High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards

Internal Deadline: April 20, 2012 (UTMB) EXTENDED TO MAY 1, 2012
(External Deadline: May 31, 2012)

Applications for High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards will be accepted beginning April 12, 2012 at 7 a.m. CST through May 31, 2012 at 3 p.m. CST through the CPRIT Application Receipt System ( The applications will be reviewed September - October 2012 and award notifications are expected in November 2012.

High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards (HIHR)

These awards support relatively short-term high-impact/high-risk projects that are innovative, developmental, or exploratory in nature targeting new avenues of cancer research. This RFA may and should be used for any kind of research—basic, translational, or clinical. The goal of this award mechanism is to fund uncommonly great ideas that merit the opportunity to acquire preliminary data. Awards are up to $200,000 (total costs) for up to 2 years.


  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must have a doctoral degree, including MD, PhD, DDS, DMD, DrPH, DO, DVM, or equivalent, and must reside in Texas during the time the research that is the subject of the grant is conducted.
  • One Co-PI may be included.
  • A PI may submit only one new or resubmission application under this RFA during this funding cycle. Renewal applications will not be accepted.

Limitations: Because a large number of submissions is anticipated, and to ensure timely and high-quality review of the most innovative and cutting-edge research with the greatest potential for advancement of cancer research, CPRIT is imposing a limit on the number of High-Impact/High-Risk Research Award applications that may be submitted by an institution. UTMB is limited to five applications.

Matching requirement: Texas law requires the CPRIT award recipient to demonstrate that it has an amount of funds equal to one-half of the CPRIT funding dedicated to the research that is the subject of the award.

NOTICE: High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards require internal review by the Research Advisory Committee. UTMB is limited to five applications. Please submit a FULL PROPOSAL by April 20 (EXTENDED to May 1) to Ericia Huff, Office of Sponsored Programs (; ext. 69433).

For more information about the CPRIT application process, see CPRIT Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about Limited Competitions internal review processes see Limited Competitions table:

Research Volunteers Needed - Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB is currently seeking healthy volunteers between the ages of 21-35 to take part in a study examining the effects of anesthesia and hemorrhage while using an intrathoracic pressure regulator (a special device that creates a small amount of suction on the body to help the blood in the body to be pumped better by the heart).

Volunteers will be reimbursed for travel and time.

The study will be conducted at the Institute of Translational Science - Clinical Research Center of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

For more information, please contact:
Nan Henkel, RN x24401

Research Coordinators Monthly Education Series - April 19

Topic: "Best Practices in Research Documentation"
Top 10 things you should be doing to ensure audit ready files

Speaker: Pamela Kiani, Research Services

Thursday, April 19
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304

Please send questions or suggested topics of discussion prior to the meeting to


The Institute for Translational Sciences Presents
Topics in Translational Science

ITS Seminar Series - Bhavnani PhD, Wed April 11, 2012, Levin Hall North 2.220, 4-5pm.

UTMB Forum Series on the Ethics of
Infectious Disease Research and Policy

Sponsored by the Institute for Human Infections & Immunity and the Institute for Medical Humanities

"H5N1 Avian Influenza Research to Assess the Potential for Interhuman Transmission"

April, 6, 2012
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
1.100 Galveston National Laboratory

Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Institute for Medical Humanities
Scott Weaver, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
Rebecca Hester, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Institute for Medical Humanities
Joan Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
Slobodan Paessler, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity

The entire UTMB community is invited to attend. A light breakfast will be served. For catering purposes, please RSVP your attendance to If you do not have badge access to the GNL, please provide your UTMB ID number to Mary Ives by noon, Thursday, April 5, 2012

Contact: Email: Mary Ives For: Institute for Human Infections and Immunity Phone: 409 266-6500 Fax: 409 266-6810

Research Project Management 101 - April 10 & April 17

Session 1: "My PI has an idea…"
Tuesday, April 10, 9:00a-12:00p

Session 2: "I got the award…now what do I do?"
Tuesday, April 17, 9:00a-12:00p

Both sessions will be in Rebecca Sealy Hospital East, Room 4.302/4.304. Register at

Prerequisites for the course are "Research Financial Grants Management" and "General Level of Effort Reporting & ECRT Training." Upon registration in Research Project Management 101, you will be assigned the two online courses if necessary, and you will need to complete them prior to attending the Research Project Management 101 sessions.

Please contact Heidi Lutz at Ext. 69432, or Christy Taylor at Ext. 69431, with any questions.

