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Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty

Call for Proposals For the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Program Scope

The Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Research are sponsoring a new program to fund faculty appointments 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 Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty (SRAF) program will enable faculty members to spend time at another institution or institutions to conduct research while expanding their knowledge and expertise and building key partnerships. As the ability to effectively compete for major research programs often benefits 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 document serves as a request for proposals (RFP) and outlines the program objectives, guidelines and requirements. These appointments will be awarded on a competitive basis and will provide support for one semester at full salary to enable a faculty member to spend time at another research institution. Other research institutions include national/government labs, research universities or corporate labs. In some circumstances, appointments can be at one-half salary for both academic semesters. Funds will be provided to the academic units to cover instructional needs during the faculty appointment period.

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 Vice President for Research to the review committee.

The website for proposal submissions will open Dec. 15, 2015.


Proposals must be submitted by 11 p.m. Jan. 25, 2016.

The proposal should be submitted as a single PDF document that includes:

1. Title page (one page)

2. Proposal description (two pages maximum, including references), single-spaced, 11- or 12-font type, and written in clear, jargon-free English. Proposal descriptions should include:

  • A reference to background information on which the proposal is based;
  • A brief description of the research to be conducted (including timeframe) and its importance in the field of study and relevance to the core themes of the UTA Strategic Plan;
  • Where the research will be conducted and how this appointment will facilitate the research;
  • How this appointment will increase our ability to become more competitive in this research field, and
  • Any additional information about financial support from the research institution being visited or support from other sources (e.g., fellowships).

3. A one-page brief CV that lists: relevant publications, relevant funding in this area, research based awards or distinctions, and other pertinent information relevant to the proposal.

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary team that represents expertise from across the University. Results of the review will be provided to the Vice President for Research, who will then make recommendations to the University President.

The overriding principle upon which proposals will be evaluated is the potential for achievement surpassing the normal responsibilities of a faculty member, which will be judged based on:

  • The quality of the proposed research and the likely impact of this work under one or more of the core themes of the UTA Strategic Plan;
  • 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; and
  • How this appointment will be used to develop research proposals and enhance our competitiveness for extramural research funding (The appointment must led to a proposal for extramural funding).


Awards under the SRAF program will be limited to faculty members who 1) have served full-time as assistant, associate, or full professors on the UTA faculty for at least two consecutive academic years; and 2) have earned tenure by the time the appointment commences.

Award Notification and Requirements

Faculty will be notified about awards in early April, which should provide sufficient time to make arrangements for their appointment during the 2016-2017 academic year. An approved Leave of Absence request is required for the period of the appointment. The Department Chair, Dean, Provost and President must approve the Leave of Absence request. The approved request will contain a requirement that the faculty member returns and serves at least two additional years at UTA following the appointment period.

Additional SRAF requirements include:

  1. A final report documenting the research done during the appointment and related issues, such as new skills acquired.
  2. A list of papers (completed or in preparation), reports and presentations completed as a result of the appointment.
  3. An extramural proposal for research funding developed as a result of the appointment.

Duane Dimos will be hosting two information sessions about the program, one before the semester break and one afterwards. The information sessions will be:
December 17th (Thursday), 3:00, Engineering Research Building 228
This Session has been changed to January 15th (Friday), 3:00, Davis Hall 327.

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.

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

Jeremy Forsberg
Jeremy Forsberg
Assistant Vice President

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