NSF Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MOMS) Due Sept 15

The Mechanics of Materials and Structures program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and respective structures under internal and external actions. A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis on research that leads to advances in i) theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in mechanics, and/or ii) uses contemporary mechanics methods to address modern challenges in materials and structures. Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging materials and structural systems, across time and length scales.

Proposals related to material response are welcome, and would propose, but not limited to, advances in fundamental understanding of deformation, fracture, fatigue, as well as on contact and friction through constitutive modeling, multi-scale (spatial or temporal) and multi-physics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques. Proposals that relate to structural response are welcome and would propose, but not limited to, advances in the understanding of nonlinear deformation, instability and collapse in the context of large deformation, wave propagation, multi-scale (spatial or temporal) and multi-physics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques.


Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2015 – September 15, 2015

Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2016 – February 16, 2016

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NSF Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) Due Sept. 15

The Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) Program combines and replaces the Geotechnical Engineering Program and the Geomechanics and Geomaterials Program. This new Program supports fundamental research in soil and rock mechanics and dynamics in support of physical civil infrastructure systems. Also supported is research on improvement of the engineering properties of geologic materials by mechanical, biological, thermal, chemical, and electrical processes. The Program supports civil engineering applications in the traditional areas of foundation engineering, earth structures, underground construction, tunneling, geoenvironmental engineering, and site characterization, as well as the emerging area of bio-geo engineering, with emphasis on sustainable geosystems. Research related to the geotechnical engineering aspects of geothermal energy and geothermal heat pump systems is also supported.

The GEM program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of physical civil infrastructure. The program supports relevant research topics that address the emerging areas of geotechnical engineering and the Grand Challenges to “restore and improve urban infrastructure” and “provide access to clean water”


Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2015 – September 15, 2015

Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2016 – February 16, 2016

Online Video Tutorials help Department of Energy SBIR/STTR proposers

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide a meaningful way for small advanced technology firms to contribute to federal science and technology (S&T) initiatives, while developing one’s own firm. Although the SBIR and STTR programs are provided through various Federal Agencies, each Agency is unique. It takes times to learn about agency differences and to learn how to effectively work with each unique customer.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has an interest in increasing participation of women and minority owned small businesses that possess the technical qualifications to contribute to DOE’s S&T initiatives via the SBIR and STTR programs. DOE is also reaching out to advanced technology firms in those states that have historically had low submission rates to the Department of Energy SBIR and STTR programs. Although the SBIR and STTR programs are strictly merit based, it is recognized that proposal preparation is a skill that can be taught.  To provide support in developing these skills, the Department of Energy launched its DOE Phase 0 program in October, 2014 to provide assistance to qualified small businesses. Last month, a rich addition was added to the DOE Phase 0 website that is available to anyone – the Online Tutorials  http://www.doesbirlearning.com/

Recognizing that adults learn in different ways – each tutorial is presented in three different formats – video, multimedia, and text. A variety of tools accompany each tutorial including templates, demos, glossaries, and quizzes. Materials are readily available to any small business looking to work with the Department of Energy. Unlike traditional learning management systems, interested parties don’t need to register to use the tutorials. State programs and universities with relevant Centers of Excellence are encouraged to freely use this tool as a complement to services that they provide.

The recent Department of Energy SBIR/STTR solicitation referred to as the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was released on Monday, August 17th. If you have thought about submitting a proposal to DOE in the past, now is the time to take advantage of the Online Tutorials.


National Academy of Engineering launches LinkEngineering.org

The National Academy of Engineering has launched LinkEngineering, a new website to support implementation of preK–12 engineering education in the United States. LinkEngineering aims to provide high-quality resources and build a professional community for three groups: educators working in preK–12 classrooms and out of school settings; those engaged in preservice teacher education and professional development; and school, district, and state administrators. The website responds to recent efforts, including the Next Generation Science Standards, to introduce preK–12 students to engineering concepts and practices. The LinkEngineering project was made possible by the generous support of Chevron.

Visit the site. Join the community. Comment on and submit resources. Get feedback on your own ideas for teaching engineering. Share this note with colleagues who might be interested in the website. http://linkengineering.org 

NSF PFI:AIR-TT = Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation, LOI due Sept. 8

If you have an existing or prior NSF award and want to continue that research towards commercialization, this is the perfect program.   I’d be happy to share the organization (outline) and strategy of our successful proposal if it would help.
The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject of this solicitation is PFI: AIR-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT). The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.

More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504790&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Letter of Intent Deadline Date:  September 8, 2015

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 9, 2015

Letter of Intent Deadline Date:  March 1, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  April 1, 2016

NSF EHR Core Research (ECR) Due Sept. 10

EHR = Education & Human Resources

Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 10, 2015

Program Guidelines: NSF 15-509

The EHR Core Research (ECR) program of fundamental research in STEM education provides funding in critical research areas that are essential, broad and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following focal areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM.

