Archives for January 21, 2016

Way to go Von Richards

Another S&T star professor has been honored.  See article in S&T News.

Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles – Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII)

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This solicitation seeks proposals from organizations interested in entering into a Cooperative Agreement or other assistance agreement for the purpose of establishing a state-of- the-art, end-to-end, sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) in support of Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles manufacturing technology. The Government reserves the right to award other assistance instruments, if deemed in the best interests of the Government.

This announcement is to solicit proposals in order to establish a Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute that will serve as a public-private partnership between government, academia and industry to address the spectrum of manufacturing challenges associated with this technology, from design to end products. The Institute will provide an unprecedented capability to rapidly and flexibly produce end-item prototypes based on the use of validated computational design tools, a robust knowledge management system, and working within a collaborative infrastructure. These design tools and pilot manufacturing capabilities will be integrated to supportmanufacturing process improvements, maintain a community repository of design and performance data, and validation testing to improve current and develop new industry standards. The RFT-MII public-private partnership will be used to train a new workforce through educational outreach programs as well as workforce training and re-training to enable this new manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy.

SEED Solicitation (Federal and Non-Federal) – Weapons Systems and Platforms – Solvent-Free Processes for Organic Synthesis of Military-Relevant Energetic Materials

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The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to develop innovative synthetic approaches to produce energetic materials and their precursors that will eliminate or drastically reduce hazardous waste streams from the nitration processes that are widely used in manufacturing energetic materials. Typical nitration processes of aromatic compounds, amines, and alcohols to produce C-Nitro, N-Nitro or Nitrate ester based energetics involve large quantities of strong acids (sulfuric and nitric) and produce large quantities of hazardous wastes. Solvents used in the preparation of these compounds are contaminated with the energetic material, hazardous reagents, or reaction by-products and are not easily recycled. In addition, typical nitration reactions require rigorous temperature control and are therefore energy intensive processes.

Proposals should focus on one of the following processes:
– Synthesis of an aromatic/heteroaromatic nitro compound (e.g. TNT, DNAN)
– Synthesis of a nitramine (e.g. RDX, HMX, CL-20)
– Synthesis of a nitrate ester (plasticizer) (NG, TMETN, etc. or nitrocellulose)

Proposals also will be considered for more broad-based research to develop the fundamentals of synthetic methodologies as related to energetic materials with no specific targeted compounds. Proposed methodologies will need to be innovative and need to go beyond the previously investigated methods of recycle and reuse of solvents/reagents. This could include solid phase synthesis for aromatic nitration, nitramine, nitrate ester formation, or oxidation of amines to nitro groups.

In the past, SERDP has explored electrochemical and biological methodologies as well as hybrid pathways involving combinations of synthetic biological and organic synthesis to produce energetic materials or to explore novel nitration pathways. Proposers for this SON should focus on methods that minimize or eliminate solvents and that do not involve biological or electrochemical methods.

NASA: Unmanned Aircraft Control and Non Payload Communication Systems

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The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to conduct a shared resource project that will demonstrate and support the further development of UnmannedAircraft (UA) Control and Non Payload Communication (CNPC) Systems.The prototype to be developed will provide a basis for validating and verifying proposed CNPC system performance requirements. This project will demonstrate a complete CNPC system, including interfacing to a ground-based pilot station, transmission of CNPC data to/from more than one ground station, and on board reception and transmission of CNPC data on more than one UA. The project will include the development of both ground and airborne CNPC radios. The development and successful demonstration of this complete CNPC system has the potential to greatly stimulate further development and deployment of such systems on civil unmanned aircraft.Specific potential public benefits from this cooperative agreement include improved safety ofunmanned aircraft; through improved communication systems, data link technologies and protocols, and operating procedures. These improvements are intended to lead to more a complete development of relevant industry and government standards,leading to more rapid and coherent development and deployment of new CNPC systems for unmanned aircraft. As defined in this document, a CNPC Radio shall consist of the transmit and receive electronics, data i/o interface, antenna interface, and electrical power interface.

