Archives for December 29, 2015

NIST Issues Notice of Intent to Fund New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today it has issued a Notice of Intent to fund up to two institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). For its first institutes, the Commerce Department will provide up to a total of $70 million per institute over five to seven years. Commerce funding must be matched by private and other non-federal sources. The institutes are expected to become self-sustainable within the time period of the award.

“Today marks a major milestone for the future of American innovation,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “The collaborative, cutting-edge technologies being designed, developed and commercialized at our NNMI institutes are essential to America’s long-term economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. Our new institutes will build on the success of the existing seven, and for the first time, the topic areas have not been chosen in advance but will depend on industry interests and input. Together, our growing network of institutes will ensure America remains on the leading edge of the 21st century economy.”

“Each institute serves as a regional hub of manufacturing excellence, providing the innovation infrastructure to reinforce the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Willie E. May. “NIST is pleased to support this national effort to build critical capacity in important technology areas, in support of U.S. manufacturing.”

This will be the first NNMI solicitation in which the funding agency has not predetermined an institute’s area of focus. NIST is open to receiving proposals in any topic of interest to industry, particularly those relevant to manufacturing robotics and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. These two subject areas were identified by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Advanced Manufacturing Partnership as technology areas critical to supporting national needs.

A collaborative manufacturing robotics institute would focus on developing advanced robotic systems that can safely operate in collaboration with humans or other robots, be tasked and re-tasked easily, and be integrated into the rest of an enterprise seamlessly and quickly.

A biopharmaceutical manufacturing institute would center on “biologic” therapies that are manufactured using living cells instead of conventional chemistry. The institute would aim to stimulate innovation in manufacturing that will enable new, more cost effective treatment of disease and solidify the domestic competitiveness of the U.S. biopharma industry.


The NNMI Institutes bring together manufacturers, universities, community colleges, federal agencies and state organizations with the goal of bridging the gap between basic research and product development. They aim to accelerate innovation by focusing investment in industrially relevant, pre-competitive manufacturing technologies with broad applications. The institutes also give manufacturers access to shared assets such as cutting-edge equipment and provide opportunities for workforce training.

Seven institutes are already operating across the country, with two more under formation, funded primarily by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy. All of the institutes collaborate through the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, which was established at NIST in 2012 to support the NNMI.

NIST plans to issue a solicitation for up to two new institutes in January 2016. The date and location of a Proposer’s Day will be announced on and at

As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. To learn more about NIST, visit

NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

Dear colleagues,

I would like to remind you that January 5 is the application deadline to participate in the 2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop, which will be held March 21-22 in St. Louis. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Ming Leu

Subject: FW: 2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop


Please see the opportunity below to participate in the 2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop.  The Online Application states, “The workshop is limited to 200 participants in order to achieve good results. Assistant professors in the disciplines that CMMI supports will have the first priority. If there are spaces left, workshop will also accept assistant professors in (a) other engineering disciplines, (b) science, and (c) other disciplines that NSF support …”

Dr. Ming Leu is one of the workshop organizers.  Please contact him if you have any questions.

Sponsored by the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, the 2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held on March 21 -22, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.  The workshop will be co-hosted by the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Kansas State University.  This workshop will cover the basics of CAREER proposal writing and review.  It will include presentations by NSF Program Officers and recent CAREER awardees, a mock panel review using actual awarded and declined CAREER proposals, and a feedback session where small groups will review and discuss the draft CAREER proposal project summaries that each participant prepared.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with current and previous NSF Program Officers.  The workshop will be hands-on, requiring that all participants read and review six CAREER proposals, actively participate in the mock panel reviews, which are designed as a realistic simulation of actual CAREER proposal review panels. Every participant is required to submit a project summary of their CAREER proposal as part of the application package.  Data from previous workshops suggest that the success rate of the participants is considerably higher than the overall NSF average.  Correspondingly, this workshop attracts far more applicants than we can admit (approximately 200 participants will be selected to attend this workshop), so early application is strongly recommended.  In order to provide sufficient time for these important sessions and to encourage networking among participants and facilitators, mealtime activities will be an important component of the agenda, and the workshop fee of $250 will be charged to help defray the cost of workshop meals and materials.


The application deadline is January 5, 2016. The application procedure and tentative agenda for the workshop can be found at:


Workshop organizers:

Ming Leu, Missouri University of Science and Technology,

Brad Kramer, Kansas State University,


NSF Coordinators:

George Hazelrigg, Deputy Division Director, CMMI,

Z.J. Pei, Program Director, MME/CMMI,




Airport Cooperative Research Program

If any researchers is interested please let me know. Steve  (see National Academies site ACRP)

You are invited to nominate expert topic panelists, file a letter of interest to contract as principal investigator or a topic, or submit a topic for FY 2017 consideration.

