Archives for December 2014

OSP appreciation-holiday lunch

On  December 16 the generally scattered staff members of the Office of Sponsored Programs and their faculty leaders gathered in Centennial Hal for a salutatory social and pot luck lunch. This first gathering was meant to let the staff know how much their contribution is valued to the Missouri S&T research enterprise.

 

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Friday Report 12/26/2014

 

 

Happy Holidays — just a few things have popped:

Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI): A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale. The program also supports research on additive manufacturing, laser processing and bonding/joining processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters. Proposals with focus on materials for these processes are also welcome in MME.

Environmental Management Research Participation Program for the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Through theORISE Environmental Management Participation Program, opportunities exist to participate in the following areas: environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, validation, demonstration, technology transfer, quality assurance and quality control, training, information management and reporting, and related programs.

LIMITED Second Call For Proposals Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc. seeking to award research addressing the root causes of disease, injuries, and fatalities in the mining industry and achieve successful implementation of practical solutions derived from the research effort

 

Pivot at S&T

Spotlight on MRC

Focused on students before the technology the Graduate Center for Materials Research (MRC) is a multi-disciplinary research and development organization. Established in 1964 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, MRC provides a graduate education environment that fosters significant advances in the fields of materials science and engineering. MRC provides research facilities, an equipment base and a support infrastructure that enables faculty members, students and industry professionals to conduct successful, team-oriented research and development projects.

The Center provides graduate students in many academic departments (e.g. Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Physics) with advanced training in materials related engineering and science research.

The research conducted in the Center ranges from fundamental science to applied engineering and includes the development, evaluation, application, and understanding of metals, polymers, biomaterials, electronic materials and composites. Accomplishments from the Center include:  glass microspheres for treatment of liver cancer, transparent composites for windows/armor, environmentally friendly corrosion coatings, laser glasses, epitaxial chiral surfaces, biomineralization, fuel cell electrolytes and sealing materials, electrochemical biosensors, multi-layer nanocapacitors, enhanced magnetic materials, and thin film electromagnetic probes.

Army Research Open House

The Army Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and Adelphi MD held an ARL open house last week  to introduce the S&T community to ARL’s research scientists and engineers, foster collaborations and to offer ARL’s specialized laboratory facilities that are available to support joint research. ARL calls their effort Open Campus and it is a pilot experiment for federal labs to (a) get out of being a funding source to industry and academia (b) become instead a collaborator and (c) open the way to freely — without security impediments even — exchange people, facilities, equipment and ideas.

ARL expressly wants Missouri S&T, industry and other research universities to partner with them, leverage their facilities (utilization rates), make joint proposals to federal funding sources (e.g. ARO, NRO, DTRA, DARPA, NSF, NIST …), jointly publish articles, have post-docs and students work at the Army labs … in short engage n every way short of asking them for money.

Their organization for this (campaigns), the mechanisms to engage with them (agreements) and the capabilities they have to share (assets) are published at the Open Campus website. OSP will be putting the mechanisms in play this winter.

Open Campus Open House December 9 & 10, 2014

 

The Army has published an extensive “Opportunities” document with detail on specific projects organized by campaigns. The 150 posters organized for the Open House last week has many connections to the research interests of S&T researchers and as soon as they are published OSP will link those posters to specific on-campus researchers attention.

Friday Report 12/19/2014

Pivot at S&T

Interesting new announcements this week:

Young Faculty Award (YFA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) The program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs.
Research Coordination Networks (RCN) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF will continue its support of research coordination networks designed to foster communication and promote new collaboration among scientists, engineers and educators with diverse expertise and who share a common interest in a new or developing area of science or engineering.
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or Development Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) This program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in the United States’ institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.
Naval Platform Power and Energy Department of the Navy This announcement focuses on providing research for a scientific foundation for a re-configurable electrical warship including physical properties, control laws, stability criteria, modeling and simulation, advanced design and developmental methods.
NSF’s Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) Opens for Applications  The goals of the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program are to prevent natural hazards from becoming disasters, and to broaden consideration of natural hazards independently to the consideration of the multi-hazard environment within which the constructed civil infrastructure exists. The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the facade and roofing, and other structures, geostructures, and underground facilities such as tunnels. While research may focus on a single natural hazard, research that considers civil infrastructure design and performance in the context of multiple hazards, i.e., a multi-hazard approach, is encouraged. All United States academic institutions, governments, commercial organizations, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, governments, and citizens with a Ph.D. are eligible to apply. The award amount is unspecified. The next application deadline is February 17, 2015.

