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Hobby Survey Takes Pulse in Texas 

The new Texas Policy & Politics 2022 report from the Hobby School of Public Affairs reveals the results of a recent online survey of registered Texas voters to identify their opinions on the 2022 general election candidates and the new abortion policy. The report finds a gap of five percentage points between incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott and challenger Beto O’Rourke in the race for Texas governor. The survey also found just four percentage points separating sentiments on the Texas abortion ban — 50% of survey participants opposed the state’s strict new abortion law and 46% supported it.

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Campus News

Shaun Zhang

Geophysicists Use Machine Learning to Study Formation of Oceanic Plateaus

Jiajia Sun, assistant professor of geophysics and principal investigator, and William Sager, professor of geophysics, are collaborating to use artificial intelligence to aid geophysical work. They received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study the origin of oceanic plateaus using machine learning. 

Samina Salim Johanna Bick

Wenjiang Fu Awarded U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Senior Research Fellowship

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics awarded mathematics professor Wenjiang Fu a Senior Research Fellowship. The year-long opportunity means Fu will work with bureau staff to analyze data from complex issues relevant to their programs.

Upcoming Events

HuRRI Resilience Series:
The Costs of Business Disruption of Infrastructure Services

Friday, July 29
Noon — 1 p.m.

Startup Spotlight: Cyentech Consulting
Friday, July 29
Noon — 1 p.m.

HPE DSI Seminar Series: Machine Learning Models for Return Forecasts
Thursday, August 4
11 a.m. — Noon

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.

Foundations of Cancer Therapeutics: Commercialization
Monday, August 15 — Friday, August 19

GCC Mental Health Conference
Wednesday, September 21 — Thursday, September 22
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GCC Regenerative Medicine Interactive Conference
Wednesday, October 12
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Featured Funding Opportunities

Health Science, Engineering & Technology Social Sciences, Art & Humanities Education
Image Health

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Mass Spectrometric Assays for the Reliable and Reproducible Detection of Proteins/Peptides of Importance in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Research (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline:  October 26, 2022

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications from institutions/organizations proposing the development and/or validation of targeted mass spectrometric assays (e.g. Multiple Reaction Monitoring) for proteins and peptides of primary interest to the type 1 diabetes research community [e.g. glucagon and other pro-glucagon derived peptides, C-peptide, insulin, pro-insulin, Glycated CD59, Islet Amyloid Polypeptide (IAPP), Chromogranin A (CgA), and chromogranin B (CgB)]. The proposed assays should be highly reproducible, easily transferable to other laboratories, and validated in human plasma or serum. This might also require the development of appropriate community standards, and reference materials when not already available.    


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Galvanizing Health Equity Through Novel and Diverse Educational Resources (GENDER) Research Education R25 (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline:  January 07, 2023

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The overarching goal of this ORWH R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a diverse workforce to meet the nations biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development and Curriculum or Methods Development. Specifically, this FOA will support the development of short courses, training modules, curricula, and other educational activities to enhance knowledge of sex and gender influences on health and disease among scientists, clinicians, and health professionals, and other stakeholders to accelerate the translation of that knowledge into practice.    


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: NCI Clinical and Translational Exploratory/Developmental Studies (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Deadline:  Multiple dates

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the development of new exploratory research in cancer diagnosis, treatment, imaging, symptom/toxicity, and prevention clinical trials; correlative studies associated with clinical trials; novel cancer therapeutic, symptom/toxicity, and preventive agent development, radiotherapy development activities, and mechanism-driven combinations; and innovative preclinical studies--including the use of new clinically-relevant models and imaging technologies--which could lead to first-in-human clinical trials.     


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Basket Clinical Trials of Drugs Targeting Shared Molecular Etiologies in Multiple Rare Diseases (U44 Clinical Trial Required)

Application Deadline:  July 12, 2023    

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support basket clinical trials of drugs targeting shared molecular etiologies in more than one rare disease. To facilitate clinical trial start up, and leverage existing datasets, preference will be given to applications focusing on diseases that are under study by the Rare Disease Clinical Research Network (RDCRN), and that involve collaborations with RDCRN clinical investigators.


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network: Technology Research and Development Centers (TRDC) (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Deadline:  January 07, 2023

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to solicit Technology Research and Development Center (TRDC) applications for the Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN). The POCTRN catalyzes innovation in medical technologies through a network model that enhances complementary strengths and builds multidisciplinary partnerships across scientific/technological, clinical, regulatory, and commercialization domains. Each TRDC will accelerate the development, validation, and deployment of point-of-care, home-based, and other innovative testing technologies in a specific area of health research. The POCTRN TRDCs will merge scientific and technological capabilities and expertise with clinical need and market demand to address unmet testing, monitoring, and treatment demands. This opportunity is open to all applicants, including the existing POCTRN grantees as well as new applicants.    


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: BRAIN Initiative: Transformative Brain Non-invasive Imaging Technology Development (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline:  October 13, 2023    

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for team-centric development and validation of innovative non-invasive imaging technologies that could have a transformative impact on the study of brain function/connectivity. Applications are expected to turn a novel concept into a functional prototype using this phased grant mechanism. The feasibility should be established by the end of its first phase and serve as a foundation for the transition to its second phase. Fully developing the technology into a functional prototype and validating it by in-vivo animal or human function/connectivity imaging are anticipated in the second phase. The research plan should provide a realistic timeline and tangible milestones to support the proposed development effort. Awards will be integrated into the BRAIN Non-Invasive Imaging Consortium, as a coordinated network on brain function/connectivity imaging.


