Fall 2015: ENG Advisory Committee Meeting

October 21, 2015 12:00 PM  to 
October 21, 2015 6:00 PM
National Science Foundation

October 22, 2015 8:30 AM  to 
October 22, 2015 12:30 PM
National Science Foundation

The Directorate for Engineering Advisory Committee meets bi-annually. Please check the agenda for meeting specifics.

We encourage individuals to pre-register for the meeting by calling (703) 292-8301 or by contacting Evette Rollins at to=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: rgb(127, 76, 138); border: 0px; outline: none; position: relative;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Individuals who do not pre-register must go to the NSF security office on the second floor and register the day of the meeting. A government-issued photo ID will be required to gain admission to the meeting. Individuals who register on the day of the meeting will be given a special badge and will be escorted upstairs by a security guard. They will also be escorted out of the building at the end of each day's meeting.

Meeting Type
Advisory Committee Meeting

Contacts
Evette Rollins, (703) 292-2105, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Related Organizations
Directorate for Engineering 

Core Attachments
Spring 2015 ENG AdCom Meeting Minutes

For more information, please visit:

 http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133163&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) Program Webinar

July 30, 2015 3:00 PM  to 
July 30, 2015 4:00 PM
NSF Headquarters

On Thursday, July 30th, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern time, CMMI will host a webinar to discuss the Design of Engineering Materials Systems (DEMS) program.

The DEMS program supports fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems. Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and development of materials is welcome. 

During this webinar, potential proposers to the program will be able to learn more about DEMS and learn more about materials engineering and design research support by CMMI. 

Attendance is limited, so prior registration is required. For those unable to watch the webinar live, the slides will be posted with a summary of any questions and answers on this announcement after the meeting.  

To register for this webinar: 

1. Go to https://nsfevents.webex.com/nsfevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef9c946ecdc3bd302938d54839e52943c

2. Register for the webinar. 

Once NSF accepts your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.

Meeting Type
Webcast

Contacts
Kevin Webster, (703) 292-7050, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Related Organizations
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation 

Related Programs
Design of Engineering Material Systems

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135723&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

I/UCRC: Smart Vehicle Concepts Center (SVC) IAB Meeting

August 20, 2015 7:30 AM  to 
August 21, 2015 4:15 PM
Honda R&D, 21001 State Route 739, Raymond, OH 43067

This is an annual meeting of the industry advisory board and center members to assess ongoing research and  set priorities for new research directions.  Visitors interested in membership are welcome if they are willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Meeting Type
Partnership Meeting

Contacts
Caterina Runyon-Spears, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Related Organizations
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships 

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135752&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

S-STEM 2015 "Flipped" Webinars

Presentations and Q&A Sessions

July 8, 2015 9:00 AM  to 
October 1, 2015 5:00 PM
Arlington

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

This page describes pre-recorded and live webinar presentations by NSF Program Officers about S-STEM NSF 15-581. The goal of these resources is to communicate features of the program and provide an opportunity for Program Officers to respond to questions.

On June 24, 2015 a new solicitation was released for the S-STEM program.  Proposals for this round of the solicitation will be due on September 22, 2015 (and then again on May 16, 2016). This page provides links and clarification regarding presentations and webinars for potential principal investigators (PIs) interested in submitting proposals to this round of the S-STEM competition. These presentations and webinars will provide general information on the S-STEM program, but will also emphasize elements that are new or have changed since previous S-STEM solicitations.

These materials will make use of a “flipped classroom” approach. Potential PIs should prepare questions that occur to them while viewing the presentations and then they can ask them in the question and answer sessions.

Narrated Powerpoint Presentations

Seven short presentations with narration on S-STEM are available on the links below. Viewing all 7 presentations requires approximately an hour.

  1. Overview of the New Program – Powerpoint 1
  2. Strand 1: S-STEM Institutional Capacity Building – Powerpoint 2
  3. Strand 2: Single Institution – Powerpoint 3
  4. Strand 2: Multi-Institution – Powerpoint 4
  5. Proposal Content Info for New PIs – Powerpoint 5
  6. Project Description Contents – Powerpoint 6
  7. Merit Review Criteria – Powerpoint 7

WebEx Question and Answer Sessions

In addition, there will be a series of question and answer sessions in WebEx at a number of different dates and times. They will provide an opportunity to obtain clarification regarding questions that you may have. 

All video information will be communicated through a computer on the internet via WebEx. The WebEx session password is S-Stem2015. Each question and answer session will last up to 1 hour. These sessions will occur on the following dates and times:

Q & A Session #1 Wednesday, July 15, 2-3 pm (EST) Link to WebEx Session 1
Q & A Session #2 Thursday, July 16, 1-2 pm (EST) Link to WebEx Session 2
Q & A Session #3 Tuesday, July 21, 3-4 pm (EST) Link to WebEx Session 3

All audio information will be communicated through the telephone (preferably a landline).

  • USA/Canada dial toll-free: 1-888-889-5127 or Toll: 1-773-799-3447           
  • Participant Passcode: 8754707
  • State your name with the spelling to the operator to join the meeting in listen-only mode.

We will post an archived WebEx session shortly after the first scheduled session.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135181&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

DARPA proposer day, limited competition for registration slots

Dear colleagues:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a two-day Proposers Day event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The event will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-22, 2015 from at the DARPA Conference Center (675 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203). Information is attached.

The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required for both the physical meeting and the webcast. Registration for the physical meeting and webcast participants will include an opportunity to schedule a sidebar meeting with a DSO Program Manager.

Since Rutgers is limited to 5 participants, and one department or division is limited to 2 people, please send nominations of up to 2 per department/division with a brief (3 sentence) description of why they want to go and confirmation they or their department will pay the travel.

Nominations are due NO LATER than noon Monday June 22 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as space is limited.

I.UCRC: Center for Integrative Materials Joining Science for Energy Applications IAB Meeting

August 11, 2015 8:00 AM  to 
August 12, 2015 5:00 PM
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

This is a bi-annual meeting of the industry advisory board and center members to assess ongoing research and set priorities for new research directions. Visitors interested in membership are welcome if they are willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Meeting Type
Partnership Meeting

Contacts
Heather Sever, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Related Organizations
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships 

Grant Writing Workshop to be held at Rutgers University, April 24, 2015

Greetings - As courtesy we would like to remind you to join us at our Grant Writing Workshop to be held at Rutgers University, April 23-24, 2015. This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The center of attention will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources. Much has happened in new regulations and in approaches to grant writing, be it for the researcher in the sciences and social sciences, education and non-profit professionals.

*Space is limited, and since this class fills-up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.*
Workshop Fee: $535.00 (including tuition, materials, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)
Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.

To Enroll:
We are finalizing the attendee list as we speak, if interested please visit our website or contact us at 1-866.704.7268.

Can't make it? Join us : Online Workshop
We also offer Three-Week Online Course

Thanks,
Grant Training Center
Rutgers University is neither endorsing nor sponsoring the activities conducted by Grant Training Center.

NSF Condensed Matter Physics Principal Investigator Workshop


This email presents an announcement of a workshop of potential interest to some in DMP. The goal of the workshop is to provide faculty who have just received their first award or who are attempting to obtain funding from the NSF Condensed Matter Physics program with valuable information and advice on the policies, procedures, and opportunities available at the National Science Foundation.

The NSF Condensed Matter Physics Principal Investigators Workshop will be held at the Ballston Hilton in Arlington VA adjacent to the NSF headquarters on June 1 and 2, 2015. Sessions will begin June 1st at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude June 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

Registration and a welcome reception will be held during the evening of May 31st. Further information and registration information are available on the conference website.

There is a registration fee for the workshop but all local expenses and partial support for travel will be provided. Attendance is open to all but preference will be given to participants in areas supported by the Condensed Matter Physics Program. For fullest consideration, the Pre-registration/Application should be completed before Friday, April 17, 2015.

Please pass this message along to any of your colleagues that might benefit from attending.

For questions please contact David Tanner

David Tanner /  (voice) /  (fax)
2372 New Physics Bldg. / Univ. Florida / Gainesville FL 32611-8440 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~tanner

For more information, please visit:

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1c2ffbf7f7d8f7439923005ce&id=8ea747f4ea&e=0bbf59c899

HHMI Faculty Scholars Competition Announcement

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

Earlier this week, theHoward Hughes Medical Institute—together with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation—announced anational competition for grants to outstanding scientistsasFaculty Scholars.

 

Rutgers University Foundation’s Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) and Rutgers’ Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) will be hosting aninformational conference call for all interested principal investigators:

 

Monday, March 30th

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

To join the call, dial 800.501.8979 and enter access code: 7582973.

