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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.

Research Enhancement Programents

The system will open for submissions at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
The system will close to all submissions at 4:00 PM, Friday, December 2, 2016.

Research Enhancement Program grants are given specifically for the support of research and professional creative activity (see Program Guidelines). Proposals presenting viable prospects for continuation through outside funding after an initial support period by REP are especially encouraged. As a condition of acceptance of an REP award, the recipient is required to submit a grant proposal to an external funding agency within one year after the REP funding period ends.

The REP grants will be limited to $10,000 per one faculty awardee, and $15,000 for two or more awardees on the same proposal, of which no more than $5,000 may be for faculty summer salary. REP grants may be requested to provide capital research equipment, maintenance and operations funds, salary for graduate research assistants, wages for hourly employees, and research travel.

To assure that REP grants will be reviewed in a timely manner, all deadlines for the current cycle must be honored. For a detailed timetable, please refer to the current Program Guidelines. For information about the review process, refer to the REP/FDL Review Process. Applicants are encouraged to finalize their proposals at least 48 hours in advance of the published deadline.

To submit a Research Enhancement Grant program application, please log into the Online Proposal Submission System using your UT Arlington NetID and Password. The system will be open as of November 2, 2016.

  • For technical questions regarding the online submission process, please email
  • For all other questions and comments about the Research Enhancement Program, Ann Cavallo or Anand Puppala, Co-Chairs.
  • To view a point presentation about the REP, click here.

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

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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