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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 (SRAF) 2016-17

The Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Research are sponsoring for FY17-18 the Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty (SRAF) program to fund appointments for faculty designed to significantly advance our research efforts under the UTA strategic plan themes: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact, and Data-Driven Discovery. The SRAF program will enable faculty to spend time at another institution (or institutions) to conduct research while expanding their knowledge & expertise and building key partnerships. 

Proposal Submissions

Proposals for Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty must be submitted through the SRAF Sharepoint Site. Once proposals have been submitted online, they will be made available through the Associate Vice President for Research to the review committee.  The website for proposal submissions will open Dec. 15, 2016.


Proposals must be submitted by 11 p.m. Jan. 25, 2017.

 Review and Award Decision

Proposals will be reviewed in March with final award decision being made by April 3, 2017.

For more information, please go to the following link: or contact Dr. Jon Weidanz, Associate Vice President at (

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.

News & Events

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.

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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