UTSA researchers: Gain the competitive edge with new online resources

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(Feb. 14, 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, the publication and funding processes are extremely competitive.

New resources available to researchers at the UTSA Research website include:

  • Faculty Helping Faculty Database: a keyword-searchable database that 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 can seek the help of faculty experts in preparing publications and funding proposals.
  • Scientific Facilities Database: details the core science, engineering and business facilities and equipment available to UTSA researchers and their collaborators
  • Faculty Research Interest Database: lists the research interests of UTSA faculty pursuing collaborative research
  • Health Disparities Funding Database: displays more than 60 active funding opportunities for faculty members
  • Faculty Research Activity Summaries (FRAS): 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 plans 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."