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Researchers: Gain the competitive edge with new online resources


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(Jan. 26, 2011)--The UTSA Office of Research Development (ORD) has launched a series of online resources to make UTSA researchers more competitive scholars. The resources come at a critical time. Researchers across the United States are reporting that now more than ever, publication and funding processes are extremely competitive.

New resources available to researchers on the ORD website include:

  • the Faculty Helping Faculty Database, a keyword searchable database, which lists a series of UTSA faculty members who have served as reviewers for scholarly publications and/or funding agencies and their areas of expertise. When applying for funding or submitting a scholarly publication for review, UTSA researchers are encouraged to seek the help of faculty experts in preparing their publications and funding proposals.
  • the Scientific Facilities Database, which details the core science, engineering and business facilities and equipment available to UTSA researchers and their collaborators
  • the Faculty Research Interest Database, which lists the research interests of UTSA faculty pursuing collaborative research
  • the Health Disparities Funding Database, which displays more than 60 active funding opportunities for faculty interested in pursuing health disparities funding
  • Faculty Research Activity Summaries (FRAS), a password-protected area where UTSA researchers can obtain a summary of their research activity including the number of proposals submitted, the number of proposals awarded and value of their grants over a given time period. Administrators will have access to the same information for the faculty in their respective areas.

To encourage further research activity and collaboration, UTSA began offering seminars last year to make researchers aware of funding opportunities on a variety of funding organizations and topics including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and health disparities research. In the future, ORD expects to offer funding seminars focusing on research in human and social development as well as Hispanic student success.

"UTSA is growing to Tier One research status during what has become an extremely competitive funding period," said Jeffrey Kantor, UTSA senior associate vice president for research development. "To continue that growth, our researchers need every competitive advantage we can provide. It is our hope that these resources will lead to the formation of new research partnerships and help our researchers secure additional funding for new projects."



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

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This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
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Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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