Archives for September 22, 2015

Innovative Water Efficiency and Water Resilience Initiatives (CERL-37)

Department of the Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Proposals are sought for evaluations and demonstrations of innovative technologies that will improve water efficiency, conserve water resources, and improve resilience of water delivery systems. Federal agencies arerequired to meet stringent water conservation targets mandated by Executive Order. In addition, the Army has set challenging goals for Net Zero Water attainment at installations. Products/methods/techniques that will improve overall water efficiency or reduce reliance on potable water sources are of interest. These include but are not limited to: water conservation and ultra-efficient plumbing fixtures and controls, smart landscaping, smart irrigation controls, rainwater and stormwater collection and reuse systems, condensate capture and reuse systems, water efficient energy technologies, graywater reuse systems, wastewater recycling, decentralized wastewater systems, theliving building concept, distribution system leak detection, drain line transport issues, and net zero water. In addition, proposals are sought for products/methods/techniques that will improve the resilience of water delivery systems and reduce the risk of loss of water services due to economic dislocations, depletion of natural resources, and natural or man-made disasters. Proposals are also sought for products/methods/techniques which will facilitate cost effective, reliable, and sustainable water support to deployed forces in underdeveloped regions of the world.

Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainablecivil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged. While component-level, subject-matter knowledge may be crucial in many research efforts, this program focuses on the civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially-distributed components and intersystem connections exist. Thus, intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of these systems are also of particular interest. Topics pertaining to transportation systems, construction engineering, infrastructure systems and infrastructure management are a focus of this program. Research that considers either or both ordinary and disrupted operating environments is relevant. Methodological contributions pertaining to systems engineering and design, network analysis and optimization, performance management, vulnerability and risk analysis, mathematical and simulation modeling, exact and approximate algorithm development, control theory, statistical forecasting, dynamic and stochastic systems approaches, multi-attribute decision theory, and incorporation of behavioral and social considerations, not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods, specific to this application are encouraged. Additional research of interest exploits data/information, and takes advantage of relevant technological advances, such as social media. In general, research that has the promise of long-lasting, cascading (hopefully escalating) impact on the wider research community through its theoretical, scientific, mathematical or computational contributions is valued.
The program does not support research with a primary contribution pertaining to individual infrastructure components, materials, sensor technology, extremeevent modeling, climate modeling, human factors, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental sciences, or hydrologic engineering, since these topics do not fall within the scope of the CIS program. Researchers focused in these areas are encouraged to contact the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE), Geotechnical Engineering andMaterials (GEM), or Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials(SAEM) programs. Additionally, researchers may consider contacting the Hydrologic Sciences program in the Earth Sciences Division (EAR) or the Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM) program in the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division (AGS) of the Directorate for Geosciences.

The CIS program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of physical civil infrastructure systems.

Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN)

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Division of Materials Research (DMR)
The program supports fundamental research and education on the relationships between processing, structure and properties of metals and their alloys. The program focuses on experimental research while strongly encouraging the synergistic use of theory and computational materials science. Structure spanning atomic, nanometer, micrometer and larger length scales controls properties and connects these with processing. The program emphasizes the role of structure across all these length scales, including structural imperfections such as vacancies, solutes, dislocations, boundaries and interfaces. Research should advance fundamental materials science that will enable the design and synthesis of metallic materials to optimize superior behaviors and enable the prediction of properties and performance. The program aims to advance the materials science of metals and alloys through transformative research on a diverse array of topics, including, but not limited to, phase transformations; equilibrium, non-equilibrium and far-from equilibrium structures; thermodynamics; kinetics; diffusion; interfaces; oxidation; performance in extreme environments; recyclability; magnetic behavior; thermal transport; plastic flow; and similar phenomena. Yield strength, flow stress, creep, fatigue and fracture are structural-materials examples. Magnetic energy density, shape-memory strain and thermoelectric efficiency are examples for functional materials. Broader impacts are expected in education and other areas, such as workforce development, sustainability, environmental impact or critical infrastructure needs. High-quality proposals that integrate research, education, and other broader impacts are invited.

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS)

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Projects for which IBSS support is sought must include at least three individuals as members of the project’s senior personnel, and these individuals must be associated with two or more different SBE disciplinary fields. IBSS is especially interested in supporting teams that range across relevant SBE disciplines. Researchers from other non-SBE disciplines may also serve as members of research teams if their expertise will help advance the conduct of the proposed research. In some cases, NSF programs outside the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences may be willing to co-review a proposal with IBSS.

For the purposes of this solicitation, senior personnel include the Principal Investigator (PI), any co-PIs, and any other researchers actively involved in the scientific or technical management of the project. It does not include students, postdocs, or consultants who provide specific expertise on a limited portion of the project.

Proposals that do not meet these requirements will be returned without review.

These restrictions apply to this IBSS solicitation only and do not restrict the submission of proposals by investigators to other NSF activities or programs.

Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI) – U.S.-India Institutional Partnership Grants

Limited Submission – if you are interested please contact the Vice Provost Research office

see solicitation

USIEF has announced an open competition for the support of projects through the OSI. Announced by the U.S. and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indianinstitutions of higher education. Proposals may be submitted that support the program’s goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post-secondary educational institutions.

Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote long-term ties between partner institutions.

Proposals in the following fields are eligible:
– Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Studies;
– Education & Educational Reform;
– Public Health;
– Sustainable Development & Community Development; and
– International Relations & Strategic Studies.

Programs must maintain a non-political character and should be balanced and representative of the diversity of American and Indian political, social, and cultural life. “Diversity” should be interpreted in the broadest sense and encompass differences including, but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, caste, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, and physical challenges. Applicants are strongly encouraged to adhere to the advancement of this principle both in program administration and in program content.


Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2016

Congressional Research Service just released this report coordinated by John F. Sargent Jr.  We receive this through our association with the National Defense Industry Assoc.

Extract from the executive summary. “Funding for R&D is concentrated in a few departments and agencies. Under President Obama’s FY2016 budget request, seven federal agencies would receive 95.6% of total federal R&D funding, with the Department of Defense (DOD, 49.5%) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, 21.3%) accounting for more than 70% of all federal R&D funding. The largest increases in agency R&D funding in the President’s request would go to the Department of Defense (DOD, up $4.670 billion, 6.9%), Department of Energy (DOE, up $861 million, 7.3%), and the Department of Commerce (DOC, up $601 million, 39.4%). Legislation targeted the R&D budgets of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and DOE Office of Science seeking to double them from their FY2006 levels. The America COMPETES Act aimed to double funding over 7 years, and the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 over 11 years. The President’s FY2016 budget requests increases for these accounts, like the FY2015 and FY2014 requests. It departs from earlier Obama and Bush Administration budgets that explicitly stated the doubling goal. Enacted funding for FY2015 for these accounts represents a compound annual growth rate of 3.25% since FY2006, a rate that would result in doubling in 22 years. The President’s FY2016 request continues support for three multi-agency R&D initiatives—the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The request also continues support for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, the Materials Genome Initiative, and the National Robotics Initiative. The President has proposed FY2016 discretionary funding for seven new manufacturing institutes as part of his proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), in addition to the nine that have already been planned, competed, or awarded. The President also proposes $1.9 billion in mandatory funding for the establishment of 29 additional institutes between FY2017 and FY2024. In addition, the FY2016 budget proposes a new multiagency R&D initiative, the Precision Medicine Initiative which seeks to build on research and discoveries that allow medical treatments to be tailored to an individual’s unique characteristics (e.g., a patient’s genes) or the genetic profile of an individual’s tumor.”