Archives for January 2016

The wonderful world of Google as a research collaboration tool

Collaboration can be painful due to the technology tools we commonly use on campus. MS office documents as email attachments, conference phone calls – WebEx – Zoom – Skype as meeting platforms, Sharepoint drives, and even calendars work but with effort.

Many on campus use Google docs and apps for their personal use as less painful – maybe even easy – alternatives. But due to the Google wall (someone has to be inside the Google wall/account already) the benefits aren’t applicable for research collaborations both off and on campus.

BUT it turns out at least the on campus part is – or should be considered – passe’. IT solved the problem by securing the permissions and tools for everyone with a @mst.edu address to be within the Google wall.

But there is a one-time preliminary step each of us has to take to access.  Our friends at IT Research Support Services (RSS) offer these instructions for access to google.mst.edu.

1. If you’ve never logged into google for S&T before, the getting started guide can be found here: http://it.mst.edu/services/google-apps/

2.  Once your account has been activated, below are the steps to accessing the google.mst.edu.

3. Go to: myhome.mst.edu  If you get a “you’re trying to access a Google admin account but do not have a valid account for it” it means that you are logged into another google (non-S&T) account.

4. Click the “sign into one of the existing accounts for mst.edu” link.

5. Log in using Missouri S&T credentials.

Want to give the tools a try? — give me a ring on Hangouts and let’s prove to each other that collaboration and communication have moved to the next level. Hangouts

New rules in effect for NSF submissions

Maria Shaub Grants & Contracts Administrator 573.341.7122 shauba@mst.edu

Below is a summary of those changes that take effect for all proposals due on or after 01/25/16.  This list represents key changes, please refer to link provided for the complete list of changes.  If you have questions, please contact your proposal submission specialist or Maria Shaub.

Key changes:

  • Change in How to Submit Proposals – Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must provide the proposal certifications concurrently with submission of proposal.—OSP certification upon submission.
  • Change in How to Submit Proposals – New certification regarding Dual Use Research of Concern.—OSP Certification upon submission.
  • Collaborations & Other Affiliations Information—new single copy document that requires each senior project personnel to provide the information on Collaborators—last 48 months—& co-Editors—last 24 months, Grad Advisors and Post-Doc Sponsors as well as Thesis Advisees and Postdocs Sponsored—last 5 years (see page 35 NSF 16-001 GPG).  Uploaded as Other Supplementary Documents.
  • Change in Biographical sketch Template – omit section (e) on collaborators, graduate advisors, and advisees.  Biographical sketches must be uploaded as a single PDF file or inserted as text for all senior personnel.
  • Current and Pending Support –Include internal funds allocated toward specific projects.  Must be uploaded as a single PDF file or inserted as text for all senior personnel.
  • New Supplementary Document Format – Letters of collaboration must conform to a specified format.
  • New Information required for List of Suggested Reviewers – Include email addresses.
  • New Information required on Cover Sheet – List location of international conference attendance, if unknown indicate ‘worldwide’.
  • Change in Results from Prior NSF Support – Information for any PI or co-PI NSF funded awards with a start date in the past five years to include current funding and no-cost extensions.
  • New Information required for Project Description – Vertebrate animal use protocol to be described if IACUC approval is pending.
  • New Information required for Conference Proposals – List support from other sources within the Facilities description
  • Changes in Technical Reporting Requirements – Annual project reports should be submitted no later than 90 days prior to the end of the current budget period.  Final project and outcomes reports should be submitted no later than 120 days following end of project.
  • New sections – Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) and Public Access to Copyrighted Material.

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf16001/sigchanges.jsp

For your convenience, the full NSF 16-001 GPG is available at the following link:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf16001/nsf16_1.pdf

Army: Research, Development and Engineering Command-Simulation and Training Technology Center (RDECOM-STTC)

