Archives for October 7, 2015

Recorded seminar: Open Access and Data Management

Presentation given on October 5th to the faculty covering the new requirements for DATA MANAGEMENT and OPEN ACCESS. Both are new federal requirements for research results.

This link will open the WebEx recording of the talk which is 80 minutes long.

open access

Meg Bouvier Medical Writing:Dr. Meg Bouvier Translating your biomedical research into success

OSP is engaging Dr. Meg Bouvier to conduct a workshop this winter for faculty interested in writing grant proposals for the National Institute of Health (NIH).  I will send out registration information for the January 13 day-long seminar. In the meanwhile here is a sample of Meg’s blog.

Meg Bouvier

Dr. Meg Bouvier Meg Bouvier Medical Writing, LLC 26 South Prospect Street, Office 1 Amherst, MA 01002

Understanding the Capacity of NIH’s Peer Review System

With the complete elimination of any real cap on the number of allowable resubmissions to NIH, many of us have wondered how much the workload has increased at CSR and on NIH reviewers in general. In the past two years, outgoing NIH Deputy Director has been evaluating “the level of service that most peer reviewers are willing and able to provide, and how peer review service fits within the scope of reviewers’ other professional responsibilities.”

Among the key results of this evaluation:

  • More than 80% of mid-career R01 recipients have served as reviewers at least once in the past five years.
  • 88% of respondents who reported having been invited to review in the prior year had served at least once.
  • ~51% of respondents reported that peer review of grants should comprise less than 5% of their professional effort, but another 46% reported that peer review of grants should make up 5-10% of their worktime.
  • Respondents reported that they considered an assignment load of 6 applications per meeting, and 1 – 2 meetings per year, to be reasonable expectations. The typical load at CSR is more than this, and NIH would be hard pressed to review all the applications the scientific community submits if this preference became the norm.
  • ~3,500 qualified reviewers/year have not yet served in the last five years.

An article in the newly released CSR Peer Review Notes describes the information in more detail:

NSF: Optics and Photonics

NSF 16-004

Dear Colleague Letter: Optics and Photonics (OP)

October 5, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

Optics and photonics are key enabling technologies that impact society in a multitude of areas including information and communications, imaging and sensing, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and national security. Building upon impressive progress in fundamental optical science and in nanotechnology in recent years, optics and photonics have become drivers for technological innovation and economic growth. To address the national need in supporting basic research in optics and photonics and translating results of research to applications, the National Science Foundation announces a new crosscutting program, PD 15-9102, Optics and Photonics (OP).

The Optics and Photonics program is an NSF-wide crosscutting activity that involves multiple Divisions within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Because the field of optics and photonics is inherently interdisciplinary in nature, often requiring expertise across traditional disciplinary boundaries, OP will enable the research community to achieve breakthrough scientific and technological progress.

Through this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF encourages innovative research proposals on optics and photonics that are relevant to one or more Divisions in the Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), Biological Sciences (BIO), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Currently the OP Program encompasses efforts of more than 30 disciplinary programs within 9 divisions; the detailed list of the disciplinary programs involved and of the research areas of particular interest to each division is given in the document PD 15-9102.

A working group comprising representatives of all participating NSF funding units will coordinate review of proposals on optics and photonics. The group will ensure that proposals are reviewed by the most suitable NSF disciplinary program and will coordinate co-review by more than one disciplinary program when appropriate. Investigators should identify OP proposals by including the three characters “OP:” at the beginning of the proposal title. This designation will serve to bring the proposal to the attention of the crosscutting OP working group.

Proposals should be submitted to the appropriate program description or program solicitation listed in PD 15-9102. Proposals must comply with the requirements of the corresponding program description or program solicitation. The due date for any proposal is the due date for submission to the particular disciplinary program. Proposals that would particularly benefit from joint review should be submitted to a primary disciplinary program with secondary disciplinary program(s) in another Division(s) identified in the Proposal Cover Sheet, by the due date of the primary program.

NSF recommends that researchers contact Program Directors in the participating disciplinary programs for details on appropriate programs and the specifics for proposal submission in their respective Divisions; for highly interdisciplinary research topics members of the OP working group can be contacted as well. For additional details, including contact information for the OP working group, please see the document PD 15-9102.


Fleming Crim
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Pramod Khargonekar
Assistant Director
Directorate for Engineering

James L. Olds
Assistant Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences

James Kurose
Assistant Director
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Good job – Jie Gao and Xiaodong Yang

Xiaodong Yang

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Xiaodong Yang Assistant Professor 227 Toomey Hall 573-341-6273

Noteworthy publishing was picked up by S&T News.  Good job Jie and Xiaodong!

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Jie Gao Assistant Professor 229 Toomey Hall 573-341-6516

Congrats to Josh Rovey — Sperry Award 2016

Happy article in S&T news. Way to go Josh Rovey!

Josh Rovey

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Joshua Rovey Associate Professor 292D Toomey Hall 573-341-4613