NIH Grant Application Webinar Series #7

"Application Review Strategies: What to Look for Before You Hit the Submit Button"

Wednesday, April 11
12:00 – 1:00
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304

Do you know what happens to your NIH grant application once you submit it to NIH? During this Webinar your presenter will give you a clear understanding of the criteria and process used to evaluate your proposal.

To register for this session, visit Please register for each session you plan to attend.

For information, contact Research Services/Research Education at

SCSBMB / IHII Requests Applications for Joint

Predoctoral Fellowship

The Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics (SCSBMB) and the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity (IHII) announce the availability of an interdisciplinary joint predoctoral fellowship for a PhD student studying structural and/or computational aspects related to infectious diseases and/or immunology. Applications will be accepted from students who propose interdisciplinary research and who have a strong co-mentoring plan to include faculty members in both the SCSBMB and the IHII. The fellowship will cover the GSBS stipend of $27,000 per year and tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year, with the potential for an additional year of funding subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funding.

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., June 1, 2012
A fellow will be selected by August 1, 2012.

Application materials and additional information are available here.

Questions should be directed to Desi Miller in the SCSBMB ( or Melissa Jones in the IHII (

KL2 Position Available for Career Development of an Assistant Professor Engaged in Clinical/Translational Research

Request for Applications (RFA)

Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS)
Translational Research Scholars Career Development Program

Optional letter of intent due March 2, 2012 and the application deadline is April 6, 2012
The Institute for Translational Sciences' Translational Research Scholars Career Development (ITS Scholars) Program is an early mentored research career development program and a component of the UTMB Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from NIH. The aim of the Program is to provide a mentored research experience leading to external funding of a research program in clinical and/or translational research relevant to the mission of the ITS, which is the home of the CTSA at UTMB. Four positions are funded by the KL2 component of the CTSA grant or by matching institutional funds provided to the ITS for up to 3 years or until a scholar secures independent funding. This annual application process is intended to fill vacant positions when they become available.

The Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) is an ITS-CTSA program and is a required part of the ITS Scholars Program, It is a series of seminars and workshops for junior faculty members preparing initial grant applications. Additional members of TRSP, numbering about 20, are supported by other sources such as other K12 programs or departmental funds. Many members of TRSP who do not have K12 support are strong candidates for KL2 support and are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants who are ITS members and members of one of the ITS Multidisciplinary Translational Teams, as listed below and on the ITS web site:

More information is available from the ITS web site:
or the ITS Education Office (email:, (772-1484).

The application deadline is April 6, 2012.

Adult Vaccine Study - Dengue Vaccine

We are looking for healthy adults interested in participating in a Dengue vaccine study. Participants should be in good health between the ages of 18 and 45. Interested individuals should be available to be seen 13 times over 4 months. Reimbursement for time and travel is provided. Please contact us at

Register Now: "Epidemiological & Statistical Methods

in Clinical Investigation" Course

"Epidemiological & Statistical Methods in Clinical Investigation", is a series of 13 weekly sessions as a module in the Institute for Translational Sciences Education Program titled, "Clinical Research: Tools and Techniques". This module will begin Monday, February 27, 2012, 5:15 p.m., Children's Hospital, Room 2.312. The sessions provide an overview of Epidemiological and Statistical Methods in Clinical Investigation.

A brochure further describing the sessions is available here!

To register, complete and submit the registration form located on the brochure or contact the Institute for Translational Sciences – Education Office by email or phone 772-1484. The course fee of $55 covers registration, letter of completion, Risk Education, GME credit, and refreshments. (Those who have already registered for this year's course, "Clinical Research: Tools and Techniques" do not need to register again for this module.) To find out more about the Institute for Translational Sciences' Education Programs, visit "Learning" at: .

The 3rd Annual International Science of Team Science Conference is pleased to present:

Linked Open Data & Team Science Workshop
SciTS Conference 2012 ~ Wyndham Chicago Hotel
Thursday, April 19 ~ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$175/person* ~ Continental breakfast and refreshments included

Linked open data (LOD) as a technology that uses the Web to connect related data, is well-poised to transition from proof-of-concept prototyping into significant, high-visibility projects. The analytic/algorithmic aspects of Team Science can readily capitalize upon the graph structure basis of LOD, directly consuming many of the common ontological classes already accessible in LOD form. This workshop will explore the nature of LOD and its applicability and utility to Team Science. Particular emphasis will be placed on the provisioning of Team Science class data as LOD and consuming LOD in Team Science class applications. Research networking (RN; knowledge management for the research enterprise) will be used as a primary motivating application to ground discussion, with examples drawn from representative RN tools (e.g., VIVO, Loki and Profiles). Topics covered in the workshop will include: Basic LOD principles; Why this technology matters to the SciTS community; Getting started serving data (i.e., Resource Description Framework, RDF); Getting started consuming data (i.e., SPARQL); and Integration with other frameworks (e.g., Drupal).

