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Keck Foundation

The Keck Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR limited submission application is due 6 weeks before the Keck Foundation counseling periods.

PI should prepare a single-page concept paper in one of these areas:

  • Medical Research and Science
  • Engineering Research

Single-page concept paper should include:

  • Page, Overview, Methodologies, Key Personnel, Justification for Keck Support, Estimated Budget by major areas.

Internal Review

The AVP/AVC for Research and Technology Transfer along with college ADRs, will review all limited submission applications.

  • FOUR applications from each research area will be selected by the review committee to move forward in the process.

Keck Counseling Call

The UH Director of Foundation Relations will submit single-page concept papers along with financial statements and tax exempt documentation to the Keck Foundation.

UH DOR administration, the Keck Foundation and UH Foundation relations will participate in a counseling call during the counseling periods:

  • January 1-February 15
  • July 1-August 15

Based on counseling feedback, the review committee will select ONE application per research area to move forward to the Phase I application process.

Phase I Application

DOR will provide selected PIs will feedback from the Keck foundation counseling call.

The PI will prepare their Phase I application:

  • Project Summary (1 page): Abstract, Unique Aspects, Key Personnel, Budget, Justification for Keck Support.
  • Project Descriptions (2 page maximum): Overview, Relevant Efforts, Peer Groups, Goals and Methodology, Impact, Fundraising.
  • Project Budget.
  • References: list of 5 knowledgeable experts (one sentence describing why each reference was chosen), list of reviewers that may be biased against the application.

DOR administration and the Director of UH Foundation Relations will assist in the submission of the Phase I application.

Additional documents to be included in the application:

  • Cover Page, Institutional Priority of Request, Fundraising History, Financial Statements, IRS Determination
  • Letter/Declaration Status, Governing Board, Fact Sheet or Annual Report

Phase I submissions are due:

  • May 1
  • November 1

Invitation to Submit Full Proposal

Four weeks after the Phase I application is submitted, UH will be notified of eligibility of review.

After the Keck Foundation review, applicants will be invited to submit a Phase II application, full proposal:

  • Proposal Cover Page, Project Overview Form, Budget Form

Phase II submissions are due:

  • February 15
  • August 15

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Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Blavatnik Family Foundation awards are open to scientists age 42 and younger working in the fields of Chemistry, Physical Sciences and Engineering or Life Sciences. Honorees are selected based on the quality, novelty, and impact of their research and their potential for further significant contributions to science.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR limited submission application is due 6 weeks before the Foundation due date.

Each College may submit one nominee per category: Physical Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry

Nomination application requirements:

  • Rationale for Nominations (200 words max)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Confirmation of eligibility criteria and selection of category and subcategory
  • Research Summary (1000 words max)

Internal Review

The AVP/AVC for Research and Technology Transfer along with college ADRs, will review all limited submission applications.

One application from each category will be selected by the review committee to move forward in the process.

The selected candidates will need to provide additional materials to the application:

  • FOUR applications from each research area will be selected by the review committee to move forward in the process.
  • Nomination Form
  • Full-text publications and/or patents
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

 

Application Submission

The UH President, Provost or equivalent will officially nominate the selected candidates to the Blatvatnik Awards team.

The official nominator will submit the application by the due date (late fall).

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Arnold & Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Program

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Letter of Intent

The PI responsible for submitting a LOI. UH is not limited to the number of LOIs it can submit.

Letter of Intent Requirements:

  • Documentation of Citizenship/Permanent Residency
  • 1,200 word Proposal
  • Biosketch
  • Research Support Form
  • Institutional Endorsements from the Chief Academic Officer or Dean (electronic signatures)

Invitation for Full Proposals

The Foundation will review the LOIs and invite selected faculty to submit a full proposal.

Notification and full proposal instructions will be sent from the Foundation.

Interview

To make a final selection, the Foundation conducts in-person interviews for the awards.

Notification will come from the foundation regarding an interview.

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Brain Research Foundation

Brain Research Foundation supports neuroscience research that leads to advanced understanding of brain function in children and adults. This Foundation is committed to advance discoveries that will lead to novel treatments and prevention of all neurological diseases. We deliver this commitment through both research grant programs, which provide initial funding for innovative research projects.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR limited submission application is due 6 weeks before the external application due date.

