Archives for October 2015

ARPA-E INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology.

IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations 12 months or less with a total project cost of $500,000 or less and will be issued through Grants.

This FOA is a continuation of the IDEAS Program initially announced in September 2013 and continued for a second year in September 2014. ARPA-E continues to view the IDEAS program as a success and therefore plans to extend this FOA on an annual basis, based on the availability of funds.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the “Required Application Documents” with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Template Application Documents

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Applicants may submit questions regarding ARPA-E eXCHANGE, ARPA-E’s online application portal, to ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will promptly respond to emails that raise legitimate, technical issues with ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    ARPA-E will refer any questions regarding the FOA to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/30/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

ARPA-E INDEPENDENT FIELD TESTING OF METHANE EMISSIONS DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is considering providing financial assistance for operation of a multi-user field test site of (including some construction) for priority use by its MONITOR (Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions) program awardees. ARPA-E is seeking information on associated capabilities, costs, and other considerations for operating such a field test site. The MONITOR program will support 11 project teams over three years (totaling $30M) to develop technologies focused on the detection, quantification, and localization of methane emissions. The field test site would enable MONITOR awardees to assess the technical performance of their technologies under realistic conditions on a simulated natural gas well pad.

Interested parties are free to provide any information that they believe may assist ARPA-E; however the Agency will not pay for any information submitted. Comments in response to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov with the subject line “Responses for RFI for DE-FOA-0001423”. Information should be submitted not later than 11/13/15.

Respondents are requested to include the following information as part of the submission:

• Company/institution name;

• Individual contact name and title;

• Mailing address;

• Phone number;

• Email address; and

• Type of company/institution (i.e., university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-owned/government-operated (GOGO)).

In your response, please address the following prompts and limit your response to no more than eight pages:

• Describe your team’s capabilities, experience, and assets (i.e., equipment and property) relevant to this RFI. (~2 page)

• Describe your overarching technical approach to the design, construction, and operation of a field test site that can test MONITOR-funded technologies under real-world conditions. This should include the ability to test against the program goals. We are also interested in evaluating performance under an expanded set of conditions, which may include changing weather conditions or emissions due to human error. (~3 pages)

• Propose a geographic location for field testing and include a discussion of constraints related to resources or site access. Please specify the proximity to major nearby airports, and include a map. (~0.5 page)

• Provide a diagram of a notional test site. (~1 page)

• Provide a budget estimate, including capital and operating expenditures. (~1 page)

DO NOT SUBMIT CONFIDENTIAL OR PROPRIETY INFORMATION

This RFI is for planning purposes only and does not constitute an FOA. ARPA-E is not presently accepting applications for financial assistance and there is no guarantee that a FOA will be published following ARPA-E’s evaluation of information submitted. ARPA-E may decide at a later date to issue a FOA based, in part, on consideration of the input received.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit your comments in PDF format to the email address above by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 13, 2015. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

ARPA-E ADVANCED TELEPRESENCE TECHNOLOGY

ARPA-E seeks input from researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including the physical, computer, and social sciences and all engineering disciplines, regarding the development and adoptability of advanced telepresence technologies in the context of reducing the energy use associated with transportation.

These may include, but are not limited to, advanced technologies and concepts relating to 2D or 3D telecommunications, virtual or augmented reality, brain-computer interface, robotics for telelabor, and any other mixed reality technologies.

Any opportunities for development and potential technical solutions that might be of interest to ARPA-E would require a demonstrable path to reducing the amount that people use energy in the transportation sector.

Of essential importance is the argument that, whatever the technology or concept is, an individual would prefer it to the energy-intensive status quo. This would therefore relegate the potential emissions reductions and fuel import reductions as positive externalities, not primary motivations.

The information you provide may be used by ARPA-E in support of program planning. Comments in response to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on October 30, 2015. ARPA-E will accept responses to this RFI immediately.

Please insert “Responses for RFI for FOA DE-FOA-0001424” in the subject line of your email, and include your name, organization, email address, and telephone number in the body of your email. Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 3,000 words in length. ARPA-E will not provide any debriefings or prepare and publish a synopsis of materials received in response to the RFI.

