Funding: National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) due July 12, 2016

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NIST is pleased to announce funding on behalf of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to build multistakeholder workforce partnerships of employers, schools and institutions of higher education, and other community organizations.

NIST intends to advance NICE’s goals and the President’s Job-Driven Training and Ready to Work Initiative by providing assistance to establish Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development.  Effective multistakeholder workforce partnerships focus on organizing multiple employers with skill shortages in specific occupations to focus on developing the skilled workforce to meet industry needs within the local or regional economy. Read the full press release here.

Applicants must be non-profit organizations including institutions of higher education located in the United States or its territories. Applicants must also demonstrate through letters of interest that at least one of each of the following types of organizations is interested in being part of the proposed regional partnership:

  • K-12 school or Local Education Agency (LEA),
  • Institution of Higher Education or College/University System, and
  • Local employer.

The deadline to apply is: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Link to opportunity on

Link to full Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) PDF:

A virtual webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:00am eastern time to provide general information regarding this FFO, offer general guidance on preparing applications, and answer questions. Email us at for more information.

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This service is provided to you at no charge by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

National Academy of Engineering: Engineering For You Video Contest deadline May 31

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Engineering for You Video Contest 3 (E4U3)
There is less than one month left to enter the Engineering for You Video Contest 3: Mega-Engineering Projects for a chance to win $25,000! Most of humankind’s biggest endeavors are mega engineering projects that provide solutions that span disciplines, geographies, and cultural boundaries.

We are looking for 1 to 2 minute videos that (i) introduce a particular mega-engineering project, (ii) highlight its importance/contribution to people and society, and (iii) suggest contributions to its development.

The Grand Prize of $25,000 will go to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. We hope that you will participate in the contest and also encourage those in your communities to enter as well!

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016, so start filming!

Visit to learn more!

For any additional questions, please email

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Convergence Idea Challenge (MIT) – apply by June 3rd

Dear folks with an interest in Convergence,


Apologies for this mass email, but I thought you might be interested in the contest information, below. It is part of an MIT project exploring how Convergence – the integration of knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking from multiple fields to form a comprehensive framework for tackling scientific and societal challenges at interfaces – can contribute to the future of health. Winners will be announced on June 24, to coincide with the release of an MIT report. I believe the submissions will be posted online and prizes are involved…


Convergence Idea Challenge (MIT)

Please share the Convergence Idea Challenge with your graduate students and post-docs. Ideas can be submitted at by June 3rd. Participants can win up to $3000 for submitting a short 450-word report explaining their Convergence idea and how it will improve human health. More information at


Best regards,



Katherine Bowman, Ph.D.

Board on Life Sciences

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-334-2638


AAAS Courses: Federal R&D budget & Avoiding common errors in proposal writing

AAAS has always understood the importance professional development plays in our members’ careers, and we continue to develop resources through ScienceCareers and the MemberCentral portal to address these needs.

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the most robust member benefits, AAAS has just launched the Career Development Center, a new e-learning website located at Our goal is to provide online courses that address the skills our members need at different stages of their science and engineering careers.

The e-learning initiative launches with two courses – the first of many to come in 2016 that aim to augment STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education with learning that addresses a range of challenges members experience as they build their careers. Visit site »

Understanding the Federal R&D Budget
This course provides a basic overview and understanding of the steps in the federal budget process, what influences the process, how it comes together in the executive branch and Congress and how budget politics and science funding interact. Read More »
Avoiding Common Errors in Proposal Writing
This short course presents the most frequent proposal writing errors seen by the AAAS Research Competitiveness Program over the past five years. The course includes a look at errors by key proposal sections and specific missteps in overall strategy, formatting and layout that can lead to a low proposal ranking by a review panel. Read More »

Job Opportunities at NASA Glenn Research Center

I am writing to you today to notify you of multiple unique and exciting job opportunities at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  We’ve posted three job announcements (see the links below; entry level and eligibility based on education and/or work experience) for multiple Engineering positions.  We are hiring in various engineering disciplines, and applicants may be considered for multiple jobs with one application per job announcement.  We’d like your assistance to ensure that this information is disseminated to your network of contacts including any graduating seniors for this Spring or Summer 2016 semester as well as any school or program alumni.  We also ask that you encourage applicants to be very detailed in describing their work experiences and to include all paid and unpaid internship experience and classroom related experience or other projects or activities related to the field of engineering.


