Archives—January 2016

NSF RFPs in Feb & Announcements

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 25, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-510
In 2012, the Administration announced the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative to address some of the Nation’s most pressing R&D challenges in extracting knowledge and insights from large, complex collections of digital data. To this end, NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and …
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01/25/2016 11:21 AM EST

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) joins with other leading U.S. scientific organizations to emphasize its strong commitment to preventing harassment and to eradicate gender-based discrimination in science.

In light of recent, multiple reports of sexual harassment in science, NSF reiterates its unwavering dedication to inclusive workplaces. NSF does not tolerate sexual harassment and encourages members of the scientific community who experience such harassment to report such …

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01/25/2016 09:00 AM EST

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Why are things so small, so significant? A new video series created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBCUniversal News, sheds light on this question.

“Nanotechnology: Super Small Science” is a six-part series and shows viewers how atoms and molecules that are thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair can be used as building blocks to create future …

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Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences

The objective of the Mason Award is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide four grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.

Applicants must have a “full-time” career-track appointment. More than one applicant from the same institution can apply for this award, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

For more information about the request for proposals for the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, please click here to view the PDF.

This award is funded by a bequest from the Marion Milligan Mason Fund.

As a chemist and AAAS member since 1965, the late Marion Tuttle Milligan Mason wanted to support the advancement of women in the chemical sciences. Dr. Milligan also wanted to honor her family’s commitment to higher education for women, as demonstrated by her parents and grandfather, who encouraged and sent several daughters to college.

***Proposals are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016, midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

***Awards will be announced on or before January 2017.

Proposals should be submitted via the online application system at

Please circulate this email to your colleagues.

If you have questions, please e-mail

To learn more about the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences program and past recipients, please visit:


Shirley M. Malcom,

Director, EHR, AAAS

Yolanda L. Comedy,

Director, Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in The University of Maine and University of Concepción, Chile

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in The University of Maine and University of Concepción, Chile
During the Summer of 2016, the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute offers for the third year an opportunity for 10 highly qualified undergraduate students to participate in research for a 10 week period, 06/06 – 08/12/2016 .
This research experience is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Women, minorities and students with disabilities are strongly urged to apply to the program.
Award Includes:
• $5000 Stipend + On Campus Housing Provided
• 2 of the 10 Students to Perform their Research in Chile
• Week Long Research Experience & Exchange in Chile for all Students
• Opportunity to Perform Research on Pressing Global Issues Relating to Sustainable Product Development and Biofuel Generation from Woody Biomass
Research Opportunities
• Sustainability and Life Cycle Analysis
• Feedstock Extraction/ Modification
• Process Control and Sensing
• Nanomaterials Production and Utilization
• New Product Development
• Nanotechnology Risk Assessment
Forest Operaions • Resource Economics • Bioproducts • Bioenergy • Biology • Chemistry • Chemical Engineering • Bioengineering •Material Science • Nanotechnology
• Current undergraduate in sophomore or junior year with a minimum GPA to 3.0
• US Citizen or permanent resident
• Must have a valid passport
• Fundamental and Applied Forest Bioproducts Research
• Access to State-of-the-Art Research Equipment and Facilities
• Technical Writing and Oral Presentation Opportunities
• Ethics Workshop
• A Series of Evening and Recreational Activities
• Field Trips!
Contact Information
Wendy Erickson
5737 Jenness Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5737
Tel: (207) 581-1489
Fax: (207) 581-9418

NSF RFPs: Most due Feb. 16th

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-528
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?’  Factors one might …
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 Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-513More at


 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 14-7479
The BMMB Program supports fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology. An emphasis is placed on multiscale mechanics approaches in the study of organisms that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains. The influence of in vivo mechanical forces on cell and matrix biology in the histomorphogenesis, maintenance, regeneration, and aging of tissues is an important concern. In addition, the relationships between mechanical behavior and …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 15-1631
The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged. While component-level, subject-matter …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 16-1468
The MME program supports fundamental research that enables the development of new and/or improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and optimization of their use, with a particular focus on equipment appropriate for the manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical devices, products, and systems featuring scales from microns to meters (proposals relating to nanomanufacturing should be submitted to the CMMI NanoManufacturing program, and those relating to the manufacture of electronic …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 15-1638
The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, …
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Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 17, 2016

Full proposal submission deadline. Next deadline in September.
Program Guidelines: PD 15-1340

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 14-8085
The Systems Science (SYS) program supports fundamental research leading to a theoretical foundation for design and systems engineering.   In particular, the Systems Science program seeks intellectual advances in which underlying theories (such as probability theory, decision theory, game theory, organizational sociology, behavioral economics or cognitive psychology) are integrated and abstracted to develop explanatory models for design and systems engineering in a general, …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 16-1788
Nanomanufacturing is the production of useful nano-scale materials, structures, devices and systems in an economically viable manner. The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. The program supports basic research in nanostructure and process design principles, …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 15-7569
The Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD) program supports fundamental research on the analysis, measurement, monitoring and control of dynamic systems. The program promotes innovation in the following areas:

