March 2022 | Information & Support for the BU Research Community


Find a Collaborator at BU
Thorny problems require creative input from a team of experts that span disciplines. The good news: BU offers a suite of resources to help you identify research collaborators. A new on-demand webinar offers an overview of these tools, plus advice for using them to build valuable relationships.


  • A language guide for building shared understanding with colleagues (BU D&I)
  • Reflections on the gender imbalance in STEM fields (Nature)

Find Funding

  • Antiracism Research and Policy: The BU Center for Antiracist Research has issued an RFP for research and policy (R&P) teams. R&P teams are interdisciplinary clusters of BU faculty, institutional partners or regional partners from the community, policy experts, and advocacy networks engaged in antiracist research and policy work towards reversing racist policies and advancing racial equality. Interested faculty are invited to join a virtual information session on Wednesday, March 30 at 1 pm. Applications for the program are due by Friday, April 15

  • Early Career Funding: Applications are due Monday, July 25, for the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER). Early career investigators are encouraged to access this webinar recording for guidance and advice for preparing competitive proposals.

  • Exploring LGBTQIA+ identities and experiences: BU Diversity & Inclusion offers small research grants to scholars conducting new and ongoing studies about LGBTQIA+ identities and experiences. Applicants may request up to $5,000 in funding. Proposals are due Friday, April 15.

  • Sustainability Misinformation Campaigns: The BU Institute for Sustainable Energy, in collaboration with the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, seeks to fund and promote a year-long, multi-disciplinary Focused Research Program to evaluate how misinformation/disinformation campaigns against sustainability and/or climate change proliferate through social and emerging media and what their influence is on related social attitudes and action. One project with a budget of $100,000 to $150,000 will be funded. Proposals are due Thursday, April 7.

  • Sabbatical Grants: The BU Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTS) aims to fund three mini-sabbaticals annually at other academic and research institutions, to encourage intellectual growth and multidisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration. The CTSIClinical & Translational Science Institute awards mini-sabbaticals of up to three months, supported by $6,000. Foreign travel is not allowed on this award.

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Manage an Award

  • Letter of Intent Template: The federal government is transitioning from use of the old DUN and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System to the new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). The UEI is required for applicants and subrecipients on federal awards. BU’s new letter of intent template has been updated to include the new UEI numbers for both the Medical and Charles River campuses. For proposals where BU is the sub-recipient, please use this updated template going forward.

  • Personnel Activity Reports: Personnel activity reports for the period July through December 2021 have been distributed to department administrators and coordinators. Please return to by Friday, April 8.

  • National Science Foundation: The NSF Policy Office offers a wealth of information and resources about agency policies and procedures, including recordings from past webinars, such as this on-demand webcast on important requirements for reporting on current and pending support.

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Conducting Research

  • Face Mask Policy for Research: With a recent update to BU’s face mask policy, the University is no longer requiring masks to be worn in most areas on our campuses, including shared offices, labs, and common areas in buildings and colleges. Masks continue to be required in all healthcare facilities and for human subjects research in which clinical or healthcare-related procedures are being conducted, such as MRIs, blood collection, EKG, EEG, etc.

  • Community Engagement in Schools: Are you interested in working with Boston youth or Boston Public Schools (BPS)? In a virtual workshop on Wednesday, April 6, a panel of BU faculty will share stories from their research and practice with BPS students, teachers, and staff, as well as reflections on engaging communities with consistency and building trust.

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    Bring to Impact

    • How BU’s NEIDLNational Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories The NE... Increased Industry Support Four-Fold: In 2020, NEIDL Director Ron Corley noticed that his research teams had unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with industry as companies rallied to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. The problem? Initiating collaborations was oftentimes difficult, time-consuming, and worlds different from the traditional academic grant process to which NEIDL faculty were accustomed. So they worked with Industry Engagement to streamline their process for industry agreements, and, driven by COVID research, the center was able to increase industry support from $1.2M in FY20 to $5.4M in FY21, without getting lost in the paperwork. Read more

    • The Innovator’s Journey: This month’s blog post from Rana K. Gupta, Director of Faculty Entrepreneurship, features research and reflections from Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Biomedical Engineering (ENG), on the importance of identifying a customer for the inventions that emerge from academic research.

    • Strategic Communications Series: BU’s Strategic Communications Series returns this spring with interactive trainings for the BU research community on communicating research effectively:
      • Media Training for Academics (March 31): Brad Phillips of Throughline will lead a media training and messaging workshop.
      • Engaging with Science Media (April 27): Meredith Drosback and Tori Fosheim from SciLine will present a remote workshop on the US media landscape, including the elements of a newsworthy story, interview techniques, and more. This session will be followed by a live Q&A with reporters discussing how the news works on Wednesday, May 4.

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      Notes & News

      • Infectious Disease Policy: Associate Professor Nahid Bhadelia, Section of Infectious Diseases (MED) and Director of BU’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy & Research, was appointed a Visiting Fellow at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. In this role she will support critical ongoing work to address pandemic threats.

      • Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Earth & Environment (CAS), was appointed as the new director of BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy.

      • Professor Joyce Wong, Biomedical Engineering (ENG), was elected president of the board of directors of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

      • The Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Boston University was awarded $5 million by the US Department of Energy to install energy-saving facade technology on five buildings in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The technology, developed at Fraunhofer, combines prefabricated panel-block wall insulation with high-performance building technologies to reduce site energy consumption by more than 75%.

      • BU’s SHIELD DRIVE Science Center was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for Phase 2 funding. DRIVE Science Centers are part of an integrated multi-agency initiative from NASA and are a high-priority recommendation of the 2013 Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics. The BU center brings together more than 40 investigators from 17 universities, colleges, national labs, and research institutes.

      • The Future of Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research: On Wednesday, June 8, BU’s Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, in collaboration with the BU Clinical & Translational Science Institute and the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office, is hosting a retreat open to the BU research community for discussion and planning on new interdisciplinary research directions, platforms, and funding opportunities. RSVP is required.