The positions are in various fields but may include: Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Electronics and Aerospace Engineering.  There are many majors that would make an applicant eligible for consideration.  They include:


A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with major study in: Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Life Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for these positions.


While both announcements will be open until August 9th, you must apply prior to May 17th for immediateconsideration. Here are the links to apply.


You should apply for this job announcement if:    

-you have just received a bachelor’s degree or are graduating this spring (you will be eligible for a GS-7 grade/pay level)

-you have a bachelor’s degree and one year of professional engineering experience (you will be eligible for a GS-9 grade/pay level)


-you have just received a master’s degree or are graduating this spring (you will be eligible for a GS-9 grade/pay level)

You should apply for this job announcement if:   

-you have received a master’s degree and have one year of work experience (you will be eligible for a GS-11 grade/pay level)

-you have a PhD or are graduating this spring or summer (you will be eligible for a GS-11 grade/pay level)


We also have an Aerospace Engineer position open for an experienced hire at the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels.  Please see this link for more information.                      


All of these positions have a promotion potential to the GS-13 grade level!

Again, please remember that in order to be considered immediately for this position, applicants need to apply at the USAJobs Website (see attached tutorial for assistance) located within the above links prior to May 17th, 2016.

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NSF RFPs due in June

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 1, 2016
EDGE Track

Program Guidelines: NSF 16-505
The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental …
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 Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 1, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-542
The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose.

U.S. …
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 Full Proposal Target Date: June 1, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 12-598

The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth’s surface to its’ deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth’s magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth’s thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research …
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Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 2, 2016
Full Proposal (Invited Only) Submission Deadline

Program Guidelines: NSF 16-516
The geosciences continue to lag other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in the engagement, recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented and underserved minorities, requiring more focused and strategic efforts to address this problem. Diversity is a vital priority for the geosciences community because it promotes innovation, strengthens the community’s ability to tackle complex geoscience research problems, and engenders widespread public Earth …
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 Solicitation: NSF 16-561
Due Date: August 01, 2016
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary: No more than two preliminary proposals may be submitted by any one institution.  The same limitation applies to full proposals.

NIH RFPs for Aug.

  • BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Intramural Investigators (K22)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    National Cancer Institute
    National Eye Institute
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Library of Medicine
    Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
    Office of Disease Prevention
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
    Office of Research on Women’s Health
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 1, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Opportunity in Environmental Health Sciences (R21)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 3, 2016, July 1, 2016, August 1, 2016, September 1, 2016, October 3, 2016, November 1, 2016, December 1, 2016, January 3, 2017, February 1, 2017, March 1, 2017, April 3, 2017, May 1, 2017, June1, 2017, July 3, 2017, August 1, 2017, September 1, 2017, October 2, 2017, November 1, 2017, December 1, 2017, January 2, 2018, February 1, 2018, March 1, 2018, April 2, 2018, May 1, 2018, June 1, 2018, July 2, 2018, August 1, 2018, September 4, 2018, October 1, 2018, November 1, 2018, December 3, 2018, January 2, 2019, February 1, 2019, March 1, 2019, April 1, 2019, May 1, 2019, June 1, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Programs Funding Opportunities

The Defense Health Program

Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Defense Appropriations Act provides $278.7 million to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP).  The vision of the PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries.  The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address one of the FY16 congressionally directed topic areas with original ideas that foster new directions in basic science and translational research; novel product development leading to improved therapeutic or diagnostic tools; synergistic, multidisciplinary research programs; or clinical trials that address an immediate clinical need.

As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation.  The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

FY16 PRMRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions are posted on

Congressionally Directed Topic Areas.  The FY16 PRMRP will solicit research applications for the following 39 topics areas:

*         Acute Lung Injury
*         Antimicrobial Resistance
*         Chronic Migraine and Post-Traumatic Headache
*         Congenital Heart Disease
*         Constrictive Bronchiolitis
*         Diabetes
*         Dystonia
*         Emerging Infectious Diseases
*         Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
*         Fragile X Syndrome
*         Hepatitis B
*         Hereditary Angioedema
*         Hydrocephalus
*         Inflammatory Bowel Disease
*         Influenza
*         Integrative Medicine
*         Interstitial Cystitis
*         Lupus
*         Malaria
*         Metals Toxicology
*         Mitochondrial Disease
*         Nanomaterials for Bone Regeneration
*         Nonopioid Pain Management
*         Pancreatitis
*         Pathogen-Inactivated Dried Plasma
*         Polycystic Kidney Disease
*         Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis
*         Psychotropic Medications
*         Pulmonary Fibrosis
*         Respiratory Health
*         Rett Syndrome
*         Rheumatoid Arthritis
*         Scleroderma
*         Sleep Disorders
*         Tinnitus
*         Tuberculosis
*         Vaccine Development for Infectious Disease
*         Vascular Malformations
*         Women’s Heart Disease

Military Relevance:  Relevance to the healthcare needs of the military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries is a key feature of each FY16 PRMRP award mechanism.