 

The Faculty Scholars program seeks to: provide financial support to faculty at an early career stage, select awardees based on their vision and potential for unique contributions and offer mentoring and career development. Awards will range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year for five years.For additional information regarding the Faculty Scholars competition please link to:www.hhmi.org/faculty-scholars.

 

Following this initial conference call, an in-person meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 9that 11 a.m. atWinants Hall, 2ndfloor conference room. (New Brunswick Campus)

 

If you are interested in this opportunity, I hope that you will join us on March 30thto learn more about the application process and how CFR and ORED can support you.

 

Sincerely,

Maria D. Sorensen

Director, Foundation Relations

Rutgers University Foundation

7 College Avenue, Winants Hall

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

p. 848-932-2351

c. 973-454-9650

f. 732-932-3847

NSF Grants Conference - Tampa, FL

Jun 1 2015 8:30AM to
Jun 2 2015 3:30PM
Tampa, FL

The Spring 2015 National Science Foundation Grants Conference will be hosted by the State University System of Florida in Tampa, FL on June 1-2, 2015.
Sign up to be notified once registration is available for this and future NSF Grants Conferences at: http://events.SignUp4.com/nsfnotification
Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of General ...
More at http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132356&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

This is an NSF Events item.

Writing/Designing NSF Proposals

This one-day comprehensive seminar is for those who wish to submit winning research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is taught by experienced faculty who received various NSF grants, and serve as evaluators on NSF review panels.

Instructor: Dr. Mathilda Harris
When: 3/10/2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Cost:335

For more information, please visit:
http://granttrainingcenter.com/workshop_description/857?utm_source=857&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=da

I/UCRC: Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) IAB Meeting

April 29, 2015 8:00 AM to
April 30, 2015 5:00 PM
Steel ORCA, Monmouth Junction, NJ

This is a bi-annual meeting of the industry advisory board and center members to assess ongoing research and set priorities for new research directions. Visitors interested in membership are welcome if they are willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134192&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

2015 NSF Large Facilities Workshop

May 12, 2015 8:00 AM to
May 14, 2015 6:00 PM
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This posting is to allow you to mark your calendar and plan accordingly.
More details will follow later.
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For more information, please visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134059&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

Proposers’ Day for the Flexible Hybrid Electronics - Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced two Proposers’ Day for the Flexible Hybrid Electronics - Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHE-MII):
· Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 0830-1630 EST at the Artisphere Spectrum Theater, 1611 Kent Street, Arlington VA 22215;
· Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 1300-1700 PST at the Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 9394

The Proposers’ Day will provide more detail on the FHE-MII solicitation, which is due to be released mid-February. Potential applicants do not have to attend these events in order to submit a proposal, but attendance could provide valuable insight on the solicitation, an opportunity to network with other interested parties, and an opportunity to discuss proposal ideas with DOD program managers. More detail on the Proposers’ Day is available at: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=271891.

Spring 2015: ENG Advisory Committee Meeting

Summary:
April 15, 2015 12:00 PM to
April 15, 2015 6:00 PM
National Science Foundation

April 16, 2015 8:30 AM to
April 16, 2015 12:30 PM
National Science Foundation

The Directorate for Engineering Advisory Committee meets bi-annually. Please check the agenda for meeting specifics.

We encourage individuals to pre-register for the meeting by calling (703) 292-8301 or by contacting Evette Rollins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Individuals who do not pre-register must go to the NSF security office on the second floor and register the day of the meeting. A government-issued photo ID will be required to gain admission to the meeting. Individuals who register on the day of the meeting will be given a special badge and will be escorted upstairs by a security guard. They will also be escorted out of the building at the end of each day's meeting.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133161&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

Come and learn about how to work with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Office of Research & Economic Development Workshop

ORED has scheduled a webinar for Rutgers faculty, staff and students to prepare for the upcoming ONR Science & Technology EXPO in February. Here is an opportunity to dialogue with ONR program officers and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the country.
Representatives from the ONR Office of Research will provide some insights and answer faculty questions.
David Nystrom, Organization Strategy & Communications
Debi Rafi, University Business Affairs

When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: There are physical locations for the webinar, or you can access directly from your desktop.
Webinar:
GoToMeeting®: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/455312533
Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call-in using your telephone:
Dial +1 (571) 317-3112 Access Code: 455-312-533
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting.
Meeting ID: 455-312-533

Physical locations:
Busch Campus Newark New Brunswick Camden
RWJMS Dean’s Conference Room (R123) Conklin Rm# 233 CAB Rm# 3404 Armitage Hall, 3rd Floor Dean’s Small Conf. Rm
675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway
Registration is not required but appreciated. Please contact Joy Racaza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 848-445-0320

For more information, please visit:
https://www.navalengineers.org/events/individualeventwebsites/NavalFutureForce/ONR/Pages/AgendaAt-A-Glance.aspx

pdf Naval Future Force Sience and Technology EXPO Sheet  

pdf ONR Flyer

pdf Example Pager

Pitch-A-Principal

If you have any faculty planning on attending the Expo and who want to participate in the "Pitch-a-Principal" program, the deadline to submit the request is today. This is highly recommended. If you know somewant wants to do this but cannot get it in today, they can contact Cindy Barner and ask for an extension (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Pitch-A-Principal is an opportunity for registered conference participants to submit online requests to meet with ONR subject-matter experts.
The deadline to submit your pitch is close of business Jan. 9, 2015.
Notifications regarding your request will be sent to you by Jan. 20, 2015.
All individuals participating in your pitch must be paid registrants for the event. (Register here: https://www.navalengineers.org/events/individualeventwebsites/NavalFutureForce/registration/Pages/ASNELandingPage.aspx)
To submit your pitch, fill out the survey below. During the process you will also be able to submit for the poster session and live demos in the exhibit hall.

For more information, please visit:
https://www.navalengineers.org/events/individualeventwebsites/NavalFutureForce/ONR/Pages/Extras.aspx

Nanoinformatics 2015: Enabling Successful Discovery and Applications

January 26-28, 2015

Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel in Arlington, VA

The purpose of the Nanoinformatics 2015 Workshop is to bring together stakeholders in order to assess the state of informatics relevant to the all aspects of the nanotechnology enterprise and to set priority targets for the future. From materials to processes to products; accessible data, information, models, and simulations will enable innovators to optimize performance and accelerate the innovation cycle from concept to product. Scientists and engineers will be able to efficiently assess the safety of new nanomaterials and quantitatively implement best practices of safe manufacturing and usage of nanomaterials throughout product lifecycles. Scientists will share predictive models and data that enable the design and discovery of nanomaterials and the resulting performance of systems that use them. 

Regular attendees: $200

Students: FREE

 

Workshop topics will include:

- Process modeling and control

- Materials supply chain

- Life cycle inventory data

- System scale-up methodology

- NanoEHS data and models

- Data workflow processes

- Nanomaterials properties data

- Data mining tools and opportunities    

- Database design and accessibility

- Design for manufacturability

- Minimal data sets

- Interlaboratory studies

- Materials modeling and characterization

- Uncertainty quantification

- Sharing practices and incentives

 

SPEAKERS

Stacey Harper, ONAMI Signature Faculty Fellow                                    

Mark Tuominen, National Nanomanufacturing Network

Yoram Cohen, UCLA                                                                    

Gerhard Klimeck, Network for Computational Nanotechnology

Diana de la Iglesia, Biomedical Informatics Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid    

John Rumble, President, R&R Data Services

Rong Liu, UCLA                                                                           

Victor Maojo, Biomedical Informatics Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Ahmed Busnaina, Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University

Mervi Heiskanen, The National Cancer Institute, Nanotechnology Working Group

Michael Zentner, nanoHUB.org                              

Stephanie Morris, CaNanoLab

 Greg Lowry, Carnegie Mellon University       

For more information, please visit:

http://nanoinformatics.org/2015/overview

  

Webinar - Updates to the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

Revised guidance implements 2 CFR § 200 (Uniform Guidance) as well as other significant changes

January 15, 2015 2:00 PM  to 

January 15, 2015 3:00 PM

Webinar at NSF

 

NSF will conduct a webinar on Thursday, January 15th at 2:00 PM EST on the changes to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 15-1). 

The PAPPG has been revised to implement 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  The Uniform Guidance incorporates language from eight existing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars into one consolidated set of guidance in the Code of Federal Regulations.  The PAPPG also has been revised to incorporate other significant changes and clarifications unrelated to the Uniform Guidance implementation.   As mandated by OMB, the new PAPPG will be effective December 26, 2014.

Registration for the webinar is required.

Meeting Type

Outreach

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133616&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Space Symposium

Agency: N/A; of relevance to NASA

Overview: The Space Symposium brings together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space. While not directly sponsored by National Aeronautics and

Space Administration (NASA), the Symposium has become widely known as a premier U.S. space policy and program forum for information on and interaction among all sectors of space. Several federal agency representatives participate.

