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February 6, 2023

February Issue: Research@Lehigh

Welcome to Research@Lehigh, a monthly newsletter from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research featuring research resources and services; important announcements and deadlines; upcoming events, workshops and training; and recent research news.


LIRA Go-Live March 6, 2023

Join us for our final LIRA open forums, as we approach our launch date of March 6, 2023. In these two forums, we will demo our agreements module, through which sponsored research agreements, data use agreements, CDAs, and testing service agreements will be submitted.

NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP)

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

IRB 101 Info Session

FRI, FEB 17 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Research Integrity is hosting a one-hour Zoom session with information about IRB policies and the protocol review process.  Open to students who are new to conducting human subjects research, as well as faculty, postdocs and staff who are interested in learning more about the Lehigh IRB. Registration required.

Faculty Innovation Grant (FIG) submission deadline

FRI, FEB 17 | 5:00 PM

The FIG provides funding of up to $30,000 to launch new research projects that will continue well beyond the period of the FIG grant, taking existing research in promising new directions, or otherwise expanding sustainable research programs beyond their current scope.  Open to tenured/tenure-track faculty, as well as Research Assistant/Associate faculty.

Using IRBNet Info Session

FRI, FEB 24 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Research Integrity is hosting a one-hour Zoom session with information about IRBNet, the online protocol submission tool used for IRB and IACUC protocol review. Open to faculty, postdocs, staff and students who are new to using IRBNet, as well as experienced submitters with specific questions concerning the online submission process. Registration required.

PIVOT Workshop

TUE, FEB 28 | NOON – 1:00 PM

Learn how to use Pivot, one of the most widely used grant-searching tools in higher education. Search for available grants, awards and fellowship opportunities.  A free account is available for all Lehigh faculty, post-docs, staff & students.  

Collaborative Research Opportunity Grant (CORE) submission deadline

FRI, MAR 10 | 5:00 PM

CORE grants provide funding of up to $60,000 for the conduct of research with the goal of establishing and growing productive and competitive multi-faculty research programs. Open to tenured/tenure-track faculty, as well as Research Assistant/Associate faculty.

Intensive NIH Proposal Group


Planning on submitting an NIH proposal? Members read each others' drafts and offer feedback in this intensive writing group. This opportunity is open to current faculty and postdocs. New members are welcome any time.

NSF Career Proposal Group


This writing group is for early career faculty who are preparing their NSF Career proposals. Get help with early stage planning; deadlines to keep the work on target; and feedback on drafts. You do not need to have a draft or absolutely plan to apply this year to participate. New members welcome any time.

Featured Resources

Planning on conducting human subjects research abroad?

Be sure to review Research Integrity’s guidance on International Research / Research with Non-English Speaking Populations for helpful information on how to ethically conduct research with these groups and within these settings. 

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

Lehigh University has an Institutional Membership with the NCFDD, a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Sign up for an account to take advantage of the benefits of this membership.

Policy Updates



  • NSF Changes to Proposal Submissions, effective January 30, 2023: These changes include updated PAPPG 23-1, new Biosketch and Current and Pending Support formats, and more. The full NSF update can be found here >.

Spotlight Q&A

Get to know members of the Lehigh Research team.  This month, we welcome our new AVPR:

Dominic Packer

Associate Vice Provost for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

How would you describe your job to a layperson? 

I see my job as having two overarching goals...  To help increase the amount, ambition, and impact of research in the arts, humanities, social sciences - and beyond.  And to help increase equity and inclusion in all our research endeavors at Lehigh.

What are your hobbies? I am a very amateur photographer.  Trying to compose good photos uses parts of my brain that need a lot more developing!

Do you have a pet? Tell us about them.   I have a lovely labradoodle named Biscuit.  He is handsome and affectionate, and in every way a very good boy.

Research News

Examining the Early Universe

Physicist Anders Knospe receives an Early Career Research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study ion collisions.

Dice, Divination and the Silk Road

Constance Cook decodes an ancient manuscript to find a connection between gaming and divination.

A New Approach to Combating Osteoarthritis

Lesley Chow and partners at St. Luke’s University Health Network aim to provide early stage intervention for degenerative joint disease.

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