NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Office of Research Update

If you haven’t already done so, please review our submission timetable. We routinely have multiple grants due at or near the same time, so it is imperative that everything is in order well ahead of the deadline. This also gives us time to properly check for errors.

For those of you who submit or plan to submit proposals to NSF, please create an account with SciENcv. Beginning October 5, 2020, you will need to use SciENcv to create your biosketch and current and pending support documents. There are YouTube videos on the SciENcv homepage that will explain how to use the service.

Let us create your budgets! Many of you like to fill in the UH budget worksheet yourself, but we end up transferring that information to the most current version and looking up everyone’s salary and benefits information anyway. It is simpler to just send us an outline of what you would like in the budget, and let us create it for you. A great way to do this is to make a draft of your budget justification. We can use that to create the budget.

Please check out the NSM Office of Research website for useful links and information.

– The NSM Research Team

Awarded Research Grants

Congratulations to the following faculty members for their recent awards:

Melissa Zastrow (Chemistry) was awarded a $1,937,083 grant from NIH: “Elucidating Molecular-Level Roles of Essential Metals in Gut Bacteria with New Fluorescent Protein-Based Metal Ion Sensors.”

Erin Kelleher (Biology & Biochemistry) was awarded a $1,801,135 grant from NIH: “Mechanisms and Evolution of Host Tolerance to Transposable Elements.”

Shiv Halasyamani (Chemistry) was awarded a $409,999 grant from NSF: “Functional Inorganic Materials - New Ultraviolet and Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear Optical Materials.”

Thamar Solorio (Computer Science) was awarded a $43,959 grant from NSF: “Workshop on Desiderata for a Multimodal Dataset for Objectionable Content Detection.”

Tasneem Bawa-Khalfe (Biology & Biochemistry/CNRCS) was awarded a $25,180 grant from Adopt- A-Scientist: “Targeting the Genomic Activity of Modified Androgen Receptors in Advanced Breast Cancer.”


National Institute of Health (NIH)
New Vertebrate Animals Section Training Module

Calling all applicants proposing research with vertebrate animals – check out the latest online learning module on the Vertebrate Animals Section in grant applications. This interactive module will assist applicants in preparing this section of the application and will serve as a valuable resource for reviewers in evaluating the Vertebrate Animal Section of applications and proposals.

This engaging module takes 30 minutes or less to complete and includes:

  • An overview of the requirements,
  • A checklist for applicants and reviewers,
  • Detailed instructions, and
  • Responsibilities of applicants, reviewers, and NIH staff.

See additional resources on the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research on NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) website.

Internal Awards


The Grants to Enhance and Advance Research (GEAR) program for FY2021 has been announced. The required pre-proposal must be received by 5 pm on November 9 by the NSM Office of Research. Those applicants invited to submit a full GEAR proposal will be notified by January 11, 2021.

Interested faculty should submit their completed pre-proposals to nsm_research@uh.edu.

National Centers Planning Award

The National Centers Planning Award funding is intended to provide up to 14 months of support to teams of researchers led by a UH faculty member to prepare for the submission of a proposal to a targeted funding opportunity.

Applications accepted through September 30, 2020, or until the funds are exhausted.