·         Date(s): The Space Symposium is a four day event, held each spring. The next conference will take place April 13-16, 2015.

·         Location: The event typically takes place at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO.

·         Fees: Fees for non-profit/educational stakeholders range from $1695 to $1995 depending when registration is made.

·         Contact: General questions can be submitted through the portal on the event webpage at:http://www.spacesymposium.org/contact.

·         Note: Again, this event is not sponsored by a federal agency.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.spacesymposium.org/

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Spring Review

Agency: Department of Defense (DOD)

Overview: The AFOSR Spring Review convenes program officers from AFOSR Technical Divisions to provide insights into basic research being conducted on behalf of the U.S. Air Force. Senior AFOSR members are joined by an online and in-person audience of over 1,200 stakeholders from other Air Force laboratories, universities and industry.

-Date(s): The AFOSR Spring Review typically occurs in early March, with the most recent event taking place March 4-7, 2014.

-Location: This event is normally held at the Basic Research Innovation Collaboration Center (BRICC) in Arlington, VA, though details for the 2015 Spring Review have not yet been released.

-Fees: N/A

-Contact: Questions regarding the AFOSR Spring Review can be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please visit:

https://community.apan.org/afosr/spring_review_2014/default.aspx

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit

Agency: Department of Energy (DOE)

Overview: The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is “an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional 3 communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways.” The threeday meeting focuses on moving disruptive energy technologies out of the lab and into the market.

Date(s): The 2015 Summit will be held February 9-11.

Location: The upcoming Summit will be at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Fee: The full rate for representatives from academia is $895 with discounted fees of up to $695 for early registration.

Contact: For conference related questions, please contact Sharla Warren: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please visit:

http://www.arpae-summit.com/About/About-the-Summit

Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO

Mark Your Calendar: Feb. 4-5, 2015 | Register online

What: Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The Naval Future Force Science & Technology (S&T) EXPO is the Office of Naval Research’s premiere event of 2015.

The EXPO, formerly known as the Science & Technology Partnership Conference, will open access to naval leadership and technology principals who will discuss the revised Naval S&T Strategy, provide updates on the status of key programs, and share new research opportunities. Over the course of the event, participants will have multiple opportunities for two-way dialogue on science and technology requirements, challenges and new opportunities in nine S&T focus areas, including:

1. Assure Access to Maritime Battlespace 

2. Autonomy and Unmanned Systems

3. Information Dominance - Cyber

4. Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare

5. Expeditionary and Irregular Warfare

6. Platform Design and Survivability

7. Power and Energy

8. Power Projection and Integrated Defense

9. Warfighter Performance

Invited Speakers:

Senior administration, defense and naval leaders, award-winning scientists and industry innovators will offer their unique vantage points on the state of science and technology. See a list of invited and confirmed speakers.

Plenary room discussions, poster sessions and break-out rooms will allow attendees to engage at their leisure. Additionally, participants can submit requests to meet with ONR technology principals one on one in Pitch a Principal meetings by appointment only. 

In addition to "hard" technology, speakers will discuss the keys to succeeding in business with ONR as well as small business opportunities, international collaboration, and workforce development across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

Who Should Attend:

Industry, academia, small businesses, research agencies, labs, naval and S&T community leaders, international partners and other military services are encouraged to attend

For more information, please visit:

http://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Conference-Event-ONR/Future-Force-Expo.aspx

Cayuse 424 Decommissioning

As of December 1, the Cayuse 424 proposal submission system will be decommissioned. This is part of the broader effort to implement its replacement, the Research Administration and Proposal Submission System (RAPSS). Based on the Huron Consulting Group's Click Portal Solution, RAPSS will be rolled out in phases beginning this spring. We're working hard to ensure that RAPSS will be up and running as planned to bring its functionality to all of Rutgers. Read more here. Please contact your grant specialist or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the Cayuse decommissioning.

For more information, please visit:

http://ored.rutgers.edu/rapss/welcome-rapss?utm_source=News+for+All+Faculty+and+Research+Staff+Nov.+25&utm_campaign=Faculty%2Fstaff+newsletterr&utm_medium=email

Pivot Workshop December 11

Learn how to get the most out of Pivot, a digital tool that enables researchers to discover the best funding opportunities and to effectively collaborate with colleagues. Designed for faculty, staff and grad students, Pivot combines the most comprehensive, well-maintained databases of funding opportunities and scholar profiles available. It uses powerful and intuitive tools to link scholars with funding. An expert trainer will conduct a Pivot workshop Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. on Cook Campus (the morning workshop on Busch is full). Please register by contacting Ana Santini (or 848-445-3080).

http://pivot.cos.com/funding_main

NanoInformatics 2015: Enabling Successful Discovery and Applications

Summary:

January 26-28, 2015

Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel in Arlington, VA

 

The purpose of the Nanoinformatics 2015 workshop is to bring together stakeholders in order to assess the state of informatics relevant to the all aspects of the nanotechnology enterprise and to set priority targets for the future. From materials to processes to products; accessible data, information, models, and simulations will enable innovators to optimize performance and accelerate the innovation cycle from concept to product. Scientists and engineers will be able to efficiently assess the safety of new nanomaterials and quantitatively implement best practices of safe manufacturing and usage of nanomaterials throughout product lifecycles. Scientists will share predictive models and data that enable the design and discovery of nanomaterials and the resulting performance of systems that use them.

 

Nanoinformatics encompasses aspects of data collection, tools, and sharing, along with associated applications that are becoming a key element of nanotechnology research, nanotechnology environmental health and safety (nanoEHS), product development and sustainable manufacturing. The organization of nanomaterial data into interoperable databases will provide the necessary tools/platforms for companies to quantify liability threats; comply with regulations; minimize materials usage, energy consumption, and overall cost; while ensuring safety to people and the environment. Building upon the growing base of manufacturing resources and intellectual infrastructure, Nanoinformatics 2015 will provide overviews on present database development projects, tools, and resources currently being leveraged; discuss gaps and challenges with establishing an open access informatics infrastructure; facilitate synergistic discussions of emerging applications; and provide ample opportunities for collaboration amongst the community stakeholders.

 

Nanoinformatics 2015 will review the state of the art in methods for collecting, archiving, modeling, visualizing, and sharing data and identify opportunities and gaps for expanding the roadmap for nanoinformatics.

 

Workshop topics will include:

 

Process modeling and control

Materials supply chain

Life cycle inventory data

System scale-up methodology

NanoEHS data and models

Data workflow processes

Nanomaterials properties data

Data mining tools and opportunities

Database design and accessibility

Design for manufacturability

Minimal data sets

Interlaboratory studies

Materials modeling and characterization

Uncertainty quantification

Sharing practices and incentives

 

For more information, please visit:

http://nanoinformatics.org/2015/overview

 

NSF I-Corps Information Session at Rutgers-Dec 9

NSF I-Corps Information Session at Rutgers - All Rutgers faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend

What:    Learn about the I-Corps program to support academic entrepreneurs 

When:   Tuesday, December 9th      9:30 am

Where:  Busch Student Center, Room 174, Piscataway, NJ  

Why:     Commercialize your research, meet other entrepreneurs, and hear success stories from 
              previous Rutgers I-Corps participants

Who should attend:   Researchers who received NSF funding in the past five years, those waiting on current NSF funding or looking to apply to NSF; graduate students or post-docs working with NSF-funded researchers, grant facilitators or anyone interested in learning more about the program.  

                                                         Register Here

What is I-Corps?
NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Provides $50,000 grants to NSF-funded researchers to identify valuable commercial applications for their technology, and offers entrepreneurial training to participating teams. The program provides research tools, skills, and resources you need to turn your research into a startup venture. The ultimate goal is to create new startups from research. In cases where there isn’t a strong market potential, this program helps teams learn this as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

I-Corps graduates receive the following benefits/follow these paths:

·         A business plan suitable for review by third-­party investors

·         Students prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive

·         New curriculum development or improvement in current curriculum

·         Technology license to a U.S. company

·         SBIR/STTR Phase 1 grants (68% vs. 14%) likelihood of receiving award

·         New start-up business

·         Angel/VC funding     

Agenda

9:30 am - 10:00 am        Registration and Networking

10:00 am - 10:05 am      Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:05 am - 10:50 am:     The ABCs of NSF's I-Corps, Christina Pellicane, MBS, Manager, NYC Regional Innovation Node, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, City University Of New York

10:30 am - 10:45 am:     My Experience as an I-Corps Primary Inventor - Dunbar Birnie, Ph.D., Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
                                             
10:45 am - 11:00 pm:    The I-Corps through the Eyes of an Entrepreneurial Lead - Jillian Nguyen, PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient
                     
11:00 pm - 11:30 pm:     Questions & Answers

11:30 pm - 12:00 pm:      Networking

                                                         Register Here

If you have a question about the Information Session, please contact Lori Dars    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
or   848-932-4481                

Sponsored by:  Rutgers Office of New Ventures & Entrepreneurship                                              

NSF DMREF Informational Briefing - WebEx - December 12, 2014 - 1:00PM Eastern

Dear Colleague,


The management team of the NSF DMREF Program (Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future) invites you to attend an online briefing about the program. This briefing will include a discussion of the recent DMREF Solicitation (NSF 14-591) including requirements for the number of participating PIs on a given proposal, limitations on the number of proposals allowed per investigator, and the solicitation-specific review criteria. DMREF Program Directors will be on hand for a question and answer period following the presentation.

