Archives for May 2015

Army Research Lab agreement signed

It took us awhile but … we now have a signed agreement, a CRADA, with the Army Research Lab that allows the faculty to engage with their faculty/staff and to work together on any project. There is little worry about security or citizenship.  They are hoping that we will (a) come visit them in Adelphi MD and Aberdeen Proving Ground at our own expense, (b) come use their equipment and facilities, and (c) we will use them as partners to compete for grants.

They specifically want people to find connections on the projects or areas listed at the Open Campus site.

NSF’s Pramod Khargonekar offers advice to Early Career Faculty


Dr. Pramod Khargonekar Assistant Director, Engineering Directorate NSF

May 14th Dr. Khargonekar sat down with about 25 early career faculty members and offered the following pearls in response to questions:

  • The CAREER award is for an integration of research and education is some equality. Ask yourself questions:
    1. how does research an education in my proposal interlink and mutually support?
    2. how will this research work help me become a great teacher in the classroom?
    3. a great mentor outside of the classroom?
    4. how will teaching help me see and express research differently?
  • When you approach K12 STEM outreach think about the following:
    1. what is Missouri S&T thinking about K12?
    2. what are the institution’s emphasis points and obstacles?
    3. how can me work support or extend the institutions?
    4. can I connect to and leverage outside organizations?
    5. is what I want to do both unique and complementary?
  • In picking your research idea you need to have advice on its fit to a leng-term program, to the institution to the NSF directorate
    1. leverage your own network
    2. don’t depend on the NSF program officer to guide your proposal ideas they both cannot and should not
    3. with preliminary data the general rule is ‘more the better’ but that is tempered at NSF with the thought that they don’t want the work half-finished already
  • The elements of a strongly competitive proposal are:
    1. is the problem important and practical? (what is the problem and why is it important?)
    2. is my plan to solve the problem flawless (sound)
    3. have I made the case compelling?
    4. do I understand that the reviewers will be familiar with my general field but not experts in my niche? Have I written so they can understand?
    5. that they are making a judgement that you will be a long-term contributor?
  • When rejected and considering a resubmission:
    1. he agrees that comments on rejected proposals are not as constructive and helpful as anyone could wish
    2. that you don’t rework a proposal like you do a paper for editing
    3. that you should step back and return to the questions about is the problem worthy, is my plan going to get the job done
    4. there is likely neither harm nor help by mentioning in the writing that this represents a resubmitted idea.
    5. an entirely new panel will review it without ever seeing the old proposal or its comments
  • When you visit a program directorate you are trying to get his advice of the following:
    1. how does he see your idea fitting into his portfolio?
    2. are there other opportunities at NSF that you could approach?
    3. are there cross-cutting programs where you could apply?
  • If he had to start again but knew what he has learned then:
    1. he would recognize that a research career is a marathon even though the race to tenure is a sprint
    2. that things are more challenging for the current generation of new researchers than were in his early career
    3. consider up front what you want o be proud of when you turn 60; generally you are making contributions to knowledge and to developing people
    4. plant the seeds for your next research focus early (before tenure) and escape the mid-career trap; hire a graduate student that is somewhat of your beaten track, pick another area that should be a lively area when your current one is played out
    5. build a very robust professional network

2015 Research Award for Innovation

eConnection published an article about Dr. Mohammad Tayeb Ghasr the 2015 Research Award for Innovation from American Nondestructive Testing Society (ASNT) and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society’s 2014 J. Barry Oakes Advancement Award.

Presentation to the Faculty 5.13.15 by NSF Engineering Assistant Director

Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, assistant director engineering directorate NSF, gave a terrific presentation to a packed room May 13. His presentation slides can be accessed at this link. NSF_ENG_MUST_5.2015

His recommended readings are:

A less- thank 2-minute video of his introductory statement is below.

Wow — two ORAU Powe Awards on campus

The University has received official notification from Oak Ridge Associated Universities that two Missouri S&T faculty members have been selected to receive one of thirty-five Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.

Tansel Yucelen Assistant Professor MAE


Dr. Tansel Yucelen’s project  is titled “Autonomous Multivehicle Systems for Real-Time Situational Awareness in Adverse Environments.

Heng Pan

Heng Pan Assistant Professor MAE


Dr. Hen Pan’s project is named “Innovative Thermal Processing through Physical and Thermal Nanoconfinements.

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Webinar by NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee May 26th

Dear DSCD Colleagues,

For those of you contemplating 2015 NSF CAREER proposal submissions, please note the following event:

The NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee will host a webinar to provide an overview of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) and to answer participants’ questions about development and submission of CAREER proposals.

Webinar: Tuesday, May 26

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Event Page:


Jordan M. Berg, PhD, PE
Program Director
CMMI Dynamics, Control, & System Diagnostics (DCSD) Program
(703) 292-5365

Gates Foundation

From: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation []
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 9:47 AM
To: S&T Office of Sponsored Programs
Subject: Grand Challenges Explorations: Application deadline May 13, 2015


Dear Colleagues,
This is a reminder that the application deadline for Grand Challenges Explorations is fast approaching.  Please see below for details.
Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies.
Two-page proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015, 11:30 A.M U.S. Pacific Day Light Time on the following topics:

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team


Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

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Department of Defense Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

Department of Defense

Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15)

 $1 million (M) to the Department of Defense Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) to support the CRMRP  mission, to focus on definitive and rehabilitative care innovations for wounded warriors, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life.  Applications are being solicited by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) for the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). The executing agent for this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The CRMRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications.  FY15 CRMRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the website in late May 2015.  Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

  • A Letter of Intent is required.
  • Fund pilot projects exploring novel technologies that will contribute to the development of a working visual prosthesis.

Preliminary data are allowed but not required.

  • Maximum funding of $310,000 for total costs (direct plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 2 years

A preapplication is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at prior to the pre-application deadline.  All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on  A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal,  Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  Requests for email notification of the Program Announcements release may be sent to  For more information about CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs


May 2015

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Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)

United States Department of Defense (DOD) Department of the Air Force (USAF) Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
The ASSURE program supports undergraduate research in DoD relevant disciplines and is designed to increase the number of high-quality undergraduate science and engineering majors who ultimately decide to pursue advanced degrees in these fields.   See link.