Archives for October 19, 2015

Northrop-Grumman: University Call For Innovation (CFI) U091401 – Additive Manufacturing

See solicitation site 

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, a leading manufacturer of highly capable and affordable C4ISR, Cyber, Logistics, and Unmanned Systems, is actively seeking innovative uses of Additive Manufacturing Technologies in any of the following areas:

Application areas:

  • Mechanical Structures
  • Electronic Components and/or Assemblies
  • Material Strength Augmentation
  • Thermal Property Management
  • Metamaterial Development and Application
  • Computational Structures

Infrastructure areas:

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Digital Data Transfer Security
  • Material Property Verification and Qualification
  • Manufacturing Process Verification and Qualification
  • Design and Manufacturing Optimization

Additive Manufacturing truly has the potential to disrupt the presently known boundaries of design based on material properties and manufacturing tooling, realizing tremendous cost and weight savings and simultaneously expanding the possibilities of products that could have never been realized before. Those that have an innovative capability in this area, and would like to work with Northrop Grumman, are encouraged to submit their information to Northrop Grumman using the process described below.

Response Instructions
This CFI is limited to employees (professors, graduate students and other staff) of colleges and universities located in the United States of America. We anticipate proposers will initially provide a demonstration or conduct a 6-12 month effort to document the concept, perform a feasibility study, and provide a plan to develop a prototype product or process.

College and university personnel with innovative Additive Manufacturing techniques that have the potential to meet the requirements described above, and would like to collaborate with Northrop Grumman in this area, are encouraged to submit a 1-5 page document that includes the following: concise description of the proposed concept, expected performance, proposed cost of the initial 6-12 month feasibility demonstration effort, and estimated cost of the subsequent effort to develop and characterize a prototype. Initial submissions should not include proprietary information. To submit your proposal document, click here.

Evaluation and Anticipated Funding
All responses will be evaluated by a panel of technical and business experts employed by Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman also reserves the right to use consultants on this evaluation that have signed an appropriate nondisclosure agreement. There is no guarantee that Northrop Grumman will fund any of the proposals.  However, Northrop Grumman plans to make at least one award for the development of novel concepts, with an initial funding level of up to $100,000. Future funded collaborations are anticipated if the initial funded effort produces encouraging results. The Purchase Order for the initial funding increment will contain the standard Northrop Grumman Innovation Network (NGIN) University Terms and Conditions, and will only permit exceptions allowed in the NGIN Terms and Conditions guidelines.

Response Deadline
All responses must be uploaded by December 8, 2014

For Assistance
Contact Northrop Grumman via email or 410-765-3633

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NSF Limited Submissions | PFI:BIC, MRI, CCE STEM and NRT

NSFDear Colleague,

Please see below for a number of NSF limited submission funding opportunities and the internal review deadlines.  You may use any format to submit the white papers, but I will provide PowerPoint templates for use in the oral presentations.

 1. Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) with a focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered “smart” service system – we may submit no more than two (2) proposals as a lead institution, preferably involving distinct application areas.  The internal review deadlines are:

 

  • Intent to submit a PFI:BIC proposal (PI name and Title of Proposal): Monday, October 19, 2015
  • Submission of 2-page white paper: Monday, November 2, 2015
  • Oral presentation of proposals: Week of November 9, 2015

 

NSF’s deadlines are:

  • Letter of Intent (required): Wednesday, December 2, 2015
  • Full proposal: Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

 

  1. Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program – we may submit or be included as a significantly funded sub-awardee in no more than three MRI proposals: i) no more than two proposal submissions may be for instrument acquisition (Track 1); and ii) at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development (Track 2).  The internal review deadlines are:

 

  • Intent to submit a MRI proposal (PI name and Title of Proposal): Monday, October 26, 2015
  • Submission of 2-page white paper: Monday, November 9, 2015
  • Oral presentation of proposals: Week of November 16, 2015

 

NSF’s deadline for receiving final proposals is Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

 

  1. Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) – we may submit only one (1) proposal as the lead organization. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which we may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.  The internal review deadlines we will be following to select the one proposal, in which we are the lead, that will go forward are:

 

  • Intent to submit a proposal (PI name and Title of Proposal): Monday, October 26, 2015
  • Submission of 2-page white paper: Monday, January 4, 2016
  • Oral presentation of proposals: Week of January 11, 2016

 

There will not be an internal review if you are collaborating with another university, which will be serving as the lead.  However, I would appreciate you letting me know the name of the collaborative university and title of your proposal.

 

NSF’s deadline for receiving the full proposal is Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

 

  1. National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program; We may submit two Traineeship Track proposals and two Innovations in Graduate Education Track proposal. In the Traineeship Track, there are four priority areas: i) Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); ii) Understanding the Brain (UtB); iii) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS); and iv) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority.The new internal review deadlines we will be following to select the four proposals that will go forward are:

     

    • Intent to submit a proposal (PI and co-PI names, Title of Proposal and Proposal Track Name): Monday, November 2, 2015
    • Submission of 2-page white paper: Monday, November 9, 2015
    • Oral presentation of proposals: Week of November 16, 2015

     

    NSF’s deadlines are:

    • Letter of Intent (required): Wednesday, December 9, 2015
    • Full Proposal: Tuesday, February 9, 2106

With best regards, Krishna

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 | http://sponsoredprograms.mst.edu/

AFRL Summer Program

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Visiting Summer Graduate Research Opportunity

The State Awareness and Real-Time Response portfolio plans to host Visiting Summer Researchers over the 2016 summer break. Topics of interest include predictive control, distributed control, hybrid/switched systems, formal methods, Bayesian estimation, active learning, and prognostics applied to power and thermal aircraft systems. This past summer’s results have been submitted to the 2016 American Control Conference. Interested advisors/students are invited to contact Brandon Hencey [brandon.hencey@us.af.mil] to discuss areas of mutual interest.