This event has a limited number of participants, and registration is required. Please use the link below to register for the event. If you find you are unable to attend the event after you’ve registered, please withdraw your registration so that others may attend.

This presentation will be recorded, and closed-captioning will be available.

On behalf of the DMREF Management Team,

Alexis Lewis
Program Director
Materials Engineering and Processing
National Science Foundation
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Solve for X

Summary:

Along with our partners, GDG North Jersey is hosting a series of three preliminary Solve for X events in NJ, NYC and Somerville (Boston area), followed by the main event at Rutgers University on Monday, February 2nd.  Solve for X is a global initiative from Google which aims to find pioneers in science and technology who are working on huge game changing “moonshots” and accelerating their progress to impact the world in positive ways.  GDG North Jersey is searching for pioneers to present at one of our events in NJ, NYC and Boston. 

* Note that submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis but your odds of acceptance are increased the earlier you submit as we’ll have more time to review and engage with your concept.

* Final submission deadlines for moonshots are as follows:

•Montclair, NJ Preliminary event: December 1st, 2014

•NYC Preliminary event: January 5th, 2015

•Somerville, MA (Boston area) Preliminary event: January 5th, 2015

For more information, please visit:

http://solveforx.gdgnorthjersey.com/venues/

 

Writing/Designing NSF Proposals

ONLINE WORKSHOP: November 17 2014

Our one-day workshop covers essential research resources, and the conversion of ideas into fundable research. After the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, identify the key sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the grant programs and how to respond to various NSF guidelines.

The training addresses the overall strategic plan for writing grants, including: intellectual merit, broader impacts, goal, objectives, approach, key personnel, and budgets. Our instructors will engage you in interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions to better understand how to research, write, and develop your individual research proposals.

Our curriculum targets:

  • Beginners seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft grant-winning proposals for various funders
  • Experienced grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates about funding trends

You will learn how to:

  • Find the appropriate program and grant mechanism for your idea
  • Read and interpret RFAs
  • Address the guidelines of proposals
  • Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal
  • Integrate each component of the grant into the final product
  • Develop focused and realistic budgets
  • Package a professional grant submission
  • Understand the scoring system and peer review process
  • Use what happens during the review process to your advantage
  • Write winning grants that stand out among competition

For more information, please visit:

http://granttrainingcenter.com/workshop_description/789

ECR FY15 Webinar Series

EHR Core Research Fiscal Year 2015 Webinar Series

November 17, 2014 2:00 PM  to 
November 17, 2014 3:00 PM
NSF


November 25, 2014 1:00 PM  to 
November 25, 2014 2:00 PM
NSF


December 5, 2014 12:00 PM  to 
December 5, 2014 1:00 PM
NSF


December 8, 2014 4:00 PM  to 
December 8, 2014 5:00 PM
NSF




ALL TIMES ARE BASED UPON EASTERN TIME ZONE.

The purpose of these Webinars is to inform researchers about opportunities to submit proposals to the EHR Core Research (ECR) program announcement (NSF 15-509). ECR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. We invite researchers to identify and conduct research on questions or issues in order to advance the improvement of STEM learning in general, or to address specific challenges of great importance. Two types of proposals are invited: Core Research Proposals (maximum 5 years, $2.5 million) that propose to study a foundational research question/issue designed to inform the transformation of STEM learning and education and Capacity Building Proposals(Synthesis - maximum 2 years, $300,000; conference/workshop - typically $25-$100K) intended to support groundwork necessary for advancing research within the four core areas. ECR program officers will discuss ECR, outline the elements of ECR proposals, and answer commonly asked questions. (The content of all four webinars will be the same; there is no need to attend more than one webinar.)

Please note the dates and return to this webiste for updates including information on accessing the webinars.

If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodations to participate in and/or access the webinar, please send requests for accommodations a week in advance toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133271&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

Centers for Chemical Innovation PI Meeting

Event
Centers for Chemical Innovation PI Meeting

PI Meeting

November 18, 2014 9:00 AM  to 
November 19, 2014 5:00 PM
Arlington 
This event is closed to the public.




Principal Investigators and Managing Directors from NSF-supported Centers for Chemical Innovation will convene at NSF for a meeting focused on strategic planning, goal setting, and evaluation.   The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental research challenges in chemistry. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, and informal science communication, while training the next generation of chemists.

NSF staff are welcome to attend any part of the CCI meeting, but the CCI showcase scheduled for Wednesday November 19 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm will give an overview of each Center's science, and may be of particular interest.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133172&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy Workshops Preview Potential New Funding Opportunities [ARPA-E]

Transportation Network Optimization Workshop - March 10-11, 2014

Microscale Concentrated Photovoltaics Workshop –May 8-9, 2014

Efficient Small Engines for Committed Heat and Power Workshop- May 28-29, 2014

Grid of the Future: From Vertical to Flat Workshop, July 31-August 1, 2014

Reducing CAPEX for Energy-Efficient Building Controls Workshops- October 23, 2014

Single-Pane Window Efficiency Workshop- November 6-7, 2014

Advanced Bulk Power System Optimization Technologies Workshop- November 13-14, 2014

 
For more information, please visit:

pdf Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Workshops Preview Potential New Funding Opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming DE SBIR FOA Programs

Summary:

For Phase 1, Release 2, DOE expects to announce the topics on October 27.  DOE expects to host a webinar on the topics issued the week of November 3.  The actual FOA is planned to be released on November 24.  A webinar on the FOA is scheduled for December 2, and Letters of Intent (mandatory) will be due on December 15.  Full applications are to be submitted by February 3.

The DOE program offices that will be part of the next phase of SBIR/STTR requests include the Offices of:

·         Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
·         Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
·         Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
·         Fossil Energy
·         Fusion Energy Sciences
·         High Energy Physics
·         Nuclear Energy

DOE has highlighted continuing themes or goals for these projects, including clean energy technologies; science and engineering leadership; and nuclear security.  The topics should fit within these themes.

 

DOE has prepared a webinar and an extensive slide presentation on the SBIR/STTR program that walks researchers through the entire process, including the application process.  I would encourage you and your faculty to review the slides, which can be found at http://science.energy.gov/sbir/.  The slides include general R&D topic areas for the various offices that will be included in the second round of proposals.  There is also an opportunity to sign up for the mailing list at this web link.

 

 

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership Third Annual Meeting

Summary:

Dear Colleagues:
We look forward to hosting you at the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership Third Annual Meeting on November 14, 2014.  Governor Christine Todd Whitman, the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be kicking off the meeting with a keynote address.  This year's meeting also features two panel discussions, one on investing in sustainability research and development, and another on large format energy storage, moderated by Daniel Steingart.  Please register for the E-ffiliates Annual Meeting by clicking on the attached invitation or at:http://acee.princeton.edu/e-ffiliates/annual-meeting/2014-annual-meeting/.

Building on the success of previous years’ poster sessions at our annual meetings, we will be hosting a poster session during an evening reception at this this year’s annual meeting to provide a dynamic forum for student interactions with our existing and prospective corporate partners.  Please forward this e-mail to senior graduate students and postdocs in your group.  Interested students and post-docs working in energy and environmental fields will be required to submit the following items:

1.     Title of the poster
2.     An abstract
3.     Biosketch
4.     Photograph
5.     Resume - A resume book of the poster presenters will be distributed to help connect Princeton students with our corporate attendees.   

Please have students RSVP to Rob Eich, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 258-8253, before October 24, 2014 and Rob will provide all students with specific directions for the submission of their materials.  

Thank you for your support of the Andlinger Center and Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership.

Sincerely,
Lynn Loo

For more information, please visit:

http://acee.princeton.edu/e-ffiliates/annual-meeting/2014-annual-meeting/

NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Workshop

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new program entitled, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE).  The IUSE program is designed to address the immediate challenges facing undergraduate STEM education.  Proposals concerning new structures or functions of undergraduate learning, new methods for certification or credentialing, and teaching enterprise are currently being accepted. 