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RDECOM-STTC has the mission to develop and advance the state-of-the art in simulation, training, learning, and instrumentation technologies with the overall goal of producing more efficient and effective Army training,test and evaluation systems. Programs funded under this BAA will include exploratory and advanced research related to this mission, as well as, technology demonstrations. Collaboration between universities and industrial companies is encouraged. Projects should take maximum advantage of existing university and industry research and engineering programs and facilities, and those of the Army’s sister services. It is envisioned that project emphasis will be in those areas that: explore and develop novel applications of new simulation, training and instrumentation technologies; explore new methods of implementing instructional principles in training devices; and foster productive and synergistic working relationships through interdisciplinary groups in which instructional specialists, engineers, psychologists and other specialists can work together to optimally develop technologies for equipment to train and assess theArmy current and future forces. The BAA is general in nature and identified current and development areas of research of particular interest to RDECOM-STTC to include the following:
1. Battlefield simulation research, including engagement simulation and instrumentation technology; position, location, and tracking for live training in urban terrain; modeling and simulation for joint interagency, intergovernmental, multinational warfare; predictive analysis research; and synthetic environment data modeling, interchange, access, and reuse development effort
2. Embedded simulation and training for combat systems and vehicles
3. Dismounted soldier training systems
4. Medical modeling and simulation
5. Complex adaptive learning environments
6. Three-Dimensional Holography Modeling and Simulation
7. Advanced Distributed Learning
8. Defense Acquisition University
9. Additional Research Interests

U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic, Applied, and Advanced Research (Fiscal Years 2013-2018)

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The funding opportunity is divided into two sections- (1) Basic Research and (2) Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development. The Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development Section is divided intofour subsections- Training; Leader Development; Team and Inter-Organizational Performance in Complex Environments; and Solider/Personnel Issues.

Basic Research is defined as systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific application of processes or products in mind. The ARI’s Foundational Science Research Unit manages the Basic Research Program and maintains close contact with ARI’s applied scientists and other relevant agencies within the Army. These contacts help define issues that require fundamental research, ensure that the basic research program is coordinated across Services, and facilitate the transition of basic research results to applied programs for eventual use by the operationalArmy. Topic areas of research interest include the following:
1. Improving Training in Complex Environments: Research in this area focuses on developing concepts and methods for training complex tasks and for sustaining complex task performance.
2. Improving Leader and Team Performance: The focus of this area is to develop leader adaptability and flexibility, and discover and test the basic cognitive principles that underlie the dynamics of small group leadership and effective leader-team performance in both face-to-face and distributed environments.
3. Identifying, Assessing, and Assigning Quality Personnel: This research domain is concerned with identifying and measuring the aptitudes and skills that are unique to the human performance requirements of the Future Force and the sociological and psychological factors that could influence recruitment, retention, and Army performance.
4. Understanding Organizational Behavior and Network Science: The focus of this area is on understanding and predicting large and small group behavioral processes in dynamic social networks, whether in simulations, games, or Army organizations.

The ARI seeks Applied Research proposals that provide a systematic expansion and application of knowledge to design and develop useful strategies, techniques, methods, tests, or measures that provide the means to meet a recognized and specific Army need. Applied Research precedes system specific technology investigations or development, but it should have a high potential to transition into the Advanced Technology Development (ATD) Program. The ARI ATD Program includes the development of technologies, components, or prototypes that can be tested in field experiments and/or simulated environments. Projects in this category have a direct relevance to identified military needs. These projects should demonstrate the general military utility or cost reduction potential of technology in the areas of personnel selection, assignment, and retention; training strategies and techniques; leader education and development; performance measurement; and team and inter-organizational mission effectiveness. These projects should be focused on a more direct operational benefit and if successful, the technology should be available for transition. Research topics are as follows:
Training
1. Training for full spectrum readiness
2. Training for new military technology
3. Enhancing army institutional training
4. Simulation tools for learning, practice, and mission rehearsal
5. Adaptive training technology
6. Tools for training in a technology-enhanced, learner-centered environment
Leader development
2. Leadership as an influential process
2. Developing leadership situational awareness
3. Developmental interventions for effective leadership in a changing army
Team and inter-organizational performance in complex environments
1. Joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational multi-team systems
2. Networked organizations
3. Multi-national and cross-cultural operations
Soldier/personnel issues
1. Expanded tools for enlisted and officer selection
2. Improved person-job match

Army: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) – Infrastructure Management, Facilities Maintenance (CERL-17)

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Specific research efforts are currently requested in the areas of Army infrastructure planning, maintenance, repair and modernization (SRM) technologies that will facilitate limited budgets and mission emphasis for the Future Force. Specifics include planning and budgeting for SRM activities based upon mission priorities, computerized maintenance management support and deconstruction.

AFOSR: Window on Science (WOS)

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The Window on Science (WOS) program facilitates technical interactions on fundamental research via direct contact between distinguished foreign researchers and Air Force Research Laboratory scientists and engineers.