Please see the following URL for specifics:

ACRP New Synthesis Topics

ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-12 Airport Equity Participation in Land Development
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-13 How Airports Document Costs for Non-airline Tenant Rents and Charges
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-14 Alternative Methods for Funding Infrastructure Investments at Airports
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-15 Airport Operator Options for Delivery of FBO Services
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S02-15 Airport Experience with Alternative Fuels for Ground Transport
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S02-16 Airport Experience with Implementing Notifications Required by the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S03-11 Transportation Network Companies (TNCs):  Challenges and Opportunities for Airport Operators
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S03-12 Arriving Flights and Passenger Quarantine Planning at Airports
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S03-13 Estimating Truck Trip Generation for Airport Air Cargo Activity
ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S04-18 Uses of Social Media to Inform Emergency Responders During an Airport Emergency


For further information on the ACRP synthesis program and processes, see the Overview section of the Web site and the Instructions for Consultants Preparing Synthesis.

If you require further information please contact Gail Staba at 202-334-2442, or by e-mail at

Gail R. Staba, AICP

Airport Cooperative Research Program

Transportation Research Board

500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, D.C.  20001
Office:  202/334-2442
Mobile:  415/305-5380

ORAU notice on summer faculty opportunities

Dear Colleague,

If you are interested in research opportunities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, please see details of the Higher Education Research Experiences Faculty Program in the email below (highlighted in yellow).

With best regards, Krishna

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.

 The deadline for three 2016 Summer Faculty opportunities at ORNL are quickly approaching.

Visiting Faculty Program applications are due by January 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.  Eligibility requirements include:

  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Full-time faculty member in physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), math, engineering, environmental sciences, materials sciences, or computer or computational sciences at an accredited U.S. institution historically underrepresented in the U.S. research community

Additional information can be found at:

Higher Education Research Experiences Faculty Program applications are recommended to be submitted by February 1, 2016.  Eligibility requirements include:

  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Full-time faculty member in STEM field at an accredited U.S. institution

Additional information can be found at:

HBCU/MEI Faculty Program applications are due by January 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.  Eligibility requirements include:

  • No citizenship requirement, unless specified on project description
  • Full-time faculty member at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system.  Scientific programs focus on materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security.  Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers great research opportunities!

Contact Julie Malicoat at (865) 576-2311 or for additional information.

ORAU University Partnerships Office


ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment, and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


United States Army Medical Research Materiel Command: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Department of Defense
United States Army Medical Research Materiel Command
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

CDMRP Research Funding for 2016

The Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the following peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP):

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research Program – $4.0 million
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program – $7.5 million
  • Autism Research Program – $7.5 million
  • Bone Marrow Failure Research Program – $3.0 million
  • Breast Cancer Research Program – $120.0 million
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program – $3.2 million
  • Epilepsy Research Program – $7.5 million
  • Gulf War Illness Research Program – $20.0 million
  • Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program – $50.0 million
  • Lung Cancer Research Program – $12.0 million
  • Military Burn Research Program – $8.0 million
  • Multiple Sclerosis Research Program – $6.0 million
  • Neurofibromatosis Research Program – $15.0 million
  • Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Research Program – $16.0 million
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes – $10.0 million
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Program – $20.0 million
  • Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program – $15.0 million
  • Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program – $50.0 million
  • Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program – $278.7 million
  • Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program – $30.0 million
  • Prostate Cancer Research Program – $80.0 million
  • Reconstructive Transplant Research Program – $12.0 million
  • Spinal Cord Injury Research Program – $30.0 million
  • Tick-Borne Disease Research Program – $5.0 million
  • Trauma Clinical Research Program – $10 million
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program – $6.0 million
  • Vision Research Program – $10.0 million

Comprehensive Program Announcements will be released during 2016. The Program Announcements will include detailed descriptions of funding mechanisms, evaluation criteria, submission requirements, and deadlines. Each Program Announcement may be downloaded from the website, or the CDMRP website upon its release.

Requests for e-mail notification of the Program Announcement releases may be sent to Also news and links about funding opportunities are available on Twitter, follow us on

For more information about the CDMRP, our research programs, previous awardees, as well as research highlights and videos, please visit the website at

Point of Contact:

Gail Whitehead

Professional Development Seminar for Faculty: Writing for an NIH proposal

Even though registration deadline is passed – send me a note and we will fit you on. Steve