Applicants must be senior faculty (Associate or Full Professor).

Internal Application requirements: Abstract, Biosketch, Current and Pending Funding, Cost Share Information.

Internal Review and LOIs

The AVP/AVC for Research and Technology Transfer along with college ADRs, will review all limited submission applications.

  • One application will be selected to move forward for submission.
  • LOIs are due in June.
  • The selected PI will be responsible for completing each document:
      • The Brain Research Foundation LOI Form (Including a two-page summary of the proposed project and intuitional representative signature).
      • NIH style Biosketch with an other support page.

Phase II Application

The BRF Review committee will review all LOIs. If the LOI receives a favorable review, the PI will be invited submit a full application.

Full applications are due in September.

The PI is responsible for completing each document:

  • BRF Application Form (including the PI’s signature).
  • Research Plan (5 page max.).
  • NIH style Biosketch with an other support page.
  • List of current grants (include abstracts, specific aims and indicate if there is any overlap).

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Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR limited submission application is due 6 weeks before the external application due date.

The PI must have a research focus in the chemical sciences.

The announcement will be sent to the ADRs of NSM and Engineering.

Internal Application Documents: Abstract, Biosketch, Current and Pending Funding, Cost Share Information.

Internal Review

The AVP/AVC for Research and Technology Transfer along with college ADRs, will review all limited submission applications.

  • One application will be selected to move forward for submission..
  • Applications are due in February.
  • The selected PI will be responsible for completing each document: online nomination form, a letter of nomination (2 pages), summary description of the nominee’s research accomplishments and research plans (6 page max incl. references), statement that illustrates the nominee’s efforts in education in the chemical sciences (2 page max), CV (5 pages max include research support) one-page budget ($7,500 is for departmental expenses).

Submission

The nominee’s departmental RA or DOR will be responsible for submitting the application.

Three letters of support should be sent directly to the Foundation and should not be included in the nomination package.

Award recipients are announced in May.

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Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Awards Program

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR limited submission application is due 6 weeks before the external application due date.

Internal Application Documents: Abstract, Biosketch, Current and Pending Funding, Cost Share Information.

Internal Review

The AVP/AVC for Research and Technology Transfer along with college ADRs, will review all limited submission applications.

  • One application will be selected to move forward for submission.
  • Applications are due in May.
  • The selected PI will be responsible for completing each document: online nomination form, a letter of nomination (2 pages), summary description of the nominee’s research accomplishments and research plans (6 page max incl. references), statement that illustrates the nominee’s efforts in education in the chemical sciences (2 page max), CV (5 pages max include research support) one-page budget ($5,000 for departmental expenses).

Submission

The nominee’s departmental RA or DOR will be responsible for submitting the application.

Three letters of support should be sent directly to the Foundation and should not be included in the nomination package.

Award recipients are announced in August.

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Moore Inventor Fellows

The Moore Inventor Fellowship supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care.

Letter of Intent

The PI responsible for submitting a LOI. UH is not limited to the number of LOIs it can submit.

Letter of Intent Requirements:

  • Documentation of Citizenship/Permanent Residency
  • 1,200 word Proposal
  • Biosketch
  • Research Support Form
  • Institutional Endorsements from the Chief Academic Officer or Dean (electronic signatures)

Invitation for Full Proposals

The Foundation will review the LOIs and invite selected faculty to submit a full proposal.

  • Notification and full proposal instructions will be sent from the Foundation.

Interview

To make a final selection, the Foundation conducts in-person interviews for the awards.

  • Notification will come from the foundation regarding an interview.

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National Academy of Inventors Fellows Program

The NAI Fellows Program was established to highlight academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR will announce the acceptance of nominations 6 weeks prior to the July deadline.

Eligibility:

  • made outstanding contributions to innovation in areas of such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
  • be named inventor on patent(s) issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office (median for fellows is 20).
  • be a pioneer in their field.
  • nominees do not have to be current NAI members.

Application

DOR and the nominee’s departmental RA will be responsible for submitting the nomination.

Nominations are due in July.