The WOS program sponsors foreign scientists and engineers to visit AirForce scientists and engineers at USAF sites typically within the U.S., but may also include other domestic or overseas locations. Although WOS visits are designed to be short-term in nature, visits to multiple sites are encouraged.

In order to present their research to a greater audience, and to further AirForce interests, WOS visitors may also combine visits to Air Force R&D organizations with visits to Army, Navy, other government, university, or industrial facilities.

The AFOSR international Detachment 1, the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD), London, United Kingdom, manages this program for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and countries of the former Soviet Union.

Detachment 2, The Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD), Tokyo, Japan manages this program for the remainder of Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development (SOARD), located in Santiago, Chile manages the WOS program for the Americas, but administers the program from AFOSR/IO located in Arlington, Virginia.

Participants in the WOS program will be foreign non-government researchers identified as subject matter experts by AFRL program managers, and whose visit benefits Air Force scientists and engineers. Travelers may be eligible to receive payment for their services; however, base clearance requests for unpaid non-government visitors can also be handled under the WOS program. Visitors will normally present seminars to discuss their work, which may or may not have been funded by the Air Force.

The WOS program is not intended as a substitute for research programs, internships, associateships, or personnel exchange programs. The lead-time necessary to arrange a WOS visit is generally three months. A letter report from the traveler is required on completion of the visit.

Air Force Visiting Scientist Program

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The Air Force Visiting Scientist Program provides outstanding Air Forcescientists and engineers the opportunity to conduct full-time, hands-on research-related work in leading U.S. university and industry laboratoriesfor a period of up to 179 days on a temporary duty status funded by Air ForceOffice of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Upon completion of the assignment the researcher returns to his or her Air Force laboratory. The university or industrial laboratory provides a letter of invitation, and makes facilities, equipment, and resources available. The host laboratory must be located in the United States. Typically the researcher is an Air Force scientist or engineer, at least at the GS-13 level or its military equivalent. The applicant must write a project proposal, preferably not to exceed 10 pages, but of sufficient depth and scope, so that it can be evaluated by the scientists at the participating organizations. Hands-on laboratory research-related work is an essential program element. The traveler is required to submit a written report detailing his or her experiences and results of the project at the completion of the TDY. In addition, the traveler may be required to give a seminar presentation at the Air Force laboratory or at AFOSR and to provide feedback for purposes of program assessment.

Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP)

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This program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and is administered by Systems Plus, which provides the oversight and administrative structure for the selection and appointment of applicants. The objectives of the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program are as follows:
– To stimulate professional relationships among U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program participants and the scientists and engineers at Air Force research facilities
– To enhance the research interests and capabilities of faculty (both new and experienced researchers) in the U.S. academic community
– To elevate the awareness in the U.S. academic community of Air Forceresearch needs and foster continued research at U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program fellows’ institutions
– To provide the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program participant opportunities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directorates, Air ForceTest Center, the United States Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Institute of Technology
– To provide nationally accredited mentoring of academic researchers at technical directorates of the AFRL, Air Force Test Center, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI/TCU/HSI), as designated by the U.S. Department of Education, are especially encouraged to apply!

Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School

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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives which offer potential for advancement and improvement in the NPS core mission of graduate education and research. Readers should note that this is an announcement to declare NPS’s solicitation in competitive funding of meritorious research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business and policy, operational and informational sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that support the NPS’ graduate education and research mission.

Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering

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The ONR seeks proposals for developing existing or innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust STEM workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide solutionsthat will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities.

While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards the future DoN (naval) STEM workforce in High Schools, all categories of Post-Secondary institutions, the STEM research enterprise, and efforts that enhance the current naval STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Efforts may encompass a spectrum of project sizes from exploratory pilots to large-scale regional or national initiatives. The technical content of any idea must establish naval relevance within the broad scope of key engineering and scientific areas as outlined in the Naval S&T Strategic Plan, or such as our National Naval Responsibilities (see ONR website), or any identified gaps in workforce needs. Specific audience priority areas may include, but not be limited to, military dependent children, education systems integral to the naval science and technology enterprise, and veteran initiatives that improve education outcomes and connections to naval STEM careers.

While not a formal requirement or program focus of this FOA, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider under-represented populations including women and minorities in project plans. (See attachment for full description)