Clinical Trial Award
*    Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
*    Supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials of novel interventions with the potential to have a significant impact on patient care in the topic area(s) of interest.
*    Proposed projects may range from small proof-of-concept trials through large-scale, definitive trials.
*    Investigational New Drug or Investigational Device Exemption applications, if needed, should be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration before the PRMRP application submission deadline.
*    Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only
*    Funding limit not defined; requested funding must be appropriate for the scope of work proposed
*    Maximum period of performance is 5 years

Discovery Award
*    All Investigators
*    Supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory.
*    Not intended to support the logical progression of an already established line of questioning.
*    Clinical trials will not be funded.
*    Reviewers will be blinded to the identity of the Principal Investigator (PI), collaborators, and their organization(s)
*    Maximum of $200,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
*    Maximum period of performance is 18 months

Focused Program Award
*    Full Professor level or above (or equivalent)

*    Supports a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program of at least four distinct but complementary projects addressing an overarching goal in one of the topic areas listed directly above. Projects should work together to answer critical questions, resolve differing hypotheses, and translate laboratory findings to clinical applications. Projects may range from exploratory/ hypothesis-developing through small-scale clinical trials that together will address the overarching goal/question. Research team of highly qualified, multidisciplinary project leaders should be led by a PI with demonstrated success in directing large, focused projects.
*    Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.
*    Maximum of $10 million for total costs (includes direct and indirect costs)
*    Maximum period of performance is 5 years

Investigator-Initiated Research Award
*    Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
*    Supports research that will make an original and important contribution to the field of research or patient care in the topic area(s) of interest.
*    Partnering PI Option available.
*    Clinical trials will not be funded.
*    Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.
*    Maximum of $1.2 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
*    Maximum of $1.5 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs) for applications including a Partnering PI Option
*    Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Technology/ Therapeutic Development Award
Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
*    Supports the development of diagnostics or therapies that have the potential to make a strong impact on patient care in the topic area(s) of interest.
*    Product-oriented (e.g., device, drug, clinical guidelines).
*    Clinical trials will not be funded.
*    Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only
*    Maximum of $3.0 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
*    Maximum period of performance is 3 years

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at <>prior to the pre-application deadline.  All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the<>website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on <>.  A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the <>website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, <>.  Requests for email notification of the Program Announcements’ release may be sent to <>.  For more information about the PRMRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (<> ).

Point of Contact:
CDMRP Help Desk

Michigan Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards

Help us fill the second annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards with efficiency all-stars. Over the past few years, Michigan has emerged as a leader in innovative and effective energy-efficiency practices. It’s time we acknowledged those leading the charge. 
Choose from the following categories for a total of eight awardees:
Innovator of the Year
Contractor of the Year
Best Communication or Education Program
Best Projects:
  • Residential
  • Commercial (private)
  • Public
  • Industrial/Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
The event, taking place this fall in Lansing, is headlined by the Governor, who will select the awardees. The ceremony is exclusive to finalists, their guests, sponsors, and the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards Steering Committee.  
Nominate online at 
Nominations are due by Friday, May 20, 2016

WPI STEM Launch Program for grad students & postdocs seeking tenure-track positions

Learn how to pursue, apply for, and successfully launch your faculty career with the STEM Faculty Launch Workshop, a premier workshop for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers seeking tenure-track positions.

This second annual workshop, based at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), is open to candidates nationwide. Women and traditionally underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Participants attend a variety of interactive sessions, present their research to expert faculty, and gain exposure to project-based learning, a hallmark of WPI education.

All invited participants receive funding to cover travel expenses to and from WPI as well as lodging and meals during the workshop.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts

September 22-23, 2016

Application Deadline:
August 12, 2016
Learn about critical topics for new and aspiring faculty:

  • Telling your story through public speaking and social media.
  • Preparing your teaching statement with evidence-based teaching practice.
  • Designing an effective research statement.
  • Preparing for the on-campus interview.
  • Writing successful grants.
  • Negotiating for a tenure-track position.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 0160