Category Archives: Collaborations/Interdisciplinary Opportunities

NSF Cybersecurity RFI due April 5

High performance computing has transformed the outcomes of scientific research in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy to artificial intelligence.  The National Science Foundation has led in supporting development and application of the Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which encompasses high performance computing, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development.

Many engineering researchers, however, have not taken advantage of advanced computing techniques and approaches.

NSF is now formulating plans for new investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research.  In support of this planning, NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter – Request for Information,, inviting contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions.  This will include a focus on supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own.

Researchers previously under-involved in cyberinfrastructure and advanced computing are especially encouraged to respond.  This may include explanations of perceived obstacles to participation, cybertraining needs, and identification of new research domains that can benefit from application of advanced computing.

Visit the NSF DCL,, which provides a link to the required submission website.  The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.  Please participate and submit your ideas and needs.


Deborah J. Goodings, PhD, P.Eng.

Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation

Directorate for Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Room 545.11

Arlington, VA 22230, USA

Phone 703-292-4613

Fax 703-292-9053

Present at NAMEPA: Abstracts due March 20

Please share widely. And Save the Date!!

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is currently seeking presenters for the 2017 National Conference.

NAMEPA is a platform for identifying best practices among university programs in the diversity space. Through this platform, training opportunities are available for university administrators, K-12 students, teachers and counselors, new and seasoned MEP directors, and industry professionals who are committed to increasing diversity in the STEM fields. NAMEPA is committed to increasing the participation of students from traditionally underrepresented minority populations in engineering higher education and professional pursuits. This year, the NAMEPA National Conference will be held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA on September 10-13, 2017

Educators as well as engineers and scientists in industry from across the nation are invited to submit abstracts on topics relevant to NAMEPA members such as:

  • Retention
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Outreach and Recruitment
  • First Year Programs – including first year transition programs
  • Program Assessment

The theme for the conference this year is, Blazing a New Path: Diversity in the 21st Century. If you are interested in presenting your topic in the form of a presentation or workshop, please email with your abstract no later than March 20, 2017. Abstracts should be no longer than one (1) page.

Ford College Community Challenge Grant 2017 due April 26, 2017

Please share this opportunity with faculty and staff in your unit as you see relevant.

Ford Motor Company Fund is requesting proposals for an innovative grant-making initiative: The Ford College Community Challenge. This program is designed to empower student-led projects at higher education organizations to catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local needs.

The overarching theme of the Ford College Community Challenge is “Making Lives Better” by:

  • Changing the Way People Move Through Smart Mobility
  • Driving Social Mobility
  • Building Sustainable Communities

“At Ford, we understand that to be a truly sustainable organization, we must play an active role in the larger community, helping address a wide range of vital issues from education to safety to mobility.”

Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need that addresses the issue of Making Lives Better. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of potential topics including infrastructure and workforce needs, education pipeline issues, design issues, new approaches to student volunteerism, etc.

Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects. Winning proposals must, at a minimum:

  1. Describe an innovative approach to Making Lives Better
  2. Involve students in a leadership role
  3. Seek to address an urgent and unmet community need in a tangible way
  4. Involve a community-based organization as a partner
  5. Involve the school of business, engineering, or design in some way

Faculty and staff who would like to submit a proposal should contact Pete Cattelino, Office of Industry Relations (, 487-3486), to obtain a full RFP and further information.  Please provide a 1 or 2 sentence overview of you proposal idea.

  • Submission deadline of Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
  • Twenty proposals from the 1st round will be selected in early June 2017 to advance to the 2nd round of the competition. These proposals will be asked to provide an additional “elevator speech” description of their projects, delivered via video.
  • Award winners will be announced and projects implemented in fall 2017.

AAAS Invitation to Review Annual Meeting Proposals

Thank you for your previous review of AAAS Annual Meeting proposals. You can help shape the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting into a strong and well-balanced program by volunteering to serve as a scientific session proposal reviewer again this year.

All proposals will be reviewed online via a password-protected site. The official review period will take place May 16 – June 1, 2017. Reviews must be completed by June 1. Detailed instructions will be sent to all confirmed reviewers by email prior to the start of the review period.

Sign up to review proposals by April 4!

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If you know of colleagues who would make excellent reviewers, please extend this invitation to them as well (a Ph.D. is required). Thank you very much.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Best regards,

Elana Kimbrell
Communication Program Officer
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Federal Science Partners March 3 update

Includes discussion on budget priorities (increase defense, decrease other areas).

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NSF Hearing Before House Research and Technology Subcommittee – The Director of the National Science Foundation is expected to testify before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology on March 9.  Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) is expected to chair this hearing.  This will NSF’s first opportunity to testify on its programs and activities since the 115th Congress convened in January.

Opportunities for teaching & mentoring funds from NASA and NSF

Dive Insight:

The new laws present ideal opportunities for colleges and universities to position themselves as teaching and mentoring resources in support of NASA and the NSF towards the overall goal of attracting more women to STEM disciplines. Many researchers and professors who already hold grants with these agencies can also serve as resources to secondary districts, which could present additional opportunities for new contracts and initiatives built out of this presidential mandate.

Additionally, colleges should continue to lobby the White House and federal lawmakers to enhance programs which ultimately lead to expanded workforce development and stronger partnerships between colleges and universities. New jobs without qualified workers will harm the economy, and most government officials know that higher education can mitigate this issue, if solutions are presented in a strategic and politically sound way.