The program features two tracks:

(1) Engaged Student Learning: This focuses on the design, development, and research involving means to increase student engagement in a measurable and lasting way; and

(2) Institutional and Community Transformation: This focuses on inventive approaches to substantially increase the dissemination of highly effective methods of STEM teaching and learning. 

Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and (ii) Design and Development. These tracks will entertain research studies in all areas. The IUSE program also offers support for a variety of focused innovative projects that seek to identify future opportunities and challenges facing undergraduate STEM education.

Information about IUSE can be found here.

To get a competitive edge in developing educational projects and writing successful IUSE proposals, please attend one or all of the 5 upcoming NSF sponsored Interactive Web-Based Workshops (IWBW); each of which will be presented by former NSF Program Directors in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Workshop Topics

Each workshop lasts approximately 2 hours and will focus on:

  •          Incorporating effective strategies into an educational proposalor
  •          Defining project goals, objectives, and evaluation questions or
  •          Working with an evaluator to develop a project evaluation plan or
  •          Addressing NSF’s broader impacts expectations in a project or
  •          Designing a project for impact and transportability.
 

Workshop Format

These workshops are intended for all STEM faculty members who are interested in NSF educational proposals or already have a funded project. These programs are designed to engage local participants in discussions related to the workshop topic, and will enable local sites to interact with the entire virtual group.  Information and insights on each of the discussion items will be provided by the respective presenter, and each workshop will include two Q&A segments.

Due to the nature of these workshops, only groups of STEM faculty may participate and each group must have a local facilitator who will work with the presenters to organize local activities and assist the presenter in coordinating the workshop presentation. This is being coordinated through the Office of Research and Economic Development. 

Workshop Schedule

The IWBWs will be offered between November 6 and 20, 2014. Workshop sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00-4:00pm (EST). 

To view the speakers team, click here.

All workshops will be held in the CoRE Bldg, 7th Floor Board Room (Busch Campus)

Proposal Strategies                        November 6, 2-4             
Project Goals and Objectives        November 11, 2-3           
Project Evaluation                          November 13, 2-4           
Impact and Transportability           November 18, 2-4           
Broader Impacts                             November 20, 2-4
 

Center for Sensory Sciences & Innovation Invites Proposals

Summary:

Your participation in the workshop will be an opportunity to position yourself for funding, present your research ideas in an open forum and obtain feedback from industry and NSF, and shape the future of research and industry-university collaboration in this field. The new center at Rutgers provides a focal point for industry-university collaboration in understanding the intersection of perception with flavor and aroma stimuli across the spectrum of chemosensory science. For more information contact David Sadowski (848-445-3344).The deadline for proposals is Oct. 31.

Call for Proposals: National Science Foundation Planning Workshop

Summary:

The Center for Sensory Sciences and InnovationOffice of Economic Development, invites Rutgers researches to submit a short research proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Planning Workshop on November 6–7 in the Lecture Hall, Computing Research and Education (CoRE) Building, Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This is an opportunity to position for funding, present research ideas, obtain feedback from the industry and NSF, and help shape research and industry-university collaboration in this field. The deadline for proposals is October 31. For more information, contact David Sadowski at 848-445-3344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register, please visit:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9t886yhdf359586&llr=rdtw69dab

USAID Higher Education Webinar

USAID Higher Education Webinar

Date & Time: Thursday, October 23 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (EST)
Please register to help us track attendancehttps://usaidhighered2.eventbrite.com
Webinar will be hosted athttps://ac.usaid.gov/highered/

USAID’s Global Development Lab and Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment (E3) will host its next biannual webinar with higher education institutions on Thursday, October 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

The purpose of the webinar is three-fold:

1) to bring attention to USAID programs, policies and strategic investment areas that may be of interest to the Higher Education community; 
2) to highlight the work of diverse higher education institutions on a range of development and global engagement fronts – with and without USAID funding; and 
3) to share upcoming opportunities for engagement with USAID.

Webinar site: https://ac.usaid.gov/highered2/

Two-Day Professional Grant Development

Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, Room A
178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick 08901
10/27/2014-10/28/2014 : 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Daily

Summary:

Our comprehensive workshop covers the diversity of donors, key search engines, and converting ideas into fundable projects or research. After the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your project or research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the funding community and how to respond to various guidelines.

The training addresses the overall strategic plan for writing grants, including: needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation, key personnel, and budgets. Our instructors will engage you in interactive exercises, writing, lectures, and discussions to better understand how to research, write, and develop your specific project.

Our curriculum targets:

·         Beginners seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft grant-winning proposals for various funders
·         Experienced grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates about funding trends

You will learn how to:

·         Comprehend the diversity of the funding community
·         Research and identify potential donors
·         Create the right fit with the selected funding agency
·         Address the guidelines of proposals
·         Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal
·         Integrate each component of the grant into the final product
·         Develop focused and realistic budgets
·         Package a professional grant submission
·         Write winning grants that stand out among competition

For more information, please visit:

http://granttrainingcenter.com/workshop_description/776?utm_source=776&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=da

NIH Training Course: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

The Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) is a course to train participants on how to effectively conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues. Other areas covered include data management and ethical issues, including protection of human subjects, building a budget, plus many special topics.

The IPPCR course is offered yearly at the NIH Building 10, Clinical Center Lipsett Amphitheater on Monday and Tuesday nights from 5:00pm to 6:30pm during the months of October through March. The course can also be viewed online from a remote location. This course will be of interest to physicians, scientists, medical students, and any other health professional looking in enhance their knowledge in clinical research. There is no academic credit offered for attending and completing this course. However, a certificate of completion is awarded upon successful completion of the course, which includes scoring 75% or higher on the final exam. There is no cost for the course.

Course Objectives:
  • To become familiar with the basic epidemiologic methods involved in clinical research;
  • To be able to discuss the principles involved in the ethics of clinical research, the legal issues involved in clinical research, and the regulations involved in human subjects research, including the role of institutional review boards (IRBs) in clinical research.
  • To become familiar with the principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research.
  • To be able to discuss the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and have an understanding of the steps involved in developing and funding research studies.
For more information, please visit:

http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/training/training/ippcr.html?utm_source=News+for+All+Faculty+and+Research+Staff+Sept.+22&utm_campaign=Faculty%2Fstaff+newsletterr&utm_medium=email

Science is a Team Sport: Oct. 2 Workshop on Busch Campus

Team Science Workshop

An interactive workshop for faculty and administrators who want to develop and invigorate science teams for research projects will be conducted by Elsevier's vice president of Global Academic and Research Relations. The workshop, including a free lunch, will be held Oct. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Busch Campus Center.

For more information, please visit:

https://ored.rutgers.edu/sites/ored.rutgers.edu/files/Team%20Science%20Flyer.pdf?utm_source=News+for+All+Faculty+and+Research+Staff+Sept.+22&utm_campaign=Faculty%2Fstaff+newsletterr&utm_medium=email

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunity to Request Instrumentation Funding for Midscale Level Instrumentation in Physics Division

Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunity to Request Instrumentation Funding for Midscale Level Instrumentation in Physics Division


September 11, 2014

Dear Colleague:

One of the most critical needs of research projects funded through the Physics Division (PHY) is that of having cutting-edge instrumentation that enables Principal Investigators (PIs) to remain competitive in a rapidly-changing scientific environment. Because this instrumentation can often cost significantly beyond what an individual investigator award can provide, the Physics Division has established a special Midscale Instrumentation Fund that enables Program Officers to include an instrumentation allotment in awards beyond the level that might be feasible otherwise.

This Fund does not constitute a separate program to which PIs can apply directly. Rather, anyone needing specialized equipment should request funding for that equipment as part of a regular proposal to a disciplinary program in the Division. Proposals should be submitted via the division-wide solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14576.

The proposal will be reviewed by that program as part of its standard merit review process.

As noted in the solicitation, for proposals involving development or construction of complex instrumentation (typically at or above the million dollar level), reviewers will be also asked to assess the applicant's ability to successfully deliver the instrumentation within the proposed budget. Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate all foreseeable costs in the budget of such projects, including adequate plans for risk mitigation. Prior to final selection, these projects may be evaluated via a cost, schedule, and management review. Project management documentation should be uploaded as a supplementary document, if applicable. Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate program officer to determine the level of detail that will likely be needed.

Should a funding recommendation be warranted, the Program Officer can request that the instrumentation funds be provided through the Midscale Instrumentation Fund provided the PI has demonstrated that the instrumentation requested is essential to the completion of the project.

