Archives for September 11, 2015

Proquest PIVOT – learning how

Missouri S&T has bought access to the Proquest PIVOT database of funding opportunities.  You can figure out how to get into that at our site here.

PIVOT has a lot of features — and they have a great YouTube video library that makes it quick and easy to get savvy with the deal. Here is just one example.

DOE (EERE) SunShot update


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

The second cycle of the Catalyst prize program is taking off! The business innovation contest, designed to help teams form and explore business solutions to the most compelling problems facing solar energy, is now complete and we have selected finalists to enter the prototyping contest.

These solar finalists are: Bright Harvest Solar, Energy Equity, Hot 4 Solar, MapMySolar, MySunBuddy, RE-volv, SolarBook, Solar Action Network, Solar Doctor, Solar Land Solutions LLC, Solar Merchant, SunSwarm, Tangerine+, and Learn more about the solar finalists and watch their pitch videos.

For this cycle of Catalyst, we teamed up with the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) to develop innovative solutions for reducing energy use while maintaining occupant comfort and promoting better engagement of building occupants. With added prize money, five BTO finalists will also advance to the prototyping contest: Building DataCloud, Built Spectrum, Inc., Kinetic Buildings, Livable Analytics, and One Oak Systems. Learn more about the BTO finalists and watch their pitch videos.

Between September 28 and November 30, these 19 teams will build prototype solutions and products that address challenges faced by the solar community or improve energy efficient, comfortable building design and operation. The prototyping contest will end with Demo Day in mid-December, where all finalists will publically demonstrate their products before a panel of investors, judges, and their peers. Based on their performances, the Department will award up to $500,000 in additional funds to advance these early stage solutions toward commercialization. Stay tuned for more information about Demo Day.

Learn more about how SunShot Catalyst is driving the next generation of software solutions to cut solar costs at


The SunShot Team

The Energy Department’s SunShot Catalyst prize winners from the competition’s first cycle pose with their awards. | Photo Courtesy of NREL.

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This service is provided to you by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).



Associate Deans for Research

A year ago Missouri S&T organized into two colleges each under a Vice Provost and Dean. Each of those leaders has filled out a full team to include each having an associate dean focused on research. Exceptionally able researchers in their own right they are in place to help organizationally move research forward and each has been coaching within their own college advising on research. Don’t be shy about reaching to theses resources.Meet Yinfa M College of Arts, Sciences and Business and Meet Bruce McMillin College of Engineering and Computing.

Yinfa Ma

Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor 320 Schrenk Hall Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO 65409-0010 (573) 341-6220

Bruce McMillin

Bruce M. McMillin PROFESSOR Computer Science 322 Computer Science ROLLA, MO 65409 573/341-6435


Solar Village adds new location

In case you didn’t know about the research value of the Missouri S&T Solar Village or the  pride we  take in having such a singular facility you should walk over and join the Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engagement in a tour or for the September 12 (Saturday) Open House. Contact Tony Arnold Assistant Director at or  573-202-3010 (cell).The open house is this Saturday from 4-7pm, at the Innovation Park location.

If you did know then you may have realized the the lot is full and the four houses tied together in a microgrid have left no room for the last home or the next house being built by the Solar House team for this year’s competition. So solar village has grown to a new spot further up 10th street and near Innovation Park. eConnection noted a competition to name the new village.

Go visit. Throw a suggested name at OSE3.

Tony Arnold

Tony Arnold Assistant Director OSE3 manager of Solar Viallages or 573-202-3010

Tony says” The Solar House Team is actually conducting the open house tomorrow but if anyone contacts me I’ll make sure they are taken care of.  Thanks again.  –Tony”



Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dear Colleagues:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges will soon be available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

1) Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting 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. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

Proposals are being accepted online until November 11, 2015 for the following challenges:

2) New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing. This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies.

Letters of Intent will be accepted until November 5, 2015. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

3) In addition, the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for African Development have launched Grand Challenges Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This program joins others within the Grand Challenges family of grant programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners. Grand Challenges Africa will build on the global success of Grand Challenges programs in India, Brazil, and South Africa, as well as the strong base of Africa Grand Challenges grantees already funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and USAID. For more information please visit AAS.

We look 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.

Furthermore, as a forum for sharing ideas, pursuing new opportunities and keeping abreast of new developments in the field of global health, The Gates Foundation together with Grand Challenges Canada has set-up a LinkedIn group. All you need to join is a free LinkedIn account – go to Global Health Innovations and click “Join”

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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Air Force Fiscal Year 2016 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

See solicitation

creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

See solicitation. Limited solicitation please talk to Vice Provost of Research if you would like to submit uner this program.

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate schoolfollowing completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.

S-STEM scholarship recipients will be selected by the awardee institution, but must be enrolled full time in a program leading to an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in one of the following disciplines for each term for which a student receives a scholarship:
– biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
physical sciences, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science;
– mathematical sciences;
– computer and information sciences;
– geosciences;
– engineering;
– technology areas associated with the preceding fields (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

The S-STEM program emphasizes the importance of recruiting students to STEM disciplines, mentoring and supporting students through degree completion, and partnering with employers to facilitate student career placement in the STEM workforce. Participating institutions are expected to support the goals of the S-STEM program including the following: improved educational opportunities for students; increased retention of students to degree achievement; improved student support programs at institutions of higher education; and increased numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of national need.

It is expected that scholarship recipients will achieve at least one of the following by the end of the scholarship award period: receive an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in one of the S-STEM disciplines; transfer from an associate degree program to a baccalaureate degree program or from an undergraduate program to a graduate program in one of the S-STEM disciplines; and successfully pass one or more of an institution’s self-identified attrition points.