Archives for September 3, 2015

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP)

The goal of the NIWQP is to contribute to the improvement of the quality and conservation of the United States’ water resources through research, education, and extension activities. Projects funded through this programwill work to solve water resource problems by advancing and disseminating the knowledge base available to agricultural, rural, and urbanizing communities. Funded projects should lead to science-based decision making and management practices that improve the quality and quantity of the Nation’s water resources in agricultural, rural, and urbanizing watersheds.

The NIWQP directly aligns with the Research, Education, and Economics Action Plan and specifically addresses Goal 3 – Sustainable Use of Natural Resources by:
1. Funding research, education and extension to expand and/or elevate existing, and encourage new, federal partnerships to promote water conservation at watershed, landscape, and regional scales in agricultural, rural, and urbanizing communities, and reduce the impacts of climatic disturbances;
2. Funding integrated activities that will foster a watershed/landscape-scale approach that encourages place-based agricultural water management and sustains U.S. natural resources, agriculture, and rural communities in the face of competing water demands;
3. Funding the transformation of youth water education to support USDA’s vision for the future of water management; and
4. Funding research and decision-support tools to maintain water availability and safety in a changing global environment.

Fellowships – Water-Energy Nexus Project

Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
STPP offers fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director.Post-doctoral research fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Pre-doctoral fellows are expected to contribute to the Program’s research activities, as well as work on – and ideally complete – their doctoral dissertations.

Fellows will explore the role that policy and innovation can play to incentivize a more efficient use of water and energy resources in different sectors and/or regions. ETIP is particularly interested in seeking proposals relevant to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and China. Water-Energy Nexus is a project of the ETIP research group.

BRAIN Initiative: Technology Sharing and Propagation (R03)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) solicitation

The purpose of this Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage the transfer of new technologies and new data analysistechniques into a research laboratory. One of the key goals of the BRAIN Initiative is to develop new technologies to improve our understanding of the brain. In order for those technologies to be useful, they need to be broadly disseminated beyond the laboratory or company where they originated. This FOA promotes this goal by providing funds to enable the incorporation of new technologies or data analysis techniques into research programs that further the aims of the BRAIN initiative.

Components of Participating Organizations:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Eye Institute (NEI)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Literacy XPrize

The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in thegreatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The solutions will overcome key barriers to literacy learning by improving access, while increasing retention, and scaling to meet demand. The sponsors’ vision is to empower nearly 1 in 10 low-literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams.

The finalists teams’ solutions must demonstrate that they can substantially improve the literacy proficiency of adults reading at or below a third grade level, as measured by the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), within a 12-month period.

Following solution submissions, five finalist teams will be chosen after an intensive judging process. Each finalist team will then test its mobile software solution with 1,000 field participants.

Field participants will be recruited across two demographics:
– Native English language speakers 18-64 years old
– Non-native English language speakers 18-64 years old

The final five solutions will then be entered into a Cities Competition. In this phase, the solutions will be deployed in participating cities across the country. Cities will compete to encourage the greatest percentage of their low-literate residents to download and use the solutions over a six-month period. The winning city will demonstrate the greatest percentage of application downloads among its low-literate residents. 

Neuroscience: James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF)

McDonnell Foundation, James S. (JSMF) of St Louis

The Foundation offers Collaborative Activity Awards to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems. In each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the program guidelines for one of the following program areas: 

– Studying Complex Systems
– Mathematical & Complex Systems Approaches for Brain Cancer
– Understanding Human Cognition

With the Collaborative Activity Awards, JSMF continues and formalizes a funding mechanism the Foundation has used since 1987. Over the past decade or so, the Foundation has from time to time provided grants to support study panels and research networks. This has proven to be an effective way to encourage cross-disciplinary thinking and research on fundamental questions. Furthermore, these activities have contributed to the development of programs both at the Foundation and at other funding agencies.


Request for Information (RFI)—Road to Tomorrow

Dear Transportation Colleagues:

On behalf of the Missouri Department of Transportation, I would like to invite you to consider submitting a proposal for a recently posted Request for Information (RFI)—Road to Tomorrow.

  • Road to Tomorrow:  The Missouri Department of Transportation is opening up Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis to private industry, entrepreneurs and innovators as a laboratory for construction of the next generation of highways.  This RFI will assist the Missouri Department of Transportation in fully understanding the technologies available for the next generation of interstate. Further information on Road to Tomorrow can be found at:

The Request for Information (RFI) is available on the “MoDOT Bidding and Contracting Opportunities” webpage under Design Solicitations:

The RFI has a proposal submission date of November 16, 2015.

Please feel free to submit any questions you may have regarding the RFI details or process for submissions to the Road to Tomorrow Team at:


Bill Stone, PE
Research Administrator
Construction and Materials
Missouri Department of Transportation
1617 Missouri Blvd, PO Box 270
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270

Phone: 573•526•4328


Seminar: Engineering Leaders

Dear Colleague,

Corey Norris of NUCOR Corporation will be delivering An Engineering Leadership Presentation to our senior design students as follows:

Seminar: Engineering Leaders

Presenter: Corey Norris, NUCOR Corp.

Time & Date: 12:45 p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2015

Place: Room 199 Toomey Hall


He will be discussing NUCOR’s unique history and leadership that transformed US steel industry, particularly under Ken Iverson’s innovative leadership.

Engineering Leadership Seminar 09.03.15

With best regards, Ashok Midha Professor and Director, Product Innovation and Creativity Center (PICC), Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering