Archives for January 2015

Special report — hot topics from DOE

FY 2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator United States Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally-friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum.

ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY – ENERGY (ARPA‐E) U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OPEN 2015 ARPA‐E funds research on and the development of high‐potential, high‐impact energy
technologies that are too early for private‐sector investment.

2015 VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM WIDE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY Specifically, this FOA supports the President’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which seeks to make the United States the first country to produce a wide array of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) models (including plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles) by 2022 that are as affordable and convenient as the gasoline powered vehicles we drive today.


Spotlight Signature Area Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure

Housed with the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies is the national-level effort Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure. Infrastructure is the foundation that connects the nation’s businesses, communities and people. It drives our economy and improves our quality of life. The Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure signature area is critical to improving the nation’s infrastructure in an environmentally sustainable manner with focus on the following areas:

  • Rebuilding bridges.
  • Investing wisely.
  • Increasing investments.
  • Improving our economic health.
  • Restoration and advancement.

Note what President Obama said about ‘crumbling infrastructure” in the 2015 State of the Union address as reported in CBS News.Crumbling Infrastructure

Friday Report 1/23/2015

Pivot at S&T

Check out these new opportunities:

NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03) National Institutes of Health (NIH) This funding opportunity supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small,self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.
NASA-Funded Fellowship in Aerospace History Available From the American Historical Association (AHA)  The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) and the AHA offer this fellowship annually to support a significant scholarly research project in aerospace history. The fellowship will provide a fellow with anopportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management. The fellow will be expected to devote the term entirely to the proposed research project. Office space is not provided with the fellowship and residency is not required; however, fellows are encouraged to take advantage of resources at the National Archives, the National Academies of Science, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, NASA Headquarters, and other collections in the Washington, DC, area. At the term’s conclusion, the fellow will be expected to write a report and to present a paper or a public lecture on the fellowship experience. Applicants must possess a PhD in history or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student (having completed all coursework) in a doctoral degree-granting program. The fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than nine months, and should commence no later than November 15, 2015. The stipend is $20,000 and includes travel expenses. Applications are due April 1, 2015.
Scholarships for Current Undergraduate Students: Chapter 17 – St. Louis Scholarship Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation (SME-EF) The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, St. Louis Chapter 17, through the SME Education Foundation, will support scholarships to full-time students who are enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing engineering,industrial technology, or other manufacturing related programs.
Complex Material and Devices (RTD) – Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) The objective of basic research in Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments is to provide the fundamental knowledge required to enable revolutionary advances in future Air Force technologies through the discoveryand characterization of high temperature materials (nominally temperatures above 1000ºC) including: ceramics, metals, hybrid systems including composites.

$8 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Wave, Tidal, and Current Energy Systems

The Energy Department announced $8 million in available funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) control and component technologies. See full story.

$55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy. See the full story.


Spotlight Signature Area Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is critical to economic development in Missouri and the nation. With leading researchers and facilities for additive manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, and sensor-enabled intelligent manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing at Missouri S&T is well-positioned to develop into a world-class research enterprise. Missouri S&T is one of 23 university partners in a national initiative to reinvent manufacturing through Digital Labs. The initiative was announced in February 2014 by President Obama as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

This signature area is co locating with ISC.

Friday Report 1/16/2015

Pivot at S&T Take a look at these new research opportunities

 ACS Petroleum Research Fund Offers Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants (American Chemical Society) The Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and aims to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate andgraduate students and postdoctoral associates through the research experience. DNI grants provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of assistant professor or the equivalent. Applicants may have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, with the intention of using the preliminary results obtained to seek continuation funding from other agencies. The DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach. Regularly appointed faculty members at U.S. academic institutions who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent are eligible to apply. Approximately 90 grants will be awarded each year. Proposals must request $110,000 for a two-year period. The next proposal deadline is March 13, 2015.

National Science Foundation Solicits Applications in Disabilities Engineering  The General & Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program supports fundamental engineering research that will lead to the development of new technologies, devices, or software for persons with disabilities.Research may be supported that is directed to the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment. Areas of particular interest are disability-related research in neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics. Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering and not on incremental improvements. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior to submitting a proposal. Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review. The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The typical award size for the program is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review. Small equipment proposals of less than $100,000 will also be considered and may be submitted during the annual proposal submission window. The full proposal window is October 1-20, 2015.
 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Seeks to Support Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications from qualified institutions to support Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). A Core Center Grant is an institutional award to supportcentralized scientific resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects. By providing intellectual leadership, advanced technologies/ methodologies, and supporting community engagement, a core center is intended to enhance the ability of scientists working in the field of environmental health sciences to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that will translate into advances improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. NIEHS intends to fund an estimate of 4-6 awards, corresponding to a total of $7.5M, for fiscal year 2016. Application budgets are limited to $0.7M, $1.0M or $1.3M Direct Costs per year as determined by Direct Costs of NIH awards in which an EHS CC member is designated as the PD/PI. The project period is limited to 5 years. Optional LOIs are due March 22, 2015. Applications are due April 22, 2015.
 Applications Invited for Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions  The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broadhistorical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication. Eligibility is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions; U.S. colleges, universities, and other academic institutions; State or local government agencies; and Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups. Applicants may apply for funding for one year. Award amounts may range from $30,000 to $200,000. Depending on the availability of funding, the Commission expects to make as many as 25 grants in this category, for a total of up to $2,500,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2016. There is an optional draft application deadline on April 3, 2015, and a mandatory final application deadline on June 17, 2015.

Missouri S&T matures as a research university — an outsider’s perspective

OSP has hired Dr. Lucy Deckard to conduct proposal development workshops over the last three years which provided her with a ‘catbird seat’ to watch Missouri S&T researchers change over time. Following the January 8th and 9th workshops Lucy sat down with the Vice Provost of Research Dr. Krishna Krishnamurthy to reflect on the changes over the few years. See video at

The presentations and references for the events can be accessed at:


Personal review of the proposal development workshops

OSP arranged two proposal development workshops on January 8th and 9th. Both were conducted by Dr. Lucy Deckard of Academic Research Funding Strategies with one focused on single PI and small teams  while the other looked at center-level, very large team proposals.  Attended by 50 and then 34 participants respectfully a few S&T researchers attended both days.

Here is the review by Dr. Bonnie Bachman one of the professors who caught both. 

Friday Report 1/9/2015

Pivot at S&T  New this week from our subscription service PIVOT here are a few intriguing opportunities

NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03) National Institutes of Health (NIH) This funding opportunity supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small,self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.
Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL-CN) National Science Foundation (NSF) This opportunity invites proposals for the creation of new networks of investigators, each of which will engage researchers from different disciplines to focus on advancing basic research and translating findings frombasic research on learning to applications to benefit society and further inform fundamental theories of learning.
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) – Innovative Energy Efficiency and Energy Security Initiatives (CERL-4)  Department of the Army U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Proposals are sought that address the need for improved energy efficiency and improved energy security by federal, state, and private sector energy users. Federal agencies are required to meet stringent energyefficiency targets mandated by Executive Order. Products/methods/techniques that will improve overall energy efficiency or reduce reliance on nonrenewableenergy sources are of interest. 
Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC) National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Division of Materials Research (DMR) This multidisciplinary program supports basic research in solid state and materials chemistry comprising the elucidation of the atomic and molecular basis for material development and properties in the solid state fromthe nanoscale to the bulk.