Archives for May 2015


Building upon the successful outcomes of the 2012 SunShot CSP Research and Development funding program, the CSP: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS) funding program seeks to further CSP system technologies by soliciting disruptive, transformative projects for the concentrating solar collectors in the CSP plant. These innovative projects will seek to surpass the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study, enabling CSP to be cost-competitive with conventional forms of electric power generation. Projects will target the design and manufacturing of novel solar collectors with the ability to significantly reduce the solar field contribution to the overall levelized cost of energy of the CSP plant, and which have not been previously specifically targeted by CSP funding programs. These developments should lead to subsequent system integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production for electricity generation applications by 2020.

It is anticipated that awards will range from $750,000 to $3,000,000, totaling approximately five to 20 total awards. The cost share requirement is 20% for R&D activities and 50% for demonstration and commercial activities.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on June 25, 2015. See all application dates below.

FOA Issue Date: May 26, 2015
Informational Webinar: June 2, 2015
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: June 25, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: August 25, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: October 2015
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: November 2015
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: February 2016


The Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access (SB-DATA) funding program targets soft cost reduction by increasing data accessibility and quality. It will facilitate the growth and expansion of the solar industry by creating a standardized data landscape for distributed solar. As the solar market continues to rapidly grow, it’s critical that the collection, management, and exchange of solar datasets across the value chain – especially those that affect the bankability of solar assets – are coordinated and streamlined to protect consumers, increase efficient pricing, and support new and existing businesses entering the solar marketplace. The goal of SB-DATA is to support the creation and adoption of industry-led open data standards for rapid and seamless data exchange across the value chain from origination to decommissioning.

It is anticipated that awards will range from $500,000 to $2,000,000, with a total of three to seven awards. The cost share is 50% of total project costs.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on June 22, 2015. See all application dates below.

FOA Issue Date: May 26, 2015
Informational Webinar: June 4, 2015, 2:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: June 22, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: July 31, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: August 31, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: November 2, 2015
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: 8 weeks



Workforce-4-01.pngThe Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program will tackle soft costs by addressing gaps in solar training and energy education, both within the solar workforce and in professions that play a crucial role in solar deployment. First, it will support coordination among the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), military bases, and the solar industry. This will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the SITN materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions. Second, it will establish new credentials in solar operations and maintenance, and mid-scale installations. Third, this funding program will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations. Finally, it will support the expansion of the Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) initiative.

Staff Day


“The Ref” Paula DeLong escaped the dunking pool (this year) due to the lousy weather. But she remains ready to whistle “foul” on any compliance issues.

New Policy | Internal Proposal Submission Deadlines

Dear Colleague,


Vice Provost Research

Lately my office has been receiving too many proposals at the last minute.  While I appreciate all your efforts to pursue research funding, it is becoming difficult to manage the last minute submissions.  This also precludes my staff from doing a good job to review the proposals before submitting them.  Further, a number of agencies, NSF in particular, are strictly enforcing their proposal submission requirements.  This requires additional time to review the proposals and ensure that they meet the agency requirements.

I know it will be a significant change from our past practice, but going forward, my office will be enforcing the three business day deadline for receipt of all proposals and related documents (see Policy MEMORANDUM-04 for details).  Rest assured my office is committed to providing you with the necessary support, but I will need your help as well.  Thank you in advance for meeting the internal proposal submission deadlines.

With best regards, Krishna

Krishnamurthy | Vice Provost for Research | Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) (Formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) | 202 Centennial Hall | 300 W. 12th St. | Rolla, MO 65409-1330 | T: 573-341-4154 | F: 573-341-4126 |


Dept of Education – First In The World Grant

Dear Colleague,

Department of Education has announced the second round of funding for their First in the World (FITW) program.  There are two tiers in this competition: a “development” tier for innovative projects that are supported by “strong theory” (defined in the grant announcement) and larger grants in the “validation” tier will be awarded to applications for interventions supported by significant evidence.  We may submit only one application (Development or Validation).  The limited submission is noted in the FITW FAQ (see A-4 on pg. 4 in the attachment).

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please let me know your intent (names of PI and co-PIs, title of proposal and program tier) by Friday, May 29, 2015.  An internal review will be scheduled if more than one team is interested in pursuing this funding opportunity.

The deadline for submitting our proposal to Department of Education is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

With best regards, Krishna

K. Krishnamurthy | Vice Provost for Research | Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) (Formerly

Restoring Active Memory

DARPA’s RAM (Restoring Active Memory) Replay program is interested in investigating memory replay with respect to the consolidation of episodic memories and newly learned skills, and how these memories are recalled andutilized by humans during subsequent task performance. Respondents to this BAA must propose novel approaches to quantitatively model various parameters associated with human memory replay, and to utilize this model in the development of interventions that assess quality of replay and enable and improve associated memory recall during operationally relevant tasks. All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government’s needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA. Multiple awards are possible. The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Applications are due by June 16, 2015.

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Microsystems Technology Office Young Faculty Award


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. 

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SAMSUNG’s academic research


This program is an important part of growing SAMSUNG’s academic research engagement and collaboration platforms. The 2015 GRO Program is seeking proposals to encourage novel research ideas and to work with SAMSUNG’s R&D teams to foster technological innovation. 

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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.

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