• Noshir Contractor, PhD, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Communication Studies, and Management and Organizations, Northwestern University,
• Ying Ding, PhD, Assistant Professor, Information Science Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Indiana University Bloomington
• David Eichmann, PhD, Associate Director, Biomedical Informatics in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Iowa
• Deborah McGuiness, PhD, Professor, Computer Science and Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
• Griffin Weber, MD, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Harvard Catalyst Profiles, Harvard University Medical School

* The Workshop registration fee is separate from the General Conference registration fee; participants can attend the Workshop without attending the General SciTS Conference.

Click HERE for additional information, or go directly to the Workshop REGISTRATION site. Space in this Workshop is limited, early bird discounted registration ends February 12.

Research Study Volunteers Wanted - Cold Exposure

Are you 18-70 years old and healthy?
If YES, you may be eligible to participate in a study investigating the effect of cold exposure (61oF) on the body's ability to clear blood sugars.

You will need to come to the hospital 2 times (~ 2 weeks apart) and stay 2 days each time.
Eligible volunteers will receive:

  • health screenings and lab tests at no charge, and
  • reimbursement for time and travel.
Christina Yfanti, MSc
UTMB post-doctoral fellow

PhD Maria Chondronikola, MS, RD
UTMB Doctoral fellow

Nutrition Study: Volunteers Wanted

Do you or a family member have high triglycerides (an elevated blood fat level)?

We have an ongoing study that aims to determine if adding amino acids to your diet may help lower your triglycerides. The study will be conducted at the Institute for Translational Sciences Clinical Research Center (ITS-CRC) at UTMB and consists of:

  • Screening for diabetes and other diseases
  • 10 weeks of nutritional supplementation
  • Experimental trials - two i.v. catheters, infusion of tracers (small amounts of labeled fat), muscle biopsies, drinks containing amino acids (building blocks of protein), blood sampling, body composition analysis, and measurement of fat levels in liver and muscle

Volunteers must:

  • be 50 - 75 years (male or female)
  • have screening results showing elevated fat levels in blood

Volunteers cannot:

  • have diabetes
  • be currently taking medication known to alter lipid levels

Volunteers will be reimbursed for lost time, travel and expenses. If you would like to know more about this study, please contact either:

Kristi Craig: (phone: (409) 770-6619; email:
Dr. Nick Hurren: (phone: (409) 770-6954; email:

Clinical Research Course 2011-2012

“Clinical Research:  Tools and Techniques”, is a series of 35 weekly sessions offered to faculty, fellows, residents, graduate students and others interested in clinical investigation by the Institute for Translational Sciences – Education Office (Karl E. Anderson, M.D. Course Director).  This course will begin Monday, August 15, 2011, 5:15 p.m., Children’s Hospital, Room 2.312.  The one-hour sessions provide an overview of ethics, methods, and issues in the conduct of research involving human subjects.  Click here for a brochure further describing the sessions.  Risk Education, and GME credits are available for selected sessions.  The course is also offered to students enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as PHS 6135.

To register, complete and submit the registration form located on the brochure or on the course website. Those who register may choose to attend any or all sessions and may make up missed sessions the next year.  Upon request, participant attendance and self-assessment results may be reported to training program directors. 

For more information contact the Institute for Translational Sciences - Education Office at 772-1484.  The course fee of $55 covers registration, letter of completion, Risk Education and GME credit, and refreshments. 

Asthma Research Study - Volunteers Needed

You may qualify for one of our studies if you are a non-smoker for at least 1 year with a history of physician-diagnosed asthma. You must be between the ages of 18 - 60 and free of other medical problems. Visits are located in the University Hospital Clinics Building (UHC) room 6.214. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Call Ron at 409-747-1887 for more information.

William J. Calhoun, M.D.
Principal Investigator, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Multidisciplinary Clinical Trials Office
Director: Coordination Key Resource, CTSA