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit your comments in PDF format to the email address above by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on October 30, 2015. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

National Organic Standards Board, US Department of Agriculture

“The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in the development of  standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, the USDA is requesting nominations to fill one (1) unexpected vacancy on the NOSB for an environmentalist/resource conservationist position. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to this position to serve on the NOSB for the remainder of the term for this position, which began in January 24, 2015, and goes through January 23, 2020.”

“The NOSB is composed of 15 members; including 4 organic producers, 2 organic handlers, a retailer, 3 environmentalists/resource conservationists, 3 public/consumer representatives, a scientist, and
a certifying agent. Through this Notice, USDA is seeking nominations to fill one (1) unexpected vacancy on the NOSB for an environmentalist/resource conservationist position. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to this position immediately to serve for the remainder of the term that began in January 24, 2015, and goes through January 23, 2020.”
Nominations due: Nominations accepted on a rolling basis
See Full details: 

Invasive Species Advisory Committee, Department of the Interior

“The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council (NISC), proposes to appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the ISAC.”

“Executive Order (EO) 13122 authorized the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) to provide interdepartmental coordination, planning, and leadership for the Federal Government on the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species. NISC is currently comprised of thirteen Federal Departments and Agencies. The Co-­‐chairs of NISC are the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce. The Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) advises NISC. NISC is requesting nominations for individuals to serve on the ISAC.”

Nominations due: November 30, 2015

See Full details: 

United States Air Force – Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (USAF-SFFP)

see notice in PIVOT Pivot at S&T

The AF SFFP offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force Research Facilities for full-time science and engineering faculty at U.S.colleges and universities. This program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and is administered by ASEE, which provides the oversight and administrative structure for the selection and appointment of applicants. The objectives of the AF SFFP are as follows:
1. To stimulate professional relationships among AF SFFP participants and the scientists and engineers at Air Force research facilities
2. To enhance the research interests and capabilities of faculty (both new and experienced researchers) in the U.S. academic community
3. To elevate the awareness in the U.S. academic community of Air Force research interests
4. To provide the AF SFFP participant opportunities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directorates, the United States Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Institute of Technology
5. To provide nationally accredited mentoring of academic researchers at technical directorates of the AFRL, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology

If you have any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at brandon.hencey@us.af.mil

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
“The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities”

Among the numerous topics available, I have posted the research topic “Control Techniques for Aircraft Energy Management” [link]

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS)

ORAU is pleased to provide the information below regarding an opportunity available to all institutions. This notice is a service to ORAU Sponsoring and Associate Institutions. Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

 Student, Alumni, and Faculty Research Opportunities at ORNL

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has several opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a-real world setting with award winning scientists. Two opportunities, highlighted below, are through the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) and the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) programs.

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)

  • Undergraduates, MS, PhD, and Post-MS or Postdoctoral – Majors related to Nuclear Science and Nuclear Policy; Engineering; Physics; Nuclear Medicine
  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Professional development activities
  • Minimum GPA  – 3.0/4.0
  • Open to U.S. and International Citizenship

For more information about these (and other) opportunities, please visit http://www.orau.org/ornl or contact ORNL Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org or contact Leslie Fox at (865) 576-3427.

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

University.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS)program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in nuclear engineering and science. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers students on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.

NESLS Goals

  • Maximize the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory
  • Increase on-the-job research opportunities
  • Provide a learning environment useful to both national laboratories and students
  • Train next generation nuclear scientists
Nuclear Security Technologies
Material protection,
control, and accounting
Radiation detection
Safeguards Transportation technologies
Arms control assessments Fissile material Detection
Export control Fissile material disposition
Nuclear threat reduction
Nuclear Systems Analysis, Design, and Safety
Radiation shielding Systems analysis
Reactor physics Facility safety
Criticality safety Risk assessment
Thermal hydraulics Regulatory support
Nuclear data and codes System instrumentation and controls
Material and fuel irradiation Enrichment technology
Advanced space reactors
Fuels, Isotopes, and Nuclear Materials
Nuclear fuels Separations science and technology
Heavy element production Nuclear process and equipment design
Stable and radioactive isotopes Robotics and remote handling
Medical isotope development Chemical engineering