The nominator is responsible for following documents:

  • Nomination Form: Nominee’s contact info, Citation (200 words or less listing contribution, honors and awards), Summary (200 words or less of patents, licensing and commercialization activities), statement of impact on public welfare in 200 words or less)
  • Nominee’s Full CV
  • Letter of Nomination
  • Full List of US Patents
  • Optional: Nominee’s Biography and/or Letters of Support (max of 3)

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Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards

The Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards annually recognize rising Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR will announce the acceptance of nominations 6 weeks prior to the April deadline.

Eligibility: Nominees must be within 15 years of their first faculty appointment, have spent the last 2 years performing research in the State of Texas.

Four nomination categories:

  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology Innovation

Application

DOR and the nominee’s departmental RA will be responsible for submitting the nomination.

Nominations are due in April.

The nominator is responsible for following documents:

  • Nominee application form, Nominator statements (250-word statement and 50-word summary), Nominee biosketch and research bibliography, List of five (5) of the most important research publications with the highest number of citations and a link to an electronic PDF version of each research publication, Three letters of support.

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Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Our commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth of young faculty members at ORAU member institutions is embodied in the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program. These competitive research awards provide seed money for junior faculty members that often result in additional funding from other sources.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR limited submission application is due 6 weeks before the external application due date.

Research project must fall within one of these five disciplines:

  • Engineering and Applied Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences, Policy, Management or Education.

Internal Application requirements: Abstract, Biosketch, Current and Pending Funding, Cost Share Information.

Internal Review

The AVP/AVC for Research and Technology Transfer along with college ADRs, will review all limited submission applications.

Two applications will move forward and will need to provide additional materials for the full application:

  • Resume (one page)
  • Publications and/or presentations (one page)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Research Proposal (two pages)
  • Nomination Letter the from Chair or Dean

Application Submission

Only university selected applicants may submit an application through the PeerNet System.

Applications are due in January.

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Simons Investigators

Each year, the Simons Foundation requests nominations from a targeted list of institutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland for the Simons Investigator programs. Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive a stable base of research support from the foundation, enabling them to undertake the long-term study of fundamental questions.

Limited Submission Announcement

The DOR will announce the acceptance of nomination once the invitation from the Simons Foundation is received.

Research areas:

  • Mathematics: up to two nominations
  • Physics: up to two nominations
  • Astrophysics: up to two nominations
  • Theoretical Computer Science: up to two nominations
  • Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences: one nomination

Application

The Simons Investigators Nominations are managed by the ADR of NSM. The application is submitted via proposalCENTRAL.

Nominations are due in October with award notification in May.

Nominations are to be kept confidential.

The NSM pre-award team is responsible for the following documents:

  • Title page, Applicant Profile (person submitting nomination), Institutional Profile, Key Personnel, Nomination Letter (2-page limit), Nominee’s CV, Signed Signature Page.

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USDA E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship

The program consists of one week in Washington, DC and one week at a USDA research location. Science Fellows will be placed with either the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) or Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Science Division for the research portion of their fellowship.

Announcement

The DOR will announce the E. Kika De La Garza Science Fellowship

There are two opportunities under this fellowship:

  • USDA Agricultural Research Service.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Science Division.

Application

The USDA fellowship is due in February.

The PI is responsible for the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form.
  • Essay- 800-1000 word statement describing your interest in the USDA, the specific research topic/interests you wish to pursue, and how you envision the fellowship will impact you, your institution’s programs, and your work with your institution and its community.
  • CV/Resume (3-4 pages).
  • Signed Application Certification Form.
  • Letter of Reference.
  • Statement of institutional Support.

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Welch Award in Chemistry

The purpose of The Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry is to foster and encourage basic chemical research and to recognize, in a substantial manner, the value of chemical research contributions for the benefit of humankind as set forth in the will of Robert Alonzo Welch. Any person can be considered for the award who has made important chemical research contributions which have a significant, positive influence on humankind. The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not previously been rewarded in a similar manner.

Announcement

The DOR sends the Welch Award guideline to department chairs for nominations in November.

The following UH departments are included:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Welch Application

The Welch Award is due the last business day of January.

The PI is responsible for the following documents:

  • detailed description of the research areas in chemistry on which the nomination is based.
  • brief biographical sketch of the proposed nominee.
  • list of 25 of the nominee's most important scientific publications.
  • not more than three seconding nomination letters.

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