Archives—July 2015

Comment Period open for Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR): uniform reporting format across agencies

Draft available for comment:

Premise: Agencies will be able to utilize a uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally-funded research projects and research-related activities. The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) directly benefits award recipients by making it easier for them to administer Federal grant and cooperative agreement programs through standardization of the types of information required in performance reports—thereby reducing their administrative effort and costs. The RPPR also will make it easier to compare the outputs, outcomes, etc. of research and research- related programs across the government.

A request for public comment was published in the Federal Register this morning regarding a draft updated standardized format for use in submission of both interim and final Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR).  This updated format is an initiative of the Research Business Models, an Interagency Working Group of the Social, Behavioral & Economic Research Subcommittee of the Committee on Science (CoS), a committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).  This request may be of interest to your membership and we would appreciate your disseminating this information as widely as possible.

A “For Comment” version of the draft format, along with a summary of significant changes, are posted on the NSF website at:

Comments must be received by cob September 21, 2015 and should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22230, email:; telephone: (703) 292-7556; FAX (703) 292-9242. For information on the RPPR, contact Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution & Award Support, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22230, email:; telephone (703) 292-8243.

AAAS 2015 Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy, November 16-20 

AAAS is pleased to announce its 2015 Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy, scheduled for November 16-20. The seminar, a condensed version of the widely-hailed orientation program for AAAS S&T Policy Fellows, includes a wide range of sessions taught by leading personalities in science and technology policy. Subjects including federal budgeting for R&D, how scientists can be effective in interacting with Congress, and many other topics. The seminar is designed for anyone who needs or wants to know how S&T policy is made — scientists and engineers, managers and administrators in all sectors, association officials, government agency program managers, embassy science diplomats, and others.

To be held at AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC, the Seminar will run from 10 a.m. on Monday, November 16, to noon on Friday the 20th. The registration deadline is October 9. Since participation is limited to approximately 30-35 people, spaces will fill up quickly.

Please visit the Leadership Seminar website to view the preliminary program and register. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Thank you,

Bethany Spencer, CMP
Meeting Planner and Center Administrator
Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
P: 202-326-6601
F: 202-289-4950

Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges – Due Aug. 14

Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges, Dec 1-3, 2015, Austin, TX


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Now Accepting Panels & Abstracts – due August 14

Submit your abstract or panel proposal for consideration. Selected panels will be provided registration waivers for all panelists. Abstracts considered for poster presentation.





Announcing the Defense Medical Technology Challenge, seeking technologies aligned with DOD and warfighter needs.

Submit your technology for consideration today. Selected innovations will have the opportunity to showcase their technology to U.S. Military, Corporate & Investment leadership.


  • Concussive Injuries
  • CBRN (Chem/Bio/Rad/Nuclear)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Psychological Health
  • Surgical Solutions
  • Advanced Material Platforms
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Emergency/Disaster Relief
  • Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • e-Health



ACS (American Chemical Society) National Awards: Nominate by Nov. 1

Nominate a Noteworthy Chemist for an ACS National Award!
The nomination period for the 2017 ACS National Awards opened on July 1, 2015. For a detailed description of all the national awards and how to submit a nomination, please visit us at
Who can nominate?
Any individual may submit one nomination or one support letter for each award, unless that individual is a member of the Selection Committee for the same award or a current member of the ACS Board of Directors. However, Selection Committee members may submit nominations or support letters for other awards.
Required Nomination Documents
The nominator will need to submit the required documents below to www.nominate.acs.orgby November 1, 2015. Only complete nominations will be considered by the award selection committees. It is advisable that you gather this information before beginning the process to avoid delay of your submission.

DoD: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Funding Opportunities

Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP), Epilepsy Research Program (ERP) and Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Guide to apply available

Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program
Convergence Science Research Award
Quality of Life Research Award
Military Risk Factors Research Award

Epilepsy Research Program
Idea Development Award

Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program
Orthotics Outcomes Research Award
Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website ( <> ), the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( <> ).

