Letter of Intent Deadline for NSF’s PREEVENTS is July 27, 2018.

The deadline for submitting a letter of intent to NSF’s ongoing Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events Program (PREEVENTS) is July 27, 2018.  NSF and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) have supported basic research in scientific and engineering disciplines necessary to understand natural hazards and extreme events, including through the Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) program and multiple core programs in the GEO Directorate.  PREEVENTS is a successor to Hazards SEES and is one element of the NSF-wide Risk and Resilience activity, which has the overarching goal of improving predictability and risk assessment, and increasing resilience, in order to reduce the impact of extreme events on our life, society, and economy.  PREEVENTS provides an additional mechanism to support research and related activities that will improve our understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events in the geosciences. PREEVENTS is focused on natural hazards and extreme events, and not on technological or deliberately human-caused hazards.  PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events.  In addition, PREEVENTS projects will improve our understanding of the effects of natural hazards and extreme events and will enable development, with support by other programs and organizations, of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.  More information on this NSF funding opportunity can be found here.


NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • High-Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks (R24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-AG-19-015)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 1, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • High-Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks in Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (R24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-AG-19-016)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 1, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Modeling and Simulation to Optimize HIV Prevention Research (MS OPR) (R01 Clinical Trial not allowed)
    (RFA-AI-18-026)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 13, 2018 , by 5:00 PM local time

  • Collaborative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) (UM1 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    (RFA-CA-18-025)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 28, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

Program Announcements

  • Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PA-18-837)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at any time starting 30 days after the Open Date until the expiration date

  • Enhancing Developmental Biology Research at Academic Research Enhancement Award Eligible Institutions (R15 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-834)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 18, 2018, September 18, 2019, September 18, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)
    (PAR-18-835)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2018; November 7, 2019,by 5:00 PM local time

  • Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-18-836)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2018; November 7, 2019), by 5:00 PM local time 

NSF RFPs

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 19, 2018

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Program Guidelines: NSF 17-537
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education …
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Solicitation: NSF 17-516
Due Date: October 17, 2018
Institutional Limit: See Limit Summary
Limit Summary:There is no limit to the number of proposals an eligible Institution may submit to this program, as long as each proposed Site belongs to a different IUCRC.
Solicitation: NSF 18-565
Due Date: September 19, 2018

DOE Releases Report on Basic Research: Key to Modern Technologies

Summary from Federal Science Partners
— Basic research and scientific facilities sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) have played a critical role over the past 40 years in the development of a wide range of present-day technologies according to a new report released today by the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC).
The report, titled A Remarkable Return on Investment in Fundamental Research, explores the connections between DOE-sponsored fundamental research in fields such as physics, materials science, and chemistry and the present-day technologies in information and other fields that pervade our lives.  The critical role of DOE in these technological advances ranges from LED lighting and smartphone communications to more efficient internal combustion engines and lighter vehicles.  The report cites multiple examples of familiar modern-day technologies whose origins can be traced to DOE-sponsored basic research.  It focuses mainly on research supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), the largest of six major program offices within DOE’s Office of Science.

NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Sustained Release Innovation for HIV (SRI) (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-AI-18-006)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 30, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immune Mechanisms at the Maternal-Fetal Interface (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-AI-18-023)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2018 , by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Research Bases (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)
    (RFA-CA-18-015)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Community Sites (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)
    (RFA-CA-18-016)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Minority/Underserved Community Sites (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)
    (RFA-CA-18-017)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Gastrointestinal Mechanisms Contributing to HIV Pathogenesis (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-DK-18-009)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): March 14, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Development of Novel Nonsteroidal Contraceptive Methods (R61/R33 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-HD-19-015)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 6, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Large Animal Testing Centers for Evaluation of Somatic Cell Genome Editing Tools (U42 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-RM-18-014)
    Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 24, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

Program Announcements

  • Minor Use Minor Species Development of Drugs (R01)
    (PAR-18-827)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): August 27, 2018; January 18, 2019; August 16, 2019; January 17, 2020; August 14, 2020; January 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

  • NCCIH Natural Product Early Phase Clinical Trial Award (R33 Clinical Trial Required)
    (PAR-18-828)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Office of Dietary Supplements
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: August 31, 2018; February 7, 2019; and October 8, 2019by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission Applications: September 7, 2018; February 21, 2019; and October 22, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • NCCIH Natural Product Early Phase Clinical Trial Phased Innovation Award (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Required)
    (PAR-18-829)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Office of Dietary Supplements
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: August 31, 2018; February 7, 2019; and October 8, 2019by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission Applications: September 7, 2018; February 21, 2019; and October 22, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • The Role of Epitranscriptomics in Development and Disease (R01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-830)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Cancer Institute
    National Eye Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2018, June 3, 2019, March 3, 2020, November 7, 2020, June 3, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time