While You Are Here:

  • Enrich your laboratory experience by attending the lecture series to learn of the work of outstanding speakers
  • Network with laboratory research staff and with fellow students through work and social events
  • Take technical tours of facilities at ORNL
  • Prepare and present your project to laboratory staff and fellow students

Eligibility: The ORNL NESLS program is open to full- or part-time students enrolled at a U.S. college or university in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related degree with a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA at the time of appointment. Community college students must be working towards an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree. All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Applicants must be able to participate a minimum of 10 weeks and must present at the required NESLS poster session on August 11, 2016. Most appointments will start on June 6 or June 13, 2016.

Qualifications: Student applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic performance, class standing, career goals, recommendations, and compatibility of educational interests and abilities with the needs of ORNL.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Doctoral degree or Associate’s degree
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Affirmation: I certify that my cumulative GPA is at least 3.0/4.0, I will be 18 years old by start of appointment, and I am currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate nuclear engineering, science or related eligible degree program at a U.S. college or university. If in a community college, I am enrolled in an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree program. I will participate at least 10 weeks and present at the required poster session on August 11, 2016.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Physics (All)
    • Earth and Geosciences (All)
    • Engineering (All)
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (All)
    • Mathematics and Statistics (All)
    • Other Physical Sciences (All)
    • Computer Sciences (All)
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (All)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
      • International Relations
      • Political Science and Government
      • Public Policy
      • Risk Analysis
      • Science Policy/Science & Society
    • Nanotechnology (All)
    • Other
      • Public Affairs
  • Veteran Status: None

Application Procedure: Applications for the summer program must be submitted prior to the February 28 program deadline. A limited number of slots are available during fall and winter sessions. Applicants may apply for NESLS via the online application form.

Selection: The award will be based on mentor’s selection and project funding availability. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or around April 15 for the summer session.

Duration: The award is an appointment of at least 10 weeks. Renewals are limited.

Benefits: Travel to and from (max $1000); Housing allowance of $150/week if located more than 50 miles from laboratory.

NESLS Weekly Stipend Rates

 Class Status* Stipend
 First Year (Freshman) $529/wk
 Second Year (Sophomore) $593/wk
 Third Year (Junior) $653/wk
 Fourth Year (Senior) $726/wk
 Masters Student $863/wk
 PhD Student $935/wk

Higher Education Research Experiences at ORNL

ORAU is pleased to provide the information below regarding an opportunity available to all institutions. This notice is a service to ORAU Sponsoring and Associate Institutions. Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

 Student, Alumni, and Faculty Research Opportunities at ORNL

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has several opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a-real world setting with award winning scientists. Two opportunities, highlighted below, are through the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) and the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) programs.

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)

  • Undergraduates, Post-BS and AAS, MS, PhD and Faculty – Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors
  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Professional development activities
  • Minimum GPA  – 2.5/4.0
  • S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)

For more information about these (and other) opportunities, please visit http://www.orau.org/ornl or contact ORNL Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org or contact Leslie Fox at (865) 576-3427.

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

University.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org

Become part of HERE at ORNL

  • Experience the thrill of research or technical projects at a cutting edge national laboratory and camaraderie with prestigious scientists, researchers, and engineers
  • Meet and collaborate with the people who are world and international experts in fields that interest you
  • Contribute to the U.S. technical prowess that will enhance living standards and set the nation at the top of a global community
  • Work on solutions to pressing scientific problems

The HERE at ORNL program includes research participation programs for both faculty and students at various academic levels. To learn more, select the academic level that most closely corresponds to your highest level achieved.

Congrats Kamal Khayat

see article “Khayat named RILEM Fellow”

Making us proud Kamal!

Congrats Bruce McMillin

see notice “McMillin elected to IEEE Computer Society Board”.

Way to go Bruce!