Archives for June 2015

Environmental Sustainability

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. 
There are four principal general research areas that are supported:
– Industrial Ecology:
– Green Engineering:
– Ecological Engineering:
– Earth Systems Engineering:

education-related research using NCES, NSF, and other federal databases

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program announces its Research Grants competition. The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance.

NASA EPSCOR – Missouri

Dear Colleague,

Please see  2015 NASA-EPSCoR MO RID Competition Announcement – final

The NASA EPSCoR Missouri jurisdiction is accepting two-year proposals from early career faculty to improve NASA related research capabilities within the state. Research Infrastructure Development (RID) proposals should focus on building the core strength needed to develop and enhance competitive research and technology development methods and activities for solutions to scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA. Successful proposals will address national research interests as defined by one or more of NASA’s three Mission Directorates, the Office of the Chief Technologist, and/or one or more of NASA’s Field Research Centers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The selected proposals will also contribute to the overall research infrastructure for science, engineering, and technology capabilities; higher education; and/or economic development in Missouri.

The deadlines are as follows:

Required Notice of Intent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Proposal Submission: Friday, July 31, 2015

The above need to be e-mailed to Dr. David Riggins, Missouri NASA EPSCoR Director at with a copy to Dr. Stephen Haug at and  Please see the attached announcement, or click here, for format and other details.

Note that a cost share (match) of 1:1 is required from non-federal sources and in-kind cost-sharing is allowable.  NASA’s Cooperative Agreement Notice states that “It is strongly urged that indirect costs be waived or reduced by the university; the waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds.”  For this reason, I will cost share the F&A costs, but note that the balance amount needs to be taken care by the participating departments.

With best regards,


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 |

Share your Knowledge on Photovoltaic Research and Development

Manufacturing costs associated with photovoltaic module production have decreased dramatically over the past decade, but further improvements are still needed. Cell and module developments that maximize efficiency, service lifetime, and total energy output while minimizing installation material and labor costs are critical to the future of commercial photovoltaic technologies. This request for information hopes to gauge the issues and opportunities that the research and industrial communities find most important in reducing the levelized cost of energy associated with photovoltaic power generation. Responses are due July 15. Learn more and read the questions

Solar Collectors Targeted in New CSP Funding Program

The CSP: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS) funding opportunity seeks to further concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies by soliciting disruptive, transformative projects for the concentrating solar collectors in the CSP plant. 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. Concept papers are due June 25. Learn more.

SunShot Feedback Sought

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
SunShot Initiative
Dear SunShot Supporter:

The second cycle of the SunShot Catalyst prize competition is now officially underway!

Solar innovators are submitting problem statements for the ideation phase of the competition, which focuses on generating and aggregating the U.S. solar energy market’s pressing needs that can be solved through automation, algorithms, data, and software. The deadline to submit ideas has been extended to Tuesday, June 30 at 11:59pm ET. Submit your ideas today!

We’re also seeking your feedback about the ideas submitted by others. Visit the Catalyst website to vote and comment on the ideas that have already been submitted. Users are encouraged to review the ideas and vote in support of the most exciting challenges and opportunities. Votes and comments will help guide teams in the business innovation phase of the contest to choose ideas that are of the greatest interest to the community to inspire their creativity.

Did you miss the results of Catalyst’s first cycle? Read the press release about the winners, view all the prototypes, and watch the pitches from our recent Demo Day.

We look forward to your ideas and votes, and we wish the best to the next round of competitors in the SunShot Catalyst prize competition!

The SunShot Team

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Missouri S&T physics professor invited to NSF workshop in Japan

Julia Medvedeva from Physics is modeling for us how to make a name for herself and S&T. Next week she is at a workshop in Tsukuba, Japan. Check out the S&T News article.

Dr. Julia Medvedeva.

Dr. Julia Medvedeva

Scored again: Missouri S&T named state’s only Center of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity

see article posted in S&T News and Events on Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence


Missouri S&T and NRMCA Seek Abstracts for 2016 Conferences

Published @ For Construction Pros

The Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) are seeking abstracts for the 2016 Self-Consolidating Concrete Conference (SCC 2016) and the International Concrete Sustainability Conference (2016 ICSC) scheduled for May 15-18 in Washington, DC. Engineers, architects, public works officials, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors and concrete industry professionals are invited to share their research, experiences and accomplishments in advancing SCC and sustainable concrete design, manufacturing and construction by submitting abstracts.

SCC 2016 abstracts are due June 30, 2015: submit online at
Combining the 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete and the 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete, SCC 2016 promises to be one of the most highly attended SCC conferences since the inception of SCC. Abstracts are encouraged on topics ranging from SCC materials and design methodology to production and quality control. Performance measurement, economics and sustainability of SCC are also topics for consideration. Peer-reviewed papers will be printed in book proceedings published as a RILEM Special Publication. Accepted abstracts that are peer-reviewed will follow the RILEM Guidelines for the Materials and Structures Journal. Non-peer reviewed papers will be published on a CD or in book proceedings.

2016 ICSC abstracts are due October 30, 2015: submit online at
The 11th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference makes its way to the U.S. capital for the first time and will again feature a wide range of topics related to innovations in concrete sustainability. Abstracts are encouraged on topics ranging from resilience and low impact development to life cycle assessment and material science. Topics related to corporate social responsibility are also encouraged. Accepted abstracts, both papers and presentations, will be published online.

This is the first time the International SCC Conference and the International Concrete Sustainability

Army Corps of Engineers materials research

Precision Material Design and Fabrication/Surface Modification and Testing

Proposals are sought to support research in the area of non-standard materials fabrication, including methods at the macroscopic and microscopic scale. Materials of interest include complex alloys, pure metals, ceramics,optical materials, polymers, plastics, semiconductors, metamaterials and nanomaterials. A variety of projects require tailor-made materials and components unavailable commercially or otherwise not economically feasible for small quantities. Existing projects have a high demand for organizations and entities capable of rapid precision design and manufacture of multiple custom components as well as prototypes. In addition, proposals are sought to support surface modification and characterization at the atomic-molecular level. This need includes thin-film deposition, etching, implantation, functionalization of surfaces. Surfaces will require characterization to verify modification techniques and methods as well as to determine process repeatability, accuracy and quality. Characterization techniques may include but are not limited to

– chemical composition,
– crystal structure,
– microscopic imaging techniques,
– radar cross sections,
– molecular bond strengths,
– electrical impedance,
– optical properties,
– surface roughness and structure, and
– material degradation and others.