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: More Monitoring of Cognitive Change, Continued (M3C3) (U2C Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Deadline:  October 20, 2022

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to expand the content, design, and implementation of research infrastructure funded under FOA RFA-AG-18-012 Mobile Monitoring of Cognitive Change (U2C), also known as the Mobile Toolbox (MTB) Project. The expansion aims to (1) add assessments on mobile devices of non-cognitive socioemotional psychological functions, health states, and contextual factors that may modify cognitive performance; and (2) enable widespread dissemination and support for use of the tools developed for monitoring of age, state, context, or health condition-related changes in cognitive and non-cognitive abilities on mobile devices. The expanded MTB efforts must include the development, or support for development, of applications on the two leading smartphone platforms, the Android and iOS platforms, and the validation of new tests and items to be used on the platforms by age groups ranging from 20 to 85. The goals of this expanded platform are to support data collection efforts from participants enrolled in the project awarded through this FOA, as well as other NIH-funded studies through fiscal year 2027, and to enable the widespread sharing of both the collected data and the test instruments.

Image Science, Engineering, & Technology

Funding Agency: Department of Energy--National Energy Technology Laboratory

Title: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002730 titled BIL: Carbon Capture Technology Program, Front-End Engineering Design for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Transport ​​​​​

Application Deadline:  N/A

This Notice of Intent is for informational purposes only. This is solely a Notice of Intent and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement. The Department of Energy is NOT accepting applications under this Notice of Intent.    


Funding Agency: Department of Energy--National Energy Technology Laboratory

Title: BIL: Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects (Section 41004(b))

Application Deadline:  N/A    

This Notice of Intent is for informational purposes only. This is solely a Notice of Intent and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement. The Department of Energy is NOT accepting applications under this Notice of Intent.


Funding Agency: Department of Energy--National Energy Technology Laboratory

Title: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD)

Application Deadline:  October 17, 2022

This FOA seeks to fund projects to reduce photovoltaics hardware costs and environmental impacts; and increase perovskite module performance. These research areas will support increased photovoltaics deployment needed to meet the Biden administration’s goal of a carbon emissions free electricity sector by 2035.     


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice

Application Deadline:  October 11, 2022

The Program's focus is on conservation goal-related research that will directly translate to on-the-ground biodiversity conservation efforts. Proposals that adopt a convergent approach between climate change, conservation, and the health of ecosystems and the organisms therein are especially encouraged. Proposals are also expected to incorporate project outcomes within the context of broader societal impacts and, as appropriate for the research proposed, engage non-academic partners in collaboration.    


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Mathematical Biology

Application Deadline:  Proposals accepted anytime

The Mathematical Biology Program supports research in areas of applied and computational mathematics with relevance to the biological sciences. Successful proposals must demonstrate mathematical innovation, biological relevance and significance, and strong integration between mathematics and biology.


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Application Deadline:  Proposals accepted anytime

The CDS&E-MSS program accepts proposals that engage with the mathematical and statistical challenges presented by (1) the ever-expanding role of computational experimentation, modeling, and simulation on the one hand, and (2) the explosion in production and analysis of digital data from experimental and observational sources on the other. The goal of the program is to promote the creation and development of the next generation of mathematical and statistical software tools, and the theory underpinning those tools, that will be essential for addressing these challenges.


Funding Agency: Department of Energy--Golden Field Office

Title: Challenges and Opportunities for Vehicle Photovoltaics

Application Deadline:  August 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) [and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO)] are requesting information on technical and commercial challenges and opportunities for vehicle-integrated photovoltaic systems.    


Funding Agency: DARPA - Biological Technologies Office

Title: Smart Non-invasive Assays of Physiology (SNAP)

Application Deadline:  September 15, 2022

The Smart Non-invasive Assays of Physiology (SNAP) program aims to develop a portable, multi-omic, multiplexed sensor prototype capable of implementing models that assess warfighter physiological states based on molecular biomarkers. SNAP will be rapidly adaptable to diverse DoD end user needs for readiness assessment and training, providing warfighters with a personalized view into their performance state. Recent research demonstrates that bodily fluids such as saliva carry signatures of physiological states in both health and disease, and in particular, physical and cognitive exertion. Ultimately, models of readiness or other physiological states will require point-of-person tools to process samples, analyze different classes of biomarkers in a single device, and implement these predictive models in real-world settings and on operationally relevant time frames.

Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Funding Agency: American Musicological Society

Title: AMS Subventions for Publications for Individuals or Scholarly Organizations, Societies, and Departments

Application Deadline:  August 15, 2022    

Through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the generous contributions of many individual donors, the Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, essay collections, articles, chapters in essay collections, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media.


Funding Agency: Institute for Humane Studies (IHS)--George Mason University

Title: Humane Studies Fellowships 

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2023    

The Humane Studies Fellowship offers tiered grant support for graduate students and postdocs looking to build their academic careers and who want to spend more time focusing on publishing. These awards provide access to other IHS opportunities including mentorship, job market support, in-person and online events, and more.


Funding Agency: National Museum of African American History and Culture

Title: Internships & Fellowships 

Application Deadline:  October 15, 2022

Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer college and graduate students and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of positions from education to collections to public relations. In addition to the general internship program, the National Museum of African American History and Culture also offers opportunities through its Robert F. Smith Internship Program. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will offer available internships as either virtual (online and remote) or hybrid (virtual with the opportunity for 1-2 days onsite a week as scheduled) experiences to meet current health and safety guidelines set forth by the Smithsonian Institution.


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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