Archives for April 8, 2015

Focus on the BRAIN

Just a note to the BRAIN Interest Group that there continue to be an astounding number of research grant investments going on. Here is just a sample from PIVOT.  BIG

Basic Mechanisms of Brain Development for Substance Use and Dependence (R01)

07 May 2015
Cognitive Neuroscience Program

27 Aug 2015
Full Proposal
Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies

To be announced
White paper
BRAIN Initiative: New Concepts and Early- Stage Research for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R21)

16 Apr 2015
Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health (R21/R33)

25 Oct 2015
Letter of Intent

Department of Energy Invites Nominations for the 2015 Ernest Orlando Lawrence and Enrico Fermi Awards

The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award is bestowed by the Secretary of Energy to mid-career scientists and engineers in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, and/or engineering achievements related to the broad missions of DOE and its programs. The Award is administered by the DOE Office of Science, and consists of a citation signed by the Secretary of Energy, a gold-plated medal, and a $20,000 honorarium. The award is given in nine categories: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences; Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences; Energy Science and Innovation; Fusion and Plasma Sciences; High Energy Physics; National Security and Nonproliferation; and Nuclear Physics.

The Enrico Fermi Award is one of the longest running and most prestigious science and technology awards given by the US Government. It recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements that are particularly distinguished and demonstrate scientific, technical, management or policy leadership that are related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by DOE and its programs. The Fermi Award has recognized some of this country’s most brilliant, productive, and accomplished scientists, engineers, science policymakers, and scientific leaders. It consists of a citation signed by the President and the Secretary of Energy, a gold-plated medal, and a $50,000 honorarium. The award is administered on behalf of the White House by the DOE Office of Science.

For more information on the awards, the nomination process, or to nominate, go to:


PIVOT Training online – well worth an hour

Kathy Morris  I signed up for the one-hour  Web class  “PIVOT for University Faculty, Researchers, and  Staff”, held  Tuesday April 7th at 9am CDT.

The seminar was held through WebEx.  To attend you need sign up, and be sure you have a web browser, and a speaker (or headphones).  It is a one-way audio and visual broadcast, during which you can type questions through the Chat function.

I attended the webinar since I am the Admin Assistant for Rock Mechanics, and my job duties include finding, summarizing, and sending funding opportunities to the RMERC researchers. The host was Chris Horn from Pivot.

The event was well-run, and started and ended on time.  The host was knowledgeable about the topic, and had PowerPoint slides at the beginning, then a demonstration and clear explanation of how the system worked through their ‘test’ system.

The host responded to typed questions immediately, and either answered them then or deferred them to a later point in the demonstration, and worked hard to ensure that you received your answer. He was interested in sharing the capabilities of the PIVOT system.

Mr. Horn explained that the system was a set of two curated databases; one with funding opportunities (over 29,000 active at any one time) and the other of scholarly profiles of users (over 3.2million and growing).

He spent the 1st  30-40 minutes explaining the Funding database and how to establish your search parameters so it was useful to you individually.  The  last 10-15 minutes were spent describing the Scholar Profiles database and how it could be useful to a researcher. (I missed this portion ).  I would recommend that anyone interested in using PIVOT  spend the hour learning how best to use the system.

I was most interested in learning about how to use and filter the funding opportunities, since I look for funding opportunities in Mining, Petroleum, Geological Engineering, other Geosciences, Explosives and Infrastructure Safety,  Space Resources, etc.

I was excited to discover that I can set up a search strategy and receive an e-mail automatically with recent active funding opportunities based on that search each week. (expired opportunities are NOT sent).  I can also set up multiple ‘templates’ of detailed search strategies and save them, and receive e-mails based on each of them.   Alternatively, I can do either a basic search ( example that was used was ‘wind energy’) or an advanced search on a one time basis at any time.

Basic Search:  Within the basic search you can specify exact phrase –  “wind energy”;  or use the default wind energy ( = wind and energy), or:  wind or energy.  The system also uses wild cards (an asterisk to denote any ending, for example child* would bring up  child, children, childhood, etc.; and wom*n = woman, women, etc.  The system will show you opportunities within the last seven days, submission types, funding types ( research, scholarship), sponsor type (Federal, private), etc. on the side of the screen so you can look at any of them based on those criteria.

Advanced search:  You can set up an advanced search to include or exclude categories, such as minimum funding levels, deadlines, activity location, residency or location limitations, funding types, keywords, sponsor types, etc.  Once you have set up the advanced search, you can create a basic template and save it ( example – opportunities only in the US, only research, only citizenship US, Applicant type-  Academic Institution).  You can revise your template, and rename it if you are searching another category, etc.  You can continuing refining your template, or rename it each time you adjust a setting to filter more closely your specific interests at that time.

Details of the Opportunity:   probably most exciting to me was finding I have the ability to share the opportunity and a clear summary, with researchers, by hitting the share button and entering in an e-mail address ( the researcher shared with does not have to be a registered user of pivot). The summary of an opportunity is available by clicking on the opportunity, or a brief abstract is available by hovering/clicking on the spyglass next to the opportunity.  This gives a very quick way to determine if you want to save the opportunity.

Kathy Morris Administrative Assistant

Rock Mechanics & Explosives Research Center Missouri University of Science and Technology


Seminars at ERC

The Environmental Research Center or ERC conducts a series of Friday afternoon research seminars. Below n a 1-min video is a sample of one recent talk.