 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 14-1464
The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts.  In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context.  In addition, the program funds the rigorous theoretical and empirical characterization of new or …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time on February 16, 2016; February 1 – February 15, Annually Therafter
Program Guidelines: PD 16-014Y
The Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program supports fundamental research to understand and mitigate the impact of natural hazards on constructed civil infrastructure.  Natural hazards considered by the ENH program include earthquakes, windstorms (such as tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides.  The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems, such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 16-8092
The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the processing and mechanical performance of engineering materials by investigating the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications.

Materials processing proposals should focus on manufacturing processes that convert material into useful form as either intermediate or final composition. These include …
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Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 12-8086
The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program supports fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems.  Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 15-1630
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 …
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 Full Proposal Window: February 16, 2016
Program Guidelines: PD 15-1637
The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) program is to enable sustainable buildings and other structures that can be continuously occupied and/or operated during the structure’s useful life. The SAEM program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering and materials that promotes a holistic approach to analysis and design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, and repair of …
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  • Building Complex 3-Dimensional in Vitro Human Musculoskeletal and Skin Tissue Models (R43)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 18, 2016
  • Noise-Induced Synaptopathy in the Human Auditory System (R01)
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    Application Receipt Date(s): May 24, 2016 and January 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Sponsored Programs Office: Some Internal Deadlines in Feb are earlier!

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on February 16 and February 25, the Sponsored Programs Office finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for those specific dates only to four working days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on February 16 will be February 11 and for those proposals due to sponsors on February 25 will be February 22.

Please share this information with your faculty/staff and let me know if you have any questions.

Where the funding is: Federal Agencies Dominate

Source: ASEE’s Connections, Databytes: 1/21/16

This month’s databyte looks at how research expenditure by source within engineering changed over the past decade in the United States. Total research funding reported by participating schools in ASEE’s profiles survey grew from $6.9 billion in 2005 to $8.4 billion in 2014. During this period, the federal share of the total pool increased only slightly – by less than 1.5 percentage points. A similar increase was also observed in industry’s share. States’ share declined by a wide margin, dropping from 12.4 percent in 2005 to 7.7 percent in 2014. Although the shares of local and foreign sources were relatively small, their growths over the decade were remarkable. The total amount of local funds grew by five times and foreign funds by 3.5 times. The amount of federal, nonprofit, and individual funding grew by 25 percent and industry funding by 35 percent. State funding declined by 25 percent.

Faculty positions for PhD grads/postdocs.

Faculty at Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s newest state university and the only one dedicated to the core STEM subjects of Technology and Engineering, have the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking applied research supported by collaborative industry partners. This spirit of practical innovation is an integral part of our mission and distinguishes us from other universities.

Florida Poly, which opened in August 2014, has already attracted more than $5 million in funding to support applied research in emerging fields. In addition, more than two-dozen industry partners have expressed interest in collaborating on future research opportunities, which include:

  • Cyber security – identifying vulnerabilities and potential cyber attack victims.
  • Software development – creating hardware and software platforms for application development through self-forming mobile networks.
  • Renewable energy projects – building a new curriculum focused on renewable energy systems and sustainability.
  • Health informatics – using existing health data to create innovative technology solutions.

We encourage department heads and professors to notify successful Ph.D. candidates about faculty positions at Florida Poly. They will have the opportunity to build the infrastructure, culture and environment that encourage real-world, problem-driven research to solve critical problems and spur economic growth in Florida and beyond.

Candidates are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resume online at: Applications and questions can also be submitted to


Dr. Randy K. Avent


Florida Polytechnic University

M-TRAC Letter of Intent deadline is 6:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2016

Please let your faculty researchers know that the  Michigan Translational Research & Commercialization program (M-TRAC) letter of intent deadline has been extended to 6:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2016.  The program is designed to assist early stage technologies in demonstrating proof of concept for commercial development or developing preliminary data to assist in attracting follow on funding.

In addition PIs are supported by experts in the field to develop a successful strategy for technology transfer through licensing or startup companies.    Proposals are solicited in the broad field of applied advanced materials.  An invention disclosure is required.

John Diebel, M-TRAC program director, will be hosting an informational meeting at 3:00 pm Friday January 22 in the Minerals and Materials Engineering Building Rm. 724 to provide more background on the program and its benefits for potential applicants.  Faculty interested in learning more about this campus funding opportunity to prepare their technologies for commercial development are encouraged to attend.

More information on the M-TRAC program is available here