 

Federal Budget – one step further forward

Association of Public and Land-grant UniversitiesOur friends at the APLU reported on the FY15 federal budget authorizations.  (Don’t forget that authorizations have to be matched with a separate action called the appropriation so we are not out of the woods for sequestration, changes, or even an outright loggerhead on an appropriations bill.)

“Both the House and Senate have now passed the $1.1 trillion FY2015 “CRomnibus” spending package (HR 83), funding the majority of government through September 2015 and funding the Department of Homeland Security through February via a short term continuing resolution.  The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy in support of the bill and the president is expected to sign the bill before the current continuing resolution expires on Wednesday.
The updated FY2015 APLU Appropriations Priorities Chart and the APLU FY2015 CRomnibus Preliminary Analysis prepared by our Congressional and Governmental Affairs team details the funding levels for federal agencies of importance to public universities.  Although the funding levels in the bill are not as robust as APLU or others in the education and science community would like, in most cases the funding levels are higher than FY2014 levels and we are pleased to finally have certainty in FY2015 appropriations.

A few highlights include:

  • The maximum Pell Grant award is projected to increase by $120 to $5,850;
  • NIH is provided $30.084 billion, which is $150 million above FY2014;
  • NSF is provided $7.344 billion, an increase of around $172 million over FY2014 and about $90M above the President’s Budget Request;
  • USDA’s AFRI received $325 million, an increase of $9 million above last year;
  • The Federal Work Study program will increase by $15 million and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is level funded;
  • And while not funded, the CRomnibus language establishes the RAMI Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a priority for APLU and many public campuses. This program supports the development of regional innovation strategies and allows for competitive grants for activities relating to regional innovation clusters.

The CRomnibus bill text and joint explanatory statement are available on the House Rules Committee website here. Also available are the House Appropriations Committee Majorities summaries by bill, the House Appropriations Democratic Summary of the CRomnibus, and the Senate Appropriations Committee Majority CRomnibus summary. “

Keck Foundation: local suspense Jan 12

The W. M. Keck Foundation: The Keck Foundation strives to fund projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact in two areas: i) medical research; and ii) science and engineering research.  Research must fall outside the mission of public funding agencies and demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.  We may submit four concept papers in each area during the pre-application counseling period.  If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, please email your one-page concept paper to me at vpr@mst.edu by Monday, January 12, 2015.  The attachment provides more information on this funding opportunity, concept paper requirements and other deadlines.

Materials Innovation Platforms: local suspense Dec 29

National Science Foundation: The Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program is intended to significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program.  We may submit only one (1) proposal.  If you are interested in responding to this solicitation, please submit your intent (PI name and Title of Proposal) to me at vpr@mst.edu by Monday, December 29, 2014.  The internal review deadlines will be established if there is more than one team interested in pursuing this opportunity.  FYI, NSF’s deadline for receiving the full proposal is Monday, March 2, 2015.

and the survey says …

Paula DeLongPaula DeLong passes her thanks to the 39 people who provided answers in the survey of research technical and administrative staff. The committee of Jason Cox, Santosh Mishra, Harry Djunaidi, Steve Tupper and Paula have pulled some clear conclusions from the survey on workload, compensation, training, recognition and trust. These conclusions get studied in the next quarter under OSP 2020 to identify resources and design improvements.

Friday Report 12/12/2014

Pivot at S&THere are Steve’s picks of things that were announced this week and could effect either you or one of your colleagues that you nudge into action. As always these are culled from PIVOT.
  • Young Faculty Award (YFA) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs.
  • Select Topics in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Office of Naval Research (ONR) Topics in this notice are designed to address research and technology gaps in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology in ONR’s current program portfolio.
  • Science Technology and Society (STS) National Science Foundation Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) This program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines.
  • Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) This program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in the United States’ institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.
  • Research Program Keck Foundation W.M. This program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.