NSF: Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)

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The ECCS Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) Program is now the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program. Proposal submissions to this program will still use the same program code of PD 13-7607.Proposals already submitted to EPAS will be automatically transferred to EPCN.

Recent advances in communications, computation, and sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the design of cyber-physical systems with increased responsiveness, interconnectivity and automation. To meet new challenges and societal needs, the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Topics of interest include modeling, optimization, learning, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in adaptive dynamic programing, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in such areas as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest include energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic. The program also supports innovative tools and test beds, as well as curriculum development integrating research and education. In addition to single investigator projects, EPCN encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that benefit from active collaboration of researchers with complementary skills.

Areas covered by the EPCN Group (Abed, Baheti, and Werbos):
1. Control Theory and Hybrid Dynamical Systems
2. Networked Multi-agent Systems
3. Cyber Physical Systems Modeling and Control
4. System Theory for Biology and Medicine; Modeling of the Brain
5. Control and Optimization in Buildings, Transportation, and Robotics
6. Adaptive and Intelligent Systems; Neural Networks
7. Energy Harvesting, Storage Devices and Systems
8. Solar and Wind Energy and Integration of Renewables with Grid
9. Monitoring, Protection and Cyber Security of Power Grid
10. Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines
11. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles; Integration with Grid
12. Policy, Economics, Consumer Behavior and the Power Grid
13. Quantum, Molecular and High Performance Modeling and Simulation for Devices and Systems (QMHP) (Dr. Paul Werbos)

ONR: Minerva Research Initiative

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The Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve itsability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of Defense. The Minerva program aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community.

The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to the five (5) topics and associated subtopics listed below. Innovative white papers and proposals related to these research topics are highly encouraged. Detailed descriptions of the topics can be found in Section IX, “Specific Minerva Research Initiative Topics.”
I. Identity, Influence, and Mobilization
Culture, identity, and security
Influence and mobilization for change
II. Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change; Governance and rule of law; Migration and urbanization; Populations and demographics; Environment and natural resources; and

III. Power and Deterrence; Global order; Power projection and diffusion; Beyond conventional deterrence; and Area studies.

IV. Analytical methods and metrics for security research

V. Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation
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NSF: Data Infrastructure Building Blocks

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The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerateinterdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data.

DIBBs investments enable new data-focused services, capabilities, and resources to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. The investments are expected to build upon, integrate with, and contribute to existing community cyberinfrastructure, serving as evaluative resources while developments in national-scale access, policy, interoperability and sustainability continue to evolve.

Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure address researchers data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. The projects should stimulate data-driven scientific discoveries and innovations, and address broad community needs.

This solicitation includes two classes of science data pilot awards:
1. Early Implementations are large “at scale” evaluations, building upon cyberinfrastructure capabilities of existing research communities or recognized community data collections, and extending those data-focused cyberinfrastructure capabilities to additional research communities and domains with broad community engagement.
2. Pilot Demonstration address advanced cyberinfrastructure challenges across emerging research communities, building upon recognized community data collections and disciplinary research interests, to address specific challenges in science and engineering research.

Prospective PIs should be aware that DIBBs is a multi-directorate activity, and are encouraged to submit proposals that have broad, interdisciplinary interest. PIs are encouraged to refer to NSF core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted initiatives on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight as to the priorities for the relevant area(s) of science and engineering in which their proposasl may be responsive.

It is strongly recommended that a prospective PI contact a Cognizant Program Officer in the organization(s) closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain whether the the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.


Invitation from Fort Leonard Wood

The Fort is holding periodic lunch-time lectures and has invited the campus community. If anyone is interested please let Tupper know so that access can be arranged.

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Change in research leadership

It is announced publicly in eConnection that Dr. Krishnamurthy will return to MAE and leave his duties as Vice Provost Research to a yet-to-be-named successor. The change is effective Monday January 25.

Operations at the Office of Sponsored Programs will continue uninterrupted with Paula DeLong directing operations.