The Midscale Instrumentation Fund is not designed to be used for all instrumentation purchases needed by the awardee. Rather, the Fund can only be accessed when the level needed exceeds the $4M limit of the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. Resources from the Fund can only be used for the instrumentation portion of the overall activity. For any award utilizing resources from the Fund, all R&D and operating expenses for the instrumentation must be provided by disciplinary program funds or other sources.

Resources from the Midscale Instrumentation Fund can be used for off-the-shelf purchases or for construction of specialized equipment. In the latter case, the construction must have a well-defined beginning, an explicit funding profile, and a well-defined completion point. Midscale Instrumentation Fund resources are non-renewable and are intended to be one-time investments in the project.

PIs are encouraged to contact the cognizant Program Officer for the program to which the PI is applying prior to submission of a proposal that includes a midscale request. The names of these individuals are attached to the Program Descriptions for the respective programs on the Physics Division web page at http://www.nsf.gov/phy/.

Sincerely,

C. Denise Caldwell
Division Director
Division of Physics

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14116/nsf14116.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

CBET CAREER Webinar

CBET CAREER Webinar

CBET program officers discuss best practices regarding development & submission of CAREER proposals

October 21, 2014 12:00 PM  to 
October 21, 2014 5:00 PM
Webinar


October 22, 2014 12:00 PM  to 
October 22, 2014 5:00 PM
Webinar




CBET will host a two-day CAREER Proposal Webinar, October 21-22, 2014, 12pm-5pm EST, to discuss best practices regarding the development and submission of CAREER proposals.

Topics will include guidelines and eligibility; proposal preparation guidance; recommendations for integration of research, education and outreach into a CAREER proposal; and insight into a proposal review.

The webinar will also feature a live question-answer session with CBET program officers. Registration will open September 12, and close October 17. To register, please contact Tamara Battle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Following registration, you will be provided with additional details including WebEx information for attending the webinar.

An agenda for the webinar can be found in the attached document.
Meeting Type
Webcast

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132552&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click

Webinar on Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)

Webinar on Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)

An introduction to solicitation 14-602, IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers

September 23, 2014 2:00 PM  to 
September 23, 2014 3:30 PM
NSF headquarters




The NSF Engineering Directorate seeks ground-breaking, sustainable, and scalable ideas in its newly released Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) solicitation.

The FY 2015 RED activity is the first phase of a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. 

The Engineering Directorate launched this activity in partnership with the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Education and Human Resources (EHR).

RED letters of intent are due October 28, 2014. To learn more about RED, please join the webinar on September 23, 2014 at 2pm EDT.

Webinar Details
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Meeting Number: 747 857 658 
Meeting Password: {NGin33ring 

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Transformative Science

Press Release 14-114 
Transformative science


Public-private partnership funds $11.5M in biophysics cancer research

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This approach will take biological data and develop models to try to answer basic cancer questions.
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September 8, 2014


A new public-private partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research is committing $11.5 million towards transformational, theoretical biophysics that could have a significant impact on cancer research and treatment. SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises money for innovative cancer research.

"Addressing today's toughest issues requires myriad perspectives," said Fleming Crim, the NSF Assistant Director for mathematical and physical sciences. "This public-private partnership not only stretches our science research dollars; it also approaches cancer research from a perspective of fundamental physics."

"SU2C's emphasis on collaboration extends beyond our research model. We work together with a number of other research funding organizations to benefit patients quickly, and we are thrilled to be a part of this new public-private partnership with the National Science Foundation and National Cancer Institute, along with The V Foundation for Cancer Research," said Sung Poblete, SU2C's president and chief executive officer.

"By merging research in life science with the physical, computational and engineering sciences, the new research model known as 'convergence' offers the potential for revolutionary advances and more rapid innovation in the understanding and control of cancer," said Arnold Levine, professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and vice chair of SU2C's scientific advisory committee.

In this partnership, NSF is contributing $5 million, NCI is contributing $2.75 million, and SU2C in collaboration with The V-Foundation for Cancer Research is contributing $4 million to fund an NSF Ideas Lab to generate research projects that will employ physics-based approaches to cancer.

NSF Ideas Labs bring together a group of participants with expertise in several research areas to work in teams over a five-day intensive workshop and develop proposals. Following the workshop, select teams are invited to submit proposals to a competition for funding. Ideas Labs generally involve 15-30 participants who are assisted by scientists with relevant expertise and a team of facilitators. They provide an opportunity to form new multidisciplinary collaborations and gain real-time iterative feedback to improve proposal ideas.

"For many years, researchers have recognized that theoretical physics brings an important perspective to the table in studying biological issues," said Denise Caldwell, NSF's director of its physics division. "Using an interdisciplinary approach to living systems, researchers can make quantitative predictions of a system's behavior that biological approaches cannot do alone."

Interagency efforts between NCI and NSF, which began in 2009, will continue to flourish through this new program with both NSF and SU2C. An anticipated outcome of the NSF Ideas Labs exercise will be the integration of novel approaches from physics and mathematics, such as predictive forecasting methods, to aid the understanding of cancer as a complex dynamic disease. The Sept. 1 issue of the journal Cancer Research features a special section on physics in cancer research.

"Just as mathematical models indicated in the '90s that a cocktail of treatments would be effective to treat HIV, theoretical physics approaches can be effective in searching for basic principles in human cancer in a quantitative way that helps us better understand this disease," said Krastan Blagoev, program director for NSF's Physics of Living Systems program and who worked on the partnership. "To cure complex diseases, one has to drill down to basic science. Whether physicists are studying tumor growth, genetic susceptibility to a disease or a response to treatment, they take biological data and develop models that try to answer basic questions about cancer that can possibly help find a cure."

More information will be forthcoming about proposal submissions and the upcoming Ideas Lab.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132622&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Federal funding for basic research at universities and colleges essentially unchanged in FY 2012

Federal funding for basic research at universities and colleges essentially unchanged in FY 2012


Five U.S. departments and agencies provided most of the federal funding for basic research
 
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Universities and colleges received 51 percent of federal obligations for basic research in FY 2012.
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According to a new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF), federal funding for basic research performed at universities and colleges decreased 0.3 percent between fiscal years (FYs) 2011 and 2012.

Three broad fields of science in basic research performed at universities and colleges declined between FY 2011 and FY 2012. Computer sciences and mathematics decreased $75 million, life sciences decreased $55 million, and other sciences not elsewhere classified decreased $160 million.

Even with these declines for federal research funding, the report shows universities and colleges received 51 percent of the total $31 billion in federal obligations for basic research in FY 2012.

Five federal departments and agencies provided $15.4 billion, or 98 percent, of all federal basic research obligations to universities and colleges in FY 2012. Of the basic research total:

  • Department of Health and Human Services obligated 59 percent ($9.2 billion)
  • NSF obligated 24 percent ($3.8 billion)
  • Department of Defense obligated 8 percent ($1.2 billion)
  • Department of Energy obligated 5 percent ($0.7 billion)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration obligated 4 percent ($0.6 billion)

In FY 2012, basic research at universities and colleges accounted for 11.4 percent of total research and development obligations. The obligations are estimated to increase to 11.8 percent of total R&D obligations in FY 2013 and are projected to grow to 12.5 percent in FY 2014.

Data for the report are from NSF's Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development for FYs 2012-14. For more information on this report, please visit NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

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9/5 New Faculty Welcome and Resource Expo

Summary:


As we approach the New Faculty Welcome Breakfast and Resource Expo scheduled for Friday, 9/5 between 9 a.m. and noon in the Busch Student Center Multipurpose Room (MPR), I am reaching out to you with a quick update:

·         The Busch Campus Center (BSC) opens at 8:00 a.m., and I will be at the registration table by that time
·         You may park in any Faculty/Staff parking lot with a valid permit. I have reserved event parking for new faculty who may not yet have obtained a parking permit
·         If you are just dropping off materials, please drop them at the registration table. We are happy to put them out for you
·         A table and two chairs (unless you made other arrangements) has been reserved for you
·         You may choose your own table when you arrive from what is available based on your needs for access, outlets, etc.
·         The table measures 6 feet by 30 inches, in the event you wish to bring a table cover
·         Your display is up to you. Please note the BSC does not allow any kind of taping, tacking, posting, pinning, Velcro, etc. on the MPR walls
·         If you are bringing a laptop and/or other electronics, please bring along one or more very long extension cords
·         Blank nametags will be available for you and for our attendees
·         A light, standup breakfast buffet will be available starting at 9:00 a.m.

Let me know if you have any remaining questions. Thank you for passing this message along to anyone else in your department or unit who needs to know. We look forward to collaborating with you to welcome our new faculty.

