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VP for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UTA’s and multiple research centers. VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. 

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Open Access Memo to Research Faculty

As you are aware, sponsoring agencies are increasingly including public access mandates in their award terms and conditions. The National Institute of Health has had its public access mandates since 2008, and other federal agencies and private sponsors have followed suit. The National Science Foundation, our University's highest funder, will require investigator compliance to public access mandates for publications resulting from proposals submitted after January 2016 and subsequently awarded.

Under public access mandates, grant recipients whose research results are published in peer-reviewed journals are required to submit the final, accepted manuscript to the federal granting agency or a designated repository, usually within one year of publication.  Compliance to this sponsor requirement is the responsibility of the faculty grant recipient.

A team of faculty and staff from the Office of Research, Office of the Provost and University Libraries have developed a set of resources and informational sessions to assist faculty in complying with public access mandates.  
Given the importance of these new mandates, we are planning a series of information sessions on the new requirements and the tools we are providing to help with compliance, on the following dates, places and times:

  • Tuesday March 22nd in Central Library Parlor, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Friday March 25th in Central Library Parlor, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Friday, April 1st in Central Library Parlor, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please RSVP to ensure we have enough materials on hand. For more information, please contact the Office of Grants and Contract Services or the Scholarly Communications Division at University Libraries

We are confident that we can provide a framework that will facilitate your compliance with this issue.

Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty Awarded

The Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Research initiated a new program this year to fund appointments for faculty designed to significantly advance our research efforts under the UTA strategic plan themes. The Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty (SRAF) program was set up to enable faculty to spend time at another institution (or institutions) to conduct research while expanding their knowledge & expertise and building key partnerships. As the ability to effectively compete for major research programs often benefit significantly from or may even require partnerships with other institutions, the SRAF program creates an important new way to help faculty develop research collaborations for UTA while carrying out their research and developing new research proposals. This program and the Interdisciplinary Research Program we initiated last year are part of our commitment to provide resources to build the research enterprise at UT Arlington.

  • Proposals were reviewed by the VPR Advisory Group according to the following criteria.

  • The quality of the proposed research and the likely impact of this work under one or more of the UTA strategic theme.

  • The ability for this appointment to enhance importance research expertise and capabilities.

  • How this appointment will build or expand important partnership(s) for creating additional sponsored research programs at UTA.

  • How this appointment will be used to develop research proposals and enhance our competitiveness for extramural research funding.

As a result three awards are being made in this first year of the program. Congratulations to:

Woo-Suk Chang (Biology): Global Environment Impact: Impact of elevated atmospheric CO2 and role of biological N fixation on global climate change.

Hanli Liu (Bioengineering): Advanced Training in Integrated Technologies for Functional Brain Imaging.

Baohong Yuan (Bioengineering): Imaging nano-drug delivery in diseased tissues towards personalized nano-medicine.

UTA names technologist and business development expert Jeff Campbell director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

Campbell brings more than 20 years of proven leadership success in product design and development, engineering and operations management, as well as business development and sales. His areas of expertise include semiconductors and optoelectronics, sensors and controls, and networking and wireless communications.

At UTA, Campbell will report to Duane Dimos, vice president for research. “Jeff Campbell is the rare combination of very solid technical expert and businessman,” said Dimos. “I am sure that he will lead the Shimadzu Institute to new levels of service for our internal and external customers while we continue to grow the capabilities of the institute.”

During the last two years, Campbell was director of the electronics, optics and materials focus area within the UT Dallas Applied Research Center, including developing the advanced infrastructure for the center’s laboratories.

Read more about Campbell's appointment.