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website ( <> ).

Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( and (2) application submission through ( Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance. A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the application submissions associated with them. eBRAP will validate application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP. It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. 

Fulbright Scholar Program: Opportunities in Engineering – Deadline Aug. 3, 2015

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program ( provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. – See more at:

For an overview of global awards in the field of Engineering, please visit the Opportunities in STEM webpage. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the discipline.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for complete applications is August 3, 2015.


Jefferson Science Fellowships – Applications due Nov. 2nd 2015

The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, both domestic and foreign, has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing STE issues, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy that effectively meets the needs of modern societies. Recognizing this need, the Secretary of State announced, on October 8, 2003, the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

The Jefferson Science Fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens each fall and closes in mid-January. Selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. As part of their assignments, Jefferson Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to U.S. embassies and missions overseas. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.

For the 2016 program year, it is expected that the U.S. Department of State and USAID will host up to 15 Jefferson Science Fellows; the fellowship begins in mid-August.  Visit the How to Apply page to view eligibility criteria, terms of the fellowship and instructions for applying.

View the Jefferson Science Fellowship Brochure here.

STEM Faculty Launch Program: Encourage Students/Postdocs to Apply by Aug. 15


STEM Faculty Launch Program
Help your graduate students and postdoctoral researchers launch their academic careers with STEM Faculty Launch, a two-day workshop covering best practices for pursuing, applying for, and establishing faculty careers.This brand new 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 and gain exposure to project-based learning, a hallmark of WPI education. Funding is available to invited attendees to cover travel expenses to and from WPI as well as lodging and meals during the workshop.

Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
When: September 24-25, 2015
Application Deadline: August 15, 2015

Please encourage your students to apply for this valuable experience to learn about such topics as:

  • Preparing for the academic job hunt
  • 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

Help spread the word about STEM Faculty Launch by forwarding this message to a graduate student.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 0160

COACh: Workshops on Entrepreneurship, Launch & Accelerate, COACh-the-COAChes: Fall ACS meeting, Aug. 15

COACh is inviting you to register for our newest upcoming workshop, “Basics of Entrepreneurship” at the Fall ACS Meeting, Saturday August 15, 2015.
“Basics of Entrepreneurship”, presented by Rebecca White, James W. Walter Chair of Entrepreneurship, University of Tampa
Is there something you created or discovered that you want to get to the market for societal and financial gain?  Come and learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset and how you can enhance your own to provide you with the skills, network and resources to launch your concept. This workshop will provide an overview of the basic pathways to commercialization, and the steps involved in customer and market validation. An overview of the skills associated with emerging ventures, team building and creating and funding companies will be offered. Participants will also have the opportunity to examine their own entrepreneurial mindset profile and practice their pitch skills.
Pre-register at:
Registration is free, Travel Assistance is available
For more information, contact Priscilla Lewis:, Phone: 541-346-0116
COACh is also offering two other workshops:
 “Career Launch & Acceleration” for current women postdoctoral associates
The first years as a researcher in science can be exhilarating, exhausting, stressful and rewarding. This workshop provides techniques necessary for an effective career launch in STEM fields. Discussion, role-playing and group problem solving are important components of the workshop. Participants are asked to bring a current CV for review and critique.   Topics include finding graduate and faculty fellowships, common mistakes of new graduate students/faculty/researcher and ways to avoid them, effective in-person and cyber interviews, effective communication methods for research and teaching presentations, negotiation techniques to use for research needs and career advance, importance of network building and finding a mentor, building a strong CV and developing a strong internet presence.
“COACh-the-COAChes Training”
COACh is seeking to multiply the impact of its COACh workshops through our COACh-the-COAChes program. It is designed for faculty and researchers who have previously attended COACh workshops and are interested in becoming a COACh Workshop Facilitator at their home institutions, regional meetings and student oriented events.