 

Atoms to Product (A2P) Proposers’ Day Webinar

Summary:

The goal of the Atoms to Product program is to develop the technologies and processes required to assemble nanometer scale constituents into systems, components, or materials that are at least millimeter scale in size. While assembly is the primary focus of A2P, the second key program interest is the exploitation of unique nanometer scale characteristics. Systems, components, or materials that result from the A2P assembly process should leverage unique material properties and/or the miniaturization, material and geometric heterogeneity, and ability to build in three dimensions that assembly at the nanometer scale enables.

For more information, please visit: 

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S.T.E.M Webinar: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

S.T.E.M Webinar: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Command Center for combating weapons of mass destruction. The DTRA Chemical and Biological Technologies Department works to protect civilians, American warfighters, and their allies from threats posed by chemical and biological weapons.  Important research and emerging technologies from academia can significantly contribute to the DTRA Mission.

These webinars are designed to answer your questions about collaborative scientific opportunities.

PART 1: 1-2 PM EDT : Student Session: Prepare for science careers in the government. 
Learn how to search for internships and employment. Faculty, invite your classroom!

PART 2: 2:30-4:30 PM EDT : Leadership Session: Meet science & technology managers in a live Q&A. Learn how to find grant opportunities. Hear about current research portfolios.

Open to Academic Leadership, Faculty, Principal Investigators, Administrators, and Students. 
Check-out the FY2014 University Outreach Engagements Schedule for upcoming dates and featured
Subject Matter Experts.  
Join our Distribution list to receive DTRA CB announcements.
 
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National Science Board Meetings

Event
National Science Board Meeting

November 19, 2014 8:00 AM  to 
November 20, 2014 5:00 PM
TBD


Meetings of the full National Science Board are usually held five times a year. They are open to the public unless otherwise specified. Exact meeting times and locations to be determined.  Public agenda are usually available one week before the meetings.

Meeting Type
NSB Meeting
Contacts
National Science Board Office, (703) 292-7000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NSF Related Organizations
National Science Board 

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Dear Colleague Letter - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Invitation for Reviewers


 NSF 14-107

Dear Colleague Letter - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Invitation for Reviewers


August 7, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, and other professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education expertise, to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP supports fellowships in all STEM discipline areas including STEM education research. Service as a GRFP reviewer is an excellent opportunity for individuals to apply their research and career expertise to help identify future leaders in the fields of science and engineering. Reviewers gain experience that enhances their ability to mentor students on preparing GRFP applications and to write effective letters of recommendation.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the country's oldest national fellowship program directly supporting graduate students in STEM fields. Since 1952, NSF has awarded more than 48,000 Graduate Research Fellowships. The GRFP has a long history of identifying fellowship recipients who have the potential to achieve high levels of success in their future STEM careers. The hallmark features of the program are: 1) the award of fellowships to individuals on the basis of merit and potential, and 2) the freedom and flexibility provided to Fellows to define their own research and choose the accredited U.S. graduate institution that they will attend.

NSF seeks diverse panels composed of outstanding researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and backgrounds. NSF is particularly interested in recruiting STEM faculty and graduate education experts to be GRFP reviewers from Minority-Serving Institutions and predominantly undergraduate institutions to increase awareness of and participation in the GRFP opportunity at these institutions.

NSF welcomes both new and returning panelists to evaluate the GRFP applications. The entire 2015 panel process will be conducted online, with no travel requirements.  Panelists will convene for a virtual orientation session (webinar) in late November, and will be granted access to an assigned pool of applications to read and submit written reviews online during the month of December. In January 2015, panels will convene by field of study online for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days.

If you would like to be considered as a panelist for the GRFP panels, please go to https://panelists.nsfgrfp.org to register in the panelist system before August 15 to be considered for the 2015 GRFP review.   If you have not served as a panelist for the GRFP before, you may create a new profile by clicking the “Create New Account” link. If you have registered as a GRFP panelist in the past, please update your profile by logging in using your email address and password. Once logged in, please upload a PDF copy of either your CV or your NSF BioSketch. Creating a panelist profile does not commit you to serving as a GRFP panelist. Based on anticipated needs, NSF will send formal invitations to potential registered panelists in our database in late September.

NSF relies heavily on the expertise of the research and education community in making fellowship recommendations. The success of the merit review system depends on the willingness of expert reviewers to give their time to the process.

Questions should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and additional information on the GRF program can be found at www.nsfgrfp.org.

Sincerely,

Valerie Wilson, 
Acting Division Director
Division of Graduate Education
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
National Science Foundation

September 2014 Advsiory Committee Meeting for the Directorate for Biological Sciences

September 2014 Advsiory Committee Meeting for the Directorate for Biological Sciences

September 10-11, 2014

September 10, 2014 8:30 AM  to 
September 11, 2014 2:00 PM
National Science Foundation, Stafford I, Room 1235, Arlington, Virginia


All visitors must contact the Directorate for Biological Sciences [call (703) 292-8400 or send an e-mail message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to arrange for a visitor's badge.  All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the N. 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the meeting to receive a visitor's badge.

Agenda items will include graduate education in biology, broadening participation, the Committee of Visitors reports for the Divisions of Biological Infrastructure, Integrative Organismal Systems and Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

Meeting Type
Advisory Committee Meeting

Contacts
Chuck Liarakos, (703) 292-8400, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
       Preferred Contact Method: Email

NSF Related Organizations
Directorate for Biological Sciences 


 

MPS Advisory Committee Meeting (MPSAC)

November 3, 2014 1:00 PM  to 
November 3, 2014 5:30 PM
National Science Foundation, Room 1235, Face-to-Face Meeting


November 4, 2014 8:30 AM  to 
November 4, 2014 3:30 PM
National Science Foundation, Room 1235, Face-to-Face Meeting


Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Meeting Type
Advisory Committee Meeting

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Fall 2014: ENG Advisory Committee Meeting

Fall 2014: ENG Advisory Committee Meeting

October 22, 2014 8:30 AM  to 
October 22, 2014 5:00 PM
National Science Foundation


October 23, 2014 8:30 AM  to 
October 23, 2014 3:00 PM
National Science Foundation


The Directorate for Engineering Advisory Committee meets bi-annually. Please check the agenda for meeting specifics.

We encourage individuals to pre-register for the meeting by calling (703) 292-8301 or by contacting Evette Rollins at to=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: rgb(127, 76, 138); border: 0px; outline: none; position: relative;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Individuals who do not pre-register must go to the NSF security office on the second floor and register the day of the meeting. A government-issued photo ID will be required to gain admission to the meeting. Individuals who register on the day of the meeting will be given a special badge and will be escorted upstairs by a security guard. They will also be escorted out of the building at the end of each day's meeting.

Meeting Type
Advisory Committee Meeting

Contacts
Evette Rollins, (703) 292-2105, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Related Organizations
Directorate for Engineering 

Core Attachments
ENG AdCom Minutes Spring 2014

NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA

NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA

Hosted by George Washington University

October 6, 2014 8:30 AM  to 
October 7, 2014 3:30 PM
Arlington, VA


Sign up to be notified once registration for this conference is available:http://events.SignUp4.com/nsfnotification

The first National Science Foundation Grants Conference of fiscal year 2015, will be hosted by George Washington University on October 6-7, 2014.

Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of General Counsel, and Office of the Inspector General will participate in this two-day conference. The conference is considered a must, particularly for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to NSF;
  • NSF's proposal preparation and merit review process;
  • Award management;
  • Conflict of interest policies;
  • New programs and initiatives;
  • Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and
  • Breakout sessions by discipline.

Meeting Type
Outreach

Contacts
Registration Questions, (703) 465-5736, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
       Preferred Contact Method: Email
Program Questions, (703) 292-8243, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Policy Update: National Science and Technology Council Requests Public Comments on the Draft 2014 Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan — Comments Due July 21

Policy Update: National Science and Technology Council Requests Public Comments on the Draft 2014 Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan — Comments Due July 21
On June 20, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on the Materials Genome Initiative (SMGI) released a draft strategic plan, which outlines how the federal government will aim to achieve the vision set out in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI).  The draft plan includes high-level goals and priorities as well as short-term milestones to achieve these goals.  SMGI seeks public comments on the plan before the document is finalized and published.

The draft strategic plan outlines specific actions to address the four key challenges of MGI:
·         “Leading a culture shift in materials research to encourage and facilitate an integrated team approach that links computation, data, and experiment and crosses boundaries from academia to industry;
·         Integrating experiment, computation, and theory and equipping the materials community with the advanced tools and techniques to work across materials classes from research to industrial application;
·         Making digital data accessible including combining data from experiment and computation into a searchable materials data infrastructure and encouraging researchers to make their data available  to others;
·         Creating a world-class materials workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry, including high-tech manufacturing jobs.”