  • The Role of Epitranscriptomics in Development and Disease (R21 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-831)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2018, June 3, 2019, March 3, 2020, November 7, 2020, June 3, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time
  • AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-18-832)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 11, 2018, September 11, 2019, September 11, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Developmental AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-18-833)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 11, 2018, September 11, 2019, September 11, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time 

Engineering Directorate at NSF: Engineering Corner newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the new Engineering Corner newsletter, an occasional note to the community about happenings within the Engineering Directorate at NSF. I hope you find the information useful.

NO DEADLINES
The biggest news within the Directorate is the shift from submission windows to “no deadlines” (http://bit.ly/nodeadlinedcl) for all our unsolicited core programs. As of August 15, there are no more “submission windows” for unsolicited proposals to CBET, CMMI, ECCS, or EEC core programs.

Investigators can submit proposals at any time during the year, giving you more flexibility to build collaborations, discuss your planned proposal with the relevant NSF program director, and make sure the proposal is as good as it can be before it is submitted (without rushing to make the deadline).

Note that specific solicitations, such as NSF CAREER, Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI), Cyber-Physical Systems, etc., will still have deadlines. Please consult the NSF Engineering website for a FAQ (http://bit.ly/nodeadlinefaq) and other details, and find links to the programs that we fund.

CONVERGENCE ACCELERATORS
You may have heard about NSF’s 10 Big Ideas for future investment (http://bit.ly/nsfbigideas), research areas that are ripe for transformational advances, ranging from The Quantum Leap to Understanding the Rules of Life. Engineers have a role to play in all of these ideas, so I encourage you to stay tuned for opportunities to submit research proposals.

Later this year, NSF will launch a new research funding mechanism called “Convergence Accelerators,” targeting two of these Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. Convergence research represents the deep integration of multiple disciplines, with the goal of solving a specific research problem. Convergence Accelerators are envisioned to use cohorts of diverse and interdisciplinary teams to attack these hard research problems, starting with an intense, short time frame that leads to a “pitch” requesting funding for the longer, more dedicated phase of research. There will also be the potential for teams to win prizes based on their research.

NAVIGATING THE NEW ARCTIC
Another of the NSF 10 Big Ideas, Navigating the New Arctic (http://bit.ly/navnewarctic), was a topic at the April meeting of the NSF Engineering Advisory Committee. In a joint session with the Office of Polar Programs Advisory Committee, we discussed how engineers could respond to challenges and opportunities as Arctic sea ice recedes and permafrost melts, new shipping lanes open up and natural resource exploration expands.

I encourage you to think about how engineering research can make contributions to this and all of the NSF Big Ideas.

Best regards,
Dawn

Dawn Tilbury
NSF Assistant Director for Engineering


VentureWell Opportunities

E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Applications are due October 3. Attend the upcoming webinar on July 10 at 12:00 pm ET to learn more about the program. Register here
BME-IDEA 2018
The 1.5 day workshop will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-17, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference. Members of the U.S.-based BME-IDEA consortium will meet to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading U.S. institutions that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation. Register now

OPEN 2019

Save the date! OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30, 2019.
If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ve come to the right place! The VentureWell OPEN conference gathers together representatives from across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. Call for proposals and registration will open in August. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

 

Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation

This device-focused QuickFire Challenge, announced by the Victorian Government in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, is aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies. The Victorian Government will award up to AUD 300,000 to the top solutions including access to the device prototyping lab and mentorship and coaching from Johnson & Johnson Medical Device experts. The deadline to apply is June 22.

SOCAP 18

Do you have a venture that is improving your community—or the world? Have you identified a business model that will make a profit and make a positive impact? Are you running a startup that you want to take to its full potential? Do you want to tap into the energy of SOCAP18—and connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and thought leaders?

This year, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship program will bring up to 150 of the most innovative social entrepreneurs from around the world to the SOCAP conference, October 23-26 in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Go West Summit

Learn about available resources and promising practices surrounding making, inventing, and entrepreneurship at the Go West SummitSeptember 20-21 in San Francisco, CA. The Lemelson-MIT Program is teaming up with the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the California Community College’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative to host a fall conference to support invention education pathway offerings for students across K-16.