The ECR program is distinguished by its emphasis on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to (a) understand, (b) build theory to explain, and (c) suggest interventions (and innovations) to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation. The program supports advances in fundamental research on STEM learning and education by fostering efforts to develop foundational knowledge in STEM learning and learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from the earliest developmental stages of life through participation in the workforce, resulting in increased public understanding of science and engineering. The ECR program will fund fundamental research on: human learning in STEM; learning in STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and research on broadening participation in STEM.
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504924&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Engineering Education @ NSF: Research in the Formation of Engineers due Oct. 29th.

Engineering Education @ NSF 
Thanks to notes that have been circulating from other divisions, I’m sharing some information about changes related to engineering education at NSF.
REE is now RFE
Research in Engineering Education is now Research in the Formation of Engineers. This revised program description updates the former REE to be more closely aligned with the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) initiative. RFE is intended to broaden the range of research topics in the field while remaining inclusive of topics addressed under REE. While REE was focused on how individuals learn and later on engineering education ecosystems, RFE includes these and all other aspects of engineering formation.
Please also note the change in deadline date for this fall to October 29, 2015, followed by a deadline of February 17, 2016. Starting in fall of 2016 the deadlines return to their usual times in September and January.
The full program description for RFE can be found athttps://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503584.
Research Initiation in Engineering Formation
As a complement to RFE, Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (RIEF) seeks proposals to conduct research in the same areas as RFE, while also pairing an engineering faculty PI who has little experience in engineering education research with a co-PI who can serve as a mentor. The goal is to increase capacity for engineering education research by providing mentoring and learning opportunities for the engineering faculty PI. The next deadline for RIEF is March 31, 2016. The full solicitation is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15539/nsf15539.htm.
New IUSE solicitation
The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) has released the new solicitation for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). Deadline are this November and January depending on the proposal tier. The full solicitation is athttp://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15585/nsf15585.htm.
Dear Colleague Letter on Making
NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter on Making. NSF is seeking proposals to conduct exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches that examine the role of Making in STEM learning and design thinking. Proposals will be considered under the EAGER funding mechanism. Deadlines are December 17, 2015 and December 15, 2016. The full letter is available athttp://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15086/nsf15086.jsp.
The National GEM Consortium
The new application cycle has begun, so please encourage interested undergraduates who wish to pursue graduate studies to apply for a GEM Fellowship: http://www.gemfellowship.org/students/gem-fellowship-program/

NSF/DOE/NIH/EPA/AFOSR Informational Events at ACS Boston

If you or your colleagues are planning to attend the upcoming Fall National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston, Massachusetts, you are invited to join the National Science Foundation and representatives from the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Environmental Protection Agency for “Meet the Federal Funders and Speed Coaching” on Tuesday August 18, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 102AB .

A Federal agency panel will briefly update meeting attendees on current and upcoming initiatives and funding opportunities at their agencies. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with program officers one-on-one at “speed coaching” to discuss grant proposal preparation and funding for research, education, and outreach activities.

Order of Events
Meet the Federal Funders Panel and Q&A Session, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Speed Coaching with Federal Funders, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ACS meeting attendees may sign-up onsite beginning at 10:30 am outside of Room 102AB. Prior registration is not required.
Also meet staff from the NSF Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport staff at the Sci-Mix Poster session on
Monday August 17, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Convention Center Hall C, Posters ORGN 340-342.

Visit the events webpage for additional details: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135707&org=NSF.

NSF: Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure Due Oct. 16

Solicitation: NSF 15-598
Due Date: October 16, 2015
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary:An academic institution may submit up to two proposals as the lead institution, but may not submit more than one proposal as the lead institution in any one of the following three proposal categories:

  1. Network Coordination Office (NCO),
  2. Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), and
  3. Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Facility.

A full proposal involving more than one organization must be submitted as a single administrative package from the lead institution; collaborative full proposals with multiple administrative packages will not be accepted and will be returned without review. If the Principal Investigator of a full proposal leaves or transfers to another institution during the review process or after an award is made, the proposal/award remains with the lead institution. Additionally, the lead institution cannot be changed after submission of the full proposal.  National laboratories and private sector companies, as well as non-U.S. institutions, may participate in NHERI award activities using their own resources and cannot receive NSF support from an award made under this solicitation; however, this shall not be interpreted to prohibit purchases, services, or sales contracts/agreements with these entities.  A proposal for the RAPID Facility must have all facility resources owned, operated, and maintained by the lead institution and located within the United States to facilitate access by NSF-supported users.