The draft plan additionally outlines the scientific and technical challenges in nine materials classes: Biomaterials, Catalysts, Polymer Composites, Correlated Materials, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Energy Storage Systems, Lightweight and Structural Materials, Organic Electronic Materials, and Polymers.  The plan also discusses how MGI will help address national objectives in National Security, Human Health and Welfare, Clean Energy Systems, and Infrastructure and Consumer Goods.
 
The draft strategic plan includes input from the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 
Comments should not exceed 500 words and should reference the relevant page and line numbers.  Please note that comments may be made public
The release of the draft strategic plan coincides with the three year anniversary of MGI.  On June 19, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a factsheet outlining milestones and commitments related to MGI:http://www.whitehouse.gov//sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/materials_genome_initiative_-_three_years.pdf.

Due Dates: Comments must be submitted by July 21, 2014

Contact: Comments should be submitted in one of the following ways:
·         Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Include [MGI Strategic Plan—Public Comment] in the subject line of the message.
·         Fax: (202) 456-6027, Attn: Meredith Drosback.
·         Mail: Attn: Meredith Drosback, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20504.

 For more information:
pdf MSI Strategic Plan

Meet the CIC Exec Director on July 7

Meet the CIC Exec Director on July 7
 
Reminder that we will be meeting with Barbara McFadden Allen, Executive Director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).  Take a look at their website to see the advantages that membership holds for Rutgers.  Barbara will give a brief presentation and most of our time will focus on questions and answers.
 
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with the CIC Executive Director!

Lunch will be provided.
July 7, 11:00 AM
CoRE Building, 7th floor Board Room
 
There will be a telephone line available but not videoconferencing. 

National Science Board Meeting

National Science Board Meeting

September 17, 2014 8:00 AM  to 
September 18, 2014 5:00 PM
TBD


Meetings of the full National Science Board are usually held five times a year. They are open to the public unless otherwise specified. Exact meeting times and locations to be determined.  Public agenda are usually available one week before the meetings.

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NSF and NIH collaborate to accelerate advance of biomedical innovations into the marketplace

NSF and NIH collaborate to accelerate advance of biomedical innovations into the marketplace



NIH implements NSF Innovation Corps curriculum in pilot program to train business-minded biotech researchers

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More than 300 teams have completed the NSF I-Corps curriculum since the program began in July 2011.
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June 18, 2014


A new collaboration between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will give NIH-funded researchers training to help them evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential with the aim of accelerating the translation of biomedical innovations into applied health technologies.

I-Corps™ at NIH is a pilot of the NSF Innovation Corps™ (I-Corps™) program specially tailored for biomedical research. Academic researchers and entrepreneurs with Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) "phase one" awards--awards that establish feasibility of proof of concept for commercializable technology--from participating NIH institutes will be eligible to apply to I-Corps™ at NIH. NIH will hold a June 25 program briefing at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego and a webinar on July 2 to begin its outreach to the small business research community.

The I-Corps™ Teams curriculum at NIH will be a nine-week boot camp in which experienced, business-savvy instructors work closely with teams of researchers to help them explore potential markets for their federally funded innovations. I-Corps™ grantees use a hypothesis-validation approach to customer discovery that resonates with scientists and engineers. While I-Corps™ instructors typically have a wide range of expertise, the I-Corps™ participants from NIH will be taught by instructors who have biomedical business experience.

"This new collaboration with NIH is further evidence of the flexibility and efficacy of the I-Corps™ model," said Pramod Khargonekar, NSF assistant director for Engineering. "Translating basic biomedical research to the marketplace has its own particular set of challenges, which we recognize. By focusing and adapting the I-Corps™ curriculum to the life sciences, we expect biomedical researchers will be better-equipped to enter the business arena."

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131760&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Learn the latest on advanced manufacturing at a June 17 Capitol Hill briefing

Learn the latest on advanced manufacturing at a June 17 Capitol Hill briefing


NSF, DISCOVER Magazine and ASME present "Made to Order: Customization in Internet-enabled Manufacturing"

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June 12, 2014


"Made to order," a phrase that began with the service industry, is now vital to the future of U.S. manufacturing. Manufacturing production is growing at its fastest pace in more than a decade, creating more economic value per dollar than any other sector. Adding to this surge is customization--the ability to quickly and efficiently make what you want, when you want it. 

Large-scale customization is possible due to a combination of Internet-based business platforms and technological advances in manufacturing. From 3-D printing to cyber-physical manufacturing systems, today's and tomorrow's engineering research holds promise to improve productivity in both production and the supply chain, benefiting suppliers and customers along the way.

Next week, learn the latest on advanced manufacturing at a lunch panel featuring experts in the field:

What: Customization in Internet-enabled manufacturing

 

With: Kathi Kube, Managing Editor, DISCOVER Magazine

Thomas Gardner, Chief Technology Officer, Scitor Corporation; Member, ASME Industry Advisory Board

Grace Wang, National Science Foundation

Steven Schmid, University of Notre Dame

Neil Gershenfeld, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

 

When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, noon to 1 p.m.

 

Where: Capitol Visitor Center, located underground on the east side of the U.S. Capitol, at First St. and E. Capitol St., Room HVC-215

RSVP: Lisa-Joy Zgorski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for credentialed members of the media)

NSF has long supported research to bring about transformational advances in manufacturing--from early NSF investments in additive manufacturing in the 1970s and 1980s to today's broad portfolio of current research investments enabling new paradigms for manufacturing in the coming decades.

Some promising frontier research areas include those in autonomous systems, bio-manufacturing, breakthrough materials and materials design, digital design and manufacturing methods, nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing, novel semiconductor design and manufacturing and smart manufacturing with cyber-physical systems.

Learn more about NSF investments in advanced manufacturing on the NSF website, and find out at the briefing how new technologies are already changing manufacturing.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131721&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Frontier biotech research on display at 2014 BIO Innovation Zone

Frontier biotech research on display at 2014 BIO Innovation Zone


NSF and NIH-supported early stage biomedical SBIR/STTR companies featured at 2014 BIO International Convention

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Small businesses are incubators for the most pioneering biomedical technology.

 June 10, 2014

Twenty-four small businesses funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) withinnovative biomedical technologies based on fundamental research will be showcased later this month, June 23-26, in San Diego at the 2014 BIO International Convention, the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry.

The companies will be part of the newly established Innovation Zone, an exhibit space dedicated to businesses with cutting-edge biomedical technologies supported by NSF's Directorate for Engineering's Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs.

Ready for the next phase

While still early-stage, the companies are primed for investor and partnering opportunities. Nearly 50 companies in all will make up the Innovation Zone, a space jointly created by NSF, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This event follows on the heels of the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum, for which NSF partnered with BIO to help connect entrepreneurs with investors.

"Small businesses are incubators for the most pioneering biomedical technology," said Grace Wang, director of the NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP). "World-class gatherings like the BIO International Convention give SBIR/STTR entrepreneurs, who have been vetted by NSF's rigorous merit review system, an opportunity to make connections that could help them get one step closer to the market."

Inaugural zone hot topics

The Innovation Zone companies span a broad portfolio of fundamental scientific and engineering research headed for commercialization.

They include the discovery of new drug candidatesnovel treatments for health conditions such as blood-borne toxins and diabetes, detection and monitoring of cancersand other illnesses, and the cost-effective engineering of organisms to benefit society.

"Each of these technologies holds the promise to significantly improve people's lives," said Jesus Soriano, a program director for NSF's SBIR/STTR program. "That's why high-risk, high-reward funding is so important--because the potential long-term gain is enormous for society and investors alike. Thanks to our partnership with BIO and NIH, these technologies are being given the exposure they need to compete in the market."

NSF's role in the Innovation Zone is a continuation of a three-decade legacy of support for the small business community. In particular, large-scale trade shows provide exhibitors with opportunities to connect with a multitude of likeminded prospective partners and investors. Like the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2014 International CES® and the NSF pavillion at the upcoming International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) conference, special exhibit spaces such as Innovation Zone make these up-and-coming technologies easier to find.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131713&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

NSF ADVANCE Program New Solicitation Webinars

NSF ADVANCE Program New Solicitation Webinars


June 17, 2014 3:00 PM  to 
June 17, 2014 4:30 PM
Webinar


July 8, 2014 2:00 PM  to 
July 8, 2014 3:30 PM
Webinar


The ADVANCE Program Office is offering two identical webinars about the new solicitation.  The webinars will include information on changes in the new solicitation from the past and details about the new track – Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks (PLAN).  Information will be provided about sample PLAN project designs, important components of the proposal, and FAQs. There will also be time for questions and answers.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131676&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click