies

Application Deadline: May 11, 2022

The goal of these research projects may be the creation of new technology or significant enhancements to existing wireless infrastructure, with an aim to benefit society by improving spectrum utilization and ancillary challenges, beyond mere spectrum efficiency. The SWIFT program encourages collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines.



Funding Agency: Department of Defense - Office of Naval Research

Title: The Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year 2023 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

Application Deadline: May 13, 2022

A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution’s ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.


Funding Agency: Department of Defense - Department of the Army

Title: The Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year 2023 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

Application Deadline: May 13, 2022

The Department of Defense (DoD announces the Fiscal Year 2023 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation. DURIP is part of the University Research Initiative (URI).


Funding Agency: Department of Defense

Title: Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)

Application Deadline: White Papers must be received no later than May 16, 2022

The Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), one element of the University Research Initiative (URI), is sponsored by the DoD research offices. Those offices include the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). DoD's MURI program addresses high-risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. The program was initiated over 25 years ago and it ha regularly produced significant scientific breakthroughs with far reaching consequences to the fields of science, economic growth, and revolutionary new military technologies. Key to the program’s success is the close management of the MURI projects by Service program officers and their active role in providing research guidance. The detailed description for this program can be accessed through the link to additional information on the grant opportunity website.


Funding Agency: Department of Energy

Title:  Small Innovative Projects in Solar 2022 - Concentrating Solar Thermal Power and Photovoltaics

Application Deadline: Letter of Intent: February 28, 2022; Full Application Submission
Deadline: March 21, 2022

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research and development (R&D) that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technologies to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy. This Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) FOA solicits seedling R&D projects for both photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal power technologies. The funding opportunity is designed to streamline the application process and to encourage a applicants with a diverse range of backgrounds.


Funding Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Title: FY 2022 - FY2023 Pollution Prevention Grant Program Funded by The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Application Deadline: April 11, 2022

EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Pollution Prevention assistance agreements for projects that provide technical assistance (e.g., information, training, tools) to businesses to help them develop and adopt source reduction practices (also known as “pollution prevention” or “P2”). P2 means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise being released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. In keeping with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, EPA is encouraging P2 because implementing these practices can result in reductions in pollutants, and the use of water, energy, and other raw materials, while also lowering business costs.

Social Science, Arts and Humanities


Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Arts

Title:  NEA Research Labs FY2023

Application Deadline: March 28, 2022

This is a year of transition for the NEA’s research program. Priorities that were expressed in a new five-year research agenda for the agency will be more fully reflected next year in the NEA’s FY 2024 Research Labs application guidelines. Meanwhile, the NEA Research Labs continue to build public knowledge about the arts and their contributions to individuals, communities, and society at large. Through NEA Research Labs, we will cultivate a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts practitioners, but also for non-arts sectors such as healthcare, education, and business or management. Institutions of higher education and/or nonprofit research and policy organizations may submit applications to be NEA Research Labs.


Funding Agency: National Endowments for the Arts

Title:  NEA Research Grants in the Arts, FY2023

Application Deadline: March 28, 2022

Research Grants in the Arts support research studies that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.


Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Title:  Awards for Faculty

Application Deadline: April 13, 2022

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Awards for Faculty program.  The purpose of this program is to strengthen the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members.  Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences.


Funding Agency: National Archives and Records Administration

Title:  Planning for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies

Application Deadline: June 08, 2022

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks proposals for its planning grant program for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies.  With an overarching goal to broaden participation in the production and publication of historical and scholarly digital editions, the program is designed:

  • To provide opportunities that augment the preparation and training of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) new to the work of historical documentary editing, especially those currently working in history or related area and ethnic studies departments.
  • To encourage and support the innovative and collaborative re-thinking of the historical and scholarly
  • To encourage and support planning activities essential for successful development of significant, innovative, and well-conceived digital edition projects rooted in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American history and ethnic studies.
  • To stimulate meaningful, mutually beneficial, and respectful collaborations that help to bridge longstanding institutional inequalities by promoting resource sharing and capacity building at all levels, and that build into their plans a variety of means for achieving meaningful community and user input and engagement.


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:


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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