News & Events

Interdisciplinary Research Program

The Office of Research is pleased to announce a new call for applications for the Interdisciplinary Research Program. The IRP is intended to advanced interdisciplinary research at UTA in alignment with the four guiding themes of the Strategic Plan: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact and Data-Driven Discovery. As these guiding themes are inherently interdisciplinary, this program fosters the necessary work across campus to improve our ability to effectively compete for major extramural research grant funding on these topics. As such, the IRP gives preference to proposals that span interdisciplinary work across groups that don’t normally collaborate. A requirement of IRP award recipients is submission of at least one interdisciplinary research proposal to an extramural funding source by the end of the award period.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held on Thursday, April 14th, 2:30-4:00 p.m. and Friday, April 15th, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Both information sessions will be held in Davis Hall, Room 327. The reason for two sessions is to provide an option for faculty to attend either session. For more information, please contact Dr. Jon Weidanz at


A request for proposals (RFP) which outlines the policies of the program has been released. The IRP provides one-year grants to sponsor interdisciplinary research and professional creative activities. The maximum allowable budget for any one successful proposal is $20,000. IRP proposals must be submitted on or before June 15th, according to the instructions in this RFP and funds will be made available to each winning team on or before August 1, 2016.

Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary team that represents expertise from across the campus. Results of the review will be provided to the Vice President for Research, who will make awards in consultation with the President.

Successful IRP grant submissions must:

  • Clearly articulate alignment between the proposed research or professional creative activity and the Strategic Plan to advance our capability and to provide intellectual leadership for one of our guiding themes

  • Describe the proposed effort, a rough timeline and deliverables, and how the proposed effort advances an interdisciplinary research topic.

  • Effectively describe the roles of each member of the proposal team and how the proposed interdisciplinary team will work together to take on the proposed research and how they will work to develop sustained, follow-on extramural funding for this work in the future.

  • Clearly identify the extramural funding opportunities for this interdisciplinary work and provide a credible plan for pursuing those opportunities to satisfy the minimum requirement of at least one proposal submitted to an extramural funding source by the end of the program award period.

Proposal reviews will be based on how well each of these criteria is addressed.

Download Request for Proposal (RFP)

If you have trouble opening the above PDF document, click here to download a Microsoft Word version.

Proposal Submissions

All proposals must be submitted through the IRP Sharepoint site. Log into the system using your NetID and password. Please not that only one author should upload the proposal as a single PDF document. This individual will serve as the point of contact for the proposal regarding notifications of award status. For technical questions regarding the online submission process, please email Please write Interdisciplinary Research Program in the subject line.

For all other questions and comments about the Interdisciplinary Research Program, please contact Dr. Jon Weidanz, Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) at Once proposals have been submitted online, they will be made available through the AVPR to the IRP Committee for review.

Submissions will be accepted beginning 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Submissions will no longer be accepted after 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Weidanz new associate vice president for research

UTA has appointed Jon Weidanz as associate vice president for research and professor of biology. Dr. Weidanz is founding chairman of the department of immunotherapeutics and biotechnology in the School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

At UTA, Dr. Weidanz will report to Duane Dimos, vice president of research, and will play a leadership role in expanding research programs in the life sciences and health-related fields. His first day is Jan. 13.

Weidanz has more than 20 years of experience in biotechnology research with work supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the American Heart Association.

He is a seasoned entrepreneur and has founded several private biotechnology companies in the field of immunotherapy.

Read more about Weidanz's appointment.

New 'Inquiry' magazine delves into mysteries of universe

After helping discover the long-elusive “God particle,” researchers in UTA’s Center of Excellence in High Energy Physics are now tackling new challenges like dark matter and proving the Big Bang.

Get all the exciting details in the latest issue of Inquiry, UTA’s research magazine.

You also can read about how civil engineers are devising cost-effective ways to preserve highways and bridges and how researchers are using the body’s own protective abilities to repair damaged arteries, treat osteoarthritis, and make prosthetics more comfortable.

The fall 2015 issue includes stories about a new study on the harmful effects of after-hours work emails, UTA’s collaboration with NASA to send a human to Mars, and how record companies are inducing panic about music piracy to exploit artists.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Duane B. Dimos
Dr. Duane B. Dimos
Vice President

Dr. Jon Weidanz
Dr. Jon Weidanz
Associate Vice President

Jeremy Forsberg
Jeremy Forsberg
Assistant Vice President

VPR Organization
VPR Organization
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