NACCE 2018

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), recently opened their registration for their annual conference, NACCE 2018 The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution. They are featuring keynotes from engaging entrepreneurs that have innovated in areas ranging from 1980’s rock and roll memorabilia to one of the co-developers of Amazon’s Alexa. Panels and breakout sessions featuring NACCE members from across the United States will share best practices for entrepreneurial leadership and experiential teaching across academic disciplines. The event is October 7-10 in Fort Worth, Texas.
 

A new must read in innovation and entrepreneurship
The new VentureWell report, Innovator Insights: Illuminating the Path for Tomorrow’s Inventors, explores the needs, challenges, and gaps in the early-stage innovator support ecosystem. Download the report.


Postdoctoral positions at the NREL

Gregg Beckham, a group leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has openings for multiple postdoctoral positions in his research group. Most of these positions will have start dates ideally around October 2018.

Lignin catalysis – looking for a postdoc to design, synthesize, test, and characterize new catalysts for depolymerization and fractionation of lignin. Experience with lignin analytics and model compound synthesis is a plus, but not required.

Lignin analytics – opening for a postdoc to design and conduct mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy of various solid and solubilized lignin samples in collaboration with biological and catalytic conversion projects. Advances in analytical methodology and discovery of new lignin intermediates from biological and catalytic conversion will be a critical component of this position.

Enzyme engineering – looking for candidates to characterize, engineer, and evolve novel enzymes related to bacterial aromatic catabolism, including dioxygenases, hydroxylases, and novel enzyme targets discovered through ongoing systems biology experiments. This work will be in close collaboration with molecular biologists conducting in vivo experiments to discover enzymes and implement improved enzyme variants. Experience with metalloenzymes is preferred, but not required.

Metabolic engineering – opening for a postdoc to conduct metabolic engineering in Pseudomonas putida, Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1, Bacillus coagulans, and other non-model bacteria to produce value-added compounds from C5 and C6 sugars. Applicants with systems biology expertise and/or bioreactor cultivation experience are preferred, but this is not required.

Polymer science and engineering – opening for a postdoc to design new polymers based on novel bio-based compounds produced via novel metabolic pathways, such as those derived from aromatic catabolism. This position includes the design, synthesis, and characterization of new materials across a broad range of polymer material classes. This work also includes a strong emphasis on end-of-life considerations for efficient polymer recycling.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to gregg.beckham@nrel.gov.


Americorps VISTA Opportunity at WPI

Do you care about K-12 education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? Want to make a difference in Worcester? WPI is hosting two AmeriCorps VISTA positions who will work with the STEM Education Center (WPI’s PreK-12 STEM educator hub) and Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs (WPI’s K-12 student programs). The STEM Education Center VISTA will work in collaboration with WPI and Worcester Public Schools to help review and research technology usage in classrooms and propose how to grow technology usage in a meaningful way. Additionally, the VISTA will create trainings for WPI students and faculty going into low-income school settings about breaking stereotypes around low-income, first-generation students and families. The Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs VISTA will conduct a landscape analysis of the PreK-12 STEM activities at WPI and the ways the WPI community can be involved in STEM outreach. They will also develop a framework model for the current state of partnerships/collaborations between WPI and the Worcester Public Schools (WPS).

This position requires a commitment to serve full-time for a one-year period beginning August 21. Compensation for this year of service is paid directly to VISTA Members in the form of a modest biweekly living allowance from AmeriCorps VISTA. In addition, VISTAs are eligible to receive benefits, including a health care benefit, a relocation allowance, the option of choosing an end of service stipend in the form of an education award of $5,800 (which can be used to pay student loans) or cash stipend, and more. WPI will provide a housing discount for WPI housing and a meal card. Professional growth opportunities will be available. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, see http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista.

To apply, email your resume and a cover letter that answers the questions “Why do you want to serve with CCSNE VISTA and why are you best suited for WPI’s VISTA Positions?” to vista@wpi.edu.


NSF RFPs

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 10, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-550
Introduction to the Program:The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF SBIR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF SBIR Program …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505233&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 10, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-551
Introduction to the Program:   The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF STTR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.  The NSF STTR Program …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505362&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

06/12/2018 11:00 AM EDT

In September 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Integrative Activities funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering and medical departments and programs. The results of that study are now publicly available in a new report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and …

 

Engineering Design and System Engineering

 

Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment

 

Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Education for the Future

 

Letter of Intent Deadline Date: July 16, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-602
The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America’s prosperity, health and infrastructure.  LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator — problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505475&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click